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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150478/early-versus-late-application-of-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-to-parkinson-s-disease-patients-with-motor-complications-elass-protocol-of-a-multicentre-prospective-and-observational-study
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Lulu Jiang, Wai Sang Poon, Elena Moro, Wenbiao Xian, Chao Yang, Xian Lun Zhu, Jing Gu, Xiaodong Cai, Jinlong Liu, Vincent Mok, Yanmei Liu, Shaohua Xu, Qiyu Guo, Wanru Chen, Ling Chen
INTRODUCTION: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is a well-established surgical treatment for Parkinson's disease (PD). However, there is currently no consensus on the best timing for this surgery. The aim of our study is to compare the therapeutic efficacy of bilateral STN DBS in patients with PD with early and late motor complications. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: 200 patients with PD will be enrolled in this multicentre, prospective, observational study, and will be followed up for 4 years...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150418/immune-enhancing-formulas-for-patients-with-cancer-undergoing-esophagectomy-systematic-review-protocol
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Astrid Naranjo, Elizabeth Isenring, Laisa Teleni
BACKGROUND: Adult patients with an esophageal cancer can potentially be compromised with postoperative leaks or fistulae if patients' nutritional status is in a vulnerable stage. Currently in Australia, there is a growing need for clinicians to know whether use of immune-enhancing formulas (IEFs) containing Arg, omega-3, and RNA are a cost-effective approach compared with isonitrogenous-isocaloric formulas to reduce postoperative infectious complications in esophagectomy patients. Since IEFs may carry higher costs, this has led to inconsistencies in practice among clinicians and hospitals...
November 17, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150394/efficacy-of-prostatic-artery-embolization-for-catheter-dependent-patients-with-large-prostate-sizes-and-high-comorbidity-scores
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Shivank Bhatia, Vishal K Sinha, Bruce R Kava, Christopher Gomez, Sardis Harward, Sanoj Punnen, Issam Kably, Jeffrey Miller, Dipen J Parekh
PURPOSE: To evaluate efficacy and safety of prostate artery embolization (PAE) in urinary catheter-dependent patients with large prostate volumes and high comorbidity scores. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective single-center review was conducted of 30 patients with urinary retention at time of PAE from November 2014 through February 2017. Mean (range) age was 73.1 years (48-94 y), age-adjusted Charlson comorbidity index was 4.5 (0-10), duration of urinary retention was 63...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150313/safety-practices-perceptions-and-behaviors-in-radiation-oncology-a-national-survey-of-radiation-therapists
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Kristina Demas Woodhouse, David Hashemi, Kathryn Betcher, Abigail Doucette, Allison Weaver, Brian Monzon, Seth A Rosenthal, Neha Vapiwala
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy is complex and demands high vigilance and precise coordination. Radiation therapists (RTTs) directly deliver radiation and are often the first to discover an error. Yet, few studies have examined the practices of RTTs regarding patient safety. We conducted a national survey to explore the perspectives of RTTs related to quality and safety. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In 2016, an electronic survey was sent to a random sample of 1500 RTTs in the United States...
June 15, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150102/evaluation-of-criteria-of-manual-blood-smear-review-following-automated-complete-blood-counts-in-a-large-university-hospital
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Samuel Ricardo Comar, Mariester Malvezzi, Ricardo Pasquini
BACKGROUND: There is great interest in reducing the number of automated complete blood counts requiring manual blood smear reviews without sacrificing the quality of patient care. This study was aimed at evaluating and establishing appropriate screening criteria for manual blood smear reviews to improve the performance in a hematology laboratory. METHOD: A total of 1977 consecutive samples from the daily workload were used to evaluate four sets of screening criteria for manual blood smear reviews to identify samples with positive smear findings...
