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Jingjing Song, Da Ma, Xiangqi Liu, Yichen Chen, Juan Fang, Vivian Wai Yan Lui, Sijia Zhao, Juan Xia, Bin Cheng, Zhi Wang
Thrombomodulin (TM, also known as CD141), which functions as an anticoagulant, is widely expressed on cell surface of a variety of cell types, including human blood cells as well as certain immune cells. To determine whether TM could be a potential marker for OSCC diagnosis as well as a molecular target for OSCC therapy, we examined the expression of TM in an oral cancer tissue microarray with 153 oral cancer tissues. Further, we also analyzed the expression of TM on DCs of 36 OSCC patients and 36 healthy donors...
March 18, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Jackeline Iseler, John Fox, Kelly Wierenga
BACKGROUND: The 30-day readmission rate for patients with a left ventricular assist device implantation at a large, urban, Midwest hospital system (from October 2013 to September 2014) was estimated at 32.1%. PROBLEM STATEMENT: Readmission rates were a concern at this facility. Review of the readmissions, change in practice, and home expectations of patients and families have identified an opportunity to improve the transitions of care for this left ventricular assist device (LVAD) program...
January 1, 2018: Progress in Transplantation
Kurt F Heiss, Mehul V Raval
For over 20 years enhanced recovery protocols (ERPs) have been used to decrease the physiologic stress and inflammation of surgery using evidence-based principles. ERPs include optimizing patient preparation, creating less trauma using minimally invasive anesthetic and surgical techniques, and regular audit of outcomes. A critical aspect of ERPs is patient engagement in all phases of care, which facilitates effective team function and focused oversight of patient flow through the system. Counseling extends beyond traditional review of surgical risks and benefits, by creating clear daily patient goals, establishing pain management plans, optimizing nutrition, and defining criteria for discharge...
April 2018: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Lisa Blom, Lucie Laflamme, Helle Mölsted Alvesson
BACKGROUND: Image-based teleconsultation between medical experts and healthcare staff at remote emergency centres can improve the diagnosis of conditions which are challenging to assess. One such condition is burns. Knowledge is scarce regarding how medical experts perceive the influence of such teleconsultation on their roles and relations to colleagues at point of care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 medical experts to explore their expectations of a newly developed App for burns diagnostics and care prior to its implementation...
2018: PloS One
Jeanne M Ferrante, Eric K Shaw, Jennifer E Bayly, Jenna Howard, M Nell Quest, Elizabeth C Clark, Connie Pascal
BACKGROUND: Many primary care practices participating in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) transformation initiatives are expanding the work roles of their medical assistants (MAs). Little is known about attitudes of MAs or barriers and facilitators to these role changes. METHODS: Secondary data analysis of qualitative cross-case comparison study of 15 New Jersey primary care practices participating in a PCMH project during 2012 to 2013. Observation field notes and in-depth and key informant interviews (with physicians, office managers, staff and care coordinators) were iteratively analyzed using grounded theory...
March 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Samantha Tayne, Christian A Merrill, Rajeev C Saxena, Caitlin King, Karthik Devarajan, Stefan Ianchulev, Jon Chilingerian
Given the rising costs of healthcare delivery and reimbursement constraints, large academic medical centers (AMCs) must improve efficiency while delivering high-quality care. With standardized cases and high volumes, ambulatory surgery is a high-value target for efficiency improvement. Mining a data set of more than 7,500 cases consisting of the three highest-volume ambulatory procedures in orthopedics, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and urology, we analyzed process times and wait times involved in patient flow...
March 2018: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
Hassan Saad, Khaled M Krisht, Wei-Hsun Yang, Emad Aboud, Ali F Krisht
BACKGROUND: The vascular closure staple clips have been studied in animal models and shown to have comparable results with sutured repair when it comes to the healing process, degree of vessel narrowing, and risk of thrombosis. However, they are clearly superior when the speed of application is taken into account, and they were clinically used in many vascular repair processes. Nevertheless, their usefulness in intracranial vascular surgery has not been described. OBJECTIVE: To describe the usefulness of hemoclips in fast and efficient repair of medium-sized and large intracranial vessels...
