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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142559/visual-and-anatomical-outcome-of-macular-hole-surgery-at-a-tertiary-healthcare-facility
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Komalta Kumari, Muhammad Ali Tahir, Alyscia Cheema
Objective: To assess visual and anatomical outcome of full thickness macular hole (FTMH) surgery with ILM peeling using brilliant blue G dye. Methods: Thirty patients who had clinically evident macular hole were selected. Pre-operative Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) was done. In all cases vitrectomy was performed via 23guage 3 ports pars plana (3PPV) vitrectomy system and Brilliant blue G dye, 0.5ml dye was injected over macula which resulted in light blue stain of ILM and peeling was performed around hole in circular motion and after gas fluid exchange gas tamponade with SF6 was done...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141696/use-of-a-trigger-tool-to-detect-adverse-drug-reactions-in-an-emergency-department
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Silvana Maria de Almeida, Aruana Romualdo, Andressa de Abreu Ferraresi, Giovana Roberta Zelezoglo, Alexandre R Marra, Michael B Edmond
BACKGROUND: Although there are systems for reporting adverse drug reactions (ADR), these safety events remain under reported. The low-cost, low-tech trigger tool method is based on the detection of events through clues, and it seems to increase the detection of adverse events compared to traditional methodologies. This study seeks to estimate the prevalence of adverse reactions to drugs in patients seeking care in the emergency department. METHODS: Retrospective study from January to December, 2014, applying the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) trigger tool methodology for patients treated at the emergency room of a tertiary care hospital...
November 15, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136035/comparative-efficacy-and-safety-of-antibiotics-used-to-treat-acute-bacterial-skin-and-skin-structure-infections-results-of-a-network-meta-analysis
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Julian F Guest, Jaime Esteban, Anton G Manganelli, Andrea Novelli, Giuliano Rizzardini, Miquel Serra
OBJECTIVE: This NMA compared the efficacy and safety between IV antibiotics that are used in the current standard of care for managing adult patients (≥18 years of age) with ABSSSI. METHODS: Comparators were chosen on the basis that both direct and indirect comparisons between the interventions of interest could be performed. Outcomes of the analysis were selected on the basis that they are frequently measured and reported in trials involving ABSSSI patients, and only published randomised control trials of any size and duration and with any blinding status were eligible for inclusion in the analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135621/efficacy-of-implementation-of-a-chest-pain-center-at-a-community-hospital
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Alexandra Davis, Jason Chiu, Stanley K Lau, Yih Jen Kok, Jonathan Y H Wu
INTRODUCTION: Chest pain is the second leading cause for emergency department (ED) visits in the United States; however, <20% of the patients have acute coronary syndrome that require immediate attention. The HEART score is designed for rapid risk stratification of ED chest pain patients using the following criteria: history, electrocardiogram, age, risk factors, and troponin. It has been shown to be superior in identifying patients with low (HEART score 0-3) and high (7-10) risk of major adverse cardiac events, who can then be rapidly discharged or admitted for intervention...
December 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134629/proton-pump-inhibitor-use-and-dementia-risk-prospective-population-based-study
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Shelly L Gray, Rod L Walker, Sascha Dublin, Onchee Yu, Erin J Aiello Bowles, Melissa L Anderson, Paul K Crane, Eric B Larson
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether higher cumulative proton pump inhibitor (PPI) exposure is associated with greater dementia risk. DESIGN: Prospective population-based cohort study. SETTING: Kaiser Permanente Washington, an integrated healthcare delivery system in Seattle, Washington. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older without dementia at study entry (N = 3,484). MEASUREMENTS: Participants were screened for dementia every 2 years, and those who screened positive underwent extensive evaluation...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133110/provision-of-medical-abortion-by-mid-level-healthcare-providers-in-kyrgyzstan-testing-an-intervention-to-expand-safe-abortion-services-to-under-served-rural-and-peri-urban-areas
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Brooke Ronald Johnson, Elmira Maksutova, Aigull Boobekova, Ainura Davletova, Chinara Kazakbaeva, Yelena Kondrateva, Sihem Landoulsi, Gunta Lazdane, Kubanychbek Monolbaev, Armando H Seuc Jo
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility and safety of training mid-level healthcare providers (midwives and family nurses) to provide medical abortion and post-abortion contraception in under-served areas in Kyrgyzstan. STUDY DESIGN: This was an implementation study at four referral facilities and 28 Felsher Obstetric Points in two districts to train their midwives and family nurses to deliver safe and effective abortion care with co-packaged mifepristone-misoprostol and provide contraceptives post-abortion...
