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  1. Abordagem ambulatorial do nutricionista em anemia hemolítica Nutritional ambulatory approach in hemolytic anemia

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    Maria Aparecida Vieira; Ilda Nogueira de Lima; Marina Emiko Ivamoto Petilik

    1999-01-01

    Descreve a atuação do nutricionista em ambulatório de Hematologia Pediátrica em um hospital escola e relata as condutas dietéticas necessárias na abordagem de crianças com anemia hemolítica com e sem sobrecarga de ferro, e também as atitudes mais freqüentes dos familiares em relação à alimentação desses pacientes.The Authors describe the performance of the Dietitian in a Pediatric Hematology Ambulatory. They emphasize the necessary dietetic procedures for adequate management of children with ...

  2. Abordagem ambulatorial do nutricionista em anemia hemolítica Nutritional ambulatory approach in hemolytic anemia

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    Maria Aparecida Vieira

    1999-04-01

    Full Text Available Descreve a atuação do nutricionista em ambulatório de Hematologia Pediátrica em um hospital escola e relata as condutas dietéticas necessárias na abordagem de crianças com anemia hemolítica com e sem sobrecarga de ferro, e também as atitudes mais freqüentes dos familiares em relação à alimentação desses pacientes.The Authors describe the performance of the Dietitian in a Pediatric Hematology Ambulatory. They emphasize the necessary dietetic procedures for adequate management of children with hemolytic anemia, with and without iron overload. Furthermore, they approach the family's attitude towards the patient's nutrition.

  3. Peritonitis by Scedosporium apiospermum in a patient undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis Peritonite por Scedosporium apiospermum em paciente sob diálise peritoneal ambulatorial continuada

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    Luiz Carlos SEVERO

    1999-07-01

    Full Text Available A case of peritonitis due to Scedosporium apiospermum in a boy undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis is reported. The finding of suggestive tissual form of the fungus in the effluent hastened the diagnosis of the infection.É relatado caso de peritonite por Scedosporium apiospermum em menino sob diálise peritoneal ambulatorial continuada. O achado de formas teciduais sugestivas do fungo acelerou o diagnóstico da infecção.

  4. Necessidades fisioterapêuticas de idosos em atendimento ambulatorial

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    Knorst, Mara Regina; Sousa, Milena Abreu Tavares de; Bós, Ângelo Jose Gonçalves

    2011-01-01

    Aging population increases both chronic and disabling diseases. Chronic and disabling diseases lead to functional loss, decreased autonomy and quality of life. Functional loss increases the dependency for accomplishing tasks such as activity of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL). Ambulatory care has increased for the elderly pressuring for more rehabilitation care in outpatient settings, demanding for the participation of the physiotherapist. This study aims...

  5. CÂNCER DE MAMA: ESTIMATIVA DA PREVALÊNCIA DE ANSIEDADE E DEPRESSÃO EM PACIENTES EM TRATAMENTO AMBULATORIAL

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    Ferreira, Andreia Silva; Bicalho, Bruna Pereira; Oda, Julie Massayo Maeda; Duarte, Sebastião Junior Henrique; Machado, Richardson Miranda

    2016-01-01

    A ansiedade e a depressão são doenças psicoemocionais que afetam grande parte das mulheres acometidas pelo câncer de mama. Pouco se sabe sobre os meios de identificação precoce, constituindo-se em desafios à equipe multiprofissional da saúde a integralidade do cuidado à vítima dessa doença. O objetivo deste estudo foi identificar a prevalência da ansiedade e depressão em mulheres em tratamento ambulatorial para o câncer de mama. Estudo descritivo transversal, realizado com 138 mulheres em tra...

  6. Transtornos alimentares em homens abstinentes de substâncias psicoativas em tratamento ambulatorial

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    Cássia Medino Soares

    2017-01-01

    importante que sejam promovidas novas estratégias terapêuticas para o melhor atendimento nutricional dos indivíduos em abstinência.   Palavras-chave: Transtornos por Uso de Substância Psicoativa; Síndrome de Abstinência a Substâncias; Transtorno da Compulsão Alimentar; Transtornos Relacionados ao Uso de Cocaína; Dopaminérgicos; Alcoolismo, Obesidade.

  7. Familiares de clientes acometidos pelo HIV/AIDS e o atendimento prestado em uma unidade ambulatorial

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    Silveira Edilene Aparecida Araújo da

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Durante o desenvolvimento da doença ocorrem alterações no estilo de vida do indivíduo com HIV/AIDS que suscitam, na família e no paciente, reações de adaptação às demandas. O presente estudo, realizado no ambulatório de um centro de referência para HIV/AIDS, contou com a participação de oito integrantes do grupo de apoio para familiares de pacientes acometidos pelo HIV/AIDS. Eles responderam a uma entrevista semi-estruturada a partir da qual foram analisados os conteúdos de suas falas. Esses familiares referiram dificuldades ao lidar com a doença e com a agressividade do paciente em relação ao cuidador. Eles encontraram acolhimento e recursos que proporcionaram melhora da saúde e mudanças positivas no paciente, mas queixaram-se da demora no atendimento ambulatorial e dificuldades com o transporte. No grupo de apoio encontraram alívio e conforto. A família que se propõe a cuidar do paciente deve ser acolhida e auxiliada na adaptação às mudanças, pela equipe de saúde.

  8. Raquianestesia posterior para cirurgias anorretais em regime ambulatorial: estudo piloto Raquianestesia posterior para cirugías anorrectales en régimen ambulatorial: estudio piloto Restricted dorsal spinal anesthesia for ambulatory anorectal surgery: a pilot study

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O aumento do número de cirurgias ambulatoriais exige o emprego de métodos anestésicos que permitam a liberação do paciente após a cirurgia. Freqüentemente, as cirurgias anorretais são realizadas com os pacientes hospitalizados. Este estudo examina a possibilidade de esses procedimentos serem realizados em regime ambulatorial com baixas doses de bupivacaína hipobárica. MÉTODO: Trinta pacientes, estado físico ASA I e II, foram submetidos à raquianestesia com solução hipobárica de bupivacaína a 0,15% através de agulha 27G Quincke para cirurgias anorretais. A punção subaracnóidea foi realizada com o paciente em decúbito ventral com auxílio de coxim em seu abdômen para corrigir a lordose lombar e o espaço intervertebral. RESULTADOS: O bloqueio sensitivo foi obtido em todos os pacientes. A sua dispersão variou de T10 a L2 com moda em T12. Apenas três pacientes apresentaram algum grau de bloqueio motor. A duração do bloqueio foi de 122,17 ± 15,35 minutos. Estabilidade hemodinâmica foi observada em todos os pacientes. Nenhum paciente desenvolveu cefaléia pós-punção da dura-máter. CONCLUSÕES: Seis miligramas de bupivacaína a 0,15% em solução hipobárica proporcionaram um bloqueio predominantemente sensitivo, quando injetados em decúbito ventral. As principais vantagens são rápida recuperação, estabilidade hemodinâmica e satisfação do paciente, sendo uma boa indicação para anestesia ambulatorial.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El aumento del número de cirugías ambulatoriales exige el empleo de métodos anestésicos que permitan la liberación del paciente después de la cirugía. Frecuentemente, las cirugías anorrectales son realizadas con los pacientes hospitalizados. Este estudio examina la posibilidad de que esos procedimientos puedan ser realizados en régimen ambulatorial con bajas dosis de bupivacaína hipobárica. MÉTODO: Treinta pacientes, estado físico ASA I y II, fueron

  9. MUTIRÕES DE COLECISTECTOMIA POR VIDEOLAPAROSCOPIA EM REGIME DE CIRURGIA AMBULATORIAL INTENSIVE PROGRAM OF VIDEOLAPAROSCOPY CHOLECYSTECTOMY ON AN AMBULATORY SURGERY BASIS

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    J.S. Santos

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: As listas de espera para colecistectomia, associadas à elevada demanda dos leitos e salas cirúrgicas dos Hospitais Universitários, são incentivos para adoção de novos programas de assistência. Objetivo: Avaliar o processo de organização e os resultados clínicos dos Mutirões de Colecistectomia por Videolaparoscopia, em regime de Cirurgia Ambulatorial. Pacientes e Métodos: Dentre os 314 pacientes portadores de colelitíase sintomática que aguardavam cirurgia no HCFMRP-USP, 160 foram selecionados para tratamento em regime ambulatorial. Uma equipe multiprofissional, formada por cirurgiões, anestesistas, enfermeiros e assistentes sociais, programou 4 mutirões para serem realizados em fins de semana, em função da disponibilidade do bloco cirúrgico e da sala de recuperação pós-anestésica. Mediante avaliação retrospectiva, foram analisados 79 prontuários dos pacientes operados nos Mutirões I e II (Grupo A e 79 dos 80 operados nos Mutirões III e IV (Grupo B. Análise estatística: teste de Wilcoxon e exato de Fisher (pIntroduction: The growing list of patients awaiting cholecystectomy, together with the great demand for beds and operating rooms at University Hospitals have encouraged the adoption of different solutions. Objective: To evaluate the process of organization and the clinical results of intensive programs of cholecystectomy by videolaparoscopy on an ambulatory surgery basis. Methods: Among the 314 patients with symptomatic cholelithiasis who were waiting for surgery at HCFMRP-USP, 160 were selected for treatment on an ambulatory basis. A multiprofessional team consisting of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and social workers scheduled 4 intensive programs to be performed on weekends according to the availability of the surgical block and of the post-anesthesia recovery room. In a retrospective evaluation, the authors analyzed 79 medical records of patients operated upon in the intensive programs I

  10. Estado nutricional e hábitos alimentares de dependentes químicos em tratamento ambulatorial

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    Isadora Borne Ferreira

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo Identificar o estado nutricional e hábitos alimentares de pacientes masculinos em recuperação de dependência química em acompanhamento ambulatorial de uma unidade de adição. Métodos Estudo transversal com 25 pacientes adultos em tratamento ambulatorial para dependência química. Foram aferidos parâmetros antropométricos (peso, estatura, circunferência da cintura e índice de massa corporal e de composição corporal (bioimpedância elétrica, e foram investigados hábitos alimentares (Questionário de Frequência Alimentar – QFA. As variáveis categóricas são apresentadas como frequências e percentuais e as variáveis contínuas, como média e desvio-padrão ou como mediana e intervalo interquartil. Resultados Observou-se índice de massa corporal médio de 27,73 ± 4,15 kg/m2, com prevalência de sobrepeso de 80% e obesidade de 8%. A média da circunferência da cintura foi de 96,60 ± 9,84 cm e a de percentual de gordura corporal, de 23,24 ± 6,44. A maior parte da amostra estudada [20 (80%] refere realizar quatro ou mais refeições por dia e 72% referiram aumento do consumo alimentar no período de abstinência. A preferência por alimentos específicos no período de abstinência foi relatada por 12 (48% pacientes. Em relação ao consumo de alimentos ultraprocessados, destaca-se o consumo diário de pão francês (68%, pães brancos de forma (16%, sucos artificiais (48%, refrigerantes (32%, queijo amarelo (36%, embutidos com alto teor de gordura (36% e balas e chicletes (32%. Conclusão Os resultados mostram prevalência elevada de sobrepeso e obesidade, além de medida de circunferência da cintura alterada, relato de aumento da ingestão alimentar e consumo diário e semanal elevado de alimentos ultraprocessados.

  11. Desfechos da síndrome da fragilidade : um estudo longitudinal com idosos em atendimento ambulatorial

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    Vanessa Abreu da Silva

    2014-01-01

    Resumo: Este estudo teve como objetivo analisar os desfechos e fatores associados à síndrome da fragilidade de idosos atendidos em serviço de geriatria de um hospital escola. Trata-se de um estudo quantitativo, comparativo e com delineamento longitudinal, integrante da pesquisa maior intitulada "Qualidade de vida em idosos: indicadores de fragilidade e de bem-estar subjetivo", que compreende duas fases. Na Fase 1 (2005-2007), foram avaliados 150 idosos em acompanhamento no ambulatório de geri...

  12. Avaliação da dor em histeroscopia ambulatorial: comparação entre duas técnicas

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    Diniz, Daniela Barreto Fraguglia Quental; Depes, Daniella De Batista; Pereira, Ana Maria Gomes; David, Simone Denise; Lippi, Umberto Gazi; Baracat, Fausto Farah; Lopes,Reginaldo Guedes Coelho

    2010-01-01

    OBJETIVO: comparar a dor referida pelas pacientes submetidas à histeroscopia pela técnica convencional com gás carbônico (CO2) e a vaginohisteroscopia com soro fisiológico (SF 0,9%). MÉTODOS: estudo prospectivo de coorte, realizado em um serviço de histeroscopia ambulatorial. Foram incluídas 117 pacientes com indicação para realizarem o exame, alocadas aleatoriamente em dois grupos. Todas responderam a um questionário epidemiológico e quantificaram a dor esperada antes do exame e sentida após...

  13. Crises hipertensivas em portadores de hipertensão arterial em tratamento ambulatorial Crisis hipertensivas en portadores de hipertensión arterial en tratamiento ambulatorio Hypertensive crises in bearers of arterial hypertension in ambulatorial treatment

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    Nirla Gomes Guedes

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente estudo avaliou as características sociodemográficas e de adesão terapêutica de 27 portadores de hipertensão arterial em tratamento ambulatorial que apresentaram crises de urgências ou emergências hipertensivas e haviam sido atendidos em uma unidade de leito-dia e em uma unidade de emergência da cidade de Fortaleza-Ceará, no período de outubro de 2002 a maio de 2003. A maioria era mulher, com idade de 50 a 60 anos, pouca escolaridade, tempo de tratamento inferior a cinco anos e tempo de diagnóstico entre cinco e dez anos. O uso dos remédios foi o tratamento mais referido, seguido pela redução do consumo de sal e comparecimento às consultas. No entanto, o fato de comparecerem às consultas e receberem orientação parece não modificar o comportamento, uma vez que a maioria dos entrevistados não praticava exercícios físicos e demonstrava deficiência no conhecimento sobre a doença, atribuindo a elevação da pressão arterial a fatores emocionais.El presente estudio evaluó las características sociodemográficas y de adhesión terapéutica de 27 portadores de hipertensión arterial en tratamiento ambulatorio que presentaron crisis de urgencias o emergencias hipertensivas y habían sido atendidos en una unidad de internamiento diurno y en una unidad de emergencia de la ciudad de Fortaleza - Ceará, en el período de octubre del 2002 a mayo del 2003. La mayoría fue del sexo femenino, con edad de 50 a 60 años, poca escolaridad, tiempo de tratamiento inferior a cinco años y tiempo de diagnóstico entre cinco y diez años. El uso de los remedios fue el tratamiento más referido, seguido por la reducción del consumo de sal y asistencia a las consultas. Entre tanto, el hecho de asistir a las consultas y recibir orientación parece no modificar su comportamiento, pues la mayoría de los entrevistados no praticaba ejercicios físicos y demostraba falta de conocimiento sobre la enfermedad, atribuyendo la elevación de la

  14. Padrões alimentares de mulheres no climatério em atendimento ambulatorial no Sul do Brasil

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    Maichelei Hoffmann

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Identificar os padrões alimentares e sua relação com o estado menopáusico.Métodos: Estudo transversal com 646 mulheres em atendimento ambulatorial no Sul do Brasil. O consumo alimentar foi avaliado por questionário de frequência e cinco padrões alimentares foram identificados através da análise de componentes principais. O estado menopáusico foi classificado em pré-menopausa, perimenopausa e pós-menopausa.Resultados: Identificaram-se cinco padrões alimentares: frutas e verduras, brasileiro (arroz, feijão e leite, lanches (bolo, xis, pizza, cuca, prudente (peixe, suco natural, pão integral e sopa de legumes e regional (alimentos típicos na serra gaúcha como carnes vermelhas, aipim e massas. Após ajuste para características sociodemográficas, não verificou-se associação significativa entre o estado menopáusico e os padrões alimentares. Apenas idade, escolaridade e renda mostraram-se associadas com padrões alimentares.Conclusão: Foram identificados cinco padrões alimentares que descreveram o consumo alimentar da população estudada, sendo estes semelhantes ao indicado como ideal para a população brasileira. Nossos achados indicam que o padrão alimentar das mulheres no climatério possui influência significativa da idade, escolaridade e renda e que não sofre influência do estado menopáusico.

  15. Monitorização eletrocardiográfica ambulatorial por 24-horas em cães com cardiomiopatia dilatada idiopática Twenty-four-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring in dogs with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy

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    F.L. Yamaki

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Caracterizou-se monitorização eletrocardiográfica ambulatorial por 24 horas (ou monitorização Holter em cães com cardiomiopatia dilatada idiopática, visando principalmente à detecção de arritmias ventriculares não detectadas pela eletrocardiografia convencional (de repouso. Para tanto, avaliaram-se 40 pacientes com diagnóstico de cardiomiopatia dilatada idiopática, por meio de exame físico e mensuração indireta da pressão arterial, além de exames eletrocardiográfico, ecocardiográfico, radiográfico de tórax e da monitorização Holter. Extra-sístoles ventriculares foram detectadas, por monitorização Holter, em 97,5% dos animais e taquicardia ventricular, em 45%. Não houve correlação entre o número de extra-sístoles ventriculares e a fração de encurtamento. Considerando as manifestações clínicas, apenas houve associação entre presença de taquicardia ventricular e histórico de síncopes. Conclui-se que a incidência de arritmias ventriculares em cães com cardiomiopatia dilatada idiopática é bastante alta, sendo a taquicardia ventricular relativamente freqüente, ocorrendo mais sob a forma não sustentada.This study aimed to characterize 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring (Holter monitoring in dogs with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Physical examination and indirect (Doppler blood pressure measurement, and also electrocardiography, thoracic radiography, echocardiography, and 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiographic exams were performed in 40 dogs with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Ventricular extrasystoles were detected in 97.5% of the animals, and ventricular tachycardia in 45%. No correlation between the number of ventricular extrasystoles and the shortening fraction was observed. Concerning the clinical symptoms, there was only association between the presence of ventricular tachycardia and past report of syncope. It was concluded that the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias is

  16. Dieta cetogênica utilizando jejum fracionado: emprego ambulatorial em epilepsia refratária

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    Barros, Carlos Roberto de Moraes Rego

    2006-01-01

    Introdução Estudos experimentais clássicos têm sido realizados desde o início do século passado, utilizando métodos alternativos para tratamento das epilepsias. Entre eles, o emprego de uma dieta, denominada dieta cetogênica, que mimetizando os efeitos de um jejum prolongado, provoca a produção de corpos cetônicos, que seriam responsáveis por inibir a hiperexcitabilidade neuronal. Baseado nestes conceitos metabólicos e bioquímicos, foi aplicado tratamento utilizando dieta cetogênica em pacien...

  17. Incontinência urinária e os critérios de fragilidade em idosos em atendimento ambulatorial

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    Vanessa Abreu da Silva

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivos verificar a ocorrência de incontinência urinária (IU e suas características em idosos pré-frágeis e frágeis atendidos em um ambulatório de geriatria, comparar a presença dos critérios de fragilidade entre os idosos com e sem IU e identificar entre os critérios de fragilidade a chance de risco para IU nesses idosos. Participaram do estudo 100 idosos, com média de idade 76,2 anos; 65 idosos relataram IU, 71,3% desses apresentavam três ou mais critérios de fragilidade. A ocorrência de IU foi superior nos idosos frágeis (p=0,0011. A análise multivariada mostrou que os critérios lentidão (OR=4,99 e exaustão (OR=4,85 apresentaram relação estatisticamente significativa com IU. A ocorrência de IU foi elevada e aqueles idosos que apresentam lentidão têm chance risco quase cinco vezes maior de apresentar IU e os que referem exaustão tem chance de risco cinco vezes maior de IU quando comparados aos que não apresentam esses critérios.

  18. Intervenção sobre tabagismo realizada por cardiologista em rotina ambulatorial Anti-smoking intervention performed by cardiologist during ambulatory care

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    Jaqueline Scholz Issa

    1998-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a efetividade da intervenção sobre o tabagismo, realizada por médico cardiologista em rotina de ambulatório, utilizando a prescrição de adesivos de nicotina. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados, consecutivamente, 100 pacientes (50 homens e 50 mulheres, incluindo consulta médica, aplicação de escore para definição do grau de dependência à nicotina, determinação da concentração de monóxido de carbono expirado e peso corpóreo. Os adesivos foram utilizados entre 8 e 12 semanas, com redução progressiva da concentração até a suspensão (concentrações de 21, 14 e 7mg RESULTADOS: A taxa de abstinência um ano após o início do tratamento foi de 41%, confirmada pela concentração do monóxido de carbono. CONCLUSÃO: A intervenção sobre o tabagismo pode ser realizada em rotina de atendimento cardiológico com resultados satisfatórios. Os adesivos de nicotina são seguros, bem tolerados, e devem ser utilizados, mais freqüentemente, no auxílio aos fumantes, para deixarem de fumar.PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of nicotine patches as a strategy to help patients quit smoking in the cardiovascular clinic. METHODS: The population studied was composed of 100 patients (50 women and 50 men. The strategy included medical consultation, Fangerstron escore application and prescription of nicotine patches. Nicotine patches were continuously used for 8 to 12 weeks, with progressive concentration reduction releasing 21, 14, and 7mg/day. RESULTS: The abstinence rate one year later was 41% confirmed by carbon monoxide exhaled air concentration. CONCLUSION: Nicotine patches are safe, and well tolerated and, for these reasons, should be more frenquently prescribed by cardiologists to help patients quit smoking.

  19. Knowledge about diabetes mellitus of patients treated at interdisciplinary ambulatory program of a public university hospital Conhecimento sobre diabetes mellitus de pacientes atendidos em programa ambulatorial interdisciplinar de um hospital universitário público

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    Maria Helena D. Menezes Guariente

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available As diabetes mellitus (DM is a disease that needs changes that last a life time, an educational action is necessary to instruct and make the diabetic aware of the importance of his/her knowledge about the disease as an integral part of the care. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the knowledge acquired by the diabetic treated at an interdisciplinary ambulatory about themes related to DM and compare these results with those obtained in a study with the same purpose carried out in 1995 when discouraging results were obtained, leading to a methodological alteration of the educational activity. This is a descriptive study in the qualitative approach carried out with patients treated at an interdisciplinary ambulatory of a public university hospital. The subjects that took part in this study were ten diabetic selected by asystematic sampling. Data were obtained by means of an audio-taped semi-structured interview. The interview questions consisted of themes concerning knowledge acquired about the DM, medication therapy, nutrition, self-monitoring, physical activity and body care. The interviewees showed good knowledge of diabetes mellitus, medication therapy, nutrition and the importance of physical activity. Self-monitoring was mentioned as necessary for the glycemic control and insulin scheme readjustment. Feet care was the most mentioned activity regarding body care. Knowledge about the questioned theme was greater than that of the study carried out previously. It was concluded that, after the educational activity alteration, patients became more aware about their disease, highlighting the importance of health education for the DM control. Como o diabetes mellitus (DM é uma doença que necessita de mudanças que duram para toda a vida, torna-se necessária uma ação educativa para instruir e conscientizar o diabético da importância do seu conhecimento sobre a doença como parte integral do cuidado. Tem-se como objetivo nesta pesquisa

  20. Monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial em pacientes normotensos com hipotireoidismo subclínico Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in normotensive patients with subclinical hypothyroidism

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    Marcia Martins Ferreira

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: O hipotireoidismo manifesto está associado com elevação da pressão arterial diastólica; entretanto, a associação entre o hipotireoidismo subclínico (HS e alteração da pressão arterial (PA é desconhecida. OBJETIVO: O objetivo do presente estudo foi avaliar a monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial (MAPA por 24 horas em pacientes normotensos com HS em comparação a indivíduos normotensos eutireóideos (EU. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado um estudo transversal com 50 participantes (HS = 30 e EU = 20 que não apresentavam diferenças em relação a fatores de risco para hipertensão. A monitorização ambulatorial de pressão arterial foi realizada com um monitor Dynamapa®, utilizando-se um método oscilométrico validado pela AAMI (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation e pela BHS (British Hypertension Society. RESULTADOS: Os níveis séricos médios de TSH e T4 livre foram respectivamente 6,9 ± 2,2 µUI/ml e 1,1 ± 0,2 ng/dl em pacientes com HS. Apesar de não haver diferença em relação à média da pressão arterial sistólica e diastólica entre os dois grupos, houve uma correlação positiva entre os níveis de pressão arterial diastólica média (PADM e os valores séricos de TSH em pacientes com HS (r:0,477; p = 0,004. Essa correlação foi detectada por medidas diurnas (r:0,498; p = 0,002 e noturnas (r:0,322; p = 0,032. CONCLUSÃO: A pressão arterial não diferiu entre pacientes com ou sem HS; contudo, os resultados sugerem que a progressão de hipotireoidismo subclínico para níveis mais elevados de TSH pode aumentar o risco cardiovascular através do aumento da pressão arterial diastólica.BACKGROUND: Overt hypothyroidism is associated with elevation of diastolic blood pressure; however the association of subclinical hypothyroidism (SH with arterial blood pressure (ABP alteration is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

  1. Ocorrência de Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba dispar em pacientes ambulatoriais de Recife, PE Occurrence of Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba dispar in ambulatory patients of Recife, PE

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    Antônio Dourado

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho teve como objetivo determinar a ocorrência das espécies Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba dispar em amostras clínicas de pacientes ambulatoriais de Pernambuco. Neste estudo, foi utilizado o teste imunoenzimático específico para Entamoeba histolytica, que entre os 213 pacientes não identificou nenhuma amostra fecal positiva. Estes resultados confirmam Entamoeba dispar é a espécie dominante nesta região.The objective this study was to determine the occurrence of the species Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba díspar in clinical samples of ambulatory patients in Pernambuco. A specific assay for Entamoeba histolytica was used in this study, which identified no positive fecal samples among the 213 patients. These results confirm that E. dispar is the dominant species in Pernambuco State.

  2. Anestesia ambulatorial para radioterapia em paciente portador de miastenia gravis: relato de caso Anestesia ambulatorial para radioterapia en paciente portador de miastenia gravis: relato de caso Outpatient anesthesia for radiotherapy in a patient with myasthenia gravis: case report

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    Raquel Marcondes Bussolotti

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A miastenia gravis (MG é doença auto-imune rara, caracterizada pela redução de receptores nicotínicos na junção neuromuscular, com incidência de 14/100.000. O objetivo deste relato foi descrever o caso de paciente portador de miastenia gravis submetido à anestesia geral balanceada, para tratamento radioterápico de carcinoma espinocelular de parótida, em regime ambulatorial. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo masculino, 87 anos, 87 kg, estado físico ASA III, com história de miastenia gravis; acidente vascular encefálico prévio (AVE; marca-passo por bloqueio atrioventricular total; hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS. Foram programadas sete sessões de radioterapia de 20 minutos para tratamento de tumor de parótida, sob anestesia geral. Na sala de radioterapia foi monitorizado com cardioscópio, monitor de pressão arterial não-invasiva, oxímetro de pulso, e submetido à anestesia geral com propofol e sevoflurano. Após a indução, foi mantido em ventilação espontânea com cânula de Guedel e cateter nasofaríngeo com O2 /sevoflurano, para acomodação da máscara imobilizadora. Na sala de recuperação pós-anestésica, não apresentou complicações. CONCLUSÕES: A escolha dos anestésicos e o acompanhamento clínico criterioso permitiram a boa evolução do paciente, com AVE prévio, cardiopata e idoso, submetido à anestesia geral balanceada para procedimento de aplicação de radioterapia, em regime ambulatorial.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La Miastenia Gravis (MG es una enfermedad auto inmune rara, caracterizada por la reducción de receptores nicotínicos en la junción neuromuscular, con incidencia de 14/100.000. El objetivo de este relato fue el de describir el caso del paciente portador de miastenia gravis sometido a la anestesia general balanceada, para tratamiento radioterápico de carcinoma espinocelular de parótida en régimen ambulatorial. RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente del sexo masculino

  3. Processo de cuidar do idoso em Diálise Peritoneal Ambulatorial Contínua no domicílio Proceso de cuidar del anciano, que hace Diálisis Peritoneal Ambulatorial Contínua en el domicilio Home care for the elderly undergoing Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis

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    Daniele Favaro Ribeiro

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Caracterizar os idosos com insuficência renal crônica termina em tratamento de diálise peritoneal ambulatorial contínua e seus cuidadores e descrever o processo de cuidadr desses idosos. Métodos: Estudo de abordagem qualitativa com dados coletados por meio de entrevista com nove cuidadores utilizando a história oral temática e a análise temática dso dados. Resultados: Dentre os nove idosos, cinco eram homens, média de idade 70 anos e todos dependiam do cuidador para troca da bolsa de diálise. Dos cuidadores, oito eram mulheres, média de idade 41,5 anos e despencia oito horas diárias para o cuidado. As falas referentes à categoria processo de cuidar do idoso com IRCT em DPACl contínua no domicílio. Conclusão: O estudo revelou a necessidade de auxiliar o cuidador a desenvolver conhecimentos e habilidades para lidar com a demanda de cuidados que o idoso exige, principalmente, em relação a DPAC.Objetivos: Caracterizar a los ancianos con insuficiencia renal crónica terminal (IRTC en tratamiento de diálisis peritoneal en ambulatorio y la continuación (DPAC del cuidado en el domicilio; caracterizar a sus cuidadores; y, describir el proceso de cuidar de esos ancianos. Métodos: Se trata de un estudio con abordaje cualitativo, utilizando la historia oral temática para la recolección de datos con nueve cuidadores y el análisis temático de los datos. Resultados: Entre los nueve ancianos, cinco eran hombres; promedio de edad 70 años; todos dependían del cuidador para cambiar la bolsa de diálisis. Entre los cuidadores, ocho eran mujeres; promedio de edad 41,5 años y dedicaban ocho horas diarias al cuidado. En el análisis, fue constituida la categoría: el proceso de cuidar del anciano con IRCT en DPAC en el domicilio. Conclusión: El estudio reveló la necesidad de auxiliar al cuidador a desarrollar conocimientos y habilidades para lidiar con la demanda de cuidados que el anciano exige, principalmente, en relación a

  4. Avaliação da dor em histeroscopia ambulatorial: comparação entre duas técnicas Pain evaluation in office hysteroscopy: comparison of two techniques

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    Daniela Barreto Fraguglia Quental Diniz; Daniella de Batista Depes; Ana Maria Gomes Pereira; Simone Denise David; Umberto Gazi Lippi; Fausto Farah Baracat; Reginaldo Guedes Coelho Lopes

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    OBJETIVO: comparar a dor referida pelas pacientes submetidas à histeroscopia pela técnica convencional com gás carbônico (CO2) e a vaginohisteroscopia com soro fisiológico (SF 0,9%). MÉTODOS: estudo prospectivo de coorte, realizado em um serviço de histeroscopia ambulatorial. Foram incluídas 117 pacientes com indicação para realizarem o exame, alocadas aleatoriamente em dois grupos. Todas responderam a um questionário epidemiológico e quantificaram a dor esperada antes do exame e sentida após...

  5. Reprodutibilidade da medida ambulatorial da pressão arterial em pacientes hipertensos com diabete melito tipo 2 Reproducibility of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in hypertensive patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    João Soares Felício

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a reprodutibilidade e o efeito placebo sobre a monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial (MAPA (SpaceLabs-90207. MÉTODOS: Mensurou-se a PA no consultório e por meio de duas MAPA, realizadas em um intervalo de 1 a 10 meses (média de 4,9 meses, de 26 pacientes com diabetes tipo 2 e hipertensão. Onze pacientes (G1 realizaram as duas MAPA sem medicação anti-hipertensiva por 15 dias, enquanto o G2 (N = 15 fez a segunda MAPA em uso de placebo pelo mesmo período. RESULTADOS: Ao avaliarmos os coeficientes de variação (CV da PA sistólica na vigília (PASV, PA diastólica na vigília (PADV, PA sistólica nas 24h (PAS24h e PA diastólica nas 24h (PAD24h, encontramos valores de 4,6%, 3,9%, 5,0% e 4,0% no G1 e 4,3%, 5,1%, 3,7% e 5,1% no G2, respectivamente. Quanto ao CV da PA sistólica e diastólica durante o sono (PASS e PADS, encontramos 7,7% e 8,2% para G1, e 5,6% e 6,3% para G2, respectivamente. O CV da freqüência cardíaca na vigília e durante o sono foram: G1 = 5,9% e 9,0%, G2 = 6,9% e 5,8%, respectivamente. Analisando o total dos pacientes, todas as variáveis mostraram fortes correlações entre a primeira e a segunda MAPA (PASV, r=0,76; POBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reproducibility of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM (SpaceLabs-90207 and placebo effect on ABPM. METHODS: Blood pressure was measured in the office and over two ABPM periods with an interval from one to ten months (mean 4.9 months, in 26 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Eleven patients (G1 had two ABPMs without taking antihypertensive drugs for 15 days, whereas G2 (N=15 had the second ABPM after administration of a placebo for 15 days. RESULTS: In the evaluation of the coefficient of variation (CV of diurnal (awake systolic BP (DSBP, of diurnal (awake diastolic BP (DDBP, of 24-hour systolic BP (24hSBP and of 24-hour diastolic BP (24hDBP, the values found were 4.6%, 3.9%, 5.0%, 4.0% for G1 and 4.3%, 5.1%, 3.7%, 5

  6. Prevalência de hipertensão resistente em adultos não idosos: estudo prospectivo em contexto ambulatorial

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    Daniela Massierer

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Em face de definições de variáveis e critérios de amostragem, a real prevalência de hipertensão resistente em ambiente clínico é desconhecida. OBJETIVO: Investigar a prevalência de real hipertensão resistente em uma clínica de hipertensão arterial. MÉTODOS: Hipertensão resistente verdadeira foi diagnosticada quando fenômeno do jaleco branco, insuficiente adesão ao tratamento e hipertensão secundária foram excluídos em pacientes com Pressão Arterial (PA ≥ 140/90 mmHg em duas visitas consecutivas, usando três de fármacos anti-hipertensivos, incluindo um diurético. RESULTADOS: No total, 606 pacientes, com 35 a 65 anos de idade, a maioria mulheres, com PA de 156,8 ± 23,8 mmHg por 91,9 ± 15,6 mmHg e IMC de 29,7 ± 5,9 Kg/m² foram sequencialmente avaliados. Cento e seis pacientes em uso de três agentes anti-hipertensivos estavam com pressão arterial não controlada (17,5% da amostra total na primeira visita. Oitenta e seis pacientes (81% dos pacientes com PA não controlada na primeira avaliação retornaram para a avaliação de confirmação: 25 estavam com PA controlada; 21 tinham evidência de baixa adesão ao tratamento; 13 tinham fenômeno do jaleco branco; e 9 tinham hipertensão secundária, restando 18 pacientes (20,9% dos não controlados na consulta de confirmação e 3% da amostra total com verdadeira hipertensão resistente. Considerando pacientes com hipertensão secundária como casos de hipertensão refratária, a prevalência de hipertensão resistente aumentou para 4,5%. CONCLUSÃO: A frequência de hipertensão resistente verdadeira em pacientes não idosos é baixa em um ambiente clínico, e não é substancialmente aumentada com a inclusão de pacientes com hipertensão secundária. (Arq Bras Cardiol. 2012; [online].ahead print, PP.0-0

  7. Estudo retrospectivo do tratamento ambulatorial da úlcera indolente em cães da raça Boxer

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    2010-01-01

    Úlceras indolentes são úlceras corneais superficiais, espontâneas, que apresentam curso prolongado e que tendem a recidivar. Comumente observadas em cães de meia idade, da raça Boxer, provoca dor de início agudo e necessita de tratamento específico, já que este, quando não realizado de forma correta, pode prolongar o curso da lesão por semanas a meses. A doença é explicada por diversas alterações da superfície ocular. Com o objetivo de avaliar a eficácia dos tratamentos ambulatoriais preconiz...

  8. Alterações oculares nos pacientes portadores de lúpus eritematoso sistêmico em acompanhamento ambulatorial Ophthalmological alterations in outpatients with systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Tatiana Klejnberg

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as alterações oftalmológicas encontradas em pacientes portadores de lúpus eritematoso sistêmico (LES, em acompanhamento ambulatorial. MÉTODOS: Foi realizado estudo descritivo transversal incluindo 70 pacientes com diagnóstico de LES baseado nos critérios do Colégio Americano de Reumatologia. Os pacientes foram analisados em relação ao sexo, idade, etnia, tempo de duração e presença da atividade da doença, uso de corticoesteróides e antimaláricos, presença de sintomas oftalmológicos e exame oftalmológico completo. RESULTADOS: 62 pacientes (88,6% eram do sexo feminino, 43 pacientes (61,4% de etnia branca. A idade média encontrada foi 43,9 anos e 57 pacientes (81,4% apresentavam-se sem sinais de atividade da doença. Quarenta e seis pacientes (65,7% apresentavam queixa oftalmológica. A síndrome do olho seco foi diagnosticada em 22 pacientes (31,4%, ao passo que catarata subcapsular posterior bilateral ocorreu em 15 pacientes (21,1% e glaucoma em 2 pacientes (2,9%. No exame do fundo de olho, 8 pacientes (11,4% apresentavam drusas coroidianas, 7 (10% atrofia do epitélio pigmentário da retina macular, 2 (2,9% escavação do disco óptico patológica, 2 (2,9% tortuosidade vascular e cruzamentos patológicos, 1 (1,4% cicatriz de coriorretinite macular e 1 (1,4% seqüela de oclusão de ramo da veia central da retina. CONCLUSÃO: O LES é doença sistêmica que pode apresentar comprometimento oftalmológico, geralmente benigno em pacientes ambulatoriais. A síndrome do olho seco e a catarata foram as alterações oftalmológicas mais freqüentemente encontradas. Entretanto, a primeira parece estar mais relacionada ao LES em si, ao passo que a segunda possivelmente se relaciona ao uso crônico de corticoesteróides para o tratamento da doença. O uso de antimaláricos não é causa frequente de lesão oftalmológica, porém estudos mais específicos são necessários para avaliar o real impacto a longo prazo do

  9. Úlceras venosas: caracterização clínica e tratamento em usuários atendidos em rede ambulatorial

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    Sílvia Maria Soares Carvalho Sant'Ana

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available A úlcera venosa representa um desafio para os profissionais de saúde, por ser um agravo crônico, recorrente e com impacto biopsicossocial. Os objetivos deste estudo foram caracterizar as úlceras venosas dos usuários atendidos em salas de curativos da rede municipal de saúde e descrever o tratamento recebido. Esta pesquisa descritiva, realizada no período de outubro de 2009 a julho de 2010 incluiu 58 pessoas. Os dados foram coletados mediante protocolo que envolveu entrevista, exame físico, aplicação de escala, registro fotográfico da lesão e planigrafia. Os resultados mostraram lesões com más condições de cicatrização e o tratamento em desacordo com as principais recomendações da literatura na área. Conclui-se que é necessário repensar a organização dos serviços para atender melhor essa população.

  10. Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia

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    ... SAMBA Link Digital Newsletter Educational Bibliography Research IARS/Anesthesia & Analgesia SCOR About SCOR Sponsor SAMBA Meetings Affinity Sponsor Program We Represent Ambulatory and Office-Based Anesthesia The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia provides educational opportunities, ...

  11. Qualidade de vida de pacientes hipertensos em tratamento ambulatorial Quality of life of hypertensive patients treated at an outpatient clinic

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    Margaret Assad Cavalcante

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: As doenças cardiovasculares são principal causa de mortalidade na população brasileira, sendo a hipertensão arterial (HA de maior prevalência. A terapêutica para o tratamento da HA é cada vez maior e sabe-se que melhora a sobrevida dos pacientes, porém questiona-se a melhora na qualidade de vida (QV do paciente hipertenso após tratamento. OBJETIVO: Comparar aspectos relacionados à QV de pacientes hipertensos em tratamento. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 100 pacientes hipertensos; 46 aderidos a um esquema de tratamento padrão (grupo A e 54 (grupo B controle que iniciariam este esquema. Colheu-se dados clínicos e sócio-demográficos, realizou-se questões com enfoque na sexualidade, auto-percepção da QV, número e tipo de medicamentos utilizados e sua interferência na vida sexual e aplicou-se o questionário SF-36. Submeteram-se os resultados à análise estatística comparativa utilizando-se testes: t de Student, qui-quadrado, coeficiente de correlação de Pearson e Tukey. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença estatística entre os grupos para nenhum domínio do SF-36. Houve associação entre a questão da auto-percepção da QV e os domínios do SF-36, exceto nos aspectos emocionais. Na questão com enfoque na sexualidade, encontrou-se diferença quanto à QV sexual entre os grupos, sendo menos satisfatória para o grupo A. CONCLUSÃO: Quando aplicado o SF-36, não detectou-se modificações na QV entre os grupos por tratar-se de doença crônica assintomática. Este questionário não avaliou adequadamente os aspectos emocionais dos hipertensos na nossa casuística com grande variabilidade comportamental. A QV sexual foi menos satisfatória no grupo A, entretanto não encontrou-se relacionada ao número e tipo da medicação anti-hipertensiva utilizada.BACKGROUND: The main cause of mortality in braziliam population is the cardiovascular disease and arterial hypertension (AH the most prevalent one. The antihypertensive

  12. Perfil de sujeitos de pesquisa clínica em um centro ambulatorial independente Profile of clinical research subjects in an independent outpatient center

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    Paulo Gustavo Sampaio Lacativa

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo tem como objetivos avaliar a qualidade de atendimento de um centro de pesquisa clínica e o entendimento do termo de consentimento informado (TCLE; determinar os motivos da participação e detalhar níveis socioeconômicos. Foi feito um estudo transversal em centro de pesquisa ambulatorial, através de questionário auto-explicativo. Dos cem questionários avaliados, todos os sujeitos de pesquisa consideraram o centro como ótimo (86% ou bom (9%. A quase totalidade foi bem informada do conteúdo do TCLE e o conhecimento do direito "confidencialidade", comum a todos os TCLEs, foi seis vezes maior que " acesso aos dados", que não faz parte. Os principais motivos para participarem foram para "saber mais sobre a sua saúde" (59% e para "beneficiar outras pessoas no futuro" (47%. A principal faixa de renda salarial dos participantes foi entre dois e cinco salários mínimos (48% e a maioria (66% concluiu pelo menos até a 4º série do ensino fundamental. A população possui o mesmo perfil econômico do Rio de Janeiro, nível de escolaridade suficiente para assinar e compreender o que está assinando, conhecendo não só a existência do TCLE, mas demonstrando conhecer seu conteúdo. O motivo principal para participação é para autobenefício e por atitude altruísta.This paper assesses the quality of assistance in a clinical trial outpatient center as well as the patients´understanding of the informed consent (IC; determine the reasons why they participate and detail socio-economic levels. A cross-sectional study was adopted in a clinical trial outpatient center using a self-explanatory questionnaire. All 100 respondents considered the assistance at the center excellent (86% or good (9%. Almost all of them were well informed about the content of the IC. Their knowledge about the right to "confidentiality", present in all ICs, was 6 times higher than their knowledge about their right to "access the results", generally not included

  13. Relações entre o bem-estar subjetivo e a funcionalidade em idosos em seguimento ambulatorial Relationship between subjective well-being and the functionality of elderly outpatients

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    Giovana Sposito

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Este estudo teve como objetivo verificar a relação entre o bem-estar subjetivo, independência funcional e desempenho de membros inferiores (força muscular, velocidade de marcha e equilíbrio de idosos em seguimento ambulatorial, em relação ao sexo e a grupos etários. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 125 idosos de ambos os sexos com idade mínima de 60 anos, atendidos em um ambulatório de geriatria. Os instrumentos utilizados foram: 1 Medida da Independência Funcional (MIF para avaliar a dependência funcional; 2 Short Physical Performance Battery (SPPB para medir o desempenho físico; 3 Bem-Estar Subjetivo (BES: questões sobre a saúde e satisfação com a vida. RESULTADOS: A amostra utilizada foi de conveniência, com predomínio do sexo feminino, que apresentou maior comprometimento funcional. As correlações do bem-estar subjetivo com o teste de desempenho não demonstraram diferenças entre os sexos, contudo os idosos mais velhos apresentaram maior nível de satisfação que os idosos mais jovens. A saúde percebida também foi mais satisfatória entre os idosos mais velhos. Entretanto, a saúde percebida comparada mostrou melhores resultados nos idosos com moderado a bom desempenho físico. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados sugerem que indivíduos mais velhos apresentam maior satisfação com a vida e melhor saúde percebida. Além disso, o bom desempenho físico foi uma variável de relevância para melhor saúde percebida quando comparada a outras pessoas.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between subjective well-being, functional independence and lower-limb performance (muscle strength, gait velocity and balance among elderly people undergoing outpatient follow-up, stratified by sex and age groups. METHODS: We evaluated 125 elderly people, aged 60 years and over, who received care at a geriatric outpatient clinic. The instruments used were: 1 Functional Independence Measure (FIM to evaluate

  14. Atendimento ambulatorial individualizado versus programa de educação em grupo: qual oferece mais mudança de hábitos alimentares e de atividade física em crianças obesas? Individual outpatient care versus group education programs: which leads to greater change in dietary and physical activity habits for obese children?

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    Elza D. de Mello

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar duas estratégias de manejo da obesidade infantil: atendimento ambulatorial (individual e programa de educação (em grupo. MÉTODO: Foram recrutados aleatoriamente crianças e adolescentes de 7 a 13 anos de idade, divididos em dois grupos: atendimento individual e atendimento em grupo. Foi criado um programa de educação em obesidade infantil, com encontros mensais que consistiam em aulas expositivas com a participação dos pais e trabalhos em grupos. Simultaneamente, o outro grupo era acompanhado individualmente em ambulatório. O acompanhamento ocorreu por 6 meses, sendo avaliados composição corporal, hábitos alimentares e atividade física, antes e depois das intervenções. RESULTADOS: A amostra foi constituída por 38 crianças e adolescentes com média de idade de 9,9 anos. O programa foi mais efetivo no aumento da atividade física (p = 0,003, especialmente caminhadas (p = 0,003, e na redução do colesterol total (p = 0,038. A redução do índice de massa corporal, do índice de obesidade e do consumo energético foi semelhante para os dois grupos. Quanto aos hábitos alimentares, o grupo acompanhado em ambulatório aumentou o consumo de frutas (p = 0,033 e hortaliças (p = 0,002 e reduziu o de salgadinho e batata frita (p = 0,041, enquanto o grupo que participou do programa reduziu o consumo de refrigerantes (p = 0,022, sanduíches, pizza e fast food (p = 0,006. CONCLUSÕES: Ambas as estratégias de manejo da obesidade infantil foram favoráveis a mudanças de hábitos alimentares e de atividade física. O atendimento em grupo, em um programa de educação em nutrição e saúde, foi tão ou mais efetivo que o atendimento individualizado em um ambulatório de referência, firmando-se como alternativa de tratamento à obesidade.OBJECTIVE: To compare two strategies for childhood obesity management: ambulatory assistance (individual and educational program (in group. METHOD: Children and adolescents from 7 to 13

  15. Factors associated with the prevalence of Otodectes cynotis in an ambulatory population of dogs Fatores associados à prevalência da infestação por Otodectes cynotis em uma população ambulatorial

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    Clarissa P. Souza

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The objective was to evaluate the factors associated with the prevalence of Otodectes cynotis infestations in dogs assisted at the Dermatology Service of the Veterinary Hospital, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro. A total of 250 dogs were examined through direct smear of ear samples using a stereoscopic microscope, for the parasitological diagnostic. All dog owners were interviewed and data regarding the animals and their environments were individually recorded. Mite infestation was observed in 15 animals, with a prevalence of 6%. The variables were tested regarding their association with the mites, using the χ2 test and, when appropriate, the Fisher exact test. There were no evidences that age (p = 0,20, sex (p = 0,31, breed (p = 0,50, shape of ear (p = 0,66, type (p = 0,19 and length of hair (p = 0,14 and contact with other animals (p = 0,06 could act as potential risk factors for O. cynotis infestation. However, living environment (p = 0,03 and frequency of environmental cleaning (p = 0,005 may facilitate the infestation. The occurrence of pruritus was associated to the presence of mites (pO objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar os fatores associados à prevalência da infestação por Otodectes cynotis em cães atendidos no Setor de Dermatologia do Hospital Veterinário de Pequenos Animais, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro. Foram atendidos 250 cães, sendo o diagnóstico feito através de visualização do ácaro, presente no cerumem coletado e examinado sob microscopia esterioscópica. Todos os proprietários dos cães foram entrevistados para preenchimento de fichas individuais com dados dos animais e do ambiente em que estes viviam. A infestação por O. cynotis foi observada em 15 animais, sendo a prevalência de 6%. A associação entre as variáveis e a presença dos ácaros foi testada através do χ2 e quando pertinente pelo teste de Fisher exato. Não houve evidências que permitissem concluir que a idade (p = 0

  16. [Ambulatory surgery: safety, quality].

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    Jouffroy, L

    2001-01-01

    Demands related to regulation of Ambulatory surgery in France and to expectations of the patients implies that we can be able to proof that ambulatory organization guarantees total patient care with optimal safety conditions; and that detection of unexpected events is the first step in a larger approach to continue quality improvement and minimize risks for patients. To achieve these goals, we suggest a list of means based on international ambulatory surgery definitions, including clinical indicators, frequent asked questions and measurement of patient satisfaction.

  17. Prevalência de transtornos depressivos e ansiosos em uma amostra ambulatorial brasileira de mulheres na menopausa Prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders in a Brazilian outpatient sample of menopausal women

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    André B. Veras

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência dos transtornos depressivo-ansiosos entre mulheres atendidas em um ambulatório de menopausa. METODOLOGIA: Avaliamos, através da entrevista semi-estruturada Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview, 86 mulheres que encontravam-se em tratamento no ambulatório de menopausa do Instituto de Ginecologia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. RESULTADOS: A maioria das mulheres apresentava algum diagnóstico psiquiátrico (57% sendo mais prevalentes o transtorno de ansiedade generalizada (34,9% e a depressão maior (31,4%. O grupo com algum diagnóstico foi representado por mulheres mais jovens, casadas, com menor escolaridade e história familiar para transtornos psiquiátricos. CONCLUSÃO: Observamos uma grande prevalência de transtornos mentais entre mulheres em atendimento ambulatorial na menopausa em nosso estudo, em relação às mulheres em atendimento em outros ambulatórios segundo a literatura. Há também uma alta taxa de prevalência de comorbidades (55,5% dos pacientes com algum transtorno complicadoras do transtorno primário, o que pode representar a evolução para pior prognóstico pela ausência de tratamento precoce e específico.OBJETIVE: To determine the prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders in women receiving care in a menopause clinic. METHODS: Eighty-six women receiving care in the menopause clinic at Instituto de Ginecologia da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro were assessed using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview. RESULTS: Most women had a psychiatric diagnosis (57%; generalized anxiety disorder (34.9% and major depression (31.4% were the most prevalent disorders. The group composed of subjects with any disorder was represented by young and married women, with lower schooling level and family history for psychiatric disorders. CONCLUSION: In our study, there was a high prevalence of psychiatric disorders in outpatient women receiving care in a

  18. O trabalho de atendentes em atividades administrativas de um serviço ambulatorial: o serviço e as relações com pacientes e médicos Administrative duties of ambulatory attendants: their job and relationships with patients and doctors

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    Ivan Bolis

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A abordagem organizacional fornece uma visão ampla das situações de trabalho, o que permite a melhoria dos processos e a construção de situações de bem-estar para os trabalhadores. Devido à natureza do serviço oferecido, que implica a presença de diferentes categorias de clientes, em algumas atividades podem ocorrer situações de conflito, como no caso de atendentes em atividades administrativas de um serviço ambulatorial. Eles exercem atividades nas quais são os conectores entre os pacientes e os médicos, dois tipos de clientes com diferentes e, às vezes, contrastantes necessidades. Análises sobre as características do serviço, como perecibilidade, intangibilidade e coprodução, permitiram encontrar elementos que provocam problemas e, como consequência, podem causar uma situação difícil para os atendentes. Esse fato poderia ser considerado normal para tal tipo de serviço, todavia, pode ser uma fonte de problemas de produção e de saúde para esses trabalhadores. Desse modo, consideramos ser importante propor mudanças organizacionais, visando melhorias neste tipo de situação de trabalho.An organizational approach can provide a wider range of work situations thus enabling improvements in the processes providing wellbeing of workers. In some activities, due to the nature of the service offered, which implies the presence of different types of customer, some conflict situations can occur. This is the case of attendants carrying out administrative duties of ambulatory services. They sometimes act as the link between the patients and the doctors, two different types of customers with different and sometimes contrasting needs. The analysis of service features such as intangibility, perishability, and co-production enabled to identify elements that cause problems and consequently difficult situations in the workplace. This could be considered normal considering this kind of service; however, it can affect production and lead

  19. Qualidade de vida do paciente com câncer colorretal em quimioterapia ambulatorial Calidad de vida de los pacientes con cáncer colorrectal en quimioterapia ambulatoria Quality of life of patients with colorectal cancer receiving outpatient chemotherapy

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    Patrícia Lemos Chaves

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Trata-se de um estudo transversal com abordagem quantitativa descritiva, no qual buscou-se avaliar a qualidade de vida (QV do paciente com câncer colorretal em quimioterapia ambulatorial. A pesquisa foi desenvolvida em uma Unidade de Quimioterapia Ambulatorial em um hospital do sul do Brasil, cujos pacientes eram portadores do diagnóstico de câncer colorretal e foram submetidos ao tratamento com o Protocolo 5FU. A amostra contou com 48 participantes que estavam em tratamento quimioterápico por um período de seis meses. Utilizou-se como instrumento um questionário, o WHOQOL-Bref. Nos resultados encontrados, prevaleceu a idade de 50 anos ou mais e possuíam no mínimo um mês e no máximo 11 meses de tratamento. Os domínios do WHOQOL-Bref afetados mais significativamente foram o psicológico e o das relações sociais, respectivamente, havendo diferença nas respostas quanto à QV geral naqueles que estavam no 1º ciclo de tratamento daqueles que já se encontravam no 6º ciclo.Este es un estudio transversal con un enfoque cuantitativo descriptivo, que buscó evaluar la calidad de vida (QOL de los pacientes con cáncer colorrectal en quimioterapia ambulatorial. La investigación fue desarrollada en una unidad de quimioterapia Outpatient Clinic en un hospital del sur de Brasil, cuyos pacientes tenían el diagnóstico de cáncer colorrectal y que se presentaron al tratamiento con el Protocolo 5FU. La muestra ha contado con 48 participantes que se encontraban en quimioterapia por un período de 6 meses. Se utilizó como instrumento un cuestionario, WHOQOL-Bref. En los resultados, prevaleció la edad de 50 años o más y tenían al menos un mes y un máximo de 11 meses de tratamiento. Las áreas de WHOQOL-Bref afectadas más significativamente eran las esferas psicológica y las relaciones sociales, respectivamente, con diferencia en las respuestas de QOL general las que estaban en 1 ciclo de aquellos que ya estaban en el ciclo 6TH.This is a

  20. A colangiopancreatografia retrógrada endoscópica pode ser realizada com segurança em caráter ambulatorial Safety of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography performed in ambulatory centers

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    Mara Virginia Lellis Marçal

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available RACIONAL: A colangiopancreatografia endoscópica retrógrada é técnica efetiva no manejo das doenças biliopancreáticas. A segurança da realização do exame em ambulatório tem sido alvo de estudo. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a segurança da realização da colangiopancreatografia endoscópica retrógrada em ambulatório e descrever as complicações do exame. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODO: Acompanharam-se, prospectivamente, pacientes ambulatoriais encaminhados para colangiopancreatografia endoscópica retrógrada durante o período de 2001 a 2003. Complicações foram definidas segundo critérios de consenso, incluindo todos os efeitos adversos relacionados ao exame. RESULTADOS: Foram incluídas 195 colangiopancreatografias endoscópicas retrógradas, 79 (40,5% diagnósticas e 116 (59,5% terapêuticas. O grupo incluiu 112 mulheres, com média de idade de 51 anos (±18,9. Os diagnósticos encontrados mais freqüentemente foram: cálculo biliar (30,2%, estenose benigna (13,8%, neoplasia (10,2% e pancreatite crônica (10,2%. Obteve-se sucesso em 88,6% dos exames diagnósticos e 78,5% dos terapêuticos. Dos 195 pacientes, 10 (5,1% necessitaram de observação, dentre os quais 7 (3,6% foram internados, (2 pacientes com pancreatite aguda, 2 com perfurações, 1 com hemorragia, 1 com complicação cardiorespiratória e 1 com febre. Dos 188 casos liberados após o exame, 8 (4,2% foram readmitidos (1 pancreatite aguda, 1 hemorragia, 1 perfuração, 3 colangite, 2 dor abdominal. Ao comparar o grupo das complicações identificadas imediatamente contra o segundo, não se encontrou diferença estatisticamente significante quanto à idade, sexo, diagnóstico e/ou grau de dificuldade do exame. CONCLUSÃO: O tamanho da amostra e os resultados negativos da análise estatística impediram a determinação de fatores de risco, independentes para complicações pós- colangiopancreatografia endoscópica retrógrada. Contudo, não houve nenhum óbito ou complicações com m

  1. Ambulatory Surgical Measures - Facility

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program seeks to make care safer and more efficient through quality reporting. ASCs eligible for this...

  2. Ambulatory Surgical Measures - National

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program seeks to make care safer and more efficient through quality reporting. ASCs eligible for this...

  3. Ambulatory Surgical Measures - State

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program seeks to make care safer and more efficient through quality reporting. ASCs eligible for this...

  4. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

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    Nicholson, W R; Matthews, J. N.; O'Sullivan, J J; WREN, C.

    1993-01-01

    Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) in adults is proving to be useful. The aim of this study was to determine if ABPM is accurate in the lower blood pressure range encountered in children and, equally important, whether it is acceptable to children. Thirty one children, between the ages of 6 and 18 years, were assessed using an ambulatory blood pressure monitor that uses an auscultatory method. Blood pressure was measured in the contralateral arm with a mercury sphygmomanometer and an...

  5. A técnica de Lichtenstein nas hérnias inguinais primárias e recidivadas - cirurgia ambulatorial em hospital universitário Lichtenstein hernia repair in primary and recurrent inguinal hernias - ambulatory surgery in a university hospital

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    Marco Antonio de Oliveira Peres

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available RACIONAL: A técnica de Lichtenstein é o padrão-ouro na cirurgia das hérnias inguinais, permitindo fixação de prótese de polipropileno, sem tensão na linha de sutura, baixa recidiva, ampla aplicabilidade, fácil ensino aos jovens cirurgiões, alta precoce e menores custos. OBJETIVO: Análise retrospectiva dos resultados na cirurgia ambulatorial das hérnias inguinais primárias e recidivas pela técnica de Lichtenstein em Hospital Universitário. MÉTODOS: Entre agosto de 1994 a dezembro de 2001 foram realizadas 343 hernioplastias inguinais em 326 portadores de hérnias inguinais primárias ou recidivadas. Eram 304 (88,6% masculinos, com idade que variou de 19 a 85 anos. Doenças concomitantes foram observadas em 196 casos (60,1%, predominando hipertensão, tabagismo e cardiopatia. Quanto ao lado, 232 apresentavam-se à direita e 94 à esquerda; dezessete doentes (7,3%, todos homens, tinham apresentação bilateral. Dentre as 38 (11,1% hérnias recidivadas, 27 eram do lado direito. A técnica clássica de Lichtenstein foi realizada com prótese de polipropileno, de 15 x 7,5 cm, fixada com fio do mesmo material. RESULTADOS: A anestesia local foi a primeira escolha em 55,9%. Em apenas um caso (0,3% foi necessária a intervenção do anestesista e a conversão da anestesia local para geral. Quatro doentes necessitaram permanência hospitalar de um dia. As complicações locais precoces registradas foram de seroma: 15 casos; infecção superficial de ferida operatória: 11 (3,3%; hematoma: 5 casos; e trombose venosa de cordão espermático: 2 casos. No seguimento tardio de cinco anos, a recidiva da hérnia foi observada em três casos (0,87%. CONCLUSÃO: Esta técnica revelou ser de fácil aplicação, segura, eficiente, podendo ser realizada sob anestesia local e ambulatorial, com baixos índices de complicações e baixa taxa de recidiva. Permitiu o ensino de alunos e residentes, bem como atender à demanda reprimida desta doença tão freq

  6. Trichosporon beigelii peritonitis associated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis Peritonite por Trichosporon beigelii associada com diálise peritoneal ambulatorial continuada

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    Jorge O. Lopes

    1994-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports a case of peritonitis caused by Trichosporon beigelii in a woman submitted to continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. Diagnosis was established by direct examination and culture of dialysis effluent.É relatado um caso de peritonite por Trichosporon beigelii em mulher submetida a tratamento por diálise peritoneal ambulatorial continuada. O diagnóstico foi feito pelo exame direto e isolamento do fungo em cultivo do dialisado.

  7. Raquianestesia com dose baixa da combinação de bupivacaína e fentanil: uma boa alternativa para a cirurgia de ressecção transuretral de próstata em pacientes idosos em regime ambulatorial

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    Zeynep N Akcaboy

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Avaliar a eficácia, a duração do bloqueio, a permanência na sala de recuperação pós-anestesia e os efeitos adversos do uso por via intratecal de doses baixas de bupivacaína em combinação com fentanil e compará-los com a dose convencional de prilocaína e fentanil em cirurgia de ressecção transuretral de próstata em pacientes idosos em regime ambulatorial. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram randomicamente designados 60 pacientes para dois grupos: o Grupo B recebeu 4 mg de bupivacaína a 0,5% + 25 µg de fentanil e o Grupo P recebeu 50 mg de prilocaína a 2% + 25 µg de fentanil intratecal. Qualidade e duração dos bloqueios, tempo de permanência na sala de recuperação pós-anestésica e efeitos adversos foram comparados. RESULTADOS: A duração do bloqueio e o tempo de permanência na sala de recuperação pós-anestésica foram menores no Grupo B do que no Grupo P (p < 0,001 para ambos. Hipotensão e bradicardia não foram observadas no Grupo B, que foi significativamente diferente do Grupo P (p = 0,024, p = 0,011, respectivamente. CONCLUSÃO: A administração intratecal de 4 mg de bupivacaína + 25 µg de fentanil forneceu raquianestesia adequada com menos tempo de duração do bloqueio e de permanência na sala de recuperação pós-anestésica com perfil hemodinâmico estável comparado à administração intratecal de 50 mg de prilocaína + 25 µg de fentanil para cirurgia de ressecção transuretral de próstata em pacientes idosos em regime ambulatorial.

  8. Ambulatory paediatric surgery

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    structure in private hospitals and clinics, good facilities for communication ... clinics, and ease of access to transport enable this system to function well. In the public sector, served in general by state and provincial hospitals and clinics, ambulatory surgery has been .... respiratory tract infections during the past month are.

  9. Ambulatory paediatric surgery

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    operating time. Scarce nursing resources were also ... communication between patients and their doctors and. Department .... Patient selection'. Selection of patients for ambulatory surgery is based on accepted guidelines, although almost any procedure not involving the cranium, thorax and abdomen is to be considered'·7 ...

  10. Anesthesia for ambulatory surgery

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    Ambulatory anesthesia allows quick recovery from anesthesia, leading to an early discharge and rapid resumption of daily activities, which can be of great benefit to patients, healthcare providers, third-party payers, and hospitals. Recently, with the development of minimally invasive surgical techniques and short-acting anesthetics, the use of ambulatory surgery has grown rapidly. Additionally, as the indications for ambulatory surgery have widened, the surgical methods have become more complex and the number of comorbidities has increased. For successful and safe ambulatory anesthesia, the anesthesiologist must consider various factors relating to the patient. Among them, appropriate selection of patients and surgical and anesthetic methods, as well as postoperative management, should be considered simultaneously. Patient selection is a particularly important factor. Appropriate surgical and anesthetic techniques should be used to minimize postoperative complications, especially postoperative pain, nausea, and vomiting. Patients and their caregivers should be fully informed of specific care guidelines and appropriate responses to emergency situations on discharge from the hospital. During this process, close communication between patients and medical staff, as well as postoperative follow-up appointments, should be ensured. In summary, safe and convenient methods to ensure the patient's return to function and recovery are necessary. PMID:28794834

  11. Out-patient drug treatment of pneumonia among children under two years of age in Fortaleza, Brazil Tratamento ambulatorial das pneumonias nas crianças menores de dois anos em Fortaleza, Brasil

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    Chizuru Misago

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    Full Text Available Results are reported from a study on drug use in treatment of children with pneumonia in a pediatric hospital in the city of Fortaleza, Northeastern Brazil. There were 171 out-patients; prescription details were obtained for 149. The most commonly prescribed antimicrobial drug was procaine penicillin, accounting for 33% of antimicrobial prescriptions, followed by benzathine penicillin (31%, ampicillin or amoxicillin (12%, and cotrimoxazole (8%. Benzathine penicillin was frequently given with other drugs, but was the sole antimicrobial agent for 31 children. Compliance with antimicrobial treatment was 52% overall and was higher for the injectables. Prescription patterns varied from child to child, and children were often prescribed more than one antimicrobial in the same or repeat prescriptions; combining this information with compliance, 81 (54% of the children were estimated to have received 5 or more days of appropriate antimicrobial treatment for pneumonia. This percentage is not high, and five days were often reached after using more than one antimicrobial and after repeat visits. The authors concluded that the need remains for simple antimicrobial regimes, attractive to comply with, that can be expected to be consistently used. Other drugs were chiefly analgesics and bronchodilators.Estudou-se a aderência ao tratamento de pneumonia em crianças, em serviço ambulatorial de hospital pediátrico em Fortaleza, Brasil. Foram investigadas 171 crianças com diagnóstico de pneumonia. Através de questionário foram coletadas informações referentes à prescrição médica e estimada a aderência ao tratamento de 149 crianças. Os antimicrobianos mais comumente prescritos foram penicilina procaína (33%, penicilina benzatina (31%, ampicilina ou amoxacilina (12% e cotrimoxazol (8%. Embora tenha sido freqüente a associação de antimicrobianos com outros medicamentos, tratamento exclusivo com penicilina procaina foi prescrito para 31 crianças. A

  12. Ocorrência de Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba dispar em pacientes ambulatoriais de Recife, PE Occurrence of Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba dispar in ambulatory patients of Recife, PE

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    Antônio Dourado; Amélia Maciel; Ivanize da Silva Aca

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    Este trabalho teve como objetivo determinar a ocorrência das espécies Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba dispar em amostras clínicas de pacientes ambulatoriais de Pernambuco. Neste estudo, foi utilizado o teste imunoenzimático específico para Entamoeba histolytica, que entre os 213 pacientes não identificou nenhuma amostra fecal positiva. Estes resultados confirmam Entamoeba dispar é a espécie dominante nesta região.The objective this study was to determine the occurrence of the species Entamoeb...

  13. Ambulatory Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Outcomes

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    Sherigar, J. M.; Irwin, G. W.; Rathore, M. A.; Khan, A.; Pillow, K.; Brown, M. G.

    2006-01-01

    Background: Outpatient laparoscopic cholecystectomy is an established practice in the United States, but it is not well established in the United Kingdom, and evidence of experience is scarce. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy on postoperative morbidity and possible cost savings. We tried to elucidate possible predictors of unplanned admission and readmission rates after discharge. Methods: This study was conducted in 2 phases. The fir...

