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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076656/combined-inhaled-beta-agonist-and-anticholinergic-agents-for-emergency-management-in-adults-with-asthma
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Scott W Kirkland, Christine Vandenberghe, Britt Voaklander, Taylor Nikel, Sandra Campbell, Brian H Rowe
BACKGROUND: Inhaled short-acting anticholinergics (SAAC) and short-acting beta₂-agonists (SABA) are effective therapies for adult patients with acute asthma who present to the emergency department (ED). It is unclear, however, whether the combination of SAAC and SABA treatment is more effective in reducing hospitalisations compared to treatment with SABA alone. OBJECTIVES: To conduct an up-to-date systematic search and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of combined inhaled therapy (SAAC + SABA agents) vs...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057371/3-meo-pcp-intoxication-in-two-young-men-first-in-vivo-detection-in-italy
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Elisabetta Bertol, Jennifer Pascali, Diego Palumbo, Valeria Catalani, Maria Grazia Di Milia, Alessia Fioravanti, Francesco Mari, Fabio Vaiano
3-MeO-PCP or 3-methoxyphencyclidine is a derivative of phencyclidine. It acts as a dissociative anesthetic and it has allegedly hallucinogenic and sedative effects. There are almost no documented intoxication cases and references about its pharmacology and toxicity in literature. This study presents two concomitant intoxication cases due to consumption of 3-MeO-PCP and alcohol. A 19 (A) and a 21 years old (B) men were brought to Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in a comatose state (Glasgow score 3). They showed respiratory acidosis, right anisocoria with mydriatic pupils and hypothermia...
December 26, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979642/severe-carisoprodol-withdrawal-after-a-14-year-addiction-and-acute-overdose
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Kathy T Vo, Howard Horng, Craig G Smollin, Neal L Benowitz
BACKGROUND: Carisoprodol, a centrally acting muscle relaxant with a high abuse potential, has barbiturate-like properties at the GABA-A receptor, leading to central nervous system depression and desired effects. Its tolerance and dependence has been previously demonstrated in an animal model, and withdrawal has been described in several recent case reports. Many cases can be effectively managed with a short course of benzodiazepines or antipsychotic agents. However, abrupt cessation in a patient with a history of long-term and high-dose carisoprodol abuse may result in symptoms that are more difficult for providers to treat...
December 12, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917218/can-we-predict-agitation-in-patients-with-suicide-attempts-in-the-emergency-department
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Ayhan Akoz, Sultan Tuna Akgol Gur, Elif Oral, Ummu Zeynep Avsar, Mucahit Emet
BACKGROUND: The agitation in patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) after suicide attempts is common and an important problem. OBJECTIVE: To establish whether we can predict agitated patients among suicide attempt patients in ED. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional observational study of adult suicide attempt events in ED. Information was collected prospectively on a specially designed data-collection form. Patients aged 16 years old and above who presented to the ED for care due to suicide attempts were included in the study...
September 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882039/pediatric-tooth-extractions-under-sedoanalgesia
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Ayse Hande Arpaci, Berrin Isik
OBJECTIVE: The present study aims to evaluate intravenous ketamine and inhalation sedation in children, their unwanted side-effects and surgeon satisfaction. METHODS: In this study, data of 922 children aged between 1-18 who underwent tooth extraction under sedoanalgesia in our department between September 2015-January 2016 were gathered and anesthesia approaches, unwanted side effects and surgical satisfaction was investigated. Postoperative recovery emergence agitation or delirium was evaluated with Watcha Behavior Scale (WBS)...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857778/state-of-acute-agitation-at-psychiatric-emergencies-in-europe-the-stage-study
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Luis San, Josef Marksteiner, Peter Zwanzger, María Aragüés Figuero, Francisco Toledo Romero, Grigorios Kyropoulos, Alberto Bessa Peixoto, Roxana Chirita, Anca Boldeanu
BACKGROUND: Agitation is an array of syndromes and types of behaviors that are common in patients with psychiatric disorders. In Europe, the estimation of prevalence of agitation has been difficult due to the lack of standard studies or systematic data collection done on this syndrome. OBJECTIVE: An observational, cross-sectional, multicenter study aimed to assess the prevalence of agitation episodes in psychiatric emergencies in different European countries. METHOD: For 1 week, all episodes of acute agitation that were attended to at the psychiatric emergency room (ER) or Acute Inpatient Unit (AIU) in the 27 participating centers were registered...
