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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213384/impact-of-a-pharmacy-student-driven-medication-delivery-service-at-hospital-discharge
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Jacalyn Rogers, Vinita Pai, Jenna Merandi, Char Catt, Justin Cole, Shannon Yarosz, Allison Wehr, Kayla Durkin, Chet Kaczor
PURPOSE: A pharmacy student-driven discharge service developed for patients to reduce the number of medication errors on after-visit summaries (AVSs) is discussed. METHODS: An audit of AVS documents was conducted before the implementation period (September 3 to October 23, 2013) to identify medication errors. As part of the audit, a pharmacist review of the discharge medication list was completed to determine the number and types of errors that occurred. A student-driven discharge service with AVS review was developed in collaboration with nursing and medical residents...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212657/pharmacists-views-and-reported-practices-in-relation-to-a-new-generic-drug-substitution-policy-in-lebanon-a-mixed-methods-study
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Fadi El-Jardali, Racha Fadlallah, Rami Z Morsi, Nour Hemadi, Mounir Al-Gibbawi, Magda Haj, Suzan Khalil, Youssef Saklawi, Diana Jamal, Elie A Akl
BACKGROUND: Governments in both developed and developing countries have adopted generic drug substitution policies to decrease pharmaceutical expenditures and improve access to medicine. In August 2015, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Lebanon introduced generic drug substitution and a unified medical prescription form as policy instruments to promote generic drug use. The objective of this exploratory study was to examine the attitudes of community pharmacists and the reported practices in relation to the implementation of the new generic drug substitution policy...
February 17, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211060/shifting-gears-an-inpatient-medical-record-audit-and-post-discharge-survey-of-return-to-driving-following-stroke-transient-ischaemic-attack
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Janet Frith, Helen Warren-Forward, Isobel Hubbard, Carole James
BACKGROUND/AIM: In Australia, all stroke survivors should not drive for four weeks and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) survivors should not drive for two weeks. This study investigates the provision of return-to-driving education in the acute hospital setting and the use of this education by a cohort of Australian patients who have experienced a mild stroke or TIA and who are discharged directly home from their acute hospital admission. METHODS: A medical record audit was conducted of stroke patients discharged home from a regional hospital in Australia...
February 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210525/ransomware-minimizing-the-risks
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Justin Pope
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...
November 2016: Innovations in Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210493/reducing-the-blame-culture-through-clinical-audit-in-nuclear-medicine-a-mixed-methods-study
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P Ross, J Hubert, W L Wong
OBJECTIVES: To identify the barriers and facilitators of doctors' engagement with clinical audit and to explore how and why these factors influenced doctors' decisions to engage with the NHS National Clinical Audit Programme. DESIGN: A single-embedded case study. Mixed methods sequential approach with explorative pilot study and follow-up survey. Pilot study comprised 13 semi-structured interviews with purposefully selected consultant doctors over a six-month period...
February 2017: JRSM Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208186/comparison-of-patient-report-and-medical-records-of-comorbidities-results-from-a-population-based-cohort-of-patients-with-prostate-cancer
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Fan Ye, Dominic H Moon, William R Carpenter, Bryce B Reeve, Deborah S Usinger, Rebecca L Green, Kiayni Spearman, Nathan C Sheets, Kevin A Pearlstein, Angela R Lucero, Mark R Waddle, Paul A Godley, Ronald C Chen
Importance: The comorbid conditions of patients with cancer affect treatment decisions, which in turn affect survival and health-related quality-of-life outcomes. Comparative effectiveness research studies must account for these conditions via medical record abstraction or patient report. Objective: To examine the agreement between medical records and patient reports in assessing comorbidities. Design, Setting, and Participants: Patient-reported information and medical records were prospectively collected as part of the North Carolina Prostate Cancer Comparative Effectiveness & Survivorship Study, a population-based cohort of 881 patients with newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer enrolled in the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry from January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2013...
February 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197879/impact-of-xpert-mrsa-sa-blood-culture-pcr-assay-on-management-of-positive-blood-cultures-in-obstetric-patients-a-retrospective-audit
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A Page, S O'Rourke, M Brennan, L Clooney, D Le Blanc, J Griffin, M Eogan, R J Drew
BACKGROUND: The Xpert MRSA/SA blood culture assay (Cepheid, USA) is a rapid PCR test which can be used for positive blood cultures where Gram-positive cocci in clusters are seen. It can detect Staphylococcus aureus and also the mecA gene, which encodes for β-lactam resistance. The assay was introduced into the Rotunda Hospital for positive blood cultures to allow earlier detection of MRSA and methicillin susceptible S. aureus. AIM: To assess the impact of the Xpert MRSA/SA blood culture assay on the management of obstetric patients with a positive blood culture where Gram-positive cocci in clusters were seen...
