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Vincent Duron, Daniel DeUgarte, David Bliss, Ernesto Salazar, Martin Casapia, Henri Ford, Jeffrey Upperman
Background: In Peru, 11% of deaths are due to trauma. Iquitos is a large underserved Peruvian city isolated from central resources by its geography. Our objective was to implement a locally driven trauma registry to sustainably improve trauma healthcare in this region. Methods: All trauma patients presenting to the main regional referral hospital were included in the trauma registry. A pilot study retrospectively analyzed data from the first two months after implementation. Results: From March to April 2013, 572 trauma patients were entered into the database...
2016: Health Promotion Perspectives
D Stott, M Bolten, D Paraschiv, I Papastefanou, J B Chambers, N A Kametas
OBJECTIVE: Pregnant hypertensive women who do not respond to labetalol but need vasodilatory therapy for blood pressure (BP) control rapidly progress to severe disease, which may be delayed by early recognition and individualised BP treatment. In this study, we sought to create prediction models at presentation, at 1 and 24 hours after commencement of treatment to identify patients who will not show a sustained response to labetalol and therefore need vasodilatory therapy. METHODS: The study population comprised of 134 women presenting with hypertension at a UK hospital...
October 20, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Özlem Taşoğlu, Engin Koyuncu, Rabia Daylak, Derya Yumuşak Karacif, Zerrin I Nce, Didem Yenigün, Neşe Özgirgin
OBJECTIVE: To define the demographic and clinical characteristics of persons with spinal cord injury, rehabilitated in a primary referral rehabilitation center in Turkey. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey Methods: Medical records of all patients with spinal cord injury (acute-subacute-chronic) at a single academic referral center over the course of one year were reviewed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Catherine de Blacam, Sean Tierney, Odhran Shelley
BACKGROUND: Surgical training requires exposure to clinical decision-making and operative experience in a supervised environment. It is recognised that learning ability is compromised when fatigued. The European Working Time Directive requires a decrease in working hours, but compliance reduces trainees' clinical exposure, which has profound implications for plastic surgery training. The aim of this study was to evaluate plastic surgery registrars' experience of an EWTD-compliant rota, and to examine its impact on patient care, education, and logbook activity...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Seda Tural Önür, Mehmet Atilla Uysal, Sinem İliaz, Sibel Yurt, Ayşe Bahadır, Didem Görgün Hattatoğlu, Mediha Gönenç Ortaköylü, Belma Akbaba Bağcı, Efsun Gonca Uğur Chousein
BACKGROUND: Using innovative and scientific methods increases the rate of quitting in smokers. Short message service (SMS) is a communication tool widely used and well integrated in many people's daily lives. To increase adherence to appointments in smoking cessation clinics (SCC), it is thought that increased compliance could be achieved by falling outside the traditional methods. SMS has been shown to increase the compliance of patients with SCC appointments. AIMS: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of SMS in the compliance of patients with SCC follow-up visits and smoking cessation success...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
Outi Laatikainen, Sami Sneck, Risto Bloigu, Minna Lahtinen, Timo Lauri, Miia Turpeinen
Adverse drug events (ADEs) are more likely to affect geriatric patients due to physiological changes occurring with aging. Even though this is an internationally recognized problem, similar research data in Finland is still lacking. The aim of this study was to determine the number of geriatric medication-related hospitalizations in the Finnish patient population and to discover the potential means of recognizing patients particularly at risk of ADEs. The study was conducted retrospectively from the 2014 emergency department patient records in Oulu University Hospital...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Felipe P Andrade, Roberto Montoro, Renan Oliveira, Gabriela Loures, Luana Flessak, Roberta Gross, Camille Donnabella, Andrea Puchnick, Lisa Suzuki, Rodrigo Regacini
OBJECTIVES: 1) To verify clinical signs correlated with appropriate cranial computed tomography scan indications and changes in the therapeutic approach in pediatric minor head trauma scenarios. 2) To estimate the radiation exposure of computed tomography scans with low dose protocols in the context of trauma and the additional associated risk. METHODS: Investigators reviewed the medical records of all children with minor head trauma, which was defined as a Glasgow coma scale ≥13 at the time of admission to the emergency room, who underwent computed tomography scans during the years of 2013 and 2014...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
F Basak
PURPOSE: Trauma care poses many challenges in small hospitals in rural settings. This report was designed to assess the role of a rural general surgeon with trauma patients. METHODS: A cohort study was designed using a retrospective analysis of a cohort at Bozkır Community Hospital that included trauma patients admitted to the emergency department between June 2007 and May 2009. The patients of group 1 were those treated during the first year of the study period, when the hospital staff was only non-specialist physicians...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Hamed Basir Ghafouri, Morteza Zare, Azam Bazrafshan, Ehsan Modirian, Afkham Mousavi, Niloofar Abazarian
