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Lawrence Tim Goodnough, Josep Comin-Colet, Santiago Leal-Noval, Sherri Ozawa, Jacqueline Takere, David Henry, Mazyar Javidroozi, Benjamin Hohmuth, Elvira Bisbe, Irwin Gross, Aryeh Shander
Anemia is an independent risk factor for adverse patient outcomes. There are no guidelines for management of anemia in patients withcongestive heart failure (CHF), despite itshigh incidence. Four objectives were defined by the International Anemia Management and Clinical Outcomes Expert Panel (AMCO), a multinational group of interdisciplinary experts identified by the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM) to: determine the prevalence of anemia in outpatients; to determine the prevalence of hospital-acquired anemia; to assess the impact of anemia management on clinical outcomes such as quality of life and functional status; and to provide recommendations for primary care physicians and specialists for the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of anemia in patients with CHF...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Michèle M Kislan, Adam T Bernstein, Loretta R Fearrington, Timothy J Ives
BACKGROUND: Clinical Pharmacist Practitioners are advanced practicing pharmacists in North Carolina that provide disease-specific management. The purpose of this retrospective cohort study was to compare the efficacy and charges from referrals to a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner by the primary care provider, to those managed by a primary care provider alone. METHODS: Patients were separated into cohorts depending if they had at least two appointments with a Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner from November 2008 to November 2011...
October 21, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Geoffrey L Dickens, Catherine Frogley, Fiona Mason, Katina Anagnostakis, Marco M Picchioni
BACKGROUND: Clozapine is an atypical antipsychotic medicine which can cause significant side-effects. It is often prescribed off-license in severe cases of borderline personality disorder contrary to national treatment guidelines. Little is known about the experiences of those who take clozapine for borderline personality disorder. We explored the lived-experience of women in secure inpatient care who were prescribed clozapine for borderline personality disorder. FINDINGS: Adult females (N = 20) participated in audio-taped semi-structured interviews...
2016: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation
Michael Marks, Cynthia Joshua, Jenny Longbottom, Katherine Longbottom, Alison Sio, Elliot Puiahi, Greg Jilini, John Stenos, Tenneth Dalipanda, Jennie Musto
OBJECTIVE: To identify the etiology and risk factors of undifferentiated fever in a cluster of patients in Western Province, Solomon Islands, May 2014. METHODS: An outbreak investigation with a case control study was conducted. A case was defined as an inpatient in one hospital in Western Province, Solomon Islands with high fever (> 38.5 °C) and a negative malaria microscopy test admitted between 1 and 31 May 2014. Asymptomatic controls matched with the cases residentially were recruited in a ratio of 1:2...
January 2016: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
Beatrice I Amboko, Philip Ayieko, Morris Ogero, Thomas Julius, Grace Irimu, Mike English
BACKGROUND: Up to 90 % of the global burden of malaria morbidity and mortality occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and children under-five bear a disproportionately high malaria burden. Effective inpatient case management can reduce severe malaria mortality and morbidity, but there are few reports of how successfully international and national recommendations are adopted in management of inpatient childhood malaria. METHODS: A descriptive cross-sectional study of inpatient malaria case management practices was conducted using data collected over 24 months in five hospitals from high malaria risk areas participating in the Clinical Information Network (CIN) in Kenya...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Steven Steinhubl
Despite having the basic tools necessary to appropriately identify and manage individuals with hypertension for over half a century it remains the single greatest contributing risk factor to morbidity and mortality worldwide today. Since diagnosis and effective treatment availability are not issues, this major failing in care can be attributed to inadequate systems of care: systems that have led to only <20% of hypertensive individuals globally having their blood pressure adequately controlled. Even in the US, where it is one of the most common reasons for a primary care visit, and with over $42...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Anita Mohandas, Chris Summa, W Bradley Worthington, Jason Lerner, Kevin T Foley, Robert J Bohinski, Gregory B Lanford, Carol Holden, Richard N W Wohns
STUDY DESIGN: Delphi Panel expert panel consensus and narrative literature review OBJECTIVE.: To obtain expert consensus on best practices for patient selection and perioperative decision making for outpatient anterior cervical surgery (anterior cervical disc fusion (ACDF) and cervical total disc replacement (CTDR)). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spine surgery in ambulatory settings is becoming a preferred option for both patients and providers. The transition from traditional inpatient environments has been enabled by innovation in anesthesia protocols and surgical technique, as well as favorable economics...
