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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526021/current-status-challenges-and-the-way-forward-for-clinical-pharmacy-service-in-ethiopian-public-hospitals
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Arebu Issa Bilal, Zelalem Tilahun, Gebremedhin Beedemariam Gebretekle, Belete Ayalneh, Bisrat Hailemeskel, Ephrem Engidawork
BACKGROUND: Clinical pharmacy service has evolved steadily over the past few decades and is now contributing to the 'patient care journey' at all stages. It is improving the safety and effectiveness of medicines and has made a significant contribution to the avoidance of medication errors. In Ethiopia, clinical pharmacy service is in its initial phase, being started in July 2013. This study therefore aimed at assessing the status, challenges and way forward of clinical pharmacy service in the country...
May 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506399/encouraging-pharmacist-intervention-and-standardization-of-labeling-and-dispensing-of-oral-liquid-medications
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Lauren A Endriukaitis, Leslie A Briars, Adam J Bursua
OBJECTIVES: To initiate a call to action for community pharmacists and key-pharmacy stakeholders in the standardization of oral-liquid dosage forms. DATA SOURCES: Not applicable. SUMMARY: Unintentional overdose of medication due to administration error results in thousands of pediatric hospitalizations yearly. A lack of prescription and dosage device standardization pertaining to oral-liquid medications continue to be a public health hazard...
May 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497209/pharmacists-perspectives-of-the-current-status-of-pediatric-asthma-management-in-the-u-s-community-pharmacy-setting
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Amanda Elaro, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich, Kathleen Kraus, Karen B Farris, Smita Shah, Carol Armour, Minal R Patel
Objective To explore community pharmacists' continuing education, counseling and communication practices, attitudes and barriers in relation to pediatric asthma management. Setting Community pharmacies in Michigan, United States. Methods Between July and September 2015 a convenience sample of community pharmacists was recruited from southeastern Michigan and asked to complete a structured, self-reported questionnaire. The questionnaire elucidated information on 4 general domains relating to pharmacists' pediatric asthma management including: (1) guidelines and continuing education (CE); (2) counseling and medicines; (3) communication and self-management practices; (4) attitudes and barriers to practice...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470786/practice-variation-and-effects-of-e-mail-only-performance-feedback-on-resource-use-in-the-emergency-department
#4
Melissa M Tavarez, Brandon Ayers, Jong H Jeong, Carmen M Coombs, Ann Thompson, Robert Hickey
OBJECTIVES: Higher resource utilization in the management of pediatric patients with undifferentiated vomiting and/or diarrhea does not correlate consistently with improved outcomes or quality of care. Performance feedback has been shown to change physician practice behavior and may be a mechanism to minimize practice variation. We aimed to evaluate the effects of electronic mail (e-mail) only, provider-level performance feedback on the ordering and admission practice variation of pediatric emergency physicians for patients presenting with undifferentiated vomiting and/or diarrhea...
May 4, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460699/case-study-of-high-dose-ketamine-for-treatment-of-complex-regional-pain-syndrome-in-the-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Tracy Ann Pasek, Kelli Crowley, Catherine Campese, Rachel Lauer, Charles Yang
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a life-altering and debilitating chronic pain condition. The authors are presenting a case study of a female who received high-dose ketamine for the management of her CRPS. The innovative treatment lies not only within the pharmacologic management of her pain, but also in the fact that she was the first patient to be admitted to our pediatric intensive care unit solely for pain control. The primary component of the pharmacotherapy treatment strategy plan was escalating-dose ketamine infusion via patient-controlled-analgesia approved by the pharmacy and therapeutics committee guided therapy for this patient...
June 2017: Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459929/behavioral-approach-to-appropriate-antimicrobial-prescribing-in-hospitals-the-dutch-unique-method-for-antimicrobial-stewardship-dumas-participatory-intervention-study
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Jonne J Sikkens, Michiel A van Agtmael, Edgar J G Peters, Kamilla D Lettinga, Martijn van der Kuip, Christina M J E Vandenbroucke-Grauls, Cordula Wagner, Mark H H Kramer
Importance: Inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing leads to antimicrobial resistance and suboptimal clinical outcomes. Changing antimicrobial prescribing is a complex behavioral process that is not often taken into account in antimicrobial stewardship programs. Objective: To examine whether an antimicrobial stewardship approach grounded in behavioral theory and focusing on preserving prescriber autonomy and participation is effective in improving appropriateness of antimicrobial prescribing in hospitals...
