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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427132/-influences-of-abar-gene-on-biofilm-formation-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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H N Guo, J Xiang
Objective: To detect drug-resistant phenotype and abaR gene of Acinetobacter baumannii (AB) and investigate influences of abaR gene on biofilm formation of AB. Methods: From February to July 2014, 159 strains AB were collected from Department of Clinical Microbiology of Ruijin Hospital of School of Medicine of Shanghai JiaoTong University and numbered starting from 1 according time when they were collected. (1) The above-mentioned 159 strains of AB were identified by detecting gene sequence of 16S ribosomal DNA...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427112/acute-encephalopathy-in-a-2-year-old-pot-bellied-pig-following-accidental-intoxication-with-clonazepam
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Emilie L Setlakwe, Amy L Johnson
OBJECTIVE: To describe a case of successful management of clonazepam toxicity causing encephalopathy in a pot-bellied pig. CASE SUMMARY: A 2-year-old female pot-bellied pig weighing 13.5 kg was presented for evaluation of clinical signs of acute encephalopathy. Based on the animal's history and clinical signs, a tentative diagnosis of benzodiazepine (BZP) intoxication was made. The results of a urinary drug screening test designed to detect illicit substances in human urine indicated benzodiazepine exposure...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426543/perspectives-and-experiences-related-to-help-seeking-behaviors-a-content-analysis-study-of-iranian-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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Leili Rabiei, HeidarAli Abedi, Parvin Abedi, Kourosh Zarea, Reza Masoudi
BACKGROUND: Patients with multiple sclerosis practice help-seeking behaviors largely because of the progression of this physically exhausting disease, which has far reaching psychosocial consequences and requires hospitalization during severe disease exacerbations. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to describe the perspectives and experiences of Iranian patients with multiple sclerosis regarding help-seeking behaviors. METHODS: A qualitative design, based on the content analysis approach, was used...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Nursing Research: JNR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426438/perceptions-and-attitudes-of-romanian-people-toward-autopsy-procedures-according-to-the-level-of-knowledge
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Daniela Marinescu, Gellért Attila Gyurka, Roxana Miclăuş, Codruţa Nemet, Liliana Rogozea
In the last decade, Romanian hospitals have been facing a decline in autopsy rates. This has had a negative impact on medical education and the training of young doctors. Quite a number of caregivers strongly oppose the carrying out of autopsies on their deceased loved ones who have died in hospital. Hence, this study was designed to evaluate how autopsies are perceived by an average person and whether improved knowledge about autopsies would help reduce people's reluctance toward them. The study involved 216 willing participants who had either never had a loved one die in hospital or had never had the power to make a decision about their dead loved ones' body...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426160/assessment-and-support-during-early-labour-for-improving-birth-outcomes
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REVIEW
Shinobu Kobayashi, Nobutsugu Hanada, Masayo Matsuzaki, Kenji Takehara, Erika Ota, Hatoko Sasaki, Chie Nagata, Rintaro Mori
BACKGROUND: The progress of labour in the early or latent phase is usually slow and may include painful uterine contractions. Women may feel distressed and lose their confidence during this phase. Support and assessment interventions have been assessed in two previous Cochrane Reviews. This review updates and replaces these two reviews, which have become out of date. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of assessment and support interventions for women during early labour...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426137/hydroxyurea-hydroxycarbamide-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Sarah J Nevitt, Ashley P Jones, Jo Howard
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the most common inherited diseases worldwide. It is associated with lifelong morbidity and a reduced life expectancy. Hydroxyurea (hydroxycarbamide), an oral chemotherapeutic drug, ameliorates some of the clinical problems of SCD, in particular that of pain, by raising fetal haemoglobin. This is an update of a previously published Cochrane Review. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of hydroxyurea therapy in people with SCD (all genotypes), of any age, regardless of setting...
April 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425594/trilobed-pedicled-superior-gluteal-artery-perforator-flap-for-lumbosacral-defect-coverage
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Ji Min Kim, Jun Ho Lee, Deuk Young Oh, Suk-Ho Moon
BACKGROUND: There are many available options for the coverage of lumbosacral area defects. Surgeons usually use the superior gluteal artery perforator flap (SGAP) by rotational fashion, which risks complications, such as wound dehiscence or skin necrosis at the Y-point on the donor site due to the tension. In this report, the authors present the experience of using trilobed pedicled SGAP flaps in coverage of the lumbosacral area defects. METHODS: From 2011 to 2015, 16 trilobed pedicled SGAP flaps were performed for the coverage of sacral defects in our facility...
