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James Baker, Andrew Dickman, Stephen Mason, John Ellershaw
BACKGROUND: A continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) is an effective method of multiple drug administration commonly encountered in end of life care when the oral route is compromised. At present, current practice is to limit syringe driver infusion time to a maximum of 24 hours as dictated by available chemical stability data. However, the ability to deliver prescribed medication by a CSCI over 48 hours may have numerous benefits in both patient care and health service resource utilisation...
2018: PloS One
Linda Barstow, Erika Herman, Heidi Phillips, Patrick Maloney
OBJECTIVES: We quantify and describe emergency department antibiotic discharge prescription dosing errors for pediatric patients in a community hospital health system. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review evaluating emergency department discharge prescriptions written between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Pediatric patients who received a prescription for an oral antibiotic were included in error analysis if they had a weight updated in the electronic medical record during the encounter...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
George W Pratt, Andy Fan, Bissrat Melakeberhan, Catherine M Klapperich
Proper management of an HIV infection requires that a patient be at least 80-95% adherent to a prescribed drug regimen to avoid poor health outcomes and the development of drug-resistant HIV strains. Clinicians generally monitor adherence habits indirectly through patient self-reporting, pill counting, and electronic drug monitoring. While direct measurement of patient samples like urine for monitoring drug levels is possible, it requires specialized equipment and training that is not readily available in resource-limited settings where the need is greatest...
August 9, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Henry Anyimadu, Chandra Pingili, Vel Sivapalan, Yael Hirsch-Moverman, Sharon Mannheimer
Current guidelines suggest that HIV-infected patients should receive chemoprophylaxis against Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) if they have a cluster determinant 4 (CD4) count <200 cells/mm3 or oropharyngeal candidiasis. Persons with CD4 percentage (CD4%) below 14% should also be considered for prophylaxis. Discordance between CD4 count and CD4% occurs in 16% to 25% of HIV-infected patients. Provider compliance with current PJP prophylaxis guidelines when such discordance is present was assessed. Electronic medical records of 429 HIV-infected individuals who had CD4 count and CD4% measured at our clinic were reviewed...
January 2018: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Julie Hui-Chih Wu, Bradley J Langford, Kevin L Schwartz, Rosemary Zvonar, Sumit Raybardhan, Valerie Leung, Gary Garber
Background: Antimicrobial allergy labels, either self-reported or placed in a patient's medical record, are common, but in many cases they are not associated with a true immunoglobulin E-mediated allergic response. Objective: To assess the impact of antimicrobial allergy labels on antimicrobial prescribing, resource utilization, and clinical outcomes. Data Sources: The MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, and Scopus electronic databases were searched for the period 1990 to January 2016...
January 2018: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
Janelle Guirguis-Blake, Gina A Keppel, John Holmes, Rex W Force, William Kriegsman, Laura-Mae Baldwin
Background: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at high risk for adverse drug events related to medication dosing errors and prescriptions for relatively contraindicated medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Objectives: To examine the scope of and variation in prescribing relatively contraindicated medications and medications above the recommended dose levels among patients with stage III/IV CKD in primary care practice...
February 26, 2018: Family Practice
Justin M Cloutier, Clarence Khoo, Brett Hiebert, Anthony Wassef, Colette M Seifer
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effectiveness of a physician notification system for atrial fibrillation (AF) detected on cardiac devices, and to assess predictors of anticoagulation in patients with device-detected AF. METHODS: In 2013, a physician notification system for AF detected on a patient's CIED [including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices] was implemented, with a recommendation to consider oral anticoagulation in high-risk patients...