  14. Acompanhamento ambulatorial de pacientes com mielomeningocele em um hospital pediátrico Follow-up of myelomeningocele patients in the outclinic of a pediatric hospital

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    J. Francisco Salomão

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    Full Text Available A mielomeningocele constitui a mais freqüente malformação congênita do sistema nervoso e, a despeito de sua complexidade e acometimento de múltiplos órgãos, é compatível a sobrevida prolongada. Por esses motivos, o acompanhamento de pacientes com essa malformação assume vital importância no que diz respeito à qualidade de sua sobrevida. Com o objetivo de avaliar a qualidade do acompanhamento de portadores de spina bifida cística tratados em um hospital pediátrico, 54 pacientes foram examinados e seus familiares entrevistados. A inexistência de um centro multidisciplinar de tratamento de portadores de defeito de fechamento do tubo neural na cidade do Rio de Janeiro obrigou os pacientes a se deslocarem para locais geograficamente distantes entre si em busca de tratamento complementar em várias especialidades correlatas, com reflexos negativos na qualidade de sobrevida. Desta maneira, apenas uma quarta parte dos pacientes era capaz de se locomover e a chamada deambulação comunitária era praticamente nenhuma. Apenas 2/3 se submetiam regularmente a fisioterapia e apenas a metade era regularmente acompanhada por ortopedistas. Quase 50% dos pacientes não foram orientados a procurar assistência urológica e 75% apresentavam incontinência urinária. A incidência de infecções urinárias de repetição foi 72,2%. As complicações e intercorrências neurocirúrgicas propriamente ditas tiveram incidências comparáveis às observadas na literatura. Concluímos que a qualidade de sobrevida dos pacientes estudados é significativamente afetada por fatores sócio-econômicos e pela ausência de centros multidisciplinares de tratamento.Myelomeningocele is the most common congenital malformation of the nervous system and despite its complexity and involvement of multiple organs is compatible with long survival. The peculiar characteristics of this malformation expose myelomeningocele patients to acute and chronic care problems with

  15. Estado nutricional, clínico e padrão alimentar de pessoas vivendo com HIV/Aids em assistência ambulatorial no município de São Paulo Nutritional and clinical status, and dietary patterns of people living with HIV/AIDS in ambulatory care in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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    Erika Ferrari Rafael Silva

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Atualmente, a abordagem nutricional desempenha papel essencial no tratamento de pessoas que vivem com HIV/aids, particularmente no caso de alterações metabólicas pelo uso da terapia antirretroviral (TARV que podem estar associadas ao maior risco de doenças cardiovasculares (DCV. OBJETIVO: Caracterizar o estado nutricional, clínico e a qualidade da dieta de pessoas que vivem com HIV/aids. METODOLOGIA: Trata-se de um estudo transversal envolvendo pessoas que vivem com HIV/aids em atendimento na rede de serviços especializados no município de São Paulo. Os usuários desta rede, em uso ou não de TARV, foram recrutados no período de dezembro de 2004 a maio de 2006, durante consultas de rotina. Foram coletados dados sociodemográficos, clínicos, bioquímicos, antropométricos e dietéticos. A qualidade da dieta foi avaliada segundo escores de padrão de consumo predominantemente "não protetor" e "protetor" para DCV. RESULTADOS: A amostra foi constituída por 238 pacientes em TARV e 76 sem TARV. A média dos níveis de colesterol total, triglicérides e glicemia foram maiores no grupo TARV (p INTRODUCTION: Nutrition currently plays a key role in the treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA, especially in the case of metabolic alterations due to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART, which could be related to cardiovascular diseases (CD. OBJECTIVE: to describe the nutritional and clinical status, and the quality of diet of PLHA. METHODS: It is a cross-sectional study involving a network of ambulatory care facilities for PLHA in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Patients, in use of HAART or not, were selected from December 2004 to may 2006, through routine clinic visits. We collected: socio-demographic, clinical, biochemical, anthropometric measures and dietary data. Diet quality was evaluated according to a "protecting" or "non-protecting" pattern of consumption scores for CD. RESULTS: The sample had 238 patients on

  16. Monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial e risco cardiovascular em mulheres com hipertensão resistente Monitoreo ambulatorio de la presión Arterial y riesgo cardiovascular en mujeres con hipertensión resistente Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and cardiovascular risk in resistant hypertensive women

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    Monica Maria Ferreira Magnanini

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: Poucos estudos exploraram o valor prognóstico da monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial (MAPA em pacientes hipertensos resistentes, um grupo que apresenta alto risco. OBJETIVO: Investigar o valor prognóstico da pressão arterial (PA de vigília, em mulheres hipertensas resistentes. MÉTODOS: Foram acompanhadas por até 8,9 anos (média 3,9, 382 mulheres hipertensas resistentes com idade entre 24-92 anos, atendidas em uma unidade de hipertensão de um hospital universitário. As pacientes foram classificadas como controladas (PA de consultório > 140/90 mmHg e PA de vigília 140/90 mmHg e PA de vigília > 135/85 mmHg. Analisou-se uma combinação de mortalidade cardiovascular, cardiopatia isquêmica, acidente vascular encefálico e nefropatia. Utilizou-se o modelo proporcional de Cox para estimar o risco de eventos cardiovasculares ajustado para potenciais confundidores. RESULTADOS: A taxa total de eventos foi de 5,0 por 100 mulheres-ano. No grupo de controladas esse valor foi de 3,7 e entre as não-controladas, de 5,8, com p=0.06. Os riscos relativos associados ao aumento de 10 mmHg na PA sistólica, ajustando para idade e tabagismo atual, foram maiores que os associados a aumentos de 5 mmHg na PA diastólica. Pacientes com descenso noturno 10%, embora essa associação não tenha sido estatisticamente significante. A pressão de vigília não controlada (sim/não foi um forte fator de risco independente, 1,67 (1,00-2,78. CONCLUSÃO: O aumento de 67% no risco de evento cardiovascular quando a PA de vigília não estava controlada é indicador de que o uso da MAPA é essencial na avaliação do controle e como guia das decisões terapêuticas na hipertensão resistente.FUNDAMENTO: Pocos estudios exploraron el valor pronóstico del monitoreo ambulatorio de presión arterial (MAPA en pacientes hipertensos resistentes, un grupo que presenta alto riesgo. OBJETIVO: Investigar el valor pronóstico de la presión arterial (PA

  17. Colecistectomia videolaparoscópica ambulatorial

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    Alexandre Cruz Henriques

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Os autores apresentam sua experiência com 50 pacientes operados de colecistectomia videolaparoscópica em regime ambulatorial, no Hospital de Ensino da Faculdade de Medicina do ABC. MÉTODO: Quarenta e dois pacientes (84% eram do sexo feminino e oito (16% do masculino, a idade variou de 23 a 60 anos, com média de 41,5 anos. Foram submetidos ao procedimento pacientes com diagnóstico de colecistite crônica calculosa, que obedeciam aos seguintes critérios: inexistência de colecistite aguda, idade máxima de 60 anos, ausência de suspeita de coledocolitíase, avaliação clínica pré-operatória ASA I ou II, aprovação do paciente quanto ao método e período de internação empregados e presença de acompanhante. O posicionamento da equipe e a técnica utilizada foram os preconizados pela escola americana. RESULTADOS: O tempo cirúrgico variou de 50 minutos a 2 horas, com média de 1 hora e 25 minutos. A colangiografia intra-operatória foi realizada em 35 pacientes (70%, demonstrando coledocolitíase em um caso (2%, que necessitou conversão para cirurgia aberta. As complicações mais freqüentes no período pós-operatório imediato foram náuseas e vômitos em três casos (6%, seguidas de dor abdominal intensa em dois casos (4%. Foram tratados com antieméticos e analgésicos e tiveram a alta hospitalar adiada para o dia seguinte à operação. Quarenta e quatro pacientes (88% tiveram condições de alta no mesmo dia. O período de permanência hospitalar foi entre nove e 12 horas. O retorno ambulatorial era programado para o sétimo e trigésimo dias pós-operatório, não havendo necessidade de reinternação em nenhum caso. CONCLUSÕES: A colecistectomia videolaparoscópica ambulatorial é um procedimento seguro.

  18. Monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial em indivíduos normotensos submetidos a duas sessões únicas de exercícios: resistido e aeróbio Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in normotensive individuals undergoing two single exercise sessions: resistive exercise training and aerobic exercise training

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    Ambrosina Maria Lignani de Miranda Bermudes

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar a influência de duas sessões únicas de exercício resistido (circuito com pesos e aeróbio sobre as alterações pressóricas, em indivíduos sedentários e normotensos. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados pela monitorização numa situação controle, sem realização de exercícios (MAPA 1 25 indivíduos, após exercício resistido (MAPA 2 e após exercício aeróbio (MAPA 3. Os exercícios resistidos foram realizados sob forma de circuito com pesos, com intensidade de 40% da força máxima individual e os exercícios aeróbicos em cicloergômetro, com intensidade entre 60% e 70% da freqüência cardíaca (FC máxima alcançada no teste ergométrico. RESULTADOS: A pressão arterial sistólica (PAS de 24h e sub-períodos vigília e sono não apresentaram variações estatisticamente significantes quando comparada à MAPA2 e MAPA3 e MAPA2 e MAPA3 entre si. A pressão arterial diastólica (PAD de 24h e diurna apresentaram reduções significantes (POBJECTIVE: To assess the influence of 2 single exercise sessions on blood pressure in sedentary normotensive individuals: one of resistive exercise training (circuit weight training and the other of aerobic exercise training. METHODS: Using ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, this study assessed 25 individuals as follows: in a controlled situation at rest (ABPM 1; after resistive exercise training (ABPM 2; and after aerobic exercise training (ABPM 3. Resistive exercise training was performed as circuit weight training with an intensity of 40% of each individual's maximum strength. The aerobic exercise training was performed on a cycloergometer with intensity between 60% and 70% of the maximum heart rate (HR reached during previous exercise testing. RESULTS: Systolic blood pressure (SBP values during 24 hours and during subperiods of wakefulness and sleep showed no statistically significant variations when the results obtained at rest were compared with those of ABPM2 and ABPM3, and when

  19. Avaliação da dor em histeroscopia ambulatorial: comparação entre duas técnicas Pain evaluation in office hysteroscopy: comparison of two techniques

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    Daniela Barreto Fraguglia Quental Diniz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: comparar a dor referida pelas pacientes submetidas à histeroscopia pela técnica convencional com gás carbônico (CO2 e a vaginohisteroscopia com soro fisiológico (SF 0,9%. MÉTODOS: estudo prospectivo de coorte, realizado em um serviço de histeroscopia ambulatorial. Foram incluídas 117 pacientes com indicação para realizarem o exame, alocadas aleatoriamente em dois grupos. Todas responderam a um questionário epidemiológico e quantificaram a dor esperada antes do exame e sentida após seu término em uma escala verbal de dor de 0 a 10. Para a técnica convencional, foram utilizados espéculo, tração do colo, inserção de ótica de 30º e camisa diagnóstica com diâmetro total 5 mm. A cavidade foi distendida com CO2 sob pressão de 100 mmHg controlada por histeroinsuflador e a biópsia realizada com cureta de Novak. A vaginoscopia foi realizada sem toque, por distensão da vagina com líquido, visualização direta do colo e introdução de ótica com duas camisas de fluxo contínuo com canal acessório de perfil ovalado, totalizando também 5 mm de diâmetro para o conjunto. Foi utilizado SF 0,9% como meio de distensão e a pressão, definida como a necessária para adequada visualização do canal e da cavidade com pressurizador pneumático externo. A biópsia foi realizada de forma dirigida com pinça endoscópica. Foram calculados média e desvio padrão para as variáveis quantitativas e frequência para as qualitativas. O teste t de Student foi utilizado para comparar médias e o teste do qui-quadrado ou exato de Fischer (quando nPURPOSE: to compare the pain reported by patients submitted to hysteroscopy by the standard technique with carbon dioxide (CO2 and to vaginal hysteroscopy with physiological saline (0.9% NaCl. METHODS: this was a prospective cohort study conducted at an ambulatory hysteroscopy service. A total of 117 patients with indication for the exam were included, being randomly assigned to one of the

  20. Preoperative Assessment for Ambulatory Surgery.

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    Prabhakar, Amit; Helander, Erik; Chopra, Nikki; Kaye, Aaron J; Urman, Richard D; Kaye, Alan David

    2017-08-31

    Ambulatory surgery has grown in recent decades in volume and represents a significant number of anesthetics delivered throughout the USA. Preoperative anesthetic assessment in the ambulatory setting has become important because patients with numerous complex comorbidities are now commonplace in this arena. Disease states involving the lungs, the heart, the kidneys, and subpopulations including those who are obese and the elderly commonly receive anesthetics in an ambulatory setting. This review presents key aspects of current thinking with regard to preoperative assessment and considerations for different critical disease states and subpopulations that are now being managed under ambulatory surgery. Same day surgery centers require patient safety, and expectations are high for patient satisfaction. Advancements in surgical and anesthetic technique have allowed for more complex patients to partake in ambulatory surgery. Anesthesiologists must be familiar with guidelines, state-of-the-art pain management, and standards of preoperative patient evaluation to accurately stratify patient risk and to advocate for patient safety.

  1. Prevalência ambulatorial em um hospital geral de marcadores para hepatites B e C em pacientes com infecção pelo vírus da imunodeficiência humana Ambulatorial prevalence of hepatitis B and C markers in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection in a general hospital

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    Cristiane Valle Tovo

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available RACIONAL: Os vírus das hepatites B (VHB e C (VHC e da imunodeficiência humana (HIV utilizam a mesma rota de transmissão, sendo a prevalência de VHB e VHC em pacientes infectados pelo HIV maior do que aquela encontrada na população em geral. OBJETIVO: Determinar a prevalência de marcadores para hepatites B e C em uma população de pacientes com HIV, bem como os fatores de risco envolvidos. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Dentre os 5 870 prontuários de pacientes com HIV em acompanhamento no Serviço de Infectologia do Hospital Nossa Senhora da Conceição, Porto Alegre, RS, foram aleatoriamente selecionados 587 prontuários. Destes, foram considerados para análise retrospectiva aqueles em que havia sido pesquisado algum marcador para hepatites B (HBsAg, anti-HBc ou anti-HBs ou C (anti-VHC, perfazendo o total de 343 pacientes. RESULTADOS: O HBsAg foi positivo em 14 de 306 (4,6% pacientes, anticorpo anti-HBs, em 40 de 154 (26,0% pacientes, e anti-HBc em 79 de 205 (38,5% pacientes. Dentre aqueles que realizaram anti-VHC, 126 de 330 (38,2% tinham-no positivo. Co-infecção por vírus B e C foi observada em 7 dentre os 296 pacientes que realizaram tanto o HBsAg, quanto o anti-VHC (2,4%. Dentre aqueles HBsAg positivos, a principal categoria de exposição foi o relacionamento homossexual masculino (50,0%. Dentre aqueles anti-VHC positivos, a principal categoria de exposição foi o uso de drogas ilícitas injetáveis (75,3%. Naqueles monoinfectados com HIV (185 pacientes, o fator de risco mais prevalente foi relacionamento heterossexual promíscuo ou com cônjuge infectado por HIV em 83 pacientes (44,9%. CONCLUSÃO: Em nosso meio, as co-infecções VHB-HIV e VHC-HIV são freqüentes, sendo observado maior impacto na associação do VHC com o HIV.BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B and C viruses and human immunodeficiency virus share the same route of transmission, and the prevalence of HBV and HCV infection in patients infected with HIV is greater than it is in the

  2. Analgesia pós-operatória multimodal em cirurgia ginecológica videolaparoscópica ambulatorial: comparação entre parecoxib e tenoxicam Analgesia pos-operatoria multimodal en cirugía ginecológica videolaparoscópica ambulatorial: comparación entre parecoxib y tenoxican Multimodal analgesia in outpatient videolaparoscopic gynecologic surgery: comparison between parecoxib and tenoxicam

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    Sérgio D. Belzarena

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Avaliar as características da analgesia pós-operatória em pacientes submetidas à cirurgia ginecológica videolaparoscópica ambulatorial, comparando o efeito de parecoxib e tenoxicam venoso em um estudo duplamente encoberto. MÉTODO: Foram estudadas, prospectivamente, 60 pacientes divididas aleatoriamente em 2 grupos. Todas receberam sedação pré-operatória com midazolam. Um dos grupos (P recebeu, antes de iniciar a cirurgia, 40 mg de parecoxib e o outro (T 20 mg de tenoxicam. Na sala de operação foi feita raquianestesia com bupivacaína e sufentanil. A analgesia pós-operatória foi avaliada mediante a intensidade da dor com escalas verbal e visual, a localização da dor (incisional, visceral, no ombro e o consumo de analgésicos suplementares. Os efeitos colaterais adversos foram registrados. A satisfação da paciente com a técnica foi pesquisada. RESULTADOS: A qualidade analgésica foi excelente, com 76% das pacientes do grupo P e 83% das pacientes do grupo T sem queixa de dor nem uso de analgésicos no pós-operatório. Não houve diferença entre os grupos em todos os critérios e períodos de avaliação analgésica. A incidência de efeitos adversos foi pequena, embora prurido de intensidade leve e curta duração tenha ocorrido freqüentemente. Todas as pacientes ficaram satisfeitas ou muito satisfeitas com a técnica empregada. CONCLUSÕES: Uma técnica de analgesia multimodal, com um componente de anestésico local e opióide por via subaracnóidea associado a AINE venoso, produz analgesia pós-operatória de excelente qualidade com poucos efeitos colaterais adversos em cirurgia videolaparoscópica ginecológica ambulatorial. A escolha do AINE não parece importante para obter estes resultados.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: Evaluar las características de la analgesia pos-operatoria en pacientes sometidas a cirugía ginecológica videolaparoscópica ambulatorial, comparando el efecto de parecoxib y

  3. Dermatoceratoconjuntivite atópica em pacientes do Ambulatório de Dermatologia Infanto-Juvenil em centro de referência Atopic keratoconjunctivitis in patients of the pediatric dermatology ambulatory in a reference center

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    Bernardo Kaplan Moscovici

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a frequência de dermatoceratoconjuntivite atópica, seus sintomas e alterações em pacientes do Ambulatório de Dermatologia Infanto-Juvenil da Irmandade da Santa Casa de Misericórdia de São Paulo com diagnóstico prévio de dermatite atópica. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados 52 portadores de dermatite atópica do Ambulatório de Dermatologia Infanto-Juvenil, menores de 16 anos (média de idade 8,9 ± 4,1 entre 2 e 16 anos por meio de um protocolo de questões de sintomas e avaliação oftalmológica dos sinais. Os sinais e sintomas foram graduados de 0 (ausente a 4 (maior intensidade, e em alguns casos apenas como presentes ou não. A análise foi descritiva e estatística, com nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: A frequência da dermatoceratoconjuntivite atópica foi de 76,9% entre os 52 pacientes com dermatite atópica, dos quais 26,7% com conjuntivite atópica e 50,2% com blefarite atópica. No grupo de dermatite atópica encontramos maior número de pacientes do sexo feminino e no grupo conjuntivite atópica maior número de pacientes do sexo masculino. A idade foi praticamente igual nos grupos estudados. Os sintomas mais frequentes foram olho vermelho e prurido, principalmente no grupo de conjuntivite atópica. Este último foi o sintoma com escore mais intenso e presentes em todos os pacientes do grupo conjuntivite atópica. Papilas e blefarite foram os sinais mais encontrados. O tempo de ruptura do filme lacrimal encontrava-se alterado na maioria dos pacientes. CONCLUSÕES: A frequência de dermatoceratoconjuntivite atópica foi de 76,9% nos pacientes com dermatite atópica. O prurido foi o sintoma mais frequente, seguido por olhos vermelhos, mais relacionados ao grupo de conjuntivite atópica. A blefarite e as papilas foram os sinais mais encontrados, também no grupo de conjuntivite atópica. Devido ao crescimento da prevalência da dermatite atópica na população infantil, seria prudente realizar a avalia

  4. Monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial em filhos de hipertensos Arterial pressure monitoring in offspring of hypertensive individuals at a day-care center

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    André Ribeiro Langowiski

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste trabalho é estudar o comportamento da pressão arterial através da monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial (MAPA em jovens normotensos que possuam história familiar de hipertensão. MÉTODOS: Foram avaliados pela MAPA 31 universitários normotensos, com idade entre 17 e 25 anos, cujos pais (ambos ou um deles estivessem sendo tratados por hipertensão arterial (grupo I e 30 indivíduos, também normotensos, cujos pais não apresentavam diagnóstico de HAS - hipertensão arterial sistêmica (grupo II. Todos os participantes tiveram dados epidemiológicos coletados e os valores de pressão arterial (PA obtidos pela MAPA foram comparados. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença estatística entre os grupos estudados quanto à análise das médias de PA sistólica (PAS (p=0,195 e diastólica (PAD (p=0,958, descenso noturno da PAS (p=0,61 e da PAD (p=0,289 e variabilidade da PAS (p=0,24 e da PAD (p=0,497. Houve significância estatística na comparação da pressão de pulso (42,74 mmHg no grupo I e 45,53 mmHg no grupo II, p=0,032 e da PAS mínima na vigília (85,00 mmHg no grupo I e 90,27 mmHg no grupo II, p=0,048. Ambos os parâmetros mencionados foram maiores nos filhos de normotensos. CONCLUSÃO: Na população estudada, houve diferença estatística significativa na pressão de pulso e PAS mínima na vigília, sendo maior nos filhos de normotensos. Os demais parâmetros da MAPA não apresentaram diferença significativa entre os grupos.OBJECTIVE: This study intended to evaluate blood pressure monitoring (BPM data in young hypertensive offspring. METHODS: We evaluated 31 students, of ages ranging from 17 to 25 years, whose parents (one or both were being treated for hypertension (group I and 30 normotensive subjects, whose parents were not hypertensive (group II. Epidemiological data were collected from all participants and the blood pressure (BP measurements obtained by BPM were compared. RESULTS: There were no

  5. Fadiga em adultos acompanhantes de pacientes em tratamento ambulatorial Fatiga en adultos acompañantes de pacientes en tratamiento en ambulatorios Fatigue in adults accompanying patients in outpatient treatment

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    Natália Fialho Mota

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Descrever a fadiga e fadiga ao esforço em pessoas sem doenças crônicas e verificar associação entre fadiga ou fadiga ao esforço e sexo, idade, escolaridade, convivência marital, depressão, atividade física, tabagismo, Índice de Massa Corporal (IMC, dispnéia e depressão. MÉTODOS: Estudo descritivo abragendo 93 acompanhantes de pacientes ambulatoriais que informaram sobre tabagismo, fadiga, fadiga ao esforço, depressão, e atividade física. RESULTADOS: Dos 93 voluntários (65,6% mulheres, média de idade 33,4±10,1 anos, 52,7% tinham fadiga e 34,4% fadiga ao esforço. O escore médio de fadiga foi 16,3±6,6 (escala de 8 a 40 e de fadiga ao esforço 12,6±4,4 (escala de 9 a 45. A fadiga foi mais intensa (p=0,005 e mais freqüente (p=0,001 nas mulheres e correlacionou-se positivamente com depressão (r s=0,47; p=0,000. A fadiga ao esforço correlacionou-se positivamente com depressão (r s=0,39; p=0,000 e foi mais freqüente entre as mulheres (p=0,001. CONCLUSÃO: As características da fadiga em amostra de acompanhantes de pacientes são semelhantes às de pacientes com doenças crônicas. A interpretação de dados sobre fadiga em doenças crônicas precisaria considerar dados de fadiga na população geral.OBJETIVOS: Describir la fatiga y la fatiga por esfuerzo en personas sin enfermedades crónicas y, verificar la asociación entre fatiga o fatiga por esfuerzo con sexo, edad, escolaridad, convivencia marital, depresión, actividad física, tabaquismo, Índice de Masa Corporal (IMC, disnea y, depresión. MÉTODOS: Es un estudio descriptivo abarcando 93 acompañantes de pacientes de ambulatorios que informaron sobre tabaquismo, fatiga, fatiga por esfuerzo, depresión y, actividad física. RESULTADOS: De los 93 voluntarios (65,6% mujeres, promedio de edad 33,4±10,1 años, 52,7% tenían fatiga y 34,4% fatiga por esfuerzo. El puntaje promedio de fatiga fue 16,3±6,6 (escala de 8 a 40 y de fatiga por esfuerzo 12,6±4

  6. National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) is designed to collect data on the utilization and provision of ambulatory care services in hospital...

  7. Biomedical Wireless Ambulatory Crew Monitor

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    Chmiel, Alan; Humphreys, Brad

    2009-01-01

    A compact, ambulatory biometric data acquisition system has been developed for space and commercial terrestrial use. BioWATCH (Bio medical Wireless and Ambulatory Telemetry for Crew Health) acquires signals from biomedical sensors using acquisition modules attached to a common data and power bus. Several slots allow the user to configure the unit by inserting sensor-specific modules. The data are then sent real-time from the unit over any commercially implemented wireless network including 802.11b/g, WCDMA, 3G. This system has a distributed computing hierarchy and has a common data controller on each sensor module. This allows for the modularity of the device along with the tailored ability to control the cards using a relatively small master processor. The distributed nature of this system affords the modularity, size, and power consumption that betters the current state of the art in medical ambulatory data acquisition. A new company was created to market this technology.

  8. Desenvolvimento de instrumento de coleta de dados de enfermagem para pacientes com câncer de pulmão em quimioterapia ambulatorial Desarrollo de instrumento de recogida de datos de enfermería para pacientes con cáncer de pulmón en quimioterapia ambulatoria Developing a nursing data colleting instrument to patients with lung cancer treated by chemotherapy in ambulatory

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    Anita Moda Salvadori

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available O câncer é um grave problema de saúde pública, e, dentre suas variedades, há o câncer de pulmão, que vem crescendo na população brasileira e mundial. A principal causa do câncer de pulmão é o tabagismo. Há três formas de tratamento: cirurgia, radioterapia e quimioterapia; para essa patologia a mais utilizada é a terceira. A enfermeira deve estar apta a lidar com as dificuldades desses pacientes, que durante o tratamento ambulatorial manifestam em seus domicílios efeitos colaterais. Os objetivos desta pesquisa são elaborar um instrumento de coleta de dados para pacientes com câncer de pulmão em quimioterapia ambulatorial e avaliar a validade de seus conteúdos e sua confiabilidade. Teve como guia a teoria do autocuidado de Dorothea Orem. Para sua validação, o instrumento foi primeiramente avaliado por juízes; após isso, foram realizados o pré-teste e o teste de confiabilidade pelo método da equivalência entre observadores. O instrumento se demonstrou confiável, considerando aquilo que se pretendia medir.El cáncer es un grave problema de salud pública y entre sus variedades existe el cáncer de pulmón, que está creciendo en la población brasileña y mundial. La principal causa de cáncer de pulmón es el tabaquismo. Existen tres formas de tratamiento, quirúrgica, por radioterapia y quimioterapia, siendo que para esta patología la más utilizada es la tercera. La enfermera debe estar habilitada para manejar dificultades de los usuarios que ante el tratamiento ambulatorio visiblemente pozo a su domicilio lado efectos. Los objetivos de esta investigación son elaborar un aparato desde colecta de datos para pacientes con cáncer de pulmón en quimioterapia en ambulatorio y evaluar la validad de sus contenidos y su confiabilidad. Tuvo como guía la teoría utilizada del auto-cuidado de Dorothea Orem.Para que sea comprobada la validez de dicho instrumento primeramente este fue evaluado por jueces, luego fue realizado un

  9. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring - comparison with office ...

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    Introduction. Available data on the use of 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recordings in private practice are limited. For this purpose we studied 39 consecutive hypertensive patients on treatment in a private practice. Method. Office blood pressure, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure, daytime ambulatory blood pressure ...

  10. Anaesthesia for Ambulatory Paediatric Surgery: Common ...

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    BACKGROUND: Ambulatory surgical care accounts for over 70% of elective procedures in Northern America. Ambulatory paediatric surgical practice is not widespread in Nigeria. This report examined clinical indicators for quality care in paediatric ambulatory surgery using common outcomes after day case procedures as ...

  11. Ambulatory measurement of arm orientation

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    Luinge, Hendrik J.; Veltink, Petrus H.; Baten, Christian T.M.

    2007-01-01

    In order to evaluate the impact of neuromuscular disorders affecting the upper extremities, the functional use of the arm need to be evaluated during daily activities. A system suitable for measuring arm kinematics should be ambulatory and not interfere with activities of daily living. A measurement

  12. [Face-lift surgery in ambulatory].

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    Soulhiard, F

    2017-10-01

    The proposal is to demonstrate that facelift surgery is particularly suitable for the care in ambulatory. Between 2010 and 2016, 246 patients were operated for a facelift in ambulatory. No major complication arose in this series (241). Among the patients, 98% expressed their satisfaction and would accept again this intervention in ambulatory. The facelift can be realized in ambulatory with complete safety. The rate of satisfaction shows a very strong support of the patients for the ambulatory care. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  13. Enfermagem em cirurgia ambulatorial de um hospital escola: clientela, procedimentos e necessidades biológicas e psicossociais Enfermería en cirugía ambulatoria en hospital escuela: clientela, procedimientos y necesidades biológicas y psicosociales Nursing care in ambulatory surgery at a teaching hospital: patients, procedures and biological and psychosocial needs

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    Tatiane Vegette Pinto

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo descritivo teve como objetivos caracterizar o perfil dos pacientes atendidos no Centro Cirúrgico Ambulatorial de um Hospital Universitário do interior do Estado de São Paulo; identificar os procedimentos a que foram submetidos e identificar as necessidades biológicas e psicossociais desses pacientes. Estudo descritivo realizado por meio de entrevista semi-estruturada e consulta documental ao prontuário médico. Participaram do estudo 167 pacientes. Os resultados evidenciaram que o perfil dos pacientes assistidos caracterizou-se pelo equilíbrio entre os sexos masculino e feminino, idade média de 51 anos, e baixo nível socioeconômico. Os procedimentos cirúrgicos e anestésicos mais freqüentes foram os da oftalmologia e de anestesia local, com ou sem sedação. Foram identificadas necessidades biológicas: alterações na pressão arterial, alterações eletrocardiográficas, uso de medicamentos, alergia a medicamentos, jejum prolongado, náuseas, vômito e dor; e psicossociais: preocupação, medo, ansiedade, desconforto com a espera pelo procedimento, e dúvidas ou desconhecimento sobre cuidados perioperatórios. A partir dos resultados obtidos, estratégias devem ser planejadas para melhoria da assistência prestada.Este estudio descriptivo tuvo como objetivos: caracterizar el perfil de las 167 personas que se sometieron a cirugía en quirófano ambulatorio de un Hospital Universitario en el estado de São Paulo, Brasil, así como los procedimientos realizados en dicho quirófano e identificar las necesidades biológicas y psicosociales de estos pacientes. Las informaciones recopiladas por medio de entrevista semi-estructurada y consulta a los archivos fueron sometidas al análisis descriptivo. El grupo se constituyó de número igual de hombres y mujeres, con edad promedia de 51 años y bajo nivel socioeconómico. Los procedimientos quirúrgicos y anestésicos más frecuentes fueron los de oftalmología y de anestesia

  14. Adesão à terapia em motricidade orofacial no ambulatório de Fonoaudiologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Adhesion to orofacial myology therapy at the ambulatory of Speech and Language Pathology of the Hospital das Clínicas of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

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    Suzana Raquel Lopes Marques

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Caracterizar o atendimento em motricidade orofacial no Ambulatório de Fonoaudiologia do Hospital das Clínicas da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais quanto à adesão e sucesso da terapia, bem como comparar dados dos pacientes que buscaram atendimento ativamente no Ambulatório de Fonoaudiologia e dos pacientes encaminhados pelo Ambulatório do Respirador Oral da mesma instituição. MÉTODOS: Foram investigados 90 prontuários de todos os pacientes em alta ou desligados, que buscaram tratamento pelos Ambulatórios de Fonoaudiologia (Grupo MO e do Respirador Oral (Grupo RO. Os resultados foram analisados empregando-se os testes Mann-Whitney e Qui-quadrado (5%. RESULTADOS: Pelo cálculo da mediana, a duração da terapia foi equivalente a 6,0 meses, o número total de sessões foi igual a 17, o de atendimentos realizados 12 e o de faltas 4,5. Apenas 41,2% dos pacientes realizava os procedimentos indicados pelo terapeuta. A conclusão do processo terapêutico foi majoritariamente o desligamento (73,3%, sendo a maior causa o excesso de faltas (24,4%. Os grupos diferiram quanto aos motivos de desligamento, havendo predomínio de faltas no grupo RO (pPURPOSE: To characterize orofacial myology treatment offered at the Ambulatory of Speech and Language Pathology of the Hospital das Clínicas of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais concerning adhesion and therapy success, as well as to compare data from patients who actively searched for therapy and those referred by the Oral Breathing Ambulatory of the same institution. METHODS: Ninety records of all patients that were discharged or resigned from treatment either at the Ambulatory of Speech and Language Pathology (MO Group or at the Oral Breathing Ambulatory (RO Group were investigated. The results were statistically analyzed using Mann-Whitney and Chi-square tests (5%. RESULTS: Median calculation showed that the duration of therapy was of 6,0 months, the total number of sessions was 17

  15. Capturing Ambulatory Activity Decline in Parkinson Disease

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    Cavanaugh, James T; Ellis, Terry D; Earhart, Gammon M; Ford, Matthew P; Foreman, K. Bo

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    Background and Purpose Relatively little is known about the natural evolution of physical activity-related participation restrictions associated with Parkinson disease (PD). We examined this issue prospectively using continuous monitoring technology to capture the free-living ambulatory activity of persons living with PD engaging in life situations. We specifically sought (1) to explore natural, long-term changes in daily ambulatory activity, and (2) to compare the responsiveness of ambulatory activity parameters to clinical measures of gait and disease severity. Methods Thirty-three persons with PD participated (Hoehn and Yahr range of 1–3). Participants wore a step activity monitor for up to 7 days at baseline and again at 1-year follow-up. Mean daily values were calculated for parameters indicative of amount, intensity, frequency, and duration of ambulatory activity. Clinical measures included the Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale, the 6-Minute Walk, and Maximal Gait Speed. Parametric tests for paired samples were used to investigate changes in ambulatory activity parameters and clinical measures. Results Participants had significant declines in the amount and intensity of daily ambulatory activity but not in its frequency and duration (p ambulatory activity. Conclusion Continuous monitoring of ambulatory activity beyond mere step counts may serve as a distinct and important means of quantifying declining ambulatory behavior associated with disease progression or improved ambulatory behavior resulting from rehabilitation, medical, and / or surgical interventions in persons with PD. PMID:22592060

  16. As (impossibilidades de brincar para o escolar com câncer em tratamento ambulatorial Las (imposibilidades de jugar para el escolar con cáncer en tratamiento en ambulatorio The (impossibilities of play for children with outpatient cancer treatment

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    Liliane Faria da Silva

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Identificar os mediadores do brincar na vida da criança com câncer em tratamento ambulatorial e analisar as (impossibilidades de utilizá-los diante das limitações impostos pelo adoecimento e tratamento. MÉTODOS: A pesquisa qualitativa implementada segundo o método criativo e sensível teve como eixo a dinâmica grupal "O brincar em cena". Participaram 12 escolares em tratamento ambulatorial para câncer, em um hospital no Rio de Janeiro. RESULTADOS: Emergiram dois temas: mediadores das (impossibilidades do brincar - instrumentos e signos e mediadores das (impossibilidades do brincar na interação social - pessoas e ambiente. Nas situações de impossibilidades e restrições, os escolares superaram obstáculos e reinventaram alternativas para continuarem brincando dentro de suas possibilidades. CONCLUSÃO: Os profissionais que atendem essas crianças devem buscar conhecimentos acerca das necessidades que elas tem enquanto seres em desenvolvimento, identificando situações que podem determinar (impossibilidades de brincar e, junto com a criança e família, transformá-las em outras possibilidades.OBJETIVOS: Identificar los mediadores del jugar en la vida del niño con cáncer en tratamiento en ambulatorio y analizar las (imposibilidades de utilizarlos delante de las limitaciones impuestas por la enfermedad y tratamiento. MÉTODOS: Es una investigación cualitativa, implementada según el método creativo y sensible; tuvo como eje la dinámica grupal "El jugar en escena". Participaron 12 escolares en tratamiento de cáncer en ambulatorio, en un hospital en Rio de Janeiro. RESULTADOS: Emergieron dos temas: mediadores de las (imposibilidades del jugar (instrumentos y signos y mediadores de las (imposibilidades del jugar en la interacción social (personas y ambientes. En las situaciones de imposibilidades y restricciones, los escolares superaron obstáculos y reinventaron alternativas para continuar jugando dentro de sus

  17. Ambulatory anaesthesia and cognitive dysfunction

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    Rasmussen, Lars S; Steinmetz, Jacob

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    , sleep deprivation, unfamiliar surroundings, and medication errors. Enhanced recovery programmes (fast-track regimens) may allow earlier discharge which is probably beneficial for the elderly. Frailty is becoming an increasingly important concept that needs to be clinically considered in elderly patients...... anaesthesia in the outpatient setting. Cognitive complications such as delirium and postoperative cognitive dysfunction are less frequent in ambulatory surgery than with hospitalization. SUMMARY: The elderly are especially susceptible to adverse effects of the hospital environment such as immobilisation...

  18. Duração e faixa etária da epilepsia e suas correlações com trabalho: estudo prospectivo ambulatorial em 379 epilépticos Epilepsy length and years old relationship with work: a prospective ambulatory study in 379 epileptic patients

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    Full Text Available O objetivo desta pesquisa é avaliar, prospectivamente, a relação da duração de epilepsia ativa sobre o trabalho de 379 pacientes do ambulatório do Hospital de Base de São José do Rio Preto. A duração da epilepsia dos pacientes foi subdividida em 5 faixas de tempo e a idade em 3 faixas etárias. A duração da epilepsia, não levando em conta a idade do paciente, não prejudicou a capacidade laborativa dos epilépticos. No entanto, as epilepsias recentes (0 a 5 anos de duração causaram mais perda de trabalho nos epilépticos mais jovens (14 a 29 anos de idade que nos epilépticos adultos e idosos.This study aims to evaluate, prospectively, the relationship of the active epilepsy length and the work, of the 379 out-patients from Hospital de Base, São José do Rio Preto. Epilepsy length was subdivided into 5 time rates and by age, into 3 age-groups. There was no relationship, not considering the age of patient among the epilepsy length and the work, but young patient (14 at 29 years old and with recent epilepsy (length of 0 at 5 years lost more work than the adult and elderly epileptic.

  19. Avaliação do estado nutricional de pacientes em diálise peritoneal ambulatorial contínua (DPAC - DOI: 10.4025/actascihealthsci.v31i1.545 Evaluation of the nutritional status of patients in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD - DOI: 10.4025/actascihealthsci.v31i1.545

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    Alciléia Nunes Yamada

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    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar o estado nutricional dos pacientes em DPAC. Foram selecionados 16 pacientes com idade entre 20 e 75 anos, nos quais foram realizadas Avaliação Nutricional Subjetiva Global modificada, avaliação antropométrica, bioquímica e da ingestão alimentar. O excesso de peso prevaleceu na população estudada, atingindo 68,75%, de acordo com o Índice de massa corporal. No entanto, a avaliação da área muscular do braço corrigida demonstrou que 62,5% dos homens apresentavam algum grau de desnutrição, o que não foi observado na população feminina. Os níveis médios de uréia, hemoglobina, hematócrito, potássio, fósforo, cálcio e produto cálcio/fósforo estavam dentro da normalidade para esses pacientes. A ingestão média de nutrientes estava adequada em energia, lipídeos, fósforo, ferro, potássio e ácido fólico; insuficiente em proteínas, fibras, cálcio e vitamina B6; e excessiva em carboidratos, sódio e vitaminas C e B12. Dessa forma, destaca-se que o acompanhamento nutricional é uma conduta de destaque nessa população, em virtude da elevada prevalência de distúrbios nutricionais e dietéticos.This study aimed to assess the nutritional status of patients in CAPD. Sixteen patients aged between 20 and 75 years were selected, which were submitted to a modified global subjective nutritional assessment, as well as anthropometric, biochemical and food intake evaluations. Excess weight prevailed in the study population, reaching 68.75% according to the body mass index. However, the corrected evaluation of the arm muscle area showed that 62.5% of men had some degree of malnutrition, which was not observed in the female population. Mean levels of urea, hemoglobin, hematocrit, potassium, phosphorus, calcium and product calcium/phosphorus were within normal range for these patients. The average intake of nutrients was adequate in energy, lipids, phosphorus, iron, potassium and folic acid

  20. Metadata - National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)

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    The National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) is designed to collect information on the services provided in hospital emergency and outpatient departments and in ambulatory surgery centers.

  1. Big Data and Ambulatory Care

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    Thorpe, Jane Hyatt; Gray, Elizabeth Alexandra

    2015-01-01

    Big data is heralded as having the potential to revolutionize health care by making large amounts of data available to support care delivery, population health, and patient engagement. Critics argue that big data's transformative potential is inhibited by privacy requirements that restrict health information exchange. However, there are a variety of permissible activities involving use and disclosure of patient information that support care delivery and management. This article presents an overview of the legal framework governing health information, dispels misconceptions about privacy regulations, and highlights how ambulatory care providers in particular can maximize the utility of big data to improve care. PMID:25401945

  2. Helping You Choose Quality Ambulatory Care

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    ... such as in: • doctor’s offices • health clinics • urgent care centers • ambulatory surgery centers The following questions can help you ... www. qualitycheck. org to find Joint Commission accredited ambulatory care centers. • Can you get a copy of the ...

  3. Nursing-Sensitive Indicators in Ambulatory Care.

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    Martinez, Kathleen; Battaglia, Rosemarie; Start, Rachel; Mastal, Margaret F; Matlock, Ann Marie

    2015-01-01

    Ambulatory nursing care can be difficult to comprehend in all its complexity. In August 2013, the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing commissioned a task force to identify nursing-sensitive indicators specific to ambulatory care settings. Given the great variation in settings, staff mix, patient populations, role dimensions, skill sets, documentation systems, and resources, determining metrics that apply across the entire continuum of care is a daunting task. However, it is incumbent upon nurse leaders to define the metrics that will promote the value of the registered nurse in ambulatory practice and care coordination. Once initial measures are identified, piloted, and validated, the infrastructure can be created for ongoing benchmarking and collaboration. The long-term goal is to leverage professional nursing practice, based in the ambulatory care setting, to improve quality, safety, and cost in health care.

  4. Ambulatory management of pulmonary embolism.

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    Abusibah, Houssam; Abdelaziz, Muntasir M; Standen, Peter; Bhatia, Praveen; Hamad, Mahir Ma

    2018-01-02

    The diagnosis of pulmonary embolism can be very difficult and elusive. It depends greatly on the use of diagnostic tests, which are in turn interpreted according to a pre-test clinical probability. These include non-specific tests such as the chest X-ray and electrocardiograph, which help exclude other conditions such as pneumonia or myocardial infarction. On the other hand, more specific tests such as computed tomography or ventilation/perfusion scanning are used to confirm or exclude the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. The condition is potentially fatal, and in the past patients with suspected pulmonary embolism constituted a significant number of hospital admissions. Despite this, the majority were found not to have pulmonary embolism. More recently, studies have suggested that most patients with suspected pulmonary embolism who are haemodynamically stable can be safely managed on an ambulatory pathway. Therefore, there is a paradigm shift towards investigating and treating pulmonary embolism in the outpatient setting. This article discusses the ambulatory pathway of the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary embolism.

  5. Blood cultures in ambulatory outpatients

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    Laupland Kevin B

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Blood cultures are a gold standard specific test for diagnosing many infections. However, the low yield may limit their usefulness, particularly in low-risk populations. This study was conducted to assess the utility of blood cultures drawn from ambulatory outpatients. Methods Blood cultures drawn at community-based collection sites in the Calgary Health Region (population 1 million in 2001 and 2002 were included in this study. These patients were analyzed by linkages to acute care health care databases for utilization of acute care facilities within 2 weeks of blood culture draw. Results 3102 sets of cultures were drawn from 1732 ambulatory outpatients (annual rate = 89.4 per 100,000 population. Significant isolates were identified from 73 (2.4% sets of cultures from 51 patients, including Escherichia coli in 18 (35% and seven (14% each of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Compared to patients with negative cultures, those with positive cultures were older (mean 49.6 vs. 40.1 years, p Conclusion Blood cultures drawn in outpatient settings are uncommonly positive, but may define patients for increased intensity of therapy. Strategies to reduce utilization without excluding patients with positive cultures need to be developed for this patient population.

  6. Concept of the Ambulatory Pain Physician.

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    Thomas, Donna-Ann; Chang, Daniel; Zhu, Richard; Rayaz, Hassan; Vadivelu, Nalini

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    Given the growing number of ambulatory surgeries being performed and the variability in postoperative pain requirements, early discharge, and inconsistent follow-up, ambulatory surgery presents a unique challenge for this patient population and warrants the presence of an ambulatory pain specialist to evaluate a patient preoperatively and postoperatively to optimize patient safety and satisfaction. This article explores the crucial role that a dedicated pain physician would have in the ambulatory surgery setting. The prevalence of chronic pain, opioid use, and substance abuse is growing in this country, while ambulatory and same-day surgery have also experienced considerable growth. Inevitably, more patients with challenging chronic pain or substance abuse are having ambulatory surgery. Increased BMI, advanced age, more comorbidities warranting a higher ASA physical status classification, and longer surgeries are now all components of ambulatory surgery that contribute to increased risk too. Certain surgeries including breast surgery, inguinal hernia repair, and thoracotomy are at higher risk for the conversion of acute to chronic pain, and an ambulatory pain specialist would be beneficial for added focus on these patients. Multimodal pain control with non-opioids and regional anesthesia adjuvants are beneficial, while emphasis on a patient's functional capacity may be more useful than quantifying the severity of pain. Despite the best efforts of patients' primary care providers or surgeons, patients often are discharged with more chronic opioid therapy than they presented with, and an ambulatory pain specialist can help manage the complications and prevent further escalation of this opioid epidemic. An onsite anesthesiologist with interest in pain management in each ambulatory surgery center administering anesthesia and available onsite to deal with immediate preoperative, intraoperative, and recovery room would be ideal to curb and manage complication from

  7. Sobrevida de cinco anos e fatores associados ao câncer de boca para pacientes em tratamento oncológico ambulatorial pelo Sistema Único de Saúde, Brasil

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    Gisele Macedo da Silva Bonfante

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    Full Text Available O objetivo foi analisar a sobrevida específica de cinco anos e fatores associados para câncer de boca no Brasil. Trata-se de coorte retrospectiva, cuja fonte de dados foi a Base Onco, que realizou o relacionamento probabilístico-determinístico de todos os registros de autorização para radioterapia e/ou quimioterapia pelo Sistema Único de Saúde, entre 2000 e 2006, gerando-se cadastro único para cada paciente. O presente estudo incluiu os pacientes diagnosticados entre 2002 e 2003 com câncer de boca, exceto lábio, e idade entre 19 e 100 anos (N = 6.180. A taxa de sobrevida específica em cinco anos foi de 60%. Foram associados à menor sobrevida específica: ter idade > 40 anos; apresentar estádio III ou IV; localização em língua, assoalho de boca e base de língua; não realizar tratamento cirúrgico, realizar somente quimioterapia ou radioterapia e quimioterapia e residir em determinados estados do Brasil. Os resultados reforçam a necessidade de incluir a avaliação das disparidades dos territórios de planejamento como possibilidade para incrementar as ações de saúde e melhorar os indicadores de sobrevida.

  8. Avaliação de serviços de assistência ambulatorial em aids, Brasil: estudo comparativo 2001/2007 Evaluación de servicios de asistencia ambulatoria en sida, Brasil: estudio comparativo 2001/2007 Assessment of outpatient services for AIDS patients, Brazil: comparative study 2001/2007

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    Maria Ines Battistella Nemes

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os serviços do Sistema Único de Saúde brasileiro de assistência ambulatorial a adultos vivendo com aids em 2007 e comparar com a avaliação de 2001. MÉTODOS: Os 636 serviços cadastrados no Ministério da Saúde em 2007 foram convidados a responder a um questionário previamente validado (Questionário Qualiaids com 107 questões de múltipla escolha sobre a organização da assistência prestada. Analisaram-se as frequências das respostas de 2007 comparando-as com as obtidas em 2001 na forma de variação percentual (VP. RESULTADOS: Responderam o questionário 504 (79,2% serviços. Cerca de 100,0% dos respondentes relataram ter pelo menos um médico, suprimento sem falhas de antirretrovirais e de exames CD4 e carga viral. Vários aspectos mostraram melhor desempenho em 2007 comparados a 2001: registro de número de faltas à consulta médica (de 18,3 para 27,0%, VP: 47,5%, agendamento de consulta em menos de 15 dias no início da terapia antirretroviral (de 55,3 para 66,2%, VP: 19,7% e participação organizada do usuário (de 5,9 para 16,7%, VP: 183,1%. Houve manutenção de dificuldades: pequena variação na disponibilidade de exames especializados em até 15 dias, como endoscopia (31,9 para 34,5%, VP: 8,1%, e a piora de indicadores como tempo ideal de acesso a consultas especializadas (55,9 para 34,5% em cardiologia, VP negativa de 38,3%. O tempo médio despendido nas consultas médicas de seguimento manteve-se baixo: 15 minutos ou menos (52,5 para 49,5%, VP negativa de 5,8%. CONCLUSÕES: A avaliação de 2007 mostrou que os serviços contam com os recursos essenciais para a assistência ambulatorial. Houve melhoras em muitos aspectos em relação a 2001, mas persistem desafios. Pouco tempo dedicado à consulta médica pode estar vinculado ao número insuficiente de médicos e/ou à baixa capacidade de escuta e diálogo. A acessibilidade prejudicada a consultas especializadas mostra a dificuldade das infraestruturas

  9. Avaliação da estrutura organizacional da assistência ambulatorial em HIV/Aids no Brasil Evaluation of the organizational structure of HIV/AIDS outpatient care in Brazil

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    Regina Melchior

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: No contexto de acesso universal à terapia antiretroviral, os resultados do Programa de Aids dependem da qualidade do cuidado prestado. O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar a qualidade do cuidado dos serviços ambulatoriais que assistem pacientes de Aids. MÉTODOS: Estudo realizado em sete Estados brasileiros, em 2001 e 2002. Foi avaliada a qualidade do atendimento a pacientes com Aids quanto à disponibilidade de recursos e a organização do trabalho de assistência. Um questionário com 112 questões estruturadas abordando esses aspectos, foi enviado a 336 serviços. RESULTADOS: A taxa de resposta foi de 95,8% (322. Os indicadores de disponibilidade de recursos mostram uma adequação maior do que os indicadores de organização do trabalho. Não faltam antiretrovirais em 95,5% dos serviços, os exames de CD4 e Carga Viral estão disponíveis em quantidade adequada em 59 e 41% dos serviços, respectivamente. Em 90,4% dos serviços há pelo menos um profissional não médico (psicólogo, enfermeiro ou assistente social. Quanto à organização, 80% não agendavam consulta médica com hora marcada; 40,4% agendavam mais que 10 consultas médicas por período; 17% não possuíam gerentes exclusivos na assistência e 68,6% não realizavam reuniões sistemáticas de trabalho com a equipe. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados apontam que além de garantir a distribuição mais homogênea de recursos, o programa precisa investir no treinamento e disseminação do manejo do cuidado, conforme evidenciado nos resultados da organização de trabalho.OBJECTIVE: In the context of universal access to antiretroviral treatment, the results of the Brazilian AIDS Program will depend on the quality of the care provided. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the healthcare provided by outpatient services for the treatment of AIDS patients. METHODS: The present study was carried out in seven Brazilian States between 2001 and 2002. We evaluated the quality of

  10. Crianças/adolescentes em quimioterapia ambulatorial: implicações para a enfermagem Niños y adolescentes en quimioterapia ambulatoria: implicaciones para enfermería Children and adolecents in outpatient clinic chemotherapy: nursing implications

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    Juliana Cardeal da Costa

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    Full Text Available A hospitalização era a indicação mais comum na assistência à criança com câncer, entretanto, um grande enfoque vem sendo dado à desospitalização, viabilizada através do seguimento ambulatorial e/ou assistência domiciliar (home care. O objetivo deste trabalho é analisar as dificuldades que os pais enfrentam no ambiente domiciliar, quando seus filhos são submetidos à quimioterapia ambulatorial. Para tanto, foi realizada uma entrevista semi-estruturada com os pais, nos meses de janeiro e fevereiro de 2000, na sala de quimioterapia do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, da Universidade de São Paulo. Os resultados apontam as seguintes dificuldades: alteração no cotidiano familiar; comunicação ineficiente; alteração da auto-imagem e reação adversa à quimioterapia. Este trabalho possibilitou o acesso a informações de real interesse para assistência à criança/adolescente com câncer e sua família. A partir dos dados empíricos, elaborou-se uma cartilha de orientação para o cuidado domiciliar.La hospitalización todavía es indicación común en el niño con cáncer, aun así, un gran énfasis viene siendo dado a la deshospitalización, conseguida a través del seguimiento ambulatorio, de la quimioterapia ambulatoria, de los hospitales día y la atención domiciliaria (home care. El objetivo de este trabajo es analizar cuales son las dificultades que las familias enfrentan en el ambiente domiciliario cuando sus niños y sus adolescentes son sometidos a la quimioterapia ambulatoria. El lugar de estudio fue la sala de quimioterapia del Hospital Clínicas de la Facultad de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto de la Universidad de São Paulo y la recolección de los datos empíricos fue realizada a partir de una entrevista semi-estructurada con la madre o el padre, en los meses de enero y febrero del 2000. Los resultados muestran las siguientes dificultades: alteración en el cotidiano familiar

  11. Ambulatory urodynamic monitoring of women.

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    Kulseng-Hanssen, S; Klevmark, B

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    A review of articles concerning ambulatory urodynamic monitoring (AUM) is given AUM, as we practice it, is described. Typical findings in normal continent women, in patients with genuine stress incontinence, unstable detrusor, mixed incontinence, low closure pressure, unstable urethra and during sitting, jumping, and running are given. AUM is indicated and is superior to conventional cystometry in urge incontinent patients and in patients with a supine closure pressure lower than 20 cm H2O. AUM is also indicated in stress incontinent patients not leaking during stress test. AUM may be valuable in drug effect studies and in the study of normal physiology. Abnormalities which are not disclosed with conventional techniques may better be detected by AUM when patients are at their case alone, free from medical observers or are physically or mentally stressed in the situation they usually leak. AUM may, because of the recording of both urethral and bladder pressures, contribute to a more complete understanding of the leak mechanisms.

  12. Reabilitação fisioterapêutica ambulatorial pós fratura distal de rádio: proposta de protocolo em estudo de caso - doi: 10.512/ucs.v11i2.2298

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    Full Text Available A fratura de rádio distal é caracterizada pela perda da continuidade óssea e é frequentemente ocasionada devido a quedas sobre as mãos. Pode ocorrer em qualquer idade e pode provocar mudanças nas atividades cotidianas dos sujeitos acometidos. Esse trabalho teve como objetivo avaliar a eficácia de protocolo de tratamento fisioterapêutico em paciente com fratura distal de rádio. Trata-se de um estudo de caso, com uma mulher de 51 anos de idade, com fratura distal de rádio esquerdo, submetida a 20 sessões de fisioterapia por meio da cinesioterapia como forma de reabilitação. A fisioterapia dispõe de recursos e procedimentos terapêuticos específicos como a cinesioterapia, com propósito de recuperar a atividade física funcional e ocupacional com obtenção de melhorar a qualidade de vida do paciente. Foi observado ganho na amplitude de movimento do antebraço esquerdo, comprovando que o tratamento permite retorno às atividades da vida diária, especialmente quando o paciente necessita muito do membro afetado.

  13. The Ambulatory Care Unit at Derriford Hospital.

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    Carter, Annabel

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    Ambulatory emergency care (AEC) is an essential component of any acute medical unit (AMU). This statement is predicated on the clinical and financial benefits it confers. In this article, the author outlines the implementation of the Ambulatory Care Unit at Derriford Hospital and the first 6 months of service provision. The initial data collated demonstrates the impact the service has had locally on patient care and experience. It recommends ambulatory care as driver of better patient flow and enhanced patient experience within the AMU. © 2014 Royal College of Physicians.

  14. Measuring the educational environment in ambulatory settings

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    Conclusions: The 50-item ACLEEM inventory is a multidimensional and valid instrument requiring only 15 respondents for reliable results. We recommend using it to measure the EE in the ambulatory postgraduate Spanish-speaking programs.

  15. Ambulatory care visits by Taiwanese dentists

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    Ying-Hwa Su

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    Conclusion: There were inequalities in risks of ambulatory care use among Taiwan's dentists. Further studies should be conducted to investigate the causes responsible for the observed geographic and institutional variations in the risk of morbidity among dentists in Taiwan.

  16. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS)

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) is a national survey designed to meet the need for objective, reliable information about the provision and use of...

  17. Prevalence of high serum uric acid is increased in ambulatory subjects with hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia A prevalência de hiperuricemia está aumentada em pacientes ambulatoriais com hiperglicemia e dislipidemia

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    Tânia Torres Rosa

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Serum uric acid has been considered a marker or an element of the clinical and laboratory alterations in the metabolic syndrome. OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the association between levels of serum uric acid (UA and the following laboratory profile: fasting glucose > 100 mg/dl, triglycerides > 150 mg/dl and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C INTRODUÇÃO: O ácido úrico sérico tem sido considerado um marcador ou componente das alterações clínicas e laboratoriais da síndrome metabólica. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a associação entre o ácido úrico sérico (AU e o perfil laboratorial composto de glicemia de jejum > 100 mg/dl, triglicerídeos > 150 mg/dl e colesterol da lipoproteína de alta densidade (HDL-C < 50 mg/dl nas mulheres e < 40 mg/dl nos homens. MÉTODO: Em estudo de corte transversal, amostras de sangue de 4.328 pacientes ambulatoriais não selecionados com idade variando de 20 a 102 anos foram examinadas. RESULTADOS: A mediana (variação interquartil do AU foi mais elevada nos homens (6,7; 2,4-12,5 mg/dl e mulheres (5,4;2-12,2 mg/dl que apresentaram o perfil laboratorial do que nos que não o apresentaram (5,9; 0,9-33,8 mg/dl para os homens e 4,4; 0,8-30 mg/dl para as mulheres (p < 0,0001. Observou-se aumento significativo na prevalência do perfil laboratorial nos homens (razão de chance [RC] = 2,2 mg/dl; intervalo de confiança [IC] 95%: 1,2-3,9 mg/dl e mulheres (RC = 2,2 mg/dl; IC 95%: 1,4-3,5 mg/dl com hiperuricemia. CONCLUSÃO: Esses resultados mostram a associação dos níveis séricos do acido úrico com o perfil laboratorial da síndrome metabólica nesse grupo não selecionado de indivíduos brasileiros atendidos ambulatorialmente, sendo este um achado semelhante ao observado em outras populações estudadas mundialmente.

  18. Eficácia do ondansetron, metoclopramida, droperidol e dexametasona na prevenção de náusea e vômito após laparoscopia ginecológica em regime ambulatorial. Estudo comparativo

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Embora o ondansetron seja apontado como uma das drogas mais eficientes no controle das náuseas e vômitos pós-operatório (NVPO, seu alto custo o torna inviável para uso rotineiro. Este estudo teve como finalidade verificar entre o droperidol, a metoclopramida e a dexametasona qual se aproxima mais da eficácia do ondansetron na prevenção de NVPO em laparoscopias ginecológicas. MÉTODO: Participaram do estudo 100 pacientes submetidas à laparoscopia ginecológica sob anestesia geral venosa e inalatória, divididas aleatoriamente em cinco grupos de acordo com a medicação antiemética recebida. O grupo GO (n = 20 recebeu ondansetron (4 mg; o grupo GM (n = 20: metoclopramida (10 mg; grupo GD (n = 20: droperidol (1,25 mg, o grupo GX (n = 20: dexametasona (8 mg e o grupo GC - grupo controle (n = 20 não recebeu medicação antiemética. Foram verificadas as incidências de náusea e/ou vômito no pós-operatório, os parâmetros hemodinâmicos, o tempo na sala de recuperação pós-anestésica (SRPA e o tempo da anestesia. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença estatística entre os grupos quanto aos dados antropométricos, hemodinâmicos, tempo de recuperação e tempo de anestesia. Houve diferença estatística entre os grupos quanto à incidência de náusea (GO < GD < GX < GM < GC e de vômitos (GO < GD < GX < GM < GC. CONCLUSÕES: Neste estudo, o ondansetron foi o agente mais eficaz na profilaxia de náusea e vômito e o droperidol foi a droga que mais se aproximou da eficácia do ondansetron na prevenção de NVPO.

  19. Why ambulatory blood pressure monitoring?

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    Punzi, H A

    1998-11-15

    Factors that affect the reliability and accuracy of blood pressure measurements are reviewed, and new technologies for measuring blood pressure are discussed. Blood pressure measurements obtained in an office, hospital, or clinic are subject to variation and error. Reasons for variations include the wrong cuff size, improper inflation or deflation technique, and patient apprehension ("white-coat syndrome"). Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) involves the use of a fully automated standard arm cuff that is inflated at predetermined intervals by a small battery-powered pump unit. The most reliable ABPM method is the oscillometric method, which detects subtle changes in air pressure within the cuff system caused by fluctuations of the brachial artery. The process for interpreting 24-hour ABPM data is still evolving. Twenty-four-hour ABPM has been shown to eliminate white-coat hypertension and is also useful for assessing patients whose blood pressure is inappropriately high in the absence of end organ damage, monitoring persons at risk of developing hypertension because of their race or family history, determining a medication's 24-hour effect on blood pressure, and assessing the early-morning rapid rise in blood pressure, which has been linked to an increased risk of nonembolic stroke and myocardial infarction. ABPM enables identification of patients whose blood pressure is elevated in the office but normal at home, allows more appropriate screening of patients for clinical trials, gives reproducible values, and enables evaluation of drug duration and action.

  20. Ambulatory purchasing: harnessing supply costs.

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    Jager, P A

    1997-04-01

    The healthcare system remains in a dynamic state of flux. We have all heard the story: the changing healthcare market brings reduced reimbursement for services, increased competition, and steadily increasing supply, maintenance, and equipment costs. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) must keep in sync with this change or fail to survive the current market forces. However, because they represent a small contract to various vendors, many ASCs pay premium prices for inventory while receiving less from Managed Care Plans (MCPs) and Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs). This dilemma makes control of supply costs a top priority for ASCs. In reality, purchasing is becoming more strategically connected to the ASC balance sheet than ever before. Apart from personnel costs, supply and pharmaceutical purchasing represents the greatest expense category on our financial statement. Harnessing these costs directly relates to bottom line profitability. In addition, while performing cost savings magic, ASCs must maintain patient and surgeon satisfaction with the superior outcomes and state-of-the-art technology their reputations are based upon. Sound impossible? This article details how Surgery Center Plus, Inc. (SCP) implemented a cost containment project.

  1. Measuring interdependence in ambulatory care.

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    Katerndahl, David; Wood, Robert; Jaen, Carlos R

    2017-04-01

    Complex systems differ from complicated systems in that they are nonlinear, unpredictable and lacking clear cause-and-effect relationships, largely due to the interdependence of their components (effects of interconnectedness on system behaviour and consequences). The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the potential for network density to serve as a measure of interdependence, assess its concurrent validity and test whether the use of valued or binary ties yields better results. This secondary analysis used the 2010 National Ambulatory Care Medical Survey to assess interdependence of 'top 20' diagnoses seen and medications prescribed for 14 specialties. The degree of interdependence was measured as the level of association between diagnoses and drug interactions among medications. Both valued and binary network densities were computed for each specialty. To assess concurrent validity, these measures were correlated with previously-derived valid measures of complexity of care using the same database, adjusting for diagnosis and medication diversity. Partial correlations between diagnosis density, and both diagnosis and total input complexity, were significant, as were those between medication density and both medication and total output complexity; for both diagnosis and medication densities, adjusted correlations were higher for binary rather than valued densities. This study demonstrated the feasibility and validity of using network density as a measure of interdependence. When adjusted for measure diversity, density-complexity correlations were significant and higher for binary than valued density. This approach complements other methods of estimating complexity of care and may be applicable to unique settings. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. Ambulatory heart rate is underestimated when measured by an Ambulatory Blood Pressure device

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    Vrijkotte, T.G.M.; de Geus, E.J.C.

    1999-01-01

    Objective: To test the validity of ambulatory heart rate (HR) assessment with a cuff ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitor. Design: Cross-instrument comparison of HR measured intermittently by a cuff ABP monitor (SpaceLabs, Redmond, Washington, USA), with HR derived from continuous

  3. Ambulatory heart rate is underestimated when measured by an ambulatory blood pressure device

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    Vrijkotte, T.G.M.; de Geus, E.J.C.

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To test the validity of ambulatory heart rate (HR) assessment with a cuff ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitor. Design: Cross-instrument comparison of HR measured intermittently by a cuff ABP monitor (SpaceLabs, Redmond, Washington, USA), with HR derived from continuous

  4. Ambulatory heart rate is underestimated when measured by an ambulatory blood pressure device

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    Vrijkotte, T. G.; de Geus, E. J.

    2001-01-01

    To test the validity of ambulatory heart rate (HR) assessment with a cuff ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitor. Cross-instrument comparison of HR measured intermittently by a cuff ABP monitor (SpaceLabs, Redmond, Washington, USA), with HR derived from continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings

  5. Características das mulheres violentadas sexualmente e da adesão ao seguimento ambulatorial: tendências observadas ao longo dos anos em um serviço de referência em Campinas, São Paulo, Brasil Characteristics of women victims of sexual violence and their compliance with outpatient follow-up: time trends at a referral center in Campinas, São Paulo State, Brazil

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    Carlos Tadayuki Oshikata

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available A violência sexual é um crime praticado contra a integridade e a liberdade sexual de uma pessoa. Atinge mulheres de todos os níveis socioeconômicos, e o agressor não escolhe a cor e nem a idade da vítima para agredi-las. É causa de elevado custo financeiro ao país e grave problema de saúde pública. Este estudo teve como objetivo avaliar a evolução da adesão de mulheres vítimas de violência sexual ao seguimento ambulatorial, as quais foram atendidas no Centro de Atenção Integral à Saúde da Mulher da Universidade Estadual de Campinas, entre janeiro de 2000 a dezembro de 2006. Observamos um aumento significativo no retorno às consultas agendadas. Em 2000, 41% das mulheres completavam o seguimento de seis meses, e, em 2006, o índice aumentou para 70%. Cerca de 70% das mulheres compareceram nas primeiras 24 horas após serem agredidas; a agressão por conhecidos triplicou ao longo dos anos. Houve mudanças na forma de intimidação e diminuição significativa na prescrição da anticoncepção de emergência.Sexual violence is a crime against individual integrity and sexual freedom. It affects women of all socioeconomic levels, and the perpetrator does not choose the victim's color or age. It is a source of high financial cost and a serious public health problem in Brazil. The current study aimed to assess compliance with outpatient follow-up by women victims of sexual violence treated at the Center for Women's Comprehensive Healthcare at the State University in Campinas, São Paulo State, from January 2000 to December 2006. We observed a significant increase in the return for scheduled appointments. In 2000, 41% of the women completed the six-month follow-up, and by 2006 the proportion had increased to 70%. Some 70% of the women appeared for treatment within 24 hours after being raped. Sexual assault by perpetrators known to the victims tripled during this same period. There were changes in the forms of intimidation and a

  6. Avaliação dos Tipos 1 e 2 de alcoolismo de Cloninger em homens participantes de um programa de tratamento ambulatorial Evaluation of Cloninger's Type I and Type II alcoholism in male alcoholics in an outpatient treatment program

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    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: A classificação Tipo 1/Tipo 2 de Cloninger é uma das mais estudadas tipologias de alcoolismo. OBJETIVOS: Testar a aplicabilidade dessa tipologia, caracterizar os subtipos identificados e avaliar seu comportamento ante um programa terapêutico. MÉTODOS: Partindo das variáveis descritas por Cloninger et al., 16 características de 308 homens alcoolistas tratados ambulatorialmente foram submetidas à análise de cluster para identificação de dois subgrupos (clusters. Posteriormente, efetivaram-se cruzamentos de dados para testar possível associação dos clusters identificados com variáveis demográficas e clínicas. RESULTADOS: Pacientes do cluster 1 foram caracterizados por início mais tardio dos problemas relacionados ao álcool, menos problemas sociais e maior sentimento de culpa em relação a seu consumo. O cluster 2 incluiu pacientes com história familiar de alcoolismo mais evidente, características anti-sociais mais presentes, mais uso disfuncional de outras substâncias psicoativas e piores níveis de adesão ao tratamento. CONCLUSÕES: Os resultados evidenciaram a diferenciada associação dos clusters a variáveis de tratamento e prognóstico; em sua maior parte foram coerentes com a classificação Tipo 1/Tipo 2 e reforçam a tese de que o simples diagnóstico de dependência ao álcool não é suficiente para atender às necessidades terapêuticas de subgrupos específicos de pacientes.BACKGROUND: Cloninger's Type 1/Type 2 classification is one of the most frequently studied alcoholism typologies. OBJECTIVES: To test the applicability of this typology, to characterize the identified subtypes and to evaluate their behavior in a therapeutic program. METHODS: Starting from variables described by Cloninger et al., 16 characteristics of 308 alcoholic men attending an outpatient treatment program were submitted to Cluster analysis for identification of two subgroups (clusters. Cross-tabulations were then performed to

  7. El papel de los profesionales en centros de atención en drogas en ambulatorios de la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia Papéis de profissionais, em centros de atenção ambulatorial em drogas, na cidade de Bogotá, Colômbia Roles of professionals in drug outpatient care centers, in the city of Bogota, Colombia

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Se trata de un estudio descriptivo y trasversal, desarrollado con 93 profesionales, que tuvo por objetivo caracterizar el papel de los profesionales que se desempeñaban en los centros de atención en drogadicción en ambulatorios de la ciudad de Bogotá, Colombia. Los resultados mostraron que los profesionales que se encontraron con mayor frecuencia fueron los psicólogos (38% y los que desempeñaban actividades terapéuticas eran el 34%. Se evidencia que los enfermeros, que correspondieron al 8% del profesionales, enfatizaron su papel en el ámbito administrativo (43% y predominantemente en los aspectos de promoción del auto cuidado (100%, prevención (57% y muy poco en la rehabilitación y reinserción social (14%. Los papeles desempeñados por los profesionales coinciden con lo esperado a respecto de las actividades de las diferentes profesiones, con excepción de los terapeutas ocupacionales. Se considera que las enfermeras necesitan ganar más espacio dentro del equipo de atención a los usuarios de drogas.Estudo descritivo, transversal, desenvolvido com 93 profissionais. O objetivo foi caracterizar o papel e as atividades desempenhadas pelos profissionais atuantes nos centros de atenção ambulatorial a usuários de drogas, da cidade de Bogotá, Colômbia. Os resultados mostraram que os profissionais atuantes em maior número foram os psicólogos (38%, desempenhando atividades em comunidades terapêuticas (34%. Evidenciou-se que os enfermeiros, que correspondem a 8% dos profissionais, enfatizaram seu papel em atividades administrativas (43% e, predominantemente, nos aspectos de promoção do autocuidado (100%, prevenção (57% e pouco na reabilitação e reinserção social (14%. O papel desempenhado pelos profissionais coincide com o esperado em relação às condutas e atividades desempenhadas pelas diferentes profissões, com exceção dos terapeutas ocupacionais. Considera-se que os enfermeiros precisam conquistar maior espa

  8. Comparative study of traditional long incision vein harvesting and multiple incisions with small skin bridges in patients with coronary artery bypass grafting at King Abdullah University Hospital - Jordan Estudo comparativo entre a exérese da veia safena tradicional por incisão contínua e incisões múltiplas com pequenos "patchs" de pele em pacientes submetidos à revascularização do miocárdio no Hospital Universitário King Abdullah - Jordânia

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    Emad Mohamed Hijazi

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    ção. Safenectomia utilizando exérese tradicional por incisões contínuas (Grupo 1 foi realizada em seiscentos e cinquenta pacientes (n=650, enquanto a safenectomia utilizando múltiplas incisões com pequenos patchs de pele - tunelização (Grupo 2 foi empregada em quatrocentos (n=400. Safenectomia foi realizada pelo assistente ou pelo cirurgião cardíaco principal. Reação inflamatória, deiscência, celulites, linfangite, drenagem, necrose ou abscesso que necessitasse curativo, antibióticos ou desbridamento antes da cicatrização completa sem escara foram definidos como complicações da ferida. Não houve diferença estatística entre os grupos com relação aos fatores de risco pré-operatório em ambos os grupos. Os resultados dos testes foram considerados significativos quando P <0,05. RESULTADOS: As complicações da ferida foram observadas com maior frequência nos pacientes submetidos à técnica tradicional de exérese por incisão contínua (P = 0,0005. Sexo feminino, obesidade e diabetes estão associados a aumento da incidência de complicações na ferida (P <0,05. CONCLUSÕES: A exérese da veia safena utilizando tunelização foi associada a menores complicações da ferida do que o tradicional método longitudinal.

