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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898330/-analysis-of-crowding-in-an-adult-emergency-department-of-a-tertiary-university-hospital
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Diego Hernán Giunta, Ana Soledad Pedretti, Cristina María Elizondo, María Florencia Grande Ratti, Fernán González Bernaldo de Quiros, Gabriel Darío Waisman, Hector José Peroni, Bernardo Martínez
BACKGROUND: Crowding in Emergency Departments (ED), results from the imbalance between the simultaneous demand for health care and the ability of the system to respond. The NEDOCS scale (National Emergency Department Crowding Scale) measures the degree of crowding in an ED. AIM: To describe ED Crowding characteristics, using the NEDOCS scale, in an Argentinean hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted with all adult patient consultations between July 2013 and July 2014 at the ED of Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires...
May 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870249/improving-emergency-department-radiology-transportation-time-a-successful-implementation-of-lean-methodology
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Eveline A Hitti, Ghada R El-Eid, Hani Tamim, Rana Saleh, Miriam Saliba, Lena Naffaa
BACKGROUND: Emergency Department overcrowding has become a global problem and a growing safety and quality concern. Radiology and laboratory turnaround time, ED boarding and increased ED visits are some of the factors that contribute to ED overcrowding. Lean methods have been used in the ED to address multiple flow challenges from improving door-to-doctor time to reducing length of stay. The objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of using Lean management methods on improving Emergency Department transportation times for plain radiography...
September 5, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855774/studying-the-variability-in-patient-inflow-and-staffing-trends-on-sundays-versus-other-days-in-the-academic-emergency-department
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K T Madavan Nambiar, Nisanth Menon Nedungalaparambil, Ottapura Prabhakaran Aslesh
BACKGROUND: Resource limitation, staff deficiency, and variability in patient inflow contribute to emergency department (ED) overcrowding, associated with delayed care, poor care, and poor patient outcomes. This study seeks to describe and analyze patient inflow variability and staffing trends on Sundays versus other days in a tertiary academic ED from South India. METHODS: Patient inflow and staffing data for 2 years were collected from hospital records, cross-checked, and statistically analyzed using Epi Info 7...
July 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834070/patient-navigation-for-patients-frequently-visiting-the-emergency-department-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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David Seaberg, Stanton Elseroad, Michael Dumas, Sudave Mendiratta, Jessica Whittle, Cheryl Hyatte, Jan Keys
BACKGROUND: ED super-utilizers (patients with 5 or more visits/year) comprise only 5% of the patients seen yet comprise 25% of total ED visits. Though the reasons for this are multifactorial, the cost to the patient and the community is exceedingly high. The cost is not just monetary; care of these patients is inappropriately fragmented and their presence in the ED may contribute to overcrowding affecting the community's emergency readiness. Previous studies using staff trained to help patients navigate their care options have had conflicting results...
August 21, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741875/depression-and-anxiety-among-emergency-department-patients-utilization-and-barriers-to-care
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Beau Abar, Ashley Holub, Joseph Lee, Vincent DeRienzo, Flavia Nobay
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression rates among ED patients are substantially higher than in the general population. Additionally, those with mental health issues often have difficulty accessing care. Unfortunately, issues of anxiety and depression are frequently not addressed in the ED due to competing care priorities. This may lead to increased burden and overcrowding in EDs. OBJECTIVE: This study related anxiety and depression with ED utilization and perceived barriers to care...
July 25, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705743/the-influence-of-crowding-on-clinical-practice-in-the-emergency-department
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I-Min Chiu, Yan-Ren Lin, Yuan-Jhen Syue, Chia-Te Kung, Kuan-Han Wu, Chao-Jui Li
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to clarify the association between the crowding and clinical practice in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This 1-year retrospective cohort study conducted in two EDs in Taiwan included 70,222 adult non-trauma visits during the day shift between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. The ED occupancy status, determined by the number of patients staying during their time of visit, was used to measure crowding, grouped into four quartiles, and analyzed in reference to the clinical practice...
July 4, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688771/optimal-measurement-interval-for-emergency-department-crowding-estimation-tools
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Hao Wang, Rohit P Ojha, Richard D Robinson, Bradford E Jackson, Sajid A Shaikh, Chad D Cowden, Rath Shyamanand, JoAnna Leuck, Chet D Schrader, Nestor R Zenarosa
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Emergency department (ED) crowding is a barrier to timely care. Several crowding estimation tools have been developed to facilitate early identification of and intervention for crowding. Nevertheless, the ideal frequency is unclear for measuring ED crowding by using these tools. Short intervals may be resource intensive, whereas long ones may not be suitable for early identification. Therefore, we aim to assess whether outcomes vary by measurement interval for 4 crowding estimation tools...
