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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068917/emergency-department-presentations-for-atrial-fibrillation-and-flutter-in-alberta-a-large-population-based-study
#1
Rhonda J Rosychuk, Michelle M Graham, Brian R Holroyd, Brian H Rowe
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation or flutter (AFF) are not infrequent presenting problems in Emergency Departments (ED); however, little is known of the pattern of these presentations. This study provides a description of AFF presentations and outcomes after ED discharge in Alberta. METHODS: Provincial administrative databases were used to obtain all primary ED encounters for AFF during 1999 to 2011 for patients aged >35 years. Data extracted included demographics, ED visit timing, and subsequent visits to non-ED settings...
January 10, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061754/factors-affecting-the-exposure-vulnerability-and-emergency-medical-service-capacity-for-victims-of-road-traffic-incidents-in-kampala-metropolitan-area-a-delphi-study
#2
Joseph Kimuli Balikuddembe, Ali Ardalan, Davoud Khorasani Zavareh, Amir Nejati, Stephen Kasiima
BACKGROUND: The Kampala Metropolitan Area (KMA) is the fastest developing region in Uganda. Over recent years, this has placed exponential demand on the road sector, which consequently has contributed to rapid growth in motorized vehicles which, predisposes the region to a high risk of road traffic incidents (RTIs). A number of concerted road safety and post-crash management measures to respond to RTIs in the KMA in particular and Uganda as a whole have been undertaken. However, there is a need to greatly improve the measures by better identifying the factors influencing the exposure, vulnerability and emergency medical service (EMS) capacity for RTI victims...
January 7, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927189/prehospital-critical-care-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-an-observational-study-examining-survival-and-a-stakeholder-focused-cost-analysis
#3
Johannes von Vopelius-Feldt, Jane Powell, Richard Morris, Jonathan Benger
BACKGROUND: Survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remain low, despite remarkable efforts to improve care. A number of ambulance services in the United Kingdom (UK) have developed prehospital critical care teams (CCTs) which attend critically ill patients, including OHCA. However, current scientific evidence describing CCTs attending OHCA is sparse and research to date has not demonstrated clear benefits from this model of care. METHODS: This prospective, observational study will describe the effect of CCTs on survival from OHCA, when compared to advanced-life-support (ALS), the current standard of prehospital care in the UK...
December 7, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912757/the-sydney-triage-to-admission-risk-tool-start-to-predict-emergency-department-disposition-a-derivation-and-internal-validation-study-using-retrospective-state-wide-data-from-new-south-wales-australia
#4
Michael M Dinh, Saartje Berendsen Russell, Kendall J Bein, Kris Rogers, David Muscatello, Richard Paoloni, Jon Hayman, Dane R Chalkley, Rebecca Ivers
BACKGROUND: Disposition decisions are critical to the functioning of Emergency Departments. The objectives of the present study were to derive and internally validate a prediction model for inpatient admission from the Emergency Department to assist with triage, patient flow and clinical decision making. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of State-wide Emergency Department data in New South Wales, Australia. Adult patients (age ≥ 16 years) were included if they presented to a Level five or six (tertiary level) Emergency Department in New South Wales, Australia between 2013 and 2014...
December 3, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894249/brief-compression-only-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-training-video-and-simulation-with-homemade-mannequin-improves-cpr-skills
#5
Gregory K Wanner, Arayel Osborne, Charlotte H Greene
BACKGROUND: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training has traditionally involved classroom-based courses or, more recently, home-based video self-instruction. These methods typically require preparation and purchase fee; which can dissuade many potential bystanders from receiving training. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching compression-only CPR to previously untrained individuals using our 6-min online CPR training video and skills practice on a homemade mannequin, reproduced by viewers with commonly available items (towel, toilet paper roll, t-shirt)...
November 29, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835981/testing-a-videogame-intervention-to-recalibrate-physician-heuristics-in-trauma-triage-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#6
Deepika Mohan, Matthew R Rosengart, Baruch Fischhoff, Derek C Angus, Coreen Farris, Donald M Yealy, David J Wallace, Amber E Barnato
BACKGROUND: Between 30 and 40 % of patients with severe injuries receive treatment at non-trauma centers (under-triage), largely because of physician decision making. Existing interventions to improve triage by physicians ignore the role that intuition (heuristics) plays in these decisions. One such heuristic is to form an initial impression based on representativeness (how typical does a patient appear of one with severe injuries). We created a video game (Night Shift) to recalibrate physician's representativeness heuristic in trauma triage...
November 11, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829367/intranasal-ketamine-for-acute-traumatic-pain-in-the-emergency-department-a-prospective-randomized-clinical-trial-of-efficacy-and-safety
#7
Shachar Shimonovich, Roy Gigi, Amir Shapira, Tal Sarig-Meth, Danielle Nadav, Mattan Rozenek, Debra West, Pinchas Halpern
BACKGROUND: Ketamine has been well studied for its efficacy as an analgesic agent. However, intranasal (IN) administration of ketamine has only recently been studied in the emergency setting. The objective of this study was to elucidate the efficacy and adverse effects of a sub-dissociative dose of IN Ketamine compared to IV and IM morphine. METHODS: A single-center, randomized, prospective, parallel clinical trial of efficacy and safety of IN ketamine compared to IV and IM morphine for analgesia in the emergency department (ED)...
