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Eric J Charles, Nicholas J Napoli, Lily E Johnston, Carrie A Foster, Deirdre A Goode, Trevor B Parker, Eleanor A Sharp, Laura Barnes, Jeffrey S Young
The most common mechanism of traumatic injury is ground-level fall. The objective of this study was to understand how patients sustaining falls and their outcomes have evolved. An institutional trauma database was used to identify adult patients who suffered a fall and were admitted to a Level I trauma center during two distinct time periods: 1998 to 2003 (past) and 2008 to 2013 (current). Data on anticoagulant use and comorbidities was gathered by retrospective chart review of patients treated during 2003 and 2013...
March 1, 2018: American Surgeon
Jesús Abelardo Barea-Mendoza, Mario Chico-Fernández, Marcelino Sánchez-Casado, Ismael Molina-Díaz, Manuel Quintana-Díaz, José Manuel Jiménez-Moragas, Jon Pérez-Bárcena, Juan Antonio Llompart-Pou
INTRODUCTION: We compared the Geriatric Trauma Outcome Score (GTOS) with the probability of survival using the TRISS methodology (PS-TRISS) in geriatric severe trauma patients admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU) participating in the Spanish trauma ICU registry (RETRAUCI). METHODS: Retrospective analysis from the RETRAUCI. Quantitative data were reported as median (Interquartile Range (IQR)), and categorical data as number (percentage). We analyzed the validity of the GTOS and PS-TRISS to predict survival...
March 13, 2018: Cirugía Española
Rahman Barry, Errington Thompson
INTRODUCTION: Rib fractures after blunt trauma contribute substantially to morbidity and mortality in the elderly. METHODS: Retrospective review of 255 patients ≥65 years old at a level 2 trauma center over 6 years, who sustained blunt trauma resulting in rib fractures. Outcomes measured include mortality, hospital length of stay(LOS), intensive care unit(ICU) admission, ICU LOS, need for MV, and MV days. RESULTS: There were 24 deaths (9...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Surgery
W Weinrebe, S Käbe-Frisch, I Füsgen, M Karaman, E Johannsdottir, S Rupp
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of desmopressin and placebo in independent geriatric outpatients with nocturnal polyuria (NP). METHODS: A prospective, randomized, single-center, national, double blind, placebo-controlled, fixed-dose, parallel group comparative trial was carried out. The study included 110 geriatric outpatients, 55 patients per treatment group using desmopressin acetate nasal spray (strength: 0.1 mg/ml) once daily of 10 μg/spray blast or placebo...
March 14, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Christie Hancock, Phillip Knouse, Imad Almanaseer, Jacob Bitran
BACKGROUND: Double-hit lymphomas (DHLs) are high-grade diffuse large B-cell lymphomas with concurrent translocations involving myc and bcl-2 and/or bcl-6. A patient with DHL often has advanced disease at presentation and typically responds poorly to standard therapy with R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone). More intensive treatment regimens have been studied; however, few data are available on the outcomes in elderly patients (aged > 70 years) treated with these therapies...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Ilaria Liguori, Gennaro Russo, Luisa Aran, Giulia Bulli, Francesco Curcio, David Della-Morte, Gaetano Gargiulo, Gianluca Testa, Andrea Ungar, Francesco Cacciatore, Domenico Bonaduce, Pasquale Abete
The traditional model of care is based on "disease-centered" management that requires the organization of the hospital in specialized wards, to which the patient is assigned for the main disease. The growing need to optimize economical and human resources and to promote a global approach to the patient has led to the setting up of the intensity of care model. It is a health system based on a "patient-centered" approach, where the hospital is organized in departments dedicated to patients with homogenous needs of care...
February 21, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Adrian Wong, Mary G Amato, Diane L Seger, Christine Rehr, Adam Wright, Sarah P Slight, Patrick E Beeler, E John Orav, David W Bates
BACKGROUND: Clinical decision support (CDS) displayed in electronic health records has been found to reduce the incidence of medication errors and adverse drug events (ADE). Recent data suggested that medication-related CDS alerts were frequently over-ridden, often inappropriately. Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are at an increased risk of ADEs; however, limited data exist on the benefits of CDS in the ICU. This study aims to evaluate potential harm associated with medication-related CDS over-rides in the ICU...
