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Jeanine N Gordon
Nurses at the bed- or chairside are knowledgeable about clinical and operational concerns that need improvement and, consequently, are in the best position to generate and evaluate practical options and potential solutions to improve efficacy and care processes. Implementation of a shared governance model is effective in engaging staff nurses to make meaningful and sustainable change in patient care processes.
November 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
Katherine Bubric, Alan Hedge
BACKGROUND: Laptop computers have surpassed desktop computers in popularity, especially among college student users. The portability of these devices raises concerns regarding healthy usage patterns in different settings and there is a need to investigate the postures with which these devices are being used and associated reports of musculoskeletal discomfort. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the configurations in which laptops are used and the prevalence of musculoskeletal discomfort associated with laptop use in a survey of college students...
October 17, 2016: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
Elizabeth A Neuner, Andrea M Pallotta, Simon W Lam, David Stowe, Steven M Gordon, Gary W Procop, Sandra S Richter
OBJECTIVE To describe the impact of rapid diagnostic microarray technology and antimicrobial stewardship for patients with Gram-positive blood cultures. DESIGN Retrospective pre-intervention/post-intervention study. SETTING A 1,200-bed academic medical center. PATIENTS Inpatients with blood cultures positive for Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. anginosus, Streptococcus spp., and Listeria monocytogenes during the 6 months before and after implementation of Verigene Gram-positive blood culture microarray (BC-GP) with an antimicrobial stewardship intervention...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Yinjun Zhao, Aizhong Ding
River classification is a very useful tool for river management yet still a difficult task. This paper proposed a new decision classifier (DCF) to classify rivers for Chinese river management based on existing classification systems. Aimed at river function management, the DCF with the five-layers frame was developed on reach level in a spatially nested pattern that from top to bottom are natural province, basin, valley, reach, habitat and microhabitat. Five indexes (artificial degree, closeness, sinuosity, bed material texture, geomorphic units (GUs)) were selected and organized into the DCF according to the importance of the influence on river structure from macro to micro, large to small and top to bottom, because they represent main aspects of river structures and are easy to obtain...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Milton Luiz Gorzoni, Sueli Luciano Pires, Lilian de Fátima Costa Faria, Márcia Regina Valadares Aguado, Miriam Carmen Santana
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: A search in the SciELO and PubMed databases showed few studies on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive individuals in long-term care institutions (LTCIs), thus prompting the present study. The aim of this study was to ascertain whether there were any HIV-positive individuals in LTCIs for the elderly. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study in which the Hospital Infection Control Committee (HICC) of a 405-bed LTCI was consulted. METHODS: The medical records of 405 individuals interned in the LTCI who had been tested for HIV infection were requested for analysis of the following variables: [1] age and gender; [2] length of stay at LTCI (months); [3] causes and diagnoses on admission to LTCI according to International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition; [4] date of HIV diagnosis; [5] seropositivity for syphilis and hepatitis B and C viruses; [6] medications used at last prescription in medical file; and [7] mean CD4 lymphocyte count based on: total lymphocyte count/6 and total lymphocyte count x 0...
October 13, 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
Paul Klimo, Patrick Ryan Lingo, Lissa C Baird, David F Bauer, Alexandra Beier, Susan Durham, Alexander Y Lin, Catherine McClung-Smith, Laura Mitchell, Dimitrios Nikas, Mandeep S Tamber, Rachana Tyagi, Catherine Mazzola, Ann Marie Flannery
BACKGROUND: Plagiocephaly, involving positional deformity of the calvarium in infants, is one of the most common reasons for pediatric neurosurgical consultation. OBJECTIVE: To answer the question: "what is the evidence for the effectiveness of repositioning for positional plagiocephaly?" Treatment recommendations are provided based on the available evidence. METHODS: The National Library of Medicine MEDLINE database and the Cochrane Library were queried using MeSH headings and key words relevant to repositioning as a means to treat plagiocephaly and brachycephaly...