October 6, 2016: Spine
Wen-Juan Zhou, Zhen-Ni Luo, Chang-Min Tang, Xiao-Xu Zou, Lu Zhao, Peng-Qian Fang
The improvement of antibiotic rational use in China was studied by usage analysis of combination antibiotic therapy for type I incisions in 244 hospitals. Five kinds of hospitals, including general hospital, maternity hospital, children's hospital, stomatological hospital and cancer hospital, from 30 provinces were surveyed. A systematic random sampling strategy was employed to select outpatient prescriptions and inpatient cases in 2011 and 2012. A total of 29 280 outpatient prescriptions and 73 200 inpatient cases from 244 hospitals in each year were analyzed...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Michelle K Haas, Kristen Dalton, Bryan C Knepper, Sarah A Stella, Lilia Cervantes, Connie S Price, William J Burman, Philip S Mehler, Timothy C Jenkins
Background.  Syndrome-specific interventions are a recommended approach to antibiotic stewardship, but additional data are needed to understand their potential impact. We implemented an intervention to improve the management of inpatient community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and evaluated its effects on antibiotic and resource utilization. Methods.  A stakeholder group developed and implemented a clinical practice guideline and order set for inpatient, non-intensive care unit CAP recommending a short course (5 days) of a fluoroquinolone-sparing antibiotic regimen in uncomplicated cases...
October 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Andrea G Segal, Dominic A Sisti
Several forms of mandated community treatment exist in the United States. One mechanism, assisted outpatient treatment (AOT), has become both more common and more controversial in recent years. The status of individuals committed to AOT remains unclear within regulatory guidelines aimed at protecting research participants. Should individuals on AOT be considered psychiatric inpatients, prisoners, community members, or something else? The authors argue that persons on AOT inhabit a gray area wherein they should be given some of the ethical protections afforded to involuntary inpatients and prisoners, but they should also enjoy freedoms as members of the community...
October 17, 2016: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Charles M Richardson, Erica A Davis, Gopal R Vyas, Bethany A DiPaula, Robert P McMahon, Deanna L Kelly
OBJECTIVE: To determine if clozapine can be safely utilized in psychiatric patients with benign neutropenia. METHODS: A single-center, retrospective chart review study of records from 2001 to 2014 was conducted in an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Patients included had benign neutropenia prior to receiving clozapine and received clozapine using modified monitoring guidelines. All available laboratory values for absolute neutrophil count (ANC) before initiation and during treatment were evaluated...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Derek Weycker, Xiaoyan Li, Spiros Tzivelekis, Mark Atwood, Jacob Garcia, Yanli Li, Maureen Reiner, Gary H Lyman
INTRODUCTION: Evidence suggests that many cancer chemotherapy patients who are candidates for colony-stimulating factor (CSF) prophylaxis do not receive it or receive it inconsistent with guidelines, and that such patients have a higher risk of febrile neutropenia hospitalization (FNH). Little is known about the number and consequences of FNH by use/patterns of CSF prophylaxis in US clinical practice. METHODS: A retrospective cohort design and private healthcare claims data were employed...
October 12, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Monique Mounce, Candace Essel, Tiffany Kim, Che Matthew Harris
BACKGROUND: Supratherapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) in patients on warfarin is a common side effect. Updated guidelines recommend against using vitamin K to correct INRs 4.5 to 10 in the absence of bleeding. The impact of compliance with updated guidelines during hospitalization has not been fully explored. METHODS: A retrospective, observational study was performed utilizing electronic medical records. The goal was to evaluate management of supratherapeutic INR values for medicine inpatients and identify differences in clinical outcomes among inpatients treated and not treated with vitamin K...