  9. A Brinquedoteca como possibilidade para desvelar o cotidiano da criança com câncer em tratamento ambulatorial La ludoteca como posibilidad para desvelar la rutina del niño con cáncer en tratamiento ambulatorio The toy library as a possibility to unveil the daily life of children with cancer under outpatient treatment

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    Luciana de Lione Melo

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available A proposta deste estudo é desvelar o sentido de Ser-criança com câncer em tratamento ambulatorial, utilizando a brinquedo-teca como possibilidade de favorecer a expressão, pela criança, de seu mundo cotidiano. Participaram sete crianças entre três e nove anos, com diagnóstico de algum tipo de câncer infantil. A fim de desvelar o sentido das vivências das crianças com câncer, foi realizada uma análise à luz da fenomenologia existencial de Martin Heidegger. A criança-com-câncer configurou-se como um ir e vir permeado ora pela autenticidade, quando a criança assumia sua doença e seu ser-para-a-morte, ora pela inautenticidade, quando se deixava levar pelo modo de ser da decadência dos familiares e da equipe de saúde. O brincar pôde favorecer um rico acesso às vivências da criança gravemente doente.La propuesta de este estudio es develar el sentido del Ser-niño con cáncer en tratamiento ambulatorio, utilizando la ludoteca como posibilidad de favorecer la expresión, por parte del niño, de su mundo cotidiano. Participaron siete niños de entre tres y nueve años con diagnóstico de algún tipo de cáncer infantil. A los efectos de develar el sentido de las experiencias de los niños con cáncer, se realizó un análisis a la luz de la fenomenología existencial de Martin Heidegger. El niño-con-cáncer exhibió un movimiento de ida y vuelta, permeado algunas veces por la autenticidad, cuando el niño asumía su enfermedad y su ser-para-la-muerte, y otras veces por la inauten-ticidad, cuando se dejaba llevar por el modo de ser de la decadencia de los familiares y del equipo de salud. El jugar puede favorecer un rico acceso a las experiencias del niño gravemente enfermo.The purpose of this study is to learn the meaning of being-a-child with cancer submitted to ambulatory treatment and using the toy library as a possibility to enable their expression about their world. Participants were seven children of ages 3 to 9 years, who

  10. Prevalência de papilomavirus humano (HPV anal, genital e oral, em ambulatório geral de coloproctologia Prevalence of anal, genital and oral human papillomavirus (HPV in general ambulatory for diseases of colon and rectum

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    João Carlos Magi

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    Full Text Available O Papilomavirus Humano (HPV anal tem alta prevalência e incidência na população. O objetivo deste trabalho é verificar a prevalência de HPV anal, bucal e genital em ambulatório público de Coloproctologia, com base no exame de captura hibrida. Foram estudados 64 pacientes atendidos no ambulatório geral de Coloproctologia do Hospital Heliópolis, no período de 22/11/2005 a 20/12/2005, onde foram levantados, de forma prospectiva, dados clínicos, pessoais e comportamentais, identificando o perfil do grupo como não sendo de risco para HPV. Nenhum paciente deste grupo veio à consulta com queixa ou apresentando sinais de HPV ou outra doença sexualmente transmissível. Foram colhidos para cada paciente um esfregaço com escova de boca, outro de vulva/pênis e outro do ânus. O resultado mostrou que 15,62% dos pacientes apresentaram HPV anal, bucal ou genital, sendo que 4,68% do total de pacientes apresentavam HPV anal, um paciente de alto risco associado ao HPV genital, outro misto e outro de baixo risco. Trinta por cento dos pacientes HPV+ apresentavam dor anal como queixa principal. A conclusão é que a prevalência de HPV anal, genital e bucal é elevada, sendo que 4,68% apresentavam HPV anal e daqueles HPV positivos 30% apresentavam dor anal na queixa principal.Anal Human Papilomavirus (HPV has a high prevalence and incidence in the population. The purpose of this project is to verify the prevalence of anal, oral and genital HPV at the Coloproctology Clinic, based on the hybrid capture exam. Sixty four patients were assisted at the clinic from November 22nd to December 20th 2005. Clinical, personal and behavioral data of the patients were set up in a prospective way. The group profile was identified as not being a risky one to HPV. No patient of this group, when was assisted, had complained of or had presented any symptoms of HPV or any other sexually transmitted disease (STD. From each patient it was collected a mouth sample, a vulva

  11. HCUP State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD) - Restricted Access Files

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The State Ambulatory Surgery Databases (SASD) contain the universe of hospital-based ambulatory surgery encounters in participating States. Some States include...

  12. Speak Up: Help Prevent Errors in Your Care: Ambulatory Care

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    SpeakUP TM Help Prevent Errors in Your Care Ambulatory Care To prevent health care errors, patients are ... office to print the prescription. U se an ambulatory care center, surgery center, office-based surgery practice, ...

  13. Ambulatory chemotherapy for teenagers and young adults.

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    Newston, Caroline; Ingram, Bethan

    Ambulatory chemotherapy allows high-dose chemotherapy to be delivered in an outpatient facility with multidisciplinary planning and management. At University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, this model of care has been successfully applied to a teenage and young adult population. A mobile infusion device, CADD-Solis VIP pump has allowed chemotherapy and supportive therapy administration in the ambulatory setting. Continuous and intermittent therapies have been delivered. Patients attend the ambulatory care unit daily for assessment and treatment set up. Overnight, they reside in nearby accommodation. Patients are educated to self-manage, promoting independence and empowerment; however, they also have 24-hour access to nursing and medical advice. Clear communication and patient education, adopting a multidisciplinary team approach and clear assessment guidance for patients and staff, is essential to make this model of care successful.

  14. Raquianestesia com a mistura enantiomérica de bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica (S75-R25 em crianças com idades de 1 a 5 anos para cirurgia ambulatorial Raquianestesia con mezcla enantiomérica de bupivacaína a 0,5% isobárica (S75-R25 en niños con edad de 1 a 5 años para cirugía ambulatorial Spinal anesthesia for outpatient pediatric surgery in 1 - 5 years old children with 0.5% isobaric enantiomeric mixture of bupivacaine (S75-R25

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A bupivacaína comercialmente utilizada apresenta-se como mistura racêmica RS(± bupivacaína. Embora o enantiômero levógiro S(-, levobupivacaína, seja menos tóxico para o sistema nervoso central e cardiovascular do que a R(+ bupivacaína, sua relativa eficácia ainda não foi determinada na raquianestesia em crianças. O objetivo deste estudo prospectivo foi avaliar a mistura enantiomérica de bupivacaína S75-R25 em 40 crianças, com idades entre 1 e 5 anos. MÉTODO: Participaram do estudo prospectivo 40 crianças com idades entre 1 e 5 anos, submetidas à raquianestesia com mistura enantiomérica de bupivacaína (S75-R25 a 0,5% isobárica na dose de 0,5 mg.kg-1. Foram avaliados os seguintes parâmetros: latência da analgesia, bloqueio motor, duração dos efeitos, dispersão cefálica da analgesia, alterações cardiovasculares, cefaléia e sintomas neurológicos transitórios. RESULTADOS: O tempo de latência foi de 2,29 ± 0,64 min. A duração da analgesia foi de 4,13 ± 0,89 h. O tempo de deambulação foi de 3,50 ± 0,81 h. O tempo de permanência na SRPA foi de 43,80 ± 31,34 min. A duração do bloqueio motor foi de 1,89 ± 0,78 h. O nível sensitivo de bloqueio variou entre T9 e T4 (Moda=T6. O início do bloqueio motor foi menor que dois minutos em todas as crianças. Todos apresentaram bloqueio motor grau 3 (escala modificada de Bromage no início da cirurgia. Mais de 55% dos pacientes apresentaram bloqueio motor 1 ou ausência de bloqueio no final da cirurgia. Não foi observada dessaturação ou hipotensão arterial. Bradicardia foi observada em um paciente. Ocorreram duas falhas. Cefaléia e SNT não foram observados. CONCLUSÕES: A mistura enantiomérica da bupivacaína (S75-R25 a 0,5% isobárica produz uma anestesia segura em pacientes de 1 a 5 anos em regime ambulatorial, com alto índice de sucesso, bloqueio motor de curta duração de ação, relativa baixa incidência de efeitos colaterais e

  15. [Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: the perfect dialysis?].

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    Marichal, J F

    1990-06-01

    Among the dialysis method, Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) is considered as simple, efficient, economical and giving autonomy to the patient. After more than ten year using Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, results are evaluated. The method remains simple, but the obvious simplicity demands a strict medical control. It is efficient, but the hope in anemia and osteodystrophy correction is not confirmed. It offers more freedom but with a lot of restraints: the dietary restriction must be followed and there is only relative moving autonomia. It is economical, but the costs with the use of disconnectable systems which reduce morbidity, bring it near to the home hemodialysis.

  16. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Resistant Hypertension

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    Full Text Available ABPM constitutes a valuable tool in the diagnosis of RH. The identification of white coat RH and masked hypertension (which may fulfill or not the definition of RH is of great importance in the clinical management of such patients. Moreover, the various ABPM components such as average BP values, circadian BP variability patterns, and ambulatory BP-derived indices, such as ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI, add significantly to the risk stratification of RH. Lastly, ABPM may indicate the need for implementation of specific therapeutic strategies, such as chronotherapy, that is, administration-time dependent therapy, and the evaluation of their efficacy.

  17. Diagnostic Errors in Ambulatory Care: Dimensions and Preventive Strategies

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    Singh, Hardeep; Weingart, Saul N.

    2009-01-01

    Despite an increasing focus on patient safety in ambulatory care, progress in understanding and reducing diagnostic errors in this setting lag behind many other safety concerns such as medication errors. To explore the extent and nature of diagnostic errors in ambulatory care, we identified five dimensions of ambulatory care from which errors may…

  18. Analgesia pós-operatória com bloqueio bilateral do nervo pudendo com bupivacaína S75:R25 a 0,25%: estudo piloto em hemorroidectomia sob regime ambulatorial Analgesia pos-operatoria con bloqueo bilateral del nervio pudendo con bupivacaína S75:R25 a 0,25%: estudio piloto en hemorroidectomia bajo régimen ambulatorial Bilateral pudendal nerves block for postoperative analgesia with 0.25% S75:R25 bupivacaine: pilot study on outpatient hemorrhoidectomy

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A hemorroidectomia pode ser realizada sob várias técnicas anestésicas e em regime ambulatorial. A dor pós-operatória é intensa e pode atrasar o retorno para a residência. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar as vantagens e a realização do bloqueio bilateral dos nervos pudendos para analgesia pós-operatória em hemorroidectomias. MÉTODO: O bloqueio bilateral dos nervos pudendos com bupivacaína S75:R25 a 0,25% foi realizado com estimulador de nervos em 35 pacientes submetidos à hemorroidectomia sob raquianestesia. Foram avaliadas intensidade da dor, duração da analgesia, analgesia de demanda e eventuais complicações relacionadas à técnica. Os dados foram avaliados às 6, 12, 18, 24 e 30 horas após o término da intervenção cirúrgica. RESULTADOS: Em todos os pacientes, foi obtido sucesso com a estimulação de ambos os nervos pudendos. Em nenhum momento da avaliação ocorreu dor intensa. Até 12 horas após o bloqueio, todos os pacientes apresentaram anestesia na região perineal; com 18 horas, 17 pacientes e 24 horas; 10 pacientes A analgesia pós-operatória foi ótima em 18 pacientes; satisfatória, em cinco pacientes; e insatisfatória, em sete pacientes. A duração média da analgesia foi de 23,77 horas. Não ocorreram alterações da pressão arterial, da freqüência cardíaca, nem foram observadas náuseas ou vômitos. Todos os pacientes tiveram micção espontânea. Nenhuma complicação local ou sistêmica foi relacionada ao anestésico local. Vinte e sete pacientes classificaram de excelente a técnica de analgesia e apenas três pacientes do sexo masculino ficaram satisfeitos o que foi justificado pela anestesia no pênis. CONCLUSÕES: O bloqueio bilateral dos nervos pudendos, orientado por estimulador de nervos, proporciona a analgesia de excelente qualidade, com baixa necessidade de opióides, sem complicações local ou sistêmica e sem retenção urinária. Estudos controlados

  19. Side effects of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.

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    Steen, M.S. van der; Lenders, J.W.M.; Thien, Th.

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To study the experiences and complaints of patients who underwent 24 h blood pressure monitoring. METHODS: Two groups of hypertensive patients of a tertiary outpatient clinic were asked to fill in a nine-item questionnaire about the side effects of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring

  20. Current issues in pediatric ambulatory anesthesia.

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    Fishkin, Semyon; Litman, Ronald S

    2003-06-01

    This article summarizes current guidelines in pediatric ambulatory anesthesia and surgery. The reader is provided with our department's current outpatient guidelines at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the rationale behind them. Whenever possible, the differences in anesthetic management for the freestanding surgicenter will be discussed. Appropriate patient and procedure selection, preoperative assessment, intraoperative and postoperative considerations, and protocols for follow-up are discussed.

  1. Bone metabolism in healthy ambulatory control premonopausal ...

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    The urinary marker of bone loss (mean urine calcium excretion) was also significantly raised among the patients (P=0.003). The mean lumbar BMDT-score results were not significantly different in the two groups. Ambulatory females in reproductive age group with epilepsy and on regular follow up were compared to healthy ...

  2. Ambulatory Care Skills: Do Residents Feel Prepared?

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    Denise Bonds

    2002-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To determine resident comfort and skill in performing ambulatory care skills. Methods: Descriptive survey of common ambulatory care skills administered to internal medicine faculty and residents at one academic medical center. Respondents were asked to rate their ability to perform 12 physical exam skills and 6 procedures, and their comfort in performing 7 types of counseling, and obtaining 6 types of patient history (4 point Likert scale for each. Self-rated ability or comfort was compared by gender, status (year of residency, faculty, and future predicted frequency of use of the skill. Results: Residents reported high ability levels for physical exam skills common to both the ambulatory and hospital setting. Fewer felt able to perform musculoskeletal, neurologic or eye exams easily alone. Procedures generally received low ability ratings. Similarly, residents’ comfort in performing common outpatient counseling was also low. More residents reported feeling very comfortable in obtaining history from patients. We found little variation by gender, year of training, or predicted frequency of use. Conclusion: Self-reported ability and comfort for many common ambulatory care skills is low. Further evaluation of this finding in other training programs is warranted.

  3. Can information technology improve my ambulatory practice ...

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    eHealth is the use of information and communication technologies for health. mHealth is the use of mobile technology in health. As with all information technology (IT), advances in development are rapidly taking place. The application of such technology to individual ambulatory anaesthesia practice should improve the ...

  4. Regional anesthesia techniques for ambulatory orthopedic surgery.

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    O'Donnell, Brian D

    2012-02-03

    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to present advances in the use of regional anesthetic techniques in ambulatory orthopedic surgery. New findings regarding the use of both neuraxial anesthesia and peripheral nerve block are discussed. RECENT FINDINGS: Neuraxial anesthesia: The use of short-acting local anesthetic agents such as mepivacaine, 2-chloroprocaine, and articaine permits rapid onset intrathecal anesthesia with early recovery profiles. Advantages and limitations of these agents are discussed.Peripheral nerve block: Peripheral nerve blocks in limb surgery have the potential to transform this patient cohort into a truly ambulatory, self-caring group. Recent trends and evidence regarding the benefits of regional anesthesia techniques are presented.Continuous perineural catheters permit extension of improved perioperative analgesia into the ambulatory home setting. The role and reported safety of continuous catheters are discussed. SUMMARY: In summary, shorter acting, neuraxial, local anesthetic agents, specific to the expected duration of surgery, may provide superior recovery profiles in the ambulatory setting. A trend towards more peripheral and selective nerve blocks exists. The infrapatellar block is a promising technique to provide analgesia following knee arthroscopy. Improved analgesia seen in the perioperative period can be safely and effectively extended to the postoperative period with the use of perineural catheters.

  5. Teaching in the Ambulatory Care Setting.

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    Medley, E. Scott

    1982-01-01

    "Wrap-up rounds," in which students, residents, and faculty physicians involved with patient care in a clinic gather to discuss the clinic session, are advocated. They allow a structured educational program to take place in an ambulatory care center without interfering with patient flow and care. (MLW)

  6. Memo to: Ambulatory Health Care Planners.

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    Planning for changing types of health professions and a changing clientele necessitates designing flexible facilities. Findings from a recently completed analysis of ambulatory care facilities are directed to planners in the form of 16 memos. Approaches to planning and design considerations are made that attempt to humanize these facilities.…

  7. Complexity of ambulatory care across disciplines.

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    Katerndahl, David; Wood, Robert; Jaén, Carlos Roberto

    2015-06-01

    Complexity of care has implications for quality of care, health costs, medical errors, and patient and physician satisfaction. The objective was to compare complexity of ambulatory care across 14 medical specialties. This secondary analysis uses the 2010 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which used a multistage probability design of primary sampling units throughout U.S. ambulatory practices across 14 specialties. Sampling weights enable results from 29,179 ambulatory visits to represent 878,653,561 visits. Data included symptoms, diagnoses, diagnostic procedures, and treatments provided. Measures of input, output and total encounter complexity and hourly complexity densities were computed. Internal Medicine leads in total input and total encounter complexity with Family Medicine second in total encounter complexity. When duration-of-visit is considered, Family Medicine is the most complex discipline while Internal Medicine is the second most complex. Pediatrics lacks the complexity of Family Medicine and General Internal Medicine, and OB/GYN bears little similarity to Family Medicine or General Internal Medicine. Family Medicine and Internal Medicine encounters are the most complex overall, especially when duration-of-visit is considered. Revaluing payments based on complexity could bring better balance to cognitive and procedural services, and better meet the needs of people receiving insurance under the ACA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Predicting recovery at home after Ambulatory Surgery

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    Ayala Guillermo

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The correct implementation of Ambulatory Surgery must be accompanied by an accurate monitoring of the patient post-discharge state. We fit different statistical models to predict the first hours postoperative status of a discharged patient. We will also be able to predict, for any discharged patient, the probability of needing a closer follow-up, or of having a normal progress at home. Background The status of a discharged patient is predicted during the first 48 hours after discharge by using variables routinely used in Ambulatory Surgery. The models fitted will provide the physician with an insight into the post-discharge progress. These models will provide valuable information to assist in educating the patient and their carers about what to expect after discharge as well as to improve their overall level of satisfaction. Methods A total of 922 patients from the Ambulatory Surgery Unit of the Dr. Peset University Hospital (Valencia, Spain were selected for this study. Their post-discharge status was evaluated through a phone questionnaire. We pretend to predict four variables which were self-reported via phone interviews with the discharged patient: sleep, pain, oral tolerance of fluid/food and bleeding status. A fifth variable called phone score will be built as the sum of these four ordinal variables. The number of phone interviews varies between patients, depending on the evolution. The proportional odds model was used. The predictors were age, sex, ASA status, surgical time, discharge time, type of anaesthesia, surgical specialty and ambulatory surgical incapacity (ASI. This last variable reflects, before the operation, the state of incapacity and severity of symptoms in the discharged patient. Results Age, ambulatory surgical incapacity and the surgical specialty are significant to explain the level of pain at the first call. For the first two phone calls, ambulatory surgical incapacity is significant as a predictor for all

  9. Predicting recovery at home after Ambulatory Surgery

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    2011-01-01

    The correct implementation of Ambulatory Surgery must be accompanied by an accurate monitoring of the patient post-discharge state. We fit different statistical models to predict the first hours postoperative status of a discharged patient. We will also be able to predict, for any discharged patient, the probability of needing a closer follow-up, or of having a normal progress at home. Background The status of a discharged patient is predicted during the first 48 hours after discharge by using variables routinely used in Ambulatory Surgery. The models fitted will provide the physician with an insight into the post-discharge progress. These models will provide valuable information to assist in educating the patient and their carers about what to expect after discharge as well as to improve their overall level of satisfaction. Methods A total of 922 patients from the Ambulatory Surgery Unit of the Dr. Peset University Hospital (Valencia, Spain) were selected for this study. Their post-discharge status was evaluated through a phone questionnaire. We pretend to predict four variables which were self-reported via phone interviews with the discharged patient: sleep, pain, oral tolerance of fluid/food and bleeding status. A fifth variable called phone score will be built as the sum of these four ordinal variables. The number of phone interviews varies between patients, depending on the evolution. The proportional odds model was used. The predictors were age, sex, ASA status, surgical time, discharge time, type of anaesthesia, surgical specialty and ambulatory surgical incapacity (ASI). This last variable reflects, before the operation, the state of incapacity and severity of symptoms in the discharged patient. Results Age, ambulatory surgical incapacity and the surgical specialty are significant to explain the level of pain at the first call. For the first two phone calls, ambulatory surgical incapacity is significant as a predictor for all responses except for sleep at

  10. Prevalência de síndrome metabólica em amostra ambulatorial de crianças e adolescentes com sobrepeso e obesidade: análise comparativa de diferentes definições clínicas Prevalencia de síndrome metabólica en muestra ambulatorial de niños y adolescentes con sobrepeso y obesidad: análisis comparativa de distintas definiciones clínicas Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in overweight and obese outpatient children and adolescents: comparative analysis using different clinical definitions

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    Lúcia Gomes Rodrigues

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever a prevalência de síndrome metabólica em amostra ambulatorial de crianças e adolescentes com sobrepeso e obesidade segundo critérios propostos pela literatura para sua definição. MÉTODOS: Estudo descritivo observacional transversal com 74 crianças e adolescentes, entre seis e 17 anos, selecionados para participarem de um estudo de intervenção, no qual foram coletados dados antropométricos (peso, estatura, índice de massa corporal e circunferência da cintura, laboratoriais (perfil lipídico e glicemia, além de pressão arterial. A prevalência de síndrome metabólica foi determinada pelas quatro propostas mais frequentemente adotadas em uma revisão sistemática sobre o tema (SM1 a SM4, sendo obtidas as diferenças de proporções, com nível de significância de 0,05. RESULTADOS: A prevalência de síndrome metabólica variou de 55,6% (IC95% 43,4-67,1% a 74,0% (IC95% 62,2-83,2% de acordo com as propostas escolhidas, sendo mais elevada quando os pontos de corte eram mais sensíveis. O uso do índice de massa corporal como critério antropométrico não comprometeu, de forma significativa, o diagnóstico de síndrome metabólica. Apesar da variação, a prevalência encontrada foi elevada, atingindo, simultaneamente, por todas as propostas, 52,7% da amostra. As anormalidades mais observadas foram obesidade abdominal e hipertrigliceridemia e, a menos observada, foi a hiperglicemia. CCONCLUSÕES: As alterações metabólicas investigadas foram prevalentes em toda a amostra e o excesso de peso parece ter sido fator determinante no quadro descrito. Esse fato denota a importância do diagnóstico precoce e do monitoramento dessa população com o intuito de reduzir o risco de desenvolvimento de comorbidades cardiovasculares na vida adulta jovem.OBJETIVO: Describir la prevalencia del Síndrome Metabólica en muestra ambulatorial de niños y adolescentes con sobrepeso y obesidad según criterios propuestos por la

  11. Tratamento ambulatorial da endocardite bacteriana estreptocócica Tratamiento clínico de la endocarditis bacteriana estreptocócica Ambulatory treatment of streptococcal bacterial endocarditis

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    Sirio Hassem Sobrinho

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available A endocardite bacteriana é uma grave doença infecciosa cujo tratamento é tradicionalmente feito com o paciente internado. recebendo medicação intravenosa. A possibilidade de tratamento domiciliar ou ambulatorial. em casos estritamente selecionados. é atraente tanto do ponto de vista social quanto do econômico. Apresentamos o relato de 6 pacientes com diagnóstico de endocardite bacteriana por Streptococcus. tratados parcial ou integralmente em regime ambulatorial. Todos evoluíram sem complicações e com resolução completa do quadro infeccioso.La endocarditis bacteriana es una severa enfermedad infecciosa cuyo tratamiento se hace tradicionalmente con el paciente internado, recibiendo medicación intravenosa. La posibilidad de tratamiento domiciliar o clínico, en casos estrictamente seleccionados, es atractivo desde el punto de vista social como del económico. Presentamos el caso clínico de 6 pacientes con diagnóstico de endocarditis bacteriana por streptococcus, tratados parcial o integralmente en régimen ambulatorio. Todos evolucionaron sin complicaciones y con resolución completa del cuadro infeccioso.Bacterial endocarditis is a severe infectious disease. of which treatment is traditionally carried out in hospitalized patients through intravenous medication. The possibility of at-home or ambulatory treatment. for stringently selected cases. is attractive from the social as well as from the economic point of view. We report 6 patients with a diagnosis of bacterial endocarditis caused by Streptococcus. treated partially or completely on an outpatient basis. All of them evolved without complications and presented complete resolution of the infection.

  12. Advances in ambulatory monitoring: regulatory considerations.

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    Buckles, David; Aguel, Felipe; Brockman, Randall; Cheng, James; Demian, Cindy; Ho, Charles; Jensen, Donald; Mallis, Elias

    2004-01-01

    Conventional ambulatory electrocardiogram (ECG) (Holter) monitoring involves 2 or 3 surface leads recorded with electrode positions and signal characteristics that are different from diagnostic quality 12-lead ECGs due to the limitations imposed by technology on the ambulatory recorders. The rapid pace of technological development for medical devices, particularly electrocardiography, has now enabled the recording of diagnostic quality 12-lead ECG waveforms for extended time periods. This capability allows Holter recording to become another source for diagnostic 12-lead ECG records on a par with other modalities such as resting ECG and exercise stress testing. Additionally, other diagnostic techniques such as S-T segment analysis and Q-T interval analysis that rely on diagnostic quality waveforms can now be applied. All of these enhancements to the traditional Holter modality have altered the regulatory perspective of these devices, since the enhancements may represent a new intended use for the device.

  13. The evolution of ambulatory ECG monitoring.

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    Kennedy, Harold L

    2013-01-01

    Ambulatory Holter electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring has undergone continuous technological evolution since its invention and development in the 1950s era. With commercial introduction in 1963, there has been an evolution of Holter recorders from 1 channel to 12 channel recorders with increasingly smaller storage media, and there has evolved Holter analysis systems employing increasingly technologically advanced electronics providing a myriad of data displays. This evolution of smaller physical instruments with increasing technological capacity has characterized the development of electronics over the past 50 years. Currently the technology has been focused upon the conventional continuous 24 to 48 hour ambulatory ECG examination, and conventional extended ambulatory monitoring strategies for infrequent to rare arrhythmic events. However, the emergence of the Internet, Wi-Fi, cellular networks, and broad-band transmission has positioned these modalities at the doorway of the digital world. This has led to an adoption of more cost-effective strategies to these conventional methods of performing the examination. As a result, the emergence of the mobile smartphone coupled with this digital capacity is leading to the recent development of Holter smartphone applications. The potential of point-of-care applications utilizing the Holter smartphone and a vast array of new non-invasive sensors is evident in the not too distant future. The Holter smartphone is anticipated to contribute significantly in the future to the field of global health. © 2013.

  14. Trabalho em equipe e interdisciplinaridade: desafios para a efetivação da integralidade na assistência ambulatorial às pessoas vivendo com HIV/Aids em Pernambuco Team Work and Interdiciplinarity: Challenges facing the implementation of Comprehensive Outpatient Care for People with HIV/Aids in Pernambuco

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    Maria Jucineide Lopes Borges

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available A complexidade da atenção à saúde das pessoas vivendo com HIV/Aids requer o investimento na integralidade das ações e do cuidado, lançando às equipes multiprofissionais o desafio da construção de uma prática interdisciplinar. Este estudo teve o objetivo de analisar a integralidade da atenção à saúde em Serviços de Assistência Especializada em HIV/Aids (SAE-HIV/Aids de Recife/Pernambuco, a partir do processo e organização do trabalho em equipe. Trata-se de um estudo de caso desenvolvido em três unidades de SAE-HIV/Aids, com base em abordagem qualitativa, por meio de diferentes técnicas de investigação. Os resultados apontam que os SAE atendem a grande parte das recomendações do Ministério da Saúde, sobre a infraestrutura básica, mas nenhum serviço apresentava a constituição da equipe mínima satisfatória. Há o reconhecimento da fragmentação do trabalho em equipe e da dificuldade de sistematizar uma prática interdisciplinar e intersetorial, sendo apontadas falhas para garantir o fluxo de referência e contrarreferência. Identificou-se pouca valorização do papel do gerente como articulador da equipe; a necessidade de perceber o usuário como um todo; e de a equipe trabalhar de forma articulada, buscando a prática comunicativa e as atividades relacionais.The complexity of providing healthcare to people with HIV/Aids requires investment in comprehensive action and care, constituting a challenge for the multidisciplinary work teams to build an interdisciplinary practice. This study sought to analyze comprehensive healthcare in the Specialized Assistance Services for HIV/Aids (SAE-HIV/Aids in Recife, in the State of Pernambuco, starting with the process and organization of team work. This is a case study developed in three SAE-HIV/Aids units, based on a qualitative approach using different research techniques. The results show that SAE-HIV/Aids have complied with most of the Brazilian Health Ministry

  15. Lichtenstein hernia repair in primary and recurrent inguinal hernias - ambulatory surgery in a university hospital

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    Marco Antonio de Oliveira Peres; Tâmara Maria Nieri; Heitor Sebastião de Barcelos Neto; Nelson Adami Andreollo

    2007-01-01

    RACIONAL: A técnica de Lichtenstein é o padrão-ouro na cirurgia das hérnias inguinais, permitindo fixação de prótese de polipropileno, sem tensão na linha de sutura, baixa recidiva, ampla aplicabilidade, fácil ensino aos jovens cirurgiões, alta precoce e menores custos. OBJETIVO: Análise retrospectiva dos resultados na cirurgia ambulatorial das hérnias inguinais primárias e recidivas pela técnica de Lichtenstein em Hospital Universitário. MÉTODOS: Entre agosto de 1994 a dezembro de 2001 foram...

  16. Prevalência de complicações micro e macrovasculares e de seus fatores de risco em pacientes com diabetes melito do tipo 2 em atendimento ambulatorial Prevalence of micro and macroangiopatic chronic complications and their risk factors in the care of out patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Rafael Selbach Scheffel

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: O diabetes melito (DM do tipo 2 está associado ao desenvolvimento de complicações macroangiopáticas [cardiopatia isquêmica (CI, doença vascular periférica (DVP e acidente vascular cerebral (AVC] e microangiopáticas [retinopatia diabética (RD, nefropatia diabética (ND e neuropatia sensitiva distal (NSD]. Os objetivos deste estudo foram avaliar a prevalência das complicações crônicas em pacientes com DM do tipo 2 e aferir os seus possíveis fatores de risco. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal, incluindo 927 pacientes com DM do tipo 2 atendidos ambulatorialmente em três centros médicos do Rio Grande do Sul: Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre (n = 475, Grupo Hospitalar Conceição (n = 229 e Hospital São Vicente de Paula (n = 223. Dentre os pacientes, 42% eram homens, a média de idade era de 59 ± 10 anos e a mediana da duração do DM do tipo 2 era 11 (5 - 43 anos. A RD foi definida por fundoscopia direta; a CI através do questionário da OMS e/ou alterações eletrocardiográficas e/ou anormalidades perfusionais na cintilografia miocárdica; a NSD por sintomas compatíveis e ausência de sensação ao monofilamento de 10g e/ou ao diapasão; a DVP pela claudicação e ausência de pulsos pediosos; o AVC por seqüelas ou história compatível e a ND pela excreção urinária de albumina (>20 µg/min. A hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS foi definida pelos níveis pressóricos (>140/90 mmHg e/ou uso de drogas anti-hipertensivas. Foram calculados o índice de massa corporal (IMC, kg/m² e a razão cintura-quadril (RCQ. RESULTADOS: A CI estava presente em 36% e a DVP em 33% dos pacientes. Dentre as complicações microvasculares, 37% tinham doença renal (12% macroalbuminúricos e 48% RD (15% retinopatia proliferativa. A NSD foi encontrada em 36% dos pacientes. HAS estava presente em 73% dos pacientes. O colesterol estava acima de 200 mg/dl em 64%, enquanto o IMC > 30 kg/m² em 36%. Vinte e dois por cento dos pacientes

  17. Avaliação de fragilidade, funcionalidade e medo de cair em idosos atendidos em um serviço ambulatorial de geriatria e gerontologia Assessment of frailty, functionality and fear of falling in elderly assisted at an outpatient gerontologic and geriatric clinic

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    Full Text Available A síndrome da fragilidade é uma condição associada ao envelhecimento, com desfechos de saúde nos idosos como quedas, medo de cair e incapacidade. Os objetivos deste estudo foram determinar a freqüência de fragilidade e verificar a existência de correlação desta com quedas, medo de cair e funcionalidade, em 30 idosos (média de 75,7±7,6 anos cadastrados em um serviço interdisciplinar de Geriatria e Gerontologia. Foram avaliados quanto à fragilidade, por características sugeridas pela literatura, e quanto aos desfechos quedas, funcionalidade e medo de cair. A análise descritiva identificou 20% de idosos frágeis, 46,7% pré-frágeis e 33,3% não-frágeis. Foram encontradas diferenças significativas entre os grupos frágeis e pré-frágeis e frágeis e não-frágeis em relação à funcionalidade mensurada pela escala de Lawton (p=0,000 e medo de cair, avaliada pela escala internacional de eficácia de quedas (FES-I, na sigla em inglês. Foi encontrada correlação significativa e moderada entre a pontuação na FES-I e o número de quedas; e correlação significativa, moderada e inversa, entre as pontuações da FES-I e de Lawton. A freqüência de fragilidade foi maior na amostra do estudo do que a encontrada em estudos prévios; e foram encontradas diferenças significativas entre os grupos de idosos, de acordo com as características de fragilidade, indicando que os mais frágeis apresentavam maior incapacidade para atividades de vida diária e mais medo de cair.The frailty syndrome is a condition associated to age-related vulnerability, bearing health outcomes such as falls, fear of falling, and disability. The purposes of this study were to determine frequency of frailty and to search for correlations between frailty and falls, fear of falling, and functionality, in a group of 30 elderly (mean age 75.7±7.6 registered at a geriatric outpatient clinic. They were assessed as to frailty according to features suggested by

  18. Ambulatory anesthesia: optimal perioperative management of the diabetic patient

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    Full Text Available Jorinde AW Polderman, Robert van Wilpe, Jan H Eshuis, Benedikt Preckel, Jeroen Hermanides Department of Anaesthesiology, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands Abstract: Given the growing number of patients with diabetes mellitus (DM and the growing number of surgical procedures performed in an ambulatory setting, DM is one of the most encountered comorbidities in patients undergoing ambulatory surgery. Perioperative management of ambulatory patients with DM requires a different approach than patients undergoing major surgery, as procedures are shorter and the stress response caused by surgery is minimal. However, DM is a risk factor for postoperative complications in ambulatory surgery, so should be managed carefully. Given the limited time ambulatory patients spend in the hospital, improvement in management has to be gained from the preanesthetic assessment. The purpose of this review is to summarize current literature regarding the anesthesiologic management of patients with DM in the ambulatory setting. We will discuss the risks of perioperative hyperglycemia together with the pre-, intra-, and postoperative considerations for these patients when encountered in an ambulatory setting. Furthermore, we provide recommendations for the optimal perioperative management of the diabetic patient undergoing ambulatory surgery. Keywords: diabetes mellitus, perioperative period, ambulatory surgery, insulin, complications, GLP-1 agonist, DPP-4 inhibitor

  19. Ambulatory thyroidectomy: a multistate study of revisits and complications.

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    Orosco, Ryan K; Lin, Harrison W; Bhattacharyya, Neil

    2015-06-01

    Determine rates and reasons for revisits after ambulatory adult thyroidectomy. Cross-sectional analysis of multistate ambulatory surgery and hospital databases. Ambulatory surgery data from the State Ambulatory Surgery Databases of California, Florida, Iowa, and New York for calendar years 2010 and 2011. Ambulatory thyroidectomy cases were linked to state ambulatory, emergency, and inpatient databases for revisit encounters occurring within 30 days. The numbers of revisits, mortality, and associated diagnoses were analyzed. A total of 25,634 cases of ambulatory thyroid surgery were identified: 44.2% total thyroidectomy (TT) and 55.8% partial thyroidectomy (PT). Common indications for surgery included goiter/cyst (39.5%), benign/uncertain neoplasm (24.2%), and malignant neoplasm (24.0%). The 30-day revisit rate was 7.2% (n = 1858; 61.8% emergency department, 22.4% inpatient admission, and 15.8% ambulatory surgery center). The most common diagnosis at revisit was hypocalcemia (20.8% of revisits), followed by wound hematoma/seroma/bleeding (7.1%). Higher rates of revisit, hypocalcemia, and hematoma/seroma/bleeding were seen in patients undergoing TT (P ambulatory thyroidectomy demonstrates a good postoperative morbidity and mortality profile. Common reasons for revisits included hypocalcemia and bleeding/seroma/hematoma, which occurred with relatively high frequencies as late as a week after surgery. Quality improvement measures should be targeted at lowering revisit rates and safely managing complications. © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2015.

  20. Diagnostic yield of ambulatory EEGs in the elderly.

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    Tolchin, Benjamin; Lee, Jong Woo; Pavlova, Milena; Dworetzky, Barbara A; Sarkis, Rani A

    2017-07-01

    The diagnostic yield of ambulatory EEG in the elderly is not known. We sought to determine diagnostic yield and identify factors predicting diagnostic findings in this elderly population. We reviewed 156 consecutive 24-72h ambulatory EEGs performed on patients aged 60 or older. Of the 156 studies, 58 studies (37%) revealed potentially diagnostic findings: either epileptiform discharges, an epileptic seizure, or a typical nonepileptic event. Focal slowing on routine EEG predicted epileptiform abnormalities on ambulatory EEG with an odds ratio of 4.0 (95% CI 1.7-9.7, p=0.002). Age, the presence of a focal lesion on MRI, and duration of ambulatory EEG failed to predict epileptiform abnormalities on ambulatory EEG. Duration of ambulatory EEG predicted capture of a typical nonepileptic event with an odds ratio of 2.7 (95% CI 1.3-5.7, p=0.009) for every additional day of study duration. Focal slowing on routine EEGs may warrant an ambulatory EEG in the setting of diagnostic uncertainty. Longer ambulatory EEGs have a higher yield in capturing patients' typical non-epileptic events, and should be considered in patients where nonepileptic events are a likely diagnostic possibility. These findings offer guidance in the use of ambulatory EEGs in the elderly. Copyright © 2017 International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Educating Asthmatic Children in European Ambulatory Pediatrics: Facts and Insights

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    Robberecht, Marie Noëlle; Beghin, Laurent; Deschildre, Antoine; Hue, Valérie; Reali, Laura; Plevnik-Vodušek, Vesna; Moretto, Marilena; Agustsson, Sigurlaug; Tockert, Emile; Jäger-Roman, Elke; Deplanque, Dominique; Najaf-Zadeh, Abolfazl; Martinot, Alain

    2015-01-01

    .... 436 ambulatory pediatricians in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and Slovenia were asked to participate in the survey providing information on three children over 6 years old suffering...

  2. 77 FR 70783 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Approval of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health...

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    ... Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Application for Continuing CMS Approval of Its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS... Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for continued recognition as a national accrediting...

  3. Cirurgia de varizes em regime de mutirão A task force for varicose vein surgery

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    Carlos Eduardo Virgini-Magalhães

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    Full Text Available CONTEXTO: A cirurgia de varizes de membros inferiores é um dos procedimentos mais realizados dentro do Sistema Único de Saúde, através dos Mutirões de Cirurgias Eletivas. No entanto, não há informações detalhadas sobre os resultados dessa iniciativa, especialmente com relação à população que se beneficia dos mutirões. OBJETIVO: Apresentar e discutir o perfil dos pacientes operados durante o mutirão de varizes realizado em instituição pública de saúde. MÉTODOS: Os pacientes foram selecionados a partir de um cadastro organizado pelo Ministério da Saúde para o programa de cirurgias eletivas, e não havia vínculo prévio com a instituição hospitalar. Foi aplicado um protocolo de avaliação objetiva com os dados clínicos e perfil demográfico dos pacientes. Os pacientes foram estagiados de acordo com a classificação CEAP (clínica, etiológica, anatômica e fisiopatológica. RESULTADOS: No período entre setembro de 2005 e janeiro de 2006, 100 pacientes foram submetidos a cirurgia (106 procedimentos, com predominância do sexo feminino (85% dos casos. A média de idade foi 35±9,8 anos. O grau de escolaridade predominante entre os pacientes foi o ensino fundamental, em 53% dos casos. As classes C2 (49,5% e C3 (39% foram as mais freqüentes na avaliação clínica dos membros inferiores (classificação CEAP. Foram realizadas 106 cirurgias (100 pacientes. A anestesia mais utilizada foi o bloqueio (93% dos procedimentos. Seis pacientes foram submetidos a procedimentos escalonados pelo grande volume de varizes de membros inferiores; 33 pacientes foram submetidos à safenectomia interna, sendo quatro safenectomias segmentares; e oito pacientes foram submetidos à safenectomia total bilateral. CONCLUSÃO: O perfil da população que se beneficiou dos mutirões sugerido neste trabalho é de pacientes jovens, do sexo feminino, com baixa escolaridade, sintomáticas do ponto de vista da doença venosa de membros inferiores, em

  4. Ambulatory Pediatric Oncology CLABSIs: Epidemiology and Risk Factors

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    Rinke, Michael L.; Milstone, Aaron M.; Chen, Allen R.; Mirski, Kara; Bundy, David G.; Colantuoni, Elizabeth; Pehar, Miriana; Herpst, Cynthia; Miller, Marlene R.

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    Background To compare the burden of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in ambulatory versus inpatient pediatric oncology patients, and identify the epidemiology of and risk factors associated with ambulatory CLABSIs. Procedure We prospectively identified infections and retrospectively identified central line days and characteristics associated with CLABSIs from January 2009 to October 2010. A nested case–control design was used to identify characteristics associated with ambulatory CLABSIs. Results We identified 319 patients with central lines. There were 55 ambulatory CLABSIs during 84,705 ambulatory central line days (0.65 CLABSIs per 1,000 central line days (95% CI 0.49, 0.85)), and 19 inpatient CLABSIs during 8,682 inpatient central line days (2.2 CLABSIs per 1,000 central lines days (95% CI 1.3, 3.4)). In patients with ambulatory CLABSIs, 13% were admitted to an intensive care unit and 44% had their central lines removed due to the CLABSI. A secondary analysis with a sub-cohort, suggested children with tunneled, externalized catheters had a greater risk of ambulatory CLABSI than those with totally implantable devices (IRR 20.6, P ambulatory CLABSIs included bone marrow transplantation within 100 days (OR 16, 95% CI 1.1, 264), previous bacteremia in any central line (OR 10, 95% CI 2.5, 43) and less than 1 month from central line insertion (OR 4.2, 95% CI 1.0, 17). Conclusions In pediatric oncology patients, three times more CLABSIs occur in the ambulatory than inpatient setting. Ambulatory CLABSIs carry appreciable morbidity and have identifiable, associated factors that should be addressed in future ambulatory CLABSI prevention efforts. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013;60:1882–1889. PMID:23881643

  5. Ambulatory Surgery Data From Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers: United States, 2010.

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    Hall, Margaret J; Schwartzman, Alexander; Zhang, Jin; Liu, Xiang

    2017-02-01

    Objectives-This report presents national estimates of surgical and nonsurgical ambulatory procedures performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the United States during 2010. Patient characteristics, including age, sex, expected payment source, duration of surgery, and discharge disposition are presented, as well as the number and types of procedures performed in these settings. Methods-Estimates in this report are based on ambulatory surgery data collected in the 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS). NHAMCS has collected outpatient department and emergency department data since 1992 and began gathering ambulatory surgery data from both hospitals and ASCs in 2010. Sample data were weighted to produce annual national estimates. Results-In 2010, 48.3 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed during 28.6 million ambulatory surgery visits to hospitals and ASCs combined. For both males and females, 39% of procedures were performed on those aged 45-64. For females, about 24% of procedures were performed on those aged 15-44 compared with 18% for males, whereas the percentage of procedures performed on those under 15 was lower for females than for males (4% compared with 9%). About 19% of procedures were performed on those aged 65-74, while about 14% were performed on those aged 75 and over. Private insurance was listed as the principal expected source of payment for 51% of ambulatory surgery visits, Medicare for 31% of visits, and Medicaid for 8% of visits. The most frequently performed procedures included endoscopy of large intestine (4.0 million), endoscopy of small intestine (2.2 million), extraction of lens (2.9 million), insertion of prosthetic lens (2.6 million), and injection of agent into spinal canal (2.9 million). Only 2% of visits with a discharge status were admitted to the hospital as an inpatient. All material appearing in this report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied

  6. [Hospitalisations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions in Germany

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    Freund, T.; Heller, G.; Szecsenyi, J.

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: On the basis of the assumption that a significant proportion of hospitalisations for so-called ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) are potentially avoidable by ambulatory care measures, hospitalisation rates for ACSCs are used internationally as population based indicators for

  7. A Year-Long Clerkship in Ambulatory Care.

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    Ruane, Thomas J.

    1988-01-01

    A third-year medical clerkship in ambulatory care combining a long-term structure, defined curriculum, and many clinical encounters addresses the problem of limited numbers of patients, a changing clinical environment, and the need for specific skills in ambulatory care. (MSE)

  8. An Agenda for Residency Training in Ambulatory Care.

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    Link, Kurt; Buchsbaum, David

    1984-01-01

    Some of the differences between in-hospital and ambulatory medicine and their implications for the teaching and practice of ambulatory care are explored. The availability of time, the role of patient cooperation, and the decision-making process differ in the two settings. (MLW)

  9. Ambulatory blood pressure values in healthy children

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    Paripović Dušan

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM is an important tool in the diagnosis and management of childhood hypertension. Normal ambulatory blood pressure (ABP values in children with body heights between 100 and 120 cm have not been reported. The aim of the study was to establish the normal range of values for ABPM in these children. 24-hour ABPM was performed in 40 normotensive (auscultatory casual blood pressure was obtained before ABPM subjects, aged from 4 to 6 years (26 males, 14 females with body heights between 95 and 125 cm. ABPM was carried out on non-dominant arm using the oscillometric device (SpaceLab 90207 with appropriate cuff size. The monitor was programmed to measure BP every 15 min. during the day (6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and every 30 min. during the night (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.. The mean daytime SBP/DBP in boys and girls was 108+/-6/67+/-5 and 105+/-5/66+/-1, respectively. The mean nighttime SBP/DBP in boys and girls was 98+/-6/56+/-5 and 97+/-7/56+/-4, respectively. There was a significant difference between day and night readings of SBP, DBP and heart rate (nocturnal fall was observed. The distribution of ABP noted in this study could serve as preliminary reference. A multicenter study should be performed to provide normal ranges of ABP.

  10. Ambulatory groin and ventral hernia repair.

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    Ngo, P; Pélissier, E; Levard, H; Perniceni, T; Denet, C; Gayet, B

    2010-10-01

    Ambulatory surgery is not commonly practiced in France today. The aim of this study was to prospectively evaluate the feasibility of ambulatory hernia repair in a consecutive series of unselected patients. From June 2008 to October 2009, 257 patients (238 men and 19 women, median age 65 years) were treated in a same-day surgery unit for 270 hernias (244 groin hernias, 25 ventral hernias and one Spiegelian hernia). For groin hernia, the techniques included the totally extraperitoneal repair (TEP) in 108 cases, the transinguinal preperitoneal (TIPP) approach in 106 cases and other alternative techniques in 30 cases; for ventral hernias, the technique was an open suture in 20 cases, an open prosthetic repair in four cases and laparoscopic repair in one case. Anesthesia was general in 145 cases, local in 121 cases and spinal in four cases. Repair was completed in a same-day surgery setting in 242 (89.6%) cases; hospital stay greater than 23 hours was planned for 21 (7.8%) patients while non-programmed hospitalizations were necessary for seven (2.6%) patients. There were two (0.7%) readmissions and nine (3.3%) benign postoperative complications. These results suggest that groin and ventral hernia repair can be performed in an outpatient setting in nearly 90% of unselected patients. Copyright © 2010. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  11. Predictors of exercise participation in ambulatory and non-ambulatory older people with multiple sclerosis

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    Michelle Ploughman

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Background. Exercise at moderate intensity may confer neuroprotective benefits in multiple sclerosis (MS, however it has been reported that people with MS (PwMS exercise less than national guideline recommendations. We aimed to determine predictors of moderate to vigorous exercise among a sample of older Canadians with MS who were divided into ambulatory (less disabled and non-ambulatory (more disabled groups.Methods. We analysed data collected as part of a national survey of health, lifestyle and aging with MS. Participants (n = 743 were Canadians over 55 years of age with MS for 20 or more years. We identified ‘a priori’ variables (demographic, personal, socioeconomic, physical health, exercise history and health care support that may predict exercise at moderate to vigorous intensity (>6.75 metabolic equivalent hours/week. Predictive variables were entered into stepwise logistic regression until best fit was achieved.Results. There was no difference in explanatory models between ambulatory and non-ambulatory groups. The model predicting exercise included the ability to walk independently (OR 1.90, 95% CI [1.24–2.91]; low disability (OR 1.50, 95% CI [1.34–1.68] for each 10 point difference in Barthel Index score, perseverance (OR 1.17, 95% CI [1.08–1.26] for each additional point on the scale of 0–14, less fatigue (OR 2.01, 95% CI [1.32–3.07] for those in the lowest quartile, fewer years since MS diagnosis (OR 1.58, 95% CI [1.11–2.23] below the median of 23 years and fewer cardiovascular comorbidities (OR 1.55 95% CI [1.02–2.35] one or no comorbidities. It was also notable that the factors, age, gender, social support, health care support and financial status were not predictive of exercise.Conclusions. This is the first examination of exercise and exercise predictors among older, more disabled PwMS. Disability is a major predictor of exercise participation (at moderate to vigorous levels in both ambulatory and non-ambulatory

  12. Opinião de acompanhantes de crianças em quimioterapia ambulatorial sobre uma quimioteca no Município de São Paulo Opinión de acompañantes de niños sometidos a quimioterapia en ambulatorio sobre una quimioteca en el municipio de Sao Paulo Opinion of adults escorting children on an outpatient chemotherapy service about a "Chemo-teca" in a municipality of Sao Paulo

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Conhecer a opinião dos acompanhantes de crianças de 2 a 12 anos de idade em tratamento quimioterápico sobre a Quimioteca Fundação Orsa. MÉTODOS: Trata-se de um estudo quantitativo descritivo. Realizaram-se entrevistas semi-estruturadas com 54 acompanhantes de crianças em tratamento quimioterápico ambulatorial. RESULTADOS: Na opinião desses acompanhantes, o ambiente colorido e cheio de brinquedos e a oferta de atividades lúdicas, durante a administração de quimioterápicos, têm influência positiva na qualidade do tratamento e no estado de bem-estar da criança. Apesar da avaliação extremamente positiva sobre o serviço, foram apontados aspectos que necessitam ser aprimorados, principalmente em relação ao atendimento. CONCLUSÃO: Os acompanhantes percebiam que o ambiente e o brincar colaboravam no bem estar das crianças em tratamento. A Quimioteca é uma experiência inovadora que pode servir de exemplo para o desenvolvimento de tecnologias criativas de cuidado às crianças com câncer e suas famílias, contribuindo para a melhoria da assistência a essa clientela.OBJETIVO: Conocer la opinión, de los acompañantes de niños de 2 a 12 años de edad sometidos a tratamiento de quimioterapia, sobre la Quimioteca Fundación Orsa. MÉTODOS: Se trata de un estudio cuantitativo descriptivo. Se realizaron entrevistas semi-estructuradas con 54 acompañantes de niños en tratamiento de quimioterapia en ambulatorio. RESULTADOS: En la opinión de esos acompañantes, el ambiente colorido lleno de juguetes y la oferta de actividades lúdicas, durante la administración de la quimioterapia, tiene influencia positiva en la calidad del tratamiento y en el estado de bienestar del niño. A pesar de la evaluación muy positiva sobre el servicio, fueron apuntados aspectos que necesitan ser mejorados, principalmente en relación a la atención. CONCLUSIÓN: Los acompañantes percibían que el ambiente y el jugar colaboraban en el bienestar

  13. 77 FR 37680 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application From the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory...

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    ... the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care for Continued Approval of Its Ambulatory... Association for Ambulatory Health Care for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for ambulatory surgical centers that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. This notice also solicits...

  14. Making moves: Transitioning R-EPOCH to the ambulatory setting.

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    Martin, Allison L; Frank, Joel P; Waggoner, Mindy L

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    Purpose Ambulatory administration of chemotherapy provides benefit to patients and institutions alike. We hypothesized that transitioning rituximab, etoposide, prednisone, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin (R-EPOCH) from an inpatient to ambulatory setting would reduce inpatient bed days and overall healthcare costs. The purpose of this effort was to create a guideline that would transition R-EPOCH to the ambulatory setting. To assess institutional benefit, we assessed inpatient bed days saved and financial impact. Methods A single center, retrospective analysis of inpatient R-EPOCH administration from January 2013 to December 2015 defined the need for medication use guidelines for ambulatory R-EPOCH administration. While this guideline targeted a reduction in inpatient bed days, it also created desired staff-and-patient education on R-EPOCH. Multidisciplinary collaboration enabled this comprehensive approach to outpatient chemotherapy administration. Results The 42 patients included received 147 cycles of R-EPOCH. Administration was primarily inpatient, amounting to 107 cycles and 799 inpatient days. Concurrently, 40 cycles of R-EPOCH were administered to 11 patients in the ambulatory setting. Only two patients received all cycles as outpatient; the other nine patients received chemotherapy in both settings. Financial analysis showed a 53% reduction in drug acquisition cost and 30% reduction in direct costs with ambulatory R-EPOCH administration. Based on our projection, after guideline implementation, 12 patients will be eligible for ambulatory R-EPOCH annually, resulting in a savings of 360 bed days and approximately $650,000 per year. Conclusion Transitioning R-EPOCH is a viable option to significantly decrease inpatient bed days and overall healthcare costs. Multidisciplinary collaboration is vital to successfully transitioning regimens to the ambulatory setting and to establishing consistent support for ambulatory administration.

  15. Cost sharing and hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions.

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    Arrieta, Alejandro; García-Prado, Ariadna

    2015-01-01

    During the last decade, Chile's private health sector has experienced a dramatic increase in hospitalization rates, growing at four times the rate of ambulatory visits. Such evolution has raised concern among policy-makers. We studied the effect of ambulatory and hospital co-insurance rates on hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) among individuals with private insurance in Chile. We used a large administrative dataset of private insurance claims for the period 2007-8 and a final sample of 2,792,662 individuals to estimate a structural model of two equations. The first equation was for ambulatory visits and the second for future hospitalizations for ACSC. We estimated the system by Two Stage Least Squares (2SLS) corrected by heteroskedasticity via Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) estimation. Results show that increased ambulatory visits reduced the probability of future hospitalizations, and increased ambulatory co-insurance decreased ambulatory visits for the adult population (19-65 years-old). Both findings indicate the need to reduce ambulatory co-insurance as a way to reduce hospitalizations for ACSC. Results also showed that increasing hospital co-insurance does have a statistically significant reduction on hospitalizations for the adult group, while it does not seem to have a significant effect on hospitalizations for the children (1-18 years-old) group. This paper's contribution is twofold: first, it shows how the level of co-insurance can be a determinant in avoiding unnecessary hospitalizations for certain conditions; second, it highlights the relevance for policy-making of using data on ACSC to improve the efficiency of health systems by promoting ambulatory care as well as population health. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Blind source separation for ambulatory sleep recording.

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    Porée, Fabienne; Kachenoura, Amar; Gauvrit, Hervé; Morvan, Catherine; Carrault, Guy; Senhadji, Lotfi

    2006-04-01

    This paper deals with the conception of a new system for sleep staging in ambulatory conditions. Sleep recording is performed by means of five electrodes: two temporal, two frontal and a reference. This configuration enables to avoid the chin area to enhance the quality of the muscular signal and the hair region for patient convenience. The electroencephalopgram (EEG), eletromyogram (EMG), and electrooculogram (EOG) signals are separated using the Independent Component Analysis approach. The system is compared to a standard sleep analysis system using polysomnographic recordings of 14 patients. The overall concordance of 67.2% is achieved between the two systems. Based on the validation results and the computational efficiency we recommend the clinical use of the proposed system in a commercial sleep analysis platform.

  17. Growing ambulatory care nurse leaders in a multigenerational workforce.

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    Moye, Janet P; Swan, Beth Ann

    2009-01-01

    Ambulatory care faces challenges in sustaining a nursing workforce in the future as newly licensed nurses are heavily recruited to inpatient settings and retirements will impact ambulatory care sooner than other areas. Building a diverse team by recruiting nurses of different ages (generations) and skills may result in a more successful and robust organization. Knowledge about generational characteristics and preferences will aid nurse leaders and recruiters in attracting high-quality, talented nurses. Nurses of Generations X and Y can increase their likelihood of success in ambulatory care by better understanding intergenerational issues.

  18. Patient-Centered Medical Home Capacity and Ambulatory Care Utilization.

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    Hearld, Larry R; Hearld, Kristine R; Guerrazzi, Claudia

    The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has increasingly received attention as a model of care to potentially remedy the cost and quality problems that confront the US health care system, including and especially ambulatory care-related issues. This study examined the association between physician practices' PCMH capacity and 3 indicators of ambulatory care utilization: (1) emergency department utilization, (2) ambulatory care sensitive hospitalization rate, and (3) 30-day all-cause readmission rate. Results show that overall PCMH capacity is associated with lower rates, and technical aspects of the PCMH in particular were associated with lower utilization rates while interpersonal capabilities were not.

  19. American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing position statement: the role of the registered nurse in ambulatory care.

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    2011-01-01

    Ambulatory care nurses are leaders in their practice settings and across the continuum of care. They are uniquely qualified to influence organizational standards related to patient safety and care delivery in the ambulatory care setting. The current ambulatory care setting is diverse and multifaceted, requiring nurses highly skilled in patient assessment and with the ability to implement a broad range of nursing interventions in a variety of settings. The future of the American health care system depends upon our ability to utilize RNs to the fullest extent of their expertise, licensure, and certification.

  20. Development of Quality Metrics in Ambulatory Pediatric Cardiology.

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    Chowdhury, Devyani; Gurvitz, Michelle; Marelli, Ariane; Anderson, Jeffrey; Baker-Smith, Carissa; Diab, Karim A; Edwards, Thomas C; Hougen, Tom; Jedeikin, Roy; Johnson, Jonathan N; Karpawich, Peter; Lai, Wyman; Lu, Jimmy C; Mitchell, Stephanie; Newburger, Jane W; Penny, Daniel J; Portman, Michael A; Satou, Gary; Teitel, David; Villafane, Juan; Williams, Roberta; Jenkins, Kathy

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    The American College of Cardiology Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section had attempted to create quality metrics (QM) for ambulatory pediatric practice, but limited evidence made the process difficult. The ACPC sought to develop QMs for ambulatory pediatric cardiology practice. Five areas of interest were identified, and QMs were developed in a 2-step review process. In the first step, an expert panel, using the modified RAND-UCLA methodology, rated each QM for feasibility and validity. The second step sought input from ACPC Section members; final approval was by a vote of the ACPC Council. Work groups proposed a total of 44 QMs. Thirty-one metrics passed the RAND process and, after the open comment period, the ACPC council approved 18 metrics. The project resulted in successful development of QMs in ambulatory pediatric cardiology for a range of ambulatory domains. Copyright © 2017 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Perioperative care for the older outpatient undergoing ambulatory surgery

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    White, Paul F; White, Lisa M; Monk, Terri; Jakobsson, Jan; Raeder, Johan; Mulroy, Michael F; Bertini, Laura; Torri, Giorgio; Solca, Maurizio; Pittoni, Giovanni; Bettelli, Gabriella

    2012-01-01

    As the number of ambulatory surgery procedures continues to grow in an aging global society, the implementation of evidence-based perioperative care programs for the elderly will assume increased importance...

  2. Comprehensive ambulatory medicine training for categorical internal medicine residents.

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    Bharel, Monica; Jain, Sharad; Hollander, Harry

    2003-04-01

    It is challenging to create an educational and satisfying experience in the outpatient setting. We developed a 3-year ambulatory curriculum that addresses the special needs of our categorical medicine residents with distinct learning objectives for each year of training and clinical experiences and didactic sessions to meet these goals. All PGY1 residents spend 1 month on a general medicine ambulatory care rotation. PGY2 residents spend 3 months on an ambulatory block focusing on 8 core medicine subspecialties. Third-year residents spend 2 months on an advanced ambulatory rotation. The curriculum was started in July 2000 and has been highly regarded by the house staff, with statistically significant improvements in the PGY2 and PGY3 evaluation scores. By enhancing outpatient clinical teaching and didactics with an emphasis on the specific needs of our residents, we have been able to reframe the thinking and attitudes of a group of inpatient-oriented residents.

  3. Cognitive assessment on elderly people under ambulatory care

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    Objective: to evaluate the cognitive state of elderly people under ambulatory care and investigating the connection between such cognitive state and sociodemographic variables, health conditions, number of and adhesion to medicine. Methods: transversal, exploratory, and descriptive study, with a quantitative approach, realized with 107 elderly people under ambulatory care in a university hospital in southern Brazil, in november, 2013. The following variables were used: gender, age, civil stat...

  4. Pros and cons of the ambulatory surgery center joint venture.

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    Giannini, Deborah

    2008-01-01

    If a physician group has determined that it has a realistic patient base to establish an ambulatory surgery center, it may be beneficial to consider a partner to share the costs and risks of this new joint venture. Joint ventures can be a benefit or liability in the establishment of an ambulatory surgery center. This article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of a hospital physician-group joint venture.

  5. Computerized adaptive testing--ready for ambulatory monitoring?

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    Rose, Matthias; Bjørner, Jakob; Fischer, Felix

    2012-01-01

    Computerized adaptive tests (CATs) have abundant theoretical advantages over established static instruments, which could improve ambulatory monitoring of patient-reported outcomes (PROs). However, an empirical demonstration of their practical benefits is warranted.......Computerized adaptive tests (CATs) have abundant theoretical advantages over established static instruments, which could improve ambulatory monitoring of patient-reported outcomes (PROs). However, an empirical demonstration of their practical benefits is warranted....

  6. Hospital-based, acute care after ambulatory surgery center discharge.

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    Fox, Justin P; Vashi, Anita A; Ross, Joseph S; Gross, Cary P

    2014-05-01

    As a measure of quality, ambulatory surgery centers have begun reporting rates of hospital transfer at discharge. This process, however, may underestimate the acute care needs of patients after care. We conducted this study to determine rates and evaluate variation in hospital transfer and hospital-based, acute care within 7 days among patients discharged from ambulatory surgery centers. Using data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, we identified adult patients who underwent a medical or operative procedure between July 2008 and September 2009 at ambulatory surgery centers in California, Florida, and Nebraska. The primary outcomes were hospital transfer at the time of discharge and hospital-based, acute care (emergency department visits or hospital admissions) within 7-days expressed as the rate per 1,000 discharges. At the ambulatory surgery center level, rates were adjusted for age, sex, and procedure-mix. We studied 3,821,670 patients treated at 1,295 ambulatory surgery centers. At discharge, the hospital transfer rate was 1.1 per 1,000 discharges (95% confidence interval 1.1-1.1). Among patients discharged home, the hospital-based, acute care rate was 31.8 per 1,000 discharges (95% confidence interval 31.6-32.0). Across ambulatory surgery centers, there was little variation in adjusted hospital transfer rates (median = 1.0/1,000 discharges [25th-75th percentile = 1.0-2.0]), whereas substantial variation existed in adjusted, hospital-based, acute care rates (28.0/1,000 [21.0-39.0]). Among adult patients undergoing ambulatory care at surgery centers, hospital transfer at time of discharge from the ambulatory care center is a rare event. In contrast, the rate of need for hospital-based, acute care in the first week afterwards is nearly 30-fold greater, varies across centers, and may be a more meaningful measure for discriminating quality. Published by Mosby, Inc.

  7. Nurses' perceptions of preoperative teaching for ambulatory surgical patients.

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    Tse, Kar-yee; So, Winnie Kwok-wei

    2008-09-01

    This paper is a report of a study to examine nurses' perceptions of the importance of providing preoperative information to ambulatory surgical patients, and factors that might influence their provision of such teaching. Ambulatory surgery is now widespread and creates a challenge for nurses to provide preoperative teaching in the limited contact time they have with patients. Although nurses act as key educators in patient teaching, little is known about their perceptions of the importance of preoperative teaching, or about current practice in the provision of such teaching for ambulatory surgical patients. A self-administered questionnaire including demographics and the Preoperative Teaching Questionnaire was completed by 91 of the 169 eligible nurses (response rate 53.8%) working in day-surgery units, operating theatres or outpatient clinics providing ambulatory surgery services in two public hospitals in Hong Kong in 2005. A discrepancy between nurses' perceptions and practice in relation to the provision of preoperative information was found. Limited teaching aids, tight operation schedules and language barriers affected the delivery of preoperative information to ambulatory surgical patients. The results highlight the importance of reviewing current preoperative teaching methods and improving the effectiveness of such teaching to enhance the quality of care for ambulatory surgical patients.

  8. Ambulatory laparoscopic minor hepatic surgery: Retrospective observational study.

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    Gaillard, M; Tranchart, H; Lainas, P; Tzanis, D; Franco, D; Dagher, I

    2015-11-01

    Over the last decade, laparoscopic hepatic surgery (LHS) has been increasingly performed throughout the world. Meanwhile, ambulatory surgery has been developed and implemented with the aims of improving patient satisfaction and reducing health care costs. The objective of this study was to report our preliminary experience with ambulatory minimally invasive LHS. Between 1999 and 2014, 172 patients underwent LHS at our institution, including 151 liver resections and 21 fenestrations of hepatic cysts. The consecutive series of highly selected patients who underwent ambulatory LHS were included in this study. Twenty patients underwent ambulatory LHS. Indications were liver cysts in 10 cases, liver angioma in 3 cases, focal nodular hyperplasia in 3 cases, and colorectal hepatic metastasis in 4 cases. The median operative time was 92 minutes (range: 50-240 minutes). The median blood loss was 35 mL (range: 20-150 mL). There were no postoperative complications or re-hospitalizations. All patients were hospitalized after surgery in our ambulatory surgery unit, and were discharged 5-7 hours after surgery. The median postoperative pain score at the time of discharge was 3 (visual analogue scale: 0-10; range: 0-4). The median quality-of-life score at the first postoperative visit was 8 (range: 6-10) and the median cosmetic satisfaction score was 8 (range: 7-10). This series shows that, in selected patients, ambulatory LHS is feasible and safe for minor hepatic procedures. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  9. Preoperative prediction for regaining ambulatory ability in paretic non-ambulatory patients with metastatic spinal cord compression.

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    Ohashi, M; Hirano, T; Watanabe, K; Katsumi, K; Shoji, H; Sano, A; Tashi, H; Takahashi, I; Wakasugi, M; Shibuya, Y; Endo, N

    2017-05-01

    Retrospective multicenter study. To analyze the predictive factors for postoperative ambulatory recovery in paretic non-ambulatory patients with metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC). Japan. Eighty-two consecutive patients (74.4% men; mean age, 66.2 years) who could not walk before surgery due to cervical or thoracic MSCC and underwent posterior decompressive surgery between 2003 and 2014 were included. Patients were divided into two groups according to ambulatory status at 6 weeks after surgery: recovery (group R) and non-recovery (group NR). To evaluate the speed of progression of motor deficits, we assessed the period from onset of neurological symptoms to gait inability (T1). Fifty patients (61.0%) regained the ability to walk (group R). The period of T1 demonstrated a positive correlation with probability of ambulatory recovery (P=0.00; Kendall's tau-b=0.38), and a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis showed that the cutoff value of T1 was 5 days (area under the curve=0.72; P=0.001). In multivariate analysis, ambulatory ability (odds ratio, 8.74; P=0.00). The speed of progression of motor deficits can independently and powerfully predict the chance of postoperative ambulatory recovery as well as previously identified predictors. Since information about the speed of progression can be obtained easily by interviewing patients or family members, even if the patient is in an urgent state, our results will be helpful in clinical decision-making.

  10. Estudo da demanda ambulatorial da clínica de odontologia da Universidade do Estado do Amazonas

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    Emílio Carlos Sponchiado Júnior; Torricelly Barreto de Souza

    2011-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar a demanda ambulatorial da Clínica de Odontologia da Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (UEA). Foram entrevistados cem pacientes em tratamento na disciplina de semiologia; por meio de um questionário, foram coletados os dados demográficos e o perfil socioeconômico e por meio de exame clínico foram obtidos o perfil nosológico e o perfil da pressão arterial e das perdas dentais. Os resultados evidenciaram que 52% dos pacientes eram do sexo feminino, com idad...

