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Craig M Lilly, Omar Badawi, Xinggang Liu, Gill Christine S, Ilene Harris
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether patients transfused red blood cell (RBC) products according to guideline-specified pretransfusion hemoglobin (Hb) concentrations or for other reasons were more likely to survive their intensive care unit (ICU) stay. DESIGN: An observational study of 375 478 episodes of ICU care, over 5 years, was performed with ICU survival as the primary outcome. Outcomes were analyzed as a function of pretransfusion Hb concentration for groups with distinct transfusion indications while adjusting for potential confounders...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Mansour Abdullah Alshehri, Hammad Alhasan, Mohamed Alayat, Moayad Al-Subahi, Khalid Yaseen, Ayah Ismail, Abdullah Tobaigy, Obaid Almalki, Abdulfattah Alqahtani, Basmah Fallata
[Purpose] To investigate physicians' attitudes, opinions and experiences towards physiotherapy services as well as to identify the potential factors that may affect the extent of utilization of physiotherapy services (based on physicians' beliefs) in Saudi Arabia (SA). [Subjects and Methods] A cross-sectional study was conducted. [Results] A total of 108 respondents met the inclusion criteria. The respondents' attitude towards physiotherapy was slightly low (53.5%), while their opinions and experiences of physiotherapy indicated some important issues...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Claire M Lawlor, Charles A Riley, John M Carter, Kimsey H Rodriguez
Importance: The 1996 Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Inpatient Guidelines of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Pediatric Otolaryngology Committee recommended that children younger than 3 years be admitted following tonsillectomy. Recommendations for hospital observation were not included as a key action statement in the 2011 AAO-HNS Clinical Practice Guidelines for Tonsillectomy in Children. Objective: To examine the association between posttonsillectomy complication rate and the age and weight of the child at the time of surgery...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Kei Ouchi, Guruprasad D Jambaulikar, Samuel Hohmann, Naomi R George, Emily L Aaronson, Rebecca Sudore, Mara A Schonberg, James A Tulsky, Jeremiah D Schuur, Daniel J Pallin
OBJECTIVES: To inform the shared decision-making process between clinicians and older adults and their surrogates regarding emergency intubation. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Multicenter, emergency department (ED)-based cohort. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged 65 and older intubated in the ED from 2008 to 2015 from 262 hospitals across the United States (>95% of U.S. nonprofit academic medical centers). MEASUREMENTS: Our primary outcome was age-specific in-hospital mortality...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Natalie Colaneri, Mark Sheldon, Andrew Adesman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Given the pervasiveness of psychotropic medication in the youth population and an increasingly competitive culture regarding educational performance, children, teenagers, and/or their parents may increasingly seek psychotropic substances in an effort to enhance a student's cognitive abilities and/or academic performance. Physicians must become aware of this very important and clinically relevant issue and work to ensure that medications remain in the hands of patients seeking wellness and not enhancement...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Mohammed Firdouse, Karen Devon, Ahmed Kayssi, Jeremy Goldfarb, Peter Rossos, Tulin D Cil
BACKGROUND: Text messaging has become ubiquitous and is being increasingly used within the health care system. The purpose of this study was to understand texting practices for clinical communication among staff surgeons at a large academic institution. METHODS: Staff surgeons in 4 subspecialties (vascular, plastics, urology, and general surgery) were surveyed electronically. RESULTS: A total of 62 surgeons from general surgery (n = 33), vascular surgery (n = 6), plastic surgery (n = 13), and urology (n = 10) completed the study (response rate 30%)...
March 1, 2018: Surgical Innovation
Lisa D DiMartino, Sarah A Birken, Laura C Hanson, Justin G Trogdon, Alecia S Clary, Morris Weinberger, Katherine Reeder-Hayes, Bryan J Weiner
BACKGROUND: The implementation science literature has contributed important insights regarding the influence of formal policies and practices on health care innovation implementation, whereas informal implementation policies and practices have garnered little attention. The broader literature suggests that informal implementation policies and practices could also influence innovation use. PURPOSE: We used the Organizational Theory of Innovation Implementation to further understand the role of formal and informal implementation policies and practices as determinants of implementation effectiveness...
