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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457803/temperature-and-humidity-calibration-of-a-low-cost-wireless-dust-sensor-for-real-time-monitoring
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Hannaneh Hojaiji, Haik Kalantarian, Alex A T Bui, Christine E King, Majid Sarrafzadeh
This paper introduces the design, calibration, and validation of a low-cost portable sensor for the real-time measurement of dust particles within the environment. The proposed design consists of low hardware cost and calibration based on temperature and humidity sensing to achieve accurate processing of airborne dust density. Using commercial particulate matter sensors, a highly accurate air quality monitoring sensor was designed and calibrated using real world variations in humidity and temperature for indoor and outdoor applications...
March 2017: 2017 IEEE Sens Appl Symp (SAS) (2017)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457624/-coordinated-heart-failure-care-in-poland-towards-optimal-organisation-of-the-health-care-system
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Jadwiga Nessler, Adam Kozierkiewicz, Andrzej Gackowski, Piotr Ponikowski, Ewa Straburzynska-Migaj, Izabella Uchmanowicz, Piotr Hoffman, Krzysztof Chlebus, Grzegorz Gielerak, Mariusz Gąsior, Tomasz Grodzicki, Jakub Gierczyński, Piotr Jankowski, Jarosław Kaźmierczak, Jacek Legutko, Przemysław Leszek, Maciej Miłkowski, Grzegorz Opolski, Piotr Rozentryt, Adam Windak, Adam Witkowski, Mirosław J Wysocki, Andrzej Zapaśnik, Tomasz Zdrojewski
Heart failure has becoming an increasing medical, economic, and social problem globally. The prevalence of this syndrome is rising, and despite unequivocal positive effects of modern therapy, reduction of mortality has been achieved at the cost of more frequent hospitalisations. Unlike in many European countries, in Poland heart failure is usually recognised later, at a more advanced stage of the disease, leaving less time for ambulatory treatment and resulting in a high number of hospitalisations. The current paper presents the most important data regarding morbidity and mortality due to heart failure in Poland...
2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457585/training-nurses-in-a-competency-framework-to-support-adults-with-epilepsy-and-intellectual-disability-the-epaid-cluster-rct
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Howard Ring, James Howlett, Mark Pennington, Christopher Smith, Marcus Redley, Caroline Murphy, Roxanne Hook, Adam Platt, Nakita Gilbert, Elizabeth Jones, Joanna Kelly, Angela Pullen, Adrian Mander, Cam Donaldson, Simon Rowe, James Wason, Fiona Irvine
BACKGROUND: People with an intellectual (learning) disability (ID) and epilepsy have an increased seizure frequency, higher frequencies of multiple antiepileptic drug (AED) use and side effects, higher treatment costs, higher mortality rates and more behavioural problems than the rest of the population with epilepsy. The introduction of nurse-led care may lead to improvements in outcome for those with an ID and epilepsy; however, this has not been tested in a definitive clinical trial...
February 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457488/referral-patterns-and-implementation-costs-of-the-partners-in-recovery-initiative-in-gippsland-learnings-for-the-national-disability-insurance-scheme
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Anton N Isaacs, Kim Dalziel, Keith Sutton, Darryl Maybery
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to provide some learnings for the NDIS from the referral pattern and cost of implementing the Partners in Recovery initiative of Gippsland. METHOD: Information on referral areas made for each consumer was collated from support facilitators. Cost estimates were determined using budget estimates, administrative costs and a literature review and are reported from a government perspective. RESULTS: Sixty-three per cent of all referrals were made to organisations that provided multiple types of services...
