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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719665/risk-factors-for-hospital-acquired-infections-in-teaching-hospitals-of-amhara-regional-state-ethiopia-a-matched-case-control-study
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Walelegn Worku Yallew, Abera Kumie, Feleke Moges Yehuala
BACKGROUND: Hospital-acquired infection affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. It is a major global issue for patient safety. Understanding the potential risk factors is important to appreciate the local context. A matched case control study design, which is the first of its kind in the study region, was undertaken to identify risk factors in teaching hospitals of Amhara regional state, Ethiopia. METHOD: A matched case control study design matched with age and hospital type was used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719087/mri-guided-stereotactic-neurosurgical-procedures-in-a-diagnostic-mri-suite-background-and-safe-practice-recommendations
#2
Paul S Larson, Jon T Willie, Sudhakar Vadivelu, Hooman Azmi-Ghadimi, Amy Nichols, Loretta Litz Fauerbach, Helen Boehm Johnson, Denise Graham
The development of navigation technology facilitating MRI-guided stereotactic neurosurgery has enabled neurosurgeons to perform a variety of procedures ranging from deep brain stimulation to laser ablation entirely within an intraoperative or diagnostic MRI suite while having real-time visualization of brain anatomy. Prior to this technology, some of these procedures required multisite workflow patterns that presented significant risk to the patient during transport. For those facilities with access to this technology, safe practice guidelines exist only for procedures performed within an intraoperative MRI...
July 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718631/a-copper-ii-paddlewheel-metal-organic-framework-with-exceptional-hydrolytic-stability-and-selective-adsorption-and-detection-ability-of-aniline-in-water
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Ya Chen, Bin Wang, Xiaoqing Wang, Lin-Hua Xie, Jinping Li, Yabo Xie, Jian-Rong Jeff Li
Copper(II) paddlewheel based metal-organic frameworks (CP-MOFs) represent a unique subclass of MOFs with highly predictable porous structures, facile syntheses, and functional open metal sites. However, lack of high hydrolytic stability is an obstacle for CP-MOFs in many practical applications. In this work, we report a new CP-MOF, [Cu4(tdhb)] (BUT-155), which is constructed from a judiciously designed carboxylate ligand with high coordination connectivity (octatopic), abundant hydrophobic substituents (six methyl groups), and substituent constrained geometry (tetrahedral backbone), tdhb8- (H8tdhb = 3,3',5,5'-tetra(3,5-dicarboxyphenyl)-2,2',4,4',6,6'-hexamethylbiphenyl))...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718291/porous-structured-ni-fe-p-nanocubes-derived-from-prussian-blue-analogue-as-electrocatalyst-for-efficient-overall-water-splitting
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Cuijuan Xuan, Jie Wang, Weiwei Xia, Zongkai Peng, Zexing Wu, Wen Lei, Kedong Xia, Huolin L Xin, Deli Wang
Exploring non-precious metal electrocatalysts to replace the noble metal based catalysts for full water electrocatalysis is still an ongoing challenge. In this work, porous structured ternary nickel-iron-phosphides (Ni-Fe-P) nanocubes were synthesized through one-step phosphidation of Ni-Fe based Prussian blue analogue. The Ni-Fe-P nanocubes exhibit rough and loose porous structure on the surface under suitable phosphating temperature, which is favorable for the mass transfer and oxygen diffusion during electrocatalysis process...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718235/quality-assessment-of-focused-antenatal-care-service-delivery-in-tertiary-care-health-facility
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Farah Ashraf, Inayat Hussain Thaver, Faisal Imtiaz, Adil Ayub
BACKGROUND: Regardless of high maternal deaths in Pakistan, only 37% of pregnant women make four or more antenatal care visits during pregnancy. This proportion has further been diverged between urban and rural. About 62% of women visit clinics for WHO recommended sets of antenatal care (ANC) check-ups in urban as compared to 26% women in rural areas. This study was conducted with the aim to assess quality of Focused ANC service delivery in terms of examination, screening, treatment, counselling and to determine variation in service delivery with provider's clinical qualification and expertise...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718230/determinants-of-impoverishment-due-to-out-of-pocket-payments-in-nigeria
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Bolaji Samson Aregbeshola, Samina Mohsin Khan
BACKGROUND: Poverty is an extreme consequence of out of pocket payments in countries with health systems that do not provide financial risk protection through mandatory health insurance coverage for people in both the formal and informal sectors. The study assessed the determinants of impoverishment due to out of pocket payments in Nigeria. METHODS: Secondary data from the Harmonized Nigeria Living Standard Survey (HNLSS) of 2009/10 was utilized to assess factors associated with impoverishment in Nigeria...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717515/changing-needs-for-information-and-support-in-an-online-system-for-parents-of-children-with-kidney-disease
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Maury Pinsk, David Nicholas
BACKGROUND: Pediatric chronic kidney disease is psychologically, financially, and physically demanding on parents providing care. Parents often feel isolated because of the rarity of the condition, and geographic isolation often compounds this perception in Canada. Many parents seek assistance online for both information and social support. OBJECTIVE: This study examines an online portal, titled "Ability Online," which was designed to provide support and information to a diverse group of parents using chat facilities, bulletin boards, and e-mail...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716132/a-patient-safety-and-professional-perspective-on-non-conveyance-in-ambulance-care-a-systematic-review
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Remco H A Ebben, Lilian C M Vloet, Renate F Speijers, Nico W Tönjes, Jorik Loef, Thomas Pelgrim, Margreet Hoogeveen, Sivera A A Berben
BACKGROUND: This systematic review aimed to describe non-conveyance in ambulance care from patient-safety and ambulance professional perspectives. The review specifically focussed at describing (1) ambulance non-conveyance rates, (2) characteristics of non-conveyed patients, (3) follow-up care after non-conveyance, (4) existing guidelines or protocols, and (5) influencing factors during the non-conveyance decision making process. METHODS: We systematically searched MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, EMBASE, and reference lists of included articles, in June 2016...
