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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343276/an-updated-review-of-cardiac-devices-in-heart-failure
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C Murphy, H Zafar, F Sharif
BACKGROUND: Heart failure has the highest rates of adult hospitalisations, the highest mortality rates and significant costs associated with its care. The cost of heart failure is expected continue to grow on a global scale, with $108 billion spent on heart failure in 2012. Mortality rates are high, with incident cases of heart failure resulting in 30% 1-year mortality, and in hospital mortality of acute heart failure, 28%. METHODS AND RESULTS: This article reviews the devices currently in use for the treatment of heart failure, as well as those that are under investigation...
March 25, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343204/-risk-management-of-hospital-infections-as-a-supporting-tool-for-the-improvement-of-hospital-quality-some-european-examples
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Mateusz Sitek, Izabela Witczak, Dorota Kiedik
Prevention and control of nosocomial infections is one of the main pillars of security in each medical facility. This affects the quality of services and helps to minimize the economic losses incurred as a result of such infections. (Prolonged hospitalization, expensive antibiotic therapies, court costs of damages). Nosocomial infections occur in every medical facility in the hospitals in terms of risk of infection compared to other medicinal entities are at greater risk of environmental (number of hospitalizations for one bed, the amount of disinfectants, etc...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343026/comparison-of-unilateral-versus-bilateral-pedicle-screw-fixation-at-the-level-of-fracture-using-posterior-short-segment-pedicle-instrumentation-in-the-treatment-of-severe-thoracolumbar-burst-fractures
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Chao Sun, Xinhui Liu, Jiwei Tian, Guoping Guan, Hailong Zhang
BACKGROUND: Thoracolumbar burst fractures (TBFs) are often followed by bilateral pedicle screw fixation(BPSF) at the level of fracture using posterior short-segment pedicle instrumentation (SSPI). There has been increasing support for unilateral pedicle screw fixation (UPSF) in an attempt to reduce complications and costs. The aim of this study was to compare the clinical and radiologic results of UPSF versus BPSF at the level of fracture using SSPI in the treatment of severe TBFs. METHODS: The records of 42 consecutive patients with severe TBFs who underwent SSPI were divided into 2 groups according to the number of screws in the fracture level, including 20 patients (five screws) in UPSF group and 22 patients(six screws) in BPSF...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342928/does-implementing-an-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-protocol-increase-hospital-charges-comparisons-from-a-radical-cystectomy-program-at-a-specialty-cancer-center
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Juan Chipollini, Dominic H Tang, Karim Hussein, Sephalie Y Patel, Rosemarie E Garcia-Getting, Julio M Pow-Sang, Scott M Gilbert, Wade J Sexton, Philippe E Spiess, Michael A Poch
OBJECTIVE To compare perioperative charges induced at initial phase of a standardized enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program from a tertiary, referral center. METHODS A multidisciplinary ERAS protocol was implemented in our department in July 2015. The subsequent year all patients were treated according to this protocol (ERAS group). They were compared in terms of real in-hospital charges per surgical episode with a control group consisting of consecutive patients prior to start of ERAS. Individual charges were analyzed per each sample population and compared with the Wilcoxon rank and t tests...
March 23, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342884/oral-cancer-reconstruction-using-the-supraclavicular-artery-island-flap-comparison-to-free-radial-forearm-flap
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Christian Welz, Martin Canis, Sabina Schwenk-Zieger, Jennifer L Spiegel, Bernhard G Weiß, Yiannis Pilavakis
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether the pedicled supraclavicular artery island flap (SCAIF) is a sufficient alternative to the fasciocutaneous radial forearm free flap (RFFF) for oral reconstruction in cancer surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The authors designed and implemented a retrospective cohort study composed of all consecutive patients who underwent head and neck reconstruction after cancer surgery at their tertiary university hospital from 2013 to 2016. Demographics and peri- and postoperative information were recorded and statistically analyzed...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342649/the-prognosis-of-dementia-with-lewy-bodies
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REVIEW
Christoph Mueller, Clive Ballard, Anne Corbett, Dag Aarsland
Dementia with Lewy bodies is the second most common form of neurodegenerative dementia, yet scarce evidence is available about its prognosis and natural history, which are crucial to inform clinical practice and research. Patients with dementia with Lewy bodies might have a less favourable prognosis, with accelerated cognitive decline, shorter lifespan, and increased admission to residential care than patients with Alzheimer's disease. Health-care costs and, importantly, caregiver burden, are also reported to be higher in dementia with Lewy bodies than in Alzheimer's disease...
