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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213587/emergency-extracorporeal-life-support-and-ongoing-resuscitation-a-retrospective-comparison-for-refractory-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
#1
A Schober, F Sterz, H Herkner, C Wallmueller, C Weiser, P Hubner, C Testori
BACKGROUND: In refractory cardiac arrest, with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for more than 30 min, chances of survival are small. Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) is an option for certain patients with cardiac arrest. The aim of this study was to evaluate characteristics of patients selected for ECPR. METHODS: Anonymised data of adult patients suffering refractory cardiac arrest, transported with ongoing CPR to an ED of a tertiary care centre between 2002 and 2012 were analysed...
February 17, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188203/emergency-department-syndromic-surveillance-to-investigate-the-health-impact-and-factors-associated-with-alcohol-intoxication-in-reunion-island
#2
Pascal Vilain, Sophie Larrieu, Katia Mougin-Damour, Pierre-Jean Marianne Dit Cassou, Marc Weber, Xavier Combes, Laurent Filleul
In Reunion Island, alcohol is the most tried out psychoactive substance. To our knowledge, few indicators measuring the health burden of alcohol use exist on the island. In this context, an exploratory analysis based on syndromic surveillance data was implemented in order to describe the emergency department (ED) visits for alcohol intoxication (AI) and factors associated with their variations.An analysis of anonymized records routinely collected by the syndromic surveillance system was carried out. A daily indicator of ED visits for AI was built from a selection of ICD-10 codes between 2010 and 2012...
February 10, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188202/progressive-prediction-of-hospitalisation-in-the-emergency-department-uncovering-hidden-patterns-to-improve-patient-flow
#3
Yuval Barak-Corren, Shlomo Hanan Israelit, Ben Y Reis
INTRODUCTION: One of the factors contributing to ED crowding is the lengthy delay in transferring an admitted patient from the ED to an inpatient department (ie, boarding time). An earlier start of the admission process using an automatic hospitalisation prediction model could potentially shorten these delays and reduce crowding. METHODS: Clinical, operational and demographic data were retrospectively collected on 80 880 visits to the ED of Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, from January 2011 to January 2012...
February 10, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183715/peering-through-the-hourglass
#4
EDITORIAL
Jay Lemery
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 9, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153866/development-of-a-trigger-tool-to-identify-adverse-events-and-harm-in-emergency-medical-services
#5
Ian Lucas Howard, James Marcus Bowen, Loua Asad Hanna Al Shaikh, Kedar Shrikrishna Mate, Robert Campbell Owen, David Michael Williams
BACKGROUND: Adverse event (AE) detection in healthcare has traditionally relied upon several methods including: patient care documentation review, mortality and morbidity review, voluntary reporting, direct observation and complaint systems. A novel sampling strategy, known as the trigger tool (TT) methodology, has been shown to provide a more robust and valid method of detection. The aim of this research was to develop and assess a TT specific to ground-based Emergency Medical Services, to identify cases with the potential risk for adverse events and harm...
February 2, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143814/what-is-propensity-score-modelling
#6
EDITORIAL
Michael J Campbell
Propensity score methodology is being increasingly used to try and make inferences about treatments when randomised trials are either impossible or not conducted and the only data are from observational studies. This paper reviews the basis of propensity scores and the current state of knowledge about them. It uses and critiques a current paper in the Emergency Medicine Journal to illustrate the methodology.
January 31, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143813/the-use-of-history-to-identify-anterior-cruciate-ligament-injuries-in-the-acute-trauma-setting-the-limp-index
#7
Colin Ayre, Maryann Hardy, Andrew Scally, Graham Radcliffe, Ram Venkatesh, Jon Smith, Stephen Guy
OBJECTIVE: To identify the injury history features reported by patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and determine whether history may be used to identify patients requiring follow-up appointments from acute trauma services. METHODS: Multisite cross-sectional service evaluation using a survey questionnaire design conducted in the UK. The four injury history features investigated were 'leg giving way at the time of injury', 'inability to continue activity immediately following injury', 'marked effusion' and 'pop (heard or felt) at the time of injury'(LIMP)...
