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Janani Thillainadesan, Danijela Gnjidic, Sarah Green, Sarah N Hilmer
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy and potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) are prevalent in older adults in hospital, and are associated with negative outcomes including adverse drug reactions, falls, confusion, hospitalisation and death. Deprescribing may reduce inappropriate polypharmacy and use of inappropriate medications. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review was to investigate the efficacy of deprescribing interventions in older inpatients to reduce PIMs and impact on clinical outcomes...
March 14, 2018: Drugs & Aging
Aaron B Klassen, S Brent Core, Christine M Lohse, Matthew D Sztajnkrycer
Study Objectives Law enforcement is increasingly viewed as a key component in the out-of-hospital chain of survival, with expanded roles in cardiac arrest, narcotic overdose, and traumatic bleeding. Little is known about the nature of care provided by law enforcement prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) assets. The purpose of the current study was to perform a descriptive analysis of events reported to a national EMS database. METHODS: This study was a descriptive analysis of the 2014 National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) public release research data set, containing EMS emergency response data from 41 states...
March 13, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Joseph J Kavolus, David Sia, Hollis G Potter, David E Attarian, Paul F Lachiewicz
BACKGROUND: Surgeon-performed periarticular injections and anesthesiologist-performed femoral nerve or adductor canal blocks with local anesthetic are in common use as part of multimodal pain management regimens for patients undergoing TKA. However, femoral nerve blocks risk causing quadriceps weakness and falls, and anesthesiologist-performed adductor canal blocks are costly in time and resources and may be unreliable. We investigated the feasibility of a surgeon-performed saphenous nerve ("adductor canal") block from within the knee at the time of TKA...
January 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Marie Hexeberg Tollefsen, Anne Vik, Toril Skandsen, Oddrun Sandrød, Susan Frances Deane, Vidar Rao, Kent Gøran Moen
OBJECT: We aimed to examine the effect of preinjury antithrombotic medication on clinical and radiological neuroworsening in TBI and study the effect on outcome. METHODS: 184 consecutive patients ≥50 years old with moderate and severe TBI admitted to a level 1 trauma center were included. Neuroworsening was assessed clinically by using Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score and radiologically by using Rotterdam CT score on repeated time points. Functional outcome was assessed with the Glasgow Outcome Scale Extended (GOSE) at 6 months postinjury...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Robin A Scott, Kathleen S Oman, Kathleen Flarity, Jennifer L Comer
INTRODUCTION: Patient falls are a significant issue in hospitalized patients and financially costly to hospitals. The Joint Commission requires that patients be assessed for fall risk and interventions in place to mitigate the risk of falls. It is imperative to have a patient population/setting specific fall risk assessment tool to identify patients at risk for falling. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the 2013 Memorial ED Fall Risk Assessment tool (MEDFRAT) specifically designed for the ED population...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
Hans-Eric Rosberg, Lars B Dahlin
BACKGROUND: Both the number and the proportion of elderly people in the society increase. The number of elderly subjects with a disability due to a disease has decreased resulting in more active elderly. Therefore, an increase in numbers of injury in the elderly population can be expected; a hypothesis that was investigated in the present study. METHODS: Two-hundred sixteen patients with an age of > 65 years, and admitted to a hand surgery ward with a hand injury, were retrospectively collected at four different 2-years periods over a 30 years time (1980-81 to 2010-11)...
March 9, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
James M Bardes, Kenji Inaba, Morgan Schellenberg, Daniel Grabo, Aaron Strumwasser, Kazuhide Matsushima, Damon Clark, Niquelle Brown, Demetrios Demetriades
BACKGROUND: The distribution of trauma deaths was classically described as trimodal. With advances in both technology and trauma systems, this was re-evaluated and found to be bimodal in the early 2000s. Over the last decade there have been continued improvements in trauma and ICU care, related to damage control techniques and evidence based ICU pathways. A better understanding of the distribution of trauma deaths may be used to improve trauma systems. This study aimed to evaluate the contemporary distribution of trauma deaths after the widespread implementation of modern trauma and critical care principles...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Anthony Kopatsis, Christine Wagner, Helen Costello, Nicholas Morin, Katherine Elizabeth Kopatsis, Mario Gomez
We sought to determine patterns of injury in our Latino trauma community targeting alcohol (EtOH) intoxication as an influential variable. With the information gained in our culturally specific and culturally sensitive trauma community, we can use the information to fine-tune our trauma preventive medicine programs. Trauma injuries are the third largest contributor to racial disparities in the United States. Alcohol is involved in approximately half of all trauma admissions to trauma centers around the country...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
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April 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Bridget Kool, Sarah Buller, Ron Kuriyan, Charlotte M Jones-Todd, David Newcombe, Peter Jones
INTRODUCTION: We present a study that provides a contemporary view of alcohol-related injury prevalence amongst patients presenting to a New Zealand (NZ) emergency department (ED). METHODS: Adult injury patients presenting to Auckland City Hospital ED within 6 h of injury were invited to participate during three recruitment periods (2015-2016). An interviewer-administered questionnaire obtained information on demographic, injury, general health, and lifestyle factors...
