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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135765/the-effects-of-price-and-health-consciousness-and-satisfaction-on-the-medical-tourism-experience
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JungKun Park, Jiseon Ahn, Weon Sang Yoo
The objective of this study was to analyze the effects of price and health consciousness on medical tourism. Accordingly, we explore the utility of the theory of planned behavior for assessing the relationships between several variables and explain consumers' intentions to be repeat medical tourists. A 26-item questionnaire was developed, and data were collected from 407 patients who visited South Korea for medical purposes. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the data. The results indicate that medical tourists' price consciousness was significant with respect to their satisfaction with medical and travel services...
November 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131286/conscious-sedation-for-transcatheter-implantation-of-atrial-septal-occluders-with-the-2d-and-3d-transesophageal-echocardiography-guidance-the-feasibility-and-safety-study
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Piotr Lipiec, Dawid Miśkowiec, Jan Z Peruga, Michał Plewka, Ewa Szymczyk, Paulina Wejner-Mik, Karolina Kupczyńska, Jarosław D Kasprzak
BACKGROUND: General anesthesia may have negative impact on patients mortality and morbidity, as well as overall procedure costs in atrial septal occluders (ASO) implantation. AIM: We sought to evaluate the safety, efficacy and feasibility of conscious sedation for transcatheter implantation of ASO. METHODS: 122 patients (pts) referred for transcatheter implantation of ASO were included. Mean patients' age was 51±15 years, 43 patients were male (35%)...
November 13, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29078678/uniportal-non-intubated-lung-metastasectomy
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Tommaso Claudio Mineo, Francesco Sellitri, Eleonora Fabbi, Vincenzo Ambrogi
BACKGROUND: More than 15 years ago, we started a program of uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopies (VATS) lung metastasectomy in non-intubated local anesthesia. Hereby we present the short and long-term results of this combined surgical-anesthesiological technique. METHODS: Between 2005 and 2015, 71 patients (37 men and 34 women) with pulmonary oligometastases, at the first episode, underwent uniportal VATS metastasectomy under non-intubated anesthesia. RESULTS: Four patients (5...
2017: J Vis Surg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072063/conscious-sedation-during-cryoballoon-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-the-feasibility-and-safety-study
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Dawid Miśkowiec, Jarosław D Kasprzak, Paulina Wejner-Mik, Ewa Szymczyk, Haval D Qawoq, Paweł Życiński, Tomasz Wcisło, Piotr Pagórek, Karolina Kupczyńska, Piotr Lipiec
BACKGROUND: Cryoballoon ablation for atrial fibrillation (cryoAF) is relatively simple, cost-effective and easy procedure. However, general anesthesia during this procedure may have negative impact on patients mortality and morbidity, as well as procedure costs. AIM: We sought to assess the feasibility and safety of conscious sedation during cryoAF. METHODS: Patients (pts) with paroxysmal or persistent, drug-refractory AF who underwent a first procedure of cryoAF were included in our single-center, retrospective study...
October 25, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059444/increases-in-cigarette-consumption-and-decreases-in-smoking-intensity-when-non-daily-smokers-are-provided-with-free-cigarettes
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Saul Shiffman, Sarah Scholl
Introduction: Studies testing novel tobacco products often provide participants with free product and assess consumption. Some, but not all, studies find that providing fee cigarettes increases smoking. We tested changes in smoking when free cigarettes were provided to non-daily, intermittent smokers (ITS), who constitute one third of US adult smokers. Methods: Cigarette consumption was assessed by Time-line Follow-back in 235 ITS for two two-week periods: when providing their own cigarettes, and when provided own-brand cigarettes for free...
September 27, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026493/an-uncommon-side-effect-of-a-commonly-used-antibiotic-amoxicillin-clavulanic-acid-induced-hepatitis
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Vinay Mathew Thomas, Neena Thomas-Eapen
Amoxicillin-Clavulanic acid continues to be one of the most commonly used antibiotic combinations. Hepatic injury due to this antibiotic is rare. We report a case of amoxicillin-clavulanic acid induced hepatitis causing painless jaundice to bring to attention this rare side effect of this commonly used antibiotic. This is a case of a 62-year-old Caucasian female, who presented with acute onset severe painless jaundice, nausea, vomiting, and pruritus of less than 1-week duration. She had completed a course of amoxicillin-clavulanic acid 3 weeks prior to presentation...
