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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752502/attitude-of-patients-healthcare-professionals-and-noninjured-lay-persons-towards-online-video-instructions-on-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-a-cross-sectional-study
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Amber E Hoek, Maaike van den Hamer, Carianne K Deelstra, Ed F van Beeck, Diederik W J Dippel, Juanita A Haagsma, Pleunie P M Rood
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to determine the attitude of patients, healthcare professionals, and noninjured lay persons towards adding a video with discharge instructions to patient care for patients with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI). A survey was conducted at the emergency department (ED). Participants consisted of MTBI patients (n = 50), healthcare professionals (n = 50), and noninjured lay persons (n = 50). The participants viewed a video with discharge instructions on MTBI and filled out a questionnaire that measured their attitude towards the use of a video as part of discharge instructions...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707273/team-communication-patterns-in-emergency-resuscitation-a-mixed-methods-qualitative-analysis
#2
Lisa Anne Calder, George Mastoras, Mitra Rahimpour, Benjamin Sohmer, Brian Weitzman, A Adam Cwinn, Tara Hobin, Avi Parush
BACKGROUND: In order to enhance patient safety during resuscitation of critically ill patients, we need to optimize team communication and enhance team situational awareness but little is known about resuscitation team communication patterns. The objective of this study is to understand how teams communicate during resuscitation; specifically to assess for a shared mental model (organized understanding of a team's relationships) and information needs. METHODS: We triangulated 3 methods to evaluate resuscitation team communication at a tertiary care academic trauma center: (1) interviews; (2) simulated resuscitation observations; (3) live resuscitation observations...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702883/risk-factors-for-recurrent-emergency-department-visits-for-hyperglycemia-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
#3
Justin W Yan, Katherine M Gushulak, Melanie P Columbus, Kristine van Aarsen, Alexandra L Hamelin, George A Wells, Ian G Stiell
BACKGROUND: Patients with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus may present repeatedly to the emergency department (ED) for management and treatment of hyperglycemic episodes, including diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state. The objective of this study was to identify risk factors that predict unplanned recurrent ED visits for hyperglycemia in patients with diabetes within 30 days of initial presentation. METHODS: We conducted a 1-year health records review of patients ≥18 years presenting to one of four tertiary care EDs with a discharge diagnosis of hyperglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, or hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695492/patterns-of-acute-poisoning-with-pesticides-in-the-paediatric-age-group
#4
Kavinda Chandimal Dayasiri, Shaluka F Jayamanne, Chamilka Y Jayasinghe
BACKGROUND: Pesticides are identified as one of the dangerous poisons globally in children and are associated with increased short- and long-term morbidity. Pesticide poisoning is the most common method of self-poisoning among adults in rural Sri Lanka, and the clinical management is associated with significant healthcare costs to the country. There is however little data published on acute pesticide poisoning among children in rural Sri Lanka. The current study aimed to comprehensively evaluate clinical profiles, harmful first aid measures, emergency clinical management, complications and outcomes related to acute pesticide poisoning among children in the rural community of Sri Lanka...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685213/telemedicine-and-its-transformation-of-emergency-care-a-case-study-of-one-of-the-largest-us-integrated-healthcare-delivery-systems
#5
Rahul Sharma, Peter Fleischut, Daniel Barchi
Innovative methods for delivering healthcare via the use of technology are rapidly growing. Despite the passage of the Affordable Care Act, emergency department visits have continued to rise nationally. Healthcare systems must devise solutions to face these increasing volumes and also deliver high quality care. In response to the changing healthcare landscape, New York Presbyterian Hospital has implemented a comprehensive enterprise wide digital health portfolio which includes the first mobile stroke treatment unit on the east coast and the first emergency department-based digital emergency care program in New York City...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647922/comparison-of-quality-of-chest-compressions-during-training-of-laypersons-using-push-heart-and-little-anne-manikins-using-blinded-cprcards
#6
Shota Tanaka, Alexander E White, Ryo Sagisaka, Guanseng Chong, Eileen Ng, Jinny Seow, Nurul Asyikin Mj, Hideharu Tanaka, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
BACKGROUND: Mass Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training using less expensive and easily portable manikins is one way to increase the number of trained laypeople in a short time. The easy-to-carry, low-cost CPR training model called Push Heart (PH) is widely used in Japan. The aim of this study was to examine if PH can achieve chest compression quality that is similar to that using more conventional Little Anne (LA) manikins for training laypersons. METHODS: This prospective randomized crossover study was done during routine community CPR training of laypersons in Singapore...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589462/discharge-or-admit-emergency-department-management-of-incidental-pulmonary-embolism-in-patients-with-cancer-a-retrospective-study
