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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340123/rapid-ascent-from-zero-quality-to-international-organization-for-standardization-accreditation%C3%A2-a-case-study-of-hai-duong-preventive-medicine-center-in-vietnam-2012-2013
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Cuong Ngoc Duong, Kyle B Bond, Humberto Carvalho, Hien Bui Thi Thu, Thuong Nguyen, Thomas Rush
Objectives: In 2012, the Vietnam Ministry of Health sought to improve the quality of health laboratories by introducing international quality standards. Methods: Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA), a year-long, structured, quality improvement curriculum (including projects and mentorship) was piloted in 12 laboratories. Progress was measured using a standardized audit tool (Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation)...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338983/multi-site-clinical-assessment-of-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-mcam-design-and-implementation-of-a-prospective-retrospective-rolling-cohort-study
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Elizabeth R Unger, Jin-Mann S Lin, Hao Tian, Benjamin H Natelson, Gudrun Lange, Diana Vu, Michelle Blate, Nancy G Klimas, Elizabeth G Balbin, Lucinda Bateman, Ali Allen, Charles W Lapp, Wendy Springs, Andreas M Kogelnik, Catrina C Phan, Joan Danver, Richard N Podell, Trisha Fitzpatrick, Daniel L Peterson, C Gunnar Gottschalk, Mangalathu S Rajeevan
In the Multi-Site Clinical Assessment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (MCAM), we relied on expert clinician diagnoses to enroll patients from 7 specialty clinics in the United States in order to perform a systematic collection of data on measures of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Healthy persons and those with other illnesses that share some features with ME/CFS were enrolled in comparison groups. The major objectives were to: 1) use standardized questionnaires to measure illness domains of ME/CFS and to evaluate patient heterogeneity overall and between clinics; 2) describe the course of illness, identify the measures that best correlate with meaningful clinical differences, and assess the performances of questionnaires as patient/person-reported outcome measures; 3) describe prescribed medications, orders for laboratory and other tests, and management tools used by expert clinicians to care for persons with ME/CFS; 4) collect biospecimens for future hypothesis testing and for evaluation of morning cortisol profiles; and 5) identify measures that best distinguish persons with ME/CFS from those in the comparison groups and detect subgroups of persons with ME/CFS who may have different underlying causes...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337092/patronage-and-cost-of-malaria-treatment-in-private-hospitals-in-ibadan-north-l-g-a-south-western-nigeria
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A T Salawu, O I Fawole, M D Dairo
BACKGROUND: Malaria accounts for about 60% of all clinic attendance in Nigeria. About 300,000 children die of malaria annually while an estimated 4,500 pregnant women are lost annually on account of malaria in Nigeria alone. High cost of treatment is a barrier to the uptake of health services in low resource settings, therefore an exploration of the cost of malaria management will reveal possible components that may benefit from intervention and thus reveal important clues for improving access to malaria treatment...
December 2016: Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336165/suspicious-outbreak-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-burkholderia-cepacia-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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LiPing Guo, Gang Li, Jian Wang, Xia Zhao, Shupeng Wang, Li Zhai, Hongbin Jia, Bin Cao
BACKGROUND: We reviewed Burkholderia cepacia infections in a hospital from 2013-2016 to report a suspicious outbreak that occurred in a surgical intensive care unit in 2015, and to outline the infection control measures adopted thereafter. METHODS: Review of the health care-associated infection data regarding B cepacia via the surveillance system, hospital information system, electronic medical records, and laboratory information system together with the outbreak investigation was managed by the health care-associated infection control team...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328809/infectious-diseases-prevalence-vaccination-coverage-and-diagnostic-challenges-in-a-population-of-internationally-adopted-children-referred-to-a-tertiary-care-children-s-hospital-from-2009-to-2015
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Sara Sollai, Francesca Ghetti, Leila Bianchi, Maurizio de Martino, Luisa Galli, Elena Chiappini
Infectious diseases are common in internationally adopted children (IAC).With the objective to evaluate infectious diseases prevalence in a large cohort of IAC and to explore possible risk factors for tuberculosis (TB) and parasitic infections, clinical and laboratory data at first screening visit of all IAC (<18 years) consecutively referred to our Center in 2009 to 2015 were collected and analyzed.In total, 1612 children (median age: 5.40 years; interquartile range: 3.00-7.90) were enrolled, 123/1612 (7...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326064/contribution-of-ultra-deep-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-a-new-fungal-pathogen-species-basidiobolus-meristosporus
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Emilie Sitterlé, Christophe Rodriguez, Roman Mounier, Julien Calderaro, Françoise Foulet, Michel Develoux, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Françoise Botterel
Some cases of fungal infection remained undiagnosed, especially when the pathogens are uncommon, require specific conditions for in vitro growth, or when several microbial species are present in the specimen. Ultra-Deep Sequencing (UDS) could be considered as a precise tool in the identification of involved pathogens in order to upgrade patient treatment. In this study, we report the implementation of UDS technology in medical laboratory during the follow-up of an atypical fungal infection case. Thanks to UDS technology, we document the first case of gastro-intestinal basidiobolomycosis (GIB) due to Basidiobolus meristosporus...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320069/usefulness-of-laboratory-and-radiological-investigations-in-the-management-of-supraventricular-tachycardia
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Aadith Ashok, Miguel Cabalag, David McD Taylor
OBJECTIVE: Although ED patients presenting with supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) are commonly investigated, the value of these investigations has been questioned. We aimed to determine the frequency and utility of investigations in patients with SVT. METHODS: We undertook an explicit retrospective medical record audit of patients with SVT who presented to a single ED (January 2004 to June 2014). Data on demographics, presenting complaints, investigations and outcomes were extracted...
