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Erin Davis, Carlo Marra, John-Michael Gamble, Jamie Farrell, Joe Lockyer, J Mark FitzGerald, Waseem Abu-Ashour, Charlie Gillis, John Hawboldt
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are often nonadherent with medications and have poor inhaler technique. Community pharmacists can help to improve health-related quality of life and overall outcomes in patients with COPD. We aim to measure the effectiveness of a systematic, pharmacist-driven intervention on patients with diagnosed COPD. METHODS/DESIGN: This pragmatic, parallel-group, cluster randomized controlled trial is designed to determine the effectiveness of a multifactorial, pharmacist-led intervention on medication adherence, inhaler technique, health-related quality of life, health care resource utilization including COPD exacerbations, and use of medications...
October 13, 2016: Trials
Michele Ammendola, Rosario Sacco, Lucia Butrico, Giuseppe Sammarco, Stefano de Franciscis, Raffaele Serra
Diabetic foot ulcerations may determine minor or major amputation, with a high impact on patients' life expectation and quality of life and on economic burden. Among minor amputations, transmetatarsal amputation (TMA) appears to be the most effective in terms of limb salvage rates and in maintaining foot and ankle biomechanics. In spite of this, TMA needs particular pre- and postoperative management in order to avoid the frequent failure rates. A systematic review was undertaken of studies concerning TMA and its care in diabetic foot gangrene...
October 3, 2016: International Wound Journal
Richard Ofori-Asenso, Petra Brhlikova, Allyson M Pollock
BACKGROUND: Rational medicine use is essential to optimize quality of healthcare delivery and resource utilization. We aim to conduct a systematic review of changes in prescribing patterns in the WHO African region and comparison with WHO indicators in two time periods 1995-2005 and 2006-2015. METHODS: Systematic searches were conducted in PubMed, Scopus, Web of science, Africa-Wide Nipad, Africa Journals Online (AJOL), Google scholar and International Network for Rational Use of Drugs (INRUD) Bibliography databases to identify primary studies reporting prescribing indicators at primary healthcare centres (PHCs) in Africa...
2016: BMC Public Health
Nasia Safdar, Lilian M Abbo, Mary Jo Knobloch, Susan K Seo
Surveys are one of the most frequently employed study designs in healthcare epidemiology research. Generally easier to undertake and less costly than many other study designs, surveys can be invaluable to gain insights into opinions and practices in large samples and may be descriptive and/or be used to test associations. In this context, qualitative research methods may complement this study design either at the survey development phase and/or at the interpretation/extension of results stage. This methods article focuses on key considerations for designing and deploying surveys in healthcare epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship, including identification of whether or not de novo survey development is necessary, ways to optimally lay out and display a survey, denominator measurement, discussion of biases to keep in mind particularly in research using surveys, and the role of qualitative research methods to complement surveys...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Anokhi J Kapasi, Sabine Dittrich, Iveth J González, Timothy C Rodwell
BACKGROUND: In resource limited settings acute febrile illnesses are often treated empirically due to a lack of reliable, rapid point-of-care diagnostics. This contributes to the indiscriminate use of antimicrobial drugs and poor treatment outcomes. The aim of this comprehensive review was to summarize the diagnostic performance of host biomarkers capable of differentiating bacterial from non-bacterial infections to guide the use of antibiotics. METHODS: Online databases of published literature were searched from January 2010 through April 2015...
2016: PloS One
I A A Baghdadi
Case-based surveillance of meningitis was implemented in Khartoum State in February 2013 but its implementation has not been evaluated. This study assessed some core (case confirmation) and support (case reporting and investigation resources) functions of case-based surveillance of meningitis at hospital level in Khartoum State, Sudan, from January to March 2015. An interview questionnaire and checklist were used to collect data from 31 hospitals. A poster containing the case definition of meningitis was fixed to the wall in 18% of the hospitals...