April 20, 2017: Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425171/how-is-continuity-of-care-experienced-by-people-living-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#8
Sarah Brand, Kristian Pollock
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore patients' perceptions of continuity of care within a hospital based specialist service. BACKGROUND: Patient journeys through healthcare are becoming increasingly complex. For patients with chronic conditions, the longevity of their illness and common multiple co-morbities make this complexity more pronounced. Continuity of care is most challenging to provide for these patients. A multifaceted model of continuity is widely accepted, but despite this, much literature focuses exclusively on relational aspects...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425116/dynamic-probability-control-limits-for-risk-adjusted-cusum-charts-based-on-multiresponses
#9
Xiang Zhang, Justin B Loda, William H Woodall
For a patient who has survived a surgery, there could be several levels of recovery. Thus, it is reasonable to consider more than two outcomes when monitoring surgical outcome quality. The risk-adjusted cumulative sum (CUSUM) chart based on multiresponses has been developed for monitoring a surgical process with three or more outcomes. However, there is a significant effect of varying risk distributions on the in-control performance of the chart when constant control limits are applied. To overcome this disadvantage, we apply the dynamic probability control limits to the risk-adjusted CUSUM charts for multiresponses...
April 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425027/10-year-results-of-on-x-bileaflet-mechanical-heart-valve-in-the-aortic-position-low-target-inr-regimen-in-japanese
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Hideki Teshima, Masahiko Ikebuchi, Yosuke Miyamoto, Ryuta Tai, Toshikazu Sano, Yusuke Kinugasa, Hiroyuki Irie
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to establish clinical outcomes after aortic valve replacement (AVR) with On-X bileaflet mechanical heart valve. METHODS: Between 2006 and 2014, AVR was performed to 686 patients. Of them, 78 patients using On-X valve were enrolled. The mean age was 65 ± 11 years (ranged 33-85); 65% were men; and 81% were in sinus rhythm preoperatively. Calcific or degenerative tricuspid aortic valve was present in 73%. Concomitant procedures included coronary artery bypass grafting (22%), Bentall (8%), mitral valve procedure (3%) and other (9%)...
April 19, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424189/diagnostic-criteria-for-severe-acute-malnutrition-among-infants-aged-under-6-mo
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Martha Mwangome, Moses Ngari, Greg Fegan, Neema Mturi, Mohammed Shebe, Evasius Bauni, James A Berkley
Background: There is an increasing recognition of malnutrition among infants under 6 mo of age (U6M). Current diagnosis criteria use weight-for-length z scores (WLZs), but the 2006 WHO standards exclude infants shorter than 45 cm. In older children, midupper arm circumference (MUAC) predicts mortality better than does WLZ. Outcomes may also be influenced by exposure to HIV and size or gestational age at birth. Diagnostic thresholds for WLZ, MUAC, and other indexes have not been fully evaluated against mortality risk among U6M infants...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424144/expertise-and-infrastructure-capacity-impacts-acute-coronary-syndrome-outcomes
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Carolyn M Astley, Isuru Ranasinghe, David Brieger, Chris J Ellis, Julie Redfern, Tom Briffa, Bernadette Aliprandi-Costa, Tegwen Howell, Stephen G Bloomer, Greg Gamble, Andrea Driscoll, Karice K Hyun, Chris J Hammett, Derek P Chew
Objective Effective translation of evidence to practice may depend on systems of care characteristics within the health service. The present study evaluated associations between hospital expertise and infrastructure capacity and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) care as part of the SNAPSHOT ACS registry.Methods A survey collected hospital systems and process data and our analysis developed a score to assess hospital infrastructure and expertise capacity. Patient-level data from a registry of 4387 suspected ACS patients enrolled over a 2-week period were used and associations with guideline care and in-hospital and 6-, 12- and 18-month outcomes were measured...
April 20, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424129/hospital-characteristics-affect-consent-and-conversion-rates-for-potential-organ-donors
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Jawad T Ali, Aileen Ebadat, Danilo Martins, Sadia Ali, Shannon Horton, Thomas B Coopwood, Carlos V R Brown
Consent and conversion rates of potential organ donors in the United States need to be maximized to match the number of individuals awaiting organ donation. Studies to date have not focused on characteristics of centers with better outcomes. We performed an 8-year (2006-2014) retrospective study of our local organ procurement organization database. We categorized hospitals in our region as academic centers versus nonacademic centers, trauma centers versus nontrauma centers, and large (≥400 beds) centers versus small (<400 beds) centers...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424088/research-exploring-physical-activity-in-care-homes-reach-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Anne Forster, Jennifer Airlie, Karen Birch, Robert Cicero, Bonnie Cundill, Alison Ellwood, Mary Godfrey, Liz Graham, John Green, Claire Hulme, Rebecca Lawton, Vicki McLellan, Nicola McMaster, Amanda Farrin
BACKGROUND: As life expectancy increases and the number of older people, particularly those aged 85 years and over, expands there is an increase in demand for long-term care. A large proportion of people in a care home setting spend most of their time sedentary, and this is one of the leading preventable causes of death. Encouraging residents to engage in more physical activity could deliver benefits in terms of physical and psychological health, and quality of life. This study is the final stage of a programme of research to develop and preliminarily test an evidence-based intervention designed to enhance opportunities for movement amongst care home residents, thereby increasing levels of physical activity...
