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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106651/evaluating-the-impact-of-intraoperative-surgical-team-handoffs-on-patient-outcomes
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Lauren E Giugale, Sarah Sears, Erin S Lavelle, Charelle M Carter-Brooks, Michael Bonidie, Jonathan P Shepherd
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess the impact of intraoperative personnel handoffs on clinical outcomes in patients undergoing minimally invasive sacrocolpopexy (SCP). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed SCPs performed at an academic center between 2009 and 2014. We analyzed the number of staff handoffs, defined as any instance a scrub technician (tech) or circulating nurse handed off responsibility for a break or shift change. Outcomes included operative (OR) time and composite variables for major complications (conversion to an open procedure, bladder injury, bowel injury, blood transfusion, infection, ileus, bowel obstruction, readmission, or mesh complication) and prolapse recurrence (prolapse at or beyond the hymen or retreatment)...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106463/long-term-results-after-arthroscopic-repair-of-isolated-subscapularis-tears
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Gernot Seppel, Johannes E Plath, Christopher Völk, Wolfgang Seiberl, Stefan Buchmann, Simone Waldt, Andreas B Imhoff, Sepp Braun
BACKGROUND: Although some reports have presented short- to midterm results after arthroscopic repair of isolated subscapularis (SSC) tendon tears, long-term evaluation is still lacking. HYPOTHESIS: Long-term results after arthroscopic repair of isolated SSC tears are comparable with the functional and radiological short- to midterm outcomes described in the literature. STUDY DESIGN: Case series, Level of evidence, 4. METHODS: This study assessed 17 patients (5 females and 12 males; mean age, 45...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103904/safety-and-efficacy-of-fruquintinib-in-patients-with-previously-treated-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-phase-ib-study-and-a-randomized-double-blind-phase-ii-study
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Rui-Hua Xu, Jin Li, Yuxian Bai, Jianming Xu, Tianshu Liu, Lin Shen, Liwei Wang, Hongming Pan, Junning Cao, Dongsheng Zhang, Songhua Fan, Ye Hua, Weiguo Su
BACKGROUND: To assess the efficacy and safety of fruquintinib, a vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) inhibitor, in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients. METHODS: A phase Ib open-label study and phase II randomized, placebo-controlled trial compared the efficacy of fruquintinib plus best supportive care (BSC) with placebo plus BSC in mCRC patients with ≥2 lines of prior therapies. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100899/effectiveness-of-computed-tomography-attenuation-values-in-characterization-of-pericardial-effusion
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Mehmet Serkan Çetin, Elif Hande Özcan Çetin, Mustafa Özdemir, Serkan Topaloğlu, Dursun Aras, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydoğdu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of computed tomography (CT) attenuation values in the characterization of pericardial effusion. METHODS: This study consisted of 96 patients with pericardial effusion who underwent pericardiocentesis. For further diagnostic evaluation of pericardial effusion, all the patients were assessed by thorax CT. CT attenuation values were measured from at least 5 different areas of pericardial fluid by specifying the largest region of interest...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097858/-the-current-status-of-patient-safety-in-argentina-cross-sectional-study
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Lucrecia Arpí, Néstor D Panattieri, Cristina Godio, Verónica Sabio Paz, Nora Dackiewicz
BACKGROUND: Patient safety is a priority for healthcare organizations. For the PRONAP´s 2013 final exam, the Quality & Patient Safety Subcommittee and the PRONAP managers designed a survey to be answered by pediatrician students nationwide. It was destined to evaluate attitudes, practices and safety conditions in which they worked. AIM: To assess the current state of practices in patient safety. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Setting and sample: PRONAP students (7,438 pediatrician nationwide) who answered 2013 final exam...
1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095553/evaluation-of-the-safety-and-efficacy-of-a-low-fluence-picopulsed-alexandrite-laser-in-a-pico-toning-technique-with-a-diffractive-lens-optic-for-the-treatment-of-photodamage-and-textural-improvement-in-off-the-face-applications
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Raminder Saluja
BACKGROUND: The diffractive optic coupled with a picosecond pulsed alexandrite laser has been shown to effectively minimize pigmen- tation while improving the appearance of textural irregularities and rhytides. We evaluated the safety and ef cacy of the diffractive optic laser treatment for off of the face applications including the hands and décolletage in a pico-toning technique. STUDY: 20 healthy female patients (40-70 years of age) were treated with a picosecond pulsed alexandrite laser with a diffractive lens...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071867/identifying-effective-nurse-led-care-transition-interventions-for-older-adults-with-complex-needs-using-a-structured-expert-panel
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Lianne Jeffs, Kerry Kuluski, Madelyn Law, Marianne Saragosa, Sherry Espin, Ella Ferris, Jane Merkley, Brenda Dusek, Monika Kastner, Chaim M Bell
BACKGROUND: Nursing plays a central role in facilitating care transitions for complex older adults, yet there is no consensus of the components of nurse-led care transitions interventions to facilitate high quality care transitions among complex older adults. A structured expert panel was established with the purpose of identifying effective nurse-led care transition interventions. METHODS: A modified Delphi consensus technique based on the RAND method was employed...