November 10, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132152/diagnostic-accuracy-of-screening-tests-and-treatment-for-post-acute-coronary-syndrome-depression-a-systematic-review
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Jason A Nieuwsma, John W Williams, Natasha Namdari, Jeffrey B Washam, Giselle Raitz, James A Blumenthal, Wei Jiang, Roshini Yapa, Amanda J McBroom, Kathryn Lallinger, Robyn Schmidt, Andrzej S Kosinski, Gillian D Sanders
Background: Patients who have had an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event have an increased risk for depression. Purpose: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of depression screening instruments and to compare safety and effectiveness of depression treatments in adults within 3 months of an ACS event. Data Sources: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from January 2003 to August 2017, and a manual search of citations from key primary and review articles...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131737/the-use-of-yoga-by-physical-therapists-in-the-united-states
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Mary E Wims, Shayla M McIntyre, Ann York, Laura G Covill
How physical therapists (PTs) in the United States currently use yoga in their clinical practices is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine how PTs in the United States view yoga as a physical therapy (PT) tool and how PTs use yoga therapeutically. The authors conducted a 24-item survey via electronic communications of the Geriatric, Orthopedic, Pediatric, and Women's Health Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association. Participants (n = 333) from 47 states and the District of Columbia replied...
November 2017: International Journal of Yoga Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130870/modern-technology-to-support-carers-of-care-recipients-with-dementia-or-functional-mental-illness-promising-progress-but-a-long-road-ahead
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Nicola T Lautenschlager, Janine Diehl-Schmid, Samantha M Loi, Johannes Mayer, Maria Tensil, Alexander F Kurz
There is no doubt that family carers who look after a family member with dementia or with a functional mental illness fulfill an important role, not only for their loved one, but also for the health and aged care systems of the countries they live in. Due to increasing life expectancy, but also improved healthcare the number of family carers supporting older care recipients with functional mental illness or dementia is on the rise. While the carer role often can offer rewarding experiences caregivers are at increased risk of stress, depression, sleep problems, and often experience poor health outcomes with increased morbidity and mortality (Oyebode, 2003)...
December 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130384/characterising-the-growth-in-palliative-care-prescribing-2011-2015-analysis-of-national-medical-and-non-medical-activity
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Lucy Ziegler, Michael I Bennett, Matt Mulvey, Tim Hamilton, Alison Blenkinsopp
BACKGROUND: The role of non-medical prescribers working in palliative care has been expanding in recent years and prescribers report improvements in patient care, patient safety, better use of health professionals' skills and more flexible team working. Despite this, there is a lack of empirical evidence to demonstrate its clinical and economic impact, limiting our understanding of the future role of non-medical prescribers within a healthcare system serving an increasing number of people with palliative care needs...
November 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128200/exploring-sociodemographic-and-economic-factors-that-promote-adverse-drug-reactions-reporting-by-patients
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Pedro Inácio, João José Gomes, Marja Airaksinen, Afonso Cavaco
BACKGROUND: Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are recognized as a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, and an important cost factor to health systems. Patient reporting of ADRs has emerged as an important topic in recent years but reporting rates are still low in many countries. OBJECTIVE: To explore different countries' sociodemographic and economic features as explanatory factors for population ADRs reporting, including the propensity of patients' reporting to pharmacovigilance authorities...
November 8, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127953/bridging-existing-governance-gaps-five-evidence-based-actions-that-boards-can-take-to-pursue-high-quality-care
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Sandra G Leggat, Cathy Balding
Objective To explore the impact of the organisational quality systems on quality of care in Victorian health services.Methods During 2015 a total of 55 focus groups were conducted with more than 350 managers, clinical staff and board members in eight Victorian health services to explore the effectiveness of health service quality systems. A review of the quality and safety goals and strategies outlined in the strategic and operating plans of the participating health services was also undertaken.Results This paper focuses on the data related to the leadership role of health service boards in ensuring safe, high-quality care...
November 13, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127102/algorithms-to-guide-ambulance-clinicians-in-the-management-of-emergencies-in-patients-with-implanted-rotary-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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Christopher T Bowles, Rachel Hards, Neil Wrightson, Paul Lincoln, Shishir Kore, Laura Marley, Jonathan R Dalzell, Binu Raj, Tracey A Baker, Diane Goodwin, Petra Carroll, Jane Pateman, John J M Black, Paul Kattenhorn, Mark Faulkner, Jayan Parameshwar, Charles Butcher, Mark Mason, Alexander Rosenberg, Ian McGovern, Alexander Weymann, Carl Gwinnutt, Nicholas R Banner, Stephan Schueler, Andre R Simon, David W Pitcher
Advances in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy have resulted in increasing numbers of adult LVAD recipients in the community. However, device failure, stroke, bleeding, LVAD thrombosis and systemic infection can be life-threatening emergencies. Currently, four LVAD systems are implanted in six UK transplant centres, each of which provides device-specific information to local emergency services. This has resulted in inconsistent availability and content of information with the risks of delayed or inappropriate decision-making...
