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  1. University of Aarhus - the stepping stones

    Nielsen, Kent T.

    The University of Aarhus has more than 20,000 students, making it the second largest university in Denmark. It is also the second-oldest multi-faculty university in the country, and is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2003. Like the other Danish universities, the University of Aarhus is...

  2. Implementation of Blackboard at Aarhus University

    Laursen, Kristina; Schlichter, Bjarne Rerup

    In 2013, Aarhus University chose to implement a new Learning Management System due to both internal and external factors. This case study therefore undertakes an analysis regarding the implementation of the Learning Management System (LMS), called Blackboard, at Aarhus University’s faculty: School...... of Business and Social Sciences. The implementation of Blackboard at Aarhus University is highly interesting to explore due to the many special characteristics of the organization. It is an organization comprising many different stakeholders and thereby many different needs. Furthermore, the implementation...... of information systems in general is a field which has been investigated a lot, and the possible benefits are numerous. However, despite the many possible benefits, it is shown, both in the literature and in many practical examples, that user resistance can be a critical success factor. Therefore, an interesting...

  3. Collaboration between Chiang Mai and Aarhus Universities

    Balslev, Henrik; Trisonthi, Chusie; Srithi, Kamonnate;

    2011-01-01

    Thai-Danish botanical research collaboration started over 100 years ago with Schmidts work on the flora of Koh Chang. In the 1950es the collaboration was fortalized with the initiation of the Flora of Thailand project. The collaboration was for many years centered in the Royal Forest Department i...... projects involving ethnobotanical studies are still under way. The funding for these projects has come from the Royal Golden Jubilee Program, Chiang Mai University and Thai Government stipends, and from Aarhus University.....

  4. Institute of Physics, University of Aarhus, Denmark

    This annual report published by the Institute of Physics, University of Aarhus, is for the period January 1 - December 31, 1990. The report covers current research activities and is aimed at colleagues in Denmark and abroad. The research is essentially concentrated on research highlights, atomic physics, subatomic physics and condensed matter. At the end of the report are included lists of publications, employees, guests, graduate and post-graduate students together with a list of those students who graduated during 1990. (CLS)

  5. The Department of Food Science at Aarhus University

    2014-01-01

    The Dept. of Food Science at Aarhus University is all about food and food quality. Everyone has an expertise in food whether they are focused on taste, health-promoting qualities, sustainable food production or developing new food products. At Dept. of Food Science we carry out research on a high...

  6. Entrepreneurial pedagogies in the Arts @ Aarhus University

    Papadopoulos, Pantelis M.; Robinson, Sarah

    The booklet presents a hands-on approach for teachers to what entrepreneurship might look like in the Arts. It provides practical examples and exercises for use in university teaching. It does not give a one-size-fits-all recipe for teaching entrepreneurship. Instead this booklet endeavours to pr...

  7. The Anxiety Disorder Clinic for Children and Adolescents (TADCCA) at Aarhus University in Denmark

    Thastum, Mikael

    2013-01-01

    This article serves as an introduction to the two case studies in this issue of PCSP. The first is the single case of "Erik," a 12-year-old boy with cognitive difficulties and multiple anxiety disorders who was seen with his family in a cognitive behavioral therapy group program designed for...... psychologist and eight students. They were part of a training clinic, called The Anxiety Disorder Clinic for Children and Adolescents (TADCCA), in the Educational and Research Clinic of the Department of Psychology at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. This article describes the background and context of...... children with anxiety problems. The second case study is one of the total group of six families in which Erik was participating; as such it includes a summary of Erik's case in the context of the other five who participated. The group was conducted by a combination of a senior doctoral clinical...

  8. Existing data sources for clinical epidemiology: The clinical laboratory information system (LABKA research database at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Grann AF

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Anne Fia Grann, Rune Erichsen, Anders Gunnar Nielsen, Trine Frøslev, Reimar W ThomsenDepartment of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, DenmarkAbstract: This paper provides an introduction to the clinical laboratory information system (LABKA research database in Northern and Central Denmark. The database contains millions of stored laboratory test results for patients living in the two Danish regions, encompassing 1.8 million residents, or one-third of the country's population. More than 1700 different types of blood test analyses are available. Therefore, the LABKA research database represents an incredible source for studies involving blood test analyses. By record linkage of different Danish registries with the LABKA research database, it is possible to examine a large number of biomarkers as predictors of disease risk and prognosis and as markers of disease severity, and to evaluate medical treatments regarding effectiveness and possible side effects. Large epidemiological studies using routinely stored blood test results for individual patients can be performed because it is possible to link the laboratory data to high-quality individual clinical patient data in Denmark.Keywords: biochemistry, laboratory procedures, diagnosis, therapeutic drug monitoring, epidemiological methods, registries

  9. Books authored/co-authored and edited/co-edited by members of staff of the Department of Medieval/Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, Aarhus University, 1971-2014

    Roesdahl, Else

    2015-01-01

    Chronologically organized list of books authored/co-authored and edited/co-edited by members of staff of the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, Aarhus University, 1971-2014......Chronologically organized list of books authored/co-authored and edited/co-edited by members of staff of the Department of Medieval and Renaissance Archaeology, Aarhus University, 1971-2014...

  10. Predictors of international students’ psychological and sociocultural adjustment to the context of reception while studying at Aarhus University, Denmark

    Ozer, Simon

    2015-01-01

    The number of international students engaging in intercultural education and thereby adjusting to cross-cultural transition has risen conspicuously as a consequence of globalization and increased mobility. This process of acculturation has been associated with increased creativity as well as...... psychological conditions as compared to the control group of domestic students. However, the international students reported a significantly lower level of social support. Social support and perceived discrimination were significant predictors of both psychological and sociocultural adjustment. Additionally...... adaptation challenges. This paper investigates international students’ psychological and sociocultural adjustment to studying at Aarhus University in Denmark. Both international students (n = 129) and domestic students (n = 111) participated in the study. The international students did not report impaired...

  11. Ligestilling ved Aarhus Universitet

    Nielsen, Mathias Wullum; Vinther, Ulrik Lerbech; Kalpazidou Schmidt, Evanthia;

    2015-01-01

    Med denne rapport ønsker forskningsgruppen under det FP7-finansierede projekt STAGES (Stuctural Transformations to Achieve Gender Equality in Science) ved Dansk Center for Forskningsanalyse (Institut for Statskundskab, Aarhus Universitet), at bidrage med fakta-baserede indspark til...

  12. Aarhus mod Herning

    Hansen, Louise Ejgod

    2012-01-01

    Artiklen analyserer fire teatersamtaler om forestillingen Hvid Stolthed gennemført på Svalegangen, Aarhus og Team Teatret, Herning med særligt fokus på, hvilken betydning det har, om deltagerne oplever forestillingens temaer som relevante for dem selv.......Artiklen analyserer fire teatersamtaler om forestillingen Hvid Stolthed gennemført på Svalegangen, Aarhus og Team Teatret, Herning med særligt fokus på, hvilken betydning det har, om deltagerne oplever forestillingens temaer som relevante for dem selv....

  13. DNU - Aarhus University Hospital, The Danish National Center for Particle Radiotherapy

    Grønbech, Gitte Lyng; Ibsen, Lars Bo

    It is the sole purpose of the work to perform and interpret 5 consolidation tests and 3 Constant Rate of Strain (CRS) test including Bender tests. The load programs are determined by the client. Rambøll A/S provides intact tube samples containing the soil specimens on which the tests should be pe...

  14. To Dexter - A Tribute from Aarhus

    Schmidt, Erik Meineche; Skyum, Sven; Nielsen, Mogens

    2012-01-01

    At Aarhus University, we consider Dexter to be one of our oldest and best friends and colleagues. Dexter has visited our Department of Computer Science as a guest professor twice, first in 1981–1982 and again, exactly 10 years later, in 1991–1992. Both visits were immensely successful and laid the...... ground for continued cooperation during the following years. Dexter made numerous shorter visits to the department, and he served with great enthusiasm and competence on the advisory board for BRICS (Basic Research in Computer Science) Research Center and international PhD-School. BRICS covered both...... “Track A and B” activities (Algorithmics and Semantics), and as such Dexter was the ideal adviser. Looking back, we pay tribute to Dexter for his many contributions to computer science in Aarhus over a period of more than thirty years....

  15. Data quality of the monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance diagnosis in a hospital registry

    Gregersen H; Larsen CB; Haglund A.; Mortensen R; Andersen NF; Nørgaard M

    2013-01-01

    Henrik Gregersen,1 Caroline Brenner Larsen,1 Anne Haglund,1 Rikke Mortensen,2 Niels Frost Andersen,3 Mette Nørgaard21Department of Hematology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark; 2Department of Clinical Epidemiology, 3Department of Hematology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, DenmarkObjective: To estimate the positive predictive value (PPV) and completeness of the monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) diagnosis coding in a hospital registry within a po...

  16. Data quality of the monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance diagnosis in a hospital registry

    Gregersen, Henrik

    2013-01-01

    Henrik Gregersen,1 Caroline Brenner Larsen,1 Anne Haglund,1 Rikke Mortensen,2 Niels Frost Andersen,3 Mette Nørgaard21Department of Hematology, Aalborg University Hospital, Aalborg, Denmark; 2Department of Clinical Epidemiology, 3Department of Hematology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, DenmarkObjective: To estimate the positive predictive value (PPV) and completeness of the monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) diagnosis coding in a hospital registry within ...

  17. Developing Marketing Strategies for University Teaching Hospitals.

    Fink, Daniel J.

    1980-01-01

    University teaching hospitals face increasing competition from community hospitals, expanding regulation of health care, consumerism, and a declining urban population base. New marketing strategies are seen as ways in which teaching hospitals can achieve better relationships with institutions, practitioners, and surrounding communities and…

  18. Hermes 2007 Symposium, Aarhus (Denmark)

    Dragana Obradovic

    2012-01-01

    The research interests and presentations of the assembled PhD students at the Hermes Workshop 2007 (hosted this year by Aarhus Universitet) read like an eclectic catalogue of world-wide intellectual curiosities. It was a conference where papers on Michael Ondaatje vied for the audience’s ears and sharp critique alongside an analysis of Jean-Luc Godard’s literary quotation in film, while the poetics of Michel Houellebecq’s novels were presented on the same panel as the travel writing of V.S. N...

  19. Introduction to the Aarhus Convention Implementation

    Müllerová, Hana

    Praha : Ústav státu a práva AV ČR, 2013, s. 1-15 ISBN 978-80-87439-14-2. - (E-kniha) Institutional support: RVO:68378122 Keywords : environmental law * international law * Aarhus Convention Subject RIV: AG - Legal Sciences http://www.ilaw.cas.cz/data/files/epub/aarhus_fin_title.jpg

  20. Perioperative nursing in public university hospitals

    Sørensen, Erik Elgaard; Olsen, Ida Østrup; Tewes, Marianne;

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In recent years, perioperative nursing has received ongoing attention as part of an interprofessional collaboration. Perioperative nursing is constantly faced with new challenges and opportunities that necessitate continual updates of nursing knowledge and technical skills. In light...... of the longstanding relationship between nursing and technology, it is interesting that few studies with this focus have been performed. Therefore, our research question was: What is the content of perioperative nursing and how do nurses facilitate the interaction between nursing care and technology in highly...... specialized operating rooms in public university hospitals? METHODS: An ethnography involving participant observations and interviews was conducted during a 9-month study period. The participants comprised 24 nurses from 9 different operating wards at 2 university hospitals in different regions of Denmark...

  1. Smart Information System for Gachon University Gil Hospital

    Park, Dong Kyun; Jung, Eun Young; Jeong, Byung Hui; Moon, Byung Chan; Kang, Hyung Wook; Tchah, Hann; Han, Gi Seong; Cheng, Woo Sung; Lee, Young Ho

    2012-01-01

    Objectives In this research, the hospital information system of Gachon University Gil hospital is introduced and a future strategy for hospital information systems is proposed. Methods This research introduces the development conditions of hospital information system at Gachon University Gil hospital, information about the development of the enterprise resource planning (ERP), a medical service process improvement system, and the personal health record (PHR) system. Results The medical servic...

  2. Aarhus Universitet - Åbent mod Verden

    Schiøler, Ebbe

    . Det kan ligne et meget spredt katalog over udfordringer, problemer og bidrag til løsninger. Men der er noget fælles ved alle eksemplerne: Aarhus Universitet har en finger med i spillet her og i en lang række andre tilfælde, hvor forskning og forskningsbaseret viden gør en afgørende forskel. De ti...... eksempler, der præsenteres her i bogen, fortæller historierne bag disse og andre tilsvarende aktiviteter. Tilsammen giver de en smagsprøve på den type forskning, som forskere fra Aarhus Universitet har udført i udviklingslande forskellige steder i verden. De er eksempler på vores globale partnerskab. For...

  3. Primary hyperparathyroidism: King Khalid University Hospital experience

    This study was conducted to examine the prevalence, mode of presentationand management of primary hyperparathyroidism in one of the major hospitalsin Saudi Arabia. This was a retrospective analysis of 24 cases of primaryhyperparathyroidism comprising of 21 females and three males, who were seenat King Khalid University Hospital over a period of 16 years from 1982 untilDecember 1997. The prevalence of disease was estimated to be estimated to be11.34 per 100,000 hospital population. The majority of patients presentedwith musculoskeletal complaints (62%-67%) and/or renal complications were(58%). Hyperclacemia was seen in 92% of the cases. Serum PTH was availablefor 21 patients and 20 had significantly elevated levels. Fifty percent ofthe patients had features of hyperparathyroid bone disease on plane x-ray,while 79% showed osteopenia of the femoral neck and dual x-rayabsorptiometry, and almost all the patients had lumbar osteopenia. Fiftypercent of the patients had features of metabolic bone disease on bone scan.Thallium -technetium subtraction studies proved to be the most reliable tool,with 83% sensitivity of 55%. CT scan of the neck was attempted in only inseven patients (29%), with a sensitivity of 86%. Twenty-one patients (87.5%)underwent surgical exploration and removal of the parathyroid adenoma. Singleparathyroid adenoma was identified in 85% of the cases, 5% had multipleadenomas and 5% had hyperplasia of the parathyroid gland. Our results showedthat primary hyperparathyroidism is not rare disease in Saudi Arabia. It hastendency for late presentation with complications. We believe that routinescreening for calcium, and early identification of such cases, are warrantedto reduce the morbidity of this easily treatable disorder. (author)

  4. The 7 Aarhus Statements on Climate Change

    Basse, Ellen Margrethe; Svenning, J.-C.; Olesen, Jørgen E;

    2009-01-01

    ; Nanotechnology solutions for a sustainable future; Citizens and society, and The Arctic. The main responsible scientists for the seven conference themes and representatives from the think-tank CONCITO delivered 'The 7 Aarhus Statements on Climate Change' as part of the closing session of the conference. The...... statements were also communicated to the Danish Government as well as to the press. This article is the product of the collective subsequent work of the seven theme responsibles and is a presentation of each theme statement in detail, emphasizing the current state of knowledge and how it may be used to...

  5. Hospitality Major Vocational High School Students' Expectations on University Education

    Chung, Ya-Ting; Yang, Cheng-Cheng

    2013-01-01

    Hospitality is not a new industry in Asia, but high quality hospitality industry has become more and more important in the trend of questing service-based economy and the increasing number of tourists in Asia. Thus there are more universities opened hospitality degree programs in Asia, Taiwan is no exception. In this context, why high school…

  6. Cardiogenetic counselling in a non-university hospital

    Kodde, J.; Hofman, N.; Reichert, C.L.A.; Van Langen, I.M.; Wilde, A.A.M.

    2007-01-01

    Background. Inherited heart disease is becoming a substantial part of everyday cardiology practice while genetic counselling still only takes place at university hospitals. In this study we review our seven-year experience with cardiogenetic counselling in a non-university hospital. Methods. Retrosp

  7. Characteristics of electroconvulsive therapy in a university hospital

    Esra Yancar Demir; Nilay Tas

    2016-01-01

    Purpose: We aimed to evaluate frequency of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) use among hospitalized patients in a psychiatry clinic of university hospital and to determine the diagnostic, socioodemographic features of these ECT treated patients retrospectively. Material and Method: Of 759 inpatients, 32 who was treated with ECT in psychiatry clinic of Ministery of Health and ndash; Ordu University Training and Research Hospital were included in the study. The data evaluated in the study wer...

  8. Hvilke faktorer i studiemiljøet fremmer trivsel? – En analyse på baggrund af svar fra 11401 studerende ved Aarhus Universitet

    Kim Jesper Herrmann; Torben Kristian Jensen; Berit Lassesen

    2012-01-01

    Alle danske universiteter gennemfører undervisningsmiljøvurderinger (UMV). Denne artikel præsenterer en analysemodel for UMV-en ved Aarhus Universitet samt en statistisk analyse med henblik på at identificere de vigtigste faktorer for studerendes trivsel. Danish universities mandatorily obtain student feedback through survey instruments. To understand the construct of study environment a theoretical model is proposed. Based on survey data from students at the University of Aarhus the most imp...

  9. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer--experience with the combined use of dye and radioactive tracer at Aarhus University Hospital

    Lauridsen, Mette Cathrine; Garne, Jens Peter; Sørensen, Flemming Brandt;

    2004-01-01

    -needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) were not included. For identifying the SLNs, a combination of Tc-99m-labelled human albumin (Solco-ALBU-RES) and blue dye (Patent Blue V) was used. No lymphoscintigraphy was performed. The SLN was successfully identified in 122 out of 124 (98%) patients and 66 (54%) patients were...

  10. Data dictionaries at Giessen University Hospital: past--present--future.

    Bürkle, T.; Prokosch, H.U.; Michel, A.; Dudeck, J.

    1998-01-01

    The concept of maintaining a medical data dictionary as a HIS core component was fundamental for all HIS development phases since the mid eighties at Giessen University Hospital. Being influenced by an early experimental installation of the HELP hospital information system and its PTXT data dictionary, we kept this approach through a number of development cycles of our own hospital information system. While our first data dictionary implementation (GMDD) was still very close to the PTXT struc...

  11. Case 3: North Middlesex University Hospital Trust and Middlesex University: a blended learning language skills programme

    Saldiray, Janet; Naidoo, Sumeshni; Pitt, Alexandra

    2014-01-01

    A case study is presented of a blended learning course, English Language and Communication for Clinical Practice, which was provided for North Middlesex University Hospital by the Academic Writing and Language Team at Middesex University

  12. Episiotomy in normal deliveries at the University Hospital "La Ribera".

    Sandra Pérez Valero

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Describe the incidence of episiotomy in normal vaginal delivery and analyze risk factors that affect the performance of the practice by midwife.Material and Methods: Observational, descriptive, cross sectional, retrospective study from January 1 to December 31, 2011 at the University Hospital “La Ribera”. The variables are episiotomy, perineal tears, parity and technique, provided by the hospital itself.Results: The percentage of episiotomy in normal vaginal deliveries performed at the University Hospital "La Ribera" was 33.5% (2011. Statistically significant differences were found for variables perineal injury and mediolateral technique, increased the number of intact perineal and spontaneous tears for women without episiotomy. Among women who underwent episiotomy, there is a higher proportion than those who used a medial to lateral technique. Conclusions: The University Hospital "La Ribera" has a selective episiotomy policy in normal vaginals deliveries that favors humanized birth and helps to preserve the perineum intact.

  13. Frequency and risk factors associated with emergency medical readmissions in Galway University Hospitals.

    Gorman, J

    2010-06-01

    Unplanned readmissions of medical hospital patients have been increasing in recent years. We examined the frequency and associates of emergency medical readmissions to Galway University Hospitals (GUH).

  14. Building Capacity through University Hospital and University School of Nursing Partnerships. UHC/AACN White Paper.

    American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington, DC.

    This paper represents the work of a task force sponsored by the University Health System Consortium and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. These two organizations share a common concern for preparing and retaining a well-educated nursing workforce for complex university hospital settings. The charge to the task force was to develop…

  15. Hvilke faktorer i studiemiljøet fremmer trivsel? – En analyse på baggrund af svar fra 11401 studerende ved Aarhus Universitet

    Kim Jesper Herrmann

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Alle danske universiteter gennemfører undervisningsmiljøvurderinger (UMV. Denne artikel præsenterer en analysemodel for UMV-en ved Aarhus Universitet samt en statistisk analyse med henblik på at identificere de vigtigste faktorer for studerendes trivsel. Danish universities mandatorily obtain student feedback through survey instruments. To understand the construct of study environment a theoretical model is proposed. Based on survey data from students at the University of Aarhus the most important factors predicting student well-being are identified through statistical analysis.

  16. Clinical characteristics of sarcoidosis patients diagnosed in a university hospital

    Özlem Abakay; Abdurrahman Abakay; Abdullah Çetin Tanrıkulu; Fatih Meteroğlu; Cengizhan Sezgi; Hadice Selimoğlu Şen; Ayşe Dallı; Mehmet Kabak

    2012-01-01

    Objectives: The clinical characteristics and treatment resultsof patients diagnosed with sarcoidosis was investigatedin Dicle University Medical Faculty Hospital.Materials and methods: A total of 39 patients were includeddiagnosed with sarcoidosis between 01 January2008 and31 December 2011.Demographic data, laboratoryfindings, spirometric test data, diagnostic methodsand treatment regimens for the study were recorded form.According to pulmonary function test results of patients,61.5% were nor...

  17. Stretching intervention for pediatric caregivers in a University Hospital

    Danielle Mendonça Araújo; Mariane Fernandes Ribeiro; Fernanda Godoi de Paula; Ana Paula Espindula

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to provide an interaction time among pediatric caregivers performing group stretching activities, and to verify the effectiveness of a stretching session to improve flexibility. Caregivers of the pediatric ward of a university hospital participated in a group activity, with 17 static postures of self-stretching techniques, held each position for 30 seconds. Muscle flexibility was assessed before and after the stretching session, using the Bank of Wells, capable of measuring t...

  18. Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM): 25 Years Of Excellent Service

    Kamari, Zaidun

    2009-01-01

    Our Hospital University Sains Malaysia (HUSM) was given the Cabinet approval to exist under the Ministry of Education on 23 November 1982. The Deputy Prime Minister during that period, Yang Berhormat Tun Musa Hitam announced this after the cabinet meeting was held together with the presence of the Yang Berhormat Ministers of Health; and Education, Director of the Public Works Department and the Implementation and Coordinating Unit, Prime Minister’s Department. The first patients moved in on 1...

  19. Smart Aarhus: Participatory Digital City Development in Scandinavia

    Brynskov, Martin

    This talk will present and discuss some of the most prominent opportunities and challenges facing cities with an ambition to leverage the potential of digital technologies. The perspective is that of Aarhus, Denmark, a Scandinavian city situated in Nothern Europe in a conurbanized area of approxi...

  20. Evaluation of clinical pharmacist recommendations in the geriatric ward of a Belgian university hospital

    Somers A; Robays H; De Paepe P; Van Maele G; Perehudoff K; Petrovic M

    2013-01-01

    Annemie Somers,1 Hugo Robays,1 Peter De Paepe,2 Georges Van Maele,3 Katrina Perehudoff,4 Mirko Petrovic41Department of Pharmacy, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium; 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium; 3Department of Medical Statistics, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium; 4Department of Geriatrics, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, BelgiumObjective: To evaluate the type, acceptance rate, and clinical relevance of clinical pharmacist recom...

  1. Clonal spread of Staphylococcus aureus with reduced susceptibility to oxacillin in a dermatological hospital unit

    Thomsen, Marianne Kragh; Rasmussen, Mads; Fuursted, Kurt;

    2006-01-01

    carrier rates of S. aureus in dermatological patients and high consumption rates of dicloxacillin in the department might facilitate transmission. Following improvement of the general infection control measures, and after reassessment of the antibiotic policy in the department, the outbreak has......In November 2000, we became aware of isolates of Staphylococcus aureus with borderline resistance to oxacillin (BORSA) from patients in the Department of Dermatology, Aarhus University Hospital. The objective was to describe the isolates phenotypically and genotypically and to assess possible...

  2. RPS11 @ hospitals and universities - update since 2010

    In April 2010 the ARPANSA Code of Practice: Radiation Protection Series 11 for the Security of Radioactive Sources, known as RPS11 to its friends, was gazetted in NSW. This meant that the compliance with the stated required level of physical security surrounding high activity level sealed sources of radiation became mandatory. During the ARPS 2010 Conference in Adelaide I delivered a presentation outlining the methods being used by RSO's from various Hospitals, Area Health services and Universities in order to address the compliance issues being faced. The 2010 presentation was followed up with a raft of enquiries from various other industry representatives, The discussions surrounded their experiences with site assessments, consultant services and. the actual application of security measures. Some of these actions have since been determined as possibly beyond the necessary upgrades. Since October 2010, the observable differences in interpretation of the COP have led to several further in-depth site assessments by the ARPANSA security expert. The original group of HURSOG (Hospital and University Radiation Safety Officers Group) members have been consulting with the ARPANSA security expert with regards to the level of upgrades which are actually required for satisfactory compliance with the COP. The small group of RSOs accompanied the ARPANSA representative on a site visit to a company who manufacture security equipment in Sydney. Discussions and demonstrations were streamlined throughout the visit narrowing down the required equipment features which, when constructed and installed, would offer the level of required source equipment security to comply with RPS11 A brief outline of the design features decided on will be displayed in the 'RPS11, Hospitals and Universities - Update since 2010' presentation. The issue of area or room security has been discussed but not fully addressed. These issues will be the source of another set of negotiations dependant on site and

  3. Strategic directions for university hospitals in Saudi Arabia.

    Bin Abdulrahman, Khalid A; Tawfik, Bassel

    2016-03-01

    The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is currently witnessing a massive support for its healthcare services. This year's fiscal budget for health care is by far the largest in the history of the kingdom. While pursuing the conventional goals of healthcare delivery systems, such as equity, affordability and availability of services, the ministry of education (MOE), formerly called ministry of higher education (MOHE), is also seeking to achieve certain excellence standards, which are expected to set the bar for other countries in the region to follow suit. Almost all, under construction, university hospitals were adopting a paradigm shift in the standard of health care and training provided. This report summarizes these standards. PMID:26984027

  4. The Role of University Education in the Aarhus Region, Denmark

    Dreisler, Poul

    2006-01-01

    The idea 'Towards Entrepreneurial Regions' is driven by hopes for higher regional competitiveness,dynamics,openness and diversity. Thus the topic reaches beyond economic and technological dimensions, comprising also the cultural and social spheres as matters of regional identity, capital...

  5. PET Centre and Centre for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus University

    Cumming, Paul; Pedersen, Mads Damgaard; Minuzzi, Luciano;

    2006-01-01

    [11C]PK11195 was nearly homogeneous (3 ml g(-1)) throughout brain of healthy Landrace pigs, and was nearly identical in studies with lower specific activity, suggesting that factors in vivo disfavor the detection of PBBS in Landrace pigs with this radioligand. In young, adult Gottingen minipig brain...

  6. Stapled hemorrhoidopexy: The Aga Khan University Hospital Experience

    Athar Ali

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Stapled hemorrhoidopexy for prolapsing hemorrhoids is conceptually different from excision hemorrhoidectomy. It does not accompany the pain that usually occurs after resection of the sensitive anoderm. This study was carried out to evaluate the clinical outcome of stapled hemorrhoidopexy at The Aga Khan University Hospital. Methods: A sample of 140 patients with symptomatic second-, third-, and fourth-degree hemorrhoids and circumferential mucosal prolapse underwent stapled hemorrhoidopexy from July 2002 to July 2007. They were evaluated for postoperative morbidity, analgesic requirement, and recurrence. Results: Seventy-eight percent were males and the mean age was 45 (range 16-90 years. The mean operative time was 35 (15-78 min. The mean parenteral analgesic doses during the first 24 h were 2.1. All patients received oral analgesics alone after 24 h. No significant postoperative morbidity was observed. The mean in-patient hospital stay was 1.3 (0-5 days. Patients were followed-up for 24 (range, 2-48 months. Minor local recurrence of hemorrhoids was seen in four patients and was managed by band ligation. Conclusion: Stapled hemorrhoidopexy procedure was found safe, well tolerated by patients with minimal parenteral analgesic use and early discharge from the hospital.

