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Donna M Lake, Patricia E Allen, Myrna L Armstrong
Nursing continues to face professional workforce and diversity shortage problems. This article advocates for examining an untapped resource-the consideration of applicants for nursing leadership and educational positions in civilian health care organizations. This untapped resource is highly qualified, already retired (or going to be separated) military nurse officers (MNOs) who possess extensive health care knowledge, as well as distinctive ethnicity and gender composition. Clinical educators, as part of the organizational leadership, can play an important role in assisting the MNO civilian position assimilation because they come from a structured and unique cultural environment...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Leigh A Minchew, Cynthia L Morgan
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November 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Carlo Signorelli, Veronica Ciorba, Federica Pezzetti, Anna Odone, Armando Gozzini, Antonello Zangrandi
Health authorities, medical directors and managers are called to face increasing and inter-related challenges regarding the ongoing financial crisis, aging of the population and the need to acquire innovative medical technologies. These challenges need to be tackled in order to ensure sustainability of the healthcare systems and appropriateness and quality of healthcare services. In Italy, the role of medical directors has progressively evolved over the years and now requires strengthened managerial skills and additional professional expertise and skills to plan, implement and evaluate the new systems of government...
July 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
Federica Cadoni, Maria Martorana, Lara Pezzano, Anna Laurenti, Maria Rita Cavallo, Maria Michela Gianino
To ensure the safety of surgical procedures, a local health authority in Turin (Piedmont Region, Italy) adopted an operating room chart as a standard procedure that contextualizes the Ministerial surgical checklist and fills the surgical safety requirements of the regional health authority. Three characteristics make the adopted operating room chart especially useful and innovative: (i) it is completed by surgical nurses; (ii) it is completed during the surgical procedure itself; (iii) the greater number and type of checks required in addition to those specified in the ministerial checklist...
July 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
Shivani K Mhatre, Omar Serna, Shubhada Sansgiry, Marc L Fleming, E James Essien, Sujit S Sansgiry
BACKGROUND: Low adherence to oral antidiabetic drugs (OADs) in the Medicare population can greatly reduce Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings for managed care organizations (MCOs). OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a risk assessment tool (Prescription Medication Adherence Prediction Tool for Diabetes Medications [RxAPT-D]) to predict nonadherence to OADs using Medicare claims data. METHODS: In this retrospective observational study, claims data for members enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug (MA-PD) program in Houston, Texas, were used...
November 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Michael Stimmelmayr, Martin Stangl, Judith Kremzow-Stangl, Gerald Krennmair, Florian Beuer, Daniel Edelhoff, Jan-Frederik Güth
Single-retainer resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses (RBFDPs) are difficult to position due to the pressure of soft tissue at the pontic area and the single-retainer design. This clinical report describes an innovative technique for the insertion of single-retainer RBFDPs. An incisal inserting splint is used to position the RBFDPs reliably. With the help of grooves in the buccal and incisal area of the splint, the precise positioning of the splint on the adjacent teeth and the RBFDP can be controlled. Also, a hole in the retainer wing region of the splint gives access for pressure application on the wing during the bonding process...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
A Arias, O A Peters, I L Broyles
AIM: To develop, implement and evaluate an innovative curriculum in biostatistics in response to the needs of fostering critical thinking in graduate health care education for evidence-based practice and life-long learning education. METHODOLOGY: The curriculum was designed for first-year residents in a postgraduate endodontic program using a six-step approach to curriculum development to provide sufficient understanding to critically evaluate biomedical publications, to design the best research strategy to address a specific problem and to analyse data by appropriate statistical test selection...
October 26, 2016: International Endodontic Journal
Mohamed Mahmood Nasr
BACKGROUND: The performance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy could be a technical challenge. Procedure success depends on multiple factors namely: hepatobiliary anatomical variations, pathologic changes in the gallbladder and surrounding tissues, pre-operative interventional attempts, the individual surgeon's skill and finally patient co-morbidities. Anticipating the attendant challenges, can help to avoid several known complications associated with this procedure. Searching a more reliable anatomical topography to adopt during laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the basis for a safe surgical technique...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Anik Dube, Greg Harris, Jacqueline Gahagan, Shelley Doucet
OBJECTIVES: The Our Youth Our Response (OYOR) study explored the scope and accessibility of existing youth-oriented human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and Hepatitis C (HCV) prevention in Atlantic Canada. METHODS: A cross-provincial, qualitative population health and gender-based analytic approach was used in this study. Four hundred and twenty-five documents were part of the initial scoping review, while 47 in-depth interviews across youth-relevant sectors were undertaken to explore the perceptions related to current approaches to youth-oriented HIV/HCV prevention policies and programs...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Public Health
Julie E Park, David W Chang
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. summarize the evolution of perforator, chimeric, and free style flaps; 2. define and give examples of supermicrosurgery as well as understand its application in treatment of lymphedema; and 3. appreciate the development and advancements of composite tissue allotransplantation. SUMMARY: Although microsurgery may seem like a highly specialized niche within plastic surgery, it is more than just a discipline that focuses on small anastomoses...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Adrian S H Ooi, Daniel R Butz, Zhen Gooi, David W Chang
Reconstruction of pharyngolaryngoesophageal defects following salvage surgery in patients with a history of chemoradiation is a challenging problem with a high incidence of pharyngocutaneous fistula. The authors describe three cases of successful reconstruction of partial pharyngolaryngoesophageal defects using a modified radial forearm free flap with additional dermal reinforcement and review the literature for innovations in the use of radial forearm free flap for reconstruction of these difficult cases. Modification of the radial forearm free flap makes it a versatile, reliable flap that has become the "go-to" flap for partial pharyngolaryngoesophageal reconstruction...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Nikhil Sobti, Eric C Liao
BACKGROUND: The use of acellular dermal matrix has facilitated immediate prosthesis-based breast reconstruction. However, few studies directly compare surgical outcomes following acellular dermal matrix-based reconstruction with two of the most commonly available materials, AlloDerm and FlexHD. Those studies that are available often do not adequately control for the surgeon as a variable. The authors hypothesize that complication rates will not differ significantly between AlloDerm and FlexHD when practice and surgeon variables are properly controlled...