March 20, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314783/umbilical-infections-in-foals-microbiological-investigation-and-management
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E Rampacci, F Passamonti, M Bottinelli, V Stefanetti, M Cercone, S Nannarone, R Gialletti, F Beccati, M Coletti, M Pepe
This study aims to investigate the bacteria involved in equine omphalitis and their susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs, and consequently to provide guidelines concerning the most suitable treatment protocol in accordance with the clinical, ultrasound and laboratory findings. Forty foals aged between one and 30 days were evaluated in the course of this investigation. An ultrasound examination of all umbilical remnants was carried out carefully in all foals; umbilical swabs were collected for bacteriological examination, and blood samples were collected for blood culture from 19 foals with fever and abnormal blood values...
March 17, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303441/association-between-health-literacy-and-hypertension-management-in-a-chinese-community-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Di Shi, Jiangbo Li, Yong Wang, Si Wang, Kai Liu, Rufeng Shi, Qiang Zhang, Xiaoping Chen
Low health literacy is associated with poor clinical outcomes. The relationship between literacy and blood pressure (BP) has been inconsistent. We investigated the determinants of health literacy and the potential relationship between health literacy and hypertension management. We conducted a retrospective cohort trial of 360 hypertensive patients. Scale measurements, physical examination, and laboratory tests were performed based on a standard protocol. To determine factors associated with health literacy, multiple logistic regression analysis was performed and the discriminatory power of the scale score for hypertension control was assessed by the area under the receiver operating curve...
March 16, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302116/portals-design-of-an-innovative-approach-to-anticoagulation-management-through-ehealth
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E P W A Talboom-Kamp, N A Verdijk, I J S H Talboom, L M Harmans, M E Numans, N H Chavannes
BACKGROUND: For the monitoring of International Normalized Ratio (INR) values, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and atrial fibrillation (AF) patients can visit anticoagulation clinics, laboratories, or physicians for venous puncture. Point-of-care testing (POCT) made it possible for patients to monitor INR themselves (self-monitoring) and even self-adjust their medication dosage (self-dosage). Both skills are accepted as forms of self-management. eHealth applications can improve this self-management, resulting in better clinical outcomes...
March 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299827/factors-linked-to-disease-severity-and-time-to-remission-in-patients-with-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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REVIEW
Mario Sánchez-Borges, Fernan Caballero-Fonseca, Arnaldo Capriles-Hulett, Luis González-Aveledo, Marcus Maurer
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers useful for the evaluation and management of patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) are not currently available. OBJECTIVE: A review of various clinical and laboratory markers that have been studied to assess their value for determining the severity or predicting the evolution of disease in adult patients with CSU. METHODS: A search of the medical literature on Pubmed and MEDLINE including the terms urticaria, chronic urticaria, chronic idiopathic urticaria, chronic spontaneous urticaria, severity, prognosis, and treatment...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299211/epistaxis-as-a-common-presenting-symptom-of-glanzmann-s-thrombasthenia-a-rare-qualitative-platelet-disorder-illustrative-case-examples
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Michael Recht, Meera Chitlur, Derek Lam, Syana Sarnaik, Madhvi Rajpurkar, David L Cooper, Sriya Gunawardena
Children often present to emergency departments (EDs) with uncontrollable nose bleeding. Although usually due to benign etiologies, epistaxis may be the presenting symptom of an inherited bleeding disorder. Whereas most bleeding disorders are detected through standard hematologic assessments, diagnosing rare platelet function disorders may be challenging. Here we present two case reports and review diagnostic and management challenges of platelet function disorders with a focus on Glanzmann's thrombasthenia (GT)...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293735/-knee-joint-pain-with-signs-of-arthrosis
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T T A Bender, M Marinova, L Radbruch, R Conrad, D Jobst, M Mücke
Chronic pain in the knee joint is most commonly caused by osteoarthritis, especially in elderly patients but can be due to other causes, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The diagnostics include an exact patient medical history and a clinical examination, which often already provide clear indications of the cause of the knee pain. Subsequently, further diagnostics can then be considered, such as radiological procedures and laboratory diagnostics. The treatment is determined by the cause and the individual patient and aims to reduce pain and to preserve the mobility of the joint...
