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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913873/impact-of-intensity-and-timing-of-integrated-home-palliative-cancer-care-on-end-of-life-hospitalization-in-northern-italy
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M Pellizzari, D Hui, E Pinato, M Lisiero, S Serpentini, L Gubian, F Figoli, M Cancian, C De Chirico, E Ferroni, F Avossa, M Saugo
PURPOSE: The Veneto Region implemented a novel integrated home-based palliative cancer care (HPCC) program embedded in primary care. We examined the impact of timing and intensity of this program on the quality of end-of-life (EOL) care. METHODS: We selected adult cancer patients died in the Veneto Region between March and December 2013, excluding those died from haematological malignancies as well as the very elderly (85+ years). We retrieved the claim-based data on hospitalization and homecare visits, and defined two observation windows: 90 to 16 days before death to examine intensity of HPCC exposure, and the last 15 days of life to examine EOL outcomes, including hospital death, any hospital stay for medical reasons and hospital stay ≥7 days for medical reasons...
December 2, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912996/alternative-exercise-traditions-in-cancer-rehabilitation
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Kathryn J Ruddy, Daniela L Stan, Anjali Bhagra, Mary Jurisson, Andrea L Cheville
Alternative exercise traditions (AETs) such as Pilates, yoga, Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and various forms of dance offer the potential to improve diverse outcomes among cancer survivors by reducing adverse symptoms and mood disorders, and by enhancing function. Additionally AETs have emerged as a potential means to address deficits in current disease-focused care delivery models which are marked by prevalent under-treatment of symptoms and physical impairments. Relative to therapeutic exercise in allopathic models, many AETs are comparatively affordable and accessible...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910751/recent-advances-in-pharmacotherapeutic-paradigm-of-mild-to-recalcitrant-atopic-dermatitis
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Zahid Hussain, Shariza Sahudin, Hnin Ei Thu, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari, Endang Kumolosasi
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common, chronic skin inflammatory disorder characterized by perivascular infiltration of immunoglobulin E (IgE), T lymphocytes, and mast cells. The key factors responsible for the pathophysiology of this disease are immunological disorders and defects in epidermal barrier properties. Pruritus, intense itching, psychological stress, deprived physical and mental performance, and sleep disturbance are the hallmark features of this dermatological disorder. Preventive interventions such as educational programs, avoidance of allergens, and exclusive care toward the skin could play a partial role in suppressing the symptoms...
2016: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908955/measuring-family-satisfaction-with-care-delivered-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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Kathleen Clark, Kerry A Milner, Marlene Beck, Virginia Mason
BACKGROUND: In our competitive health care environment, measuring the experience of family members of patients in the intensive care unit to ensure that health care providers are meeting families' needs is critical. Surveys from Press Ganey and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are unable to capture families' satisfaction with care in this setting. OBJECTIVE: To implement a sustainable measure for family satisfaction in a 12-bed medical and surgical intensive care unit...
December 2016: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907962/critical-care-of-traumatic-cervical-spinal-cord-injuries-preventing-secondary-injury
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Gary Schwartzbauer, Deborah Stein
The incidence of traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) has not changed much over the years due to an aging population suffering falls, yet advances have been made in quality of life and survival time. In addition to initial medical and surgical stabilization, modern intensive care unit (ICU) care throughout the critical early period following SCI is essential to avoid continued secondary injury to the spinal cord. Cervical SCI patients are particularly prone and sensitive to periods of cardiovascular instability and respiratory failure directly resulting from their injuries...
December 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906197/treatment-and-follow-up-of-venous-thrombosis-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-study
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J C Bohnhoff, S A DiSilvio, R K Aneja, J R Shenk, Y A Domnina, B S Brozanski, M Good
OBJECTIVE: The critically ill, premature patients of neonatal intensive care units are susceptible to venous thrombosis, an adverse event associated with short- and long-term morbidity. Venous thrombosis is frequently treated with low-molecular-weight heparins (LMWHs) such as enoxaparin, but optimal dosing of LMWH must balance the morbidity of venous thrombosis with the potential adverse affects of anticoagulation. The optimal dosing of enoxaparin for premature infants is unclear. The objective of this study was to describe enoxaparin therapy and follow-up in critically ill neonates diagnosed with venous thrombosis...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904643/effects-of-nesting-and-swaddling-on-the-sleep-duration-of-premature-infants-hospitalized-in-neonatal-intensive-care-units
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Zahra Abdeyazdan, Maryam Mohammadian-Ghahfarokhi, Zohreh Ghazavi, Majid Mohammadizadeh
BACKGROUND: In neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), neonatal sleep is disrupted due to different factors. Due to the critical role of sleep in premature infants' brain development, this study aimed to investigate the effect of nesting and swaddling on the sleep duration of premature infants hospitalized in NICUs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a crossover clinical trial, 42 preterm infants who met the inclusion criteria were enrolled. They were randomly assigned to two groups of nest-swaddle and swaddle-nest...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902661/assessment-of-clinical-alarms-influencing-nurses-perceptions-of-alarm-fatigue
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Emalie M Petersen, Cindy L Costanzo
BACKGROUND: Excessive clinical alarms have inundated health care for years. Multiple governing bodies, organizations, and facilities have deemed alarm management a priority. Alarm management is a multifaceted problem that affects all health care organizations and clinical staff, especially those in critical care units. Ultimately, the lack of knowledge regarding nurses' perceptions to alarm management and alarm fatigue creates patient safety chiasms. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to understand nurses' perceptions of alarm fatigue (utilizing the Healthcare Technology Foundation's Clinical Alarms Committee Survey) while implementing interventions that improve patient safety...