July 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715433/what-determines-the-preference-for-future-living-arrangements-of-middle-aged-and-older-people-in-urban-china
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Dijuan Meng, Guihua Xu, Ling He, Min Zhang, Dan Lin
OBJECTIVE: Living arrangements are important to the elderly. However, it is common for elderly parents in urban China to not have a living situation that they consider ideal. An understanding of their preferences assists us in responding to the needs of the elderly as well as in anticipating future long-term care demands. The aim of this study is to provide a clear understanding of preferences for future living arrangements and their associated factors among middle-aged and older people in urban China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715201/rational-design-of-s-uio-66-go-hybrid-nanosheets-for-proton-exchange-membranes-with-significantly-enhanced-transport-performance
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Huazhen Sun, Beibei Tang, Peiyi Wu
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are being intensively explored as filler materials for polymeric proton exchange membranes (PEMs) due to their potentials for the systematic design and modification of proton-conducting properties. S-UiO-66, a stable MOF with functional groups of -SO3H in its ligands, was selected here to prepare S-UiO-66@graphene oxide (GO) hybrid nanosheets via facile in situ growth procedure, and then a series of composite PEMs were prepared by hybridizing S-UiO-66@GO and sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone) (SPEEK)...
July 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714830/efficiency-of-inpatient-orthopedic-surgery-in-japan-a-medical-claims-database-analysis
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Yoshinori Nakata, Tatsuya Yoshimura, Yuichi Watanabe, Hiroshi Otake, Giichiro Oiso, Tomohiro Sawa
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to determine the characteristics of healthcare facilities that produce the most efficient inpatient orthopedic surgery using a large-scale medical claims database in Japan. Design/methodology/approach Reimbursement claims data were obtained from April 1 through September 30, 2014. Input-oriented Banker-Charnes-Cooper model of data envelopment analysis (DEA) was employed. The decision-making unit was defined as a healthcare facility where orthopedic surgery was performed...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714188/energy-efficient-oil-water-separation-of-biomimetic-copper-membrane-with-multiscale-hierarchical-dendritic-structures
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Zhiwu Han, Bo Li, Zhengzhi Mu, Shichao Niu, Junqiu Zhang, Luquan Ren
Membrane-based materials with special surface wettability have been applied widely for the treatment of increasing industrial oily waste water, as well as frequent oil spill accidents. However, traditional technologies are energy-intensive and limited, either by fouling or by the inability of a single membrane to separate all types of oil-water mixtures. Herein, a biomimetic monolayer copper membrane (BMCM), composed of multiscale hierarchical dendritic structures, is cleverly designed and successfully fabricated on steel mesh substrate...
July 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713480/impact-of-exercise-programs-on-hospital-readmission-following-hospitalization-for-heart-failure-a-systematic-review
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Parag Goyal, Diana Delgado, Scott L Hummel, Kumar Dharmarajan
Given persistently high 30-day readmission rates among patients hospitalized for heart failure, there is an ongoing need to identify new interventions to reduce readmissions. Although exercise programs can improve outcomes among ambulatory heart failure patients, it is not clear whether this benefit extends to reducing readmissions following heart failure hospitalization. We therefore conducted a systematic review of the literature to identify randomized controlled trials examining the impact of exercise programs on hospital readmissions among patients recently hospitalized for heart failure...
