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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631129/optimizing-the-deep-brain-stimulation-care-pathway-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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N J Thomas, P Mertens, T Danaila, G Polo, H Klinger, E Broussolle, S Thobois
Management of Parkinson's disease (PD) using deep brain stimulation (DBS) requires complex care in specialized, multidisciplinary centers. A well-organized, efficient patient flow is crucial to ensure that eligible patients can quickly access DBS. Delays or inefficiencies in patient care may impact a center's ability to meet demand, creating a capacity bottleneck. Analysis of the current practices within a center may help identify areas for improvement. After external audit of the DBS workflow of the Lyon Neurological Hospital and comparison with other European centers, manageable steps were suggested to restructure the care pathway...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622328/second-year-visual-acuity-outcomes-of-namd-patients-treated-with-aflibercept-data-analysis-from-the-uk-aflibercept-users-group
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H Almuhtaseb, R L Johnston, J S Talks, A J Lotery
PurposeTo audit the visual acuity (VA) outcomes achieved at the end of year two in 17 UK centres, which followed the year 1 VIEW protocol in year 1, but a variable approach in year 2 for aflibercept for neovascular macular degeneration (nAMD).Patients and methodsRetrospective data analysis, from an electronic medical record, of a consecutive series of treatment-naive nAMD patients who received aflibercept for 2 consecutive years, having followed the VIEW protocol in year one, defined as eyes having received 7 or 8 injections from baseline...
June 16, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619484/the-new-opt-out-dutch-national-breast-implant-registry-lessons-learnt-from-the-road-to-implementation
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Hinne A Rakhorst, Marc A M Mureau, Rodney D Cooter, John McNeil, Miranda van Hooff, René van der Hulst, Juliette Hommes, Marije Hoornweg, Laura Moojen-Zaal, Patricia Liem, Irene M J Mathijssen
An estimated 1-3% of all women in the Netherlands carry breast implants. Since the introduction five decades ago, problems with a variety of breast implants have emerged with direct consequences for the patients' health. Plastic surgeons worldwide reacted through campaigning for auditing on long-term implant quality, surgeon performance, and institutional outcomes in implant registries. Especially, the PIP implant scandal of 2010 demonstrated the paucity of epidemiological data and uncovered a weakness in our ability to even 'track and trace' patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618906/quality-assurance-and-the-need-to-evaluate-interventions-and-audit-programme-outcomes
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Min Zhao, Ilonca Vaartjes, Kerstin Klipstein-Grobusch, Kornelia Kotseva, Catriona Jennings, Diederick E Grobbee, Ian Graham
Evidence-based clinical guidelines provide standards for the provision of healthcare. However, these guidelines have been poorly implemented in daily practice. Clinical audit is a quality improvement tool to promote quality of care in daily practice and to improve outcomes through the systematic review of care delivery and implementation of changes. A major priority in the management of subjects with cardiovascular disease (CVD) management is secondary prevention by controlling cardiovascular risk factors and providing appropriate medical treatment...
June 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618147/feedback-preferences-of-patients-professionals-and-health-insurers-in-integrated-head-and-neck-cancer-care
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Lydia F J van Overveld, Robert P Takes, Thomas W Vijn, Jozé C C Braspenning, Jan P de Boer, John J A Brouns, Rolf J Bun, Boukje A C van Dijk, Judith A W F Dortmans, Emilie A C Dronkers, Robert J J van Es, Frank J P Hoebers, Arvid Kropveld, Johannes A Langendijk, Ton P M Langeveld, Sjoukje F Oosting, Hendrik P Verschuur, Jan G A M de Visscher, Stijn van Weert, Matthias A W Merkx, Ludi E Smeele, Rosella P M G Hermens
BACKGROUND: Audit and feedback on professional practice and health care outcomes are the most often used interventions to change behaviour of professionals and improve quality of health care. However, limited information is available regarding preferred feedback for patients, professionals and health insurers. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the (differences in) preferences of receiving feedback between stakeholders, using the Dutch Head and Neck Audit as an example. METHODS: A total of 37 patients, medical specialists, allied health professionals and health insurers were interviewed using semi-structured interviews...
