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Emergencias ; 32(5): 320-331, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês, Espanhol | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33006832

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OBJECTIVES: To estimate the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on the organization of Spanish hospital emergency departments (EDs). To explore differences between Spanish autonomous communities or according to hospital size and disease incidence in the area. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Survey of the heads of 283 EDs in hospitals belonging to or affiliated with Spain's public health service. Respondents evaluated the pandemic's impact on organization, resources, and staff absence from work in March and April 2020. Assessments were for 15-day periods. Results were analyzed overall and by autonomous community, hospital size, and local population incidence rates. RESULTS: A total of 246 (87%) responses were received. The majority of the EDs organized a triage system, first aid, and observation wards; areas specifically for patients suspected of having COVID-19 were newly set apart. The nursing staff was increased in 83% of the EDs (with no subgroup differences), and 59% increased the number of physicians (especially in large hospitals and locations where the COVID-19 incidence was high). Diagnostic tests for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 were the resource the EDs missed most: 55% reported that tests were scarce often or very often. Other resources reported to be scarce were FPP2 and FPP3 masks (38% of the EDs), waterproof protective gowns (34%), and space (32%). More than 5% of the physicians, nurses, or other emergency staff were on sick leave 20%, 19%, and 16% of the time. These deficiencies were greatest during the last half of March, except for tests, which were most scarce in the first 15 days. Large hospital EDs less often reported that diagnostic tests were unavailable. In areas where the COVID-19 incidence was higher, the EDs reported higher rates of staff on sick leave. Resource scarcity differed markedly by autonomous community and was not always associated with the incidence of COVID-19 in the population. CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic led to organizational changes in EDs. Certain resources became scarce, and marked differences between autonomous communities were detected.


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Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência/estatística & dados numéricos , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Absenteísmo , Adulto , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Surtos de Doenças , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência/organização & administração , Recursos em Saúde/provisão & distribução , Necessidades e Demandas de Serviços de Saúde , Mão de Obra em Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Número de Leitos em Hospital , Hospitais Públicos/organização & administração , Hospitais Públicos/estatística & dados numéricos , Humanos , Incidência , Recursos Humanos em Hospital/estatística & dados numéricos , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Alocação de Recursos , Síndrome do Desconforto Respiratório do Adulto/diagnóstico , Síndrome do Desconforto Respiratório do Adulto/etiologia , Espanha/epidemiologia , Triagem/organização & administração
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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep ; 69(42): 1505-1511, 2020 Oct 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33090985

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Immunization has been described as a "global health and development success story," and worldwide is estimated to prevent 2-3 million deaths annually.* In the United States, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) currently recommends vaccination against 14 potentially serious illnesses by the time a child reaches age 24 months (1). CDC monitors coverage with ACIP-recommended vaccines through the National Immunization Survey-Child (NIS-Child); data from the survey were used to estimate vaccination coverage at the national, regional, state, territorial, and selected local area levels† among children born in 2016 and 2017. National coverage by age 24 months was ≥90% for ≥3 doses of poliovirus vaccine, ≥3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine (HepB), and ≥1 dose of varicella vaccine (VAR); national coverage was ≥90% for ≥1 dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR), although MMR coverage was <90% in 14 states. Coverage with ≥2 doses of influenza vaccine was higher for children born during 2016-2017 (58.1%) than for those born during 2014-2015 (53.8%) but was the lowest among all vaccines studied. Only 1.2% of children had received no vaccinations by age 24 months. Vaccination coverage among children enrolled in Medicaid or with no health insurance was lower than that among children who were privately insured. The prevalence of being completely unvaccinated was highest among uninsured children (4.1%), lower among those enrolled in Medicaid (1.3%), and lowest among those with private insurance (0.8%). The largest disparities on the basis of health insurance status occurred for ≥2 doses of influenza vaccine and for completion of the rotavirus vaccination series. Considering the disruptions to health care provider operations caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, extra effort will be required to achieve and maintain high levels of coverage with routine childhood vaccinations. Providers, health care entities, and public health authorities can communicate with families about how children can be vaccinated safely during the pandemic, remind parents of vaccinations that are due for their children, and provide all recommended vaccinations to children during clinic visits. This will be especially important for 2020-21 seasonal influenza vaccination to mitigate the effect of two potentially serious respiratory viruses circulating in the community simultaneously.