October 2016: Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712667/antibiotic-stewardship-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-same-but-different
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REVIEW
Janneke A Cox, Erika Vlieghe, Marc Mendelson, Heiman Wertheim, Linus Ndegwa, Maria Virginia Villegas, Ian Gould, Gabriel Levy Hara
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance (ABR) is a quickly worsening problem worldwide, also in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). Appropriate antibiotic use in humans and animals, i.e. antibiotic stewardship (ABS), is one of the corner stones of the World Health Organization's global action plan for ABR. Many LMICs are in the process of developing stewardship policies and programs. AIMS: We highlight the challenges for ABS initiatives in LMICs, give an outline of the (inter)national recommendations and demonstrate examples of effective, contextualised stewardship interventions...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712551/facile-synthesis-of-thiol-polyethylene-glycol-functionalized-magnetic-titania-nanomaterials-for-highly-efficient-enrichment-of-n-linked-glycopeptides
#15
Jiawen Wang, Jizong Yao, Nianrong Sun, Chunhui Deng
As protein N-glycosylation involved in generation and development of various cancers and diseases, it is vital to capture glycopeptides from complex biological samples for biomarker discovery. In this work, by taking advantages of the interaction between titania and thiol groups, thiol-polyethylene glycol functionalized magnetic titania nanomaterials (denoted as Fe3O4@TiO2@PEG) were firstly fabricated as an excellent hydrophilic adsorbent of N-linked glycopeptides. On one hand, the special interaction of titanium-thiol makes the synthetic manipulation simple and provides a new idea for design and synthesis of novel nanomaterials; on the other hand, strong magnetic response could realize rapid separation and the outstanding hydrophilicity of polyethylene glycol makes Fe3O4@TiO2@PEG nanomaterials show superior performance for glycopeptides enrichment with ultralow limit of detection (0...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712176/ecg-abnormalities-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#16
Salman Shafi, Mohammad Saleem, Roshina Anjum, Wajid Abdullah, Tahir Shafi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities are common in CKD patients. However, there is variation in literature regarding frequency of ECG abnormalities in CKD patients and limited information in local population. METHODS: The study design was cross-sectional in nature. All patients between ages of 20-80 years with CKD not previously on renal replacement therapy who were admitted to nephrology ward at a tertiary care facility over a 6-month period were included...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712086/pilot-study-investigating-ambient-air-toxics-emissions-near-a-canadian-kraft-pulp-and-paper-facility-in-pictou-county-nova-scotia
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Emma Hoffman, Judith R Guernsey, Tony R Walker, Jong Sung Kim, Kate Sherren, Pantelis Andreou
Air toxics are airborne pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, including certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), prioritized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While several EPA-designated air toxics are monitored at a subset of Canadian National Air Pollution Surveillance (NAPS) sites, Canada has no specific "air toxics" control priorities. Although pulp and paper (P&P) mills are major industrial emitters of air pollutants, few studies quantified the spectrum of air quality exposures...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709665/risk-adjusted-margin-positivity-rate-as-a-surgical-quality-metric-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
Chun Chieh Lin, Matthew P Smeltzer, Ahmedin Jemal, Raymond U Osarogiagbon
BACKGROUND: Incomplete lung cancer resection connotes poor prognosis; the incidence varies with patient demographic, clinical, and institutional factors. We sought to develop a valid, survival impactful, facility-based surgical quality metric that adjusts for related patient demographic and clinical characteristics. METHODS: Facilities performing resections for patients diagnosed with stage I to IIIA non-small cell lung cancer in the National Cancer Data Base between 2004 and 2011 were identified...
July 11, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709437/profile-and-predictors-of-health-related-quality-of-life-among-type-ii-diabetes-mellitus-patients-in-quetta-city-pakistan
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Qaiser Iqbal, Noman Ul Haq, Sajid Bashir, Mohammad Bashaar
BACKGROUND: This study aims to assess the profile and predictors of Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) patients in Quetta, Pakistan. METHODS: The study was designed as a questionnaire based, cross sectional analysis. 300 Type II diabetic patients attending public and private hospitals were targeted for data collection. In addition to demographic and disease related information, Euroqol Quality of Life was used to measure HRQoL...
July 14, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708245/health-equity-issues-related-to-childhood-obesity-a-scoping-review
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Clemencia M Vargas, Elsie M Stines, Herta S Granado
PURPOSE: The purpose of this scoping review was to determine the health-equity issues that relate to childhood obesity. METHODS: Health-equity issues related to childhood obesity were identified by analyzing food environment, natural and built environment, and social environment. The authors searched Medline, PubMed, and Web of Science, using the keywords "children" and "obesity." Specific terms for each environment were added: "food desert," "advertising," "insecurity," "price," "processing," "trade," and "school" for food environment; "urban design," "land use," "transportation mode," "public facilities," and "market access" for natural and built environment; and "financial capacity/poverty," "living conditions," "transport access," "remoteness," "social support," "social cohesion," "working practices," "eating habits," "time," and "social norms" for social environment...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Public Health Dentistry
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