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Mark K Su, Jessica Hetherington Lopez, Aldo Crossa, Robert S Hoffman
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of 10mg intramuscular (IM) methadone in patients with opioid withdrawal syndrome (OWS). METHODS: This was a prospective observational, convenience sample of patients presenting to the ED with mild to moderate OWS. Evaluations included the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale (COWS), Withdrawal Symptoms Scale (WSS), Altered Mental Status Scale (AMSS) and a physician assessment of the patient's WSS (MDWSS). After enrollment, 10mg of IM methadone was administered and patients were reassessed at 30min post-methadone administration...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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
Yi-Chuan Chen, Ming-Szu Hung, Chia-Yen Liu, Cheng-Ting Hsiao, Yao-Hsu Yang
BACKGROUND: Sodium bicarbonate administration is mostly restricted to in-hospital use in Taiwan. This study was conducted to investigate the effect of sodium bicarbonate on outcomes among patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). METHODS: This population-based study used a 16-year database to analyze the association between sodium bicarbonate administration for resuscitation in the emergency department (ED) and outcomes. All adult patients with OHCA were identified through diagnostic and procedure codes...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
James B Leonard, Kashif M Munir, Hong K Kim
Metoclopramide (MCP) is a commonly used anti-emetic in the emergency department (ED). Its use is generally well tolerated; although infrequent adverse reactions such as extrapyramidal reactions or tardive dyskinesia are reported. However, many ED providers are not familiar with the potentially life-threatening hypertensive emergency that can be precipitated by MCP administration in patients with pheochromocytoma. A previously healthy 36-year-old woman presented to the ED with headache and nausea. She developed acute hypertensive emergency (acute agitation, worsening headache, chest pain and wide complex tachycardia) when her blood pressure (BP) increased to 223/102mmHg (initial BP, 134/86mmHg) after receiving intravenous MCP...
March 5, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sungwoo Lim, Tejinder P Singh, Gerod Hall, Sarah Walters, L Hannah Gould
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of a New York City supportive housing program on housing stability and preventable emergency department (ED) visits/hospitalizations among heads of homeless families with mental and physical health conditions or substance use disorders. DATA SOURCES: Multiple administrative data from New York City and New York State for 966 heads of families eligible for the program during 2007-12. STUDY DESIGN: We captured housing events and health care service utilization during 2 years prior to the first program eligibility date (baseline) and 2 years postbaseline...
March 12, 2018: Health Services Research
Zaina AlBalawi, Leah Gramlich, Gregg Nelson, Peter Senior, Erik Youngson, Finlay A McAlister
BACKGROUND: The Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program has been shown to reduce length of stay (LOS) in colorectal surgical patients in randomized trials. The impact outside of trial settings, or in subgroups of patients excluded from trials such as individuals with diabetes, is uncertain. We conducted this study to evaluate the impact of ERAS implementation in Alberta, Canada. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study and interrupted time series analysis using linked administrative data to examine LOS and postoperative outcomes in the 12 months pre- and post-implementation of ERAS in 2013 for all adults undergoing elective colorectal surgery...
March 12, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Frank X Scheuermeyer, Christopher DeWitt, Jim Christenson, Brian Grunau, Andrew Kestler, Eric Grafstein, Jane Buxton, David Barbic, Stefan Milanovic, Reza Torkjari, Indy Sahota, Grant Innes
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Fentanyl overdoses are increasing and few data guide emergency department (ED) management. We evaluate the safety of an ED protocol for patients with presumed fentanyl overdose. METHODS: At an urban ED, we used administrative data and explicit chart review to identify and describe consecutive patients with uncomplicated presumed fentanyl overdose (no concurrent acute medical issues) from September to December 2016. We linked regional ED and provincial vital statistics databases to ascertain admissions, revisits, and mortality...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Brad Wright, Xuan Zhang, Momotazur Rahman, Keith Kocher
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Outpatient observation stays are increasingly substituting for standard inpatient hospitalizations. In 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adopted the controversial Two-Midnight Rule policy to curb long observation stays and better define the use of hospital-based observation services versus inpatient hospitalizations. We seek to determine the extent to which Medicare beneficiaries exposed to long observation stays (>48 hours) are clinically similar to those with short observation stays (≤48 hours) because this has relevance to the Two-Midnight Rule...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Elliot Long, Trevor Duke, Ed Oakley, Adam O'Brien, Bennett Sheridan, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: The intent of fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is to increase cardiac output and tissue perfusion, yet only 50% of septic children are fluid responsive. We evaluated respiratory variation of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness. METHODS: A prospective observational study in the ED of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Patients were spontaneously ventilating children treated with FBT for sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure...
March 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Benjamin A Willenbring, Callie K Schnitker, Samuel J Stellpflug
BACKGROUND: Esophageal food impaction is a common illness presenting to emergency departments (ED), and is frequently resistant to pharmacologic therapy. Several medications have been promoted for this indication, but so far have not proven effective. Endoscopic removal is frequently required to resolve the impaction, resulting in risks from anesthesia and the physical procedure, and in prolonged hospital stay for recovery. Oral nitroglycerin solution was recently used in two such cases and may represent a new therapeutic option...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Benjamin W Friedman, Alexander Latev, Caron Campbell, Deborah White
BACKGROUND: Parenteral opioids are used in more than 50% of emergency department (ED) visits for migraine. Use of opioids for migraine has been associated with subsequent ED visits, perhaps because of opioid-induced euphoria. In this study, we quantify the extent to which nontherapeutic effects of opioids influence migraine outcomes. We hypothesized that "feeling good" and medication likeability would in fact be associated with receipt of opioids (rather than relief of migraine pain) and that receipt of opioids (rather than relief of migraine pain) would be associated with return visits to the ED...