April 2016: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
Ursel Heudorf, Stefanie Gasteyer, Maria Müller, Yvonne Samoiski, Nicole Serra, Tim Westphal
INTRODUCTION: Urinary tract infections range among the most frequent infections not only in hospital patients but also in residents of long-term care facilities for the elderly. Urinary catheters are the greatest risk factor for urinary tract infections. In the guidance paper on the "prevention of infections in nursing homes" (2005) as well as in the updated recommendations for the "prevention and control of catheter-associated urinary tract infections" (2015), the Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO) has recommended adequate preventive measures...
2016: GMS Hygiene and Infection Control
Ursel Heudorf, Miriam Grünewald, Ulla Otto
AIM: The Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO) updated the recommendations for the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in 2015. This article will describe the implementation of these recommendations in Frankfurt's hospitals in autumn, 2015. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In two non-ICU wards of each of Frankfurt's 17 hospitals, inspections were performed using a checklist based on the new KRINKO recommendations. In one large hospital, a total of 5 wards were inspected...
2016: GMS Hygiene and Infection Control
Tinisha M Lambeth, Mario A Rojas, Amy P Holmes, Robin B Dail
BACKGROUND: Very low birth-weight (<1500 g) infants are vulnerable to their environment during the first hour after birth. We designed an evidence-based golden hour protocol (GHP) with a goal to stabilize and perform admission procedures within 1 hour of birth at a level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). PURPOSE: The aim of this quality improvement project was to ascertain whether an evidence-based GHP would improve care efficiency and short-term outcomes...
August 2016: Advances in Neonatal Care: Official Journal of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses
Jason T Wiseman, Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Rebecca Gunter, Maggie L Barnes, Richard Scott Saunders, Paul J Rathouz, Dai Yamanouchi, K Craig Kent
OBJECTIVE: Surgical site infection (SSI) is the most common nosocomial infection, in vascular surgery patients, who experience a high rate of readmission. Facilitating transition from hospital to outpatient care with digital image-based wound monitoring has the potential to detect and to enable treatment of SSI at an early stage. In this study, we evaluated whether smartphone digital images can supplant in-person evaluation of postoperative vascular surgery wounds. METHODS: We developed a wound assessment checklist using previously validated criteria...
July 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Tine Ravelingien, Franky Buyle, Sabine Deryckere, Erica Sermijn, Mieke Debrauwere, Katleen Verplancke, Steven Callens, Sabrina Commeyne, Christophe Pattyn, Dirk Vogelaers
OBJECTIVES: Some infections require prolonged parenteral antimicrobial therapy, which can be continued in an outpatient setting. The Ghent University Hospital has 15 years of experience with Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) in the home setting of the patient. METHODS: Multidisciplinary critical approach through identification of areas for improvement with the existing OPAT process within the Ghent University Hospital. Existing literature and guidelines were used as references...
May 19, 2016: Acta Clinica Belgica
H P Gollnick, V Bettoli, J Lambert, E Araviiskaia, I Binic, C Dessinioti, I Galadari, R Ganceviciene, N Ilter, M Kaegi, L Kemeny, J L López-Estebaranz, A Massa, C Oprica, W Sinclair, J C Szepietowski, B Dréno
BACKGROUND: Many current guidelines provide detailed evidence-based recommendations for acne treatment. OBJECTIVE: To create consensus-based, simple, easy-to-use algorithms for clinical acne treatment in daily office-based practice and to provide checklists to assist in determining why a patient may not have responded to treatment and what action to take. METHODS: Existing treatment guidelines and consensus papers were reviewed. The information in them was extracted and simplified according to daily clinical practice needs using a consensus-based approach and based on the authors' clinical expertise...
September 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Mark C Dugan, Courtney E McCracken, Kiran B Hebbar
OBJECTIVES: Determine whether serial simulation training sessions improve resident recognition and initial septic shock management in a critically ill simulated septic shock patient, and to determine whether serial simulations further improve resident task performance when compared with a single simulation session. DESIGN: Prospective observational cohort study with a live expert review of trainee simulation performance. Expert reviewers blinded to prior trainee performance...
