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Lenus, the Irish Health Research repository is the leading source for Irish research in health and social care. The Lenus collections include peer reviewed journal articles, grey literature, dissertations, reports and conference presentations. Lenus contains the publications of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the collected research output of over 130 health organisations past and present are all freely accessible.
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Winners of the HSE Open Access Research Awards 2018
Thank You to everyone who submitted an entry to the annual HSE Open Access Research awards.
Winners were announced at the awards ceremony held in Dr Steevens Library on December 7th.
- Overall Winner - Alibhe Spillane 'What are the physical and psychological health effects of suicide bereavement on family members? An observational and interview mixed-methods study in Ireland.'
- Mental Health - Bobby Smyth 'Opioid substitution treatment and heroin dependent adolescents: Reductions in heroin use and treatment retention over twelve months'
- Acute Hospitals - Una Cunningham 'Team interventions in acute hospital contexts: a systematic search of the literature using realist synthesis'
- Health & Wellbeing - Garrett Greene 'A novel statistical method for assessing effective adherence to medication and calculating optimal drug dosages'
- Quality Improvement - Keith Mc Grath 'Enhancing Acute Stroke Services: A Quality Improvement Project'
- Social Care - Austin Warters 'Prevalence of frailty among community dwelling older adults in receipt of low level home support: a cross-sectional analysis of the North Dublin Cohort'
- Cancer Control Programme - Orlaith Cormican 'Living with Relapsed Myeloma: Symptoms and Self Care Strategies'
- Clinical Strategy & Programmes - Maria Brenner 'Children’s complex care needs: a systematic concept analysis of multidisciplinary language'
- Primary Care - Andree Rochfort 'Does patient self-management education of primary care professionals improve patient outcomes: a systematic review.
Congratulations to all the winners of this years' awards.
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Academic Background of Irish Orthopaedic Trainees(Irish Medical Journal, 2018-11)Academic achievement may be used to distinguish between trainees in competition for training or consultant posts. This study aimed to quantify the academic achievement among orthopaedic trainees in Ireland.
Annular Rupture During Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation: Predictors, Management and Outcomes.(International Cardiology Review, 2018-09-01)Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is the treatment of choice in patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis who are either inoperable or at high risk for conventional surgical aortic valve replacement. Recent data have also shown favourable outcomes in patients deemed to be at intermediate operative risk, which expands the application of this novel technology. Despite its success, TAVI has been associated with rare life-threatening complications. Of these, aortic annular rupture is considered to be the most devastating. Advances in pre-procedural screening and patient selection have reduced the incidence of annular rupture. When this complication occurs, early recognition and prompt management are essential. This article is intended to provide a comprehensive review of the predictors, management and clinical outcomes of aortic annular rupture.
Canis Caveat (Beware of the Dog) - Septic Shock Due To Capnocytophaga Canimorsus Contracted From A Dog Bite(Irish Medical Journal, 2018-11)We describe the case of a 61-year-old immunocompetent male who developed septic shock and multiorgan failure due to Capnocytophaga canimorsus (C. canimorsus) bloodstream infection, sustained from a dog bite. Unusually, this patient developed acute liver failure and splenic infarction in addition to many of the better-known clinical sequelae of C. canimorsus infection.
Attitudes and Knowledge of Healthcare Professionals Regarding Organ Donation. A Survey of the Saolta University Health Care Group.(Irish Medical Journal, 2018-11)Organ donation saves lives and healthcare professionals (HCPs) play a vital role in that process. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the attitudes and level of knowledge of HCPs regarding organ donation. An online anonymous self-administered questionnaire containing 40 questions on organ donation using google forms was created. The survey was distributed to HCPs working in the Saolta University Health Care Group. A hundred and thirty-nine responses were received giving a response rate of 11.8%. HCPs willingness to donate their organs was at 93% compared to 97% willing to receive a transplant. More HCPs understood or had knowledge of the term donation after brain death (64%) than donation after circulatory death (49%). HCPs working in intensive care knew more about the management of brain dead donors than other specialties (p<0.0001). Over 60% of HCPs when asked either disagreed or strongly disagreed with the adequacy of training in organ donation and transplant. Overall, HCPs surveyed had positive attitudes towards organ donation but there was a lack of knowledge particularly among non-intensive care professionals. This study highlights the need to increase awareness along with implementation of educational programmes among HCPs regarding organ donation and transplant.
Operative Management of Perinatal Lumbar Disc Herniation and Cauda Equina Syndrome: A Case Series(Irish Medical Journal, 2018-11)Perinatal lumbar discectomy for lumbar disc herniation or cauda equina syndrome is a rare clinical scenario. This case series outlines the surgical management of this clinical scenario at a national tertiary referral centre over a 10-year period