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Cobertura Vacinal/estatística & dados numéricos , Vacinas/administração & dosagem , Pré-Escolar , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Esquemas de Imunização , Lactente , Recém-Nascido , Estados Unidos
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Pharm. pract. (Granada, Internet) ; 18(3): 0-0, jul.-sept. 2020. tab
Artigo em Inglês | IBECS | ID: ibc-192938

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OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the content available on Facebook pharmacy groups in Jordan regarding the perception of the pharmacists' role during the coronavirus pandemic in Jordan. METHODS: Researchers identified Facebook pharmacy groups through the search engine on the Facebook website. The main search keywords were pharmacy, pharmacist, pharmacists, and Jordan using both Arabic and English. Two researchers analyzed the posts and discussion threads on local pharmacy Facebook groups in a period between March 20th and April 3rd. A total of 184 posts and threads were identified for the purpose of the study. RESULTS: Identified threads and responses resulted in three overarching themes: pharmacists having a positive role during the pandemic, taking additional responsibilities and services, and having passive or negative roles. A positive role was seen in pharmacists acting as first-line healthcare providers, creating public's awareness regarding COVID-19, and being responsible for chronic medication refill during the pandemic. Taking additional responsibilities was summarized in home deliveries and involvement in industrial and corporate efforts to deal with the pandemic. A passive/negative role was seen mostly among hospital pharmacists not being proactive during the pandemic and by pharmacists trying to maximize profits during pandemic time. CONCLUSIONS: Pharmacists perceived their role as a positive role during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only they took responsibilities for their daily services during the crises, but they took additional responsibilities to assure patient safety and satisfaction


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Humanos , Assistência Farmacêutica/tendências , Pandemias/estatística & dados numéricos , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Papel Profissional , Jordânia/epidemiologia , Farmacêuticos/estatística & dados numéricos , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Rede Social
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Pan Afr Med J ; 36: 163, 2020.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32952807

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From an epidemic in December to a global pandemic in early March, COVID-19 arrived on Moroccan soil on March 2nd and ophthalmology consultations decreased considerably. The majority of ophthalmologists come to the fore to ensure continuity of care and emergency care following health regulations. We developed a questionnaire to collect information on the general approach of 35 ophthalmologists regarding the impact of COVID -19 on consultation activities. The results of the survey objectified that 88.57% of the ophthalmologists surveyed maintained their consultation activities; ¾ of them only treated urgent cases or patients whose condition required undelayed management. The majority of ophthalmologists reported a decrease in consultations of at least 90% compared to their standard workflow. Active ophthalmologists believe that the risk of being infected or infecting their patients and others ranges from medium to high in the majority of cases despite protective barrier gestures.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Oftalmologistas/estatística & dados numéricos , Oftalmologia/estatística & dados numéricos , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Encaminhamento e Consulta/estatística & dados numéricos , Adulto , Feminino , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Marrocos/epidemiologia , Pandemias
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J Med Vasc ; 45(5): 288-293, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32862987

