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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340123/rapid-ascent-from-zero-quality-to-international-organization-for-standardization-accreditation%C3%A2-a-case-study-of-hai-duong-preventive-medicine-center-in-vietnam-2012-2013
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Cuong Ngoc Duong, Kyle B Bond, Humberto Carvalho, Hien Bui Thi Thu, Thuong Nguyen, Thomas Rush
Objectives: In 2012, the Vietnam Ministry of Health sought to improve the quality of health laboratories by introducing international quality standards. Methods: Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA), a year-long, structured, quality improvement curriculum (including projects and mentorship) was piloted in 12 laboratories. Progress was measured using a standardized audit tool (Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333841/audit-of-ca125-follow-up-after-first-line-therapy-for-ovarian-cancer
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Daniel Krell, Fran Said Battistino, Sarah Benafif, Lochani Ganegoda, Marcia Hall, Gordon J S Rustin
AIMS: The Medical Research Council OVO5/EORTC 55955 trial showed that patients in remission after first-line therapy for ovarian cancer did not benefit from routine measurement of CA125 during follow-up. Since the presentation of these results, we have counseled patients about the options for follow-up and provided them with an information leaflet about the trial results and the symptoms that should prompt an early appointment and CA125 measurement. We present an audit of practice after the presentation of those results...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332331/computed-tomography-for-head-injuries-in-children-change-in-australian-usage-rates-over-time
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Ed Oakley, Rachel May, Tobias Hoeppner, Kam Sinn, Jeremy Furyk, Simon Craig, Pamela Rosengarten, Amit Kochar, David Krieser, Sarah Dalton, Stuart Dalziel, Jocelyn Neutze, Tim Cain, Kim Jachno, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: Paediatric head injury is a common presentation to the ED. North American studies demonstrate increasing use of computed tomography (CT) brain scan (CTB) to investigate head injury. No such data exists for Australian EDs. The aim of this study was to describe CTB use in head injury over time in eight Australian EDs. METHODS: Retrospective ED electronic database and medical imaging database audit was undertaken for the years 2001-2010 by International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 9 or 10 code for head injury in children <16 years...
April 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324919/victorian-trabeculectomy-audit
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Jennifer C Fan Gaskin, Sukhpal S Sandhu, Mark J Walland
IMPORTANCE: This study highlights the efficacy and safety of trabeculectomy in Victoria, Australia. BACKGROUND: Trabeculectomy is currently the gold- standard in glaucoma surgery. However, its role has been increasingly questioned due to its associated risks and complications. This audit aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of trabeculectomy surgery in the state of Victoria, Australia. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, retrospective, and voluntary state- wide audit of trabeculectomy surgery by individual surgeons in 2012 with 24-months follow-up...
March 21, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324813/among-patients-with-unhealthy-alcohol-use-those-with-hiv-are-less-likely-than-those-without-to-receive-evidence-based-alcohol-related-care-a-national-va-study
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Emily C Williams, Gwen T Lapham, Susan M Shortreed, Anna D Rubinsky, Jennifer F Bobb, Kara M Bensley, Sheryl L Catz, Julie E Richards, Katharine A Bradley
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use has important adverse effects on people living with HIV (PLWH). This study of patients with recognized unhealthy alcohol use estimated and compared rates of alcohol-related care received by PLWH and HIV- patients. METHODS: Outpatients from the Veterans Health Administration who had one or more positive screen(s) for unhealthy alcohol use (AUDIT-C≥5) documented in their medical records 10/2009-5/2013 were eligible. Primary and secondary outcomes were brief intervention documented ≤14days after a positive alcohol screen, and a composite measure of any alcohol-related care (brief intervention, specialty addictions treatment or pharmacotherapy documented ≤365 days), respectively...
March 6, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322034/medical-auditing-of-whole-breast-screening-ultrasonography
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Min Jung Kim
Since breast ultrasonography (US) has been used as an adjunctive screening modality in women with dense breasts, the need has arisen to evaluate and monitor its possible harm and benefits in comparison with other screening modalities such as mammography. Recently, the fifth edition of the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System published by the American College of Radiology has suggested auditing methods for screening breast US. However, the method proposed therein is slightly different from how diagnostic performance was calculated in previous studies on screening breast US...