May 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419343/utilizing-a-modified-care-coordination-measurement-tool-to-capture-value-for-a-pediatric-outpatient-parenteral-and-prolonged-oral-antibiotic-therapy-program
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Louise E Vaz, Cindi L Farnstrom, Kimberly K Felder, Judith Guzman-Cottrill, Hannah Rosenberg, Richard C Antonelli
Background.: Outpatient parenteral or prolonged oral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) programs reduce inpatient healthcare costs by shifting care to outpatient settings. Care coordination (CC) is a necessary component to successfully transition patients. Our objective was to assess outcomes of provider time spent on nonreimbursable CC activities in a pediatric OPAT program. Methods.: We used a qualitative feasibility pilot design and modified the Care Coordination Measurement Tool...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405061/emergency-department-discharge-prescription-errors-in-an-academic-medical-center
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Kelly A Murray, April Belanger, Lauren T Devine, Aaron Lane, Michelle E Condren
This study described discharge prescription medication errors written for emergency department patients. This study used content analysis in a cross-sectional design to systematically categorize prescription errors found in a report of 1000 discharge prescriptions submitted in the electronic medical record in February 2015. Two pharmacy team members reviewed the discharge prescription list for errors. Open-ended data were coded by an additional rater for agreement on coding categories. Coding was based upon majority rule...
April 2017: Proceedings of the Baylor University Medical Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396027/risk-factors-for-community-associated-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-children
#9
Daniel J Adams, Matthew D Eberly, Michael Rajnik, Cade M Nylund
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the medication and other exposures associated with pediatric community-associated Clostridium difficile infections (CA-CDIs). STUDY DESIGN: We performed a case-control study using billing records from the US military health system database. CA-CDI cases included children 1-18 years of age with an outpatient International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification diagnostic code for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) from 2001 to 2013...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393317/impact-of-an-electronic-monitoring-device-and-behavioral-feedback-on-adherence-to-multiple-sclerosis-therapies-in-youth-results-of-a-randomized-trial
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E Ann Yeh, Stephanie A Grover, Victoria E Powell, Gulay Alper, Brenda L Banwell, Kim Edwards, Mark Gorman, Jennifer Graves, Timothy E Lotze, Jean K Mah, Lauren Mednick, Jayne Ness, Maya Obadia, Ruth Slater, Amy Waldman, Emmanuelle Waubant, Carolyn E Schwartz
PURPOSE: To report the results of a randomized controlled trial using an electronic monitoring device (EM) plus a motivational interviewing (MI) intervention to enhance adherence to disease-modifying therapies (DMT) in pediatric MS. METHODS: Fifty-two youth with MS (16.03 ± 2.2 years) were randomized to receive either MI (n = 25) (target intervention) or a MS medication video (n = 27) (attention control). Primary endpoint was change in adherence. Secondary outcomes included changes in quality of life, well-being and self-efficacy...
April 9, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356748/effects-of-sharing-information-on-drug-administration-errors-in-pediatric-wards-a-pre-post-intervention-study
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Siew-Siang Chua, Sim-Mei Choo, Che Zuraini Sulaiman, Asma Omar, Meow-Keong Thong
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Drug administration errors are more likely to reach the patient than other medication errors. The main aim of this study was to determine whether the sharing of information on drug administration errors among health care providers would reduce such problems. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study involved direct, undisguised observations of drug administrations in two pediatric wards of a major teaching hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This study consisted of two phases: Phase 1 (pre-intervention) and Phase 2 (post-intervention)...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349215/adherence-in-pediatric-kidney-transplant-recipients-solutions-for-the-system
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Elizabeth A Steinberg, Mary Moss, Cindy L Buchanan, Jens Goebel
Non-adherence remains a significant problem among pediatric (and adult) renal transplant recipients. Non-adherence among solid organ transplant recipients results in US$15-100 million annual costs. Estimates of non-adherence range from 30 to 70% among pediatric patients. Research demonstrates that a 10% decrement in adherence is associated with 8% higher hazard of graft failure and mortality. Focus has begun to shift from patient factors that impact adherence to the contributing healthcare and systems factors...
March 27, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345437/clinical-profile-dosing-and-quality-of-life-outcomes-in-primary-immune-deficiency-patients-treated-at-home-with-immunoglobulin-g-data-from-the-ideal-patient-registry
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Sean Kearns, Loretta Kristofek, William Bolgar, Luqman Seidu, Samantha Kile
BACKGROUND: Patients with primary immune deficiency (PID) often require immunoglobulin G (IgG, commonly referred to as Ig) replacement therapy to prevent infections and associated comorbidities. Ig therapy can be given either through intravenous or subcutaneous routes, and both can be done in the home setting. There is limited information available on the real-world diagnosis, management, and outcomes of this patient population, given the variable disease presentation and treatment options...
