Hypertension in the haemodialysis population: any relationship to 2-years survival? (1/260)

BACKGROUND: Few studies have quantified the effect of hypertension on survival in the haemodialysis (HD) population. We have previously reported lack of adverse effect of hypertension on 1-year mortality in a cohort of 649 haemodialysis patients (Am J Kidney Dis 1996; 28: 737-744). We report here the effect of hypertension on 2-year survival in the same cohort of patients. METHODS: We reviewed the complete computerized files on 649 HD patients enrolled in 10 haemodialysis centres in the state of Mississippi, USA. One-month dialysis records for each patient from mid-October 1994 to mid-November 1994 were reviewed. Predialysis mean arterial pressure was calculated as immediate predialysis diastolic pressure plus one-third the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure. Patients were classified as hypertensive if their average pre-MAP was more than 114 mmHg or they were receiving antihypertensive drugs during the study period. Normotensives had a pre-MAP < 114 and were not receiving any antihypertensives. We followed these patients for 2 years to determine their survival and the effect of their BP status, as determined in October 1994, on 2-year mortality. RESULTS: In univariate analysis, hypertension was associated with improved 2-years survival (relative risk 0.64, P=0.08 compared to normotensives). Furthermore, among the hypertensives, good blood pressure control (less than 140/90) was associated with increased relative risk of death at 2 years (RR 1.86, P=0.004). In multivariate analysis, taking age, race, serum albumin, and diabetic status into consideration, there was a 27% reduction in mortality among hypertensives compared to normtensives (RR 0.73, P=0.06). Other factors of significance in multivariate analysis were age (RR 1.03/year, P=0.02), serum albumin (RR 0.36/g, P<0.0001), diabetes mellitus (RR 1.35, P=0.07), and race (RR 0.64, P=0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests that hypertension has no adverse effect on survival at 2 years in the haemodialysis population.  (+info)

Using a multidisciplinary automated discharge summary process to improve information management across the system. (2/260)

We developed and implemented an automated discharge summary process in a regional integrated managed health system. This multidisciplinary effort was initiated to correct deficits in patients' medical record documentation involving discharge instructions, follow-up care, discharge medications, and patient education. The results of our team effort included an automated summary that compiles data entered via computer pathways during a patient's hospitalization. All information regarding admission medications, patient education, follow-up care, referral at discharge activities, diagnosis, and other pertinent medical events are formulated into the discharge summary, discharge orders, patient discharge instructions, and transfer information as applicable. This communication process has tremendously enhanced information management across the system and helps us maintain complete and thorough documentation in patient records.  (+info)

An epidemic of burkholderia cepacia transmitted between patients with and without cystic fibrosis. (3/260)

Burkholderia cepacia is an important pathogen in cystic fibrosis (CF) and an infrequent cause of nosocomial infection in non-CF patients. This report describes a large hospital outbreak that appeared to involve both patient groups, a previously unrecognized phenomenon. Ribotype restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) profiles and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis-resolved macrochromosomal RFLPs were analyzed, a ribotype-based phylogenic tree was constructed, and case-control and cohort studies were performed. A single dominant clone was found in both CF and non-CF groups. Phylogenic analysis suggests that it has evolved independently and that such highly transmissible strains can emerge rapidly and randomly. Acquisition risk in the CF patients was linked to hospitalization (odds ratio=5.47, P=.0158, confidence interval=1. 28-26.86) and was associated with significantly increased mortality rates. Infection control policies must now consider this threat of transmission between non-CF and CF patients.  (+info)

Molecular characterization of Haemophilus ducreyi strains from Jackson, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana. (4/260)

Chancroid, a sexually transmitted disease caused by Haemophilus ducreyi, is one of the most common genital ulcer diseases in developing countries. In the United States, while less common, the disease has been associated with outbreaks in inner cities, particularly among persons who engage in sex for drugs or money. Two outbreaks of chancroid were recently studied in the United States, one in New Orleans (from 1990 to 1992) and one in Jackson, Mississippi (from 1994 to 1995). By use of ribotyping, plasmid content, and antibiotic susceptibility, the chancroid cases in New Orleans were found to be due to a limited number of strains, consistent with a limited introduction of H. ducreyi into this community. The H. ducreyi isolates from New Orleans and Jackson had different ribotype patterns, suggesting that the two outbreaks were probably not linked.  (+info)

Neighbourhood differences in diet: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. (5/260)

