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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107121/a-case-based-approach-to-evaluate-the-potential-risks-associated-with-fluoroquinolones-and-steroids
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Timothy Nguyen, Karin Gelband
Fluoroquinolones (FQs) are a frequently prescribed class of antibacterial agents. FQs are widely used but may carry serious side effects particularly pronounced in older adults, and the Food and Drug Administration recently suggested FQs should not be routinely used in certain conditions if alternative options are available. Research has demonstrated that the risk of tendinitis and tendon rupture associated with FQs is one of the highest in older adults who are concurrently treated with steroids. Health care providers and pharmacists involved in the treatment of older adults should be aware of this potential drug interaction, which may lead to serious side effects and safety concerns...
November 1, 2016: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104972/utilization-study-of-antihypertensives-in-a-south-indian-tertiary-care-teaching-hospital-and-adherence-to-standard-treatment-guidelines
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Supratim Datta
AIM: Hypertension represents a major health problem primarily because of its role in contributing to the initiation and progression of major cardiovascular diseases. Concerns pertaining to hypertension and its sequelae can be substantially addressed and consequent burden of disease reduced by early detection and appropriate therapy of elevated blood pressure. This cross-sectional observational study aims at analyzing the utilization pattern of antihypertensives used for the treatment of hypertension at a tertiary care hospital in perspective of standard treatment guidelines...
December 2016: Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104580/leveraging-electronic-health-care-record-information-to-measure-pressure-ulcer-risk-in-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-longitudinal-study-protocol
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Stephen L Luther, Susan S Thomason, Sunil Sabharwal, Dezon K Finch, James McCart, Peter Toyinbo, Lina Bouayad, Michael E Matheny, Glenn T Gobbel, Gail Powell-Cope
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers (PrUs) are a frequent, serious, and costly complication for veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI). The health care team should periodically identify PrU risk, although there is no tool in the literature that has been found to be reliable, valid, and sensitive enough to assess risk in this vulnerable population. OBJECTIVE: The immediate goal is to develop a risk assessment model that validly estimates the probability of developing a PrU...
January 19, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103927/influence-of-age-and-sex-on-hospitalization-of-nursing-home-residents-a-cross-sectional-study-from-germany
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Falk Hoffmann, Guido Schmiemann
BACKGROUND: Nursing homes residents (NHR) are frequently transferred to hospitals. There is some evidence that male NHR are more often hospitalized than females, but the influence of age is less clear and predictors might differ between sexes. Analyses according to age groups between males and females have only been investigated once and none of the existing studies have conducted multivariate analyses stratified by sex. Aim of this study was to fill this gap. METHODS: We used data of the "Inappropriate Medication in patients with REnal insufficiency in Nursing homes" (IMREN) study, which was conducted between October 2014 and April 2015 in nursing homes in northwestern Germany (Bremen and Lower Saxony)...
January 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103895/feasibility-of-antiretroviral-treatment-monitoring-in-the-era-of-decentralized-hiv-care-a-systematic-review
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Minh D Pham, Lorena Romero, Bruce Parnell, David A Anderson, Suzanne M Crowe, Stanley Luchters
BACKGROUND: Regular monitoring of HIV patients who are receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) is required to ensure patient benefits and the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of ART programs. Prompted by WHO recommendations for expansion and decentralization of HIV treatment and care in low and middle income countries, we conducted a systematic review to assess the feasibility of treatment monitoring in these settings. METHODS: A comprehensive search strategy was developed using a combination of MeSH and free text terms relevant to HIV treatment and care, health service delivery, health service accessibility, decentralization and other relevant terms...
January 19, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103816/use-of-a-self-rating-scale-to-monitor-depression-severity-in-recurrent-gp-consultations-in-primary-care-does-it-really-make-a-difference-a-randomised-controlled-study
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C Wikberg, J Westman, E-L Petersson, M E H Larsson, M André, R Eggertsen, J Thorn, H Ågren, C Björkelund
BACKGROUND: Little information is available about whether the use of self-assessment instruments in primary care affects depression course and outcome. The purpose was to evaluate whether using a depression self-rating scale in recurrent person-centred GP consultations affected depression severity, quality of life, medication use, and sick leave frequency. METHODS: Patients in the intervention group met their GP regularly at least 4 times during the 3 months intervention...
