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Sarma J.B.,Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust | Ahmed G.U.,Assam University
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology | Year: 2010

The risk of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in developing countries can exceed 25% compared to developed countries. Lack of awareness and institutional framework to deal with patient safety in general and HCAI in particular perpetuates the culture of acceptance of avoidable risks as inevitable. Most HCAIs are avoidable and can be prevented by relatively simple means. It is no longer acceptable to put patients at risk of avoidable infections. The World Health Organization (WHO)-led World Alliance for Patient Safety launched a worldwide campaign on patient safety focusing on simple means like hand hygiene to combat HCAIs. To drive necessary changes to deliver sustainable improvement in clinical care requires strategic approach and clinical leadership. This article reviews the scale of the problem, the WHO recommended interventions and improvement strategies in institutional setup in developing and transitional countries. Source

Baker P.N.,Northumbria University | Rushton S.,Northumbria University | Jameson S.S.,Durham University | Reed M.,Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust | And 2 more authors.
Bone and Joint Journal | Year: 2013

Pre-operative variables are increasingly being used to determine eligibility for total knee replacement (TKR). This study was undertaken to evaluate the relationships, interactions and predictive capacity of variables available pre- And post-operatively on patient satisfaction following TKR. Using nationally collected patient reported outcome measures and data from the National Joint Registry for England and Wales, we identified 22 798 patients who underwent TKR for osteoarthritis between August 2008 and September 2010. The ability of specific covariates to predict satisfaction was assessed using ordinal logistic regression and structural equational modelling. Only 4959 (22%) of 22 278 patients rated the results of their TKR as 'excellent', despite the majority (71%, n = 15 882) perceiving their knee symptoms to be much improved. The strongest predictors of satisfaction were post-operative variables. Satisfaction was significantly and positively related to the perception of symptom improvement (operative success) and the post-operative EuroQol-5D score. While also significant within the models pre-operative variables were less important and had a minimal influence upon post-operative satisfaction. The most robust predictions of satisfaction occurred only when both pre- And post-operative variables were considered together. These findings question the appropriateness of restricting access to care based on arbitrary pre-operative thresholds as these factors have little bearing on postoperative satisfaction. © 2013 The British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery. Source

Staley H.,Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Cochrane database of systematic reviews (Online) | Year: 2012

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a non-invasive carcinoma of the breast. The incidence of DCIS has increased substantially over the last twenty years, largely as a result of the introduction of population-based mammographic screening. The treatment of DCIS tumours involves surgery with or without radiotherapy to prevent recurrent DCIS and invasive carcinoma. However, there is clinical uncertainty as to whether postoperative hormonal treatment (tamoxifen) after surgery confers benefit in overall survival and incidence of recurrent carcinoma. To assess the effects of postoperative tamoxifen in women having local surgical resection of DCIS. We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL, The Cochrane Library), the Cochrane Breast Cancer Group's Specialised Register, and the World Health Organization's International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (WHO ICTRP) on 16 August 2011. Published and unpublished randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-randomised controlled trials comparing tamoxifen after surgery for DCIS (regardless of oestrogen receptor status), with or without adjuvant radiotherapy. Two authors independently assessed trial quality and extracted data. Statistical analyses were performed using the fixed-effect model and the results were expressed as relative risks (RRs) or hazard ratios (HRs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs). We included two RCTs involving 3375 women. Tamoxifen after surgery for DCIS reduced recurrence of both ipsilateral (same side) DCIS (HR 0.75; 95% CI 0.61 to 0.92) and contralateral (opposite side) DCIS (RR 0.50; 95% CI 0.28 to 0.87). There was a trend towards decreased ipsilateral invasive cancer (HR 0.79; 95% CI 0.62 to 1.01) and reduced contralateral invasive cancer (RR 0.57; 95% CI 0.39 to 0.83). The number needed to treat in order for tamoxifen to have a protective effect against all breast events is 15. There was no evidence of a difference detected in all cause mortality (RR 1.11; 95% CI 0.89 to 1.39). Only one study, involving 1799 participants followed-up for 163 months (median) reported on adverse events (i.e. toxicity, mood changes, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, endometrial cancer) with no significant difference between tamoxifen and placebo groups, but there was a non-significant trend towards more endometrial cancer in the tamoxifen group. While tamoxifen after local excision for DCIS (with or without adjuvant radiotherapy) reduced the risk of recurrent DCIS (in the ipsi- and contralateral breast), it did not reduce the risk of overall mortality. Source

Sarma J.B.,Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust | Ahmed G.U.,Assam University
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology | Year: 2010

Purpose: A point prevalence study was carried out in a teaching hospital in Assam to determine the prevalence, sensitivity profile and risk factors for acquisition of extended spectrum -lactamase (ESBL) producing enterobacteriacae vis - vis amount and pattern of antibiotic use. Materials and Methods: ESBL was detected by double disc synergy method. Defined daily dose and bed-days were calculated. Result: Colonisation rate of ESBL producing enterobacteriacae ranged from 14% (n=73) in medicine to the highest 41% (n=29) in orthopaedic with an intermediate 23% (n=80) in surgery. Presence of ESBL was found to be strongly associated with resistance to specific classes of antimicrobials. Exposure to cefotaxime and gentamicin, and surgery were risk factors for acquiring ESBL producing enterobacteriacae. Non-ESBL producing community isolates were found to be considerably more sensitive to different antibiotics with no resistance detected to trimethoprim, co-trimoxazole, ciprofloxacin and aminoglycosides. Conclusion: The study confirms the role of certain ′high risk′ antimicrobials in acquisition of ESBL producing Enterobacteriaceae and shows that periodic cohort studies could be an effective strategy in surveillance of antimicrobial resistance in hospitals of resource poor countries to inform antibiotic policy and treatment guidelines. Source

Walker R.W.,Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Journal of Neural Transmission | Year: 2013

In Parkinson's disease (PD) typical "palliative care" type symptoms, such as pain, nausea, weight loss and breathlessness can occur throughout the condition, but become more prevalent in later disease stages. Pain may be specifically related to PD, e.g. dystonic pain with wearing off, but is more commonly due to other conditions. The cause can usually be elicited by a careful history and examination, and this guides intervention, both non-pharmaceutical, and pharmaceutical. For example, dystonic pain will respond best to appropriate changes to dopaminergic medication. In later disease stages people have increasing problems with swallowing, and also cognitive impairment. Impaired swallowing may lead to aspiration pneumonia, which is a common cause of hospital admission, and also death. Decisions about interventions towards the end of life, such as insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube for nutrition, can be very challenging, particularly if, as in most cases, the person with PD has not previously expressed their views upon this while they still maintained capacity to make decisions. Advance care planning (ACP) in PD should be encouraged in relation to interventions such as PEG tubes. It may also cover issues such as preferred place of death. Over recent years lower proportions of people have been dying at home, and this is especially true for PD, but home may well be where they would have preferred to die. However, there is little evidence to guide health professionals about how, when, and by whom, ACP should be approached. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Wien. Source

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