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Hirofumi Nakada, Seichi Horie, Shoko Kawanami, Jinro Inoue, Yoshinori Iijima, Kiyoharu Sato, Takeshi Abe
We aimed to develop a practical method to estimate oesophageal temperature by measuring multi-locational auditory canal temperatures. This method can be applied to prevent heatstroke by simultaneously and continuously monitoring the core temperatures of people working under hot environments. We asked 11 healthy male volunteers to exercise, generating 80 W for 45 min in a climatic chamber set at 24, 32 and 40 °C, at 50% relative humidity. We also exposed the participants to radiation at 32 °C. We continuously measured temperatures at the oesophagus, rectum and three different locations along the external auditory canal...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
Carole Mackavey
Optimally, transition in health care should be seamless and incorporate a well-thought-out patient-centered discharge plan; yet, many hospitalized patients are unprepared for discharge, thereby compromising patient safety and quality of care. Transition of care should include a broad range of time-limited services designed to ensure health care continuity to avoid poor outcomes among at-risk populations. This case study demonstrates that advanced practice nurses (APNs) are in the perfect position to bridge the existing gap, reduce readmissions, and improve patient health...
September 1, 2016: Care Management Journals: Journal of Case Management ; the Journal of Long Term Home Health Care
Ivana Marinović, Srećko Marušić, Iva Mucalo, Jasna Mesarić, Vesna Bačić Vrca
AIM: To evaluate the clinical pharmacist-led medication reconciliation process in clinical practice by quantifying and analyzing unintentional medication discrepancies at hospital admission. METHODS: An observational prospective study was conducted at the Clinical Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Dubrava, during a 1-year period (October 2014 - September 2015) as a part of the implementation of Safe Clinical Practice, Medication Reconciliation of the European Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care Joint Action (PASQ JA) project...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
J A Wahr, J H Abernathy, E H Lazarra, J R Keebler, M H Wall, I Lynch, R Wolfe, R L Cooper
Human error poses significant risk for hospitalized patients causing an estimated 100,000 to 400,000 deaths in the USA annually. Medication errors contribute, with error occurring in 5.3% of medication administrations during surgery. In this study 70.3% of medication errors were deemed preventable. Given the paucity of randomized controlled studies, we undertook a rigorous review of the literature to identify recommendations supported by expert opinions. An extensive literature search pertaining to medication error, medication safety, operating room, and anaesthesia was performed...
January 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
Andrew Y-Z Ou, Yu Jiang, Po-Liang Wu, Lui Sha, Richard B Berlin
In a medical environment such as Intensive Care Unit, there are many possible reasons to cause errors, and one important reason is the effect of human intellectual tasks. When designing an interactive healthcare system such as medical Cyber-Physical-Human Systems (CPHSystems), it is important to consider whether the system design can mitigate the errors caused by these tasks or not. In this paper, we first introduce five categories of generic intellectual tasks of humans, where tasks among each category may lead to potential medical errors...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
Massimo Farina, Gianni De Paoli, Monica Canciani
PURPOSE: Raccomandazione 14 (Recommendation 14), issued by the Italian Ministry of Health, is aimed at providing requirements for preventing medication errors with antineoplastic drugs. Raccomandazione 14 covers all steps of the process, from supply to administration of therapies with specific conclusive guidance on tools and methods to be adopted for the assessment and management of clinical risk. METHODS: A form and a score system were designed and provided to healthcare professionals for self-assessment of adherence to Raccomandazione 14...
August 29, 2016: Tumori
Luciana Garbayo, James Stahl
Guidelines orient best practices in medicine, yet, in health care, many real world constraints limit their optimal realization. Since guideline implementation problems are not systematically anticipated, they will be discovered only post facto, in a learning curve period, while the already implemented guideline is tweaked, debugged and adapted. This learning process comes with costs to human health and quality of life. Despite such predictable hazard, the study and modeling of medical guideline implementation is still seldom pursued...
March 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
Kyoko Shida, Toshiyasu Suzuki, Kazuhiro Sugahara, Kazuya Sobue
BACKGROUND: In the case of medication errors which are among the more frequent adverse events that occur in the hospital, there is a need for effective measures to prevent incidence. According to the Japan Society of Anesthesiologists study "Drug incident investigation 2005-2007 years", "Error of a syringe at the selection stage" was the most frequent (44.2%). The status of current measures and best practices implemented in Japanese hospitals was the focus of a subsequent investigation...
May 2016: Masui. the Japanese Journal of Anesthesiology
Peter J Franks, Judith Barker, Mark Collier, Georgina Gethin, Emily Haesler, Arkadiusz Jawien, Severin Laeuchli, Giovanni Mosti, Sebastian Probst, Carolina Weller
Introduction It is well documented that the prevalence of venous leg ulcers (VLUs) is increasing, coinciding with an ageing population. Accurate global prevalence of VLUs is difficult to estimate due to the range of methodologies used in studies and accuracy of reporting. (1) Venous ulceration is the most common type of leg ulceration and a significant clinical problem, affecting approximately 1% of the population and 3% of people over 80 years of age (2) in westernised countries. Moreover, the global prevalence of VLUs is predicted to escalate dramatically, as people are living longer, often with multiple comorbidities...
June 2016: Journal of Wound Care
Aishwarya Navalpakam, Mohammed Dany, Inaya Hajj Hussein
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination decreases the risk for cervical cancer. However, the uptake of HPV vaccine remains low when compared with other recommended vaccines. This study evaluates the knowledge and attitudes towards HPV infection and vaccination, and the readiness for the uptake of HPV vaccine amongst female students attending Oakland University (OU) in Michigan, United States. This is a cross-sectional study targeting a randomized sample of a 1000 female OU students using an online questionnaire...