April 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease
Natalie Woodhead, Rachel Pounds, Shirin Irani, Poonam Pradhan
Ulipristal acetate (UPA), is a selective progesterone-receptor modulator, it decreases fibroid size and reduces menstrual bleeding. We reviewed its use at the Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT), one of the largest prescribing trusts in the UK. The electronic records of patients treated with UPA from January 2013 to August 2015 were reviewed. One hundred and thirty four patients received UPA, 20 women (15%) received a second course. Eighty percent reported subjective global improvements in symptoms after the first course; 45...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Clement Chung, Shital Patel, Rosetta Lee, Lily Fu, Sean Reilly, Tuyet Ho, Jason Lionetti, Michael D George, Pam Taylor
PURPOSE: The development of a computerized prescriber order-entry (CPOE) system for chemotherapy in a multisite safety-net health system and the challenges to its successful implementation are described. SUMMARY: Before CPOE for chemotherapy was first implemented and embedded in the electronic medical record system of Harris Health System (HHS), pharmacy personnel relied on regimen-specific preprinted order sets. However, due to differences in practice styles and workflow logistics, the paper orders across the 3 facilities were mostly site specific, with varying clinical content...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Victor O Popoola, Brandyn D Lau, Esther Tan, Dauryne L Shaffer, Peggy S Kraus, Norma E Farrow, Deborah B Hobson, Jonathan K Aboagye, Michael B Streiff, Elliott R Haut
PURPOSE: Results of a study to characterize patterns of nonadministration of medication doses for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention among hospitalized patients are presented. METHODS: The electronic records of all patients admitted to 4 floors of a medical center during a 1-month period were examined to identify patients whose records indicated at least 1 nonadministered dose of medication for VTE prophylaxis. Proportions of nonadministered doses by medication type, intended route of administration, and VTE risk categorization were compared; reasons for nonadministration were evaluated...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Shannon Broxton, Regina Medeiros, Adel Abuzeid, Corey Peterson, Autumn Schumacher
Massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) allow practitioners to follow a prescribed algorithm for the rapid replacement of blood products during a massive hemorrhage. They function as an established protocol to provide consistent treatment. Once implemented, the MTP must be evaluated to ensure best practice. The purpose of this clinical improvement project was to formally evaluate the use and efficacy of an MTP during its first year of implementation. The specific aims were to (1) determine whether MTP activations were missed; (2) compare outcomes between those patients managed by the MTP and those who were not; and (3) provide recommendations to the institution's stakeholders...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Dagmar Schaffler-Schaden, Stefan Pitzer, Magdalena Schreier, Johanna Dellinger, Beate Brandauer-Stickler, Miriam Lainer, Maria Flamm, Jürgen Osterbrink
Polypharmacy in elderly people is an increasing challenge for health professionals. Drug-Drug interactions, dosing or administration errors can cause preventable incidents and hospitalizations. Due to chronic illness and multi-morbidity, older people are considered as a particularly vulnerable group of patients. Furthermore, it is well known that communication between health professionals is often insufficient. The aim of this study is to improve the appropriateness of medication of nursing home residents by establishing a long-term structured medication review process and to enhance the interprofessional communication between general practitioners (GPs), nurses and pharmacists...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Thomas R Radomski, Felicia R Bixler, Susan L Zickmund, KatieLynn M Roman, Carolyn T Thorpe, Jennifer A Hale, Florentina E Sileanu, Leslie R M Hausmann, Joshua M Thorpe, Katie J Suda, Kevin T Stroupe, Adam J Gordon, Chester B Good, Michael J Fine, Walid F Gellad
BACKGROUND: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has implemented robust strategies to monitor prescription opioid dispensing, but these strategies have not accounted for opioids prescribed by non-VA providers. State-based prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are a potential tool to identify VA patients' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers, and recent legislation requires their use within VA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate VA physicians' perspectives and experiences regarding use of PDMPs to monitor Veterans' receipt of opioids from non-VA prescribers...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Joy Lee, Tunn Ren Tay, Naghmeh Radhakrishna, Fiona Hore-Lacy, Anna Mackay, Ryan Hoy, Eli Dabscheck, Robyn O'Hehir, Mark Hew
Non-adherence to inhaled preventers impairs asthma control. Electronic monitoring devices (EMD) can objectively measure adherence. Their use has not been reported in difficult asthma patients potentially suitable for novel therapies, i.e. biologics and bronchial thermoplasty.Consecutive patients with difficult asthma were assessed for eligibility for novel therapies. Medication adherence, defined as taking 75% or more of prescribed doses, was assessed by EMD and compared to standardised clinician assessment over an eight week period...
