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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925655/pleuritic-chest-pain-sorting-through-the-differential-diagnosis
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Brian V Reamy, Pamela M Williams, Michael Ryan Odom
Pleuritic chest pain is characterized by sudden and intense sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in the chest when inhaling and exhaling. Pulmonary embolism is the most common serious cause, found in 5% to 21% of patients who present to an emergency department with pleuritic chest pain. A validated clinical decision rule for pulmonary embolism should be employed to guide the use of additional tests such as d-dimer assays, ventilation-perfusion scans, or computed tomography angiography. Myocardial infarction, pericarditis, aortic dissection, pneumonia, and pneumothorax are other serious causes that should be ruled out using history and physical examination, electrocardiography, troponin assays, and chest radiography before another diagnosis is made...
September 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924282/overcrowding-and-possible-solutions-for-a-busy-paediatric-emergency-department
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Muhammad Irfan Habib, Khalid Mehmood Khan
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the extent of emergency department overcrowding in a tertiary care hospital and to identify possible solutions. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted at the National Institute of Child Health, Karachi, and comprised data of all patients presenting to the emergency department from November 2014 to January 2015. Data was collected through the health management information system which generates daily report of patients. Patients who stayed at the emergency department for 4 or more hours were included...
September 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919828/jugular-bulb-oxygen-saturation-correlates-with-full-outline-of-responsiveness-score-in-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-patients
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Tjokorda Gde Agung Senapathi, Made Wiryana, Ketut Sinardja, Ketut Wibawa Nada, Ida Bagus Krisna Jaya Sutawan, Christopher Ryalino, Aloysius Alphonso
BACKGROUND: Maintaining brain oxygenation status is the main goal of treatment in severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Jugular venous oxygen saturation (SjvO2) monitoring is a technique to estimate global balance between cerebral oxygen supply and its metabolic requirement. Full Outline of Responsiveness (FOUR) score, a new consciousness measurement scoring, is expected to become an alternative for Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) in evaluating neurologic status of patients with severe traumatic head injury, especially for those under mechanical ventilation...
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919404/emergency-in-the-clinic-a-simulation-curriculum-to-improve-outpatient-safety
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Eve Espey, Gillian Baty, John Rask, Michelle Chungtuyco, Brenda Pereda, Lawrence Leeman
BACKGROUND: Emergency response skills are essential when events such as seizure, anaphylaxis or hemorrhage occur in the outpatient setting. As services and procedures increasingly move outside the hospital, training to manage complications may improve outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate a simulation-based curriculum in outpatient emergency management skills with the outcome measures of graded objective performance and learner self-efficacy...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918667/poor-outcomes-among-elderly-patients-hospitalized-for-influenza-like-illness
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Mine Durusa Tanriover, Tülay Bagci Bosi, Lale Ozisik, Emre Bilgin, Özlem Güzel Tunçcan, Özge Özgen, Necla Tülek, Metin Özsoy, Hasan Tezer, Tugba Bedir Demirdağ, Ates Kara, Sevgen Tanir Basaranoglu, Kubra Aykac, Aslinur Ozkaya-Parlakay, Belgin Gulhan, Serhat Unal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network is a worldwide initiative that aims to document the burden of influenza infections among acute admissions and the vaccine effectiveness in particular countries. As a partner of this platform, we aimed to determine the frequency of influenza infections among acute admissions with influenza like illness and the outcomes of the enrolled patients during the 2015-2016 influenza season in selected hospitals in Turkey. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The investigators screened the hospital admission registries, chart review or available records, and screened all patients hospitalized in the previous 24-48 hours or overnight in the predefined wards or emergency room...
September 18, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918335/modern-diagnosis-of-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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Aileen Kharat, Anne-Lise Hachulla, Stéphane Noble, Frédéric Lador
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) should be suspected in patients presenting persistent dyspnea three months after a pulmonary embolism or in patients presenting with acute pulmonary embolism and suggestive images on the CT-scan. For these patients, a specific diagnostic work-up should be performed. First step consists of the ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) scan which is a good screening test due to its high sensitivity and high negative predictive value. Pulmonary angiography remains the gold standard approach for the confirmation of the diagnosis and pre-surgical evaluation of CTEPH...
