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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244141/telavancin-for-refractory-mrsa-bacteraemia-in-intermittent-haemodialysis-recipients
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Nicholas S Britt, Samad Tirmizi, David J Ritchie, Jeffrey E Topal, Dayna McManus, Victor Nizet, Ed Casabar, George Sakoulas
Background: Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring intermittent haemodialysis (IHD) are at high risk of MRSA bacteraemia (MRSA-B) and often fail first-line therapy. The safety, effectiveness and optimal dosing of telavancin for MRSA-B in this patient population are unclear. Objectives: We aimed to describe clinical outcomes of telavancin in the treatment of refractory MRSA-B in patients with ESRD requiring IHD. Patients and methods: This was a retrospective study of hospitalized patients at two tertiary care academic medical centres with recurrent or persistent (≥3 days) MRSA-B treated with telavancin monotherapy...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243546/changes-in-medication-use-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-the-international-multicentre-prospective-european-palliative-care-cancer-symptom-study
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Kristel Paque, Monique Elseviers, Robert Vander Stichele, Koen Pardon, Marianne J Hjermstad, Stein Kaasa, Tinne Dilles, Martine De Laat, Simon Van Belle, Thierry Christiaens, Luc Deliens
BACKGROUND: Information on medication use in the last months of life is limited. AIM: To describe which medications are prescribed and deprescribed in advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care in relation to time before death and to explore associations with demographic variables. DESIGN: Prospective study, using case report forms for monthly data collection. Medication included cancer treatment and 19 therapeutic groups, grouped into four categories for: (1) cancer therapy, (2) specific cancer-related symptom relief, (3) other symptom relief and (4) long-term prevention...
December 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243051/diagnostic-outcome-and-indications-for-testing-in-patients-with-positive-anca-at-a-canadian-tertiary-care-centre
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Cyrus Chehroudi, Ronald A Booth, Nataliya Milman
INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVE: With widespread availability of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA) testing, interpreting positive results has become increasingly challenging. Here, we conducted a retrospective study to evaluate indications for testing and diagnosis of patients with positive ANCA. METHODS: Positive ANCA tests (immunofluorescence or immunoassay) performed between April 2014 and March 2015 were identified using the Ottawa Hospital (TOH) laboratory information system...
December 14, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243015/relational-autonomy-in-the-care-of-the-vulnerable-health-care-professionals-reasoning-in-moral-case-deliberation-mcd
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Kaja Heidenreich, Anders Bremer, Lars Johan Materstvedt, Ulf Tidefelt, Mia Svantesson
In Moral Case Deliberation (MCD), healthcare professionals discuss ethically difficult patient situations in their daily practice. There is a lack of knowledge regarding the content of MCD and there is a need to shed light on this ethical reflection in the midst of clinical practice. Thus, the aim of the study was to describe the content of healthcare professionals' moral reasoning during MCD. The design was qualitative and descriptive, and data consisted of 22 audio-recorded inter-professional MCDs, analysed with content analysis...
December 14, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242058/endovascular-cooling-versus-standard-femoral-catheters-and-intravascular-complications-a-propensity-matched-cohort-study
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Olivier Andremont, Damien du Cheyron, Nicolas Terzi, Cedric Daubin, Amélie Seguin, Xavier Valette, Flore-Anne Lecoq, Jean-Jacques Parienti, Bertrand Sauneuf
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) contributes to improved neurological outcome in adults who have been successfully resuscitated after cardiac arrest with shockable rhythm. Endovascular cooling catheters are widely used to induce and maintain targeted temperature in the ICU. The aim of the study was to compare the risk of complications with cooling catheters and standard central venous catheters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective single-centre cohort study, we included all patients admitted to an intensive care unit for successfully resuscitated cardiac arrest that required endovascular TTM (Coolgard®, Zoll™ Medical corporation, MA, USA), between August 2012 and November 2014, inclusive...
December 11, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241726/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-hepatitis-d-virus-infection-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-infection-attending-the-three-main-tertiary-hospitals-in-libya
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Abdel-Naser Elzouki, Saleh M Bashir, Omar Elahmer, Islam Elzouki, Fathi Alkhattali
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Globally, More than 350 million individuals are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), and >20 million of them are co-infected with hepatitis D virus (HDV). The aim of this study was to determine the pattern of HDV infection in patients with chronic hepatitis B in three main tertiary hospitals in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This cross sectional and descriptive study was conducted on 162 patients with chronic hepatitis B positive for more than six months) who were followed up at hepatitis clinics of the three main tertiary hospitals in Tripoli city (88 patients from Tripoli Medical Centre and Tripoli Central Hospital) and Benghazi city (74 patients from Aljomhoria Hospital) during the period from January 2010 to June 2012...