March 22, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342386/association-between-environmental-factors-and-emergency-hospital-admissions-due-to-alzheimer-s-disease-in-madrid
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D R Culqui, C Linares, C Ortiz, R Carmona, J Díaz
INTRODUCTION: There are scarce studies of time series that analysed the short-term association between emergency hospital admissions due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and environmental factors. The objective is to analyse the effect of heat waves, noise and air pollutants on urgent hospital admissions due to AD in Madrid. METHODS: Longitudinal ecological time series study was performed. The dependent variable was the emergency AD hospital admissions occurred in Madrid during the period 2001-2009...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340013/implications-of-thoracic-epidural-analgesia-on-hospital-charges-in-rib-fracture-patients
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Courtney D Jensen, Jamie T Stark, Lewis E Jacobson, Jan M Powers, Kathy L Leslie, Jeffrey M Kinsella-Shaw, Michael F Joseph, Craig R Denegar
Objective.:  Rib fractures are present in more than 150,000 patients admitted to US trauma centers each year. Those who fracture two or more ribs are typically treated with oral analgesic drugs and are discharged with few complications. The cost of this care generally reflects its brevity. When a patient fractures three or more ribs, there is an elevated risk of complication. In response, treatments are often broadened and their durations prolonged; this affects cost. While health, function, and survival have been widely explored, patient billing has not...
March 7, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339427/a-critical-analysis-of-obamacare-affordable-care-or-insurance-for-many-and-coverage-for-few
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Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Standiford Helm Ii, Ramsin M Benyamin, Joshua A Hirsch
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), of 2010, or Obamacare, was the most monumental change in US health care policy since the passage of Medicaid and Medicare in 1965. Since its enactment, numerous claims have been made on both sides of the aisle regarding the ACA's success or failure; these views often colored by political persuasion. The ACA had 3 primary goals: increasing the number of the insured, improving the quality of care, and reducing the costs of health care. One point often lost in the discussion is the distinction between affordability and access...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338416/impact-of-a-complex-care-management-model-on-cost-and-utilization-among-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-special-care-and-health-needs
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Daniel D Maeng, Susan R Snyder, Thomas W Davis, Janet F Tomcavage
Adolescents and young adults with special care and health needs in the United States-many of whom have Medicaid coverage-at the transition phase between pediatric and adult care often experience critical care gaps. To address this challenge, a new model-referred to as Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC)-has been developed and implemented by Geisinger Health System since 2012. CCC comprises a care team, consisting of a generalist physician, advanced practitioner, pharmacist, and a nurse case manager, that develops and closely follows a coordinated care plan...
March 24, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338164/-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial-of-laparoscopic-repair-versus-open-repair-for-perforated-peptic-ulcers
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Qiwei Wang, Bujun Ge, Qi Huang
OBJECTIVE: To compared the clinical efficacy of laparoscopic repair (LR) versus open repair (OR) for perforated peptic ulcers. METHODS: From January 2010 to June 2014, in Shanghai Tongji Hospital, 119 patients who were diagnosed as perforated peptic ulcers and planned to receive operation were prospectively enrolled. Patients were randomly divided into LR (58 patients) and OR(61 patients) group by computer. Intra-operative and postoperative parameters were compared between two groups...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337948/software-version-of-roland-morris-disability-questionnaire-for-outcome-assessment-in-low-back-pain
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Sumeet G Pawar, P S Ramani, Apurva Prasad, Arjun Dhar, Sudhendoo S Babhulkar, Yogesh A Bahurupi
BACKGROUND: Developing and using the software version of existing validated paper version of patient-related outcome can go a long way in saving cost, time and effort. However, the equivalence of paper version and software versions cannot be assumed. The aim of the study is to test the equivalence between paper version and software version of Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire and its acceptability among patients. METHODS: This is a within-subject cross over equivalence study...
March 24, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337721/erratum-to-feasibility-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-a-telephone-based-weight-loss-program-delivered-via-a-hospital-outpatient-setting
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M E Whelan, A D Goode, E G Eakin, J L Veerman, E A H Winkler, I J Hickman, M M Reeves
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March 23, 2017: Translational Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337719/an-early-health-economic-analysis-of-the-potential-cost-effectiveness-of-an-adherence-intervention-to-improve-outcomes-for-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Paul Tappenden, Susannah Sadler, Martin Wildman
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) negatively impacts upon health-related quality of life and survival. Adherence to nebulised treatments is low; improving adherence is hypothesised to reduce rates of exacerbation requiring intravenous antibiotics and lung function decline. OBJECTIVE: A state transition model was developed to assess the cost effectiveness of an intervention aimed at increasing patient adherence to nebulised and inhaled antibiotics compared with current CF care, in advance of the forthcoming CFHealthHub randomised controlled trial (RCT)...