January 19, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102580/the-sliding-context-of-health-the-challenges-faced-by-patients-with-heart-failure-from-the-perspective-of-patients-health-care-providers-and-family-members
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Parvin Mangolian Shahrbabaki, Esmat Nouhi, Majid Kazemi, Fazlollah Ahmadi
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to understand the challenges faced by patients with heart failure. BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a clinical syndrome that is increasing across the globe. People affected with it, encounter various problems that reduce their quality of life and well-being. Therefore, identifying the challenges faced by patients with heart failure is necessary for health care and treatment plans. DESIGN: This study was performed using the qualitative research approach and content analysis method...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100898/new-oral-anticoagulants-turkey-noac-turk-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
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Servet Altay, Özlem Yıldırımtürk, Hüseyin Altuğ Çakmak, Lütfü Aşkın, Ümit Yaşar Sinan, Feyzullah Beşli, Ömer Gedikli, Özge Özden Tok
OBJECTIVE: New oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are increasingly used both for prevention of stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) and the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the current patterns of NOACs treatment in Turkey. Moreover, demographic and clinical parameters and bleeding and/or embolic events under NOACs treatment were analyzed. METHODS: The New Oral Anticoagulants-TURKey (NOAC-TURK) study was designed as a multicenter cross-sectional study...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100266/arranging-blood-for-elective-thyroid-surgeries-dilemma-continues-in-the-developing-world
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Salman Faridi, Aman Ahmad, Mirza Arshad Beg, Faisal Siddiqui, Muhammad Muzzammil Edhi, Mehmood Khan
BACKGROUND: Cross matched blood is frequently ordered based on a subjective anticipation of blood loss for a procedure. Excessive blood arrangement and wastage overburdens the blood bank in terms of work load and storage of blood, increases cost of medical care and results in injudicious use of a limited resource. The aim of this short report is to assess the current practice for arranging cross matched blood in elective thyroid surgeries by comparing cross match to blood transfused ratio...
January 18, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099789/ehr-related-medication-errors-in-two-icus
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Pascale Carayon, Shimeng Du, Roger Brown, Randi Cartmill, Mark Johnson, Tosha B Wetterneck
The objective of this study was to describe the frequency, potential harm, and nature of electronic health record (EHR)-related medication errors in intensive care units (ICUs). Using a secondary data analysis of a large database of medication safety events collected in a study on EHR technology in ICUs, we assessed the EHR relatedness of a total of 1622 potential preventable adverse drug events (ADEs) identified in a sample of 624 patients in 2 ICUs of a medical center. Thirty-four percent of the medication events were found to be EHR related...
January 2017: Journal of Healthcare Risk Management: the Journal of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098492/insomnia-management-in-the-australian-primary-care-setting
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Fatema-Tun-Naher Sake, Keith Wong, Delwyn J Bartlett, Bandana Saini
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Insomnia is one of the most prevalent and costly sleep disorders presenting in general practice, and when left untreated, has major health consequences. However, studies are limited on how general practitioners respond to this health issue, especially since the reconceptualization of insomnia in DSM 5. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore how insomnia is diagnosed and treated in Australian general practices. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-four (54% male) general practitioners were recruited throughout the greater Sydney metropolitan area in New South Wales using the professional network of research team members and snowballing technique...
January 18, 2017: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097722/antimicrobial-utilization-in-an-iraqi-province-a-comprehensive-evaluation-of-antibiotic-source-and-cost
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Ali A Al-Jumaili, Ahmed H Hussein, Mohammed D Al-Rekabi, Saba A Raheem, Erika J Ernst
PURPOSE: The aims were to calculate total systemic antibiotic consumption and cost in both public and private sectors in all care settings in Al-Najaf province, Iraq, during 2012, recognize the percentage of each pharmacological class for the dispensed antibiotics and identify oral and parenteral antibiotic percentages dispensed and the portions manufactured nationally and imported. METHODS: Cross-sectional study was conducted in Al-Najaf to calculate the total cost and quantities of antibiotics consumed during 2012 using World Health Organization Guidelines for Defined Daily Dose (DDD)...
February 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097432/attitudes-of-palliative-home-care-physicians-towards-palliative-sedation-at-home-in-italy
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Alessandro Mercadante, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
BACKGROUND: Information about the attitudes towards palliative sedation (PS) at home is limited. AIM: The aim of this survey was to assess the attitudes of palliative care physicians in Italy regarding PS at home. DESIGN: A questionnaire was submitted to a sample of palliative care physicians, asking information about their activity and attitudes towards PS at home. SETTING: This is a survey of home care physicians in Italy who were involved in end-of-life care decisions at home...
