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Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ

Mohammed Dalwai, Katie Tayler-Smith, Michèle Twomey, Masood Nasim, Abdul Qayum Popal, Waliul Haq Haqdost, Olivia Gayraud, Sophia Cheréstal, Lee Wallis, Pola Valles
OBJECTIVE: The South African Triage Scale (SATS) has demonstrated good validity in the EDs of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported sites in Afghanistan and Haiti; however, corresponding reliability in these settings has not yet been reported on. This study set out to assess the inter-rater and intrarater reliability of the SATS in four MSF-supported EDs in Afghanistan and Haiti (two trauma-only EDs and two mixed (including both medical and trauma cases) EDs). METHODS: Under classroom conditions between December 2013 and February 2014, ED nurses at each site assigned triage ratings to a set of context-specific vignettes (written case reports of ED patients)...
March 16, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Pin Pin Pek, Huili Zheng, Andrew Fu Wah Ho, Win Wah, Huay Cheem Tan, Ling Li Foo, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
BACKGROUND: With an ageing population, there is a need to understand the relative risk/benefit of interventions for elderly ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. The primary aim of this study was to compare epidemiology, treatments and outcomes between young and elderly STEMI patients. Our secondary aim was to determine the cut-off age when the benefits of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were less pronounced. METHODS: Data were collected by the Singapore Myocardial Infarction Registry...
March 15, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Joshua W Joseph, Samuel Davis, Elissa H Wilker, Matthew L Wong, Ori Litvak, Stephen J Traub, Larry A Nathanson, Leon D Sanchez
OBJECTIVES: Emergency physician productivity, often defined as new patients evaluated per hour, is essential to planning clinical operations. Prior research in this area considered this a static quantity; however, our group's study of resident physicians demonstrated significant decreases in hourly productivity throughout shifts. We now examine attending physicians' productivity to determine if it is also dynamic. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study, conducted from 2014 to 2016 across three community hospitals in the north-eastern USA, with different schedules and coverage...
March 15, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Shawn E Mondoux, Mathew Mercuri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Alexander K Leung, Gaurav Puri, Eddie Chan, Marko Duic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Akira Kuriyama, Tetsunori Ikegami, Toshie Kaihara, Toshio Fukuoka, Takeo Nakayama
OBJECTIVE: The Japan Acuity and Triage Scale (JTAS) was developed based on Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale in 2012 and has been implemented in many Japanese EDs. We assessed the validity of JTAS by examining the association between JTAS triage levels and throughput and clinical outcomes in adult patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected clinical data in the ED of a Japanese tertiary-care hospital. We included self-presenting patients who were ≥16 years of age and triaged between June 2013 and May 2014...
March 13, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Keamogetswe Molokoane-Mokgoro, Lara Nicole Goldstein, Mike Wells
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasound assessment of the inferior vena cava (IVC) has gained favour in aiding fluid management decisions for controlled, mechanically ventilated patients as well as in non-mechanically ventilated, spontaneously breathing patients. Its utility in spontaneously breathing patients during positive pressure non-invasive ventilation has not yet been determined. The use of the axillary vein, as an alternative option to the IVC due to its ease of accessibility and independence from intra-abdominal pressure, has also not been evaluated...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Nicole M Acquisto, Ryan P Bodkin, Jack E Brown, Paul S Graman, Courtney Marie Cora Jones, Timmy Li, Dwight J Hardy, Elizabeth Dodds Ashley
OBJECTIVES: Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are prevalent in the emergency department (ED). We determined whether MRSA nasal carriage better identifies patients with MRSA wound infection than clinical risk factors or emergency medicine (EM) provider's choice of discharge prescriptions. METHODS: Adult patients presenting to a large academic medical centre ED in the USA with SSTI between May 2010 and November 2011 were screened...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Valerie Charbonneau, Edmund Kwok, Loree Boyle, Ian G Stiell
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to determine if ED surge and end-of-shift assessment of patients affect the extent of diagnostic tests, therapeutic interventions and accuracy of diagnosis prior to referral to internal medicine. METHODS: This study was a health records review of consecutive patients referred to the internal medicine service with an ED diagnosis of heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or sepsis starting 1 December 2013 until 100 cases for each condition had been obtained...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
David Donnelly, David Patrick, Robin Weir
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 5, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Alistair Iw Mayne, Arpit Jariwala
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A 32-year-old man presented to the ED after a heavy fall on his left shoulder. He presented the following day with pain and gross limitation of movement in the left shoulder. There was no history of previous injury to the left shoulder. This was his non-dominant limb and he worked in a manual occupation. He was neurovascularly intact. His initial radiographs are shown in figures 1 and 2.emermed;emermed-2017-207003v1/F1F1F1Figure 1Anteroposterior radiograph (AP) radiograph of left shoulder...
