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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822778/diabetes-care-program-of-nova-scotia-celebrating-25-years-of-improving-diabetes-care-in-nova-scotia
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Jennifer I Payne, Margaret J Dunbar, Pamela Talbot, Meng H Tan
The Diabetes Care Program of Nova Scotia (DCPNS)'s mission is "to improve, through leadership and partnerships, the health of Nova Scotians living with, affected by, or at risk of developing diabetes." Working together with local, provincial and national partners, the DCPNS has improved and standardized diabetes care in Nova Scotia over the past 25 years by developing and deploying a resourceful and collaborative program model. This article describes the model and highlights its key achievements. With balanced representation from frontline providers through to senior decision makers in health care, the DCPNS works across the age continuum, supporting the implementation of national clinical practice guidelines and, when necessary, developing provincial guidelines to meet local needs...
August 16, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822661/preoperative-anemia-associated-with-adverse-outcomes-after-infrainguinal-bypass-surgery-in-patients-with-chronic-limb-threatening-ischemia
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Thomas C F Bodewes, Alexander B Pothof, Jeremy D Darling, Sarah E Deery, Douglas W Jones, Peter A Soden, Frans L Moll, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: Preoperative anemia in elderly patients undergoing surgery is prevalent and associated with adverse events; however, the interaction with other risk factors in patients with chronic limb-threatening ischemia (CLTI) is not well described. The purpose of this study was to assess the association between lower hematocrit (HCT) levels on admission and postoperative outcomes after infrainguinal bypass surgery. METHODS: Patients with CLTI undergoing nonemergent infrainguinal bypass were identified in the targeted vascular module of National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP; 2011-2014)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822658/preoperative-anemia-is-associated-with-mortality-after-carotid-endarterectomy-in-symptomatic-patients
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Alexander B Pothof, Thomas C F Bodewes, Thomas F X O'Donnell, Sarah E Deery, Katie Shean, Peter A Soden, Gert J de Borst, Marc L Schermerhorn
OBJECTIVE: Preoperative anemia and blood transfusions are associated with worse outcomes after surgery. However, the impact of preoperative anemia and transfusions on outcomes after carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is unknown. METHODS: CEA patients from 2011 to 2015 in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Targeted Vascular module were compared by the presence of preoperative anemia (hematocrit <36%) after stratification by symptom status...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822392/optimal-modified-frailty-index-cutoff-in-older-gastrointestinal-cancer-patients
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Mary Garland, Fang-Chi Hsu, Perry Shen, Clancy J Clark
The newly characterized modified frailty index (mFI) is a robust predictor of postoperative outcomes for surgical patients. The present study investigates the optimal cutoff for mFI specifically in older gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients undergoing surgery. All patients more than 60 years old who underwent surgery for a GI malignancy (esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, liver, and bile duct) were identified in the 2005 to 2012 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, Participant Use Data File (NSQIP PUF)...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822170/-effect-and-regulation-of-drying-on-quality-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-pills
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Ya-Ru Qi, Yuan-Hui Li, Li Han, Zhen-Feng Wu, Peng-Fei Yue, Xue-Cheng Wang, Yao-Kun Xiong, Ming Yang
The dry quality of traditional Chinese medicine pills is the hot spot of pills research, because their quality has a crucial effect on the efficacy and development of dosage forms. Through literature research and statistical analysis, we would review the current problems on the drying of traditional Chinese medicine pills in this paper, and surrounding the evaluation system for traditional Chinese medicine pills, analyze the characteristics of common drying equipment and processes as well as their effect on quality of pills, discuss the problems in drying equipment and process as well as quality, and put forward the corresponding strategies, hoping to provide new ideas and new methods for the quality improvement of traditional Chinese medicine pills and quality standards...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820763/concept-evaluation-using-the-pdsa-cycle-for-continuous-quality-improvement
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Delois Meyer Laverentz, Sharon Kumm
As concept-based nursing education gains popularity, there is little literature on how to sustain quality after initiation of the curriculum. Critical appraisal of concepts in a university program revealed varying definitions, attributes, and exemplars resulting in student confusion. The Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycle for continuous quality improvement was used for concept evaluation. The goals of the evaluation project were: 1) to develop common definition and attributes for concepts and 2) to develop horizontal and vertical leveling of exemplars to build on prior student learning...