February 9, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
Meghan Wooster, Alyssa Stassi, Joshua Hill, James Kurtz, Marco Bonta, M Chance Spalding
BACKGROUND: The geriatric trauma population is growing and fraught with poor physiological response to injury and high mortality rates. Our primary hypothesis analyzed how prehospital and in-hospital characteristics affect decision-making regarding continued life support (CLS) versus withdrawal of care (WOC). Our secondary hypothesis analyzed adherence to end-of-life decisions regarding code status, living wills, and advanced directives. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients with geriatric trauma at a level I and level II trauma center from January 1, 2007, to December 31, 2014...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Abeer Selim, Nahed Kandeel, Mohamed Elokl, Mohamed Shawky Khater, Ashraf Nabil Saleh, Rami Bustami, E Wesley Ely
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis for Arabic speaking critically ill patients suffering from delirium is limited by the need for a valid/reliable translation of a standardized delirium instrument such as the Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU). OBJECTIVE: To determine the validity and reliability of the Arabic version of the CAM-ICU. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study design was used to conduct the current study. SETTINGS: Data collection took place in Geriatric, Emergency and Surgical intensive care units...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Owoicho Adogwa, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Amanda R Sergesketter, Michael Ongele, Victoria Vuong, Syed Khalid, Jessica Moreno, Joseph Cheng, Isaac O Karikari, Carlos A Bagley
OBJECTIVE: Interdisciplinary management of elderly patients requiring spine surgery has been shown to improve short and long-term outcomes. The aim of this study is to determine whether an interdisciplinary team approach mitigates use of intensive care unit (ICU) resources. METHODS: A unique co-management model for elderly patients undergoing lumbar fusion surgery was implemented at a major academic medical center. The Peri-operative Optimization of Senior Health Program(POSH) was launched with the aim of improving outcomes in elderly patients(>65-years-old) undergoing complex lumbar spine surgery...
January 6, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Jin Hyun Park, In Sil Choi, Ki Hwan Kim, Jin-Soo Kim, Kyung-Hun Lee, Tae-Yong Kim, Seock-Ah Im, Se Hyun Kim, Yu Jung Kim, Jee Hyun Kim
Purpose: Currently, there is little information regarding optimal treatment for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) in elderly patients. In this retrospective study, we examined a cohort of elderly patients with MBC receiving a range of treatments, in terms of demographic and clinicopathologic characteristics, treatment patterns, and outcomes. Methods: Patients aged 65 years and older, and diagnosed with MBC between 2003 and 2015, were identified from the databases of three academic hospitals in South Korea...
December 2017: Journal of Breast Cancer
Laura Finn, Andrew Dalovisio, James Foran
Background: Even though acute myeloid leukemia (AML) occurs most commonly in adults ≥60 years, the treatment of AML in older patients remains a significant challenge. Methods: We reviewed the current literature regarding patient assessment tools, treatment options, and current therapies in clinical trial for patients with AML who are ≥60 years. Results: Our approach to the older patient with AML is evolving with better understanding of the unique disease epidemiology in this population and the development of tools to assess individual patient functional status, including grading systems for comorbidities, geriatric assessment tools, and measurements of frailty...
2017: Ochsner Journal
B Pilmis, V Cattoir, D Lecointe, A Limelette, I Grall, A Mizrahi, G Marcade, I Poilane, T Guillard, N Bourgeois Nicolaos, J-R Zahar, A Le Monnier
BACKGROUND: Currently, contact precautions are recommended for patients colonized or infected with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE). Recent studies have challenged this strategy. This study aimed to assess the rate of ESBL-PE faecal carriage among hospitalized patients according to type of hospital ward, and to identify risk factors associated with carriage. METHODS: A point prevalence study was conducted in five different types of hospital ward [medical, surgical, intensive care unit (ICU), after care and rehabilitation, and geriatric] in eight French hospitals...
