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Douglas J Lorenz, Mary Clyde Pierce, Kim Kaczor, Rachel P Berger, Gina Bertocci, Bruce E Herman, Sandra Herr, Kent P Hymel, Carole Jenny, John M Leventhal, Karen Sheehan, Noel Zuckerbraun
OBJECTIVE: To assess interrater reliability and accuracy of an expert panel in classifying injuries of patients as abusive or accidental based on comprehensive case information. STUDY DESIGN: Data came from a prospective, observational, multicenter study investigating bruising characteristics of children younger than 4 years. We enrolled 2166 patients with broad ranges of illnesses and injuries presenting to one of 5 pediatric emergency departments in whom bruises were identified during examination...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
D Y W Chan, W J Edmunds, H L Chan, V Chan, Y C K Lam, S L Thomas, A J van Hoek, S Flasche
In Hong Kong, universal varicella vaccination started in July 2014. Before this, children could receive varicella vaccine via the private market. We analysed the epidemiology of varicella and zoster before universal vaccination. We estimated varicella vaccination coverage through surveys in preschool children. We estimated the burden of varicella and zoster with varicella notifications from 1999/00 to 2013/14, Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) attendance and inpatient admissions to public hospitals from 2004/05 to 2013/14...
March 12, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
Noora K Airaksinen, Ilona S Nurmi-Lüthje, J Matti Kataja, Heikki P J Kröger, Peter M J Lüthje
BACKGROUND: Most of the cycling accidents that occur in Finland do not end up in the official traffic accident statistics. Thus, there is minimal information on these accidents and their consequences, particularly in cases in which alcohol was involved. The focus of the present study is on cycling accidents and injuries involving alcohol in particular. METHODS: Data on patients visiting the emergency department at North Kymi Hospital because of a cycling accident was prospectively collected for two years, from June 1, 2004 to May 31, 2006...
March 3, 2018: Injury
Michaela Cellina, Marta Panzeri, Chiara Floridi, Carlo Maria Andrea Martinenghi, Giulio Clesceri, Giancarlo Oliva
AIM: To assess the amount of computed tomography (CT) scans for minor head injury (MHI) performed in young patients in our emergency department (ED), not indicated by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Canadian Computed Tomography Head Rules (CCHR), and to analyze factors contributing to unnecessary examinations. Secondary objectives were to calculate the effective dose, to establish the number of positive CT and to analyze which of the risk factors are correlated with positivity at CT; finally, to calculate sensitivity and specificity of NICE and CCHR in our population...
March 7, 2018: La Radiologia Medica
Mathilde Baumann, Claus Munk Jensen, Niels Andresen
Talus fractures are rare but often associated with complications and significant post-traumatic patient morbidity. They frequently occur at high-energy traumas such as traffic accidents. This is a case report of a young woman who after a fall from a roof, presented in an emergency department with a dislocated ankle which was initially misdiagnosed as a bimalleolar fracture and attempted repositioned as such before X-ray. Dislocated talus fractures, however, need urgent anatomic reduction after diagnostic imaging and often subsequent and acute osteosynthesis...
February 19, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Angelica W DesPain, Jennifer Chapman, Haroon Shaukat
We describe the case of a 6-year-old boy who presented to a tertiary care emergency department after a motor vehicle accident with facial trauma and bradycardia. The patient was found to have an orbital floor fracture and inferior rectus muscle entrapment with resulting bradycardia secondary to the oculocardiac reflex. The oculocardiac reflex is an uncommon cause of bradycardia in the setting of trauma but should be considered because it can necessitate surgical intervention.