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BACKGROUND: The incidence of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis (UEDVT) is increasing. Its management is sometimes complex and difficult due to its complications and the lack of strong recommendations. The aim was to describe the practice of vascular physicians in Occitanie region in the management of upper extremity deep vein thrombosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We used a descriptive observational study in the form of a declarative survey by means of a questionnaire from April to May 2019 among vascular physicians. RESULTS: Of the 142 physicians contacted, 84 responded, with a reply rate of 59.1%. The majority of physicians introduced low-molecular-weight heparin treatment (60.71%) and 29.76% direct oral anticoagulation after a diagnosis of UEDVT. Three months of anticoagulation was chosen by 69% of physicians against 27.4% for a duration of 6 months. Diagnostic work-up included biological risk factors, chest and/or cervical radiography and ultrasonography with dynamic maneuvers. Three quarters of doctors recommended venous compression. A control ultrasonography was performed for 67.86% of patients at one month and at the end of treatment. After the acute phase, 63% of physicians introduced direct oral anticoagulation and 11% recommended venous revascularization. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: The mobilization of vascular physicians reflects their interest for this pathology. The management of UEDVT requires specific studies to address therapeutic modalities, the duration of anticoagulation or the place of venous compression in the acute phase.


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Anticoagulantes/administração & dosagem , Bandagens Compressivas/tendências , Heparina de Baixo Peso Molecular/administração & dosagem , Padrões de Prática Médica/tendências , Trombose Venosa Profunda de Membros Superiores/terapia , Procedimentos Cirúrgicos Vasculares/tendências , Administração Oral , Adulto , Esquema de Medicação , Inibidores do Fator Xa/administração & dosagem , França/epidemiologia , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Disparidades em Assistência à Saúde/tendências , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento , Trombose Venosa Profunda de Membros Superiores/diagnóstico por imagem , Trombose Venosa Profunda de Membros Superiores/epidemiologia
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Khirurgiia (Mosk) ; (8): 5-16, 2020.
Artigo em Russo | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32869609

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OBJECTIVE: To improve treatment outcomes in patients with acute appendicitis (AA). MATERIAL AND METHODS: An internet survey was performed. Questionnaire consisted of 15 questions concerning diagnosis and treatment of AA: application of prognostic scales, incidence and technical aspects of laparoscopic appendectomy (LA), antibiotic prophylaxis, postoperative management, compliance with international and national clinical guidelines. A total of 690 questionnaires were received and analyzed (3.67% of all surgeons in the Russian Federation). RESULTS: Eighteen percent of respondents use at least one prognostic scale. The vast majority of surgeons (92%) use antibiotic prophylaxis. Almost half of respondents place trocars in the triangulation position (44%), one third of surgeons ligate the mesentery of the appendix (35%), most respondents perform mesoappendectomy (60%) with monopolar and bipolar cautery. Forty-five percent of all respondents do not invert the appendix stump. Significant number of respondents use abdominal drainage routinely. Only 3.5% of surgeons use multimodal postoperative analgesia. Less than 22% of patients are operated under low-pressure pneumoperitoneum. Standardization of surgical technique and perioperative approaches including those specified in the guidelines is absent. We also found insufficient awareness of surgeons about international and national clinical guidelines. CONCLUSION: This study may be useful for standardizing treatment approaches, choosing the best practice, popularizing and improving of current clinical guidelines.


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Apendicectomia/métodos , Apendicite/diagnóstico , Apendicite/cirurgia , Antibacterianos/administração & dosagem , Antibioticoprofilaxia , Apendicectomia/normas , Apendicite/terapia , Apêndice/cirurgia , Fidelidade a Diretrizes , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Internet , Laparoscopia , Assistência Perioperatória , Guias de Prática Clínica como Assunto , Federação Russa
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Khirurgiia (Mosk) ; (8): 61-68, 2020.
Artigo em Russo | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32869617

