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Matthew Ward
: Aim To understand the frequency, urgency, and rationale of emergency department and urgent care (ED/UC) use by diabetic patients of a Family Medicine Health Team (FHT). METHODS: A retrospective, observational study with comparison control groups was conducted from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014. A total of 693 diabetic patients were compared with two, age-standardized non-diabetic groups: one with a higher disease burden based on International Classification of Diseases 9 diagnoses and the other from a randomized patient pool...
October 25, 2016: Primary Health Care Research & Development
Robert P Olympia, Robert Wilkinson, Jennifer Dunnick, Brendan J Dougherty, Debra Zauner
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to describe pediatric emergency department (ED) referrals from urgent care centers and to determine the percentage of referrals considered essential and serious. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted between April 2013 and April 2015 on patients younger than 21 years referred directly to an ED in central Pennsylvania from surrounding urgent care centers. Referrals were considered essential or serious based on investigations/procedures performed or medications/consultations received in the ED...
October 8, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
E Knowles, A O'Cathain, J Turner, J Nicholl
OBJECTIVE: To measure the effect of an urgent care telephone service NHS 111 on population perceptions of urgent care. DESIGN: Controlled before and after population survey, using quota sampling to identify 2000 respondents reflective of the age/sex profile of the general population. SETTING: England. 4 areas where NHS 111 was introduced, and 3 control areas where NHS 111 had yet to be introduced. PARTICIPANTS: 28 071 members of the general population, including 2237 recent users of urgent care...
October 14, 2016: BMJ Open
Hao Wang, Carol Johnson, Richard D Robinson, Vicki A Nejtek, Chet D Schrader, JoAnna Leuck, Johnbosco Umejiego, Allison Trop, Kathleen A Delaney, Nestor R Zenarosa
BACKGROUND: Risks prediction models of 30-day all-cause hospital readmissions are multi-factorial. Severity of illness (SOI) and risk of mortality (ROM) categorized by All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRG) seem to predict hospital readmission but lack large sample validation. Effects of risk reduction interventions including providing post-discharge outpatient visits remain uncertain. We aim to determine the accuracy of using SOI and ROM to predict readmission and further investigate the role of outpatient visits in association with hospital readmission...
October 10, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
Chris Longhurst
Lack of nurses and a failure to meet mandatory training targets have prompted inspectors to lower a trust's emergency and urgent care rating.
October 6, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Karen McKoy, Nina M Antoniotti, April Armstrong, Rashid Bashshur, Jordana Bernard, Daniel Bernstein, Anne Burdick, Karen Edison, Mark Goldyne, Carrie Kovarik, Elizabeth A Krupinski, Joseph Kvedar, Jim Larkey, Ivy Lee-Keltner, Jules B Lipoff, Dennis H Oh, Hon Pak, Mark P Seraly, Daniel Siegel, Trilokraj Tejasvi, John Whited
Previous American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Teledermatology Practice Guidelines were issued in 2007. This updated version reflects new knowledge in the field, new technologies, and the need to incorporate teledermatology practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, urgent care centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, school-based clinics, public health facilities, and patient homes.
September 30, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Nancy Carter, Esther Sangster-Gormley, Jenny Ploeg, Ruth Martin-Misener, Faith Donald, Abigail Wickson-Griffiths, Sharon Kaasalainen, Carrie McAiney, Kevin Brazil, Alan Taniguchi, Lori Schindel Martin
The aim of this paper is to explore the role and activities of nurse practitioners (NPs) working in long-term care (LTC) to understand concepts of access to primary care for residents. Utilizing the "FIT" framework developed by Penchanksy and Thomas, we used a directed content analysis method to analyze data from a pan-Canadian study of NPs in LTC. Individual and focus group interviews were conducted at four sites in western, central and eastern regions of Canada with 143 participants, including NPs, RNs, regulated and unregulated nursing staff, allied health professionals, physicians, administrators and directors and residents and family members...
2016: Nursing Leadership
Debbie L Becker, Ayman Chit, Carlos A DiazGranados, Michael Maschio, Eddy Yau, Michael Drummond
Seasonal influenza infects approximately 10-20% of Canadians each year, causing an estimated 12,200 hospitalizations and 3,500 deaths annually, mostly occurring in adults ≥65 years old (seniors). A 32,000-participant, randomized controlled clinical trial (FIM12; NCT01427309) showed that high-dose inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV-HD) is superior to standard-dose vaccine (SD) in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza illness in seniors. In this study, we performed a cost-utility analysis (CUA) of IIV-HD versus SD in FIM12 participants from a Canadian perspective...
September 26, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Gregory P Conners, Stacy J Doyle, Milton A Fowler, Lisa L Schroeder, Thomas W Tryon
OBJECTIVE: To describe the association of an unprecedented large-scale Enterovirus-D68 outbreak in 2014 with changes in patient volume and acuity and system stress in 2 pediatric emergency departments and 2 pediatric urgent care centers of a single children's hospital. METHODS: We compared measures of patient volume, acuity, and system stress during the 2014 Enterovirus-D68 outbreak and the corresponding dates of the previous year. RESULTS: Both settings experienced large census increases during the Enterovirus-D68 outbreak; patient census increased significantly more in the pediatric urgent care setting (20...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Geeta Yadav, Hanna R Goldberg, Morgan D Barense, Chaim M Bell
BACKGROUND: Though previous work has examined some aspects of the dermatology workforce shortage and access to dermatologic care, little research has addressed the effect of rising interest in cosmetic procedures on access to medical dermatologic care. Our objective was to determine the wait times for Urgent and Non-Urgent medical dermatologic care and Cosmetic dermatology services at a population level and to examine whether wait times for medical care are affected by offering cosmetic services...