February 14, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197051/benefits-of-and-untoward-events-during-intrahospital-transport-of-pediatric-intensive-care-unit-patients
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M M Harish, Suhail Sarwar Siddiqui, Natesh R Prabu, Harish K Chaudhari, Jigeeshu V Divatia, Atul Prabhakar Kulkarni
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The transport of critically ill patients for procedures or imaging outside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is potentially hazardous; hence, the transport process must be organized and efficient. The literature about benefits of and untoward events (UEs) during intrahospital transport of pediatric critically ill patient is scarce. We, therefore, audited the UEs during and benefits of intrahospital transport of critically ill pediatric patients in our ICU. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eighty critically ill pediatric (<18 years) cancer patients, transported from the ICU for either diagnostic or therapeutic procedure over a period of 6 months, were included in the study...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196947/cohort-profile-the-welsh-geriatric-registrar-led-research-network-wegen-rationale-design-and-description
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Benjamin Jelley, Sara Long, John Butler, Jonathan Hewitt
PURPOSE: Medical trainees are required to undertake audit and quality improvement projects. They must also have an understanding of the principles of research and are encouraged to participate in research projects. However, the constraints of time, a lack of formal training and rotation between different training posts create barriers to audit cycle completion and pursuing research. This leads to trainees being reluctant to undertake research, facilitates poor quality research and risks incomplete audit...
February 14, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188116/the-importance-of-paper-records-and-their-preservation-period-in-a-central-sterile-supply-department-an-experience-from-a-oncology-center-in-eastern-india
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Debabrata Basu, Subhas Chandra Bag, Arijit Das, John Debdutta Razario
Everywhere recordkeeping is very essential for future need. This may be required for any audit purposes, legal issues and forgetting any incident. Record keeping is a specialized area in every hospital that is handled by specialized medical records officer for proper management of all important documents for long time preservation purposes. In this article there are various important healthcare sterilization related paper records have been discussed for documentation and preservation purposes. Though several articles on 'retention of medical records' have already been published worldwide but exclusively sterilization related records and their cause of preservation have not been discussed as such...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184317/adherence-to-medication-in-the-community-audit-cycle-of-interventions-to-improve-the-assessment-of-adherence
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Saeed Farooq, Abid Choudry
Aims and method To investigate whether medication adherence is monitored during follow-up in out-patient reviews. A retrospective audit was carried out with a sample of 50 follow-up patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. Following this, interventions were made prior to the re-audit (including text messaging clinicians and prompt sheets in the out-patient department to encourage adherence discussions). Results There was an improvement on all the standards set for this audit following the interventions...
February 2017: BJPsych Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183346/study-protocol-improving-the-transition-of-care-from-a-non-network-hospital-back-to-the-patient-s-medical-home
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Roman A Ayele, Emily Lawrence, Marina McCreight, Kelty Fehling, Jamie Peterson, Russell E Glasgow, Borsika A Rabin, Robert Burke, Catherine Battaglia
BACKGROUND: The process of transitioning Veterans to primary care following a non-Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitalization can be challenging. Poor transitions result in medical complications and increased hospital readmissions. The goal of this transition of care quality improvement (QI) project is to identify gaps in the current transition process and implement an intervention that bridges the gap and improves the current transition of care process within the Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS)...
February 10, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183240/pharmacotherapy-of-persons-with-dementia-in-long-term-care-in-australia-a-descriptive-audit-of-central-nervous-system-medications
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Wendy Moyle, Najwan El Saifi, Brian Draper, Cindy Jones, Elizabeth Beattie, David Shum, Lukman Thalib, Cindy Mervin, Siobhan O Dwyer
BACKGROUND: Neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia are often treated through the prescription of one or more psychotropic medications. However, limited efficacy and potential harmful side-effects has resulted in efforts to reduce the use of psychotropic medication in this population, particularly for those living in long-term care. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe the pattern of central nervous system medication usage in older adults with dementia living in long-term care; assess the appropriateness of prescribing against Beers criteria; and detect potential drug interactions from co-administered medications...
