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November 27, 2018

Predicting Pressure Injuries with Machine Learning, EHR Data

Fueled by EHR data, machine learning tools have shown potential in improving several areas of care delivery, including sepsis prediction, chronic disease management, and cancer detection. As providers increasingly experience financial pressure to ensure patient safety, more organizations are seeking to use big data analytics tools to predict and prevent hospital-acquired conditions and potentially deadly infections. Hospital-acquired pressure injuries are one area where researchers are applying these advanced technologies. Pressure injuries are prevalent among patients in intensive care units (ICUs), occurring in eight to ten percent of critical care patients. These injuries are also associated with longer hospital stays, more patient suffering, and increased healthcare costs. Read More

Researchers Assess Trends in Efficacy of Antibiotic Prophylaxis Regimens for Surgical Procedures

Antibiotic prophylaxis regimens are becoming less effective at preventing surgical site infections following colorectal surgery, researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy and Princeton University determined through a systematic review of available literature. The researchers also found that the efficacy of antibiotic prophylaxis in preventing infection following appendectomy, cesarean section, and transrectal prostate biopsy (TRPB) procedures has remained statistically unchanged, although this analysis was challenged by small sample size. Read More

Vitamin D Deficiency and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

According to the American Diabetes Association, up to 50% of diabetic peripheral neuropathies may be asymptomatic. This is called painless neuropathy and patients with this type of neuropathy are at risk of injuries and diabetic foot ulcerations. Previous research studies linking vitamin D deficiency and diabetic peripheral neuropathy did not distinguish between painless and painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The following study focuses on these distinctions and other confounding factors like sunlight exposure and patient activity levels.  Read More

Vasculitis Remission Predicts Long-Term Risks

Early and sustained remission may be a useful predictor of long-term mortality and end-stage renal failure (ESRF) among patients with antineutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV), a study by the European Vasculitis Society suggested. Among patients with AAV included in four inception trials from 1995 to 2002, outcomes at 6 months were retrospectively categorized as sustained remission (remission by month 3 and sustained at month 6), late remission (remission after month 3 and by month 6), relapsing disease (remission by month 3 but relapse by month 6), and refractory disease (no remission by month 6), according to Seerapani Gopaluni, MBBS, of the University of Cambridge in England, and colleagues. Read More