April 19, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424055/how-participation-in-surgical-mortality-audit-impacts-surgical-practice
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Chi-Wai Lui, Frances M Boyle, Arkadiusz Peter Wysocki, Peter Baker, Alisha D'Souza, Sonya Faint, Therese Rey-Conde, John B North
BACKGROUND: Surgical mortality audit is an important tool for quality assurance and professional development but little is known about the impact of such activity on professional practice at the individual surgeon level. This paper reports the findings of a survey conducted with a self-selected cohort of surgeons in Queensland, Australia, on their experience of participating in the audit and its impact on their professional practice, as well as implications for hospital systems. METHODS: The study used a descriptive cross-sectional survey design...
April 19, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423963/patient-perceptions-of-environmental-control-units-experiences-of-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injuries-and-disorders-receiving-inpatient-va-healthcare
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Bella Etingen, Rachael N Martinez, Marissa A Vallette, Ryan Dendinger, Balmatee Bidassie, Scott Miskevics, Hira T Khan, Huberta T Cozart, Sara M Locatelli, Frances M Weaver
PURPOSE: To assess patients' perceptions of environmental control units (ECUs) at Veterans Affairs Spinal Cord Injury Centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A brief questionnaire was conducted with patients in real-time while they were hospitalised ("on-the-spot questionnaire"); a survey was mailed to patients who had recently been discharged from a hospital stay ("discharge survey"). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Seventy on-the-spot questionnaires and 80 discharge surveys were collected...
April 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423852/using-the-mrc-framework-for-complex-interventions-to-develop-clinical-decision-support-a-case-study
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Dawn Dowding, Valentina Lichtner, S José Closs
The Medical Research Council (MRC) framework for complex interventions provides useful guidance to assist with the development and evaluation of health technology interventions such as decision support. In this paper we briefly summarise a project that focused on designing a decision support intervention to assist with the recognition, assessment and management of pain in patients with dementia in an acute hospital setting. We reflect on our experience of using the MRC framework to guide our study design, and highlight the importance of considering decision support interventions as complex interventions...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423820/the-invisibility-of-disadvantage-why-do-we-not-notice
#18
Chris Showell, Elizabeth Cummings, Paul Turner
Personal health records (PHRs) offer tantalising benefits for patients and healthcare providers, including improvements in patient-provider communication, patient empowerment, and access to data and information. A suspicion that disadvantaged patients are less likely to use or benefit from PHRs stimulated a research agenda that included: (a) a literature review; and (b) empirical analysis of eight years' hospital admission and discharge data linked to measures of patient social disadvantage. The results demonstrated an association between disadvantage, increased use of public hospital services and barriers to PHR use...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423763/learning-healthcare-system-for-the-prescription-of-genetic-testing-in-the-gynecological-cancer-risk
#19
Cristina Suárez-Mejías, Alicia Martínez-García, María Ángeles Martínez-Maestre, José Manuel Silvan-Alfaro, Jesús Moreno Conde, Carlos Luis Parra-Calderón
Clinical evidence demonstrates that BRCA 1 and BRCA2 mutations can develop a gynecological cancer but genetic testing has a high cost to the healthcare system. Besides, several studies in the literature indicate that performing these genetic tests to the population is not cost-efficient. Currently, our physicians do not have a system to provide them the support for prescribing genetic tests. A Decision Support System for prescribing these genetic tests in BRCA1 and BRCA2 and preventing gynecological cancer risks has been designed, developed and deployed in the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital (VRUH)...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423750/design-implementation-and-operation-of-a-reading-center-platform-for-clinical-studies
#20
Lucien Clin, Martin A Leitritz, Johannes Dietter, Marek Dynowski, Oliver Burgert, Marius Ueffing, Christian Thies
Clinical reading centers provide expertise for consistent, centralized analysis of medical data gathered in a distributed context. Accordingly, appropriate software solutions are required for the involved communication and data management processes. In this work, an analysis of general requirements and essential architectural and software design considerations for reading center information systems is provided. The identified patterns have been applied to the implementation of the reading center platform which is currently operated at the Center of Ophthalmology of the University Hospital of Tübingen...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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