  11. Integrating Geriatrics Into Oncology Ambulatory Care Clinics.

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    Overcash, Janine

    2015-08-01

    Geriatric oncology offers specialized care that incorporates comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) and multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) with oncology care. Geriatric syndromes, comorbidities, and caregiver concerns are relevant to the oncology assessment in older adult patients to make treatment decisions, which should be based not on age but on health and functional status, as well as on life expectancy. Developing a geriatric oncology ambulatory care clinic (GOACC) requires numerous resources and entails planning for longer patient encounter times, devising collaboration strategies with community care providers, and establishing dedicated time for team members. The purpose of this article is to provide information regarding the construction and sustainability of a GOACC. A comprehensive review of literature published from 1991-2015 was conducted using the following key words. Oncology primary care nurses and advanced practice nurses have a large role in the development and maintenance of GOACCs. Managing comorbidities, identifying patients who likely would benefit from a CGA, providing caregiver support, conducting a CGA, and creating an MDT are core elements of developing a sustainable GOACC.

  12. [Our experience with ambulatory enteral nutrition].

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    Orduña, R M; Giménez Martínez, R; Valdivia Garvayo, M; Ruiz Santa-Olalla, A T; Roca Fernández-Castanys, E; Pérez de la Cruz, A

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    Enteral nutrition in the home of the patient, has gained interest in recent years. In our health care area, we do not have a Unit of at Home Hospitalization, which has not prevented the implementation of this therapeutic modality in certain types of patients. 89 cases who have undergone enteral Nutrition in their home after the last hospital admission, were reviewed. According to the basic pathology, 41.6% (37 patients) correspond to neurological patients; 51.7% correspond to neoplasmic patients, and 6.7% are classified as miscellaneous. The average age is 64 years (18 months-92 years); the mean caloric ingestion is 1,520 Kcal/day (500-2,500), and the duration is a mean of 315 days (7-1,560). The complications observed through ambulatory visits of the patient and/or the family, accounted for a total of 36, of which 30 (83%) were digestive, and were corrected with the usual methods. In 8 cases (22%), it involved mechanical complications, and only 2 cases involved metabolic complications. Only 1 serious complication (massive bronchoaspiration) could have been avoided. The results indicate a good degree of acceptance, with similar results to those described by other authors, and with a low incidence of severe complications.

  13. Medication safety in the ambulatory chemotherapy setting.

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    Gandhi, Tejal K; Bartel, Sylvia B; Shulman, Lawrence N; Verrier, Deborah; Burdick, Elisabeth; Cleary, Angela; Rothschild, Jeffrey M; Leape, Lucian L; Bates, David W

    2005-12-01

    Little is known concerning the safety of the outpatient chemotherapy process. In the current study, the authors sought to identify medication error and potential adverse drug event (ADE) rates in the outpatient chemotherapy setting. A prospective cohort study of two adult and one pediatric outpatient chemotherapy infusion units at one cancer institute was performed, involving the review of orders for patients receiving medication and/or chemotherapy and chart reviews. The adult infusion units used a computerized order entry writing system, whereas the pediatric infusion unit used handwritten orders. Data were collected between March and December 2000. The authors reviewed 10,112 medication orders (8008 adult unit orders and 2104 pediatric unit orders) from 1606 patients (1380 adults and 226 pediatric patients). The medication error rate was 3% (306 of 10,112 orders). Of these errors, 82% occurring in adults (203 of 249 orders) had the potential for harm and were potential ADEs, compared with 60% of orders occurring in pediatric patients (34 of 57 orders). Among these, approximately one-third were potentially serious. Pharmacists and nurses intercepted 45% of potential ADEs before they reached the patient. Several changes were implemented in the adult and pediatric settings as a result of these findings. In the current study, the authors found an ambulatory medication error rate of 3%, including 2% of orders with the potential to cause harm. Although these rates are relatively low, there is clearly the potential for serious patient harm. The current study identified strategies for prevention.

  14. Antibiotic prescribing in ambulatory pediatrics in the United States.

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    Hersh, Adam L; Shapiro, Daniel J; Pavia, Andrew T; Shah, Samir S

    2011-12-01

    Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for children with conditions for which they provide no benefit, including viral respiratory infections. Broad-spectrum antibiotic use is increasing, which adds unnecessary cost and promotes the development of antibiotic resistance. To provide a nationally representative analysis of antibiotic prescribing in ambulatory pediatrics according to antibiotic classes and diagnostic categories and identify factors associated with broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing. We used the National Ambulatory and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care surveys from 2006 to 2008, which are nationally representative samples of ambulatory care visits in the United States. We estimated the percentage of visits for patients younger than 18 years for whom antibiotics were prescribed according to antibiotic classes, those considered broad-spectrum, and diagnostic categories. We used multivariable logistic regression to identify demographic and clinical factors that were independently associated with broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing. Antibiotics were prescribed during 21% of pediatric ambulatory visits; 50% were broad-spectrum, most commonly macrolides. Respiratory conditions accounted for >70% of visits in which both antibiotics and broad-spectrum antibiotics were prescribed. Twenty-three percent of the visits in which antibiotics were prescribed were for respiratory conditions for which antibiotics are not clearly indicated, which accounts for >10 million visits annually. Factors independently associated with broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing included respiratory conditions for which antibiotics are not indicated, younger patients, visits in the South, and private insurance. Broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing in ambulatory pediatrics is extremely common and frequently inappropriate. These findings can inform the development and implementation of antibiotic stewardship efforts in ambulatory care toward the most important geographic regions

  15. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring: test reproducibility and its implications.

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    Prisant

    1998-08-01

    The use of data from ambulatory blood pressure monitoring has the potential to shift how we think about assessing the cardiovascular risk factor of blood pressure. Group mean 24 h, 12 h, 8 h, and hourly blood pressures for two recordings are highly reproducible. A single 24 h ambulatory blood pressure data set correlates better to echocardiographic left ventricular wall thickness than does the average blood pressure of multiple office measurements and than does a single-office visit measurement. Both blunted and excessive nocturnal declines in blood pressure have been associated with more target-organ damage than that with a normal nocturnal decline in blood pressure. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring has proven to be an indispensable tool in development of drugs. Unfortunately, movement, environmental noise, and excessive vibration interfere with measurement of ambulatory blood pressure. The devices are less accurate for patients with dysrhythmias. False data resulting in incorrect medical decisions might be the most important problem with ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Reproducibility of individual ambulatory blood pressure data sets is poor. For an individual patient, it might be difficult to detect white-coat hypertension, determine dipping status, and assess a drug's effect. The use of a single ambulatory monitoring record can be inadequate for diagnosing a patient as hypertensive or normotensive. Portable noninvasive ABPM devices would provide more interpretable information if they included an activity detector, a body-position detector, and facilities for performing continuous electrocardiography and measurements of blood pressure. Devices should perform accurately when someone is engaged in vigorous activity. Perhaps detection of sleep and emotional arousal would complete the requirements for an ideal monitor.

  16. Hospital-based, acute care following ambulatory surgery center discharge

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    Fox, Justin P.; Vashi, Anita A.; Ross, Joseph S.; Gross, Cary P.

    2014-01-01

    Background As a measure of quality, ambulatory surgery centers have begun reporting rates of hospital transfer at discharge. However, this may underestimate patient’s acute care needs after care. We conducted this study to determine rates and evaluate variation in hospital transfer and hospital-based, acute care within 7 days among patients discharged from ambulatory surgery centers. Methods Using data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, we identified adult patients who underwent a medical or surgical procedure between July 2008 and September 2009 at ambulatory surgery centers in California, Florida, and Nebraska. The primary outcomes were hospital transfer at the time of discharge and hospital-based, acute care (emergency department visits or hospital admissions) within 7-days expressed as the rate per 1,000 discharges. At the ambulatory surgery center level, rates were adjusted for age, sex, and procedure-mix. Results We studied 3,821,670 patients treated at 1,295 ambulatory surgery centers. At discharge, the hospital transfer rate was 1.1/1,000 discharges (95% CI, 1.1–1.1). Among patients discharged home, the hospital-based, acute care rate was 31.8/1,000 discharges (95% CI, 31.6–32.0). Across ambulatory surgery centers, there was little variation in adjusted hospital transfer rates (median=1.0/1,000 discharges [25th–75th percentile=1.0–2.0]), while substantial variation existed in adjusted hospital-based, acute care rates (28.0/1,000 [21.0–39.0]). Conclusions Among adult patients undergoing ambulatory surgery center care, hospital transfer at discharge is a rare event. In contrast, the hospital-based, acute care rate is nearly 30-fold higher, varies across centers, and may be a more meaningful measure for discriminating quality. PMID:24787100

  17. Sistematizacao da Assistencia de Enfermagem para acompanhamento ambulatorial de pacientes com esclerose multipla

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    Full Text Available Relato da experiência de enfermeiros na implementação da sistematização da assistência de enfermagem para acompanhamento ambulatorial em um centro interdisciplinar de atendimento a pacientes com esclerose múltipla de um hospital público de Fortaleza, Ceará. Essa implementação é baseada nas classificações da North American Nursing Diagnosis Association International, Classificação das Intervenções de Enfermagem e Classificação dos Resultados de Enfermagem. Um dos resultados diz respeito à sistematização do cuidado de enfermagem, partindo da identificação e da compreensão das respostas dos pacientes com esclerose múltipla aos problemas de saúde reais e potenciais. A sistematização enseja ampliar os conhecimentos por meio de uma prática pautada em evidências científicas, além de favorecer a atuação do enfermeiro em uma abordagem integral e fomentar outras investigações.

  18. Factors affecting ambulatory ability in patients aged 90 years and older following proximal femoral fractures.

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    Takeuchi, Ryoko; Mutsuzaki, Hirotaka; Shimizu, Yukiyo; Mataki, Yuki; Tokeji, Kayo; Wadano, Yasuyoshi

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    Objectives: To investigate the details of patients' status on admission and at discharge at our hospital, to compare the ambulatory group and non-ambulatory group at discharge, and to assess the factors associated with ambulatory ability at discharge in patients aged ≥ 90 years with proximal femoral fractures (PFFs). Patients/Materials and Methods: Twenty patients admitted to our hospital for rehabilitation after surgery for a PFF were evaluated retrospectively. The rate of regaining ambulatory ability, presence of dementia, body mass index, serum albumin level, hemoglobin level, lymphocyte count, and functional independence measure (FIM) were assessed on admission and at discharge. Relationships between patients' ambulatory ability and ambulatory parameters were compared between the ambulatory and non-ambulatory groups. Results: The rate of regaining ambulatory ability was 55% at discharge. The serum albumin level at discharge was significantly higher in the ambulatory group than that in the non-ambulatory group. More patients had dementia on admission in the non-ambulatory group than in the ambulatory group. On admission, scores for the cognitive items of the FIM ("expression" and "memory") were significantly higher in the ambulatory group than those in the non-ambulatory group. Conclusions: The rate of ambulatory ability at discharge was 55% in those with a PFF, who were aged ≥ 90 years. The presence of dementia on admission and serum albumin level at discharge were factors related to ambulatory ability. It is very important to use a general rehabilitation protocol that takes cognitive function and nourishment into account, in addition to the physical aspect.

  19. Factors affecting ambulatory ability in patients aged 90 years and older following proximal femoral fractures

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    Takeuchi, Ryoko; Mutsuzaki, Hirotaka; Shimizu, Yukiyo; Mataki, Yuki; Tokeji, Kayo; Wadano, Yasuyoshi

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    Objectives: To investigate the details of patients’ status on admission and at discharge at our hospital, to compare the ambulatory group and non-ambulatory group at discharge, and to assess the factors associated with ambulatory ability at discharge in patients aged ≥ 90 years with proximal femoral fractures (PFFs). Patients/Materials and Methods: Twenty patients admitted to our hospital for rehabilitation after surgery for a PFF were evaluated retrospectively. The rate of regaining ambulatory ability, presence of dementia, body mass index, serum albumin level, hemoglobin level, lymphocyte count, and functional independence measure (FIM) were assessed on admission and at discharge. Relationships between patients’ ambulatory ability and ambulatory parameters were compared between the ambulatory and non-ambulatory groups. Results: The rate of regaining ambulatory ability was 55% at discharge. The serum albumin level at discharge was significantly higher in the ambulatory group than that in the non-ambulatory group. More patients had dementia on admission in the non-ambulatory group than in the ambulatory group. On admission, scores for the cognitive items of the FIM (“expression” and “memory”) were significantly higher in the ambulatory group than those in the non-ambulatory group. Conclusions: The rate of ambulatory ability at discharge was 55% in those with a PFF, who were aged ≥ 90 years. The presence of dementia on admission and serum albumin level at discharge were factors related to ambulatory ability. It is very important to use a general rehabilitation protocol that takes cognitive function and nourishment into account, in addition to the physical aspect.

  20. AMBU-KISS: quality control in ambulatory surgery.

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    Mlangeni, Dennis; Babikir, Regina; Dettenkofer, Markus; Daschner, Franz; Gastmeier, Petra; Rüden, Henning

    2005-02-01

    Cost-containment measures have led to a constant increase in the number of patients cared for as outpatients. Several studies have demonstrated that surgical site infections result in considerable morbidity and excess health care costs from extended duration of hospitalization and antibiotic use. AMBU-KISS is a protocol designed to create a reference database on surgical site infections for institutions involved in ambulatory surgery. This study was carried out using a physician questionnaire. We compared surgical site infection rates for 3 indicator procedures in the ambulatory setting to those observed in the inpatient setting. The 3 indicator procedures chosen for the protocol were arthroscopic knee surgery and inguinal hernia and vein-stripping procedures. The arithmetic mean values of surgical site infection rates in arthroscopic surgery of the knee are 0.09% in the ambulatory setting and 0.11% in the hospital setting. For inguinal hernias, the respective rates are 0.65% and 0.78%. These differences, however, did not reach statistical significance (arthroscopic surgery, P = .8323 and inguinal herniotomies, P = .4895). A marked difference was observed for vein-stripping procedures, with surgical site infection rates of 0.38% in the ambulatory setting and 0.64% in the hospital setting. However, this difference was also not statistically significant, P = .1556. The AMBU-KISS protocol appears to be suitable for assessing and defining the magnitude of surgical site infections in ambulatory surgery. The preliminary results of our study show no significant differences for the 3 indicator procedures.

  1. Ambulatory surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism: A 67-case series.

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    Culié, D; Pescetto, B; Dassonville, O; Guevara, N; Benisvy, D; Santini, J

    2017-10-01

    Surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism, targeted by ultrasound and scintigraphy, satisfies the theoretical criteria allowing ambulatory surgery. The purpose of this study was to validate this strategy on a homogeneous case series assessed by this imaging strategy. All patients operated for primary hyperparathyroidism by ambulatory surgery from 01/01/13 to 30/04/15 were included in this retrospective study. The usual endpoints of ambulatory surgery were evaluated. A total of 144 patients were operated for primary hyperparathyroidism during the study period. Ambulatory surgery was possible in 67 patients, who all had a preoperative diagnosis of parathyroid adenoma. All patients were assessed by ultrasound and 66 patients were assessed by sestamibi scintigraphy, resulting in targeted unilateral neck surgery in 98.5% of cases. Two patients had to be hospitalised overnight due to minor complications. Surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism can be performed with short operating times in carefully selected patients with a low complication rate, thereby allowing ambulatory surgery. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  2. Transitioning the RN to Ambulatory Care: An Investment in Orientation.

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    Allen, Juliet Walshe

    2016-01-01

    Registered nurses (RNs) struggle when transitioning from the inpatient setting to the outpatient clinical environment because it results in a diverse skill-set shift. The RN, considered an outpatient revenue source, experiences a decrease in peer-to-peer relationships, changes in leadership responsibilities, and changes in workgroup dynamics (supervision of unlicensed clinical personnel who function under the direction of the physician, not the RN). Ambulatory organizations find themselves implementing clinical orientation programs that may not delineate the attributes of the RN. This diminishes their value while emphasizing the unlicensed technical skill set. Creating a core RN orientation program template is paramount for the transition of the RN to the ambulatory setting. The literature reveals several areas where improving the value of the RN will ultimately enhance recruitment and retention, patient care outcomes, and leverage the RN role within any organization. Eleven 30-minute in-depth telephone interviews were conducted in addition to 4 nurse observations to explore the lived experience of the RN in ambulatory care. The findings disclosed an overarching theme of nurse isolation and offered insightful underpinnings for the nurse leader as ambulatory growth continues and nurse leaders further endorse the RN presence in the ambulatory setting.

  3. Levantamento de dados sobre o conhecimento e informação acerca dos medicamentos genéricos em uma população de pacientes do serviço de saúde ambulatorial do Recife, Pernambuco, Brasil Knowledge and information concerning generic drugs in a public outpatient population in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

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    Chiara Erminia da Rocha

    2007-05-01

    Full Text Available A Lei nº. 9.787/99, que regulamenta os medicamentos genéricos, contempla normas para o registro e prevê a expansão do acesso da população a medicamentos seguros, eficazes, com qualidade e baixo custo. Após um quadriênio da introdução dos genéricos no Brasil, propõe-se verificar o conhecimento e a informação sobre genéricos entre os usuários dos serviços públicos de saúde ambulatorial do Recife, Pernambuco. No ano de 2002, foi aplicado um questionário pré-elaborado. Dos entrevistados, 76,1% eram do sexo feminino. Ouviram falar sobre o "medicamento genérico" 95,7% e 68,1% conheciam o medicamento genérico. As ações adotadas pelo governo, quanto à divulgação das propriedades desta especialidade farmacêutica e às vantagens oferecidas ao consumidor, atingiram sobremaneira esta população.Brazilian Federal Act 9,787/99, regulating generic medicines, includes rules for drug registration and provides for the population's access to safe, effective, high-quality, and low-cost medication. Four years after the introduction of generic drugs on the Brazilian market, we proposed to measure knowledge and information on generic drugs among the clientele at a public outpatient clinic in Recife, Pernambuco State, applying a questionnaire in 2000. 76.1% of the interviewees were women, 95.7% had heard of generic drugs, and 68.1% could define generic medication. Government action to publicize the properties of such medicines and their advantages for consumers has thus reached the vast majority of the population.

  4. [Hospital Costs of Ambulatory Care-Sensitive Conditions in Germany].

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    Fischbach, D

    2016-03-01

    Ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSC) are defined as conditions that lead to a hospital admission of which the onset could have been prevented through a more easily accessible ambulatory sector or one that provides better quality care. They are used by health-care systems as a quality indicator for the ambulatory sector. The definition for ACSC varies internationally. Sets of conditions have been defined and evaluated already in various countries, e. g., USA, England, New Zealand and Canada, but not yet for Germany. Therefore this study aims to evaluate the hospital costs of ACSC in Germany using the National Health Service's set of ACSC. In order to calculate these costs a model has been set up for the time period between 2003 and 2010. It is based on G-DRG browsers issued by the German Institute for the Hospital Remuneration System as required by German law. Within these browsers all relevant DRG-ICD combinations have been extracted. The number of cases per combination was then multiplied by their corresponding cost weights and the average effective base rates. The results were then aggregated into their corresponding ICD groups and then into their respective conditions which lead to the costs per condition and the total costs. The total number of cases and total costs were then compared to another second source. These calculations resulted in 11.7 million cases, of which 10.7% were defined as ambulatory care-sensitive. Within the analysed time period the number of ambulatory care-sensitive cases increased by 6% in total and had a 0.9% CAGR. The corresponding costs amounted to a total of EUR 37.6B and to EUR 3.3B for ACSC. 60% of the costs were caused by three of the 19 ACSC. These results validate that it is worthwhile to further investigate this quality indicator for the ambulatory sector. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  5. A representative value for 24-hour monitored ambulatory blood pressure.

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    Several shorter-term alternatives for whole-day ambulatory monitoring of blood pressure using Pressurometer III or conventional sphygmomanometer were evaluated in 12 male patients with mild hypertension. Averages of BP reading at 8 AM once, 3 consecutive-readings either with Pressurometer or manually, serial readings for 2-hour intervals from 8-10 AM and 2-4 PM were compared with that of 24-hour ambulatory, non-invasive BP readings by Pressurometer. Both systolic and diastolic 2-hour BP avera...

  6. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Frequently Relapsing Nephrotic Syndrome.

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    Sarkar, Subhankar; Sinha, Aditi; Lakshmy, Ramakrishnan; Agarwala, Anuja; Saxena, Anita; Hari, Pankaj; Bagga, Arvind

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    To screen patients with frequently relapsing nephrotic syndrome (FRNS) for the presence of ambulatory hypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy. Following ethical and parental approvals, consecutive patients with FRNS of ≥2 y duration were enrolled. Those with estimated glomerular filtration rate ambulatory blood pressure was recorded by Spacelab 90207; echocardiography was done for left ventricular mass. Ambulatory hypertension was defined as the presence of clinic blood pressure >95th centile for age, sex and height, and systolic blood pressure load exceeding 25 %. Of 99 patients, 73 were boys; their median (IQR) age was 120 (84-156) mo. Clinic blood pressure was >95th percentile in 63 (63.6 %) patients. Ambulatory hypertension was present in 33 (33.3 %), including 14 patients with severe hypertension; 16 (16.1 %) had masked hypertension and 30 (30.3 %) had white coat hypertension. Non-dipping was seen in 72 and 55 patients had high nocturnal systolic blood pressure load. Of 21 patients with increased left ventricular mass index, 9 (42.9 %) had ambulatory hypertension, 3 (14.3 %) had masked hypertension and 6 (28.6 %) patients had white coat hypertension. Compared to those with normal blood pressure, patients with ambulatory hypertension were younger at onset of nephrotic syndrome (odds ratio, OR 0.94; 95 % CI 0.91-0.98; P = 0.002), longer duration of frequently relapsing disease (OR 1.05; 95 % CI 1.00-1.10; P = 0.034) and higher body mass index (BMI) (OR 1.61; 95 % CI 1.07-4.40; P = 0.020). BMI was positively correlated with 24-h systolic blood pressure load (r = 0.23; P = 0.002) and with the left ventricular mass index (r = 0. 57; P = 0.001). Many patients with FRNS showed high prevalence of clinic, ambulatory and white coat hypertension, emphasizing the need to carefully screen these patients in order to ensure their appropriate management. While clinic blood pressure monitoring detects most patients with hypertension, it

  7. 75 FR 45769 - Medicare Program; Changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory...

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    ... Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System for CY 2010, and... and addenda for payments made under the Medicare Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment system for... announces the extension of payment under Medicare Part B to hospitals and ambulatory care clinics operated...

  8. 76 FR 66931 - Medicare Program: Notice of Two Membership Appointments to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory...

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    ... Appointments to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups AGENCY: Centers for Medicare... notice announces two new membership appointments to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment... the CMS Web site at: https://www.cms.gov/FACA/05_AdvisoryPanelonAmbulatoryPaymentClassificationGroups...

  9. 76 FR 66929 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery...

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    ... Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities for Approval of Deeming Authority for Rural... American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) for recognition as a... of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF's) request for deeming authority for RHCs. This notice also...

  10. Dexametasona comparada à metoclopramida na profilaxia de vômitos pós-operatórios em crianças submetidas a procedimentos cirúrgicos ambulatoriais Dexametasona comparada a la metoclopramida en la prevención de vómitos pos-operatorios en niños sometidos a procedimientos quirúrgicos ambulatoriales Dexamethasone compared to metoclopramide in the prophylaxis of emesis in children undergoing ambulatory surgical procedures

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    Antonio Bedin

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O vômito pós-operatório é uma complicação comum e desagradável. Porém, atualmente modelos matemáticos tais como número necessário para tratar (NNT e redução do risco relativo (RRR têm sido úteis para a decisão de que medicação utilizar para a profilaxia. O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar se a dexametasona, comparada à metoclopramida, reduz a incidência de vômitos, quando administrada por via venosa em crianças anestesiadas com sevoflurano em cirurgias pediátricas ambulatoriais. MÉTODO: Participaram do estudo 237 crianças, do sexo masculino, com idade entre 11 meses e 12 anos, estado físico ASA I e II, submetidas à herniorrafia inguinal. Como medicação pré-anestésica foi utilizado midazolam por via oral. Para a indução e manutenção da anestesia foram utilizados sevoflurano, óxido nitroso e fentanil (1 µg.kg-1. Os pacientes foram divididos em grupo D (n = 118 dexametasona (150 µg.kg-1 por via venosa na indução e grupo M (n = 119 metoclopramida (150 µg.kg-1 na indução. Foram analisadas as incidências de vômitos nas primeiras 4 horas de pós-operatório (PO, entre 4 horas e 24 horas de PO, o NNT de ambas as medicações utilizadas e a RRR da dexametasona em relação à metoclopramida. RESULTADOS: A incidência de vômitos foi 9,32% no grupo D e 33,61% no grupo M durante as primeiras 4 horas de PO e 1,69% com a dexametasona e de 3,36% com a metoclopramida entre 4 e 24 horas de PO. O RRR foi 72% da dexametasona em relação à metoclopramida nas primeiras 4 horas. O NNT da dexametasona foi 3,25 e o da metoclopramida foi 15,66. CONCLUSÕES: A dexametasona reduz, de forma mais eficiente que a metoclopramida, a incidência de vômitos quando utilizada durante a indução de anestesia com sevoflurano associado ao óxido nitroso e fentanil.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: El vómito pos-operatorio es una complicación común y desagradable. Sin embargo, actualmente modelos matem

  11. Succinylcholine for Emergency Airway Rescue in Class B Ambulatory Facilities: The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia Position Statement.

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    Joshi, Girish P; Desai, Meena S; Gayer, Steven; Vila, Hector

    2017-05-01

    Procedures in class B ambulatory facilities are performed exclusively with oral or IV sedative-hypnotics and/or analgesics. These facilities typically do not stock dantrolene because no known triggers of malignant hyperthermia (ie, inhaled anesthetics and succinylcholine) are available. This article argues that, in the absence of succinylcholine, the morbidity and mortality from laryngospasm can be significant, indeed, higher than the unlikely scenario of succinylcholine-triggered malignant hyperthermia. The Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia (SAMBA) position statement for the use of succinylcholine for emergency airway management is presented.

  12. [Comparative analysis of efficiency indicators in ambulatory surgery].

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    Rodríguez Ortega, María; Porrero Carro, José Luis; Aranaz Andrés, Jesús María; Castillo Fe, María José; Alonso García, María Teresa; Sánchez-Cabezudo Díaz-Guerra, Carlos

    2017-05-25

    To find comparative elements for quality control in major ambulatory surgery (MAS) units. Descriptive and comparative study of the Ambulatory Care Index (AI) and Substitution Index (SI) in the Santa Cristina Hospital Surgery Service (Madrid, Spain) compared to Key Indicators (KI) of the National Health Service (NHS). 7,817 MAS procedures (between 2006 and 2014) were analysed. The average annual AI was 54%, higher (p <0.0001) than «ambulatory surgery» KI. The hernia outpatient procedures (average 72%) were also superior to the national KI (p <0.0001), but ambulatory haemorrhoidectomy (average 33.6%) was clearly lower (p <0.0001). KI of the NHS are useful and allow to establish a proper development in the global AI and hernia outpatient surgery with opportunities for improvement in haemorrhoidectomy. Their collection should be careful, not including minor surgeries. Also, their usefulness could be increased if data was broken down by speciality and by complexity. Copyright © 2017 SESPAS. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  13. Reproducibility of the ambulatory arterial stiffness index in hypertensive patients

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    Dechering, D.G.; Steen, M.S. van der; Adiyaman, A.

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We studied the repeatability of the ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI), which can be computed from 24-h blood pressure (BP) recordings as unity minus the regression slope of diastolic on systolic BP. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-two hypertensive outpatients recruited in Nijm...

  14. 67 Ambulatory Surgery: Current Status and Future Trends

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    According to international terminology, Day surgery or Ambulatory surgery is the admission of selected patients to hospital for a planned, non emergency, surgical procedure, returning home on the same day. Minor outpatient procedures and most day cases endoscopic procedures are not considered appropriate day ...

  15. The future and safety of ambulatory surgery | Glass | Southern ...

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    Several factors have driven this process, including advances in anaesthesia and technology, the desire by payers to reduce healthcare costs, the demonstration of patient safety and the positive experience of patients undergoing same-day surgery. The safety of ambulatory anaesthesia and surgery is well established.

  16. Ambulatory Surgery: Current Status and Future Trends | Castoro ...

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    According to international terminology, Day surgery or Ambulatory surgery is the admission of selected patients to hospital for a planned, non emergency, surgical procedure, returning home on the same day. Minor outpatient procedures and most day cases endoscopic procedures are not considered appropriate day ...

  17. Ambulatory Monitoring of Activities and Motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease

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    Zwartjes, D.G.M.; Zwartjes - de Klerk, D.G.M; Zwartjes, Daphne G.M.; Heida, Tjitske; van Vugt, Jeroen P.P.; Geelen, J.A.G.; Veltink, Petrus H.

    2010-01-01

    Ambulatory monitoring of motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease (PD) can improve our therapeutic strategies, especially in patients with motor fluctuations. Previously published monitors usually assess only one or a few basic aspects of the cardinal motor symptoms in a laboratory setting. We

  18. Large-scale ensemble averaging of ambulatory impedance cardiograms

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    Riese, H; Groot, PFC; Van Den Berg, M; Kupper, NHM; Magnee, EHB; Rohaan, EJ; Vrijkotte, TGM; Willemsen, G; De Geus, EJC

    Impedance cardiography has been used increasingly to measure human physiological responses to emotional and mentally engaging stimuli. The validity of large-scale ensemble averaging of ambulatory impedance cardiograms was evaluated for preejection period (PEP), interbeat interval, and dZ/dt((min))

  19. Center of mass movement estimation using an ambulatory measurement system

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    Schepers, H. Martin; van Asseldonk, Edwin H.F.; Buurke, Jaap; Veltink, Petrus H.; Bussmann, J.B.J; Horemans, H.L.D.; Hurkmans, H.L.P.

    2008-01-01

    Human body movement analysis is done in so-called 'gait-laboratories' where several gait variables are estimated by measurement systems such as optical position measurement systems, EMG or force plates. The accuracy of the ambulatory system is verified by comparing it to an optical reference system

  20. A Guide to Health Education in Ambulatory Care Settings.

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    This report outlines ways in which health education strategies can be developed within an ambulatory care center and how they can be implemented to optimize their effectiveness and efficiency. Section 1 describes a program planning model for use in the development of health education programs. Sections 2 through 5 trace the consumer through four…

  1. Characteristics of Effective Clinical Teachers of Ambulatory Care Medicine.

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    Irby, David M.; And Others

    1991-01-01

    A 1988 survey of 122 senior medical students and 60 residents at the University of Washington indicated the most important characteristics of ambulatory care teachers were active involvement of learners, promotion of learner autonomy, and demonstration of patient care skills. Environmental factors were not influential. (Author/MSE)

  2. HOSPITALIZATION AND AMBULATORY TREATMENT OF CHILDREN: ADVANTAGES AND RISKS

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The need in hospitalization of pediatric patients was significantly decreased in last 20 years due to including of innovative methods of treatment into the practice. This fact leaded to arising of questions, related to ambulatory treatment. The article presents analysis of advantages and shortcomings of present being practice of children’s with acute diseases management at ambulatory and hospital stages. It was shown that the number of beds (calculated to 10 000 children under the age 0–14 years old is differ from 4–5 in USA to 90 in Russian Federation, with tendency to beds’ concentration in large hospitals. The main reason of hospitalization is nosocomial respiratory (up to 40% of cases and rotaviral (up to 25% of cases in epidemic season infections. It was marker, that shortening of stay in hospital and implementation of hospital-replacing technologies (day hospital for the treatment of children with chronic pathology can decrease the rate of morbidity with nosocomial infections. Lessening the need in hospital stay can be realized by optimization of ambulatory care, particularly, shortening of patient’s visits at home, and using diagnostic abilities of out-patient clinics for the needs of patients with acute diseases.Key words: children, hospitalization, ambulatory treatment.(Voprosy sovremennoi pediatrii — Current Pediatrics. 2009;8(4:26-31

  3. The nutritional status of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis ...

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    Objectives: To assess the nutritional status of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients in our hospital using different assessment tools, and to assess the correlation between nutritional status and other parameters such as solute clearance. Method: A cross-sectional study was performed on end-stage ...

  4. The nutritional status of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis ...

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    Feb 26, 2011 ... Keywords: nutritional status, peritoneal dialysis patients, Johannesburg, Africa. The nutritional status of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients at a Johannesburg hospital. Introduction. The prevalence of malnutrition is high among peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, occurring in up to 40-66% in ...

  5. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Clinical Practice: A Review

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    Viera, Anthony J.; Shimbo, Daichi

    2016-01-01

    Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring offers the ability to collect blood pressure readings several times an hour across a 24-hour period. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring facilitates the identification of white-coat hypertension, the phenomenon whereby certain individuals who are not on antihypertensive medication show elevated blood pressure in a clinical setting but show non-elevated blood pressure averages when assessed by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Additionally, readings can be segmented into time windows of particular interest, e.g., mean daytime and nighttime values. During sleep, blood pressure typically decreases, or dips, such that mean sleep blood pressure is lower than mean awake blood pressure. A non-dipping pattern and nocturnal hypertension are strongly associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Approximately 70% of individuals dip ≥10% at night, while 30% have non-dipping patterns, when blood pressure remains similar to daytime average, or occasionally rises above daytime average. The various blood pressure categorizations afforded by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring are valuable for clinical management of high blood pressure since they increase accuracy for diagnosis and the prediction of cardiovascular risk. PMID:25107387

  6. Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicators Series: Reaching for the Tipping Point in Measuring Nurse-Sensitive Quality in the Ambulatory Surgical and Procedure Environments.

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    Brown, Diane Storer; Aronow, Harriet Udin

    2016-01-01

    The value of the ambulatory care nurse remains undocumented from a quality and patient safety measurement perspective and the practice is at risk of being highly variable and of unknown quality. The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing and the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes propose nurse leaders create a tipping point to measure the value of nursing across the continuum of nursing care, moving from inpatient to ambulatory care. As care continues to shift into the ambulatory care environment, the quality imperative must also shift to assure highly reliable, safe, and effective health care.

  7. Management of comorbidities in ambulatory anesthesia: a review

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    Full Text Available Susan Dabu-Bondoc, Kirk Shelley Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USAAbstract: Advances in medical science now allow people with significant medical issues to live at home. As the outpatient population ages and surgical techniques advance, the ambulatory anesthesiologist has to be prepared to handle these “walking wounded”. The days of restricting ambulatory surgery procedures to American Society of Anesthesiologists class 1 and 2 patients are rapidly fading into the past. To remain competitive and economically viable, the modern ambulatory surgery center needs to expand its practice to include patients with medical comorbidities. In an environment where production and economic pressures exist, maintaining safety and good outcomes in high-risk patients for ambulatory surgery can be arduous. Adding to the complexity of this challenge is the rapid evolution of the therapeutic approaches to a variety of medical issues. For example, there has been a significant increase in the number and types of insulin a diabetic patient might be prescribed in recent years. In the case of the patient with coronary artery disease, the variety of both drug and nondrug eluding stents or new antithrombotic agents has also increased the complexity of perioperative management. Complex patients need careful, timely, and team-based preoperative evaluation by an anesthesia provider who is knowledgeable of outpatient care. Optimizing comorbidities preoperatively is a crucial initial step in minimizing risk. This paper will examine a number of common medical issues and explore their impact on managing outpatient surgical procedures.Keywords: ambulatory surgery, medical comorbidities, diabetes, coronary artery disease, respiratory disease, obesity

  8. Hospital readmission after ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy: incidence and predictors.

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    Rosero, Eric B; Joshi, Girish P

    2017-11-01

    The aim of the study was to assess the rate of 30-d hospital readmissions after ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The 2009 to 2011 State Ambulatory Surgery and Services and State Inpatient Databases from California, Florida, and New York were analyzed to evaluate the incidence of 30-d readmissions after laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed in outpatient settings. Hospital transfers and the principal diagnoses of hospital readmission were analyzed as secondary outcomes. Multilevel generalized mixed linear regression analyses with fixed and random effects were used to evaluate variables associated with increased likelihood of readmissions. A total of 230,745 encounters for ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomies performed in 890 ambulatory facilities between 2009 and 2011 in the three states were analyzed. The rate of 30-d readmission was 20.2 per 1000 discharges. The rate of direct transfers from the ambulatory surgery center to an acute care hospital was 0.6 per 1000 discharges. The most common diagnoses of readmission were surgical complications, postoperative pain, infection, and nausea or vomiting. After adjusting for comorbidities, increasing age, male sex, non-Hispanic white race/ethnicity, any nonprivate insurance type, diagnosis of acute cholecystitis, use of intraoperative cholangiography, and having the procedure performed on a weekend were significantly associated with increased odds of 30-d readmissions. This large-state data analysis reveals that the unplanned admission and readmission rates after laparoscopic cholecystectomy are very low. Some causes of readmission (e.g., pain, nausea, and vomiting) are modifiable by the intervention of surgeons and anesthesia providers. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. The Effect of Handcycle Ergometer Exercise on Glucose Tolerance in Ambulatory and Non-Ambulatory Adolescents.

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    Short, Kevin R; Teague, April M; Klein, Jake C; Malm-Buatsi, Elizabeth; Frimberger, Dominic

    2017-02-01

    Whole body or leg exercise before a meal can increase insulin sensitivity, but it is unclear whether the same can occur with upper body exercise since a smaller muscle mass is activated. We measured the impact of a single session of handcycle exercise on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity. Nonambulatory (Non-Amb) adolescents with spina bifida or cerebral palsy (4F/3M), or ambulatory peers (Control, 4F/7M) completed 2 glucose tolerance tests on separate days, preceded by either rest or a 35-min bout of moderate-to-vigorous intermittent handcycle exercise. The Non-Amb group had higher body fat (mean ± SD: 38 ± 12%, Control: 24 ± 9, p = .041) but similar VO2peak (17.7 ± 6.1 ml/kg/min, Control: 21.1 ± 7.9). Fasting glucose and insulin were normal for all participants. Compared with the rest trial, exercise resulted in a reduction in glucose area under the curve (11%, p = .008) without a significant group x trial interaction and no difference in the magnitude of change between groups. Insulin sensitivity was increased 16% (p = .028) by exercise in the Control group but was not significantly changed in the Non-Amb group. A single bout of handcycle exercise improves glucose tolerance in adolescents with and without mobility limitations and could therefore help maintain or improve metabolic health.

  10. Can abdominal surgical emergencies be treated in an ambulatory setting?

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    Genser, L; Vons, C

    2015-12-01

    The performance of emergency abdominal surgery in an outpatient setting is increasingly the order of the day in France. This review evaluates the feasibility and reliability of ambulatory surgical treatment of the most common abdominal emergencies: appendectomy for acute appendicitis and cholecystectomy for acute complications of gallstone disease (acute cholecystitis and gallstone pancreatitis). This study evaluates surgical procedures performed on an ambulatory basis according to the international definition (admission in the morning, discharge in the evening with a hospital stay of less than 12 hours). Just as for elective surgery, eligibility of patients for an ambulatory approach depends on the capacities of the surgical and anesthesia team: to manage the risks, particularly the risk of deferring surgery until the morning); to prevent or treat post-operative symptoms like pain, nausea, vomiting, re-ambulation in order to permit rapid post-operative discharge. Recent studies have shown that appendectomy for non-complicated acute appendicitis can be deferred for up to 12 hours without any increase in danger. Many other studies have shown that early discharge after appendectomy for acute non-complicated appendicitis is feasible and safe. Nonetheless, there is only one published series of truly ambulatory appendectomies. The results were excellent. Patients who presented in the afternoon were brought back for operation the following morning. The appropriate timing for performance of cholecystectomy in patients with acute calculous cholecystitis or gallstone pancreatitis has not been well defined, but is always somewhat delayed relative to the onset of symptoms. To minimize operative complications, cholecystectomy for acute calculous cholecystitis should probably be performed between 24 and 72 hours after diagnosis. Cholecystectomy for gallstone pancreatitis should probably not be delayed longer than a week; the need to keep the patient hospitalized during the

  11. Associations between cystatin C-based eGFR, ambulatory blood pressure parameters, and in-clinic vs. ambulatory blood pressure agreement in older community-living adults

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    Woodell, Tyler B.; Hughes-Austin, Jan M.; Tran, Tiffany V.; Malhotra, Atul; Abdelmalek, Joseph A.; Rifkin, Dena E.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES To determine the relationship between chronic kidney disease (measured by cystatin C-based eGFR) and abnormal ambulatory blood pressure (including nocturnal dipping) in healthy older adults. Further, to assess agreement between clinic and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. METHODS Serum cystatin C levels were measured to calculate eGFR. Participants underwent clinic and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure measurement. Multiple linear regression, was performed to examine the association between reduced cystatin C-based eGFR (CKDcys) and blood pressure parameters. Bland-Altman analysis was performed to evaluate agreement between clinic and ambulatory measurements. RESULTS Average age was 72. There were 60 individuals with CKDcys (eGFR ambulatory diastolic blood pressure (DBP) (−2 mm Hg, p = 0.048), but not with nocturnal dipping or other blood pressure parameters. Clinic systolic blood pressure (SBP) significantly overestimated mean wake time ambulatory SBP; mean difference was 11 mmHg for those without CKDcys (95% limits of agreement −14 to 35 mmHg) and 14 mmHg for those with CKDcys (95% limits of agreement −13 to 41 mmHg); there was no statistically significant effect modification by CKD status. CONCLUSION In older, seemingly healthy adults, mild CKD was associated with lower ambulatory DBP. The presence of CKD did not affect interpretation of clinic vs. ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, although accuracy of clinic SBP was poor. PMID:26683379

  12. Sub-registro da violência doméstica em adolescentes: a (invisibilidade na demanda ambulatorial de um serviço de saúde no Recife-PE, Brasil Under-reporting of domestic violence among adolescents: the (invisibility of the demand for outpatients care at a health service in the city of Recife, Brazil

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    Marluce Tavares de Oliveira

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: estimar o sub-registro da violência doméstica em um serviço de atenção a adolescentes (10 a 19 anos no Recife/PE, Brasil, comparando as prevalências a partir dos prontuários clínicos e de busca ativa de casos no último ano e caracterizar a vítima e fatores de risco associados em eventos ocorridos na vida. MÉTODOS: corte transversal com 333 adolescentes atendidos entre fevereiro e maio de 2004, com questionário semi-estruturado contendo variáveis sobre situação e tipo de violência; idade, sexo, ocupação, escolaridade, religião, uso de drogas, estado civil, renda familiar e tipo da família. Para avaliar a associação foram utilizados testes de qui-quadrado de Pearson e regressão logística através dos programas Epi-info 6.04 e SPSS. RESULTADOS: dos adolescentes entrevistados, 41,4% referiram violência, registrada em apenas 1,8% dos prontuários. Violência física e a psicológica/moral foi referida por 66,7%, cada e a sexual, por 17,7%. Umterço dos adolescentes referiu agressões repetidas, desde a infância (20%. Pai e padrasto apareceram como principais agressores nos dois sexos; seguidos pelo parceiro da adolescente. Os fatores associados foram: ausência de ocupação, baixa escolaridade e uso de drogas (pOBJECTIVE: to estimate the under-reporting of domestic violence at a health service for adolescents (aged 10 - 19 years in Recife, Brazil, comparing prevalences based on medical records and active investigation of cases in the past year and characterizing the victims and risk factors associated with life events. METHODS: a cross-sectional study was carried out with 333 adolescents attended between February and May 2004, using semi-structured questionnaires covering variables relating to the location and type of abuse, age, sex, occupation, level of education, religion, drug-use, marital status, household income, and family type. Pearson's chi-square test and logistic regression were used to assess the

  13. LED power reduction trade-offs for ambulatory pulse oximetry.

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    Peláez, Eduardo Aguilar; Villegas, Esther Rodríguez

    2007-01-01

    The development of ambulatory arterial pulse oximetry is key to longer term monitoring and treatment of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. The investigation presented in this paper will assist the designer of an ambulatory pulse oximetry monitor in minimizing the overall LED power consumption (P LED,TOT) levels by analyzing the lowest achievable limit as constrained by the optical components, circuitry implementation and final SpO2 reading accuracy required. LED duty cycle (D LED) reduction and light power (P LED,ON) minimization are proposed as methods to reduce P LED,TOT. Bandwidth and signal quality calculations are carried out in order to determine the required P LED,TOT as a function of the different noise sources.

  14. Cognitive assessment on elderly people under ambulatory care

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to evaluate the cognitive state of elderly people under ambulatory care and investigating the connection between such cognitive state and sociodemographic variables, health conditions, number of and adhesion to medicine. Methods: transversal, exploratory, and descriptive study, with a quantitative approach, realized with 107 elderly people under ambulatory care in a university hospital in southern Brazil, in november, 2013. The following variables were used: gender, age, civil status, income, schooling, occupation, preexisting noncommunicable diseases, number and type of prescribed medications, adhesion, mini-mental state examination score, and cognitive status. Data was analyzed through inferential and descriptive statistics. Results: the prevalence of cognitive deficit was of 42.1% and had a statistically significant connection to schooling, income, civil status, hypertension, and cardiopathy. Conclusion: nurses can intervene to avoid the increase of cognitive deficit through an assessment of the elderly person, directed to facilitative strategies to soften this deficit.

  15. [Post-hospital home care after ambulatory surgery].

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    Beaussier, Marc; Vons, Corinne

    2014-03-01

    Ambulatory surgery should correspond to mastered acts performed on selected patients. This makes home care unnecessary in the vast majority of the cases. The development of outpatient surgery toward more complex procedures on more vulnerable patients would justify a specific home care in some circumstances. Justification of an overnight hospitalization only because the need for the patient to be reassured on experienced symptoms, supervision of analgesic device, wound incision overseeing or drains removal appears questionable. Home care after ambulatory surgery may be considered as several different modalities. The involvement of general practitioners, home nurses and telemedicine have to be explored for several procedures. Evolutions of surgical and anesthetic practices toward less invasive procedures, as well as improvement in patient's information, are the major challenges for the future of outpatient surgery. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  16. Acute effect on ambulatory blood pressure from aerobic exercise

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    Lund Rasmussen, Charlotte; Nielsen, Line; Linander Henriksen, Marie

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    PURPOSE: High occupational physical activity (OPA) is shown to increase the risk for elevated blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and mortality. Conversely, aerobic exercise acutely lowers the blood pressure up to 25 h post exercise. However, it is unknown if this beneficial effect also apply...... for workers exposed to high levels of OPA. Cleaners constitute a relevant occupational group for this investigation because of a high prevalence of OPA and cardiovascular disease. Accordingly, the objective was to investigate the acute effects on ambulatory blood pressure from a single aerobic exercise...... session among female cleaners. METHODS: Twenty-two female cleaners were randomised to a cross-over study with a reference and an aerobic exercise session. Differences in 24-h, work hours, leisure time, and sleep ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) were evaluated using repeated measure 2 × 2 mixed...

  17. Acute effect on ambulatory blood pressure from aerobic exercise

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    session among female cleaners. METHODS: Twenty-two female cleaners were randomised to a cross-over study with a reference and an aerobic exercise session. Differences in 24-h, work hours, leisure time, and sleep ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) were evaluated using repeated measure 2 × 2 mixed......-models. RESULTS: After the aerobic exercise session, the 24-h systolic ambulatory blood pressure was significantly lowered by 2.4 mmHg (p hours, a lowered systolic ABP of 2.2 mmHg (p = 0.02) and a higher diastolic ABP...... of 1.5 mmHg (p = 0.03) were found after the aerobic exercise session. During leisure time, the systolic ABP was lowered by 1.7 mmHg (p = 0.04) and the diastolic ABP was unaltered. During sleep, the systolic and diastolic ABP was unaltered. CONCLUSION: A single aerobic exercise session lowered 24-h...

  18. [Transmission of multidrug-resistant bacteria in ambulatory settings].

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    Luft, D; Dettenkofer, M

    2010-02-01

    Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) und extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL-) producing bacteria are an ever-expanding challenge regarding infection control and prevention strategies also in ambulatory healthcare settings. The most important transmission mode for MDROs is direct or indirect contact involving the hands of healthcare workers. Strict adherence to standard precautions (and especially adherence to alcoholic handrub use) is essential in prevention of cross-transmission. Additional measures contribute to the control of MDROs: These include flagging of patients' records, establishing standards of care for patients with MDROs, continuing education of staff, disclosure of information to other involved healthcare providers and guideline-based antibiotic treatment and prophylaxis. Optimised cooperation of ambulatory healthcare providers and hospitals regarding management and control of MDROs (networking) is a promising future option.

  19. [Users' perception about of quality ambulatory healthcare services in Mexico].

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    Reyes-Morales, Hortensia; Flores-Hernández, Sergio; Sauceda-Valenzuela, Alma Lucila; Vértiz-Ramírez, José de Jesús; Juárez-Ramírez, Clara; Wirtz, Veronika J; Pérez-Cuevas, Ricardo

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    To identify users' perception about ambulatory healthcare services quality and associated factors in Mexico. Analysis of the 2006 and 2012 National Surveys of Health and Nutrition that included users' perception of healthcare services and improvement in health status. A multivariate regression analysis allowed identifying the associated factors with the perception of improved health status. Between 2006 and 2012, users' positive perception of healthcare services increased from 82 to 85%, and user report of improvement in health status increased from 79 to 81%. Health status improvement, explanations about the disease and treatment, being attended without appointment, freedom to choose the provider and short waiting time were associated with a perception of better quality of care. Users' perception about the quality of care in ambulatory healthcare settings has improved, yet it is still neccessary to strengthen organizational strategies to provide healthcare when needed and to improve fulfillment of users' expectations.

  20. Monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial e diabete melito tipo 2 Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Cristiane Bauermann Leitão

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available A hipertensão arterial sistêmica (HAS é um dos principais fatores de risco para a instalação e progressão das complicações crônicas do diabetes melito (DM tipo 2. A medida da pressão arterial (PA através da monitorização ambulatorial da PA (MAPA apresenta melhor correlação com o desenvolvimento de lesões em órgãos-alvo do que a medida no consultório. Além disso, permite a avaliação de parâmetros pressóricos distintos como as médias das PAs sistólica e diastólica das 24 h, do dia e da noite, cargas pressóricas e ausência do descenso noturno, além da identificação de pacientes com HAS do avental branco e mascarada. Os pacientes com DM apresentam maiores médias de PA diurna e noturna do que os sem DM. Além disso, um terço do pacientes normotensos com DM tipo 2 apresentam HAS mascarada, que está associada a um aumento da albuminúria e da espessura das paredes do ventrículo esquerdo. Por outro lado, a prevalência e o efeito da HAS do avental branco nos pacientes com DM ainda não foram adequadamente avaliados. A determinação da ausência do descenso noturno da PA não acrescenta informação às medidas da PA nas 24 h, no dia ou na noite, mas a medida da PA noturna parece ser relevante na retinopatia do DM. Em conclusão, a determinação da PA através da MAPA é capaz de estratificar de forma mais adequada os pacientes em risco para o desenvolvimento das complicações crônicas do DM e tornou-se um instrumento indispensável para o controle efetivo da PA nestes pacientes.Hypertension is one of the main risk factors for the onset and progression of chronic complications in type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM. Ambulatory blood pressure (BP monitoring (ABPM provides a better correlation with target organ lesions than BP obtained in the office. Furthermore, it allows the evaluation of distinct BP parameters such as the 24-h, daytime and nighttime systolic and diastolic BP means, BP loads and the absence of nocturnal

  1. Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: Nurses′ experiences of teaching patients

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    Amnah Shubayra

    2015-01-01

    Nine nurses were interviewed to determine nurses′ experiences of teaching patients to use continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). The material was analyzed using content analysis. Data were sorted into four themes and ten subthemes. The themes were presented as follows: Importance of language, individualized teaching, teaching needs and structure of care in teaching. The findings highlighted important insights into how nurses experience teaching patients to perform CAPD. The study r...

  2. Using Data to Strengthen Ambulatory Oncology Nursing Practice.

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    Friese, Christopher R; Siefert, Mary Lou; Thomas-Frost, Kaitlin; Walker, Stacy; Ponte, Patricia Reid

    2016-01-01

    Efforts to measure quality of care do not capture the unique aspects of ambulatory oncology settings. To retain nurses, ensure a safe practice environment, and encourage behaviors that support high-quality care, there is a need to identify factors associated with job satisfaction and turnover with measures that reflect the ambulatory setting. The objective of this study was to examine the patterns and correlates of the work environment for nurses and nurse practitioners working in a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Web-based questionnaires were disseminated to employees with a registered nurse license in ambulatory settings and related support services and included 3 affiliated satellite locations. Participants completed the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index, revised for ambulatory oncology settings, the Safety Organizing Scale, and items to assess job satisfaction, perceived quality of care, and intention to leave their current position. Logistic and linear regression models were used to examine factors associated with these outcomes. From 403 individuals, 319 (79.2%) participated. The majority of respondents endorsed excellent quality of care (57.7%), job satisfaction (69.3%), and intention to stay in current position (77.4%). Endorsement of favorable collegial nurse-physician relationships was significantly associated with all 3 outcomes and increased performance of safety organizing behaviors. Nurses reported variations in practice environments and safety organizing behaviors across units. Work environment assessments are useful to retain experienced nurses and support the delivery of high-quality patient care. Routine assessment of the work environment for registered nurses and advanced practice nurses is feasible and informative.

  3. Nurse-physician relationships in ambulatory oncology settings.

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    Friese, Christopher R; Manojlovich, Milisa

    2012-09-01

    The purpose of this study was to explore nurses' perceptions of nurse-physician relationships in ambulatory oncology settings, which are linked to patient safety. This cross-sectional, descriptive study analyzed survey data collected in 2010 from oncology nurses employed in ambulatory settings. The sampling frame was the nurse licensure database in one state in the Southeastern United States. Nurses completed the Practice Environment Scale of the Nursing Work Index (PES-NWI), reported on the quality of care in their setting, and commented on factors that promoted or inhibited high-quality care delivery. Data analysis used three study variables: empirically derived values from the PES-NWI, a scale of nurse-reported quality of care in their setting, and open-text comments about features in their workplace that promoted or hindered high-quality care. After categorizing open-text comments, analysis of variance was used to evaluate differences in PES-NWI subscales by comment category. Chi-square test statistics were calculated to examine differences in overall practice environment and quality of care by comment category. Nurses reported their relationships with physicians as generally favorable. Qualitative findings suggest two themes that influence how nurses characterize their working relationships with physicians: (a) physician behaviors and (b) structural factors. Both PES-NWI scores and quality of care were rated significantly higher by nurses who wrote favorably about physicians. Favorable nurse-physician relationships in ambulatory settings may reflect positive workplaces and promote high-quality care. Consistent with findings from inpatient units, nurse-physician relationships are important to the quality of ambulatory oncology care. Systematic measurement and attention to reported deficits in these relationships may promote higher quality care. © 2012 Sigma Theta Tau International.

  4. Postoperative pain management following ambulatory anesthesia: challenges and solutions

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Stephan A Schug,1,2 Chandani Chandrasena2 1School of Medicine and Pharmacology, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia; 2Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, WA, Australia Abstract: Worldwide, there is an increasing trend toward performing more and more complex surgery in an ambulatory setting, partially driven by economic considerations. Provision of appropriate pain relief is still often inadequate in this setting; poor pain control and adverse effects of opioids provided for pain control are common reasons for readmission, with human and economic consequences. Therefore, improved analgesia after ambulatory surgery is an important goal; appropriate strategies include identification of at-risk patients, provision of multimodal analgesia, and early use of rescue strategies. Multimodal analgesia is based on the combined use of multiple medications or techniques for pain control, which have different mechanisms of action or act on different sites at the pain pathways. Thereby, such an approach improves analgesia, reduces opioid requirements, and reduces adverse effects of opioids. Important components of multimodal analgesia are nonopioids (acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and alpha-2-delta modulators (gabapentin, pregabalin, but most importantly the use of local and regional anesthesia techniques. Here, the use of adjuvants is one way to increase the duration of pain relief, but, increasingly, continuous peripheral nerve blocks via catheters are used in ambulatory patients, too. Finally, the planning of discharge medications needs a balancing act between the requirements for provision of good analgesia and the risk of opioids going out into the community. Keywords: ambulatory surgery, short-stay surgery, multimodal analgesia, nonopioids, local anesthetics, regional anesthesia

  5. Hospitalization of older adults due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions

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    Marques, Aline Pinto; Montilla, Dalia Elena Romero; de Almeida, Wanessa da Silva; de Andrade, Carla Lourenço Tavares

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To analyze the temporal evolution of the hospitalization of older adults due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions according to their structure, magnitude and causes. METHODS Cross-sectional study based on data from the Hospital Information System of the Brazilian Unified Health System and from the Primary Care Information System, referring to people aged 60 to 74 years living in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Souhteastern Brazil. The proportion and rate of hospitalizations due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions were calculated, both the global rate and, according to diagnoses, the most prevalent ones. The coverage of the Family Health Strategy and the number of medical consultations attended by older adults in primary care were estimated. To analyze the indicators’ impact on hospitalizations, a linear correlation test was used. RESULTS We found an intense reduction in hospitalizations due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions for all causes and age groups. Heart failure, cerebrovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases concentrated 50.0% of the hospitalizations. Adults older than 69 years had a higher risk of hospitalization due to one of these causes. We observed a higher risk of hospitalization among men. A negative correlation was found between the hospitalizations and the indicators of access to primary care. CONCLUSIONS Primary healthcare in the state of Rio de Janeiro has been significantly impacting the hospital morbidity of the older population. Studies of hospitalizations due to ambulatory care sensitive conditions can aid the identification of the main causes that are sensitive to the intervention of the health services, in order to indicate which actions are more effective to reduce hospitalizations and to increase the population’s quality of life. PMID:25372173

  6. Ambulatory office organization for internal medicine resident medical education.

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    Babbott, Stewart F; Beasley, Brent W; Reddy, Siddharta; Duffy, F Daniel; Nadkarni, Mohan; Holmboe, Eric S

    2010-12-01

    Residents will most effectively learn about ambulatory, systems-based practice by working in highly functional ambulatory practices; however, systems experiences in ambulatory training are thought to be highly variable. The authors sought to determine the prevalence of functional-practice characteristics at clinics where residents learn. In 2007, the authors conducted a national survey of medical directors of resident continuity clinics using a comprehensive, Web-based instrument that included both a residency clinic assessment and a practice system assessment (PSA). The authors designed the PSA to estimate the Physician Practice Connections (PPC) score, indicating the readiness of a practice to function as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH). Of 356 clinic directors or physician representatives responding to an initial inquiry, 221 completed the survey (62%)--representing 185 programs (49% of accredited programs). The majority of clinics were hospital based (139/220; 63%) or hospital supported (41/220; 19%) and were located in urban settings (151/217; 70%). Estimated payer mix categories included Medicare or managed Medicare (169; 29%), Medicaid or managed Medicaid (161; 34%), and self-pay (156; 25%). The mean estimated PPC score was 53 points (of 100; SD = 17.6). Suburban and rural clinics, Veterans Affairs' clinics, federally qualified health centers, and clinics with a higher proportion of patients with commercial insurance or managed Medicare earned higher scores. A substantial portion of residency clinics have elements needed for PCMH recognition. However, clinics struggled with connecting these elements with coordination-of-care processes, suggesting areas for improvement to support better functioning of ambulatory training practices.

  7. Patient satisfaction and positive patient outcomes in ambulatory anesthesia

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    Shah U; Wong DT; Wong J.

    2015-01-01

    Ushma Shah, David T Wong, Jean Wong Department of Anesthesia, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada Abstract: Most surgeries in North America are performed on an ambulatory basis, reducing health care costs and increasing patient comfort. Patient satisfaction is an important outcome indicator of the quality of health care services incorporated by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Patient satisfaction is a complex concep...

  8. [The shift towards ambulatory care, from wishful thinking to practice].

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    Pierru, Frédéric

    2016-01-01

    For several years, there has been a distinct political will for the development of home care. However, this shift to ambulatory care, a source of financial savings for the health system and comfort for the patient, requires sociological debate. Notable issues for discussion are the social inequalities caused by this evolution and the role of the family in the care. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  9. [Dealing with bottlenecks in ambulatory patient care: a judge's perspective].

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    Wenner, Ulrich

    2010-01-01

    In ambulatory care diagnostic and therapeutic procedures may only be applied if they have a positive recommendation from the Federal Joint Committee. Both physicians and patients are bound by this rule. Limitations of ambulatory care cannot be attributed to the existing rules applicable to the funding for ambulatory care services; they only affect the pecuniary interests of Statutory Health Insurance (SHI) accredited physicians which are beyond the control of the insured. The prescription of medical drugs, supplements and health aids is subject to stronger restrictions, which can pose a dilemma for physicians: on the one hand, they are allowed by law to prescribe even the most costly medical drugs to every insured patient, if required, but on the other hand, they will have to prepare themselves for drug recourse claims. This situation can be relieved by appropriately handling reviews of so-called average prescription limits. Physicians should support the exertion of indirect influence over their prescription behaviour through measures like substitution ("aut idem" principle) and discount contracts and also, they should actively commit themselves to this approach when facing their patients. Otherwise financial viability, especially with respect to the supply with medical drugs, of the statutory health insurance system will be at risk. Copyright (c) 2010. Published by Elsevier GmbH.

  10. Duration of illness in ambulatory children diagnosed with bronchiolitis.

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    Swingler, G H; Hussey, G D; Zwarenstein, M

    2000-10-01

    To measure the duration of illness in ambulatory children diagnosed with bronchiolitis and to examine clinical predictors of duration of illness. Validation inception cohort study. Duration of follow up was 28 days. A primary-level ambulatory department of a public sector children's hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. One hundred eighty-one children aged 2 to 23 months who went to the hospital as their first contact for that episode of illness, and had a clinical diagnosis of bronchiolitis were enrolled consecutively on weekday mornings if their guardian stated that they were contactable by telephone. Resolution of symptoms, as judged by the guardian, measured by twice-weekly telephone interviews. Median duration of illness (calculated as the reported duration of symptoms before initial hospital visit plus the time from first consultation to recovery) was 12 days (95% confidence interval, 11-14 days). After 21 days, 18% were still ill and after 28 days, 9% were still ill. Sixty-two patients (34.2%) had unscheduled consultations within 28 days, a median of 13 days after the first consultation. There was no association of duration of illness with age, sex, z score for weight for age, or respiratory rate. Ambulatory children diagnosed with bronchiolitis recover with few complications, but the resolution of symptoms may take several weeks. Providing parents with this information could help reduce the high rate of unscheduled return visits as observed in this cohort.

  11. [Current clinical aspects of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring].

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    Sauza-Sosa, Julio César; Cuéllar-Álvarez, José; Villegas-Herrera, Karla Montserrat; Sierra-Galán, Lilia Mercedes

    2016-01-01

    Systemic arterial hypertension is the prevalentest disease worldwide that significantly increases cardiovascular risk. An early diagnosis together to achieve goals decreases the risk of complications significatly. Recently have been updated the diagnostic criteria for hypertension and the introduction of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. The introduction into clinical practice of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was to assist the diagnosis of «white coat hypertension» and «masked hypertension». Today has also shown that ambulatory blood pressure monitoring is better than the traditional method of recording blood pressure in the office, to the diagnosis and to adequate control and adjustment of drug treatment. Also there have been introduced important new concepts such as isloted nocturnal hypertension, morning blood pressure elevation altered and altered patterns of nocturnal dip in blood pressure; which have been associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Several studies have shown significant prognostic value in some stocks. There are still other concepts on which further study is needed to properly establish their introduction to clinical practice as hypertensive load variability, pulse pressure and arterial stiffness. In addition to setting values according to further clinical studies in populations such as elderly and children. Copyright © 2016 Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez. Publicado por Masson Doyma México S.A. All rights reserved.

  12. Pathway to Best Practice in Spirometry in the Ambulatory Setting.

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    Peracchio, Carol

    2016-01-01

    Spirometry performed in the ambulatory setting is an invaluable tool for diagnosis, monitoring, and evaluation of respiratory health in patients with chronic lung disease. If spirometry is not performed according to American Thoracic Society (ATS) guidelines, unnecessary repeated testing, increased expenditure of time and money, and increased patient and family anxiety may result. Two respiratory therapists at Mission Health System in Asheville, NC, identified an increase in patients arriving at the pulmonary function testing (PFT) laboratories with abnormal spirometry results obtained in the ambulatory setting. These abnormal results were due to incorrect testing procedure, not chronic lung disease. Three training methods were developed to increase knowledge of correct spirometry testing procedure in the ambulatory setting. The therapists also created a plan to educate offices that do not perform spirometry on the importance and availability of PFT services at our hospital for the population of patients with chronic lung disease. Notable improvements in posttraining test results were demonstrated. The education process was evaluated by a leading respiratory expert, with improvements suggested and implemented. Next steps are listed.

  13. Home and ambulatory blood pressure in resistant hypertension.

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    Grassi, Guido; Facchetti, Rita; Seravalle, Gino; Cuspidi, Cesare; Mancia, Giuseppe

    2013-05-01

    Since their introduction in the clinical setting home and ambulatory blood pressure measurements have gained growing popularity in the diagnosis and treatment of essential hypertension for a number of reasons. These reasons include: 1) the lack of the so-called "white-coat effect", 2) the ability of the two approaches to provide information on blood pressure phenomena of prognostic value, and 3) the close relationship of the derived values with the risk of developing fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events. These features also apply to resistant hypertension, in which these approaches allow a precise definition of the diagnosis of this clinical condition, by excluding the presence of white-coat hypertension. Assessment of "out-of-office" blood pressure also allows us to define the patterns of blood pressure variability in this clinical condition as well as its relationships with target organ damage. Finally, home as well as ambulatory blood pressure measurements allow us to investigate the effects of therapeutic interventions, including those associated with the radiofrequency ablation of renal nerves. The present paper will provide a critical review of the main features of home and ambulatory blood pressure measurement in resistant hypertension, highlighting their main advantages as compared to office blood pressure. The prognostic significance, relationships with target organ damage and implications for treatment will also be discussed.

  14. Annotated Bibliography: Understanding Ambulatory Care Practices in the Context of Patient Safety and Quality Improvement.

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    Montano, Maria F; Mehdi, Harshal; Nash, David B

    2016-11-01

    The ambulatory care setting is an increasingly important component of the patient safety conversation. Inpatient safety is the primary focus of the vast majority of safety research and interventions, but the ambulatory setting is actually where most medical care is administered. Recent attention has shifted toward examining ambulatory care in order to implement better health care quality and safety practices. This annotated bibliography was created to analyze and augment the current literature on ambulatory care practices with regard to patient safety and quality improvement. By providing a thorough examination of current practices, potential improvement strategies in ambulatory care health care settings can be suggested. A better understanding of the myriad factors that influence delivery of patient care will catalyze future health care system development and implementation in the ambulatory setting. © The Author(s) 2016.

  15. Significados psicológicos do abandono do tratamento ambulatorial nos transtornos alimentares na visão dos pacientes : um estudo clínico-qualitativo

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    Flávia Machado Seidinger

    2014-01-01

    Resumo: O abandono do tratamento, questão cara à saúde pública, constitui preocupação nos transtornos alimentares, pelos altos índices, bem como pelos resultados insatisfatórios no tratamento e pela gravidade do quadro. O presente estudo teve por objetivo compreender o fenômeno do abandono do tratamento ambulatorial nos transtornos alimentares a partir dos significados atribuídos por pacientes que vivenciaram tal experiência. Utilizando-se do método clínico-qualitativo, entrevistas em profund...