November 9, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809769/retrospective-analysis-of-management-of-ingested-foreign-bodies-and-food-impactions-in-emergency-endoscopic-setting-in-adults
#8
Girolamo Geraci, Carmelo Sciume', Giovanni Di Carlo, Antonino Picciurro, Giuseppe Modica
BACKGROUND: Ingestion of foreign bodies and food impaction represent the second most common endoscopic emergency after bleeding. The aim of this paper is to report the management and the outcomes in 67 patients admitted for suspected ingestion of foreign body between December 2012 and December 2014. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted at Palermo University Hospitals, Italy, over a 2-year period. We reviewed patients' database (age, sex, type of foreign body and its anatomical location, treatments, and outcomes as complications, success rates, and mortalities)...
November 4, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769180/comparison-of-antimicrobial-resistance-patterns-of-esbl-and-non-esbl-bacterial-isolates-among-patients-with-secondary-peritonitis-at-bugando-medical-centre-mwanza-tanzania
#9
Jeremiah Seni, Enock Sweya, Amri Mabewa, Stephen E Mshana, Japhet M Gilyoma
BACKGROUND: Secondary peritonitis is a common surgical emergence with deadly outcomes when not timely and promptly intervened. The emergence of Extended spectrum beta lactamase producing bacteria (ESBL) poses treatment challenge at Bugando Medical Centre (BMC); hence a need to evaluate the magnitude of ESBL so as to guide specific therapy. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted at BMC from May 2014 to April 2015 involving patients with secondary peritonitis...
October 21, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737641/dispatch-guideline-adherence-and-response-interval-a-study-of-emergency-medical-calls-in-norway
#10
Eirin N Ellensen, Torben Wisborg, Steinar Hunskaar, Erik Zakariassen
BACKGROUND: The Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC) operators in Norway report using the Norwegian Index for Medical Emergency Assistance (Index), a criteria-based dispatch guideline, in about 75 % of medical emergency calls. The main purpose of a dispatch guideline is to assist the operator in securing a correct response as quickly as possible. The effect of using the guideline on EMCC response interval is as yet unknown. We wanted to ascertain an objective measure of guideline adherence, and explore a possible effect on emergency medical dispatch (EMD) response interval...
October 13, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27658706/primary-triage-nurses-do-not-divert-patients-away-from-the-emergency-department-at-times-of-high-in-hospital-bed-occupancy-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#11
Mathias C Blom, Karin Erwander, Lars Gustafsson, Mona Landin-Olsson, Fredrik Jonsson, Kjell Ivarsson
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) overcrowding is frequently described in terms of input- throughput and output. In order to reduce ED input, a concept called primary triage has been introduced in several Swedish EDs. In short, primary triage means that a nurse separately evaluates patients who present in the Emergency Department (ED) and either refers them to primary care or discharges them home, if their complaints are perceived as being of low acuity. The aim of the present study is to elucidate whether high levels of in-hospital bed occupancy are associated with decreased permeability in primary triage...
September 22, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27655080/outcomes-associated-with-observation-versus-short-stay-admission-among-chest-pain-patients-in-the-veterans-health-administration
#12
Brad Wright, Amy M J O'Shea, Justin M Glasgow, Padmaja Ayyagari, Mary Vaughan-Sarrazin
BACKGROUND: To determine the extent to which 30- and 90-day hospital readmission and mortality rates differ as a function of whether a chest pain patient is placed in observation status or admitted to the hospital for a short-stay (<48 h). METHODS: Using 114,043 observation stays and short-stay admissions for chest pain at Veterans Health Administration hospitals between 2005 and 2013, we estimated event-level logistic regression models using a generalized estimating equation framework to predict 30 and 90-day readmissions and mortality as a function of whether the patient had an observation stay or a short-stay admission...
September 21, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27619651/keep-it-simple-vascular-risk-factors-and-focal-exam-findings-correctly-identify-posterior-circulation-ischemia-in-dizzy-patients
#13
Karen Chen, Andrea L C Schneider, Rafael H Llinas, Elisabeth B Marsh
BACKGROUND: Dizziness is a common chief complaint of patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED). Physicians must quickly and accurately identify patients whose etiology is most likely ischemia. Additional tools are available, but often require further training (vestibular testing) or are costly and not always readily available (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)). This study evaluates the ability of a routine history and simple physical examination to correctly identify dizzy patients with posterior circulation ischemia, and the added utility of CT angiography (CTA)...
