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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931363/a-guideline-based-policy-to-decrease-intensive-care-unit-admission-rates-for-accidental-hypothermia
#1
Herman R Sequeira, Hesham E Mohamed, Neal Hakimi, Dorothy B Wakefield, Jonathan Fine
RATIONALE: Despite guidelines advising passive rewarming for mild accidental hypothermia (AH), patients are frequently admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) for active rewarming using a forced-air warming device. We implemented a new policy at our institution aimed at safely reducing ICU admissions for AH. We analyzed our practice pre- and post-policy intervention and compared our experiences with acute care hospitals in Connecticut. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on 203 participants with AH identified by primary and secondary discharge codes...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880724/prevalence-of-recent-antimicrobial-exposure-among-elective-surgical-patients
#2
Christopher A Guidry, Robert G Sawyer
BACKGROUND: The annual prevalence of antimicrobial exposure is high in the outpatient setting and should be a common exposure for surgical patients. Antimicrobials have negative side effects and may be associated with poor outcomes. Logically, one would expect surgical patients to be particularly susceptible to any negative effects of recent antimicrobial exposure. Despite these observations, however, the prevalence of recent antimicrobial exposure among surgical patients remains undefined...
September 7, 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869147/challenges-and-factors-likely-to-promote-coping-as-anticipated-by-nurses-preparing-for-a-merger-of-intensive-and-intermediate-care-units
#3
Mari Salminen-Tuomaala, Liisa Ala-Hynnilä, Kati Hämäläinen, Heikki Ruohomäki
OBJECTIVE: To describe challenges and factors that support coping as anticipated by nursing staff preparing for a merger of intensive and intermediate care units. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: The method of empathy-based stories was employed to collect data from staff. The stories (n=20) were analysed using inductive content analysis. SETTING: Nursing staff from the cardiac observation and evaluation, intensive care and surgical observation units in a central hospital in Finland...
August 28, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855464/the-effects-of-quality-of-life-on-behavioral-and-psychological-symptoms-in-elderly-people-with-dementia-residing-at-long-term-care-facilities
#4
Mizue Suzuki, Hideyuki Hattori, Koji Fukuda, Hajime Ooshiro, Takayuki Saruhara, Yoshie Furuta, Kunihiko Abe, Masao Kanamori
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present study was to clarify how quality of life (QOL) affects the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSDs) among elderly individuals with dementia within long-term care facilities (e.g., long-term healthcare facilities, sanatorium-type medical facilities, and special nursing homes for the elderly). METHODS: Elderly individuals with dementia were evaluated to determine their activities of daily living (ADL; Katz), Mini-mental State Examination (MMSE), Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI), and Quality of life inventory for the elderly with dementia (QOLD) scores...
2017: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837628/septic-shock-and-the-use-of-norepinephrine-in-an-intermediate-care-unit-mortality-and-adverse-events
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Mikael Hallengren, Per Åstrand, Staffan Eksborg, Hans Barle, Claes Frostell
BACKGROUND: Septic shock is associated with high mortality. Aged and multimorbid patients are not always eligible for intensive care units. Norepinephrine is an accepted treatment for hypotension in septic shock. It is unknown whether norepinephrine has a place in treatment outside an intensive care unit and when given peripherally. OBJECTIVES: To describe mortality, Acute Physiology And Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE-II), time to mean arterial pressure >65 mmHg, and adverse events in patients with septic shock receiving norepinephrine peripherally in an intermediate care unit...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810207/intermediate-care-to-intensive-care-triage-a-quality-improvement-project-to-reduce-mortality
#6
David N Hager, Pranav Chandrashekar, Robert W Bradsher, Ali M Abdel-Halim, Souvik Chatterjee, Melinda Sawyer, Roy G Brower, Dale M Needham
PURPOSE: Medical patients whose care needs exceed what is feasible on a general ward, but who do not clearly require critical care, may be admitted to an intermediate care unit (IMCU). Some IMCU patients deteriorate and require medical intensive care unit (MICU) admission. In 2012, staff in the Johns Hopkins IMCU expressed concern that patient acuity and the threshold for MICU admission were too high. Further, shared triage decision-making between residents and supervising physicians did not consistently occur...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808901/the-utility-of-routine-intensive-care-admission-for-patients-undergoing-intracranial-neurosurgical-procedures-a-systematic-review
#7
Cesar Cimonari de Almeida, M Dustin Boone, Yosef Laviv, Burkhard S Kasper, Clark C Chen, Ekkehard M Kasper
BACKGROUND: Patients who have undergone intracranial neurosurgical procedures have traditionally been admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for close postoperative neurological observation. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the evidence for routine ICU admission in patients undergoing intracranial neurosurgical procedures and to evaluate the safety of alternative postoperative pathways. METHODS: We were interested in identifying studies that examined selected patients who presented for elective, non-emergent intracranial surgery whose postoperative outcomes were compared as a function of ICU versus non-ICU admission...