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OBJECTIVE: To analyze an opinion of surgeons on advisability, efficacy and choice of topical hemostatic agents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The research was based on anonymous questioning of surgeons. The questionnaires were developed by using of interactive Google Forms tool (https://www.google.ru/forms). Distribution of questionnaires and invitation of respondents to participation in research were carried out through the Internet. RESULTS: The study enrolled 135 surgeons. Colleagues with considerable experience and length of surgical practice prevailed: 10-15 years - 16 people; 15-20 years - 22 people; over 20 years - 38 people. Opinion of less experienced surgeons was also considered: less than 5 years - 40 people; 5-10 years - 19 people. General surgeons prevailed (49%). Hemostatic sutures (30%) and application of topical hemostatic agents (27%) were the most common methods to stop parenchymal bleeding. Efficacy of local hemostatics is confirmed by small number of cases of recurrent intraoperative bleeding (n=24). Thirty-four respondents reported recurrent bleeding after hemostasis by conventional methods. Postoperative suppuration of hemostatic implant was noted by 9.5% of respondents. Most respondents (77%) prefer combination of hemostatic implants and other traditional methods of hemostasis. CONCLUSION: According to surgeons' opinion, local hemostatic agents are effective for parenchymal bleeding. This method may be used as basic (injury grade I by E. Moore classification) or additional method of hemostasis (grade I-III). Many respondents consider that application of topical hemostatic agent after imposing hemostatic sutures ensures the greatest efficiency of hemostasis. Moreover, placement of the agent over or under sutures seems to be the most advisable.


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Perda Sanguínea Cirúrgica/prevenção & controle , Hemostasia Cirúrgica/métodos , Hemostáticos/administração & dosagem , Técnicas de Sutura , Administração Tópica , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Internet , Recidiva
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N Engl J Med ; 383(14): 1349-1357, 2020 10 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32997909

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BACKGROUND: The gender gap in physician pay is often attributed in part to women working fewer hours than men, but evidence to date is limited by self-report and a lack of detail regarding clinical revenue and gender differences in practice style. METHODS: Using national all-payer claims and data from electronic health records, we conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 24.4 million primary care office visits in 2017 and performed comparisons between female and male physicians in the same practices. Our primary independent variable was physician gender; outcomes included visit revenue, visit counts, days worked, and observed visit time (interval between the initiation and the termination of a visit). We created multivariable regression models at the year, day, and visit level after adjustment for characteristics of the primary care physicians (PCPs), patients, and types of visit and for practice fixed effects. RESULTS: In 2017, female PCPs generated 10.9% less revenue from office visits than their male counterparts (-$39,143.2; 95% confidence interval [CI], -53,523.0 to -24,763.4) and conducted 10.8% fewer visits (-330.5 visits; 95% CI, -406.6 to -254.3) over 2.6% fewer clinical days (-5.3 days; 95% CI, -7.7 to -3.0), after adjustment for age, academic degree, specialty, and number of sessions worked per week, yet spent 2.6% more observed time in visits that year than their male counterparts (1201.3 minutes; 95% CI, 184.7 to 2218.0). Per visit, after adjustment for PCP, patient, and visit characteristics, female PCPs generated equal revenue but spent 15.7% more time with a patient (2.4 minutes; 95% CI, 2.1 to 2.6). These results were consistent in subgroup analyses according to the gender and health status of the patients and the type and complexity of the visits. CONCLUSIONS: Female PCPs generated less visit revenue than male colleagues in the same practices owing to a lower volume of visits, yet spent more time in direct patient care per visit, per day, and per year. (Funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.).


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Médicos de Atenção Primária/economia , Atenção Primária à Saúde/economia , Estudos Transversais , Registros Eletrônicos de Saúde , Feminino , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Masculino , Assistência ao Paciente , Atenção Primária à Saúde/organização & administração , Fatores Sexuais , Fatores de Tempo , Estados Unidos , Carga de Trabalho
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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis ; 29(10): 105179, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32912564