  7. Stapled hemorrhoidopexy: The Aga Khan University Hospital Experience

    Stapled hemorrhoidopexy for prolapsing hemorrhoids is conceptually different from excision hemorrhoidectomy. It does not accompany the pain that usually occurs after resection of the sensitive anoderm. This study was carried out to evaluate the clinical outcome of stapled hemorrhoidopexy at The Aga Khan University Hospital. A sample of 140 patients with symptomatic second-, third-, and fourth-degree hemorrhoids and circumferential mucosal prolapse underwent stapled hemorrhoidopexy from July 2002 to July 2007. They were evaluated for postoperative morbidity, analgesic requirement, and recurrence. Seventy-eight percent were males and the mean age was 45 (range 16-90) years. The mean operative time was 35 (15-78) min. The mean parenteral analgesic doses during the first 24 h were 2.1. All patients received oral analgesics alone after 24 h. No significant postoperative morbidity was observed. The mean in-patient hospital stay was 1.3 (0-5) days. Patients were followed-up for 24 (range, 2-48) months. Minor local recurrence of hemorrhoids was seen in four patients and was managed by band ligation. Stapled hemorrhoidopexy procedure was found safe, well tolerated by patients with minimal parenteral analgesic use and early discharge from the hospital. (author)

  8. Decisions to Perform Emergency Caesarean Sections at a University Hospital

    Pillai, Silja A.; Vaidyanathan, Gowri; Al-Shukri, Maryam; Al-Dughaishi, Tamima R.; Tazneem, Shahila; Khan, Durdana; El-Tayeb, Saniya; Mathew, Mariam

    2016-01-01

    Objectives: This study was undertaken to assess the degree of agreement amongst obstetricians regarding decisions to perform emergency Caesarean section (CS) procedures at a university hospital. Methods: This retrospective clinical audit was carried out on 50 consecutive emergency CS procedures performed between November 2012 and March 2013 on women with singleton pregnancies at the Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat, Oman. Data on each procedure were collected from electronic patient records and independently reviewed by six senior obstetricians to determine agreement with the decision. Results: Of the 50 women who underwent CS procedures, the mean age was 28.9 ± 5.1 years and 48% were primigravidae. A total of 65% of the CS procedures were category I. The most common indications for a CS was a non-reassuring fetal heart trace (40%) and dystocia (32%). There was complete agreement on the decision to perform 62% of the CS procedures. Five and four obstetricians agreed on 80% and 95% of the procedures, respectively. The range of disagreement was 4–20%. Disagreement occurred primarily with category II and III procedures compared to category I. Additionally, disagreement occurred in cases where the fetal heart trace pattern was interpreted as an indication for a category II CS. Conclusion: The majority of obstetricians agreed on the decisions to perform 94% of the emergency CS procedures. Obstetric decision-making could be improved with the implementation of fetal scalp pH testing facilities, fetal heart trace interpretation training and cardiotocography review meetings. PMID:26909212

  9. Air quality in Ain Shams University Surgery Hospital.

    El Awady, M Y; El Rahman, A T Abd; Al Bagoury, L S; Mossad, I M

    2014-12-01

    Through air sampling, it was possible to evaluate microbial contamination in environments at high risk of infection, and to check the efficiency of ventilation system and the medical team's hygiene procedures. This study measured the concentration of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 or less microns and microbiological organisms in operating rooms (OR), intensive care units (ICU) and emergency rooms (ER) in Ain Shams University Surgery Hospital, and to assess ventilation characteristics in operating rooms in the hospital. The passive air sampling was done from ICUs, ORs, and ERs in Ain Shams University Surgery Hospital. Also for each operating room, an observational checklist was done to record other factors that may affect air quality in the room. The evaluated air quality indices were: suspended (PM) 2.5 micrometer or less, culture media and microbial identification of bacteria and fungi, and temperature and relative humidity. The results showed that the highest mean found for bacterial (105.70±30.49) and fungi concentration (7.50±5.30) was in ER. The three settings did not differ statistically as regard levels of PM 2.5, temperature, and relative humidity. A positive correlation exits between bacteria and fungi concentration on one hand and relative humidity on the other. Diphteroid, CONS, MRSA, S. aureus, and Anthracoid were the most frequent isolated bacterial types, while Penicillium and Asperigillus fumigatus were the most frequent isolated fungi. In operating rooms, the percent of unmasked persons present and the temperature positively influence the bacterial count, while ventilation condition is negatively influencing fungi count, and the number of persons present in the operating room positively affects the PM level. PMID:25643516

  10. Radiation doses in angiography in the University Hospital of Caracas

    In the present work is evaluated, in angiography procedures carried out in the Radiology Department of the University Hospital of Caracas, the radiation dose received by the exposed professional when they carry out these explorations invasive and the followed norms of radiological protection during the exploration. The measurement was carried out on the exposed professional conformed by a medical interventionist, a medical assistant (resident), a nurse and a technical radiologist. Dosimeters TL was placed in the inter-orbital line at level of the crystalline lens, on thyroid, on the hands, thorax, breast, and on the gonads. The maximum values of dose (in mGy) that were measured: 1,84 at level of the crystalline lens; 1,24 on thyroid; 9,04 on the right hand; 65,04 on hand left; 0,07 on thorax; 0,07 on Breast; 0,07 for ovaries; and smaller than 0,04 for testicle. (author)

  11. Sizing of Staff of Neonatal Units in a University Hospital

    Gabriela Ramos Ferreira Curan

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim was to evaluate the size of the nursing neonatal units of a university hospital regarding the education and professional experience of the nursing staff and the adequacy of existing legislation professional staff. Descriptive, quantitative study, conducted at the Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intermediate Care. We used two instruments to collect data with the nursing staff and the professional relationship and bed occupancy. Employees had an average experience in neonatal units of 14 years; most had more than one vocational training (59.3%. The number of nurses was below the recommended by current professional legislation (12.5% and nursing assistants above (56.2%; 51.9% were employees in other sectors doing overtime. It was concluded that although qualified, which can determine a differentiated service, the team does not meet the recommended sizing standards for professional assistance in these specialized units.

  12. Symptomatic Urinary Lithiasis: Epidemiology and Management at Urology Department of University Hospital of Cotonou

    Prince Pascal Hounnasso; Josué Dejinnin Georges Avakoudjo; Abdoul Karim Paré; Kirakoya Brahima; Adama Ouattara; Michel Michael Agounkpé; Gilles Natchagandé; Sanni Rafiou Toré; Abubakar Babagana Mustapha; Alexandre Vodounou

    2015-01-01

    Purpose: To study the epidemiology and treatment modalities of urolithiasis at Urology Department of University Hospital of Cotonou. Materials and Methods: It was a retrospective and descriptive study over a 10 years period ranging from January 1st, 2004 to December 31st, 2013. One hundred and two patients who were hospitalized for symptomatic urolithiasis at the Urology Department of University Hospital of Cotonou were enrolled. Results: Hospital incidence of urolithiasis w...

  13. Characteristics of electroconvulsive therapy in a university hospital

    Esra Yancar Demir

    2016-06-01

    Material and Method: Of 759 inpatients, 32 who was treated with ECT in psychiatry clinic of Ministery of Health and ndash; Ordu University Training and Research Hospital were included in the study. The data evaluated in the study were obtained from patient files retrospectively. Results: Among the 32 (4.21% patients treated with ECT, 23 (71.9% were male with a mean age of 44.4 and 9 (28.1% were female with a mean age of 44.5. The mean hospitization time was 28,7 days in male patients whereas it was 38.33 days in female patients. The mean number of ECT sessions was 9.4 for males and 9.8 for females. Conclusion: ECT treatment was performed in 4.24 % of the patients in our clinic for the past 5.5 years. Although the application is restricted because of false beliefs and prejudiced opinions, ECT is a reliable treatment method with very low risk of serious complications. New methods should be implemented for healthy acknowledgment to overcome these opinions and beliefs about ECT. [Cukurova Med J 2016; 41(2.000: 242-247

  14. Full PACS installation in Seoul National University Hospital, Korea

    Lim, HyunWoo; Kim, DongOok; Ahn, JinYoung; Lee, DongHyuk; Lee, JinHyung; Park, HeeJung; Kim, JongHyo; Han, Jungu

    2002-05-01

    Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) is composed of two buildings and has more than 1500 beds for patients needing hospitalization. Marotech has provided full PACS to SNUH with total HIS Integration in this year. In this paper, the installation process and management experience for seven months will be presented. At SNUH, 1643.8 exams were held per day during seven month after PACS installation. It is about 40 Gigabytes per day. Two acquisition servers (ACQ 1, 2), two database servers (DB 1, 2), two storage servers (LTA, network attached storage-NAS), one backup server (DLT) totally 8 servers were installed. SNUH has 11 CRs, 4 CTs, 3 MRIs, 9 NMs, 4 RFs, 20 USs, 7 ESs, 4 SCs, 5 XAs, and 5 Film Ditigers. All these modalities were integrated with PACS. DICOM 3.0 standard was conformed for images. DICOM Gateways were installed for modalities that do not support DICOM. The doctor can query and view Endoscopes, pathologic and anatomic data as well as radiological data. All the past five years exams is accessed less than 10 Seconds via on-line. Through the cooperation with SNUH and Marotech, HIS and PACS work together in stable state. These systems were integrated with HL7 standards and IHE.

  15. PRE-HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT OF FEBRILE SEIZURES IN CHILDREN SEEN AT THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL, IBADAN, NIGERIA

    Jarrett, O.O.; Fatunde, O.J.; OSINUSI, K; Lagunju, I.A.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Febrile seizures are commonly encountered in emergency paediatric practice. Initial pre-hospital intervention given by caregivers has been shown to impact outcome. Objectives:: To describe the spectrum of pre-hospital interventions given for the treatment of childhood febrile seizures in Ibadan, Nigeria. Methods: All consecutive cases of febrile seizures seen at the emergency room of University College Hospital, Ibadan over a period of 13 months were the subjects of the study. Det...

  16. Employee Satisfaction in Hospitals with Afilasyo; Sample of Training and Research Hospital of University of Mugla Sitki Kocman

    Nazli Ülger

    2016-01-01

    Aim: To determine the factors of which affect the employee satisfaction and has a an important role in giving qualified and efficient servise in Mugla Sitki Koçman University Training and Research Hospital where affiliation is applied. Material and Method: Questionnaire form was made to Mugla Sitki Koçman University Training and Research Hospital employees. The data in the research taken from the questionnaires were transferred to SPSS for analysis. As statistical analysis; reli...

  17. Risk factors for recurrent hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile infection in a Japanese university hospital

    Hikone M

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Mayu Hikone,1 Yusuke Ainoda,1,2 Sayaka Tago,2 Takahiro Fujita,2 Yuji Hirai,2 Kaori Takeuchi,2 Kyoichi Totsuka31Department of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo Metropolitan Bokutoh General Hospital, 2Department of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo Women's Medical University, 3Department of Internal Medicine, Kitatama Hospital, Tokyo, JapanBackground: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI is a highly prevalent hospital-associated infection. Although most patients respond well to discontinuation of antibiotics, 20%–30% of patients relapse. To initiate early therapeutic measures, the risk factors for recurrent CDI must be identified, although very few Japanese studies have used standard surveillance definitions to identify these risk factors.Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with health care facility-onset CDI between August 2011 and September 2013. Patients with diarrhea who were positive for Clostridium difficile (via an enzyme immunoassay were defined as having CDI. Clinical data (eg, demographics, comorbidities, medication, laboratory results, and clinical outcomes were evaluated, and multivariate analysis was used to identify risk factors that were associated with recurrent CDI.Results: Seventy-six health care facility-onset CDI cases were identified, with an incidence rate of 0.8 cases per 10,000 patient-days. Fourteen cases (18.4% were recurrent, with 13 patients having experienced a single recurrent episode and one patient having experienced three recurrent episodes. The 30-day and 90-day mortality rates were 7.9% and 14.5%, respectively. Multivariate analysis revealed that recurrent patients were more likely to have underlying malignant disease (odds ratio: 7.98; 95% confidence interval: 1.22–52.2; P=0.03 and a history of intensive care unit hospitalization (odds ratio: 49.9; 95% confidence interval: 1.01–2,470; P=0.049.Conclusion: Intensive care unit hospitalization and malignancy are risk factors for recurrent

  18. Reporting sharp injuries among Surgeons in Zagazig University Hospitals, Egypt

    Eman Mohamed Mortada

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Background and rationale of the study: Although Sharps injuries are a preventable hazard faced by medical personnel in the operating room yet it continues to be one of the hidden problems among HCP. The potential consequence of such injuries includes transmission of blood-borne pathogens with detrimental effects. Despite the advances in technology and increased awareness of medical staff, annually around 600 thousand to one million workers are affected thus considered as one of the most serious threats facing health care workers specially surgeon.Methodology: a cross sectional study of Zagazig University Hospitals surgical departments. Using a sample composed of 287 surgeons randomly chosen from different surgical departments. A questionnaire assessed in addition to personal and professional characteristics, the history of sharp injuries, types of instrument causing the injury, their post exposure prophylaxis including reporting. The results: There were total 287 surgeons participated in this study. (47% of the respondent surgeons had been exposed to at least one episode of sharp injury in the preceding 3 months and most of the exposures (68% occurred in the operation room. The injury was mainly caused during suturing (83%. The commonest devices, accused in most of the injuries were suturing needle and scalpel (74 and 59%. The majority of the surgeons (62% didn’t report the SI and it was largely explained by the majority of the sampled respondents (89% were not aware of the reporting system existing in their hospital.Conclusions: The most common reason of underreporting  in our study was the lack of awareness that all injuries must be reported.Recommendations: The observed high level of under reporting reflects the need for education on prevention. Our results can guide in planning an education program for the surgeons to increase awareness about dangers of sharp injuries and help improve the reporting strategy  and other potential

  19. Risk factors for recurrent preterm delivery in three university hospitals

    Davari Tanha F

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Preterm labor is defined as delivery before 37 weeks of gestation. Recurrence of preterm labor in future pregnancies is 6-8%. History of preterm labor is a strong risk factor for future preterm labor. Preterm labor is the leading cause of neonatal mortality in developed countries, but permanent morbidity in these premature neonates has many side effects for the newborn as well as their family members and society. For this reason we conducted a survey to identify risk factors for recurrent preterm delivery among primiparous women with previous preterm delivery. Methods: This prospective case–control study included patients from three university hospitals, namely Imam Khomeini, Shariati and Mirza Koochakkhan Hospitals, all in Tehran, Iran. Subjects, including 539 primiparous women who delivered preterm (22–36 weeks, were divided into two groups: 47 had a second preterm delivery (study group and 492 had first preterm delivery (control group. Exclusion criteria were induced preterm delivery due to medical indications in mother and primigravid. Data collection and analysis was performed using SPSS 10 and t-test and χ2 test were used to analyze the significance of the results. Results: From a total of 6,537 deliveries, we found 539 cases of preterm delivery, among which 47 cases were identified as recurrent preterm delivery. The control group was composed of 492 deliveries. The recurrence of preterm delivery was 8.7%. Uterine anomaly, cardiovascular, renal and thyroid disease in mother and blood group A had a significant correlation with recurrent preterm delivery. Conclusion: Expectant mothers with uterine anomalies, cardiovascular, renal or thyroid diseases or group A blood type should receive extra care, observation and instructions in order to limit the risk of preterm delivery and its subsequent effects.

  20. Assessment of Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative in Three Hospitals Affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences

    Firoozeh Bairami

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The aim of this study was to assess the status of patient safety in three hospitals, affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences, based on the critical standards of Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative (PSFHI. Materials and Methods:In this cross-sectional study, conducted in 2014, we used PSFHI assessment tool to evaluate the status of patient safety in three hospitals, affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences; these general referral hospitals were selected purposefully. PSFHI assessment tool is comprised of 140 patient safety standards in five domains, categorized in 24 sub-domains. The five major domains include leadership and management, patient and public involvement, safe evidence-based clinical practices, safe environment, and lifelong learning. Results: All three hospitals met more than 70% of the critical standards. The highest score in critical standards (> 80% was related to the domain of leadership and management in all hospitals. The average score in the domain of safe evidence-based clinical practices was 70% in the studied hospitals. Finally, all the hospitals met 50% of the critical standards in the domains of patient and public involvement and safe environment. Conclusion: Based on the findings, PSFHI is a suitable program for meeting patient safety goals. The selected hospitals in this survey all had a high managerial commitment to patient safety; therefore, they could obtain high scores on critical standards.

  1. Hospital Coding Practice, Data Quality, and DRG-Based Reimbursement under the Thai Universal Coverage Scheme

    Pongpirul, Krit

    2011-01-01

    In the Thai Universal Coverage scheme, hospital providers are paid for their inpatient care using Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) reimbursement. Questionable quality of the submitted DRG codes has been of concern whereas knowledge about hospital coding practice has been lacking. The objectives of this thesis are (1) To explore hospital coding…

  2. Design and Implementation of PACS at Georgetown University Hospital

    Mun, S. K.; Benson, H.. R.; Choyke, P.; Fahey, F. H.; Wang, P. C.; Zeman, R. K...; Elliott, L. P.

    1985-09-01

    During the preparation and planning phase of the PACS project at Georgetown University Hospital it was realized that PACS requires truly the state of the art technology in data communication, image processing and man machine interfacing. It was also realized that un-like many other technology intensive devices used in radiology, PACS cannot be seen as an independent system that will provide well defined services. PACS will be the backbone of the department operation in clinical, educational and managerial functions. It will indeed be the nerve center of the radiologic services affecting every aspect of the department. PACS will have to be designed to perform in a cost-effective manner to widely varying needs within the radiology departments. The integration of ever changing complex technology that will impact every aspect of a radiology service is not a trivial matter. This transition period going from current manual film based PACS to Digital PACS can be long, expansive and disruptive unless careful planning preceeds the implementation. PACS is still an emerging technology at its infancy. Performance monitoring and evaluation of diversified functions have to be also established so that improvement to the system can be efficiently implemented. Thus the evaluation criteria should be also established as early as possible.

  3. Prevalence of Glomerular Diseases: King Khalid University Hospital, Saudi Arabia

    Mitwalli A

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available To obtain a more recent and comprehensive insight into the prevalence of glomerular diseases in our patient population, medical records of 200 patients with biopsy proven glomerulonephritis (GN, between January 1994 and June 1999, at the King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia were analyzed. Primary glomerular disease was found to be the most prevalent, accounting for 63.5% of all glomerular diseases. Among primary glomerular diseases, focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS was the most common histological lesion (34.6% and was associated with a high prevalence of hypertension (86.4%, nephrotic syndrome (68.18%, hematuria (63.6% and renal functional impairment (27.3%. Mesangioproliferative GN was the second most common lesion (25.1% followed by mesangiocapillary GN (15.7%, IgA nephropathy (10.2%, and minimal change disease (8.5%. Amongst secondary glomerular diseases, lupus nephritis was the most prevalent (24.5%. In conclusion, primary glomerular diseases constituted the commonest group encountered and the prevalence of FSGS was quite high with male sex and young adults predominating. FSGS was also associated with a high prevalence of end-stage renal disease. Further collaborative studies are necessary to explore the predisposing factors and associations of glomerular disease, especially FSGS.

  4. Fungemia in a university hospital: an epidemiological approach

    Fabíola Maria Marques do Couto

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Fungemia corresponds to the isolation of fungi in the bloodstream and occurs mostly in immunosuppressed patients. The early diagnosis and treatment of these infections are relevant given the serious threat to the affected patients and possible spread to other organs, often becoming fatal. The growing number of fungemia associated with poor prognosis resulted in this research aiming to diagnose and assess the epidemiological aspects of hematogenous infections by fungi. METHODS: The study included 58 blood samples collected within a 1-year period, from patients at the Hospital das Clinicas, Federal University of Pernambuco, by venipuncture in vacuum tubes. Blood samples were processed for direct examination and culture and identification, conducted by observing the macroscopic and microscopic characteristics, as well as physiological characteristics when necessary. RESULTS: Eight (13.8% episodes of fungemia were identified, accounting for the total sample, and these pathogens were Candida, Histoplasma, Trichosporon, Cryptococcus, and a dematiaceous fungus. C. albicans was the prevalent species, accounting for 37.5% of the cases. Most affected patients were adult males. There was no predominance for any activity, and the risk of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome was the underlying pathology most often cited. CONCLUSIONS: The isolation of fungi considered as emergent species, such as C. membranifaciens and dematiaceous species, highlights the importance of epidemiological monitoring of cases of fungemia in immunocompromised patients, as the therapy of choice depends on the knowledge of the aethiological agent.

  5. Ambulance services at hospital universiti sains malaysia and hospital kota bharu: a retrospective study of calls.

    Shah Che Hamzah, Mohd Shaharudin; Ahmad, Rashidi; Nik Abdul Rahman, Nik Hisamuddin; Pardi, Kasmah Wati; Jaafar, Naimah; Wan Adnan, Wan Aasim; Jaalam, Kamaruddin; Sahil Jamalullail, Syed Mohsin

    2005-07-01

    This retrospective study attempted to identify the pattern of ambulance calls for the past two years at the Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) and Hospital Kota Bharu (HKB). This study will provide a simple method of acquiring information related to ambulance response time (ART) and to test whether it met the international standards and needs of the client. Additionally, this paper takes into account the management of emergency calls. This included ambulance response time, which was part of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) episode: onset of ART, which started when details like phone number of the caller, exact location of the incident and the nature of the main complaint had been noted. ART ended when the emergency team arrived at the scene of incident. Information regarding ambulance calls from the record offices of HUSM and HKB was recorded for the year 2001 and 2002, tabulated and analyzed. There was a significant difference in the total number of calls managed by HUSM and HKB in the year 2001. It was noted that 645 calls were managed by HUSM while 1069 calls were recorded at HKB. In the year 2002, however, HUSM led with 613 extra numbers of calls as compare to HKB with 1193 numbers of calls. The pattern of ambulance calls observed is thought to possibly be influenced by social activities like local festivities, school holidays and the seasons. Further, it is observed that no studies were previously undertaken to compare the ART at both the HUSM and HKB to that of the international standards. In fact, a literature review undertaken so far showed no similar studies have been done for the whole Malaysia. PMID:22605956

  6. The Effect of Information Exchange on Inter-Functional Coordination within Hospital Supply Chain: Case of Moroccan University Hospital

    Mustapha Bouachouch; Fatima Ouazzani Chahdi

    2015-01-01

    This research aims to explore the causal relationship between the information exchanged and inter-functional coordination (IFC) in the Hospital Supply Chain (HSC) context "Case of Moroccan University Hospital (MUH)". Specifically, the research aims to identify the dimensions of information exchanged the most significant and that influencing between services directly involved in the pharmaceutical and information flows associated within the MUH. To achieve this goal, we conducted 20 semi-struc...

  7. Universal versus tailored solutions for alleviating disruptive behavior in hospitals

    Berman-Kishony, Talia; Shvarts, Shifra

    2015-01-01

    Background: Disruptive behavior among hospital staff can negatively affect quality of care. Motivated by a standard on disruptive behavior issued by The Joint Commission (LD 3.10), as well as the desire to improve patient care, minimize liability, and improve staff retention, hospitals are setting policies to prevent and resolve disruptive behaviors. However, it is unknown whether uniform conflict management tools are equally effective among different hospital settings. Methods: We surveyed r...

  8. Dynamic network data envelopment analysis for university hospitals evaluation

    Lobo, Maria Stella de Castro; Rodrigues, Henrique de Castro; André, Edgard Caires Gazzola; de Azeredo, Jônatas Almeida; Lins, Marcos Pereira Estellita

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE To develop an assessment tool to evaluate the efficiency of federal university general hospitals. METHODS Data envelopment analysis, a linear programming technique, creates a best practice frontier by comparing observed production given the amount of resources used. The model is output-oriented and considers variable returns to scale. Network data envelopment analysis considers link variables belonging to more than one dimension (in the model, medical residents, adjusted admissions, and research projects). Dynamic network data envelopment analysis uses carry-over variables (in the model, financing budget) to analyze frontier shift in subsequent years. Data were gathered from the information system of the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC), 2010-2013. RESULTS The mean scores for health care, teaching and research over the period were 58.0%, 86.0%, and 61.0%, respectively. In 2012, the best performance year, for all units to reach the frontier it would be necessary to have a mean increase of 65.0% in outpatient visits; 34.0% in admissions; 12.0% in undergraduate students; 13.0% in multi-professional residents; 48.0% in graduate students; 7.0% in research projects; besides a decrease of 9.0% in medical residents. In the same year, an increase of 0.9% in financing budget would be necessary to improve the care output frontier. In the dynamic evaluation, there was progress in teaching efficiency, oscillation in medical care and no variation in research. CONCLUSIONS The proposed model generates public health planning and programming parameters by estimating efficiency scores and making projections to reach the best practice frontier. PMID:27191158

  9. Clinical characteristics of sarcoidosis patients diagnosed in a university hospital

    Özlem Abakay

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: The clinical characteristics and treatment resultsof patients diagnosed with sarcoidosis was investigatedin Dicle University Medical Faculty Hospital.Materials and methods: A total of 39 patients were includeddiagnosed with sarcoidosis between 01 January2008 and31 December 2011.Demographic data, laboratoryfindings, spirometric test data, diagnostic methodsand treatment regimens for the study were recorded form.According to pulmonary function test results of patients,61.5% were normal pattern, 30.8% were restrictive patternand 7.7% were obstructive pattern.Results: Of the 39 patients 15.4% male, 84.6% werefemale. The mean age was 39.5±13.1 years for males,females 44.8±14.0 years. All patients of was 17.9%stage 1, 66.7% stage 2, 10.3% stage 3 and 5.1% stage4. 61.5% were symptomatic, 38.5% were asymptomatic.Methods of diagnosis of the patients examined, 25.6% ofpatients bronchoscopic biopsy procedures, 74.4% of patientssurgical biopsy procedures. Of the 56.4% patientshad received corticosteroid treatment, 5.1% patients hadreceived corticosteroid + methotrexate treatment, 38.5%were followed up without the pharmacological treatment.Pharmacological treatment in the group complete at thetime of the study 20.5% concluded the treatment of theperson. Patients who treatment ending 8.4 months hadused pharmacological treatment.Conclusions: Interstitial lung diseases which are prevalentamong patients with sarcoidosis diagnosed by examiningthe clinical features, differential diagnosis and treatmentmay be possible detection of potential problems. JClin Exp Invest 2012; 3 (3: 363-367Key words: Sarcoidosis diagnosis, treatment

  10. INTESTINAL PARASITES IN DIABETIC PATIENTS IN SOHAG UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS, EGYPT.

    Elnadi, Nada A; Hassanien, Hassan A; Ahmad, Amal M; Abd Ellah, Asmaa K

    2015-08-01

    Intestinal parasites usually create benign diseases, though they may induce complications with high morbidity and mortality to the immunocompromised, including diabetic patients. The study detected the prevalence of intestinal parasitic infections in diabetic patients, comparing to non-diabetic controls and other parameters. A total of 100 fecal samples were collected from diabetic patients at the outpatient clinic of Sohag University Hospitals and another 100 from cross matched controls. The samples were examined macroscopically and microscopically by direct smear and different concentration methods then stained by Modified Ziehl-Neelsen Acid fast stain. Glycated hemoglobin (Hb Alc) was measured to detect DM controlled patients. The data were organized, tabulated, and statistically analyzed. Intestinal parasites were found in 25 (25%) cases out of 100 patients in diabetic group and 7(7%) cases out of 100 controls with high significance (PEntamoeba histolytica in 7 cases (7%) and 3 (3%) among controls, Hymenolypis nana in 5 cases (5%) and 3 (3%) among controls, Entamoeba coli in 8 patients (8%), Entamoeba hartmanni in 3 cases (3%), Dientamoeba fragilis in a case (1%), Cryptosporidium parvum in 5 cases (5%) and microsporidia in 3 cases (3%). But, E. coli, E. hartmanni, D. fragilis and C. parvum nor microsporidia were detected in controls. The rate of G. lamblia in DM patients compared to controls was high significant (P10 years showed the highest prevalence (P< 0.003), type I infection rate was significantly higher than type II (P<0.001). DM control was also significantly affected the infection rates (P<0.007 in type I and P< 0.01 in type II). PMID:26485865

  11. Enterococcal urinary tract infections in a university hospital: clinical studies

    Milton Barros

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available Although urinary tract infections (UTI represent the most common infection caused by enterococci, some aspects remain to be fully clarified. The aim of this study was to determine the clinical characteristics present in UTI caused by Enterococcus spp. in patients followed up at the Prof. Edgard Santos Teaching Hospital of the Federal University of Bahia. All patients consecutively examined between 1997 and 2005, who received a diagnosis of UTI caused by Enterococcus spp. were included in the study. UTI was defined as the presence of 10(5 colony-forming units per mL of urine. Standard microbiological techniques were used. During the study period, 6.2% of the urine cultures were positive for Enterococcus spp. The mean age of the patients was 48.9 years and 57% were male. At initial evaluation, 13% of the patients had complaints suggestive of UTI. Nineteen patients had a history consistent with obstructive uropathy and 26 with neurogenic bladder. At final evaluation, UTI was the diagnosis in 48 patients. In 36 patients (29%, the primary diagnosis was related to urogenital diseases, consisting of obstructive uropathy in 23 of these cases, while in 32 patients (25.8% primary diagnosis was related to neurologic diseases, frequently neurogenic bladder. UTI caused by Enterococcus spp. is not infrequent, is usually associated with few or no symptoms and occurs in sick patients who have anatomical or functional obstructive uropathy associated or not with urinary tract catheterization or instrumentation. The diagnosis of enterococcal UTI may indicate a urinary tract abnormality yet to be diagnosed.