March 23, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337594/diagnostic-accuracy-of-high-risk-hpv-dna-genotyping-for-primary-cervical-cancer-screening-and-triage-of-hpv-positive-women-compared-to-cytology-preliminary-results-of-the-pipavir-study
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Kimon Chatzistamatiou, Theodoros Moysiadis, Eleftherios Angelis, Andreas Kaufmann, Alkmini Skenderi, Pidder Jansen-Duerr, Irini Lekka, Vasilis Kilintzis, Stamatia Angelidou, Evangelia Katsiki, Ingke Hagemann, Athena Tsertanidou, Isabel Koch, Oliver Boecher, Erwin Soutschek, Nikolaos Maglaveras, Theodoros Agorastos
PURPOSE: The purpose of the presented PIPAVIR (persistent infections with human papillomaviruses; http://www.pipavir.com ) subanalysis is to assess the performance of high-risk (hr) HPV-DNA genotyping as a method of primary cervical cancer screening and triage of HPV positive women to colposcopy compared to liquid-based cytology (LBC) in an urban female population. METHODS: Women, aged 30-60, provided cervicovaginal samples at the Family-Planning Centre, Hippokratio Hospital of Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Mare Klinikum, Kiel, Germany...
March 23, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337457/screening-for-tuberculosis-in-health-care-workers-experience-in-an-italian-teaching-hospital
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Christian Napoli, Filippo Ferretti, Filippo Di Ninno, Riccardo Orioli, Alessandra Marani, Maria Giuditta Sarlo, Claudio Prestigiacomo, Assunta De Luca, Giovanni Battista Orsi
Health care workers (HCW) are particularly at risk of acquiring tuberculosis (TB), even in countries with low TB incidence. Therefore, TB screening in HCW is a useful prevention strategy in countries with both low and high TB incidence. Tuberculin skin test (TST) is widely used although it suffers of low specificity; on the contrary, the in vitro enzyme immunoassay tests (IGRA) show superior specificity and sensitivity but are more expensive. The present study reports the results of a three-year TB surveillance among HCW in a large teaching hospital in Rome, using TST (by standard Mantoux technique) and IGRA (by QuantiFERON-TB) as first- and second-level screening tests, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337092/patronage-and-cost-of-malaria-treatment-in-private-hospitals-in-ibadan-north-l-g-a-south-western-nigeria
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A T Salawu, O I Fawole, M D Dairo
BACKGROUND: Malaria accounts for about 60% of all clinic attendance in Nigeria. About 300,000 children die of malaria annually while an estimated 4,500 pregnant women are lost annually on account of malaria in Nigeria alone. High cost of treatment is a barrier to the uptake of health services in low resource settings, therefore an exploration of the cost of malaria management will reveal possible components that may benefit from intervention and thus reveal important clues for improving access to malaria treatment...
December 2016: Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336909/stair-climbing-test-predicts-postoperative-cardiopulmonary-complications-and-hospital-stay-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jingsi Dong, Yousheng Mao, Jiagen Li, Jie He
BACKGROUND There is currently no reliable method to predict major postoperative cardiopulmonary complications for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In this study, we hypothesized that exercise oxygen desaturation (EOD) and heart rate change results in a stair-climbing test (SCT) would predict postoperative cardiopulmonary complications for patients with NSCLC. MATERIAL AND METHODS We examined 171 patients (41 females and 130 males) with NSCLC by preoperative SCT from January 2010 to July 2015...
March 24, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336741/differences-between-determinants-of-in-hospital-mortality-and-hospitalisation-costs-for-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-a-nationwide-observational-study-from-japan
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Noriko Sasaki, Susumu Kunisawa, Hiroshi Ikai, Yuichi Imanaka
OBJECTIVES: Although current case-mix classifications in prospective payment systems were developed to estimate patient resource usage, whether these classifications reflect clinical outcomes remains unknown. The efficient management of acute heart failure (AHF) with high mortality is becoming more important in many countries as its prevalence and associated costs are rapidly increasing. Here, we investigate the determinants of in-hospital mortality and hospitalisation costs to clarify the impact of severity factors on these outcomes in patients with AHF, and examine the level of agreement between the predicted values of mortality and costs...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336507/planking-or-the-lying-down-game-two-case-reports
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Stefania Barbieri, Paolo Feltracco, Luca Omizzolo, Rossella Snenghi, Rafi El Mazloum, Gianna Vettore, Mauro Bergamini, Armando Stefanati, Daniele Donato, Cecilia Ferronato, Francesco Maria Avato, Alberto Tredese, Rosa Maria Gaudio
BACKGROUND: The monitoring and management of risks regarding children and young people admitted to the emergency department as a result of dangerous behaviors distributed via the Internet should be based on clinical reasoning and knowledge about these social media-related phenomena. Here we examine 2 cases of teenagers who reported severe injuries while performing the "planking" craze, a challenge that consists in lying face-down stiffly like a board on any kind of surface. OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to examine and describe the Internet craze called planking, also known as the "lying-down game," through 2 case reports from our experience, enriching this study with information gained through discussions with secondary school teenagers...
March 23, 2017: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
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