February 27, 2018: Injury
Jae-Kwang Kim, Bong Ju Moon, Sang-Deok Kim, Jung-Kil Lee
RATIONALE: In the treatment of noncontiguous lumbar burst fractures, there still remains controversy over proper surgical procedures. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 19-year-old female patient visited our hospital after fall down from 3 m high. DIAGNOSES: Initial neurologic examination revealed an incomplete spinal cord injury characterized by hypoesthesia and motor grade of 2 below the L2 segment. Lumbar computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated L2 and L5 burst fractures severely obliterating the spinal canal...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Rashid Usman, Muhammad Jamil, Javaid Sajjad Hashmi
Objective : To share our experience regarding the management of arterial injuries in children with pulseless hand secondary to supracondylar fracture of the humerus (SFH). Patients and Methods : All consecutive children with pulseless hands after SFH who were being treated in the vascular surgery units of the Combined Military Hospital, Lahore and Peshawar between September 2011 and September 2016 were included. The type of fracture, mode and pattern of injury, time from injury to definitive treatment, operative treatment, and complications were recorded...
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Shazia Mehmood Siddique, Meghan Lane-Fall, Matthew J McConnell, Neha Jakhete, James Crismale, Stefanie Porges, Vandana Khungar, Shivan J Mehta, David Goldberg, Zhiping Li, Thomas Schiano, Linda Regan, Clinton Orloski, Judy A Shea
Patients with cirrhosis have high admission and readmission rates, and it is estimated that a quarter are potentially preventable. Little data are available regarding nonmedical factors impacting triage decisions in this patient population. This study sought to explore such factors as well as to determine provider perspectives on low-acuity clinical presentations to the emergency department, including ascites and hepatic encephalopathy. A survey was distributed in four liver transplant centers to both emergency medicine and hepatology providers, who included attending physicians, house staff, and advanced practitioners; 196 surveys were returned (estimated response rate 50...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Qin Zhang, Huanyu Guo, Haifeng Gu, Xiaohong Zhao
Background: Frailty associated with aging increases the risk of falls, disability, and death. We investigated gender-associated factors for frailty. Methods: Data of 3,079 geriatric subjects were retrieved from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2007-2010 database. After excluding 1,126 subjects with missing data on frailty, medical history and survival, data of 1,953 patients were analyzed. Main endpoints were frailty prevalence, mortality rates and causes of death...
2018: PeerJ
Trevor R Grace, Joseph T Patterson, Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Justin D Krogue, Thomas P Vail, Derek T Ward
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to determine whether episode Target Prices in the Bundled Payment for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative sufficiently match the complexities and expenses expected for patients undergoing hip arthroplasty for femoral neck fracture (FNF) as compared to hip degenerative joint disease (DJD). METHODS: Claims data under BPCI Model 2 were collected for patients undergoing hip arthroplasty at a single institution over a 2-year period...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Fan Yang, Qing-Wei Chen
We assessed the frailty status of inpatients and analyzed the factors influencing frailty status to explore the reasons for frailty and identify feasible intervention strategies.A total of 1494 geriatric patients aged ≥60 years were recruited as subjects. All patients were hospitalized between September 2014 and August 2015 in the internal medicine units of 3 hospitals in Chongqing and Zunyi in the southwestern area of China. Patients' frailty status was evaluated using the Phenotype of Frailty scale, via face-to-face interviews coupled with physical examinations using simple equipment...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Loretta M Isaac, Elaine Buggy, Anita Sharma, Athena Karberis, Kim M Maddock, Kathryn M Weston
Purpose The patient-centred management of people with cognitive impairment admitted to acute health care facilities can be challenging. The TOP5 intervention utilises carers' expert biographical and social knowledge of the patient to facilitate personalised care. The purpose of this paper is to explore whether involvement of carers in the TOP5 initiative could improve patient care and healthcare delivery. Design/methodology/approach A small-scale longitudinal study was undertaken in two wards of one acute teaching hospital...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Mwali Muray, Charles H Bélanger, Jamil Razmak
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to document the need for implementing a fall prevention strategy in an emergency department (ED). The paper also spells out the research process that led to approving an assessment tool for use in hospital outpatient services. Design/methodology/approach The fall risk assessment tool was based on the Morse Fall Scale. Gender mix and age above 65 and 80 years were assessed on six risk assessment variables using χ2 analyses. A logistic regression analysis and model were used to test predictor strength and relationships among variables...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
Anwarul Haque, Zehra Dhanani, Amin Ali, Basit Salam, Qalab Abbas, Gohar Javed, Humaira Jurair
BACKGROUND: The Rotterdam Score (RS) on CT head is a new evolving clinical tool as a predictor of mortality in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The objective of this study is to assess the outcome of children with TBI admitted in paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a tertiary-care, university hospital by using RS. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study conducted on children (age: 1mo -16yr) with TBI admitted in PICU of Aga Khan University Hospital from 2013 to 2016...
January 2018: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Erica S Alexander, Rosemarie Mick, Gregory J Nadolski, Jeffrey I Mondschein, S William Stavropoulos, Michael C Soulen
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study was to evaluate safety, time to recurrence, and overall survival (OS) in patients with liver metastases (LM), treated with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) followed by ablation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included all patients with LM treated with combined TACE and ablation from August 1998 to September 2015. Forty-two patients (12 women, 30 men; age 62.9 ± 11.9 years) were treated for 44 LMs. Tumor characteristics, imaging response to treatment, recurrence, and OS data were reviewed...
March 3, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
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