January 31, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130348/can-surf-lifeguards-perform-a-quality-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-sailing-on-a-lifeboat-a-quasi-experimental-study
#8
Roberto Barcala-Furelos, Cristian Abelairas-Gomez, Jose Palacios-Aguilar, Ezequiel Rey, Javier Costas-Veiga, Sergio Lopez-Garcia, Antonio Rodriguez-Nunez
PURPOSE: Drowning is a high-priority public health problem around the world. The European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Resuscitation 2015 put special emphasis on special environments like open waters. Stopping the drowning process as soon as possible and starting an early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) improve survival. Inflatable rescue boats (IRBs) are used around the world in the water rescue of drowning victims. Our objective was to test the quality of CPR performed by surf-lifeguards while sailing on an IRB...
January 27, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130347/non-traumatic-incidental-findings-in-patients-undergoing-whole-body-computed-tomography-at-initial-emergency-admission
#9
Eduard K Kroczek, Gero Wieners, Ingo Steffen, Tobias Lindner, Florian Streitparth, Bernd Hamm, Martin H Maurer
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the number, localisation and importance of non-traumatic incidental findings (IFs) in patients with suspected or obvious multiple trauma undergoing whole-body CT (WBCT) in a level-1 trauma centre. METHODS: Between January 2009 and December 2013, a total of 2440 patients with trauma undergoing WBCT at admission to a level-1 trauma centre of a university hospital were retrospectively analysed, through imaging IFs unrelated to trauma with the radiological reports...
January 27, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130346/the-use-of-whole-body-computed-tomography-in-major-trauma-variations-in-practice-in-uk-trauma-hospitals
#10
Ian Ayenga Sammy, Hridesh Chatha, Omar Bouamra, Marisol Fragoso-Iñiguez, Fiona Lecky, Antoinette Edwards
INTRODUCTION: Whole-body CT (WBCT) use in patients with trauma in England and Wales is not well documented. WBCT in trauma can reduce time to definitive care, thereby increasing survival. However, its use varies significantly worldwide. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study of Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) data from 2012 to 2014. The proportion of adult patients receiving WBCT during initial resuscitation at major trauma centres (MTCs) and trauma units/non-designated hospitals (TUs/NDHs) was compared...
January 27, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119351/are-first-rib-fractures-a-marker-for-other-life-threatening-injuries-in-patients-with-major-trauma-a-cohort-study-of-patients-on-the-uk-trauma-audit-and-research-network-database
#11
Ian Ayenga Sammy, Hridesh Chatha, Fiona Lecky, Omar Bouamra, Marisol Fragoso-Iñiguez, Abdo Sattout, Michael Hickey, John E Edwards
BACKGROUND: First rib fractures are considered indicators of increased morbidity and mortality in major trauma. However, this has not been definitively proven. With an increased use of CT and the potential increase in detection of first rib fractures, re-evaluation of these injuries as a marker for life-threatening injuries is warranted. METHODS: Patients sustaining rib fractures between January 2012 and December 2013 were investigated using data from the UK Trauma Audit and Research Network...
January 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119350/a-systematic-review-of-management-strategies-for-children-s-mental-health-care-in-the-emergency-department-update-on-evidence-and-recommendations-for-clinical-practice-and-research
#12
Amanda S Newton, Lisa Hartling, Amir Soleimani, Scott Kirkland, Michele P Dyson, Mario Cappelli
OBJECTIVE: Children with mental health crises require access to specialised resources and services which are not yet standard in general and paediatric EDs. In 2010, we published a systematic review that provided some evidence to support the use of specialised care models to reduce hospitalisation, return ED visits and length of ED stay. We perform a systematic review to update the evidence base and inform current policy statements. METHODS: Twelve databases and the grey literature were searched up to January 2015...
January 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052919/traumatic-brain-injuries-in-older-adults-6-years-of-data-for-one-uk-trauma-centre-retrospective-analysis-of-prospectively-collected-data
#13
Carol Hawley, Magdy Sakr, Sarah Scapinello, Jesse Salvo, Paul Wrenn
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to determine the incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in older adults and investigate the relationship between injury characteristics and outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data submitted to Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) database for a major trauma centre in the West Midlands, UK, from 2008 to 2014. The Mayo Scale was used to categorise TBI. All patients were aged ≥65 years and were admitted with head or brain injuries meeting TARN inclusion criteria: injury resulting in immediate admission to hospital for 3 days, admitted to a high dependency area or death following trauma...
