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Emergency department overcrowding

Hanh Ngo, Roberto Forero, David Mountain, Daniel Fatovich, Wing Nicola Man, Peter Sprivulis, Mohammed Mohsin, Sam Toloo, Antonio Celenza, Gerard Fitzgerald, Sally McCarthy, Ken Hillman
BACKGROUND: In 2009, the Western Australian (WA) Government introduced the Four-Hour Rule (FHR) program. The policy stated that most patients presenting to Emergency Departments (EDs) were to be seen and either admitted, transferred, or discharged within 4 hours. This study utilised de-identified data from five participating hospitals, before and after FHR implementation, to assess the impact of the FHR on several areas of ED functioning. METHODS: A state (WA) population-based intervention study design, using longitudinal data obtained from administrative health databases via record linkage methodology, and interrupted time series analysis technique...
2018: PloS One
Marcel Émond, Valérie Boucher, Pierre-Hugues Carmichael, Philippe Voyer, Mathieu Pelletier, Émilie Gouin, Raoul Daoust, Simon Berthelot, Marie-Eve Lamontagne, Michèle Morin, Stéphane Lemire, Thien Tuong Minh Vu, Alexandra Nadeau, Marcel Rheault, Lucille Juneau, Natalie Le Sage, Jacques Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aim to determine the incidence of delirium and describe its impacts on hospital length of stay (LOS) among non-delirious community-dwelling older adults with an 8-hour exposure to the emergency department (ED) environment. DESIGN: This is a prospective observational multicentre cohort study (March-July 2015). Patients were assessed two times per day during their entire ED stay and up to 24 hours on hospital ward. SETTING: The study took place in four Canadian EDs...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
Mohanraj Karunanithi, Qing Zhang
Australian population aged over 65 years is 14% (3.3 million) and this expected to increase to 21% by 2053 (8.3 million), of which 1.9% to 4.2% is attributed to Australians over 85 years. With increase in ageing, there is high prevalence in long-term health conditions and more likely multiple visits to the doctors or the hospitals, particularly when one's functional condition declines. This adds burden to the already stretched health system such as the overcrowding of emergency departments in hospitals. This is partly due to many ageing patients with high care needs occupying significant number of hospital beds because they are waiting for entry to the limited placements in residential care...
2018: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Li-Chin Chen, Chun-Chih Lin, Chin-Yen Han, Chun-Lan Hsieh, Chiung-Jung Jo Wu, Hwey-Fang Liang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 26, 2018: Asian Nursing Research
Melissa Chan, Garth Meckler, Quynh Doan
Background: General emergency department crowding negatively impacts patient care, and increases patient morbidity. Objectives: This study seeks to determine if markers of paediatric emergency department (PED) flow are independently associated with negative outcomes and increased health care utilization. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of PED visits from 2008 to 2012. Data were pulled from an electronic administrative database...
October 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Jaime González, Juan-Carlos Ferrer, Alejandro Cataldo, Luis Rojas
Hospital emergency departments are often overcrowded, resulting in long wait times and a public perception of poor attention. Delays in transferring patients needing further treatment increases emergency department congestion, has negative impacts on their health and may increase their mortality rates. A model built around a Markov decision process is proposed to improve the efficiency of patient flows between the emergency department and other hospital units. With each day divided into time periods, the formulation estimates bed demand for the next period as the basis for determining a proactive rather than reactive transfer decision policy...
February 17, 2018: Health Care Management Science
Daniela Gonçalves-Bradley, Jaspreet K Khangura, Gerd Flodgren, Rafael Perera, Brian H Rowe, Sasha Shepperd
BACKGROUND: In many countries emergency departments (EDs) are facing an increase in demand for services, long waits, and severe crowding. One response to mitigate overcrowding has been to provide primary care services alongside or within hospital EDs for patients with non-urgent problems. However, it is unknown how this impacts the quality of patient care and the utilisation of hospital resources, or if it is cost-effective. This is the first update of the original Cochrane Review published in 2012...
February 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Amy Z Zhou, Amy Toporowski, James W Tsung
Abdominal radiography and computed tomography scans are standard tests to diagnose pneumoperitoneum. With the growing availability of point-of-care ultrasound, pneumoperitoneum may be diagnosed in settings without easy access to radiography or computed tomography, such as in overcrowded emergency departments or resource-poor environments. The use of point-of-care ultrasound to diagnose or monitor pneumoperitoneum has been described in adult but not pediatric patients. We present a case of point-of-care ultrasound detection of pneumoperitoneum and monitoring for tension pneumoperitoneum, after failed air enema reduction for intussusception in an infant...
February 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Javier Jacob, Emili Gené, Gilberto Alonso, Pere Rimbau, José Zorrilla, Francesc Casarramona, Cristina Netto, Pere Sánchez, Ricard Hernández, Xavier Escalada, Òscar Miró
OBJECTIVES: To study the perceptions of Catalan Society of Emergency Medicine (SoCMUE) members who staff hospital emergency departments regarding measures taken to cope with overcrowding, staff rest areas, and staff size. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Descriptive cross-sectional analysis of a survey sent to SoCMUE members. We compared opinions expressed by physicians and nurses in this survey and also compared them to opinions expressed by heads of departments in prior SUHCAT studies...
