Posts Tagged ‘heart failure

The natural history of chronic aortic insufficiency is a continuum marked by a prolonged initial plateau phase during which the patient is relatively stable, and a later phase of progressive deterioration in left ventricular performance. Once the signs and symptoms of heart failure appear, chronic irreversible changes in left ventricular function may have occurred. Since […]

Several previous studies have evaluated agreement between prescription records and interview-based medication history. However, those studies involved databases that were not centralized between pharmacies and were not available for general clinical applications beyond the individual pharmacy where the data were stored. In addition, dosing discrepancies were not reported, nor were reasons for discrepancies evaluated, in […]

More than 70% of the PharmaNet profiles reviewed for this study contained some inaccurate or misleading information about prescription medications currently consumed by the patients interviewed. These results suggest that sole reliance on PharmaNet profiles for medication histories could result in a high incidence of prescribing errors. Conversely, since it was relatively uncommon for a […]

Of the 367 patients to whom letters were mailed inviting participation in the study, full medication history interviews were completed for 194 patients (52.9%) who had active PharmaNet profiles. The demographic characteristics of the study subjects are presented in Table 1. One hundred and thirty of the patients interviewed (67.0%) brought all of their prescription […]

This cross-sectional cohort study evaluated agreement between medication lists obtained from a structured patient interview and from the PharmaNet profile available to British Columbia hospital pharmacists. This profile includes, in one comprehensive list, all active and inactive prescription medications filled at British Columbia community pharmacies during the previous 14 months, excluding drugs used to treat […]

INTRODUCTION Attention to patient safety in the hospital setting is increasing, largely because of the efforts of the US Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 100,000 Lives campaign and the Safer Healthcare Now! initiative2 in Canada. Both of these programs include medication reconciliation as a priority topic, and many hospitals across North America have launched projects aimed […]

In conjunction with an echocardiogram, BNP may become the gold standard for diagnosing diastolic dysfunction. As a screening test, BNP for HF may be more diagnostically helpful than the far-more-utilized prostate-specific antigen (PSA), Papanicolaou smears, or mammography used to screen for the corresponding prostate, cervical, and breast cancers. It has a high negative predictive value, […]