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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350641/traumatic-fractures-in-adults-missed-diagnosis-on-plain-radiographs-in-the-emergency-department
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Antonio Pinto, Daniela Berritto, Anna Russo, Federica Riccitiello, Martina Caruso, Maria Paola Belfiore, Vito Roberto Papapietro, Marina Carotti, Fabio Pinto, Andrea Giovagnoni, Luigia Romano, Roberto Grassi
Radiography remains the imaging standard for fracture detection after trauma. The radiographic diagnosis of most fractures and dislocations poses little difficulty to radiologists: however, occasionally these injuries are quite subtle or even impossible to detect on radiographs. Missed diagnoses of fracture potentially have important consequences for patients, clinicians, and radiologists. Radiologists play a pivot role in the diagnostic assessment of the trauma patients: emergency radiologists who are more practiced at seeking out and discerning traumatic fractures can provide an invaluable service to their clinical colleagues by ensuring that patients do not endure delayed diagnoses...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350536/diagnostic-accuracy-of-functional-imaging-and-biochemical-tests-for-patients-presenting-with-chest-pain-to-the-emergency-department-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mario Iannaccone, Sebastiano Gili, Ovidio De Filippo, Salvatore D'Amico, Marco Gagliardi, Maurizio Bertaina, Silvia Mazzilli, Sara Rettegno, Federica Bongiovanni, Paolo Gatti, Fabrizio Ugo, Giacomo G Boccuzzi, Salvatore Colangelo, Silvia Prato, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'Amico, Patrizia Noussan, Roberto Garbo, David Hildick-Smith, Fiorenzo Gaita, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive ischaemia tests and biomarkers are widely adopted to rule out acute coronary syndrome in the emergency department. Their diagnostic accuracy has yet to be precisely defined. METHODS: Medline, Cochrane Library CENTRAL, EMBASE and Biomed Central were systematically screened (start date 1 September 2016, end date 1 December 2016). Prospective studies (observational or randomised controlled trial) comparing functional/imaging or biochemical tests for patients presenting with chest pain to the emergency department were included...
January 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349639/outcomes-in-syncope-research-a-systematic-review-and-critical-appraisal
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Monica Solbiati, Viviana Bozzano, Franca Barbic, Giovanni Casazza, Franca Dipaola, James V Quinn, Matthew J Reed, Robert S Sheldon, Win-Kuang Shen, Benjamin C Sun, Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy, Raffaello Furlan, Giorgio Costantino
Syncope is the common clinical manifestation of different diseases, and this makes it difficult to define what outcomes should be considered in prognostic studies. The aim of this study is to critically analyze the outcomes considered in syncope studies through systematic review and expert consensus. We performed a systematic review of the literature to identify prospective studies enrolling consecutive patients presenting to the Emergency Department with syncope, with data on the characteristics and incidence of short-term outcomes...
January 18, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345427/review-article-best-practice-management-of-common-shoulder-injuries-and-conditions-in-the-emergency-department-part-4-of-the-musculoskeletal-injuries-rapid-review-series
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REVIEW
Kirsten Strudwick, Megan McPhee, Anthony Bell, Melinda Martin-Khan, Trevor Russell
Shoulder injuries are a commonly presenting complaint to the ED. In the absence of an obvious deformity, they can be difficult to assess and definitively diagnose because of the multiple structures that cause shoulder pain, the acuity and severity of pain and the lack of range of motion in the ED setting. The quality of ED care provided to patients with musculoskeletal shoulder pain is crucial to ensure the best possible outcomes for the patient. This rapid review investigated best practice for the assessment and management of common shoulder injuries and conditions in the ED...
January 18, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343534/effect-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-probability-on-diagnostic-and-prognostic-performance-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin
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Patrick Badertscher, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Thomas Nestelberger, Raphael Twerenbold, Karin Wildi, Zaid Sabti, Christian Puelacher, Maria Rubini Giménez, Julian Pfäffli, Dayana Flores, Jeanne du Fay de Lavallaz, Òscar Miró, F Javier Martin-Sanchez, Beata Morawiec, Jens Lohrmann, Andreas Buser, Dagmar I Keller, Nicolas Geigy, Tobias Reichlin, Christian Mueller
BACKGROUND: There is concern that high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) may have low diagnostic accuracy in patients with low acute coronary syndrome (ACS) probability. METHODS: We prospectively stratified patients presenting with acute chest discomfort to the emergency department (ED) into 3 groups according to their probability for ACS as assessed by the treating ED physician using a visual analog scale-≤10%, 11% to 79%, and ≥80%-reviewing all information available at 90 min...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342466/deep-vein-thrombosis-a-rare-cause-of-acute-testicular-pain-case-report-literature-review
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Adrián Amador Robayna, Jonathan Rodríguez Talavera, Begoña Ballesta Martínez, Javier Falcón Barroso, Almudena Carrión Valencia, Nuria Orribo Morales, Melania Santacruz Pérez, Jesús Monllor Gisbert
INTRODUCTION: Thrombosis is defined as the formation of a clot in a blood vessel that obstructs the flow of blood to the peripheral tissues. The incidence of thromboembolic disease ranges from 0.7 to 1.2% within urology. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old warehouse worker male presented to the emergency department with worsening of a month's lasting scrotal pain. Physical examination showed the presence of an enlarged and painful left testicle with no other findings. Right testicle, penis and abdominal examination showed no abnormalities whatsoever...