July 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Evelina Tacconelli, Maria A Cataldo, M Paul, L Leibovici, Jan Kluytmans, Wiebke Schröder, Federico Foschi, Giulia De Angelis, Chiara De Waure, Chiara Cadeddu, Nico T Mutters, Petra Gastmeier, Barry Cookson
OBJECTIVES: To explore the accuracy of application of the Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) tool in epidemiological studies focused on the evaluation of the role of antibiotics in selecting resistance, and to derive and test an extension of STROBE to improve the suitability of the tool in evaluating the quality of reporting in these area. METHODS: A three-step study was performed. First, a systematic review of the literature analysing the association between antimicrobial exposure and acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and/or multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii was performed...
2016: BMJ Open
Jing Ming Yeo
International efforts have mandated guidelines on antibiotic use and prescribing, therefore the focus is now on encouraging positive behavioral changes in antibiotic prescribing practice. Documentation of indication and intended duration of antibiotic use in drug charts is an evidence-based method of reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. It is also a standard detailed in our local antimicrobial guidelines. We collected baseline data on compliance with documentation of indication and duration in drug charts in a respiratory ward which revealed compliance rates of 24% and 39% respectively...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Gebremedhin Beedemariam Gebretekle, Mirgissa Kaba Serbessa
BACKGROUND: Over the counter sale of antibiotics is a global problem and it is increasingly recognized as a source of antibiotic misuse and is believed to increase treatment costs, adverse effects of treatment and emergence of resistance. The increasing trend of over the counter sale of antibiotics in Ethiopia calls for exploration of why such dispensing is practiced. This study aims to explore reasons for over the counter sale of antibiotics in the community pharmacies of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...
2016: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Sizzle F Vanterpool, Kathleen Tomsin, Leticia Reyes, Luc J Zimmermann, Boris W Kramer, Jasper V Been
BACKGROUND: Periodontal disease is an inflammatory disease of the tissues supporting the teeth. Women who have periodontal disease while pregnant may be at risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Although the association between periodontal disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes has been addressed in a considerable number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, there are important differences in the conclusions of these reviews. Systematic reviews assessing the effectivity of various therapeutic interventions to treat periodontal disease during pregnancy to try and reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes have also arrived at different conclusions...
2016: Systematic Reviews
F V van Daalen, S E Geerlings, J M Prins, M E J L Hulscher
A checklist is an effective implementation tool, but addressing barriers that might impact on the effectiveness of its use is crucial. In this paper, we explore barriers to the uptake of an antibiotic checklist that aims to improve antibiotic use in daily hospital care. We performed an online questionnaire survey among medical specialists and residents with various professional backgrounds from nine Dutch hospitals. The questionnaire consisted of 23 statements on anticipated barriers hindering the uptake of the checklist...
April 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Xavier Boland
Our aim was firstly to assess adherence to best practice guidelines for the prevention of healthcare associated causes of inpatient mortality and morbidity by junior doctors. Secondly, we wanted to measure the impact of a ward round checklist on rates of adherence. The rates of correct prescribing of antibiotics, venous thrombo-embolism prophylaxis, and oxygen (pro re nata) as well as correctly completed paperwork for peripheral venous cannulas were measured in a spot audit of all medical notes of patients on a medical assessment unit...
2015: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Syed Anjum Ali Gardezi
The Royal College of Physicians states that "handover, particularly of temporary 'on-call' responsibility, has been identified as a point at which errors are likely to occur."[1] Working a weekend on-call covering medical wards is often busy and stressful for all junior doctors. The high volume of routine and unplanned tasks make the situation even worse. In Nevill Hall hospital Abergavenny, we measured the workload on a junior doctor for medical ward cover on weekends by counting the number of times he/she was bleeped for routine tasks...
2014: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
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