January 10, 2017: Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052634/treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-b-infection-2017
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Guo-Feng Chen, Cheng Wang, George Lau
Since the registration of the first effective nucleoside analogue against the hepatitis B virus almost two decades ago, major progress has been made in the management of chronic hepatitis B infection. However, hepatitis B-related morbidity and mortality remain a major global health threat. This is partly due to the escalating costs and the decrease in compliance related to the need for prolonged therapy for most patients who cannot be "cured". New biomarkers such as quantitative hepatitis B surface antigen might help to determine if hepatitis B e antigen negative patients can be taken off nucleos(t)ide analogues...
January 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045940/applying-the-integrated-practice-unit-concept-to-a-modified-virtual-ward-model-of-care-for-patients-at-highest-risk-of-readmission-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lian Leng Low, Shu Yun Tan, Matthew Joo Ming Ng, Wei Yi Tay, Lee Beng Ng, Kanchana Balasubramaniam, Rachel Marie Towle, Kheng Hock Lee
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence from the virtual ward care model showed that multidisciplinary case management are inadequate to reduce readmissions or death for high risk patients. There is consensus that interventions should encompass both pre-hospital discharge and post-discharge transitional care to be effective. Integrated practice units (IPU) had been proposed as an approach of restructuring the organization and work processes of multidisciplinary teams to achieve value in healthcare...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042127/longterm-beneficial-effect-of-canakinumab-in-colchicine-resistant-familial-mediterranean-fever
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Katerina Laskari, Panagiota Boura, George N Dalekos, Alexandros Garyfallos, Dimitrios Karokis, Dimitrios Pikazis, Loukas Settas, Grigoris Skarantavos, Elena Tsitsami, Petros P Sfikakis
OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of the interleukin-1β (IL-1β) inhibitor canakinumab in all adolescent and adult patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) identified from the Greek National Registry for off-label drug use between 2010 and 2015. METHODS: In this retrospective longitudinal outcome study, clinical and laboratory data were collected from 14 patients (7 men) aged median 38.5 years (range 13-70), with median disease duration of 14 years, and active FMF despite colchicine (n = 9) or both colchicine and anakinra (n = 5)...
January 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040386/evaluation-of-new-two-thumb-chest-compression-technique-for-infant-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-performed-by-novice-physicians-a-randomized-crossover-manikin-trial
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Jacek Smereka, Lukasz Szarpak, Adam Smereka, Steve Leung, Kurt Ruetzler
BACKGROUND: The impact of high-quality chest compressions during CPR for the patients' outcome is undisputed, as it is essential for maintaining vital organ perfusion. The aim of our study is to compare the quality of chest compression (CC) and ventilation among the two current standard techniques with our novel "nTTT" technique in infant CPR. METHODS: In this randomized crossover, manikin trial, participants performed CCs using three techniques in a randomized sequence: standard two finger technique (TFT); standard two thumb technique (TTHT), and the 'new two-thumb technique' (nTTT)...
December 19, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032337/the-epidemic-of-methylisothiazolinone-a-european-prospective-study
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Jakob F Schwensen, Wolfgang Uter, Magnus Bruze, Cecilia Svedman, An Goossens, Mark Wilkinson, Ana Giménez Arnau, Margarida Gonçalo, Klaus E Andersen, Evy Paulsen, Tove Agner, Caterina Foti, Kristiina Aalto-Korte, John McFadden, Ian White, Jeanne D Johansen
BACKGROUND: The use of methylisothiazolinone (MI) in cosmetic products has caused an unprecedented epidemic of MI contact allergy. Current data concerning exposures at a European level are required. OBJECTIVES: To describe demographics and MI exposures for European patients with MI contact allergy. METHODS: Eleven European dermatology departments from eight European countries prospectively collected data between 1 May and 31 October 2015 among consecutive patients who had positive patch test reactions to MI (2000 ppm aq...
December 28, 2016: Contact Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028813/accuracy-of-tablet-splitting-and-liquid-measurements-an-examination-of-who-what-and-how
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Dana Abu-Geras, Dunja Hadziomerovic, Andrew Leau, Ramzan Nazim Khan, Sajni Gudka, Cornelia Locher, Maryam Razaghikashani, Lee Yong Lim
OBJECTIVE: To examine factors that might affect the ability of patients to accurately halve tablets or measure a 5-ml liquid dose. METHODS: Eighty-eight participants split four different placebo tablets by hand and using a tablet splitter, while 85 participants measured 5 ml of water, 0.5% methylcellulose (MC) and 1% MC using a syringe and dosing cup. Accuracy of manipulation was determined by mass measurements. KEY FINDINGS: The general population was less able than pharmacy students to break tablets into equal parts, although age, gender and prior experience were insignificant factors...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026793/a-wireless-semg-based-body-machine-interface-for-assistive-technology-devices
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Cheikh Latyr Fall, Gabriel Gagnon-Turcotte, J F Dube, Jean Simon Gagne, Yanick Delisle, Alexandre Campeau-Lecours, Clement Gosselin, Benoit Gosselin
Assistive Technology (AT) tools and appliances are being more and more widely used and developed worldwide to improve the autonomy of people living with disabilities and ease the interaction with their environments. This paper describes an intuitive and wireless surface electromyography (sEMG) based body-machine interface for AT tools. Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) at C5-C8 levels affect patients' arms, forearms, hands and fingers control. Thus, using classical AT control interfaces (keypads, joysticks, etc.) is often difficult or impossible...