March 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
Wan-Chi Liu, Chao-Shun Lin, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Hsin-Yun Wu, Yuarn-Jang Lee, Chi-Li Chung, Yih-Giun Cherng, Ta-Liang Chen, Chien-Chang Liao
Background: Limited information is available on the association between influenza vaccination and postoperative outcomes. Methods: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database reimbursement claims data from 2008-2013, we conducted a matched cohort study of 16903 patients aged >66 years who received influenza vaccinations and later underwent major surgery. Using a propensity score matching procedure adjusted for sociodemographic characteristics, medical condition, surgery type, and anesthesia type, 16903 controls who underwent surgery but were not vaccinated were selected...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Claude Level, Eric Tellier, Patrick Dezou, Karim Chaoui, Aissa Kherchache, Philippe Sejourné, Anne Marie Rullion-Pac Soo
BACKGROUND: The outcome and functional trajectory of older persons admitted to intensive care (ICU) unit remain a true question for critical care physicians and geriatricians, due to the heterogeneity of geriatric population, heterogeneity of practices and absence of guidelines. AIM: To describe the 1-year outcome, prognosis factors and functional trajectory for older people admitted to ICU. METHODS: In a prospective 1-year cohort study, all patients aged 75 years and over admitted to our ICU were included according to a global comprehensive geriatric assessment...
December 6, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Inken Arnold, Kati Straube, Wolfgang Himmel, Stephanie Heinemann, Vivien Weiss, Laura Heyden, Eva Hummers-Pradier, Roland Nau
BACKGROUND: Many elderly patients receive psychotropic drugs. Treatment with psychotropic agents is associated with serious side effects including an increased risk of falls and fractures. Several psychotropic drugs are considered potentially inappropriate for treatment of the elderly. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted covering all patients aged ≥ 65 years who were admitted to Evangelisches Krankenhaus Göttingen-Weende between 01/01/2013 and 03/31/2013...
December 4, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
Rene Aigner, Juliana Hack, Daphne Eschbach, Steffen Ruchholtz, Matthias Knobe, Richard Dodel, Benjamin Buecking
INTRODUCTION: Hip fractures have increased medical and socio-economic importance due to demographic transition. Information concerning direct treatment costs and their reimbursement in Germany is lacking. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four hundred two hip fracture patients older than 60 years of age were observed prospectively at a German University Hospital. Treatment costs were determined with up to 196 cost factors and compared to the reimbursement. Finally, statistical analysis was performed to identify clinical parameters influencing the cost-reimbursement relation...
March 2018: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Jan Willem van Dalen, Lennard L Van Wanrooij, Eric P Moll van Charante, Edo Richard, Willem A van Gool
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether apathy and depressive symptoms are independently associated with incident dementia during 6-year follow-up in a prospective observational population-based cohort study. METHODS: Participants were community-dwelling older people in the Prevention of Dementia by Intensive Vascular Care trial, aged 70-78 years, without dementia at baseline. Apathy and depressive symptoms were measured using the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15)...
January 2, 2018: Neurology
Ben P White, Lindy Willmott, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker, Gail Williams, Juliet Davis
BACKGROUND: Law purports to regulate end-of-life care but its role in decision-making by doctors is not clear. This paper, which is part of a three-year study into the role of law in medical practice at the end of life, investigates whether law affects doctors' decision-making. In particular, it considers whether the fact that the law differs across Australia's three largest states - New South Wales (NSW), Victoria and Queensland - leads to doctors making different decisions about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity...
November 28, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
Xiaoyu Tian, Cuili Wang, Xiaoxia Qiao, Na Liu, Lijuan Dong, Mary Butler, Huaxin Si, Yaru Jin
Pain and frailty are both prevalent and have severe health impacts among older adults. We conducted a cross-sectional observational study to examine the association between pain and frailty, and depression as a mediator and its interaction with pain on frailty among 1788 Chinese community-dwelling older adults. Physical frailty, pain intensity and depressive symptoms were assessed using the Frailty Phenotype, the revised Faces Pain Scale (FPS-R), and the 5-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-5), respectively...
November 13, 2017: Pain
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