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BACKGROUND: Approach to acute cerebrovascular disease management has evolved in the past few months to accommodate the rising needs of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In this study, we investigated the changes in practices and policies related to stroke care through an online survey. METHODS: A 12 question, cross-sectional survey targeting practitioners involved in acute stroke care in the US was distributed electronically through national society surveys, social media and personal communication. RESULTS: Respondants from 39 states completed 206 surveys with the majority (82.5%) from comprehensive stroke centers. Approximately half stated some change in transport practices with 14 (7%) reporting significant reduction in transfers. Common strategies to limit healthcare provider exposure included using personal protective equipment (PPE) for all patients (127; 63.5%) as well as limiting the number of practitioners in the room (129; 64.5%). Most respondents (81%) noted an overall decrease in stroke volume. Many (34%) felt that the outcome or care of acute stroke patients had been impacted by COVID-19. This was associated with a change in hospital transport guidelines (OR 1.325, P = 0.047, 95% CI: 1.004-1.748), change in eligibility criteria for IV-tPA or mechanical thrombectomy (MT) (OR 3.146, P = 0.052, 95% CI: 0.988-10.017), and modified admission practices for post IV-tPA or MT patients (OR 2.141, P = 0.023, 95% CI: 1.110-4.132). CONCLUSION: Our study highlights a change in practices and polices related to acute stroke management in response to COVID-19 which are variable among institutions. There is also a reported reduction in stroke volume across hospitals. Amongst these changes, updates in hospital transport guidelines and practices related to IV-tPA and MT may affect the perceived care and outcome of acute stroke patients.


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Atitude do Pessoal de Saúde , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Prestação Integrada de Cuidados de Saúde/tendências , Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde , Controle de Infecções/tendências , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Padrões de Prática Médica/tendências , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/terapia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Tomada de Decisão Clínica , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Estudos Transversais , Definição da Elegibilidade/tendências , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Humanos , Exposição Ocupacional/prevenção & controle , Pandemias , Admissão do Paciente/tendências , Transferência de Pacientes/tendências , Equipamento de Proteção Individual/tendências , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Formulação de Políticas , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/diagnóstico , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/epidemiologia , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/virologia , Telemedicina/tendências , Fatores de Tempo , Estados Unidos/epidemiologia
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S Afr Med J ; 110(7): 671-677, 2020 Jul 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32880346

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BACKGROUND: Despite substantial progress in reducing pregnancy-related preventable morbidity and mortality, these remain unacceptably high in developing countries. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) revised recommendations for antenatal care (ANC) from a 4-visit model to a minimum of 8 ANC contacts to reduce perinatal mortality further and improve women's experience of care. The guidelines also recommend that the first ANC visit (ANC-1) should occur during the first trimester. OBJECTIVES: To describe the uptake of routine ANC and its associated factors in South Africa (SA) prior to the 2016 WHO recommendations, when the country recommended 4 ANC visits, to bring to light potential challenges in achieving the current recommendations. METHODS: Secondary data analyses were performed from 3 facility-based, cross-sectional national surveys, conducted to measure 6-week mother-to-child transmission of HIV and coverage of related interventions in SA. These surveys recruited mother-infant pairs attending selected public primary healthcare facilities for their infants' 6-week immunisation in 2010, 2011 -2012 and 2012 -2013. Quantitative questionnaires were used to gather sociodemographic and antenatal-to-peripartum information from Road to Health cards and maternal recall. The inclusion criteria for this secondary assessment were at least 1 ANC visit, the primary outcome being uptake of ≥4 ANC visits. A multivariable logistic regression model was used to: (i) identify maternal factors associated with ANC visits; and (ii) establish whether receiving selected ANC activities was associated with frequency or timing of ANC-1. RESULTS: Of the 9 470, 9 646 and 8 763 women who attended at least 1 ANC visit, only 47.5% (95% confidence interval (CI) 45.4 -49.6), 55.6% (95% CI 53.2 -58.0) and 56.7% (95% CI 54.3 -59.1) adhered to ≥4 ANC visits, while 36.0% (95% CI 34.5 -37.5), 43.5% (95% CI 42.0 -45.1) and 50.8% (95% CI 49.3 -52.2) attended ANC-1 early (before 20 weeks' gestation) in 2010, 2011 -2012 and 2012 -2013, respectively. Multiparity and lower socioeconomic status were significantly associated with non-adherence to the 4-visit ANC recommendation, while a later survey year, higher education, being married, >19 years old, HIV-positive, planned pregnancy and knowing how HIV is transmitted vertically were strongly related to ≥4 ANC visits. The number of women who received selected ANC activities increased significantly with survey year and ≥4 ANC visits, but was not associated with timing of ANC-1. CONCLUSIONS: Despite increases in the uptake of ≥4 ANC visits and early ANC-1 rates between 2010 and 2013, these practices remain suboptimal. Adhering to ≥4 ANC visits improved coverage of selected ANC activities, implying that strengthening efforts to increase the uptake of ANC from at least 4 to 8, could improve overall outcomes.