October 2017: Revista Brasileira de Hematologia e Hemoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149880/analytical-performance-of-envisia-a-genomic-classifier-for-usual-interstitial-pneumonia
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Yoonha Choi, Jiayi Lu, Zhanzhi Hu, Daniel G Pankratz, Huimin Jiang, Manqiu Cao, Cristina Marchisano, Jennifer Huiras, Grazyna Fedorowicz, Mei G Wong, Jessica R Anderson, Edward Y Tom, Joshua Babiarz, Urooj Imtiaz, Neil M Barth, P Sean Walsh, Giulia C Kennedy, Jing Huang
BACKGROUND: Clinical guidelines specify that diagnosis of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) requires identification of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) pattern. While UIP can be identified by high resolution CT of the chest, the results are often inconclusive, making surgical lung biopsy necessary to reach a definitive diagnosis (Raghu et al., Am J Respir Crit Care Med 183(6):788-824, 2011). The Envisia genomic classifier differentiates UIP from non-UIP pathology in transbronchial biopsies (TBB), potentially allowing patients to avoid an invasive procedure (Brown et al...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149634/patient-participation-in-nursing-bedside-handover-a-systematic-mixed-methods-review
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REVIEW
Georgia Tobiano, Tracey Bucknall, Ishtar Sladdin, Jennifer A Whitty, Wendy Chaboyer
BACKGROUND: Numerous reviews of nursing handover have been undertaken, but none have focused on the patients' role. OBJECTIVES: To explore how patient participation in nursing shift-to-shift bedside handover can be enacted. DESIGN: Systematic mixed- methods review. DATA SOURCES: Three search strategies were undertaken in July-August 2016: database searching, backwards citation searching and forward citation searching...
October 24, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149483/factors-influencing-the-quality-of-vital-signs-data-in-electronic-health-records-a-qualitative-study
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Jean E Stevenson, Johan Israelsson, Goran Petersson, Peter A Bath
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate reasons for inadequate documentation of vital signs in an electronic health record. BACKGROUND: Monitoring vital signs is crucial to detecting and responding to patient deterioration. The ways in which vital signs are documented in electronic health records have received limited attention in the research literature. A previous study revealed that vital signs in an electronic health record were incomplete and inconsistent...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149140/optimization-of-postoperative-intravenous-patient-controlled-analgesia-with-opioid-dexmedetomidine-combinations-an-updated-meta-analysis-with-trial-sequential-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Ke Peng, Juan Zhang, Xiao-Wen Meng, Hua-Yue Liu, Fu-Hai Ji
BACKGROUND: It is still a challenge to optimize postoperative pain management. The effects of adding dexmedetomidine (DEX) to opioid-based postoperative intravenous patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) are not fully understood. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of opioid-DEX combinations for postoperative PCA, and a trial sequential analysis (TSA) is utilized to evaluate the robustness of the current evidence. STUDY DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148607/the-art-of-oral-handovers-a-participant-observational-study-by-undergraduate-students-in-a-hospital-setting
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Tove Giske, Sunniva Nese Melås, Kari Anne Einarsen
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study explores the conditions for oral handovers between shifts in a hospital setting, and how these impact patient safety and quality of care. BACKGROUND: Oral handovers transfer patient information and nursing responsibilities between shifts. Short written summaries of patients can complement an oral handover. How to find the balance between a standardised protocol for handovers and tailoring variations to specific patients and situations is debated in the literature...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147869/hematological-adverse-effects-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-cyclin-dependent-kinase-4-and-6-inhibitors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Loay Kassem, Kyrillus S Shohdy, Shaimaa Lasheen, Omar Abdel-Rahman, Thomas Bachelot
BACKGROUND: The introduction of specific cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitors significantly improved progression-free survival in hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer. CDK 4/6 inhibitors induce cell cycle arrest via liberating the tumor suppressor retinoblastoma protein from CDK4/6 inhibitory effect. Preliminary studies suggested an increase in the hematological toxicities which might affect the quality of life in such palliative setting. METHODS: We searched PubMed, ASCO, ESMO and San Antonio meeting databases for randomized phase II/III trials in metastatic breast cancer receiving CDK4/6 inhibitors with safety data provided on the incidence of hematological adverse effects...
November 16, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147138/an-update-on-prucalopride-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-constipation
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REVIEW
Anam Omer, Eamonn M M Quigley
Chronic constipation (CC) is a highly prevalent and often under-appreciated gastrointestinal disorder associated with significant impairment in quality of life. Symptoms of constipation are typically present for a number of years prior to a patient seeking help. Lifestyle modifications followed by, or coupled with, over-the-counter laxatives represent the initial treatment option; however, relief for many is limited and dissatisfaction rates for these approaches remain high. Over recent years, therefore, considerable effort has been exerted on the development of novel pharmacological approaches...
