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Antimicrobial drug use and infection control practices associated with the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in European hospitals

Author(s): MacKenzie, F. M., Bruce, J., Struelens, M. J., Goossens, H., Mollison, J., Gould, I. M.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics such as methicillin and cephalosporins. MRSA may cause serious infections to patients with open wounds, invasive devices, and weakened immune systems, which are in some cases extremely difficult to treat. In recent years, the rate of MRSA infections has been increasing globally and causing high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare cost.
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Added October 2012

Patient satisfaction in an acute medicine department in Morocco

Author(s): Soufi, G., Belayachi, J., Himmich, S., Ahid, S., Soufi, M., Zekraoui, A., Abouqal, R.
Patients' satisfaction is an important indicator for quality of care. Measuring healthcare quality and improving patient satisfaction have become increasingly prevalent, especially among healthcare providers and purchasers of healthcare. This is mainly due to the fact that consumers are becoming increasingly more knowledgeable about healthcare. This Open Source study focuses on inpatient satisfaction with hospital care in an Arabic culture in Morocco.
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Added October 2012

Characteristics and circumstances of falls in a hospital setting

Author(s): Hitcho, E., Krauss, M., Birge, S., Dunagan, W., Fischer, I., Johnson, S., Nast, P. A., Costantinou, E., Fraser, V. J.
Patient falls refer to patients’ unplanned descent to the floor with or without injuries to the patients. Patient falls are common for inpatients, averaging 2.3 to 7 falls per 1,000 patient days. About 30% of the falls lead to injuries, which contribute to higher healthcare cost. In order to prevent falls, it is very important to understand the epidemiology of patient falls, including the characteristics of fallers, the distribution and patterns of falls, contributing factors, and fall-related injuries.
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Added August 2012

Cancer Patients' Satisfaction With Care in Traditional and Innovative Ambulatory Oncology Clinics

Author(s): Groff, S. L., Carlson, L. E., Tsang, K., Potter, B. J.
Recent advances in cancer care allow more cancer patients to be treated on an ambulatory care basis, whether chemotherapy, radiation therapy or follow-up care. Care can include physical, psychological, and emotional challenges. Ambulatory oncology clinics have the opportunity to create positive treatment experiences for patients.
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Added October 2012

Patient Satisfaction: Evaluating the Success of Hospital Ward Redesign

Author(s): Kline, T. J. B., Baylis, B. W. , Chatur, F., Morrison, S. A., White, D. E. , Flin, R. H., Ghali, W. A.
Numerous studies asses of the quality of patient care through patient satisfaction measures, and others gauge the interaction between caregivers and patients, but physical facilities are also cited as an important contributor to the patient experience. This study considers a Canadian context, where standards differ from those in the US (e.g. semi-private and ward rooms at the time of the study) and patient satisfaction may be less intrinsic as a benchmark, due to the government structure of care.
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Added October 2012

Outcomes of environmental appraisal of different hospital waiting areas

Author(s): Leather, P., Beale, D., Santos, A., Watts, J., Lee, L.
Hospitals can be unfamliar environments and can create negative feelings and stress. The physical environmentcan be a source of stress or haved an effect on coping resources. Past research identifies disparities and hierarchical differences between the way environmental needs and desires are prioritized for clinical and medical staff; inpatients; outpatients; and visitors. Few studies evaluate ambulatory care environments.
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Added October 2012

Increased efficiency in evaluating patients with suspected tuberculosis by use of a dedicated airborne infection isolation unit

Author(s): Leonard, M.K., Egan, K.B., Kourbatova, E., White, N., Parrott, P., Del Rio, C., Blumberg, H.M.
Added October 2012

Distribution of multi-resistant Gram-negative versus Gram-positive bacteria in the hospital inanimate environment

Author(s): Lemmen, S.W., Hafner, H., Zollman, D., Stanzel, S., Lutticken, R.
Added October 2012

Adverse environmental conditions in the respiratory and medical ICU settings

Author(s): Meyer, T.J., Eveloff, S.E., Bauer, M.S., Schwartz, W.A., Hill, N.S., Millman, R.P.
Added October 2012

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Fall Prevention Strategies in Old Peoples™ Homes.

Author(s): McMurdo, M.E.T., Millar, A.M., Daly, F.
Added October 2012