#7
Srinivas R Banala, Sai-Ching Jim Yeung, Terry W Rice, Cielito C Reyes-Gibby, Carol C Wu, Knox H Todd, W Frank Peacock, Kumar Alagappan
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization and early anticoagulation therapy remain standard care for patients who present to the emergency department (ED) with pulmonary embolism (PE). For PEs discovered incidentally, however, optimal therapeutic strategies are less clear-and all the more so when the patient has cancer, which is associated with a hypercoagulable state that exacerbates the threat of PE. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of a historical cohort of patients with cancer and incidental PE who were referred for assessment to the ED in an institution whose standard of care is outpatient treatment of selected patients and use of low-molecular-weight heparin for anticoagulation...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585119/the-effectiveness-of-hybrid-treatment-for-sever-multiple-trauma-a-case-of-multiple-trauma-for-damage-control-laparotomy-and-thoracic-endovascular-repair
#8
Naofumi Bunya, Keisuke Harada, Yosuke Kuroda, Tsubasa Toyohara, Takashi Toyohara, Narumi Kubota, Ryuichiro Kakizaki, Hideto Irifune, Shuji Uemura, Eichi Narimatsu
BACKGROUND: Time is a crucial factor for the successful early management of the multi-trauma patient. Hybrid operating theaters, which support the integration of surgical treatment and interventional radiology, provide opportunities to reduce the time-to-surgery for life threatening conditions. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe the early successful treatment of a 54-year-old male who sustained multiple injuries when he was hit by a 1000 kg bale of wheat that fell from a height...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484958/markers-of-diuretic-resistance-in-emergency-department-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
#9
Andrew Doering, Cathy A Jenkins, Alan B Storrow, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Gregory J Fermann, Karen F Miller, Matthew Sperling, Sean P Collins
BACKGROUND: Loop diuretics are common therapy for emergency department (ED) patients with acute heart failure (AHF). Diuretic resistance (DR) is a term used to describe blunted natriuretic response to loop diuretics. It would be important to detect DR prior to it becoming clinically apparent, so early interventions can be initiated. However, several definitions have been proposed, and it is not clear if they identify similar patients. We compared these definitions and described the clinical characteristics of patients who fulfilled them...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421563/the-current-utilization-and-perceptions-of-prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-among-emergency-medicine-providers-in-florida
#10
Henry W Young, Joseph A Tyndall, Linda B Cottler
BACKGROUND: Pain is among the most commonly treated symptoms in the emergency department, and opioids are commonly prescribed from the emergency department to treat moderate to severe pain. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) can be used to assist physicians identify individuals at increased risk to misuse or abuse opioids. While the use of the PDMP has been shown useful among clinicians, in the past, utilization of the PDMP has been less than optimal. The objective of this study was to assess the current utilization and perceptions of the prescription drug monitoring program among emergency medicine providers in Florida...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405953/angioedema-in-the-emergency-department-a-practical-guide-to-differential-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Jonathan A Bernstein, Paolo Cremonesi, Thomas K Hoffmann, John Hollingsworth
BACKGROUND: Angioedema is a common presentation in the emergency department (ED). Airway angioedema can be fatal; therefore, prompt diagnosis and correct treatment are vital. OBJECTIVE OF THE REVIEW: Based on the findings of two expert panels attended by international experts in angioedema and emergency medicine, this review aims to provide practical guidance on the diagnosis, differentiation, and management of histamine- and bradykinin-mediated angioedema in the ED...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378268/carbon-dioxide-poisoning-a-literature-review-of-an-often-forgotten-cause-of-intoxication-in-the-emergency-department
#12
REVIEW
Kris Permentier, Steven Vercammen, Sylvia Soetaert, Christian Schellemans
The goal of this article was to provide an overview of the literature available on carbon dioxide intoxication. Articles were included based on their focus on medical or physiological effects of carbon dioxide. Studies related to decompression sickness were excluded. Mechanisms of carbon dioxide poising (both as an asphyxiant and as a toxicant) were described. Our review suggested that precautions are needed when handling dry ice or while working in confined spaces. Pre-hospital responders also need to pay attention for the possible diagnosis of CO2 intoxication for their own safety...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357722/health-among-disaster-survivors-and-health-professionals-after-the-haiyan-typhoon-a-self-selected-internet-based-web-survey
#13
Karin Hugelius, Mervyn Gifford, Per Örtenwall, Annsofie Adolfsson
