The Wrong-Patient RAR measure has been used to evaluate the effectiveness of patient safety interventions in several studies conducted in different electronic health record systems and clinical settings, including in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The measure is the primary outcome measure for three federally funded studies supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R21HS023704, R01HS024945) and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (R01HD094793). Additional research is underway to extend the RAR methodology to other types of errors, such as wrong-drug errors, and develop new health IT safety measures (R01HS024538).
Within 65 days of the issuance of the RAR Letter, the BCRC will send the CPL and Payment Summary Form (PSF). The PSF lists all items or services that Medicare has paid conditionally which the BCRC has identified as being related to the pending case.
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1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (1 RAR) is a regular motorised infantry battalion of the Australian Army. 1 RAR was first formed as the 65th Australian Infantry Battalion of the 34th Brigade (Australia) on Balikpapan in 1945 and since then has been deployed on active service during the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, the Vietnam War, Unified Task Force in Somalia, East Timor, Iraq War and Afghanistan. Additionally, the battalion has deployed on peacekeeping and other operations to a number of countries including Japan, Rifle Company Butterworth, Timor Leste, Solomon Islands, Tonga and the Philippines . 1 RAR remains one of the Australian Army's most readily deployed units sending individuals and detachments to domestic, regional and other enduring operations. The battalion is currently based in Coral Lines at Lavarack Barracks, Townsville, Queensland, where it forms part of the 3rd Brigade.
In July 1960, the Malayan Emergency was officially declared over, although 1RAR remained on operations until the following year when it was withdrawn and began a period of intensive training as part of the FESR, including a number of brigade level exercises. On 29 October 1961, the battalion left Penang for Sydney on the MV Flaminia, having suffered two men killed in action. The battalion returned to Malaysia in early 1969, after two major exercises, 'Jumping Wallaby' and 'Sheer Hell', the unit withdrew from Malaysia, joining the Selarang garrison in Singapore in December 1969. The unit remained in Singapore until July 1971 when it returned to Lavarack Barracks in Townsville.
In April 2006, riots flared in the capital Honiara after a non-favourable Prime Minister was appointed. The headquarters from 1 RAR and 'D' Company were deployed to assist the RAMSI to control the violence. 'D' Company spent a majority of their time providing stability to the China Town region which was almost completely destroyed during the riots. Once the security situation had improved in the capital, the Task Force began sending patrols to the regional areas of the country. Some of the more remote communities had not seen an Australian patrol for almost two years.
This prospective, randomized, clinical study was carried out between June 2011 and June 2015. It included 126 patients with grade IV hemorrhoids, who were divided into two equal groups: group A, in which 63 patients were operated for DG-HAL with RAR; and group B, in which 63 patients were operated for MM hemorrhoidectomy. Patients were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively at 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, and 1 year. The follow-up period was 1 year.
The mean age was higher in group A patients (P = 0.003). The operative time was significantly longer in group A (P > 0.001). The first defecation occurred sooner in group A (P = 0.006) than in group B. The mean hospital stay was significantly shorter in group A (P > 0.001). Moreover, the return to work was achieved significantly earlier in group A (P > 0.001). The postoperative pain score (visual analog scale) was significantly less in group A patients, especially during defecation (P > 0.001). The postoperative consumption of class II and III analgesics was significantly less in group A than in group B (P > 0.005). After 1 year of follow-up, there were no significant differences between the two groups as regards postoperative complications, recurrent prolapse, anorectal function, and fecal continence.
Retinoic acid has been previously proposed in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, five transgenic mouse models expressing AD and frontotemporal dementia risk genes (i.e., PLB2APP, PLB2TAU, PLB1Double, PLB1Triple, and PLB4) were used to investigate if consistent alterations exist in multiple elements of the retinoic acid signaling pathway in these models. Many steps of the retinoic acid signaling pathway including binding proteins and metabolic enzymes decline, while the previously reported increase in RBP4 was only consistent at late (6 months) but not early (3 month) ages. The retinoic acid receptors were exceptional in their consistent decline in mRNA and protein with transcript decline of retinoic acid receptors β and γ by 3 months, before significant pathology, suggesting involvement in early stages of disease. Decline in RBP1 transcript may also be an early but not late marker of disease. The decline in the retinoic acid signaling system may therefore be a therapeutic target for AD and frontotemporal dementia. Thus, novel stable retinoic acid receptor modulators (RAR-Ms) activating multiple genomic and non-genomic pathways were probed for therapeutic control of gene expression in rat primary hippocampal and cortical cultures. RAR-Ms promoted the non-amyloidogenic pathway, repressed lipopolysaccharide induced inflammatory genes and induced genes with neurotrophic action. RAR-Ms had diverse effects on gene expression allowing particular RAR-Ms to be selected for maximal therapeutic effect. Overall the results demonstrated the early decline of retinoic acid signaling in AD and frontotemporal dementia models and the activity of stable and potent alternatives to retinoic acid as potential therapeutics.
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP) is an ultra-rare disorder marked by painful, recurrent flare-ups and heterotopic ossification (HO) in soft and connective tissues, which can be idiopathic or provoked by trauma, illness, inflammation, or surgery. There are currently no effective treatments for FOP, or for patients with FOP who must undergo surgery. Palovarotene, an investigational retinoic acid receptor-γ agonist, offers a potential avenue to prevent HO formation.
Surgery is only rarely considered in FOP due to the high risks of procedural complications and potential for inducing HO. This case emphasizes the risks of increased flare activity and HO formation from injury and surgery in patients with FOP. The efficacy of HO prevention by palovarotene could not be assessed; however, our observation that palovarotene can be administered in an individual with FOP following surgery with no negative impact on clinical fracture healing, osteointegration, or skin healing will help facilitate future trials testing the role of palovarotene as a therapy for HO.
Palovarotene is a retinoic acid receptor (RAR) γ agonist that can reduce heterotopic bone formation in mouse models of FOP . Studies in mice have also suggested that retinoids may be associated with a transient delay in fracture healing which may have implications for patients on treatment . Ongoing clinical trials suggest that palovarotene may be administered as episodic treatments for flare-ups (NCT02190747, NCT03312634). Here we present a case study showing that routine fracture healing after surgical repair of two hip fractures in an individual with FOP on palovarotene treatment showed no clinically significant delay in fracture healing and that the medication was not associated with any unexpected adverse events.
Here, we describe the first case using the RAR-γ agonist, palovarotene, in a patient with FOP undergoing hip fracture repair surgery. It has been shown that chondrogenesis requires transcriptional repression of RARs and that retinoic acid receptor activation blocks chondrogenesis. Activation of RAR-γ, expressed in chondrogenic cells and chondrocytes, can selectively inhibit HO [7, 13, 14]. Initial studies by Shimono et al. with RAR agonists in mouse mesenchymal stem cells showed decreased phosphorylation of SMAD1, SMAD5, and SMAD8 and overall SMAD levels, suggesting a reduction in BMP signaling . This led to studies of the use of palovarotene in trauma-induced mouse models of FOP. Chakkalakal et al. demonstrated a significant reduction in HO formation and fibroproliferative responses in knock-in Acvr1R206H mice when palovarotene was administered after cardiotoxin induced injury . Joint and limb mobility was preserved in these palovarotene-treated mice.
Phase 2 (NCT02279095) and 3 clinical trials (NCT03312634) to test palovarotene in patients with FOP are currently on-going. A prior study of palovarotene for treatment of emphysema showed that the drug was well tolerated with skin, gastrointestinal, eye, and respiratory mucocutaneous side effects being most common at the dosing regimen used in that patient population . 2b1af7f3a8