December 21, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026735/-quantitative-analysis-of-power-doppler-images-in-lateral-humeral-enthesopathy
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P Walder, L Paša, L Pavliska
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY The evaluation of efficiency of power Doppler sonography in the diagnosis of lateral humeral enthesopathy, role of correct assessment of Doppler sonographic images with the method of quantitative analysis, assessment of statistical differences between a group of patients with lateral humeral enthesopathy and a control group of healthy subjects and assessment of the diagnostic power of this test. In addition, consideration of the relevance of each area of the lateral compartment for assessment and diagnosis making in lateral humeral enthesopathy...
2016: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018778/technical-considerations-for-filler-and-neuromodulator-refinements
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José Raúl Montes, Anthony J Wilson, Brian L Chang, Ivona Percec
Background: The toolbox for cosmetic practitioners is growing at an unprecedented rate. There are novel products every year and expanding off-label indications for neurotoxin and soft-tissue filler applications. Consequently, aesthetic physicians are increasingly challenged by the task of selecting the most appropriate products and techniques to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Methods: We employed a PubMed literature search of facial injectables from the past 10 years (2005-2015), with emphasis on those articles embracing evidence-based medicine...
December 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018196/changes-in-motor-related-cortical-activity-following-deep-brain-stimulation-for-parkinson-s-disease-detected-by-functional-near-infrared-spectroscopy-a-pilot-study
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Takashi Morishita, Masa-Aki Higuchi, Kazuya Saita, Yoshio Tsuboi, Hiroshi Abe, Tooru Inoue
It remains unclear how deep brain stimulation (DBS) modulates the global neuronal network involving cortical activity. We aimed to evaluate changes in cortical activity in six (two men; four women) patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) who underwent unilateral globus pallidus interna (GPI) DBS surgery using a multi-channel near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) system. As five of the patients were right-handed, DBS was performed on the left in these five cases. The mean age was 66.8 ± 4.0 years. The unified Parkinson's disease rating scale (UPDRS) motor scores were evaluated at baseline and 1- and 6-month follow-up...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999534/striatal-dopaminergic-innervation-regulates-subthalamic-beta-oscillations-and-cortical-subcortical-coupling-during-movements-preliminary-evidence-in-subjects-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Andrea Canessa, Nicolò G Pozzi, Gabriele Arnulfo, Joachim Brumberg, Martin M Reich, Gianni Pezzoli, Maria F Ghilardi, Cordula Matthies, Frank Steigerwald, Jens Volkmann, Ioannis U Isaias
Activation of the basal ganglia has been shown during the preparation and execution of movement. However, the functional interaction of cortical and subcortical brain areas during movement and the relative contribution of dopaminergic striatal innervation remains unclear. We recorded local field potential (LFP) activity from the subthalamic nucleus (STN) and high-density electroencephalography (EEG) signals in four patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) off dopaminergic medication during a multi-joint motor task performed with their dominant and non-dominant hand...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998549/patient-hand-off-initiation-and-evaluation-phone-study-a-randomized-trial-of-patient-handoff-methods
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Jesse Clanton, Aimee Gardner, Michael Subichin, Patrick McAlvanah, William Hardy, Amar Shah, Joel Porter
BACKGROUND: As residency work hour restrictions have tightened, transitions of care have become more frequent. Many institutions dedicate significant time and resources to patient handoffs despite the fact that the ideal method is relatively unknown. We sought to compare the effect of a rigorous formal handoff approach to a minimized but focused handoff process on patient outcomes. METHODS: A randomized prospective trial was conducted at a large teaching hospital over ten months...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992497/validation-of-the-international-hiv-dementia-scale-as-a-screening-tool-for-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorders-in-a-german-speaking-hiv-outpatient-clinic
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Victor Marin-Webb, Heiko Jessen, Ute Kopp, Arne B Jessen, Katrin Hahn
BACKGROUND: HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) are widely present among people living with HIV. Especially its milder forms, asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment (ANI) and mild neurocognitive disorder (MND), remain highly prevalent worldwide. Diagnosing these conditions is subject to a time and resource consuming neuropsychological assessment. Selecting patients at a higher risk of cognitive impairment by using a simple but effective screening tool helps to organise access to further neuropsychological diagnosis...
2016: PloS One
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