  12. Dynamic network data envelopment analysis for university hospitals evaluation

    Maria Stella de Castro Lobo

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT OBJECTIVE To develop an assessment tool to evaluate the efficiency of federal university general hospitals. METHODS Data envelopment analysis, a linear programming technique, creates a best practice frontier by comparing observed production given the amount of resources used. The model is output-oriented and considers variable returns to scale. Network data envelopment analysis considers link variables belonging to more than one dimension (in the model, medical residents, adjusted admissions, and research projects. Dynamic network data envelopment analysis uses carry-over variables (in the model, financing budget to analyze frontier shift in subsequent years. Data were gathered from the information system of the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC, 2010-2013. RESULTS The mean scores for health care, teaching and research over the period were 58.0%, 86.0%, and 61.0%, respectively. In 2012, the best performance year, for all units to reach the frontier it would be necessary to have a mean increase of 65.0% in outpatient visits; 34.0% in admissions; 12.0% in undergraduate students; 13.0% in multi-professional residents; 48.0% in graduate students; 7.0% in research projects; besides a decrease of 9.0% in medical residents. In the same year, an increase of 0.9% in financing budget would be necessary to improve the care output frontier. In the dynamic evaluation, there was progress in teaching efficiency, oscillation in medical care and no variation in research. CONCLUSIONS The proposed model generates public health planning and programming parameters by estimating efficiency scores and making projections to reach the best practice frontier.

  13. ACN-France, Aarhus Convention and Nuclear - Synthesis report

    This report first recalls the Aarhus Convention and Nuclear (ACN) process and proposes a presentation of the thematic and program of the three work-groups. Respectively, these work-groups addressed the return on experience on the search process for a Low Activity Long Life radioactive waste storage site, the application of the Convention articles addressing the modalities of public participation and information, and the issue of the empowerment and access to expertise of actors belonging to the civil society. Then, this report contains conclusions and recommendations made by these work-groups, and proposes a synthesis of recommendations aimed at improving public information and participation to decision processes while linking regional and national levels

  14. A process of restructuration of Oslo University Hospital : a qualitative study of the merger of the University Hospitals of Oslo and gradual changes of

    2011-01-01

    This thesis examines the reasons for choice of the implemented organizational model of OUH prior to the hospital merger of January 2009. The analysis begins with a comparison of the goals manifested by the three organizational levels of the studied institution and namely by the State, the South-East RHA and Oslo University Hospital (OUH). It presents the original organizational models by Administrative Director of OUH, Siri Hatlen as well as the reinterpretation of the models adjusted to the ...

  15. Activity-based costing and its application in a Turkish university hospital.

    Yereli, Ayşe Necef

    2009-03-01

    Resource management in hospitals is of increasing importance in today's global economy. Traditional accounting systems have become inadequate for managing hospital resources and accurately determining service costs. Conversely, the activity-based costing approach to hospital accounting is an effective cost management model that determines costs and evaluates financial performance across departments. Obtaining costs that are more accurate can enable hospitals to analyze and interpret costing decisions and make more accurate budgeting decisions. Traditional and activity-based costing approaches were compared using a cost analysis of gall bladder surgeries in the general surgery department of one university hospital in Manisa, Turkey. PMID:19269382

  16. Universal newborn hearing screening: preliminary experience at the University Hospital of Cagliari

    Giulia Pinna

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Bilateral congenital or acquired sensorineural hearing loss is a pathological condition affecting 1-2 children per 1,000 live births; it represents a major issue in public health because its late identification can negatively affect speech and language development. The aim of hearing screening is to obtain diagnosis and management of hearing loss as soon as possible; in fact early diagnosis and treatment allow children with congenital hearing impairment to acquire adequate linguistic competence. The present study reports our preliminary experience in newborn hearing screening at Neonatology services of University of Cagliari (Italy. During the first semester of surveillance, between January 2012 and June 2012, hearing screening was performed on a total of 901 babies using two different methods, TEOAEs in healthy neonates and automated ABR in high-risk babies. All infants were screened prior to hospital discharge; in some cases, especially for preterm infants of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Puericulture Institute, the screening was performed after discharge, to achieve a possible better global and acoustic maturation; 5 cases of hearing impairment were found. In the present study the Authors confirmed that it is possible to start a universal hearing screening in a relatively short time reaching the percentages suggested by Joint Committee on Infant Hearing.

  17. A substantial number of scientific publications originate from non-university hospitals

    Fedder, Jens; Nielsen, Gunnar Lauge; Petersen, Lars Michael Jelstrup;

    2011-01-01

    As we found no recent published reports on the amount and kind of research published from Danish hospitals without university affiliation, we have found it relevant to conduct a bibliometric survey disclosing these research activities....

  18. Reference levels at diagnosis (NRD) for explorations in TC of the university Hospital Donostia

    The objective of this work is the establishment of diagnostic reference levels in TC, for the anatomical regions, in the University Hospital Donostia, in order to reduce the dose to patients and without prejudice to the required diagnosis. (Author)

  19. Risk Assessment of Physical Health Hazards in Al-Azhar University Hospital in New Damietta, Egypt

    Mohammed El-Hady Imam*, Raed Mohammed Alazab**,

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Personnel working in hospitals are exposed to many occupational hazards that may threaten their health and safety. Physical hazards that are encountered in hospital working environment include temperature, illumination, noise, electrical injuries, and radiation. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to identify physical health hazards in all departments of Al-Azhar University Hospital in new Damietta, to measure risk level of these hazards, and to recognize safety me...

  20. Clinical outcome of protein-energy malnourished patients in a Brazilian university hospital

    Pasquini, T.A.S.; H.D. Neder; Araújo-Junqueira, L.; De-Souza, D.A.

    2012-01-01

    Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is a treatable disease with high prevalence among hospitalized patients. It can cause significant increases in the duration of hospitalization and costs. PEM is especially important for health systems since malnourished patients present higher morbidity and mortality. The objective of the present study was to assess the evolution of nutritional status (NS) and the effect of malnutrition on clinical outcome of patients at a public university hospital of high c...

  1. Hospitable Gestures in the University Lecture: Analysing Derrida's Pedagogy

    Ruitenberg, Claudia

    2014-01-01

    Based on archival research, this article analyses the pedagogical gestures in Derrida's (largely unpublished) lectures on hospitality (1995/96), with particular attention to the enactment of hospitality in these gestures. The motivation for this analysis is twofold. First, since the large-group university lecture has been widely critiqued as…

  2. Aggressive television ad campaign for Cooper University Hospital features hometown celebrity.

    2006-01-01

    Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ, features an extensive ambulatory care network that includes practice sites across eight counties of Southern New Jersey. Recently, the hospital worked with Willing Strategic Advertising to produce an award-winning television advertising campaign endorsed by New Jersey-born TV personality, Kelly Ripa. PMID:16509392

  3. Relationship Between Leadership Styles of Nurese Managers and Nurses' Job Satisfaction in Jimma University Specialized Hospital

    Negussie, Nebiat; Demissie, Asresash

    2013-01-01

    Background Leadership style of nurse managers plays a significant role in nurses' job satisfaction. However, there is limited literature in areas related to nurses' manager leadership style. The objective of this research was thus to investigate the relationship between leadership style of nurse managers and nurses' job satisfaction in Jimma University Specialized Hospital. Methods The study was conducted at Jimma University Specialized Hospital from January to June 2012 and used a non-experi...

  4. Prescribing practice and evaluation of appropriateness of enteral nutrition in a university teaching hospital

    Zhu XP; Zhu LL; Zhou Q

    2013-01-01

    Xiu-Ping Zhu,1 Ling-Ling Zhu,2 Quan Zhou11Department of Pharmacy, 2Cadre Department, Division of Nursing, The Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of ChinaBackground: A retrospective utilization study was performed to evaluate utilization patterns for enteral nutrition in a university teaching hospital.Methods: Enteral nutrition was divided into three types according to the nitrogen source, ie, total prot...

  5. Obstetric outcomes of booked teenage pregnancies at University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

    Ago BU; Abeshi S; Njoku C; TU Agan; Ekabua J

    2012-01-01

    Boniface Uji Ago, Sylvester Abeshi, Charles Njoku, Thomas Udagbor Agan, John EkabuaDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, NigeriaBackground: Teenage pregnancy is high-risk and associated with complications due to adverse physiological, anatomical, and socioeconomic factors. The purpose of this study was to determine the patterns and obstetric outcomes of booked teenage pregnancies at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) in Nig...

  6. Workplace physical violence, verbal violence, and mobbing experiencedby nurses at a university hospital

    AKSAKAL, FATMA NUR BARAN; KARAŞAHİN, EMİNE FÜSUN; DİKMEN, ASİYE UĞRAŞ; AVCI, EMİNE; ÖZKAN, SEÇİL

    2015-01-01

    Background/aim: The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of and risk factors for physical violence, verbal violence, and mobbing experienced by nurses in a university hospital. Materials and methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted at Gazi University Medical Faculty Hospital. A questionnaire form recommended by the WHO and the International Labor Organization was administered through face-to-face interviews to determine the violence experienced in the past 12 months by...

  7. Quality of care in university hospitals in Saudi Arabia: a systematic review

    Aljuaid, Mohammed; Mannan, Fahmida; Chaudhry, Zain; Rawaf, Salman; Majeed, Azeem

    2016-01-01

    Objectives To identify the key issues, problems, barriers and challenges particularly in relation to the quality of care in university hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), and to provide recommendations for improvement. Methods A systematic search was carried out using five electronic databases, for articles published between January 2004 and January 2015. We included studies conducted in university hospitals in KSA that focused on the quality of healthcare. Three independent revie...

  8. Cytogenetic and comorbidity profile of Down syndrome in Mansoura University Children′s Hospital, Egypt

    Abdel-Hady El-Gilany; Sohier Yahia; Mohamed Shoker; Faeza El-Dahtory

    2011-01-01

    Background: Down syndrome (DS) is the most common chromosomal disorder. It has three chromosomal patterns. Aim: To determine the cytogenetic and comorbidity profiles of DS in the Genetic Unit of Mansoura University Children′s Hospital, Mansoura, Egypt. Materials and Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed on the case records of 712 cytogenetically diagnosed cases of DS at the Genetic Unit of Mansoura University Children′s Hospital, Egypt, during a 10-year period. Results:...

  9. CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES: A SAUDI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE

    Al-Qurashi, Abdulrahman M.

    2000-01-01

    Background: Continuing medical education (CME) is an important and useful activity for updating knowledge in order to improve for outcome of health care. A CME update symposium on Infectious Diseases was therefore organized at the King Fahd Hospital of the University (KFHU), Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Participants included clinicians, laboratory personnel and nursing staff from different hospitals and universities in Saudi Arabia. Objectives: To report the proceedings of the first CME on Infect...

  10. Informed consent from patients participating in medical education: a survey from a university hospital in Jamaica

    Robinson Diaqa; Gordon-Strachan Georgiana; Lindo John F; Crandon Ivor W; Cawich Shamir O; Barnett Alan T; Ranglin Deonne

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background Medical students at the University of the West Indies receive clinical training by passing through a series of hospital rotations at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). Many of these patients are unaware that medical students may be involved in their care. We performed this study to determine patient awareness and their willingness to participate in research and teaching activities. Findings All consecutive patients admitted to the UHWI between May 1, 2006 a...

  11. Universal neonatal audiological screening: experience of the University Hospital of Pisa

    Baggiani Angelo

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The early identification of pre-lingual deafness is necessary to minimize the consequences of hearing impairment on the future communication skills of a baby. According to the most recent international guidelines the deafness diagnosis must occur before the age of three months and the prosthetic-rehabilitative treatment with a traditional hearing aid should start within the first six months. When a Cochlear implant becomes necessary, the treatment should start between the age of 12 months and 18 months. The only way to diagnose the problem early is the implementation of universal neonatal audiological screening programs. Transient evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAE is the most adequate test because it's accurate, economic and of simple execution. Automatic auditory brainstem response (AABR is necessary to identify patients with auditory neuropathy but it is also important to reduce the number of false-positives.The 20-30% of infant hearing impairment is represented by progressive or late-onset hearing loss (HL so it's also necessary to establish an audiological follow up program, especially in infants at risk. From November 2005 all neonates born in the University hospital of Pisa undergo newborn hearing screening. From 2008 the screening program follows the guidelines for the execution of the audiological screening in Tuscany which have been formulated by our group according to the 2007 JCIH Position Statement and adaptated to our regional reality by a multidisciplinary effort. From November 2005 to April 2009 8113 neonates born in the Neonatal Unit of Santa Chiara Hospital (Pisa have undergone newborn hearing screening. 7621 neonates (93.9% without risk factors executed only the TEOAE test. 492 (6.1% neonates had audiological risk factors and thus underwent TEOAE and AABR. 84 patients (1,04% failed both TEOAE and AABR tests. 78 of them underwent further investigations. 44 patients resulted falsepositives (the 0,54% of the screened

  12. The medication process in a psychiatric hospital: are errors a potential threat to patient safety?

    Soerensen AL

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Ann Lykkegaard Soerensen,1,2 Marianne Lisby,3 Lars Peter Nielsen,4 Birgitte Klindt Poulsen,4 Jan Mainz5,6 1Faculty of Social Sciences and of Health Sciences, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark; 2Department of Nursing, University College of Northern Denmark, Aalborg, Denmark; 3Research Centre of Emergency Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; 4Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; 5Aalborg Psychiatric University hospital, Aalborg, Denmark; 6Department for Health Services Research, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark Purpose: To investigate the frequency, type, and potential severity of errors in several stages of the medication process in an inpatient psychiatric setting. Methods: A cross-sectional study using three methods for detecting errors: (1 direct observation; (2 unannounced control visits in the wards collecting dispensed drugs; and (3 chart reviews. All errors, except errors in discharge summaries, were assessed for potential consequences by two clinical pharmacologists. Setting: Three psychiatric wards with adult patients at Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark, from January 2010–April 2010. The observational unit: The individual handling of medication (prescribing, dispensing, and administering. Results: In total, 189 errors were detected in 1,082 opportunities for error (17% of which 84/998 (8% were assessed as potentially harmful. The frequency of errors was: prescribing, 10/189 (5%; dispensing, 18/189 (10%; administration, 142/189 (75%; and discharge summaries, 19/189 (10%. The most common errors were omission of pro re nata dosing regime in computerized physician order entry, omission of dose, lack of identity control, and omission of drug. Conclusion: Errors throughout the medication process are common in psychiatric wards to an extent which resembles error rates in somatic care. Despite a substantial proportion of errors with potential to harm patients, very

  13. Public participation in environmental impact assessment-implementing the Aarhus Convention

    This article explores the nature of public participation in the environmental impact assessment (EIA) process in the context of the potential integration of the Aarhus Convention principles into the UK EIA system. Although the Convention advocates 'early' and 'effective' participation, these terms remain undefined and questions persist about exactly how to implement the Aarhus principles. Ten practice evaluation criteria derived from the Aarhus Convention are used to analyse the public participation procedures used in four UK waste disposal EIA case studies. The paper reports the extent to which the practice evaluation criteria were fulfilled, explores the types and effectiveness of the participation methods used in the EIAs, and highlights some of the key barriers that appear to impede the execution of 'early' and 'effective' participation programmes. It concludes that the Aarhus Convention will undoubtedly lead to a strengthening of participation procedures but that the level of improvement secured will depend upon how its ideals are interpreted and incorporated into legislation and practice

  14. Lessons Learned from Unfavorable Microsurgical Head and Neck Reconstruction: Japan National Cancer Center Hospital and Okayama University Hospital.

    Kimata, Yoshihiro; Matsumoto, Hiroshi; Sugiyama, Narusi; Onoda, Satoshi; Sakuraba, Minoru

    2016-10-01

    The risk of surgical site infection (SSI) remains high after major reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. Clinical data regarding SSI in microsurgical tongue reconstruction are described at National Cancer Hospital in Japan, including discussions of unfavorable representative cases, the relationship between SSI and preoperative irradiation at Okayama University Hospital in Japan, and strategies for SSI control in head and neck reconstruction. Local complications are inevitable in patients undergoing reconstruction in the head and neck areas. The frequency of major complications can be decreased, and late postoperative complications can be prevented with the help of appropriate methods. PMID:27601396

  15. Balance between education- and research-oriented publications from a Brazilian University Hospital

    K. Mendonça de Araujo

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available We analyzed the trends of scientific output of the University Hospital, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. A total of 1420 publications were classified according to pattern and visibility. Most were non-research publications with domestic visibility. With time, there was a tendency to shift from non-research (or education-oriented publications with domestic visibility to research publications with international visibility. This change may reflect new academic attitudes within the institution concerning the objectives of the hospital and the establishment of scientific research activities. The emphasis of this University Hospital had been on the training of new physicians. However, more recently, the production of new knowledge has been incorporated as a new objective. The analysis of the scientific production of the most productive sectors of the hospital also showed that most are developing non-research studies devoted to the local public while a few of the sectors are carrying out research studies published in journals with international status. The dilemma of quality versus quantity and of education versus research-oriented publication seems, however, to continue to exist within the specialized sectors. The methodology described here to analyze the scientific production of a university hospital can be used as a tool to better understand the evolution of medical research in Brazil and also to help formulate public policies and new strategies to include research among the major objectives of University Hospitals.

  16. Patient dosimetry at the University Hospital of the University of Malaya

    Interest in patient dosimetry has been stimulated to a considerable extent by the 1990 publication of ' Patient Dose Reduction in Diagnostic Radiology ' by the U.K. National Radiological Protection Board. However in Malaysia basic information on patient doses continues to be severely lacking. The Department of Radiology at the University Hospital, Kuala Lumpur has embarked on a programme of establishing baseline data for patient doses from current radiological procedures, also investigating the potential for dose reduction. We report the results of a survey of radiation doses to patients undergoing chest and intravenous urography examinations. The entrance skin doses received by patients undergoing chest X-ray examinations have been obtained using the indirect (semi-empirical) method. Comparison with measurements using thermoluminescent dosimetry (TLD) shows good agreement. Dose-area product values from intravenous urography, measured using a Diamentor, were converted into corresponding values for energy imparted. Present investigations have highlighted the problems of a wide selection of accelerating potentials for patients of the same weight and the need for optimising equipment performance. These findings will be essential for the formulation of recommendations and strategy for both patient dose reduction and for optimisation of image quality. We hope to establish the importance of implementing quality assurance programmes in an effort to ensure that doses are kept to a level that is no more than that consistent with the obtaining of satisfactory image quality. Additionally, this data is essential in the evaluation of collective dose to the population and the assessment of concomitant radiation risks. (author)

  17. PAHO'S Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage: implications for health services and hospitals in LAC.

    Holder, Reynaldo; Fabrega, Ricardo

    2015-01-01

    Moving towards Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage (UAH/UHC) is an imperative task on the health agenda for the Americas. The Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently approved resolution CD53.R14, titled Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage. From the perspective of the Region of the Americas, UAH/UHC "imply that all people and communities have access, without any kind of discrimination, to comprehensive, appropriate and timely, quality health services determined at the national level according to needs, as well as access to safe, affordable, effective, quality medicines, while ensuring that the use of these services does not expose users to financial hardship, especially groups in conditions of vulnerability". PAHO's strategic approach to UAH/UHC sets out four specific lines of action toward effective universal health systems. The first strategic line proposes: a) implementation of integrated health services delivery networks (IHDSNs) based on primary health care as the key strategy for reorganizing, redefining and improving healthcare services in general and the role of hospitals in particular; and b) increasing the response capacity of the first level of care. An important debate initiated in 2011 among hospital and healthcare managers in the region tried to redefine the role of hospitals in the context of IHSDNs and the emerging UAH/UHC movement. The debates resulted in agreements around three main propositions: 1) IHSDNs cannot be envisioned without hospitals; 2) The status-quo and current hospital organizational culture makes IHSDNs inviable; and 3) Without IHSDNs, hospitals will not be sustainable. This process, that predates the approval of PAHO's UAH/UHC resolution, now becomes more relevant with the recognition that UAH/UHC cannot be attained without a profound change in healthcare service and particularly in hospitals. In this context, a set of challenges both for

  18. Universal precaution: practice among doctors in a tertiary care hospital in Manipur

    Susmita Chaudhuri

    2016-02-01

    Conclusions: Universal precaution practice was poor. Training of the health care workers, proper equipment supply, posters displaying guidelines and proper hospital policy of patient load management would help in improving the implementation of universal precaution thus restoring occupational safety of health care workers. [Int J Res Med Sci 2016; 4(2.000: 606-609

  19. Is RSBY India's platform to implementing universal hospital insurance?

    Dror, David M; Vellakkal, Sukumar

    2012-01-01

    Background & objectives: In 2008, India's Labour Ministry launched a hospital insurance scheme called Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) covering ‘Below Poverty Line’ (BPL) households. RSBY is implemented through insurance companies; premiums are subsidized by Union and States governments (75 : 25%). We examined RSBY's enrolment of BPL, costs vs. budgets and policy ramifications. Methods: Numbers of BPL are obtained by following criteria of two committees appointed for this task. District-...

  20. Surgical site infection in a university hospital in northeast Brazil

    Aldo Cunha Medeiros; Tertuliano Aires-Neto; George Dantas de Azevedo; Maria José Pereira Vilar; Laíza Araújo Mohana Pinheiro; José Brandão-Neto

    2005-01-01

    We examined prevention of surgical site infection (SSI) in a tertiary teaching hospital in northeast Brazil, from January 1994 to December 2003. The survey included 5,742 patients subjected to thoracic, urologic, vascular and general surgery. The criteria for diagnosing SSI were those of the Centers for Disease Control, USA, and the variables of the National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance risk index were used. Data analysis revealed that anesthetic risk scores, wound class and duration of ...

  1. Patterns of Ocular Trauma at the Main Referral Hospital in Rwanda: Kigali University Teaching Hospital

    Saiba Eugène Semanyenzi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Eye injuries are the most common cause of referral to the Ophthalmology department, KUTH. No research data is available on ocular trauma in Rwanda. To understand the impact of eye injuries in KUTH and to plan for preventive strategies, it is important to understand the magnitude of this problem.Aim: The aim of this study was to identify the patterns of ocular trauma at Kigali University Teaching Hospital.Methods: In this retrospective study, 352 reviewed patients were referred to KUTH, from January 1st, 2007 to January 1st, 2013. Patient’s ocular trauma details were recorded and analyzed. Patients’ demographic data, medical history, diagnosis, treatment and possible complication were retrieved from files in archive and recorded on a questionnaire for further analysis.Results: Out of the 352 patient’s files, 72.7% were males and 27.3% were females. The male to female ratio was 2.7. Majority of patients were of age group between 11 and 40 years. Among files reviewed, 75.2% sustained blunt ocular injuries whereas 22.1% sustained penetrating injuries. Main risk factors for those injured patients were work place injuries (37%, road traffic accident (21% and assault (15%. Most frequent offending agents were pieces of wood (21.5%, foreign bodies (16.4% and vehicle crush (16.1%. However, metal objects, motorbike and stone missile represented important causes of ocular trauma at KUTH respectively 13.9%, 13.06% and 11.07%. A big number of patients were found to have corneo-limbal perforation (29.2%, corneal abrasions (18.4%, sub-conjunctival hemorrhage (17.8% and peri-orbital injuries (17.6%. The common visual acuity observed on the affected eye on admission was (6/60-3/60 (38% and below 3/60 (30%. The main post-traumatic complication at KUTH was corneal scaring (42.04%.Conclusion: Males and young patients were more affected by ocular injuries because of their involvement in high risk activities in their daily life. Blunt and penetrating

  2. Do Spanish Hospital Professionals Educate Their Patients About Advance Directives? : A Descriptive Study in a University Hospital in Madrid, Spain.