February 16, 2017: Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321301/early-aspirin-administration-post-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-changing-hospital-culture-through-a-two-cycled-audit
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Shefali Parikh, Justin Ratnasingham
"Early Aspirin" or a medium dose of aspirin 6 hours after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery is strongly recommend by international guidelines (EACTS 2007/AHA 2011 guidelines, Level1a evidence) to protect venous graft patency. However, compliance with Early Aspirin prescription at our centre is poor due to long standing hospital cultural practices and lack of awareness. We completed a two-cycled retrospective audit of 53 (September 2015 Baseline), 65 (January 2016 First Cycle) and 58 (June 2016 Second Cycle) consecutive CABG patients...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321282/challenges-with-targeted-viral-load-testing-for-medical-inpatients-at-queen-elizabeth-central-hospital-in-blantyre-malawi
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Alison Craik, Priyanka Patel, Pratiksha Patel, Jane Mallewa, Ken Malisita, Joseph Bitilinyu-Bangoh, Joep J van Oosterhout, Christine Kelly
BACKGROUND: Approximately 75% of medical inpatients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi are HIV seropositive, and a third of these patients are on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Malawi guidelines recommend targeted viral load (VL) testing for patients on ART for at least one year who report excellent adherence and present with a WHO clinical stage 3 or 4 HIV disease. A switch to second-line ART is only indicated if a VL result >5000 copies/mL confirms treatment failure...
December 2016: Malawi Medical Journal: the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320069/usefulness-of-laboratory-and-radiological-investigations-in-the-management-of-supraventricular-tachycardia
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Aadith Ashok, Miguel Cabalag, David McD Taylor
OBJECTIVE: Although ED patients presenting with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) are commonly investigated, the value of these investigations has been questioned. We aimed to determine the frequency and utility of investigations in patients with SVT. METHODS: We undertook an explicit retrospective medical record audit of patients with SVT who presented to a single ED (January 2004 to June 2014). Data on demographics, presenting complaints, investigations and outcomes were extracted...
March 20, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319416/specifics-in-the-review-of-health-documentation
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K Kacalova, B Havelkova, D Farkasova
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the work was to identify if health documentation management is depending of actually current legislation. Also to review range and consistency records. The work described forms and content of documentation, relating to treat wounds and decubitus. METHODS: A content analysis of 139 health documentation of insurer of General Health Insurance Company, which were treated by 28 home care agencies (hereinafter "HCA") and in the HCA was done directly audit in 2012 and 2014...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318891/lessons-from-a-national-audit-of-acute-pancreatitis-a-summary-of-the-ncepod-report-treat-the-cause
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D A O'Reilly, S J McPherson, M T Sinclair, N Smith
The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) is an independent organisation whose remit is to review the quality of medical and surgical care provided in the United Kingdom. We undertook a review into the care provided to patients treated for acute pancreatitis during a 6 month study period between 1st January and 30th June 2014. This included assessment of care at an organisational level, clinical level within hospitals and external peer review. From a random sample, 712 patients underwent hospital clinician review and 418 patients had external peer review...
February 17, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306417/the-management-and-outcome-for-patients-with-chronic-subdural-hematoma-a-prospective-multicenter-observational-cohort-study-in-the-united-kingdom
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Paul M Brennan, Angelos G Kolias, Alexis J Joannides, Jonathan Shapey, Hani J Marcus, Barbara A Gregson, Patrick J Grover, Peter J Hutchinson, Ian C Coulter
OBJECTIVE Symptomatic chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) will become an increasingly common presentation in neurosurgical practice as the population ages, but quality evidence is still lacking to guide the optimal management for these patients. The British Neurosurgical Trainee Research Collaborative (BNTRC) was established by neurosurgical trainees in 2012 to improve research by combining the efforts of trainees in each of the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland's neurosurgical units (NSUs). The authors present the first study by the BNTRC that describes current management and outcomes for patients with CSDH throughout the UK and Ireland...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306135/how-common-are-pulmonary-and-hepatic-adverse-effects-in-older-adults-prescribed-nitrofurantoin
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Karin Claussen, Edward Stocks, Deepa Bhat, Jason Fish, Craig D Rubin
OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of serious pulmonary and hepatic adverse events (AEs) in persons aged 65 and older prescribed nitrofurantoin. DESIGN: Retrospective electronic health record (EHR) audit of nitrofurantoin prescriptions and associated AEs. SETTING: Urban academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: All inpatients and outpatients aged 65 and older prescribed nitrofurantoin from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2014...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300990/analysis-of-the-attributes-of-primary-health-care-using-the-electronic-medical-records-in-the-city-of-rio-de-janeiro
#14
Daniel Soranz, Luiz Felipe Pinto, Luiz Antonio Bastos Camacho
Epidemiology plays a strategic role at this stage of the policy cycle, contributing to goal setting, resource allocation and use of information systems. In 2009, the Municipal Health Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro initiated a reform of the health care model under the main influence the Primary Health Care concept. This study evaluates the trend of selected pay-for-performance indicators that measure the health care process in the city's PHC. This a study on repeated panels, from the administrative and clinical records of electronic medical records in the period from 2012 to 2016...