  16. Ambulatory unicompartmental knee arthroplasty: Short outcome of 50 first cases.

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    Ruiz, N; Buisson, X; Filippi, G; Roulet, M; Robert, H

    2017-10-24

    The reduction in length of stay (LOS) in orthopedic surgery has been steady for several years. For the past 3 or 4 years in France, the trend toward outpatient surgery has been growing upwards, as it is a goal for hospital administration. This is a prospective, continuous, mono-centric, single operator study on 56 UKAs. Included were all UKAs carried out between January 2014 and December 2015, meeting the following criteria: voluntary patients, supportive family environment, absence of comorbidity (oral anticoagulants, diabetes, obesity), ASA score≤3. Preoperatively, patients received: Dexamethasone 2mg/10kg, Tranexamic acid 2g, Cefazolin 2g IV. All patients were operated on under general anesthesia with the same technique: Alpina® (Zimmer-Biomet) uni-prosthesis without tourniquet. The arthrotomy was closed after a capsular injection of a solution of 150mg Ropivacaine+30mg Bi-Profenid®. Patient discharge on the same day evening was authorized by both surgeon and anesthesiologist. Three criteria were quantified: number of patients seen before the date of the first consultation for the removal of stitches (around day 12), Visual Pain Scale (10 points scale) on the first 12 days, and the level of satisfaction at the one-month postoperative visit. Six patients (11%) were not included in the ambulatory program during the initial consultation. Three patients were not able to be discharged on the same day evening due to nausea and therefore remained hospitalized for one night. Eighteen patients (38%) were reviewed before D10: 13 patients were reviewed between D1 and D4 for bleeding through the dressing and 5 for pain not controlled by level 1 and 2 analgesics. The Visual Pain Scale (VPS) reached level 6±2 by the 2nd day and then dropped to 1±1 by the 12th day. At 1 month, 85% of the patients were satisfied or very satisfied with their care. There were no general or localized complications. Ambulatory UKA surgery is possible for most patients. The inclusion rate for

  17. Infection Prevention and Control in Pediatric Ambulatory Settings.

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    Rathore, Mobeen H; Jackson, Mary Anne

    2017-11-01

    Since the American Academy of Pediatrics published its statement titled "Infection Prevention and Control in Pediatric Ambulatory Settings" in 2007, there have been significant changes that prompted this updated statement. Infection prevention and control is an integral part of pediatric practice in ambulatory medical settings as well as in hospitals. Infection prevention and control practices should begin at the time the ambulatory visit is scheduled. All health care personnel should be educated regarding the routes of transmission and techniques used to prevent the transmission of infectious agents. Policies for infection prevention and control should be written, readily available, updated every 2 years, and enforced. Many of the recommendations for infection control and prevention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for hospitalized patients are also applicable in the ambulatory setting. These recommendations include requirements for pediatricians to take precautions to identify and protect employees likely to be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials while on the job. In addition to emphasizing the key principles of infection prevention and control in this policy, we update those that are relevant to the ambulatory care patient. These guidelines emphasize the role of hand hygiene and the implementation of diagnosis- and syndrome-specific isolation precautions, with the exemption of the use of gloves for routine diaper changes and wiping a well child's nose or tears for most patient encounters. Additional topics include respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette strategies for patients with a respiratory tract infection, including those relevant for special populations like patients with cystic fibrosis or those in short-term residential facilities; separation of infected, contagious children from uninfected children when feasible; safe handling and disposal of needles and other sharp medical devices; appropriate use of personal

  18. Agreement between ambulatory, home, and office blood pressure variability.

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    Juhanoja, Eeva P; Niiranen, Teemu J; Johansson, Jouni K; Puukka, Pauli J; Jula, Antti M

    2016-01-01

    Ambulatory, home, and office blood pressure (BP) variability are often treated as a single entity. Our aim was to assess the agreement between these three methods for measuring BP variability. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory BP monitoring, 28 home BP measurements, and eight office BP measurements were performed on 461 population-based or hypertensive participants. Five variability indices were calculated for all measurement methods: SD, coefficient of variation, maximum-minimum difference, variability independent of the mean, and average real variability. Pearson's correlation coefficients were calculated for indices measured with different methods. The agreement between different measurement methods on the diagnoses of extreme BP variability (participants in the highest decile of variability) was assessed with kappa (κ) coefficients. SBP/DBP variability was greater in daytime (coefficient of variation: 9.8 ± 2.9/11.9 ± 3.6) and night-time ambulatory measurements (coefficient of variation: 8.6 ± 3.4/12.1 ± 4.5) than in home (coefficient of variation: 4.4 ± 1.8/4.7 ± 1.9) and office (coefficient of variation: 4.6 ± 2.4/5.2 ± 2.6) measurements (P home, ambulatory-office, and home-office variability indices ranged between 0.07-0.25/0.12-0.23, 0.13-0.26/0.03-0.22 and 0.13-0.24/0.10-0.19, respectively, indicating, at most, a weak positive (r home, ambulatory-office, and home-office agreement varying between-0.014-0.20/0.061-0.15, 0.037-0.18/0.082-0.15, and 0.082-0.13/0.045-0.15, respectively. Shorter-term and longer-term BP variability assessed by different methods of BP measurement seem to correlate only weakly with each other. Our study suggests that BP variability measured by different methods and timeframes may reflect different phenomena, not a single entity.

  19. A Model for Integrating Ambulatory Surgery Centers Into an Academic Health System Using a Novel Ambulatory Surgery Coordinating Council.

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    Ishii, Lisa; Pronovost, Peter J; Demski, Renee; Wylie, Gill; Zenilman, Michael

    2016-06-01

    An increasing volume of ambulatory surgeries has led to an increase in the number of ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Some academic health systems have aligned with ASCs to create a more integrated care delivery system. Yet, these centers are diverse in many areas, including specialty types, ownership models, management, physician employment, and regulatory oversight. Academic health systems then face challenges in integrating these ASCs into their organizations. Johns Hopkins Medicine created the Ambulatory Surgery Coordinating Council in 2014 to manage, standardize, and promote peer learning among its eight ASCs. The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality provided support and a model for this organization through its quality management infrastructure. The physician-led council defined a mission and created goals to identify best practices, uniformly provide the highest-quality patient-centered care, and continuously improve patient outcomes and experience across ASCs. Council members built trust and agreed on a standardized patient safety and quality dashboard to report measures that include regulatory, care process, patient experience, and outcomes data. The council addressed unintentional outcomes and process variation across the system and agreed to standard approaches to optimize quality. Council members also developed a process for identifying future goals, standardizing care practices and electronic medical record documentation, and creating quality and safety policies. The early success of the council supports the continuation of the Armstrong Institute model for physician-led quality management. Other academic health systems can learn from this model as they integrate ASCs into their complex organizations.

  20. Self-Reported Activities and Outcomes of Ambulatory Care Staff Registered Nurses: An Exploration

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    Rondinelli, June L; Omery, Anna K; Crawford, Cecelia L; Johnson, Joyce A

    2014-01-01

    Ambulatory care is a growing field of nursing practice. There has been an ongoing effort to identify the desired role of the staff registered nurses (RN) in outpatient care and provide linkages to preferred outcomes. Survey respondents were ambulatory care staff RNs from various primary and specialty care clinics (n = 187) in an integrated health care organization in Southern California. This research study supports what ambulatory care RNs say they are doing: daily, diverse, and complex pati...

  1. Priming the pipeline: creating aspirations for new graduate nurses to enter ambulatory care nursing roles.

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    Haas, Sheila A

    2009-01-01

    The magnitude and projected length of the nursing shortage coupled with the increasing demand for ambulatory care nurses requires that novel strategies to attract and recruit new ambulatory care nurses be implemented. Planning and implementation strategies aimed at the current pool of student nurses are discussed in detail. Initiatives to elicit support of current ambulatory care nurses, deans, directors and faculty of schools of nursing are also presented along with options for evaluation of such initiatives.

  2. An analysis of risk factors and adverse events in ambulatory surgery

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    Kent C; Metzner J; Bollag L

    2014-01-01

    Christopher Kent, Julia Metzner, Laurent BollagDepartment of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USAAbstract: Care for patients undergoing ambulatory procedures is a broad and expanding area of anesthetic and surgical practice. There were over 35 million ambulatory surgical procedures performed in the US in 2006. Ambulatory procedures are diverse in both type and setting, as they span the range from biopsies performed under local anesthesia ...

  3. Ambulatory urodynamic studies (UDS) in children using a Bluetooth-enabled device.

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    Deshpande, Aniruddh V; Craig, Jonathan C; Caldwell, Patrina H Y; Smith, Grahame H H

    2012-12-01

    • To report the early observations of using ambulatory urodynamic studies (UDS) using a Bluetooth-enabled device in children • To evaluate the incremental value of ambulatory over conventional UDS. • Ambulatory UDS were performed in selected children with voiding dysfunction between August 2009 and October 2010. • Conventional UDS were concurrently performed wherever possible. • The test results and treatment consequences of the two tests were compared. • In all, 12 ambulatory and seven conventional UDS were performed on 10 children (five boys, median [range] age 7 [4-16] years). • Six of the seven children had a normal conventional UDS. Ambulatory UDS detected phasic detrusor overactivity (DO) in five children and generalised DO in one. • Direct correlation of symptoms to DO was possible in two children during ambulatory UDS. Pressure rise during filling, seen in two children on conventional UDS, was not seen during ambulatory UDS. • Five children showed clinical improvement when therapy was guided by ambulatory UDS results. • Ambulatory UDS was generally well tolerated in eight children, with two complaining of discomfort. Inadequate information was obtained in two children who underwent ambulatory UDS due to technical problems in one and distress induced by the UDS in the other. • Ambulatory UDS provides useful additional information over conventional UDS and can be used to guide further therapy in selected children with voiding dysfunction. • It is safe and well tolerated in children. • There is a need for explicit guidance for the technical delivery and interpretation of ambulatory UDS in children. © 2012 THE AUTHORS. BJU INTERNATIONAL © 2012 BJU INTERNATIONAL.

  4. Ambulatory Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Comprehensive Analysis of Current Trends, Complications, Readmissions, and Costs.

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    Cancienne, Jourdan M; Brockmeier, Stephen F; Gulotta, Lawrence V; Dines, David M; Werner, Brian C

    2017-04-19

    There have been few studies that have evaluated ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty. The objectives of the present study were to investigate the current trends in ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty in the United States; to characterize the rate of postoperative complications, hospital readmission, and risk factors associated with readmission; and to conduct a cost analysis comparing ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty with matched inpatient total shoulder arthroplasty. A national insurance database was queried for patients who underwent anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty between the fourth quarter of 2010 and 2014. Patients undergoing ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty and a matched group of patients undergoing inpatient total shoulder arthroplasty were identified. Complications were assessed for both groups. Risk factors for readmission within 90 days postoperatively were examined. The costs up to 30 days postoperatively were evaluated for patients who underwent ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty and controls. Included in the study were 706 patients who underwent ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty. From the fourth quarter of 2010 to 2014, the yearly incidence of ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty doubled. In the study, 4,459 patients who underwent inpatient total shoulder arthroplasty were matched to patients who underwent ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty. In no instances were any complications present at a significantly higher rate in the patients who underwent ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty. The rate of readmission was not significantly different (p > 0.05) between the 2 cohorts. The patients undergoing ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty had significantly lower costs (p ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty is a viable and safe practice model. Ambulatory total shoulder arthroplasty also offers significant cost savings compared with inpatient total shoulder arthroplasty in matched patients. Therapeutic Level III. See

  5. Incidência de complicações relacionadas à massagem do seio carotídeo em 502 pacientes ambulatoriais Incidencia de complicaciones relacionadas al masaje del seno carotídeo en 502 pacientes ambulatorios Complications related to carotid sinus massage in 502 ambulatory patients

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    Full Text Available FUNDAMENTO: A massagem do seio carotídeo (MSC é uma técnica simples, de baixo custo e com muitas indicações. OBJETIVO: Determinar a segurança da MSC em pacientes ambulatoriais com alta prevalência de doença aterosclerótica e de cardiopatia. MÉTODOS: Estudo transversal. Critérios de inclusão: pacientes ambulatoriais com idade > 50 anos, encaminhados para realização de eletrocardiograma (ECG. Critérios de exclusão: indivíduos que não aceitaram participar de um estudo sobre a prevalência da resposta cardioinibitória à MSC, pacientes com demência, portadores de marca-passo, indivíduos com sopro carotídeo ou com história de AVC ou IAM nos últimos 3 meses. A MSC foi realizada na posição supina durante 10 segundos. Foram consideradas complicações da MSC a ocorrência de arritmias sustentadas e o aparecimento de déficit neurológico durante a MSC ou nas primeiras 24 horas após o seu término. RESULTADOS: Foram selecionados aleatoriamente 562 pacientes de um total de 1.686 indivíduos com critérios de inclusão. Sessenta indivíduos apresentaram critérios de exclusão. Os 502 pacientes restantes (52% homens, idade média de 65 anos, 69% cardiopatas e 50% com doença aterosclerótica foram submetidos a 1.053 MSC. Dois pacientes apresentaram complicações (0,4%; IC95%:0%-0,9%. Um homem de 71 anos apresentou monoparesia do braço esquerdo com regressão completa em 30 minutos. Outro homem, de 56 anos, apresentou hemianopsia homônima à esquerda que regrediu em 7 dias. CONCLUSÃO: A incidência de complicações relacionadas à MSC foi pequena, particularmente quando se considerou que a população submetida à manobra era idosa e com alta prevalência de cardiopatia estrutural e de doença aterosclerótica.FUNDAMENTO: El masaje del seno carotídeo (MSC es una técnica simple, de bajo costo y con muchas indicaciones. OBJETIVO: Determinar la seguridad del MSC en pacientes ambulatorios con alta prevalencia de enfermedad

  6. Operation and organisation of ambulatory surgery in France. Results of a nationwide survey; The OPERA study.

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    Beaussier, Marc; Albaladejo, Pierre; Sciard, Didier; Jouffroy, Laurent; Benhamou, Dan; Ecoffey, Claude; Aubrun, Frederic

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    Operation and organisation of ambulatory surgical activity in France remains largely undocumented. This nationwide observational prospective survey, carried out between December 2013 and December 2014, was undertaken to characterise the organisational processes of ambulatory surgery in France. Three hundred centres were randomly chosen from a list of 891 hospitals practicing ambulatory surgery, with stratification according to the type of facility (public general hospital, university hospital, private hospital) and region. An email was sent to the board of the randomly chosen facilities with an attached information letter explaining how the survey worked. Hospitals who did not reply to this email were contacted by phone. Among the 206 hospitals that answered the survey, 92 were private, 78 were public and 36 were university hospitals. Median accommodation capacities of ambulatory units were 8 beds, mostly distinct from conventional surgical ward. Patient pathways dedicated to ambulatory surgery appear as the current predominant practice. 77% of the French ambulatory units have a head nurse in charge of logistics and coordination. Several items still have to be improved, such as the adherence to modern fasting rules and the unnecessary use of stretcher to move the patient. Objective discharge score is used in 77% of ambulatory units. This survey highlights the implementation of some positive organisational parameters corresponding to common good practices recommendations. In contrast, several other recommendations are still insufficiently applied and may hamper the development of safe ambulatory surgery. This brings up new challenges for health regulatory boards, hospitals and ambulatory units managers. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  7. Prospective evaluation of ambulatory laser vaporization of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

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    Berquet, Gaetan; Corbel, Luc; Della Negra, Emmanuel; Huet, Romain; Trifard, François; Codet, Yann; Boulière, Fabien; Verhoest, Grégory; Vincendeau, Sébastien; Bensalah, Karim; Mathieu, Romain

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    Photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP) is an alternative to transurethral resection of the prostate in the surgical treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Our objective was to prospectively evaluate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of ambulatory photoselective vaporization of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia. We prospectively collected data of all consecutive patients who underwent ambulatory PVP with the Greenlight(®) laser 180-W XPS at two centers between May 2012 and June 2013. Patients' characteristics, perioperative data, postoperative outcomes, complications, and patient's satisfaction were evaluated. Successful ambulatory care procedure was defined as the ability to leave the hospital in the evening of the operation. The ambulatory procedure was intended in 134 patients. Mean age was 67 years. Mean prostate volume was 54 ml, and Median American Society Anesthesiologists (ASA) score was 2. Ambulatory procedure was successful in 121 patients (90%). At 3 months, International Prostate Symptom Score (7.3 ± 4.9), maximal urinary flow rate (20.8 ± 7.6 ml/s), postvoid residual urine (19.2 ± 71 ml), and quality of life (1.6 ± 1.4) were significantly improved (P ambulatory care. Failure to complete ambulatory procedure was mostly related to logistical problem (70% of the cases). Ambulatory PVP is feasible with functional results and complications comparable to that of traditional hospitalization. Ambulatory care yields high patient's satisfaction. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. The correlation between cognitive impairment and ambulatory blood pressure in patients with cerebral small vessel disease.

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    Li, X-F; Cui, L-M; Sun, D-K; Wang, H-T; Liu, W-G

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    The present study was aimed to analyze the correlation between cognitive impairment and ambulatory blood pressure in patients with cerebral small vessel disease (CSVD). 108 patients with CSVD received in our hospital were selected. Assessment of cognitive impairment was by the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). 39 cases were established as the impairment group and 69 cases were established as the normal group. 24 h ambulatory blood pressure was monitored, and changes in ambulatory blood pressure parameters between the two groups were compared. Also, the correlation between blood pressure parameters and MoCA score were analyzed. Comparisons of ambulatory systolic blood pressure, ambulatory pulse pressure and the ratios of night blood pressure reduction of patients in both groups showed statistical differences (p 0.05). The comparison of the blood pressure curves in both groups showed statistical differences (p ambulatory systolic blood pressure, ambulatory pulse pressure and the ratio of night blood pressure reduction of patients with CSVD showed prominently negative correlations with MoCA score (p ambulatory blood pressure of patients with CSVD are intimately correlated. The rise of ambulatory systolic blood pressure, pulse pressure, and the decline of blood pressure may represent risk factors for cognitive impairment in patients with CSVD. Improving blood pressure management will reduce the incidence of cognitive impairment caused by CSVD.

  9. 3C.06: EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND PSYCHOLOGICAL STATUS WERE RELATED WITH WHITE COAT EFFECT AND MEAN AMBULATORY BLOOD PRESSURE LEVELS IN PATIENTS WITH ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION.

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    Andreeva, G; Gorbunov, V; Lyusin, D

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    The aim of our study was to determine relationship between emotional intelligence (EI), psychological status (PS) and mean ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) level, white coat effect (WCE) in untreated patients with arterial hypertension (AH). We analyzed 150 ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) data of AH patients without serious concomitant diseases. ABPM monitor (Spacelabs 90207) was applied after the washout period. We defined daytime period as 8.00-22.00 (BPd), nighttime - 0.00-6.00 (BPn). After ABPM session patients completed the PS and EI questionnaire: "Minnesota Multiphase Personality Inventory" (MMPI) and "EmIn Questionnaire" (by Lyusin D.). We assessed following EmIn scale scores: I - emotion self-awareness; II- management of one's own emotions; III - control of emotional expression; IV - understanding others' emotions; V - management of others' emotions. We used Spearman Partial Coefficient for correlation (r) analysis adjusted for age, sex and duration of AH. The mean daytime systolic BP (SBP) was 139.1 ± 12.7, diastolic (DBP) - 83.1 ± 9.9 mm Hg (M ± SD). We found the following correlations (p > 0.05): 1) 9 MMPI scale scores (energy, optimism, good mood) with WCE for SBP (r = -0.28) and mean clinical SBP (r = -0.25); 2) III scale scores (control of emotional expression) with WCE for DBP (r = -0.24); 3) I scale scores (emotion self-awareness) with mean clinical SBP (r = 0.27); 4) IV scale scores (understanding others' emotions) with mean clinical DBP and SBP (r = 0.34, r = 0.31) and with mean ambulatory DBP and SBP. For mean 24 hours SBP, SBPd r = 0.25 and r = 0.25, for 24 hours DBP, DBPd, DBPn r = 0.30, r = 0.29, r = 0.24 respectively.Energy, optimism, good mood (9 MMPI scale scores) and good emotion self-control levels (I scale scores) had a negative correlation with WCE levels and mean clinical SBP. Perception of own or other people's emotions (II and IV scale scores

  10. A study of ambulatory care education in medical schools and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities.

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    Robbins, A S; Lussier, R R; Koser, K

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    A study of ambulatory care and education was conducted by sending questionnaires to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals (75) and medical schools (65) prior to the Conference on Ambulatory Care and Education. Responses from 48% of medical schools indicated that there was little required clinical time in ambulatory care (15-20%), as well as faculty resistance and lack of medical school commitment to ambulatory care education. VA respondents (35% sample) also documented relatively little training in ambulatory care at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Numerous barriers to ambulatory care education are mentioned and strategies for overcoming the problems found are discussed.

  11. Perfil dos pacientes com manifestações extra-articulares de artrite reumatoide de um serviço ambulatorial em Curitiba, Sul do Brasil Epidemiological profile of patients with extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis from the city of Curitiba, South of Brazil

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Descrever o perfil epidemiológico dos pacientes com manifestações extra-articulares (MEA de artrite reumatoide (AR do serviço de referência; relatar a prevalência de MEA e compará-la com dados da literatura; relacionar, se possível, fatores preditores dessas manifestações. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: Foram revisados 262 prontuários de pacientes com AR, diagnosticados pelos critérios de classificação do American College of Rheumatology (1987, que tiveram consulta médica em 2010. Os dados foram coletados e a análise estatística foi feita por descrições, cálculos matemáticos simples, teste t de Student e qui-quadrado, considerando um nível de significância de 5% (α = 0,05. RESULTADOS: Cento e vinte pacientes (45,8% apresentaram alguma MEA no curso da doença. Manifestações pulmonares, nódulos reumatoides e Síndrome de Sjögren foram mais prevalentes. Fator reumatoide e anticorpo antipeptídeo cíclico citrulinado foram positivos na maior parte dos pacientes com testes disponíveis. A maioria foi classificada como classe 1 e 2 do Índice Funcional de Steinbrocker. O valor médio do Índice de Atividade da Doença-28 (DAS-28, Disease Activity Score-28 foi de 3,629, e do Questionário de Avaliação de Saúde (HAQ, Health Assessment Questionnaire foi de 1,12. Evidenciou-se que pacientes com MEA possuem a doença há mais tempo (P OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiological profile of patients with extra-articular manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis (ExRA from an university-affiliated rheumatology center; to report the prevalence of ExRA and to compare it with available data; and to identify, if possible, ExRA predictors. METHODS: This study reviewed 262 medical charts of patients previously diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA according to the 1987 American College of Rheumatology criteria, and attending that rheumatology center in 2010. The statistical analysis comprised simple mathematical calculations, Student

  12. Eqüidade no tempo de espera para determinadas cirurgias eletivas segundo o tipo de hospital em Sorocaba, SP Equity in waiting time for some elective surgeries according to hospital type in Sorocaba, SP

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A eqüidade na atenção à saúde tem sido alvo de grande preocupação, incluindo países em desenvolvimento e desenvolvidos. A eqüidade horizontal, entendida como tratamento igual de indivíduos que se encontram na mesma situação de saúde, tem sido investigada nos diferentes níveis de atenção à saúde. OBJETIVOS: O presente estudo busca verificar se existem disparidades no tempo de espera para cirurgias eletivas (safenectomia, colecistectomia, hemorroidectomia e histerectomia segundo o tipo de hospital, público ou privado. METODOLOGIA: Realizou-se, em Sorocaba, um estudo transversal com 40 pacientes atendidos por hospital privado e 40 atendidos por hospital público, no período de outubro e novembro de 2005. Além do tempo de espera e tipo de hospital, foram pesquisados sexo, idade, escolaridade, renda, situação conjugal, procedência, tipo de cirurgia realizada e presença de determinadas comorbidades. RESULTADOS: Observou-se um tempo de espera maior nas categorias: hospital público (5,5 meses; pINTRODUCTION: Analyzing the waiting time for certain elective surgeries (saphenectomy, cholecystectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, and hysterectomy according to hospital type, the present study intends to find if there are differences in health care. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in Sorocaba with 40 individuals from a private hospital and 40 from a public hospital, interviewed in October and November 2005. RESULTS: A longer waiting time was observed for the following categories: public hospital (5.5 months; p<0.001, lower education (3.5 months; p<0.001, lower income (Spearman=-0.4426; p<0.001, residence out of Sorocaba (2 months; p=0.009, and saphenectomy (5 to 7 months; p=0.04. Adjusted for confounding, comorbidity, income, education, or residence variables, waiting time in public hospitals still was significantly longer (a difference of at least 4.93 months, when adjusted for income; 95%CI 3.4-6.4; p<0

  13. Factors Associated With Ambulatory Activity in De Novo Parkinson Disease.

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    Christiansen, Cory; Moore, Charity; Schenkman, Margaret; Kluger, Benzi; Kohrt, Wendy; Delitto, Anthony; Berman, Brian; Hall, Deborah; Josbeno, Deborah; Poon, Cynthia; Robichaud, Julie; Wellington, Toby; Jain, Samay; Comella, Cynthia; Corcos, Daniel; Melanson, Ed

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    Objective ambulatory activity during daily living has not been characterized for people with Parkinson disease prior to initiation of dopaminergic medication. Our goal was to characterize ambulatory activity based on average daily step count and examine determinants of step count in nonexercising people with de novo Parkinson disease. We analyzed baseline data from a randomized controlled trial, which excluded people performing regular endurance exercise. Of 128 eligible participants (mean ± SD = 64.3 ± 8.6 years), 113 had complete accelerometer data, which were used to determine daily step count. Multiple linear regression was used to identify factors associated with average daily step count over 10 days. Candidate explanatory variable categories were (1) demographics/anthropometrics, (2) Parkinson disease characteristics, (3) motor symptom severity, (4) nonmotor and behavioral characteristics, (5) comorbidities, and (6) cardiorespiratory fitness. Average daily step count was 5362 ± 2890 steps per day. Five factors explained 24% of daily step count variability, with higher step count associated with higher cardiorespiratory fitness (10%), no fear/worry of falling (5%), lower motor severity examination score (4%), more recent time since Parkinson disease diagnosis (3%), and the presence of a cardiovascular condition (2%). Daily step count in nonexercising people recruited for this intervention trial with de novo Parkinson disease approached sedentary lifestyle levels. Further study is warranted for elucidating factors explaining ambulatory activity, particularly cardiorespiratory fitness, and fear/worry of falling. Clinicians should consider the costs and benefits of exercise and activity behavior interventions immediately after diagnosis of Parkinson disease to attenuate the health consequences of low daily step count.Video Abstract available for more insights from the authors (see Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, http://links.lww.com/JNPT/A170).

  14. Ambulatory surgery with chloroprocaine spinal anesthesia: a review

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    Full Text Available Daniela Ghisi, Stefano Bonarelli Department of Anaesthesia and Postoperative Intensive Care, Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy Abstract: Spinal anesthesia is a reliable and safe technique for procedures of the lower extremities. Nevertheless, some of its characteristics may limit its use for ambulatory surgery, including delayed ambulation, risk of urinary retention, and pain after block regression. The current availability of short-acting local anesthetics has renewed interest for this technique also in the context of short- and ultra-short procedures. Chloroprocaine (CP is an amino-ester local anesthetic with a very short half-life. It was introduced and has been successfully used for spinal anesthesia since 1952. Sodium bisulfite was then added as a preservative after 1956. The drug was then abandoned in the 1980s for several reports of neurological deficits in patients receiving accidentally high doses of intrathecal CP during epidural labor analgesia. Animal studies have proven the safety of the preservative-free formulation, which has been extensively evaluated in volunteer studies as well as in clinical practice with a favorable profile in terms of both safety and efficacy. In comparison with bupivacaine, 2-chloroprocaine (2-CP showed faster offset times to end of anesthesia, unassisted ambulation, and discharge from hospital. These findings suggests that 2-CP may be a suitable alternative to low doses of long-acting local anesthetics in ambulatory surgery. Its safety profile also suggests that 2-CP could be a valid substitute for intrathecal short- and intermediate-acting local anesthetics, such as lidocaine and mepivacaine – often causes of transient neurological symptoms. In this context, literature suggests a dose ranging between 30 and 60 mg of 2-CP for procedures lasting 60 minutes or less, while 10 mg is considered the no-effect dose. The present review describes recent evidence about 2-CP as an anesthetic agent for

  15. Strategies to reduce medication errors in pediatric ambulatory settings

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    Full Text Available Worldwide, a large number of children are prescribed drugs on an outpatient basis. Medication errors are fairly common in these settings. Though this matter has been well recognized as a cause of concern, limited data is available from ambulatory settings. Medication errors can be defined as errors that may occur at any step, starting from ordering a medication, to dispensing, administration of the drug and the subsequent monitoring. The outcomes of such errors are variable and may range between those that are clinically insignificant to a life-threatening event. The reasons for these medication errors are multi-factorial. Children are unable to administer medications to themselves and also require a strict weight-based dosing regimen. The risk factors associated with medication errors include complex regimens with multiple medications. Overdosing and under-dosing (10-fold calculation errors, an increased or a decreased frequency of dosing or an inappropriate duration of administration of the medication, are frequently detected errors. The lack of availability of proper formulations adds to the confusion. The low level of literacy among the caregivers can aggravate this problem. There is a lack of proper reporting and monitoring mechanisms in most ambulatory settings, hence these errors remain unrecognized and often go unreported. This article summarizes the current available literature on medication errors in ambulatory settings and the possible strategies that can be adopted to reduce the burden of these errors in order to improve child care and patient safety. Voluntary, anonymous reporting can be introduced in the healthcare institutions to determine the incidence of these errors.

  16. Development of an ambulatory palliative care pharmacist practice.

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    Atayee, Rabia Samady; Best, Brookie M; Daniels, Charles E

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    The roles of a pharmacist in hospice and inpatient palliative care settings have been described. However, no reports of a palliative care pharmacist in an ambulatory care setting have been published. Our objective was to establish a model for incorporating an outpatient clinical pharmacist as part of a multidisciplinary palliative care team. A palliative care pharmacist based out of a retail pharmacy was incorporated as part of a consultative ambulatory palliative care service (known as the Doris A. Howell Service) at the University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center. The pharmacist completed all legal requirements to prescribe under a collaborative practice agreement in California (including National Provider Identifier [NPI] and US Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA] US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration). From November 2006 through August 2007, the palliative care pharmacist consulted 29 new patients (the average age of patients was 49; range, 20-78 years) who had 114 clinic visits. The most common reason for referral to the palliative care pharmacist was for pain management (27/29; 93%). During the 114 patient clinic visits, 98% (112/114) of the palliative care pharmacist medication recommendations were accepted by the primary care oncologist. Physicians completed a satisfaction survey and reported that the top three useful activities of the Howell Service were: additional time spent with patients without physician present (90.9%), pain and symptom management (81.8%), and psychosocial support (72.7%). This is the first report of a palliative care pharmacist in a retail-based ambulatory care setting. Initial results demonstrate the success of this pilot program.

  17. Regional variations in ambulatory care and incidence of cardiovascular events.

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    Tu, Jack V; Chu, Anna; Maclagan, Laura; Austin, Peter C; Johnston, Sharon; Ko, Dennis T; Cheung, Ingrid; Atzema, Clare L; Booth, Gillian L; Bhatia, R Sacha; Lee, Douglas S; Jackevicius, Cynthia A; Kapral, Moira K; Tu, Karen; Wijeysundera, Harindra C; Alter, David A; Udell, Jacob A; Manuel, Douglas G; Mondal, Prosanta; Hogg, William

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    Variations in the prevalence of traditional cardiac risk factors only partially account for geographic variations in the incidence of cardiovascular disease. We examined the extent to which preventive ambulatory health care services contribute to geographic variations in cardiovascular event rates. We conducted a cohort study involving 5.5 million patients aged 40 to 79 years in Ontario, Canada, with no hospital stays for cardiovascular disease as of January 2008, through linkage of multiple population-based health databases. The primary outcome was the occurrence of a major cardiovascular event (myocardial infarction, stroke or cardiovascular-related death) over the following 5 years. We compared patient demographics, cardiac risk factors and ambulatory health care services across the province's 14 health service regions, known as Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), and evaluated the contribution of these variables to regional variations in cardiovascular event rates. Cardiovascular event rates across LHINs varied from 3.2 to 5.7 events per 1000 person-years. Compared with residents of high-rate LHINs, those of low-rate health regions received physician services more often (e.g., 4.2 v. 3.5 mean annual family physician visits, p value for LHIN-level trend = 0.01) and were screened for risk factors more often. Low-rate LHINs were also more likely to achieve treatment targets for hypercholes-terolemia (51.8% v. 49.6% of patients, p = 0.03) and controlled hypertension (67.4% v. 53.3%, p = 0.04). Differences in patient and health system factors accounted for 74.5% of the variation in events between LHINs, of which 15.5% was attributable to health system factors alone. Preventive ambulatory health care services were provided more frequently in health regions with lower cardiovascular event rates. Health system interventions to improve equitable access to preventive care might improve cardiovascular outcomes. © 2017 Canadian Medical Association or its licensors.

  18. Human pose recovery for rehabilitation using ambulatory sensors.

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    Lin, Jonathan Feng-Shun; Kulić, Dana

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    In this paper, an approach for lower-leg pose recovery from ambulatory sensors is implemented and validated in a clinical setting. Inertial measurement units are attached to patients undergoing physiotherapy. The sensor data is combined with a kinematic model within an extended Kalman filter framework to perform joint angle estimation. Anthropometric joint limits and process noise adaptation are employed to improve the quality of the joint angle estimation. The proposed approach is tested on 7 patients following total hip or knee joint replacement surgery. The proposed approach achieves an average root-mean-square error of 0.12 radians at key poses.

  19. Pilgrims satisfaction with ambulatory health services in Makkah, 2008.

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    Al-Hoqail, Ibrahim A; Abdalla, Abdelshakour M; Saeed, Abdalla A; Al-Hamdan, Nasir A; Bahnassy, Ahmed A

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    The main objective of this study was to assess the level and correlates of patients' satisfaction with ambulatory health services provided for pilgrims during Hajj period in 2008. This was a facility-based, cross-sectional study conducted in the Makkah region during the Hajj season in December 2008. A two-stage technique was used to select 500 patients from those who attended the ambulatory health services. One hundred subjects were selected by systematic random sampling (every fifth) from each of the five hospitals included in the study and asked to fill in a pilot-tested self-administered questionnaire. A total of 487 questionnaires were analyzed. Descriptive statistics and t-test, Mann Whitney test and ANOVA, or Kruskal-Wallis test was used as appropriate after checking for normality. Level of significance level was set to be <0.05 throughout the study. From 478 subjects analyzed, 390 (81.6%) were man, 345 (72.2%) were married, 28.9% had either intermediate or high secondary school education, and 2.4% were skilled laborers. The total satisfaction score for health facilities was 20.45 ± 4.03 of 25. The satisfaction scores were 20.15 ± 4.7 of 25 for patient satisfaction with physicians and 21.35 ± 4.5 for patient satisfaction with paramedical personnel. The overall satisfaction score was 61.5 ± 4.5 of 75 points. There were significant relations between total satisfaction of health facilities with education level and with occupation (P = 0.012, 0.001, respectively). The total satisfaction of patients with physicians was significant only with education level. The overall satisfaction score had a significant relation with occupation (P = 0.03), but a borderline relation with the education level (P = 0.056). Satisfaction with ambulatory Hajj health services is acceptable. Some physicians and waiting area services need special attention to improve satisfaction levels with ambulatory health in the subsequent Hajj seasons.

  20. Flexible Capacitive Electrodes for Minimizing Motion Artifacts in Ambulatory Electrocardiograms

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    Full Text Available This study proposes the use of flexible capacitive electrodes for reducing motion artifacts in a wearable electrocardiogram (ECG device. The capacitive electrodes have conductive foam on their surface, a shield, an optimal input bias resistor, and guarding feedback. The electrodes are integrated in a chest belt, and the acquired signals are transmitted wirelessly for ambulatory heart rate monitoring. We experimentally validated the electrode performance with subjects standing and walking on a treadmill at speeds of up to 7 km/h. The results confirmed the highly accurate heart rate detection capacity of the developed system and its feasibility for daily-life ECG monitoring.

  1. Fadiga em idosos em tratamento quimioterápico

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    Thalyta Cristina Mansano-Schlosser

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    Full Text Available Pesquisa com delineamento transversal, realizada de agosto a dezembro de 2010, que objetivou identificar a presença e intensidade da fadiga em 140 idosos (média de idade 69,8 anos, 52,1% do sexo feminino com diagnóstico de câncer, em tratamento quimioterápico ambulatorial. Utilizou-se um questionário para caracterização sociodemográfica e clínica e a Escala de Fadiga de Piper-revisada. Identificou-se a presença de fadiga em 60 idosos (42,9% e a causa atribuída foi o câncer (64,1%, a quimioterapia (32,8% e o tratamento (3,1%. Como fator de alívio, os idosos entrevistados relataram "dormir", "rezar" e "morrer", enquanto 45% deles disseram "não ter o que fazer", pois a fadiga não poderia ser aliviada. Espera-se que este estudo alerte os profissionais de enfermagem para a relevância da fadiga e os estimule a identificar e realizar intervenções de enfermagem que visem o adequado manejo desse sintoma no paciente idoso oncológico.

  2. Fadiga em idosos em tratamento quimioterápico

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    Full Text Available Pesquisa com delineamento transversal, realizada de agosto a dezembro de 2010, que objetivou identificar a presença e intensidade da fadiga em 140 idosos (média de idade 69,8 anos, 52,1% do sexo feminino com diagnóstico de câncer, em tratamento quimioterápico ambulatorial. Utilizou-se um questionário para caracterização sociodemográfica e clínica e a Escala de Fadiga de Piper-revisada. Identificou-se a presença de fadiga em 60 idosos (42,9% e a causa atribuída foi o câncer (64,1%, a quimioterapia (32,8% e o tratamento (3,1%. Como fator de alívio, os idosos entrevistados relataram "dormir", "rezar" e "morrer", enquanto 45% deles disseram "não ter o que fazer", pois a fadiga não poderia ser aliviada. Espera-se que este estudo alerte os profissionais de enfermagem para a relevância da fadiga e os estimule a identificar e realizar intervenções de enfermagem que visem o adequado manejo desse sintoma no paciente idoso oncológico.

  3. Age-specific differences between conventional and ambulatory daytime blood pressure values

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    Conen, David; Aeschbacher, Stefanie; Thijs, Lutgarde

    2014-01-01

    Mean daytime ambulatory blood pressure (BP) values are considered to be lower than conventional BP values, but data on this relation among younger individuals <50 years are scarce. Conventional and 24-hour ambulatory BP were measured in 9550 individuals not taking antihypertensive treatment from ...

  4. Nurse-physician collaborative relationship on nurses' self-perceived job satisfaction in ambulatory care.

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    Wilkinson, C S; Hite, K J

    2001-01-01

    The dynamic restructuring of the healthcare environment from a primary acute care focus to an ambulatory care focus has prompted a migration of nurses to the ambulatory care setting. The predication of nursing job satisfaction is a complex process that has received little attention in the ambulatory care setting. The purpose of this study was to determine if a relationship existed between the nurse-physician relationship and nurses' self-perceived job satisfaction in the ambulatory care setting. While study findings demonstrated there was no significant relationship between the nurse-physician relationship and nurses' self-perceived job satisfaction in the ambulatory care setting, it did confirm that registered nurses working in the ambulatory setting have a moderate level of job satisfaction. The lack of correlation between the nurse-physician relationship and job satisfaction may have been attributed to limitations such as a limited sample size and the nurses having a relationship with a smaller number of physicians in the ambulatory care setting. Recommendations to further understanding of the nurse-physician relationship included further descriptive studies of nurses working in the ambulatory care setting and further studies on job satisfaction of nurses.

  5. 76 FR 16788 - Medicare Program; Solicitation of Two Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment...

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    ... Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and... to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups (the Panel). There will be... Panel in 2010 for a 2-year period effective through November 21, 2012. DATES: Submission of Nominations...

  6. 75 FR 14606 - Medicare Program; Request for Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment...

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    ... Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... new members to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups (the Panel). There... the Panel in 2008 for a 2-year period effective through November 21, 2010. DATES: Submission of...

  7. The long-term effect of ambulatory oxygen in normoxaemic COPD patients

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    Ringbaek, Thomas; Martinez, Gerd; Lange, Peter

    2013-01-01

    To study the long-term benefits of ambulatory oxygen (AO) in combination with pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients experiencing exertional desaturation.......To study the long-term benefits of ambulatory oxygen (AO) in combination with pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients experiencing exertional desaturation....

  8. Determinants of the ambulatory arterial stiffness index in 7604 subjects from 6 populations

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    Adiyaman, Ahmet; Dechering, Dirk G; Boggia, José

    2008-01-01

    The ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) is derived from 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure recordings. We investigated whether the goodness-of-fit of the AASI regression line in individual subjects (r(2)) impacts on the association of AASI with established determinants of the relation betwe...

  9. Role of Pediatricians in the Ambulatory Care of Children in Taiwan, 1999–2011

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    Chieh-Mao Chuang

    2015-08-01

    Conclusions: The role of pediatricians in children's ambulatory care increased in importance from 1999 to 2011 in Taiwan. However, approximately two thirds of children sought ambulatory medical help from nonpediatric physicians. Thus, it is important to educate and encourage parents to visit pediatricians if their children require medical help.

  10. Effects of sodium intake on cardiovascular variables in humans during posture changes and ambulatory conditions

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    Damgaard, Morten; Gabrielsen, Anders; Heer, Martina

    2002-01-01

    The hypothesis was tested that cardiac output (CO) and stroke volume (SV) are increased by a moderate physiological elevation in sodium intake with a more pronounced effect in the ambulatory upright seated than supine position. Fourteen healthy males were investigated during ambulatory and contro...

  11. Perioperative Factors Affecting Ambulatory Outcomes Following Laparoscopic-Adjustable Gastric Banding.

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    Dupanovic, Mirsad; Krebill, Ron; Dupanovic, Iris; Nachtigal, John; Rockford, Melissa; Orr, Walter

    2017-10-01

    Morbidly obese patients are traditionally hospitalised following bariatric surgery. However, laparoscopic-adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is amenable for ambulatory care. We hypothesised that the majority of patients can receive an ambulatory LAGB and that both surgical and anaesthetic perioperative factors will significantly affect non-ambulatory LAGB outcomes. Medical records of 201 consecutive LAGB patients performed at the University of Kansas Medical Centre during a 3-y period were reviewed. Demographic, medical, laboratory, anaesthetic, intraoperative and postoperative data were collected. Factors associated with non-ambulatory outcomes were identified and analysed using logistic regression, and a classification tree analysis was used to rank the descriptive model factor to the non-ambulatory outcome. Average patient age was 43.4±11.4 years, and average body mass index was 48.2±10.3 kg m2-1. A total of 155 patients (77.1%; 95% confidence interval, 71%-83%; pambulatory outcomes. Obstructive sleep apnoea was not associated with a non-ambulatory outcome (p=0.83). The majority of patients received an ambulatory LAGB. Meticulous laparoscopic surgical technique with the least feasible number of access ports and multimodal analgesic technique aimed at reduction of postoperative opioid consumption are the most important factors for a successful ambulatory LAGB outcome.

  12. 42 CFR 419.31 - Ambulatory payment classification (APC) system and payment weights.

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    ... 42 Public Health 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Ambulatory payment classification (APC) system and payment weights. 419.31 Section 419.31 Public Health CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES, DEPARTMENT... Outpatient Services § 419.31 Ambulatory payment classification (APC) system and payment weights. (a) APC...

  13. Residency pathways to ambulatory care practice: Essential insights for students, residents, and educators.

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    Westberg, Sarah M; Beatty, Stuart J; Corona, Andrea R; Deines, Sarah; Gunning, Karen M; Gurgle, Holly E; Holtan, Haley S; Marciniak, Macary Weck; McConnell, Karen J; McGivney, Melissa A Somma; Patel, Rachana J

    2017-10-05

    To provide a guiding document describing residency training opportunities in ambulatory care for students, postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) residents, practicing pharmacists, and pharmacy educators. Student pharmacists, residents, practitioners, and educators can benefit from a guiding document describing the various pathways to develop as an ambulatory care practitioner through residency training. The benefits and differences of PGY1 and postgraduate year 2 (PGY2) ambulatory care residency programs are included. There are many possible training options for pharmacists interested in pursuing a career in ambulatory care pharmacy practice. In addition to the required ambulatory and community experience required for all Doctorate of Pharmacy students, postgraduate training in an ambulatory environment can allow for specialization. Candidates for residency training can complete a PGY1 pharmacy residency or a PGY1 community-based pharmacy residency, possibly followed by a PGY2 ambulatory care residency. Career paths for ambulatory care pharmacists vary regionally across the country according to competition for positions, local availability of training programs, and the experience of regional leaders. A comprehensive description of these available training pathways and advantages of each are beneficial for students, residents, practicing pharmacists, and educators. Copyright © 2017 American Pharmacists Association®. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Increased systolic ambulatory blood pressure and microalbuminuria in treated and non-treated hypertensive smokers

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    Sørensen, Kaspar; Kristensen, Kjeld S; Bang, Lia E

    2004-01-01

    The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact of smoking status on both clinic and ambulatory blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) by using 24-h ambulatory BP monitoring in treated and non-treated hypertensive smokers and non-smokers. A secondary aim was to evaluate...

  15. Heritability and temporal stability of ambulatory autonomic stress reactivity in unstructured 24-hour recordings

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    Neijts, Melanie; van Lien, Rene; Kupper, Nina; Boomsma, Dorret; Willemsen, Gonneke; de Geus, Eco J C

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Measurements of ambulatory autonomic reactivity can help with our understanding of the long-term health consequences of exposure to psychosocial stress in real-life settings. Methods: In this study, unstructured 24-hour ambulatory recordings of cardiac parasympathetic and sympathetic

  16. Office blood pressure or ambulatory blood pressure for the prediction of cardiovascular events

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    Mortensen, Rikke Nørmark; Gerds, Thomas Alexander; Jeppesen, Jørgen Lykke

    2017-01-01

    Aims: To determine the added value of (i) 24-h ambulatory blood pressure relative to office blood pressure and (ii) night-time ambulatory blood pressure relative to daytime ambulatory blood pressure for 10-year person-specific absolute risks of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events. Methods...... and results: A total of 7927 participants were included from the International Database on Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in relation to Cardiovascular Outcomes. We used cause-specific Cox regression to predict 10-year person-specific absolute risks of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events....... Discrimination of 10-year outcomes was assessed by time-dependent area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). No differences in predicted risks were observed when comparing office blood pressure and ambulatory blood pressure. The median difference in 10-year risks (1st; 3rd quartile) was -0...

  17. Prevalence, Treatment, and Control Rates of Conventional and Ambulatory Hypertension Across 10 Populations in 3 Continents

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    Melgarejo, Jesus D.; Maestre, Gladys E; Thijs, Lutgarde

    2017-01-01

    and ambulatory hypertension. In conclusion, high rates of hypertension in all cohorts examined demonstrate the need for improvements in prevention, treatment, and control. Strategies for the management of hypertension should continue to not only focus on preventable and modifiable risk factors but also consider......Hypertension is a major global health problem, but prevalence rates vary widely among regions. To determine prevalence, treatment, and control rates of hypertension, we measured conventional blood pressure (BP) and 24-hour ambulatory BP in 6546 subjects, aged 40 to 79 years, recruited from 10.......2%-66.5%) for ambulatory hypertension (ambulatory BP ≥130/80 mm Hg). Treatment and control rates for conventional hypertension were 48.0% (33.5%-74.1%) and 38.6% (10.1%-55.3%) respectively. The corresponding rates for ambulatory hypertension were 48.6% (30.5%-71.9%) and 45.6% (18.6%-64.2%). Among 1677 untreated subjects...

  18. Clinical usefulness of ambulatory urodynamics in the diagnosis and treatment of lower urinary tract dysfunction.

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    Pannek, Jürgen; Pieper, Petra

    2008-01-01

    Ambulatory urodynamics is reported to be useful for the detection of detrusor overactivity. However, the procedure is time-consuming, technically challenging and expensive. Its clinical usefulness for the detection and treatment of bladder dysfunction has not been studied in detail. Twenty-five patients (17 men, eight women, median age 59 years) with lower urinary tract symptoms underwent ambulatory urodynamic examination. In six out of 25 patients (24%), ambulatory urodynamics was not evaluable. Where the procedure was technically feasible, diagnosis was possible in 72%. Treatment was modified in 63%, leading to satisfactory results in 42% of the patients. Ambulatory urodynamics is the most sensitive tool for the detection or exclusion of detrusor overactivity. Therefore, the method is valuable when all other diagnostic means have failed to detect the underlying lower urinary tract dysfunction. In these cases, treatment decisions can safely be based on the results of ambulatory urodynamics.

  19. A scoping review of undergraduate ambulatory care education.

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    Williams, Camille K; Hui, Yvonne; Borschel, Debaroti; Carnahan, Heather

    2013-06-01

    Since a disproportionate amount of medical education still occurs in hospitals, there are concerns that medical school graduates are not fully prepared to deliver efficient and effective care in ambulatory settings to increasingly complex patients. To understand the current extent of scholarship in this area. A scoping review was conducted by searching electronic databases and grey literature sources for articles published between 2001 and 2011 that identified key challenges and models of practice for undergraduate teaching of ambulatory care. Relevant articles were charted and assigned key descriptors, which were mapped onto Canadian recommendations for the future of undergraduate medical education. Most of the relevant articles originated in the United States, Australia, or the United Kingdom. Recommendations related to faculty development, learning contexts and addressing community needs had numerous areas of scholarly activity while scholarly activity was lacking for recommendations related to inter-professional practice, the use of technology, preventive medicine, and medical leadership. Systems should be established to support education and research collaboration between medical schools to develop best practices and build capacity for change. This method of scoping the field can be applied using best practices and recommendations in other countries.

  20. Developments in ambulatory surgery in orthopedics in France in 2016.

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    Hulet, C; Rochcongar, G; Court, C

    2017-02-01

    Under the new categorization introduced by the Health Authorities, ambulatory surgery (AS) in France now accounts for 50% of procedures, taking all surgical specialties together. The replacement of full hospital admission by AS is now well established and recognized. Health-care centers have learned, in coordination with the medico-surgical and paramedical teams, how to set up AS units and the corresponding clinical pathways. There is no single model handed down from above. The authorities have encouraged these developments, partly by regulations but also by means of financial incentives. Patient eligibility and psychosocial criteria are crucial determining factors for the success of the AS strategy. The surgeons involved are strongly committed. Feedback from many orthopedic subspecialties (shoulder, foot, knee, spine, hand, large joints, emergency and pediatric surgery) testify to the rise of AS, which now accounts for 41% of all orthopedic procedures. Questions remain, however, concerning the role of the GP in the continuity of care, the role of innovation and teaching, the creation of new jobs, and the attractiveness of AS for surgeons. More than ever, it is the patient who is "ambulatory", within an organized structure in which surgical technique and pain management are well controlled. Not all patients can be eligible, but the AS concept is becoming standard, and overnight stay will become a matter for medical and surgical prescription. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  1. Pain Management in Ambulatory Surgery—A Review

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    Jan G. Jakobsson

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Day surgery, coming to and leaving the hospital on the same day as surgery as well as ambulatory surgery, leaving hospital within twenty-three hours is increasingly being adopted. There are several potential benefits associated with the avoidance of in-hospital care. Early discharge demands a rapid recovery and low incidence and intensity of surgery and anaesthesia related side-effects; such as pain, nausea and fatigue. Patients must be fit enough and symptom intensity so low that self-care is feasible in order to secure quality of care. Preventive multi-modal analgesia has become the gold standard. Administering paracetamol, NSIADs prior to start of surgery and decreasing the noxious influx by the use of local anaesthetics by peripheral block or infiltration in surgical field prior to incision and at wound closure in combination with intra-operative fast acting opioid analgesics, e.g., remifentanil, have become standard of care. Single preoperative 0.1 mg/kg dose dexamethasone has a combined action, anti-emetic and provides enhanced analgesia. Additional α-2-agonists and/or gabapentin or pregabalin may be used in addition to facilitate the pain management if patients are at risk for more pronounced pain. Paracetamol, NSAIDs and rescue oral opioid is the basic concept for self-care during the first 3–5 days after common day/ambulatory surgical procedures.

  2. Development of quality metrics for ambulatory pediatric cardiology: Chest pain.

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    Lu, Jimmy C; Bansal, Manish; Behera, Sarina K; Boris, Jeffrey R; Cardis, Brian; Hokanson, John S; Kakavand, Bahram; Jedeikin, Roy

    2017-12-01

    As part of the American College of Cardiology Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section effort to develop quality metrics (QMs) for ambulatory pediatric practice, the chest pain subcommittee aimed to develop QMs for evaluation of chest pain. A group of 8 pediatric cardiologists formulated candidate QMs in the areas of history, physical examination, and testing. Consensus candidate QMs were submitted to an expert panel for scoring by the RAND-UCLA modified Delphi process. Recommended QMs were then available for open comments from all members. These QMs are intended for use in patients 5-18 years old, referred for initial evaluation of chest pain in an ambulatory pediatric cardiology clinic, with no known history of pediatric or congenital heart disease. A total of 10 candidate QMs were submitted; 2 were rejected by the expert panel, and 5 were removed after the open comment period. The 3 approved QMs included: (1) documentation of family history of cardiomyopathy, early coronary artery disease or sudden death, (2) performance of electrocardiogram in all patients, and (3) performance of an echocardiogram to evaluate coronary arteries in patients with exertional chest pain. Despite practice variation and limited prospective data, 3 QMs were approved, with measurable data points which may be extracted from the medical record. However, further prospective studies are necessary to define practice guidelines and to develop appropriate use criteria in this population. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Ambulatory bruxism recording system with sleep-stage analyzing function.

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    Mizumori, Takahiro; Inano, Shinji; Sumiya, Masakazu; Kobayashi, Yasuyoshi; Watamoto, Takao; Yatani, Hirofumi

    2009-07-01

    The aim of this study was to develop an ambulatory bruxism recording system capable of sleep-stage analysis. A portable EMG system was used to record masseter muscle activity. An EMG sensor was attached onto the masseter muscle belly at either side. EMG data were stored on a notebook type personal computer. A sound level meter was used to assess the sound level of bruxism. Sound level (dB) readings were taken every second and recorded on the same computer. A prototype of sleep sensor, a wristwatch-style biological signal sensor-recorder device, recorded and stored pulse wave, acceleration and temperature on a memory card. All stored data were transferred to a personal computer and analyzed. The whole system was transportable within a protective case and weighed approximately 5kg. Raw EMG signals were processed to derive integrated EMG data. TOSHIBA Sleep Analysis Program classified sleep-stages as awake, shallow sleep, deep sleep and REM based on the activity of the autonomic nervous system that was estimated from the fluctuations of pulse intervals. An EMG, sound level and sleep-stage analysis program was developed to analyze all data simultaneously. Using this program, the masseter muscle activity, sound level and sleep-stage could be quantified and correlated. We developed an ambulatory bruxism recording system that analyzes sleep-stage. We expect that this system will enable us to measure sleep bruxism activity in each sleep-stage on an electromyographical and auditory basis at the subject's home.

  4. Ambulatory care sensitive conditions: diagnostic reliability in southern Brazil.

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    Rafael Antoniazzi Abaid

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSC are illnesses that could be prevented with adjusted ambulatorial care. ACSC have been used as indicator in effectiveness of the primary healthcare attention, through the evaluation of hospital admissions. However, we do not have studies to certify the reliability of diagnosis of ACSC in our country. Objective: To determine if the classification of ACSC from the main diagnostic field of the authorization of hospital internment (AHI is reliable. Methods: Transversal study carried through February of 2010 to January of 2011, in the city of Santa Cruz of Sul (RS. A random sample of 389 medical records was selected and evaluated by two medical appraisers. The main diagnosis in the AHI was compared with the classification in ACSC or not ACSC given for the appraisers after the study of each medical record. Kappa ratio agreement was used to calculate the reliability of the ACSC diagnostic. Results: The ratio of agreement between diagnosis from the AIH and CSAP assessment contained in the records was 92%, with a kappa coefficient of 0,784. Conclusions: The diagnostic of ACSC found in main diagnostic field of AHI showed agreement ratios over expected by chance, with kappa value equal to 0.784 and the correlation rated between substantial and almost perfect.

  5. Postoperative recovery at home after ambulatory gynecologic laparoscopic surgery.

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    Horvath, Kathy J

    2003-10-01

    The purposes of this descriptive, correlational study were to measure pain, fatigue, and functional limitations affecting the "at home" recovery process for ambulatory gynecologic laparoscopic surgery and to explore the relationships between these variables and the return to normal activities. Subjects (N = 91) recorded daily ratings of pain, fatigue, and function on a Home Recovery Log for 6 days postoperatively. The findings indicate that 95% of subjects resumed basic self-care activities such as dressing, bathing, and eating by postoperative day (POD) 3; however, less than 40% of subjects were able to perform other role functions such as shopping, laundry, and work outside of the home. A logistic regression model indicated that pain ratings and functional status on POD 2 were the best predictors of subjects who would need more than 5 days to resume their usual activities and routines. The findings have implications for preoperative teaching and telephone follow-up for ambulatory surgery patients. Preoperative teaching should prepare women for the additional days needed for recovery of instrumental activities of daily living to enable them to make alternate plans as necessary. Furthermore, because pain on POD 2 was the single most significant predictor of delayed recovery, moving the follow-up phone call from the morning to the late afternoon of POD 1 may help the nurse to identify patients who will need extra assistance with pain management.

  6. [Ambulatory medical care in Mexico: the cost for users].

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    Arredondo, A; Nájera, P; Leyva, R

    1999-01-01

    To analyze the results of the National Health Survey (ENSA-II) as to the costs generated by the search and obtainment of ambulatory medical attention in various institutions of the private and public health sector. Information was raised from the health care cost indicators reported by the study population of the ENSA-II. The dependent variable was the direct expense for the consumer and the independent variables, the condition of being insured and the income. Variation significance levels were identified using the test by Duncan. The costs at national level in US dollar were: transport $2.20, medical visit $7.90, drugs $9.60, diagnostic studies $13.6; average total cost for ambulatory attention was $22.70. Empirical finding suggest a new direct and indirect cost-for-consumer analysis for the health care users. These costs represent an important burden on the family income, which worsens when users are not insured. Incorporation of the economic perspective to the analysis of public health issues should not be limited to the analysis of the health provider's expenses, particularly if the problems of equity and accessibility must be solved, which are at present characteristic of health care services in Mexico.

  7. Blood Pressure Measurement: Clinic, Home, Ambulatory, and Beyond

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    Drawz, Paul E.; Abdalla, Mohamed; Rahman, Mahboob

    2014-01-01

    Blood pressure has traditionally been measured in the clinic setting using the auscultory method and a mercury sphygmomanometer. Technological advances have led to improvements in measuring clinic blood pressure and allowed for measuring blood pressures outside the clinic. This review outlines various methods for evaluating blood pressure and the clinical utility of each type of measurement. Home blood pressures and 24 hour ambulatory blood pressures have improved our ability to evaluate risk for target organ damage and hypertension related morbidity and mortality. Measuring home blood pressures may lead to more active participation in health care by patients and has the potential to improve blood pressure control. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring enables the measuring nighttime blood pressures and diurnal changes, which may be the most accurate predictors of risk associated with elevated blood pressure. Additionally, reducing nighttime blood pressure is feasible and may be an important component of effective antihypertensive therapy. Finally, estimating central aortic pressures and pulse wave velocity are two of the newer methods for assessing blood pressure and hypertension related target organ damage. PMID:22521624

  8. 45 CFR 170.304 - Specific certification criteria for Complete EHRs or EHR Modules designed for an ambulatory setting.

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    ... or EHR Modules designed for an ambulatory setting. 170.304 Section 170.304 Public Welfare DEPARTMENT... for Complete EHRs or EHR Modules designed for an ambulatory setting. The Secretary adopts the following certification criteria for Complete EHRs or EHR Modules designed to be used in an ambulatory...

  9. 75 FR 38533 - Medicare Program; Second Semi-Annual Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment...

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    ... the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups--August 23 & 24, 2010 AGENCY: Centers...: This notice announces the second semi-annual meeting of the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment.../FACA/05_AdvisoryPanelonAmbulatoryPaymentClassificationGroups.asp#TopOfPage to obtain the following...

  10. 75 FR 51465 - Medicare Program; Announcement of Five New Members to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment...

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    ... Members to the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification Groups AGENCY: Centers for Medicare... serve on the Advisory Panel on Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Groups (the Panel). The purpose...): http://www.cms.hhs.gov/FACA/05_AdvisoryPanelonAmbulatoryPaymentClassificationGroups.asp#TopOfPage...

  11. Ambulatory oxygen: why do COPD patients not use their portable systems as prescribed? A qualitative study

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    Fenwick Angela

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Patients with COPD on long term oxygen therapy frequently do not adhere to their prescription, and they frequently do not use their ambulatory oxygen systems as intended. Reasons for this lack of adherence are not known. The aim of this study was to obtain in-depth information about perceptions and use of prescribed ambulatory oxygen systems from patients with COPD to inform ambulatory oxygen design, prescription and management. Methods A qualitative design was used, involving semi-structured face-to-face interviews informed by a grounded theory approach. Twenty-seven UK community-dwelling COPD patients using NHS prescribed ambulatory systems were recruited. Ambulatory oxygen systems comprised cylinders weighing 3.4 kg, a shoulder bag and nasal cannulae. Results Participants reported that they: received no instruction on how to use ambulatory oxygen; were uncertain of the benefits; were afraid the system would run out while they were using it (due to lack of confidence in the cylinder gauge; were embarrassed at being seen with the system in public; and were unable to carry the system because of the cylinder weight. The essential role of carers was also highlighted, as participants with no immediate carers did not use ambulatory oxygen outside the house. Conclusions These participants highlighted previously unreported problems that prevented them from using ambulatory oxygen as prescribed. Our novel findings point to: concerns with the lack of specific information provision; the perceived unreliability of the oxygen system; important carer issues surrounding managing and using ambulatory oxygen equipment. All of these issues, as well as previously reported problems with system weight and patient embarrassment, should be addressed to improve adherence to ambulatory oxygen prescription and enhance the physical and social benefits of maintaining mobility in this patient group. Increased user involvement in both system development

  12. Relationship of Office and Ambulatory Blood Pressure With Left Ventricular Global Longitudinal Strain.

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    Sera, Fusako; Jin, Zhezhen; Russo, Cesare; Lee, Edward S; Schwartz, Joseph E; Rundek, Tatjana; Elkind, Mitchell S V; Homma, Shunichi; Sacco, Ralph L; Di Tullio, Marco R

    2015-12-07

    Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) is an early indicator of subclinical cardiac dysfunction, even when LV ejection fraction (LVEF) is normal, and is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events. Ambulatory blood pressure (BP) is a better predictor of cardiovascular events, including heart failure, than office BP. We investigated the association of office and ambulatory BP measurements with subclinical LV systolic dysfunction in a community-based cohort with normal LVEF. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography and 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring were performed in 577 participants (mean age 70±9 years; 60% women) with LVEF ≥50% from the Cardiovascular Abnormalities and Brain Lesions (CABL) study. Univariable and multivariable linear regression analyses were used to assess the associations of BP measures with GLS. Higher ambulatory and office BP values were consistently associated with impaired GLS. After adjustment for pertinent covariates (age, sex, race/ethnicity, body mass index, diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, LV mass index, and antihypertensive medication), office diastolic BP and ambulatory systolic and diastolic BPs (24-hour, daytime and nighttime) were independently associated with GLS (P = 0.003 for office DBP, P ≤ 0.001 for all ambulatory BPs). When ambulatory and office BP values were included in the same model, all ambulatory BP measures remained significantly associated with GLS (all P Ambulatory BP values are significantly associated with impaired GLS and the association is stronger than for office BP. Ambulatory BP monitoring might have a role in the risk stratification of hypertensive patients for early LV dysfunction. © American Journal of Hypertension, Ltd 2015. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  13. Bupivacaína a 0,15% hipobárica para raquianestesia posterior (dorsal versus bupivacaína a 0,5% hiperbárica para procedimentos cirúrgicos anorretais em regime ambulatorial Bupivacaína a 0,15% hipobárica para raquianestesia posterior (dorsal versus bupivacaína a 0,5% hiperbara para procedimientos quirúrgicos anorrectales en régimen ambulatorial Hypobaric 0.15% bupivacaine versus hyperbaric 0.5% bupivacaine for posterior (dorsal spinal block in outpatient anorectal surgery

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    Luiz Eduardo Imbelloni

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: Estudar baixa dose de bupivacaína hipobárica a 0,15% e hiperbárica a 0,5% em pacientes ambulatoriais para procedimentos cirúrgicos anorretais. MÉTODO: Dois grupos de 50 pacientes, estado físico ASA I e II, submetidos a intervenções cirúrgicas anorretais, em posição de canivete, receberam 6 mg de bupivacaína a 0,15% hipobárica na posição cirúrgica (Grupo 1 ou 6 mg de bupivacaína a 0,5% hiperbárica na posição sentada por cinco minutos, e depois colocados em posição de canivete (Grupo 2. Avaliou-se bloqueio sensitivo e motor, primeira micção, deambulação, complicações e necessidade de analgésico. Foram acompanhados até o terceiro dia de pós-operatório e questionados sobre cefaléia pós-punção ou sintomas neurológicos transitórios, e até 30 dias sobre complicação neurológica permanente. Para análise estatística foram utilizados os testes t de Student, mediana de Mood e Exato de Fisher, sendo p JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: Estudiar baja dosis de bupivacaína hipobárica a 0,15% e hiperbara a 0,5% en pacientes ambulatoriales para procedimientos quirúrgicos anorrectales. MÉTODO: Dos grupos de 50 pacientes, estado físico ASA I y II, sometidos a intervenciones quirúrgicas anorrectales, en posición de cuchilla, recibieron 6 mg de bupivacaína a 0,15% hipobárica en la posición quirúrgica (Grupo 1 o 6 mg de bupivacaína a 0,5% hiperbara en la posición sentada por cinco minutos, y después colocados en posición de cuchilla (Grupo 2. Se evaluaron los bloqueos sensitivo y motor, primera micción, deambulación, complicaciones y necesidad de analgésico. Se monitorearon hasta el tercer día de postoperatorio y preguntados sobre cefalea pospunción o síntomas neurológicos temporales, y hasta 30 días sobre complicación neurológica permanente. Para análisis estadística fueron utilizadas las pruebas t de Student, mediana de Mood y Exacto de Fisher, siendo p BACKGROUND AND

  14. Avaliação de programa de atenção à saúde: incentivo à oferta de atenção ambulatorial e a experiência da descentralização no Brasil Evaluation of health care program: incentives for ambulatory care supply and the decentralization experience in Brazil

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    Nilson do Rosário Costa

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    Full Text Available O artigo discute alguns dos resultados da pesquisa Custo e Avaliação do Impacto da Implantação da Parte Fixa do Piso de Atenção Básica (PAB, que avaliou a descentralização dos serviços de saúde pelo Programa PAB. A partir de um estudo longitudinal retrospectivo, são analisadas as mudanças na estrutura das transferências federais para estados e municípios, contemplando a organização da atenção ambulatorial e básica e os recursos humanos em saúde. Por força de incentivos à oferta, torna-se evidente o crescimento da atenção ambulatorial e básica do Sistema Único de Saúde nos pequenos municípios brasileiros na década de 1990.The article analyses the results of the research Cost and Evaluation of the Impact of the Implantation of the Basic Care Incentive (Piso de Atenção Básica, which evaluated the decentralization of health services through incentives for primary care services supply. From a retrospective longitudinal study, the changes in the structure of the federal financial incentives for States and Municipalities are analyzed. The article also discusses the impact of the basic care oriented policy on the supply of the ambulatorial care and in the health care labor force at municipal level. The paper shows a meaning increase of the ambulatorial and primary care supply in the public sector in Brazil in the nineties. The small cities has been soundly favored with the new financial incentives from the public policy.

  15. Optimising postoperative pain management in the ambulatory patient.

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    Shang, Allan B; Gan, Tong J

    2003-01-01

    Over 60% of surgery is now performed in an ambulatory setting. Despite improved analgesics and sophisticated drug delivery systems, surveys indicate that over 80% of patients experience moderate to severe pain postoperatively. Inadequate postoperative pain relief can prolong recovery, precipitate or increase the duration of hospital stay, increase healthcare costs, and reduce patient satisfaction. Effective postoperative pain management involves a multimodal approach and the use of various drugs with different mechanisms of action. Local anaesthetics are widely administered in the ambulatory setting using techniques such as local injection, field block, regional nerve block or neuraxial block. Continuous wound infusion pumps may have great potential in an ambulatory setting. Regional anaesthesia (involving anaesthetising regional areas of the body, including single extremities, multiple extremities, the torso, and the face or jaw) allows surgery to be performed in a specific location, usually an extremity, without the use of general anaesthesia, and potentially with little or no sedation. Opioids remain an important component of any analgesic regimen in treating moderate to severe acute postoperative pain. However, the incorporation of non-opioids, local anaesthetics and regional techniques will enhance current postoperative analgesic regimens. The development of new modalities of treatment, such as patient controlled analgesia, and newer drugs, such as cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitors, provide additional choices for the practitioner. While there are different routes of administration for analgesics (e.g. oral, parenteral, intramuscular, transmucosal, transdermal and sublingual), oral delivery of medications has remained the mainstay for postoperative pain control. The oral route is effective, the simplest to use and typically the least expensive. The intravenous route has the advantages of a rapid onset of action and easier titratibility, and so is recommended for the

  16. Ambulatory surgery in orthopedics: experience of over 10,000 patients.

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    Martín-Ferrero, M A; Faour-Martín, O; Simon-Perez, C; Pérez-Herrero, M; de Pedro-Moro, J A

    2014-03-01

    The concept of day surgery is becoming an increasingly important part of elective surgery worldwide. Relentless pressure to cut costs may constrain clinical judgment regarding the most appropriate location for a patient's surgical care. The aim of this study was to determine clinical and quality indicators relating to our experience in orthopedic day durgery, mainly in relation to unplanned overnight admission and readmission rates. Additionally, we focused on describing the main characteristics of the patients that experienced complications, and compared the patient satisfaction rates following ambulatory and non-ambulatory procedures. We evaluated 10,032 patients who underwent surgical orthopedic procedures according to the protocols of our Ambulatory Surgery Unit. All complications that occurred were noted. A quality-of-life assessment (SF-36 test) was carried out both pre- and postoperatively. Ambulatory substitution rates and quality indicators for orthopedic procedures were also determined. The major complication rate was minimal, with no mortal cases, and there was a high rate of ambulatory substitution for the procedures studied. Outcomes of the SF-36 questionnaire showed significant improvement postoperatively. An unplanned overnight admission rate of 0.14 % was achieved. Our institution has shown that it is possible to provide good-quality ambulatory orthopedic surgery. There still appears to be the potential to increase the proportion of these procedures. Surgeons and anesthesiologists must strongly adhere to strict patient selection criteria for ambulatory orthopedic surgery in order to reduce complications in the immediate postoperative term.