January 2017: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902503/bedside-placement-of-the-postpyloric-tube-in-infants
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Patricia Clifford, Elizabeth Ely, Lauren Heimall
BACKGROUND: Patients in the neonatal intensive care unit are a vulnerable population with specific nutritional requirements, which include increased protein and caloric needs for adequate growth. Some infants cannot tolerate gastric feeds and need to have postpyloric feeds to grow. Placement of a postpyloric tube can be done by gastric insufflation. Gastric insufflation is a technique where air is inserted into the stomach as a nasogastric tube is advanced through the pylorus to the duodenum...
November 29, 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897391/a-systematic-review-on-the-role-of-vitamins-minerals-proteins-and-other-supplements-for-the-treatment-of-cachexia-in-cancer-a-european-palliative-care-research-centre-cachexia-project
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Mochamat, Henning Cuhls, Milka Marinova, Stein Kaasa, Christiane Stieber, Rupert Conrad, Lukas Radbruch, Martin Mücke
We provide a systematic review to support the European Palliative Care Research Collaboration development of clinical guidelines for cancer patients suffering from cachexia. CENTRAL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, ClinicalTrials.gov, and a selection of cancer journals have been searched up until 15 April 2016. The systematic literature research yielded 4214 publications with 21 of these included in the final evaluation. Regarding minerals, our search identified only one study examining the use of magnesium with no effect on weight loss...
July 20, 2016: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895904/poor-adherence-to-guidelines-for-preventing-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infections-clabsi-results-of-a-worldwide-survey
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Cristina Valencia, Naïma Hammami, Antonella Agodi, Alain Lepape, Eduardo Palencia Herrejon, Stijn Blot, Jean-Louis Vincent, Marie-Laurence Lambert
BACKGROUND: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are a cause of increased morbidity and mortality, and are largely preventable. We documented attitudes and practices in intensive care units (ICUs) in 2015 in order to assess compliance with CLABSI prevention guidelines. METHODS: Between June and October 2015, an online questionnaire was made available to medical doctors and nurses working in ICUs worldwide. We investigated practices related to central line (CL) insertion, maintenance and measurement of CLABSI-related data following the SHEA guidelines as a standard...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893884/effect-of-the-goals-of-care-intervention-for-advanced-dementia-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Laura C Hanson, Sheryl Zimmerman, Mi-Kyung Song, Feng-Chang Lin, Cherie Rosemond, Timothy S Carey, Susan L Mitchell
Importance: In advanced dementia, goals of care decisions are challenging and medical care is often more intensive than desired. Objective: To test a goals of care (GOC) decision aid intervention to improve quality of communication and palliative care for nursing home residents with advanced dementia. Design, Setting, and Participants: A single-blind cluster randomized clinical trial, including 302 residents with advanced dementia and their family decision makers in 22 nursing homes...
November 28, 2016: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893502/implementing-a-4c-approach-to-quality-improvement
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Michelle McGonigal
Designing a quality improvement activity can be labor intensive and intimidating to facilitators who have not been specially trained in process improvement methodologies. To simplify the process, a team was formed with the specific task of developing a basic model that addresses key concepts in change theory. The 2010 Institute of Medicine report stresses the importance of health care professionals working together, collaboratively, to use data to improve patient outcomes and improve care nationally. In addition, as noted in Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (2013), competencies have been developed to promote frontline problem solving including using data for quality improvement, providing safe care, functioning in collaborative teams, respecting and addressing patient and family concerns, applying evidence-based practice, and using informatics to make decisions...