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Infecções por HIV/epidemiologia , Cuidado Pré-Natal/estatística & dados numéricos , Adulto , Fatores Etários , Estudos Transversais , Escolaridade , Serviços de Planejamento Familiar/estatística & dados numéricos , Feminino , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Estado Civil , Paridade , Cooperação do Paciente , Gravidez , Classe Social , África do Sul/epidemiologia
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Soins ; 65(845): 20-22, 2020 May.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32862958

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Over 40 patients benefited from remote iconographic follow-up of wounds in an oncology centre. This system is piloted by three expert nurses. They carry out an initial analysis of the photographs received, seek medical expertise if necessary and liaise with the city's professionals. This system makes it possible to expertly accompany professionals and patients while avoiding unnecessary travel. The satisfaction survey conducted in 2018 established full satisfaction of patients and professionals (> 95%) and a guarantee in terms of the safety and quality of care of the wounds.


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Assistência ao Convalescente/métodos , Institutos de Câncer , Satisfação do Paciente/estatística & dados numéricos , Consulta Remota/métodos , Ferimentos e Lesões/terapia , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Enfermagem Oncológica , Fotografação , Projetos Piloto
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Soins ; 65(845): 30-32, 2020 May.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32862962

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Quantitative surveys reveal that a greater number of women than men report that they refuse care. This article presents three complementary approaches to gender which examine this disparity and allow us to think about the differences between men and women when it comes to health in a more complex way. These approaches are also useful for considering the conditions for equal access to healthcare for everyone.


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Recusa do Paciente ao Tratamento/estatística & dados numéricos , Feminino , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Masculino , Fatores Sexuais
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Pan Afr Med J ; 36: 163, 2020.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-743009

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From an epidemic in December to a global pandemic in early March, COVID-19 arrived on Moroccan soil on March 2nd and ophthalmology consultations decreased considerably. The majority of ophthalmologists come to the fore to ensure continuity of care and emergency care following health regulations. We developed a questionnaire to collect information on the general approach of 35 ophthalmologists regarding the impact of COVID -19 on consultation activities. The results of the survey objectified that 88.57% of the ophthalmologists surveyed maintained their consultation activities; ¾ of them only treated urgent cases or patients whose condition required undelayed management. The majority of ophthalmologists reported a decrease in consultations of at least 90% compared to their standard workflow. Active ophthalmologists believe that the risk of being infected or infecting their patients and others ranges from medium to high in the majority of cases despite protective barrier gestures.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Oftalmologistas/estatística & dados numéricos , Oftalmologia/estatística & dados numéricos , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Encaminhamento e Consulta/estatística & dados numéricos , Adulto , Feminino , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Marrocos/epidemiologia , Pandemias
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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis ; 29(10): 105179, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-664143