February 2018: Emergencias: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
Nak-Jin Sung, Yong-Jun Choi, Jae-Ho Lee
Hypertension has been the leading risk factor contributing to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, which needs comprehensive measures to manage and can be controlled effectively in primary care. In the health care context of South Korea, where specialists can see patients directly at their own community clinics and there has been no consensus on the definition of primary care, the authors used the nationally representative 2013 Korea Health Panel data, categorized adults (≥18 years) with hypertension by types of usual source of care (USC), and analyzed the association of having a comprehensive community clinic (i...
February 5, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Itai Shavit, Oren Feldman
Introduction: During military conflicts in southern Israel, many families moved north, and hospitals and primary care clinics under threat of missile attacks referred their patients to hospitals outside the combat zone, causing overcrowding of the emergency departments (ED). The study objective is to examine the effect of military conflicts on ED waiting time in a children's hospital outside the combat zone. Materials and Methods: A retrospective cohort study of patients admitted between January 2011 and December 2015 was conducted...
January 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Hans Andrews, Lawrence Kass
Patients' overestimation of their illness severity appears to contribute to the national epidemic of emergency department (ED) overcrowding. This study aims to elucidate which patient populations are more likely to have a higher estimation of illness severity (EIS). The investigator surveyed demographic factors of all non-urgent patients at an academic ED. The patients and physicians were asked to estimate the patients' illness severity using a 1-10 scale with anchors. The difference of these values was taken and compared across patient demographic subgroups using a 2-sample t-test...
January 29, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
John S Garrett, Colyn Berry, Hao Wong, Huanying Qin, Jeffery A Kline
BACKGROUND: To address emergency department overcrowding operational research seeks to identify efficient processes to optimize flow of patients through the emergency department. Vertical flow refers to the concept of utilizing and assigning patients virtual beds rather than to an actual physical space within the emergency department to care of low acuity patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of vertical flow upon emergency department efficiency and patient satisfaction...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Shancheng Jiang, Kwai-Sang Chin, Kwok L Tsui
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The Accident and Emergency Department (A&ED) is the frontline for providing emergency care in hospitals. Unfortunately, relative A&ED resources have failed to keep up with continuously increasing demand in recent years, which leads to overcrowding in A&ED. Knowing the fluctuation of patient arrival volume in advance is a significant premise to relieve this pressure. Based on this motivation, the objective of this study is to explore an integrated framework with high accuracy for predicting A&ED patient flow under different triage levels, by combining a novel feature selection process with deep neural networks...
February 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Aitor Alquézar-Arbé, Alessandro Sionis, Jorge Ordoñez-Llanos
Twenty-five years ago, non-isotopic immunoassays for measuring the cardiac specific isoforms of troponin I (cTnI) and T (cTnT) were developed. Both biomarkers radically changed the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy indication of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and, particularly, of myocardial infarction (MI). However, cardiac troponins (cTn) rapidly demonstrated their usefulness in other cardiac and non-cardiac conditions, a part of the ischemic coronary diseases. Consequently, the number of patients to be tested for cTn and the number of tests requested to clinical laboratories sharply increased...
November 2017: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Jérôme Jobé, Anne-Françoise Donneau, Béatrice Scholtes, Alexandre Ghuysen
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is a major international concern with a negative impact on both patient care and providers. Currently, there is no consensus regarding measure of crowding. Therefore, emergency physicians have to choose between numerous scoring systems, from simple to more complex. The aim of the present study was to compare the complex National Emergency Department Overcrowding Scale (NEDOCS) with the simple ED Occupancy rate (OR) determination. We further evaluated the correlation between these scores and a qualitative assessment of crowding...
December 5, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
Wang-Chuan Juang, Sin-Jhih Huang, Fong-Dee Huang, Pei-Wen Cheng, Shue-Ren Wann
OBJECTIVE: Emergency department (ED) overcrowding is acknowledged as an increasingly important issue worldwide. Hospital managers are increasingly paying attention to ED crowding in order to provide higher quality medical services to patients. One of the crucial elements for a good management strategy is demand forecasting. Our study sought to construct an adequate model and to forecast monthly ED visits. METHODS: We retrospectively gathered monthly ED visits from January 2009 to December 2016 to carry out a time series autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) analysis...
December 1, 2017: BMJ Open
Charles E Coffey, Valda Carter, Eric Wei, Douglass Hutcheon, John P Gruen, Annie Anonas-Ternate, Rebecca Sandoval, Annie Marquez, Laura Sarff, Brad Spellberg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
Karl Kavanagh, Darragh Shields, Paul Staunton
BACKGROUND: Crowding in the Emergency Department is internationally recognised as one of the greatest challenges to healthcare provision. Numerous studies have highlighted the ill-effects of crowding, including increased length of stay, mortality and cost per admission. Crowding is typically a manifestation of a hospital at full capacity and its main contributor is the practice of boarding patients in the ED. Therefore, a functioning flow system is advised to ease the burden. Different predictive tools/algorithms assess the degree of crowding...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Jacques Kerr, Helen Maitland, Claire Bell, Julie White, Alan Hunter
INTRODUCTION: ED crowding is associated with increased mortality, poor staff and patient experience, an increased inpatient length of stay and poor compliance with the four-hour emergency access standard.1 Where crowding is caused by exit block, the focus needs to be on whole system patient management, reducing the temporal mismatch between admissions and discharges since at times of peak demand hospitals may become gridlocked until patients are discharged.In an attempt to tackle exit block, the Scottish Government Unscheduled Care Team have implemented the Daily Dynamic Discharge (DDD) approach, which aims to increase the number of inpatient discharges by 12 pm, thus enabling more timeous flow through the ED...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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