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C A Whicher, R Shah, H Gleeson, L Vaughan, L Albon
It had become a familiar routine. My seventh admission with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in a year. Each time I was admitted it was the same; a DKA protocol, a diabetes specialist nurse visit, and a few questions from the doctors checking if "everything is okay?" On each admission, I would be discharged home after a couple of days. We all knew I'd be back again within a month or two.
2016: Acute Medicine
Sandy Middleton, Chris Levi, Simeon Dale, N Wah Cheung, Elizabeth McInnes, Julie Considine, Catherine D'Este, Dominique A Cadilhac, Jeremy Grimshaw, Richard Gerraty, Louise Craig, Verena Schadewaldt, Patrick McElduff, Mark Fitzgerald, Clare Quinn, Greg Cadigan, Sonia Denisenko, Mark Longworth, Jeanette Ward
BACKGROUND: Internationally recognised evidence-based guidelines recommend appropriate triage of patients with stroke in emergency departments (EDs), administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), and proactive management of fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing before prompt transfer to a stroke unit to maximise outcomes. We aim to evaluate the effectiveness in EDs of a theory-informed, nurse-initiated, intervention to improve multidisciplinary triage, treatment and transfer (T(3)) of patients with acute stroke to improve 90-day death and dependency...
October 18, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
Meri Kankaanpää, Maria Raitakari, Leila Muukkonen, Siv Gustafsson, Merja Heitto, Ari Palomäki, Kimmo Suojanen, Veli-Pekka Harjola
BACKGROUND: To assess whether the use of point-of-care testing (POCT) and early assessment team (EAT) model shortens emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS). METHODS: This prospective, observational study with comparison between three study periods was performed in three phases in a metropolitan ED with 57,000 annual visits. Data were collected from adult ambulatory patients who were discharged home. Phase 1 served as a control (n = 1559 in one month)...
October 18, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Jing Zhang, Lei Sun, Yu Liu, Hongyi Wang, Ningling Sun, Jia Yu, Yao He, Sijin Yan, Puhong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a mobile device based electronical data capture (mEDC) system applied in one randomized clinical trial (RCT). DESIGN AND METHOD: The mEDC, an android smartphone-based application, was developed to support real-time data capture, project management and quality control in a multicenter randomized double-blinded parallel controlled pharmaceutical trial. Four user interfaces are shown in Figure 1. The RCT is to evaluate the efficacy of telmisartan (40mg) and hydrochlorothiazide (25mg) monotherapy in high sodium intake patients with mild to moderate hypertension in 14 hospitals, including one baseline survey and three follow-ups...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hongye Zhang, Qing Wang, Yu Guo, Dongfeng Li, Buqiang Zhang, Yuehong Dong, Xiuxian Huang, Yongjuan Liu, JInguo Zhao, Weiwei Li, Hans R Brunner, Lisheng Liu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the long-term (3 years) consumption of enriched potassium salt (KCL/NaCL = 1:1 by weight) on all causes mortality and target organ damage in Chinese living in nursing houses. DESIGN AND METHOD: The study was designed as a single blind prospective intervention. Participants were living in 22 nursing houses in northern China. The nursing houses were randomized into 2 groups: normal salt (control group) and enriched potassium salt (intervention group)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Derenda Lovelace, Diane Hancock, Sabrina S Hughes, Phyllis R Wyche, Claire Jenkins, Cindy Logan
BACKGROUND: In 2011, the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Richmond, VA, had a cumulative readmission rate and emergency department (ED) revisits for discharged Veterans of 1 in 5. In 2012, a transitional care program (TCP) was implemented to improve care coordination and outcomes among Veterans, with an emphasis on geriatric patients with chronic disease. This TCP was created with an interdisciplinary approach using intensive case management interventions, with a goal of reducing Veteran ED and hospital revisits by 30%...