STUDY OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether neighbourhood characteristics are related to dietary patterns independently of individual level variables. DESIGN: A cross sectional analysis of the relation between neighbourhood median household income and food and nutrient intakes, before and after adjustment for individual level variables. SETTING: Four United States communities (Washington Co, MD; Suburban Minneapolis, MN; Forsyth Co, NC, and Jackson, MS). PARTICIPANTS: 13,095 adults aged 45 to 64 years participating in the baseline examination of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, a prospective study of atherosclerosis. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Information on diet and individual level income was obtained from the baseline examination of the ARIC Study. Diet was assessed using a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Information on neighbourhood (census defined block groups) median household income was obtained from the 1990 US Census. Multilevel models were used to account for the multilevel structure of the data. Living in lower income neighbourhoods was generally associated with decreased energy adjusted intake of fruits, vegetables, fish, and increased intake of meat. Patterns generally persisted after adjustment for individual level income, but were often not statistically significant. Inconsistent associations were recorded for the intake of saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and cholesterol. Overall, individual level income was a more consistent predictor of diet than neighbourhood income. CONCLUSION: Despite limitations in the definition and characterisation of neighbourhoods, this study found consistent (albeit small) differences across neighbourhoods in food intake, suggesting that more in depth research into potential neighbourhood level determinants of diet is warranted.  (+info)

Prevalence of self-reported nutrition-related health problems in the Lower Mississippi Delta. (6/260)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess demographic and geographic differences in prevalence of self-reported nutrition-related health problems in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. METHODS: The authors analyzed 1991 and 1993 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data for adults 18 years or older. RESULTS: Less educated African American women and women of other minority groups who were aged 35 to 64 years reported the highest prevalence of health problems. Geographic differences involved prevalence of hypertension, health status, and insurance status. CONCLUSIONS: Specific demographic subgroups and geographic areas with a high risk of health problems are in particular need of targeted interventions.  (+info)

The impact of Mississippi's mandatory delay law on the timing of abortion. (7/260)

CONTEXT: Mississippi mandates that a woman seeking an abortion must first receive, in person, information about the fetus and alternatives to abortion. She must then wait at least 24 hours before having an abortion. It is not clear how such mandatory delay requirements affect the timing during pregnancy at which abortion occurs. METHODS: The data for analysis, from the Mississippi Department of Health, are 34,748 abortions obtained by residents in the six-year period surrounding the law's enactment in August 1992 (i.e., from August 1989 through July 1995). The records were stratified by location of the nearest provider, so abortions to women whose nearest provider is in-state comprised the "treatment group" (N = 28,975), while abortions to women whose nearest provider is in a neighboring state with no such law comprised the "control group" (N = 5,773). Probit regressions were used to assess effects on the likelihood of a second-trimester abortion, and ordinary least-squares regressions were used to determine effects on gestational age at the time of the abortion. RESULTS: After enactment of the law, the proportion of second-trimester procedures increased by 53% (from 7.5% of abortions to 11.5%) among women whose closest provider is in-state, but it increased by only 8% (from 10.5% to 11.3%) among women whose closest provider is out-of-state. And although the overall abortion rate declined among women in the treatment group over the period (from 11.3 procedures per 1,000 women aged 15-44 to 9.9), the rate of second-trimester procedures increased among these women (from 0.8 per 1,000 women aged 15-44 to 1.1). The law was independently associated with delays in obtaining an abortion: Once the law went into effect and net of all covariates, the proportion of second-trimester abortions increased by nearly three percentage points more among women living closest to an in-state provider than among those living closest to an out-of-state provider. The law increased the mean gestational age of the fetus at the time of the procedure by approximately four days. Women who live closest to abortion providers in other states were relatively unaffected by the law. CONCLUSIONS: The proportion of abortions performed later in pregnancy will probably increase if more states impose mandatory delay laws with in-person counseling requirements.  (+info)

A survey of stool culturing practices for vibrio species at clinical laboratories in Gulf Coast states. (8/260)

Non-cholera Vibrio infections are an important public health problem. Non-cholera Vibrio species usually cause sporadic infections, often in coastal states, and have also caused several recent nationwide outbreaks of gastroenteritis in the United States. We report a survey of laboratory stool culturing practices for Vibrio among randomly selected clinical laboratories in Gulf Coast states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). Interviews conducted with the microbiology supervisors of 201 clinical laboratories found that 164 (82%) received stool specimens for culture. Of these, 102 (62%) of 164 processed stool specimens on site, and 20 (20%) of these 102 laboratories cultured all stool specimens for Vibrio, indicating that at least 34,463 (22%) of 152, 797 stool specimens were cultured for Vibrio. This survey suggests that despite an increased incidence of non-cholera Vibrio infections in Gulf Coast states, a low percentage of clinical laboratories routinely screen all stool specimens, and fewer than 25% of stool specimens collected are routinely screened for non-cholera Vibrio.  (+info)