September 2017: Korean Journal of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024871/brain-energetics-during-the-sleep-wake-cycle
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Mauro DiNuzzo, Maiken Nedergaard
Brain activity during wakefulness is associated with high metabolic rates that are believed to support information processing and memory encoding. In spite of loss of consciousness, sleep still carries a substantial energy cost. Experimental evidence supports a cerebral metabolic shift taking place during sleep that suppresses aerobic glycolysis, a hallmark of environment-oriented waking behavior and synaptic plasticity. Recent studies reveal that glial astrocytes respond to the reduction of wake-promoting neuromodulators by regulating volume, composition and glymphatic drainage of interstitial fluid...
October 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967732/endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-under-conscious-sedation-with-meperidine-and-midazolam
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Lorenzo Agostini, Nicola Facciolongo, Mirco Lusuardi, Eleonora Casalini, Carla Galeone, Luciano Lasagni, Luigi Zucchi
Endobronchial Ultrasound guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) is usually performed under general anesthesia or deep sedation with drugs such as Propofol that, at least in Italy, can be administered only by an anesthesiologist. Aim of the study was to assess conscious sedation feasibility, safety and tolerability using Meperidine and Midazolam as administered by Pulmonologist and relevant impact on the efficiency of the sampling procedures.All patients undergoing EBUS-TBNA from February 2013 to July 2014 were examined retrospectively...
July 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955295/a-review-of-resting-state-electroencephalography-analysis-in-disorders-of-consciousness
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Yang Bai, Xiaoyu Xia, Xiaoli Li
Recently, neuroimaging technologies have been developed as important methods for assessing the brain condition of patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). Among these technologies, resting-state electroencephalography (EEG) recording and analysis has been widely applied by clinicians due to its relatively low cost and convenience. EEG reflects the electrical activity of the underlying neurons, and it contains information regarding neuronal population oscillations, the information flow pathway, and neural activity networks...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28951662/safety-and-performance-characteristics-of-outpatient-medical-thoracoscopy-and-indwelling-pleural-catheter-insertion-for-evaluation-and-diagnosis-of-pleural-disease-at-a-tertiary-center-in-canada
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Robert Kyskan, Pen Li, Sunita Mulpuru, Carolina Souza, Kayvan Amjadi
BACKGROUND: Many centers performing medical thoracoscopy (MT) to diagnose pleural disease will insert a chest tube and admit patients to hospital after the procedure, which is inconvenient for patients and contributes to healthcare costs. We report the data on the safety, outcomes, and performance characteristics of outpatient MT with indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) insertion in a large Canadian cohort. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study reviewed patients who underwent outpatient MT and IPC insertion under conscious sedation...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934019/cochlear-implantation-under-conscious-sedation-with-local-anesthesia-safety-efficacy-costs-and-satisfaction
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Samion Shabashev, Yasser Fouad, T Kate Huncke, J Thomas Roland
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety, efficiency, cost effectiveness, and satisfaction of patients undergoing cochlear implantation under conscious sedation versus general anesthesia. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case review of 20 patients who underwent cochlear implantation under conscious sedation which was compared to 20 age-matched patients where surgery was performed under general anesthesia. METHODS: Perioperative times, length of stay, anesthesia drug costs, postoperative complications, and patient satisfaction were compared between the two groups...
September 21, 2017: Cochlear Implants International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918680/transcranial-direct-current-stimulation-in-disorders-of-consciousness-a-review
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Ye Zhang, Weiqun Song
It is a challenge to evaluate and treat the patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC) in the clinic. Due to the huge costs of prolonged intensive care, the management of these patients raises great financial strain on families and important ethical questions. To date, several studies have attempted to specifically detect pharmacologic or non-pharmacologic effectiveness, until now there were no evidence-based guidelines about the treatment of patients with DOC. Recently, because of ethical and procedural limitations on the use of invasive stimulation techniques, non-invasive brain stimulation, such as the transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), has been investigated for improving the level of consciousness in patients with DOC...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901969/disorders-of-consciousness-after-severe-brain-injury-therapeutic-options
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Caroline Schnakers, Martin M Monti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Very few options exist for patients who survive severe traumatic brain injury but fail to fully recover and develop a disorder of consciousness (e.g. vegetative state, minimally conscious state). RECENT FINDINGS: Among pharmacological approaches, Amantadine has shown the ability to accelerate functional recovery. Although with very low frequency, Zolpidem has shown the ability to improve the level of consciousness transiently and, possibly, also in a sustained fashion...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872596/survey-of-veterinarians-using-a-novel-physical-compression-squeeze-procedure-in-the-management-of-neonatal-maladjustment-syndrome-in-foals
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Monica Aleman, Kalie M Weich, John E Madigan
Horses are a precocious species that must accomplish several milestones that are critical to survival in the immediate post-birth period for their survival. One essential milestone is the successful transition from the intrauterine unconsciousness to an extrauterine state of consciousness or awareness. This transition involves a complex withdrawal of consciousness inhibitors and an increase in neuroactivating factors that support awareness. This process involves neuroactive hormones as well as inputs related to factors such as cold, visual, olfactory, and auditory stimuli...