January 17, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095873/physical-integrity-and-residual-bio-efficacy-of-used-llins-in-three-cities-of-the-south-west-region-of-cameroon-4%C3%A2-years-after-the-first-national-mass-distribution-campaign
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Stravensky T Boussougou-Sambe, Parfait Awono-Ambene, Geraud C T Tasse, Josiane Etang, Jerome A Binyang, Lynda D Nouage, Gaston Wamba, Peter Enyong, Eric B Fokam
BACKGROUND: Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) are effective tools at reducing malaria transmission. In Cameroon, following the first national mass distribution campaign in 2011, there has been no follow up on the efficacy of LLINs distributed. The aim of this report is to assess the physical integrity and insecticidal potency of LLINs distributed in three cities with contrasting socio economic status (SES) and to evaluate the use and care for bed nets owned by individuals. METHODS: The study was conducted in Limbe, Tiko and Buea three localities in the Fako division of the South West Region of Cameroon...
January 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094484/a-simplified-screening-tool-to-identify-seriously-ill-patients-in-the-emergency-department-for-referral-to-a-palliative-care-team
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Paolo Cotogni, Anna DE Luca, Andrea Evangelista, Claudia Filippini, Renata Gili, Antonio Scarmozzino, Giovannino Ciccone, Luca Brazzi
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to evaluate the feasibility of an Emergency Department (ED)-initiated screening to identify seriously ill patients in need of palliative care (PC) and to develop a simplified screening tool (SST). METHODS: Eligible patients with known diagnosis of chronic heart, lung, liver, and kidney failures, progressive neurological diseases or advanced cancer, awaiting to be hospitalized after an ED-visit, were assessed with the screening tool from the Italian Society Anaesthesia Analgesia Resuscitation Intensive Care (SIAARTI)...
January 17, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094089/use-of-emergency-medical-transport-and-impact-on-time-to-care-in-patients-with-ischaemic-stroke
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A Olascoaga Arrate, M M Freijo Guerrero, C Fernández Maiztegi, I Azkune Calle, R Silvariño Fernández, M Fernández Rodríguez, P Vazquez Naveira, A Anievas Elena, I Iturraspe González, Y Pérez Díez, R Ruiz Fernández
INTRODUCTION: According to numerous studies, using emergency medical services (EMS) to transport stroke patients to hospitals decreases diagnostic and treatment delays. OBJECTIVES: To determine the frequency of use of EMS by stroke patients in Bizkaia (Spain), analyse the factors associated with using EMS, and study the impact of EMS on time to care. METHODS: We gathered data from 545 patients hospitalised for acute ischaemic stroke and recruited consecutively...
January 13, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093034/fear-of-cancer-recurrence-and-unmet-needs-among-breast-cancer-survivors-in-the-first-five-years-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mai-Britt Bjørklund Ellegaard, Cai Grau, Robert Zachariae, Anders Bonde Jensen
BACKGROUND: It is unclear to which degree the services available after end of treatment are sufficient to meet the needs of women treated for breast cancer. The aim of the present study was to identify patient-reported supportive care needs and the prevalence of fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) following end of treatment in women treated for breast cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Using a cross-sectional design, women treated for breast cancer (n = 155; mean age 63) completed questionnaires concerning supportive care needs and FCR...
January 17, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092492/self-care-in-palliative-care-nursing-and-medical-professionals-a-cross-sectional-survey
#18
Jason Mills, Timothy Wand, Jennifer A Fraser
BACKGROUND: Self-care is an important consideration for palliative care professionals. To date, few details have been recorded about the nature or uptake of self-care practices in the palliative care workforce. As part of a broader mixed methods study, this article reports findings from a national survey of nurses and doctors. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine perceptions, education, and practices relating to self-care among palliative care nursing and medical professionals...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089815/do-patients-hospitalized-with-copd-have-airflow-obstruction
#19
Huimin Wu, Robert A Wise, Ann E Medinger
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend the confirmation of a COPD diagnosis with spirometry. ICD-9-CM diagnostic codes are used frequently to identify patients with COPD for administrative purposes. However, coding the diagnosis of COPD does not require spirometric confirmation. The purpose of this study was to determine how often the discharge diagnoses of COPD is supported by spirometric measurements in the VA health system. METHODS: We reviewed records of patients hospitalized for COPD in a VA teaching hospital between 2005 and 2015...
January 13, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089444/health-care-associated-infections-in-neonates-children-and-adolescents-an-analysis-of-paediatric-data-from-the-european-centre-for-disease-prevention-and-control-point-prevalence-survey
#20
Walter Zingg, Susan Hopkins, Angèle Gayet-Ageron, Alison Holmes, Mike Sharland, Carl Suetens
BACKGROUND: In 2011-12, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) held the first Europe-wide point-prevalence survey of health-care-associated infections in acute care hospitals. We analysed paediatric data from this survey, aiming to calculate the prevalence and type of health-care-associated infections in children and adolescents in Europe and to determine risk factors for infection in this population. METHODS: Point-prevalence surveys took place from May, 2011, to November, 2012, in 1149 hospitals in EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, and Croatia...
January 12, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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