November 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146647/initial-non-operative-management-of-uncomplicated-appendicitis-in-children-a-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-apac-trial
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Max Knaapen, Johanna H van der Lee, Roel Bakx, Sarah-May L The, Ernst W E van Heurn, Hugo A Heij, Ramon R Gorter
INTRODUCTION: Based on epidemiological, immunological and pathology data, the idea that appendicitis is not necessarily a progressive disease is gaining ground. Two types are distinguished: simple and complicated appendicitis. Non-operative treatment (NOT) of children with simple appendicitis has been investigated in several small studies. So far, it is deemed safe. However, its effectiveness and effect on quality of life (QoL) have yet to be established in an adequately powered randomised trial...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146618/management-of-adverse-events-associated-with-cabozantinib-therapy-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Manuela Schmidinger, Romano Danesi
Cabozantinib was recently approved for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) after treatment with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-targeted therapy. Cabozantinib is a multikinase inhibitor targeting VEGF receptor (VEGFR) 2, mesenchymal-epithelial transition receptor, and "anexelekto" receptor tyrosine kinase. A 60-mg daily dose led to improved overall survival and progression-free survival (PFS) versus everolimus in advanced RCC patients as a second- or later-line treatment in the METEOR trial...
November 16, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146562/multi-method-laboratory-user-evaluation-of-an-actionable-clinical-performance-information-system-implications-for-usability-and-patient-safety
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Benjamin Brown, Panos Balatsoukas, Richard Williams, Matthew Sperrin, Iain Buchan
INTRODUCTION: Electronic audit and feedback (e-A&F) systems are used worldwide for care quality improvement. They measure health professionals' performance against clinical guidelines, and some systems suggest improvement actions. However, little is known about optimal interface designs for e-A&F, in particular how to present suggested actions for improvement. We developed a novel theory-informed system for primary care (the Performance Improvement plaN GeneratoR; PINGR) that covers the four principal interface components: clinical performance summaries; patient lists; detailed patient-level information; and suggested actions...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145984/outpatient-pediatric-orthopedic-surgery
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REVIEW
Daniel J Miller, Susan E Nelson, Apurva S Shah, Theodore J Ganley, John Jack M Flynn
Outpatient surgery refers to a surgical procedure that is performed without an overnight stay in a hospital. Outpatient surgery is associated with decreased individual and societal costs while achieving equivalent health outcomes and excellent patient satisfaction. Successful outpatient pediatric surgery is predicated on appropriate patient selection, adequate pain control, thorough preoperative education, and close clinical follow-up. Continuous research in quality, value, and patient safety are needed to ensure that this practice continues in as safe and efficient a manner as possible...
January 2018: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145903/-just-culture-legal-potential-and-limits
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J Legemaate
In the context of patient safety, the concept of 'Just Culture' is of the utmost importance. Just Culture implies that quality systems in health care should focus on learning from incidents and errors rather than on blaming individuals; however, the basic assumptions of Just Culture cannot always be upheld in certain specific circumstances. This article focuses on the importance and the limits of Just Culture from a legal perspective.
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145278/safety-of-continuing-aspirin-therapy-during-spinal-surgery-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Chenggui Zhang, Guodong Wang, Xiaoyang Liu, Yang Li, Jianmin Sun
BACKGROUND: Questions whether to continue or discontinue aspirin administration in the perioperative period of spinal surgery has not been systematically evaluated. OBJECTIVE: The present systematic review is carried out to assess the impact of continuing aspirin administration on the bleeding and cardiovascular events in perispinal surgery period. METHODS: Studies were retrieved through MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Springer Link Databases (search terms, aspirin, continue or discontinue, and spinal fusion), bibliographies of the articles retrieved, and the authors' reference files...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145272/the-efficiency-of-intravenous-acetaminophen-for-pain-control-following-total-knee-and-hip-arthroplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Limin Liang, Ying Cai, Aixiang Li, Chuangen Ma
BACKGROUND: This meta-analysis aimed to evaluate the efficiency and safety of intravenous acetaminophen as an adjunct to multimodal analgesia for pain control after total joint arthroplasty (TJA). METHODS: PubMed, Embase, Web of science, Medline, and Cochrane library databases were systematically searched. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and non-RCTs were included. Fixed/random effect model was used according to the heterogeneity tested by I statistic. Meta-analysis was performed using Stata 11...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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