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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
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
Colin O'Keeffe, Suzanne Mason, Richard Jacques, Jon Nicholl
BACKGROUND: The pressures of patient demand on emergency departments (EDs) continue to be reported worldwide, with an associated negative impact on ED crowding and waiting times. It has also been reported that a proportion of attendances to EDs in different international systems could be managed in settings such as primary care. This study used routine ED data to define, measure and profile non-urgent ED attendances that were suitable for management in alternative, non-emergency settings...
2018: PloS One
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
Lauren M Cantwell, John C Perkins, David C V Keyes
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is now rare in developed countries; however, it is an important diagnosis for the Emergency Physician to be able to make. Classically thought of as a respiratory disease, TB can present in other ways, making it more challenging to recognize. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 41-year-old woman who presented to the Emergency Department with a 4-week history of back pain. A diagnosis of T12 osteomyelitis and right psoas muscle abscess was made after magnetic resonance imaging...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
E Ter Avest, B T Onnes, T van der Vaart, M J Land
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is a contemporary problem. Solutions are multiple, but often involve a lengthy implementation process and/or substantial funding. Therefore, it is important that in the meanwhile, we aim to identify simple strategies, focussing on optimising efficiency of the available resources, which can be adopted in the ED here and now. METHODS: We made a careful analysis of inflow, throughput and outflow data of all 24,823 patients visiting the ED of a large teaching hospital in the year 2015, and looked in more detail at the 10 days with the longest average throughput times...
January 2018: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Sultan Alghadeer, Manal Alrohaimi, Abeer Althiban, Nora A Kalagi, Bander Balkhi, Anas A Khan
Introduction: Although the majority of poisoning-related cases can be managed in home settings, reduction of hospital visits and admissions are still important challenge. Thousands of interventions are involved and the appropriate management of poisoning is therefore a major task and burden to any institution. Therefore, the present study was aimed to identify the most common classes of toxic substances and route of poisoning in children and to investigate the pattern of drug and chemical poisoning in suspected case fatalities, the subsequent need for hospital admission and arrival time to hospital...
January 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Sajid A Shaikh, Richard D Robinson, Radhika Cheeti, Shyamanand Rath, Chad D Cowden, Frank Rosinia, Nestor R Zenarosa, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Prolonged hospital discharge boarding can impact patient flow resulting in upstream Emergency Department crowding. We aim to determine the risks predicting prolonged hospital discharge boarding and their direct and indirect effects on patient flow. METHODS: Retrospective review of a single hospital discharge database was conducted. Variables including type of disposition, disposition boarding time, case management consultation, discharge medications prescriptions, severity of illness, and patient homeless status were analyzed in a multivariate logistic regression model...
January 30, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Jennifer Schieferle Uhlenbrock, John Hudson, Judy Prewitt, Julie A Thompson, Katherine Pereira
INTRODUCTION: There is a growing number of mental health illnesses (MHIs) in the nation and no standardization of the medical screening examination (MSE) in the emergency department. Many health care organizations are at the tipping point of discarding a battery of laboratory workups. A triage tool-specific to psychiatric chief complaints and cost effective-is needed for the emergency department. METHODS: A nonexperimental, retrospective overlay of the Triage Algorithm for Psychiatric Screening (TAPS) onto previous psychiatric patients' records was performed to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the TAPS in ruling out acute medical illness...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
M Christien van der Linden, Crispijn L van den Brand, Ido R van den Wijngaard, Roeline A Y de Beaufort, Naomi van der Linden, Korné Jellema
BACKGROUND: Emergency departments (EDs) worldwide face crowding, which hampers patient flow. In this study, the impact of a dedicated neurologist present at the ED on patient flow during out-of-office hours was assessed. METHODS: A cross-sectional, mixed methods study was undertaken at a Dutch ED, including a pre-post analysis of data of patients who had a primary neurological disease (n = 458) and staff surveys (n = 152). Descriptive statistics and content analysis were used for analyses...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neurology
Matthew A Widmer, R Chad Swanson, Brian J Zink, Jesse M Pines
INTRODUCTION: The specialty of emergency medicine is experiencing the convergence of a number of transformational forces in the United States, including health care reform, technological advancements, and societal shifts. These bring both opportunity and uncertainty. 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES: Persistent challenges such as the opioid epidemic, rising health care costs, misaligned incentives, patients with multiple chronic diseases, and emergency department crowding continue to plague the acute, unscheduled care system...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
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
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
Binoy Mistry, Kamna S Balhara, Jeremiah S Hinson, Xavier Anton, Iman Yassin Othman, Maysoon Abdel Latif E'nouz, Norman Agustin Avila, Sophia Henry, Scott Levin, Sarah Stewart De Ramirez
INTRODUCTION: With emergency department crowding becoming an increasing problem across the globe, nursing triage to prioritize patients receiving care is ever more important. ESI is the most common triage system used in the United States and is increasingly used worldwide. This qualitative study that explores emergency nursing perceptions of the ESI identifies strengths, weaknesses, and barriers to implementation of the ESI internationally. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional qualitative analysis using semistructured interviews of 27 emergency triage nurses...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
Susan Sanders
AIM: More than six million patients with signs and symptoms suggestive of a heart attack present to emergency departments (EDs) in the US each year. Of those diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), one third die in the acute phase. Rapid ED triage can reduce the mortality rate, yet there are still delays in patient care. The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between patient and nurse characteristics, patient presentations, delays in triage, and delays in obtaining electrocardiograms (ECGs) of patients with signs and symptoms of AMI...
October 12, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Beatrice Konrad, David Hiti, Bernard P Chang, Jessica Retuerto, Jacob Julian, Donald Edmondson
BACKGROUND: As many as 12% of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients screen positive for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms due to their cardiac event, and emergency department (ED) factors such as overcrowding have been associated with risk for PTSD. We tested the association of patients' perceptions of their proximity to a critically ill patient during ED evaluation for ACS with development of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PSS) in the month after hospital discharge. METHODS: Participants were enrolled in the REactions to Acute Care and Hospitalization (REACH) study during evaluation for ACS in an urban ED...
November 6, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
Linnéa Wickman, Per Svensson, Therese Djärv
Crowding in emergency departments (EDs) is associated with long lengths of stay (LOS); however, it is not known whether the effect is equal across different chief complaints.The aim of the study was to compare the effect of crowding on LOS in the 10 most common medical or surgical chief complaints in the ED.All adult visits to a university hospital ED on weekdays between 8 AM and 9 PM in 2012 (n = 19,200) were stratified based on chief complaint and triage priority. The ED bed occupancy rate was measured and crowding was defined as an occupancy rate over one...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ryan M Gardner, Nathan A Friedman, Michael Carlson, Tamala S Bradham, Tyler W Barrett
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) crowding is associated with patient safety concerns, increased patients left without being seen (LWBS), low patient satisfaction, and lost ED revenue. The objective was to measure the impact of a revised triage process on ED throughput. METHODS: This study took place at an urban, university-affiliated, adult ED with an annual census of 70,000 and admission rate of 34%. The revised triage approach included: identifying eligible patients at triage based on complaint, comorbidities, and illness acuity; and reallocating a nurse practitioner (NP) into our triage area...
January 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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