  17. Compassion Practices, Nurse Well-Being, and Ambulatory Patient Experience Ratings.

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    McClelland, Laura E; Gabriel, Allison S; DePuccio, Matthew J

    2018-01-01

    Compassion practices both recognize and reward compassion in the workplace as well as provide compassionate support to health care employees. However, these practices represent an underexplored organizational tool that may aid clinician well-being and positively impact patient ambulatory care experiences. To examine the relationship between compassion practices and nursing staff well-being and clinic-level patients' experience ratings in the ambulatory clinic setting. Surveys were collected from ambulatory nurses in January and February of 2015 in 30 ambulatory clinics affiliated with an academic medical center. Patient experience ratings were collected April to June of 2015. One hundred seventy-seven ambulatory nurses (Registered Nurses, LPNs, medical assistants), as well as 3525 adult patients from the ambulatory clinics. Ambulatory nurses assessed compassion practices, emotional exhaustion, and psychological vitality. Patient experience ratings were patient perceptions of courtesy and caring shown by nurses and patients' ratings of the outpatient services. Compassion practices are significantly and negatively associated with nurse emotional exhaustion and positively associated with nurse psychological vitality. At the clinic-level, compassion practices are significantly and positively associated with patient perceptions of caring shown by nurses and overall patient ratings of the outpatient clinic. Supplemental analyses provide preliminary evidence that nurse well-being mediates the relationship between compassion practices and patient ratings of their care experience. Our findings illustrate that compassion practices are positively associated with nurse well-being and patient perceptions of the care experience in outpatient clinics.

  18. Reproducibility of 24-h ambulatory blood pressure and measures of autonomic function.

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    Morrin, Niamh M; Stone, Mark R; Henderson, Keiran J

    2017-06-01

    Determining the number of familiarization sessions required for accurate recordings of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and autonomic function is a prerequisite for the appropriate design of intervention studies. The benefit of familiarization trials remains largely unexplored. The objective of the current investigation was to assess the reproducibility of 24-h ambulatory blood pressure, 24-h heart rate variability (HRV) and resting measurements of HRV and blood pressure variability (BPV). Eleven prehypertensive and hypertensive adults participated. Ambulatory blood pressure and HRV were measured across 24 h on four occasions. In addition, 5-min resting measures of HRV and BPV were recorded and analysed. Variability between consecutive pairs of trials was calculated. The typical error induced by ambulatory recordings of systolic blood pressure reduced over time (3.8-2.8 mmHg). The greatest effect of familiarization was observed at night. Ambulatory HRV was more reproducible than resting measures. The most reproducible markers were root mean square of successive differences [coefficient of variation (CV): 13.2-10%] and high frequency normalized units (CV: 15.2-6.4%), with the percentage of adjacent NN intervals differing by more than 50 ms showing the poorest reproducibility (CV: 23.9-20.7%). Overall BPV (SD) was more reproducible than the frequency domain low frequency component. Familiarization trials are required for the most accurate recordings of both 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and HRV. Ambulatory HRV provide superior reproducibility to resting measurements.

  19. Defining and advancing ambulatory care pharmacy practice: it is time to lengthen our stride.

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    Helling, Dennis K; Johnson, Samuel G

    2014-08-15

    This paper reviews the basic tenets of ambulatory care pharmacy practice, including (1) the historical development of patient-centered care provided by pharmacists, (2) the need for and value of comprehensive medication management, (3) the education, training, and qualifications of pharmacists, and (4) demonstrated improvement in health and healthcare outcomes from pharmacists' services. When ambulatory care pharmacists engage in patient care to their full capacity, physician time is saved, access to care is improved, and clinical and economic outcomes are enhanced. There is a need for ambulatory care pharmacists to work toward optimizing safe medication use and optimizing medication therapy for patients with diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease, and renal disease. Other opportunities for the development of ambulatory care pharmacy services exist in preventive care, precision therapeutics, medication therapy management, mitigation of healthcare disparities, and implementation of national healthcare reform. Interprofessional patient care teams should include ambulatory care pharmacists in patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations. Ambulatory care pharmacy practice would benefit by enhancing specialty residency training and by creating a residency/fellowship for advanced subspecialty clinical practice and research. Provider status is essential to recognize pharmacists as an integral part of the patient care team. By assertively advancing ambulatory care practice, pharmacy will help achieve the national priorities of improving patient care, patient health, and affordability of care. Copyright © 2014 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Comparison of office, home, and ambulatory blood pressure in heart transplant recipients.

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    Aquilante, Christina L; Page, Robert L; Vu, Anh; Roscoe, Nicholai; Wolfel, Eugene E; Lindenfeld, JoAnn A

    2014-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate the relationship between office, home, and ambulatory blood pressure (BP) in heart transplant recipients. The study enrolled 30 adults ≥ 6 months after heart transplantation. Morning seated office BP was measured with the use of an automatic device at 3 outpatient visits. Seated home BP was measured in the morning and evening for 5 consecutive days. Ambulatory BP was measured over 24 hours with the use of a Spacelabs monitor. The strongest correlation was observed between home and 24-hour ambulatory BP (r = 0.79 systolic; r = 0.72 diastolic). Office and home systolic BPs were significantly lower than daytime ambulatory BP (office, -3.7 mm Hg, P = .009; home, -2.6 mm Hg, P = .05). Ambulatory monitoring identified more participants with BP above hypertensive limits than did office or home measurements (63%, 50%, and 13%, respectively; P = .003). Ambulatory monitoring also revealed high BP loads, abnormal nocturnal BP patterns (eg, 30% nondippers), and a high percentage of masked hypertension (37% home, 50% ambulatory). Office and home BP monitoring are acceptable but may underestimate BP burden in heart transplant recipients. Additional studies are needed to determine which BP method is superior for the management of hypertension and associated outcomes after heart transplantation. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. O CUIDADO DE SI DE IDOSOS QUE CONVIVEM COM CÂNCER EM TRATAMENTO AMBULATORIAL

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    Lucimara Sonaglio Rocha

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This is a qualitative descriptive study with the aim to analyze the self-care of elderly cancer patients undergoing outpatient treatment, from the perspective of their autonomy. Fifteen elderly individuals undergoing treatment in a blood-oncology outpatient center of a university hospital participated in the research. Data were collected with semi-structured interviews conducted in 2010. Independence and ability for self-care by the elderly patients were evaluated using the Katz and Lawton scales. The data collected were submitted to thematic analysis. Four categories were identified: manifestations of self-care of elderly cancer patients; care in the family and its dynamics; adaptation to the limitations of the disease; and living with finiteness. In conclusion, the autonomy for self-care of the elderly patients is manifested in the concern with diet, knowing their bodies’ limits, the changes imposed by living with cancer and family support.

  2. Ação médica no contexto ambulatorial com o portador de HIV Medical act in an out-patient context with HIV carrier

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    Ceres Regina Dias Fernandes

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo analisou as ações médicas na primeira consulta após o diagnóstico da presença do HIV. Os dados foram coletados em observações registradas em vídeo. Foram analisados os comportamentos verbais de quatro díades médico-pacientes em um contexto ambulatorial. Os comportamentos dos médicos foram analisados em relação às categorias funcionais da ação médica de informar o paciente para a transmissão e não-transmissão do HIV, investigar comportamentos de riscos, explicar sobre o risco de propagação do HIV e pesquisar as condições dos pacientes. Também categorias de preparar o paciente para os efeitos dos medicamentos, diferenciar aspectos relevantes sobre a infecção HIV, direcionar para a terapia com os anti-retrovirais e dar apoio ao paciente. Os dados apontam que as verbalizações dos médicos foram notadamente superiores às dos pacientes, como também a presença de freqüências relativas em relação a grande parte das categorias pesquisadas. Os dados foram discutidos em relação a esses e outros resultados obtidos e em relação à metodologia aplicada.This study analyzed the actions of physicians during the first appointment after the diagnosis of HIV presence. Data were collected through the means of observations registered in video. The verbal behaviors of four dyads doctor-patient in the ambulatory context were analyzed. Physicians' behaviors were analyzed regarding the functional transmission of HIV; investigating risky behaviors; explaining the risk of HIV spread; researching the patients' conditions; preparing the patient for the effects of the medicines; differentiating the relevant aspects of the HIV infection; directing the patient to antiretroviral therapy; and giving support to the patient. The results showed that the doctors' verbalizations were markedly superior to the patients' ones and occurred in relative frequencies in relation to a great part of the categories researched. The present data

  3. Active ambulatory care management supported by short message services and mobile phone technology in patients with arterial hypertension.

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    Kiselev, Anton R; Gridnev, Vladimir I; Shvartz, Vladimir A; Posnenkova, Olga M; Dovgalevsky, Pavel Ya

    2012-01-01

    The use of short message services and mobile phone technology for ambulatory care management is the most accessible and most inexpensive way to transition from traditional ambulatory care management to active ambulatory care management in patients with arterial hypertension (AH). The aim of this study was to compare the clinical efficacy of active ambulatory care management supported by short message services and mobile phone technology with traditional ambulatory care management in AH patients. The study included 97 hypertensive patients under active ambulatory care management and 102 patients under traditional ambulatory care management. Blood pressure levels, body mass, and smoking history of patients were analyzed in the study. The duration of study was 1 year. In the active ambulatory care management group, 36% of patients were withdrawn from the study within a year. At the end of the year, 77% of patients from the active care management group had achieved the goal blood pressure level. That was more than 5 times higher than that in the traditional ambulatory care management group (P management group was 5.44, CI (3.2-9.9; P = .005). Implementation of active ambulatory care management supported by short message services and mobile phone improves the quality of ambulatory care of hypertensive patients. Copyright © 2012 American Society of Hypertension. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. An analysis of risk factors and adverse events in ambulatory surgery

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Christopher Kent, Julia Metzner, Laurent BollagDepartment of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USAAbstract: Care for patients undergoing ambulatory procedures is a broad and expanding area of anesthetic and surgical practice. There were over 35 million ambulatory surgical procedures performed in the US in 2006. Ambulatory procedures are diverse in both type and setting, as they span the range from biopsies performed under local anesthesia to intra-abdominal laparoscopic procedures, and are performed in offices, freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, and ambulatory units of hospitals. The information on adverse events from these varied settings comes largely from retrospective reviews of sources, such as quality-assurance databases and closed malpractice claims. Very few if any ambulatory procedures are emergent, and in comparison to the inpatient population, ambulatory surgical patients are generally healthier. They are still however subject to most of the same types of adverse events as patients undergoing inpatient surgery, albeit at a lower frequency. The only adverse events that could be considered to be unique to ambulatory surgery are those that arise out of the circumstance of discharging a postoperative patient to an environment lacking skilled nursing care. There is limited information on these types of discharge-related adverse events, but the data that are available are reviewed in an attempt to assist the practitioner in patient selection and discharge decision making. Among ambulatory surgical patients, particularly those undergoing screening or cosmetic procedures, expectations from all parties involved are high, and a definition of adverse events can be expanded to include any occurrence that interrupts the rapid throughput of patients or interferes with early discharge and optimal patient satisfaction. This review covers all types of adverse events, but focuses on the more

  5. Organization of ambulatory care provision: a critical determinant of health system performance in developing countries.

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    Berman, P

    2000-01-01

    Success in the provision of ambulatory personal health services, i.e. providing individuals with treatment for acute illness and preventive health care on an ambulatory basis, is the most significant contributor to the health care system's performance in most developing countries. Ambulatory personal health care has the potential to contribute the largest immediate gains in health status in populations, especially for the poor. At present, such health care accounts for the largest share of the total health expenditure in most lower income countries. It frequently comprises the largest share of the financial burden on households associated with health care consumption, which is typically regressively distributed. The "organization" of ambulatory personal health services is a critical determinant of the health system's performance which, at present, is poorly understood and insufficiently considered in policies and programmes for reforming health care systems. This article begins with a brief analysis of the importance of ambulatory care in the overall health system performance and this is followed by a summary of the inadequate global data on ambulatory care organization. It then defines the concept of "macro organization of health care" at a system level. Outlined also is a framework for analysing the organization of health care services and the major pathways through which the organization of ambulatory personal health care services can affect system performance. Examples of recent policy interventions to influence primary care organization--both government and nongovernmental providers and market structure--are reviewed. It is argued that the characteristics of health care markets in developing countries and of most primary care goods result in relatively diverse and competitive environments for ambulatory care services, compared with other types of health care. Therefore, governments will be required to use a variety of approaches beyond direct public provision

  6. Atenção especializada ambulatorial no Sistema Único de Saúde: para superar um vazio

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    Full Text Available Resumo A estruturação da atenção especializada ambulatorial é um gargalo na construção do Sistema Único de Saúde. A partir de breve discussão desse vazio de um modelo organizativo, propomos a indução federal de um formato de serviços especializados a partir das experiências dos Núcleos de Apoio à Saúde da Família (NASF, cuja atuação matricial adaptada é um protótipo ótimo de organização do cuidado especializado ambulatorial. Ela permite a equidade no acesso e a máxima proximidade do cuidado especializado da realidade dos usuários, o relacionamento personalizado e a articulação íntima entre as equipes de saúde da família e os especialistas, viabilizando educação permanente mútua, regulação negociada e aumento da resolubilidade da atenção básica. Aspectos das experiências municipais de Florianópolis e Curitiba são sintetizadas como exemplos parciais da proposta. É brevemente descrita a estruturação do cuidado em saúde mental de Florianópolis, toda organizada como apoio matricial; e a mudança de enfoque das equipes de apoio de Curitiba, que progressivamente passaram a sem empenhar, envolver e mediar a relação entre a atenção básica e a especializada. Este formato pode ser adaptado e expandido para a maioria das especialidades médicas.

  7. Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring – Clinical Practice Recommendations

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    Katalin Mako

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    Full Text Available Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM became a subject of considerable scientific interest. Due to the increasing use of the ABPM in everyday clinical practice it is important that all the users have a correct knowledge on the clinical indications, the methodology of using the device including some technical issues and the interpretation of results. In the last years several guidelines and position papers have been published with recommendations for the monitoring process, reference values, for clinical practice and research. This paper represents a summary of the most important aspects related to the use of ABPM in daily practice, being a synthesis of recommendations from the recent published guidelines and position papers. This reference article presents the practical and technical issues of ABPM, the use of this method in special situations, the clinical interpretation of measured values including the presentation of different ABPM patterns, derived parameters, the prognostic significance and the limitations of this method.

  8. Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: nurses' experiences of teaching patients.

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    Shubayra, Amnah

    2015-03-01

    Nine nurses were interviewed to determine nurses' experiences of teaching patients to use continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). The material was analyzed using content analysis. Data were sorted into four themes and ten subthemes. The themes were presented as follows: Importance of language, individualized teaching, teaching needs and structure of care in teaching. The findings highlighted important insights into how nurses experience teaching patients to perform CAPD. The study revealed some barriers for the nurses during teaching. The major barrier was shortage of Arabic speaking nursing staff. Incidental findings involved two factors that played an important role in teaching, retraining and a special team to perform pre-assessments, including home visits. In conclusion, the findings of this study showed several factors that are considered as barriers for the nurses during teaching the CAPD patients and the need to improve the communication and teaching in the peritoneal dialysis units, including the importance of individualized teaching.

  9. Fatigue in the acute care and ambulatory setting.

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    McCabe, Margaret; Patricia, Branowicki

    2014-01-01

    Nurses commonly assess their patients for symptoms and intervene to ease any patient distress, yet children are seldom asked about feeling fatigued. The existing pediatric literature suggests that fatigue goes unrecognized and therefore untreated in children, particularly children experiencing stressful events, such as illness and/or hospitalization. In an effort to better understand the presence of the symptom in our environment we conducted a program specific point prevalence survey. Data were collected on nine inpatient and 11 outpatient units of a university affiliated tertiary care children's hospital. Overall, this sample reported higher levels of fatigue than published data from their healthy and chronically ill peers by total fatigue score and sub scores. This brief description of the symptom in our inpatient and ambulatory settings has provided information that will inform our nursing practice and drive future research. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Ambulatory Care Visits to Pediatricians in Taiwan: A Nationwide Analysis

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    Ling-Yu Yang

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    Full Text Available Pediatricians play a key role in the healthy development of children. Nevertheless, the practice patterns of pediatricians have seldom been investigated. The current study analyzed the nationwide profiles of ambulatory visits to pediatricians in Taiwan, using the National Health Insurance Research Database. From a dataset that was randomly sampled one out of every 500 records among a total of 309,880,000 visits in 2012 in the country, 9.8% (n = 60,717 of the visits were found paid to pediatricians. Children and adolescents accounted for only 69.3% of the visits to pediatricians. Male pediatricians provided 80.5% of the services and the main workforces were those aged 40–49 years. The most frequent diagnoses were respiratory tract diseases (64.7% and anti-histamine agents were prescribed in 48.8% of the visits to pediatricians. Our detailed results could contribute to evidence-based discussions on health policymaking.

  11. Worksite Physical Activity Intervention for Ambulatory Clinic Nursing Staff.

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    Tucker, Sharon; Farrington, Michele; Lanningham-Foster, Lorraine M; Clark, M Kathleen; Dawson, Cindy; Quinn, Geralyn J; Laffoon, Trudy; Perkhounkova, Yelena

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    Health behaviors, including physical activity (PA), of registered nurses (RNs) and medical assistants (MAs) are suboptimal but may improve with worksite programs. Using a repeated-measures crossover design, the authors explored if integrating a 6-month worksite non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) intervention, with and without personalized health coaching via text messaging into workflow could positively affect sedentary time, PA, and body composition of nursing staff without jeopardizing work productivity. Two ambulatory clinics were randomly assigned to an environmental NEAT intervention plus a mobile text message coaching for either the first 3 months (early texting group, n = 27) or the last 3 months (delayed texting group, n = 13), with baseline 3-month and 6-month measurements. Sedentary and PA levels, fat mass, and weight improved for both groups, significantly only for the early text group. Productivity did not decline for either group. This worksite intervention is feasible and may benefit nursing staff. © 2016 The Author(s).

  12. Accelerometer recorder and display system for ambulatory patients

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    Berka, Martin; Żyliński, Marek; Niewiadomski, Wiktor; Cybulski, Gerard

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents the design of a compact, wearable, rechargeable acceleration recorder to support long-term monitoring of ambulatory patients with motor disorders, and of software to display and analyze its output. The device consists of a microcontroller, operational amplifier, accelerometer, SD card, indicator LED, rechargeable battery, and associated minor components. It can operate for over a day without charging and can continuously collect data for three weeks without downloading to an outside system, as currently configured. With slight modifications, this period could be extended to several months. The accompanying software provides flexible visualization of the acceleration data over long periods, basic file operations and compression for easier archiving, annotation of segments of interest, and functions for calculation of various parameters and detection of immobility and vibration frequencies. Applications in analysis of gait and other movements are discussed.

  13. Gender-specific practice styles and ambulatory health care expenditures.

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    Kaiser, Boris

    2017-12-01

    This paper explores the role of physician gender in the expenditures for ambulatory care as a potential source of practice style variation. We exploit a large doctor-patient panel dataset based on insurance-claims data from Switzerland to estimate the effect of physician gender on health care expenditures. We find considerable heterogeneity across specialties. In primary care, female doctors are found to produce similar overall expenditures per visit as their male colleagues, but significantly smaller prescribing costs and significantly higher laboratory costs. In secondary-care specialties, we find that women generate lower overall expenditures, which is mainly driven by consultation costs. These findings provide evidence for the existence of sex-specific practice styles that translate into different overall expenditures as well as different compositions of these expenditures.

  14. Bidirectional peritoneal transport of albumin in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

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    Joffe, P; Henriksen, Jens Henrik Sahl

    1995-01-01

    The present study was undertaken in order to assess bidirectional peritoneal kinetics of albumin after simultaneous i.v. and i.p. injection of radioiodinated albumin tracers (125I-RISA and 131I-RISA) in eight clinically stable uraemic patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis...... (CAPD). The plasma volume, intravascular albumin mass (IVM), and overall extravasation rate of albumin were not significantly different from that found in healthy controls. Albumin flux from the plasma into the peritoneal cavity was 3.71 +/- 0.82 (SD) mumol/h, which was only 3% of the overall...... extravasation rate (137 +/- 52 mumol/h). Albumin flux from the peritoneal cavity into the plasma was substantially lower (0.22 +/- 0.07 mumol/h, P peritoneal accumulation of the albumin from plasma over 4 h was 14 +/- 3.2 mumol, which was significantly lower than the intraperitoneal albumin...

  15. Clinical productivity of primary care nurse practitioners in ambulatory settings.

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    Xue, Ying; Tuttle, Jane

    Nurse practitioners are increasingly being integrated into primary care delivery to help meet the growing demand for primary care. It is therefore important to understand nurse practitioners' productivity in primary care practice. We examined nurse practitioners' clinical productivity in regard to number of patients seen per week, whether they had a patient panel, and patient panel size. We further investigated practice characteristics associated with their clinical productivity. We conducted cross-sectional analysis of the 2012 National Sample Survey of Nurse Practitioners. The sample included full-time primary care nurse practitioners in ambulatory settings. Multivariable survey regression analyses were performed to examine the relationship between practice characteristics and nurse practitioners' clinical productivity. Primary care nurse practitioners in ambulatory settings saw an average of 80 patients per week (95% confidence interval [CI]: 79-82), and 64% of them had their own patient panel. The average patient panel size was 567 (95% CI: 522-612). Nurse practitioners who had their own patient panel spent a similar percent of time on patient care and documentation as those who did not. However, those with a patient panel were more likely to provide a range of clinical services to most patients. Nurse practitioners' clinical productivity was associated with several modifiable practice characteristics such as practice autonomy and billing and payment policies. The estimated number of patients seen in a typical week by nurse practitioners is comparable to that by primary care physicians reported in the literature. However, they had a significantly smaller patient panel. Nurse practitioners' clinical productivity can be further improved. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Development of quality metrics for ambulatory pediatric cardiology: Infection prevention.

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    Johnson, Jonathan N; Barrett, Cindy S; Franklin, Wayne H; Graham, Eric M; Halnon, Nancy J; Hattendorf, Brandy A; Krawczeski, Catherine D; McGovern, James J; O'Connor, Matthew J; Schultz, Amy H; Vinocur, Jeffrey M; Chowdhury, Devyani; Anderson, Jeffrey B

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    In 2012, the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Council established a program to develop quality metrics to guide ambulatory practices for pediatric cardiology. The council chose five areas on which to focus their efforts; chest pain, Kawasaki Disease, tetralogy of Fallot, transposition of the great arteries after arterial switch, and infection prevention. Here, we sought to describe the process, evaluation, and results of the Infection Prevention Committee's metric design process. The infection prevention metrics team consisted of 12 members from 11 institutions in North America. The group agreed to work on specific infection prevention topics including antibiotic prophylaxis for endocarditis, rheumatic fever, and asplenia/hyposplenism; influenza vaccination and respiratory syncytial virus prophylaxis (palivizumab); preoperative methods to reduce intraoperative infections; vaccinations after cardiopulmonary bypass; hand hygiene; and testing to identify splenic function in patients with heterotaxy. An extensive literature review was performed. When available, previously published guidelines were used fully in determining metrics. The committee chose eight metrics to submit to the ACC Quality Metric Expert Panel for review. Ultimately, metrics regarding hand hygiene and influenza vaccination recommendation for patients did not pass the RAND analysis. Both endocarditis prophylaxis metrics and the RSV/palivizumab metric passed the RAND analysis but fell out during the open comment period. Three metrics passed all analyses, including those for antibiotic prophylaxis in patients with heterotaxy/asplenia, for influenza vaccination compliance in healthcare personnel, and for adherence to recommended regimens of secondary prevention of rheumatic fever. The lack of convincing data to guide quality improvement initiatives in pediatric cardiology is widespread, particularly in infection prevention. Despite this, three metrics were

  17. Infection prevention and control in pediatric ambulatory settings.

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    Since the American Academy of Pediatrics published a statement titled "Infection Control in Physicians' Offices" (Pediatrics. 2000;105[6]:1361-1369), there have been significant changes that prompted this updated statement. Infection prevention and control is an integral part of pediatric practice in ambulatory medical settings as well as in hospitals. Infection prevention and control practices should begin at the time the ambulatory visit is scheduled. All health care personnel should be educated regarding the routes of transmission and techniques used to prevent transmission of infectious agents. Policies for infection prevention and control should be written, readily available, updated annually, and enforced. The standard precautions for hospitalized patients from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with a modification from the American Academy of Pediatrics exempting the use of gloves for routine diaper changes and wiping a well child's nose or tears, are appropriate for most patient encounters. As employers, pediatricians are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to take precautions to identify and protect employees who are likely to be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials while on the job. Key principles of standard precautions include hand hygiene (ie, use of alcohol-based hand rub or hand-washing with soap [plain or antimicrobial] and water) before and after every patient contact; implementation of respiratory hygiene and cough-etiquette strategies for patients with suspected influenza or infection with another respiratory tract pathogen to the extent feasible; separation of infected, contagious children from uninfected children when feasible; safe handling and disposal of needles and other sharp medical devices and evaluation and implementation of needle-safety devices; appropriate use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, masks, and eye protection; and appropriate sterilization

  18. Opportunity costs of ambulatory medical care in the United States.

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    Ray, Kristin N; Chari, Amalavoyal V; Engberg, John; Bertolet, Marnie; Mehrotra, Ateev

    2015-08-01

    The typical focus in discussions of healthcare spending is on direct medical costs such as physician reimbursement. The indirect costs of healthcare-patient opportunity costs associated with seeking care, for example-have not been adequately quantified. We aimed to quantify the opportunity costs for adults seeking medical care for themselves or others. Secondary analysis of the 2003-2010 American Time Use Survey (ATUS). We used the nationally representative 2003-2010 ATUS to estimate opportunity costs associated with ambulatory medical visits. We estimated opportunity costs for employed adults using self-reported hourly wages and for unemployed adults using a Heckman selection model. We used the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to compare opportunity costs with direct costs (ie, patient out-of-pocket, provider reimbursement) in 2010. Average total time per visit was 121 minutes (95% CI, 118-124), with 37 minutes (95% CI, 36-39) of travel time and 84 minutes (95% CI, 81-86) of clinic time. The average opportunity cost per visit was $43, which exceeds the average patient's out-of-pocket payment. Total opportunity costs per year for all physician visits in the United States were $52 billion in 2010. For every dollar spent in visit reimbursement, an additional 15 cents were spent in opportunity costs. In the United States, opportunity costs associated with ambulatory medical care are substantial. Accounting for patient opportunity costs is important for examining US healthcare system efficiency and for evaluating methods to improve the efficient delivery of patient-centered care.

  19. An efficient and effective teaching model for ambulatory education.

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    Regan-Smith, Martha; Young, William W; Keller, Adam M

    2002-07-01

    Teaching and learning in the ambulatory setting have been described as inefficient, variable, and unpredictable. A model of ambulatory teaching that was piloted in three settings (1973-1981 in a university-affiliated outpatient clinic in Portland, Oregon, 1996-2000 in a community outpatient clinic, and 2000-2001 in an outpatient clinic serving Dartmouth Medical School's teaching hospital) that combines a system of education and a system of patient care is presented. Fully integrating learners into the office practice using creative scheduling, pre-rotation learning, and learner competence certification enabled the learners to provide care in roles traditionally fulfilled by physicians and nurses. Practice redesign made learners active members of the patient care team by involving them in such tasks as patient intake, histories and physicals, patient education, and monitoring of patient progress between visits. So that learners can be active members of the patient care team on the first day of clinic, pre-training is provided by the clerkship or residency so that they are able to competently provide care in the time available. To assure effective education, teaching and learning times are explicitly scheduled by parallel booking of patients for the learner and the preceptor at the same time. In the pilot settings this teaching model maintained or improved preceptor productivity and on-time efficiency compared with these outcomes of traditional scheduling. The time spent alone with patients, in direct observation by preceptors, and for scheduled case discussion was appreciated by learners. Increased satisfaction was enjoyed by learners, teachers, clinic staff, and patients. Barriers to implementation include too few examining rooms, inability to manipulate patient appointment schedules, and learners' not being present in a teaching clinic all the time.

  20. Patterns of growth in ambulatory males with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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    West, Nancy A; Yang, Michele L; Weitzenkamp, David A; Andrews, Jennifer; Meaney, F John; Oleszek, Joyce; Miller, Lisa A; Matthews, Dennis; DiGuiseppi, Carolyn

    2013-12-01

    To provide weight-for-age, height-for-age, and body mass index-for-age growth reference standards for ambulatory, steroid-naïve males, ages 2-12 years, with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and to compare these growth curves to the 2000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts for boys, which serve as references of physical size and growth for the general male pediatric population in the US. Through a multi-state population-based surveillance of individuals with muscular dystrophy, a total of 1877 weight and 1544 height measurements ascertained during 1985-2010 from 513 males with DMD were obtained retrospectively from medical record review. Cases were classified as DMD if loss of ambulation occurred before the 12th birthday or, if younger than 12 years and still ambulating, the earliest symptoms of dystrophinopathy occurred before the 6th birthday. Each growth chart was constructed using 5 percentiles: 10th, 25th, 50th, 75th, and 90th. Smoothing procedures were applied in 2 stages to the irregular plots of the empirical percentile values. A set of growth curves, derived from a large cohort of male youth with DMD, are presented. These curves demonstrate that DMD males are shorter and tend to the extremes of weight and body mass index compared with the general male pediatric population in the US. Charts representing the pattern of growth in ambulatory, steroid-naïve males with DMD can facilitate monitoring of growth and early detection of unusual growth patterns. Use of these growth standards also will assist in monitoring responses to corticosteroid treatment. Copyright © 2013 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Postoperative acute care use after freestanding ambulatory surgery.

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    Molina, George; Neville, Bridget A; Lipsitz, Stuart R; Gibbons, Lorri; Childers, Ashley Kay; Gawande, Atul A; Berry, William R; Haynes, Alex B

    2016-10-01

    Surgical procedures in the United States are increasingly performed in the ambulatory setting, including freestanding ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). However, there is a lack of research and tracking of surgical outcomes in this setting. We analyzed data from a state all-payer claims database to produce a retrospective cohort study on the rate of acute care use (emergency department [ED] visits and inpatient admissions) within 7 d after operations performed in freestanding ASCs in South Carolina. Two-level reliability-adjusted generalized linear mixed models accounting for random facility-level effects were used to adjust for patient-level and facility-level characteristics. A total of 1,328,708 procedures were performed in 86 freestanding ASCs in South Carolina from 2006-2013. The overall rate of postoperative acute care per 1000 procedures within 7 d was 17.3 (95% confidence interval [CI], 15.3-19.5). Patient characteristics associated with the highest postoperative acute care use within 7 d included Medicaid insurance (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 1.79; 95% CI, 1.70-1.90), lowest median household income (aOR, 1.36; 95% CI, 1.30-1.43), and preoperative Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) score 3+ (aOR, 4.14; 95% CI, 3.95-4.34). Total charges for postoperative ED visits (n = 14,682) and inpatient admissions (n = 8945) within 7 d were approximately $51.4 and $361.1 million, respectively from 2006-2013. Acute care use within 7 d was commonly ≥10 per 1000 procedures performed in freestanding ASCs in South Carolina. These measures may be targets for quality and cost improvement and innovation. Patients at risk for acute care utilization may benefit from improvements in postoperative follow-up after procedures in ASCs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Ambulatory blood pressure and urinary albumin excretion in clinically healthy subjects

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    Clausen, Peter Vilhelm; Jensen, J S; Borch-Johnsen, K

    1998-01-01

    UAER. Because 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure is a superior predictor of hypertensive target organ involvement, we aimed to investigate blood pressure profile in clinically healthy subjects with elevated UAER. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring was performed with a portable recorder in 27 subjects...... with an elevated UAER (>6.6 microg/min, overnight urine collection) and 46 normoalbuminuric control subjects. Mean+/-SD systolic and diastolic ambulatory blood pressures (24-hour) were significantly higher in subjects with elevated UAER than in normoalbuminuric controls (134+/-12 versus 128+/-11 mm Hg and 78...

  3. Redesigning the regulatory framework for ambulatory care services in New York.

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    Chokshi, Dave A; Rugge, John; Shah, Nirav R

    2014-12-01

    Policy Points: The landscape of ambulatory care services in the United States is rapidly changing on account of payment reform, primary care transformation, and the rise of convenient care options such as retail clinics. New York State has undertaken a redesign of regulatory policy for ambulatory care rooted in the Triple Aim (better health, higher-quality care, lower costs)-with a particular emphasis on continuity of care for patients. Key tenets of the regulatory approach include defining and tracking the taxonomy of ambulatory care services as well as ensuring that convenient care options do not erode continuity of care for patients. While hospitals remain important centers of gravity in the health system, services are increasingly being delivered through ambulatory care. This shift to ambulatory care is giving rise to new delivery structures, such as retail clinics and urgent care centers, as well as reinventing existing ambulatory care capacity, as seen with the patient-centered medical home model and the movement toward team-based care. To protect the public's interests, oversight of ambulatory care services must keep pace with these rapid changes. With this purpose, in January 2013 the New York Public Health and Health Planning Council undertook a redesign of the regulatory framework for the state's ambulatory care services. This article describes the principles undergirding the framework as well as the regulatory recommendations themselves. We explored and analyzed the regulation of ambulatory care services in New York in accordance with the available gray and peer-reviewed literature and legislative documents. The deliberations of the Public Health and Health Planning Council informed our review. The vision of high-performing ambulatory care should be rooted in the Triple Aim (better health, higher-quality care, lower costs), with a particular emphasis on continuity of care for patients. There is a pressing need to better define the taxonomy of ambulatory

  4. Avaliação da qualidade de atendimento ambulatorial em pediatria em um hospital universitário

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    Franco Selma Cristina

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o ambulatório de Pediatria do Hospital das Clínicas da Unicamp, um serviço didático-assistencial que, inserido no Sistema Único de Saúde, presta assistência secundária e terciária para crianças de 0 a 18 anos. Foram aplicados 221 questionários entre clientes do ambulatório geral de pediatria e de uma de suas especialidades, permitindo comparar diversos indicadores de qualidade da assistência médica prestada. Evidenciou-se um bom nível de conhecimento dos responsáveis pelos usuários sobre seus problemas de saúde. Encontrou-se alto grau de satisfação dos mesmos, embora houvesse baixíssima vinculação entre médico e paciente. Com relação ao atendimento, 43,4% relataram problemas, mas apenas 17,6% propuseram sugestões para melhorá-lo. O tempo de espera nas consultas foi bastante longo. A clientela da especialidade se diferenciou da do ambulatório geral com relação a diversos indicadores.

  5. Avaliação da qualidade de atendimento ambulatorial em pediatria em um hospital universitário

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    Selma Cristina Franco

    Full Text Available Estudou-se o ambulatório de Pediatria do Hospital das Clínicas da Unicamp, um serviço didático-assistencial que, inserido no Sistema Único de Saúde, presta assistência secundária e terciária para crianças de 0 a 18 anos. Foram aplicados 221 questionários entre clientes do ambulatório geral de pediatria e de uma de suas especialidades, permitindo comparar diversos indicadores de qualidade da assistência médica prestada. Evidenciou-se um bom nível de conhecimento dos responsáveis pelos usuários sobre seus problemas de saúde. Encontrou-se alto grau de satisfação dos mesmos, embora houvesse baixíssima vinculação entre médico e paciente. Com relação ao atendimento, 43,4% relataram problemas, mas apenas 17,6% propuseram sugestões para melhorá-lo. O tempo de espera nas consultas foi bastante longo. A clientela da especialidade se diferenciou da do ambulatório geral com relação a diversos indicadores.

  6. Older Adults and Unanticipated Hospital Admission within 30 Days of Ambulatory Surgery: An Analysis of 53,667 Ambulatory Surgical Procedures.

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    De Oliveira, Gildasio S; Holl, Jane L; Lindquist, Lee Ann; Hackett, Nicholas J; Kim, John Y S; McCarthy, Robert J

    2015-08-01

    To evaluate whether age is independently associated with greater rate of unanticipated hospital admission within 30 days of ambulatory surgery. Retrospective database study. The 2012 National Surgical Quality Improvement Project data set. All individuals with "outpatient" recorded as their status in the data set. The primary outcome of interest was all-cause hospital admission in the 30-day period after surgery. Multivariate models were constructed to control for covariate bias. Assessment of interactions of terms in the final model was performed using a conditional tree analysis. The final analysis included 53,667 ambulatory surgical cases. There were 1,370 (2.5%, 99% confidence interval (CI) = 2.4-2.7%) hospital admissions among the cases evaluated. After adjusting for potential confounders, age (ambulatory surgery. Even after adjusting for comorbidities, older adults are at greater risk of unanticipated hospital admission within 30 days of ambulatory surgery. Renal failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, current cancer treatment, diabetes mellitus, and history of amputation or revascularization were also associated with greater likelihood of hospital admission. Interventions to improve transitions of care for older adults after ambulatory surgery are needed. © 2015, Copyright the Authors Journal compilation © 2015, The American Geriatrics Society.

  7. The value of registered nurses in ambulatory care settings: a survey.

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    Mastal, Margaret; Levine, June

    2012-01-01

    Ambulatory care settings employ 25% of the three million registered nurses in the United States. The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) is committed to improving the quality of health care in ambulatory settings, enhancing patient outcomes, and realizing greater health care efficiencies. A survey of ambulatory care registered nurses indicates they are well positioned to lead and facilitate health care reform activities with organizational colleagues. They are well schooled in critical thinking, triage, advocating for patients, educating patients and families, collaborating with medical staff and other professionals, and care coordination. The evolving medical home concept and other health care delivery models reinforces the critical need for registered nurses to provide chronic disease management, care coordination, health risk appraisal, care transitions, health promotion, and disease prevention services. Recommendations are offered for organizational leaders, registered nurses, and AAACN to utilize nursing knowledge and skills in the pursuit of leading change and advancing health.

  8. Clinical prediction model to identify vulnerable patients in ambulatory surgery: towards optimal medical decision-making

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    H. Mijderwijk (Herjan); R.J. Stolker (Robert); H.J. Duivenvoorden (Hugo); M. Klimek (Markus); E.W. Steyerberg (Ewout)

    2016-01-01

    markdownabstract__Background:__ Ambulatory surgery patients are at risk of adverse psychological outcomes such as anxiety, aggression, fatigue, and depression. We developed and validated a clinical prediction model to identify patients who were vulnerable to these psychological outcome parameters.

  9. Comparison of time and frequency domain measures of RSA in ambulatory recordings.

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    Goedhart, Annebet D; van der Sluis, Sophie; Houtveen, Jan H; Willemsen, Gonneke; de Geus, Eco J C

    2007-03-01

    The extent to which various measures of ambulatory respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) capture the same information across conditions in different subjects remains unclear. In this study the root mean square of successive differences (RMSSD), peak valley RSA (pvRSA), and high frequency power (HF power) were assessed during ambulatory recording in 84 subjects, of which 64 were retested after about 3 years. We used covariance structure modeling to test the equality of the correlations among three RSA measures over two test days and three conditions (daytime sitting or walking and nighttime sleep) and in groups with low, medium, and high mean heart rate (HR), or low, medium, and high mean respiration rate (RR). Results showed that ambulatory RMSSD, pvRSA, and HF power are highly correlated and that their correlation is stable across time, ambulatory conditions, and a wide range of resting HR and RR values. RMSSD appears to be the most cost-efficient measure of RSA.

  10. Validating hyperbilirubinemia and gut mucosal atrophy with a novel ultramobile ambulatory total parenteral nutrition piglet model

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    Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) provides all nutrition intravenously. Although TPN therapy has grown enormously, it causes significant complications, including gut and hepatic dysfunction. Current models use animal tethering which is unlike ambulatory human TPN delivery and is cost prohibitive. We ...

  11. The utility of ambulatory electroencephalography in routine clinical practice: a critical review.

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    Seneviratne, Udaya; Mohamed, Armin; Cook, Mark; D'Souza, Wendyl

    2013-07-01

    Over the last four decades, ambulatory electroencephalography (EEG) has evolved to be a useful tool in the diagnosis of epilepsy and certain nonepileptic paroxysmal disorders. Most of the initial technological drawbacks of ambulatory EEG have been circumvented by incorporating digital and computer technology. It appears superior to routine EEG in capturing interictal abnormalities particularly in relation to natural sleep, circadian variations and the patient's typical daily lifestyle. The role of ambulatory EEG in studying seizures and nonepileptic paroxysmal events remains to be defined by targeted research. It perhaps is an underutilized tool and more research is needed to expand the horizon of ambulatory EEG applications in clinical practice. Crown Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. A Chronic Disease State Simulation in an Ambulatory Care Elective Course

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    Diana Isaacs; Cindy Leslie A Roberson; Lalita Prasad-Reddy

    2015-01-01

      To implement a chronic disease state simulation in an ambulatory care elective course and to assess the simulation's impact on students' perceptions of their empathy toward patients and of their counseling skills...

  13. Peritonitis Due to Brevibacterium otitidis in a Patient Undergoing Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis

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    Wauters, Georges; Van Bosterhaut, Bernard; Avesani, Véronique; Cuvelier, René; Charlier, Jacqueline; Janssens, Michèle; Delmée, Michel

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    Brevibacterium otitidis is a coryneform rod and, as far as is known, is isolated only from infected ears. We report the first known case of peritonitis caused by B. otitidis in a patient undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis. PMID:11060116

  14. Dysfunction of Circulating Polymorphonuclear Leukocytes and Monocytes in Ambulatory Cirrhotics Predicts Patient Outcome

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    Sargenti, Konstantina; Johansson, Åsa; Bertilsson, Sara

    2016-01-01

    Background Cirrhosis represents a state of functional immune paresis with increased infection risk. Aims To investigate polymorphonuclear (PMN) leukocyte and monocyte function in ambulatory cirrhotics, and their potential relation with cirrhosis etiology or patient outcome. Methods Consecutive...

  15. Unusual Effects of Nicotine as a Psychostimulant on Ambulatory Activity in Mice

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    Umezu, Toyoshi

    2012-01-01

    The present study examined the effect of nicotine, alone and in combination with various drugs that act on the CNS, on ambulatory activity, a behavioral index for locomotion, in ICR (CD-1) strain mice. Nicotine at 0.25–2 mg/kg acutely reduced ambulatory activity of ICR mice. The effect of nicotine was similar to that of haloperidol and fluphenazine but distinct from that of bupropion and methylphenidate. ICR mice developed tolerance against the inhibitory effect of nicotine on ambulatory activity when nicotine was repeatedly administered. This effect was also distinct from bupropion and methylphenidate as they produced augmentation of their ambulation-stimulating effects in ICR mice. Nicotine reduced the ambulation-stimulating effects of bupropion and methylphenidate as well as haloperidol and fluphenazine. Taken together, nicotine exhibited unusual effects as a psychostimulant on ambulatory activity in ICR mice. PMID:22530136

  16. Prognostic value of isolated nocturnal hypertension on ambulatory measurement in 8711 individuals from 10 populations

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    Fan, Hong-Qi; Thijs, Lutgarde; Hansen, Tine W

    2010-01-01

    We and other investigators previously reported that isolated nocturnal hypertension on ambulatory measurement (INH) clustered with cardiovascular risk factors and was associated with intermediate target organ damage. We investigated whether INH might also predict hard cardiovascular endpoints....

  17. On the interdependence of ambulatory and hospital care in the German health system.

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    Büyükdurmus, Tugba; Kopetsch, Thomas; Schmitz, Hendrik; Tauchmann, Harald

    2017-12-01

    For some considerable time now the interface between ambulatory and hospital care has been mooted as a cause of inefficiencies in the German health system and there have been calls for a softening of the strict separation between the two sectors. This debate emphasizes the need for detailed empirical information on the interdependence between the two sectors. Using extensive administrative data at the level of the 412 German counties for the years 2007 to 2009 and a simultaneous equation model which allows the numbers of ambulatory and hospital cases to be mutually interdependent, we examine the connection between ambulatory and hospital specialist care separately for ten medical specialties. The results show that the interdependence of ambulatory and hospital services is far from homogeneous. The relationship depends, on the one hand, on the specialty and, on the other, on the direction of the effect observed. This heterogeneity needs to be taken into account for cross-sector needs-based planning.

  18. Examining the Relationship Among Ambulatory Surgical Settings Work Environment, Nurses' Characteristics, and Medication Errors Reporting.

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    Farag, Amany A; Anthony, Mary K

    2015-12-01

    To describe work environment characteristics (leadership style and safety climate) of ambulatory surgical settings and to examine the relationship between work environment and nurses' willingness to report medication errors in ambulatory surgical settings. Descriptive correlational design using survey methodology. The sample of this study consisted of 40 unit-based registered nurses, working as full time, part time, or as needed in four ambulatory surgical settings affiliated with one health care system located in Northeast Ohio. The results of two separate regression analyses, one with three nurse manager's leadership styles and another with five safety climate dimensions as independent variables, explained 44% and 50%, respectively, on variance of nurses' willingness to report medication errors. To increase nurses' willingness to report medication errors, ambulatory surgical settings administrators should invest in nurse manager leadership training programs and focus on enhancing safety climate aspects, particularly errors feedback and organizational learning. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Ambulatory Care Nurse-Sensitive Indicators Series: Capturing the Role of Nursing in Ambulatory Care--The Case for Meaningful Nurse-Sensitive Measurement.

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    Mastal, Margaret; Matlock, Ann Marie; Start, Rachel

    2016-01-01

    The nation has been on a quest to advance quality in providing health care services and improving patient outcomes. The challenge has been to identify and define metrics that will demonstrate improvement. Acute care settings have a fairly well-established system of quality measurement, but ambulatory care systems are in less-developed stages. Imperative to accurate quality measurement in ambulatory care is to identify and define metrics that reflect the value of registered nurses to improved patient care and outcomes as well as to the organization. The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) established a task force to determine appropriate measures of nursing quality. The task force spent 2 years investigating measures and produced an Industry Report that addresses measures of nursing quality. This article is the first in a series of articles that will reveal and discuss the contents of the Industry Report.

  20. Effect of Intensive Versus Standard Clinic-Based Hypertension Management on Ambulatory Blood Pressure: Results From the SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) Ambulatory Blood Pressure Study.

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    Drawz, Paul E; Pajewski, Nicholas M; Bates, Jeffrey T; Bello, Natalie A; Cushman, William C; Dwyer, Jamie P; Fine, Lawrence J; Goff, David C; Haley, William E; Krousel-Wood, Marie; McWilliams, Andrew; Rifkin, Dena E; Slinin, Yelena; Taylor, Addison; Townsend, Raymond; Wall, Barry; Wright, Jackson T; Rahman, Mahboob

    2017-01-01

    The effect of clinic-based intensive hypertension treatment on ambulatory blood pressure (BP) is unknown. The goal of the SPRINT (Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial) ambulatory BP ancillary study was to evaluate the effect of intensive versus standard clinic-based BP targets on ambulatory BP. Ambulatory BP was obtained within 3 weeks of the 27-month study visit in 897 SPRINT participants. Intensive treatment resulted in lower clinic systolic BP (mean difference between groups=16.0 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 14.1-17.8 mm Hg), nighttime systolic BP (mean difference=9.6 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 7.7-11.5 mm Hg), daytime systolic BP (mean difference=12.3 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 10.6-13.9 mm Hg), and 24-hour systolic BP (mean difference=11.2 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 9.7-12.8 mm Hg). The night/day systolic BP ratio was similar between the intensive (0.92±0.09) and standard-treatment groups (0.91±0.09). There was considerable lack of agreement within participants between clinic systolic BP and daytime ambulatory systolic BP with wide limits of agreement on Bland-Altman plots. In conclusion, targeting a systolic BP of hypertension therapy on out of office BP. Further studies are needed to assess whether targeting hypertension therapy based on ambulatory BP improves clinical outcomes. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01835249. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  1. Patients with non-ambulatory cerebral palsy have higher sclerostin levels and lower bone mineral density than patients with ambulatory cerebral palsy.

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    Shin, Yoon-Kyum; Yoon, Young Kwon; Chung, Kyung Bae; Rhee, Yumie; Cho, Sung-Rae

    2017-10-01

    Bone loss is a serious clinical issue in patients with cerebral palsy (CP). Sclerostin has garnered interest as a key mechanosensor in osteocytes, leading to considerations of the therapeutic utilization of anti-sclerostin medications. This study was undertaken to determine associations among mechanical unloading, sclerostin levels, and bone imbalance in patients with CP. A total of 28 patients with CP participated in this cross-sectional study. The following measurements were taken: anthropometrics, clinical diagnosis of CP subtype and ambulatory status, bone mineral density (BMD) z-scores at the lumbar spine and hip, and blood biochemical markers, including sclerostin, parathyroid hormone (PTH), osteocalcin, C-terminal telopeptide, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, creatinine, calcium, and phosphorus. In analysis according to CP subtype, patients with spastic CP showed significantly lower BMD z-scores at the lumbar spine and femur neck regions than patients with dyskinetic CP. In analysis according to ambulatory status, patients with non-ambulatory CP showed significantly lower BMD z-scores at all lumbar spine and femoral sites, lower PTH and creatinine levels, and higher plasma sclerostin levels than patients with ambulatory CP. In regression analysis, ambulatory status was a significant determinant of plasma sclerostin levels. This study is the first to report on sclerostin levels and BMD in patients with CP, based on the hypothesis that patients who lack sufficient weight-bearing activities would show increased sclerostin levels and decreased BMD scores, compared with patients who sustain relatively sufficient physical activity. Therefore, this report may provide clinical insights for clinicians considering ambulatory status, sclerostin levels, and bone loss in patients with CP. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Watsu approach for improving spasticity and ambulatory function in hemiparetic patients with stroke.

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    Chon, Seung Chul; Oh, Duck Won; Shim, Jae Hun

    2009-06-01

    This study reports the effect of Watsu as rehabilitation method for hemiparetic patients with stroke. Watsu consisted of 40 treatment sessions for 8 weeks, delivered underwater or at water surface level, it applied in three patients. Outcome measures included tools for assessing spasticity and ambulatory function. All patients showed decreased scores in the TAS and RVGA after Watsu application. Watsu was helpful in controlling spasticity and improving ambulatory function of the patients with hemiparesis.

  3. Patient satisfaction and acceptability: a journey through an ambulatory gynaecology clinic in the West of Ireland

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    Uzochukwu, I

    2016-06-01

    Ambulatory Gynaecology allows a “see-and-treat” approach to managing gynaecological conditions, providing a more streamlined, integrated care pathway than the traditional gynaecology clinic and inpatient care model. This study was designed to assess patient satisfaction and acceptability of Ambulatory Gynaecology services in Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, Ireland. It also provided for feedback from patients as to how the service might be improved. \\r\

  4. Comparability of Automated Office Blood Pressure to Daytime 24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure.

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    Ringrose, Jennifer S; Cena, Jonathan; Ip, Shannon; Morales, Fraulein; Hamilton, Peter; Padwal, Raj

    2017-10-05

    Clinical practice guidelines endorse automated office blood pressure (AOBP) measurement as the preferred in-office measurement modality. However, recent data indicate that this method may underestimate daytime ambulatory BP. The objective of this study was to further assess the comparability of mean AOBP and daytime ambulatory BP in clinical practice. A retrospective cross-sectional chart review was conducted of 96 consecutive patients referred from primary or specialty care practices to a tertiary care ambulatory BP monitoring service. Six AOBP readings were taken using an appropriately cuffed BpTRU (BpTRU Medical Devices, Coquitlam, Canada) device on the nondominant arm and no rest period (first reading discarded). Twenty-four-hour ambulatory BP monitoring was then performed. Between-group means were compared with paired t tests. The proportion of patients with differences of ≥ 5, 10, and 15 mm Hg was tabulated. Mean age was 52.6 ± 16.7 years, 60% were women, and 79% had previously diagnosed hypertension. Mean AOBPs were 130.8 ± 15.5/82.3 ± 10.7 mm Hg, and mean daytime ambulatory BPs were 142.8 ± 14.9/83.9 ± 11.2 mm Hg (difference of -11.9 ± 13.5/-1.6 ± 7.6; P ambulatory BP levels ≥ 135 mm Hg. The proportions of patients with systolic or diastolic BP differences of ≥ 5, 10 and 15 mm Hg were 89%, 52%, and 33%, respectively. Mean AOBP underestimates daytime ambulatory BP. Variability between the 2 methods is high. These findings do not support the premise that AOBP closely approximates daytime ambulatory BP. Copyright © 2017 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Model of care and pattern of nursing practice in ambulatory oncology.

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    Lee, Charlotte T; Fitzgerald, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    The worldwide burden of cancer warrants more effective and efficient cancer care management strategies (World Health Organization, 2003). Model of ambulatory care, in particular, has tremendous implications on patient and administrative outcomes (Knight, 2007; Lynch, Marcone & Kagan, 2007; Moore, Johnson, Fortner & Houts, 2008). Nevertheless, little is known about the pattern of practices and the clinic operations in this setting. As part of the hospital's ambulatory redesign program, this survey aims to: a) review and describe existing models of ambulatory care employed by key national and international cancer centres; b) identify models or elements within the models that are appropriate to be adopted for best practice. Semi-structured interviews with 10 senior management members at 10 centres (N = 10) were conducted. Participants were asked to describe: a) model of ambulatory care employed by their institution (e.g., scope and model of ambulatory nursing practice); and b) strategies used to manage common patient care related issues in their institutions. Interviews were recorded and analyzed according to the objectives of this survey. A majority of cancer centres employed models of care similar to the existing Hospital model of ambulatory care and are encountering similar challenges in care delivery. Therefore, it was not deemed appropriate to adopt any models from participating centres. It is crucial for administrators to report and share best practices to ensure high-quality care. The survey of current practice did not yield sufficient data to adequately support the implementation of any specific models at the hospital's ambulatory care settings. Nevertheless, findings from the present review support the principles proposed for the new hospital model of ambulatory care.

  6. Cost-effectiveness of nurse practitioners in primary and specialised ambulatory care: systematic review.

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    Martin-Misener, Ruth; Harbman, Patricia; Donald, Faith; Reid, Kim; Kilpatrick, Kelley; Carter, Nancy; Bryant-Lukosius, Denise; Kaasalainen, Sharon; Marshall, Deborah A; Charbonneau-Smith, Renee; DiCenso, Alba

    2015-06-08

    To determine the cost-effectiveness of nurse practitioners delivering primary and specialised ambulatory care. A systematic review of randomised controlled trials reported since 1980. 10 electronic bibliographic databases, handsearches, contact with authors, bibliographies and websites. Randomised controlled trials that evaluated nurse practitioners in alternative and complementary ambulatory care roles and reported health system outcomes. 11 trials were included. In four trials of alternative provider ambulatory primary care roles, nurse practitioners were equivalent to physicians in all but seven patient outcomes favouring nurse practitioner care and in all but four health system outcomes, one favouring nurse practitioner care and three favouring physician care. In a meta-analysis of two studies (2689 patients) with minimal heterogeneity and high-quality evidence, nurse practitioner care resulted in lower mean health services costs per consultation (mean difference: -€6.41; 95% CI -€9.28 to -€3.55; pambulatory care roles, nurse practitioners were equivalent to physicians in all but three patient outcomes and one health system outcome favouring nurse practitioner care. In five trials of complementary provider specialised ambulatory care roles, 16 patient/provider outcomes favouring nurse practitioner plus usual care, and 16 were equivalent. Two health system outcomes favoured nurse practitioner plus usual care, four favoured usual care and 14 were equivalent. Four studies of complementary specialised ambulatory care compared costs, but only one assessed costs and outcomes jointly. Nurse practitioners in alternative provider ambulatory primary care roles have equivalent or better patient outcomes than comparators and are potentially cost-saving. Evidence for their cost-effectiveness in alternative provider specialised ambulatory care roles is promising, but limited by the few studies. While some evidence indicates nurse practitioners in complementary

  7. Dexametasona comparada à metoclopramida na profilaxia de vômitos pós-operatórios em crianças submetidas a procedimentos cirúrgicos ambulatoriais Dexametasona comparada a la metoclopramida en la prevención de vómitos pos-operatorios en niños sometidos a procedimientos quirúrgicos ambulatoriales Dexamethasone compared to metoclopramide in the prophylaxis of emesis in children undergoing ambulatory surgical procedures

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    JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: O vômito pós-operatório é uma complicação comum e desagradável. Porém, atualmente modelos matemáticos tais como número necessário para tratar (NNT) e redução do risco relativo (RRR) têm sido úteis para a decisão de que medicação utilizar para a profilaxia. O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar se a dexametasona, comparada à metoclopramida, reduz a incidência de vômitos, quando administrada por via venosa em crianças anestesiadas com sevoflurano em cirurgias pediátri...

  8. [Ambulatory care nursing sites in Italy: results of a pilot study].

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    Alvaro, Rosaria; Venturini, Giulia; Tartaglini, Daniela; Vellone, Ercole; De Marinis, Maria Grazia

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to map existing ambulatory care nursing sites in Italy, compare operational and organizational methodologies used, and evaluate visibility of the sites in health institutions and the community. Nurses' level of satisfaction with this work experience was also evaluated. The American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing and American Nurses Association definition of ambulatory care nursing (1997) was used to select sites for the study. Two hundred fifty ambulatory care sites meeting this definition were listed, most of which provide clinical and educational services to oncology and cardiology patients. Surgical sites provide treatment of surgical wounds and stomas. Results of the study show that ambulatory care nursing sites are not uniformly distributed across Italy and a greater concentration of sites can be found in northern Italy with respect to central and southern Italy. Nurses report having greater professional autonomy and an excellent level of satisfaction. All interviewed nurses attend specific training and continuing education courses. Ambulatory care sites are managed by nurses; medical consultations are requested when necessary and home assistance is assured through coordination with general practitioners.

  9. Emergent risk factors associated with eyeball loss and ambulatory vision loss after globe injuries.

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    Hyun Lee, Seung; Ahn, Jae Kyoun

    2010-07-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate risk factors associated with eyeball loss and ambulatory vision loss on emergent examination of patients with ocular trauma. We reviewed the medical records of 1,875 patients hospitalized in a single tertiary referral center between January 2003 and December 2007. Emergent examinations included a history of trauma, elapsed time between injury and hospital arrival, visible intraocular tissues, and initial visual acuity (VA) using a penlight. The main outcome measures were ocular survival and ambulatory vision survival (>20/200) at 1 year after trauma using univariate and multivariate regression analysis. The ocular trauma scores were significantly higher in open globe injuries than in closed globe injuries (p loss. Elapsed time more than 12 hours and visible intraocular tissues were the significant risk factors associated with ambulatory vision loss. The most powerful predictor of eyeball loss and ambulatory vision loss was eyeball rupture. In closed globe injuries, there were no significant risk factors of eyeball loss, whereas initial vision less than LP and the presence of relative afferent pupillary defect were the significant risk factors associated with ambulatory vision loss. An initial VA less than LP using a penlight, a history of golf ball injury, and elapsed time more than 12 hours between ocular trauma and hospital arrival were associated with eyeball loss and ambulatory vision loss. Physicians should bear these factors in mind so that they can more effectively counsel patients with such injuries.

  10. Relationships of muscle strength and bone mineral density in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy.

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    Chen, C-L; Lin, K-C; Wu, C-Y; Ke, J-Y; Wang, C-J; Chen, C-Y

    2012-02-01

    This work explores the relationships of muscle strength and areal bone mineral density (aBMD) in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP). The knee extensor strength, but not motor function, was related to aBMD. Thus, muscle strength, especially antigravity muscle strength, was more associated with aBMD in these children than motor function. Muscle strength is related to bone density in normal children. However, no studies have examined these relationships in ambulatory children with CP. This work explores the relationships of muscle strength and aBMD in ambulatory children with CP. Forty-eight ambulatory children with spastic CP, aged 5-15 years, were classified into two groups based on Gross Motor Function Classification System levels: I (n = 28) and II (n = 20). Another 31 normal development (ND) children were recruited as the comparison group for the aBMD. Children with CP underwent assessments of growth, lumbar and distal femur aBMD, Gross Motor Function Measure-66 (GMFM-66), and muscle strength of knee extensor and flexor by isokinetic dynamometer. The distal femur aBMD, but not lumbar aBMD, was lower in children with CP than in ND children (p antigravity muscle strength, were more associated with the bone density of ambulatory children with CP than motor function. The data may allow clinicians for early identifying the ambulatory CP children of potential low bone density.

  11. Home monitoring after ambulatory implanted primary cardiac implantable electronic devices: The home ambulance pilot study.

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    Parahuleva, Mariana S; Soydan, Nedim; Divchev, Dimitar; Lüsebrink, Ulrich; Schieffer, Bernhard; Erdogan, Ali

    2017-11-01

    The Home Monitoring (HM) system of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) permits early detection of arrhythmias or device system failures. The aim of this pilot study was to examine how the safety and efficacy of the HM system in patients after ambulatory implanted primary CIEDs compare to patients with a standard procedure and hospitalization. We hypothesized that HM and their modifications would be a useful extension of the present concepts for ambulatory implanted CIEDs. This retrospective analysis evaluates telemetric data obtained from 364 patients in an ambulatory single center over 6 years. Patients were assigned to an active group (n = 217), consisting of those who were discharged early on the day of implantation of the primary CIED, or to a control group (n = 147), consisting of those discharged and followed up with the HM system according to usual medical practices. The mean duration of hospitalization was 73.2% shorter in the active group than in the control group, corresponding to 20.5 ± 13 fewer hours (95% confidence interval [CI]: 6.3-29.5; P ambulatory implanted CIED when compared with standard management of these patients. Early discharge with the HM system after ambulatory CIED implantation was safe and not inferior to the classic medical procedure. Thus, together with lower costs, HM and its modifications would be a useful extension of the present concepts for ambulatory implanted CIEDs. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  12. Impact of pharmacist interventions on cost avoidance in an ambulatory cancer center.

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    Randolph, Laura A; Walker, Cheri K; Nguyen, Ann T; Zachariah, Subi R

    2018-01-01

    Objective To provide a foundation to justify the presence of a full-time clinical pharmacist in the ambulatory cancer center in addition to an existing centralized pharmacist through cost avoidance calculation and patient and staff satisfaction surveys. Methods The prospective, pilot study took place in an ambulatory cancer center over four weeks in 2014. Cost avoidance values were assigned to interventions performed by a pharmacy resident, who was present in the ambulatory cancer center during clinic hours, along with a centralized oncology pharmacist routinely working with the cancer center. Anonymous patient and staff satisfaction surveys based on a 5-point Likert scale were distributed to assess the perceived benefit of a pharmacist located in the ambulatory cancer center. Results Data collection took place over approximately one month. After evaluation of 962 interventions from both pharmacists, the estimated cost avoidance was US$282,741 per pharmacist per year, yielding a net benefit of US$138,441. The most common interventions made by the resident included chemotherapy regimen review (n = 290, 69%) and patient counseling (n = 102, 24%), while the majority of the centralized pharmacist's interventions was chemotherapy regimen review (n = 525, 97%). Results from the anonymous patient and staff surveys revealed an overall positive perception of the pharmacy resident while in the ambulatory cancer center. Conclusion A full-time clinical pharmacist in an ambulatory cancer center is both financially beneficial and positively perceived by patients and staff.

  13. From Hospital to Ambulatory Care: Realigning the Practice of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

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    Negley, Kristin D; Cordes, Mary E; Evenson, Laura K; Schad, Shauna P

    2016-01-01

    This article describes how a large healthcare organization expanded the practice of clinical nurse specialists from the hospital to the ambulatory setting. Clinical nurse specialist practice traditionally focused on actualizing the 3 spheres of influence (patient, nurse, and organization) in the hospital setting. Changes in the healthcare system shifting patient care to the ambulatory setting created opportunities for clinical nurse specialists to improve patient outcomes in this setting. An innovation framework from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation based on inspiration, generation of ideas, experimenting, and diffusion was used to assess and prioritize the work of clinical nurse specialists in the ambulatory setting. Clinical nurse specialists became integral members of hospital and ambulatory nursing leadership. In the ambulatory setting, they are partnering to standardize patient care, providing tools for nurses to practice to full scope, and identifying and providing solutions for patient safety issues. Aligning clinical nurse specialists in the hospital and ambulatory care settings allows partnership with multidisciplinary teams to ensure that evidence-based practices and standardized care are infused across the continuum of care. Evidence-based practices and standardized care encourage nurses to practice to full scope and focus on improved patient outcomes.

  14. Preparing for the primary care clinic: an ambulatory boot camp for internal medicine interns.

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    Esch, Lindsay M; Bird, Amber-Nicole; Oyler, Julie L; Lee, Wei Wei; Shah, Sachin D; Pincavage, Amber T

    2015-01-01

    Internal medicine (IM) interns start continuity clinic with variable ambulatory training. Multiple other specialties have utilized a boot camp style curriculum to improve surgical and procedural skills, but boot camps have not been used to improve interns' ambulatory knowledge and confidence. The authors implemented and assessed the impact of an intern ambulatory boot camp pilot on primary care knowledge, confidence, and curricular satisfaction. During July 2014, IM interns attended ambulatory boot camp. It included clinically focused case-based didactic sessions on common ambulatory topics as well as orientation to the clinic and electronic medical records. Interns anonymously completed a 15-question pre-test on topics covered in the boot camp as well as an identical post-test after the boot camp. The interns were surveyed regarding their confidence and satisfaction. Thirty-eight interns participated in the boot camp. Prior to the boot camp, few interns reported confidence managing common outpatient conditions. The average pre-test knowledge score was 46.3%. The average post-test knowledge score significantly improved to 76.1% (pambulatory boot camp pilot improved primary care knowledge, and interns thought it was good preparation for clinic. The ambulatory boot camp was well received and may be an effective way to improve the preparation of interns for primary care clinic. Further assessment of clinical performance and expansion to other programs and specialties should be considered.

  15. Reproducibility of ambulatory blood pressure changes from the initial values on two different days

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    Ash, Garrett I.; Walker, Timothy J.; Olson, Kayla M.; Stratton, Jeffrey H.; Gómez, Ana L.; Kraemer, William J.; Volek, Jeff S.; Pescatello, Linda S.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: We tested the reproducibility of changes in the ambulatory blood pressure (BP) from the initial values, an indicator of BP reactivity and cardiovascular health outcomes, in young, healthy adults. METHOD: The subjects wore an ambulatory BP monitor attached by the same investigator at the same time of day until the next morning on two different days (day 1 and day 2) separated by a week. We compared the ambulatory BP change from the initial values at hourly intervals over 24 waking and sleeping hours on days 1 and 2 using linear regression and repeated measures analysis of covariance. RESULTS: The subjects comprised 88 men and 57 women (mean age±SE 22.4±0.3 years) with normal BP (118.3±0.9/69.7±0.6 mmHg). For the total sample, the correlation between the ambulatory BP change on day 1 vs. day 2 over 24, waking, and sleeping hours ranged from 0.37–0.61; among women, the correlation was 0.38–0.71, and among men, it was 0.24–0.52. Among women, the ambulatory systolic/diastolic BP change was greater by 3.1±1.0/2.4±0.8 mmHg over 24 hours and by 3.0±1.1/2.4±0.8 mmHg over waking hours on day 1 than on day 2. The diastolic ambulatory BP change during sleeping hours was greater by 2.2±0.9 mmHg on day 1 than on day 2, but the systolic ambulatory BP change during sleeping hours on days 1 and 2 did not differ. Among men, the ambulatory BP change on days 1 and 2 did not differ. CONCLUSION: Our primary findings were that the ambulatory BP change from the initial values was moderately reproducible; however, it was more reproducible in men than in women. These results suggest that women, but not men, may experience an alerting reaction to initially wearing the ambulatory BP monitor. PMID:24473508

  16. Treatment of peritonitis in patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis.

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    Horton, M W; Deeter, R G; Sherman, R A

    1990-02-01

    The epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and pharmacotherapy of peritonitis in patients with end-stage renal disease treated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) are reviewed. CAPD-associated peritonitis is a localized infection of the peritoneal cavity. Approximately 70% of the cases are caused by a single gram-positive microorganism indigenous to the patient's skin or upper respiratory tract that infects the peritoneal cavity. Gram-negative microorganisms cause 25% of the cases; fungi, anaerobes, and mycobacteria cause approximately 5%. Clinical manifestations include a cloudy, turbid peritoneal dialysate effluent and abdominal pain or tenderness. Diagnosis is confirmed by the detection and isolation of microorganisms in the peritoneal dialysate effluent. Of patients with CAPD-associated peritonitis, 70-80% can be successfully treated on an outpatient basis with intraperitoneal (i.p.) instillation of antimicrobials. Vancomycin, cephalosporins, and aminoglycosides are the agents most commonly used to treat CAPD-associated peritonitis. Most recently, alternative dosing regimens using intermittent i.p. administration of vancomycin have been used. In certain types of CAPD-associated peritonitis (those caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa or fungi), removal of the peritoneal catheter may be required to achieve a cure. Approximately two thirds of the patients transferring to another form of dialysis from CAPD do so because of peritonitis. Currently available data indicate that the most effective therapy for CAPD-associated peritonitis is i.p. administration of antimicrobial agents with activity against the suspected microorganism.

  17. Impact analysis of body movement in ambulatory ECG.

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    Pawar, Tanmay; Anantakrishnan, N S; Chaudhuri, Subhasis; Duttagupta, Siddhartha P

    2007-01-01

    Ambulatory ECG analysis is adversely affected by motion artifacts induced due to body movements. Knowledge of the extent of motion artifacts facilitates better ECG analysis. In [1], an unsupervised method using recursive principal component analysis (RPCA) was used to detect transitions between body movements. In this paper, we endeavour to quantify the impact of various types of body movements on the extent of ECG motion artifact using the RPCA error signal. For this purpose, acceleration data from different body parts i.e. arm(s), leg and waist, have been obtained using commercially available motion sensors, in conjunction with ECG signal, while carrying out routine body movement activities like climbing stairs, walking, twisting, and arm movements, at three different intensity levels: slow, medium and fast. The acceleration magnitudes and the RPCA error sequence are found to be well correlated, thus validating the body movement impact analysis, and also indicating the suitability of the method for quantification of body movement kinematics from the ECG signal itself in the absence of any accelerometer sensors.

