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Tony Zitek, Ignasia Tanone, Alexzza Ramos, Karina Fama, Ahmed S Ali
BACKGROUND: Urgent care centers (UCCs) can offer a cheap alternative to emergency departments (EDs) for some patients with acute complaints. However, if patients who initially present to a UCC are unnecessarily transferred to an ED, those patients may suffer undue financial harm. The group of patients transferred from UCCs to EDs have never previously been studied. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to determine the fraction of transfers from a UCC to an ED that were unnecessary...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sophia Y Wang, Mariam S Hamid, David C Musch, Maria A Woodward
Importance: Nearly 2 million patients visit emergency departments (EDs) because of eye concerns annually in the United States. How hospitals currently assign these patients to treatment is important for designing systems that equitably allocate resources for eye care in urgent settings. Objective: To investigate factors associated with ophthalmology consultation for eye-related adult ED encounters to assess possible disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, language preference, or residential distance from the medical center...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Rafael Arboleda Salazar, Jane Heggie, Piotr Wolski, Eric Horlick, Mark Osten, Massimiliano Meineri
BACKGROUND: Twenty percent of patients born with congenital heart disease present with right ventricular outflow tract abnormalities. These patients require multiple surgical procedures in their lifetime. Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (TPVR) has become a viable alternative to conventional pulmonary valve and right ventricular outflow tract surgery in pediatric and adult populations. In this retrospective review, we analyze the perioperative management of adult patients who underwent TPVR in our center...
March 14, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Per Jonsson, Lorentz Lindmark, Jan Axelsson, Lars Karlsson, Lennart Lundberg, Bernd Stegmayr
We were encouraged to investigate the reasons for large amounts of foam observed in bloodlines during hemodialysis (HD). Foam was visible in the venous air trap within the Artis Gambro dialysis device. Estimates of the extent of foam were graded (0-no foam, 10-extensive foam) by two persons that were blind to the type of dialyzer used. Thirty-seven patients were involved in the dialysis procedures. Consecutive dialyses were graded using dialyzers from Fresenius Medical Care (CorDiax dialyzers that were used for high flux HD-FX80 and FX100, and for hemodiafiltration-FX1000)...
March 15, 2018: Artificial Organs
William B White, Kenneth G Saag, Michael A Becker, Jeffrey S Borer, Philip B Gorelick, Andrew Whelton, Barbara Hunt, Majin Castillo, Lhanoo Gunawardhana
Background Cardiovascular risk is increased in patients with gout. We compared cardiovascular outcomes associated with febuxostat, a nonpurine xanthine oxidase inhibitor, with those associated with allopurinol, a purine base analogue xanthine oxidase inhibitor, in patients with gout and cardiovascular disease. Methods We conducted a multicenter, double-blind, noninferiority trial involving patients with gout and cardiovascular disease; patients were randomly assigned to receive febuxostat or allopurinol and were stratified according to kidney function...
March 12, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Solina Tith, Garinder Bining, Laurent Bollag
Background : Opioid use during pregnancy is a growing concern in the United States. Buprenorphine has been recommended by "The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology" as an alternative to methadone to decrease risks associated with the use of illicit opioids during pregnancy. The partial μ-opioid agonists' unique pharmacology, including its long half time and high affinity to the μ-opioid receptor, complicates patient management in a highly kinetic, and often urgent field like obstetric anesthesia...
2018: F1000Research
Christopher Keane, James E Egan, Mary Hawk
BACKGROUND: Opioid overdose deaths in the US rose dramatically in the past 16 years, creating an urgent national health crisis with no signs of immediate relief. In 2017, the President of the US officially declared the opioid epidemic to be a national emergency and called for additional resources to respond to the crisis. Distributing naloxone to community laypersons and people at high risk for opioid overdose can prevent overdose death, but optimal distribution methods have not yet been pinpointed...
March 7, 2018: International Journal on Drug Policy
Chong Sherry Cheever, Celestina Barbosa-Leiker
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence and describe the importance of alcohol screening for all patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and examine the relationship between gender, age, Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS), emergent decompressive craniectomy, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) from the emergency department (ED), and the length of stay with alcohol screening. METHOD: This is a retrospective analysis of de-identified data from the 2012 TBI registry of a level 1 trauma center in the Pacific Northwest...
April 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Jane H Brice, Matthew A Psioda, Renee Johnson, Amy Oakley, Julianne M Cyr, Christopher S Cowden, Richard Uribe
BACKGROUND: Accessing the emergency medical services system via 9-1-1 operators is an effective way for patients to seek urgent health care; however, technological advances and telecommunication practices inundate the 9-1-1 and emergency services infrastructure with unintentional calls that delay response efforts to legitimate medical emergencies. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the change in university-wide dial-out prefix from "9" to "7" reduced unnecessary calls to a 9-1-1 call center...
March 9, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jennifer A Muszynski, Ron W Reeder, Mark W Hall, Robert A Berg, Thomas P Shanley, Christopher J L Newth, Murray M Pollack, David Wessel, Joseph Carcillo, Rick Harrison, Kathleen L Meert, J Michael Dean, Tammara Jenkins, Robert F Tamburro, Heidi J Dalton
OBJECTIVES: To determine RBC transfusion practice and relationships between RBC transfusion volume and mortality in infants and children treated with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a multicenter prospective observational study. SETTING: Eight pediatric institutions within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network...