March 8, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Panagiotis Delinikolas, Georgios Patatoukas, Vasilios Kouloulias, Maria Dilvoi, Agapi Plousi, Efstathios Efstathopoulos, Kalliopi Platoni
PURPOSE: Certain radiation responsive skin diseases may develop symptoms on the upper or the lower half of the body. The concept of a novel Hemi-Body Electron Irradiation (HBIe- ) technique, described in this work, provides a low cost, LINAC based, intermediate treatment option in between extremely localized and Total Skin irradiation techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The HBIe- technique, developed in our department, incorporates a custom crafted treatment chamber equipped with adjustable Pb shielding and a single electron beam in extended Source-Skin Distance (SSD) setup...
February 2018: Physica Medica: PM
Antonio Rodriguez-Poncelas, Joan Barrot-de la-Puente, Gabriel Coll de Tuero, Carles López-Arpí, Bogdan Vlacho, Flora Lopéz-Simarro, Xavier Mundet Tudurí, Josep Franch-Nadal
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess glycaemic control and prescribing practices of antihyperglycaemic treatment in patients with diabetes mellitus type 2 aged 75 years or older. METHODS: We analysed data from health electronic records from 4,581 persons attended at primary healthcare centres of the Institut Català de la Salut (ICS), in the Girona Sud area of Catalonia, Spain, during 2013 and 2016. Variables such as age, gender, body mass index (BMI), diabetes duration, age at diabetes diagnosis, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), creatinine, glomerular filtrate rate and the albumin/creatinine ratio in urine were collected...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Practice
Jordanne Feldberg, Param Patel, Ashley Farrell, Sylvia Sivarajahkumar, Karen Cameron, Jennifer Ma, Marisa Battistella
Background: There is a lack of clear benefit and a potential risk of bleeding with direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) use in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and dialysis patients with atrial fibrillation. The objective of this study was to evaluate how treatment with DOACs affects stroke and bleeding outcomes compared with warfarin or aspirin. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials, cohort studies and case series, and searched electronic databases from 1946 to 2017...
March 2, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Timothy Noblet, John Marriott, Emma Graham-Clarke, Debra Shirley, Alison Rushton
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of non-medical prescribing (NMP). DESIGN: Systematic review. Two reviewers independently completed searches, eligibility assessment and assessment of risk of bias. DATA SOURCES: Pre-defined search terms/combinations were utilised to search electronic databases. In addition, hand searches of reference lists, key journals and grey literature were employed alongside consultation with authors/experts...
2018: PloS One
Aaron T Wecksler, Jian Yin, Paula Lee Tao, Bruce Kabakoff, Alavattam Sreedhara, Galahad Deperalta
Photostability conditions as prescribed by ICH guidelines induced highly reduction-resistant scrambled disulfides that contribute to the population of apparent non-reducible aggregates induced by excessive light exposure. Photo-induced cross-linked species were isolated under reducing conditions using an organic phase size exclusion chromatography (SEC) method, followed by O18-labeling tryptic mapping to identify cross-linked peptides. Disulfide scrambling was observed within the IgG1 structurally conserved, intrachain cysteine-cysteine-tryptophan triads (Cys-Cys-Trp), and correlated with Trp-to-Kynurenine (Kyn) photo-degradation within these triads...
March 5, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Yelin Deniz, Rick T van Uum, Marieke L A de Hoog, Anne G M Schilder, Roger A M J Damoiseaux, Roderick P Venekamp
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines focusing on judicious use of antibiotics for childhood acute otitis media (AOM) have been introduced in many countries around the world. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the effects of these guidelines on the prescription of antibiotics and analgesics for children with AOM. METHODS: Systematic searches of PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library from inception to 6 June 2017 using broad search terms. Studies specifically aimed at evaluating the effects of introduction of national AOM practice guidelines on type of antibiotic and/or analgesic prescriptions were included, irrespective of design, setting or language...
March 3, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood
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