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Harshal Ingale, Samiul Muquit, Othman Al-Helli, Barrie White, Surajit Basu
BACKGROUND: Consultant Outcomes Publication (COP) is an NHS England initiative for promoting improvements in quality of care. However, at present outcomes are commonly expressed as mortality rates which do not necessarily reflect the performance of surgeons. We developed the Nottingham Expectation and Complication score following Surgery (NECS) to determine the success of surgical treatment from both the clinical perspective and the practical expectations agreed between surgeons and patients during the consent process...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Frank Günther, Uta Merle, Uwe Frank, Matthias M Gaida, Nico T Mutters
BACKGROUND: Achromobacter xylosoxidans (AX) is known for intrinsic resistance to disinfectants. Our laboratory routine surveillance system detected an unexpected rise in AX bloodstream infections in a 2200-bed hospital. An epidemiological investigation was conducted to find the source and disrupt further transmission. METHODS: Outbreak cases were defined as patients with at least one positive blood culture positive for AX from May 2014 to May 2015. Medical records were reviewed, affected wards, as well as the microbiology laboratory were audited...
October 19, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Kim Robyn Kennedy, Assoc Prof Kirsten Auret
BACKGROUND: Febrile neutropenia is a life-threatening complication of chemotherapy. The widely dispersed population of Australia creates challenges for rural patients in accessing healthcare services. Cancer treatment is particularly burdensome with patients being forced to relocate to the city for treatment, or to endure long and repeated journeys to the city. This study aimed to assess the safety of chemotherapy in a rural centre with a General Physician-led model, by analysing febrile neutropenia in Albany Hospital, a regional cancer centre in Western Australia...
October 18, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
Paul M Harris, Lynne M Drummond
Aims and method To examine how often referring community mental health teams (CMHTs) utilised treatment recommendations made by the national highly specialised service for patients with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). We analysed all patient notes for admissions to the unit (August 2012-August 2014) and recorded how many treatment recommendations were implemented by CMHTs prior to admission and at 6 months post-discharge. Results Overall, 66% of our recommendations were met by CMHTs prior to admission and 74% after discharge...
October 2016: BJPsych Bulletin
Angel Paternina-Caicedo, Jezid Miranda, Ghada Bourjeily, Andrew Levinson, Carmelo Dueñas, Camilo Bello Muñoz, José A Rojas-Suarez
BACKGROUND: Every day, about 830 women die worldwide from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Obstetric early-warning scores have been proposed as a potential tool to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, based upon the identification of predetermined abnormal values in the vital signs or laboratory parameters, to generate a rapid and effective medical response. Several early-warning scores have been developed for obstetrical patients, but the majority are the result of a clinical consensus rather than statistical analyses of clinical outcome measures (i...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Joan Porter, Luke Mondor, Moira K Kapral, Jiming Fang, Ruth E Hall
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The reliability of diagnostic coding of acute stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA) in administrative data is uncertain. The purpose of this study is to determine the agreement between administrative data sources and chart audit for the identification of stroke type, stroke risk factors, and the use of hospital-based diagnostic procedures in patients with stroke or TIA. METHODS: Medical charts for a population-based sample of patients (n = 14,508) with ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), or TIA discharged from inpatient and emergency departments (ED) in Ontario, Canada, between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, were audited by trained abstractors...
October 18, 2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Margaret Fry, Lesley Fitzpatrick, Julie Considine, Ramon Z Shaban, Kate Curtis
INTRODUCTION: Older persons aged over 65years represent up to 41% of Australian Emergency Department (ED) presentations. Older persons present with acute and/or chronic conditions, have more Emergency Department visits, hospital admissions and readmissions than other age groups. However, little is known about the characteristics and trends of acute illness and chronic presentations and whether frailty changes these dimensions within this cohort. METHODS: A 12-month retrospective medical record audit of persons over 65years presenting to four EDs...
