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People with mental health problems who are cared for by community crisis teams are far more likely to take their own life than those treated in hospital, research shows.
October 12, 2016: Nursing Standard
Moon Seong Baek, Jeongsuk Son, Jin Won Huh, Chae-Man Lim, Younsuck Koh, Hye-Sung Won, Jae-Yoon Shim, Sang-Bum Hong
AIM: Some recent studies have reported that early intervention by a medical emergency team (MET) for clinical deterioration before intensive care unit (ICU) admission was associated with a survival benefit in critically ill cancer patients. We hypothesized that early MET intervention for an obstetric crisis in the general wards would be related to favorable outcomes in critically ill obstetric patients. METHODS: Data of obstetric patients who were managed by a MET were collected retrospectively from 1 March 2008 to 30 April 2015...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Amir A Afkhami
The world is currently in the midst of the largest refugee crisis since World War II, with the highest interval of mass displacement in recorded history according to the United Nations. The United States has pledged to maintain its position as one of the world's top resettlement countries in response to this crisis. These new immigrants will arrive with exceptional chronic and acute medical needs, including higher rates of behavioral health disorders. The author describes the health care challenges experienced by refugees seeking asylum in the United States and outlines the ways in which our health care system is currently deficient in helping refugee patients to overcome these challenges...
October 18, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Mari-Lynn Drainoni, Elisa A Koppelman, James A Feldman, Alexander Y Walley, Patricia M Mitchell, Jacqueline Ellison, Edward Bernstein
BACKGROUND: The increase in opioid overdose deaths has become a national public health crisis. Naloxone is an important tool in opioid overdose prevention. Distribution of nasal naloxone has been found to be a feasible, and effective intervention in community settings and may have potential high applicability in the emergency department, which is often the initial point of care for persons at high risk of overdose. One safety net hospital introduced an innovative policy to offer take-home nasal naloxone via a standing order to ensure distribution to patients at risk for overdose...
October 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Steven Steinhubl
Despite having the basic tools necessary to appropriately identify and manage individuals with hypertension for over half a century it remains the single greatest contributing risk factor to morbidity and mortality worldwide today. Since diagnosis and effective treatment availability are not issues, this major failing in care can be attributed to inadequate systems of care: systems that have led to only <20% of hypertensive individuals globally having their blood pressure adequately controlled. Even in the US, where it is one of the most common reasons for a primary care visit, and with over $42...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Joseph A Carcillo, J Michael Dean, Richard Holubkov, John Berger, Kathleen L Meert, Kanwaljeet J S Anand, Jerry Zimmerman, Christopher J Newth, Rick Harrison, Jeri Burr, Douglas F Willson, Carol Nicholson, Michael J Bell, Robert A Berg, Thomas P Shanley, Sabrina M Heidemann, Heidi Dalton, Tammara L Jenkins, Allan Doctor, Angie Webster
BACKGROUND: Nosocomial infection remains an important health problem in long stay (>3 days) pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) patients. Admission risk factors related to the development of nosocomial infection in long stay immune competent patients in particular are not known. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of the previously published Critical Illness Stress induced Immune Suppression (CRISIS) prevention trial database, to identify baseline risk factors for nosocomial infection...