March 14, 2017: Der Schmerz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292796/hand-arm-vibration-syndrome-what-family-physicians-should-know
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REVIEW
Shixin Cindy Shen, Ronald A House
OBJECTIVE: To provide family physicians with an understanding of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), an important and common occupational disease in Canada. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: A MEDLINE search was conducted for research and review articles on HAVS. A Google search was conducted to obtain gray literature relevant to the Canadian context. Additional references were obtained from the articles identified...
March 2017: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290950/survey-of-sexually-transmitted-disease-laboratory-methods-in-u-s-army-laboratories-2012
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Nicole K Leamer, Nikki N Jordan, Laura A Pacha, Nabil H Latif, Eric C Garges, Joel C Gaydos
INTRODUCTION: Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) affect primarily young people (17-24 years). The U.S. Military, with many young people, strives to maintain effective STD treatment and prevention programs using current methods. Laboratory testing technology and capacity are important for appropriate clinical management and to provide data to direct prevention programs. STD laboratory capabilities are assessed in civilian and military laboratories using surveys. An Army laboratory survey was conducted in 2007...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290165/clinical-outcomes-in-different-types-of-aortic-stenosis-as-assessed-by-doppler-echocardiography
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R Brandon Stacey, Meng Meng, Graham V Byrum Iii, Olivia N Gilbert, Bharathi Upadhya, Carlos Rodriguez, David Zhao, Min Pu
BACKGROUND: Cardiologists continue to struggle with the prognosis and significance of low-gradient, severe aortic stenosis (AS) with preserved ejection fraction (EF). Conflicting data makes more substantive decisions challenging. The study aim was to determine the prognosis and significance of severe AS by reviewing index cases from the authors' echocardiography laboratory. METHODS: The study included 302 patients with AS and with aortic valve area (AVA) ≤1.0 cm2 who were identified from the echocardiography database between 2010 and 2011...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289572/human-listeriosis-presenting-as-breast-abscess-report-of-a-rare-case
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Venkataramana Kandi
An abscess is defined as a collection of pus in various tissues of the body including skin and other organs. Abscesses most commonly are formed on the skin under the armpits, groin areas, and rectal areas. Most abscesses involve microbial infections with few remaining sterile. The treatment of abscesses includes both medical and surgical intervention. In the era of multidrug resistance, isolation and identification of the causative microbe and testing for antimicrobial susceptible patterns assume greater significance for the better management of patients, thereby reducing the resultant morbidity and mortality...
February 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284772/development-of-a-checklist-for-patients-with-axial-spondyloarthritis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-in-daily-practice-only-tools-project
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Raquel Almodovar, Juan C Torre Alonso, Enrique Batlle, Concepción Castillo, Eduardo Collantes-Estevez, Eugenio de Miguel, Senén González, Jordi Gratacós, Azucena Hernández, Xavier Juanola, Luis F Linares, Manuel J Moreno, Mireia Moreno, Victoria Navarro-Compán, Carlos Rodríguez Lozano, Jesus Sanz, Agustí Sellas, Estíbaliz Loza, Pedro Zarco
OBJECTIVE: To standardize clinical evaluation of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (SpA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) using a checklist. METHODS: Qualitative study that included: 1) nominal group (18 experts); 2) literature reviews of measures used in the assessment of patients with axial SpA or PsA; and 3) focus groups, one with rheumatologists and another with patients, organized to become familiar with their opinion on medical assistance. Taking this into account, the experts selected the measures to be included in the checklist based on their relevance, feasibility, and the outcome type...
March 8, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284380/clinical-approach-to-diagnosing-acute-and-chronic-tubulointerstitial-disease
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REVIEW
Mark A Perazella
Tubulointerstitial diseases are a relatively common cause of acute and/or chronic kidney disease. Acute tubulointerstitial nephritis (ATIN) most commonly develops in patients exposed to various medications; however, it can occur from infections, autoimmune and systemic diseases, environmental exposures, and some idiopathic causes. Chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis may develop in patients with previous ATIN or may be the initial manifestation of an autoimmune, systemic, environmental, or metabolic process...
March 2017: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283891/the-potential-role-for-early-biomarker-testing-as-part-of-a-modern-multidisciplinary-approach-to-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Kenneth A Beckman, Jodi Luchs, Mark S Milner, Julian L Ambrus
Sjögren's syndrome (SS) is a chronic and progressive multisystem autoimmune disease typically managed by rheumatologists. Diagnostic delays are common, due in large part to the non-specific and variable nature of SS symptoms and the slow progression of disease. The hallmark characteristics of SS are dry eye and dry mouth, but there are a broad range of other possible symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, skin rashes, chronic dry cough, vaginal dryness, extremity numbness or tingling, and disabling fatigue...
March 10, 2017: Advances in Therapy
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