2016: Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health: CP & EMH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842924/dexmedetomidine-use-in-the-emergency-department-for-control-of-methamphetamine-induced-agitation-a-report-of-two-cases
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Rex Pui Kin Lam, Wai Lam Yip, Chi Keung Wan, Matthew Sik Hon Tsui
BACKGROUND: Chemical restraint is often required to control agitation induced by methamphetamine. Dexmedetomidine is an α-2 adrenergic receptor agonist with sedative, analgesic, and sympatholytic properties. Its use in the emergency department (ED) to control methamphetamine-induced agitation has not been reported. OBJECTIVE: To report two cases of methamphetamine-induced agitation successfully sedated with dexmedetomidine in the ED. CASE REPORT: The first case was a 42-year-old man with unstable emotion and violent behaviours after smoking methamphetamine...
November 3, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826189/behavioral-emergency-in-the-elderly-a-descriptive-study-of-patients-referred-to-an-aggression-response-team-in-an-acute-hospital
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Daniel Simpkins, Carmelle Peisah, Irene Boyatzis
AIM: The management of severely agitated elderly patients is not easy, and limited guidelines are available to assist practitioners. At a Sydney hospital, an Aggression Response Team (ART) comprising clinical and security staff can be alerted when a staff member has safety concerns. Our aims were to describe the patient population referred for ART calls, reasons for and interventions during ART calls, and complications following them. METHODS: Patients 65 years and older referred for ART calls in the emergency department or wards during 2014 were identified using the Incident Information Management System database and medical records were reviewed...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824777/antipsychotic-selection-for-acute-agitation-and-time-to-repeat-use-in-a-psychiatric-emergency-department
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Seth Gomez, Julie Dopheide
BACKGROUND: Early recognition and treatment of agitated patients is essential to avoid violence in the psychiatric emergency department (ED). Antipsychotics have established efficacy in managing agitation, yet little is known about how the choice of initial antipsychotic impacts time to repeat use and length of stay (LOS) in the psychiatric ED. OBJECTIVE: To describe the impact of initial antipsychotic selection on time to repeat use and LOS in the psychiatric ED...
November 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800541/intravenous-morphine-vs-intravenous-ketofol-for-treating-renal-colic-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Gholamreza Faridaalaee, Neda Mohammadi, Seyedeh Zahra Merghati, Fatemeh Keyghobadi Khajeh, Bahman Naghipour, Mahboob Pouraghaei, Sajjad Ahmadi
INTRODUCTION: The main purpose of emergency department (ED) management for renal colic is prompt pain relief. The present study aimed to compare the analgesic effects of intravenus (IV) ketofol with morphine in management of ketorolac persistent renal colic. METHODS: This study is a single blind randomized, clinical trial, on patients who were presented to ED with renal colic, whose pain was resistant to 30 mg IV ketorolac. The patients were randomly assigned to either IV morphine (0...
November 2016: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793241/seizure-due-to-multiple-drugs-intoxication-a-case-report
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Handan Gulec, Munire Babayigit, Aysun Kurtay, Mehmet Sahap, Fatma Ulus, Zehra Tutal, Eyup Horasanli
The mechanism of the antidepressant effect of bupropion is not fully understood. Besides, using it in the treatment of depression, it is found to be effective in reducing withdrawal symptoms due to smoking cessation. A 28-year-old female patient with a history of depression was admitted to emergency department an hour after ingestion of bupropion, quetiapine, and levothyroxine in high doses to commit suicide. While accepting her into the Intensive Care Unit, she was awake, alert, disoriented and agitated. After 2h, the patient had a generalized tonic-clonic seizure...
November 2016: Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776827/intranasal-dexmedetomidine-sedation-as-adjuvant-therapy-in-acute-asthma-exacerbation-with-marked-anxiety-and-agitation
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Giorgio Cozzi, Sara Lega, Rita Giorgi, Egidio Barbi
We describe 2 patients with acute asthma exacerbation who were admitted to the emergency department (ED) with severe agitation and restlessness as a prominent finding, for which bedside asthma treatment sedation with intranasal dexmedetomidine was performed. In both cases, dexmedetomidine allowed the patients to rest and improved tolerance to treatment. Dexmedetomidine is a unique sedative with an excellent safety profile and minimal effect on respiratory function. These properties render it particularly promising for the management of severe agitation in children admitted to the ED with acute asthma exacerbation...
January 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769613/synthetic-cannabinoid-abuse-resulting-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-requiring-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Richard J Hamilton, Vadim Keyfes, Sahil S Banka
BACKGROUND: Synthetic cannabinoids (SC) are recreational designer drugs intended to mimic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol while surreptitiously circumventing classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration. CASE REPORT: A 50-year-old black male arrived in the Emergency Department transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for altered mental status after complaining of chest pain associated with smoking SCs. EMS found the patient with an empty foil pack labeled "Scooby Snax Limited Edition Blueberry Potpourri...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765479/etiologies-and-delirium-rates-of-elderly-ed-patients-with-acutely-altered-mental-status-a-multicenter-prospective-study
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Mehmet Ali Aslaner, Mustafa Boz, Ali Çelik, Asliddin Ahmedali, Sercan Eroğlu, Nalan Metin Aksu, Serkan Emre Eroğlu
OBJECTIVES: Altered mental status (AMS) is a challenging diagnosis in older patients and has a large range of etiologies. The aim of this study was to investigate the nature of such etiologies for physicians to be better aware of AMS backgrounds and hence improve outcomes and mortality rates. METHODS: This prospective observational study was conducted at 4 emergency departments. Patients 65 years and older who presented to the emergency department with acute AMS (≤1 week), with symptoms ranging from comas and combativeness, were eligible for inclusion in this study...
