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(1/71) Establishing radiologic image transmission via a transmission control protocol/Internet protocol network between two teaching hospitals in Houston.

The technical and management considerations necessary for the establishment of a network link between computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) networks of two geographically separated teaching hospitals are presented. The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Radiology provides radiology residency training at its primary teaching hospital and at a second county-run hospital located approximately 12 miles away. A direct network link between the two hospitals was desired to permit timely consultative services to residents and professional colleagues. The network link was established by integrating the county hospital free-standing imaging network into the network infrastructure of the Medical School and the main teaching hospital. Technical issues involved in the integration were reassignment of internet protocol (IP) addresses, determination of data transmission protocol compatibilities, proof of connectivity and image transmission, transmission speeds and network loading, and management of the new network. These issues were resolved in a planned stepwise fashion and despite the fact that the system has a rate-limiting T1 segment between the county hospital and the teaching hospital the transmission speed was deemed suitable. The project has proven successful and can provide a guide for planning similar projects elsewhere. It has in fact made possible several new services for the teaching and research activities of the department's faculty and residents, which were not envisaged before the implementation of this connection.  (+info)

(2/71) Media watch.

In late 1997, Sharon Bernstein, a 35-year-old Los Angeles Times journalist and a new mother, was assigned the county hospital beat. Recently pregnant, the reporter was drawn towards stories of maternal and fetal health. So, she decided to look into obstetric malpractice claims against county hospitals. What she uncovered would change county hospital policy, lead to an assembly bill, and rekindle the medical debate about the safety of lowering Caesarean section (C-section) rates.  (+info)

(3/71) Predictors for recurrence of epileptic seizures in a general epilepsy population.

The aim of our study was to identify predictors for recurrence of epileptic seizures in a large county hospital population. We identified 956 patients (18-67 years) with ICD 9 code 345 as primary diagnosis, seen at the Central Hospital of Akershus over 7 years (1987-1994). The diagnosis of epilepsy was confirmed for 696 of the patients. These were divided into two groups: (1) no seizures during the previous year (n = 485) and (2) seizures during the previous year (n = 184). To identify predictors for recurrence of seizures, we used neurologic deficit, number of AEDs used, CT-scan findings, EEG findings, aetiology, gender, age below and above 50 years and comorbidity as independent variables in a logistic regression model. In a univariate analysis, the strongest predictors for recurrence of seizures were: age above 50 years (OR = 5.2;P < 0.0001), known aetiology (OR = 1.4;P = 0.04) and use of two or more AEDs (OR = 5. 7;P < 0.0001). In the multivariate analysis age, more than 50 years (OR = 1.7;P = 0.0216) and use of two or more AEDs (OR = 5.6;P < 0.0001) were the only predictors for recurrence of epileptic seizures.  (+info)

(4/71) Fever hospitals in counties Armagh and Down: 1817-39.

This paper outlines the provision for fever patients, (other than those suffering from cholera during the epidemic of 1832-34), in counties Armagh and Down in the two decades prior to the introduction of the Poor Law to Ireland. Possible causes of fever and the numbers of patients treated are discussed. The establishment and location of fever hospitals and the state of the premises are considered and an assessment of the contribution of these institutions to the development of medical provision in the early nineteenth century is also provided.  (+info)

(5/71) Effects of the revised HCFA evaluation and management guidelines on inpatient teaching.

OBJECTIVE: In 1996, the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) introduced new evaluation and management (E&M) guidelines mandating more intensive supervision and documentation by attending physicians. We assessed the effects of the guidelines on inpatient teaching. DESIGN: Pretest-posttest, nonequivalent control group design. SETTING: A university hospital and an affiliated county hospital where the guidelines were implemented and an affiliated VA medical center where they were not. PARTICIPANTS: Sixty-one full-time faculty who had attended on the general medical wards for at least 1 month for 2 of 3 consecutive years prior to July 1996 and for at least 1 month during the 18 following months. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: We evaluated standardized, confidential evaluations of attending physicians that are routinely completed by residents and students after clinical rotations at all three sites. Comparing 863 evaluations completed before July 1, 1996 and 497 completed after that date, there were no significant differences at any of the hospitals on any items assessed. There were also no differences between the university and county hospitals as compared with the VA. Eighty-seven percent of 39 university and county attending physicians returned a survey about their perceptions of inpatient teaching activities before and after July 1, 1996. They reported highly significant increases in time devoted to attending responsibilities but diminished time spent on teaching activities. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians reported a dramatic increase in overall time spent attending but a decrease in time spent teaching following implementation of the revised E&M guidelines. Yet, evaluations of their teaching effectiveness did not change.  (+info)

(6/71) Perceived access problems among patients with diabetes in two public systems of care.