September 2017: Nursing Education Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820652/decreasing-stroke-code-to-ct-time-in-patients-presenting-with-stroke-symptoms
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Aleksandrs Kalnins, L Jake Mickelsen, Daisha Marsh, Christoph Zorich, Stephanie Casal, Waimei Amy Tai, Nirali Vora, Gennette Olalia, Max Wintermark, David B Larson
Guided quality improvement (QI) programs present an effective means to streamline stroke code to computed tomography (CT) times in a comprehensive stroke center. Applying QI methods and a multidisciplinary team approach may decrease the stroke code to CT time in non-prenotified emergency department (ED) patients presenting with symptoms of stroke. The aim of this project was to decrease this time for non-prenotified stroke code patients from a baseline mean of 20 minutes to one less than 15 minutes during an 18-week period by applying QI methods in the context of a structured QI program...
August 18, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820340/effect-of-support-supervision-on-maternal-and-newborn-health-services-and-practices-in-rural-eastern-uganda
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Angela N Kisakye, Rornald Muhumuza Kananura, Elizabeth Ekirapa-Kiracho, John Bua, Martha Akulume, Gertrude Namazzi, Suzanne Namusoke Kiwanuka
BACKGROUND: Support supervision is one of the strategies used to check the quality of services provided at health facilities. From 2013 to 2015, Makerere University School of Public Health strengthened support supervision in the district of Kibuku, Kamuli and Pallisa in Eastern Uganda to improve the quality of maternal and newborn services. OBJECTIVE: This article assesses quality improvements in maternal and newborn care services and practices during this period...
August 2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819886/robotic-versus-laparoscopic-pancreaticoduodenectomy-a-nsqip-analysis
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Ibrahim Nassour, Sam C Wang, Matthew R Porembka, Adam C Yopp, Michael A Choti, Mathew M Augustine, Patricio M Polanco, John C Mansour, Rebecca M Minter
BACKGROUND: An increasing body of literature is supporting the safety of minimally invasive pancreaticoduodenectomy compared to open pancreaticoduodenectomy, but there are limited comparative studies between laparoscopic and robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy. The aim of this study was to compare the rate of postoperative 30-day overall complications between laparoscopic and robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy. METHODS: Patients who underwent laparoscopic and robotic pancreaticoduodenectomy were abstracted from the 2014-2015 pancreas-targeted American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818507/optimizing-quality-of-endoscopy-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-focus-on-surveillance-and-management-of-colorectal-dysplasia-using-interactive-image-and-video-based-teaching
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Tonya R Kaltenbach, Roy M Soetikno, Rebecca DeVivo, Loren A Laine, Alan Barkun, Kenneth R McQuaid
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Varying recommendations regarding the detection and management of dysplasia can lead to uncertainty and may have impeded the uptake of strategies that could improve surveillance in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). As such, an educational event was held to assist in disseminating the recently published Surveillance for Colorectal Endoscopic Neoplasia Detection and Management in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients: International Consensus Recommendations (SCENIC)...
August 14, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818350/candidate-quality-measures-for-hand-surgery
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PURPOSE: Quality measures are tools used by physicians, health care systems, and payers to evaluate performance, monitor the outcomes of interventions, and inform quality improvement efforts. A paucity of quality measures exist that address hand surgery care. We completed a RAND/UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Delphi Appropriateness process with the goal of developing and evaluating candidate hand surgery quality measures to be used for national quality measure development efforts...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818316/predicting-in-hospital-mortality-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-china
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Yong Peng, Xin Du, Kris D Rogers, Yangfeng Wu, Runlin Gao, Anushka Patel
Currently available risk scores (RSs) were derived from populations with very few participants from China. We aimed to develop an RS based on data from patients with acute coronary syndrome in China and to compare its performance with the commonly promoted Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events (GRACE) RS. Clinical Pathways for Acute Coronary Syndromes-Phase 2 was a trial of a quality improvement intervention in China. Patients recruited from 75 hospitals from October 2007 to August 2010 were divided into training and validation sets based on immediate or delayed implementation...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817791/using-practice-facilitation-to-increase-rates-of-colorectal-cancer-screening-in-community-health-centers-north-carolina-2012-2013-feasibility-facilitators-and-barriers
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Bryan J Weiner, Catherine L Rohweder, Jennifer E Scott, Randall Teal, Alecia Slade, Allison M Deal, Naima Jihad, Marti Wolf
INTRODUCTION: Practice facilitation involves trained individuals working with practice staff to conduct quality improvement activities and support delivery of evidence-based clinical services. We examined the feasibility of using practice facilitation to assist federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to increase colorectal cancer screening rates in North Carolina. METHODS: The intervention consisted of 12 months of facilitation in 3 FQHCs. We conducted chart audits to obtain data on changes in documented recommendation for colorectal cancer screening and completed screening...