January 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749629/bottle-tongue-entrapment-increasingly-popular-soda-becomes-airway-emergency
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Michael T Long, Matthew P Murray
Tongue entrapments within bottles are very rare childhood mishaps. The most immediate hazard in a tongue entrapment is airway obstruction. Tongue entrapment is an airway emergency; contingency planning to maintain airway patency, oxygenation, and ventilation is critical. Here, we report the case of a 5-year-old girl presenting to a pediatric emergency department with an increasingly popular novelty soda bottle, featuring a unique and dangerous design, entrapped on her tongue. Operative removal was anticipated...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745766/midazolam-droperidol-droperidol-or-olanzapine-for-acute-agitation-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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David McD Taylor, Celene Y L Yap, Jonathan C Knott, Simone E Taylor, Georgina A Phillips, Jonathan Karro, Esther W Chan, David C M Kong, David J Castle
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We aim to determine the most efficacious of 3 common medication regimens for the sedation of acutely agitated emergency department (ED) patients. METHODS: We undertook a randomized, controlled, double-blind, triple-dummy, clinical trial in 2 metropolitan EDs between October 2014 and August 2015. Patients aged 18 to 65 years and requiring intravenous medication sedation for acute agitation were enrolled and randomized to an intravenous bolus of midazolam 5 mg-droperidol 5 mg, droperidol 10 mg, or olanzapine 10 mg...
October 10, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743423/the-patient-care-paradox-an-interprofessional-qualitative-study-of-agitated-patient-care-in-the-emergency-department
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Ambrose Hon-Wai Wong, Joan Combellick, Beth Ann Wispelwey, Allison Squires, Maureen Gang
OBJECTIVES: The emergency department (ED) has been recognized as a high-risk environment for workplace violence. Acutely agitated patients who perpetrate violence against healthcare workers represent a complex care challenge in the ED. Recommendations to improve safety are often based on expert opinion rather than empirical data. In this study we aim to describe the lived experience of staff members caring for this population in order to provide a broad perspective of ED patient violence...
October 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707527/chemical-agents-for-the-sedation-of-agitated-patients-in-the-ed-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Viola Korczak, Adrienne Kirby, Naren Gunja
OBJECTIVE: Chemical agents commonly used to sedate agitated patients in the emergency department include benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, or a combination of the 2 classes. Our objective was to determine if a class or combination therapy is (1) more effective, as measured by the proportion sedated at 15-20 minutes and the need for repeat sedation, and (2) safer, as measured by the proportion of reported adverse events. METHODS: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of studies comparing 2 or more chemical agents for sedation of agitated patients in the emergency department were carried out in PubMed, PsycINFO, Embase, and the Cochrane database...
December 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27668905/atypical-clinical-presentation-of-meningococcal-meningitis-a-case-report
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Ilaria Izzo, Paola Pileri, Maria Merello, Paolo Gnesin, Enrico Cogi, Carlo Aggiusti, Laura Giacomelli, Stefano Ettori, Paolo Colombini, Andrea Collidá
A young woman was examined in the Emergency Department for fever, pharyngitis and widespread petechial rash. Physical examination, including neurological evaluation, did not show any other abnormalities. Chest X-ray was negative. Blood exams showed leukocytosis and CPR 20 mg/dL (nv<0.5 mg/dL). On the basis of these results and petechial rash evidence, lumbar puncture was performed. CSF was opalescent; physico-chemical examination showed: total proteins 2.8 (nv 0.15-0.45), glucose 5 (nv 59-80), WBC 7600/μL (nv 0-4/ μL)...
September 1, 2016: Le Infezioni in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27644404/comparison-of-pediatric-atypical-antipsychotic-exposures-reported-to-u-s-poison-centers
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Gina Stassinos, Wendy Klein-Schwartz
CONTEXT: The rise in atypical antipsychotic prescribing increases the risk of pediatric exposures. Published studies in children are limited. OBJECTIVE: The objectives are to evaluate national poison center data on atypical antipsychotic exposures in young children and compare toxicity amongst selected agents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of U.S. National Poison Data System single substance exposures, from 2005 to 2013, of five atypical antipsychotics in children <6 years old, followed to known outcome was performed...
January 2017: Clinical Toxicology
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