February 9, 2017: Current Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182155/clinical-audit-of-copd-in-outpatient-respiratory-clinics-in-spain-the-epoconsul-study
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Myriam Calle Rubio, Bernardino Alcázar Navarrete, Joan B Soriano, Juan J Soler-Cataluña, José Miguel Rodríguez González-Moro, Manuel E Fuentes Ferrer, José Luis López-Campos
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) outpatients account for a large burden of usual care by respirologists. EPOCONSUL is the first national clinical audit conducted in Spain on the medical care for COPD patients delivered in outpatient respiratory clinics. We aimed to evaluate the clinical interventions and the degree of adherence to recommendations in outpatients of current COPD clinical practice guidelines. METHODOLOGY: This is an observational study with prospective recruitment (May 2014-May 2015) of patients with a COPD diagnosis as seen in outpatient respiratory clinics...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173823/effectiveness-of-a-clinical-practice-change-intervention-in-increasing-the-provision-of-nicotine-dependence-treatment-in-inpatient-psychiatric-facilities-an-implementation-trial
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Paula M Wye, Emily A Stockings, Jenny A Bowman, Chris Oldmeadow, John H Wiggers
BACKGROUND: Despite clinical practice guidelines recommending the routine provision of nicotine dependence treatment to smokers in inpatient psychiatric facilities, the prevalence of such treatment provision is low. The aim of this study was to examine the effectiveness of a clinical practice change intervention in increasing clinician recorded provision of nicotine dependence treatment to patients in inpatient psychiatric facilities. METHODS: We undertook an interrupted time series analysis of nicotine dependence treatment provision before, during and after a clinical practice change intervention to increase clinician recorded provision of nicotine dependence treatment for all hospital discharges (aged >18 years, N = 4175) over a 19 month period in two inpatient adult psychiatric facilities in New South Wales, Australia...
February 7, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165764/gravity-assisted-valve-gav-systems-to-prevent-low-pressure-headaches-in-patients-with-lumboperitoneal-shunts
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Mohammed Akbar Hussain, Roger David Strachan
OBJECTIVES: Low-pressure symptoms after lumboperitoneal (LP) shunting for idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) remain a significant problem. Gravity-assisted valves (GAV) operate at a higher pressure in a vertical position and therefore aim to reduce postural over-drainage. We audited patients with GAV valves inserted in their shunt system to assess their efficacy in reducing low-pressure symptoms and ascertain whether the additional cost of such device can be justified. METHOD: Using a standard proforma, we reviewed patient medical notes and recorded indications and post-operative outcomes in symptom control...
February 6, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162234/mainstreaming-cancer-genetics-a-model-integrating-germline-brca-testing-into-routine-ovarian-cancer-clinics
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Maira Kentwell, Eryn Dow, Yoland Antill, C David Wrede, Orla McNally, Emily Higgs, Anne Hamilton, Sumitra Ananda, Geoffrey J Lindeman, Clare L Scott
OBJECTIVE: Owing to the rapid increase in clinical need, we aimed to implement and review the performance of a mainstreaming model of germline BRCA1/2 genetic testing in eligible women with high grade non-mucinous epithelial ovarian cancer via a Genetic Counselor embedded in the gynecology oncology clinic. METHODS: The model implemented involved a specialized referral form, weekly genetics-lead multidisciplinary review of referrals, and pre- and post-test genetic counseling provided by an embedded genetic counselor during chemotherapy chair time...
February 3, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157063/safe-excipient-exposure-in-neonates-and-small-children-protocol-for-the-seen-project
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Kristine Svinning Valeur, Steen Axel Hertel, Kaare Engell Lundstrøm, Helle Holst
INTRODUCTION: The pharmacokinetics of excipients in neonates differs from that of older children. In a recent pan--European survey, two thirds of neonates received at least one potentially harmful excipient, such as ethanol and benzoates. The content of sweeteners varied by route of administration (more common by enteral than parenteral route), and regional differences were revealed. The survey did not identify if the content of excipients was more pronounced in medications prescribed for specific medical diseases, e...
February 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152900/hardwiring-advance-directives-into-an-electronic-medical-record
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Tyler Buckley, Andrew Badke, Amy Horyna, Julie Howell, Lisa Gren, Anna Catherine Beck
: 146 Background: Patient preference at the end of life has been extensively researched and documented. Advance Directives (AD) have been shown to make a difference for patients in the areas of quality, cost, and patient satisfaction. Organizations struggle with meeting federal laws and accreditation expectations due to our complex systems. Literature supports "hardwiring" AD documentation into the EMR and providing "one click" accessibility to AD's. Changing EMR vendors provides a unique opportunity to optimize access to AD's, both through patient education /endorsement, review of providers' role, and engagement of IT...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152868/compliance-with-national-comprehensive-cancer-network-guidelines-for-antiemesis-in-cisplatin-regimens
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Dana Ann Little
: 280 Background: The members of a network of community cancer centers affiliated with an academic medical center report following National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines. To determine guideline compliance, cisplatin regimens were audited. Cisplatin was selected because of its wide use, high emetic potential, and the impact on QOL for patients with unmanaged nausea and vomiting.The community cancer centers affiliated with an academic medical center report following National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines for treatment plans...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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