    Pérez, María; Herreros, Benjamín; Martín, M Dolores; Molina, Julia; Kanouzi, Jack; Velasco, María

    2016-06-01

    It is unknown whether hospital-based medical professionals in Spain educate patients about advance directives (ADs). The objective of this research was to determine the frequency of hospital-based physicians' and nurses' engagement in AD discussions in the hospital and which patient populations merit such efforts. A short question-and-answer-based survey of physicians and nurses taking care of inpatients was conducted at a university hospital in Madrid, Spain. In total, 283 surveys were collected from medical professionals, of whom 71 per cent were female, with an average age of thirty-four years. Eighty-four per cent had never educated patients about ADs because of lack of perceived responsibility, time, or general knowledge of ADs. Patient populations that warranted AD discussions included those with terminal illnesses (77 per cent), chronic diseases (61 per cent), and elderly patients (43 per cent). Regarding degree of AD understanding in medical professionals: 57 per cent of medical professionals claimed sufficient general knowledge of ADs, 19 per cent understood particulars regarding AD document creation, and 16 per cent were aware of AD regulatory policies. Engagement in AD discussions was considered important by 83 per cent of medical professionals, with 79 per cent interested in participating in such discussions themselves. The majority of hospital physicians and nurses do not educate their patients about ADs, despite acknowledging their importance. Patient populations of highest priority included those with terminal diseases or chronic illness or who are of advanced age. PMID:26797513

  3. Management and outcome of prolonged pregnancies in Shariati university hospital

    Eslamian L.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: There is dearth of reports from Iran regarding the prevalence of postterm pregnancy and its complications. The present study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence, management and outcome of prolonged pregnancies.Methods: This cross-sectional study included data from the hospital records of all women referred to Shariati Hospital, Tehran, from 2001 to 2002 with pregnancies of more than 40 weeks in duration. Pregnancies ≥40-42 weeks were considered postdate and those more than 42 weeks postterm pregnancy. The data compiled from the hospital records were subjected to t, χ2 and Mann-Whitney U tests.Results: Of the 1500 deliveries in this hospital, 98 patients were included in this study, 66.3% of whom were nullipara and 33.7% multipara. The prevalence of postterm pregnancy was estimated to be 3.3%. Cervix dilation of 2 cm or less on admission occurred in 65 women (73.3%. The mean Bishop score was 4.31. Of the 62 fetuses that underwent assessment tests, 54 (87.1% were normal. The median time between the last test and induction of labor was 2.1 days, and 2.6 days for cesarean deliveries, which was not a significant difference (P=0.6. Cervical ripening with misoprostrol was performed in 36 cases (36.7% and was successful in 18 cases. In this group, the median time for cervical ripening in multiparas was significantly less than nulliparas (4 vs. 7 hrs, P=0.004. Women not subjected to cervical ripening had a higher cesarean rate than those who did undergo cervical ripening (74.7% vs. 66.1%, although this difference was not significant (P=0.9. Vaginal and cesarean delivery rates showed no significant difference between cases that underwent induction with oxytocin and those subjected to cervical ripening with misoprostol (P=0.9. The mean Apgar score was 9.5, with all scores above 6. There were no cases of neonatal hypoglycemia, hypocalcemia, NICU admission or prenatal death. The mean nursery stay was 1.84 days with a range of 1-8 days

  4. A norm utilisation for scarce hospital resources: Evidence from operating rooms in a Dutch university hospital

    Houdenhoven, van Mark; Hans, Erwin W.; Klein, Jan; Wullink, Gerhard; Kazemier, Geert

    2007-01-01

    Background: Utilisation of operating rooms is high on the agenda of hospital managers and researchers. Many efforts in the area of maximising the utilisation have been focussed on finding the holy grail of 100% utilisation. The utilisation that can be realised, however, depends on the patient mix an

  5. Hospital costs fell as numbers of LVADs were increasing: experiences from Oslo University Hospital

    Mishra Vinod

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The current study was undertaken to examine total hospital costs per patient of a consecutive implantation series of two 3rd generation Left Ventricle Assist Devices (LVAD. Further we analyzed if increased clinical experience would reduce total hospital costs and the gap between costs and the diagnosis related grouped (DRG-reimbursement. Method Cost data of 20 LVAD implantations (VentrAssist™ from 2005-2009 (period 1 were analyzed together with costs from nine patients using another LVAD (HeartWare™ from 2009-June 2011 (period 2. For each patient, total costs were calculated for three phases - the pre-LVAD implantation phase, the LVAD implantation phase and the post LVAD implant phase. Patient specific costs were obtained prospectively from patient records and included personnel resources, medication, blood products, blood chemistry and microbiology, imaging and procedure costs including operating room costs. Overhead costs were registered retrospectively and allocated to the specific patient by predefined allocation keys. Finally, patient specific costs and overhead costs were aggregated into total hospital costs for each patient. All costs were calculated in 2011-prices. We used regression analyses to analyze cost variations over time and between the different devices. Results The average total hospital cost per patient for the pre-LVAD, LVAD and post-LVAD for period 1 was $ 585, 513 (range 132, 640- 1 247, 299, and the corresponding DRG- reimbursement (2009 was $ 143, 192 . The mean LOS was 54 days (range 12- 127. For period 2 the total hospital cost per patient was $ 413, 185 (range 314, 540- 622, 664 and the corresponding DRG- reimbursement (2010 was $ 136, 963. The mean LOS was 49 days (range 31- 93. The estimates from the regression analysis showed that the total hospital costs, excluding device costs, per patient were falling as the number of treated patients increased. The estimate from the trend variable was -14

  6. Fire Safety Status in the Hospitals of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

    ZAHRA ZAMANIAN

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available  In today’s world of advanced technology, "nothing is safe" and the fear from painful disasters caused by job accidents always exists. Therefore, hospital preparation for probable accidents, such as fire, and providing safety for both the staff and the patients in these situations are vital necessities. This study aimed to evaluate the fire safety status and level of fire-awareness in the hospitals of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. This cross–sectional study was conducted in two parts. 1 Reviewing the fire-safety status in the hospitals of the university and 2 Evaluating the level of fire awareness among the hospital personnel. In evaluating the level of fire awareness, 520 subjects were selected among Radiology, Pharmacy, Laboratory, And Nursing stations staff. The fire-safety status was assessed using a checklist including 54 questions evaluating fire-safety and emergency exit pathways. In addition, a questionnaire including 12 questions was used in order to evaluate the level of fire awareness. The results revealed maximum and minimum fire-safety status in Namazi Hospital (mean=20.36 and Shooshtari Hospital (mean=16, respectively. In addition, the highest and the lowest levels of fire awareness were found in Qotbeddin Hospital (mean=5.85 and Sina Hospital (mean=3.35, respectively. Level of fire-awareness of the study population had association with educational level and job tenure.

  7. Proton pump inhibitor use in a university teaching hospital

    Maria Meli

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs are highly prescribed drugs in Italy and in particular in the Sicilian region but little is known about their use in the hospital setting.Materials and methods PPI utilization and related costs were reviewed retrospectively by examining the pharmaceutical records of drug dispensation to the various wards of the Policlinico Universitario P. Giaccone of Palermo in 2010. Differences in the prescribing rates and drug preferences among the different clinical wards were analyzed.Results A total of 20,420 patients were hospitalized at the Policlinico of Palermo in 2010. Overall, the consumption of PPIs was 120 DDD/100 bed-days for the year 2010 with a total cost of 42,780 euros. Omeprazole and esomeprazole were the most commonly prescribed molecules accounting for over 70% of all prescriptions: nevertheless, wide differences in drug choices were noted even within the same ward. As expected, greater utilization rates were registered in the Internal Medicine and General Surgery departments. In particular, the highest consumption was observed in the Oncology, Geriatry and Obesity Surgery wards, with about 250 DDD/100 bed-days. All wards reported intravenous PPI administration suggesting some inappropriate use.Discussion From our data, PPIs appear to be moderately over-used at the Policlinico of Palermo. This practice may lead to the inappropriate continuation of therapy in primary care, further increasing costs and risks of adverse events. A survey evaluating in more detail the appropriateness of prescriptions is advisable.

  8. Biodegradation of pharmaceuticals from hospital wastewater in staged Moving Bed Biofilm Reactors (MBBR)

    Escola, Monica; Kumar Chhetri, Ravi; Ooi, Gordon;

    2015-01-01

    Hospital wastewater may represent an important source of pharmaceuticals into wastewater treatment plants, which are usually inefficient for complete pharmaceuticals removal. Consequently, on-site treatment of hospital wastewater has been suggested. MBBRs (Moving Bed Biofilm Reactors) rely on...... pharmaceuticals from hospital wastewater. A pilot MBBR line consisting of three tanks in series containing AnoxKaldnes™ K5 carriers was installed to treat a fraction of the wastewater from the oncology department of Aarhus University Hospital. Two sampling campaigns were conducted to study the removal of...... wastewater treatment. In both experiments, the first tank was observed to conduct the main part of the pharmaceuticals removal, matching the general parameters data. Overall, the MBBR was shown to treat hospital wastewater efficiently. However, for removal of recalcitrant pharmaceuticals, a polishing...

  9. A qualitative study of DRG coding practice in hospitals under the Thai Universal Coverage Scheme

    Winch Peter J

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background In the Thai Universal Coverage health insurance scheme, hospital providers are paid for their inpatient care using Diagnosis Related Group-based retrospective payment, for which quality of the diagnosis and procedure codes is crucial. However, there has been limited understandings on which health care professions are involved and how the diagnosis and procedure coding is actually done within hospital settings. The objective of this study is to detail hospital coding structure and process, and to describe the roles of key hospital staff, and other related internal dynamics in Thai hospitals that affect quality of data submitted for inpatient care reimbursement. Methods Research involved qualitative semi-structured interview with 43 participants at 10 hospitals chosen to represent a range of hospital sizes (small/medium/large, location (urban/rural, and type (public/private. Results Hospital Coding Practice has structural and process components. While the structural component includes human resources, hospital committee, and information technology infrastructure, the process component comprises all activities from patient discharge to submission of the diagnosis and procedure codes. At least eight health care professional disciplines are involved in the coding process which comprises seven major steps, each of which involves different hospital staff: 1 Discharge Summarization, 2 Completeness Checking, 3 Diagnosis and Procedure Coding, 4 Code Checking, 5 Relative Weight Challenging, 6 Coding Report, and 7 Internal Audit. The hospital coding practice can be affected by at least five main factors: 1 Internal Dynamics, 2 Management Context, 3 Financial Dependency, 4 Resource and Capacity, and 5 External Factors. Conclusions Hospital coding practice comprises both structural and process components, involves many health care professional disciplines, and is greatly varied across hospitals as a result of five main factors.

  10. Organizational Learning Capability: An Example of University Hospital

    Yasin UZUNTARLA

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In health care institutions aiming healthy society by the way protecting and promoting human health, reaching information has a vital importance. This descriptive research purposed an evaluation of organizational learning capability of 396 employees working in Gülhane Military Medical Academy Hospital. A questionnaire including socio-demographic characteristics was used along with Organizational Learning Capability scale designed by Ricardo CHIVA and His Friends. Data acquired was analyzed with SPSS 15.0 program. Participants’ Organizational Learning Capability and its subscales means were assessed in terms of their sociodemographic characteristics. Assessing participants’ answers in terms of 5 subscales which are experimentation, risk taking, interaction with the external environment, dialogue and participatory decision-making; for education level and professional groups, statistical significant differences was found between Organizational Learning Capability and its subscales means.

  11. Predictors of preoperative anxiety among surgical patients in Jimma University Specialized Teaching Hospital, South Western Ethiopia

    Nigussie, Seifu; Belachew, Tefera; Wolancho, Wadu

    2014-01-01

    Background Hospitalization and surgery are critical negative life events that lead to the experience of considerable anxiety in patients. Patients may perceive the day of surgery as the biggest and the most threatening day in their lives. There is paucity of information on predictors of anxiety in the current study area. The main objective of this study is to assess predictors of preoperative anxiety among patients scheduled for surgery in Jimma University Specialized Teaching Hospital. Metho...

  12. Trends in maternal mortality at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, 1999–2009

    Agan, TU; Archibong, EI; Ekabua, JE; Ekanem, EI; Abeshi, S E; Edentekhe, TA; Bassey, EE

    2010-01-01

    Background Maternal mortality remains a major public health challenge, not only at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, but in the developing world in general. Objective The objective of this study was to assess trends in maternal mortality in a tertiary health facility, the maternal mortality ratio, the impact of sociodemographic factors in the deaths, and common medical and social causes of these deaths at the hospital. Methodology This was a retrospective review of obstetric servic...

  13. Information-seeking behavior of cardiovascular disease patients in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences hospitals

    Zamani, Maryam; Soleymani, Mohammad Reza; Afshar, Mina; Shahrzadi, Leila; Zadeh, Akbar Hasan

    2014-01-01

    Background: Patients, as one of the most prominent groups requiring health-based information, encounter numerous problems in order to obtain these pieces of information and apply them. The aim of this study was to determine the information-seeking behavior of cardiovascular patients who were hospitalized in Isfahan University of Medical Sciences hospitals. Materials and Methods: This is a survey research. The population consisted of all patients with cardiovascular disease who were hospitaliz...

  14. Compliance with Universal Precautions Among Nurses and Laboratory Technicians in Mansoura International Specialized Hospital

    Sahar Mamoud Sayed Ahmed; Salwa Abbas Aly Hassan

    2008-01-01

    Compliance with universal precautions by nurses and laboratory technicians in hospitals is very important because it prevent cross infection and decrease costs of antibiotics and antipyretics. Also, it decreases spread of infection, which leads to decrease morbidity and mortality rate. A cross-sectional descriptive design was used for conducting this study. The sample of the study consisted of 150 nurses and lab technicians working at morning shift in a hospital at Mansoura City, Dakahlia Gov...

  15. Voluntary Medication Error Reporting Program in a Japanese National University Hospital

    Furukawa, Hiroyuki; Bunko, Hisashi; Miyamoto, Kenichi

    2003-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In Japan, as in other countries, medical accidents arising from human error can seriously damage public confidence in medical services, as well as being intrinsically undesirable. OBJECTIVE: Errors voluntarily reported by the healthcare practitioners in our institution (Kanazawa University Hospital) were considered to assess the contributory factors by using the accumulated error database in the hospital information system. METHODS: Medical errors in our institution during the per...

  16. Hospitals Pharmacy Quality Assurance System Assessment in Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

    H Dargahi; SH Khosravi

    2010-01-01

    "nBackground: Health system pharmacies, like other health care professional, practice under a number of mandated stan­dards. Basic concepts of quality assurance (QA) standards should be applied to hospital pharmacy practice. The survey re­ported here is to assess QA system implementation and its standard indicators observation in Tehran University of Medical Sci­ences (TUMS) hospitals' pharmacies in 2007 - 2008. "nMethods: A cross - sectional, descriptiv...

  17. The knowledge of physicians about notifiable diseases in a University hospital

    Mustafa Korkmaz; Cem Uysal; Ubeydullah Durmaz; Özgür Ezin; Özcan Deveci; Davut İpek; Yılmaz Palanci; Nezahat Akpolat

    2015-01-01

    Objective: In the present study, evaluation of knowledge levels of the physicians practicing in different services of our hospital about notifiable infectious diseases (NID).Methods: The present study was a questionnaire and applied to 105 volunteer individuals including academic personnel and residents in Dicle University Medical Faculty Hospitals in 2015.Results: Volunteer physician participants of our study consisted of 77 (73.3%) males and 28 (26.7%) females. When the physicians were eval...

  18. From HIS to IAIMS: expanding the scope of information processing applications in a German university hospital.

    Prokosch, H. U.; Puhle, B.; Müller, M.; Wagner, R.; Junghans, G.; Marquardt, K.; Dudeck, J.

    1994-01-01

    Since the mid eighties the department of medical informatics at the University Hospital of Giessen (Germany) has been engaged in the development of a comprehensive hospital information system. The installation of a campus wide network has set the basis to provide not only clinical patient-oriented information, but also general information resources for research, medical education and administrative purposes, thus creating an environment which in the U.S. became known as an integrated academic...

  19. Building New University Hospital – What Citizens Know and Policy Makers Should be Aware of

    Orešković, S; Letica, S.; Mastilica, M.; Babić-Bosanac, S.; Čivljak, M.; Božičević, I.; Borovečki, A.

    2002-01-01

    Survey of citizens’ attitudes in the process of strategic decision making is one of the most important methods for determining health care priorities. We describe the results of a survey carried out in December 2001, with an aim to collect and analyze the attitudes of the citizens and health care professionals toward the possibilities and strategies of construction of the University Hospital in Blato, Zagreb. The first referendum on the construction of the new hospital was cond...

  20. Fire Safety Status in the Hospitals of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

    ZAHRA ZAMANIAN; MOHAMMAD EVAZIAN; IMAN HAZEGHI; HADI DANESHMANDI

    2015-01-01

     In today’s world of advanced technology, "nothing is safe" and the fear from painful disasters caused by job accidents always exists. Therefore, hospital preparation for probable accidents, such as fire, and providing safety for both the staff and the patients in these situations are vital necessities. This study aimed to evaluate the fire safety status and level of fire-awareness in the hospitals of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. This cross–sectional study was conducte...

  1. Quality of life at work among nurses of a university hospital

    Eliane de Fátima Almeida Lima

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this cross-sectional study was to evaluate the quality of life at work of nurses from a university hospital, between January and April of 2011. A sample of 90 nurses answered the WHOQOL-Bref and a questionnaire addressing their sociodemographic profile and working conditions. Most subjects were female, aged between 23 and 40 years, married, and holding a specialization degree. The Physical domain had the highest mean (73.05 and the Environment domain the lowest (63.12. Subjects with the best scores in the quality of life domains were male, married, public servants, holding a master’s/doctorate degree, and working three jobs or more. The chosen instrument allowed for outlining the nurses’ profile and learning the domains and variables that affect their quality of life. It is suggested that university hospitals encourage nurses to pursue a stricto sensu graduate course. Descriptors: Quality of Life; Nurses, Male; Working Conditions; Hospitals, University.

  2. [Efforts to achieve and effects of acquiring ISO 15189 in Tokushima University Hospital].

    Shono, Kazuko; Kishi, Misako; Satou, Mituyo; Nagamine, Yasunori; Doi, Tosio

    2009-12-01

    The medical laboratory of Tokushima University Hospital acquired ISO 15189, an international standard for medical laboratories, on July 6th, 2007, resulting in it achieving the 24th place in Japan and 5th place among national university hospitals. The first surveillance was just performed on October 6th, 2008. Tokushima University Hospital, in which our medical laboratory is included as one section, already succeeded in acquiring ISO 9001, PrivacyMark System, and Quality Health Care ver. 5 before accomplishing ISO 15189. To achieve ISO 15189, we prepared documents based on ISO 9001 without any consultation, resulting in a review of the difference between ISO 9001 and ISO 15189 after the preliminary survey. Although achieving ISO 15189 resulted in an improvement in the reliability of laboratory results and accuracy, leading to the development of our technical skills and awareness, and sharing of knowledge, we consider that the considerable investment of time to prepare the requirements remains to be overcome. PMID:20077817

  3. Prognostic Indices of Poor Nutritional Status and Their Impact on Prolonged Hospital Stay in a Greek University Hospital

    Georgia Tsaousi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. To ascertain the potential contributors to nutritional risk manifestation and to disclose the factors exerting a negative impact on hospital length of stay (LOS, by means of poor nutritional status, in a nonselected hospitalized population. Materials and Methods. NutritionDay project questionnaires were applied to 295 adult patients. Study parameters included anthropometric data, demographics, medical history, dietary-related factors, and self-perception of health status. Body Mass Index (BMI and Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST were calculated for each participant. MUST score was applied for malnutrition assessment, while hospital LOS constituted the outcome of interest. Results. Of the total cohort, 42.3% were at nutritional risk and 21.4% malnourished. Age, gender, BMI, MUST score, autonomy, health quality, appetite, quantity of food intake, weight loss, arm or calf perimeter (P7 days. Conclusion. Nutritional status and nutrition-related parameters such as weight loss, quantity of food intake, appetite, arm circumference, dietary type, and extent of dependence confer considerable prognostic value regarding hospital LOS in acute care setting.

  4. Antimicrobial resistance pattern of bacterial isolates from burn wounds in an Iranian University Hospital

    Sabzghabaee, Ali Mohammad; Abedi, Daryoush; Fazeli, Hossein; Javadi, Abbasali; Jalali, Mohammad; Maracy, Mohammad Reza; Soltani, Rasool; Karamyafti, Mohammad Javad

    2012-01-01

    Objective: About 73% of death cases in the first 5 days after burning are due to infection complications. The aim of this study was to identify the causing agents of infections in burn patients and the sensitivity pattern of them to the commonly used antimicrobials in an Iranian Burn center University Hospital. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, patients who were admitted to one of the Iranian Burn center University hospitals in 2009 and had nosocomial infection due to burn wound, whom r...

  5. Geriatric Patients Presenting to the Emergency Department of a Japanese University Hospital

    EZAKI, TAKAHIRO; YAMADA, Tomomi; Yasuda, Mitsuhiro; Setoguchi, Hidekazu; Noda, Eiichiro; Kannna, Tomoo; Shiraishi, Kiminori; Zaitshu, Akinori; Hashizume, Makoto

    2006-01-01

    To evaluate the trend of elderly patients visiting the emergency department of a Japanese University Hospital, out patient-based records were reviewed of the emergency department of Kyushu University Hospital from 2000 to 2004. A total number of 7610 emergency patients visited the department during the five year period. The median(25%, 75%)of age was 32(22, 56). Patients aged 65 years and over accounted for 16% of all attendances. All the patients were classified into 6 groups according to t...

  6. Trends in maternal mortality at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, 1999–2009

    TU Agan; EI Archibong; JE Ekabua; et al

    2010-01-01

    TU Agan1, EI Archibong1, JE Ekabua1, EI Ekanem1, S E Abeshi1, TA Edentekhe2, EE Bassey21Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and 2Department of Anesthesia, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, NigeriaBackground: Maternal mortality remains a major public health challenge, not only at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, but in the developing world in general.Objective: The objective of this study was to assess trends in maternal mortality in a tertia...

  7. Psoas abscess diagnosed at a Northern university hospital.

    Maagaard, Anne; Oktedalen, Olav

    2002-01-01

    Abscess of the psoas muscle is an infrequent diagnosis at hospitals in Northern countries. We report on 16 patients who had this diagnosis during the period 1991-2001. Eight patients were immigrants who had previously been healthy and most of them had experienced symptoms for approximately 1 y. MRI or CT scans revealed spondylodiscitis in 6 of these patients and Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified as the causative agent. With the exception of 1 patient who was exclusively treated with antituberculous agents, all 8 immigrant patients were successfully treated with antituberculous agents in addition to percutaneous drainage. The other 8 patients were Norwegians, 4 of whom had underlying conditions such as diabetes mellitus or drug abuse. The causative microorganisms were Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus spp., with the exception of M. tuberculosis in 1 case. The Norwegian patients had a more acute history of symptoms than the immigrant patients and 2 of them were in a septic condition on admittance. Two of the Norwegians died of serious infection; 5 were successfully treated with percutaneous drainage in addition to antibiotics and 1 was treated exclusively with antibiotic agents. The clinical history and microorganism associated with psoas abscess seemed to depend on whether or not the patient was an immigrant. Owing to increasing immigration, diagnosis of psoas abscess should be taken into account in Northern countries. PMID:12578159

  8. Evaluation of a university hospital trauma team activation protocol

    Osbakk Svein A

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Admission with a multidisciplinary trauma team may be vital for the severely injured patient, as this facilitates rapid diagnosis and treatment. On the other hand, patients with minor injuries do not need the trauma team for adequate care. Correct triage is important for optimal resource utilization. The aim of the study was to evaluate our criteria for activating the trauma team, and identify suboptimal criteria that might be changed in the interest of precision. Methods The study is an observational, retrospective cohort-study. All patients admitted with the trauma team (n = 382, all severely injured (Injury Severity Score (ISS >15 (n = 161, and all undergoing an emergency procedure aimed at counteracting compromised airways, respiration or circulation at our hospital (n = 142 during 2006-2007 were included. Data were recorded from the admission records and the electronic patient records. The trauma team activation protocol was evaluated against the occurrence of severe injury and the occurrence of emergency procedures. Results A total of 441 patients were included. The overtriage was 71% and undertriage 32% when evaluating against ISS >15 as the standard of reference. When occurrence of emergency procedures was held as the standard of standard of reference, the over- and undertriage was 71% and 21%, respectively. Mechanism of injury-criteria for trauma team activation contributed the most to overtriage. The emergency procedures performed were mostly endotracheal intubation and external fixation of fractures. Less than 3% needed haemostatic laparotomy or thoracotomy. Approximately 2/3 of the overtriage represented isolated head or cervical spine injuries, and/or interhospital transfers. Conclusions The over- and undertriage of our protocol are both too high. To decrease overtriage we suggest omissions and modifications of some of the criteria. To decrease undertriage, transferred patients and patients with head injuries

  9. Conflict management in public university hospitals in Turkey: a pilot study.

    Tengilimoglu, Dilaver; Kisa, Adnan

    2005-01-01

    By nature, hospitals are extremely complex organizations, combining many different professional groups within an intricate administrative structure. Conflicts therefore expectedly arise between individuals, groups, and departments. It is in the interest of health care administrators to periodically assess the major factors giving rise to these conflicts. In this study, a questionnaire designed to measure sources of conflict in the workplace was completed by 204 staff members at Gazi University Hospital. Of the participants, 30.9% were physicians, and 12.5% were administrators at various levels; 61.5% were female, and 38.5% were male. In terms of work experience, 52.6% of participants had worked less than 5 years at the hospital. The results of the study show that educational differences among the hospital staff were a major barrier to good communication and information flow between groups. Professionals in the same specialties experienced fewer conflicts. Another source of conflict was that resource allocation was considered unfair across departments. Although the hospital management provided an ombudsman for staff concerns, staff rarely resorted to the ombudsman because of the stigma associated with complaining. A lack of opportunity for career advancement was mentioned by 52% of the participants as a source of conflict. At present, job performance and rewards are not closely related in public university hospitals in Turkey because promotions and pay raises are strictly limited by law. Bureaucracy was also perceived to be a source of conflict, with 48.4% of participants saying that their performance was less than optimal because of the presence of multiple supervisors. This pilot study suggests that in Turkey, legislative reform is needed to give public university hospitals more flexibility regarding work incentives, open-door policies at the administrative level, and social interactions to improve teamwork among hospital staff. PMID:15825820

  10. Acute myocardial infarction at a university hospital: effect of race on short-term mortality.

    Williams, M L; Hill, G; Jackson, M

    2000-01-01

    Several studies have shown that African Americans who have an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) have a higher mortality rate and receive less aggressive cardiac intervention compared with whites. This observational study reports on the in-hospital mortality rate for AMI by race at a university tertiary referral hospital. Racial variation in clinical outcomes and treatment in the area of thrombolysis and acute revascularization was assessed. Data were retrieved from the National Registry on Myocardial Infarction (NRMI) for all 521 patients with AMI admitted to the critical care unit at the University of North Carolina between January 1991 and December 1994. Information collected included age, gender, race, cardiac catheterization results, thrombolytic therapy, coronary bypass surgery, mortality, and arrhythmia. African Americans had a lower in-hospital mortality rate compared with whites (2% versus 8% P < or = 0.03) and were also younger (61 +/- 13 SD versus 64 +/- 12 P = 0.02). Hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or prior myocardial infarction were similar in both groups. Of the 323 patients who received a cardiac catheterization, the extent of coronary disease and left ventricular ejection fraction was similar in both races. Finally, the use of thrombolysis, PTCA, or CABG was not influenced by race. In conclusion, the in-hospital mortality for African Americans at this university tertiary referral center was lower than for whites. This occurred despite a similar incidence in cardiac risk factors and similarly aggressive acute cardiac interventions in both white and African American patients. While African Americans experienced lower in-hospital mortality, this study does not address the pre-hospital and post-hospital risk. It does suggest that African Americans with AMI, who are comparably matched to whites for risk and receive similar cardiac interventions, may have a favorable in-hospital mortality. PMID:11852649

  11. Clinical Engeneering Experience at the Hospital of the State University of Londrina

    Ernesto Fernando Ferreyra Ramírez

    2002-01-01

    This paper describes the four-year experience of implementation of Clinical Engineering services at the Hospital of the State University of Londrina (HURNP/UEL). It was performed by the Electrical Engineering Department (DEEL), through a project involving lecturers and students from the Electrical and Civil Engineering Courses of the same university. The main objectives were the formation of human resources in the Clinical Engineering area and a positive contribution to the healthcare service...

  12. Factors Associated with Readmission of Patients at a University Hospital Psychiatric Ward in Iran

    Majid Barekatain; Mohammad Reza Maracy; Razeyeh Hassannejad; Reihane Hosseini

    2013-01-01

    Objectives. Readmission has a major role in the reduction of the quality of life and the increase in the years of lost life. The main objectives of this study were to answer to the following research questions. (a) What was the readmission rate? (b) What were the social, demographic, and clinical characteristics of patients admitted to the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Nour University Hospital, affiliated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran? (c) What were the effective...