September 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917226/energy-intake-in-the-first-week-in-an-emergency-intensive-care-unit-may-not-influence-clinical-outcomes-in-critically-ill-overweight-japanese-patients
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Satomi Ichimaru, Maren Sono, Ryutaro Seo, Koichi Ariyoshi, Teruyoshi Amagai
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition recommends hypocaloric feeding for critically ill patients with a BMI of >=30.0 kg/m2. However, the cut-off value of obesity in Japan is BMI >25.0 kg/m2, due to the higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular risk factors, even at a lower BMI than in Western populations. Thus, the optimal energy intake for critically ill, overweight Asian patients is unknown. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective chart review was conducted in patients with BMI of >=25...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916122/myasthenia-gravis-and-crisis-evaluation-and-management-in-the-emergency-department
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Jamie Roper, M Emily Fleming, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an uncommon autoimmune disorder affecting the neuromuscular junction and manifesting as muscle weakness. A multitude of stressors can exacerbate MG. When symptoms are exacerbated, muscle weakness can be severe enough to result in respiratory failure, a condition known as myasthenic crisis (MC). OBJECTIVE: This review discusses risk factors, diagnosis, management, and iatrogenic avoidance of MC. DISCUSSION: MC can affect any age, ethnicity, or sex and can be precipitated with any stressor, infection being the most common...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913751/emergency-neurological-life-support-airway-ventilation-and-sedation
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Venkatakrishna Rajajee, Becky Riggs, David B Seder
Airway management and ventilation are central to the resuscitation of the neurologically ill. These patients often have evolving processes that threaten the airway and adequate ventilation. Furthermore, intubation, ventilation, and sedative choices directly affect brain perfusion. Therefore, Airway, Ventilation, and Sedation was chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support protocol. Topics include airway management, when and how to intubate with special attention to hemodynamics and preservation of cerebral blood flow, mechanical ventilation settings and the use of sedative agents based on the patient's neurological status...
September 14, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913501/acute-poisoning-due-to-ingestion-of-datura-stramonium-a-case-report
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Sebastian Daniel Trancă, Robert Szabo, Mihaela Cociş
Datura stramonium (DS) is a widespread annual plant, containing atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine, which can produce poisoning with a severe anticholinergic syndrome. Teenagers ingest the roots, seeds or the entire plant to obtain its hallucinogenic and euphoric effects. We presented the case of a 22 year old male who was admitted to the Emergency Room in a coma after consuming Datura stramonium, 2 hours earlier. The patient presented with fever, tachycardia with right bundle branch block, and urinary retention...
April 2017: Rom J Anaesth Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905252/human-and-equipment-resources-for-difficult-airway-management-airway-education-programs-and-capnometry-use-in-japanese-emergency-departments-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
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Yuko Ono, Koichi Tanigawa, Kazuaki Shinohara, Tetsuhiro Yano, Kotaro Sorimachi, Ryota Inokuchi, Jiro Shimada
BACKGROUND: Although human and equipment resources, proper training, and the verification of endotracheal intubation are vital elements of difficult airway management (DAM), their availability in Japanese emergency departments (EDs) has not been determined. How ED type and patient volume affect DAM preparation is also unclear. We conducted the present survey to address this knowledge gaps. METHODS: This nationwide cross-sectional study was conducted from April to September 2016...
September 13, 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904980/enterovirus-human-rhinovirus-a-rare-cause-of-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Parita Soni, Anand Rai, Nidhi Aggarwal, Stephan Kamholz, Taek Yoon, Yizhak Kupfer
A 22-year-old Asian woman presented with respiratory distress, cough, and wheezing for 1 week. Prior history included asthma and Turner syndrome. On presentation to the emergency department, the patient was hypotensive, tachycardic, tachypneic, with an oxyhemoglobin saturation in the mid 80% range while breathing ambient air. Chest radiograph revealed pulmonary vascular congestion and a left lower lobe infiltrate. Endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilation, and vasopressors were initiated. Empiric therapy for community-acquired pneumonia was administered utilizing broad-spectrum intravenous antibiotics...
July 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898557/improved-survival-for-rural-trauma-patients-transported-by-helicopter-to-a-verified-trauma-center-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Thein Hlaing Zhu, Lisa Hollister, Dazar Opoku, Samuel M Galvagno
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies using advanced statistical methods to control for confounders have demonstrated an association between helicopter transport (HT) vs. ground ambulance transport (GT) in terms of improved survival for adult trauma patients. The aim of this study was to apply a methodologically vigorous approach to determine if HT is associated with a survival benefit for when trauma patients are transported to a verified trauma center in a rural setting. METHODS: The ascertainment of trauma patients age ≥15 years (n=469 cases) by HT and (n=580 cases) by GT between 1999 and 2012 was restricted to the scene of injury in a rural area of 10 to 35 miles from the trauma center...
September 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895380/how-to-optimize-the-lung-donor
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Gabriele Sales, Andrea Costamagna, Vito Fanelli, Massimo Boffini, Francesco Pugliese, Luciana Mascia, Luca Brazzi
In the last two decades, lung transplantation emerged as the standard of care for patients with advanced and terminal lung disease. Despite the increment in lung transplantation rates, in 2016 the overall mortality while on waiting list in Italy reached the 10%, whereas only the 39% of the wait-list patients were successfully transplanted. A number of approaches, including protective ventilatory strategy, accurate management of fluid balance, administration of a hormonal resuscitation therapy have been reported to improve lung donor performance before organ retrieval...