November 2016: Professional Case Management
Gang-Xi Lin, Yin-Ling Yang, Denise Kudirka, Colleen Church, Collin K K Yong, Fiona Reilly, Qi-Yi Zeng
BACKGROUND: Pediatric emergency rooms (PERs) in Chinese hospitals are perpetually full of sick and injured children because of the lack of sufficiently developed community hospitals and low access to family physicians. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of a new five-level Chinese pediatric emergency triage system (CPETS), modeled after the Canadian Triage System and Acuity Scale. METHODS: In this study, we compared CPETS outcomes in our PER relative to those of the prior two-level system...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Rohan A Elliott, Cik Yin Lee, Christine Beanland, Krishna Vakil, Dianne Goeman
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of older people are receiving support with medicines management from community nursing services (CNSs) to enable them to live in their own homes. Little is known about these people and the support they receive. OBJECTIVES: To explore the characteristics of older people referred for medicines management support, type of support provided, medication errors and adverse medication events (AMEs). METHODS: A retrospective observational study of a random sample of 100 older people referred to a large non-profit CNS for medicines management support over a 3-month period was conducted...
March 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Sung-Bou Kim, David S Zingmond, Emmett B Keeler, Lee A Jennings, Neil S Wenger, David B Reuben, David A Ganz
BACKGROUND: Identifying fall-related injuries and costs using healthcare claims data is cost-effective and easier to implement than using medical records or patient self-report to track falls. We developed a comprehensive four-step algorithm for identifying episodes of care for fall-related injuries and associated costs, using fee-for-service Medicare and Medicare Advantage health plan claims data for 2,011 patients from 5 medical groups between 2005 and 2009. METHODS: First, as a preparatory step, we identified care received in acute inpatient and skilled nursing facility settings, in addition to emergency department visits...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
J T Schousboe, M L Paudel, B C Taylor, A M Kats, B A Virnig, B E Dowd, L Langsetmo, K E Ensrud
: Older women with pre-fracture slow walk speed, high body mass index, and/or a high level of multimorbidity have significantly higher health care costs after hip fracture compared to those without those characteristics. Studies to investigate if targeted health care interventions for these individuals can reduce hip fracture costs are warranted. INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study is to estimate the associations of individual pre-fracture characteristics with total health care costs after hip fracture, using Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) cohort data linked to Medicare claims...
October 14, 2016: Osteoporosis International
Kimberly K Gray, Susan K Grist, Deborah A Race
The development of a home care visit using a real apartment house is a unique approach to simulated learning experiences. This teaching strategy broadens the traditional simulation center approach by adding realism to the overall experience. The article explains how the use of the apartment house created a unique teaching strategy not otherwise available in traditional simulation center settings and helped junior-level nursing students understand the nuances of home care visits. On the basis of positive learning experiences, additional opportunities are being explored for using the apartment house at all clinical levels...