December 11, 2017: Arab Journal of Gastroenterology: the Official Publication of the Pan-Arab Association of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241505/knowledge-behaviours-training-and-attitudes-of-nurses-during-preparation-and-administration-of-intravenous-medications-in-intensive-care-units-icu-a-multicenter-italian-study
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Marco Di Muzio, Corrado De Vito, Daniela Tartaglini, Paolo Villari
BACKGROUND: Medication errors can put at risk the life of patients hospitalized in the ICUs. These errors occur more frequently in the ICUs due to their peculiar medical framework. There is not much information about the knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and training needs of the nurses who work in ICUs towards the medication errors. OBJECTIVE: This study aims at describing the knowledge, attitudes, behaviours and training needs of the Italian nurses who work in ICUs towards the use of IV drugs, and identifying the strategies that nurses can adopt to prevent the occurrence of medication errors...
December 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241349/distribution-and-clustering-of-cutaneous-t-cell-lymphoma-ctcl-cases-in-canada-during-1992-to-2010
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Feras M Ghazawi, Elena Netchiporouk, Elham Rahme, Matthew Tsang, Linda Moreau, Steven Glassman, Nathalie Provost, Martin Gilbert, Sara-Elizabeth Jean, Osama Roshdy, Kevin Pehr, Denis Sasseville, Ivan V Litvinov
BACKGROUND: Clustering of patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) was reported in several jurisdictions around the world. This rare cancer is known to affect spouses and in some cases multiple members of the same family. These combined results suggest the existence of external disease triggers/promoters. We recently conducted the first comprehensive analysis of CTCL incidence and mortality in Canada, which revealed case clustering in several regions. OBJECTIVES: To extend our previous analysis on CTCL incidence across Canada and to provide all the collected data on CTCL patient incidence in Canada during the period of 1992 to 2010...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241339/a-novel-model-for-a-hub-and-spoke-spinal-service-and-improvements-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-pathology-in-a-rural-hospital-setting
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Erden Ali, Andrew Macdowell, Thomas Pagonis
INTRODUCTION:   We present a unique pathway for care aimed specifically at spinal patients. As a result of the shift of the spoke direction from the existing hub-and-spoke model, patient care is being redirected successfully with great benefit to a rural department. Within the rural community, it is the spoke that is the main locality to which patients present and at which they are treated. Subspecialty procurement is often more central and located in tertiary referral centres outside of a rural position...
December 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241142/unmet-needs-burden-of-treatment-and-patient-engagement-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-combined-perspective-from-the-ms-in-the-21st-century-steering-group
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Peter Rieckmann, Diego Centonze, Irina Elovaara, Gavin Giovannoni, Eva Havrdová, Jurg Kesselring, Gisela Kobelt, Dawn Langdon, Sarah A Morrow, Celia Oreja-Guevara, Sven Schippling, Christoph Thalheim, Heidi Thompson, Patrick Vermersch, Karen Aston, Birgit Bauer, Christy Demory, Maria Paz Giambastiani, Jana Hlavacova, Jocelyne Nouvet-Gire, George Pepper, Maija Pontaga, Emma Rogan, Chrystal Rogalski, Pieter van Galen, Ali-Frédéric Ben-Amor
BACKGROUND: Patient engagement is vital in multiple sclerosis (MS) in order to optimise outcomes for patients, society and healthcare systems. It is essential to involve all stakeholders in potential solutions, working in a multidisciplinary way to ensure that people with MS (PwMS) are included in shared decision-making and disease management. To start this process, a collaborative, open environment between PwMS and healthcare professionals (HCPs) is required so that similarities and disparities in the perception of key areas in patient care and unmet needs can be identified...
November 21, 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240687/decreasing-inappropriate-use-of-antibiotics-in-primary-care-in-four-countries-in-south-america-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Inés Urbiztondo, Lars Bjerrum, Lidia Caballero, Miguel Angel Suarez, Monica Olinisky, Gloria Córdoba
High antibiotic prescribing and antimicrobial resistance in patients attending primary care have been reported in South America. Very few interventions targeting general practitioners (GPs) to decrease inappropriate antibiotic prescribing have been investigated in this region. This study assessed the effectiveness of online feedback on reducing antibiotic prescribing in patients with suspected respiratory tract infections (RTIs) attending primary care. The aim was to reduce antibiotic prescribing in patients with acute bronchitis and acute otitis media...
December 14, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240509/mild-bleeding-disorders-what-every-clinician-should-know
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H K Hussein, Plr Nicolson, K Fordwor, G C Lowe
Patients with mild bleeding disorders are under-recognized and frequently present to general physicians. The underlying reasons for bleeding are multifactorial. There is little evidence to guide diagnostic and management decision making in patients with mild bleeding disorders. This article outlines different types of mild bleeding disorders, with a particular focus on bleeding associated with low levels of von Willebrand factor and mild platelet defects. It gives practical, evidence-based advice on the investigation and management of patients with a suspected or known mild bleeding disorder, considering the scenarios of an acute bleed, stable outpatient, peri-surgical management and thrombosis...