  13. Balance between education- and research-oriented publications from a Brazilian University Hospital

    Mendonça de Araujo K.; Mourão P.A.S.; Leta J.

    2005-01-01

    We analyzed the trends of scientific output of the University Hospital, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. A total of 1420 publications were classified according to pattern and visibility. Most were non-research publications with domestic visibility. With time, there was a tendency to shift from non-research (or education-oriented) publications with domestic visibility to research publications with international visibility. This change may reflect new academic attitudes within the institut...

  14. Practical radiation protection in hospitals. A view at the nuclear medicine departement of the University Hospital of Cologne

    Radiation protection plays a predominant role in nuclear medicine departments as they are installations dealing with open radioactive substances. Many experts in radiation protection who are not directly involved in nuclear medicine may only have a vague insight into the daily routine of such installations. This contribution would like to give an impression by making a virtual tour through the nuclear medicine department of the University Hospital of Cologne - a department that covers a large part of the ability spectrum of this discipline. This tour will show some specialities concerning radiation protection in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. (orig.)

  15. A "Prepaid Package" for Obstetrics: Effect on Teaching and Patient Care in a University Hospital

    Young, Philip E.

    1976-01-01

    The changing social milieu has removed the charity patient but not the need for a teaching population. The University Hospital's program is described, in which patients prepaid a fixed, single fee for all obstetrics-related care through the third post partum day. (LBH)

  16. Experience with the Implementation of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Processes in a University Hospital in Belgium.

    Somers, Annemie; Claus, Barbara; Vandewoude, Koen; Petrovic, Mirko

    2016-03-01

    This article summarizes the experience with the development of clinical pharmacy services in the Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. Implementation of clinical pharmacy services in Belgian hospitals has not been evident because these activities were initially not structurally financed. The aim is to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the clinical pharmacy development process, and the milestones that enhanced the progress. Furthermore, the organisation of clinical pharmacy in the Ghent University Hospital is explained, including back- and front-office activities, seamless pharmaceutical care and medication safety improvement. Some working methods, procedures and tools are explained for different clinical pharmacy services. In particular, the clinical pharmacy projects for geriatric patients as well as the preparation of clinical pharmacy services for the accreditation process are explained. We also reflect on the organisation model and the future development of clinical pharmacy, taking into consideration facilitators and potential barriers. PMID:26922733

  17. Evaluation of the Knowledge Management Mechanisms of Brazilian Northeast Universities Hospital Portals

    Helio Roberto Hekis

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Hospital portals that manage health related data are becoming increasingly popular since they play an important role to provide, acquire and exchange information to its users. This study aims to verify how the hospital portals are contributing to the expansion of users knowledge by the analysis of interactive features associated with three mechanisms of knowledge management: Knowledge Access (KA; Knowledge Creation (KC; and Knowledge Transfer (KT. The study is exploratory, descriptive and qualitative, classified as a survey, and involves the standardization of data collection instruments (questionnaires and interviews applied directly to people of a particular population to evaluate the knowledge management the portals present on the university hospitals from northeastern of Brazil. The results indicated that the proceeds of access to knowledge (AK prevailed over other confirming the results found on the Asians and Americans hospital portals. 

  18. A managed multidisciplinary programme on multi-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Danish university hospital

    Andersen, Stig Ejdrup; Knudsen, Inge Jenny Dahl

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Bacteria-producing extended spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) enzymes are resistant to commonly used antimicrobials. In 2008, routine monitoring revealed a clonal hospital outbreak of ESBL-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (ESBL-KP). METHODS: At a 510-bed Danish university hospital, a...... multidisciplinary change project inspired by Kotter's Eight Steps of Change was designed. In addition to revision of antimicrobial guidelines and restriction of selected antimicrobials, the complex, managed, multi-faceted intervention comprised training and education, enhanced isolation precautions, and a series of...... actions to improve the infection control measures and standardise procedures across the hospital. A prospective interrupted time series design was used to analyse data collected at hospital level from January 2008 through December 2011. RESULTS: Though overall antimicrobial consumption remained unaffected...

  19. Employee Satisfaction in Hospitals with Afilasyo; Sample of Training and Research Hospital of University of Mugla Sitki Kocman

    Nazli Ülger

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To determine the factors of which affect the employee satisfaction and has a an important role in giving qualified and efficient servise in Mugla Sitki Koçman University Training and Research Hospital where affiliation is applied. Material and Method: Questionnaire form was made to Mugla Sitki Koçman University Training and Research Hospital employees. The data in the research taken from the questionnaires were transferred to SPSS for analysis. As statistical analysis; reliability analysis and comparative analysis of the average one way analysis of variance (ANOVA analysis was performed. Results: According to results, verbal, mobbing and physical every kind of effect on burn out dimensions and unsatisfied, emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. Additionally, these conditions, has directly effect on job satisfaction and working cooperation. Discussion: There is burn out syndrome between health employees’ different dimensions and levels. As a result, contribute directly to beter patient services will be, it is suggested pay attenion to improve working conditions and welfare of health employees, highlight the importance the employees in terms of institutions and community and development of social status of employees.

  20. Situation analysis of trauma based on Arizona trauma center standards in university hospitals of Tehran, Iran

    Mahdi Sharif-Alhoseini; Aliashraf Eghbali; Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar; Soheil Saadat

    2009-01-01

    Objective: Injuries are common and important problem in Tehran, capital of Iran. Although therapeutic centers are not essentially established following the constructional principles of developed countries, the present opportunities and equipments have to be used properly. We should recognize and reduce the deficits based on the global standards.This study deliberates the trauma resources and capacities in university hospitals of Tehran based on Arizona trauma center standards, which are suitable for the assessment of trauma centers.Methods: Forty-one university hospitals in Tehran were evaluated for their conformity with "Arizona trauma center standards" in 2008. A structured interview was arranged with the "Educational Supervisor" of all hospitals regarding their institutional organization, departments, clini-cal capabilities, clinical qualifications, facilities and resources, rehabilitation services, performance improvement, continuing education, prevention, research and additional requirements for pediatric trauma patients. Relative frequencies and percentages were calculated and Student's t test was used to compare the mean values.Results: Forty-one hospitals had the average of 77.7 (50.7%) standards from 153 Arizona trauma center standards and these standards were present in 97.5 out of 153 (63.7%) in 17 general hospitals. Based on the subgroups of the standards, 64.8% items of hospital resources and capabilities were considered as a subgroup with the maximum criteria, and 17.7% items of research section as another subgroup with the minimum standards.Conclusions: On the basis of our findings, no hospital meet all the Arizona trauma center standards completely. The hospitals as trauma centers at different levels must be promoted to manage trauma patients desirably.

  1. Current status of diagnostic imaging in dental university hospitals in Japan

    The diagnostic imaging examinations in all 29 dental university hospitals in Japan were analyzed during a 1-year period from April 1999 to March 2000. The total number of patients examined was 790859, which corresponded to 27271 patients per hospital on average, with a range from 7872 to 62904. Relative to the total number of patients, intraoral radiography was found to have been most frequently performed, 59% on average, with a range from 40% to 80%, depending on the hospital. Extraoral radiography, mostly panoramic radiography, was 36% on average with the range from 18% to 56%. A significant inverse correlation was observed between the percentages of intraoral and extraoral radiography, relative to the total number of all types of imaging examinations. Computed tomography (CT) examinations were performed with their own apparatuses in 27 hospitals with a frequency of 2.9% of patients in all imaging examinations on average and 9.1% at maximum. The scanning parameter of milliampere seconds (mAs) for individual types of routinely performed CT examinations varied widely, and thus the patient dose can be expected to be considerably reduced, without reducing the amount of diagnostic information to be obtained. Other imaging examinations performed were magnetic resonance imaging in 11 hospitals, X-ray fluoroscopy in 8 hospitals, ultrasonography in 20, nuclear medicine in 5, and bone densitometry in 1 hospital. (author)

  2. Evaluation of paediatric X-ray doses in Moroccan university hospitals

    This work evaluates the entrance skin dose (ESD), the body organ dose (BOD) and the effective dose (E) for chest X-ray exposures of paediatric patients. Two Moroccan university hospitals in Rabat, composed of two departments, and one in Casablanca with one paediatric compartment has been considered. For reasons of confidentiality, the departments are named A, B and C. Patients were divided into four age groups: 0-1, 1-5, 5-10 and 10-15 y, so that the results could be compared with previous published data found in the literature. The results have been calculated with the use of the Dose Cal software. Results of mean ESD for the age interval 1-5 y and antero-posterior (AP) projection are: 162 μGy for hospital A, 91 μGy for hospital B and 105 μGy for hospital C. The diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) of 100 μGy for this age range is exceeded in hospital A, while in the other two hospitals results were within the DRL and comparable with the results found in Brazil, Soudan (Nigeria) and other radiological centres in European Countries. The results of BOD and E showed that for the three departments, the BOD varies in the same proportion as the ESD. The highest values are those of hospital A. For the PA examination, the dose is reduced compared with the AP projection, especially for sensitive organs. (authors)

  3. Radiation Protection for Medical Research Laboratories in the General Hospital of Vienna (University Hospital)

    Full text: In the floors six, seven and eight of the general hospital of Vienna over eighty research laboratories for medical investigations with open and closed radioactive sources are installed. In these laboratories different working places and digestors for the handling of open radioactive materials in gaseous, liquid and aerosol form are placed for medical research purposes. These laboratories are divided due to the manner of handling and the amount of activity in three categories. The laboratories themselves and the different types of digestors are mantled and shielded with lead of variable thickness. For all these categories of working places and digestors the radionuclides were listed and the highest amount of these different radionuclides were calculated and tabulated in a form sheet, which is the basis for working procedures in these laboratories. Also the paper shows all radiation protection measures and the results of the dose- and dose rate measurements and the various inspection tests. At least the licensing procedures for radiation protection in detail will be shown and the important features listed. (author)

  4. Do hospital physicians really want to go digital? Acceptance of a picture archiving and communication system in a university hospital

    Purpose: radiology departments are making the transition from analog film to digital images by means of PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System). It is critical for the hospital that its physicians adopt and accept the new digital work method regarding radiological information. The aim of this study is to investigate hospital physicians' acceptance of PACS using questionnaires pre- and post-implementation and to identify main influencing factors. Materials and methods: the study was conducted in an 1169 bed university hospital. The UTAUT (Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology) questionnaire was administered at two times: one month pre-implementation (T1) and 1.5 years post-implementation (T2) of PACS, targeting all hospital physicians with the exemption of radiologists. The UTAUT scales (Behavioral Intention BI; Facilitating Conditions FC; Effort Expectancy EE; Performance Expectancy PE; Anxiety ANX; Social Influence SI; System Use USE; Attitude toward technology ATT; Self-Efficacy SE) were used to assess questions regarding: (a) PACS' usefulness, (b) PACS' ease of learning/using, (c) PACS support availability, (d) the perceived pressure to use PACS, (e) physicians' attitude towards PACS and (f) physicians' intention to use and actual use of PACS. Results: at T1 scale ratings were positive toward the PACS implementation. The ratings on all scales with the exception of self-efficacy improved at T2. Regression analysis revealed that the key factor for intention to use PACS at T1 was the usefulness of PACS, while the availability and awareness of support was its most important predictor at T2. Overall, PE was the best predictor of BI, but all four UTAUT-determinants (PE, FC, EE and SI) were salient for its prediction. Variance explained in BI ranged from 31 to 37% while variance explained in USE was very low (3%). (orig.)

  5. WING--entering a new phase of electronic data processing at the Giessen University Hospital.

    Prokosch, H U; Dudeck, J; Junghans, G; Marquardt, K; Sebald, P; Michel, A

    1991-10-01

    At the Giessen University Hospital electronic data processing systems have been in routine use since 1975. In the early years developments were focused on ADT functions (admission/discharge/transfer) and laboratory systems. In the next decade additional systems were introduced supporting various functional departments. In the mid-eighties the need to stop the ongoing trend towards more and more separated stand-alone systems was realized and it was decided to launch a strategic evaluation and planning process which sets the foundation for an integrated hospital information system (HIS). The evaluation of the HELP system for its portability into the German hospital environment was the first step in this process. Despite its recognized capabilities in integrating decision support and communication technologies, and its powerful HIS development tools, the large differences between American and German hospital organization, influencing all existing HELP applications, and the incompatibility of the HELP tools with modern software standards were two important factors forcing the investigation of alternative solutions. With the HELP experience in mind, a HIS concept for the Giessen University Hospital was developed. This new concept centers on the idea of a centralized relational patient database on a highly reliable database server, and clinical front-end applications which might be running on various other computer systems (mainframes, departmental UNIX satellites or PCs in a LAN) integrated into a comprehensive open HIS network. The first step towards this integrated approach was performed with the implementation of ADT and results reporting functions on care units. PMID:1762583

  6. The art of improvisation: the working process of administrators at a Federal University Hospital.

    Littike, Denilda; Sodré, Francis

    2015-10-01

    The scope of this article is to analyze the working process of administrators at a Federal University Hospital (HUF). It includes research with a qualitative approach conducted through interviews with twelve administrators. The work process, the work tools and the human activity per se are understood to be under scrutiny. Work is acknowledged as a category that analyzes the management methods used by professional health workers. The HUFs are responsible for two social policies, namely education and health. The aim of the administrators' work is an organizational issue, and the administration tools used are bureaucratic and out-of-date for the current political context of hospital management. The most significant feature of this hospital administration is improvisation, which reduces the potential of the administrators in such a way that, instead of introducing innovative changes into their work process, they prefer to leave their jobs. Improvisation is caused by the production of sequential obstacles in management decision-making at this teaching hospital. In short, the transfer of administration at the HUF, from direct government administration by the University to the Brazilian Company of Hospital Services (EBSERH), was analyzed on the grounds that this would establish a "new" management model. PMID:26465848

  7. Cutaneous adverse drug reactions seen at a university hospital department of dermatology

    Borch, Jakob E; Andersen, Klaus E; Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten

    2006-01-01

    Patients with suspected cutaneous adverse drug reactions are often referred to allergy clinics or departments of dermatology for evaluation. These patients are selected compared with patients identified in prospective and cross-sectional studies of hospital populations. This explains the observed...... variation in prevalence of specific reactions and of eliciting drugs. This study investigated the prevalence of cutaneous adverse drug reactions in a university hospital department of dermatology that is specially focused on allergy. An 8-month survey was carried out during the period April-December 2003...

  8. Asymptomatic Bacteriuria among Pregnant Women Attending An-tenatal Clinic at the University Hospital, Kumasi, Ghana

    Acheampong, I.; N. Amidu; Bio, F.Y.; Quaye, L; Obirikorang, C.; Addo, K.

    2012-01-01

    The apparent decline in immunity of pregnant women appears to promote the growth of both com-mensal and non-commensal microorganisms. The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence of asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women visiting the University hospital, Ku-masi. This prospective hospital-based study was carried out between April-June 2009. A total of 200 pregnant women were recruited for this study. The ages of the women ranged from 15 to 46 years. About 5-10mls of clean ca...

  9. Present status of PACS at Kyoto University Hospital: image workstation for clinical education

    Minato, Kotaro; Komori, Masaru; Nakano, Yoshihisa; Okajima, Kaoru; Kimura, Ishu; Takahashi, Takashi; Konishi, Junji; Abe, Mituyuki; Gotoh, Yoshihiro; Sato, Kazuhiro

    1990-08-01

    The PAC system: KIDS (Kyoto University Hospital Image Database and Communication System) has been expanded to include several major digital imaging modalities such as X-ray CT, MRI, DSA and CR. The fiber optic high-speed local area network and the workstation with quick image handling are newly designed. The system (new KIDS) is intended to achieve a film-less environment in the department of radiology and to evaluate the feasibility of a hospital-wide PAC system. The present status of the system at the end of 1989 including a image workstation installed in a lecture hall for clinical education is described.

  10. Virtual University hospital as an arena for medical training and health education

    Kleven, Nils Fredrik

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the virtual univer- sity initiative at NTNU with some initial recommendations for the early design and development of a virtual university hospital. The findings in this thesis are based on a preliminary study and two ex- ploratory studies using a virtual operating room (designed to recreate a real one at St. Olavs hospital) with both medical and non-medical participants. The goal of the studies has been to explore how to sup- port educational ac...

  11. Process of care and prescription in pneumonia acquired in the community in university hospitals in Colombia

    The objective is to describe the process of care and prescription practices for CAP patients in four university hospitals in Colombia. Patients older than 15 years with a diagnosis of CAP during the two years study period. Collection of demographic and clinical status data and management during the first day of consult, classification in severity groups according to fine's prediction rule. Evaluation of the frequency of use of ancillary diagnostic tests antimicrobials prescription and agreement with ATS guidelines according to severity group and hospital. 734 patients were included, mean age 56 years old, 50.5% males, mean length of stay 8.6 days, 39% fine's classes IV to V. Frequency of sputum sampling (overall cohort between hospitals rank) was 46% (10 - 67%), chest x-ray 95% (57-100%), blood cultures 34% (0 -63%) and arterial blood gas analysis 71% (10-88%). the use of ancillary diagnostic test had wide variation between hospitals and severity classes, specially for sputum and blood gases. At least 45 different antimicrobial protocols were used in the cohort. Overall agreement between actual prescription and guidelines recommendations was variable (mean 44%, range 22 to 72%) between groups and hospitals, but without significant impact on mortality. There are many differences between actual clinical practice and guidelines for the management of CAP and wide variations between hospitals, but the precise effect of the lack of guideline-adherence on mortality is unclear

  12. Hospitals Pharmacy Quality Assurance System Assessment in Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

    H Dargahi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available "nBackground: Health system pharmacies, like other health care professional, practice under a number of mandated stan­dards. Basic concepts of quality assurance (QA standards should be applied to hospital pharmacy practice. The survey re­ported here is to assess QA system implementation and its standard indicators observation in Tehran University of Medical Sci­ences (TUMS hospitals' pharmacies in 2007 - 2008. "nMethods: A cross - sectional, descriptive analytical survey was accomplished. First, a checklist within the framework of QA standard indicators was made to assess TUMS hospitals pharmacies practice. Collected data was saved by Excel soft­ware for recording and analyzed by SPSS version-15. Observation rate of QA standard indicators was classified by inappropri­ate, relatively appropriate, and appropriate. "nResults: Characteristics of TUMS hospitals pharmacists organizational structure, size, equipment, safety facility and drug require­ment were studied by QA standard indicators. "nConclusion: Many of QA standard indicators are observed and implemented in TUMS hospitals pharmacies, but several of these standards are not observed too. It is appropriate that all TUMS hospitals pharmacies are required to advance the profes­sion, often with the same goal of increasing involvement in direct patient care.

  13. On the LMO Invariant, the Wheeling Theorem, and the Aarhus Integral

    Gauthier, Renaud

    2010-01-01

    In a previous paper, we generalized the definition of the framed Kontsevich integral initially presented by Le and Murakami. We also defined an isotopy invariant $\\widetilde{Z}_f$ that is well-behaved under band sum moves. Using this invariant we study the construction of the LMO invariant, the Wheeling Theorem, and the Aarhus integral.

  14. Knowledge, Awareness and Compliance with Universal Precautions among Health Care Workers at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica

    R Irving

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Background: Universal precautions are not well understood or implemented by health care practitioners, though crucial in the prevention and transmission of blood-borne pathogens like HIV.Objective: To assess knowledge, awareness and compliance of universal precautions among health care workers at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica.Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in September and October 2007. A 28-item self-administered questionnaire was provided to 200 health care workers including medical doctors, medical technologists, nurses and porters to assess their knowledge, awareness and practice towards universal precautions.Results: Almost two-thirds (64.0% of the respondents were very knowledgeable of universal precautions with significantly more females (75.4% than males (42.9% (p<0.0001. More nurses (90.0%, medical doctors (88.0% and medical technologists (70% were very knowledgeable of universal precautions (p<0.0001. More respondents (92.9% who were employed in the health sector for 16 years and over reported high levels of awareness of universal precautions than those who were employed for less than five years (p<0.0001. 28.6% of males and only 6.2% of females reported that they do not use protective gear. More nurses reported frequent use of protective equipment followed by medical technologists and medical doctors (p<0.0001.Conclusions: There was adequate knowledge and a fair level of awareness among medical doctors, medical technologists, and nurses towards universal precautions.

  15. Indicators of pleasure/pain in hygiene and cleaning outsourced workers of a university hospital

    Liana Bohrer Berni

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to measure the indicators of pleasure and suffering of hygiene and cleaning outsourced workers of a university hospital. Methods: a quantitative study of 51 workers at a university hospital in southern Brazil. A self-administered questionnaire with socio-occupational data and Pleasure Indicators Scale and Suffering at Work were used. There was descriptive and statistical analysis of the internal consistency of the factors using statistical program Predictive Analytics Software. Results: professional achievement and freedom of expression, were evaluated respectively as satisfactory and critical pleasure indicators. Suffering indicator Lack of recognition was considered bearable and professional exhaustion as critical. Conclusion: the work context researched requires interventions that minimize the suffering of experiences, promote pleasure in work and, consequently, the health of contract workers hygiene and cleanliness.

  16. Cytologic patterns of lymph node diseases in Hawassa University Referral Hospital, Southern Ethiopia

    Gemechu Ameya Buli; FekadeYerakly Lukas

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To assess the cytological patterns of lymph node diseases in patient attended Hawassa University Referral Hospital, Southern Ethiopia. Methods: A five years retrospective descriptive study design was conducted on fine needle aspiration cytology reports of patients referred to pathology laboratory of Hawassa University Referral Hospital from September, 2009 to September, 2014. Results: A total of 1 067 lymph nodes were aspirated in the study period. Cervical lymphadenopathy was the most frequent (48.82%) followed by submandibular (22.77%) lymph nodes. The age group of 11-20 years was the most affected age group while age group above 60 with less frequency. Tuberculosis lymphadenitis was the highest (48.82%), chronic non-specific lymphadenitis (20.33%), reactive (16.21%), pyogenic abscess (5.99%) and the rest were malignancies. Conclusions: Lymphadenopathy can be associated with a wide range of disorders. However tuberculosis lymphadenitis is the most common cause of enlarged lymph node in the study area.

  17. Hospitals

    Department of Homeland Security — This database contains locations of Hospitals for 50 states and Washington D.C. , Puerto Rico and US territories. The dataset only includes hospital facilities and...

  18. Collection and removal of radioactive waste, coming from universities, high schools and academic hospitals

    In radionuclide laboratories of universities, radionuclides are employed for biomedical, chemical and physical research. In university hospitals, radionuclides are employed in vivo for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes and in vitro in tracer methods in chemical analysis. In general it concerns radioactive materials in dispersive form such as gases, fluids or powders (open sources). During operation with open sources radioactive waste originates with low specific activity. Regulations and recommendations concerning the collection and separation, transport, processing and eventual storage of this low-level radioactive waste are dealt with. 17 refs.; figs.; tabs

  19. Analysis of Time-of-Day Energy Demand and Supply in University and Hospital

    Shimazaki, Yoichi

    The aim of this study was to estimate the time-of-day energy demand in University of Yamanashi. Our University consisted of Kofu campus (Faculty of Education & Human Sciences and Faculty of Engineering) and Faculty of Medicine campus (Faculty of Medicine and University Hospital). The energy data of 4 facilities were classified into hot water, heating, cooling and electric power demands based on electric power consumptions, city gas and heavy oil from 1996 to 2005. For 10 years, primary energy increased 1.2 times in the whole of the university. The amount of electric power consumption was 63% in the fuel classification. The amount of electric power consumption of faculty reacted to the change in temperature greatly. In 2005, it was found that thermoelectric-ratios for 4 facilities, i.e. Education, Engineering, Medicine and Hospital were 2.3, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.7 respectively. These data are very useful for the energy saving and energy management of university.

  20. Evaluation of a Candida Antigen Detection Method (Cand-Tec): Experience from a University Teaching Hospital

    Anderson, Todd J.; Bryant, Heather E; Deirdre L Church

    1992-01-01

    The usefulness of a rapid latex agglutination method for the detection of Candida antigen (Cand-Tec; Ramco Laboratories. Texas) was retrospectively assessed in a university teaching hospital over a one year period. Patients were enrolled when the managing physician requested Cand-Tec testing for confirmation of possible invasive candidal infection. The majority of patients were critically ill; 56% were in the intensive care unit, and 30% subsequently died. Analyses were available from 79 pati...

  1. Identification of mycobacteria isolated at University Hospital of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

    Vanessa Albertina Agertt; Tanise Vendruscolo Dalmolin; Pauline Cordenonsi Bonez; Caren Rigon Mizdal; Jaciane Baggiotto Marques; Vanessa da Costa Flores; Adelinde Salla; Marli Matiko Anraku de Campos

    2013-01-01

    This study evaluated the prevalence of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) in relation to the total number of cases of mycobacterial infections detected in patients admitted at the University Hospital of Santa Maria from 2008 to 2010. From the positive samples for the genus Mycobacterium, 67% belonged to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and 33% of them were classified as NTM. This investigation aims to contribute to the epidemiology of mycobacterioses, inasmuch as patients infecte...

  2. Predominance of Clostridium difficile ribotypes 012, 027 and 046 in a university hospital in Chile, 2012.

    Plaza-Garrido, Á; Barra-Carrasco, J; Macias, J H; Carman, R; Fawley, W N; Wilcox, M H; Hernández-Rocha, C; Guzmán-Durán, A M; Alvarez-Lobos, M; Paredes-Sabja, D

    2016-04-01

    In a 1-year survey at a university hospital we found that 20·6% (81/392) of patients with antibiotic associated diarrohea where positive for C. difficile. The most common PCR ribotypes were 012 (14·8%), 027 (12·3%), 046 (12·3%) and 014/020 (9·9). The incidence rate was 2·6 cases of C. difficile infection for every 1000 outpatients. PMID:26489717

  3. Clinico-Pathological Discrepancies in a General University Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil

    Fabiana Kotovicz; Thais Mauad; Saldiva, Paulo H N

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: The autopsy rate has continuously diminished over the past few decades, reducing the quality of medical care and the accuracy of statistical health data. OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of clinical diagnoses by comparing pre- and postmortem findings, and to identify potential risk factors for misdiagnoses. METHODS: Retrospective evaluations performed between June 2001 and June 2003 in a 2500-bed tertiary university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, including 288 patients who died...

  4. Streptococcus agalactiae in adults at chiang mai university hospital: a retrospective study

    Sirisanthana Thira; Nuntachit Nontakan; Bunchoo Manasanant; Jullaket Waree; Chaiwarith Romanee; Supparatpinyo Khuanchai

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Infection caused by Streptococcus agalactiae, a Group B streptococcus, is an emerging disease in non-pregnant adults. This study describes the epidemiological, clinical, and microbiological characteristics of S. agalactiae infection in adult patients in northern Thailand. Methods A retrospective study was conducted between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2009 at Chiang Mai University Hospital among patients aged ≥15 years, whose clinical specimens obtained from normally s...

  5. Associations of HIV testing and late diagnosis at a Japanese university hospital

    Horino, Tetsuya; Sato, Fumiya; Kato, Tetsuro; Hosaka, Yumiko; Shimizu, Akihiro; Kawano, Shinji; Hoshina, Tokio; Nakaharai, Kazuhiko; Nakazawa, Yasushi; Yoshikawa, Koji; Yoshida, Masaki; Hori, Seiji

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to clarify the rate of late diagnosis of HIV infection and to identify relationships between the reasons for HIV testing and a late diagnosis. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was conducted among HIV-positive patients at the Jikei University Hospital between 2001 and 2014. Patient characteristics from medical records, including age, sex, sexuality, the reason for HIV testing and the number of CD4-positive lymphocytes at HIV diagnosis, were assessed...