August 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790011/management-of-septic-shock-in-intermediate-care-unit
#8
Eric Meaudre, Cédric Nguyen, Claire Contargyris, Ambroise Montcriol, Erwan d'Aranda, Pierre Esnault, Mourad Bensalah, Bertrand Prunet, Julien Bordes, Philippe Goutorbe
BACKGROUND: While guidelines advocate goal-directed resuscitation based on timed bundles, the management of septic shock (SS) outside an ICU setting has been poorly studied in intermediate care units (IMCU). PATIENTS AND METHOD: We reviewed all cases of septic shock patients admitted to our IMCU between January 2013 and June 2014. The characteristics of sepsis, compliance of bundles, and outcomes were collected. The IMCU population was compared with the SS patients admitted to the ICU during the same period...
August 5, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781008/-prognostic-value-of-assessment-tools-on-elderly-patients-with-chronic-advanced-disease-and-end-of-life-admitted-to-an-intermediate-care-centre
#9
Elizabeth da Costa, María José Robles, María Dolores Sánchez-Rodríguez, Olga Vázquez-Ibar, Ramón Miralles
OBJECTIVE: To apply 3advanced chronic disease evaluation tools in elderly patients admitted to an intermediate and long-term care centre, and evaluate its relationship with mortality. METHODS: The NECPAL tool, PROFUND prognostic index, and Charlson comorbidity index were applied to 87 patients. RESULTS: The NECPAL tool identified 31 patients (35.6%) in need of palliative care, and according to the PROFUND index, 45 (54.7%) had high/very high risk of mortality (≥7 points), and according to Charlson index, 31 (35...
August 3, 2017: Revista Española de Geriatría y Gerontología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755776/the-mental-health-parity-and-addiction-equity-act-evaluation-study-impact-on-specialty-behavioral-healthcare-utilization-and-spending-among-enrollees-with-substance-use-disorders
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Sarah Friedman, Haiyong Xu, Jessica M Harwood, Francisca Azocar, Brian Hurley, Susan L Ettner
BACKGROUND: The federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) sought to eliminate historical disparities between behavioral health and medical health insurance benefits among the commercially insured. This study determines whether MHPAEA was associated with increased BH expenditures and utilization among a population with substance use disorder (SUD) diagnoses. METHODS: Claims and eligibility data from 5,987,776 enrollees, 2008-2013, were obtained from a national, commercial, managed behavioral health organization...