September 11, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894773/the-pattern-of-pre-hospital-medical-service-delivery-in-iran-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mashyaneh Haddadi, Mohammad Sarvar, Hamid Soori, Elaheh Ainy
INTRODUCTION: Pre-hospital emergency systems provide service by Franco-German and Anglo American models. This study was carried out to compare the Iranian emergency medical service (EMS) with the two models regarding timing and equipment. METHODS: In this cross sectional study, response time, scene time, and transport time to hospital as well as ambulance equipment of five hundred thousand Tehran EMS recorded missions, during one year, were compared with Franco-German and Anglo American models, trying to determine the pattern of EMS delivery in Iran...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885335/rescue-patient-from-tracheal-obstruction-by-dislocated-bronchial-stent-during-tracheostomy-surgery-with-readily-available-tools-a-case-report
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Hung-Yu Chang, Kee-Ming Man, Kate Hsiurong Liao, Yi-Ying Chiang, Kuen-Bao Chen
RATIONALE: Airway stenting is a well-established method that relieves symptoms and maintains airway patency in patients with airway obstruction. Serious complications caused by airway stents such as stent dislocation and airway obstruction during surgery are life-threatening. PATIENT CONCERNS: An 80-year-old man was treated with bronchial stent for left bronchus obstruction caused by metastatic esophageal cancer. During tracheostomy surgery, he suffered from acute tracheal obstruction caused by dislocated bronchial stent...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880260/barriers-to-enrollment-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-hydrocortisone-for-cardiovascular-insufficiency-in-term-and-late-preterm-newborn-infants
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K L Watterberg, E Fernandez, M C Walsh, W E Truog, B J Stoll, G M Sokol, K A Kennedy, M V Fraga, S S Beauman, B Carper, A Das, A F Duncan, W F Buss, C Gauldin, C B Lacy, P J Sanchez, S Chawla, S Lakshminrusimha, C M Cotten, K P Van Meurs, B B Poindexter, E F Bell, W A Carlo, U Devaskar, M H Wyckoff, R D Higgins
OBJECTIVE: To analyze reasons for low enrollment in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of the effect of hydrocortisone for cardiovascular insufficiency on survival without neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) in term/late preterm newborns. STUDY DESIGN: The original study was a multicenter RCT. Eligibility: ⩾34 weeks' gestation, <72 h old, mechanically ventilated, receiving inotrope. Primary outcome was NDI at 2 years; infants with diagnoses at high risk for NDI were excluded...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879341/airway-obstruction-by-dissection-of-the-inner-layer-of-a-reinforced-endotracheal-tube-in-a-patient-with-ludwig-s-angina-a-case-report
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Sung-Min Shim, Jae-Ho Park, Dong-Min Hyun, Hwa-Mi Lee
Intraoperative airway obstruction is perplexing to anesthesiologists because the patient may fall into danger rapidly. A 74-year-old woman underwent an emergency incision and drainage for a deep neck infection of dental origin. She was orally intubated with a 6. 0 mm internal diameter reinforced endotracheal tube by video laryngoscope using volatile induction and maintenance anesthesia (VIMA) with sevoflurane, fentanyl (100 µg), and succinylcholine (75 mg). During surgery, peak inspiratory pressure increased from 22 to 38 cmH2O and plateau pressure increased from 20 to 28 cmH2O...
June 2017: J Dent Anesth Pain Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874952/duration-of-mechanical-ventilation-in-the-emergency-department
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Lauren B Angotti, Jeremy B Richards, Daniel F Fisher, Jeffrey D Sankoff, Todd A Seigel, Haitham S Al Ashry, Susan R Wilcox
INTRODUCTION: Due to hospital crowding, mechanically ventilated patients are increasingly spending hours boarding in emergency departments (ED) before intensive care unit (ICU) admission. This study aims to evaluate the association between time ventilated in the ED and in-hospital mortality, duration of mechanical ventilation, ICU and hospital length of stay (LOS). METHODS: This was a multi-center, prospective, observational study of patients ventilated in the ED, conducted at three academic Level I Trauma Centers from July 2011 to March 2013...
August 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870847/bundle-of-care-for-blunt-chest-trauma-patients-improves-analgesia-but-increases-rates-of-intensive-care-unit-admission-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Cédric Carrie, Laurent Stecken, Elsa Cayrol, Vincent Cottenceau, Laurent Petit, Philippe Revel, Matthieu Biais, François Sztark
INTRODUCTION: This single-centre retrospective case-control study aimed to assess the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary clinical pathway for blunt chest trauma patients admitted in emergency department (ED). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All consecutive blunt chest trauma patients with more than 3 rib fractures and no indication of mechanical ventilation were compared to a retrospective cohort over two 24-month periods, before and after the introduction of the bundle of care...
September 1, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
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