  6. Associations of HIV testing and late diagnosis at a Japanese university hospital

    Tetsuya Horino; Fumiya Sato; Tetsuro Kato; Yumiko Hosaka; Akihiro Shimizu; Shinji Kawano; Tokio Hoshina; Kazuhiko Nakaharai; Yasushi Nakazawa; Koji Yoshikawa; Masaki Yoshida; Seiji Hori

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to clarify the rate of late diagnosis of HIV infection and to identify relationships between the reasons for HIV testing and a late diagnosis. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was conducted among HIV-positive patients at the Jikei University Hospital between 2001 and 2014. Patient characteristics from medical records, including age, sex, sexuality, the reason for HIV testing and the number of CD4-positive lymphocytes at HIV diagnosis, were assesse...

  7. Prescription pattern of antihypertensive drugs in Family Practice Clinics at Jordan University Hospital

    Al-Drabah, Essam; Irshaid, Yacoub; Yasein, Nada; Zmeili, Suheil

    2013-01-01

    The present study represents the current prescribing trend for antihypertensive drugs in family medicine clinics at Jordan University Hospital in Jordan. The study sample involved 416 male and female hypertensive Jordanian patients. Our results demonstrate that 2 hypertensive patients were not receiving any antihypertensive therapy at the time of evaluation, 192 patients were on a single antihypertensive therapy, 157 patients were on two antihypertensive drugs, 52 patients were on triple anti...

  8. The Economic Value of The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

    Swenson, David A.

    2015-01-01

    This analysis measures the regional economic value of The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (hereafter, UIHC). The assessment looks at UIHC operational expenditures using a properly specified regional input-output model that accurately reflects its major spending categories and its primary territory of economic influence. This analysis does not contain an estimate of the regional economic boost attributable to patients or the families of patients traveling to the Iowa City metropolitan...

  9. Vitiligo vulgaris and autoimmune diseases in Japan: A report from vitiligo clinic in Kyoto University Hospital

    Tanioka, Miki; Yamamoto, Yosuke; Katoh, Mayumi; Takahashi, Kenzo; MIYACHI, YOSHIKI

    2009-01-01

    We reviewed the causes of “loss of skin color” in 144 patients, who visited Vitiligo Clinic of Kyoto University Hospital between April 2005 and August 2008. The numbers of patients with generalized and segmental Vitiligo vulgaris were 98 (68.1%) and 26 (18.1%), respectively. Small numbers of the patients suffered from Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease, piebaldism, congenital albinism, Hypomelanosis of Ito, post-inflammatory hypopigmentation, white leaf-shaped macules associated with tuberous scler...

  10. Questionnaire survey of working relationships between nurses and doctors in University Teaching Hospitals in Southern Nigeria

    Adebamowo Clement A; Ogbimi Roseline I

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Smooth working relationships between nurses and doctors are necessary for efficient health care delivery. However, previous studies have shown that this is often absent with negative impact on the quality of health care delivery. In 2002, we studied factors that affect nurse-doctor working relationships in University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) in Southern Nigeria in order to characterize it and identify managerial and training needs that might be used to improve it. Method Q...

  11. Diagnostic work-up in patients with possible asthma referred to a university hospital

    Backer, Vibeke; Sverrild, Asger; Suppli Ulrik, Charlotte; Bødtger, Uffe; Seersholm, Niels; Porsbjerg, Celeste

    2015-01-01

    Objective: The best strategy for diagnosing asthma remains unclear. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to evaluate diagnostic strategies in individuals with possible asthma referred to a respiratory outpatient clinic at a university hospital.Methods: All individuals with symptoms suggestive of asthma referred over 12 months underwent spirometry, bronchodilator reversibility test, Peak expiratory flow rate (PEF) registration, and bronchial challenge test with methacholine and mannitol on t...

  12. Diagnostic work-up in patients with possible asthma referred to a university hospital

    Backer, Vibeke; Sverrild, Asger; Ulrik, Charlotte Suppli; Bødtger, Uffe; Seersholm, Niels; Porsbjerg, Celeste

    2015-01-01

    Objective The best strategy for diagnosing asthma remains unclear. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to evaluate diagnostic strategies in individuals with possible asthma referred to a respiratory outpatient clinic at a university hospital. Methods All individuals with symptoms suggestive of asthma referred over 12 months underwent spirometry, bronchodilator reversibility test, Peak expiratory flow rate (PEF) registration, and bronchial challenge test with methacholine and mannitol on th...

  13. Hand injuries in foreign labour workers in an Irish university hospital.

    Sattler, Thorsten

    2009-01-01

    The present study reports on a new, rapidly growing patient subpopulation presenting with hand injuries to the Department of Plastic Surgery in Cork University Hospital (Ireland). The impact of the 10 new European Union accession states on the trauma workload is examined. The associated growth in expenditure on interpreter services is also examined. Potential risk factors in the foreign workers\\' new working environment is explored.

  14. Detection of Rotavirus in children with acute gastroenteritis in Zagazig University Hospitals in Egypt

    Ibrahim, Salwa Badrelsabbah; El-Bialy, Abdallah Abdelkader; Mohammed, Mervat Soliman; El-Sheikh, Azza Omar; Elhewala, Ahmed; Bahgat, Shereen

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Rotavirus is the major cause of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) in infants and young children all over the world. The objective of the study was to compare different methods for detecting rotavirus and to assess the burden of rotavirus as a causative agent for AGE in children younger than five. Methods: This case control study included 65 children with AGE and 35 healthy control children. They were chosen from the Pediatric Department of Zagazig University Hospitals from October 201...

  15. Job Stress and Burnout among Academic Career Anaesthesiologists at an Egyptian University Hospital

    Tarek Shams; Ragaa El-Masry

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: There is compelling evidence that anaesthesiology is a stressful occupation and, when this stressful occupation is associated with an academic career, the burnout level is high. This study aimed to assess the predictors and prevalence of stress and burnout, associated sociodemographic characteristics, and job-related features. Methods: A cross-sectional survey study was carried out at Mansoura University Hospital in Egypt among 98 anaesthesiologists who had academic careers. The E...

  16. Normal Conjunctival Flora as seen in Adult Patients at Kigali University Teaching Hospital

    Saiba Eugène Semanyenzi; Egide Abahuje

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the pattern of normal ocular bacterial flora isolated from patients attending the Department of ophthalmology at the Kigali University Teaching Hospital and to evaluate their in vitro susceptibility to common antimicrobial agents. From June to October 2011, collection of specimen was performed by rotating a sterile cotton swab on the lower conjunctival sac from the temporal to the medial fornix. Gram stain and culture was performed and antibiotic sensitivit...

  17. Outcomes of vaginal delivery and cesarean in Mashhad Ghaem University Hospital

    Hassan Boskabadi; Maryam Zakerihamidi; Fatemeh Bagheri

    2014-01-01

    Background: Normal vaginal delivery is the best method of delivery. Vaginal delivery is followed by the best pregnancy outcomes. Reducing the rate of cesarean delivery has been a health goal for the United States with economic and social advantages. This study has been conducted with aim of maternal and neonatal outcomes of Normal Vaginal Delivery (NVD) and comparing with cesarean delivery. Methods: This descriptive- analytic study was conducted in Ghaem University Hospital in Mashhad duri...

  18. Implementing ward based clinical pharmacy services in an Ethiopian University Hospital

    Mekonnen AB; Yesuf EA; Odegard PS; Wega SS

    2013-01-01

    Background: Clinical pharmacy practice has developed internationally to expand the role of a pharmacist well beyond the traditional roles of compounding, dispensing and supplying drugs to roles more directly in caring for patients. Studies on the activities of the clinical pharmacist in an inpatient ward in resource constrained settings are scarce, however.Objective: To assess ward based clinical pharmacy services in an internal medicine ward of Jimma University Specialized Hospital. Methods:...

  19. Difficult airway management patterns among anesthesiologists practicing in Cairo University Hospitals

    Neamat I. Abdel rahman

    2016-01-01

    Conclusion: The practice of anesthesiologists in Cairo university hospitals is close to the recommendations of the ASA guidelines for management of difficult airway. There is increased skills in fiberoptic bronchoscopes and SGA with increased frequency of difficult airway managements training courses; however, they need to improve their skills in awake fiberoptic intubations technique and they need to be trained on invasive airway management access to close the discrepancy between their theoretical choices in different situations and their actual skills.

  20. COST-EFFECTIVENESS ANALYSIS OF ANTI-DIABETIC THERAPY IN A UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL

    Giwa Abdulganiyu; Tayo Fola

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To conduct cost-effectiveness analysis of anti-diabetic therapy in a University Teaching Hospital in 2010. Methods: A retrospective review of selected case-notes was conducted. World Health Organization Defined Daily Dose Method of evaluating drug use and probability method for potential effectiveness of antidiabetic therapeutic options from literature analysis was employed in determining cost-effectiveness of each anti-diabetic therapeutic option identified from anti-diabetic dru...

  1. Pharmaceutic guidance to hypertensive patients at USP University Hospital: effect on adherence to treatment

    Ana Luiza Pereira Moreira Mori; Joel Claudio Heimann; Egídio Lima Dórea; Márcia Martins Silveira Bernik; Sílvia Storpirtis

    2010-01-01

    This study was carried out in the outpatient unit of the Teaching Hospital of the University of São Paulo (USP), and studied the impact of an educational program aimed at improving hypertensive patients' compliance to treatment. Seventy five (75) hypertensive patients of both sexes took part in the study which had no age or race discrimination. Participants presented no other concomitant pathology, except obesity, diabetes and dyslipidemia. Forty one patients were allocated to an experimental...

  2. Effectiveness and Sustainability of Education about Incident Reporting at a University Hospital in Japan

    Nakamura, Noriko; Yamashita, Yuichi; Tanihara,Shinichi; Maeda, Chiemi

    2014-01-01

    Objectives The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of educational interventions to encourage incident reporting. Methods This was a quasi-experimental design. The study involved nurses working in two gastroenterology surgical wards at Fukuoka University Hospital, Japan. The number of participants on each ward was 26 nurses at baseline. For the intervention group, we provided 15 minutes of education about patient safety and the importance of incident reportin...

  3. Invasive fungal disease in university hospital: a PCR-based study of autopsy cases

    Ruangritchankul, Komkrit; Chindamporn, Ariya; Worasilchai, Navaporn; Poumsuk, Ubon; Keelawat, Somboon; Bychkov, Andrey.

    2015-01-01

    Invasive fungal disease (IFD) has high mortality rate, especially in the growing population of immunocompromised patients. In spite of introduction of novel diagnostic approaches, the intravital recognition of IFD is challenging. Autopsy studies remain a key tool for assessment of epidemiology of visceral mycoses. We aimed to determine species distribution and trends of IFD over the last 10 years in unselected autopsy series from a large university hospital. Forty-five cases of visceral mycos...

  4. ANTIHYPERTENSIVE MEDICATION PRESCRIBING PATTERNS IN A UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL IN SOUTH DELHI

    Fowad Khurshid et al.

    2012-01-01

    Study objective: To investigate the use of antihypertensive drugs in hypertensive patients and to identify whether such pattern of prescription is appropriate in accordance with international guidelines for management of hypertension. Methods: This was a prospective analysis. A prescription based survey among patients with established hypertension was conducted at the Medicine Out-Patient Department of University Teaching Hospital in South Delhi, India. Data were collected from patients’ medi...

  5. Determinants of successful breastfeeding initiation in healthy term singletons: a Swiss university hospital observational study

    Gubler, Tabea; Krähenmann, Franziska; Roos, Malgorzata; Zimmermann, Roland; Ochsenbein-Kölble, Nicole

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Aims: Breastfeeding significantly benefits mothers and infants. We aimed to identify the determinants of its successful initiation. Methods: A retrospective study of 1893 mothers delivering healthy term singletons at a Swiss university hospital from 1/2008 to 3/2009 determined the associations between multiple breastfeeding and early postpartum parameters by univariate and multiple regression analysis. Results: Multiparity was associated with nursing exclusively at the breast at disc...

  6. Benchmarking antimicrobial drug use at university hospitals in five European countries.

    Vlahović-Palcevski, V; Dumpis, U; Mitt, P; Gulbinovic, J; Struwe, J; Palcevski, G; Stimac, D; Lagergren, A; Bergman, U

    2007-03-01

    A point-prevalence survey of five European university hospitals was performed to benchmark antimicrobial drug use in order to identify potential problem areas in prescribing practice and to aid in establishing appropriate and attainable goals. All inpatients at the university hospitals of Rijeka (Croatia), Tartu (Estonia), Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania) and Karolinska-Huddinge (Sweden) were surveyed for antimicrobial drug use during a single day. The frequency of antimicrobial drug use was 24% in Rijeka, 30% in Tartu, 26% in Riga, 14% in Vilnius and 32% in Huddinge. Surgical patients were treated with antimicrobial agents more often than medical patients in Riga (53% vs. 31%), Tartu (39% vs. 26%) and Vilnius (54% vs. 25%). Two-thirds of patients in Rijeka, Tartu, Riga and Vilnius, and fewer than half of the patients in Huddinge, received antimicrobial agents intravenously. Broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents were used most commonly in Rijeka. The prevalence of nosocomial infections treated with antibiotics was 9% at Huddinge, and 3-5% at the other centres. Benchmarking antimicrobial drug use at five university hospitals identified differences and problem areas. The high rates of intravenous administration, poor compliance with guidelines, and prolonged surgical prophylaxis were general problems that deserved specific attention at all centres. A change in prescription practices may reduce unnecessary drug use and decrease antimicrobial resistance. PMID:17391382

  7. [Future roles of clinical laboratories and clinical laboratory technologists in university hospitals].

    Yokota, Hiromitsu; Yatomi, Yutaka

    2013-08-01

    Clinical laboratories in university hospitals should be operated with a good balance of medical practice, education, research, and management. The role of a clinical laboratory is to promptly provide highly reliable laboratory data to satisfy the needs of clinicians involved in medical practice and health maintenance of patients. Improvement and maintenance of the quality of the laboratory staff and environment are essential to achieve this goal. In order to implement these requirements efficiently, an appropriate quality management system should be introduced and established, and evaluated objectively by a third party (e.g. by obtaining ISO 15189 certification). ISO 15189 is an international standard regarding the quality and competence of clinical laboratories, and specifies a review of the efficient operational system and technical requirements such as competence in implementing practical tests and calibration. This means the results of laboratory tests reported by accredited laboratories withstand any international evaluation, which is very important to assure the future importance of the existence and management of clinical laboratories as well as internationalization of medical practice. "Education" and "research" have important implications in addition to "medical practice" and "management", as the roles that clinical laboratories should play in university hospitals. University hospital laboratories should be operated by keeping these four factors in good balance. Why are "education" and "research" required in addition to "medical practice" services? If individual clinical laboratory technologists can provide an appropriate response to this question, the importance of the existence of clinical laboratories would be reinforced, without being compromised. PMID:24218765

  8. Prevalence of hearing loss among high risk newborns hospitalized in hospitals affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences

    Ali Zamani

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available "n Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Arial; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} Background: American pediatric Association proposes to screen all neonates with Oto-Acoustic Emission (OAE. In developing countries, because of several limitations, health policy makers recommend to screen only in high risk patients. This study is performed with the aim to screen hearing loss in 950 high risk newborns hospitalized in hospitals affiliated to Tehran University using the OAE test."n"nMethods: A total of 950 neonates hospitalized in the Neonatal and NICU wards of Vali-e-Asr, Shariati, Medical Center and Bahrami Hospitals during the years 2004-2006 who showed at least one risk factor using TEOAE hearing test were enrolled into this cross-sectional descriptive analytical study and were diagnosed with mild deafness and total deafness. Blood exchange due to hyperbillirubinemia, septicemia, congenital heart disease, the fifth minute apgar scores below six, PROM more than six hours, epilepsia, need to NICU more than five hours, pneumonia and Oto-Toxic drugs were considered as risk factors. Data was past medical history, current disease, admission cause, sign & symptoms and complications of disease."n"nResults: Multivariate logistic regression and paired t-test showed that blood exchange, low birth weight and low

  9. [Perceived quality assessment in the University Hospital Authority in Sassary, Italy].

    Virdis, A; Licheri, N; Cagnina, N; Sassu, A; Tanda, E; Soddu, M D

    2010-01-01

    In line with the health legislation that introduced a system to monitor and review the quality, the Hospital Authority of University of Sassari has placed among its main objectives the satisfaction of patients/clients and has made an initial assessment of customer satisfaction for users hospitalized in their facilities with the methodology of the questionnaire. It was drawn up a questionnaire to closed questions, with default value scales, divided into 4 areas: 1) Hospitality, 2) Hotel treatment, 3) Professionalism of staff-information related pathology, informed consent, 4) personal opinion of the patient upon discharge. The questionnaire was administered the day of discharge, to users hospitalized of six UO of Hospital Authority in the months of September and October 2009, and patients discharged within 2 months were given a total of 514, of them have completed the testing 290 (54% of discharged patients). The questionnaires were analyzed in the results of both the individual UO involved in both the overall result, persons responsible for each facility was sent a report with the results of its own. The survey results are satisfactory with regard to both positive aspects, that is the overall grade average of 86.23% which to criticism, to which they are planning initiatives for their solution. PMID:20677672

  10. Pattern of sudden death at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, South West Nigeria

    Akinwusi PO

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Patience Olayinka Akinwusi,1,2 Akinwumi Oluwole Komolafe,3 Olanrewaju Olayinka Olayemi,2 Adeleye Abiodun Adeomi41Department of Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Osun State University, 2Department of Medicine, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, 3Department of Morbid Anatomy, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching, Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife, Osun State, 4Department of Community Medicine, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, NigeriaBackground: The purpose of this study was to determine the etiology and epidemiologic characteristics of sudden death at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, South West Nigeria.Methods: This was a retrospective descriptive study of all cases of natural unexpected death, either occurring out of hospital or less than 24 hours after admission to LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, over a nine-year period from January 2003 to December 2011. Data were generated from information in the case notes and autopsy reports for these cases.Results: Sudden death accounted for 29 (4.0% of 718 adult medical deaths and 1.0% of all adult medical admissions. Out-of-hospital deaths occurred in 72.4% of cases. The mean age of the patients was 46.8 ± 11.5 (range 25–74 years. The male to female ratio was 6.25:1. Cardiovascular disease were the most common cause of death (51.7%, followed by respiratory disease (20.7%, pulmonary thromboembolism (10.4%, central nervous system disease (13.8%, gastrointestinal disorders (13.8%, severe chemical/drug poisoning (13.8%, and combined cardiovascular and central nervous system disease (13.8%. Hypertension-related causes were responsible for 14/29 (48.3% of the sudden deaths. Hypertensive heart disease accounted for 86.7% of the cardiovascular deaths, hypertensive heart failure accounted for 73.3%, whilst all heart failure cases accounted for 80.0%. Left ventricular hypertrophy was present in 69.2% of the patients with hypertensive heart disease. Moderate to severe

  11. Evaluation of clinical pharmacist recommendations in the geriatric ward of a Belgian university hospital

    Somers A

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Annemie Somers,1 Hugo Robays,1 Peter De Paepe,2 Georges Van Maele,3 Katrina Perehudoff,4 Mirko Petrovic41Department of Pharmacy, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium; 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium; 3Department of Medical Statistics, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium; 4Department of Geriatrics, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, BelgiumObjective: To evaluate the type, acceptance rate, and clinical relevance of clinical pharmacist recommendations at the geriatric ward of the Ghent university hospital.Methods: The clinical pharmacist evaluated drug use during a weekly 2-hour visit for a period of 4 months and, if needed, made recommendations to the prescribing physician. The recommendations were classified according to type, acceptance by the physician, prescribed medication, and underlying drug-related problem. Appropriateness of prescribing was assessed using the Medication Appropriateness Index (MAI before and after the recommendations were made. Two clinical pharmacologists and two clinical pharmacists independently and retrospectively evaluated the clinical relevance of the recommendations and rated their own acceptance of them.Results: The clinical pharmacist recommended 304 drug therapy changes for 100 patients taking a total of 1137 drugs. The most common underlying drug-related problems concerned incorrect dose, drug–drug interaction, and adverse drug reaction, which appeared most frequently for cardiovascular drugs, drugs for the central nervous system, and drugs for the gastrointestinal tract. The most common type of recommendation concerned adapting the dose, and stopping or changing a drug. In total, 59.7% of the recommendations were accepted by the treating physician. The acceptance rate by the evaluators ranged between 92.4% and 97.0%. The mean clinical relevance of the recommendations was assessed as possibly important (53.4%, possibly low relevance (38.1%, and possibly

  12. Translational science and the hidden research system in universities and academic hospitals: a case study.

    Lander, Bryn; Atkinson-Grosjean, Janet

    2011-02-01

    Innovation systems (IS) and science policy scholarship predominantly focus on linkages between universities and industry, and the commercial translation of academic discoveries. Overlooked in such analyses are important connections between universities and academic hospitals, and the non-commercial aspects of translational science. The two types of institutions tend to be collapsed into a single entity-'the university'-and relational flows are lost. Yet the distinctions and flows between the two are crucial elements of translational science and the biomedical innovation system. This paper explores what has been called the 'hidden research system' that connects hospitals, universities, and their resources, with the clinical and scientific actors who make the linkages possible. Then, using a novel conceptual model of translational science, we examine the individual interactions and dynamics involved in a particular example of the biomedical innovation system at work: the diagnosis of IRAK-4 deficiency, a rare immunological disorder, and the translational flows that result. Contra to conventional IS analyses, we are able to point to the strong role of public-sector institutions, and the weak role of the private-sector, in the translational processes described here. Our research was conducted within a Canadian network of scientists and clinician-scientists studying the pathogenomics of immunological disorders and innate immunity. PMID:21168250

  13. Impact of a new palliative care consultation team on opioid prescription in a University Hospital

    Idoate Antonio

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There are no validated measuring tools to gauge the effectiveness of a Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Team (PCCT. One way would be to consider its effect on the consumption of opioids expressed in total amounts and different formulations administered. We perform this study to evaluate the impact of a hospital PCCT on the trends of opioid prescription in a University Hospital. Methods A seven year retrospective study on opioid prescription was carried out in the Clínica Universidad de Navarra. The period includes three years before and three years after the PCCT was implemented. Prescription was analysed calculating yearly the Defined Daily Dose (DDD adjusted to 1000 hospital stays (DDD/1000HS. Indicators considered were the proportion of patients treated using opioids compared to the total estimated in need of treatment (rate of effectiveness and the proportion of patients potentially requiring opioids but not treated who were incorporated into the treatment group (rate of improvement. Results From 2001 to 2007, total opioid prescription was low in non-oncology Departments (range: 69–110 DDD/1000HS while parenteral morphine and fentanyl did not register any changes. In the same period of time, total opioid prescription increased in the Oncology Department from 240 to 558 DDD/1000HS. The rate of effectiveness in the three years prior to the implantation of the consultation team was 64% and in the three following years rose to 87%. The rate of improvement prior to the palliative care consultation team was 43% and in the three following years was 64%. A change in opioid prescription was registered after the implementation of the PCCT resulting in an increase in the prescription of parenteral morphine and methadone and a decrease in transdermal fentanyl. Conclusion Implementation of a PCCT in a University Hospital is associated with a higher and more adequate use of opioids.

  14. Clinical outcome of protein-energy malnourished patients in a Brazilian university hospital

    Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is a treatable disease with high prevalence among hospitalized patients. It can cause significant increases in the duration of hospitalization and costs. PEM is especially important for health systems since malnourished patients present higher morbidity and mortality. The objective of the present study was to assess the evolution of nutritional status (NS) and the effect of malnutrition on clinical outcome of patients at a public university hospital of high complexity in Brazil. Patients hospitalized in internal medicine (n = 54), oncology (n = 43), and infectious diseases (n = 12) wards were included. NS was evaluated using subjective global assessment up to 48 h after admission, and thereafter at intervals of 4-6 days. On admission, patients (n = 109) were classified as well-nourished (n = 73), moderately malnourished or at risk of malnutrition (n = 28), and severely malnourished (n = 8). During hospitalization, malnutrition developed or worsened in 11 patients. Malnutrition was included in the clinical diagnosis of only 5/36 records (13.9% of the cases, P = 0.000). Nutritional therapy was administered to only 22/36 of the malnourished patients; however, unexpectedly, 6/73 well-nourished patients also received commercial enteral diets. Complications were diagnosed in 28/36 malnourished and 9/73 well-nourished patients (P = 0.000). Death occurred in 12/36 malnourished and 3/73 well-nourished patients (P = 0.001). A total of 24/36 malnourished patients were discharged regardless of NS. In summary, malnutrition remains a real problem, often unrecognized, unappreciated, and only sporadically treated, even though its effects can be detrimental to the clinical course and prognosis of patients. The amount of public and private funds unnecessarily dispersed because of hospital malnutrition is significant

  15. Indoor air quality levels in a University Hospital in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia

    Mahmoud F El-Sharkawy

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim of the Study: The complex hospital environment requires special attention to ensure a healthy indoor air quality (IAQ to protect patients and healthcare workers against hospital-acquired infections and occupational diseases. Poor hospital IAQ may cause outbreaks of building-related illness such as headaches, fatigue, eye, and skin irritations, and other symptoms. The general objective for this study was to assess IAQ inside a large University hospital at Al-Khobar City in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: Different locations representing areas where most activities and tasks are performed were selected as sampling points for air pollutants in the selected hospital. In addition, several factors were studied to determine those that were most likely to affect the IAQ levels. The temperature and relative percent humidity of different air pollutants were measured simultaneously at each location. Results: The outdoor levels of all air pollutant levels, except volatile organic compounds (VOCs, were higher than the indoor levels which meant that the IAQ inside healthcare facilities (HCFs were greatly affected by outdoor sources, particularly traffic. The highest levels of total suspended particulates (TSPs and those less than 10 microns (PM 10 inside the selected hospital were found at locations that are characterized with m4ore human activity. Conclusions:Levels of particulate matter (both PM 10 and TSP were higher than the Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs. The highest concentrations of the fungal species recorded were Cladosporium and Penicillium. Education of occupants of HCF on IAQ is critical. They must be informed about the sources and effects of contaminants and the proper operation of the ventilation system.

  16. Clinical outcome of protein-energy malnourished patients in a Brazilian university hospital

    Pasquini, T.A.S. [Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Saúde, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG (Brazil); Neder, H.D. [Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG (Brazil); Araújo-Junqueira, L. [Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Saúde, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG (Brazil); De-Souza, D.A. [Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências da Saúde, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG (Brazil); Departamento de Clínica Médica e Curso de Nutrição, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG (Brazil)

    2012-12-17

    Protein-energy malnutrition (PEM) is a treatable disease with high prevalence among hospitalized patients. It can cause significant increases in the duration of hospitalization and costs. PEM is especially important for health systems since malnourished patients present higher morbidity and mortality. The objective of the present study was to assess the evolution of nutritional status (NS) and the effect of malnutrition on clinical outcome of patients at a public university hospital of high complexity in Brazil. Patients hospitalized in internal medicine (n = 54), oncology (n = 43), and infectious diseases (n = 12) wards were included. NS was evaluated using subjective global assessment up to 48 h after admission, and thereafter at intervals of 4-6 days. On admission, patients (n = 109) were classified as well-nourished (n = 73), moderately malnourished or at risk of malnutrition (n = 28), and severely malnourished (n = 8). During hospitalization, malnutrition developed or worsened in 11 patients. Malnutrition was included in the clinical diagnosis of only 5/36 records (13.9% of the cases, P = 0.000). Nutritional therapy was administered to only 22/36 of the malnourished patients; however, unexpectedly, 6/73 well-nourished patients also received commercial enteral diets. Complications were diagnosed in 28/36 malnourished and 9/73 well-nourished patients (P = 0.000). Death occurred in 12/36 malnourished and 3/73 well-nourished patients (P = 0.001). A total of 24/36 malnourished patients were discharged regardless of NS. In summary, malnutrition remains a real problem, often unrecognized, unappreciated, and only sporadically treated, even though its effects can be detrimental to the clinical course and prognosis of patients. The amount of public and private funds unnecessarily dispersed because of hospital malnutrition is significant.