INTRODUCTION: Serum vitamin D concentration is a major contributing factor for increasing the risk of fall and fall-related injuries in older adults. However, when prescribed and supplemented for these populations, the outcomes are controversial, and in several cases no improvement has been reported in reducing the risk of recurrent falls. This study aimed to examine the association between serum vitamin D concentration and recurrent falls in Iranian older adults. METHODS: This cohort study was conducted in the emergency departments of two university hospitals...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
Jianghua He, Vincent S Staggs, Sandra Bergquist-Beringer, Nancy Dunton
BACKGROUND: Time trends and seasonal patterns have been observed in nurse staffing and nursing-sensitive patient outcomes in recent years. It is unknown whether these changes were associated. METHODS: Quarterly unit-level nursing data in 2004-2012 were extracted from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®). Units were divided into groups based on patterns of missing data. All variables were aggregated across units within these groups and analyses were conducted at the group level...
2016: BMC Nursing
H Claude Sagi, David Donohue, Seth Cooper, David P Barei, Justin Siebler, Michael T Archdeacon, Marcus Sciadini, Michelle Romeo, Patrick F Bergin, Thomas Higgins, Hassan Mir
OBJECTIVES: The current literature focuses on wound severity, time to debridement and antibiotic administration with respect to risk of infection after open fracture. The purpose of this analysis was to determine if either the incidence of post-traumatic infection or causative organism varies with treating institution or the season in which the open fracture occurred. DESIGN: Retrospective review. SETTING: Seven level-one regional referral trauma centers located in each of the seven climatic regions of the continental United States (Northwest; High Plains; Midwest/Ohio Valley; New England/Mid-Atlantic; Southeast; South; and Southwest)...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Mitsuo Kuwabara, Satoshi Hoshide, Haruna Hamasaki, Toshikazu Shiga, Kazuomi Kario
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) causes blood pressure (BP) surge while OSA episode occurs which could lead to increase the cardiovascular risk. We recently developed a triggered nocturnal BP monitoring (TNP) that initiates BP measurement when oxygen desaturation falls below a variable threshold. In this study, we evaluated the distribution of the nocturnal BP parameters measured by TNP, classification of nocturnal hypertension(HT) and its reproducibility. DESIGN AND METHOD: 147 outpatients in whom polysomnography (PSG) was planned for the diagnosis of OSA (mean age 59...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Colin Johnston
Aldosterone's deleterious pathophysiological effects on the cardiovascular system if blocked by mineralcorticord antagonists (MRAs) logically should lead to improvement in heart function and outcomes in heart failure (HF). The first trial to test this hypothesis was tthe RALES trial in 1999 which treated patients with class III-IV HF with spironolactone. It showed significant reduction in mortality and cardiovascular hospitalzation rates. This was confirmed & extended in EMHASIS-HF RCT with classs II-III being treated with ACEIs & BB who received placebo or elperinone (a MRA) with again a statistically significant fall in mortality & hospitalization...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ala'a O Oteir, Karen Smith, Johannes U Stoelwinder, Shelley Cox, James W Middleton, Paul A Jennings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI) is relatively uncommon, yet a devastating and costly condition. Despite the human and social impacts, studies describing patients with potential TSCI in the pre-hospital setting are scarce. This paper aims to describe the epidemiology of patients potentially at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI by paramedics, with a view to providing a better understanding of factors associated with potential TSCI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all adult patients managed and transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV) between 01 January 2007 and 31 December 2012 who, based on meeting pre-hospital triage protocols and criteria for spinal clearance, paramedic suspicion or spinal immobilisation, were classified to be at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Jennifer Kirsty Harrison, Azucena Garcia Garrido, Sarah J Rhynas, Gemma Logan, Alasdair M J MacLullich, Juliet MacArthur, Susan Shenkin
BACKGROUND: institutionalisation following acute hospital admission is common and yet poorly described, with policy documents advising against this transition. OBJECTIVE: to characterise the individuals admitted to a care home on discharge from an acute hospital admission and to describe their assessment. DESIGN AND SETTING: a retrospective cohort study of people admitted to a single large Scottish teaching hospital. SUBJECTS: 100 individuals admitted to the acute hospital from home and discharged to a care home...