August 17, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817616/patterns-of-statin-non-prescription-in-patients-with-established-coronary-artery-disease-a-report-from-a-contemporary-multicenter-japanese-pci-registry
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Mitsuaki Sawano, Shun Kohsaka, Takayuki Abe, Taku Inohara, Yuichiro Maekawa, Ikuko Ueda, Koichiro Sueyoshi, Masahiro Suzuki, Shigetaka Noma, Yohei Numasawa, Hiroaki Miyata, Keiichi Fukuda, Kim G Smolderen, John A Spertus
Statin therapy is regarded as an effective medication to reduce cardiovascular events in patients at higher risk for future incidence of coronary artery disease. However, very few studies have been conducted to examine its implementation in non-Western real-world practice. In this study, we sought to describe statin prescription patterns in relation to patient characteristics in a Japanese multicenter percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) registry as a foundation for quality improvement. We studied 15,024 patients that were prospectively enrolled in the Japan Cardiovascular Database-Keio interhospital Cardiovascular Study Registry from January 2009 to August 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817503/interprovider-communication-using-a-scheduled-provider-alert-response-communication-system-in-3-inpatient-neurology-units
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James E Siegler, Dan Finegan, Scott E Kasner, Raymond S Price
BACKGROUND: Nonemergent communications between nursing staff and residents often occur randomly throughout the workday at teaching institutions, resulting in inefficiency and interruptions of scheduled resident educational conferences or periods of overnight rest. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether a quality improvement communication strategy can reduce interruptive notifications during scheduled resident didactic sessions. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, mixed-methods trial of a communication strategy between nurses and residents in 3 neurology units of an academic institution...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817501/nurses-perceptions-of-a-novel-protocol-addressing-uniform-periods-of-minimum-assessment-times
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Annamma Steaphen, DaiWai M Olson, Sonja E Stutzman
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This quality improvement project aimed to understand the impact of a quiet time protocol on nurses and patients in the neurocritical care unit (NCCU) by comparing pretest and posttest outcomes, taking decibel readings, and abstracting chart information. BACKGROUND: Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy life. Patients in the NCCU often do not get adequate amounts of sleep. Quiet time studies have focused on implementing periods of reduced noise levels to improve patient sleep...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817443/impact-of-different-surgical-techniques-on-outcomes-in-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomies-first-report-from-the-metabolic-and-bariatric-surgery-accreditation-and-quality-improvement-program-mbsaqip
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Antonio Iannelli, Laurent Bailly, Christian Pradier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 16, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817428/interprofessional-qi-training-enhances-competency-and-qi-productivity-among-graduates-findings-from-nationwide-children-s-hospital
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Thomas Bartman, Karen Heiser, Andrew Bethune, Wallace Crandall, Richard McClead, J Terrance Davis, Richard J Brilli
PURPOSE: Significant resources are expended on quality improvement (QI) training courses. The authors sought to determine whether education provided in QI course training improves self-assessed QI content competence and QI-related productivity among course graduates. METHOD: "Quality Improvement Essentials" is a four-month didactic and experiential course designed to prepare multidisciplinary professionals to participate in and lead QI efforts at Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH)...
August 16, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816912/distance-learning-adhd-quality-improvement-in-primary-care-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Alexander G Fiks, Stephanie L Mayne, Jeremy J Michel, Jeffrey Miller, Manju Abraham, Andrew Suh, Abbas F Jawad, James P Guevara, Robert W Grundmeier, Nathan J Blum, Thomas J Power
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a distance-learning, quality improvement intervention to improve pediatric primary care provider use of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) rating scales. METHODS: Primary care practices were cluster randomized to a 3-part distance-learning, quality improvement intervention (web-based education, collaborative consultation with ADHD experts, and performance feedback reports/calls), qualifying for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV credit, or wait-list control...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816807/a-whooping-cough-education-module-for-wic-clients-in-utah
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Karlen E Luthy, Alicia Anderson, Janelle Macintosh, Renea L Beckstrand, Lacey M Eden, Ryan Amy, Christopher I Macintosh
BACKGROUND: Clients in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are required to complete education modules quarterly to maintain eligibility. The purposes of this project were to: (1) create a whooping cough vaccination education module for WIC clients; (2) evaluate baseline perceptions of WIC clients on the whooping cough vaccine and disease; and (3) evaluate whooping cough knowledge following completion of the module. PROBLEM: A decline in vaccination rates among infants and children using WIC services was reported by a local WIC program director who requested whooping cough vaccination education materials...
September 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
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