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Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA

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#1
Kees Nydam, Rebecca Soole
There is sometimes dissonance between the medical services that the general public expects an ED to provide and the acute critical care that emergency clinicians hope to provide. One explanation for this is that the ED is both a territory and a meeting place for a cornucopia of clinicians, some of whom are not ED clinicians themselves. Roles are sometimes ambiguous and location-specific. Recently, one Queensland mother believed that her son's suicide could have been prevented had emergency staff been better educated...
August 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816011/lessons-learnt-from-incidents-involving-the-airway-and-breathing-reported-from-australasian-emergency-departments
#2
Carmel Crock, Kim Hansen, Toby Fogg, Angela Cahill, Anita Deakin, William B Runciman
OBJECTIVE: To review incident reports relating to problems encountered during the ED management of patients with 'airway or breathing' problems, with the aim of finding and highlighting common themes within these rare events, and making recommendations to further improve patient safety in the areas in which deficiencies have been identified. METHODS: Thematic analysis of 36 incidents reported from Australasian EDs, which were related to problems with airway and breathing...
August 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815974/health-promotion-in-fiji-is-it-feasible-in-the-emergency-department
#3
Anne Creaton, Jackie Holt
OBJECTIVES: Complications of diabetes, hypertension and asthma are commonly seen in EDs in Fiji. Time spent in the ED offers an opportunity for health promotion activities. The aim of the intervention was to provide information on diabetes, hypertension and asthma to patients in the ED. The aim of the project was to determine whether such an intervention could be implemented using public health students. The aim of this paper is to document the experiences of those who delivered and supervised the intervention...
August 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782875/comparison-of-trauma-care-systems-in-asian-countries-a-systematic-literature-review
#4
Se Jin Choi, Moon Young Oh, Na Rae Kim, Yoo Joong Jung, Young Sun Ro, Sang Do Shin
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to compare the trauma care systems in Asian countries. METHODS: Asian countries were categorised into three groups; 'lower middle-income country', 'upper middle-income country' and 'high-income country'. The Medline/PubMed database was searched for articles published from January 2005 to December 2014 using relevant key words. Articles were excluded if they examined a specific injury mechanism, referred to a specific age group, and/or did not have full text available...
August 7, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766874/people-with-dementia-in-the-emergency-department-behavioural-symptoms-and-use-of-restraint
#5
LETTER
Joanne Tropea, Dina LoGiudice, Luciana Kelly
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766858/adolescent-presentations-to-an-adult-hospital-emergency-department
#6
Omar Noori, Shweta Batra, Amith Shetty, Katharine Steinbeck
OBJECTIVE: Age-related policies allow adolescents to access paediatric and adult EDs. Anecdotally, paediatric and adult EDs report challenges when caring for older and younger adolescents, respectively. Our aim was to describe the characteristics of an adolescent population attending an adult ED, co-located with a tertiary paediatric ED. METHODS: The Westmead Hospital ED database was accessed for 14.5-17.9 years old presentations between January 2010 and December 2012...
August 2, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762658/do-antiemetic-drugs-benefit-adult-emergency-department-patients-with-nausea-the-literature-says-no-but-is-it-right
#7
Robert Meek, Andis Graudins
Nausea is a common problem in ED patients. Antiemetic drugs have been used in the ED for decades, but a recent Cochrane review found no convincing evidence for the benefit of antiemetic drugs over placebo. This was largely based on three placebo-controlled trials, which found mean Visual Analog Scale (VAS) changes for various drugs and placebo, to be similar. However, reliance on mean VAS change as the primary outcome measure has probably been a mistake. It does not give information on the number of improved patients, so these cannot be compared between groups...
August 1, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759946/which-age-adjusted-d-dimer-cut-off-performs-best
#8
LETTER
Imogen Ackerly, Sharon Klim, James McFarlane, Anne-Maree Kelly
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 31, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758371/magnitude-of-workplace-violence-in-emergency-department-another-brick-in-the-wall
#9
LETTER
Nicola Ramacciati, Andrea Ceccagnoli, Beniamino Addey, Laura Rasero
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 31, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748654/review-article-does-acupuncture-have-a-role-in-providing-analgesia-in-the-emergency-setting-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
REVIEW
Andrew L Jan, Emogene S Aldridge, Ian R Rogers, Eric J Visser, Max K Bulsara, Richard C Niemtzow
Acupuncture might offer a novel approach to improve ED pain management. Our primary aim was to assess the efficacy of acupuncture in the emergency setting while secondary objectives were to explore its suitability through its side-effect profile, patient satisfaction, cost, administration time and points used. Seven databases and Google Scholar were searched up to 31 July 2016 using MeSH descriptors for three overarching themes concerning acupuncture, pain management and emergency medicine. Meta-analysis was performed on randomised trials for three comparator groups: acupuncture versus sham, acupuncture versus standard analgesia care and acupuncture-as-an-adjunct to standard care, to calculate the standardised mean difference and weighted mean difference for pain scores out of 10...
July 26, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707380/pre-hospital-and-retrieval-medicine-clinical-governance-in-sydney-and-the-inconvenient-truth
#11
LETTER
Alan Garner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 13, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627014/review-article-paediatric-status-epilepticus-in-the-pre-hospital-setting-an-update
#12
REVIEW
Jeremy Furyk, Kerriane Watt, Theophilus I Emeto, Stuart Dalziel, Daniel Bodnar, Kate Riney, Franz E Babl
Paediatric status epilepticus (SE) is a medical emergency and a common critical condition confronting pre-hospital providers. Management in the pre-hospital environment is challenging but considered extremely important as a potentially modifiable factor on outcome. Recent data from multicentre clinical trials, quality observational studies and consensus documents have influenced management in this area, and is important to both pre-hospital providers and emergency physicians. The objective of this review was to: (i) present an overview of the available evidence relevant to pre-hospital care of paediatric SE; and (ii) assess the current pre-hospital practice guidelines in Australia and New Zealand...