February 28, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Osea Giuntella, Catia Nicodemo, Carlos Vargas-Silva
This paper analyzes the effects of immigration on waiting times for the National Health Service (NHS) in England. Linking administrative records from Hospital Episode Statistics (2003-2012) with immigration data drawn from the UK Labour Force Survey, we find that immigration reduced waiting times for outpatient referrals and did not have significant effects on waiting times in accident and emergency departments (A&E) and elective care. The reduction in outpatient waiting times can be explained by the fact that immigration increases natives' internal mobility and that immigrants tend to be healthier than natives who move to different areas...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Health Economics
Khuram Khan, Saqib Saeed, Alexius Ramcharan, Sanjiv Gray
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the main causes of morbidity and mortality in young trauma patients with resultant multi-organ effects. Hypopituitarism following TBI can be debilitating and life threatening. TBI which causes hypopituitarism may be characterized by a single head injury, such as from a motor vehicle accident, or by chronic repetitive head trauma, as seen in combative supports including boxing, kick-boxing, and football. In the majority of cases, a diagnosis of hypopituitarism can be entirely missed resulting in severe neuro-endocrine dysfunction...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Colin O'Keeffe, Suzanne Mason, Richard Jacques, Jon Nicholl
BACKGROUND: The pressures of patient demand on emergency departments (EDs) continue to be reported worldwide, with an associated negative impact on ED crowding and waiting times. It has also been reported that a proportion of attendances to EDs in different international systems could be managed in settings such as primary care. This study used routine ED data to define, measure and profile non-urgent ED attendances that were suitable for management in alternative, non-emergency settings...
2018: PloS One
Selman Yeniocak, Asım Kalkan, Ozgur Sogut, Gökce Akgül Karadana, Mehmet Toptas
Objective: Since the homeless are at greater risk of encountering health problems than the general population, the reasons for and incidence of their presentations to emergency departments also vary. The purpose of this study was to determine the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of Turkish homeless patients who brought to the emergency department by ambulance. Materials and methods: The records of homeless adult patients brought to the ED by 112 emergency service ambulance teams over a 1-year period from January to December, 2014, were examined retrospectively...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
Silvia Cimino, Alessandra Simonelli, Micol Parolin, Giulia Ballarotto, Paola Carbone, Luca Cerniglia
This study aimed at identifying specific clusters of maladaptive emotional-behavioral symptoms in adolescent victims of motorbike collisions considering their scores on alexithymia and impulsivity in addition to examining the prevalence of clinical binge eating behaviors (respectively through the Youth Self-Report (YSR), Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (TAS-20), Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11 (BIS-11), and Binge Eating Scale (BES)). Emotional-behavioral profiles, difficulties in identifying and describing feelings, impulsivity, and binge eating behaviors have been assessed in 159 adolescents addressing emergency departments following motorbike collisions...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Chia-Lung Kao, I-Lin Hsu
PURPOSE: Suicide becomes a serious problem in today's society and hanging is a common method of suicide. We want to find the factors which can predict the final functional outcomes of these cases. METHODS: All patients who presented to Accident and Emergency Department (ED) of the National Cheng Kung University Hospital from 1st January 2005 to 31th December 2013 with a hanging injury were included in this study. All cases were divided into good outcome group and bad outcome group according to Glasgow Outcome Scale (GOS)...
January 31, 2018: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
Hiroyuki Takahashi, Tomohisa Shoko, Fumino Taketazu, Keiichi Kuriyama, Kazuhide Yoshikawa, Yoshizumi Deguchi
Case: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is becoming the standard therapy for blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI). However, the long-term outcomes of TEVAR for BTAI remain unclear. A 36-year-old man was admitted to our emergency department with dyspnea. He had been involved in a serious traffic accident 6 years earlier, requiring TEVAR for BTAI. Outcome: Acute heart failure and pneumonia were diagnosed on this admission. His respiratory condition improved, but paraplegia developed 10 h after hospitalization...
January 2018: Acute Medicine & Surgery
M Malik, Z Moore, D Patton, T O'Connor, L E Nugent
BACKGROUND: Nursing assessment of elderly patients is imperative in Emergency Departments (ED) while providing interventions that increase independence facilitating discharge to primary healthcare. AIMS: To systematically review the impact of geriatric focused nurse assessment and intervention in the ED on hospital utilisation in terms of admission rate, ED revisits and length of hospital stay (LOHS). METHODS: Search strategy used following databases; Cochrane, Medline, CINAHL, Embase, Scopus and Web of Knowledge; And terms; geriatric nurse assessment, nurse discharge planning, geriatric nurse specialist, nurse intervention, emergency department, accident and emergency, patient outcomes, discharge, admissions, readmissions, hospital utilization, hospitalization, length of stay/hospital stay...