November 2016: Neurosurgery
Beth Wieczorek, Judith Ascenzi, Yun Kim, Hallie Lenker, Caroline Potter, Nehal J Shata, Lauren Mitchell, Catherine Haut, Ivor Berkowitz, Frank Pidcock, Jeannine Hoch, Connie Malamed, Tamara Kravitz, Sapna R Kudchadkar
OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety and feasibility of an early mobilization program in a PICU. DESIGN: Observational, pre-post design. SETTING: PICU in a tertiary academic hospital in the United States. PATIENTS: Critically ill pediatric patients admitted to the PICU. INTERVENTION: This quality improvement project involved a usual-care baseline phase, followed by a quality improvement phase that implemented a multicomponent, interdisciplinary, and tiered activity plan to promote early mobilization of critically ill children...
October 10, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Tiengkham Pongvongsa, Daisuke Nonaka, Moritoshi Iwagami, Masami Nakatsu, Panom Phongmany, Futoshi Nishimoto, Jun Kobayashi, Bouasy Hongvanthon, Paul T Brey, Kazuhiko Moji, Toshihiro Mita, Shigeyuki Kano
BACKGROUND: In the Lao PDR, malaria morbidity and mortality have remarkably decreased over the past decade. However, asymptomatic infections in rural villages contribute to the on-going local transmission. The primary objective of this study was to explore the characteristics of infections in a malaria-endemic district of the Lao PDR. The specific objectives were to investigate the prevalence and species of malaria parasites using molecular methods and to assess individual and household parasite levels and the characteristics associated with malaria infection...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Yousif Mohammed Elmosaad, Magda Elhadi, Asif Khan, Elfatih Mohamed Malik, Ilias Mahmud
BACKGROUND: Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in Sudan. The entire population is at risk of contracting malaria to different levels. This study aimed to assess the effectiveness of communication for behavioural impact (COMBI) strategy in enhancing the utilization of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) among mothers of under-five children in rural areas. METHODS: A randomized community trial was conducted in rural area of Kosti locality, White Nile State, Sudan, among mothers of under-five children, from January 2013 to February 2014...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
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
Susanne Lütje, Sebastian Blex, Benedikt Gomez, Benedikt M Schaarschmidt, Lale Umutlu, Michael Forsting, Walter Jentzen, Andreas Bockisch, Thorsten D Poeppel, Axel Wetter
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this optimization study was to minimize the acquisition time of 68Ga-HBED-CC-PSMA positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) in patients with local and metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) to obtain a sufficient image quality and quantification accuracy without any appreciable loss. METHODS: Twenty patients with PCa were administered intravenously with the 68Ga-HBED-CC-PSMA ligand (mean activity 99 MBq/patient, range 76-148 MBq) and subsequently underwent PET/MRI at, on average, 168 min (range 77-320 min) after injection...
2016: PloS One
Oladunni O Akin-Akintayo, Ashesh B Jani, Oluwaseun Odewole, Funmilayo I Tade, Peter T Nieh, Viraj A Master, Leah M Bellamy, Raghuveer K Halkar, Chao Zhang, Zhengjia Chen, Mark M Goodman, David M Schuster
PURPOSE: We explored the influence of FACBC (fluciclovine) PET/CT on the decision to offer radiotherapy and radiotherapy treatment field recommendations in postprostatectomy patients with recurrent prostate cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: After obtaining institutional review board approval and informed consent, 87 patients with detectable prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were recruited into a prospective clinical trial. After an initial provider-determined radiotherapy plan based on conventional imaging, 44 of 87 patients were randomized to additionally undergo fluciclovine PET/CT...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
T Bach-Gansmo, C Nanni, P T Nieh, L Zanoni, T V Bogsrud, H Sletten, K Korsan, J Kieboom, F Tade, O Odewole, A Chau, P Ward, M M Goodman, S Fanti, D M Schuster, F Willoch
PURPOSE: Sensitive detection of cancer foci in men experiencing biochemical recurrence following initial treatment of prostate cancer is of great clinical significance, with possible impact on subsequent treatment choice. We describe a multi-site experience of the efficacy and safety of the positron emission tomography/computer tomography agent fluciclovine ((18)F) following biochemical recurrence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 596 patients underwent fluciclovine ((18)F) positron emission tomography/computer tomography scanning at 4 clinical sites...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Urology
Thomas M Pisansky, Shree Agrawal, Daniel A Hamstra, Bridget F Koontz, Stanley L Liauw, Jason A Efstathiou, Jeff M Michalski, Felix Y Feng, Matthew C Abramowitz, Alan Pollack, Mitchell S Anscher, Drew Moghanaki, Robert B Den, Kevin L Stephans, Anthony L Zietman, W Robert Lee, Michael W Kattan, Andrew J Stephenson, Rahul D Tendulkar
PURPOSE: To determine whether a dose-response relationship exists for salvage radiation therapy (RT) of biochemical failure after prostatectomy for prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Individual data from 1108 patients who underwent salvage RT at 10 academic centers were pooled. The cohort was enriched for selection criteria more likely associated with tumor recurrence in the prostate bed (margin positive and pre-RT prostate-specific antigen [PSA] level of ≤2...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
David McWilliams, Gemma Atkins, James Hodson, Catherine Snelson
BACKGROUND: Early mobility within the ICU is associated with a number of positive outcomes including reductions in ICU and hospital length of stay and better functional recovery. The exact definition of 'early' mobility is still not defined, with the actual ability to mobilise limited by a number of perceived factors. The Sara Combilizer is a combined tilt table and stretcher chair, which allows passive transfer of patients out of bed. This study aimed to assess whether the introduction of the Sara Combilizer reduced time taken to first mobilise for patients mechanically ventilated for at least five days and at risk of ICU acquired weakness...