September 2016: Nursing Education Perspectives
Martha L Bruce, Matthew C Lohman, Rebecca L Greenberg, Yuhua Bao, Patrick J Raue
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a depression care management intervention in Medicare home health recipients decreases risk of hospitalization. DESIGN: Cluster-randomized trial. Nurse teams were randomized to intervention (12 teams) or enhanced usual care (EUC; 9 teams). SETTING: Six home health agencies from distinct geographic regions. Home health recipients were interviewed at home and over the telephone. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older who screened positive for depression on nurse assessments (N = 755) and a subset who consented to interviews (n = 306)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Brittany M Charlton, Heather L Corliss, Donna Spiegelman, Kerry Williams, S Bryn Austin
OBJECTIVES: To compare changes in self-reported sexual orientation of women living in states with any recognition of same-sex relationships (e.g., hospital visitation, domestic partnerships) with those of women living in states without such recognition. METHODS: We calculated the likelihood of women in the Nurses' Health Study II (n = 69 790) changing their reported sexual orientation between 1995 and 2009. RESULTS: We used data from the Nurses' Health Study II and found that living in a state with same-sex relationship recognition was associated with changing one's reported sexual orientation, particularly from heterosexual to sexual minority...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Public Health
Sube Banerjee, Nicolas Farina, Stephanie Daley, Wendy Grosvenor, Leila Hughes, Molly Hebditch, Sophie Mackrell, Ramin Nilforooshan, Chris Wyatt, Kay de Vries, Inam Haq, Juliet Wright
OBJECTIVES: Traditional healthcare education, delivered through a series of time-limited clinical placements, often fails to deliver an understanding of the experiences of those with long-term conditions, a growing issue for healthcare systems. Responses include longitudinal integrated clerkships and senior mentor programmes allowing students' longer placements, continuity of contact and opportunities to learn about chronic illness and patient experience. We review their development and delivery in dementia and present the Time for Dementia (TFD) Programme, a novel 2-year interdisciplinary educational programme...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Maria K Peltola, Joel S Lehikoinen, Lauri T Sippola, Kauko Saarilahti, Antti A Mäkitie
INTRODUCTION: The patient's role in toxicity reporting is increasingly acknowledged. There is also a need for developing modern communication methods between the patient and the medical personnel. Furthermore, the increasing number of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients is reflected in the volume of treatment follow-up visits, which remains a challenge for the health care. Electronic patient-reported outcome (ePRO) measures may provide a cost-efficient way to organize follow-up for cancer patients...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Ear, Nose and Throat
Richard Griffith
The Health and Safety Executive have completed an inspection initiative focussing on the prevention and management of sharps injuries in forty NHS organisations. Health and safety breaches were found in 90% of the services visited and inspectors issued improvement notices to 45% of those NHS organisations. In this article Richard Griffith sets out the key findings of the inspection initiative and considers their impact on district nursing practice.
October 2, 2016: British Journal of Community Nursing
J L Pedersen, P U Pedersen, E M Damsgaard
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of two nutritional follow-up interventions with regard to preventing short-term deterioration in ADL, and to compare their effects on physical function, emotional health, and health-related quality of life. DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial with two intervention groups and one control group, and a follow-up period of eight weeks. SETTING: Intervention in the participants' homes after discharge from hospital...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Sui Chee Fai, Gan Kim Yen, Nurdiyana Malik
BACKGROUND: Smoking cessation clinics have been established in Malaysia since 2004, but wide variations in success rates have been observed. This study aimed to evaluate the proposed pharmacist-led Integrated Quit Smoking Service (IQSS) in Sabah, Malaysia, and identify factors associated with successful smoking cessation. METHODS: Data from 176 participants were collected from one of the quit-smoking centres in Sabah, Malaysia. Pharmacists, doctors and nurses were involved throughout the study...
September 2016: Canadian Pharmacists Journal: CPJ, Revue des Pharmaciens du Canada: RPC
Elisabeth H Ference, Jin-Young Min, Rakesh K Chandra, James W Schroeder, Jody D Ciolino, Amy Yang, Jane Holl, Stephanie Shintani Smith
BACKGROUND: This study investigates differences in antibiotic prescribing rates for pediatric upper respiratory infections (URIs) between physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs). METHODS: Visits by children <18 years old diagnosed with URI to physicians or NPs between 2001 and 2010 were abstracted from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey. Logistic regression analyses examined variations in antibiotic prescribing rates...
October 5, 2016: Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
Jéssica Alline Pereira Rodrigues, Maria Ribeiro Lacerda, Luciane Favero, Ingrid Meireles Gomes, Marineli Joaquim Méier, Marilene Loewen Wall
Objective: The aim of this paper is to report the experiences of applying a model of transpersonal caring in nursing home care according to Favero and Lacerda to adult patients after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Method: This is a case report on the application of this model to an outpatient monitored by a bone marrow transplant service. In addition to the initial outpatient contact, the patient received home care visits in October 2014. Data were recorded in the field diary and analysed according to the Care Model and Clinical Caritas Process...
September 29, 2016: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
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