January 17, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341529/-when-the-ward-overflows%C3%A2-the-impact-of-outlying-beds-on-patient-care
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Valérie Mosimann, Olivier Lamy, Julien Castioni
Due to the chronic lack of beds in hospitals, patients are often hospitalized in other departments (outlier patients), with a responsible physician working in another department. This causes increased thromboembolics risks, nosocomial infections, falls and delirium in the elderly, morbidity and mortality. Outlier patients, compared to standard patients, stay longer in the emergency department and their discharge documents are available later. Outlying is used daily in the CHUV hospital and new strategies are elaborated to manage patient flow, especially during the flu epidemic...
January 17, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341498/review-article-sepsis-in-the-emergency-department-part-2-investigations-and-monitoring
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REVIEW
Amith Shetty, Stephen Pj Macdonald, Gerben Keijzers, Julian M Williams, Benjamin Tang, Bas de Groot, Kelly Thompson, John F Fraser, Simon Finfer, Rinaldo Bellomo, Jonathan Iredell
Sepsis is characterised by organ dysfunction resulting from infection, with no reliable single objective test and current diagnosis based on clinical features and results of investigations. In the ED, investigations may be conducted to diagnose infection as the cause of the presenting illness, identify the source, distinguish sepsis from uncomplicated infection (i.e. without organ dysfunction) and/ or risk stratification. Appropriate sample collection for microbiological testing remains key for subsequent confirmation of diagnosis and rationalisation of antimicrobials...
January 16, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338852/simulation-based-multidisciplinary-team-training-decreases-time-to-critical-operations-for-trauma-patients
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Margaret Murphy, Kate Curtis, Mary K Lam, Cameron S Palmer, Jeremy Hsu, Andrea McCloughen
BACKGROUND: Simulation has been promoted as a platform for training trauma teams. However, it is not clear if this training has an impact on health service delivery and patient outcomes. This study evaluates the association between implementation of a simulation based multidisciplinary trauma team training program at a metropolitan trauma centre and subsequent patient outcomes. METHOD: This was a retrospective review of trauma registry data collected at an 850-bed Level 1 Adult Trauma Centre in Sydney, Australia...
January 8, 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337859/effects-of-pharmacists-interventions-on-inappropriate-drug-use-and-drug-related-readmissions-in-people-with-dementia-a-secondary-analysis-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Maria Gustafsson, Maria Sjölander, Bettina Pfister, Jörn Schneede, Hugo Lövheim
Age-associated physiological changes and extensive drug treatment including use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) pose a significant risk of drug-drug interactions and adverse drug events among elderly people with dementia. This study aimed at analysing the effects of clinical pharmacists' interventions on use of PIMs, risk of emergency department visits, and time to institutionalization. Furthermore, a descriptive analysis was conducted of circumstances associated with drug-related readmissions...
January 16, 2018: Pharmacy (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336769/processes-of-health-care-delivery-education-and-provider-satisfaction-in-acute-care-surgery-a-systematic-review
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DeGirolamo Kristin, Patrick B Murphy, Karan D'Souza, Jacques X Zhang, Neil Parry, Elliott Haut, W Robert Leeper, Ken Leslie, Kelly N Vogt, S Morad Hameed
In recent years, significant workload, high acuity, and complexity of emergency general surgery conditions have led hospitals to replace the traditional on-call model with dedicated acute care surgery (ACS) service models. A systematic search of Ovid, EMBASE, and MEDLINE was undertaken to examine the impact of ACS services on health-care delivery processes and cost, education, and provider satisfaction. From 1827 papers, reviewers identified 22 studies that met inclusion criteria and subsequently used The Evidence-Based Practice for Improving Quality method and Newcastle-Ottawa Scale to score quality and level of evidence...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336754/predictors-and-outcomes-of-nondiagnostic-ultrasound-for-acute-appendicitis-in-children
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Richard Sola, Blair A Wormer, William E Anderson, Thomas M Schmelzer, Graham H Cosper
Ultrasound assessments of children with possible acute appendicitis (AA) are often nondiagnostic. We aimed to identify the predictors of nondiagnostic ultrasound and to investigate the outcomes. A retrospective review was conducted on children aged 4 to 17 years evaluated in 2013 for AA with ultrasound at a tertiary hospital pediatric emergency department. Demographics, clinical data, and outcomes were analyzed. Of 528 children, 194 (36.7%) had diagnostic ultrasounds and 334 (63.3%) had nondiagnostic ultrasounds...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334996/italian-guidelines-on-the-assessment-and-management-of-pediatric-head-injury-in-the-emergency-department
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REVIEW
Liviana Da Dalt, Niccolo' Parri, Angela Amigoni, Agostino Nocerino, Francesca Selmin, Renzo Manara, Paola Perretta, Maria Paola Vardeu, Silvia Bressan
OBJECTIVE: We aim to formulate evidence-based recommendations to assist physicians decision-making in the assessment and management of children younger than 16 years presenting to the emergency department (ED) following a blunt head trauma with no suspicion of non-accidental injury. METHODS: These guidelines were commissioned by the Italian Society of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and include a systematic review and analysis of the literature published since 2005...
