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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350723/reasons-for-interfacility-emergency-department-transfer-and-care-at-the-receiving-facility
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Joyce Li, Stephanie Pryor, Ben Choi, Chris A Rees, Mamata V Senthil, Nicholas Tsarouhas, Sage R Myers, Michael C Monuteaux, Richard G Bachur
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to (1) assess the reasons for pediatric interfacility transfers as identified by transferring providers and review the emergency medical care delivered at the receiving facilities and (2) investigate the emergency department (ED) care among the subpopulation of patients discharged from the receiving facility. METHODS: We performed a multicenter, cross-sectional survey of ED medical providers transferring patients younger than 18 years to 1 of 4 US tertiary care pediatric hospitals with a subsequent medical record review at the receiving facility...
March 27, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341982/pocket-sized-point-of-care-cardiac-ultrasound-devices-role-in-the-emergency-department
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A Colclough, P Nihoyannopoulos
BACKGROUND: Acute breathlessness accounts for 8% of accident and emergency attendances. Point-of-care cardiac ultrasound (US) effectively reduces time to diagnosis. Fast and practical information via pocket-sized cardiac US devices may better the diagnosis in this complex patient group. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 40 consecutive patients presenting with shortness of breath at the emergency department (ED). Divided into two groups were all adult patients over 18 with acute breathing difficulties (triage category 1-3): 21 patients received a short focused cardiac US scan using a pocket-sized Vscan and 19 patients received no scan...
March 24, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336237/point-of-care-ultrasound-sonographic-posterior-fat-pad-sign-a%C3%A2-case-report-and-brief-literature-review
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Yoshito Okumura, Nestor Maldonado, Kyle Lennon, Bryan McCarty, Philipp Underwood, Mathew Nelson
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of elbow fracture can sometimes be difficult with plain radiography due to overlapping bones, growth plates, and maturing bones in the pediatric population. The radiographic posterior fat pad (PFP) sign is one of the frequently referenced indirect signs of an occult elbow fracture. This sign can be falsely negative if the sign is subtle, and can be falsely positive when the position of the elbow is not flexed at 90 degrees. CASE REPORT: We discuss a case in which sonographic PFP sign helped to diagnose an elbow fracture...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324468/ascariasis-and-hyperosmolar-hyperglycemic-state-a-surprising-ultrasound-finding-in-the-emergency-department
#4
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/28303297/acute-calcific-tendinopathy-of-the-popliteus-tendon-a-rare-case-diagnosed-using-a-multimodality-imaging-approach-and-treated-conservatively
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Cédric Doucet, Akshat Gotra, Santhosh Mauvva Venkatesh Reddy, Mathieu Boily
Acute calcific tendinopathy of the popliteus tendon is a rare medical entity associated with significant patient discomfort. We present the case of a previously healthy 48-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with acute onset of left knee pain. Initial radiographs revealed calcifications within the posterolateral compartment of the knee. Ultrasound imaging demonstrated a swollen and hypoechoic popliteus tendon with an increased color Doppler signal at the periphery of the tendon as well as calcification in the tendon and adjacent soft tissues...
March 16, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302660/rhabdomyolysis-induced-compartment-syndrome-secondary-to-atorvastatin-and-strenuous-exercise
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Louise Dunphy, Rossel Morhij, Sarah Tucker
A 50-year-old male UK resident with a history of hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia presented to the emergency department with a 48-hour history of sudden onset bilateral thigh swelling and pain unrelieved by regular analgesia. 3 days prior to presentation, he performed a vigorous workout in the gym. His medications included ramipril 5 mg once daily and atorvastatin 20 mg at night time. He was a non-smoker and did not consume alcohol. He reported no known drug allergies. Physical examination confirmed bilateral swollen thighs, with no overlying skin changes, clinically suggestive of compartment syndrome...
March 16, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296829/ovarian-torsion-in-the-normal-ovary-a-diagnostic-challenge-in-postmenarchal-adolescent-girls-in-the-emergency-department
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Erbil Karaman, Burhan Beger, Orkun Çetin, Mehmet Melek, Yasemin Karaman
BACKGROUND Ovarian torsion can be seen in the otherwise-normal ovary and is a challenging issue in the emergency department. The aims were (1) to evaluate and compare the surgically verified ovarian torsion cases in otherwise-normal ovaries and ovaries including a mass or cyst and (2) to investigate whether the normal-appearing ovaries on ultrasound examination affected the diagnosis of ovarian torsion or not. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective cohort study design was used. The medical records of all postmenarchal adolescent girls with surgically verified ovarian torsion treated in a university hospital from 2010 to 2016 were reviewed...