February 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457001/control-of-infectious-diseases-in-the-era-of-european-clinical-microbiology-laboratory-consolidation-new-challenges-and-opportunities-for-the-patient-and-for-public-health-surveillance
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Olivier Vandenberg, Zisis Kozlakidis, Jacques Schrenzel, Marc Jean Struelens, Judith Breuer
Many new innovative diagnostic approaches have been made available during the last 10 years with major impact on patient care and public health surveillance. In parallel, to enhance the cost-effectiveness of the clinical microbiology laboratories (CMLs), European laboratory professionals have streamlined their organization leading to amalgamation of activities and restructuring of their professional relationships with clinicians and public health specialists. Through this consolidation process, an operational model has emerged that combines large centralized clinical laboratories performing most tests on one high-throughput analytical platform connected to several distal laboratories dealing locally with urgent analyses at near point of care...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456918/cervical-disc-arthroplasty-a-comprehensive-review-of-single-level-multilevel-and-hybrid-procedures
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Joseph L Laratta, Jamal N Shillingford, Comron Saifi, K Daniel Riew
Study Design: Systematic review. Objectives: Degenerative disc disease and spondylosis resulting in radiculopathy and retrodiscal myelopathy are among the most frequently encountered cervical spinal disorders. Traditionally, anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) has successfully achieved neural decompression and restored intradiscal height in these conditions. Unfortunately, nonunion and iatrogenic adjacent segment pathology associated with fusion procedures in the cervical spine has led to an interest in motion-preserving procedures...
February 2018: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456913/investigating-the-7-year-cost-effectiveness-of-single-level-cervical-disc-replacement-compared-to-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion
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Steven J McAnany, Robert K Merrill, Samuel C Overley, Jun S Kim, Robert L Brochin, Sheeraz A Qureshi
Study Design: Cost-effectiveness analysis. Objectives: To determine the 7-year cost-effectiveness of cervical disc replacement (CDR) and anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Methods: We analyzed 7-year Short Form-36 Health Survey data collected from the Prestige Cervical Disc investigational device exemption study (IDE). The SF-6D algorithm was used to convert this data into health state utilities. Costs were calculated from the payer perspective, and quality adjusted life years (QALYs) were used to represent effectiveness...
February 2018: Global Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456880/cost-effectiveness-of-nivolumab-in-patients-with-advanced-renal-cell-carcinoma-treated-in-the-united-states
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Charles McCrea, Sukhvinder Johal, Shuo Yang, Justin Doan
Background: We evaluated the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab versus everolimus in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC) from a US payer perspective. Methods: A partitioned survival model consisting of three health states, progression-free survival (PFS), progressive disease, and death, was developed to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of intravenous nivolumab versus oral everolimus over a lifetime. The proportion of patients in each state was calculated based on parametric distributions fitted to PFS and overall survival (OS) data from CheckMate 025 (N = 821), a large randomized phase 3 trial of nivolumab versus everolimus for advanced RCC...
2018: Experimental Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456840/mixed-methods-evaluation-of-the-impact-of-a-short-term-training-program-on-sterile-processing-knowledge-practice-and-attitude-in-three-hospitals-in-benin
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Olive Fast, Christina Fast, Dan Fast, Suzanne Veltjens, Zouliha Salami, Michelle White
Background: Proper sterile processing is fundamental to safe surgical practice and optimal patient outcomes. Sterile processing practices in low and middle-income countries often fall short of recommended standards. The impact of education and training on sterile processing practices in low and middle-income countries is unknown. We designed a sterile processing education course, including mentoring, and aimed to evaluate the impact on participants' personal knowledge, skills, and practices...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456825/multi-stakeholder-perspectives-on-access-availability-and-utilization-of-emergency-obstetric-care-services-in-lagos-nigeria-a-mixed-methods-study
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Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, Kikelomo Wright, Olatunji Sonoiki, Onaedo Ilozumba, Babatunde Ajayi, Olawunmi Okikiolu, Oluwarotimi Akinola
Globally, Nigeria is the second most unsafe country to be pregnant, with Lagos, its economic nerve center having disproportionately higher maternal deaths than the national average. Emergency obstetric care (EmOC) is effective in reducing pregnancyrelated morbidities and mortalities. This mixed-methods study quantitatively assessed women's satisfaction with EmOC received and qualitatively engaged multiple key stakeholders to better understand issues around EmOC access, availability and utilization in Lagos...