June 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608486/point-of-care-ultrasound-averts-catastrophic-iatrogenic-haemorrhage-the-case-of-vascular-aneurysms-masquerading-as-thigh-abscess
#13
Darren Brockie, Grace Balinda, Joseph Niyonzima, Amelia Pousson, Mindi Guptill
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 13, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597966/diurnal-variation-in-outcomes-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-asian-communities-the-pan-asian-resuscitation-outcomes-study
#14
Yun Jeong Kim, Hyun Wook Ryoo, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Young Sun Ro, Kyung Won Lee, Matthew Huei-Ming Ma, Patrick Chow-In Ko, Han Nee Gan, Nur Shahidah
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to determine whether the time of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is associated with survival rate and neurological outcome after OHCA, as well as to compare the effect size of time of OHCA across six Asian regions. METHODS: We collected data from the Pan-Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study registry, six Asian regions (Tokyo, Osaka, Aichi, Seoul, Taipei and Singapore) from 2009 to 2012. Adult OHCA cases were divided depending on the arrest time: I (00...
June 9, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597505/renal-effects-of-an-emergency-department-chloride-restrictive-intravenous-fluid-strategy-in-patients-admitted-to-hospital-for-more-than-48-hours
#15
Nor'azim Mohd Yunos, Rinaldo Bellomo, David McD Taylor, Simon Judkins, Fergus Kerr, Harvey Sutcliffe, Colin Hegarty, Michael Bailey
OBJECTIVE: Patients commonly receive i.v. fluids in the ED. It is still unclear whether the choice of i.v. fluids in this setting influences renal or patient outcomes. We aimed to assess the effects of restricting i.v. chloride administration in the ED on the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: We conducted a before-and-after trial with 5008 consecutive ED-treated hospital admissions in the control period and 5146 consecutive admissions in the intervention period...
June 8, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589691/medical-scribes-have-no-impact-on-the-patient-experience-of-an-emergency-department
#16
William Dunlop, Lachlan Hegarty, Margaret Staples, Michele Levinson, Michael Ben-Meir, Katherine Walker
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate patient perceptions of medical scribes in the ED and to test for scribe impacts on ED Net Promoter Scores, Press Ganey Surveys and other patient-centred topics. METHODS: Exploratory semi-structured interviews were conducted in the ED during wait times after scribed consultations. Interview results were used to derive topics relating to scribes. Items addressing these topics from validated surveys were combined with items from widely used patient satisfaction questionnaires...
June 6, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582801/emergency-airway-management-in-australian-and-new-zealand-emergency-departments-a-multicentre-descriptive-study-of-3710-emergency-intubations
#17
Hatem Alkhouri, John Vassiliadis, Matthew Murray, John Mackenzie, Alex Tzannes, Sally McCarthy, Toby Fogg
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the practice of endotracheal intubation across a range of Australasian EDs. METHODS: We established a multicentre airway registry (The Australian and New Zealand Emergency Department Airway Registry [ANZEDAR]) prospectively capturing intubations from 43 Australian and New Zealand EDs over 24 months using the ANZEDAR form. Information recorded included patient demographics, intubation indications, predicted difficulty, rapid sequence induction and endotracheal intubation preparation technique, induction drugs, airway adjuncts and complications...
June 5, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574204/rational-clinical-evaluation-of-suspected-acute-coronary-syndromes-the-value-of-more-information
#18
David G Hancock, Ming-Yu Anthony Chuang, Rebecca Bystrom, Amera Halabi, Rachel Jones, Matthew Horsfall, Louise Cullen, William A Parsonage, Derek P Chew
OBJECTIVE: Many meta-analyses have provided synthesised likelihood ratio data to aid clinical decision-making. However, much less has been published on how to safely combine clinical information in practice. We aimed to explore the benefits and risks of pooling clinical information during the ED assessment of suspected acute coronary syndrome. METHODS: Clinical information on 1776 patients was collected within a randomised trial conducted across five South Australian EDs between July 2011 and March 2013...
June 2, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571117/do-all-adult-orthopaedic-injuries-seen-in-emergency-departments-need-to-attend-fracture-clinic-a-queensland-multicentred-review
#19
Aidan Cleary, Robert Zeller, Chris Maguire, Shyan Goh, Nick Shortt
OBJECTIVE: Musculoskeletal injuries account for a significant proportion of ED presentations annually, with a large percentage being referred to the fracture clinic (FC). A literature review found that many referrals could be safely managed outside the traditional model of care. The present study aims to review all adult presentations to FCs at two Queensland metropolitan hospitals, finding low-risk injuries that can safely and appropriately be managed by their general practitioner (GP) or allied health professionals (AHPs), potentially affording significant savings to the health system...
June 1, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571105/visualising-emergency-department-capacity-in-an-emergency-department-capacity-clock-a-novel-tool-to-assess-and-communicate-overcrowding-and-access-block
#20
Ohad Dar, Jacques Loubser
Hospital-wide engagement is required to alleviate the problem of ED crowding and its associated adverse effects. To this end, the article describes a novel visualisation termed 'the ED Capacity Clock', which can be formatted using business intelligence software. This radial diagram represents ED capacity and its consumption in a format that can be understood intuitively and at a glance. The ED Capacity Clock is designed to promote common understanding and discussion between relevant hospital services and also acts as an auditing tool to monitor processes implemented to alleviate ED crowding...
June 1, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
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