  17. [The implementation of a quality management tool at a university hospital].

    Pertence, Poliana Prioste; Melleiro, Marta Maria

    2010-12-01

    The objective of this study was to understand the perception of a multidisciplinary health team regarding the implementation of a quality management took at a teaching hospital. The setting of this qualitative study was the University Hospital at University of São Paulo (HU-USP). Participants were seven workers from the Committee for the Implementation of the 5S Program. Data collection was performed through semi-structured interviews and the statements were analyzed according to Janesick. Two categories emerged from the statements: The perception of the multidisciplinary team participating in the implementation of the 5S Program and Factors that affect the implementation of the 5S Program. The categories were interpreted following the Donabedian framework. This study permitted to understand the perception of the multidisciplinary team regarding the implementation of a quality management tool. It is believed that the present findings will contribute with evaluating the 5S Program at the HU-USP, and provide the necessary support for reorganizing activities at that hospital. PMID:21337786

  18. CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES: A SAUDI UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE

    Al-Qurashi, Abdulrahman M.

    2000-01-01

    Background: Continuing medical education (CME) is an important and useful activity for updating knowledge in order to improve for outcome of health care. A CME update symposium on Infectious Diseases was therefore organized at the King Fahd Hospital of the University (KFHU), Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Participants included clinicians, laboratory personnel and nursing staff from different hospitals and universities in Saudi Arabia. Objectives: To report the proceedings of the first CME on Infectious Diseases in the region and to evaluate it using a questionnaire-based feedback. Methodology: This CME was evaluated on specific feedback obtained on standardized evaluation forms provided during the symposium. The responses of 194 participants were statistically analyzed for the various components of the symposium. Results and Conclusion: Salient important issues covered during the program are presented. The CME included five sessions on: hospital acquired infections, immunology, mycotic diseases, malaria, lesihmaniasis and virology. Some lacunae were also identified. The evaluation of the scientific sessions showed a satisfaction level of 3.98 ± 0.59, on a scale of five. As this CME activity proved successful on many counts, it was concluded that it was worthwhile to conduct updates on infectious diseases on a regular basis. PMID:23008630

  19. In-Hospital Mortality of Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction before and after Introduction of PCI in Split University Hospital Center, Croatia

    Miric, Dino; Novak, Katarina; Miric Kovacevic, Lina; Zanchi, Jaksa

    2013-01-01

    Aim of the study was to estimate the in-hospital mortality and death rate in patients with AMI according to gender and location of infarction during 5 years before and after the introduction of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures in Split University Hosptial Center, Croatia. The hospitalized patients were devided in two groups, from 2000 to 2004 and from 2005 to 2009. The analysis included total mortality and mortality according to gender and location of AMI. The location o...

  20. Analysis of maxillofacial prosthetics at university dental hospitals in the capital region of Korea

    Lee, Jong-Ho

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to investigate the demographic patterns of maxillofacial prosthetic treatment to identify the characteristics and geographic distribution of patients with maxillofacial prosthetics in the capital region of Korea. MATERIALS AND METHODS This retrospective analytical multicenter study was performed by chart reviews. This study included patients who visited the department of prosthodontics at four university dental hospitals for maxillofacial prosthetic rehabilitation. Patients with facial and congenital defects or with insufficient medical data were excluded. The patients were classified into three categories based on the location of the defect. Patients' sex, age, and residential area were analyzed. Pearson's chi-square test with a significance level of 0.05 was used to analyze the variables. RESULTS Among 540 patients with maxillofacial prosthetics, there were 284 (52.59%) male patients and 256 (47.41%) female patients. The number of the patients varied greatly by hospital. Most patients were older than 70, and the most common defect was a hard palate defect. Chi-square analysis did not identify any significant differences in sex, age, and distance to hospital for any defect group (P>.05). CONCLUSION The results of this study indicated that there was imbalance in the distribution of patients with maxillofacial prosthetic among the hospitals in the capital region of Korea. Considerations on specialists and insurance policies for the improvement of maxillofacial prosthetics in Korea are required. PMID:27350859

  1. Questionnaire survey of working relationships between nurses and doctors in University Teaching Hospitals in Southern Nigeria

    Adebamowo Clement A

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Smooth working relationships between nurses and doctors are necessary for efficient health care delivery. However, previous studies have shown that this is often absent with negative impact on the quality of health care delivery. In 2002, we studied factors that affect nurse-doctor working relationships in University Teaching Hospitals (UTH in Southern Nigeria in order to characterize it and identify managerial and training needs that might be used to improve it. Method Questionnaire survey of doctors and nurses working in four UTH in Southern Nigeria was done in 2002. The setting and subjects were selected by random sampling procedures. Information on factors in domains of work, union activities, personnel and hospital management were studied using closed and open-ended questionnaires. Results Nurse-doctor working relationships were statistically significantly affected by poor after-work social interaction, staff shortages, activist unionism, disregard for one's profession, and hospital management and government policies. In general, nurses had better opinion of doctors' work than doctors had about nurses' work. Conclusion Working relationships between doctors and nurses need to be improved through improved training and better working conditions, creation of better working environment, use of alternative methods of conflict resolution and balanced hospital management and government policies. This will improve the retention of staff, job satisfaction and efficiency of health care delivery in Nigeria.

  2. Ungraduate students view on the presence of clown-doctors at the University Hospital

    Gabriela Maia Mota

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To understand how students perceive the humanization of health, as well as the contributions of Project Y “clown doctors” in academic and hospital routine, identifying the relevance of this group through the construction of new paradigms. Methods: The study involved qualitative dimension, with the participation of medical students / interns in psychology and pediatric ward from a university hospital in Fortaleza - CE, Brazil. From March to July 2009, ten interviews were performed, recorded and fully transcribed and analyzed by interpretative network, comprising the categories: knowing the Project Y: different forms cognizable; role of Project Y in the hospital environment: the perception of this strategy in view of the spectators; humanization in health: the look of the future professional. The interpretive framework includes concepts related to health promotion activities, based in the humanization of care performed by graduate students in training. Results: Studentshave known Project Y from the observation of the activities performed in the infirmaries and to realize the smiles of children during the integration with the clowns. Reported that the visits, as well as diminishing the stress of children, caregivers and assist in the recovery of patients, also act in humane training of health professionals and contributes to the practice of multidisciplinarity. Conclusions: The respondents believe that Project Y can positivelyinfluence the training of health professionals, expanding interdisciplinary practice and providing complete pain relief of the patient. Thus, enhances communication of those who share the hospital environment and relieve human suffering.

  3. Compliance with Universal Precautions Among Nurses and Laboratory Technicians in Mansoura International Specialized Hospital

    Sahar Mamoud Sayed Ahmed; Salwa Abbas Aly Hassan

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Compliance with universal precautions by nurses and laboratory technicians in hospitals is very important because it prevent cross infection and decrease costs of antibiotics and antipyretics. Also, it decreases spread of infection, which leads to decrease morbidity and mortality rate. A cross-sectional descriptive design was used for conducting this study. The sample of the study consisted of 150 nurses and lab technicians working at morning shift in a hospital at Mansoura City, Dakahlia Governorate. Data were collected using a questionnaire sheet and an observation checklist. The study revealed that majority (86.66% of the studied sample of nurses and lab technicians aged less than 30 years. Also, majority of the studied sample have poor knowledge about sign and symptom and transmission of AIDS. In addition, about 94% of the studied samples have poor knowledge about signs, symptoms and mode of transmissions of hepatitis B and C virus infection. All of the studied sample reported that there are no eye protections in the hospital. Positive correlations between nurses' and lab technicians' practice and available supplies in the hospital were found, but the relations were not statistically significant. The exception was the item of the infection prevention ways which has a significant statistical relation. Also, positive correlations between lab technicians' and nurses' practice and their attending for training courses about infection control were found, but the relations were not statistically significant.

  4. Adverse drug reactions in internal medicine units at a university hospital: A descriptive pilot study

    Luis Carlos López

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Adverse drug reactions (ADRs are an important cause of morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. Objectives: This study was designed to describe the frequency, severity, and causality of ADRs in internal medicine units at a third-level university hospital. Materials and methods: A descriptive study was performed at internal medicine units, by means of a structured format, review of clinical records, and interview of hospitalized patients. The Naranjo algorithm was applied to patient adverse events to define causality. Additionally, ADRs were classified according to the Rawlins and Thompson criteria. Results: One hundred patients (50 men and 50 women were included in the study. Ninety nine (99 adverse events were found among the patients. The Naranjo algorithm was applied to adverse events, resulting in twenty nine (29 probable ADRs, twenty (20 possible ADRs and fifty (50 doubtful ADRs. Cardiovascular drugs and antibiotics were the most frequent therapeutic groups associated with ADRs. In addition, two preventable medication errors were identified. Conclusions: Frequency of ADRs was similar to the number reported in other studies in internal medicine units. It is necessary to systematize efforts of pharmacological surveillance in hospital wards, toward an opportune detection and prevention of ADRs.

  5. Adverse drug reactions in internal medicine units at a university hospital: A descriptive pilot study

    Luis Carlos López

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Adverse drug reactions (ADRs are an important cause of morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients.Objectives: This study was designed to describe the frequency, severity, and causality of ADRs in internal medicine units at a third-level university hospital.Materials and methods: A descriptive study was performed at internal medicine units, by means of a structured format, review of clinical records, and interview of hospitalized patients. The Naranjo algorithm was applied to patient adverse events to define causality. Additionally, ADRs were classified according to the Rawlins and Thompson criteria.Results: One hundred patients (50 men and 50 women were included in the study. Ninety nine (99 adverse events were found among the patients. The Naranjo algorithm was applied to adverse events, resulting in twenty nine (29 probable ADRs, twenty (20 possible ADRs and fifty (50 doubtful ADRs. Cardiovascular drugs and antibiotics were the most frequent therapeutic groups associated with ADRs. In addition, two preventable medication errors were identified.Conclusions: Frequency of ADRs was similar to the number reported in other studies in internal medicine units. It is necessary to systematize efforts of pharmacological surveillance in hospital wards, toward an opportune detection and prevention of ADRs.

  6. Bacterial contamination, bacterial profile and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of isolates from stethoscopes at Jimma University Specialized Hospital

    Shiferaw, Teklu; Beyene, Getenet; Kassa, Tesfaye; Sewunet, Tsegaye

    2013-01-01

    Introduction Hospital acquired infections are recognized as critical public health problems. Infections are frequently caused by organisms residing in healthcare environment, including contaminated medical equipment like Stethoscopes. Objective To determine bacterial contamination, bacterial profile and anti-microbial susceptibility pattern of the isolates from stethoscopes at Jimma University Specialized Hospital. Methodology Cross-sectional study conducted from May to September 2011 at Jimm...

  7. Environmental assessment of garden waste management in the Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark

    Boldrin, Alessio; Andersen, Jacob Kragh; Christensen, Thomas Højlund

    2011-01-01

    An environmental assessment of six scenarios for handling of garden waste in the Municipality of Aarhus (Denmark) was performed from a life cycle perspective by means of the LCA-model EASEWASTE. In the first (baseline) scenario, the current garden waste management system based on windrow composting...... was assessed, while in the other five scenarios alternative solutions including incineration and home composting of fractions of the garden waste were evaluated. The environmental profile (normalised to Person Equivalent, PE) of the current garden waste management in Aarhus is in the order of −6 to 8mPEMg−1ww...... from an environmental point of view suitable for diverting waste away from the composting facility in order to increase its capacity. In particular the incineration of woody parts of the garden waste improved the environmental profile of the garden waste management significantly....

  8. Long-term impacts of heat demand reductions within the Aarhus district heating area

    Nielsen, Steffen; Möller, Bernd

    the current heat price that is taken into account. Often the long-term costs are not reflected in the heat price and since the benefits of investing in heat saving measures last for a long time, the decision should be based on long-term planning taking reinvestments in production capacity and distribution...... equipment into consideration. By reducing the demands there are many long-term benefits for society in the form of reduced resource use and production capacity. In this article the long-term benefits are examined in the concrete case of the Danish district heating area Aarhus. The analysis takes departure...... that the benefits of implementing heat saving measures are large, especially savings in fuel and production capacity are substantial in the concrete case of Aarhus. In other district heating areas the result will be different, where some have large amounts of excess heat from e.g. local industries or waste...

  9. California's county hospitals and the University of California graduate medical education system. Current issues and future directions.

    Jameson, W J; Pierce, K; Martin, D K

    1998-01-01

    California's county hospitals train 45% of the state's graduate medical residents, including 33% of residents in the University of California system. This paper describes the interrelationships of California's county hospitals and the University of California (UC) graduate medical education (GME) programs, highlighting key challenges facing both systems. The mission of California's county health care systems is to serve all who need health care services regardless of ability to pay. Locating ...

  10. Self-reported headache among the employees of a Swiss university hospital: prevalence, disability, current treatment, and economic impact

    Sokolovic, Emina; Riederer, Franz; Szucs, Thomas; Agosti, Reto; Sándor, Peter Stefan

    2013-01-01

    Background The objectives of this cross-sectional, observational study were to determine the prevalence of self-reported headache among the employees of the large Swiss university hospital, to measure the impact of headache using the MIDAS questionnaire, to assess current treatment and to estimate economic burden of headache considering indirect costs. Methods A self-administered questionnaire was distributed internally to 2000 randomly selected employees of the University Hospital Zurich. Re...

  11. AN AUDIT OF PATTERN OF PATIENTS’ PRESENTATION AT THE PERIODONTICS CLINIC OF THE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE HOSPITAL, IBADAN

    Olanrewaju, I.; Arowojolu, Opeodu, Modupeola O.; Gbadebo, S.O.; Ibiyemi, Titilola S.

    2009-01-01

    Objectives: This study is aimed at assessing the various reasons why patients present at the periodontics clinic of the University College Hospital, Ibadan. Materials and Methods: A six months retrospective review of patients treated in the periodontics clinic of the University College Hospital, Ibadan was conducted. Case file records were retrieved and information on patients’ bio-data, occupation and their various presenting complaint during their first consultation at the clinic were revie...

  12. Role models play the greatest role – a qualitative study on reasons for choosing postgraduate training at a university hospital

    Stahn, Bonnie; Harendza, Sigrid

    2014-01-01

    [english] Objective: Why physicians choose a certain specialty at a university hospital for their postgraduate training is incompletely understood. Our aim was to identify factors that led physicians from different generations to opt for postgraduate training in a specialty with high or low patient contact at a university hospital. Methods: We conducted 14 semi-structured interviews with residents and attending physicians from the departments of Internal Medicine (high patient contact) and La...

  13. Depression as a Predictor of Length of Hospital Stay in Elderly Patients Admitted to Ain Shams University Hospitals

    Sherine M. Elbanouby, Sarah A.Hamza,Samia A. Abdel Rahman and Ahmed Kamel Mortagy

    2013-01-01

    Background: Depression among the physically ill is common and frequently under-diagnosed. Elderly patients with depressive symptoms are at higher risk of hospital admission for non psychiatric conditions and are more likely to have longer hospital stays and worse hospital outcomes, compared with non depressed patients. Objectives: The aim of this study was to find out if depression can be considered a predictor of prolonged hospital stay in elderly patients. Design: A prospective cohor...

  14. Economic impact of an integrated RIS/PACS system in a university hospital

    Problem: The goal of the current article is to demonstrate how qualitative and monetary effects resulting from an integrated RIS/PACS installation can be evaluated. Results: The sample analysis of a RIS/PACS solution specially designed for a university hospital demonstrates positive qualitative and monetary effects of the system. Under ideal conditions the payoff time of the investments is reached after 4 years of an assumed 8 years effective life of the system. Furthermore, under conservative assumptions, the risk analysis shows a probability of 0% for realising a negative net present value at the end of the payoff time period. Conclusion: It should be pointed out that the positive result of this sample analysis will not necessarily apply to other clinics or hospitals. However, the same methods may be used for the individual evaluation of the qualitative and monetary effects of a RIS/PACS installation in any clinic. (orig.)

  15. To see or not to see. Perceptions of equality in a Swedish university hospital.

    Oresland, S; Jakobsson, A; Segesten, K

    1999-01-01

    In order to examine the perceptions of sex equality among medical doctors (MDs) and registered nurses (RNs), a survey was conducted in a Swedish University Hospital in May 1995. A questionnaire was sent to 475 MDs and RNs of three different age groups. The results showed that women tend to have similar opinions irrespective of occupation and age, which differed significantly from those of men. Men believed that equality in general exists in the hospital, while women think the values and conditions in the workplace mainly benefit men. No evidence was found to indicate a change in the sex hierarchy within the health care system. Rather, the status quo will be maintained and gender stereotypes reinforced from one generation to the next. PMID:12032919

  16. Factors Associated with Readmission of Patients at a University Hospital Psychiatric Ward in Iran

    Majid Barekatain

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. Readmission has a major role in the reduction of the quality of life and the increase in the years of lost life. The main objectives of this study were to answer to the following research questions. (a What was the readmission rate? (b What were the social, demographic, and clinical characteristics of patients admitted to the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Nour University Hospital, affiliated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran? (c What were the effective factors on readmission? Method. This cross-sectional study was conducted on a total number of 3935 patients who were admitted to Isfahan University Hospital Psychiatric Ward in Isfahan, Iran, from 2004 to 2010. Gender, age, marital status, education, self-report history of previous admission, type of psychiatric disorder, substance misuse, suicide, and the length of the current psychiatric disorder were collected from the registered medical files of patients. The data were analysed using the negative binomial regression model. Results. We found that factors such as psychiatric anxiety disorder, bipolar I, bipolar II, psychotic disorder, depression, and self report history of previous admission were statistically significant in the number of readmissions using the negative binomial model. Conclusion. Readmission to the psychiatric ward is mainly predictable by the type of diagnosis and psychosocial supports.

  17. Factors associated with readmission of patients at a university hospital psychiatric ward in iran.

    Barekatain, Majid; Maracy, Mohammad Reza; Hassannejad, Razeyeh; Hosseini, Reihane

    2013-01-01

    Objectives. Readmission has a major role in the reduction of the quality of life and the increase in the years of lost life. The main objectives of this study were to answer to the following research questions. (a) What was the readmission rate? (b) What were the social, demographic, and clinical characteristics of patients admitted to the Psychiatric Emergency Service at Nour University Hospital, affiliated to Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran? (c) What were the effective factors on readmission? Method. This cross-sectional study was conducted on a total number of 3935 patients who were admitted to Isfahan University Hospital Psychiatric Ward in Isfahan, Iran, from 2004 to 2010. Gender, age, marital status, education, self-report history of previous admission, type of psychiatric disorder, substance misuse, suicide, and the length of the current psychiatric disorder were collected from the registered medical files of patients. The data were analysed using the negative binomial regression model. Results. We found that factors such as psychiatric anxiety disorder, bipolar I, bipolar II, psychotic disorder, depression, and self report history of previous admission were statistically significant in the number of readmissions using the negative binomial model. Conclusion. Readmission to the psychiatric ward is mainly predictable by the type of diagnosis and psychosocial supports. PMID:24236285

  18. Environmental assessment of garden waste management in the Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark

    Boldrin, Alessio; Andersen, Jacob Kragh; Christensen, Thomas Højlund

    2011-01-01

    An environmental assessment of six scenarios for handling of garden waste in the Municipality of Aarhus (Denmark) was performed from a life cycle perspective by means of the LCA-model EASEWASTE. In the first (baseline) scenario, the current garden waste management system based on windrow composting was assessed, while in the other five scenarios alternative solutions including incineration and home composting of fractions of the garden waste were evaluated. The environmental profile (normalis...

  19. CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS AND THE AARHUS CONVENTION IN COURT: JUDICIALISATION FROM BELOW IN SCOTLAND?

    Vanhala, L.

    2013-01-01

    The landscape for 'judicialisation from below' is changing in Scotland. The environmental movement has harnessed the provisions of the Aarhus Convention-an international agreement guaranteeing procedural rights in matters of environmental decision-making-in litigation efforts. In doing so litigants have begun to significantly challenge the structure of opportunities for contesting and overturning decisions of the state when it comes to environmental policy. Rather than undermining representat...

  20. Pathologic examination of the placenta: recommended versus observed practice in a university hospital

    Sills A

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Amber Sills,1 Carmen Steigman,2 Songthip T Ounpraseuth,3 Imelda Odibo,1 Adam T Sandlin,1 Everett F Magann11Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA; 2Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA; 3Department of Biostatistics, University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USAIntroduction: The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of appropriate placental examinations in a university hospital.Methods: A retrospective review of all deliveries and all placentas submitted for pathologic examination from live births. Placentas were reviewed by a perinatal pathologist to determine whether they met the College of American Pathologists (CAP-recommended guidelines for examination.Results: We used 1346 deliveries between July 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 as the basis of this review. According to CAP guidelines, 703 placentas (52.2% should have been sent for pathologic examination; 575/703 (81.8%; 95% confidence interval [CI] = 78.9–84.7 were actually sent for examination. Of the 643 placentas that did not need to be examined per CAP guidelines, 568 (88.3%; 95% CI = 85.9–90.8 were appropriately not sent. In comparing the three categories of indications for examination (maternal, fetal/neonatal, placental, the only significant association was that women with fetal/neonatal indications were more likely to have their placenta sent than women with maternal indications (odds ratio, 2.63; 95% CI = 1.81–3.80.Conclusion: In this university hospital, more than 80% of the time, placentas were appropriately sent to pathology, and more than 85% of the time, placentas that should not have been sent for evaluation were not sent.Keywords: placenta, pathologic examination, clinical guidelines, birth

  1. Experience of laparoscopic cholecystectomy during a steep learning curve at a university hospital

    Background: Cholelithiasis is the most common disease of alimentary tract affecting the adult population globally and our country in particular is no exception to it as a cause of hospitalization. Surgical removal of gall bladder is the main stay of symptomatic cholelithiasis ensuring a permanent cure. The minimally invasive technique of laparoscopic cholecystectomy has gained wide acceptance as a Gold Standard treatment ever since its introduction. The purpose of this prospective observational study was to document our experience of laparoscopic Cholecystectomy during a learning curve in a single unit of a university hospital and compare it with other available data in the literature. Methods: Total 94 patients underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy during the learning curve from Jan 2009 to Dec 2010 in the Department of Surgery Liaquat University Hospital Jamshoro. Results: Mean age was 42 years with females (88.29%) preponderance. Majority of the cases were operated by consultants (85.10%) within 25-60 minutes. Postoperative hospital stay was 3 days with return to work in 7 days. Only 6 (6.38%) cases were converted to open technique. Intra-peritoneal drains and Foley catheter were kept in selected cases only. Eleven patients (11.70%) had intra-operative complications including complete transaction of CBD in only one (1.06%) male patient. Five patients (5.31%) had postoperative complications with two patients having iatrogenic duodenal injury which was not identified during surgery and pseudo cyst pancreas. Four patients (4.25%) died due to multiple organ failure. Conclusion: We conclude that Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is a gold standard procedure and should be learned on virtual simulated models before starting this procedure on human patients. (author)

  2. Adaption and validation of the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire for the Danish hospital setting

    Kristensen S

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Solvejg Kristensen,1–3 Svend Sabroe,4 Paul Bartels,1,5 Jan Mainz,3,5 Karl Bang Christensen6 1The Danish Clinical Registries, Aarhus, Denmark; 2Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark; 3Aalborg University Hospital, Psychiatry, Aalborg, Denmark; 4Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark; 5Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark; 6Department of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Purpose: Measuring and developing a safe culture in health care is a focus point in creating highly reliable organizations being successful in avoiding patient safety incidents where these could normally be expected. Questionnaires can be used to capture a snapshot of an employee's perceptions of patient safety culture. A commonly used instrument to measure safety climate is the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ. The purpose of this study was to adapt the SAQ for use in Danish hospitals, assess its construct validity and reliability, and present benchmark data.Materials and methods: The SAQ was translated and adapted for the Danish setting (SAQ-DK. The SAQ-DK was distributed to 1,263 staff members from 31 in- and outpatient units (clinical areas across five somatic and one psychiatric hospitals through meeting administration, hand delivery, and mailing. Construct validity and reliability were tested in a cross-sectional study. Goodness-of-fit indices from confirmatory factor analysis were reported along with inter-item correlations, Cronbach's alpha (α, and item and subscale scores.Results: Participation was 73.2% (N=925 of invited health care workers. Goodness-of-fit indices from the confirmatory factor analysis showed: c2=1496.76, P<0.001, CFI 0.901, RMSEA (90%CI 0.053 (0.050-0056, Probability RMSEA (p close=0.057. Inter-scale correlations between the factors showed moderate-to-high correlations. The scale stress recognition had significant

  3. Histerosonografía experiencia en el Hospital Universitario de Santander Hysterosonography experience in University Hospital of Santander

    Janer Sepúlveda Agudelo

    2010-12-01

    uterine cavity after insufflation of saline. The most common indication for sonohysterography is abnormal uterine bleeding. Objective: The objectives of this study are to describe the findings of sonohysterography in the period studied in the University Hospital of Santander and encourage the use of sonohysterography in our environment, by teaching technique for the new professionals in gynecology. Materials and methods: A case series study of patients scheduled for sonohysterography in the Hospital Universitario de Santander between February 2007 and June 2008 who were assessed the uterine cavity by sonohysterography, presenting a modification to the technique. The variables to measure are the age indication of hysterosonography, intracavitarios findings, side effects. Results: The indications were: Abnormal uterine hemorrhage 43.3%, uterine myomatosis 21.6%, endometrial injury of the polyp type 27.0% and infertility 5.4%, müllerian anomalies 2.7%. The most common intracavity findings were: normal hysterosonography 51.4%, endometrial polyp 32.4%, and submucous myoma 16.2%. Side effects are presented as pelvic pain and fainting episode of profuse vaginal bleeding without hemodynamic compromise. Conclusions: The sonohysterography is a safe procedure that allows an assessment of the uterine cavity, without significant side effects as demonstrated by our experience. The modification to the technique may avoid the discomfort of the patient, to make once introduced transvaginal transducer, but requires randomized controlled studies to confirm this statement. Salud UIS 2010; 42: 256-260

  4. Does marriage protect against hospitalization with pneumonia? A population-based case-control study

    Mor A

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Anil Mor, Sinna P Ulrichsen, Elisabeth Svensson, Klara Berencsi, Reimar W Thomsen Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark Background: To reduce the increasing burden of pneumonia hospitalizations, we need to understand their determinants. Being married may decrease the risk of severe infections, due to better social support and healthier lifestyle. Patients and methods: In this population-based case-control study, we identified all adult patients with a first-time pneumonia-related hospitalization between 1994 and 2008 in Northern Denmark. For each case, ten sex- and age-matched population controls were selected from Denmark's Civil Registration System. We performed conditional logistic regression analysis to estimate the odds ratios (ORs for pneumonia hospitalization among persons who were divorced, widowed, or never married, as compared with married persons, adjusting for age, sex, 19 different comorbidities, alcoholism-related conditions, immunosuppressant use, urbanization, and living with small children. Results: The study included 67,162 patients with a pneumonia-related hospitalization and 671,620 matched population controls. Compared with controls, the pneumonia patients were more likely to be divorced (10% versus 7% or never married (13% versus 11%. Divorced and never-married patients were much more likely to have previous diagnoses of alcoholism-related conditions (18% and 11%, respectively compared with married (3% and widowed (6% patients. The adjusted OR for pneumonia-related hospitalization was increased, at 1.29 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.25-1.33 among divorced; 1.15 (95% CI: 1.12-1.17 among widowed; and 1.33 (95% CI: 1.29-1.37 among never-married individuals as compared with those who were married. Conclusion: Married individuals have a decreased risk of being hospitalized with pneumonia compared with never-married, divorced, and widowed patients

  5. Clinical profile of hypertension at a University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria

    Arthur C Onwuchekwa

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Arthur C Onwuchekwa, Sunday ChinenyeDepartment of Internal Medicine, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, NigeriaBackground: Hypertension in Nigeria is a widespread problem of immense social and economic importance because of its high prevalence and the severity of its complications.Aim: To define the morbidity and mortality pattern of hypertension at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH.Method: Records of all patients admitted to the medical wards of the UPTH over a 5-year period with essential hypertension or any of its complications were retrieved from the ward and medical records and reviewed.Result: A total of 780 hypertensive patients were reviewed, constituting 28.2% of all ­medical admissions. Only 424 (15.2% had complete records and were analyzed. Record keeping was poor. There were 173 (41% males and 251 (59% females with a male to female ratio of 1:1.5. The ages ranged from 18 years to 100 years with a mean of 56.5 ± 16.2. Stroke was responsible for 169 (39.9% hypertensive complications. Heart failure occurred in 97 (22% cases while renal failure and encephalopathy accounted for 40 (9.4% and 7 (1.7% hypertensive complications respectively. There were 99 deaths out of which 51 (51.5% were due to stroke, 14 (14.12% were due to heart failure, and 12 (12.1% were due to renal failure.Conclusion: The contribution of systemic hypertension to the morbidity and mortality of adults at UPTH is quite significant.Keywords: clinical profile, hypertension, University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital

  6. Antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of Streptococcus pneumoniae over 6 years at Gondar University Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia

    Belay Anagaw; Chandrashekhar Unakal; Mucheye Gezachew; Fantahun Biadgelgene; Berhanu Anagaw; Tariku Geleshe; Birke Taddese; Birhanu Getie; Mengistu Endris; Andargachew Mulu

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To assess the magnitude and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from various clinical specimens. Methods:A record based on retrospective study was conducted at Gondar University Teaching Hospital from September 2007 to January 2012. All patients who visited Gondar University Hospital and provided clinical specimens (body fluids, discharge, swab and blood) for routine bacteriological culturing and antimicrobial susceptibility testing were taken for analysis. Clinical specimens were processed for bacterial culture according to the standard procedures. Antimicrobial susceptibility test for isolated organisms was done using agar disk diffusion method. The data were entered and analyzed using SPSS software version 16 package. Results: One hundred and fifty three Streptococcus pneumoniae were isolated from patients who visited Gondar University Teaching Hospital bacteriology laboratory for culture. Majority of the pneumococcal isolates were from inpatients [111(72.5%)], and 74(48.4%) were from body fluids. Out of the total isolates, 93(61%) were found to be resistant to at least one antibiotic used for susceptibility testing. Forty eight (43.2%) of the isolates were multi-drug resistant (resistant to two or more drugs). The resistance rate noted for both ciprofloxacin 17(11.1%) and ceftriaxone 15(9.8%) were alarming. Conclusions: High proportions of the isolates tend to be increasingly resistant to the commonly prescribed drugs. The recommended drug of choice like ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone were found to be less susceptible in the study area. Based on the findings, we therefore recommend that antimicrobial agents should be inspected for acceptable activity before they are prescribed and administered empirically. Further study with a better design and survey of antimicrobial susceptibility at large scale shoule be performed to draw advanced information.