December 31, 2017: Journal of Public Health in Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456386/perception-of-patient-safety-culture-among-health-care-providers-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-south-india
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Adhisakthi Rajalatchumi, Thanjavur S Ravikumar, Kaliaperumal Muruganandham, Mahalakshmy Thulasingam, Kalaiselvi Selvaraj, Mahendra M Reddy, Balachander Jayaraman
Introduction: Patient safety is a global concern and is the most important domains of health-care quality. Medical error is a major patient safety concern, causing increase in health-care cost due to mortality, morbidity, or prolonged hospital stay. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the perceptions on patient safety culture among health-care providers (HCPs) at a public sector tertiary care hospital in South India. Settings and Design: A hospital-based cross-sectional study was conducted 1 year after patient safety initiatives were implemented...
January 2018: Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455686/cost-utility-analysis-of-private-contracting-to-reduce-public-waiting-times-for-joint-replacement-surgery
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Jonathan Karnon, Bahareh Mesgarian Haghighi, Babu Sajjad, Sokunthea Yem, Anuji Gamage, Aaron Thorpe
OBJECTIVES: Earlier treatment of publicly funded patients may achieve health gains that justify the additional costs of reducing waiting times. This study reports on the cost-effectiveness of implementing a private contracting model to meet alternative maximum waiting time targets for publicly funded patients undergoing total knee replacement surgery in Australia. METHODS: A linked decision tree and cohort Markov model was developed and populated and validated using secondary data sources to represent the pathways, costs, and quality adjusted life-years (QALYs) gained of non-urgent patients with alternative waiting times for total knee replacement surgery to a maximum age of 100 years...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455383/healthcare-experiences-of-low-income-women-with-prior-gestational-diabetes
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Reena Oza-Frank, Elizabeth Conrey, Jo Bouchard, Cynthia Shellhaas, Mary Beth Weber
Introduction An important yet understudied component of postpartum type 2 diabetes risk reduction among high risk women is experiences with the healthcare system. Our objective was to describe the healthcare experiences of a diverse, low-income sample of women with prior GDM, including their suggestions for improving care. Methods Focus groups were conducted among African American, Hispanic, and Appalachian women who were diagnosed with GDM within the past 10 years. Participants were recruited from community and medical resources...
February 17, 2018: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455360/macro-and-micro-geo-spatial-environment-consideration-for-landfill-site-selection-in-sharjah-united-arab-emirates
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Rami Al-Ruzouq, Abdallah Shanableh, Maher Omar, Ghadeer Al-Khayyat
Waste management involves various procedures and resources for proper handling of waste materials in compliance with health codes and environmental regulations. Landfills are one of the oldest, most convenient, and cheapest methods to deposit waste. However, landfill utilization involves social, environmental, geotechnical, cost, and restrictive regulation considerations. For instance, landfills are considered a source of hazardous air pollutants that can cause health and environmental problems related to landfill gas and non-methanic organic compounds...