BACKGROUND: Natural disasters affected millions of people worldwide every year. Evaluation of disaster health and health response interventions is faced with several methodological challenges. This study aimed (1) to describe survivors' and health professionals' health, 30 months after a natural disaster using a web-based self-selected Internet sample survey designed and (2) to evaluate the health effects of disaster response interventions, in the present study with a focus on disaster radio...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324468/ascariasis-and-hyperosmolar-hyperglycemic-state-a-surprising-ultrasound-finding-in-the-emergency-department
#14
Giles N Cattermole, Jean-Paul Nzabandora
BACKGROUND: We report the ultrasound finding of ascariasis in a patient with hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state (HHS). Although ascariasis is common in low-resource settings, there has been no previous report associating ascariasis with HHS. CASE PRESENTATION: A 26-year-old Rwandan man was admitted to the emergency department in coma, with a glycemia of 600 mg/dl. He was resuscitated with fluids, intubated and ventilated, and treated with insulin and antibiotics...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321786/adherence-to-pediatric-diabetic-ketoacidosis-guidelines-by-community-emergency-departments-providers
#15
Janine E Zee-Cheng, Emily C Webber, Samer Abu-Sultaneh
BACKGROUND: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a common presentation of type I diabetes mellitus to the emergency departments. Most children with DKA are initially managed in community emergency departments where providers may not have easy access to educational resources or pediatric-specific guidelines and protocols that are readily available at pediatric academic medical centers. The aim of this study is to evaluate adherence of community emergency departments in the state of Indiana to the pediatric DKA guidelines...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224348/a-need-to-reconsider-guidelines-on-management-of-primary-spontaneous-pneumothorax
#16
Jiyoon Yoon, Parthipan Sivakumar, Kevin O'Kane, Liju Ahmed
BACKGROUND: The key guidelines in the management of primary spontaneous pneumothorax (PSP) include the 2010 British Thoracic Society (BTS) Pleural Disease guideline and 2001 American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Consensus Statement. Current recommendations are dependent on radiographic measures which differ between these two guidelines. The aim of this study is to compare size classification of PSP cases, according to BTS and ACCP guidelines, and to evaluate guideline compliance...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224347/emergency-medical-service-systems-in-sri-lanka-problems-of-the-past-challenges-of-the-future
#17
Kelum Wimalaratne, Jeong Il Lee, Kang Hyun Lee, Hee Young Lee, Jung Hun Lee, In Hye Kang
INTRODUCTION: The concept of emergency medical services (EMS) is new to Sri Lanka. This article describes the development, delivery, and future ideas for EMS in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka also faces frequent natural hazards that justify the establishment of an EMS service. METHODOLOGY: Data and information regarding emergency medical care in Sri Lanka were collected and reviewed from resources including websites and research papers. RESULTS: Currently, there are no qualified emergency medical physicians in Sri Lanka...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224346/dedication-increases-productivity-an-analysis-of-the-implementation-of-a-dedicated-medical-team-in-the-emergency-department
#18
Pedro Ramos, José Artur Paiva
BACKGROUND: In several European countries, emergency departments (EDs) now employ a dedicated team of full-time emergency medicine (EM) physicians, with a distinct leadership and bed-side emergency training, in all similar to other hospital departments. In Portugal, however, there are still two very different models for staffing EDs: a classic model, where EDs are mostly staffed with young inexperienced physicians from different medical departments who take turns in the ED in 12-h shifts and a dedicated model, recently implemented in some hospitals, where the ED is staffed by a team of doctors with specific medical competencies in emergency medicine that work full-time in the ED...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220347/stercoral-colitis-mimicking-appendicitis
#19
Abdelghafour Elkoundi, Mustapha Bensghir, Charki Haimeur
BACKGROUND: Stercoral colitis is an inflammatory process involving the colonic wall related to fecal impaction. This rare condition is associated with high morbidity-mortality. FINDINGS: We report a case of a 78-year-old woman with a history of dementia under clozapine who presented a clinical and sonographic presentation of acute appendicitis. The worsening of her clinical condition prompted us to review our diagnosis and modify our approach using the CT scan which was consistent with stercoral colitis...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160170/implementation-strategies-for-procedural-sedation-and-analgesia-in-the-emergency-department
#20
LETTER
Maybritt I Kuypers, Frans B Plötz, Francis Mencl
Implementing procedural sedation and analgesia in the emergency department is still is a challenge on an international scale. Here, we describe the Dutch setting of emergency medicine and explain the strategies that were successful for the implementation of safe and effective procedural sedation and analgesia by emergency physicians. We describe strategies on how to bridge the gap of knowledge and skills and how to deal with a resistance to change.
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