March 12, 2018: Health Care Management Review
Antonia Quinn, Teresa M Chan, Christopher Sampson, Catherine Grossman, Christine Butts, John Casey, Holly Caretta-Weyer, Michael Gottlieb
Traditionally, scholarship that was recognized for promotion and tenure consisted of clinical research, bench research, and grant funding. Recent trends have allowed for differing approaches to scholarship, including digital publication. As increasing numbers of trainees and faculty turn to online educational resources, it is imperative to critically evaluate these resources. This article summarizes five key papers that address the appraisal of digital scholarship and describes their relevance to junior clinician educators and faculty developers...
January 3, 2018: Curēus
Ryan T Fitzgerald, Vikas Agarwal, Jenny K Hoang, Frank Gaillard, Andrew Dixon, Emanuel Kanal
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Brain deposition of gadolinium following the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) was initially reported in 2014. Gadolinium deposition is now recognized as a dose-dependent consequence of exposure. The potential clinical implications are not yet understood. The purpose of this study was to determine radiologists' reporting practices in response to gadolinium deposition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic survey querying radiologists' practices regarding gadolinium deposition was distributed by Radiopaedia...
February 7, 2018: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
Christopher F A Benjamin, Alexa X Li, Hal Blumenfeld, R Todd Constable, Rafeed Alkawadri, Stephan Bickel, Christoph Helmstaedter, Stefano Meletti, Richard Bronen, Simon K Warfield, Jurriaan M Peters, David Reutens, Monika Połczyńska, Dennis D Spencer, Lawrence J Hirsch
The goal of this study was to document current clinical practice and report patient outcomes in presurgical language functional MRI (fMRI) for epilepsy surgery. Epilepsy surgical programs worldwide were surveyed as to the utility, implementation, and efficacy of language fMRI in the clinic; 82 programs responded. Respondents were predominantly US (61%) academic programs (85%), and evaluated adults (44%), adults and children (40%), or children only (16%). Nearly all (96%) reported using language fMRI. Surprisingly, fMRI is used to guide surgical margins (44% of programs) as well as lateralize language (100%)...
March 12, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
Pamela van der Riet, Tracy Levett-Jones, Helen Courtney-Pratt
Clinical placements are specifically designed to facilitate authentic learning opportunities and are an integral component of undergraduate nursing programs. However, as academics and clinicians frequently point out, clinical placements are fraught with problems that are long-standing and multidimensional in nature. Collaborative placement models, grounded in a tripartite relationship between students, university staff and clinical partners, and designed to foster students' sense of belonging, have recently been implemented to address many of the challenges associated with clinical placements...
March 1, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
Alex D Federman, Lina Jandorf, Joseph DeLuca, Mary Gover, Angela Sanchez Munoz, Li Chen, Michael S Wolf, Joseph Kannry
OBJECTIVE: To test the impact of a redesigned, patient-centered after visit summary (AVS) on patients' and clinicians' ratings of and experience with the document. METHODS: We conducted a difference-in-differences (DiD) evaluation of the impact of the redesigned AVS before and after its introduction in an academic primary care practice compared to a concurrent control practice. Outcomes included ratings of the features of the AVS. RESULTS: The intervention site had 118 and 98 patients in the pre- and post-intervention periods and the control site had 99 and 105, respectively...
March 6, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Renato D Lopes, Patricia O Guimarães, Mark Crowther, Elaine Hylek, Gilson S Feitosa-Filho, Luiz E Ritt, Nivaldo Filgueiras, David A Garcia
To discuss and share knowledge about advances in the care of patients with thrombotic disorders, the Tenth International Symposium of Thrombosis and Anticoagulation was held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, on September 22 and 23, 2017. This scientific program was developed by clinicians for clinicians and was promoted by two major clinical research institutes-the Brazilian Clinical Research Institute and the Duke Clinical Research Institute of the Duke University School of Medicine. Comprising academic presentations and open discussion, the symposium had as its primary goal to educate, motivate, and inspire internists, cardiologists, hematologists, and other physicians by convening national and international visionaries, thought-leaders, and dedicated clinician-scientists...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Kristian Pollock, Jane Seymour
This is the second in an occasional series of paired commentaries in Age and Ageing, the Journal of the British Geriatrics Society and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS). The aim is to address issues of current significance and to foster dialogue and increased understanding between academics and clinicians working in comparative international settings. Both commentaries address the urgent need to improve palliative care for older people, with a critique of some stereotypes surrounding palliative care and the 'good death'...