February 17, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454592/effective-antimicrobial-stewardship-strategies-for-cost-effective-utilization-of-telavancin-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-hospital-acquired-bacterial-pneumonia-caused-by-staphylococcus-aureus
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James A McKinnell, Shelby Corman, Dipen Patel, Grace H Leung, Lynne M Gordon, Thomas P Lodise
PURPOSE: Clinicians and stewardship programs are challenged with positioning of novel, higher priced antibiotic agents for the treatment of clinical infections. We developed a decision-analytic model to describe costs, including drug, total treatment costs, and health care outcomes, associated with telavancin (TLV) compared with vancomycin (VAN) for patients with Staphylococcus aureus (SA) hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia (HABP). METHODS: This decision-analytic model assessed the treatment of SA-HABP with TLV versus VAN...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454502/prevalence-and-side-effects-of-pediatric-home-tube-feeding
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Hilde Krom, Suzanne M C van Zundert, Marie-Anne G M Otten, Liesbeth van der Sluijs Veer, Marc Alexander Benninga, Angelika Kindermann
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Tube feeding ensures growth, but can have negative effects on health and psychosocial functioning, resulting in health related costs. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of pediatric home tube feeding in the Netherlands and to assess the clinical characteristics of tube fed children and side effects of tube feeding. METHODS: The prevalence of pediatric home tube feeding was calculated using data (2010-2014) of both the Medicines and Devices Information Project of the National Health Care Institute, and Statistics Netherlands...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454487/a-cost-utility-analysis-of-transcatheter-versus-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-for-the-treatment-of-aortic-stenosis-in-the-population-with-intermediate-surgical-risk
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Derrick Y Tam, Avery Hughes, Stephen E Fremes, Saerom Youn, Rebecca L Hancock-Howard, Peter C Coyte, Harindra C Wijeysundera
OBJECTIVE: Although transcatheter aortic valve implantation has been shown to be noninferior to surgical aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis at intermediate surgical risk, the cost-effectiveness of this strategy in this population is unknown. Our objective was to conduct a cost-utility analysis comparing transcatheter aortic valve implantation with surgical aortic valve replacement in the population with intermediate risk severe aortic stenosis. METHODS: A fully probabilistic Markov model with 30-day cycles was constructed from the Canadian third-party payer's perspective to estimate the difference in cost and effectiveness (measured as quality-adjusted life years) of transcatheter aortic valve implantation versus surgical aortic valve replacement for intermediate-risk patients over a lifetime time horizon, discounted at 1...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454383/multidimensional-needs-of-patients-living-and-dying-with-heart-failure-in-kenya-a-serial-interview-study
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Kellen N Kimani, Scott A Murray, Liz Grant
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is an emerging challenge for Sub Saharan Africa. However, research on patients' needs and experiences of care is scarce with little evidence available to support and develop services. We aimed to explore the experiences of patients living and dying with heart failure in Kenya. METHODS: We purposively recruited 18 patients admitted with advanced heart failure at a rural district hospital in Kenya. We conducted serial in depth interviews with patients at 0, 3 and 6 months after recruitment, and conducted bereavement interviews with carers...
February 17, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454381/human-cerebrovascular-function-in-health-and-disease-insights-from-integrative-approaches
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REVIEW
Erin D Ozturk, Can Ozan Tan
BACKGROUND: The marked increase in the size of the brain, and consequently, in neural processing capability, throughout human evolution is the basis of the higher cognitive function in humans. However, greater neural, and thus information processing capability, comes at a significant metabolic cost; despite its relatively small size, the modern human brain consumes almost a quarter of the glucose and oxygen supply in the human body. Fortunately, several vascular mechanisms ensure sufficient delivery of glucose and oxygen to the active neural tissue (neurovascular coupling), prompt removal of neural metabolic by-products (cerebral vasoreactivity), and constant global blood supply despite daily variations in perfusion pressure (cerebral autoregulation)...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454331/the-increasing-importance-of-a-continence-nurse-specialist-to-improve-outcomes-and-save-costs-of-urinary-incontinence-care-an-analysis-of-future-policy-scenarios
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Margreet G Franken, Isaac Corro Ramos, Jeanine Los, Maiwenn J Al
BACKGROUND: In an ageing population, it is inevitable to improve the management of care for community-dwelling elderly with incontinence. A previous study showed that implementation of the Optimum Continence Service Specification (OCSS) for urinary incontinence in community-dwelling elderly with four or more chronic diseases results in a reduction of urinary incontinence, an improved quality of life, and lower healthcare and lower societal costs. The aim of this study was to explore future consequences of the OCSS strategy of various healthcare policy scenarios in an ageing population...
February 17, 2018: BMC Family Practice
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