Corporate nuclear medicine: the implementation of a centralized management model. (65/1417)

OBJECTIVE: A trend in corporate healthcare is the merging of small community hospitals with larger regional hospitals to expand the patient base. The purpose of this article is to illustrate the benefits of operating several nuclear medicine departments under a centralized management system, rather than operating many decentralized departments. The issues discussed are the development, financial benefits, operations, and structure of a corporate nuclear medicine department. METHODS: Seven nuclear medicine departments were integrated to form one corporate nuclear medicine department from a large hospital organization comprising seven different hospitals. The management team created the concept and advised administration. Training programs were designed and implemented, and committees were formed to ensure the efficient operation of the integrated department. All aspects of the department, such as scheduling and interpretation of studies, are managed at a central location. All technologists rotate to all hospitals. Success was measured by cost savings, study turn-around times, and evaluation of patient and employee satisfaction. RESULTS: It was found that establishing a corporate nuclear medicine department created a greater patient base by servicing a larger geographic area, and resulted in savings of $870,000 annually. Standardizing procedures and protocols allowed for consistency in patient care, an inpatient turnaround time of 24 h, and a dictated report turnaround time of 30 min. Employee relations and satisfaction remained consistent with a 4.76 out of a 5.0 leadership index rating. CONCLUSION: A nuclear medicine department with a centralized management system is a viable option for corporate health care. It is recommended for operations endeavoring to expand the patient base and improve the financial picture.  (+info)

Mycoplasma alligatoris sp. nov., from American alligators. (66/1417)

Mycoplasmas were isolated from multiple tissues of diseased American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis). This paper presents biochemical, serological and molecular genetic characterizations of a lethal pathogen of alligators for which the name Mycoplasma alligatoris sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is A21JP2T (ATCC 700619T).  (+info)

Creating a Web-accessible, point-of-care, team-based information system (PointTIS): the librarian as publisher. (67/1417)

The Internet has created new opportunities for librarians to develop information systems that are readily accessible at the point of care. This paper describes the multiyear process used to justify, fund, design, develop, promote, and evaluate a rehabilitation prototype of a point-of-care, team-based information system (PoinTIS) and train health care providers to use this prototype for their spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury patient care and education activities. PoinTIS is a successful model for librarians in the twenty-first century to serve as publishers of information created or used by their parent organizations and to respond to the opportunities for information dissemination provided by recent technological advances.  (+info)

An assessment of the ability of routine restaurant inspections to predict food-borne outbreaks in Miami-Dade County, Florida. (68/1417)

OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the usefulness of restaurant inspections in predicting food-borne outbreaks in Miami-Dade County, Fla. METHODS: Inspection reports of restaurants with outbreaks in 1995 (cases; n = 51) were compared with those of randomly selected restaurants that had no reported outbreaks (controls; n = 76). RESULTS: Cases and controls did not differ by overall inspection outcome or mean number of critical violations. Only 1 critical violation--evidence of vermin--was associated with outbreaks (odds ratio = 3.3; 95% confidence interval = 1.1, 13.1). CONCLUSIONS: Results of restaurant inspections in Miami-Dade County did not predict outbreaks. If these findings are representative of the situation in other jurisdictions, inspection practices may need to be updated.  (+info)

Implementation of forensic DNA analysis on casework evidence at the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Crime Laboratory: historical perspective. (69/1417)

Palm Beach County is the largest of the 64 counties in the state of Florida, USA, with most of the area uninhabited and the population concentrated near the coastal region. The Serology/DNA Section of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) Crime Laboratory serves a community of approximately one million residents, and an additional million tourists visit Palm Beach County every year. In addition to the unincorporated county regions, there are thirty-four city police agencies, the Florida State Highway Patrol, several university security agencies, the local Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the county Medical Examiners Office that all use the PBSO Serology/DNA Laboratory for the analysis of casework evidence. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide laboratories that are in the process of initiating DNA analysis on casework with practical information regarding the decision-making processes that occurred during the development of the DNA testing program at PBSO. Many of the concerns addressed in the early 1990's are still a guide to the development of a quality forensic DNA analysis program in the year 2001. Issues, such as personnel, laboratory space, internal standard operating procedures, implementation of DNA analysis on casework evidence, and building a relationship with law enforcement personnel are discussed.  (+info)

Improved reporting methods for atypia and atypical ductal hyperplasia in breast core needle biopsy specimens. Potential for interlaboratory comparisons. (70/1417)

The incidence of atypia and atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) in breast core needle biopsies varies widely (900%). I sought to identify methods to reduce the dependence of this measure on variability in the patient population. The results of all breast core needle biopsies with a diagnosis of ADH or atypia not otherwise specified for a 50-month period were reviewed. These were separated into different groups by age, and the variability of different reporting methods was compared. Of 3,026 cases, 216 were diagnosed as ADH or atypia not otherwise specified. The overall incidence of atypia by age group varied significantly from 0.029 to 0.10. The variability was reduced when atypia was expressed in relation to ductal carcinoma in situ (range, 1.0-2.1) or fibrocystic changes (range, 0.15-0.28). However, variability by age was the least when atypia was expressed in relation to the number of cases performed for calcifications (range, 0.13-0.17). Variability in atypia rates associated with age is reduced significantly when atypia is expressed in relation to the number of biopsies done for calcifications. This method of reporting atypia may allow interlaboratory comparisons with less dependence on the characteristics of the patient population.  (+info)

Atypical ductal hyperplasia in breast core needle biopsies. Correlation of size of the lesion, complete removal of the lesion, and the incidence of carcinoma in follow-up biopsies. (71/1417)

We reviewed the results of all breast core needle biopsies with a diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) or atypia not otherwise specified and subsequent excisional biopsies for a 50-month period and correlated the results. Of 3,026 biopsies, 216 were diagnosed as ADH or atypia not otherwise specified, and subsequent resection was available for 105. After review, 95 qualified as ADH. Subsequent resection showed ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) in 13 excisions, ADH in 31, lobular carcinoma in situ in 6, and benign proliferative lesions in the remaining 45. In none of the 8 biopsies in which DCIS was found and radiographs were available for review was the radiographic lesion entirely removed. For comparison, the incidence of carcinoma in resections done for a diagnosis of DCIS, low or intermediate grade (solid, cribriform, or micropapillary type), on core needle biopsy was significantly greater (8 of 10 cases). However, the size of the lesions diagnosed as carcinoma also was significantly greater than that of the lesions diagnosed as ADH, and in none of the 8 biopsies with DCIS at excision was the lesion entirely removed at the time of biopsy. The incidence of carcinoma in excisional biopsies done for a diagnosis of ADH in core needle biopsies in our institution is relatively low, while the incidence of ADH is relatively high. Possible reasons for this include total removal of small lesions at the time of biopsy and use of the diagnostic term ADH for lesions that are not associated with coexistent DCIS.  (+info)

HIV incidence among young men who have sex with men--seven U.S. cities, 1994-2000. (72/1417)

Twenty years after the first report on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the United States, studies of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexual behaviors suggest a resurgent HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men (MSM). However, few recent studies have measured HIV incidence in this population. To determine HIV incidence among young MSM, CDC analyzed data from the Young Men's Survey (YMS), a study that found a high prevalence of HIV and associated risks among MSM aged 15-22 years sampled in seven U.S. cities. This report confirms high HIV incidence among these young men.  (+info)