  18. Parent assessment of medical student skills in ambulatory pediatrics

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    Erika Persson

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    Full Text Available Background: Partnership with parents is a vital part of pediatric medical education, yet few studies have examined parent attitudes towards learners in pediatric settings. Methods: Questionnaires were used to determine parent and student assessment of professional and clinical skills (primary outcome and parent attitudes towards 3rd year medical students (secondary outcome at the University of Alberta. Chi Square, Kendall’s Tau and Kappa coefficients were calculated to compare parent and student responses in 8 areas: communication, respect, knowledge, listening, history taking, physical examination, supervision, and overall satisfaction. Results: Overall satisfaction with medical student involvement by parents was high: 56.7% of all parents ranked the encounter as ‘excellent’. Areas of lesser satisfaction included physician supervision of students. Compared to the parent assessment, students tended to underrate many of their skills, including communication, history taking and physical exam. There was no relationship between parent demographics and their attitude to rating any of the students’ skills. Conclusions: Parents were satisfied with medical student involvement in the care of their children. Areas identified for improvement included increased supervision of students in both history taking and physical examination. This is one of the largest studies examining parent attitudes towards pediatric students. The results may enhance undergraduate curriculum development and teaching in pediatric ambulatory clinics and strengthen the ongoing partnership between the community and teaching clinics.

  19. Utilization of lean management principles in the ambulatory clinic setting.

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    Casey, Jessica T; Brinton, Thomas S; Gonzalez, Chris M

    2009-03-01

    The principles of 'lean management' have permeated many sectors of today's business world, secondary to the success of the Toyota Production System. This management method enables workers to eliminate mistakes, reduce delays, lower costs, and improve the overall quality of the product or service they deliver. These lean management principles can be applied to health care. Their implementation within the ambulatory care setting is predicated on the continuous identification and elimination of waste within the process. The key concepts of flow time, inventory and throughput are utilized to improve the flow of patients through the clinic, and to identify points that slow this process -- so-called bottlenecks. Nonessential activities are shifted away from bottlenecks (i.e. the physician), and extra work capacity is generated from existing resources, rather than being added. The additional work capacity facilitates a more efficient response to variability, which in turn results in cost savings, more time for the physician to interact with patients, and faster completion of patient visits. Finally, application of the lean management principle of 'just-in-time' management can eliminate excess clinic inventory, better synchronize office supply with patient demand, and reduce costs.

  20. Mobile Personal Health System for Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

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    Luis J. Mena

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The ARVmobile v1.0 is a multiplatform mobile personal health monitor (PHM application for ambulatory blood pressure (ABP monitoring that has the potential to aid in the acquisition and analysis of detailed profile of ABP and heart rate (HR, improve the early detection and intervention of hypertension, and detect potential abnormal BP and HR levels for timely medical feedback. The PHM system consisted of ABP sensor to detect BP and HR signals and smartphone as receiver to collect the transmitted digital data and process them to provide immediate personalized information to the user. Android and Blackberry platforms were developed to detect and alert of potential abnormal values, offer friendly graphical user interface for elderly people, and provide feedback to professional healthcare providers via e-mail. ABP data were obtained from twenty-one healthy individuals (>51 years to test the utility of the PHM application. The ARVmobile v1.0 was able to reliably receive and process the ABP readings from the volunteers. The preliminary results demonstrate that the ARVmobile 1.0 application could be used to perform a detailed profile of ABP and HR in an ordinary daily life environment, bedsides of estimating potential diagnostic thresholds of abnormal BP variability measured as average real variability.

  1. Applications of 24-hour Noninvasive Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

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    Yung-Zu Tseng

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Casual blood pressure (CBP measurements using a standard sphygmomanometer have traditionally constituted the principal modality for the assessment and management of hypertension. However, CBP measurement has shortcomings. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM provides abundant information on blood pressure (BP, including heart rate, all BP readings for test periods, BP average, BP variability, BP load, load index, distribution pattern of BP, reduction percentage of BP, trough/peak ratio, and summary statistics for overall 24-hour, daytime and nighttime periods. Over the last three decades, ABPM has evolved from a research device to an established and valuable clinical tool for assessment and management of hypertension. This technology has been proven to be useful in terms of the distribution pattern of BP, characterization of BP profiles in normotensive and hypertensive patients, evaluation of patients with mild or labile hypertension, physiologic and psychologic factors for fluctuation of BP, load index study, study of white coat hypertension, etiology of hypertension, prognosis of hypertension, and assessment of antihypertensive management. Nevertheless, the technology remains underused due to lack of insurance reimbursement in most countries. Accordingly, insurance reimbursement is crucial to promote increased utility of ABPM. Clinicians should be familiar with the role of this technology in the care of patients with abnormal BP. This review is an attempt to increase clinicians' understanding of ABPM and the appropriate use of this technology.

  2. [Essential hypertension in young people--ambulatory versus hospital care].

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    Mitu, F; Leon, Maria-Magdalena

    2012-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in our country. The number of young people with hypertension grow up quickly, so a good control of dyslipidemia and blood pressure (BP) is essential in prevention of cardiovascular disease. To investigate the prevalence of HTA at young people and established the corelation with another risk factors like smoke, colesterol, obesity and heredity, few data are available on the blood pressure characteristics of young patients. It has been investigate 366 young people between 19-25 years old, in ambulatory system and 350 younger with the same age, in hospital. Blood pressure was measured according to standard procedures, and was considered well-controlled if it was colesterol and 2.1 at men with big colesterol. The relation between HTA--obesity is proven in our study, the incidence of HTA is 2.6 bigger at the obeses patients. These arguments should also promote further research in primary care on the control and the therapeutic behavior of the physicians.

  3. Quantitative electromyography in ambulatory boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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    Verma, Sumit; Lin, Jenny; Travers, Curtis; McCracken, Courtney; Shah, Durga

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    This study's objective was to evaluate quantitative electromyography (QEMG) using multiple-motor-unit (multi-MUP) analysis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Ambulatory DMD boys, aged 5-15 years, were evaluated with QEMG at 6-month intervals over 14 months. EMG was performed in the right biceps brachii (BB) and tibialis anterior (TA) muscles. Normative QEMG data were obtained from age-matched healthy boys. Wilcoxon signed-rank tests were performed. Eighteen DMD subjects were enrolled, with a median age of 7 (interquartile range 7-10) years. Six-month evaluations were performed on 14 subjects. QEMG showed significantly abnormal mean MUP duration in BB and TA muscles, with no significant change over 6 months. QEMG is a sensitive electrophysiological marker of myopathy in DMD. Preliminary data do not reflect a significant change in MUP parameters over a 6-month interval; long-term follow-up QEMG studies are needed to understand its role as a biomarker for disease progression. Muscle Nerve 56: 1361-1364, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Introducing resident doctors to complexity in ambulatory medicine.

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    Cook, David A; Beckman, Thomas J; Thomas, Kris G; Thompson, Warren G

    2008-08-01

    Medical education instructional methods typically imply one 'best' management approach. Our objectives were to develop and evaluate an intervention to enhance residents' appreciation for the diversity of acceptable approaches when managing complex patients. A total of 124 internal medicine residents enrolled in a randomised, crossover trial. Residents completed four web-based modules in ambulatory medicine during continuity clinic. For each module we developed three 'complex cases'. Cases were intended to be complex (numerous variables, including psychosocial and economic barriers) and to suggest multiple acceptable management strategies. Several experienced faculty members described how they would manage each case. Residents reviewed each case, answered the same questions, and compared their responses with expert responses. Participants were randomly assigned to complete two modules with, and two modules without complex cases. A total of 76 residents completed 279 complex cases. Residents agreed that complex cases enhanced their appreciation for the diversity of 'correct' options (mean +/- standard error of the mean 4.6 +/- 0.2 [1 = strongly disagree, 6 = strongly agree]; P complex cases (95% confidence interval for difference - 4.0 to 0.3; P = 0.09). Resident comments suggested that lack of time and cognitive overload impeded learning. Residents felt complex cases made a valuable contribution to their learning, although preference was neutral and knowledge scores were not affected. Methods to facilitate trainee comfort in managing medically complex patients should be further explored.

  5. CT features of peritonitis associated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

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    Yun, Ji Young; Byun, Jae Young; Lee, Sang Hoon; Kwon, Tae Ahn; Kim, Yeon Kil; Kim, Young Ok; Song, Kyung Sup [The Catholic Univ. of Korea College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate the CT findings of peritonitis associated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis(CAPD). We retrospectively analyzed CT scans of 14 symptomatic patients with peritonitis after CAPD. Diffuse abdominal pain was present in 11, fever in two, and abdominal mass with vomiting in one. The mean duration of CAPD ranged from 10 months to 5 years(mean : 3.9 years). On abdominal CT, we evaluated the presence and location of ascites, bowel wall thickening, cocoon formation, the pattern of enhancement of peritoneal thickening, the presence of calcifications in the peritoneum, and mesenteric and omental change. On enhanced CT, multiloculated ascites was observed in all cases(n=14) ; it was located mainly in the pelvic cavity with small multi-loculated fluid collections in the peritoneal cavity(n=13), including the lesser sac(n=3). In one patient, ascites was located in the space between the greater omentum and anterior peritoneal surface. CT showed ileus in 12 cases, small bowel wall thickening in 11, and cocoon formation in five. Uneven but smooth thickening of the peritoneum, with contrast enhancement, was seen in eight cases, and in five of these, peritoneal thickening was more prominent in the anterior peritoneum. Other findings included reticular opacity in two cases, hematoma of the rectus muscle in one, and umbilical hernia in one. Multiloculated fluid collection, ileus, small bowel wall thickening, uneven but smooth peritoneal thickening, and cocoon formation appear to be CT features of CAPD peritonitis.

  6. Depression Treatment among Adults with Multiple Sclerosis and Depression in Ambulatory Care Settings in the United States

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    Background. There is little information regarding depression treatment patterns among adults with MS and depression in ambulatory settings at national level in the United States (US). Objectives. The objectives of this study were to identify patterns and predictors of depression treatment in ambulatory settings in US among adults with MS and depression. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted by pooling multiple years (2005–2011) of National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the outpa...

  7. Prevalence and reproducibility of differences between home and ambulatory blood pressure and their relation with hypertensive organ damage.

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    Gazzola, K; Cammenga, M; van der Hoeven, N V; van Montfrans, G A; van den Born, B J H

    2017-09-01

    Home and ambulatory blood pressure (BP) better predict cardiovascular disease than office BP, but are not interchangeable. We hypothesised that home BP may be higher than office BP because of anticipatory reactions to self-measurement and studied prevalence and reproducibility of incremental differences between home and daytime ambulatory BP and their relation with hypertensive organ damage. A total of 176 participants (mean age 57.1±12.8 years, 43.2% female) measured their BP for 2 weeks and received a 24-h ambulatory BP in between. Hypertensive organ damage was assessed by urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio and electrocardiographic criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy. Thresholds of 10/5 and 20/10 mm Hg were used to define relevant systolic/diastolic differences between home and ambulatory BP. A higher home compared to ambulatory BP was present in 92 (52.3%) and 35 (19.1%) participants, while lower home BP values were present in 36 (20.4%) and 8 (4.5%) subjects for differences ⩾10/5 and ⩾20/10 mm Hg. Participants with higher home than ambulatory BP differences were older, had higher body mass index, higher office BP, more antihypertensive medication and lower glomerular filtration rate (Phome and ambulatory BP were highly reproducible (r=0.80 and 0.67 for systolic and diastolic BP, Phome and ambulatory BPs were associated with organ damage, but their difference was not. Many patients have a significantly higher home than ambulatory BP. Differences between home and ambulatory BP are reproducible, but not associated with hypertensive organ damage. Our findings suggest that ambulatory BP remains the standard of reference when positive differences between home and ambulatory BP exist.

  8. Blood pressure and heart rate adjustment following acute Frenkel's ambulatory exercise in chronic hemiparetics stroke survivors: a comparative study

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    Isa, Lawal; Abubakar, Aliyu; Rufa'i, Ahmad; Mukadas, Akindele

    2014-01-01

    Frenkel's ambulatory activity has been routinely employed by physiotherapists for rehabilitation of gait coordination, however, its immediate influence on blood pressure and heart rate has not been...

  9. The Influence of Ambulatory Aid on Lower-extremity Muscle Activation During Gait.

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    Sanders, Michael; Bowden, Anton E; Baker, Spencer; Jensen, Ryan; Nichols, McKenzie; Seeley, Matthew K

    2017-04-19

    Foot and ankle injuries are common, and often require a non-weight bearing period of immobilization for the involved leg. This non-weight bearing period usually results in muscle atrophy for the involved leg. There is a dearth of objective data describing muscle activation for different ambulatory aids that are used during the aforementioned non-weight bearing period. To compare activation amplitudes for four leg muscles during (1) able-bodied gait and (2) ambulation involving three different ambulatory aids that can be used during the acute phase of foot and ankle injury care. Within-subject, repeated measures. University biomechanics laboratory. Sixteen able-bodied individuals (7 females and 9 males). Each participant performed able-bodied gait and ambulation using three different ambulatory aids (traditional axillary crutches, knee scooter, and a novel lower-leg prosthesis). Muscle activation amplitude, quantified via mean surface electromyography amplitude, throughout the stance phase of ambulation. Numerous statistical differences (P ambulatory aids, and able-bodied gait. For the involved leg, comparing the three ambulatory aids: (1) knee scooter ambulation resulted in the greatest vastus lateralis activation, (2) ambulation using the novel prosthesis and traditional crutches resulted in greater biceps femoris activation than knee scooter ambulation, and (3) ambulation using the novel prosthesis resulted in the greatest gastrocnemius activation (p ambulatory aid influences muscle activation amplitude. Traditional axillary crutches appear to be less likely to mitigate muscle atrophy during the non-weighting, immobilization period that often follows foot or ankle injuries. Researchers and clinicians should consider these results when recommending ambulatory aids for foot or ankle injuries.

  10. Implementation and Benefit Evaluation of Recommendations for Patient Safety in Ambulatory Surgical Care.

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    Monaca, C; Buchmann, M; Manser, T

    2016-09-01

    Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the degree of implementation of recommendations for patient safety in ambulatory surgical care and their benefit as perceived by surgeons in the ambulatory sector. Based on 2 practice recommendations issued by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Westphalia-Lippe, recommendations were formulated specifically for ambulatory surgery and distributed in 2013 to all physicians licensed to conduct ambulatory surgery in Westphalia-Lippe. Methods: We conducted a written survey covering all safety measures addressed by the 2 practice recommendations and assessed the degree of implementation and the perceived benefit for each of these measures as well as the strengths of the recommendations and the challenges of implementing them. The survey was distributed in late 2014 to 2 454 surgeons in the ambulatory setting. The survey period was 7 weeks. The analysis of the quantitative data was mainly descriptive and we conducted thematic summaries of free text answers to open-ended questions. Results: The participation rate was 17% (n=405). The recommendations were known to 86% of the respondents. The majority of recommended safety measures had been implemented systemically in more than 50% of the participating institutions. An increased interprofessional awareness of patient safety measurements was reported as the main impact of the recommendations. Respondents indicated further need for information and practice recommendations concerning the following topics: risk and error management, implementation of the Medical Devices Act, hygiene in medical practice and processing of instruments. Conclusion: This study highlights the valuable contribution practice recommendations can make to patient safety improvement in ambulatory surgical care. Their dissemination to other regions as well as to other ambulatory care settings such as family practice can therefore be recommended. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

  11. Prescribing pharmacists in the ambulatory care setting: Experience at the University of North Carolina Medical Center.

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    Hawes, Emily M; Misita, Caron; Burkhart, Jena Ivey; McKnight, Lauren; Deyo, Zachariah M; Lee, Ruth-Ann; Howard, Caroline; Eckel, Stephen F

    2016-09-15

    The prescribing authorities, clinical activities, and productivity documentation strategies of ambulatory care clinic-based pharmacists practicing within a large academic health system are described. North Carolina law encourages progressive pharmacy practice through acquisition of the clinical pharmacist practitioner (CPP) designation. Qualified CPPs are authorized to provide collaborative drug therapy management services, including medication prescribing and ordering of laboratory tests, according to defined protocols and under physician supervision. The University of North Carolina Medical Center has approximately 30 CPPs deployed across a wide range of ambulatory care clinical practice sites. This article describes (1) the pharmacy department's implementation of an ambulatory care practice model, (2) the credentialing and privileging process leading to granting of prescribing privileges, (3) metrics used to demonstrate the impact of CPP activities, (4) recommended general criteria for ambulatory care practice site identification, and (5) strategies for overcoming barriers to successful implementation of ambulatory care-focused clinical pharmacist services. Aggregated intervention-tracking data compiled by seven of the medical center's CPP ambulatory care practice sites indicate extensive CPP involvement in direct patient care encounters and patient or provider consultations, with large numbers of medication-related interventions to support institutional cost-avoidance and revenue goals. CPPs deployed at the medical center's ambulatory care clinics have had a positive impact on clinical and cost outcomes, improving patient care through interventions, contributing to readmission reduction efforts, generating indirect revenue through cost avoidance, and generating new revenue through billing for patient visits. Copyright © 2016 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Contributions to lateral balance control in ambulatory older adults.

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    Sparto, Patrick J; Newman, A B; Simonsick, E M; Caserotti, P; Strotmeyer, E S; Kritchevsky, S B; Yaffe, K; Rosano, C

    2017-08-23

    In older adults, impaired control of standing balance in the lateral direction is associated with the increased risk of falling. Assessing the factors that contribute to impaired standing balance control may identify areas to address to reduce falls risk. To investigate the contributions of physiological factors to standing lateral balance control. Two hundred twenty-two participants from the Pittsburgh site of the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study had lateral balance control assessed using a clinical sensory integration balance test (standing on level and foam surface with eyes open and closed) and a lateral center of pressure tracking test using visual feedback. The center of pressure was recorded from a force platform. Multiple linear regression models examined contributors of lateral control of balance performance, including concurrently measured tests of lower extremity sensation, knee extensor strength, executive function, and clinical balance tests. Models were adjusted for age, body mass index, and sex. Larger lateral sway during the sensory integration test performed on foam was associated with longer repeated chair stands time. During the lateral center of pressure tracking task, the error in tracking increased at higher frequencies; greater error was associated with worse executive function. The relationship between sway performance and physical and cognitive function differed between women and men. Contributors to control of lateral balance were task-dependent. Lateral standing performance on an unstable surface may be more dependent upon general lower extremity strength, whereas visual tracking performance may be more dependent upon cognitive factors. Lateral balance control in ambulatory older adults is associated with deficits in strength and executive function.

  13. [Travel times of patients to ambulatory care physicians in Germany].

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    Schang, Laura; Kopetsch, Thomas; Sundmacher, Leonie

    2017-12-01

    The time needed by patients to get to a doctor's office represents an important indicator of realised access to care. In Germany, findings on travel times are only available from surveys or for some regions. For the first time, this study examines nationwide and physician group-specific travel times in the ambulatory care sector in Germany and describes demographic, supply-side and spatial determinants of variations. Using a full review of patient consultations in the statutory health insurance system from 2009/2010 for 14 physician groups (approximately 518 million cases), case-related travel times by car between patients' places of residence and physician's practices were estimated at the municipal level. Physicians were reached in less than 30 min in 90.8% of cases for primary care physicians and up to 63% of cases for radiologists. Patients between 18 and under 30 years of age travel longer to get to the doctor than other age groups. The average travel time at the county level systematically differs between urban and rural planning areas. In the case of gynecologists, dermatologists and ophthalmologists, the average journey time decreases with increasing physician density at the county level, but remains approximately constant from a recognisable point of inflection. There is no association between primary care physician density and travel time at the district level. Spatial analyses show physician group-specific patterns of regional concentrations with an increased proportion of cases with very long travel times. Patients' travel times are influenced by supply- and demand-side determinants. Interactions between influential determinants should be analysed in depth to examine the extent to which the time travelled is an expression of regional under- or over-supply rather than an expression of patient preferences.

  14. In Vitro Characterization of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Ambulatory Lung.

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    Orizondo, Ryan A; May, Alexandra G; Madhani, Shalv P; Frankowski, Brian J; Burgreen, Greg W; Wearden, Peter D; Federspiel, William J

    2017-12-11

    Acute and chronic respiratory failure are a significant source of pediatric morbidity and mortality. Current respiratory support options used to bridge children to lung recovery or transplantation typically render them bedridden and can worsen long-term patient outcomes. The Pittsburgh Pediatric Ambulatory Lung (P-PAL) is a wearable pediatric blood pump and oxygenator (0.3 m surface area) integrated into a single compact unit that enables patient ambulation. The P-PAL is intended for long-term use and designed to provide up to 90% of respiratory support in children weighing 5-25 kg. Computational fluid dynamics and numerical gas exchange modeling were used to design the P-PAL and predict its performance. A P-PAL prototype was then used to obtain pressure versus flow curves at various impeller rotation rates using a blood analog fluid. In vitro oxygen exchange rates were obtained in blood in accordance with ISO standard 7199. The normalized index of hemolysis (NIH) was measured more than a 6 hour period at blood flow rates of 1 and 2.5 L/min. The P-PAL provided blood flows of 1-2.5 L/min against the pressure drop associated with its intended-use pediatric cannulas. The oxygen exchange rate reached a maximum of 108 ml/min at a blood flow rate of 2.5 L/min and met our respiratory support design target. Device-induced hemolysis was low with NIH values of 0.022-0.027 g/100 L in the intended blood flow rate range. In conclusion, the current P-PAL design met our pumping, oxygenation, and hemolysis specifications and has the potential to improve treatment for pediatric respiratory failure.

  15. Gait improvement surgery in ambulatory children with diplegic cerebral palsy

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    Terjesen, Terje; Lofterød, Bjørn; Skaaret, Ingrid

    2015-01-01

    Background and purpose Instrumented 3-D gait analyses (GA) in children with cerebral palsy (CP) have shown improved gait function 1 year postoperatively. Using GA, we assessed the outcome after 5 years and evaluated parental satisfaction with the surgery and the need for additional surgery. Patients and methods 34 ambulatory children with spastic diplegia had preoperative GA. Based on this GA, the children underwent 195 orthopedic procedures on their lower limbs at a mean age of 11.6 (6–19) years. On average, 5.7 (1–11) procedures per child were performed. Outcome measures were evaluation of gait quality using the gait profile score (GPS) and selected kinematic parameters, functional level using the functional mobility scale (FMS), and the degree of parental satisfaction. Results The mean GPS improved from 20.7° (95% CI: 19–23) preoperatively to 15.4° (95% CI: 14–17) 5 years postoperatively. There was no significant change in GPS between 1 and 5 years. The individual kinematic parameters at the ankle, knee, and hip improved statistically significantly, as did gait function (FMS). The mean parental satisfaction, on a scale from 0 to 10, was 7.7 (2–10) points. There was a need for additional surgical procedures in 14 children; this was more frequent in those who had the index operation at an early age. Interpretation The main finding was that orthopedic surgery based on preoperative GA gave marked improvements in gait function and quality, which were stable over a 5-year period. Nevertheless, additional orthopedic procedures were necessary in almost half of the children and further follow-up with GA for more than 1 year postoperatively is recommended in children with risk factors for such surgery. PMID:25637100

  16. Developing ambulatory care registered nurse competencies for care coordination and transition management.

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    Haas, Sheila; Swan, Beth Ann; Haynes, Traci

    2013-01-01

    The need for care coordination and management of transitions between Patient-Centered Medical Home providers, outpatient and community settings, including the Accountable Care Organization is often overlooked, episodic, and accountability for coordinating care and managing transitions between providers and services is lacking. Recognizing the potential of the RN to contribute to enhanced quality, cost effectiveness, and access to care in ambulatory settings, the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) created a care coordination competencies action plan with three phases to delineate RN competencies and develop an education program for care coordination and transition management in ambulatory care. The first Expert Panel completed a comprehensive, interdisciplinary literature review and analysis focused on care coordination and transition management. The second Expert Panel--representing nu rsing, medicine, and pharmacy--defined the dimensions, identified core competencies, and described the activities linked with each competency for care coordination and transition management in ambulatory settings. The third Expert Panel reviewed, confirmed, and created a table of dimensions, activities, and competencies (including knowledge, skills, attitudes) for ambulatory care RN care coordination and transition management.

  17. Denial is associated with higher ambulatory blood pressure across the menstrual cycle.

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    James, Gary D; Murnock, Celia G

    2015-01-01

    Studies show that stress perception is associated with increased daily ambulatory blood pressure (BP) and that denying the negative effects of stress increases BP as well. Whether these effects persist over the menstrual cycle is unknown. To examine the effects of measures of stress and stress denial on ambulatory work and home BP during the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle. Seventy-one women (age = 34.9 ± 7.7 years) employed as secretaries or technicians wore an ambulatory BP monitor during the follicular (between day 7-10; Mean = 8 ± 2) and luteal (between day 19-25; Mean = 22 ± 2) phases of their cycle. During each phase, relationships between BPs averaged at work and home and various stress measures and demographic and anthropometric variables were examined using stepwise regression. Ambulatory BPs did not change from the follicular to luteal phase. Stress denial was generally associated with higher ambulatory BP (p menstrual cycle, while other parameters had varying effects in different situations (work and home) and cycle phases. Stress denial has a persistent effect on BP, regardless of menstrual phase; however, shifts in the hormonal environment throughout the menstrual cycle may mediate other somatic and behavioural associations with BP.

  18. Sustainable business models: systematic approach toward successful ambulatory care pharmacy practice.

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    Sachdev, Gloria

    2014-08-15

    This article discusses considerations for making ambulatory care pharmacist services at least cost neutral and, ideally, generate a margin that allows for service expansion. The four pillars of business sustainability are leadership, staffing, information technology, and compensation. A key facet of leadership in ambulatory care pharmacy practice is creating and expressing a clear vision for pharmacists' services. Staffing considerations include establishing training needs, maximizing efficiencies, and minimizing costs. Information technology is essential for efficiency in patient care delivery and outcomes assessment. The three domains of compensation are cost savings, pay for performance, and revenue generation. The following eight steps for designing and implementing an ambulatory care pharmacist service are discussed: (1) prepare a needs assessment, (2) analyze existing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, (3) analyze service gaps and feasibility, (4) consider financial opportunities, (5) consider stakeholders' interests, (6) develop a business plan, (7) implement the service, and (8) measure outcomes. Potential future changes in national healthcare policy (such as pharmacist provider status and expanded pay for performance) could enhance the opportunities for sustainable ambulatory care pharmacy practice. The key challenges facing ambulatory care pharmacists are developing sustainable business models, determining which services yield a positive return on investment, and demanding payment for value-added services. Copyright © 2014 by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Expanding Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Residency Education Through a Multisite University-Affiliated Model.

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    Schweiss, Sarah K; Westberg, Sarah M; Moon, Jean Y; Sorensen, Todd D

    2017-12-01

    As the health-care system evolves and shifts to value-based payment systems, there is a recognized need to increase the number of ambulatory care trained pharmacists. The objective of this article is to describe the administrative structure of the University of Minnesota Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) Pharmacy Residency program and to encourage adoption of similar models nationally in order to expand ambulatory care residency training opportunities and meet the demand for pharmacist practitioners. Program Structure: The University of Minnesota PGY1 Pharmacy Residency program is a multisite program centered on the practice of pharmaceutical care and provision of comprehensive medication management (CMM) services in ambulatory care settings. The centralized administration of a multisite academic-affiliated training model creates efficiency in the administration process, while allowing sites to focus on clinical training. This model also offers many innovative and unique opportunities to residents. A multisite university-affiliated ambulatory care residency training model provides efficiency in program administration, while successfully accelerating the growth of quality ambulatory care residency training and supporting innovative delivery of shared core learning experiences. Consequently, practice sites grow in their service delivery capacity and quality of care.

  20. Self-reported activities and outcomes of ambulatory care staff registered nurses: an exploration.

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    Rondinelli, June L; Omery, Anna K; Crawford, Cecelia L; Johnson, Joyce A

    2014-01-01

    Ambulatory care is a growing field of nursing practice. As ambulatory registered nurse (RN) practice grows, there has been an ongoing effort to identify the desired role of the staff RN in outpatient care and to provide linkages to preferred outcomes. This study sought to describe the perceived impact of components of the staff RN role on specific activities and outcomes, as guided by the structures, processes, and outcomes of the Nursing Role Effectiveness Model. This exploratory research study used a descriptive, self-report survey design. Survey respondents were ambulatory care staff RNs from various primary and specialty care clinics (n = 187) in an integrated health care organization in Southern California. The most frequently reported activities included patient assessment, nurse advice during message management, and completion of patient triage. Reported patient outcomes most frequently affected by RN activities were patient satisfaction, normalization of laboratory values, receiving the correct level of medical treatment, and prevention of complications. Respondents expressed that "emergency situations" periodically occur in the ambulatory setting. This research study supports what ambulatory care RNs say they are doing: daily, diverse, and complex patient care activities that influence multiple relevant patient outcomes. Future research studies could reveal best practices related to message management, in addition to activities and outcomes unique to specialty care populations.

  1. Heritability and Temporal Stability of Ambulatory Autonomic Stress Reactivity in Unstructured 24-Hour Recordings.

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    Neijts, Melanie; van Lien, Rene; Kupper, Nina; Boomsma, Dorret; Willemsen, Gonneke; de Geus, Eco J C

    2015-10-01

    Measurements of ambulatory autonomic reactivity can help with our understanding of the long-term health consequences of exposure to psychosocial stress in real-life settings. In this study, unstructured 24-hour ambulatory recordings of cardiac parasympathetic and sympathetic control were obtained in 1288 twins and siblings, spanning both work time and leisure time. These data were used to define two ambulatory baseline (sleep, leisure) and four stress conditions (wake, work, work_sitting, work_peak) from which six ambulatory stress reactivity measures were derived. The use of twin families allowed for estimation of heritability and testing for the amplification of existing or emergence of new genetic variance during stress compared with baseline conditions. Temporal stability of ambulatory reactivity was assessed in 62 participants and was moderate to high over a 3-year period (0.36 unstructured real-life setting shows reliable, stable, and heritable individual differences. Real-life situations uncover a new and different genetic variation compared with that seen in resting baseline conditions, including sleep.

  2. Relationship Between 24-Hour Ambulatory Central Systolic Blood Pressure and Left Ventricular Mass: A Prospective Multicenter Study.

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    Weber, Thomas; Wassertheurer, Siegfried; Schmidt-Trucksäss, Arno; Rodilla, Enrique; Ablasser, Cornelia; Jankowski, Piotr; Lorenza Muiesan, Maria; Giannattasio, Cristina; Mang, Claudia; Wilkinson, Ian; Kellermair, Jörg; Hametner, Bernhard; Pascual, Jose Maria; Zweiker, Robert; Czarnecka, Danuta; Paini, Anna; Salvetti, Massimo; Maloberti, Alessandro; McEniery, Carmel

    2017-12-01

    We investigated the relationship between left ventricular mass and brachial office as well as brachial and central ambulatory systolic blood pressure in 7 European centers. Central systolic pressure was measured with a validated oscillometric device, using a transfer function, and mean/diastolic pressure calibration. M-mode images were obtained by echocardiography, and left ventricular mass was determined by one single reader blinded to blood pressure. We studied 289 participants (137 women) free from antihypertensive drugs (mean age: 50.8 years). Mean office blood pressure was 145/88 mm Hg and mean brachial and central ambulatory systolic pressures were 127 and 128 mm Hg, respectively. Mean left ventricular mass was 93.3 kg/m2, and 25.6% had left ventricular hypertrophy. The correlation coefficient between left ventricular mass and brachial office, brachial ambulatory, and central ambulatory systolic pressure was 0.29, 0.41, and 0.47, respectively (P=0.003 for comparison between brachial office and central ambulatory systolic pressure and 0.32 for comparison between brachial and central ambulatory systolic pressure). The results were consistent for men and women, and young and old participants. The areas under the curve for prediction of left ventricular hypertrophy were 0.618, 0.635, and 0.666 for brachial office, brachial, and central ambulatory systolic pressure, respectively (P=0.03 for comparison between brachial and central ambulatory systolic pressure). In younger participants, central ambulatory systolic pressure was superior to both other measurements. Central ambulatory systolic pressure, measured with an oscillometric cuff, shows a strong trend toward a closer association with left ventricular mass and hypertrophy than brachial office/ambulatory systolic pressure. URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01278732. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  3. Implantação de um serviço de cirurgia ambulatorial: o papel da enfermagem nesse cenário Implantación de un servicio de cirugía de ambulatorio: el papel de la enfermería en ese escenario Establishment of an ambulatory surgery service: the role of nursing in this scenery

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo tem como objetivo apresentar a trajetória percorrida pelo enfermeiro na implantação de um serviço de cirurgia ambulatorial em um hospital geral. Aborda a importância deste serviço no contexto atual, discorre sobre as atividades desenvolvidas pelo enfermeiro e equipe de enfermagem, bem como os desafios e conquistas enfrentados no dia a dia de trabalho.El presente estudio tiene como objetivo presentar la trayectoria del enfermero en la impantación de un servicio de cirurgía de ambulatorio en un hospital general. Las autoras abordan la importancia de este servicio en el contexto actual, discurriendo sobre las actividades desarrolladas por el enfermero y equipo de enfermería, bien como los desafíos y conquistas enfrentados en el dia a dia de trabajo.The purpose of the present study is to present the trajectory of a nurse in establishing a service of ambulatory surgeries in a general hospital. It approaches the importance of such a service in the contemporary context, considering the activities developed by the nurse and nursing staff, as well as the challenges and conquests found in daily work.

  4. Ambulatory orthopaedic surgery patients' emotions when using different patient education methods.

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    Heikkinen, Katja; Salanterä, Sanna; Leppänen, Tiina; Vahlberg, Tero; Leino-Kilpi, Helena

    2012-07-01

    A randomised controlled trial was used to evaluate elective ambulatory orthopaedic surgery patients' emotions during internet-based patient education or face-to-face education with a nurse. The internet-based patient education was designed for this study and patients used websites individually based on their needs. Patients in the control group participated individually in face-to-face patient education with a nurse in the ambulatory surgery unit. The theoretical basis for both types of education was the same. Ambulatory orthopaedic surgery patients scored their emotions rather low at intervals throughout the whole surgical process, though their scores also changed during the surgical process. Emotion scores did not decrease after patient education. No differences in patients' emotions were found to result from either of the two different patient education methods.

  5. Ambulatory-based residency education: improving the congruence of teaching, learning, and patient care.

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    Wartman, S A; O'Sullivan, P S; Cyr, M G

    1992-06-15

    Residency education in internal medicine should be based in the ambulatory setting. The challenge in ambulatory education lies not only in the unique opportunities afforded by the setting but also in the careful implementation of a program based on sound educational principles. We have designed a new ambulatory-based model of internal medicine residency that adheres to the principles of adult learning theory. Four aspects of the proposed residency model are discussed: the setting, the teaching-learning model, the curriculum, and the schedule. Potential barriers to implementation of the model are reviewed, and solutions are suggested. Residency programs in internal medicine are at an important crossroad. Either we can substantially change the programs' content and focus, or we can risk the continued unpopularity and "second-class" status of the programs among medical students. Internal medicine needs to be recognized and accepted as a fundamental primary care discipline to justify continued public support in an era of overspecialization.

  6. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Quality of Care for Cardiovascular Disease in Ambulatory Settings: A Review.

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    Dong, Liming; Fakeye, Oludolapo A; Graham, Garth; Gaskin, Darrell J

    2017-09-01

    Racial and ethnic disparities in cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes are widely reported, but research has largely focused on differences in quality of inpatient and urgent care to explain these disparate outcomes. The objective of this review is to synthesize recent evidence on racial and ethnic disparities in management of CVD in the ambulatory setting. Database searches yielded 550 articles of which 25 studies met the inclusion criteria. Reviewed studies were categorized into non-interventional studies examining the association between race and receipt of ambulatory CVD services with observational designs, and interventional studies evaluating specific clinical courses of action intended to ameliorate disparities. Based on the Donabedian framework, this review demonstrates that significant racial/ethnic disparities persist in process and outcome measures of quality of ambulatory CVD care. Multimodal interventions were most effective in reducing disparities in CVD outcomes.

  7. Developing a nurse-led paracentesis service in an ambulatory care unit.

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    Vaughan, Julie

    Ambulatory emergency care units are present in many hospitals and accommodate patients who need urgent medical assessment or procedures but do not require inpatient admission to achieve this. This article reports on a project undertaken in the ambulatory care unit at the Royal United Hospital Bath, which introduced a nurse-led paracentesis service with the intention of reducing waiting times and improving the service for patients. To evaluate the effect of the project, patient satisfaction levels and waiting times were measured before and after the introduction of nurse-led paracentesis. The results confirmed a significant reduction in waiting times after the nurse-led intervention was introduced and high levels of satisfaction. The results provide evidence that nurses are acquiring the knowledge and skills required to undertake interventional procedures that improve the patient's experience while contributing to pioneering developments in ambulatory emergency care services.

  8. Prevalence and correlates of ventricular premature beats detected by ambulatory electrocardiography in working populations.

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    Green, M S; Jucha, E; Luz, J; Cocos, M; Nurynberg, M; Rosenberg, N

    1988-05-01

    The associations of ventricular premature beats detected on a one-hour ambulatory electrocardiogram with demographic, behavioral, physiologic, and anthropometric variables were examined in 2,331 factory workers aged 20-69 years. Ventricular premature beats were more prevalent with increasing age and with abnormal resting electrocardiograms. From the age of 40, they were more common among males than among females. An association with ethnicity was observed, ventricular premature beats being most common among Israelis of European origin. In univariate analysis, resting heart rate was inversely associated with the presence of ventricular premature beats for females only. Ambulatory heart rate was positively associated with ventricular premature beats only among males. No associations with smoking habits or relative weight were found. Among males and females with normal electrocardiograms, systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significant correlates of ventricular premature beats in univariate analysis and after controlling for age, resting and ambulatory heart rates, and ethnic origin.

  9. Participation restrictions in ambulatory amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients: Physical and psychological factors.

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    Van Groenestijn, Annerieke C; Schröder, Carin D; Kruitwagen-Van Reenen, Esther T; Van Den Berg, Leonard H; Visser-Meily, Johanna M A

    2017-11-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of participation restrictions in ambulatory patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to identify physical and psychological contributory factors. In this cross-sectional study, self-reported participation restrictions of 72 ambulatory ALS patients were assessed using the social health status dimension (SIPSOC) of the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP-68). Associations between SIPSOC and physical functioning, psychological factors, and demographic factors were analyzed using hierarchical regression analyses. Ninety-two percent of the patients reported participation restrictions; 54.9% could be explained by physical functioning; psychological factors accounted for 8.1% of the variance. Lung capacity, functional mobility, fatigue, and helplessness were independently associated with participation restrictions. Ambulatory ALS patients have participation restrictions, which may be influenced if early ALS care is directed toward lung capacity, functional mobility, fatigue, and feelings of helplessness. Muscle Nerve 56: 912-918, 2017. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  10. Systematic review of the incidence and characteristics of preventable adverse drug events in ambulatory care

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    Thomsen, Linda Aagaard; Winterstein, Almut G; Søndergaard, Birthe

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incidence and describe characteristics of preventable adverse drug events (pADEs) in ambulatory care. DATA SOURCES: Studies were searched in PubMed (1966-March 2007), International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (1970-December 2006), the Cochrane database of systematic reviews...... (1993-March 2007), EMBASE (1980-February 2007), and Web of Science (1945-March 2007). Key words included medication error, adverse drug reaction, iatrogenic disease, outpatient, ambulatory care, primary health care, general practice, patient admission, hospitalization, observational study, retrospective...... of adverse outcome, associated drug groups, or medication errors were extracted. DATA SYNTHESIS: Twenty-nine studies met inclusion criteria: 14 were ambulatory-based and 15 were hospital-based. Seven studies enrolled only elderly patients. The median ADE incidence was 14.9 (range 4.0-91.3) per 1000 person...

  11. The effect of hand massage on preoperative anxiety in ambulatory surgery patients.

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    Brand, Leanne R; Munroe, Donna J; Gavin, Julie

    2013-06-01

    Anxiety in patients awaiting surgery and diagnostic procedures in an ambulatory department can affect the patient's physiological and psychological well-being and outcome. We conducted a quasi-experimental study at a midwestern US community hospital to determine the effects of hand massage on patient anxiety in the ambulatory surgery setting. We also investigated whether adding the hand massage procedure affected the timing and flow of procedures. The results indicated that hand massage reduces anxiety for patients awaiting ambulatory surgery and outpatient procedures. Participants who received hand massage experienced lower anxiety levels than those who received customary nursing care. In addition, the performance of hand massage did not affect the flow or timing of procedures. Hand massage is an easy procedure for nurses to learn and administer, and it is within the scope of perioperative nursing practice. Copyright © 2013 AORN, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Tracking Patient Encounters and Clinical Skills to Determine Competency in Ambulatory Care Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

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    Lounsbery, Jody L; Pereira, Chrystian R; Harris, Ila M; Moon, Jean Y; Westberg, Sarah M; Kolar, Claire

    2016-02-25

    To determine if the amount of exposure to patient encounters and clinical skills correlates to student clinical competency on ambulatory care advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs). Students in ambulatory care APPEs tracked the number of patients encountered by medical condition and the number of patient care skills performed. At the end of the APPE, preceptors evaluated students' competency for each medical condition and skill, referencing the Dreyfus model for skill acquisition. Data was collected from September 2012 through August 2014. Forty-six responses from a student tracking tool were matched to preceptor ratings. Students rated as competent saw more patients and performed more skills overall. Preceptors noted minimal impact on workload. Increased exposure to patient encounters and skills performed had a positive association with higher Dreyfus stage, which may represent a starting point in the conversation for more thoughtful design of ambulatory care APPEs.

  13. Ambulatory tuberculosis treatment in post-Semashko health care systems needs supportive financing mechanisms.

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    Kohler, S; Asadov, D A; Bründer, A; Healy, S; Khamraev, A K; Sergeeva, N; Tinnemann, P

    2014-12-01

    The tuberculosis (TB) control strategy in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, Uzbekistan, is being changed to decentralised out-patient care for most TB patients by the Government of Uzbekistan, in collaboration with the international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières. Ambulatory treatment of both drug-susceptible and drug-resistant TB from the first day of treatment has been recommended since 2011. Out-patient treatment of TB from the beginning of treatment was previously prohibited. However, the current Uzbek health financing system, which evolved from the Soviet Semashko model, offers incentives that work against the adoption of ambulatory TB treatment. Based on the 'Comprehensive TB Care for All' programme implemented in Karakalpakstan, we describe how existing policies for the allocation of health funds complicate the scale-up of ambulatory-based management of TB.

  14. Office, ambulatory and home blood pressure measurement in children and adolescents.

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    Karpettas, Nikos; Kollias, Anastasios; Vazeou, Andriani; Stergiou, George S

    2010-11-01

    There is an increasing interest in pediatric hypertension, the prevalence of which is rising in parallel with the obesity epidemic. Traditionally the assessment of hypertension in children has relied on office blood pressure (BP) measurements by the physician. However, as in adults, office BP might be misleading in children mainly due to the white coat and masked hypertension phenomena. Thus, out-of-office BP assessment, using ambulatory or home monitoring, has gained ground for the accurate diagnosis of hypertension and decision-making. Ambulatory monitoring is regarded as indispensable for the evaluation of pediatric hypertension. Preliminary data support the usefulness of home monitoring, yet more evidence is needed. Office, ambulatory and home BP normalcy tables providing thresholds for diagnosis have been published and should be used for the assessment of elevated BP in children.

  15. Phytochemical and Biological Studies of <em>Agave em>attenuata>

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    Vincenzo de Feo

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The present study was conducted to examine various biological activities of a methanol extract of <em>Agave attenuataem> leaves. GC-MS analysis of the <em>n>-hexane fraction from the extract revealed the presence of 31 compounds, with mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (11.37%, 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid (6.33%, <em>n>-docosane (6.30% and eicosane (6.02% as the major components. The leaves contained appreciable levels of total phenolic contents (10.541–39.35 GAE, mg/100 g and total flavonoid contents (43.35–304.8 CE, mg/100 g. The extract and some of its fractions showed moderate antimicrobial effects. Leaves extract and fractions also exhibited a good antioxidant potential when measured by DPPH radical scavenging activity and inhibition of lipid peroxidation assays. The hemolytic effect of the plant was found to be in a range of 1.01%–2.64%. From the present study it is concluded that this plant could be used as a source of natural antioxidants and functional food nutraceutical applications.

  16. Validation, Revision, and Evaluation of a Clinical Experience Using Ambulatory Care Facilities as Learning Sites for Student Nurses.

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    Gregory, Faye M.

    A study confirmed the need for an ambulatory nursing experience as part of the vocational nursing (VN) program at the Long Beach City College (LBCC). Information on which to base the revision of the ambulatory care (AC) experience was obtained from a literature review and interviews with the following: AC administrators, California Board of…

  17. Genetic Architecture of Ambulatory Blood Pressure in the General Population Insights From Cardiovascular Gene-Centric Array

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    Tomaszewski, Maciej; Debiec, Radoslaw; Braund, Peter S.; Nelson, Christopher P.; Hardwick, Robert; Christofidou, Paraskevi; Denniff, Matthew; Codd, Veryan; Rafelt, Suzanne; van der Harst, Pim; Waterworth, Dawn; Song, Kijoung; Vollenweider, Peter; Waeber, Gerard; Zukowska-Szczechowska, Ewa; Burton, Paul R.; Mooser, Vincent; Charchar, Fadi J.; Thompson, John R.; Tobin, Martin D.; Samani, Nilesh J.

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    Genetic determinants of blood pressure are poorly defined. We undertook a large-scale, gene-centric analysis to identify loci and pathways associated with ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressure. We measured 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure in 2020 individuals from 520 white European

  18. No primary role of ambulatory urodynamics for the management of spinal cord injury patients compared to conventional urodynamics.

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    Martens, F.M.J.; Kuppevelt, H.J.M. van; Beekman, J.A.; Heijnen, I.C.; D'Hauwers, K.W.M.; Heesakkers, J.P.F.A.

    2010-01-01

    AIMS: Adequate urodynamic assessment of bladder behavior is essential in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Ambulatory urodynamics are more sensitive to detect detrusor overactivity (DO) than conventional urodynamics. The primary objective of this study was to determine the value of ambulatory

  19. Knee Muscle Strength at Varying Angular Velocities and Associations with Gross Motor Function in Ambulatory Children with Cerebral Palsy

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    Hong, Wei-Hsien; Chen, Hseih-Ching; Shen, I-Hsuan; Chen, Chung-Yao; Chen, Chia-Ling; Chung, Chia-Ying

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationships of muscle strength at different angular velocities and gross motor functions in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy (CP). This study included 33 ambulatory children with spastic CP aged 6-15 years and 15 children with normal development. Children with CP were categorized into level I (n =…

  20. Office and ambulatory blood pressure control in hypertensive patients treated with different two-drug and three-drug combinations.

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    de la Sierra, Alejandro; Banegas, José R; Vinyoles, Ernest; Gorostidi, Manuel; Segura, Julián; de la Cruz, Juan J; Ruilope, Luis M

    There is scarce information regarding ambulatory blood pressure (BP) achieved in daily practice with a wide range of antihypertensive drug combinations. We looked for differences in office and ambulatory BP among major drug combinations of two and three antihypertensive agents from a different drugs class. A total of 17187 patients treated with six types of two-drug combinations and 9724 treated with six types of three-drug combinations from the Spanish ABPM Registry were analyzed. We compared achieved office and ambulatory BP, as well as office (ambulatory (24-hour BP ambulatory BP control. Moreover, triple combinations containing alpha blockers also had lower rates of ambulatory BP control. We conclude that even with similar office BP control, differences exist among antihypertensive two-drug and three-drug combinations with respect to ambulatory BP control achieved during treatment, with RAS blockers/diuretics and RAS blockers/CCBs/diuretics obtaining better control rates. This can help physicians choose among drug combinations in order to obtain further ambulatory BP reductions.

  1. Validation of a score predicting post-treatment ambulatory status after radiotherapy for metastatic spinal cord compression

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    Rades, Dirk; Douglas, Sarah; Huttenlocher, Stefan; Rudat, Volker; Veninga, Theo; Stalpers, Lukas J. A.; Basic, Hiba; Karstens, Johann H.; Hoskin, Peter J.; Adamietz, Irenaeus A.; Schild, Steven E.

    2011-01-01

    A score predicting post-radiotherapy (RT) ambulatory status was developed based on 2,096 retrospectively evaluated metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) patients. This study aimed to validate the score in a prospective series. The score included five factors associated with post-RT ambulatory

  2. Ambulatory estimation of human circadian phase using models of varying complexity based on non-invasive signal modalities

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    Gil, Enrique A; Aubert, Xavier L; Beersma, Domien G M

    In this work, we introduce a number of models for human circadian phase estimation in ambulatory conditions using various sensor modalities. Machine learning techniques have been applied to ambulatory recordings of wrist actigraphy, light exposure, electrocardiograms (ECG), and distal and proximal

  3. Office blood pressure or ambulatory blood pressure for the prediction of cardiovascular events.

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    Mortensen, Rikke Nørmark; Gerds, Thomas Alexander; Jeppesen, Jørgen Lykke; Torp-Pedersen, Christian

    2017-11-21

    To determine the added value of (i) 24-h ambulatory blood pressure relative to office blood pressure and (ii) night-time ambulatory blood pressure relative to daytime ambulatory blood pressure for 10-year person-specific absolute risks of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events. A total of 7927 participants were included from the International Database on Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in relation to Cardiovascular Outcomes. We used cause-specific Cox regression to predict 10-year person-specific absolute risks of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular events. Discrimination of 10-year outcomes was assessed by time-dependent area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC). No differences in predicted risks were observed when comparing office blood pressure and ambulatory blood pressure. The median difference in 10-year risks (1st; 3rd quartile) was -0.01% (-0.3%; 0.1%) for cardiovascular mortality and -0.1% (-1.1%; 0.5%) for cardiovascular events. The difference in AUC (95% confidence interval) was 0.65% (0.22-1.08%) for cardiovascular mortality and 1.33% (0.83-1.84%) for cardiovascular events. Comparing daytime and night-time blood pressure, the median difference in 10-year risks was 0.002% (-0.1%; 0.1%) for cardiovascular mortality and -0.01% (-0.5%; 0.2%) for cardiovascular events. The difference in AUC was 0.10% (-0.08 to 0.29%) for cardiovascular mortality and 0.15% (-0.06 to 0.35%) for cardiovascular events. Ten-year predictions obtained from ambulatory blood pressure are similar to predictions from office blood pressure. Night-time blood pressure does not improve 10-year predictions obtained from daytime measurements. For an otherwise healthy population sufficient prognostic accuracy of cardiovascular risks can be achieved with office blood pressure.

  4. Ambulatory transradial percutaneous coronary intervention: a safe, effective, and cost-saving strategy.

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    Le Corvoisier, Philippe; Gellen, Barnabas; Lesault, Pierre-François; Cohen, Remy; Champagne, Stéphane; Duval, Anne-Marie; Montalescot, Gilles; Elhadad, Simon; Montagne, Olivier; Durand-Zaleski, Isabelle; Dubois-Randé, Jean-Luc; Teiger, Emmanuel

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    The aim of this prospective, multicenter study was to assess the safety, feasibility, acceptance, and cost of ambulatory transradial percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) under the conditions of everyday practice. Major advances in PCI techniques have considerably reduced the incidence of post-procedure complications. However, overnight admission still constitutes the standard of care in most interventional cardiology centers. Eligibility for ambulatory management was assessed in 370 patients with stable angina referred to three high-volume angioplasty centers. On the basis of pre-specified clinical and PCI-linked criteria, 220 patients were selected for ambulatory PCI. The study population included a substantial proportion of patients with complex procedures: 115 (52.3%) patients with multivessel coronary artery disease, 50 (22.7%) patients with multilesion procedures, and 60 (21.5%) bifurcation lesions. After 4-6 hr observation period, 213 of the 220 patients (96.8%) were cleared for discharge. The remaining seven (3.2%) patients were kept overnight for unstable angina (n = 1), atypical chest discomfort (n = 2), puncture site hematoma (n = 1), or non-cardiovascular reasons (n = 3). Within 24 hr after discharge, no patients experienced readmission, stent occlusion, recurrent ischemia, or local complications. Furthermore, 99% of patients were satisfied with ambulatory management and 85% reported no anxiety. The average non-procedural cost was lower for ambulatory PCI than conventional PCI (1,230 ± 98 Euros vs. 2,304 ± 1814 Euros, P < 10(-6)). Ambulatory PCI in patients with stable coronary artery disease is safe, effective, and well accepted by the patients. It may both significantly reduce costs and optimize hospital resource utilization. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  5. Ambulatory abdominoplasty tailored to patients with an appropriate body mass index.

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    Williams, Troy C; Hardaway, Michele; Altuna, Brenda

    2005-01-01

    The office-based surgery setting potentially offers advantages to both the patient and the plastic surgeon, but some patients may not be considered good candidates for abdominoplasty or combined abdominoplasty/lipoplasty performed in the ambulatory setting. We conducted a retrospective case review of 22 patients who underwent ambulatory abdominoplasty to correct diastasis recti during a 1-year period to evaluate the utility of body mass index (BMI) in patient selection for office-based abdominoplasty procedures using a tumescent technique. Patients selected for ambulatory abdominoplasty in an office-based setting had BMIs ranging from 22 to 34, with an average BMI of 27, and were American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) class I or II. Patients with a BMI that placed them in a "morbidly obese" category (BMI of 35 or above) received general anesthesia with an overnight hospital stay. In borderline cases involving obese patients, a qualified anesthesia provider was consulted to determine whether ambulatory surgery was appropriate, based on the patient's airway and an overall evaluation of the patient's history and physical examination. Patients who underwent ambulatory abdominoplasty received a tumescent anesthetic solution of 50 mL 1% lidocaine with 1 mg epinephrine per liter of normal saline, up to 35 mg/kg body weight. Lipoplasty of the lateral and epigastric regions was routinely performed at the end of all abdominoplasties. The length of surgery was 3 hours to 5.5 hours, depending on the number of regions undergoing lipoplasty. There were no reportable surgical or anesthetic complications in any of our patients. Patients reported a high level of satisfaction with the results. BMI evaluation, and in some cases additional risk assessment by a qualified anesthesia provider, can be helpful in determining proper candidates for ambulatory abdominoplasty and combined abdominoplasty/lipoplasty procedures.

  6. Electronic Medical Records, Medical Students, and Ambulatory Family Physicians: A Multi-Institution Study.

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    White, Jordan; Anthony, David; WinklerPrins, Vince; Roskos, Steven

    2017-10-01

    Medical students commonly encounter electronic medical records (EMRs) in their ambulatory family medicine clerkships, but how students interact with this technology varies tremendously and presents challenges to students and preceptors. Little research to date has evaluated the impact of EMRs on medical student education in the ambulatory setting; this three-institution study aimed to identify behaviors of ambulatory family medicine preceptors as they relate to EMRs and medical students. In 2015, the authors sent e-mails to ambulatory preceptors who in the preceding year had hosted medical students during family medicine clerkships, inviting them to participate in the survey, which asked questions about each preceptor's methods of using the EMR with medical students. Of 801 ambulatory preceptors, 265 (33%) responded. The vast majority of respondents used an EMR and provided students with access to it in some way, but only 62.2% (147/236) allowed students to write electronic notes. Of those who allowed students electronic access, one-third did so by logging students in under their own (the preceptor's) credentials, either by telling the students their log-in information (22/202; 10.9%) or by logging in the student without revealing their passwords (43/202; 21.3%). Ambulatory medical student training in the use of EMRs not only varies but also requires many preceptors to break rules for students to learn important documentation skills. Without changes to the policies surrounding student access to and use of EMRs, future physicians will enter residency without the training they need to appropriately document patient care.

  7. Ambulatory arterial stiffness index and its role in assessing arterial stiffness in dialysis patients.

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    Liu, Wenjin; Zhou, Jiajun; Chen, Jianping; Meng, Meijuan; Li, Xiurong; Gao, Chaoqing; Zhou, Jianmei; Wang, Liang; Sun, Zhuxing; Chu, Hong; Fan, Wei; Bai, Youwei; Yang, Junwei

    2017-06-01

    Ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) is a parameter derived from ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) readings. It is calculated as 1 minus the linear slope of DBP on SBP. We tested its value in assessing arterial stiffness in dialysis patients. We performed a cross-sectional analysis of the baseline data from a cohort study. A total of 344 patients on maintenance hemodialysis from six tertiary hospitals were included. All patients underwent ABP monitoring and carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) measurement. Clinical determinants of AASI were analyzed, and the ability of AASI for assessing arterial stiffness was compared with ambulatory pulse pressure (PP). Multiple regression analysis revealed that ambulatory PP (β = 0.003), current smoker (β = -0.069), age (β = 0.003) and ambulatory SBP (β = 0.001) were independent determinants of AASI. Ambulatory PP correlates better with cfPWV than AASI (r = 0.28 for AASI and 0.59 for PP; P for difference: <0.001). When cfPWV was treated as a categorical variable, receiver operating characteristic curve analysis also showed a more potent predictive value of PP over AASI (area under the curve: 0.64 for AASI, 0.80 for PP; P for difference: <0.001). Net reclassification improvement and integrated discrimination improvement analysis demonstrated no added predictive value of AASI to PP (net reclassification improvement = -2.2%, P = 0.26; integrated discrimination improvement = 0.001, P = 0.51). Sensitivity analysis in patients with more ABP readings (≥49) yielded similar results. For dialysis patients, AASI has very limited value in assessing arterial stiffness, whether used alone or added to PP. Our results suggest that this index should not be used as a surrogate marker of arterial stiffness for dialysis patients in future practice and studies.

  8. Anesthesia for Ambulatory Pediatric Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Pilot Study in Burkina Faso.

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    Kabré, Yvette B; Traoré, Idriss S S; Kaboré, Flavien A R; Ki, Bertille; Traoré, Alain I; Ouédraogo, Isso; Bandré, Emile; Wandaogo, Albert; Ouédraogo, Nazinigouba

    2017-02-01

    Long surgical wait times and limited hospital capacity are common obstacles to surgical care in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Introducing ambulatory surgery might contribute to a solution to these problems. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of introducing ambulatory surgery into a pediatric hospital in SSA. This is a cross-sectional descriptive study that took place over 6 months. It includes all patients assigned to undergo ambulatory surgery in the Pediatric University Hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Eligibility criteria for the ambulatory surgery program included >1 year of age, American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) 1 status, surgery with a low risk of bleeding, lasting ambulatory surgery; 103 patients, with an average age of 59.74 ± 41.57 months, actually underwent surgery. The principal indications for surgery were inguinal (62) and umbilical (47) hernias. All patients had general anesthesia with halothane. Sixty-five percent also received regional or local anesthesia consisting of caudal block in 79.23% or nerve block in 20.77%. The average duration of surgery was 33 ± 17.47 minutes. No intraoperative complications were noted. All the patients received acetaminophen and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug in the recovery room. Twelve (11.7%) patients had complications in recovery, principally nausea and vomiting. Eight (7.8%) patients were admitted to the hospital. No serious complications were associated with ambulatory surgery. Its introduction could possibly be a solution to improving pediatric surgical access in low-income countries.

  9. Hospitalizations for Ambulatory Care-Sensitive Conditions among Children with Chronic and Complex Diseases.

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    Coller, Ryan J; Kelly, Michelle M; Ehlenbach, Mary L; Goyette, Evan; Warner, Gemma; Chung, Paul J

    2017-11-30

    To evaluate ambulatory-care sensitive (ACS) hospitalizations for children with noncomplex chronic diseases (NC-CD) and children with medical complexity (CMC), and identify associations with ambulatory care characteristics. Although ACS hospitalizations are potentially preventable in general populations, the specific ambulatory care predictors and influence of medical complexity on them is poorly understood. Retrospective cohort study of NC-CD and CMC hospitalizations at a children's hospital during 2007-2014, excluding labor/delivery and children over 21 years. Pediatric medical complexity algorithm identified NC-CD or CMC. ACS hospitalizations were identified using Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality indicator definitions. Demographic and ambulatory care characteristics were compared between ACS and non-ACS hospitalizations with logistic regression clustered by patient. Measures of ambulatory care during 2 years before admission were explored with 20% random sample of general pediatrics discharges. Among 4035 children with NC-CD, 14.6% of 4926 hospitalizations were ACS hospitalizations. Among 5084 CMC, 5.3% of 14 390 discharges were ACS hospitalizations. Among NC-CD discharges, ACS hospitalizations were more likely with no prior-year outpatient visits (OR 1.4, 95% CI 1.1-1.7) and less likely with timely well checks (OR 0.8, 95% CI 0.6-0.9) and phone encounters in the month before admission (OR 0.5, 95% CI 0.2-1.0). Among CMC discharges, the only association observed was with provider continuity (OR 0.3, 95% CI 0.1- 1.0). Provider continuity may be associated with fewer CMC ACS hospitalizations, however, measures of ambulatory care were more consistently associated with ACS hospitalizations for NC-CD. CMC may need more precise ACS hospitalization definitions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Comparison of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and office blood pressure measurements in obese children and adolescents.

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    Renda, Rahime

    2017-10-24

    Obesity in adults has been related to hypertension and abnormal nocturnal dipping of blood pressure, which are associated with poor cardiovascular and renal outcomes. Here, we aimed to resolve the relationship between the degree of obesity, the severity of hypertension and dipping status on ambulatory blood pressure in obese children. A total 72 patients with primary obesity aged 7 to 18 years (mean: 13.48 ± 3.25) were selected. Patients were divided into three groups based on body mass index (BMİ) Z-score. Diagnosis and staging of ambulatory hypertension based on 24-h blood pressure measurements, obtained from ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Based on our ambulatory blood pressure data, 35 patients (48.6%) had hypertension, 7 (20%) had ambulatory prehypertension, 21 (60%) had hypertension, and 7 patients (20%) had severe ambulatory hypertension. There was a significant relationship between severity of hypertension and the degree of obesity (p < 0.05). Thirty-one patients (88.6%) had isolated nighttime hypertension, and 53 patients (73.6%) were non-dippers. All systolic blood pressure results and loads were similar between groups. Diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure levels during the night, diastolic blood pressure loads, and heart rate during the day were significantly higher in Group 3 (p < 0.05). Nocturnal non-dipping was not associated with severity of obesity. Obesity was associated with severity of hypertension, higher diastolic blood pressure at night, mean arterial pressure at night, diastolic blood pressure loads and heart rate at day. Increase in BMI Z-score does not a significant impact on daytime blood pressure and nocturnal dipping status.

  11. Strategies for classifying patients based on office, home, and ambulatory blood pressure measurement.

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    Zhang, Lu; Li, Yan; Wei, Fang-Fei; Thijs, Lutgarde; Kang, Yuan-Yuan; Wang, Shuai; Xu, Ting-Yan; Wang, Ji-Guang; Staessen, Jan A

    2015-06-01

    Hypertension guidelines propose home or ambulatory blood pressure monitoring as indispensable after office measurement. However, whether preference should be given to home or ambulatory monitoring remains undetermined. In 831 untreated outpatients (mean age, 50.6 years; 49.8% women), we measured office (3 visits), home (7 days), and 24-h ambulatory blood pressures. We applied hypertension guidelines for cross-classification of patients into normotension or white-coat, masked, or sustained hypertension. Based on office and home blood pressures, the prevalence of white-coat, masked, and sustained hypertension was 61 (10.3%), 166 (20.0%), and 162 (19.5%), respectively. Using daytime (from 8 am to 6 pm) instead of home blood pressure confirmed the cross-classification in 575 patients (69.2%), downgraded risk from masked hypertension to normotension (n=24) or from sustained to white-coat hypertension (n=9) in 33 (4.0%), but upgraded risk from normotension to masked hypertension (n=179) or from white-coat to sustained hypertension (n=44) in 223 (26.8%). Analyses based on 24-h ambulatory blood pressure were confirmatory. In adjusted analyses, both the urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (+20.6%; confidence interval, 4.4-39.3) and aortic pulse wave velocity (+0.30 m/s; confidence interval, 0.09-0.51) were higher in patients who moved up to a higher risk category. Both indexes of target organ damage and central augmentation index were positively associated (P≤0.048) with the odds of being reclassified. In conclusion, for reliably diagnosing hypertension and starting treatment, office measurement should be followed by ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Using home instead of ambulatory monitoring misses the high-risk diagnoses of masked or sustained hypertension in over 25% of patients. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  12. The effect of ambulatory status on outcomes of percutaneous vascular interventions and lower extremity bypass for critical limb ischemia in the Vascular Quality Initiative.

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    Lu, Kimberly; Farber, Alik; Schermerhorn, Marc L; Patel, Virendra I; Kalish, Jeffrey A; Rybin, Denis; Doros, Gheorghe; Siracuse, Jeffrey J

    2017-06-01

    Ambulatory status has been shown to be an important predictor of postoperative morbidity and mortality for a variety of surgical procedures. We sought to assess contemporary practice patterns in treating critical limb ischemia (CLI) and outcomes based on ambulatory status. The Vascular Quality Initiative (2010-2015) was queried for patients undergoing percutaneous vascular interventions (PVIs) or lower extremity bypass (LEB) for CLI. Ambulatory status was classified as ambulatory, ambulatory with assistance, and nonambulatory (composite of wheelchair bound and bedridden). Perioperative and postoperative outcomes were recorded. Multivariable analyses were performed to identify the effect of ambulatory status. There were 11,522 ambulatory (PVI, 63%; LEB, 37%), 4443 ambulatory with assistance (PVI, 67%; LEB, 33%), and 1732 nonambulatory (PVI, 77%; LEB, 23%) patients with CLI treated (P ambulatory status groups). Perioperative mortality for PVI and LEB for ambulatory, ambulatory with assistance, and nonambulatory status was 1.5% and 1.7%, 3.0% and 3.1%, and 4.7% and 4.9%, respectively (P ambulatory status groups). Worsening ambulatory status was associated with higher perioperative complications with PVI and LEB. Multivariable analysis showed that worsening ambulatory status predicted higher postprocedural mortality, amputation or death, and major adverse limb events or death. In the Vascular Quality Initiative, as ambulatory status declines, perioperative morbidity and mortality increase. Impaired ambulatory patients are more likely to receive PVI than LEB for the treatment of CLI, although even among nonambulatory patients, there are still a significant number who receive LEB. Copyright © 2017 Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Monitorização eletroencefalográfica ambulatorial na epilepsia de difícil controle da infância Eletroencephalographic monitoring in refractory epilepsies in childhood

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    Sueli Rizzutti

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar através da monitorização eletroencefalográfica ambulatorial contínua e prolongada a distribuição temporal de descargas paroxísticas em sono e em vigília de crianças e adolescentes com epilepsia de difícil controle medicamentoso. Foram selecionadas 21 pacientes na faixa etária de 4 a 17 anos de idade com epilepsia de difícil controle medicamentoso, sendo 52,3 % (n=11 do sexo masculino e 47,7 % (n=10 do feminino, provenientes da Disciplina de Neurologia da Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Os exames foram realizados com o equipamento Bioware EEG-2008 de monitorização eletroencefalográfica ambulatorial prolongada (Holter cerebral. Observamos maior frequência das descargas epilépticas isoladas e agrupadas no sono diurno e noturno em relação a vigília; o sono, diurno e noturno, levou a ativação de descargas epilépticas, tanto isoladas como agrupadas. O Holter cerebral foi mais eficaz em detectar descargas epileptiformes do que o EEG de rotina em 33,33% dos pacientes. O Holter cerebral se mostrou método útil e preciso na detecção de descargas epilépticas, auxiliando na avaliação das flutuações da frequência da atividade paroxística em crianças com epilepsia de difícil controle medicamentoso, tanto em relação as atividades da vida cotidiana, quanto em relação ao ciclo biológico de sono e vigília.The objective of our study was, by means of continuous prolonged ambulatory electroencephalographic monitoring, to analyze the temporal distribution of paroxysmal discharges during sleep and awake in children and adolescents with refractory epilepsies. Twenty-one patients in the 4-to-17 year age bracket with refractory epilepsies, with 52.3% (n=11 male and 47.6% (n=10 female from the Discipline of Neurology of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (Federal University of São Paulo. Cerebral Holter was carried out with Bioware EEG-2008 of prolonged ambulatory

  14. Isolation and Expression of Glucosinolate Synthesis Genes <em>CYP83A1em> and <em>CYP83B1em> in Pak Choi (<em>Brassica em>rapa> L. ssp. <em>chinensis> var. <em>communis> (N. Tsen & S.H. Lee Hanelt

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    Huasen Wang

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available <em>CYP83A1em> and <em>CYP83B1em> are two key synthesis genes in the glucosinolate biosynthesis pathway. <em>CYP83A1em> mainly metabolizes the aliphatic oximes to form aliphatic glucosinolate and <em>CYP83B1em> mostly catalyzes aromatic oximes to synthesis corresponding substrates for aromatic and indolic glucosinolates. In this study, two <em>CYP83A1em> genes named <em>BcCYP83A1-1em> (JQ289997, <em>BcCYP83A1-2em> (JQ289996 respectively and one <em>CYP83B1em> (<em>BcCYP83B1em>, HM347235 gene were cloned from the leaves of pak choi (<em>Brassica rapaem> L. ssp. <em>chinensis em>var. <em>communis em>(N. Tsen & S.H. Lee Hanelt “Hangzhou You Dong Er” cultivar. Their ORFs were 1506, 1509 and 1500 bp in length, encoding 501, 502 and 499 amino acids, respectively. The predicted amino acid sequences of <em>CYP83A1-1em>, <em>CYP83A1-2 em>and <em>CYP83B1em> shared high sequence identity of 87.65, 86.48 and 95.59% to the corresponding ones in <em>Arabidopsis>, and 98.80, 98.61 and 98.80% to the corresponding ones in <em>Brassica pekinensis em>(Chinese cabbage, respectively. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis indicated that both <em>CYP83A1em> and <em>CYP83B1em> expressed in roots, leaves and petioles of pak choi, while the transcript abundances of <em>CYP83A1 em>were higher in leaves than in petioles and roots, whereas <em>CYP83B1 em>showed higher abundances in roots. The expression levels of glucosinolate biosynthetic genes were consistent with the glucosinolate profile accumulation in shoots of seven cultivars and three organs. The isolation and characterization of the glucosinolate synthesis genes in pak choi would promote the way for further development of agronomic traits via genetic engineering.