November 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Peter L Jernigan, Matthew C Wallace, Christine S Novak, Travis W Gerlach, Dennis J Hanseman, Timothy A Pritts, Bradley R Davis
BACKGROUND: Critical Care Air Transport Teams (CCATTs) are integral to the U.S. Air Force aeromedical evacuation paradigm. The current study was conducted to evaluate predictors of nontechnical skills (NOTECHS) in CCATT trainees. METHODS: Sixteen CCATTs were studied over a 6-month period. Team members completed a biographical survey and teams were videotaped during a simulated CCATT mission. Teams and individuals were assigned a "red flag score" using a validated assessment tool for NOTECHS...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Ryan C Dillon, Jose-Alberto Palma, Christy L Spalink, Diana Altshuler, Lucy Norcliffe-Kaufmann, David Fridman, John Papadopoulos, Horacio Kaufmann
OBJECTIVE: Adrenergic crises are a cardinal feature of familial dysautonomia (FD). Traditionally, adrenergic crises have been treated with the sympatholytic agent clonidine or with benzodiazepines, which can cause excessive sedation and respiratory depression. Dexmedetomidine is a centrally-acting α 2-adrenergic agonist with greater selectivity and shorter half-life than clonidine. We evaluated the preliminary effectiveness and safety of intravenous dexmedetomidine in the treatment of refractory adrenergic crisis in patients with FD...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
José Joaquín Mira, Irene Carrillo, Susana Lorenzo
OBJECTIVE: To explore what hospitals and primary care (PC) are doing to reduce the negative social impact of a serious adverse event (AE). METHODS: We surveyed 195 hospital (n=113) and PC (n=82) managers from eight autonomous communities to explore the level of implementation of five interventions recommended after an AE to protect the reputation of healthcare institutions. RESULTS: Most institutions (70, 45.2% PC, and 85, 54.8% hospitals) did not have a crisis plan to protect their reputation after an AE...
October 14, 2016: Gaceta Sanitaria
Richmond Darko, Jessica L Mashburn
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection and its associated complications have become a significant public health concern. Zika virus is a Flavivirus, and is transmitted to humans by Aedes species mosquitoes. In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first locally acquired transmission of ZIKV in Brazil, the first case in the Western Hemisphere. There have also been reports of increased incidence of microcephaly and other neurologic complications associated with ZIKV infection, as well as a 20-fold increase in the incidence of Guillain-Barre Syndrome during ZIKV outbreaks...
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Lotte Skøt, Tina Jeppesen, Angelina Isabella Mellentin, Ask Elklit
PURPOSE: This descriptive study sought to explore barriers faced by Deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) individuals in Denmark when accessing medical and psychosocial services following large-scale disasters and individual traumatic experiences. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine D/HH individuals who had experienced at least one disaster or other traumatic event. RESULTS: Difficulties were encountered during interactions with first response and healthcare services, which centered on: (1) lack of Deaf awareness among professionals, (2) problems accessing interpreter services, (3) professionals relying on hearing relatives to disseminate information, and (4) professionals who were unwilling to adjust their speech or try different forms of communication...
October 17, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Joachim Alexandre, Xavier Humbert, Marion Sassier, Paul Milliez, Antoine Coquerel, Sophie Fedrizzi
Cluster headache (CH) is a primary headache disorder with relatively effective treatments. Although few sufficiently controlled trials are available, verapamil is recommended as the first-line prophylactic drug for CH by the French Headache Society (with a low level of evidence, level B) and by the EFNS (European Federation of Neurological Societies, level A). Daily doses of more than 480 mg (and up to 1200 mg daily) are frequently used off-label, while 360 mg daily is the only dosage to have demonstrated its effectiveness in a double-blind trial against placebo, and the usual label posology used by cardiologists is 240 mg daily in hypertension...
December 2015: Drug Saf Case Rep
Lindsay Johnston, Gary Oldenburg
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is a highly technical and complex method of life support. Patient and circuit emergencies on ECMO are rare, but in these cases, prompt and correct actions to address the crisis are needed to prevent morbidity and mortality. ECMO simulation programs have gained popularity in recent years, as they provide a standardized educational experience for all members of the inter-professional care team. In addition to providing a context in which to solidify knowledge of ECMO support, participants are also able to focus on vital technical and behavioral skills that are not highlighted in other training methodologies...
October 13, 2016: Seminars in Perinatology
G Iakimova, S Dimitrova, T Burté
OBJECTIVES: Computer-delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (C-CBT) are emerging as therapeutic techniques which contribute to overcome the barriers of health care access in adult populations with depression. The C-CBTs provide CBT techniques in a highly structured format comprising a number of educational lessons, homework, multimedia illustrations and supplementary materials via interactive computer interfaces. Programs are often administrated with a minimal or regular support provided by a clinician or a technician via email, telephone, online forums, or during face-to-face consultations...