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BACKGROUND: Approach to acute cerebrovascular disease management has evolved in the past few months to accommodate the rising needs of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In this study, we investigated the changes in practices and policies related to stroke care through an online survey. METHODS: A 12 question, cross-sectional survey targeting practitioners involved in acute stroke care in the US was distributed electronically through national society surveys, social media and personal communication. RESULTS: Respondants from 39 states completed 206 surveys with the majority (82.5%) from comprehensive stroke centers. Approximately half stated some change in transport practices with 14 (7%) reporting significant reduction in transfers. Common strategies to limit healthcare provider exposure included using personal protective equipment (PPE) for all patients (127; 63.5%) as well as limiting the number of practitioners in the room (129; 64.5%). Most respondents (81%) noted an overall decrease in stroke volume. Many (34%) felt that the outcome or care of acute stroke patients had been impacted by COVID-19. This was associated with a change in hospital transport guidelines (OR 1.325, P = 0.047, 95% CI: 1.004-1.748), change in eligibility criteria for IV-tPA or mechanical thrombectomy (MT) (OR 3.146, P = 0.052, 95% CI: 0.988-10.017), and modified admission practices for post IV-tPA or MT patients (OR 2.141, P = 0.023, 95% CI: 1.110-4.132). CONCLUSION: Our study highlights a change in practices and polices related to acute stroke management in response to COVID-19 which are variable among institutions. There is also a reported reduction in stroke volume across hospitals. Amongst these changes, updates in hospital transport guidelines and practices related to IV-tPA and MT may affect the perceived care and outcome of acute stroke patients.


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Atitude do Pessoal de Saúde , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Prestação Integrada de Cuidados de Saúde/tendências , Conhecimentos, Atitudes e Prática em Saúde , Controle de Infecções/tendências , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Padrões de Prática Médica/tendências , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/terapia , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Tomada de Decisão Clínica , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Estudos Transversais , Definição da Elegibilidade/tendências , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno , Humanos , Exposição Ocupacional/prevenção & controle , Pandemias , Admissão do Paciente/tendências , Transferência de Pacientes/tendências , Equipamento de Proteção Individual/tendências , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Formulação de Políticas , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/diagnóstico , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/epidemiologia , Acidente Vascular Cerebral/virologia , Telemedicina/tendências , Fatores de Tempo , Estados Unidos/epidemiologia
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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep ; 69(36): 1269-1272, 2020 Sep 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32915167

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Alpha-thalassemia comprises a group of inherited disorders in which alpha-hemoglobin chain production is reduced. Depending on the genotype, alpha-thalassemia results in moderate to profound anemia, hemolysis, growth delays, splenomegaly, and increased risk for thromboembolic events; certain patients might require chronic transfusions. Although alpha-thalassemia is not a core condition of the United States Recommended Uniform Screening Panel* for state newborn screening programs, methodologies used by some newborn screening programs to detect sickle cell disease, which is a core panel condition, also detect a quantitative marker of alpha-thalassemia, hemoglobin (Hb) Bart's, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. The percentage of Hb Bart's detected correlates with alpha-thalassemia severity. The Association of Public Health Laboratories' Hemoglobinopathy Workgroup conducted a survey of state newborn screening programs' alpha-thalassemia screening methodologies and reporting and follow-up practices. Survey findings indicated that 41 of 44 responding programs (93%) report some form of alpha-thalassemia results and 57% used a two-method screening protocol. However, the percentage of Hb Bart's used for thalassemia classification, the types of alpha-thalassemia reported, and the recipients of this information varied widely. These survey findings highlight the opportunity for newborn screening programs to revisit their policies as they reevaluate their practices in light of the recently released guideline from the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) on Newborn Screening for Hemoglobinopathies (1). Although deferring to local programs for policies, the report used a cutoff of 25% Hb Bart's in its decision tree, a value many programs do not use. Standardization of screening and reporting might lead to more timely diagnoses and health care services and improved outcomes for persons with a clinically significant alpha-thalassemia.