November 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Valentina Iacopino, Daniele Mascia, Americo Cicchetti
BACKGROUND: In recent decades, the role of technology in health care organizations has become increasingly relevant because it enhances health care outcomes and the achievement of clinical goals. Extant research demonstrates that the effectiveness of a medical innovation depends largely on health care professionals' perceptions of its usefulness and impact on their activities and practices. We also know that interaction among social actors contributes to the shaping of their judgments and opinions regarding innovation...
October 25, 2016: Health Care Management Review
Mohammad A Kaisar, Ravi K Sajja, Shikha Prasad, Vinay V Abhyankar, Taylor Liles, Luca Cucullo
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is a dynamic biological interface which actively controls the passage of substances between the blood and the central nervous system (CNS). From a biological and functional standpoint, the BBB plays a crucial role in maintaining brain homeostasis inasmuch that deterioration of BBB functions are prodromal to many CNS disorders. Conversely, the BBB hinders the delivery of drugs targeting the brain to treat a variety of neurological diseases. Area covered: This article reviews recent technological improvements and innovation in the field of BBB modeling including static and dynamic cell-based platforms, microfluidic systems and the use of stem cells and 3D printing technologies...
October 26, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
Airidas Korolkovas, Philipp Gutfreund, Jean-Louis Barrat
We present a computer simulation of entangled polymer solutions at equilibrium. The chains repel each other via a soft Gaussian potential, appropriate for semi-dilute solutions at the scale of a correlation blob. The key innovation to suppress chain crossings is to use a pseudo-continuous model of a backbone which effectively leaves no gaps between consecutive points on the chain, unlike the usual bead-and-spring model. Our algorithm is sufficiently fast to observe the entangled regime using a standard desktop computer...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Fangzuo Li, Zhiguo Liu, Tianxi Sun
Energy-dispersive small-angle X-ray scattering (ED-SAXS) with an innovative design of cone collimation based on an ellipsoidal single-bounce capillary (ESBC) and a polycapillary parallel X-ray lens (PPXRL) had been explored. Using this new cone collimation system, scattering angle 2θ has a theoretical minimum angle related to the mean half-opening angle of the hollow cone beam of 1.42 mrad, and with the usable X-ray energy ranging from 4 to 30 keV, the resulting observable scattering vector q is down to a minimum value of about 0...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Letitia H Burridge, Michele M Foster, Maria Donald, Jianzhen Zhang, Anthony W Russell, Claire L Jackson
As the prevalence of type 2 diabetes continues to escalate, health system reform is seeking better patient outcomes through new models of care that aim to provide the most appropriate care when needed. Patients' experiences of service innovations can shed light on the successes and challenges of implementing change. This paper explores patients' views of a new model of integrated care for patients with type 2 diabetes. A mixed-methods, randomised control trial evaluated a beacon clinic model of care for complex type 2 diabetes led by specialist general practitioners (GPs) in primary care settings in Brisbane, Australia...
October 26, 2016: Health & Social Care in the Community
Sandip P Tarpada, Wayne D Hsueh, Marc J Gibber
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: E-learning, in its most rudimentary form, is the use of Internet-based resources for teaching and learning purposes. In surgical specialties, this definition encompasses the use of virtual patient cases, digital modeling, and online tutorials, as well as standardized video and imaging. As new technological frontiers rapidly emerge within otolaryngology, e-learning may be an effective alternative to traditional teaching. Here we present a systematic review of the literature assessing the efficacy of e-learning for otolaryngology education and a discussion of the relevance of these programs for both medical students and residents within the field...
October 26, 2016: Laryngoscope
Na Liu, Ruixiang Qu, Yuning Chen, Yingze Cao, Weifeng Zhang, Xin Lin, Yen Wei, Lin Feng, Lei Jiang
Dual purification of both oily wastewater and dye-polluted water for enhancing the use of freshwater is an urgent task. We report herein, the facile synthesis of inorganic semiconductor nanomaterials anchored mesh for in situ dual-functional water purification. This resultant mesh combines the excellent capacity of oil removal and the advantage of photocatalytic performance for dye degradation under visible light irradiation at the same time. In addition, the mesh was easily regenerated and remained unaltered in photocatalytic performance over five successive dye degradation cycles...
October 26, 2016: Nanoscale
Dario Laquintana
. The evolution of the assessment and development of nursing competences in the Italian health-care system. The issue of the skills, in health care organizations, received a boost in the last 15 years as a result of contractual innovations that recognized different career levels in the nursing profession, and of the widespread dissemination of quality systems for certification or accreditation for excellence. These events prompted organizations to assess the competence of their professionals. A further stimulus was given by the recent debate on nursing sensitive outcomes, by the changes in patients' needs and by the increased production of knowledge from the nursing profession which contributed to an increase of competences and to their expanded role...
July 2016: Assistenza Infermieristica e Ricerca: AIR
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