February 26, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Katherine Schultz, Leanne Carroll, Kristin Mainey, Elsa Dent
BACKGROUND: Transition care programs (TCPs) are designed to optimise functional recovery and independence in older adults post-hospitalisation. These programs are under high demand, and understanding inefficiencies in patient flow are a key step towards service improvement. AIMS: To identify service improvement opportunities in an Australian community TCP service. METHODS: An in-depth retrospective study of 113 community TCP clients. RESULTS: TCP occupancy was high (94%) and client functional level improved across the program...
March 10, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
M Fung-Kee-Fung, D E Maziak, J R Pantarotto, J Smylie, L Taylor, T Timlin, T Cacciotti, P J Villeneuve, C Dennie, C Bornais, S Madore, J Aquino, P Wheatley-Price, R S Ozer, D J Stewart
Background: The Ottawa Hospital (toh) defined delay to timely lung cancer care as a system design problem. Recognizing the patient need for an integrated journey and the need for dynamic alignment of providers, toh used a learning health system (lhs) vision to redesign regional diagnostic processes. A lhs is driven by feedback utilizing operational and clinical information to drive system optimization and innovation. An essential component of a lhs is a collaborative platform that provides connectivity across silos, organizations, and professions...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Thomas J M Kootstra, Suzanne C Wilkens, Mariano E Menendez, David Ring
BACKGROUND: In prior work we demonstrated that patient-rated physician empathy was the strongest driver of patient satisfaction after a visit to an orthopaedic hand surgeon. Data from the primary care setting suggest a positive association between physician empathy and clinical outcomes, including symptoms of the common cold. It is possible that an empathic encounter could make immediate and measureable changes in a patient's mindset, symptoms, and functional limitations. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Comparing patients who rated their physicians as perfectly empathic with those who did not, is there a difference in pre- to postvisit change in Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Upper Extremity Function scores? (2) Do patients who gave their physicians perfectly empathic ratings have a greater decrease in pre- to postvisit change in Pain Intensity, PROMIS Pain Interference, and PROMIS Depression scores? METHODS: Between September 2015 and February 2016, based on the clinic patient flow, 134 new patients were asked to participate in this study...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Avery Plough, Natalie Henrich, Grace Galvin, Neel T Shah
BACKGROUND: Managers of labor and delivery units need to ensure that their limited supply of beds and nursing staff are adequately available, despite uncertainty with respect to patient needs. The ability to address this challenge has been associated with patient outcomes; however, best practices have not been defined. METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of 96 interviews with nurse and physician managers from 48 labor and delivery units across the United States...
February 24, 2018: Birth
Jaime González, Juan-Carlos Ferrer, Alejandro Cataldo, Luis Rojas
Hospital emergency departments are often overcrowded, resulting in long wait times and a public perception of poor attention. Delays in transferring patients needing further treatment increases emergency department congestion, has negative impacts on their health and may increase their mortality rates. A model built around a Markov decision process is proposed to improve the efficiency of patient flows between the emergency department and other hospital units. With each day divided into time periods, the formulation estimates bed demand for the next period as the basis for determining a proactive rather than reactive transfer decision policy...
February 17, 2018: Health Care Management Science
Miquel Sánchez, Montse Suárez, María Asenjo, Ernest Bragulat
Objective: To apply lean thinking in triage acuity level-3 patients in order to improve emergency department (ED) throughtput and waiting time. Design: A prospective interventional study. Setting: An ED of a tertiary care hospital. Participants: Triage acuity level-3 patients. Intervention(s): To apply lean techniques such as value stream mapping, workplace organization, reduction of wastes and standardization by the frontline staff...