March 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291706/medical-expulsive-therapy-use-in-emergency-department-patients-diagnosed-with-ureteral-stones
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Ralph C Wang, Newton Addo, Thomas Chi, Christopher Moore, Michael Mallin, Stephen Shiboski, Marshall Stoller, Rebecca Smith-Bindman
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have clarified the role of alpha-blockers, such as tamsulosin, for patients diagnosed with ureteral stones <10mm not requiring an urgent intervention. Prior studies have reported low rates of use of MET by emergency physicians. We sought to describe patterns of alpha-blocker use and to determine factors associated with utilization in patients diagnosed with ureterolithiasis in the ED. METHODS: We used data from a randomized trial of CT scan vs...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286861/nerve-stimulator-versus-ultrasound-guided-femoral-nerve-block-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Arash Forouzan, Kambiz Masoumi, Hasan Motamed, Mohammad Reza Gousheh, Akram Rohani
INTRODUCTION: Pain control is the most important issue in emergency department management of patients with femoral bone fractures. The present study aimed to compare the procedural features of ultrasonography and nerve stimulator guided femoral nerve block in this regard. METHOD: In this randomized clinical trial, patients with proximal femoral fractures presenting to emergency department were randomly divided into two groups of ultrasonography or nerve stimulator guided femoral block and compared regarding success rate, procedural time, block time, and need for rescue doses of morphine sulfate, using SPSS 20...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286819/pain-management-via-ultrasound-guided-nerve-block-in-emergency-department-a-case-series-study
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Amir Nejati, Houman Teymourian, Leili Behrooz, Gholamreza Mohseni
INTRODUCTION: Pain is the most common complaint of patients referring to emergency department (ED). Considering the importance of pain management in ED, this study aimed to investigate the efficacy and feasibility of ultrasound-guided nerve blocks in this setting. METHODS: 46 patients who came to the ED with injured extremities were enrolled in the study and received either femoral, axillary or sciatic nerve block depending on their site of injury (1.5 mg Bupivacaine per kg of patient's weight)...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285867/a-modified-lung-and-cardiac-ultrasound-protocol-saves-time-and-rules-in-the-diagnosis-of-acute-heart-failure
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Frances M Russell, Robert R Ehrman
BACKGROUND: Multiorgan ultrasound (US), which includes evaluation of the lungs and heart, is an accurate method that outperforms clinical gestalt for diagnosing acutely decompensated heart failure (ADHF). A known barrier to ultrasound use is the time needed to perform these examinations. OBJECTIVE: The primary goal of this study was to determine the test characteristics of a modified lung and cardiac US (LuCUS) protocol for the accurate diagnosis of ADHF. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of a prospective observational study that enrolled adult patients presenting to the emergency department with undifferentiated dyspnea...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284770/point-of-care-ultrasonography-to-assist-in-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-subluxation-of-the-radial-head-in-pediatric-patients-a-case-series
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Faruk Güngör, Taylan Kılıç
BACKGROUND: A subluxation of the radial head (SRH) is a clinical condition that commonly occurs in children under 6 years of age. History and physical examination findings typically include a child who presents with an elbow held in extension and with forearm pronation, after having suffered significant longitudinal traction on the arm, or after a fall on an outstretched hand. The diagnosis is often clinically obvious. The injury responds dramatically to closed reduction, and usually no imaging is required...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284769/sustainable-resuscitation-ultrasound-education-in-a-low-resource-environment-the-kumasi-experience
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Chelsea A Tafoya, Matthew J Tafoya, Maxwell Osei-Ampofo, Rockefeller A Oteng, Torben K Becker
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) is an increasingly important tool for emergency physicians and has become a standard component of emergency medicine residency training in high-income countries. Cardiopulmonary ultrasound (CPUS) is emerging as an effective way to quickly and accurately assess patients who present to the emergency department with shock and dyspnea. Use of POCUS, including CPUS, is also becoming more prevalent in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); however, formal ultrasound training for emergency medicine resident physicians in these settings is not widely available...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280700/allograft-loss-from-acute-page-kidney-secondary-to-trauma-after-kidney-transplantation
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Kazuhiro Takahashi, Rohini Prashar, Krishna G Putchakayala, William J Kane, Jason E Denny, Dean Y Kim, Lauren E Malinzak
We report a rare case of allograft loss from acute Page kidney secondary to trauma that occurred 12 years after kidney transplantation. A 67-year-old Caucasian male with a past surgical history of kidney transplant presented to the emergency department at a local hospital with left lower abdominal tenderness. He recalled that his cat, which weighs 15 lbs, jumped on his abdomen 7 d prior. On physical examination, a small tender mass was noticed at the incisional site of the kidney transplant. He was producing a normal amount of urine without hematuria...