September 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751845/anmco-position-paper-hospital-discharge-planning-recommendations-and-standards
#11
Mauro Mennuni, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Gianfranco Alunni, Antonio Francesco Amico, Francesco Maria Bovenzi, Roberto Caporale, Furio Colivicchi, Andrea Di Lenarda, Giuseppe Di Tano, Sabrina Egman, Francesco Fattirolli, Domenico Gabrielli, Giovanna Geraci, Giovanni Gregorio, Gian Francesco Mureddu, Federico Nardi, Donatella Radini, Carmine Riccio, Fausto Rigo, Marco Sicuro, Stefano Urbinati, Guerrino Zuin
The hospital discharge is often poorly standardized and affected by discontinuity and fragmentation of care, putting patients at high risk of both post-discharge adverse events and early readmission. The present ANMCO document reviews the modifiable components of the hospital discharge process related to adverse events or re-hospitalizations and suggests the optimal methods for redesigning the whole discharge process. The key principles for proper hospital discharge or transfer of care acknowledge that the hospital discharge: • is not an isolated event, but a process that has to be planned as soon as possible after the admission, ensuring that the patient and the caregiver understand and contribute to the planned decisions, as equal partners; • is facilitated by a comprehensive systemic approach that begins with a multidimensional evaluation process; • must be organized by an operator who is responsible for the coordination of all phases of the hospital patient journey, involving afterward the general practitioner and transferring to them the information and responsibility at discharge; • is the result of an integrated multidisciplinary team approach; • appropriately uses the transitional and intermediate care services; • is carried out in an organized system of care and continuum of services; and • programs the passage of information to after-discharge services...
May 2017: European Heart Journal Supplements: Journal of the European Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730744/improving-hospital-discharge-arrangements-for-people-who-are-homeless-a-realist-synthesis-of-the-intermediate-care-literature
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REVIEW
Michelle Cornes, Martin Whiteford, Jill Manthorpe, Joanne Neale, Richard Byng, Nigel Hewett, Michael Clark, Alan Kilmister, James Fuller, Robert Aldridge, Michela Tinelli
This review presents a realist synthesis of "what works and why" in intermediate care for people who are homeless. The overall aim was to update an earlier synthesis of intermediate care by capturing new evidence from a recent UK government funding initiative (the "Homeless Hospital Discharge Fund"). The initiative made resources available to the charitable sector to enable partnership working with the National Health Service (NHS) in order to improve hospital discharge arrangements for people who are homeless...
July 20, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655169/hospital-at-home-integrated-care-programme-for-the-management-of-disabling-health-crises-in-older-patients-comparison-with-bed-based-intermediate-care
#13
Miquel À Mas, Marco Inzitari, Sergi Sabaté, Sebastià J Santaeugènia, Ramón Miralles
Objective: to analyse the clinical impact of a home-based Intermediate Care model in the Catalan health system, comparing it with usual bed-based care. Design: quasi-experimental longitudinal study. Setting: hospital Municipal de Badalona and El Carme Intermediate Care Hospital, Badalona, Catalonia, Spain. Participants: we included older patients with medical and orthopaedic disabling health crises in need of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) and rehabilitation...
June 24, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623173/outcomes-of-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-on-maintenance-dialysis
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Fahad Alqahtani, Sami Aljohani, Khaled Boobes, Elad Maor, Assem Sherieh, Charanjit S Rihal, David R Holmes, Mohamad Alkhouli
BACKGROUND: The introduction of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) expanded definitive therapy of aortic stenosis to many high-risk patients, but it has not been fully evaluated in the dialysis population. We aimed to evaluate the current trend and in-hospital outcome of surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) and TAVR in the dialysis population. METHODS: Severe aortic stenosis patients on maintenance dialysis who underwent SAVR or TAVR in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database from January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2014, were included in our comparative analysis...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615932/expanding-the-inspired-copd-outreach-program%C3%A2-to-the-emergency-department-a-feasibility-assessment
#15
Darcy Gillis, Jillian Demmons, Graeme Rocker