June 15, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618137/the-impact-of-aspiration-pneumonia-and-nasogastric-feeding-on-clinical-outcomes-in-stroke-patients-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Maria Schwarz, Anne Coccetti, Allison Murdoch, Elizabeth Cardell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine presence of clinical complications related to dysphagia and to explore their operational outcomes. BACKGROUND: Dysphagia is a common complication of stroke. The management of post stroke dysphagia is multi-disciplinary with nurses playing a key role in screening for dysphagia risk, monitoring tolerance of food and fluids and checking for the development of complications such as fever, dehydration and change in medical status. Dysphagia often results in further complications including aspiration pneumonia and the need for nasogastric feeding...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617790/clinical-management-and-patient-persistence-with-antibiotic-course-in-suspected-group-a-streptococcal-pharyngitis-for-primary-prevention-of-rheumatic-fever-the-perspective-from-a-new-zealand-emergency-department
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Jeremy J Mathan, Jozsef Ekart, Anthony Houlding, Gary Payinda, Clair Mills
AIM: Rates of acute rheumatic fever in the Northland region are historically among the highest in New Zealand, impacting disproportionately on Māori children and youth. The primary aim of this study was to determine patient persistence to antibiotic treatment for group A streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis in patients presenting with sore throat to the Whangarei Hospital Emergency Department. Secondarily, this study sought to determine prescriber adherence to the national antibiotic guideline for sore throat management...
June 16, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607686/improving-care-for-patients-with-or-at-risk-for-chronic-kidney-disease-using-electronic-medical-record-interventions-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial-protocol
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Danielle M Nash, Noah M Ivers, Jacqueline Young, R Liisa Jaakkimainen, Amit X Garg, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: Many patients with or at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the primary care setting are not receiving recommended care. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine whether a multifaceted, low-cost intervention compared with usual care improves the care of patients with or at risk for CKD in the primary care setting. DESIGN: A pragmatic cluster-randomized trial, with an embedded qualitative process evaluation, will be conducted...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606570/comparing-nutritional-requirements-provision-and-intakes-among-patients-prescribed-therapeutic-diets-in-hospital-an-observational-study
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Megan Rattray, Ben Desbrow, Shelley Roberts
OBJECTIVE: Nutrition is an important part of recovery for hospitalized patients. The aim of this study was to assess the nutritional adequacy of meals provided to and consumed by patients prescribed a therapeutic diet. METHODS: Patients (N = 110) prescribed a therapeutic diet (texture-modified, low-fiber, oral fluid, or food allergy or intolerance diets) for medical or nutritional reasons were recruited from six wards of a tertiary hospital. Complete (24-h) dietary provisions and intakes were directly observed and analyzed for energy (kJ) and protein (g) content...
July 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606198/clinical-information-transfer-between-ems-staff-and-emergency-medicine-assistants-during-handover-of-trauma-patients
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Seyedeh Almas Fahim Yegane, Ali Shahrami, Hamid Reza Hatamabadi, Seyed-Mostafa Hosseini-Zijoud
Introduction Clinical handover by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff, as the first people who have contact with trauma patients, in the emergency department (ED), is very important. Therefore, effective communication to transfer clinical information about patients in a concise, rational, clear, and time-bound manner is essential. In Iran, the transfer of necessary information in clinical handover in EDs was carried out orally and without following standard instructions. This study aimed to audit the current clinical handover according to the Identify, Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (ISBAR) tool and survey the effect of training the ISBAR tool to Emergency Medicine Assistants (EMAs) and EMS staff on improvement of the clinical handover of patients to the ED...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603870/advice-about-infant-feeding-for-allergy-prevention-a-confusing-picture-for-australian-consumers
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Merryn J Netting, Katrina J Allen
AIM: Early feeding plays an important role in programming the immune system, particularly the risk of food allergy. There are many infant feeding guides published for consumers available in Australia, with most based on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) 2012 Infant Feeding Guidelines for Health Workers and the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) Infant Feeding Advice for allergy prevention. We sought to compare allergy-specific content of infant feeding educational material written for parents with these two documents...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602268/complications-after-prominent-ear-correction-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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S S Sadhra, S Motahariasl, J T Hardwicke
BACKGROUND: There is great diversity in reported post-operative outcomes for otoplasty, with the incidence of haematoma or infection ranging from 0% to 15.6% and 0%-10%, respectively. With such variability, it is difficult to determine an overall 'average' incidence of common post-operative complications. METHODS: A systematic review of the most relevant medical databases was conducted for studies available in English published between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2015...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600853/mixed-methods-study-on-the-use-of-and-attitudes-towards-safety-checklists-in-interventional-radiology