September 5, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838948/pediatric-training-faculty-and-resident-perceptions-on-teaching-high-value-cost-conscious-care-a-multi-institutional-study
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Brian C King, Jennifer DiPace, Monique Naifeh, Hoda Hammad, Linda M Gerber, Erika Abramson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: High-value, cost-conscious care (HVCCC) is care that promotes optimal patient outcomes while reducing unnecessary costs. Teaching to promote HVCCC is essential, yet little research has assessed the dual perspectives of residents and faculty on this topic. Our aim was to investigate pediatric resident and faculty perspectives of HVCCC training and role modeling to more effectively promote curriculum and faculty development on this subject. METHODS: Pediatric residents and teaching faculty in 2 academic medical centers were surveyed during the 2015-2016 academic year...
August 24, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789699/oral-pyridoxine-can-substitute-for-intravenous-pyridoxine-in-managing-patients-with-severe-poisoning-with-isoniazid-and-rifampicin-fixed-dose-combination-tablets-a-case-report
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M D S A Dilrukshi, C A P Ratnayake, C A Gnanathasan
BACKGROUND: Fixed drug combination of isoniazid and rifampicin is a rare cause of poisoning even in endemic countries for tuberculosis infection. Severe poisoning can cause severe morbidity and mortality if not treated promptly. Though intravenous pyridoxine is the preferred antidote for severe standard isoniazid poisoning it is not freely available even in best of care centers. We describe a case of severe poisoning with fixed drug combination of isoniazid and rifampicin successfully managed with oral pyridoxine at national hospital of Sri Lanka...
August 8, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777822/quantifying-gaze-and-mouse-interactions-on-spatial-visual-interfaces-with-a-new-movement-analytics-methodology
#17
Urška Demšar, Arzu Çöltekin
Eye movements provide insights into what people pay attention to, and therefore are commonly included in a variety of human-computer interaction studies. Eye movement recording devices (eye trackers) produce gaze trajectories, that is, sequences of gaze location on the screen. Despite recent technological developments that enabled more affordable hardware, gaze data are still costly and time consuming to collect, therefore some propose using mouse movements instead. These are easy to collect automatically and on a large scale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759314/enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-implementation-from-planning-to-success
#18
Didier Roulin, Peter Najjar, Nicolas Demartines
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS(®)) is an evidence-based approach in perioperative care. The implementation and translation of ERAS pathways into clinical practice requires a certain investment in time and money. A multidisciplinary team must be gathered and should undergo training according to the ERAS Implementation Program. Close attention to financial aspects of implementation, including projecting return on investment, is necessary in today's cost-conscious healthcare environment. Despite frequently encountered barriers and resistance to change, the common objective of reducing complications should overcome these barriers, so that every patient benefits from the most appropriate perioperative care...
September 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737304/investigation-and-diagnostic-formulation-in-patients-admitted-with-transient-loss-of-consciousness
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R Briggs, T Coughlan, J Doherty, D R Collins, D O'Neill, S P Kennelly
Several commonly completed tests have low diagnostic yield in the setting of transient loss of consciousness (T-LOC). We estimated the use and cost of inappropriate investigations in patients admitted with T-LOC and assessed if these patients were given a definitive diagnosis for their presentation. We identified 80 consecutive patients admitted with T-LOC to a university teaching hospital. Eighty-eight percent (70/80) had a computerized topography (CT) brain scan and 49% (34/70) of these scans were inappropriate based on standard guidelines...
May 10, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736662/can-time-resolved-nirs-provide-the-sensitivity-to-detect-brain-activity-during-motor-imagery-consistently
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Androu Abdalmalak, Daniel Milej, Mamadou Diop, Mahsa Shokouhi, Lorina Naci, Adrian M Owen, Keith St Lawrence
Previous functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have shown that a subgroup of patients diagnosed as being in a vegetative state are aware and able to communicate by performing a motor imagery task in response to commands. Due to the fMRI's cost and accessibility, there is a need for exploring different imaging modalities that can be used at the bedside. A promising technique is functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) that has been successfully applied to measure brain oxygenation in humans...
April 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
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