November 2015: Hospital Pharmacy
Joshua W Elder, M Kit Delgado, Benjamin I Chung, Elizabeth A Pirrotta, N Ewen Wang
BACKGROUND: Renal colic results in > 1 million ED visits per year, yet there exists a gap in understanding how the majority of these visits, namely uncomplicated cases, are managed. OBJECTIVE: We assessed patient- and hospital-level variation for emergency department (ED) management of uncomplicated kidney stones. METHODS: We identified ED visits from non-elderly adults (aged 19-79 years) with a primary diagnosis indicating renal stone or colic from the 2011 Nationwide Emergency Department Sample...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kate Beckett, Ellen M Henderson, Sarah Parry, Peter Stoddart, Margaret Fletcher
AIM: To assess Acute Pain Service and paediatric pain management efficacy in a UK specialist paediatric hospital to inform wider recommendations for future sustainability. BACKGROUND: UK paediatric acute pain services vary. Although comprehensive pain management guidelines exist, consensus on the best model of care is lacking. Worldwide, medical and pharmacological advances and rapid patient turnover have increased the challenges of managing hospitalized children's pain...
January 2016: Nurs Open
Kirkby D Tickell, Donna M Denno
OBJECTIVE: To understand how the World Health Organization's (WHO's) guidelines on the inpatient care of children with complicated severe acute malnutrition may be strengthened to improve outcomes. METHODS: In December 2015, we searched Google scholar and WHO's website for WHO recommendations on severe acute malnutrition management and evaluated the history and cited evidence behind these recommendations. We systematically searched WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, clinicaltrials...
September 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Giordano Perin, Rosanna C Ching, Mohammad U Anwar
The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of outpatient care on activities at the Adults' Regional Burns Centre and the Children's Regional Burns Unit, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust UK, where outpatient and inpatient responsibilities are shared between the nursing staff. Data for all inpatient and outpatient interactions (all care related activities with the presence of a Registered Nurse (RN)) was collected prospectively by the attending RN for two consecutive months (October and November 2014)...
October 1, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Navin L Kumar, Aaron J Cohen, Jennifer Nayor, Brian L Claggett, John R Saltzman
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines advise that upper endoscopy be performed within 24 hours of presentation in patients with acute nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB). However, the role of urgent endoscopy (< 12 hours) is controversial. AIM: Our aim was to assess whether patients admitted with acute nonvariceal UGIB with lower-risk versus high-risk bleeding have different outcomes with urgent compared with non-urgent endoscopy. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted of patients admitted to an academic hospital with nonvariceal UGIB...
September 29, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Peter A Najjar, Arin L Madenci, Cheryl K Zogg, Eric B Schneider, Christian A Dankers, Marc T Pimentel, Amrita S Chabria, Joel E Goldberg, Gaurav Sharma, Gregory Piazza, Ronald Bleday, Dennis P Orgill, Allen Kachalia
BACKGROUND: Prophylactic anticoagulation is routinely used in the inpatient setting; however, the risk of VTE remains elevated after discharge. Extensive evidence and clinical guidelines suggest post-discharge VTE prophylaxis is critical in at-risk populations but it remains severely underutilized in practice. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a single institution retrospective, non-randomized, pre- and post-intervention analysis of a systematic post-discharge pharmacological prophylaxis program against the primary outcome, post-discharge symptomatic VTE...
September 27, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Whitney R Buckel, Edward Stenehjem, Jeff Sorensen, Nathan Dean, Brandon Webb
RATIONALE: Guidelines recommend a switch from intravenous to oral antibiotics once patients who are hospitalized with pneumonia achieve clinical stability. However, little evidence guides the selection of an oral antibiotic for patients with healthcare-associated pneumonia, especially where no microbiological diagnosis is made. OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes between patients who were transitioned to broad vs narrow spectrum oral antibiotics after initially receiving broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotic coverage...
October 3, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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