December 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240492/interprofessional-bedside-teaching-setting-up-a-novel-teaching-programme
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Kathryn Watson, Cathryn Mainwaring, Amy Moran, Fahmeda B Jangi, Nira Raguseelan, Thomas Simpson, Tunjil Lasoye, Omar G Mustafa
BACKGROUND: An ageing population and health-care advances mean that patients have increasingly complex medical health and social needs, requiring a multidisciplinary team. However, despite working as an interprofessional team, team members still largely train in professional silos. Furthermore health-care professionals report a poor understanding of the skills of colleagues from different professions. This article describes the set up and outcomes of a novel interprofessional bedside teaching programme...
December 2, 2017: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240277/how-perceived-feelings-of-wellness-influence-the-decision-making-of-people-with-pre-dialysis-chronic-kidney-disease
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Sandra Campbell-Crofts, Glenn Stewart
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To identify the subjective meanings attached to decisions made by people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) as they consider their transition to renal replacement therapy (RRT). BACKGROUND: Within the challenging world of chronic illness, people draw upon their temporal life experiences to help them make the best or most balanced primary health care decisions. Understanding the risks and benefits associated with these decisions has been an area of intense interest in health research...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239728/wound-healing-of-cutaneous-substance-losses-based-on-infectious-inflammatory-and-traumatic-skin-disorders-the-experience-of-a-center
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K Khoshim, B Hersant, C Hotz, M SidAhmed-Mezi, J P Meningaud
INTRODUCTION: There is no reference available concerning the standard healing time based on dermatological diseases responsible for cutaneous substance losses. The aim of our study was to assess the healing time after surgical debridement of necrotizing fasciitis (NF), hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) and skin necrosis due to trauma (SNT) based on multiples existing co-morbidities among these patients to provide surgeons with accurate scientific data in order to inform and educate patients and nurses who are practicing care under the supervision of the surgeon...
November 24, 2017: Annales de Chirurgie Plastique et Esthétique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239524/performance-measures-for-a-dialysis-setting
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Xiuzhu Gu, Kenji Itoh
OBJECTIVES: This study from Japan extracted performance measures for dialysis unit management and investigated their characteristics from professional views. METHODS: Two surveys were conducted using self-administered questionnaires, in which dialysis managers/staff were asked to rate the usefulness of 44 performance indicators. A total of 255 managers and 2,097 staff responded. RESULTS: Eight performance measures were elicited from dialysis manager and staff responses: these were safety, operational efficiency, quality of working life, financial effectiveness, employee development, mortality, patient/employee satisfaction and patient-centred health care...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Renal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239152/the-safety-and-efficiency-of-a-fast-track-protocol-for-sleeve-gastrectomy-a-team-approach
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Sebastiaan J Vreeswijk, Pim W van Rutte, Simon W Nienhuijs, R Arthur Bouwman, J Frans Smulders, Marc P Buise
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of morbid obese patients has led to increased numbers of bariatric procedures. Fast-track protocols are being developed to enhance the available resources, while maintaining a safe procedure. Reported results on safety merely apply to a mixed bariatric population. The objective was to evaluate safety and efficiency of the fast-track principles in patients undergoing sleeve gastrectomy. METHODS: Retrospective observational study including patients undergoing primary sleeve gastrectomy at the Obesity Centre of the Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, the Netherlands...
December 13, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239074/barriers-to-the-use-of-emergency-medical-services-for-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-determining-why-many-patients-opt-for-self-transport
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Mathew Mercuri, Katherine Connolly, Madhu K Natarajan, Michelle Welsford, J D Schwalm
RATIONALE, AIMS, AND OBJECTIVES: Access to timely ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) care is facilitated by paramedics and emergency medical services (EMS). However, a large proportion of STEMI patients do not access care through EMS. This study sought to identify patient-reported factors for their decision to use (or not use) EMS. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of STEMI patients admitted to a large tertiary care centre between November 2011 and January 2012...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238940/seasonality-in-pediatric-cancer
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Rubayed Nurullah, Stefan Kuhle, Bryan Maguire, Ketan Kulkarni
Although seasonal trends in incidence and diagnosis of pediatric cancers have been widely investigated, the results have been inconclusive. A consistent seasonal trend may possibly provide etiological insights into pediatric cancers. This study aims to determine if there is a seasonal variation in cancer diagnoses in the pediatric population at the IWK Health Centre, a tertiary care center serving three Canadian provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. All pediatric cancer patients aged 0-20 y diagnosed from 1995 to 2015 at the center were included in this study...
December 14, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238868/early-experience-and-lessons-learnt-with-customized-fenestrated-thoracic-endovascular-aortic-reconstruction-for-aortic-arch-pathology-in-an-asian-population
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Glenn Wei Leong Tan, Lawrence Quek, Bien Peng Tan, Uei Pua
PURPOSE: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is the preferred treatment of descending thoracic aorta pathology. However, TEVAR in the aortic arch remains challenging. Customized fenestrated TEVAR (fTEVAR) allows extension of the proximal seal zone, while preserving the involved supra-aortic vessels. There is a paucity of information on fTEVAR; hence, we aim to evaluate our early experience and lessons learnt with fTEVAR in the aortic arch. METHODS: This is a retrospective single-centre review of fTEVAR endografts for aortic arch pathology over 24 months...
December 13, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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