OBJECTIVE: We examined the prevalence of access problems among public clinic patients after participating in trials of automated telephone disease management with nurse follow-up. DESIGN: Randomized trial. SETTING: General medicine clinics of a county health care system and a Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system. PARTICIPANTS: Five hundred seventy adults with diabetes using hypoglycemic medication were enrolled and randomized; 520 (91%) provided outcome data at 12 months. INTERVENTION: Biweekly automated telephone assessments with telephone follow-up by diabetes nurse educators. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: At follow-up, patients reported whether in the prior 6 months they had failed to obtain each of six types of health services because of a financial or nonfinancial access problem. Patients receiving the intervention were significantly less likely than patients receiving usual care to report access problems (adjusted odds ratio [AOR], 0.61; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.43 to 0.97). The risk of reporting access problems was greater among county clinic patients than VA patients even when adjusting for their experimental condition, and socioeconomic and clinical risk factors (AOR, 1.61; 95% CI, 1.02 to 2.53). County patients were especially more likely to avoid seeking care because of a worry about the cost (AOR, 2.82; 95% CI, 1.48 to 5.37). CONCLUSIONS: Many of these public sector patients with diabetes reported that they failed to obtain health services because they perceived financial and nonfinancial access problems. Automated telephone disease management calls with telephone nurse follow-up improved patients' access to care. Despite the impact of the intervention, county clinic patients were more likely than VA patients to report access problems in several areas.  (+info)

(7/71) Reliability of bimanual pelvic examinations performed in emergency departments.

OBJECTIVE: To test the reliability of bimanual pelvic examinations performed in emergency departments by emergency medicine physicians. DESIGN: Prospective observational study; 2 examiners each recorded various pelvic examination findings on 186 patients. SETTING: A private university hospital and a public county hospital staffed by attending emergency medicine physicians who share an emergency medicine residency program. SUBJECTS: Senior resident (3rd or 4th year) and attending emergency physicians. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Percentage of agreement and percentage of positive agreement for cervical motion tenderness, uterine tenderness, adnexal tenderness, adnexal mass, and uterine size (within 2 cm). RESULTS: The agreement ranged between 71% and 84%, but the percentage of positive agreement was much lower, ranging from 17% to 33%. Agreement for uterine size, within 2 cm, was 60%. CONCLUSION: The findings of bimanual pelvic examinations performed by emergency physicians in an emergency department have poor interexaminer reliability.  (+info)

(8/71) Clinical efficacy of proton pump inhibitor therapy in neurologically impaired children with gastroesophageal reflux: prospective study.

OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of proton pump inhibitors in reducing vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, and chest infections in institutionalised neurologically impaired children with gastroesophageal reflux. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: A regional hospital, Hong Kong. PATIENTS: Neurologically impaired children with refractory gastroesophageal reflux. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Episodes of vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, and pneumonia in the baseline and proton pump inhibitor treatment periods. RESULTS: Nine children received proton pump inhibitor therapy for a median duration of 81 days. Mean reflux index was 9.3% (standard deviation, 5%). Dosage of omeprazole used was 1.0-2.3 mg/kg/d. Vomiting was reduced significantly with proton pump inhibitor treatment (median vomiting index [baseline]=0.4, median vomiting index [proton pump inhibitors]=0.2; P<0.05). No significant decrease in gastrointestinal bleeding or chest infection was observed. CONCLUSION: Proton pump inhibitors significantly reduced vomiting episodes in neurologically impaired children with gastroesophageal reflux.  (+info)