November 10, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126356/twelve-tips-for-embedding-human-factors-and-ergonomics-principles-in-healthcare-education
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Helen Vosper, Sue Hignett, Paul Bowie
Safety and improvement efforts in healthcare education and practice are often limited by inadequate attention to human factors/ergonomics (HFE) principles and methods. Integration of HFE theory and approaches within undergraduate curricula, postgraduate training and healthcare improvement programs will enhance both the performance of care systems (productivity, safety, efficiency, quality) and the well-being (experiences, joy, satisfaction, health and safety) of all the people (patients, staff, visitors) interacting with these systems...
November 10, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124666/study-design-and-evaluation-of-risk-minimization-measures-a-review-of-studies-submitted-to-the-european-medicines-agency-for-cardiovascular-endocrinology-and-metabolic-drugs
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Giampiero Mazzaglia, Sabine M J Straus, Peter Arlett, Daniela da Silva, Heidi Janssen, June Raine, Enrica Alteri
INTRODUCTION: Studies measuring the effectiveness of risk minimization measures (RMMs) submitted by pharmaceutical companies to the European Medicines Agency are part of the post-authorization regulatory requirements and represent an important source of data covering a range of medicinal products and safety-related issues. Their objectives, design, and the associated regulatory outcomes were reviewed, and conclusions were drawn that may support future progress in risk minimization evaluation...
November 9, 2017: Drug Safety: An International Journal of Medical Toxicology and Drug Experience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122975/efficiency-and-thoroughness-trade-offs-in-high-volume-organisational-routines-an-ethnographic-study-of-prescribing-safety-in-primary-care
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Suzanne Grant, Bruce Guthrie
BACKGROUND: Prescribing is a high-volume primary care routine where both speed and attention to detail are required. One approach to examining how organisations approach quality and safety in the face of high workloads is Hollnagel's Efficiency and Thoroughness Trade-Off (ETTO). Hollnagel argues that safety is aligned with thoroughness and that a choice is required between efficiency and thoroughness as it is not usually possible to maximise both. This study aimed to ethnographically examine the efficiency and thoroughness trade-offs made by different UK general practices in the achievement of prescribing safety...
November 9, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122421/evaluating-strategies-for-reducing-scattered-radiation-in-fixed-imaging-hybrid-operating-suites
#17
Claire Miller, Daniel Kendrick, Andrew Shevitz, Ann Kim, Henry Baele, David Jordan, Vikram S Kashyap
OBJECTIVE: High-resolution fixed C-arm fluoroscopic systems allow high-quality endovascular imaging but come at a cost of greater scatter radiation generation and increased occupational exposure for surgeons. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of two methods in reducing scattered radiation exposure. METHODS: There were 164 endovascular cases analyzed in three phases. In phase 1 (P1), baseline radiation exposure was calculated. In phase 2 (P2), staff used real-time radiation dose monitoring (dosimetry badges [RaySafe; Unfors, Hopkinton, Mass])...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122181/safer-healthcare-at-home-detecting-correcting-and-learning-from-incidents-involving-infusion-devices
#18
Imogen Lyons, Ann Blandford
OBJECTIVE: Complex medical devices such as infusion pumps are increasingly being used in patients' homes with little known about the impact on patient safety. Our aim was to better understand the risks to patient safety in this situation and how these risks might be minimised, by reference to incident reports. DESIGN: We identified 606 records of incidents associated with infusion devices that had occurred in a private home and were reported to the UK National Reporting and Learning Service (2005-2015 inclusive)...
February 2018: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121895/the-relationship-between-resident-burnout-and-safety-related-and-acceptability-related-quality-of-healthcare-a-systematic-literature-review
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Carolyn S Dewa, Desmond Loong, Sarah Bonato, Lucy Trojanowski, Margaret Rea
BACKGROUND: There has been increasing interest in examining the relationship between physician wellbeing and quality of patient care. However, few reviews have specifically focused on resident burnout and quality of patient care. The purpose of this systematic literature review of the current scientific literature is to address the question, "How does resident burnout affect the quality of healthcare related to the dimensions of acceptability and safety?" METHODS: This systematic literature review uses a multi-step screening process of publicly available peer-reviewed studies from five electronic databases: (1) Medline Current, (2) Medline In-process, (3) PsycINFO, (4) Embase, and (5) Web of Science...
November 9, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120017/review-of-maternal-immunisation-during-pregnancy-focus-on-pertussis-and-influenza
#20
Géraldine Blanchard-Rohner, Christiane Eberhardt
Seasonal influenza and pertussis infections are known to be significant causes of morbidity and mortality in neonates and infants worldwide. Influenza has also been associated with severe complications in pregnant women and after delivery. The most efficient and safe strategy to protect mothers and their offspring is maternal immunisation during pregnancy. The maternal antibodies thus acquired are transferred to the fetus as of the second trimester and confer passive immunity until the first infant immunisations...
November 9, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
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