  15. The case for a code of ethics in an ambulatory care setting.

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    Montoya, I D; Richard, A J

    1995-07-01

    The health care industry leads others in the development and use of professional codes of ethics. However, ambulatory care facilities continue to operate without coherent ethical guidelines addressing the workplace itself. New diagnostic and treatment capabilities, coupled with economic pressures, have intensified the ethical dilemmas facing the ambulatory care practice. This article argues that office codes of ethics decrease the risk of liability exposure, clarify the expectations of patients and staff, and foster responsible ethical reflection in the workplace. Material for this article was gathered from relevant literature in the areas of business ethics, bioethics, and health care management.

  16. A two-week reduction of ambulatory activity attenuates peripheral insulin sensitivity

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    Krogh-Madsen, Rikke; Thyfault, John P; Broholm, Christa

    2009-01-01

    men decreased their daily activity level from a mean of 10,501 (+/- 808) to 1,344 (+/- 33) steps/day for 2 weeks. Hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamps with stable isotopes and muscle biopsies, maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) tests, and blood samples were performed pre and post intervention.A reduced......US adults take between ~2,000 to ~12,000 steps per day, a wide range of ambulatory activity, that at the low range could increase risk for developing chronic metabolic diseases. Dramatic reductions in physical activity induce insulin resistance; however it is uncertain if and how low ambulatory...

  17. [Present and future ambulatory nursing care in Switzerland: what general practitioners should know].

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    Weber-Yaskevich, Olga; Reber, Alexandra; Gillabert, Cédric

    2011-09-28

    In response to the ambulatorization of medical care, the panel of ambulatory nursing medical care is operating important changes. Since 2011, "acute and transitional medical care" is being prescribed by hospital practitioners, implying a new definition of the nurse's profession. The consequence is more complex and more autonomous nursing care: an academic formation has been created for nurses (bachelor and master) and their assistants (healthcare and community assistants). The futur will probably be made of ambulatory case management by nurses (advanced nurse practictioner). General practictioners will not only collaborate with the nurses but also assign them with tasks handled until then by themselves, prescribing, among other things, domiciliary "long-term" medical care.

  18. Developing from within: ensuring the ambulatory emergency care workforce is fit for purpose.

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    Thurgate, Claire; Holmes, Sue

    2015-11-01

    Emergency healthcare provision is changing, and services need to respond to evolving health economies while providing safe, effective, patient-centred care. Ambulatory care is developing to meet these needs, but workforce planners need to ensure that staff are fit for purpose. To address this, one trust, in partnership with a local university, designed a bespoke in-house, work-based learning package on ambulatory care, which was delivered to registered nurses by practice experts. This article describes the project and discusses the evaluation, which highlighted the benefits of this way of learning for the nurses, the trust and the university, and identified some areas that require development.

  19. Blood pressure measurements taken by patients are similar to home and ambulatory blood pressure measurements

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    Angela M. G. Pierin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To compare blood pressure measurements taken at home by physicians, nurses, and patients with office blood pressure measurement , ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and home blood pressure measurement. METHODS: A total of 44 patients seen by a home care program were studied. Protocol 1 a blood pressure was measured by the patient, a physician and a nurse during a regular home visit (Home1; b home blood pressure measurement was measured for 4 days (HBPM1; c office blood pressure measurement was measured by a physician, a nurse, and the patient; and by 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Protocol 2 blood pressure was measured by the patient, a physician, and a nurse during a special home visit in the presence of a physician and a nurse only (Home2; and b home blood pressure measurement was taken for the second time (HBPM2. Echocardiography, guided by a two-dimensional echocardiograph, was performed. RESULTS: Protocol 1: a office blood pressure measurement and Home1 were significantly higher than ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, except for systolic and diastolic office blood pressure measurement taken by the patient or a family member, systolic blood pressure taken by a nurse, and diastolic blood pressure taken by a physician. b ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and HBPM1 were similar. Protocol 2: a HBPM2 and Home2 were similar. b Home2 was significantly lower than Home1, except for diastolic blood pressure taken by a nurse or the patient. There were significant relationships between: a diastolic blood pressure measured by the patient and the thickness of the interventricular septum, posterior wall, and left ventricular mass; and b ambulatory and HBPM2 diastolic and systolic blood pressure taken by a physician (home2 and left ventricular mass. Therefore, the data indicate that home blood pressure measurement and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring had good prognostic values relative to "office measurement

  20. MOTIVATIONS OF RENAL PATIENT TO CHOOSE THE CONTINUUM AMBULATORIAL PERITONEAL DIALISE

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    Maria Josefina da Silva

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available The renal disease imposes to its porter a new conception due. Nowadays, modern techniques, makepossible more freedom to the client, being one of them, continuum Dialise peritoneal ambulatorial. Our objective isto study the election by the method and the feelings related to this chose by the client. We conclude that thermethod, despite its advantages, is not the first option yet, the patient, in some cases are not well trained withintercorrences, but most of them are satisfied with the chose. The nursing still participates just a bit of this processbut it has important role in the ambulatorial and domiciliar attendance of this client, needing more specificformation.

  1. Ambulatory vital signs in the workup of pulmonary embolism using a standardized 3-minute walk test.

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    Amin, Qamar; Perry, Jeffrey J; Stiell, Ian G; Mohapatra, Subhra; Alsadoon, Abdulaziz; Rodger, Marc

    2015-05-01

    Diagnosing pulmonary embolism can be difficult given its highly variable clinical presentation. Our objective was to determine whether a decrease in oxygen saturation or an increase in heart rate while ambulating could be used as an objective tool in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. This was a two-site tertiary-care-centre prospective cohort study that enrolled adult emergency department or thrombosis clinic patients with suspected or newly confirmed pulmonary embolism. Patients were asked to participate in a standardized 3-minute walk test, which assessed ambulatory heart rate and ambulatory oxygen saturation. The primary outcome was pulmonary embolism. We enrolled 114 patients, including 30 with pulmonary embolism (26.3%). A ≥2% absolute decrease in ambulatory oxygen saturation and an ambulatory change in heart rate >10 beats per minute (BPM) were significantly associated with pulmonary embolism. An ambulatory heart rate change of >10 BPM had a sensitivity of 96.6% (95% confidence interval [CI] 83.3 to 99.4) and a specificity of 31.0% (95% CI 22.1 to 45.0) for pulmonary embolism. A ≥2% absolute decrease ambulatory oxygen saturation had a sensitivity of 80.2% (95% CI 62.7 to 90.5) and a specificity of 39.3% (95% CI 29.5 to 50.0) for pulmonary embolism. The combination of both variables yielded a sensitivity of 100.0% (95% CI 87.0 to 100.0) and a specificity of 11.0% (95% CI 6.6 to 21.0). In summary, our study found that an ambulatory heart rate change of >10 BPM or a ≥2% absolute decrease in ambulatory oxygen saturation from baseline during a standardized 3-minute walk test are highly correlated with pulmonary embolism. Although the findings appear promising, neither of these variables can currently be recommended as a screening tool for pulmonary embolism until larger prospective studies examine their performance either alone or with pre-existing rules.

  2. Aluminum concentrations in serum, dialysate, urine and bone among patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD)

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    Joffe, P; Olsen, F; Heaf, J G

    1989-01-01

    Aluminum (Al) concentration in serum, urine, and dialysate was estimated in 21 patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). In 12 of the patients bone Al concentration was measured as well. Mean serum Al level was 32.4 +/- 21.0 micrograms/l. The Al concentrations in the d......Aluminum (Al) concentration in serum, urine, and dialysate was estimated in 21 patients undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). In 12 of the patients bone Al concentration was measured as well. Mean serum Al level was 32.4 +/- 21.0 micrograms/l. The Al concentrations...

  3. Fluid shifts, vasodilatation and ambulatory blood pressure reduction during long duration spaceflight

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    Norsk, Peter; Asmar, Ali; Damgaard, Morten

    2015-01-01

    by 35–41% between 3 and 6 months on the International Space Station, which is more than during shorter flights.Twenty-four hour ambulatory brachial blood pressure is reduced by 8–10 mmHg by a decrease in systemic vascular resistance of 39%, which is not a result of the suppression of sympathetic nervous...... by astronauts on the International Space Station. ABSTRACT: Acute weightlessness in space induces a fluid shift leading to central volume expansion. Simultaneously, blood pressure is either unchanged or decreased slightly. Whether these effects persist for months in space is unclear. Twenty-four hour ambulatory...

  4. Temporal changes in clinic and ambulatory blood pressure during cyclic post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy

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    Sørensen, M B; Rasmussen, Verner; Jensen, Gorm Boje

    2000-01-01

    cyclic norethisterone acetate (NETA) or placebo in two 12-week periods separated by a 3-month washout Clinic blood pressure was measured sitting by the same observer with a mercury manometer at four visits in each period. Twenty-four hour ambulatory blood pressure was measured at baseline...... blood pressure was again reduced (-3.6 mmHg, P= 0.037). Mean 24 h ambulatory systolic and diastolic blood pressures were significantly lower than clinic measurements (-15.7 and -5.9 mmHg, P

  5. Ambulatory oxygen in fibrotic lung disease (AmbOx): study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.

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    Visca, Dina; Tsipouri, Vicky; Mori, Letizia; Firouzi, Ashi; Fleming, Sharon; Farquhar, Morag; Leung, Elizabeth; Maher, Toby M; Cullinan, Paul; Hopkinson, Nick; Wells, Athol U; Banya, Winston; Whitty, Jennifer A; Adamali, Huzaifa; Spencer, Lisa G; Sestini, Piersante; Renzoni, Elisabetta A

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    Fibrotic interstitial lung diseases (ILDs) are chronic and often progressive conditions resulting in substantial morbidity and mortality. Shortness of breath, a symptom often linked to oxygen desaturation on exertion, is tightly linked to worsening quality of life in these patients. Although ambulatory oxygen is used empirically in their treatment, there are no ILD-specific guidelines on its use. To our knowledge, no studies are available on the effects of ambulatory oxygen on day-to-day life in patients with ILD. Ambulatory oxygen in fibrotic lung disease (AmbOx) is a multicentre, randomised controlled crossover trial (RCT) funded by the Research for Patient Benefit Programme of the National Institute for Health Research. The trial will compare ambulatory oxygen used during daily activities with no ambulatory oxygen in patients with fibrotic lung disease whose oxygen saturation (SaO2) is ≥94% at rest, but drops to ≤88% on a 6-min Walk Test. The randomised controlled trial (RCT) will evaluate the effects on health status (measured by the King's Brief ILD Questionnaire: K-BILD) of ambulatory oxygen used at home, at an optimal flow rate determined by titration at screening visit, and administered for a 2-week period, compared to 2 weeks off oxygen. Key secondary outcomes will include breathlessness on activity scores, as measured by the University of California San Diego Shortness of Breath Questionnaire, global patient assessment of change scores, as well as quality of life scores (St George's Respiratory Questionnaire), anxiety and depression scores (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), activity markers measured by SenseWear Armbands, pulse oximetry measurements, patient-reported daily activities, patient- and oxygen company-reported oxygen cylinder use. The study also includes a qualitative component and will explore in interviews patients' experiences of the use of a portable oxygen supply and trial participation in a subgroup of 20 patients and carers

  6. Role of Pediatricians in the Ambulatory Care of Children in Taiwan, 1999-2011.

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    Chuang, Chieh-Mao; Chan, I-Ching; Lee, Yu-Sheng; Tsao, Pei-Chen; Yang, Chia-Feng; Soong, Wen-Jue; Chen, Tzeng-Ji; Jeng, Mei-Jy

    2015-08-01

    Pediatricians are physicians trained to provide comprehensive nonsurgical health care for children, but parents may consult other specialists when seeking medical help for their children. This study was designed to analyze the role of pediatricians and the changes in the patterns of ambulatory visits among different specialties for children under the age of 18 years in Taiwan during the past 13 years. Data on ambulatory visits of children aged 0-17 years from 1999 to 2011 were retrieved from the National Health Insurance Research Database. The physician's specialty, level of the hospital, year of visit, age of the patient, and diagnoses of each ambulatory visit were analyzed. Four of the most commonly visited specialties-pediatrics, otolaryngology, family medicine, and internal medicine-were compared. The yearly trend of ambulatory visits to different specialties, difference in various age groups, influence of hospital levels, and the top 10 diagnoses were analyzed. A total of 1,618,033 ambulatory visits were identified and enrolled into our study. A comparison of the proportions of ambulatory visits between 1999-2003 and 2007-2011 showed that the proportions of visits increased from 27.1 ± 1.3% to 35.4 ± 1.0% for pediatricians, decreased from 32.8 ± 1.8% to 17.0 ± 0.8% for family physicians, and did not change for otolaryngologists and internal medicine physicians. Specifically, pediatricians were visited more often if the children were younger, or if the health-care facility (level of hospital) was either a medical center or a regional hospital. Upper respiratory tract infection was the top diagnosis, followed by acute bronchitis, and acute and chronic tonsillitis. The role of pediatricians in children's ambulatory care increased in importance from 1999 to 2011 in Taiwan. However, approximately two thirds of children sought ambulatory medical help from nonpediatric physicians. Thus, it is important to educate and encourage parents to visit

  7. Medication regimen complexity in ambulatory older adults with heart failure.

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    Cobretti, Michael R; Page, Robert L; Linnebur, Sunny A; Deininger, Kimberly M; Ambardekar, Amrut V; Lindenfeld, JoAnn; Aquilante, Christina L

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    Heart failure prevalence is increasing in older adults, and polypharmacy is a major problem in this population. We compared medication regimen complexity using the validated patient-level Medication Regimen Complexity Index (pMRCI) tool in "young-old" (60-74 years) versus "old-old" (75-89 years) patients with heart failure. We also compared pMRCI between patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ISCM) versus nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NISCM). Medication lists were retrospectively abstracted from the electronic medical records of ambulatory patients aged 60-89 years with heart failure. Medications were categorized into three types - heart failure prescription medications, other prescription medications, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications - and scored using the pMRCI tool. The study evaluated 145 patients (n=80 young-old, n=65 old-old, n=85 ISCM, n=60 NISCM, mean age 73±7 years, 64% men, 81% Caucasian). Mean total pMRCI scores (32.1±14.4, range 3-84) and total medication counts (13.3±4.8, range 2-30) were high for the entire cohort, of which 72% of patients were taking eleven or more total medications. Total and subtype pMRCI scores and medication counts did not differ significantly between the young-old and old-old groups, with the exception of OTC medication pMRCI score (6.2±4 young-old versus 7.8±5.8 old-old, P=0.04). With regard to heart failure etiology, total pMRCI scores and medication counts were significantly higher in patients with ISCM versus NISCM (pMRCI score 34.5±15.2 versus 28.8±12.7, P=0.009; medication count 14.1±4.9 versus 12.2±4.5, P=0.008), which was largely driven by other prescription medications. Medication regimen complexity is high in older adults with heart failure, and differs based on heart failure etiology. Additional work is needed to address polypharmacy and to determine if medication regimen complexity influences adherence and clinical outcomes in this population.

  8. Perceived illness intrusions among continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis patients

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    Usha Bapat

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available To study the perceived illness intrusion of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD patients, to examine their demographics, and to find out the association among demographics, duration of illness as well as illness intrusion, 40 chronic kidney disease stage V patients on CAPD during 2006-2007 were studied. Inclusion criteria were patients′ above 18 years, willing, stable, and completed at least two months of dialysis. Those with psychiatric co-morbidity were excluded. Sociodemographics were collected using a semi-structured interview schedule. A 14-item illness intrusion checklist covering various aspects of life was administered. The subjects had to rate the illness intrusion in their daily life and the extent of intrusion. The data was analyzed using descriptive statistics and chi square test of association. The mean age of the subjects was 56.05 ± 10.05 years. There was near equal distribution of gender. 82.5% were married, 70.0% belonged to Hindu religion, 45.0% were pre-degree, 25.0% were employed, 37.5% were housewives and 30.0% had retired. 77.5% belonged to the upper socioeconomic strata, 95.0% were from an urban background and 65.0% were from nuclear families. The mean duration of dialysis was 19.0 ± 16.49 months. Fifty-eight percent of the respondents were performing the dialysis exchanges by themselves. More than 95.0%were on three or four exchanges per day. All the 40 subjects reported illness intrusion in their daily life. Intrusion was perceived to some extent in the following areas: health 47.5%, work 25.0%, finance 37.5%, diet 40.0%, and psychological 50.0%. Illness had not intruded in the areas of relationship with spouse 52.5%, sexual life 30.0%, with friends 92.5%, with family 85.5%, social functions 52.5%, and religious functions 75.0%. Statistically significant association was not noted between illness intrusion and other variables. CAPD patients perceived illness intrusion to some extent in their daily life

  9. Assessment of pedometer-determined physical activity in Danish adults: the importance of non-ambulatory activities

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    Rothausen, Berit Worm; Gille, Maj-Britt; Biltoft-Jensen, Anja Pia

    and Physical Activity 2007-08, wore a pedometer (Yamax SW-200 Tokyo, Japan) and recorded daily steps and non-ambulatory activities for seven consecutive days. Time spent on non-ambulatory activities was converted to step equivalents using 1) a simple conversion method (SCM) adding 200 step equivalents......% of men, 62% of women) engaged in non-ambulatory activities during the registration period. The most frequently reported non-ambulatory activity was cycling, especially as transportation, which was reported by 39% (men: 31%, women: 48%) with a mean of 125 min/week (men: 107, women: 138 min/week). Our...... (13-14% increase) vs. 1875–1886 step equivalents/day for women (22% increase), thus significantly higher for women compared to men, p=0.03) Conclusion In populations like the Danish, where cycling and other non-ambulatory activities are popular, it will be relevant to account for these activities when...

  10. Reference Gene Selection in the Desert Plant <em>Eremosparton songoricuem>m>

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    Full Text Available <em>Eremosparton songoricum em>(Litv. Vass. (<em>E. songoricumem> is a rare and extremely drought-tolerant desert plant that holds promise as a model organism for the identification of genes associated with water deficit stress. Here, we cloned and evaluated the expression of eight candidate reference genes using quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reactions. The expression of these candidate reference genes was analyzed in a diverse set of 20 samples including various <em>E. songoricumem> plant tissues exposed to multiple environmental stresses. GeNorm analysis indicated that expression stability varied between the reference genes in the different experimental conditions, but the two most stable reference genes were sufficient for normalization in most conditions.<em> EsEFem> and <em>Esα-TUB> were sufficient for various stress conditions, <em>EsEF> and <em>EsACT> were suitable for samples of differing germination stages, and <em>EsGAPDH>and <em>Es>UBQ em>were most stable across multiple adult tissue samples. The <em>Es18Sem> gene was unsuitable as a reference gene in our analysis. In addition, the expression level of the drought-stress related transcription factor <em>EsDREB2em>> em>verified the utility of<em> E. songoricumem> reference genes and indicated that no single gene was adequate for normalization on its own. This is the first systematic report on the selection of reference genes in <em>E. songoricumem>, and these data will facilitate future work on gene expression in this species.

  11. Ambulatory teaching: do approaches to learning predict the site and preceptor characteristics valued by clerks and residents in the ambulatory setting?

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    Delva, M Dianne; Schultz, Karen W; Kirby, John R; Godwin, Marshall

    2005-10-14

    In a study to determine the site and preceptor characteristics most valued by clerks and residents in the ambulatory setting we wished to confirm whether these would support effective learning. The deep approach to learning is thought to be more effective for learning than surface approaches. In this study we determined how the approaches to learning of clerks and residents predicted the valued site and preceptor characteristics in the ambulatory setting. Postal survey of all medical residents and clerks in training in Ontario determining the site and preceptor characteristics most valued in the ambulatory setting. Participants also completed the Workplace Learning questionnaire that includes 3 approaches to learning scales and 3 workplace climate scales. Multiple regression analysis was used to predict the preferred site and preceptor characteristics as the dependent variables by the average scores of the approaches to learning and perception of workplace climate scales as the independent variables. There were 1642 respondents, yielding a 47.3% response rate. Factor analysis revealed 7 preceptor characteristics and 6 site characteristics valued in the ambulatory setting. The Deep approach to learning scale predicted all of the learners' preferred preceptor characteristics (beta = 0.076 to beta = 0.234, p learning (beta = .154, p learning scale predicted valued site characteristics of Office Management, Patient Logistics, Objectives and Preceptor Interaction (p learning predicted valuing Learning Resources and Clinic Set-up (beta = .09, p = .001; beta = .197, p learning weakly negatively predicted Patient Logistics (beta = -.082, p = .003) and positively the Learning Resources (beta = .088, p = .003). Climate factors were not strongly predictive for any studied characteristics. Role Modeling and Patient Logistics were predicted by Supportive Receptive climate (beta = .135, p learning scores. Some characteristics reflecting the need for good organization and clear

  12. Ambulatory Pulse Wave Velocity Is a Stronger Predictor of Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality Than Office and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Hemodialysis Patients.

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    Sarafidis, Pantelis A; Loutradis, Charalampos; Karpetas, Antonios; Tzanis, Georgios; Piperidou, Alexia; Koutroumpas, Georgios; Raptis, Vasilios; Syrgkanis, Christos; Liakopoulos, Vasilios; Efstratiadis, Georgios; London, Gérard; Zoccali, Carmine

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    Arterial stiffness and augmentation of aortic blood pressure (BP) measured in office are known cardiovascular risk factors in hemodialysis patients. This study examines the prognostic significance of ambulatory brachial BP, central BP, pulse wave velocity (PWV), and heart rate-adjusted augmentation index [AIx(75)] in this population. A total of 170 hemodialysis patients underwent 48-hour ambulatory monitoring with Mobil-O-Graph-NG during a standard interdialytic interval and followed-up for 28.1±11.2 months. The primary end point was a combination of all-cause death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and nonfatal stroke. Secondary end points included: (1) all-cause mortality; (2) cardiovascular mortality; and (3) a combination of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, resuscitation after cardiac arrest, coronary revascularization, or hospitalization for heart failure. During follow-up, 37(21.8%) patients died and 46(27.1%) had cardiovascular events. Cumulative freedom from primary end point was similar for quartiles of predialysis-systolic BP (SBP), 48-hour peripheral-SBP, and central-SBP, but was progressively longer for increasing quartiles for 48-hour peripheral-diastolic BP and central-diastolic BP and shorter for increasing quartiles of 48-hour central pulse pressure (83.7%, 71.4%, 69.0%, 62.8% [log-rank P=0.024]), PWV (93.0%, 81.0%, 57.1%, 55.8% [log-rank Pambulatory PWV and AIx(75). In multivariate analysis, 48-hour PWV was the only vascular parameter independently associated with the primary end point (hazard ratios, 1.579; 95% confidence intervals, 1.187-2.102). Ambulatory PWV, AIx(75), and central pulse pressure are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality, whereas office and ambulatory SBP are not. These findings further support that arterial stiffness is the prominent cardiovascular risk factor in hemodialysis. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  13. Preserving ambulatory potential in pediatric patients with cerebral palsy who undergo spinal fusion using unit rod instrumentation.

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    Tsirikos, Athanasios I; Chang, Wei-Ning; Shah, Suken A; Dabney, K W; Miller, Freeman

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    A retrospective study investigated 24 ambulatory pediatric patients with spastic cerebral palsy and neuromuscular scoliosis. To evaluate the effect of spinal fusion from T1-T2 to the sacrum with pelvic fixation using unit rod instrumentation on the ambulatory potential of these patients. Spinal deformities in patients with cerebral palsy and good ambulatory capacity are infrequently associated with pelvic obliquity, so instrumented spinal fusions traditionally do not extend to the pelvis. The medical charts and radiographs were reviewed, and the patients' ambulatory ability was assessed clinically with videotape or complete gait analysis. A questionnaire assessing patients' functional improvement was given to the caretakers. The study group included 17 female and 7 male patients, among whom were 19 quadriplegics and 5 diplegics. The mean age at surgery was 15.4 years. Of the 24 patients, 20 underwent posterior spinal fusion and 4 had combined anteroposterior procedures. The patients were evaluated clinically before surgery and after surgery. Follow-up evaluations of ambulatory function occurred at a mean of 2.86 years after surgery. No alteration in the ambulatory status of the patients was found, except in one patient who experienced bilateral hip heterotopic ossification and gradually lost her ability to ambulate. Preoperative and postoperative gait analysis was performed for 12 patients, showing no change in their ambulatory function. The surgical outcome survey demonstrated significant improvement in the patients' physical appearance, head and trunk balance, sitting ability, and respiration, with no change in ambulatory capacity. Spine surgery with fusion extending to the pelvis in ambulatory patients with cerebral palsy provided excellent deformity correction and preserved their ambulatory function.

  14. Monitorização Ambulatorial da Pressão Arterial na Gravidez: Comparação da Variabilidade Pressórica entre Gestantes Normotensas e Hipertensas Crônicas Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring: Comparison of the Blood Pressure Variability in Normotensive and Hypertensive Pregnant Women

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    Victor Hugo de Melo

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    Full Text Available Objetivos: observar o comportamento da pressão arterial entre gestantes normotensas e hipertensas, determinando a presença ou não da queda noturna, a adesão ao método e possíveis complicações. Métodos: monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial em dois momentos distintos da gravidez, em 17 gestantes normotensas e 14 hipertensas crônicas, todas atendidas no Hospital das Clínicas da UFMG. Utilizou-se o método oscilométrico para as comparações entre os grupos. Resultados: tanto as gestantes normotensas quanto as hipertensas apresentaram queda noturna da pressão arterial nos dois exames realizados. Notou-se também nos dois grupos incremento dos níveis pressóricos com o avanço da gravidez. As complicações do uso do aparelho foram insignificantes e não interferiram na porcentagem de adesão ao método, que foi de 100%. Conclusão: a monitorização ambulatorial da pressão arterial é útil na avaliação da variabilidade pressórica de gestantes normotensas e hipertensas, confirmando o gradual incremento da pressão arterial no decorrer da gravidez e a sua queda fisiológica noturna, independentemente dos níveis pressóricos maternos.Purpose: to observe the circadian pattern of blood pressure variation in normotensive and hypertensive pregnant women, assessing the occurrence of nocturnal blood pressure decrease, as well as the compliance with the method and possible complications. Methods: the blood pressure measurement was carried out in seventeen normotensive and fourteen hypertensive pregnant women at the Hospital das Clínicas of UFMG. Blood pressure was measured on two different occasions during gestation using the oscillometric technique to compare both groups. Results: in both groups nocturnal decrease in blood pressure as well as an increase in pressure levels was observed as pregnancy advanced. No significant complications were seen and they did not interfere with compliance which was 100%. Conclusions: the

  15. Outcome-driven thresholds for ambulatory pulse pressure in 9938 participants recruited from 11 populations

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    Gu, Yu-Mei; Thijs, Lutgarde; Li, Yan

    2014-01-01

    Evidence-based thresholds for risk stratification based on pulse pressure (PP) are currently unavailable. To derive outcome-driven thresholds for the 24-hour ambulatory PP, we analyzed 9938 participants randomly recruited from 11 populations (47.3% women). After age stratification (<60 versus ≥60...

  16. Practice environments of nurses in ambulatory oncology settings: a thematic analysis.

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    Kamimura, Akiko; Schneider, Karin; Lee, Cheryl S; Crawford, Scott D; Friese, Christopher R

    2012-01-01

    : The practice environments of nurses have been studied extensively in inpatient settings, but rarely in the ambulatory context. As the majority of cancer care is delivered in ambulatory settings, a better understanding of the nursing practice environment may contribute to quality improvement efforts. : We sought to examine the features of nursing practice environments that contribute to quality patient care and nursing job satisfaction. : In 2009-2010, we conducted focus groups with nurses who cared for adults with cancer outside inpatient units. A semistructured moderator guide explored practice environment features that promoted safe, high-quality care and high job satisfaction. We also asked nurses to identify practice environment features that hindered quality care and reduced job satisfaction. We conducted thematic analysis to report themes and to construct a conceptual framework. : From 2 focus groups, composed of 13 participants, nurses reported that variability in workloads, support from managers and medical assistants, and the practice's physical resources could facilitate or hinder high-quality care and job satisfaction. High-quality communication across team members improved patient safety and satisfaction. : Consistent with research findings from inpatient settings, nurses identified staffing and resource adequacy, management support, and collegiality as important inputs to high-quality care. : These findings can inform quality improvement initiatives in ambulatory oncology practices. Strengthening nurse-medical assistant relationships, smoothing patient workload variability, and implementing strategies to strengthen communication may contribute to quality cancer care. Studies to test our proposed conceptual framework would bridge existing knowledge gaps in ambulatory settings.

  17. A 15-year longitudinal study on ambulatory blood pressure tracking from childhood to early adulthood

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    Li, Zhibin; Snieder, Harold; Harshfield, Gregory A.; Treiber, Frank A.; Wang, Xiaoling

    This study evaluates the tracking stability of office blood pressure (BP), ambulatory BP (ABP), BP variability (BPV) and nocturnal BP drops (dipping) from childhood to early adulthood, and their dependence on ethnicity, gender and family history (FH) of essential hypertension (EH). Generalized

  18. Trends and predictors of hospitalization, readmissions and length of stay in ambulatory patients with heart failure

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    Frigola-Capell, E.; Comin-Colet, J.; Davins-Miralles, J.; Gich-Saladich, I.; Wensing, M.J.P.; Verdu-Rotellar, J.M.

    2013-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Little is known on predictors of hospitalisation in ambulatory patients with chronic heart failure, and known predictors may not apply to Mediterranean countries. Our aim was to document longitudinal trends in hospitalisations and identify patient-related predictors of hospital

  19. Survival in Mediterranean Ambulatory Patients With Chronic Heart Failure. A Population-based Study

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    Frigola Capell, E.; Comin-Colet, J.; Davins-Miralles, J.; Gich-Saladich, I.J.; Wensing, M.; Verdu-Rotellar, J.M.

    2013-01-01

    INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Scarce research has been performed in ambulatory patients with chronic heart failure in the Mediterranean area. Our aim was to describe survival trends in our target population and the impact of prognostic factors. METHODS: We carried out a population-based retrospective

  20. quality of glycaemic control in ambulatory diabetics at the out-patient

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    2003-08-08

    Aug 8, 2003 ... more than 60% of the ambulatory diabetes (type 1 and 2) using the hospital outpatient clinic do not attain the desired glycaemic level of control. Diabetes care apparently is a challenge to both developed and developing countries alike. One Norwegian study (8) of type 2 diabetics in a general practice found ...

  1. Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis: Pharmacokinetics and clinical outcome of paclitaxel and carboplatin treatment

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    J.B. Heijns (Joan); M.E.L. van der Burg (Maria); T. van Gelder (Teun); M.W.J.A. Fieren (Marien); P. de Bruijn (Peter); A. van der Gaast (Ate); W.J. Loos (Walter)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractPurpose: Administration of chemotherapy in patients with renal failure, treated with hemodialysis or continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) is still a challenge and literature data is scarce. Here we present a case study of a patient on CAPD, treated with weekly and

  2. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BLOOD-PRESSURE DURING HEMODIALYSIS AND AMBULATORY BLOOD-PRESSURE IN BETWEEN DIALYSES

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    HUISMAN, RM; DEBRUIN, C; KLONT, D; SMIT, AJ

    1995-01-01

    Background. Ambulatory blood pressure measurements in haemodialysis patients are relevant in view of the high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in chronic haemodialysis patients. Methods. Twelve normotensive patients were studied from the beginning of one dialysis until the end of the next

  3. Nurse-measured or ambulatory blood pressure in routine hypertension care

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    Veerman, D. P.; van Montfrans, G. A.

    1993-01-01

    Nurses are considered to evoke less white-coat hypertension, and might therefore be able to estimate average blood pressure as well as and more conveniently than ambulatory monitoring. The objective of the present study was to determine the correspondence between blood pressure measured by a doctor

  4. Technical Limitations of Electronic Health Records in Community Health Centers: Implications on Ambulatory Care Quality

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    West, Christopher E.

    2010-01-01

    Research objectives: This dissertation examines the state of development of each of the eight core electronic health record (EHR) functionalities as described by the IOM and describes how the current state of these functionalities limit quality improvement efforts in ambulatory care settings. There is a great deal of literature describing both the…

  5. Ambulatory Activity of Children with Cerebral Palsy: Which Characteristics Are Important?

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    van Wely, Leontien; Becher, Jules G.; Balemans, Astrid C. J.; Dallmeijer, Annet J.

    2012-01-01

    Aim: To assess ambulatory activity of children with cerebral palsy (CP), aged 7 to 13 years, and identify associated characteristics. Method: Sixty-two children with spastic CP (39 males, 23 females; mean age 10y 1mo, SD 1y 8mo; age range 7-13y), classified as Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) levels I to III, participated.…

  6. 77 FR 24409 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment; Ambulatory Surgical...

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    2012-04-24

    ... RIN 0938-AQ26 Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment; Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program; Physician Self-Referral; and Patient... appeared in the final rule with comment period published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2011...

  7. 78 FR 54842 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical...

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    2013-09-06

    ..., 486, and 495 RIN 0938-AR54 Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing... Extension of Comment Period AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Correction...

  8. 77 FR 217 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment; Ambulatory Surgical...

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    2012-01-04

    ... RIN 0938-AQ26 Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment; Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment; Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program; Physician Self-Referral; and Patient... (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Correction of final rule with comment period. SUMMARY: This document corrects...

  9. Moving from good to great in ambulatory electronic health record implementation.

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    McAlearney, Ann Scheck; Song, Paula H; Robbins, Julie; Hirsch, Annemarie; Jorina, Maria; Kowalczyk, Nina; Chisolm, Deena

    2010-01-01

    Despite a good general understanding of the need to ensure provider adoption and use of electronic health record (EHR) systems, many implementations fall short of expectations, and little is known about effective approaches in the ambulatory care area. We aimed to comprehensively study and synthesize best practices for ambulatory EHR system implementation in healthcare organizations, emphasizing strategies that maximize physician adoption and use. Following an extensive literature review, we held 47 key informant interviews with representatives of six U.S. healthcare organizations purposively selected based on reported success with ambulatory EHR system implementation. We interviewed both administrative and clinical informants in order to improve our understanding of ambulatory EHR implementation from both perspectives. We found that while all 6 sites studied were reported to have strong EHR implementation practices, we were able to characterize "good" versus "great" approaches across the sites. Specifically, "great" implementations included a key element focused on optimization and improvement over time that helped healthcare organizations support physician adoption and use of the EHR system. The "great" implementation approaches we saw also included explicit considerations of improved data capture and quality of care in their focus on optimization in order to maximize the value of the EHR. © 2010 National Association for Healthcare Quality.

  10. Comparison of time and frequency domain measures of RSA in ambulatory recordings.

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    Goedhart, A.D.; van der Sluis, S.; Houtveen, J.H.; Willemsen, A.H.M.; de Geus, E.J.C.

    2007-01-01

    The extent to which various measures of ambulatory respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) capture the same information across conditions in different subjects remains unclear. In this study the root mean square of successive differences (RMSSD), peak valley RSA (pvRSA), and high frequency power (HF

  11. Regulation of cytokine release from peritoneal macrophages of patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

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    M.W.J.A. Fieren (Marien)

    1992-01-01

    textabstractThe foundation of this thesis was laid in 1982 when we made the first studies of the production of inflammatory mediators by macrophages collected from effluent dialysate of patients on Continuous Ambulatory Dialysis (CAPD). During the frrst experiments, these cells, harvested from

  12. Diagnoses Treated in Ambulatory Care Among Homeless-Experienced Veterans: Does Supported Housing Matter?

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    Gabrielian, Sonya; Yuan, Anita H; Andersen, Ronald M; Gelberg, Lillian

    2016-10-01

    Little is known about how permanent supported housing influences ambulatory care received by homeless persons. To fill this gap, we compared diagnoses treated in VA Greater Los Angeles (VAGLA) ambulatory care between Veterans who are formerly homeless-now housed/case managed through VA Supported Housing ("VASH Veterans")-and currently homeless. We performed secondary database analyses of homeless-experienced Veterans (n = 3631) with VAGLA ambulatory care use from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. We compared diagnoses treated-adjusting for demographics and need characteristics in regression analyses-between VASH Veterans (n = 1904) and currently homeless Veterans (n = 1727). On average, considering 26 studied diagnoses, VASH (vs currently homeless) Veterans received care for more (P Veterans were more likely (P homeless Veterans to receive treatment for diagnoses across categories: chronic physical illness, acute physical illness, mental illness, and substance use disorders. Specifically, VASH Veterans had 2.5, 1.7, 2.1, and 1.8 times greater odds of receiving treatment for at least 2 condition in these categories, respectively. Among participants treated for chronic illnesses, adjusting for predisposing and need characteristics, VASH (vs currently homeless) Veterans were 9%, 8%, and 11% more likely to have 2 or more visits for chronic physical illnesses, mental illnesses, and substance use disorder, respectively. Among homeless-experienced Veterans, permanent supported housing may reduce disparities in the treatment of diagnoses commonly seen in ambulatory care. © The Author(s) 2016.

  13. 78 FR 56711 - Health Insurance Exchanges; Application by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health...

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    ... accreditation program to conduct surveys for ambulatory surgery centers that wish to participate in the Medicare.... Management. MRI Lumbar Spine for Low Back Pain 0514 CMS. All Cause Readmission Index....... 0505 United... Members n/a CMS/URAC. that Receive Preventive Dental Services. Health Risk Assessment Completion n/a URAC...

  14. Meta-synthesis on nurse practitioner autonomy and roles in ambulatory care.

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    Wang-Romjue, Pauline

    2017-10-27

    Many healthcare stakeholders view nurse practitioners (NPs) as an important workforce resource to help fill the anticipated shortage of 20,400 ambulatory care physicians that is expected by 2020. Multiple quantitative studies revealed the attributes of NPs' practice autonomy and roles. However, there is no qualitative meta-synthesis that describes the experiences of NPs' practice autonomy and roles. To describe and understand the experiences of NPs regarding their practice autonomy and roles in various ambulatory settings through the exploration of existing qualitative studies: meta-synthesis. A qualitative meta-synthesis was conducted to gain insight into ambulatory NPs' practice autonomy and roles through content analysis and reciprocal translation. Articles published between 2000 and 2017 were retrieved by searching 7 databases using the following key words: U.S. qualitative studies, advance practice nurses, NP role in ambulatory care, NP autonomy, and outpatient care. Autonomy, NPs' roles and responsibilities, practice relationships, and organizational work environment pressures are the four main themes that emerged from the content analysis of the nine selected qualitative studies. Within and between states, NPs' experiences with autonomy and NPs' roles are multifaceted depending on state regulations, practice relationships, and organizational work environments. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Auricular Acupuncture for Pain Relief after Ambulatory Knee Arthroscopy—A Pilot Study

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    Taras I. Usichenko

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Auricular acupuncture (AA is effective in treating various pain conditions, but there have been no analyses of AA for the treatment of pain after ambulatory knee surgery. We assessed the range of analgesic requirements under AA after ambulatory knee arthroscopy. Twenty patients randomly received a true AA procedure (Lung, Shenmen and Knee points or sham procedure (three non-acupuncture points on the auricular helix before ambulatory knee arthroscopy. Permanent press AA needles were retained in situ for one day after surgery. Post-operative pain was treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory ibuprofen, and weak oral opioid tramadol was used for rescue analgesic medication. The quantity of post-operative analgesics and pain intensity were used to assess the effect of AA. The incidence of analgesia-related side effects, time to discharge from the anesthesia recovery room, heart rate and blood pressure were also recorded. Ibuprofen consumption after surgery in the AA group was lower than in the control group: median 500 versus 800 mg, P = 0.043. Pain intensity on a 100 mm visual analogue scale for pain measurement and other parameters were similar in both groups. Thus AA might be useful in reducing the post-operative analgesic requirement after ambulatory knee arthroscopy.

  16. Indirect measurement of lymphatic absorption with inulin in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients

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    Struijk, D. G.; Krediet, R. T.; Koomen, G. C.; Boeschoten, E. W.; vd Reijden, H. J.; Arisz, L.

    1990-01-01

    To elucidate the importance of possible trapping of macromolecules in peritoneal tissue on the calculation of peritoneal lymphatic drainage, we compared the transport of inulin administered i.v. and i.p. in nine continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients on two separate days. In the

  17. 77 FR 68209 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical...

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    ... Shock Wave Wound Treatment (APC 0340) b. Application of Skin Substitute (APCs 0133 and 0134) c. Low... Editor IOL Intraocular lens IOM Institute of Medicine IORT Intraoperative radiation treatment IPF... Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) Group Policies A. OPPS Treatment of New CPT and Level II HCPCS Codes...

  18. Establishing an Ambulatory Medicine Quality and Safety Oversight Structure: Leveraging the Fractal Model.

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    Kravet, Steven J; Bailey, Jennifer; Demski, Renee; Pronovost, Peter

    2016-07-01

    Academic health systems face challenges in the governance and oversight of quality and safety efforts across their organizations. Ambulatory practices, which are growing in number, size, and complexity, face particular challenges in these areas. In February 2014, leaders at Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) implemented a governance, oversight, and accountability structure for quality and safety efforts across JHM ambulatory practices. This model was based on the fractal approach, which balances independence and interdependence and provides horizontal and vertical support. It set expectations of accountability at all levels from the Board of Trustees to frontline staff and featured a cascading structure that reached all units and ambulatory practices. This model leveraged an Ambulatory Quality Council led by a physician and nurse dyad to provide the infrastructure to share best practices, continuously improve, and define accountable local leaders. This model was incorporated into the quality and safety infrastructure across JHM. Improved outcomes in the domains of patient safety/risk reduction, externally reported quality measures, patient care/experience, and value have been demonstrated. An additional benefit was an improvement in Medicaid value-based purchasing metrics, which are linked to several million dollars of revenue. As this model matures, it will serve as a mechanism to align quality standards and programs across regional, national, and international partners and to provide a clear quality structure as new practices join the health system. Future efforts will link this model to JHM's academic mission, enhancing education to address Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education core competencies.

  19. Impact of Stress Reduction Interventions on Hostility and Ambulatory Systolic Blood Pressure in African American Adolescents

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    Wright, Lynda Brown; Gregoski, Mathew J.; Tingen, Martha S.; Barnes, Vernon A.; Treiber, Frank A.

    2011-01-01

    This study examined the impact of breathing awareness meditation (BAM), life skills (LS) training, and health education (HE) interventions on self-reported hostility and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) in 121 African American (AA) ninth graders at increased risk for development of essential hypertension. They were randomly assigned to BAM,…

  20. Relationship between mercury in blood and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure in Greenlanders and Danes

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    Pedersen, Erling B; Jørgensen, Marit E; Siggaard, Charlotte

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Intake of mercury with food items from sea mammals and fish has been suggested to be involved in cardiovascular disease, but the relationship between mercury in blood and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) has never been studied. METHODS: We measured mercury in blood and 24-h BP in f...

  1. Risk Stratification by Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring Across JNC Classes of Conventional Blood Pressure

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    Brguljan-Hitij, Jana; Thijs, Lutgarde; Li, Yan

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Guidelines propose classification of conventional blood pressure (CBP) into normotension (<120/<80 mm Hg), prehypertension (120-139/80-89 mm Hg), and hypertension (≥140/≥90 mm Hg). METHODS: To assess the potential differential contribution of ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) in predict...

  2. Effects of an isocaloric healthy Nordic diet on ambulatory blood pressure in metabolic syndrome

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    Brader, Lea Johanne; Uusitupa, M; Dragsted, Lars Ove

    2014-01-01

    beneficial effects on ambulatory BP in subjects with metabolic syndrome (MetS).Subjects/methods:In total, 37 subjects were randomized to either a healthy Nordic diet or a control diet. A healthy Nordic diet embraced whole grains, rapeseed oil, berries, fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and low-fat dairy...

  3. The Effects of Choice Making on Toy Engagement in Nonambulatory and Partially Ambulatory Preschool Students

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    Liso, Danielle R.

    2010-01-01

    This study evaluated the effects of an experimenter-delivered choice-making procedure. Three nonambulatory and partially ambulatory preschoolers were given access to six teacher-nominated preferred toys in two conditions: child choice and interventionist choice. Using an alternating treatment design and a 10-second momentary time-sampling…

  4. Lipid profile of ambulatory patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus at ...

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    Background: Patients with type 2 diabetes are at high of cardiovascular events because they have abnormal lipid status compared to their non-diabetic counterparts. Objective: To determine the quantitative lipid profile of ambulatory patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Design: Prospective, cross-sectional descriptive study.

  5. High Prevalence of Obesity in Ambulatory Children and Adolescents with Intellectual Disability

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    Stewart, L.; Van de Ven, L.; Katsarou, V.; Rentziou, E.; Doran, M.; Jackson, P.; Reilly, J. J.; Wilson, D.

    2009-01-01

    Background: Obesity prevalence is unusually high among adults with intellectual disability (ID). There is limited and conflicting evidence on obesity prevalence among ambulatory children and adolescents with ID. The present study aimed to estimate obesity prevalence in this group and to compare with population prevalence. Methods: Survey of nine…

  6. Treatment goals for ambulatory blood pressure and plasma lipids after stroke are often not reached

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    Engberg, Aase Worså; Kofoed, Klaus

    2013-01-01

    In Danish health care, secondary prevention after stroke is currently handled mainly by general practitioners using office blood pressure (OBP) assessment of hypertension. The aim of this study was to compare the OBP approach to 24-hour assessment by ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring...

  7. AMBULATORY LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY IS SAFE AND COST-EFFECTIVE: a Brazilian single center experience

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Background - Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the treatment of choice for gallstone disease, and has been perfomed as an outpatient surgery in many Institutions over the last few years. Objective - This is a retrospective study of a single center in Brazil, that aims to analyze the outcomes of 200 cases of ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed by the same Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary team, evaluating the safety and cost-effectiveness of the method. Methods - Two hundred consecutive patients who underwent elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy were retrospectively analyzed; some of them underwent additional procedures, as liver biopsies and abdominal hernias repair. Results - From a total of 200 cases, the outpatient surgery protocol could not be carried out in 22 (11%. Twenty one (95.5% patients remained hospitalized for 1 day and 1 (4.5% patient remained hospitalized for 2 days. From the 178 patients who underwent ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy, 3 (1.7 % patients returned to the emergency room before the review appointment. Hospital cost was on average 35% lower for the ambulatory group. Conclusion - With appropriate selection criteria, ambulatory laparoscopic cholecystectomy is feasible, safe and effective; readmission rate is low, as well as complications related to the method. Cost savings and patient satisfaction support its adoption. Other studies are necessary to recommend this procedure as standard practice in Brazil.

  8. Inactive and sedentary lifestyles amongst ambulatory adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy

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    C.F.J. Nooijen (Carla); J. Slaman (Jorrit); H.J. Stam (Henk); M.E. Roebroeck (Marij); R.J.G. van den Berg-Emons (Rita)

    2014-01-01

    textabstractBackground: To assess physical behaviour, including physical activity and sedentary behaviour, of ambulatory adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy (CP). We compared participant physical behaviour to that of able-bodied persons and assessed differences related to Gross Motor

  9. Reliability of the EK scale, a functional test for non-ambulatory persons with Duchenne dystrophy

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    Steffensen, Birgit F.; Hyde, Sylvia A.; Attermann, Jørn

    2002-01-01

    The EK {Egen Klassifikation} scale was developed to assess overall functional ability in the non-ambulatory stage of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of the EK scale. Six subjects with DMD, selected as representative of the entire range...

  10. Perceived Racism and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in African American College Students

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    Hill, LaBarron K.; Kobayashi, Ihori; Hughes, Joel W.

    2007-01-01

    Experiences with racial discrimination may contribute to stress-induced blood pressure (BP) elevations among African Americans. It was reported that perceived racism was associated with ambulatory BP (ABP) during waking hours. This study examined perceived racism and ABP among 40 African American college students, who completed an ABP assessment…

  11. Impact of information technology on information gaps in canadian ambulatory care encounters.

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    Korosec, Lauren; Balenko, Krista; Hagens, Simon

    2015-01-08

    Specialist physicians require clinical information for patient visits in ambulatory encounters, some of which they may access via digital health solutions. This study explored the completeness of information for patient care and the consequences of gaps for ambulatory specialist services provided in ambulatory settings in Canada. A sample of specialist physicians practising in outpatient clinics was recruited from a health care provider research panel. The study (n=1800 patient encounters) looked at the completeness of patient information experienced by physicians who work in environments with rich health information exchange (Connected) and a comparison cohort with less information available electronically (Unconnected). Unconnected physicians were significantly more likely to be missing information they needed for patient encounters (13% of encounters for Unconnected physicians vs 7% for Connected physicians). Unconnected physicians were also more likely to report that missing information had consequences (23% vs 13% of encounters). Lab results were the most common type of patient information missing for both Unconnected and Connected specialists (25% for Unconnected physicians vs 11% Connected physicians). The results from this study indicate that Canadian physicians commonly experience information gaps in ambulatory encounters, and that many of these gaps are of consequence to themselves, their patients, and the healthcare system. Wasting physician and patient time, as well as being forced to proceed with incomplete information, were the most common consequences of information gaps reported.

  12. Ambulatory arterial stiffness index during pregnancy in type 1 diabetes mellitus

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    Lauszus, Finn; Al-Far, Hanine M; Tjessem, Ingvild

    2016-01-01

    The ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) and pulse pressure (PP) was analyzed during pregnancy and three months after delivery in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) compared to non-diabetic, pregnant controls. The study was performed prospectively in 176 women with T1DM and 54 control women...

  13. Neighborhood blight, stress, and health: a walking trial of urban greening and ambulatory heart rate

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    Eugenia C. South; Michelle C. Kondo; Rose A. Cheney; Charles C. Branas

    2015-01-01

    We measured dynamic stress responses using ambulatory heart rate monitoring as participants in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania walked past vacant lots before and after a greening remediation treatment of randomly selected lots. Being in view of a greened vacant lot decreased heart rate significantly more than did being in view of a nongreened vacant lot or not in view of...

  14. Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions in Persons with an Intellectual Disability--Development of a Consensus

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    Balogh, Robert S.; Ouellette-Kuntz, Helene; Brownell, Marni; Colantonio, Angela

    2011-01-01

    Background: There is evidence that the primary care provided for persons with an intellectual disability living in the community has been inadequate. Hospitalization rates for ambulatory care sensitive (ACS) conditions are considered an indicator for access to, and quality of, primary care. The objective of this research was to identify ACS…

  15. German Ambulatory Care Physicians' Perspectives on Continuing Medical Education--A National Survey

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    Kempkens, Daniela; Dieterle, Wilfried E.; Butzlaff, Martin; Wilson, Andrew; Bocken, Jan; Rieger, Monika A.; Wilm, Stefan; Vollmar, Horst C.

    2009-01-01

    Introduction: This survey aimed to investigate German ambulatory physicians' opinions about mandatory continuing medical education (CME) and CME resources shortly before the introduction of mandatory CME in 2004. Methods: A structured national telephone survey of general practitioners and specialists was conducted. Main outcome measures were…

  16. Can ambulatory blood pressure measurements substitute assessment of subclinical cardiovascular damage?

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    Sehestedt, Thomas; Jeppesen, Jørgen; Hansen, Tine W

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE:: We have previously demonstrated that markers of subclinical organ damage (SOD) improve cardiovascular risk prediction in healthy individuals. We wanted to investigate whether this additive effect of SOD was due to inaccurate blood pressure (BP) measurement or whether ambulatory BP (AMBP...

  17. Strategies for Efficient and Effective Teaching in the Ambulatory Care Setting.

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    Ferenchick, Gary; And Others

    1997-01-01

    Five strategies for teaching medical students in the ambulatory care setting are described: wave scheduling; orienting learners to patients; having learners do case presentations in the examination room; using the "one-minute preceptor"; and reflecting on teaching to develop effective teaching scripts. The techniques are based on…

  18. Ambulatory Care Teaching in Internal Medicine at the University of Manitoba.

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    Warren, C. P. W.

    1993-01-01

    The University of Manitoba (Canada) medical school is introducing teaching in the ambulatory care setting as traditional inpatient wards become less suitable for clerkships. However, few faculty are willing to accommodate students in their clinics, and other educational and administrative difficulties impede program expansion. (MSE)

  19. Ambulatory anesthetic care in children undergoing myringotomy and tube placement: current perspectives.

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    Robinson, Hal; Engelhardt, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    Myringotomy and tube placement is one of the most frequently performed ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeries in the pediatric population. Effective anesthetic management is vital to ensuring successful ambulatory care and ensuring child and parental satisfaction. This review summarizes recently published studies about the long-term effects of general anesthesia in young children, novel approaches to preoperative fasting and simplified approaches to the assessment and management of emergence delirium (ED) and emergence agitation (EA). New developments in perioperative ambulatory care, including management of comorbidities and day care unit logistics, are discussed. Long-term follow-up of children exposed to general anesthesia before the age of 4 years has limited impact on academic achievement or cognitive performance and should not delay the treatment of common ENT pathology, which can impair speech and language development. A more liberal approach to fasting, employing a 6-4-0 regime allowing children fluids up until theater, may become an accepted practice in future. ED and EA should be discriminated from pain in recovery and, where the child is at risk of harm, should be treated promptly. Postoperative pain at home remains problematic in ambulatory surgery and better parental education is needed. Effective ambulatory care ultimately requires a well-coordinated team approach from effective preassessment to postoperative follow-up.

  20. Role Model Ambulatory Care Clinical Training Site in a Community-Based Pharmacy.

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    Magarian, Edward O.; And Others

    1993-01-01

    An interdisciplinary project provided ambulatory care clinical training for pharmacy and nursing students in community-based pharmacies, promoting early detection and medical follow-up of common health problems within the community. Students learned new clinical skills in patient health assessment, new diagnostic technologies, patient education…

  1. Pediatric ambulatory care sensitive conditions: Birth cohorts and the socio-economic gradient.

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    Roos, Leslie L; Dragan, Roxana; Schroth, Robert J

    2017-09-14

    This study examines the socio-economic gradient in utilization and the risk factors associated with hospitalization for four pediatric ambulatory care sensitive conditions (dental conditions, asthma, gastroenteritis, and bacterial pneumonia). Dental conditions, where much care is provided by dentists and insurance coverage varies among different population segments, present special issues. A population registry, provider registry, physician ambulatory claims, and hospital discharge abstracts from 28 398 children born in 2003-2006 in urban centres in Manitoba, Canada were the main data sources. Physician visits and hospitalizations were compared across neighbourhood income groupings using rank correlations and logistic regressions. Very strong relationships between neighbourhood income and utilization were highlighted. Additional variables - family on income assistance, mother's age at first birth, breastfeeding - helped predict the probability of hospitalization. Despite the complete insurance coverage (including visits to dentists and physicians and for hospitalizations) provided, receiving income assistance was associated with higher probabilities of hospitalization. We found a socio-economic gradient in utilization for pediatric ambulatory care sensitive conditions, with higher rates of ambulatory visits and hospitalizations in the poorest neighbourhoods. Insurance coverage which varies between different segments of the population complicates matters. Providing funding for dental care for Manitobans on income assistance has not prevented physician visits or intensive treatment in high-cost facilities, specifically treatment under general anesthesia. When services from one type of provider (dentist) are not universally insured but those from another type (physician) are, using rates of hospitalization to indicate problems in the organization of care seems particularly difficult.

  2. Effect of Student and Preceptor Gender on Clinical Grades in an Ambulatory Care Clerkship.

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    Wang-Cheng, Rebekah M.; And Others

    1995-01-01

    A study of grading of 375 third-year medical students and their 121 preceptors after a required 1-month ambulatory care clerkship examined patterns in student gender, preceptor gender, and student-preceptor gender pairs. Results indicate female students received higher clinical grades, especially when the preceptor was male. (Author/MSE)

  3. Integrated Clinical Geriatric Pharmacy Clerkship in Long Term, Acute and Ambulatory Care.

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    Polo, Isabel; And Others

    1994-01-01

    A clinical geriatric pharmacy clerkship containing three separate practice areas (long-term, acute, and ambulatory care) is described. The program follows the medical education clerkship protocol, with a clinical pharmacy specialist, pharmacy practice resident, and student. Participation in medical rounds, interdisciplinary conferences, and…

  4. Promoting Patient and Family Partnerships in Ambulatory Care Improvement: A Narrative Review and Focus Group Findings.

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    Johnson, Karin E; Mroz, Tracy M; Abraham, Marie; Figueroa Gray, Marlaine; Minniti, Mary; Nickel, Wendy; Reid, Robert; Sweeney, Jennifer; Frosch, Dominick L; Ness, Debra L; Hsu, Clarissa

    2016-08-01

    Ambulatory practices that actively partner with patients and families in quality improvement (QI) report benefits such as better patient/family interactions with physicians and staff, and patient empowerment. However, creating effective patient/family partnerships for ambulatory care improvement is not yet routine. The objective of this paper is to provide practices with concrete evidence about meaningfully involving patients and families in QI activities. Review of literature published from 2000-2015 and a focus group conducted in 2014 with practice advisors. Thirty articles discussed 26 studies or examples of patient/family partnerships in ambulatory care QI. Patient and family partnership mechanisms included QI committees and advisory councils. Facilitators included process transparency, mechanisms for acting on patient/family input, and compensation. Challenges for practices included uncertainty about how best to involve patients and families in QI. Several studies found that patient/family partnership was a catalyst for improvement and reported that partnerships resulted in process improvements. Focus group results were concordant. This paper describes emergent mechanisms and processes that ambulatory care practices use to partner with patients and families in QI including outcomes, facilitators, and challenges. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.

  5. Using a Computerized Database to Manage a Decentralized Ambulatory Care Clerkship.

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    Ruane, Thomas J.; Smith, Blake W. H.

    1990-01-01

    The ambulatory care clerkship at the College of Human Medicine of Michigan State University has an extensive database of clerkship experiences including a catalog of students' clinical experiences, assessment of students' performances by the faculty, and students' evaluation of various aspects of the clerkship. (MLW)

  6. Primary Care Teaching Physicians' Losses of Productivity and Revenue at Three Ambulatory-Care Centers.

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    Garg, Mohan L.; And Others

    1991-01-01

    A study compared the productivity and patient-care revenues of clinical teaching faculty and their nonteaching physician counterparts over two years. Productivity was reduced by 30-40 percent when teaching, and revenue lost reached as high as $24,000 per student taught. Implications for ambulatory-care delivery system planning are discussed.…

  7. Predictive value of ambulatory blood pressure shortly after withdrawal of antihypertensive drugs in primary care patients

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    Beltman, FW; Heesen, WF; Smit, AJ; May, JF; deGraeff, PA; Havinga, TK; Schuurman, FH; vanderVeur, E; Lie, KI; MeyboomdeJong, B

    1996-01-01

    Objective-To determine whether ambulatory blood pressure eight weeks after withdrawal of antihypertensive medication is a more sensitive measure than seated blood pressure to predict blood pressure in the long term. Design-Patients with previously untreated diastolic hypertension were treated with

  8. Features of Patient-Centered Primary Care and the Use of Ambulatory Care.

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    Wong, Paul; Panattoni, Laura; Tai-Seale, Ming

    2017-08-01

    This study explores the association between patients' use of ambulatory care resources and features of patient-centered primary care (PCPC), specifically clinic-level National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recognition of PCPC, continuity of care, and care team communication. Data for this study were compiled from the electronic health records of a large multispecialty group practice in California, covering the period between 2009 and 2010 for 37,042 nonelderly patients under capitated managed care plans. Regression analysis of these data was performed using a generalized linear model, comparing measures of patient-level annual resource use (in total relative value units [tRVUs]) against measures of both clinic- and patient-level PCPC, and patient-level risk (eg, age, comorbidities). Patients linked to NCQA Recognition Level III versus Level II clinics used 4.8% (P ambulatory care tRVUs. Patients with a 1 standard deviation increase in primary care continuity used 3.9% (P ambulatory care tRVUs. Patients who switched primary care physicians used 17.4% (P ambulatory care tRVUs. These results indicate that PCPC is associated with reductions in resource use related to both clinic- and patient-level features. The patient-level associations document within-clinic heterogeneity in PCPC. Based on these findings, practices can be encouraged to perform consistent with high NCQA recognition, promote primary care continuity, and be mindful of differences at an individual patient level.

  9. Primary Care, Ambulatory Care, and Family Medicine: Overlapping But Not Synonymous

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    1975-01-01

    Defines and depicts graphically the relationships between primary, secondary, and tertiary care functions (from least to most intensified phases of medical care); ambulatory care (care of sick or well people not confined to bed); and family medicine (an emerging medical discipline focusing on complete and longterm care of the family). (JT)

  10. Status Report on Ambulatory Care and Education in the VA Western Region and Western Medical Schools.

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    Robbins, Alan S.; And Others

    1991-01-01

    New programs and related activities in ambulatory care and education in the Western Region Veterans' Health Administration and its 11 affiliated medical schools are reported, including advisory activities, innovative projects, and a conference. Future activities in the expanded western region are outlined. (Author/MSE)

  11. South Dakota's Third-Year Program of Integrated Clerkships in Ambulatory-Care Settings.

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    Hansen, Lori A.; Talley, Robert C.

    1992-01-01

    In the University of South Dakota's medical school clerkship program, students may choose one of three ambulatory-care settings. In one, the curriculum is problem based and student centered to enhance student interest in primary care. The new program has been successful and well received and is being further developed. (MSE)

  12. Ambulatory care for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis: lessons learned in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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    Fiseha, D.; Kumssa, H.; Tefera, M.; Tesfaye, A.; Klinkenberg, E.; Yimer, G.

    2014-01-01

    Ethiopia is one of the high multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) burden countries. Efforts by the National TB Programme to control MDR-TB include expanding ambulatory care. To investigate the opportunities and challenges faced by treatment follow-up health centres (TFCs) when managing MDR-TB

  13. Evaluation of Ambulatory Care Training by Graduates of Internal Medicine Residencies.

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    Linn, Lawrence S.; And Others

    1986-01-01

    Physicians who completed residencies in internal medicine at major teaching hospitals in 1982 evaluated their residency training in ambulatory care. Their recommendations were similar to those reported in evaluation studies published over the past 25 years, indicating that training programs have not been successful in restructuring their…

  14. Strategies for reducing potentially avoidable hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions

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    Freund, T.; Campbell, S.M.; Geissler, S.; Kunz, C.U.; Mahler, C.; Peters-Klimm, F.; Szecsenyi, J.

    2013-01-01

    PURPOSE: Hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSCs) are seen as potentially avoidable with optimal primary care. Little is known, however, about how primary care physicians rate these hospitalizations and whether and how they could be avoided. This study explores the complex

  15. Blood pressure load does not add to ambulatory blood pressure level for cardiovascular risk stratification

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    Li, Yan; Thijs, Lutgarde; Boggia, José

    2014-01-01

    Experts proposed blood pressure (BP) load derived from 24-hour ambulatory BP recordings as a more accurate predictor of outcome than level, in particular in normotensive people. We analyzed 8711 subjects (mean age, 54.8 years; 47.0% women) randomly recruited from 10 populations. We expressed BP...

  16. Barriers to conducting ambulatory and home blood pressure monitoring during hypertension screening in the United States.

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    Kronish, Ian M; Kent, Shia; Moise, Nathalie; Shimbo, Daichi; Safford, Monika M; Kynerd, Robert E; O'Beirne, Ronan; Sullivan, Alexandra; Muntner, Paul

    2017-09-01

    In 2015, the US Preventive Services Task Force updated their hypertension recommendations to advise that adults with elevated office blood pressure (BP) undergo out-of-office BP measurement to exclude white coat hypertension before diagnosis. Our goal was to determine the most important barriers to primary care providers' ordering ambulatory and home BP monitoring in the United States. We enrolled 63 primary care providers into nominal group panels in which participants iteratively listed and ranked barriers to ambulatory and home BP monitoring. Top-ranked barriers to ambulatory BP monitoring were challenges in accessing testing, costs of testing, concerns about the willingness or ability of patients to successfully complete tests, and concerns about the accuracy and benefits of testing. Top-ranked barriers to home BP monitoring were concerns about compliance with the correct test protocol, accuracy of tests results, out-of-pocket costs of home BP devices, and time needed to instruct patients on home BP monitoring protocol. Efforts to increase the use of ambulatory and home BP monitoring by primary care providers in the United States should prioritize increasing the financial and personnel resources available for testing and addressing provider concerns about patients' ability to conduct high-quality tests. Copyright © 2017 American Society of Hypertension. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. A comparison of quality of life of patients on automated and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis

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    de Wit, G. A.; Merkus, M. P.; Krediet, R. T.; de Charro, F. T.

    2001-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Data on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) patients are scarce. The objectives of this study were (1) to explore HRQOL of APD patients and compare it with HRQOL of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients and a general population

  18. Impact of natalizumab on ambulatory improvement in secondary progressive and disabled relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

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    Full Text Available There is an unmet need for disease-modifying therapies to improve ambulatory function in disabled subjects with multiple sclerosis.Assess the effects of natalizumab on ambulatory function in disabled subjects with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS or secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS.We retrospectively reviewed ambulatory function as measured by timed 25-foot walk (T25FW in clinical trial subjects with an Expanded Disability Status Scale score ≥3.5, including RRMS subjects from the phase 3 AFFIRM and SENTINEL trials, relapsing SPMS subjects from the phase 2 MS231 study, and nonrelapsing SPMS subjects from the phase 1b DELIVER study. For comparison, SPMS subjects from the intramuscular interferon beta-1a (IM IFNβ-1a IMPACT study were also analyzed. Improvement in ambulation was measured using T25FW responder status; response was defined as faster walking times over shorter (6-9-month or longer (24-30-month treatment periods relative to subjects' best predose walking times.There were two to four times more T25FW responders among disabled MS subjects in the natalizumab arms than in the placebo or IM IFNβ-1a arms. Responders walked 25 feet an average of 24%-45% faster than nonresponders.Natalizumab improves ambulatory function in disabled RRMS subjects and may have efficacy in disabled SPMS subjects. Confirmation of the latter finding in a prospective SPMS study is warranted.

  19. Chronobiologically Interpreted Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring in Health and Disease

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    Cornélissen, Germaine; Hillman, Dewayne; Beaty, Larry A.; Hong, Shiyu; Schwartzkopff, Othild; Watanabe, Yoshihiko; Otsuka, Kuniaki; Siegelova, Jarmila

    2012-01-01

    To detect vascular variability anomalies (VVAs), a blood pressure and heart rate profile around the clock for at least 7 days is a start. As a minimum, measurement every 60 or preferably 30 minutes for a week is needed, to be continued if abnormality is found, to assess the about 24-hour (circadian) variability that exists in all individuals. As a first dividend, one then also obtains a glimpse of 2 of the very many longer-than-circadian periodicities, the biological half-week and week. Certainly if we can have sensors and computer chips in our cars that continuously monitor the pressure over a tire's life, we should be able to do the same job for ourselves for diagnostic and therapeutic decisions. Healthcare today emphasizes wellness with recommendations for exercise and a proper diet, yet these evaluations may not be adequate. BP may be measured at a visit to the doctor or before an exercise session, along with measuring body weight and performing a physical exam. The seeds of disease are planted long before they are visible, and what appears to be normal from a conventional point of view may in fact be abnormal. Hidden alterations of physiological function, masked by the body's remarkable adaptive capabilities, may become visible through a new diagnostic and therapeutic realm—chronobiology—that reveals hitherto unseen abnormalities. The tools of chronobiology may yield additional dividends, such as the detection of physiological “loads” related to stress and stress relief and the undesirable effects of space weather upon personal events such as sudden cardiac death, societal events like terrorism and war, and natural disasters. Chronobiologically interpreted automatic ambulatory BP and heart rate (HR) monitoring (C-ABPM) may detect the antecedents of these types of events. C-ABPM is of interest in preventive cardiology, since it reveals new diagnoses as vascular variability anomalies (VVAs) and renders previous conventional diagnoses more reliable, such

  20. Medication regimen complexity in ambulatory older adults with heart failure

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    Full Text Available Michael R Cobretti,1 Robert L Page II,2 Sunny A Linnebur,2 Kimberly M Deininger,1 Amrut V Ambardekar,3 JoAnn Lindenfeld,4 Christina L Aquilante1 1Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, 3Division of Cardiology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, 4Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Program, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, Nashville, TN, USA Purpose: Heart failure prevalence is increasing in older adults, and polypharmacy is a major problem in this population. We compared medication regimen complexity using the validated patient-level Medication Regimen Complexity Index (pMRCI tool in “young-old” (60–74 years versus “old-old” (75–89 years patients with heart failure. We also compared pMRCI between patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ISCM versus nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NISCM.Patients and methods: Medication lists were retrospectively abstracted from the electronic medical records of ambulatory patients aged 60–89 years with heart failure. Medications were categorized into three types – heart failure prescription medications, other prescription medications, and over-the-counter (OTC medications – and scored using the pMRCI tool.Results: The study evaluated 145 patients (n=80 young-old, n=65 old-old, n=85 ISCM, n=60 NISCM, mean age 73±7 years, 64% men, 81% Caucasian. Mean total pMRCI scores (32.1±14.4, range 3–84 and total medication counts (13.3±4.8, range 2–30 were high for the entire cohort, of which 72% of patients were taking eleven or more total medications. Total and subtype pMRCI scores and medication counts did not differ significantly between the young-old and old-old groups, with the exception of OTC medication pMRCI score (6.2±4 young-old versus 7.8±5.8 old-old, P=0.04. With regard to heart failure etiology, total pMRCI scores and medication