April 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337087/medication-dosage-in-overweight-and-obese-children
#14
Kelly L Matson, Evan R Horton, Amanda C Capino
Approximately 31.8% of U.S. children ages 2 to 19 years are considered overweight or obese. This creates significant challenges to dosing medications that are primarily weight based (mg/kg) and in predicting pharmacokinetics parameters in pediatric patients. Obese individuals generally have a larger volume of distribution for lipophilic medications. Conversely, the Vd of hydrophilic medications may be increased or decreased due to increased lean body mass, blood volume, and decrease percentage of total body water...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337086/pediatric-antimicrobial-stewardship-programs
#15
Kristen Nichols, Sylvia Stoffella, Rachel Meyers, Jennifer Girotto
The frequent use of antimicrobials in pediatric patients has led to a significant increase in multidrug-resistant bacterial infections among children. Antimicrobial stewardship programs have been created in many hospitals in an effort to curtail and optimize the use of antibiotics. Pediatric-focused programs are necessary because of the differences in antimicrobial need and use among this patient population, unique considerations and dosing, vulnerability for resistance due to a lifetime of antibiotic exposure, and the increased risk of adverse events...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337085/duty-to-advocate-human-papillomavirus-vaccination
#16
Kristen Nichols, Jennifer Girotto, Amy Mitchell-Van Steele, Sylvia Stoffella
Despite the excellent benefit-to-risk ratio for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and recommendations for its routine use from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), significant controversy surrounding HPV vaccination continues to exist. In light of this controversy and continued low rates of vaccination among U.S. adolescents, the Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) endorses the safety and efficacy of HPV vaccination and agrees with ACIP recommendations for protection of the U.S...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329388/healthcare-claims-data-an-underutilized-tool-for-pediatric-outpatient-antimicrobial-stewardship
#17
Joshua R Watson, Ling Wang, Jennifer Klima, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel, Sean Gleeson, Kelly Kelleher, Preeti Jaggi
Background.: Healthcare claims are underutilized to identify factors associated with high outpatient antibiotic use. Methods.: We evaluated ambulatory encounter claims of Medicaid-insured children in 34 Ohio counties in 2014. Rates of total antibiotic and azithromycin prescriptions dispensed were determined by county of patient residence. Standardized treatment rates by county were estimated for uncomplicated upper respiratory tract encounters (acute otitis media, pharyngitis, sinusitis, presumed viral infection) after adjusting for patient age and encounter provider type...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319507/recombinant-factor-viia-is-associated-with-increased-thrombotic-complications-in-pediatric-cardiac-surgery-patients
#18
Laura Downey, Morgan L Brown, David Faraoni, David Zurakowski, James A DiNardo
BACKGROUND: Recombinant factor VIIa (rFVIIa) is routinely used as an off-label hemostatic agent in children undergoing cardiac surgery. Despite evidence that rFVIIa use is associated with an increased incidence of thrombotic complications in adult cardiac surgery, the safety of rFVIIa as a rescue hemostatic agent in the pediatric cardiac surgical population is less definitively delineated. In this retrospective study, we used propensity score matching to compare the incidence of thrombotic complications between children treated with rFVIIa and their matched controls...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273780/risk-factors-for-non-adherence-to-disease-modifying-therapy-in-pediatric-multiple-sclerosis
#19
Carolyn E Schwartz, Stephanie A Grover, Victoria E Powell, Austin Noguera, Jean K Mah, Soe Mar, Lauren Mednick, Brenda L Banwell, Gulay Alper, Mary Rensel, Mark Gorman, Amy Waldman, Teri Schreiner, Emmanuelle Waubant, E Ann Yeh
BACKGROUND: Adherence to disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) in pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS) is not well understood. We examined the prevalence and risk factors for poor adherence in pediatric MS. METHODS: This cross-sectional study recruited youth with MS from 12 North American pediatric MS clinics. In addition to pharmacy-refill data, patients and parents completed self-report measures of adherence and quality of life. Additionally, patients completed measures of self-efficacy and well-being...
February 1, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267266/propranolol-treatment-for-infantile-hemangioma-does-not-increase-risk-of-childhood-wheezing
#20
Meir Mei-Zahav, Hannah Blau, Moshe Hoshen, Alex Zvulunov, Huda Mussaffi, Dario Prais, Patrick Stafler, Guy Steuer, Moshe Lapidoth, Dan Ben Amitai
OBJECTIVE: Propranolol is the treatment of choice for infantile hemangiomas requiring medical intervention. Although contraindicated in asthma, its bronchoconstrictive effect in infants and children has not been extensively studied. We aimed to assess the incidence of wheezing episodes in infants and children treated with propranolol for infantile hemangiomas. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case-control study. SETTING: a tertiary pediatric hospital...
March 7, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
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