March 8, 2018: Headache
R Andrew Taylor, Christopher L Moore, Kei-Hoi Cheung, Cynthia Brandt
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common emergency department (ED) diagnosis with reported high diagnostic error rates. Because a urine culture, part of the gold standard for diagnosis of UTI, is usually not available for 24-48 hours after an ED visit, diagnosis and treatment decisions are based on symptoms, physical findings, and other laboratory results, potentially leading to overutilization, antibiotic resistance, and delayed treatment. Previous research has demonstrated inadequate diagnostic performance for both individual laboratory tests and prediction tools...
2018: PloS One
Maryann Mazer-Amirshahi, Sergey Motov, Lewis S Nelson
Hydromorphone (HM) is a potent opioid analgesic that is commonly administered in the emergency department (ED) and other acute care settings, such as medical surgical wards. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the ED administration of HM relative to other opioids. Although HM is an effective analgesic, its use has been commonly implicated in adverse drug events and medication errors. In addition, intravenous HM has potent euphoric effects that may contribute to its abuse liability. There are limited data regarding how acute parenteral administration of opioid analgesics in the setting of high rates of preexisting chronic opioid use (medical or nonmedical) may contribute to or reinforce addictive behavior, making the potential contribution of rising HM administration to subsequent prescription opioid abuse and overdose uncertain...
January 2018: Journal of Opioid Management
Ana M Progovac, Benjamin Lê Cook, Brian O Mullin, Alex McDowell, Maria Jose Sanchez R, Ye Wang, Timothy B Creedon, Mark A Schuster
Health care utilization patterns for gender minority Medicare beneficiaries (those who are transgender or gender nonbinary people) are largely unknown. We identified gender minority beneficiaries using a diagnosis-code algorithm and compared them to a 5 percent random sample of non-gender minority beneficiaries from the period 2009-14 in terms of mental health and chronic diseases, use of preventive and mental health care, hospitalizations, and emergency department (ED) visits. Gender minority beneficiaries experienced more disability and mental illness...
March 2018: Health Affairs
M Fernanda Bellolio, Shawna D Bellew, Lindsey R Sangaralingham, Ronna L Campbell, Daniel Cabrera, Molly M Jeffery, Nilay D Shah, Erik P Hess
BACKGROUND: The decision to obtain a computed tomography CT scan in the emergency department (ED) is complex, including a consideration of the risk posed by the test itself weighed against the importance of obtaining the result. In patients with limited access to primary care follow up the consequences of not making a diagnosis may be greater than for patients with ready access to primary care, impacting diagnostic reasoning. We set out to determine if there is an association between CT utilization in the ED and patient access to primary care...
March 2, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Haley Stevens, Emily Wells, Rachel Ross, Amanda Stricklen, Amir A Ghaferi
BACKGROUND: Reducing avoidable emergency department (ED) visits is an increasingly important target of quality improvement and cost containment efforts in bariatric surgery. Administrative and clinical registry data provide an incomplete picture of the factors contributing to postoperative ED utilization. Patient-centered interviews can help identify intervention opportunities. OBJECTIVES: We sought to understand the circumstances surrounding patient self-referral to the ED after elective, primary bariatric surgery...
January 31, 2018: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
Ella Arensman, Eve Griffin, Caroline Daly, Paul Corcoran, Eugene Cassidy, Ivan J Perry
OBJECTIVE: The specific objectives of this study were to examine variation in the care of self-harm patients in hospital settings and to identify the factors that predict recommended next care following self-harm. METHODS: Data on consecutive presentations to Irish emergency departments (EDs) involving self-harm from the National Self-Harm Registry Ireland from 2004 to 2012 were utilised. Univariate and multivariate regression analyses were performed to assess the associations between patients' clinical and demographic characteristics, and recommended next care received...
2018: PloS One
Xue Li, Preeyaporn Srasuebkul, Simone Reppermund, Julian Trollor
OBJECTIVE: To use linked administrative datasets to assess factors associated with emergency department (ED) presentation and psychiatric readmission in three distinctive time intervals after the index psychiatric admission. DESIGN: A retrospective data-linkage study. SETTING: Cohort study using four linked government minimum datasets including acute hospital care from July 2005 to June 2012 in New South Wales, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: People who were alive and aged ≥18 years on 1 July 2005 and who had their index admission to a psychiatric ward from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2010...
February 28, 2018: BMJ Open
J Elío, Q Crowley, R Scanlon, J Hodgson, L Zgaga
Radon is a naturally occurring gas, classified as a Class 1 human carcinogen, being the second most significant cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoking. A robust spatial definition of radon distribution in the built environment is therefore essential for understanding the relationship between radon exposure and its adverse health effects on the general population. Using Ireland as a case study, we present a methodology to estimate an average indoor radon concentration and calculate the expected radon-related lung cancer incidence...
February 24, 2018: Environment International
Siaffa Romain, Bordes Julien, Vatin Loraine, Prunet Bertrand, Vinciguerra Daniel Md, Meaudre Eric Professor, Lacroix Guillaume
OBJECTIVE: We compared the effectiveness of nerve blocks (regional anesthesia, RA) versus local anesthesia (LA) to treat face and hand wounds. Emergency physicians who had not previously used nerve blocks administered the anesthesia based on anatomic landmarks. METHODS: This prospective observational open study was conducted at a military teaching hospital emergency department (ED) between May 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014. All patients requiring treatment of facial or hand wounds were included...
February 21, 2018: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
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