October 12, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Negar Salimi, Jolanta Aleksejūnienė, Edwin Yen, Angelina Loo
OBJECTIVE:   To examine the time trends and determinants of palatal fistula in children with different types of cleft at British Columbia's Children's Hospital between 1995 and 2012. METHODS:   A total of 558 medical charts of nonsyndromic patients with cleft lip and palate were eligible for the chart review. The occurrence of primary palatal fistula was assessed at any time throughout the patient's total observation period. Three types of clefts were recorded: unilateral cleft lip and palate (ULCLP), bilateral cleft lip and palate (BLCLP), and isolated cleft palate (ICP)...
October 14, 2016: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Usha Gowda, Thilanga Ruwanpathirana, David P S Fong, Ambika Kaur, Andre M N Renzaho
BACKGROUND: Higher dose of vitamin D supplementation 50000 IU is required for those whose serum 25(OH)D levels are 50 nmol/L and below. The increment in serum 25(OH)D though not significantly affected by race, sex or age it is negatively correlated to the baseline 25(OH)D concentration. This study investigated whether the mean increase in serum 25(OH)D will be higher among participants with lower baseline 25(OH)D levels and whether the duration of supplementation has an influence on the serum 25(OH)D achieved...
October 13, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Anahita Brown, Katherine Sewell, Caroline A Fisher
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: A systematic review of aggression in an inpatient Huntington's cohort examining rates, types and antecedents. BACKGROUND: Although the prevalence of aggression in Huntington's disease is high, research into this problematic behaviour has been limited. Few studies have investigated the nature of aggressive behaviour in Huntington's or antecedents that may contribute to its occurrence. DESIGN: A systematic, double coded, electronic medical file audit...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
John Kasinathan, Gillian Sharp, Anthony Barker
OBJECTIVES: Olanzapine is a well established treatment for schizophrenia. The olanzapine pamoate depot (long-acting injectable) formulation improves compliance and clinical trials have shown it to be effective. However, there are no previously published reports evaluating olanzapine depot in violent patients with schizophrenia in the community. We evaluated the clinical efficacy of olanzapine depot, its effect on violence, hospitalization and incarceration in community patients with schizophrenia and prior history of serious violence...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
Tracey Ying, Samantha Chan, Stephen Lane, Christine Somerville
AIM: To identify risk factors for acute kidney injury following major orthopaedic surgery. METHODS: We included all patients undergoing major orthopaedic surgery at University Hospital Geelong between 2008 and 2014 in the study. Out of 2188 surgeries audited, we identified cases of acute kidney injury using the RIFLE criteria and matched those to controls 2:1 for age, sex, procedure and chronic kidney disease stage. We reviewed their records for risk factors of postoperative acute kidney injury, including medications such as gentamicin, diuretics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or angiotensin receptor blocker use...
October 5, 2016: Nephrology
Matthew Pritam Taylor, Paul Wrenn, Andrew David O'Donnell
BACKGROUND: Injury to the spinal cord can result in loss of sympathetic innervation causing a drop in BP and HR, this condition is known as neurogenic shock. There is debate among the literature on how and when neurogenic shock presents and what values of HR and BP should be used to define it. Previous studies do not take into account multiple prehospital and emergency department recordings. OBJECTIVE: To improve understanding of how neurogenic shock presents in humans, allowing better identification and treatment...
October 3, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Azizeh Khaled Sowan, Charles Calhoun Reed, Nancy Staggers
BACKGROUND: Large datasets of the audit log of modern physiologic monitoring devices have rarely been used for predictive modeling, capturing unsafe practices, or guiding initiatives on alarm systems safety. OBJECTIVE: This paper (1) describes a large clinical dataset using the audit log of the physiologic monitors, (2) discusses benefits and challenges of using the audit log in identifying the most important alarm signals and improving the safety of clinical alarm systems, and (3) provides suggestions for presenting alarm data and improving the audit log of the physiologic monitors...