October 10, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
L Guillod, S Habersaat, M Suter, T Jeanneret, C Bertoni, P Stéphan, S Urben
BACKGROUND: Adolescence is a stressful period where important biological, psychological and social changes occur. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable during this developmental period and can use various strategies to deal with daily stress, such as substance use or externalizing behaviors. In previous studies, stress in adolescents with externalizing behaviors was often linked to ineffective cognitive coping strategies (i.e., constructive thinking) and overlooking the biological aspects involved in stress management such as neuroendocrine regulation...
October 10, 2016: L'Encéphale
Baosheng Tu, Nian Shi, Wei Sun, Limei Cao, Ji Yang
In this paper, Pt supports on carbon black powder (Vulcan XC-72) were synthesized via a hydrothermal method for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO with H2 in the presence of 2 vol% O2 over a wide temperature of 20-300 °C. The results showed that the 3 and 5 wt% Pt/C catalysts resulted in high NO conversion (>90 %) over a temperature range of 120 to 300 °C, and the maximum NO conversion of 98.6 % was achieved over 5 wt% Pt/C at 120 °C. Meanwhile, the influence of SO2 and H2O on the catalyst performance of 3 wt% Pt/C was investigated...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Emilio Bouza, José Martínez-Alarcón, Emilio Maseda, Mercedes Palomar, Rafael Zaragoza, María Jesús Pérez-Granda, Patricia Muñoz, Almudena Burillo
INTRODUCTION: Current guidelines for the microbiological diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) are imprecise. Based on data provided by intensive care specialists (ICS) and microbiologists, this study defines the clinical practices and microbiological techniques currently used for an aetiological diagnosis of VAP and pinpoints deficiencies. METHODS: Eighty hospitals in the national health network with intensive care and microbiology departments were sent two questionnaires, one for each department, in order to collect data on VAP diagnosis for the previous year...
October 13, 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
R Sarlo, G Pereira, M Surica, D Almeida, C Araújo, O Figueiredo, E Rocha, E Vargas
Establishing an organization to promote organ donation and a good organ procurement team assure quality and improve performance on organ donation rates. Brazil's organ procurement structure is based on 2 models disseminated worldwide: the "Spanish model," based on in-house coordinators, and the "American organ procurement organization (OPO) model," with extra-hospital coordinators. In 2006, Brazil's Federal Government had formally introduced the in-house coordination model for every hospital equipped with a mechanical ventilator bed...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Hiroshi Matsuo, Yoshie Nakajima, Tomohiro Ogawa, Makoto Mo, Junichi Tazaki, Takahiro Doi, Norikazu Yamada, Takeo Suzuki, Hiromu Nakajima
Objective: To investigate the usefulness of D-dimer as a screening method as well as to explore potent predictors of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in hospitalized Japanese patients with acute medical diseases/episodes. Methods and Subjects: This study was a multi-center, prospective, observational study. The inclusion criteria were hospitalized patients at high risk of developing venous thromboembolism with; (1) congestive heart failure, acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, infectious diseases, or inflammatory diseases, (2) bed rest ≥4 days, and (3) ≥60 years old...
2016: Annals of Vascular Diseases
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