Lege Artis Medicinae - 2015;25(04-05)

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2015

[Use of surgical checklists to improve the patient safety]

BENEDEK Zsófia, MOLNÁR-GALLATZ Zsolt

[In the millennium working groups were formed in several countries to create and implement control- or checklists to reduce the mortality rate and complications during surgical care. The research revealed that the use of checklists improved patient safety, reduced mortality and complication rate, and several additional positive effects were identified. The checklists improved teamwork and the communication in the surgery team. The starting financial and time costs of using checklist are low, and the maintaining costs are minimal. On the other hand, checklists result significant financial savings. These savings primarily are the costs of malpractice lawsuits and the costs of treatment complications. To ensure patient safety multiple checklists were developed. By the literature data three checklists are the most detailed and widely used: the World Health Organiza­tion’s checklist, the Universal Protocol and the Surgical Patient Safety System. Common characteristics are that they significantly reduce the complications and the mortality rate, improve patient safety, teamwork and communication. The main differences are in the using and timing. In this publication we present the most typical and used checklists, their advantages and possible disadvantages, and finally we give an overview of the examples of the Hungarian experience.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2015

[Mechanism of action and role of cilostazol in treatment of peripheral arterial disease]

KOLTAI Katalin, BIRÓ Katalin, KOVÁCS Dávid, CSISZÁR Beáta, TÓTH Kálmán, KÉSMÁRKY Gábor

[Intermittent claudication is a typical symptom of lower extremity arterial disease. Cilostazol is a reversible, selective phosphodiesterase-3 inhibitor which has antiplatelet, antithrombotic and vasodilator effects. It is indicated to improve maximal and pain-free walking distance in patients with intermittent claudication in the absence of rest pain or peripheral tissue necrosis. It can be beneficial in diabetic patiens with intermittent claudication, as it has been proved to prevent the development of foot ulcers. In combination with acetyl-salicylic acid it may help maintain stent patency after endovascular intervention and stent implantation. Cilostazol is contraindicated in heart failure. With cilostazol, a clinically proven effective drug has become available in the treatment of intermittent claudication which could improve walking and life quality of patients.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2015

[Role of roflumilast in chronic obstructive lung disease]

NAGY László Béla

[The phosphodiesterase 4 inhibitor roflumilast supresses the function of a range of inflammatory cells and mediators contributing in the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). This article reviews the current status of roflumilast, focusing on the pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety. Phase III clinical trials have demonstrated that roflumilast reduces exacerbation frequency with accompanying improvements in lung function. This effect appeared to be the greatest in the phenotypes of patients who have frequent acute exacerbations, or/and whose characteristic feature is chronic bronchitis. It can presumably also reduce systemic inflammation. Such effect has not been documented in COPD yet. It is generally well tolerated, but the most common adverse effects include diarrhea, nausea, and headaches. Roflumilast is a promising drug as a supplementary therapy when symptoms are not adequately controlled by conventional COPD therapy.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2015

[Day-to-day blood pressure variability measured with home monitoring for the verification of succesful antihypertensive therapy]

KÉKES Ede, PAKSY András, KISS István

[The value of „day-to-day” blood pressure variability based on home blood pressure measurements for demonstrating of successful antihypertensive treatment. Authors analyzed the effect of antihypertensive therapy on the blood pressure variability by day-to-day method based on home pressure measurements in a large number of hypertensive patients. During the four months observation period the mean blood pressure values were significantly decreased and the parameters of blood pressure variability were decreased as well, they reached the level of normal variability. The nowadays expected „double target values” has given us hope that we can successfully prevent the organ damages due to high blood pressure. The effects of some „drug family” and the drug-combinations to the blood pressure variability were analyzed. The RAS inhibitors (ACEI and ARB) reduced significantly the blood pressure variability, the ARB drugs more effectively. The ACEI agents combined with calcium antagonists or third-generation beta-blockers increased the normalization of blood pressure variability. Such effects were not observed with the ARB agents. Authors suggested the use of their method in every day practice. The guidelines also recommend this method.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2015

[Survey on the dietary habits of children between the age of 4-10]

KISS-TÓTH Bernadett, BÍRÓ Lajos

[INTRODUCTION - The prevalence of overweightness and obesity among children is increasing in Hungary, while the inadequate or excessive intake of some nutrients is also representative. Keeping these inappropriate lifestyle habits in adulthood could significantly worsen the health status of the rising generation. METHOD - The sample is representative for the 4-10 year old children of Budapest and Kecskemét city. The dietary assessment was executed, using the internationally accepted 3 day dietary record method. Body mass index was also calculated from the measured body weight and height, creating BMI categories according to the Cole methodology. RESULTS - The ratio of overweightness and obesity resulted in 21% (19% for the 4-6 year old, 24% for the 7-10 year old), while 13% of them belonged to the underweight category. The nutritional problems, identified by adults, like the excessive fat intake, its inappropriate composition, the high sodium-, low calcium- and vitamin D intake already appears in the early stages of life. CONCLUSION - The results prove, that the education for healthy nutrition among children is in high priority, in which all stakeholders, like the parents, the governmental and non-governmental organisations, the educational institutes as well as the food industry plays an important role. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2015

[Analysis of long term care of elderly people in residential social institutions ]

HORVÁTH Zoltán, ENDREI Dóra, MOLICS Bálint, ÁGOSTON István, BONCZ Imre

[OBJECTIVES - The aim of our study is to analyse the institutional long term social care of elderly in Hungary. DATA AND METHODS - Data were derived from the following sources: Social Sector Information System, Regional Development and Planning Information System, and the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. The analysis covered the period 2001-2012. We analysed the number of operating beds in residential social institutions (pieces) and number of residents (clients) in residential social institutions. RESULTS - Between 2001-2012 the number of available operating beds in residential social institutions increased by 28.56%, from 42658 to 54840. The number of residents (clients) in residential social institutions increased between 2001-2005 by 3% annually, while since 2007 the rate of growth decreased due to the capacity regulation. The bed occupancy rate was 97.51% in 2001, and then between 2002 and 2007 it stabilized between 96.26%-96.87%. In 2008 it decreased to 93.44%, then after a continuous increase it exceeded the 95%. CONCLUSIONS - During the survey period, the bed capacities and the number of clients in residential social institutions showed an increasing tendency under high occupancy rate.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 01, 2015

[The changing face of carrier choice: Chances and opportunities in Hungary]

GYŐRFFY Zsuzsa, SUSÁNSZKY Éva, SUSÁNSZKY Anna, SZÁNTÓ Zsuzsa

[BACKGROUND - In the 21st century, medicine has changed. As a part of this transformation we observe the phenomenon of deprofessionalisation, change of the recruitment and alteration of the carrier motivation. METHODS - The quantitative study included 733 medical students of four Medical Universities in Hungary. Data for the qualitative study was collected from interviews of 45 medical students. RESULTS - Both research methods confirmed the changing of the medical profession. Besides, the number of medical school applicants are decreasing, and the number of women students are increasing. The impact of the doctor parents showed a decrease. Students reported late carrier choice and that they don’t become exclusively clinicians. The most important factor of carrier choice is altruism, but scientific interest and controllable lifestyle also appears as a motivation factor. CONCLUSIONS - Results suggest challenge of the „feminization of medical profession”. The medical curriculum and the conditions of work environment need to respond to these „metamorphoses”.]