September 30, 2016: JMIR Human Factors
Kathleen A McGinnis, Janet P Tate, Emily C Williams, Melissa Skanderson, Kendall J Bryant, Adam J Gordon, Kevin L Kraemer, Stephen A Maisto, Steven Crystal, David A Fiellin, Amy C Justice
BACKGROUND: Using electronic medical record (EMR) data for clinical decisions, quality improvement, and research is common. While unhealthy alcohol use is particularly risky among HIV infected individuals (HIV+), the validity of EMR data for identifying unhealthy alcohol use among HIV+ is unclear. Among HIV+ and uninfected, we: (1) assess agreement of EMR and research AUDIT-C at validated cutoffs for unhealthy alcohol use; (2) explore EMR cutoffs that maximize agreement; and (3) assess subpopulation variation in agreement...
September 22, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
María José Bujalance-Zafra, Miguel Domínguez-Santaella, Antonio Baca-Osorio, Leovigildo Ginel-Mendoza, Francisco Jesús Fernández-Vargas, Rafael Poyato-Ramos
OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of an intervention by Primary Care (PC) professionals of a Health District on the clinical outcomes for treating COPD exacerbations using a process and outcome indicators analysis (clinical audit). DESIGN: Observational, retrospective and prospective analysis cross-sectional audit of clinical practice SETTING: Malaga-Guadalhorce Sanitary District (DSMG). PARTICIPANTS: Patients with COPD exacerbations treated by the extra-hospital emergency services (n=523; 21% losses)...
September 27, 2016: Atencion Primaria
Zahra Moudi, Ebrahim Miri-Moghaddam
In the present study, an embedded design was applied in order to conduct a one-year cross-sectional audit of chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and foetal outcomes affected by β-thalassemia major (β-TM) in a prenatal diagnosis (PND) setting. In addition, we explored the decisions regarding pregnancy termination among women whose pregnancy (or child) was affected by β-TM. In the quantitative phase, the available data in the clients' medical records were analysed, while the qualitative phase was performed using a grounded theory method...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Adina Hayek, Rohina Joshi, Tim Usherwood, Ruth Webster, Baldeep Kaur, Bandana Saini, Carol Armour, Ines Krass, Tracey-Lea Laba, Christopher Reid, Louise Shiel, Charlotte Hespe, Fred Hersch, Stephen Jan, Serigne Lo, David Peiris, Anthony Rodgers, Anushka Patel
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are responsible for significant morbidity, premature mortality, and economic burden. Despite established evidence that supports the use of preventive medications among patients at high CVD risk, treatment gaps remain. Building on prior evidence and a theoretical framework, a complex intervention has been designed to address these gaps among high-risk, under-treated patients in the Australian primary care setting. This intervention comprises a general practice quality improvement tool incorporating clinical decision support and audit/feedback capabilities; availability of a range of CVD polypills (fixed-dose combinations of two blood pressure lowering agents, a statin ± aspirin) for prescription when appropriate; and access to a pharmacy-based program to support long-term medication adherence and lifestyle modification...
2016: Implementation Science: IS
Thea Palsgaard Møller, Cecilia Andréll, Søren Viereck, Lizbet Todorova, Hans Friberg, Freddy K Lippert
INTRODUCTION: Survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains low. Early recognition by emergency medical dispatchers is essential for an effective chain of actions, leading to early cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use of an automated external defibrillator and rapid dispatching of the emergency medical services. AIM: To analyse and compare the accuracy of OHCA recognition by medical dispatchers in two countries. METHOD: An observational register-based study collecting data from national cardiac arrest registers in Denmark and Sweden during a six-month period in 2013...
September 19, 2016: Resuscitation
Georgy Joy Eralil
OBJECTIVE: Aim of this audit is to analyse indication and proportion of babies delivered by elective caesarean section at less than 39(+0) weeks of gestation exposed to antenatal corticosteroids performed in a Premier Hospital, Hywel Dda Health University. The second aim was to learn how an audit can be done and used for improving clinical practice. METHODS: Present study involved all patients who underwent elective caesarean delivery before 39 weeks completed period of gestation in August and September 2014...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
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