February 8, 2018: International Emergency Nursing
Nicola Ramacciati, Andrea Ceccagnoli, Beniamino Addey, Laura Rasero
INTRODUCTION: Physical and verbal aggression against health professionals, particularly nurses, is globally serious and widespread, with the most vulnerable being nurses working in the Accident and Emergency Department. Most international research into this issue focused on quantifying aggression, describing its nature, identifying perpetrators, stratifying risk and implementing preventive or mitigating interventions. Few studies investigated the nurses' subjective perceptions. As part of the 2016 Italian National Survey on Violence against Accident and Emergency Nurses, our research team collected qualitative data to explore their perceptions of Workplace Violence...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Catherine Gadd, Colin Jones
Emergency department (ED) attendances are continuing to rise, and medical and nursing teams are working under considerable strain. ED clinicians are used to thinking on their feet and possess the skills to multitask, and juggle ever-changing and competing priorities against the clock. This article reports the findings of a study that enabled ED clinicians to take time out to reflect on some of the difficult decisions they make daily, and to ask whether they consider ethical principles in depth, and if they are of any practical help...
February 9, 2018: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Khalid Najib, Mark Heckle, Sameh Goubran, Rhadika Mehta, Rohan Goswami, Rami N Khouzam
A paradoxical embolism is defined as a systemic arterial embolus due to passage of a venous thrombus through a right to left shunt. We describe a case of acute cerebral vascular accident (CVA), right subclavian arterial embolus, and pulmonary emboli in the setting of a large patent foramen ovale (PFO). A 74-year-old woman with multiple comorbidities presented to the emergency department with acute onset of shortness of breath, weakness, and right arm pain. She was found to have bilateral pulmonary emboli, left CVA, and a right subclavian arterial embolus on computed tomography (CT)...
January 2018: Annals of Translational Medicine
Allison Tadros, Melinda Sharon, Shelley M Hoffman, Stephen M Davis
Despite legislative efforts to enhance safety in public swimming pools, diving injuries are still common. This study investigated the characteristics of emergency departments (EDs) visits for diving accidents. This study utilized 2006-2014 data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample and examined visits for accidents due to diving or jumping into water (swimming pool). Data were stratified by age categories. Over 83,000 ED visits were found and the majority of visits were by males. Significantly more patients were in the 15-24 age category...
February 5, 2018: International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
M N Baig, Orna Ni Bhroin, Rajnita Auckloo, Cathal Mac Dhaibheid, Usman Baig, Fergus Byrne
Introduction The British Orthopaedic Association Standards for Trauma (BOAST) Guideline 7 informs the standard of care patients should expect when they come to orthopaedic fracture clinics in the United Kingdom (UK). Objectives We compared our fracture clinic's practice against the standards set by BOAST Guideline 7 to make changes for aligning with the standard of care. We aimed to then re-audit our practice for further evaluation against the guidelines. Material and methods We prospectively collected data from 100 patients presenting to the fracture clinics of different orthopaedic consultants working in our hospital, using the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland's (RCSI's) satisfaction with outpatients services (SWOPS) questionnaire...
November 29, 2017: Curēus
James Dove, Amit Mistry, Nomi Werbeloff, David Osborn, Nora Turjanski
Aims and method To identify temporal and demographic trends in referrals made to psychiatric liaison services. Routine clinical data from 16 105 individual referrals from three central London accident and emergency (A&E) departments to psychiatric liaison services from 2012 to 2014 were obtained and analysed using the Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS). RESULTS: Referrals from A&E to psychiatric liaison services increased 16% over the 3-year study period. There were fewer referrals to psychiatric liaison services in winter months compared with other seasons...
February 2018: BJPsych Bulletin
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