BACKGROUND: The Halifax-based INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program™ is a facility-to-community home-based novel clinical initiative that through improved care transitions, self-management, and engagement in advance care planning has demonstrated a significant (60%-80%) reduction in health care utilization with substantial cost aversion. By assessing the feasibility of expanding INSPIRED into the emergency department (ED) we anticipated extending reach and potential for positive impact of INSPIRED to those with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) who avoid hospital admission...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601043/pediatric-intermediate-care-and-pediatric-intensive-care-units-picu-metrics-and-an-analysis-of-patients-that-use-both
#16
Andrew S Geneslaw, Haomiao Jia, Adam R Lucas, Michael S D Agus, Jeffrey D Edwards
PURPOSE: To examine how intermediate care units (IMCUs) are used in relation to pediatric intensive care units (PICUs), characterize PICU patients that utilize IMCUs, and estimate the impact of IMCUs on PICU metrics. MATERIALS & METHODS: Retrospective study of PICU patients discharged from 108 hospitals from 2009 to 2011. Patients admitted from or discharged to IMCUs were characterized. We explored the relationships between having an IMCU and several PICU metrics: physical length-of-stay (LOS), medical LOS, discharge wait time, admission severity of illness, unplanned PICU admissions from wards, and early PICU readmissions...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591172/multi-state-modelling-of-heart-failure-care-path-a-population-based-investigation-from-italy
#17
Francesca Gasperoni, Francesca Ieva, Giulia Barbati, Arjuna Scagnetto, Annamaria Iorio, Gianfranco Sinagra, Andrea Di Lenarda
BACKGROUND: How different risk profiles of heart failure (HF) patients can influence multiple readmissions and outpatient management is largely unknown. We propose the application of two multi-state models in real world setting to jointly evaluate the impact of different risk factors on multiple hospital admissions, Integrated Home Care (IHC) activations, Intermediate Care Unit (ICU) admissions and death. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The first model (model 1) concerns only hospitalizations as possible events and aims at detecting the determinants of repeated hospitalizations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590815/the-evaluation-of-a-strength-and-balance-exercise-program-for-falls-prevention-in-community-primary-care
#18
Helen Hawley-Hague, Amy Roden, Jo Abbott
We aimed to evaluate a strength and balance program delivered in the community. There is little evidence of implementation of evidence-based exercise in practice. The program was a step-down model, designed to encourage long-term exercise in community classes. The program consisted of a fully funded referral only evidence-based 12-week strength and balance (Community Otago) class, followed by an evidence-based continuous open-access community strength and balance class (Active Always). The program was offered to patients: 1) after formal falls rehabilitation (falls and fracture service); 2) after falls rehabilitation in intermediate care; and 3) referred by a GP who were not eligible for rehabilitation (preventative measure)...
June 7, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588070/risk-factors-for-fractures-in-children-hospitalized-in-intensive-and-intermediate-care-units
#19
Ian S Zenlea, Patrice Melvin, Susanna Y Huh, Nilesh Mehta, Suzanne J Reidy, Erinn T Rhodes, Nina S Ma
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Fragility fractures are increasingly recognized in hospitalized children. Our study aim was to identify risk factors for fracture in children hospitalized in intensive and intermediate care units. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, case-control study comparing the clinical characteristics of children with fractures (cases) to children without fractures (controls) matched for age, sex, hospital unit, admission quarter and year, ICU length of stay, severity of illness, and resource utilization...
June 6, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585904/egyptian-experience-in-increasing-utilization-of-reperfusion-therapies-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
#20
Magd Fouad Zakaria, Hany Aref, Azza Abd ElNasser, Nagia Fahmy, Mohamed Amir Tork, Mohamed Mahmoud Fouad, Ahmed ElBokl, Tamer Roushdy, Sara ElFaramawy, Mohammad Abdullah El-Shiekh, Ramez Reda Moustafa
Background The rate of alteplase (tPA) thrombolysis utilization in acute stroke in Egypt is <1%. We report on the causes of this low rate of reperfusion therapies and take corrective action to improve it. Methods Two prospective observational studies were conducted at Ain Shams University hospitals. The first included 269 acute stroke patients admitted to the hospital over a six-month period. Obstacles to reperfusion therapy were identified, and based on the results, a corrective action plan was implemented including making alteplase(tPA) available, training, and establishing a standardized local protocol for reperfusion therapy...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
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