October 15, 2016: Age and Ageing
Margaret Fry, Lesley Fitzpatrick, Julie Considine, Ramon Z Shaban, Kate Curtis
INTRODUCTION: Older persons aged over 65years represent up to 41% of Australian Emergency Department (ED) presentations. Older persons present with acute and/or chronic conditions, have more Emergency Department visits, hospital admissions and readmissions than other age groups. However, little is known about the characteristics and trends of acute illness and chronic presentations and whether frailty changes these dimensions within this cohort. METHODS: A 12-month retrospective medical record audit of persons over 65years presenting to four EDs...
October 12, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Shan Jiang, Stephen Verderber
OBJECTIVE: This present literature review explores current issues and research inconsistencies regarding the design of hospital circulation zones and the associated health-related outcomes. BACKGROUND: Large general hospitals are immense, highly sophisticated institutions. Empirical studies have indicated excessively institutional environments in large medical centers are a cause of negative effects to occupants, including stress, anxiety, wayfinding difficulties and spatial disorientation, lack of cognitional control, and stress associated with inadequate access to nature...
October 14, 2016: HERD
Charles M Richardson, Erica A Davis, Gopal R Vyas, Bethany A DiPaula, Robert P McMahon, Deanna L Kelly
OBJECTIVE: To determine if clozapine can be safely utilized in psychiatric patients with benign neutropenia. METHODS: A single-center, retrospective chart review study of records from 2001 to 2014 was conducted in an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Patients included had benign neutropenia prior to receiving clozapine and received clozapine using modified monitoring guidelines. All available laboratory values for absolute neutrophil count (ANC) before initiation and during treatment were evaluated...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Chien-Chang Chen, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Shao-Chun Wu, Pao-Jen Kuo, Yi-Chun Chen, Hsiao-Yun Hsieh, Ching-Hua Hsieh
Background: A cross-sectional study to investigate the association of Osteoporosis Self-Assessment Tool for Asians (OSTA) score with clinical presentation and expenditure of hospitalized adult trauma patients with femoral fractures. Methods: According to the data retrieved from the Trauma Registry System between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2015, a total of 2086 patients aged ≥40 years and hospitalized for treatment of traumatic femoral bone fracture were categorized as high-risk patients (OSTA < -4, n = 814), medium-risk patients (-1 ≥ OSTA ≥ -4, n = 634), and low-risk patients (OSTA > -1, n = 638)...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
C Barrett Bowling, Laura Plantinga, Rasheeda K Hall, Anna Mirk, Rebecca Zhang, Nancy Kutner
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The majority of older adults who initiate dialysis do so during a hospitalization, and these patients may require post-acute skilled nursing facility (SNF) care. For these patients, a focus on nondisease-specific problems, including cognitive impairment, depressive symptoms, exhaustion, falls, impaired mobility, and polypharmacy, may be more relevant to outcomes than the traditional disease-oriented approach. However, the association of the burden of nondisease-specific problems with mortality, transition to long-term care (LTC), and functional impairment among older adults receiving SNF care after dialysis initiation has not been studied...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
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