September 13, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27578062/the-incorporation-of-focused-history-in-checklist-for-early-recognition-and-treatment-of-acute-illness-and-injury
#14
Namita Jayaprakash, Rashid Ali, Rahul Kashyap, Courtney Bennett, Alexander Kogan, Ognjen Gajic
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic error and delay are critical impediments to the safety of critically ill patients. Checklist for early recognition and treatment of acute illness and injury (CERTAIN) has been developed as a tool that facilitates timely and error-free evaluation of critically ill patients. While the focused history is an essential part of the CERTAIN framework, it is not clear how best to choreograph this step in the process of evaluation and treatment of the acutely decompensating patient...
August 31, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27577952/heart-fatty-acid-binding-protein-and-cardiac-troponin-development-of-an-optimal-rule-out-strategy-for-acute-myocardial-infarction
#15
Joanna M Young, John W Pickering, Peter M George, Sally J Aldous, John Wallace, Chris M Frampton, Richard W Troughton, Mark A Richards, Jaimi H Greenslade, Louise Cullen, Martin P Than
BACKGROUND: Improved ability to rapidly rule-out Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) in patients presenting with chest pain will promote decongestion of the Emergency Department (ED) and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. We assessed a new commercial Heart Fatty Acid Binding Protein (H-FABP) assay for additional diagnostic value when combined with cardiac troponin (using a high sensitivity assay). METHODS: H-FABP and high-sensitivity troponins I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) were measured in samples taken on-presentation from patients, attending the ED, with symptoms triggering investigation for possible acute coronary syndrome...
August 31, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27557531/psychological-distress-in-medical-patients-30%C3%A2-days-following-an-emergency-department-admission-results-from-a-prospective-observational-study
#16
Lukas Faessler, Alexander Kutz, Sebastian Haubitz, Beat Mueller, Pasqualina Perrig-Chiello, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND: Psychological distress in medical patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) is not well studied. Our aim was to investigate the extent of psychological distress in a broad and unselected medical patient sample 30 days after ED admission and its association with socio-demographic and clinical variables. METHOD: We used data from a prospective observational cohort study including 1575 consecutive adult medical patients presenting to the ED with acute somatic conditions...
August 24, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27553436/early-prediction-of-outcome-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-a-simple-and-practical-model
#17
Sandro Rizoli, Ashley Petersen, Eileen Bulger, Raul Coimbra, Jeffrey D Kerby, Joseph Minei, Laurie Morrison, Avery Nathens, Martin Schreiber, Airton Leonardo de Oliveira Manoel
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a heterogeneous syndrome with a broad range of outcome. We developed a simple model for long-term outcome prognostication after severe TBI. METHODS: Secondary data analysis of a large multicenter randomized trial. Patients were grouped according to 6-month extended Glasgow outcome scale (eGOS): poor-outcome (eGOS ≤ 4; severe disability or death) and acceptable outcome (eGOS > 4; no or moderate disability)...
August 24, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27549755/prospective-evaluation-of-an-automated-method-to-identify-patients-with-severe-sepsis-or-septic-shock-in-the-emergency-department
#18
Samuel M Brown, Jason Jones, Kathryn Gibb Kuttler, Roger K Keddington, Todd L Allen, Peter Haug
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is an often-fatal syndrome resulting from severe infection. Rapid identification and treatment are critical for septic patients. We therefore developed a probabilistic model to identify septic patients in the emergency department (ED). We aimed to produce a model that identifies 80 % of sepsis patients, with no more than 15 false positive alerts per day, within one hour of ED admission, using routine clinical data. METHODS: We developed the model using retrospective data for 132,748 ED encounters (549 septic), with manual chart review to confirm cases of severe sepsis or septic shock from January 2006 through December 2008...
August 22, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27543088/saudi-scd-patients-symptoms-and-quality-of-life-relative-to-the-number-of-ed-visits
#19
Anwar E Ahmed, Ahmed S Alaskar, Donna K McClish, Yosra Z Ali, Mohammed H Aldughither, Ahmad M Al-Suliman, Hafiz M Malhan
BACKGROUND: Individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD) have significantly increased emergency department (ED) use compared to the general population. In Saudi Arabia, health care is free for all individuals and therefore has no bearing on increased ED visits. However, little is known about the relationship between quality of life (QoL) and frequency of acute care utilization in this patient population. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 366 patients with SCD who attended the outpatient department at King Fahad Hospital, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia...
August 20, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27465304/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-a-developing-country-a-multicenter-cohort-study
#20
Minaz Mawani, Muhammad Masood Kadir, Iqbal Azam, Amber Mehmood, Bryan McNally, Kent Stevens, Rozina Nuruddin, Mohammad Ishaq, Junaid Abdul Razzak
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Overall survival after an OHCA has been reported to be poor and limited studies have been conducted in developing countries. We aimed to investigate the rates of survival from OHCA and explore components of the chain of survival in a developing country. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter prospective cohort study in the emergency departments (ED) of five major public and private sector hospitals of Karachi, Pakistan from January 2013 to April 2013...
July 28, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
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