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Esteban Alejandro Lopez, Orozimbo Alves Costa, Deborah Viviane Ferrari
Purpose: The purpose of this research note is to describe the development and technical validation of the Mobile Based Assistive Listening System (MoBALS), a free-of-charge smartphone-based remote microphone application. Method: MoBALS Version 1.0 was developed for Android (Version 2.1 or higher) and was coded with Java using Eclipse Indigo with the Android Software Development Kit. A Wi-Fi router with background traffic and 2 affordable smartphones were used for debugging and technical validation comprising, among other things, multicasting capability, data packet loss, and battery consumption...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Audiology
Harshal Ingale, Samiul Muquit, Othman Al-Helli, Barrie White, Surajit Basu
BACKGROUND: Consultant Outcomes Publication (COP) is an NHS England initiative for promoting improvements in quality of care. However, at present outcomes are commonly expressed as mortality rates which do not necessarily reflect the performance of surgeons. We developed the Nottingham Expectation and Complication score following Surgery (NECS) to determine the success of surgical treatment from both the clinical perspective and the practical expectations agreed between surgeons and patients during the consent process...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Rahul Kumar Sevakula, Nishchal Kumar Verma
Classification algorithms have been traditionally designed to simultaneously reduce errors caused by bias as well by variance. However, there occur many situations where low generalization error becomes extremely crucial to getting tangible classification solutions, and even slight overfitting causes serious consequences in the test results. In such situations, classifiers with low Vapnik-Chervonenkis (VC) dimension can bring out positive differences due to two main advantages: 1) the classifier manages to keep the test error close to training error and 2) the classifier learns effectively with small number of samples...
September 30, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
James A Blake
A new name, Kirkegaardia, is proposed to replace Monticellina Laubier, 1961, a bitentaculate cirratulid polychaete genus, that is a junior homonym of the turbellarian Monticellina Westblad, 1953 (Platyhelminthes, Rhabdocoela). In addition, the opportunity is taken to complete a major revision of the genus including the redescription, revalidation, and separation of three species previously referred to synonymy with K. dorsobranchialis (Kirkegaard, 1959) and five other previously described species. In addition, 16 new species are described from the western North Atlantic, eastern and central Pacific, off western South America, and seas around Antarctica, bringing the total number of species in the genus to 38...
September 13, 2016: Zootaxa
Alexandre P Marceniuk, José Marchena, Ricardo Betancur-R
Over the past decade, the Sea Catfish (Ariidae) genus Cathorops has been the focus of a major taxonomic review, which has resulted in the revalidation of five synonymized nominal species, and the recognition of seven new species. With 21 valid species, Cathorops is currently the most species-rich genus of Ariidae in the New World. The principal lacuna in the taxonomic knowledge of genus species is the uncertain status of Arius festae Boulenger, 1898, described from Naranjal, in the Guayas River basin of Ecuador...
September 22, 2016: Zootaxa
Anderson Feijó, Pedro Cordeiro-Estrela
Dasypus kappleri is the largest species of the genus Dasypus and is restricted to the Amazonian rainforest biome. Over the last century, related taxa have been described and synonymized without comprehensive analyses, and the current classification involving two subspecies, Dasypus k. kappleri and Dasypus k. pastasae, has never been revised. The aim of this work is to clarify the taxonomy of Dasypus kappleri through integrative morphological and morphometric analyses. We examined 70 specimens housed in scientific collections as well as photographs of the type specimens of five nominal taxa...
September 23, 2016: Zootaxa
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With the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) new revalidation requirements firmly in place, readers may be interested in some advice on written reflections.