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891527/the-multimorbidity-index-a-tool-for-assessing-the-prognosis-of-patients-from-their-history-of-illness
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Farrokh Alemi, Cari R Levy, Raya E Kheirbek
BACKGROUND: The Multimorbidity (MM) Index predicts the prognosis of patients from their diagnostic history. In contrast to existing approaches with broad diagnostic categories, it treats each diagnosis as a separate independent variable using individual International Classification of Disease, Revision 9 (ICD-9) codes. OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the MM Index, reviews the published data on its accuracy, and provides procedures for implementing the Index within electronic health record (EHR) systems...
2016: EGEMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891024/palliative-care-and-the-indian-neurologist
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REVIEW
Roop Gursahani
End-of-life care is an integral part of neurology practice, and neuropalliative medicine is an emerging neurology subspeciality. This begins with serious illness communication as a protocol-based process that depends on an evaluation of patient autonomy and accurate prognostication. Communication needs vary between chronic, life-limiting neurologic illnesses and acute brain injury. In an ideal situation, the patient's wishes are spelled out in advance care plans and living wills, and surrogates have only limited choices for implementation...
October 2016: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890149/assessing-the-effectiveness-of-five-process-elicitation-methods-a-case-study-of-chemotherapy-treatment-plan-review
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Stefan C Christov, Jenna L Marquard, George S Avrunin, Lori A Clarke
To reduce the probability of failures and to improve outcomes of safety-critical human-intensive processes, such as health care processes, it is important to be able to rigorously analyze such processes. The quality of that analysis often depends on having an accurate, detailed, and sufficiently complete understanding of the process being analyzed, where this understanding is typically represented as a formal process model that could then drive various rigorous analysis approaches. Developing this understanding and the corresponding formal process model may be difficult and, thus, a variety of process elicitation methods are often used...
March 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887755/use-of-ventilator-utilization-ratio-for-stratifying-alcohol-based-hand-rub-consumption-data-to-improve-surveillance-on-intensive-care-units
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W Wetzker, K Bunte-Schönberger, J Walter, C Schröder, P Gastmeier, C Reichardt
BACKGROUND: Germany has established a nationwide surveillance system of alcohol-based hand-rub consumption (AHC) per patient-day in hospital settings as a surrogate parameter for hand hygiene (HH) compliance. Analysis of AHC data in intensive care units (ICUs) shows not only a wide range of consumption between units of different specialties, but also within units of one specialty. This seems to reflect variation in the number of HH opportunities per patient-day between ICUs due to variation in complexity of care...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884494/consensus-conference-on-tips-management-techniques-indications-contraindications
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Stefano Fagiuoli, Raffaele Bruno, Wilma Debernardi Venon, Filippo Schepis, Francesco Vizzutti, Pierluigi Toniutto, Marco Senzolo, Paolo Caraceni, Francesco Salerno, Paolo Angeli, Roberto Cioni, Alessandro Vitale, Maurizio Grosso, Andrea De Gasperi, Gennaro D'Amico, Alfredo Marzano
The trans jugular intrahepatic Porto systemic shunt (TIPS) is no longer viewed as a salvage therapy or a bridge to liver transplantation and is currently indicated for a number of conditions related to portal hypertension with positive results in survival. Moreover, the availability of self-expandable polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)-covered endoprostheses has dramatically improved the long-term patency of TIPS. However, since the last updated International guidelines have been published (year 2009) new evidence have come, which have open the field to new indications and solved areas of uncertainty...
October 29, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883365/educational-interventions-for-the-management-of-cancer-related-fatigue-in-adults
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REVIEW
Sally Bennett, Amanda Pigott, Elaine M Beller, Terry Haines, Pamela Meredith, Christie Delaney
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue is reported as the most common and distressing symptom experienced by patients with cancer. It can exacerbate the experience of other symptoms, negatively affect mood, interfere with the ability to carry out everyday activities, and negatively impact on quality of life. Educational interventions may help people to manage this fatigue or to cope with this symptom, and reduce its overall burden. Despite the importance of education for managing cancer-related fatigue there are currently no systematic reviews examining this approach...
November 24, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878815/interventions-to-reduce-cognitive-impairments-following-critical-illness-a-topical-systematic-review
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REVIEW
H K Nedergaard, H I Jensen, P Toft
BACKGROUND: Critical illness is associated with cognitive impairments. Effective treatment or prevention has not been established. The aim of this review was to create a systematic summary of the current evidence concerning clinical interventions during intensive care admission to reduce cognitive impairments after discharge. METHODS: Medline, Embase, Cochrane Central, PsycInfo and Cinahl were searched. Inclusion criteria were studies assessing the effect of interventions during intensive care admission on cognitive function in adult patients...
November 22, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
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