March 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296325/a-report-from-the-aapm-subcommittee-on-guidelines-for-competency-evaluation-for-clinical-medical-physicists-in-radiation-oncology
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Daniel C Pavord, Steven Birnbaum, Douglas Boccuzzi, Steven deBoer, D Jay Freedman, Michael Schell, Steven Sutlief
The goal of this report is to provide a framework from which an institution can develop a competency and credentialing program. It is not intended to be adopted as written, but rather as a list of suggestions from which the institution develops their program. A clear distinction should be made between the initial evaluation of the competency of new staff (credentialing) and the ongoing verification of the competency of existing staff. Furthermore, whenever new technologies are implemented, the entire staff would be subject to the credentialing process...
July 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291494/military-emergency-medical-service-system-assessment-application-of-the-national-park-service-needs-assessment-and-program-audit-to-objectively-evaluate-the-military-ems-system-of-okinawa-japan
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Elliot M Ross, Stephen A Harper, Cord Cunningham, Benjamin D Walrath, Gerard DeMers, Chetan U Kharod
INTRODUCTION: As part of a Military Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system process improvement initiative, the authors sought to objectively evaluate the U.S. military EMS system for the island of Okinawa. They applied a program evaluation tool currently utilized by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). METHODS: A comprehensive needs assessment was conducted to evaluate the current Military EMS system in Okinawa, Japan. The NPS EMS Program Audit Worksheet was used to get an overall "score" of our assessment...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289243/use-of-standard-risk-screening-and-assessment-forms-to-prevent-harm-to-older-people-in-australian-hospitals-a-mixed-methods-study
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Bernice Redley, Michelle Raggatt
BACKGROUND: Standard risk screening and assessment forms are frequently used in strategies to prevent harm to older people in hospitals. Little is known about good practices for their use. OBJECTIVE: Scope the preventable harms addressed by standard forms used to screen and assess older people and how standard forms are operationalised in hospitals across Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Mixed methods study: (1) cross-sectional audit of the standard risk screening and assessment forms used to assess older people at 11 health services in 2015; (2) nine focus groups with a purposive sample of 69 participants at 9 health services...
March 13, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288678/mobile-technology-intervention-to-improve-care-coordination-between-hiv-and-substance-use-treatment-providers-development-training-and-evaluation-protocol
#18
Kasey Claborn, Sara Becker, Susan Ramsey, Josiah Rich, Peter D Friedmann
BACKGROUND: People living with HIV (PLWH) with a substance use disorder (SUD) tend to receive inadequate medical care in part because of a siloed healthcare system in which HIV and substance use services are delivered separately. Ideal treatment requires an interdisciplinary, team-based coordinated care approach, but many structural and systemic barriers impede the integration of HIV and SUD services. The current protocol describes the development and preliminary evaluation of a care coordination intervention (CCI), consisting of a tablet-based mobile platform for HIV and SUD treatment providers, an interagency communication protocol, and a training protocol...
March 14, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288634/understanding-the-implementation-and-adoption-of-a-technological-intervention-to-improve-medication-safety-in-primary-care-a-realist-evaluation
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Mark Jeffries, Denham L Phipps, Rachel L Howard, Anthony J Avery, Sarah Rodgers, Darren M Ashcroft
BACKGROUND: Monitoring for potentially hazardous prescribing is increasingly important to improve medication safety. Healthcare information technology can be used to achieve this aim, for example by providing access to prescribing data through surveillance of patients' electronic health records. The aim of our study was to examine the implementation and adoption of an electronic medicines optimisation system that was intended to facilitate clinical audit in primary care by identifying patients at risk of an adverse drug event...
March 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287899/retinal-vascular-caliber-and-kidney-function-in-children-and-adolescents-with-type-1-diabetes
#20
Stuart Keel, Catherine Itsiopoulos, Konstandina Koklanis, Meri Vukicevic, Fergus Cameron, Laima Brazionis
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between retinal vascular caliber and kidney function in a cohort of Australian children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 483 children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, aged 7-18 years. An audit of medical files of participants who attended the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, between January 2009 and March 2014 was performed. Albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR) was acquired through spot urine samples and microalbuminuria was classified as ACR >3...
March 13, 2017: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
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