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Triagem Neonatal/métodos , Talassemia alfa/diagnóstico , Feminino , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Recém-Nascido , Masculino , Estados Unidos/epidemiologia , Talassemia alfa/epidemiologia
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Cent Eur J Public Health ; 28(3): 167-177, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32997471

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OBJECTIVE: The study evaluates compliance with declared hygienic standards carried out by healthcare professionals in clinical practice within their scope of direct patient care and the maintenance of medical tools and devices in healthcare facilities in the Czech Republic. METHODS: Cross-sectional questionnaire study focused on the standards of safe health care. All 80 addressed healthcare providers were also involved in the 2018 Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS) pilot project. Responses were scored on a 6-level scale, from "always" (100 points) to "never" (0 points). The evaluation was performed according to the frequency of responses and the average index (max. 100 points). Data analysis was performed using IBM SPSS Statistics version 22 (level of significance 1% and 5%). RESULTS: There were statistically processed 2,016 questionnaires (100%). Most respondents stated their job classification as non-medical healthcare professionals (NHP) working at a patient's bedside (73%), physicians (16%), or other NHP (11%). As per their medical specialty, 43% of the respondents practice internal medicine, 28% surgery, 14% psychiatry, 9% long-term inpatient care, and 6% stated other fields of medicine. The lowest declared compliance was registered in the statement "I use a face mask when exposure to air-transmitted pathogens is anticipated" (rating index 80 points). The highest compliance (99.4 points) was registered in the statement: "I discard used sharp materials into sharps containers." CONCLUSION: In the surveyed healthcare facilities within the Czech Republic, overall compliance with hygiene standards is at a good level. Declared differences in compliance with hygiene standards in the selected items of the questionnaire are influenced by multiple factors. Generally, a higher level of compliance is linked to increasing age, years of practice, and a higher level of education. When comparing professional groups, a higher level of compliance with hygiene standards was registered in the NHP group.


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Fidelidade a Diretrizes/estatística & dados numéricos , Pessoal de Saúde/psicologia , Guias de Prática Clínica como Assunto , Estudos Transversais , República Tcheca , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Instalações de Saúde , Pessoal de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Humanos
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Malawi Med J ; 32(1): 19-23, 2020 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32733655

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Background: Globally, critical illness causes up to 45 million deaths every year. The burden is highest in low-income countries such as Malawi. Critically ill patients require good quality, essential care in emergency departments and in hospital wards to avoid negative outcomes such as death. Little is known about the quality of care or the availability of necessary resources for emergency and critical care in Malawi. The aim of this study was to assess the availability of resources for emergency and critical care in Malawi using data from the Service Provision Assessment (SPA). Methods: We conducted a secondary data analysis of the SPA - a nationwide survey of all health facilities. We assessed the availability of resources for emergency and critical care using previously developed standards for hospitals in low-income countries. Each health facility received an availability score, calculated as the proportion of resources that were present. Resource availability was sub-divided into the seven a-priori defined categories of drugs, equipment, support services, emergency guidelines, infrastructure, training and routines. Results: Of the 254 indicators in the standards necessary for assessing the quality of emergency and critical care, SPA collected data for 102 (40.6%). Hospitals had a median resource availability score of 51.6% IQR (42.2-67.2) and smaller health facilities had a median of 37.5% (IQR 28.1-45.3). For the category of drugs, the hospitals' median score was 62.0% IQR (52.4-81.0), for equipment 51.9% IQR (40.7-66.7), support services 33.3% IQR (22.2-77.8) and emergency guidelines 33.3% IQR (0-66.7). SPA did not collect any data for resources in the categories of infrastructure, training or routines. Conclusion: Hospitals in Malawi lack resources for providing emergency and critical care. Increasing data about the availability of resources for emergency and critical care and improving the hospital systems for the care of critically ill patients in Malawi should be prioritized.


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Cuidados Críticos/estatística & dados numéricos , Estado Terminal/terapia , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência/normas , Recursos em Saúde/provisão & distribução , Qualidade da Assistência à Saúde/normas , Estado Terminal/mortalidade , Serviço Hospitalar de Emergência/estatística & dados numéricos , Pesquisas sobre Serviços de Saúde , Instalações de Saúde/estatística & dados numéricos , Acesso aos Serviços de Saúde , Humanos , Malaui/epidemiologia , Inquéritos e Questionários
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