  7. Causes of gas gangrene seen at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria.

    Nwankwo, Okechukwu Emmanuel

    2008-04-01

    Gas gangrene (clostridial myonecrosis) is rarely seen and this rarity, coupled with its dramatic presentation and often devastating outcome, makes each case of gas gangrene a spectacular and memorable experience. This study analyses the cases managed, the causes and outcome. Gunshot wounds, compounded by late presentation with its accompanying florid infections, were seen as the causes in 14 cases of gas gangrene seen at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu during the four-year study period from July 2000 to June 2004. PMID:18453489

  8. Identification of mycobacteria isolated at University Hospital of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

    Vanessa Albertina Agertt

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This study evaluated the prevalence of nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM in relation to the total number of cases of mycobacterial infections detected in patients admitted at the University Hospital of Santa Maria from 2008 to 2010. From the positive samples for the genus Mycobacterium, 67% belonged to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC and 33% of them were classified as NTM. This investigation aims to contribute to the epidemiology of mycobacterioses, inasmuch as patients infected by NTM require distinctive treatment and monitoring in comparison with those infected by MTBC.

  9. Multidimensional evaluation of performance: experimental application of the balanced scorecard in Ferrara university hospital

    Gregorio Pasquale; Trevisani Lucio; Carandina Gianni; Bentivegna Roberto; Verzola Adriano; Mandini Alberto

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background and Aims One of the best-known performance planning and evaluation techniques utilising both monetary and non-monetary data is the Balanced Scorecard (BSC). This is a means of rationalising the global activity of a business in the attempt to create value, and to translate the company vision into a set of tactical objectives and measurable strategies. The aim of this study was to implement and evaluate the use of BSC in two departments of the St. Anna University Hospital, F...

  10. Penile cancer: about ten cases at the University Hospital of Rabat, review of the literature

    Slaoui, Amine; Jabbour, Youness; El Ghazoui, Anouar; Karmouni, Tarik; Elkhader, Khalid; Koutani, Abdelatif; Attaya, Ahmed Ibn

    2015-01-01

    The aim of our study was to report the status of penile cancer sites in the urology department at the University Hospital of Rabat and evaluate long-term results of surgical treatment of this cancer. Patients and Methods: Between 1989 and 2015, 10 patients were treated for penile cancer. 10 cases were retrospectively reviewed and the following data were recorded: mode of revelation, seat, staging, TNM stage, treatment, evolution and survival. The mean age of patients was 58,1 years (48-81 yea...

  11. A five-year analysis of the incidence of glomerulonephritis at Cairo University Hospital-Egypt

    Salwa Ibrahim; Ahmed Fayed; Sawsan Fadda; Dawlet Belal

    2012-01-01

    Our study aimed to obtain a comprehensive review of the incidence of biopsy-proven glomerulonephritis (GN) at the Cairo University Hospitals, Egypt, over the last five years. We analyzed the clinical and pathological data of all renal biopsy samples that were performed during the period from July 2003 to July 2008. Renal biopsy samples of 924 patients were referred for pathological assessment during the period of the study [437 male and 487 female patients; their mean age was 26.5 ± 14.6 year...

  12. High frequency of low serum levels of vitamin 12 among patients attending Jordan University Hospital.

    Barghouti, F F; Younes, N A; Halaseh, L J; Said, T T; Ghraiz, S M

    2009-01-01

    This study aimed to estimate the status of serum vitamin B12 level in patients attending Jordan University Hospital in Amman, and to examine the relationship with demographic data, chronic illness, dietary habits, haematological parameters and symptoms related to vitamin B12 levels. A total of 838 patients completed a questionnaire and gave blood samples; 44.6% were vitamin B12 deficient (deficiency was associated with memory impairment, low meat intake and strict vegetarian (vegan) diets. The high frequency of low vitamin B12 warrants the development of a strategy to correct this problem in Jordan. PMID:20187536

  13. Return on experience after the declaration of an event in interventional radiology at Strasbourg University Hospitals

    This document reports investigation performed after information of the French Nuclear Safety authority (ASN) by Strasbourg University Hospitals of the fact that patients presented undesired effects after X-ray treatments. Inspections aimed at analyzing the circumstances and the causes of these effects, and at examining the implemented corrective actions. No technical failure has been detected on the apparatus, but an insufficient attention to dose optimization and to follow-on has been highlighted. Some failures have been identified in traceability of maintenance operations, in training, and in adjustment optimization. Corrective actions are described, and some comments are made, inspired from this experience

  14. Colistin use in pediatric intensive care unit for severe nosocomial infections: experience of an university hospital

    Karli, Arzu; Paksu, Muhammet Sukru; Karadag, Adil; Belet, Nursen; Paksu, Sule; Guney, Akif Koray; Akgun, Muhammet; Yener, Nazik; Sensoy, Sema Gulnar

    2013-01-01

    Background The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy and safety of colistin therapy in pediatric patients with severe nosocomial infections in pediatric intensive care unit. Methods The medical records of patients treated with colistin at a 200-bed university children hospital were reviewed. Result Thirty-one patients (male/female = 22/9; median age, 3 years; range, 3 months-17 years) received forty-one courses of colistin. The average dose of colistin was 4.9 ± 0.5 mg/kg/day and ...

  15. Spread of multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa clones in a university hospital.

    Koutsogiannou, Maria; Drougka, Eleanna; Liakopoulos, Apostolos; Jelastopulu, Eleni; Petinaki, Efthimia; Anastassiou, Evangelos D; Spiliopoulou, Iris; Christofidou, Myrto

    2013-02-01

    An outbreak of multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (MDRPA) infections in a university hospital is described. Phenotypic and genotypic analysis of 240 isolates revealed that 152 patients, mainly in the intensive care unit (ICU), were colonized or infected with MDRPA, the majority with O11. All metallo-β-lactamase (MBL)-positive isolates carried the bla(VIM-2) or bla(VIM-1) gene. One or more type III secretion system toxin genes were detected in most isolates. Five dominant pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) types were characterized, associated with ST235, ST111, ST253, ST309, and ST639. PMID:23241381

  16. The Prevalence of Pemphigus (Razi Hospital and Department of Oral Pathology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

    Eshghyar N

    1999-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this retrospective statistical study was to determine the prevalcence and frequency of"nage and sex distributions of pemphigus disease. Pemphigus disease classified as autoimmune bullous"ndermatoses which is a chronic mucocutaneous disease."nThis study was performed in Razi Hospital and department of oral pathology of dental school, Tehran"nUniversity of Medical Sciences. The most frequently effected area was buccal moucosa of oral cavity. The"nmost rate of recurrence was found in oral cavity which being more common in middle age females (25-44"nyears.

  17. UV-treatment in dermatology. Equipment and methods in Norwegian university hospitals

    The use of phototherapy and the phototherapy-equipment were studied in five Norwegian university hospitals. The indications and the methods used were relatively similar, as well as the equipment used for dosimetry. The spectra and irradiance from the phototherapy lamps were measured and the variations in these parameters were evaluated. It is discussed whether there is a need for closer control and standardization of these parameters. The UVA-irradiance that could be experienced by the persons employed in the departments was found to be lower than the recommended limits. 12 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs

  18. Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus introduced into intensive care units of a University Hospital

    Silvana M.M. Cavalcanti

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Staphylococcus aureus is one of the principal human pathogens that colonize healthy individuals in the community in general, and it is responsible for severe infections in hospitalized patients. Due to an increase in the prevalence of strains of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA, combating these microorganisms has become increasingly difficult. A descriptive study was carried out on 231 patients in intensive care at the Oswaldo Cruz University Hospital (HUOC in Recife, Brazil between January and April 2003 to determine the prevalence of S. aureus and MRSA and to evaluate risk factors for colonization by these bacteria when introduced into Intensive Care Units (ICUs. Body secretions were collected from the nostrils, axillary and perineal regions, and from broken skin lesions, of all patients during the first 48 hours following admission to the ICU. Samples were inoculated into blood agar and mannitol-salt-agar culture medium and identified by Gram staining, and by coagulase, DNAse and agglutination (Slidex Staph Test® tests. Growth in Mueller-Hinton agar with 4% sodium chloride and 6mg/L oxacillin was used to identify MRSA. In addition, the latex agglutination test was performed to identify penicillin-binding protein, PBP 2A. The prevalence of S. aureus and MRSA was 87/231 (37.7% and 30/231 (12.98%, respectively. There was no association between any risk factor studied (age, sex, origin of the patient - whether hospital or community, previous hospitalization, use of current or previous antibiotic therapy, corticotherapy and/or immunotherapy, reason for hospitalization and place of hospitalization and the presence of S. aureus. However, a significant association was established between previous hospitalization and the presence of MRSA (RR:1.85; CI:1.00-3.41; p=0.041. The nostrils were the principal site of colonization by both S. aureus (80.4% and MRSA (26.4%, followed by the perineal area, with rates of 27.6% and 12.6%, respectively. If only

  19. Implantation of the Baby Friendly Hospital initiative at a University Hospital Implantação da iniciativa Hospital Amigo da Criança em um hospital universitário

    Marina Ferreira Réa

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available The goals of this article are to describe the “Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative” implantation at the University Hospital of Northern Paraná, situated in Londrina, and point out the difficulties and advantages of this process. The methodology consisted of two inquiries based on the “Tem steps for the success of breast feeding” which were carried out before and after the “Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative” implantation at the hospital. The inquiry carried out after the implantation at the hospital showed the accomplishment of the ten steps and the significant increase of the levels of exclusive breast-feeding (6,7% to 95%. Considering that this work was developed at a school hospital, it was a great challenge for the health professional group, showing changes in behavior and breast-feeding practices, therefore, resulting in an important increase of breast-feeding levels.   Este artigo tem como objetivos descrever o processo de implantação da Iniciativa Hospital Amigo da Criança (IHAC no Hospital Universitário Regional do Norte do Paraná (HURNP e destacar as dificuldades e benefícios advindos dessa implantação. A metodologia empregada foi a utilização de inquéritos, com base nos “Dez Passos”, realizados antes e após a implantação do IHAC no HURNP. O inquérito realizado após a implantação, revelou o cumprimento dos “Dez Passos” e o aumento significativo dos índices de aleitamento exclusivo (de 6,7% para 95,0%. A implantação da IHAC no HURNP, por ser um hospital universitário, representou um grande desafio para a equipe, porém levou a mudança no comportamento e práticas relativas à amamentação, resultando no aumento dos índices de aleitamento materno e aleitamento materno exclusivo dos bebês que nasceram neste hospital.

  20. Clostridium difficile infection in a French university hospital: Eight years of prospective surveillance study.

    Khanafer, Nagham; Oltra, Luc; Hulin, Monique; Dauwalder, Olivier; Vandenesch, Francois; Vanhems, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has changed with an increase in incidence and severity. Prospective surveillance was therefore implemented in a French university hospital to monitor the characteristics of patients at risk and to recognize local trends. Between 2007 and 2014, all hospitalized patients (≥18 years) with CDI were included. During the survey, the mean incidence rate of CDI was 2.9 per 10,000 hospital-days. In all, 590 patients were included. Most of the episodes were healthcare-associated (76.1%). The remaining cases were community-acquired (18.1%) and unknown (5.9%). The comparison with healthcare-associated cases showed that the community-acquired group had a lower rate of antimicrobial exposure (P < 0.001), proton pump inhibitor (P < 0.001), and immunosuppressive drugs (P = 0.02). Over the study period, death occurred in 61 patients (10.3%), with 18 (29.5%) being related to CDI according to the physician in charge of the patient. Active surveillance of CDI is required to obtain an accurate picture of the real dimensions of CDI. PMID:27281101

  1. Clinico-Pathological Discrepancies in a General University Hospital in São Paulo, Brazil

    Kotovicz, Fabiana; Mauad, Thais; Saldiva, Paulo H. N.

    2008-01-01

    INTRODUCTION The autopsy rate has continuously diminished over the past few decades, reducing the quality of medical care and the accuracy of statistical health data. OBJECTIVE To assess the accuracy of clinical diagnoses by comparing pre- and postmortem findings, and to identify potential risk factors for misdiagnoses. METHODS Retrospective evaluations performed between June 2001 and June 2003 in a 2500-bed tertiary university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, including 288 patients who died at that institution and had a postmortem examination. RESULTS Clinical and autopsy records were reviewed and compared for categorization using the adapted Goldman criteria. The overall major and minor discrepancy rates were 16.3% and 28.1%, respectively. The most common missed diagnoses were pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and myocardial infarction, and the most prevalent underlying diseases were infectious diseases, cerebro-cardiovascular conditions, and malignancies. Patients age 60 or older had an increased risk of diagnostic disagreement, as did female patients. The period of hospitalization, last admission unit at the hospital and underlying disease were not significantly related to the pre-mortem diagnostic accuracy. DISCUSSION The discrepancy rate found in this study is similar to those reported globally. The factors influencing diagnostic accuracy as well as the most commonly missed diagnoses are also consistent with the literature. CONCLUSION Autopsy remains a crucial tool for improving medical care, and effort must be focused on increasing its practice worldwide. PMID:18925315

  2. Clinico-pathological discrepancies in a general university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil

    Fabiana Kotovicz

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: The autopsy rate has continuously diminished over the past few decades, reducing the quality of medical care and the accuracy of statistical health data. OBJECTIVE: To assess the accuracy of clinical diagnoses by comparing pre- and postmortem findings, and to identify potential risk factors for misdiagnoses. METHODS: Retrospective evaluations performed between June 2001 and June 2003 in a 2500-bed tertiary university hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, including 288 patients who died at that institution and had a postmortem examination. RESULTS: Clinical and autopsy records were reviewed and compared for categorization using the adapted Goldman criteria. The overall major and minor discrepancy rates were 16.3% and 28.1%, respectively. The most common missed diagnoses were pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and myocardial infarction, and the most prevalent underlying diseases were infectious diseases, cerebro-cardiovascular conditions, and malignancies. Patients age 60 or older had an increased risk of diagnostic disagreement, as did female patients. The period of hospitalization, last admission unit at the hospital and underlying disease were not significantly related to the pre-mortem diagnostic accuracy. DISCUSSION: The discrepancy rate found in this study is similar to those reported globally. The factors influencing diagnostic accuracy as well as the most commonly missed diagnoses are also consistent with the literature. CONCLUSION: Autopsy remains a crucial tool for improving medical care, and effort must be focused on increasing its practice worldwide.

  3. Retrorectal tumours: literature review and Vilnius university hospital "Santariskiu klinikos" experience of 14 cases

    Strupas K

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective Retrorectal tumours are rare lesions in adults. The diagnosis of retrorectal lesion is often difficult and misdiagnosis is common. We present significant number of cases in view of scarce information available on this matter. Methods 14 patients were treated at Vilnius university hospital "Santariskiu klinikos" Centre of abdominal surgery from 1997 to 2010. The case notes of patients who underwent surgery for a retrorectal tumour were reviewed retrospectively. Surgical histories, operations, histological tumour type, surgical time, weight of the specimen, blood loss, length of stay were analysed. Results 13 patients underwent laparotomy, 1 patient had combined perineal approach and laparotomy. The most common types of the tumour were fibroma (3 cases, leiomyosarcoma (2 cases. 5 tumours (35,7% were found to be malignant. 57% of the patients had undergone at least one operation prior to definitive treatment. 5 female patients were initially admitted under gynaecologists. Hospital stay varied from 14 days to 22 days (mean 16,2 days. A report of a representative case is presented. Conclusions Retrorectal lesions in female patients can mimic gynaecological pathology. Patients with this rare pathology are to be treated in a major tertiary hospital by surgeons, who are able to operate safely in the retrorectal space.

  4. Maternal Tetanus at the University College Hospital in Ibadan Nigeria: A 15-Year Retrospective Analysis

    OA Roberts; IO Morhason-Bello; BO Adedokun; AO Adekunle

    2008-01-01

    Objective To determine the characteristics of women with maternal tetanus, pattern of presentation and outcome of management.Methods A total of 19 women were managed with maternal tetanus between 1990 and 2005 from the University College Hospital in Ibadan Nigeria. A retrospective study was performed. The medical records of all women managed as a case of maternal tetanus were retrieved from the central record department of the hospital The pattern of presentation, characteristics of women, the duration of hospital admission, tetanus toxoid immunization, and outcome of care were measured.Results The records of 18 women managed were analyzed. The mean age at presentation was 25.2±5.3 years. The patients were mostly single, nulliparous and had primary school education. The maternal tetanus cases seen mainly complicated induced abortion while 5 and 2 other cases were due to childbirth complication and leg wound respectively. The portal of entry of the remaining 3 cases could not be ascertained.None of the patient managed had complete immunization schedule. The average duration of admission was 11.2±6. 7 d. Five women had intensive care with 3 of them requiring ventilatory support. The case fatality rate was 66. 7%. The only factor that significantly improved survival was presence of generalized spasm at presentation (P=0. 006) Conclusion The occurrence of maternal tetanus is a reflection of low quality of health care delivery and lack or inefficient routine immunization coverage in any community.

  5. Patient education process in teaching hospitals of Tehran University of Medical Sciences

    Seyedin, Hesam; Goharinezhad, Salime; Vatankhah, Soodabeh; Azmal, Mohammad

    2015-01-01

    Background: Patient education is widely recognized as a core component of nursing. Patient education can lead to quality outcomes including adherence, quality of life, patients' knowledge of their illness and self-management. This study aimed to clarify patient education process in teaching hospitals affiliated to Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS) in Iran. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2013. In this descriptive quantitative study, the sample covered 187 head nurses selected from ten teaching hospitals through convenience sampling. Data were collected with a questionnaire developed specifically for this study. The questionnaire measured patient education process in four dimensions: need assessment, planning, implementing and evaluating. Results: The overall mean score of patient education was 3.326±0.0524. Among the four dimensions of the patient education process, planning was in the highest level (3.570±0.0591) and the lowest score belonged to the evaluation of patient education (2.840 ±0.0628). Conclusion: Clarifying patient education steps, developing standardized framework and providing easily understandable tool-kit of the patient education program will improve the ability of nurses in delivering effective patient education in general and specialized hospitals. PMID:26478878

  6. Twenty years of electroconvulsive therapy in a psychiatric unit at a university general hospital

    Amilton dos Santos Jr.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To describe the sociodemographic and clinical profile of patients who underwent electroconvulsive therapy (ECT at a university general hospital. Method: In this retrospective study, records from all patients undergoing ECT between January 1988 and January 2008 at the psychiatric unit of the general hospital of Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP were reviewed. Telephone contact was made with patients/relatives to collect follow-up data. Results: A total of 200 charts were reviewed. The majority of patients were women, with a mean age of 39 years, and history of psychiatric hospitalization. The main indications for ECT were depression and catatonia. Complications were observed in less than half of the cases, and most were temporary and not severe. There was a good psychiatric outcome for 89.7% of the patients, especially for catatonic patients (100%, p = 0.02. Thirty-four percent of the cases were later contacted by telephone calls, at a mean of 8.5 years between the procedure and the contact. Among these, three (1.5% reported persistent memory disorders and 73% considered ECT a good treatment. Conclusion: ECT has been performed according to international guidelines. In the vast majority of cases, undesirable effects were temporary and not severe. Response to ECT was positive in most cases, particularly in catatonic patients.

  7. Trends in maternal mortality at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, 1999–2009

    TU Agan

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available TU Agan1, EI Archibong1, JE Ekabua1, EI Ekanem1, S E Abeshi1, TA Edentekhe2, EE Bassey21Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and 2Department of Anesthesia, College of Medical Sciences, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, NigeriaBackground: Maternal mortality remains a major public health challenge, not only at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, but in the developing world in general.Objective: The objective of this study was to assess trends in maternal mortality in a tertiary health facility, the maternal mortality ratio, the impact of sociodemographic factors in the deaths, and common medical and social causes of these deaths at the hospital.Methodology: This was a retrospective review of obstetric service delivery records of all maternal deaths over an 11-year period (01 January 1999 to 31 December 2009. All pregnancy-related deaths of patients managed at the hospital were included in the study.Results: A total of 15,264 live births and 231 maternal deaths were recorded during the period under review, giving a maternal mortality ratio of 1513.4 per 100,000 live births. In the last two years, there was a downward trend in maternal deaths of about 69.0% from the 1999 value. Most (63.3% of the deaths were in women aged 20–34 years, 33.33% had completed at least primary education, and about 55.41% were unemployed. Eight had tertiary education. Two-thirds of the women were married. Obstetric hemorrhage was the leading cause of death (32.23%, followed by hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Type III delay accounted for 48.48% of the deaths, followed by Type I delay (35.5%. About 69.26% of these women had no antenatal care. The majority (61.04% died within the first 48 hours of admission.Conclusion: Although there was a downward trend in maternal mortality over the study period, the extent of the reduction is deemed inadequate. The medical and social causes of maternal deaths identified in this study are preventable, especially

  8. The profile of tuberculosis infection at the Babcock University Teaching Hospital

    Shobowale E.O

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death from any single pathogen and it has consistently continued to be a major public health challenge globally. Data show that Nigeria ranks tenth among the 22 high tuberculosis burden countries. Aim: This study intends to describe the profile of tuberculosis infections in Babcock University Teaching Hospital. Methods: This was a retrospective cross sectional study of patients presenting to the Tuberculosis Laboratory of Babcock University Teaching Hospital. Results: Patients presenting to BUTH were 2.29 times more likely to have a positive AFB sputum smear result when compared to samples from Primary Health Care Centers – P = 0.05, χ 2 = 3.83, O.R = 2.29, R.R = 1.17, CI = 1.0 – 5.34. Patients presenting to BUTH were more likely to be HIV positive when compared to those from PHC’s p = 0.00, χ 2 = 24.74, df = 2. Conclusion: The burden of tuberculosis is still high in our environment and challenges in its rapid and accurate diagnosis still remain. In order to strengthen tuberculosis control, attention needs to be placed on rapid diagnosis and prompt treatment.

  9. Cost awareness among doctors in an Irish university-affiliated teaching hospital

    William H.C. Tiong

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Previous studies in USA and Canada have found that physicians and physicians in training have a limited understanding of medical care costs. In this study, we set out to survey all grades of doctors in the surgical department, emergency department, and anaesthetic department in a university-affiliated, Irish teaching hospital. Open-ended questionnaires on cost of 25 routinely used items in the hospital were sent to each department. The aims of the study were to assess the present knowledge of cost among the various grades of doctors, and to evaluate the level of professional experience on cost awareness and their confidence in their estimates. We had an overall response rate of 56.8% with 68.5% of doctors admitted to have estimated more than 90% of their responses. Ninety three percent of doctors have no confidence in their estimates on cost of listed items. We found that the lack of cost awareness was universal among doctors of all grades (P = 0.236. The doctors in our study population showed a high level of inaccuracy on their estimates of cost of routinely used items with 84% of the items overestimated. Our results were discouraging and demonstrated that considerable educational activity will be necessary if doctors are to be more cost effective in meeting the national health care budget.

  10. Vitiligo vulgaris and autoimmune diseases in Japan: A report from vitiligo clinic in Kyoto University Hospital.

    Tanioka, Miki; Yamamoto, Yosuke; Katoh, Mayumi; Takahashi, Kenzo; Miyachi, Yoshiki

    2009-01-01

    We reviewed the causes of "loss of skin color" in 144 patients, who visited Vitiligo Clinic of Kyoto University Hospital between April 2005 and August 2008. The numbers of patients with generalized and segmental Vitiligo vulgaris were 98 (68.1%) and 26 (18.1%), respectively. Small numbers of the patients suffered from Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease, piebaldism, congenital albinism, Hypomelanosis of Ito, post-inflammatory hypopigmentation, white leaf-shaped macules associated with tuberous sclerosis and nevus hypopigmentosus. One forth of the patients with generalized vitiligo had complications, while no complications were found in the patients with segmental vitiligo. Among the complications, autoimmune diseases dominated 43% (10 of 23 cases). Autoimmune thyroid diseases explained for the most of the complicated autoimmune diseases and were associated with 7.4% of the patients with generalized vitiligo. Minor autoimmune complications include myasthenia gravis, Sjogren syndrome and autoimmune nephritis. Reflecting the condition that our clinic is located in a university hospital, vitiligo patients with end-stage non-melanoma cancers of internal organs accounted for 8.4% of the patients of generalized vitiligo. PMID:20046588