February 13, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Daniela Gonçalves-Bradley, Jaspreet K Khangura, Gerd Flodgren, Rafael Perera, Brian H Rowe, Sasha Shepperd
BACKGROUND: In many countries emergency departments (EDs) are facing an increase in demand for services, long waits, and severe crowding. One response to mitigate overcrowding has been to provide primary care services alongside or within hospital EDs for patients with non-urgent problems. However, it is unknown how this impacts the quality of patient care and the utilisation of hospital resources, or if it is cost-effective. This is the first update of the original Cochrane Review published in 2012...
February 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Marlieke den Herder-van der Eerden, Jeroen van Wijngaarden, Sheila Payne, Nancy Preston, Lisa Linge-Dahl, Lukas Radbruch, Karen Van Beek, Johan Menten, Csilla Busa, Agnes Csikos, Kris Vissers, Jelle van Gurp, Jeroen Hasselaar
BACKGROUND: Integrated palliative care aims at improving coordination of palliative care services around patients' anticipated needs. However, international comparisons of how integrated palliative care is implemented across four key domains of integrated care (content of care, patient flow, information logistics and availability of (human) resources and material) are lacking. AIM: To examine how integrated palliative care takes shape in practice across abovementioned key domains within several integrated palliative care initiatives in Europe...
February 1, 2018: Palliative Medicine
Anja A Ebker-White, Kendall J Bein, Michael M Dinh
OBJECTIVE: The present study aims to prospectively validate the Sydney Triage to Admission Risk Tool (START) to predict ED disposition. METHODS: This was a prospective validation study at two metropolitan EDs in Sydney, Australia. Consecutive triage encounters were observed by a trained researcher and START scores calculated. The primary outcome was patient disposition (discharge or inpatient admission) from the ED. Multivariable logistic regression was used to estimate area under curve of receiver operator characteristic (AUC ROC) for START scores as well as START score in combination with other variables such as frailty, general practitioner referral, overcrowding and major medical comorbidities...
February 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Kenneth J Klassen, Reena Yoogalingam
Healthcare providers can benefit from adding less costly capacity to their existing resources in order to satisfy demand while maintaining the quality of patient care. The addition of mid-level service providers (MLSPs) such as physician assistants or nurse practitioners that carry out portions of patient care provides a viable alternative for adding physician capacity. This research considers the circumstances under which adding an MLSP to a single-physician outpatient office becomes the best strategy for the clinic, and determines how scheduling policies from the widely-researched single-stage environment should be adjusted for a multi-stage environment...
February 5, 2018: Health Care Management Science
Cheryl L McBeth, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Elena O Siegel
Admitting pediatric patients promptly to the appropriate unit where they can receive specialty care is of critical importance to safe, quality care. A daily morning huddle was implemented at one children’s hospital as a quality improvement project. The aim of this project was to improve patient flow throughout the children’s hospital by improving interprofessional and interdepartmental communication and collaboration. This article reports on changes in patient flow before and after implementation of the daily huddle, as measured by pediatric emergency department (ED) boarding times...
March 2017: Pediatric Nursing
Khalid Bawakid, Ola Abdulrashid, Najlaa Mandoura, Hassan Bin Usman Shah, Adel Ibrahim, Noura Mohammad Akkad, Fauad Mufti
Introduction The levels of physicians' job satisfaction and burnout directly affect their professionalism, punctuality, absenteeism, and ultimately, patients' care. Despite its crucial importance, little is known about professional burnout of the physicians in Saudi Arabia. The objectives of this research are two-fold: (1) To assess the prevalence of burnout in physicians working in primary health care centers under Ministry of Health; and (2) to find the modifiable factors which can decrease the burnout ratio...
November 25, 2017: Curēus
Sneha A Chinai, Todd Guth, Elise Lovell, Michael Epter
When working in a chaotic Emergency Department (ED) with competing priorities, clinical teaching may be sacrificed for the sake of patient flow and throughput. An organized, efficient approach to clinical teaching helps focus teaching on what the learner needs at that moment, incorporates regular feedback, keeps the department on track, and prevents over-teaching. Effective clinical teaching in a busy environment is an important skill for senior residents and faculty to develop. This review will provide a critique and comparison of seven structured teaching models to better prepare readers to seize the teachable moment...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
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