2016: PloS One
Rodolphe Charles, Josette Vallée, Claire Tissot, Frédéric Lucht, Elisabeth Botelho-Nevers
BACKGROUND: Vaccination is a common act in general practice in which, as in all procedures in medicine, errors may occur. To our best knowledge, in this area, few tools exist to prevent them. OBJECTIVE: To create a checklist that could be used in general practice in order to avoid the main errors. METHODS: From April to July 2013, we systematically searched for vaccination errors using three sources: a review of literature, individual interviews with 25 health care workers and supervised peer review groups meeting at the Medicine school of Saint-Etienne (France)...
August 2016: Family Practice
Michael E Hopkins, Robert V MacKenzie-Ross
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of theophylline toxicity and factors that augment the risk of developing it are well documented in the literature. However these appear to be poorly considered in clinical practice. This case underlines the challenges in recognising and managing theophylline toxicity; moreover the requirement for improved application of knowledge of its pharmacokinetics to our practice. CASE PRESENTATION: In this case we observe how theophylline toxicity can be overlooked due to the presence of non-specific symptoms and lack of a structured system to mitigate error in detection, in both hospital medicine and general practice...
March 5, 2016: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
V D Mendelevich, K Yu Zalmunin
BACKGROUND: For many years, clinical protocols for treatment of drug abuse patients and treatment standards in Russian Federation were not grounded on the principles of evidence-based medicine [1]. Recommendations for use of certain drugs were not accompanied by any indication of the level of credibility of the evidence supporting it. The appearance in 2014 of such indications in clinical recommendations can be considered a significant step forward for the science of addiction medicine [2]...
2015: International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine
Jennifer L Cruz, Jamie N Brown
OBJECTIVES: Rigorous practices for safe dispensing of investigational drugs are not standardized. This investigation sought to identify error-prevention processes utilized in the provision of investigational drug services (IDS) and to characterize pharmacists' perceptions about safety risks posed by investigational drugs. METHODS: An electronic questionnaire was distributed to an audience of IDS pharmacists within the Veteran Affairs Health System. Multiple facets were examined including demographics, perceptions of medication safety, and standard processes used to support investigational drug protocols...
June 2015: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Michael J Robertson, Julian Tirado-Rives, William L Jorgensen
The development and validation of new peptide dihedral parameters are reported for the OPLS-AA force field. High accuracy quantum chemical methods were used to scan φ, ψ, χ1, and χ2 potential energy surfaces for blocked dipeptides. New Fourier coefficients for the dihedral angle terms of the OPLS-AA force field were fit to these surfaces, utilizing a Boltzmann-weighted error function and systematically examining the effects of weighting temperature. To prevent overfitting to the available data, a minimal number of new residue-specific and peptide-specific torsion terms were developed...
July 14, 2015: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Samuel Pannick, Iain Beveridge, Hutan Ashrafian, Susannah J Long, Thanos Athanasiou, Nick Sevdalis
INTRODUCTION: The majority of preventable deaths in healthcare are due to errors on general wards. Staff perceptions of safety correlate with patient survival, but effectively translating ward teams' concerns into tangibly improved care remains problematic. The Hospital Event Analysis Describing Significant Unanticipated Problems (HEADS-UP) trial evaluates a structured, multidisciplinary team briefing, capturing safety threats and adverse events, with rapid feedback to clinicians and service managers...
2015: BMJ Open
Ayako Okochi, Etsuko Tadaka
OBJECTIVES: Self-management is essential for individuals with chronic cervical spinal cord injury, but some cases of self-neglect have been reported. The objective of this study was to examine the establishment of self-management in order to help inform community care practice. METHODS: This was a qualitative study applying a grounded theory approach with semi-structured home interviews. We interviewed 29 individuals with cervical spinal cord injuries (aged 26-77 years) who were members of each of the three branches of the nationwide self-help group, or the clients of a home-visit nursing care station...
2015: [Nihon Kōshū Eisei Zasshi] Japanese Journal of Public Health
Anne Lyren, Richard Brilli, Michael Bird, Nicholas Lashutka, Stephen Muething
OBJECTIVES: Building upon their previous collective success and a clinical imperative for rapid improvement, the eight tertiary pediatric referral centers in Ohio sought to dramatically decrease the most serious types of harm that occur to hospitalized children by collectively employing high reliability methods focused on safety culture. METHODS: With the support of the hospitals' executives, the Ohio collaborative obtained legal protection and built will by clearly identifying types and frequency of harm events that occur in each participating hospital and across the state...
July 2016: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
Sharon A Van Wicklin
Specific actions for handling various types of specimens may differ; however, the management process is essentially the same. Accurate specimen management requires effective multidisciplinary communication, minimal distractions, and awareness of the opportunities for error. When advocating for patients and working with members of the health care team to provide a safe perioperative environment, perioperative nurses should adhere to best practices for specimen management and strive to prevent specimen-related errors that may lead to inaccurate or incomplete diagnoses, the need for additional procedures, and perhaps most importantly, physical and psychological injury to patients...
May 2015: AORN Journal
Gregor Cevc
Partition coefficient, P, is the preferred descriptor of molecular lipo- or hydrophilicity, and thus of relationships between a solute (S, e.g., a drug), a polar medium (W, e.g., an aqueous buffer), and an essentially apolar, organic, medium or a drug carrier (O). The coefficient is commonly identified with the linear ratio of solute quantities in the two media, P=nSO/nSW, even to characterise solute association with or binding to a surface (e.g., of a HPLC column or a drug carrier). To check the latter practice correctness-and credibility of the prevailing P definition-this paper compares an ideal solute distribution between two separate homogeneous fluid media (i...
May 2015: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
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