Home paracentesis is a relatively simple and safe. Applied in the field of palliative home care by primary care physicians significantly increases patient comfort and gratitude from both patient and family, and avoids continuous visits to hospital emergency services to perform this technique on a regular basis. The patient is terminal, usually with pain, with distant metastases and multiple symptoms, where transfers by ambulance, waiting times, continuous admissions and discharges, have a big impact.
BACKGROUND: Goal of our study was the comparison of the efficacy of various minimal invasive therapeutic regimens for clinically complete central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) and the comparison with the literature. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a retrospective study 93 patients treated for CRAO during the period 1994-1998 were identified. 65 of these patients with clinically complete occlusion without a cilioretinal artery were included in the study. Analysis focused on the results of different therapies and the duration of visual impairment till starting treatment.
Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift Der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
Retinal artery occlusion (RAO) is an ophthalmological emergency that causes a major decrease of visual parameters in most of the cases. Purpose of this pilot study was to evaluate the effect of adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) on visual acuity (VA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with acute central or branch artery occlusion (CRAO/BRAO) consecutively admitted to our hospital were offered adjunctive HBO. Standard therapy consisted of ocular massage for 3 minutes, paracentesis and intravenous acetazolamide. HBO (3 x 30 minutes at 240 kPa) was applied t.i.d. on the first day, b.i.d.
BACKGROUND: To investigate the visual outcomes in acute central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) with current standard therapy at two university teaching hospitals. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of two cohorts of CRAO patients from John Hopkins Hospital (JHH; USA), and Flinders Medical Centre (FMC; Australia), treated with current standard therapy. The outcome measures were visual acuity, and subsequent ocular and systemic ischaemic events. RESULTS: The mean follow-up period was 11.2 +/- 13.1 months in the JHH cohort and 35.4 +/- 34.9 months in the FMC cohort.
Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
BACKGROUND: Knee arthrocentesis is a commonly performed diagnostic and therapeutic procedure in rheumatology and orthopedic surgery. Classic teaching of arthrocentesis skills relies on hands-on practice under supervision. Video-based online teaching is an increasingly utilized educational tool in higher and clinical education. YouTube is a popular video-sharing Web site that can be accessed as a teaching source.