January 4, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039232/the-role-of-reduced-heart-rate-volatility-in-predicting-disposition-from-the-emergency-department
#14
Ya-El Mandel-Portnoy, George T Loo, Diana Gregoriou, Sameer Bansilal, Lynne D Richardson
OBJECTIVE: Heart rate volatility (HRVO) is a physiological parameter that is believed to reflect the sympathetic activity of the autonomic nervous system. We explored the utility of HRVO as a predictive tool for declining physiological states, hypothesising that patients admitted from the resuscitation area of the ED to a high-dependency unit (HDU) experience low HRVO compared with patients who did not. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed HR data recordings, medical charts and disposition decisions from the ED of patients who were admitted to the five resuscitation beds in our adult ED between 29 April 2014 and 30 May 2015...
December 30, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031242/withdrawal-of-life-sustaining-therapy-the-case-for-delay
#15
EDITORIAL
Bernard A Foëx
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 28, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993937/validity-of-the-manchester-triage-system-in-patients-with-sepsis-presenting-at-the-ed-a-first-assessment
#16
Ingo Gräff, Bernd Goldschmidt, Procula Glien, Ramona C Dolscheid-Pommerich, Rolf Fimmers, Daniel Grigutsch
BACKGROUND: The Manchester Triage System (MTS) does not have a specific presentational flow chart for sepsis. The goal of this investigation was to determine adequacy of acuity assignment for patients with sepsis presenting at the ED and triaged using the MTS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective analysis included patients >16 presenting to an ED in Bonn, Germany, on the first 12 days of each month between June 2012 and March 2014. Patients were classified into one of three septic groups, or no sepsis...
December 19, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993936/mid-arm-circumference-can-be-used-to-estimate-weight-of-adult-and-adolescent-patients
#17
Giles N Cattermole, Colin A Graham, Timothy H Rainer
OBJECTIVES: Many drug and fluid regimens in emergency medicine are weight dependent in adults, but no standard adult weight estimation tools exist. Paediatric weight is often estimated in emergency situations using methods based on age or height when direct measurement is not possible, and recently, methods based on mid-arm circumference (MAC) have also been developed. The aim of this study was to derive and validate an accurate MAC-based method for weight estimation for use in all age groups...
December 19, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986838/a-randomised-experiment-comparing-low-cost-ultrasound-gel-alternative-with-commercial-gel
#18
Christine Riguzzi, Allison Binkowski, Mike Butterfield, Farhad Sani, Nathan Teismann, Jahan Fahimi
OBJECTIVE: Point-of-care ultrasound is a portable, relatively low-cost imaging modality with great potential utility in low-resource settings. However, commercially produced ultrasound gel is often cost-prohibitive and unavailable. We investigated whether images obtained using an alternative cornstarch-based gel would be of comparable quality with those using commercial gel. METHODS: This was a blinded, randomised, cross-over study comparing commercially produced ultrasound gel with home-made cornstarch-based gel...
December 16, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920036/clinical-relevance-of-pharmacist-intervention-in-an-emergency-department
#19
Maria Antonia Pérez-Moreno, Juan Manuel Rodríguez-Camacho, Beatriz Calderón-Hernanz, Bernardino Comas-Díaz, Jordi Tarradas-Torras
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical relevance of pharmacist intervention on patient care in emergencies, to determine the severity of detected errors. Second, to analyse the most frequent types of interventions and type of drugs involved and to evaluate the clinical pharmacist's activity. METHODS: A 6-month observational prospective study of pharmacist intervention in the Emergency Department (ED) at a 400-bed hospital in Spain was performed to record interventions carried out by the clinical pharmacists...
December 5, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111368/have-we-forgotten-to-teach-how-to-think
#20
EDITORIAL
Damian Roland
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
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