March 6, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Ryota Inokuchi, Hiromu Maehara, Satoshi Iwai, Masao Iwagami, Hajime Sato, Yoko Yamaguchi, Toshifumi Asada, Miyuki Yamamoto, Kensuke Nakamura, Takahiro Hiruma, Kent Doi, Naoto Morimura
PURPOSE: The interface design and its effect on workflow are key determinants of the usability of electronic medical records (EMRs) in the emergency department (ED). However, whether the overall clinical care can be improved by dividing the interface design of physical findings into medical and trauma findings is unknown. We previously developed an EMR system in which the checkpoints were separated into different sections according to the body part. Herein, we modified this EMR system by remaking the interface design specifically for trauma patients, and evaluated its performance...
April 2018: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Haley Stevens, Emily Wells, Rachel Ross, Amanda Stricklen, Amir A Ghaferi
BACKGROUND: Reducing avoidable emergency department (ED) visits is an increasingly important target of quality improvement and cost containment efforts in bariatric surgery. Administrative and clinical registry data provide an incomplete picture of the factors contributing to postoperative ED utilization. Patient-centered interviews can help identify intervention opportunities. OBJECTIVES: We sought to understand the circumstances surrounding patient self-referral to the ED after elective, primary bariatric surgery...
January 31, 2018: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Cassandra K Kisby, Michael R Polin, Anthony G Visco, Nazema Y Siddiqui
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to compare unplanned postoperative encounters in women discharged same day versus later after robotic-assisted sacrocolpopexy (RA-SCP). METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of women who underwent RA-SCP at a tertiary care center January 2013 to September 2015. Women were divided into 2 cohorts based on their day of discharge: (1) same day or (2) postoperative day 1 (POD ≥ 1) or later. Our primary outcome was unplanned provider visits (clinic, urgent care, emergency department, or hospital readmission) during the 6 weeks after surgery...
February 27, 2018: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Sarah A McCord, Mary G Lynch, April Y Maa
In 2015, a tele-ophthalmology program was undertaken at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center to provide screening eye care for veterans in their primary care clinics. Though this program was developed as a screening tool, the availability of these services in primary care clinics has enabled triage of certain acute eye complaints. These case reports describe two patients who were diagnosed with retinal detachments through this program, although their primary care providers had triaged them as requiring non-urgent referrals to the eye clinic...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
A L Gilmore-Bykovskyi, N Rogus-Pulia
OBJECTIVES: Dysphagia, or impaired swallowing, is common in nursing home (NH) residents with dementia and contributes to malnutrition and diminished quality of life. Dysphagia also commonly leads to aspiration or passage of food or fluids into the airway, which can result in aspiration pneumonia-a leading cause of death for people with dementia. Currently available interventions for dysphagia aim to modify the risk of aspiration events primarily by modifying diet and positioning to improve the safety of an individual's swallow...
2018: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Ji Chang, Dave Chokshi, Joseph Ladapo
Urgent care centers have been identified as one means of shifting care from high-cost emergency departments while increasing after-hours access to care. However, the episodic nature of urgent care also has the potential to fragment care. In this study, we examine the adoption of 2 coordination activities-referrals and the electronic exchange of health information-at urgent care centers and other ambulatory providers across the United States. We find that setting is significantly associated with both health information exchange and referrals...
April 2018: Journal of Ambulatory Care Management
Yee Vern Yong, Asrul Akmal Shafie
BACKGROUND: Patients with asthma need long-term management to maintain optimal control. In addition to routine maintenance, urgent visits and hospitalizations may be required, as these patients are prone to acute exacerbations. The aim of this study was to estimate the costs of maintenance and acute exacerbation managements in patients with asthma in a suburban public hospital in Malaysia. METHODS: An activity-based microcosting approach was applied to estimate the unit cost of events from the hospital's perspective...
June 21, 2017: Value in Health Regional Issues
Tanya W Moseley, Ashley Stanley, Wei Wei, Jay R Parikh
Newly diagnosed breast abscesses are generally treated as a medical emergency that may necessitate immediate interventional treatment. At our institution, there is no in-house after-hours coverage for breast ultrasonography. We could find no peer-reviewed studies on the cost-effectiveness or clinical management impact of on-call ultrasound technologist coverage for imaging of breast abscesses. The purposes of this study were to determine the incidence of breast abscess in patients with clinical findings highly suggestive of abscess, identify clinical factors associated with breast abscess in such patients, and determine the impact of after-hours emergent or urgent breast ultrasonography on the clinical management of breast abscesses in both outpatients and inpatients...
February 23, 2018: Diagnostics
Rachel Mosher Henke, Zeynal Karaca, Teresa B Gibson, Eli Cutler, Chapin White, Herbert S Wong
BACKGROUND: Research has suggested that growth in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program indirectly benefits the entire 65+-year-old population by reducing overall expenditures and creating spillover effects of patient care practices. Medicare programs and innovations initiated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have encouraged practices to adopt models applying to all patient populations, which may influence the continued benefits of MA program growth. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the relationship between MA program growth and inpatient hospital costs and utilization before and after the ACA...
February 16, 2018: Medical Care
N Gostelow, J Barber, F Gishen, A Berlin
BACKGROUND: Inequalities in healthcare are increasing. Engaging medical students to tackle this urgent challenge alongside clinical sciences can be demanding. This study examines medical student perceptions of a flipped approach to health inequalities co-designed by faculty and sixth-year students. INNOVATION: A flipped learning session was piloted for year 4 medical students combining an online lesson followed by a tutorial with a simulated patient. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach collected questionnaire data using 4-point Likert scales and free text answers...
February 19, 2018: Medical Teacher
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