March 3, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Robert Goulden, Marie-Claire Hoyle, Jessie Monis, Darran Railton, Victoria Riley, Paul Martin, Reynaldo Martina, Emmanuel Nsutebu
BACKGROUND: The third international consensus definition for sepsis recommended use of a new prognostic tool, the quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA), based on its ability to predict inhospital mortality and prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay in patients with suspected infection. While several studies have compared the prognostic accuracy of qSOFA to the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) criteria in suspected sepsis, few have compared qSOFA and SIRS to the widely used National Early Warning Score (NEWS)...
February 21, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Allan Cameron, Dominic Jones, Eilidh Logan, Colin A O'Keeffe, Suzanne M Mason, David J Lowe
AIM: We compared the abilities of two established clinical scores to predict emergency department (ED) disposition: the Glasgow Admission Prediction Score (GAPS) and the Ambulatory Score (Ambs). METHODS: The scores were compared in a prospective, multicentre cohort study. We recruited consecutive patients attending ED triage at two UK sites: Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, between February and May 2016. Each had a GAPS and Ambs calculated at the time of triage, with the triage nurses and treating clinicians blinded to the scores...
February 14, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Jordan Bade-Boon, Joseph K Mathew, Mark C Fitzgerald, Biswadev Mitra
BACKGROUND: Blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) is an uncommon diagnosis, usually developing as a consequence of high-impact acceleration-deceleration mechanisms. Timely diagnosis may enable early resuscitation and reduction of shear forces, essential to prevent worsening of the injury prior to definitive management. Death is commonly due to haemorrhagic shock, but clinical features may be absent until sudden and massive haemorrhage. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this systematic review was to determine the proportion of patients with BTAI who present with unstable vital signs...
February 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Se Uk Lee, Jae Yun Jung, Do Kyun Kim, Young Ho Kwak, Hyuksool Kwon, Jun Hwi Cho, Joong Wan Park, Yoo Jin Choi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to construct a prediction model for endotracheal tube depth using neck CT images. METHODS: A retrospective image review was conducted that included patients who had undergone neck CT. Using sagittal neck CT images, we calculated the length between upper incisor and mid-trachea and then derived the model via regression analysis. The model was validated externally using chest radiographs of patients who had undergone endotracheal intubation...
February 6, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Ryan S D'Souza, Christopher Mercogliano, Elizabeth Ojukwu, Shawn D'Souza, Andrew Singles, Jaymin Modi, Alexandra Short, Anthony Donato
OBJECTIVES: To determine the effectiveness of prophylactic anticholinergic medications in reducing extrapyramidal symptoms in patients taking acute antiemetics with a dopamine D2 receptor antagonist effect. METHODS: Systematic searches of all published studies through March 2017 were identified from PubMed, Cochrane library, Embase, Web of Science and Scopus. Only randomised controlled trials of patients receiving dopamine D2 antagonist antiemetic therapy for acute migraine in which an anticholinergic or placebo was compared were included...
February 3, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Hanni Stoklosa, Meredith Scannell, Zheng Ma, Bernard Rosner, Ashley Hughes, J Stephen Bohan
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to determine whether emergency physicians (EPs) felt their standard patient evaluation practice was modified by two non-private clinical encounters: hallway encounters and encounters during which a companion was present. METHODS: We administered an iteratively developed cross-sectional survey at an annual national professional meeting. We used logistic regression to compare relationships among non-private clinical encounters and predictors of interest...
February 3, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Roland C Merchant, Zhongli Zhang, Zihao Zhang, Tao Liu, Janette R Baird
OBJECTIVES: Assess the 12-month efficacy of a brief intervention (BI) on reducing drug use and increasing drug treatment services utilisation among adult emergency department (ED) patients. METHODS: This randomised, controlled trial enrolled 18-64-year-old ED patients needing a drug use intervention. Treatment arm participants received a tailored BI while control arm participants only completed the study questionnaires. Self-reported past 3-month drug use and engagement in drug treatment services were compared by study arm at 3-month intervals over 1 year...
February 2, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Veera K van Wijnen, Dik Ten Hove, Reinold O B Gans, Wybe Nieuwland, Arie M van Roon, Jan C Ter Maaten, Mark P M Harms
INTRODUCTION: Orthostasis is a frequent trigger for (pre)syncope but some forms of orthostatic (pre)syncope have a worse prognosis than others. Routine assessment of orthostatic BP in the ED can detect classic orthostatic hypotension, but often misses these other forms of orthostatic (pre)syncope. This study aimed to determine the frequency of abnormal orthostatic BP recovery patterns in patients with (pre)syncope by using continuous non-invasive BP monitoring. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study in suspected patients with (pre)syncope in the ED of a tertiary care teaching hospital between January and August 2014...
January 24, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Bradley Frazee
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January 24, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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