January 15, 2018: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333786/the-added-value-of-the-lateral-chest-radiograph-for-diagnosing-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department
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Michalle Soudack, Semion Plotkin, Aviva Ben-Shlush, Lisa Raviv-Zilka, Jeffrey M Jacobson, Michael Benacon, Arie Augarten
BACKGROUND: Opinions differ as to the need of a lateral radiograph for diagnosing community acquired pneumonia in children referred to the emergency department. A lateral radiograph increases the ionizing radiation burden but at the same time may improve specificity and sensitivity in this population. OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of the frontal and lateral chest radiographs compared to frontal view stand-alone images for the management of children with suspected community acquired pneumonia seen in a pediatric emergency department...
January 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332972/clinical-utility-and-measurement-of-procalcitonin
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REVIEW
Intan Samsudin, Samuel D Vasikaran
Procalcitonin (PCT), regarded as a biomarker specific for bacterial infections, is used in a variety of clinical settings including primary care, emergency department and intensive care. PCT measurement aids in the diagnosis of sepsis and to guide and monitor antibiotic therapy. This article gives a brief overview of PCT and its use in guiding antibiotic therapy in various clinical settings, as well as its limitations. PCT performance in comparison with other biomarkers of infection in particular CRP is also reviewed...
April 2017: Clinical Biochemist. Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332187/human-bite-injuries-to-the-head-and-neck-current-trends-and-management-protocols-in-england-and-wales
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Glyndwr W Jenkins, Robert Isaac, Shakir Mustafa
INTRODUCTION: Human bite injuries can be challenging in their presentation to the examining physician. In a study by Merchant et al., 18% of patients presenting with a human bite injury had suffered wounds to the head and neck region. Current trends in their initial management at presentation to emergency departments throughout England and Wales will be discussed in this paper. MATERIALS AND METHOD: A postal survey was sent out to 100 A&E lead clinicians. This was followed up by telephone enquiries to improve the response rate...
January 14, 2018: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331979/now-you-see-me-a-pragmatic-cohort-study-comparing-first-and-final-radiological-diagnoses-in-the-emergency-department
#17
Björn Mattsson, David Ertman, Aristomenis Konstantinos Exadaktylos, Luca Martinolli, Wolf E Hautz
OBJECTIVES: To (1) compare timely but preliminary and definitive but delayed radiological reports in a large urban level 1 trauma centre, (2) assess the clinical significance of their differences and (3) identify clinical predictors of such differences. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We performed a retrospective record review for all 2914 patients who presented to our university affiliated emergency department (ED) during a 6-week period. In those that underwent radiological imaging, we compared the patients' discharge letter from the ED to the definitive radiological report...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331493/hip-dislocations-in-the-emergency-department-a-review-of-reduction-techniques
#18
Michael Gottlieb
BACKGROUND: Hip dislocations are a common presentation in the Emergency Department (ED) and require urgent reduction to reduce the risk of avascular necrosis. Over 90% of all dislocations can successfully be reduced in the ED and there is evidence that cases awaiting operative reduction result in significant delays. DISCUSSION: While there is limited data comparing specific techniques, the individual success rates of most maneuvers range from 60-90%. Additionally, each technique has distinct advantages and limitations associated with its use...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328879/modeling-health-care-expenditures-and-use
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Partha Deb, Edward C Norton
Health care expenditures and use are challenging to model because these dependent variables typically have distributions that are skewed with a large mass at zero. In this article, we describe estimation and interpretation of the effects of a natural experiment using two classes of nonlinear statistical models: one for health care expenditures and the other for counts of health care use. We extend prior analyses to test the effect of the ACA's young adult expansion on three different outcomes: total health care expenditures, office-based visits, and emergency department visits...
January 12, 2018: Annual Review of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326038/a-qualitative-meta-synthesis-of-emergency-department-staff-experiences-of-violence-and-aggression
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REVIEW
Rebecca Angharad Ashton, Lucy Morris, Ian Smith
INTRODUCTION: Patient and visitor violence or aggression against healthcare workers in the Emergency Department (ED) is a significant issue worldwide. This review synthesises existing qualitative studies exploring the first-hand experiences of staff working in the ED to provide insight into preventing this issue. METHOD: A meta-ethnographic approach was used to review papers. RESULTS: Four concepts were identified: 'The inevitability of violence and aggression'; 'Staff judgments about why they face violence and aggression'; 'Managing in isolation'; and 'Wounded heroes'...
January 8, 2018: International Emergency Nursing
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