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Zachary Munn, Kristy Giles, Edoardo Aromataris, Anita Deakin, Timothy Schultz, Catherine Mandel, Micah Dj Peters, Guy Maddern, Alan Pearson, William Runciman
INTRODUCTION: The use of safety checklists in interventional radiology is an intervention aimed at reducing mortality and morbidity. Currently there is little known about their practical use in Australian radiology departments. The primary aim of this mixed methods study was to evaluate how safety checklists (SC) are used and completed in radiology departments within Australian hospitals, and attitudes towards their use as described by Australian radiologists. METHODS: A mixed methods approach employing both quantitative and qualitative techniques was used for this study...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588352/building-genetic-database-at-medical-institutes-implement-patient-cost-audit-and-improve-biomedical-research
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Pramod Gupta, Vipin Koushal, Chandradeo Narayan, Akshay Anand
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May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587754/delirium-screening-in-intensive-care-a-life-saving-opportunity
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E Lamond, S Murray, C E Gibson
BACKGROUND: Delirium is described as 'acute brain failure' and constitutes a medical emergency which presents a hazard for people cared for in intensive care units. The Scottish intensive care society audit group recommend that all people cared for in intensive care units be screened for signs of delirium so that treatment and management of complications can be implemented at an early stage. CLINICAL IMPLICATION: There is inconsistent evidence about when and how the assessment of delirium is carried out by nursing staff in the intensive care setting...
June 3, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584697/managing-your-aging-patient-population
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Ann L McNary
This ongoing column is dedicated to providing information to our readers on managing legal risks associated with medical practice. We invite questions from our readers. The answers are provided by PRMS, Inc. (www.prms.com), a manager of medical professional liability insurance programs with services that include risk management consultation, education and onsite risk management audits, and other resources to healthcare providers to help improve patient outcomes and reduce professional liability risk. The answers published in this column represent those of only one risk management consulting company...
March 2017: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584585/an-audit-on-the-appropriateness-of-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-referrals-in-a-tertiary-cardiac-center
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Ahmed Ali Alderazi, Mary Lynch
BACKGROUND: In response to growing concerns regarding the overuse of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in the clinical setting, multiple societies, including the American College of Cardiology Foundation, have jointly published revised criteria regarding the appropriate use of this imaging modality. However, previous research indicates significant discrepancies in the rate of adherence to these guidelines. AIM: To assess the appropriateness of CCTA referrals in a tertiary cardiac center in Bahrain...
January 2017: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583719/weak-links-in-the-early-chain-of-care-of-acute-lower-limb-ischaemia-in-terms-of-recognition-and-emergency-management
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M Langenskiöld, K Smidfelt, A Karlsson, C Bohm, J Herlitz, J Nordanstig
OBJECTIVES: Acute lower limb ischaemia (ALLI) is a potentially fatal, limb threatening medical emergency. Early treatment is essential for a good outcome. The aim was to describe the early chain of care in ALLI focusing on lead times and emergency management in order to identify weak links for improvement. METHODS: This was a retrospective, descriptive case study. This study analysed the medical records of all patients with a main discharge diagnosis of ALLI between January 2009 and December 2014...
June 2, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583301/the-toronto-thromboprophylaxis-patient-safety-initiative-topps-a-cluster-randomised-trial
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Artemis Diamantouros, Alex Kiss, Tina Papastavros, David U, Merrick Zwarenstein, William H Geerts
BACKGROUND: Although venous thromboembolism (VTE) is one of the most common and most preventable complications of hospital stay, review of the literature demonstrates large evidence-care gaps for VTE prevention. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine if a multi-component quality improvement (QI) strategy, including the support of hospital leadership, use of order sets, audit and feedback, and active pharmacy involvement, could increase the use of appropriate thromboprophylaxis in patients hospitalized for hip fracture surgery (HFS), major general surgery (MGS) and acute medical illness (MED)...
May 27, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582989/a-situation-analysis-of-psychiatrists-in-south-africa-s-rural-primary-healthcare-settings
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Johannes H De Kock, Basil J Pillay
BACKGROUND: South Africa (SA) has been facing serious challenges in providing human resources for the delivery of essential mental health (MH) services. The majority of its prescribing MH specialists, psychiatrists, practise in private, urban and peri-urban areas. The findings of a situation analysis audit of psychiatrist human resources in the public rural primary healthcare (PRPHC) sector are presented in this paper. METHOD: This audit was based on both primary and secondary data...
May 29, 2017: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
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