October 10, 2016: L'Encéphale
Victoria Porthé, Ingrid Vargas, Belén Sanz-Barbero, Isabel Plaza-Espuña, Lola Bosch, Maria Luisa Vázquez
Policy measures introduced in Spain during the economic crisis included a reduction in public health expenditure and in healthcare entitlements (RDL16/2012), which affected the general population as a whole, but especially immigrants. This paper analyzes changes in immigrants' access to health care during the economic crisis from the perspective of health professionals (medical and administrative) and immigrants. A qualitative descriptive-interpretative study was conducted in Catalonia through individual interviews with a theoretical sample of health professionals (n=34) and immigrant users (n=20)...
September 19, 2016: Health Policy
Sean Page, Jenny Burgess, Ian Davies-Abbott, Debbie Roberts, Jaanika Molderson
It cannot be assumed by healthcare providers that transgender people routinely receive care and treatment that is of the quality and sensitivity that should be expected. In particular there are concerns from within the transgender community that they experience discrimination and disrespect from both individual practitioners and the healthcare system as a whole. This causes an avoidance of contact that is undesirable for both users and providers of healthcare services. Older transgender people are vulnerable to a range of mental health problems and, like all elderly, increasingly to dementia; failure to access specialist services in a timely manner may result in unnecessary distress and potentially to crisis...
October 14, 2016: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Michelangelo Puliga, Andrea Flori, Giuseppe Pappalardo, Alessandro Chessa, Fabio Pammolli
The role of Network Theory in the study of the financial crisis has been widely spotted in the latest years. It has been shown how the network topology and the dynamics running on top of it can trigger the outbreak of large systemic crisis. Following this methodological perspective we introduce here the Accounting Network, i.e. the network we can extract through vector similarities techniques from companies' financial statements. We build the Accounting Network on a large database of worldwide banks in the period 2001-2013, covering the onset of the global financial crisis of mid-2007...
2016: PloS One
Jana Vrbíková
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a life-long disease requiring an integrated therapy. It may negatively influence the quality of life. In childhood, the main problems of the care of these patients involve sex determination and ensuring optimum growth and puberty. The therapeutic goals for adults are the prevention of Addisonian crisis and ensuring the best possible quality of life, including fertility.Key words: androgens - cardiovascular risk - congenital adrenal hyperplasia - bone density - testicular rest tumors...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Nadine E Palermo, Katherine L Modzelewski, Alan P Farwell, Jennifer Fosbroke, Kalpana N Shankar, Sara M Alexanian, William E Baker, Donald C Simonson, Marie E McDonnell
OBJECTIVE: Patients who present to the emergency department (ED) for diabetes without hyperglycemic crisis are at risk of unnecessary hospitalizations and poor outcomes. To address this, the ED Diabetes Rapid-referral Program (EDRP) was designed to provide ED staff with direct booking into the diabetes center. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of the EDRP on hospitalization rate, ED utilization rate, glycemic control, and expenditures. METHODS: We conducted a single-center analysis of the EDRP cohort (n = 420) and compared 1-year outcomes to historic controls (n = 791)...
October 2016: Endocrine Practice
Andrea L Murphy, Ruth Martin-Misener, Stan P Kutcher, Claire L O'Reilly, Timothy F Chen, David M Gardner
BACKGROUND: The role of community pharmacists is changing globally with pharmacists engaging in more clinically-oriented roles, including in mental health care. Pharmacists' interventions have been shown to improve mental health related outcomes but various barriers can limit pharmacists in their care of patients. We aimed to explore the experiences of people with lived experience of mental illness and addictions in community pharmacies to generate findings to inform practice improvements...
October 12, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
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