2016: PloS One
James Hart, Michael Woodruff, Elizabeth Joy, Joseph Dalto, Gregory Snow, Rajendu Srivastava, Brad Isaacson, Todd Allen
INTRODUCTION: Little data exists to help urgent care (UC) clinicians predict morbidity and mortality risk. Age, systolic blood pressure (SBP), and heart rate (HR) are easily obtainable and have been used in other settings to predict short-term risk of deterioration. We hypothesized that there is a relationship between advancing age, SBP, HR, and short-term health outcomes in the UC setting. METHODS: We collected retrospective data from 28 UC clinics and 22 hospitals in the Intermountain Healthcare system between years 2008-2013...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Carson Burns, N Ewen Wang, Benjamin A Goldstein, Tina Hernandez-Boussard
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to characterize young adult patients aged 19-25 years who are emergency department (ED) frequent users and study factors associated with frequent ED use. METHODS: ED visits among 19- to 25-year olds were identified from administrative records in California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, and New York, 2010. Patients were analyzed for 12 months to study the frequency of their ED utilization. ED visits were categorized according to primary diagnosis...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Laura M Gottlieb, Danielle Hessler, Dayna Long, Ellen Laves, Abigail R Burns, Anais Amaya, Patricia Sweeney, Christine Schudel, Nancy E Adler
Importance: Social determinants of health shape both children's immediate health and their lifetime risk for disease. Increasingly, pediatric health care organizations are intervening to address family social adversity. However, little evidence is available on the effectiveness of related interventions. Objective: To evaluate the effects of social needs screening and in-person resource navigation services on social needs and child health. Design, Setting, and Participants: Patients were randomized to intervention or active control conditions by the day of the week...
September 6, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Tiffany Yu, Timothy Campbell, Isabella Ciuffetelli, Carlton Haywood, Christopher Patrick Carroll, Linda Resar, John J Strouse, Sophie Lanzkron
OBJECTIVES: Sickle cell disease (SCD) is associated with high healthcare utilization rates and poor outcomes in a subset of patients, although the underlying factors that predict this phenotype are poorly understood. Prior studies suggest that comorbid avascular necrosis (AVN) contributes to high healthcare utilization. We sought to clarify whether AVN independently predicts acute care utilization in adults with SCD and to identify characteristics of those with AVN that predict higher utilization...
September 2016: Southern Medical Journal
Jonathan Ka-Ming Ho, Janita Pak-Chun Chau, Nancy Man-Ching Cheung
BACKGROUND: The Ottawa Ankle Rules provide guidelines for clinicians on the recommendation of radiographic tests to verify fractures in patients with ankle injuries. The use of the Ottawa Ankle Rules by emergency nurses has been suggested to minimise unnecessary radiographic-test requests and reduce patients' length of stay in emergency departments. However, the findings of studies in this area are inconsistent. DESIGN: A systematic review was conducted to synthesise the most accurate evidence available on the extent to which emergency nurses' use of the Ottawa Ankle Rules to initiate radiographic tests improves healthcare outcomes for patients with ankle injuries...
November 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Alan L Zhang, David C Sing, Caitlin M Rugg, Brian T Feeley, Carlin Senter
BACKGROUND: Concussion injuries have been highlighted to the American public through media and research. While recent studies have shown increased traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) diagnosed in emergency departments across the United States, no studies have evaluated trends in concussion diagnoses across the general US population in various age groups. PURPOSE: To evaluate the current incidence and trends in concussions diagnosed across varying age groups and health care settings in a large cross-sectional population...
August 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
Gina Weddle, Jennifer Goldman, Angela Myers, Jason Newland
BACKGROUND: Up to 21% of pediatric visits result in an antibiotic prescription, and a large portion of these are unnecessary. OBJECTIVE: To determine if educational sessions would reduce inappropriate antibiotic use. METHODS: Intervention study evaluating antibiotic prescribing following educational sessions for urinary tract infection, skin and soft tissue infection, pharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, acute otitis media, and acute bacterial sinusitis...
August 23, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Health Care
Ahmed Rashid
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Joshua J Wiegel, Ali J Olyaei
Pharmacists may play a key role on the multidisciplinary transplant team. This article describes the development and current status of pharmacists in the management of transplant recipients in the United States. Traditionally, pharmacists played an important support role in transplant medicine. This role has been expanded to include direct patient care for the avoidance, detection, and/or treatment of side effects from the polypharmacy necessary in the management of these complex patients. Pharmacists provide pre- and post-transplant education to transplant recipients to enhance adherence to complicated medical regimens and thereby reduce readmission to hospital and unscheduled, costly visits to urgent care centers and/or hospital emergency departments...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
Brenda Reiss-Brennan, Kimberly D Brunisholz, Carter Dredge, Pascal Briot, Kyle Grazier, Adam Wilcox, Lucy Savitz, Brent James
IMPORTANCE: The value of integrated team delivery models is not firmly established. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of receiving primary care in integrated team-based care (TBC) practices vs traditional practice management (TPM) practices (usual care) with patient outcomes, health care utilization, and costs. DESIGN: A retrospective, longitudinal, cohort study to assess the association of integrating physical and mental health over time in TBC practices with patient outcomes and costs...
August 23, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
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