July 6, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676415/emergency-department-flow-measures-for-adult-and-pediatric-patients-in-british-columbia-and-ontario-a-retrospective-repeated-cross-sectional-study
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Gregory Georgio, Astrid Guttmann, Quynh H Doan
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests emergency department (ED) overcrowding is associated with poor health outcomes. Children comprise 20-25% of general ED visits, yet few studies have examined the differential impact of ED overcrowding on pediatric and adult populations. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to compare flow measures, such as wait time to see a physician, length of stay (LOS), and rate of patients leaving without being seen by a physician (LWBS) between adults and children in British Columbia and Ontario, clustered by province, and then stratified by acuity level during the study period...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676296/contributing-factors-of-frequent-use-of-the-emergency-department-a-synthesis
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REVIEW
Timothy R Burns
INTRODUCTION: Overcrowding in emergency departments is an issue that has a negative impact worldwide. As attendance in emergency departments has increased, the ability to provide critical services to patients suffering from actual medical emergencies in a timely manner has decreased as these departments are many times at or over capacity. One patient population whose negative influence has been researched with regard to their impact on the overcrowding issue is that of the frequent user...
July 1, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624270/implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-navigator-role-to-improve-emergency-department-throughput
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Paul Fulbrook, Melanie Jessup, Frances Kinnear
BACKGROUND: Emergency department overcrowding impacts patients, staff, and quality of care, and there is government pressure to optimize throughput and reduce waiting times. One solution for improving patient flow is the emerging 'navigator' role: a nurse that supports staff in care delivery; facilitating efficient and timely patient movement through the emergency department. METHODS: A 20-week project was implemented to evaluate an emergency department nurse navigator role...
August 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575307/identified-transmission-dynamics-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-infection-during-an-outbreak-implications-of-an-overcrowded-emergency-department
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Thamer H Alenazi, Hussain Al Arbash, Aiman El-Saed, Majid M Alshamrani, Henry Baffoe-Bonnie, Yaseen M Arabi, Sameera M Al Johani, Ra'ed Hijazi, Adel Alothman, Hanan H Balkhy
A total 130 cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus were identified during a large hospital outbreak in Saudi Arabia; 87 patients and 43 healthcare workers. The majority (80%) of transmission was healthcare-acquired (HAI) infection, with 4 generations of HAI transmission. The emergency department was the main location of exposure.
May 31, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571105/visualising-emergency-department-capacity-in-an-emergency-department-capacity-clock-a-novel-tool-to-assess-and-communicate-overcrowding-and-access-block
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Ohad Dar, Jacques Loubser
Hospital-wide engagement is required to alleviate the problem of ED crowding and its associated adverse effects. To this end, the article describes a novel visualisation termed 'the ED Capacity Clock', which can be formatted using business intelligence software. This radial diagram represents ED capacity and its consumption in a format that can be understood intuitively and at a glance. The ED Capacity Clock is designed to promote common understanding and discussion between relevant hospital services and also acts as an auditing tool to monitor processes implemented to alleviate ED crowding...
June 1, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557729/early-prediction-model-of-patient-hospitalization-from-the-pediatric-emergency-department
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Yuval Barak-Corren, Andrew M Fine, Ben Y Reis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Emergency departments (EDs) in the United States are overcrowded and nearing a breaking point. Alongside ever-increasing demand, one of the leading causes of ED overcrowding is the boarding of hospitalized patients in the ED as they await bed placement. We sought to develop a model for early prediction of hospitalizations, thus enabling an earlier start for the placement process and shorter boarding times. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of all visits to the Boston Children's Hospital ED from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015...
May 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546986/factors-affecting-the-overcrowding-in-outpatient-healthcare
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Mohammadkarim Bahadori, Ehsan Teymourzadeh, Ramin Ravangard, Mehdi Raadabadi
BACKGROUND: The expansion of outpatient services and the desire to provide more outpatient care than inpatient care create some problems such as the overcrowding in the outpatient clinics. Given the importance of overcrowding in the outpatient clinics, this qualitative study aimed to determine the factors influencing the overcrowding in the specialty and subspecialty clinic of a teaching hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a qualitative study conducted in the specialty and subspecialty clinic of a hospital using content analysis method in the period of January to March 2014...