March 6, 2018: Age and Ageing
Matthew R Naunheim, Paul M Paddle, Inna Husain, Patcharamanee Wangchalabovorn, David Rosario, Ramon A Franco
OBJECTIVES: Idiopathic subglottic stenosis (ISGS) can have significant impacts on quality of life (QOL), but it remains unclear how patients' subjective responses correlate with objective measurement of disease severity. Peak expiratory flow percentage (PEF%) has been shown to be an effective measure of disease severity in subglottic stenosis. This study aims to identify the key QOL questions correlated with PEF% and proposes a statistical model for prediction of disease severity. METHODS: Patients with ISGS presenting to an academic laryngologist were included retrospectively from 2012 to 2016...
March 7, 2018: Laryngoscope
Chance Dumaine, Mercedeh Kiaii, Lisa Miller, Louise Moist, Matthew J Oliver, Charmaine E Lok, Swapnil Hiremath, Jennifer M MacRae
Background: One of the mandates of the Canadian Society of Nephrology's (CSN) Vascular Access Working Group (VAWG) is to inform the nephrology community of the current status of vascular access (VA) practice within Canada. To better understand VA practice patterns across Canada, the CSN VAWG conducted a national survey. Objectives: (1) To inform on VA practice patterns, including fistula creation and maintenance, within Canada. (2) To determine the degree of consensus among Canadian clinicians regarding patient suitability for fistula creation and to assess barriers to and facilitators of fistula creation in Canada...
2018: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Ajay Premkumar, William Godfrey, Michael B Gottschalk, Scott D Boden
BACKGROUND: Low back pain has a high prevalence and morbidity, and is a source of substantial health-care spending. Numerous published guidelines support the use of so-called red flag questions to screen for serious pathology in patients with low back pain. This paper examines the effectiveness of red flag questions as a screening tool for patients presenting with low back pain to a multidisciplinary academic spine center. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of the cases of 9,940 patients with a chief complaint of low back pain...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
David Russell, Leanne Atkin, April Betts, Caroline Dowsett, Francis Fatoye, Sarah Gardner, Julie Green, Chris Manu, Tracey McKenzie, Helena Meally, Louise Mitchell, Julie Mullings, Isaac Odeyemi, Andrew Sharpe, Gillian Yeowell, Nancy Devlin
OBJECTIVE: Managing chronic wounds is associated with a burden to patients, caregivers, health services and society and there is a lack of clarity regarding the role of dressings in improving outcomes. This study aimed to provide understanding on a range of topics, including: the definition of chronicity in wounds, the burden of illness, clinical outcomes of reducing healing time and the impact of early interventions on clinical and economic outcomes and the role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) in wound healing...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Julie P Burland, Jenny Toonstra, Jennifer L Werner, Carl G Mattacola, Dana M Howell, Jennifer S Howard
CONTEXT:   Return-to-sport criteria after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury are often based on "satisfactory" functional and patient-reported outcomes. However, an individual's decision to return to sport is likely multifactorial; psychological and physical readiness to return may not be synonymous. OBJECTIVE:   To determine the psychosocial factors that influence the decision to return to sport in athletes 1 year post-ACL reconstruction (ACLR)...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
Tolga Atilla Ceranoglu
As digital media (DM) access among youths continues to surge, caregivers and clinicians are concerned about problems associated with its excessive use. Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have an increased risk of experiencing negative effects on sleep, academic achievement, attention, and cognitive skills. ADHD symptom severity and circumstances of DM access are among the factors that mediate these negative effects. Key interventions for parents and clinicians to assist youths with problematic DM habits and opportunities for advocacy groups and the DM industry for public health interventions are discussed...
April 2018: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
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