February 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279544/inferior-vena-cava-filter-limb-fracture-with-embolization-to-the-right-ventricle
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Bradley S Jackson, Mykel Sepula, Jared T Marx, Chad M Cannon
BACKGROUND: Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter and filter limb embolization is a known phenomenon, with a prevalence of up to 25% for certain filter types. Most commonly, the site of embolization is to the heart. Point-of-care ultrasound is an easily accessible imaging modality that should be utilized when considering IVC filter complications. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman with a history of metastatic sarcoma and IVC filter placement for deep venous thrombosis presented to the Emergency Department (ED) for chest pain...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279156/premature-atherosclerosis-in-children-with-beta-thalassemia-major-new-diagnostic-marker
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Laila M Sherief, Osama Dawood, Adel Ali, Hanan S Sherbiny, Naglaa M Kamal, Mohamed Elshanshory, Osama Abd Alazez, Mohamed Abd Alhady, Mohamed Nour, Wesam A Mokhtar
BACKGROUND: Early vascular alteration, atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease have emerged as important cardiovascular complications among beta-thalassemia major (B-TM) patients. The aims of the current study were to assess the prevalence of premature atherosclerosis among our B-TM patients, and to investigate the diagnostic value of serum Osteoprotegerin assay as an early biomarker for atherosclerosis. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted at Hematology unit - Pediatric Department, Zagazig University Children Hospital- Egypt in the period from March 2014 to March 2015...
March 9, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277414/implementation-of-an-electronic-clinical-decision-support-tool-for-pediatric-appendicitis-within-a-hospital-network
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Marissa A Hendrickson, Andrew R Wey, Philippe R Gaillard, Anupam B Kharbanda
OBJECTIVES: Computed tomography (CT) has been widely used in the evaluation of children with suspected appendicitis, but concerns about ionizing radiation have increased interest in ultrasound for these patients. We sought to assess the effectiveness of an appendicitis electronic clinical decision support (E-CDS) system in increasing ultrasound and decreasing CT use in children evaluated in emergency departments (EDs) for suspected appendicitis. METHODS: This was a preintervention and postintervention analysis of an E-CDS implemented into an electronic health record system shared by an academic, tertiary-care children's hospital and a community hospital...
March 9, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268119/effects-of-student-performed-point-of-care-ultrasound-on-physician-diagnosis-and-management-of-patients-in-the-emergency-department
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Daniel S Udrea, Andrew Sumnicht, Deanna Lo, Logan Villarreal, Stephanie Gondra, Richard Chyan, Audra Wisham, Vi Am Dinh
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing integration of ultrasound training into medical education, there is an inadequate body of research demonstrating the benefits and practicality of medical student-performed point-of-care ultrasound (SP-POCUS) in the clinical setting. OBJECTIVES: The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects that SP-POCUS can have on physician diagnosis and management of patients in the emergency department, with a secondary purpose of evaluating the diagnostic accuracy of SP-POCUS...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268118/the-role-of-early-focused-cardiac-ultrasound-in-a-not-so-typical-presentation-of-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report
#19
Jithin G Varghese, Qurat-Ul-Ain Jelani, Stuart Zarich, Brooks Walsh
BACKGROUND: Focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) can be extremely helpful in identifying unexpected diagnoses that can significantly alter treatment options. The diagnosis of Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) may be difficult to identify. CASE REPORT: We describe a 47-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department (ED) with atypical features of TCM. Her clinical features included being a premenopausal woman with mild chest pain with a lack of identifiable emotional or physical stressors or significant electrocardiographic changes...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265317/inguinoscrotal-pathology
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Luis Guerra, Michael Leonard
Infants, children, and adolescents with inguinoscrotal pathology comprise a significant proportion of emergency department and outpatient visits. Visits to the emergency department primarily comprise individuals presenting with scrotal pain due to testicular torsion or torsion of the testicular appendages. At such time, immediate urological consultation is sought. Outpatient visits comprise those individuals with undescended testes, hydroceles, and varicoceles. Rare, but important problems, such as pediatric testicular tumours, may also present in the office setting...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
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