2017: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544364/influenza-associated-delays-in-patient-throughput-and-premature-patient-departure-in-emergency-departments-in-new-south-wales-australia-a-time-series-analysis
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David J Muscatello, Kendall J Bein, Michael M Dinh
OBJECTIVES: Influenza outbreaks cause overcrowding in EDs. We aimed to quantify the impact of influenza on the National Emergency Access Targets and premature patient departure in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study of 11 million presentations to 115 hospitals during 2010-2014, using routinely collected administrative records. A time series generalised additive regression model was used to assess the correlation between weekly influenza activity and the weekly proportion of patients leaving the ED in >4 h and the proportion that departed before commencing or completing treatment ('did not wait'), after controlling for background winter and holiday effects...
May 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534558/-proposing-a-physiological-model-for-emergency-department-operating-principles-classification-of-overcrowding-and-guidelines-for-redesign
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M Herrera Carranza, F Aguado Correa, N Padilla Garrido, F López Camacho
The operation of Emergency Departments (ED) is determined by demand, their own organizational structures and the connection to other medical care levels. When these elements are not simultaneous, it hinders patient flow and decreases capacity, making it necessary to employ a systemic approach to the chain of emergency care as a single operational entity. With this theoretical orientation, we suggest a conceptual model similar to the physiological cardiac output, in which the preload is the demand, the contractile or flow pump is the organizational structure, the afterload is the hospital, the pre-ED valve is primary care and outpatient emergencies, and the post-ED valve is the diagnostic support services and the specialist consultants...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527642/depressive-symptoms-and-perceptions-of-ed-care-in-patients-evaluated-for-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Tara St Onge, Donald Edmondson, Emily Cea, Syed Husain, Bernard P Chang
INTRODUCTION: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in 1 out of 8 survivors of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events, and these persons have a doubling of risk for recurrent ACS and mortality. Overcrowding in the emergency department during ACS evaluation has been associated with increased risk for PTSD, and depressed patients have been found to be particularly vulnerable. Little is known about the mechanisms by which overcrowding increases PTSD risk in depressed patients. Our aim was to evaluate one possible mechanism, patient perception of crowding and care, in depressed and nondepressed ED patients evaluated for ACS...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514641/mapping-workforce-configuration-and-operational-models-in-australian-emergency-departments-a-national-survey
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Glenn Gardner, Anne Gardner, Sandy Middleton, Julie Considine, Gerard Fitzgerald, Luke Christofis, Anna Doubrovsky, Margaret Adams, Jane O'Connell
Objective Hospital emergency departments (ED) in Australia and internationally have been experiencing increased demand, resulting in reduced hospital quality, impaired access and adverse health outcomes. Effective evaluation of new ED service models and their effect on outcomes is reliant on baseline measures of the staffing configuration and organisational characteristics of the EDs being studied. The aim of the present study was to comprehensively measure these variables in Australian EDs.Methods Australian hospital EDs with 24-h medical and nursing cover were identified and invited to participate in the study...
May 18, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507994/a-step-by-step-framework-on-discrete-events-simulation-in-emergency-department-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Mahsa Dehghani, Nazila Moftian, Peyman Rezaei-Hachesu, Taha Samad-Soltani
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the current literature of simulation in healthcare including the structured steps in the emergency healthcare sector by proposing a framework for simulation in the emergency department. METHODS: For the purpose of collecting the data, PubMed and ACM databases were used between the years 2003 and 2013. The inclusion criteria were to select English-written articles available in full text with the closest objectives from among a total of 54 articles retrieved from the databases...
April 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487459/patient-flow-within-uk-emergency-departments-a-systematic-review-of-the-use-of-computer-simulation-modelling-methods
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Syed Mohiuddin, John Busby, Jelena Savović, Alison Richards, Kate Northstone, William Hollingworth, Jenny L Donovan, Christos Vasilakis
OBJECTIVES: Overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) is common in the UK as in other countries worldwide. Computer simulation is one approach used for understanding the causes of ED overcrowding and assessing the likely impact of changes to the delivery of emergency care. However, little is known about the usefulness of computer simulation for analysis of ED patient flow. We undertook a systematic review to investigate the different computer simulation methods and their contribution for analysis of patient flow within EDs in the UK...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
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