September 30, 2016: Nursing Management (Harrow)
Julio Sérgio Santos, Gisele Orlandi Introíni, Ana Cristina Prado Veiga-Menoncello, Ailin Blasco, Miryan Rivera, Shirlei Maria Recco-Pimentel
The spermatozoa of representatives of three Neotropical frog subfamilies, Leiuperinae, Leptodactylinae and Paratelmatobiinae, were observed using Transmission Electron Microscopy, with the aim of identifying ultrastructural traits that provide insights into the phylogenetic relationships among these anurans, which are currently unclear. In the leiuperines, spermatozoa of Physalaemus albifrons, P. cicada, P. deimaticus and P. feioi were characterized by an acrosomal vesicle covering the subacrosomal cone that was not observed in the spermatozoa of Physalaemus centralis and P...
September 4, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
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RCNi has produced an animation explaining everything nurses need to know about revalidation, the process all UK nurses and midwives must follow to maintain their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
August 24, 2016: Nursing Standard
Eleonora F Bianchi, Mimi R Bhattacharyya, Richard Meakin
OBJECTIVE: To explore the views of senior doctors on mental illness within the medical profession. BACKGROUND: There has been increasing interest on the issue of doctors' mental health. However, there have been few qualitative studies on senior doctors' general attitude towards mental illness within the medical profession. SETTING: Large North London teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: 13 hospital consultants and senior academic general practitioners...
September 16, 2016: BMJ Open
Felipe Vivallo
Centris dimidiata (Olivier) is currently considered an easily recognizable species widely distributed throughout the Amazon basin, mainly in Brazil. For much of its taxonomic history, C. atriventris Mocsáry and C. furcata (Fabricius) have been considered its junior subjective synonymies. Such interpretation was apparently due to the lack of a detailed study of the type specimens, misinterpretation of the original descriptions, and inability to study the apparently lost type specimen of C. dimidiata. In this paper, a neotype for C...
2016: Zootaxa
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How to engage in a reflective discussion for revalidation: 'The purpose of the reflective discussion is to encourage a culture of information sharing, reflection and improvement by enabling registrants to discuss their professional development and improvement activities'.
September 12, 2016: Nursing Children and Young People
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Reflection is a key part of life as a nurse, especially since the Nursing and Midwifery Council introduced the revalidation process in April.
September 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Marie Oxenbøll-Collet, Ingrid Egerod, Vibeke Christensen, Jeannette Jensen, Thordis Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU) has received more attention in the past decade. Early detection, prevention and treatment of delirium are important, and the most commonly used tool for delirium assessment is the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU). AIM: The aim of this study was to identify nurses' and physicians' perceived professional barriers to using the CAM-ICU in Danish ICUs. METHODS: This study uses a qualitative explorative multicentre design using focus groups and a semi-structured interview guide...
September 5, 2016: Nursing in Critical Care
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Nine out of ten nurses and midwives who were due to renew their Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration during the first 3 months of revalidation have done so, figures have revealed.
September 2016: Nursing Management (Harrow)
R L Atenstaedt
The taking of an ethical-legal oath is a "rite of passage" for many medical practitioners. A 1997 paper noted that half of medical schools in the UK administer an oath. I performed a survey of UK medical schools to see whether these are still used today. An electronic survey was sent to 31 UK medical schools, asking them whether the Hippocratic Oath (in any version) was taken by their medical students; non-respondents were followed up by telephone. Information was obtained from 21 UK medical schools, giving a response rate of 68% (21/31)...
August 11, 2016: Medico-legal Journal
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Nine out of ten nurses and midwives have renewed their Nursing and Midwifery Council registration in the first 3 months of revalidation, figures reveal.
August 10, 2016: Nursing Standard
Julie Griffiths
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2016: Midwives
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June 2016: Journal of Perioperative Practice
Duncan McNab, Paul Bowie, Alastair Ross, Jill Morrison
Learning from events with unwanted outcomes is an important part of workplace based education and providing evidence for medical appraisal and revalidation. It has been suggested that adopting a 'systems approach' could enhance learning and effective change. We believe the following key principles should be understood by all healthcare staff, especially those with a role in developing and delivering educational content for safety and improvement in primary care. When things go wrong, professional accountability involves accepting there has been a problem, apologising if necessary and committing to learn and change...
July 2016: Education for Primary Care
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