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Sarah Mousseau, Annie Lapointe, Jocelyn Gravel
BACKGROUND: The CellScope Oto® is a smartphone otoscope attachment allowing physicians to share diagnostic-quality images of the ears. Our primary objective was to evaluate the residents' accuracy in diagnosing acute otitis media in children using the CellScope Oto® attachment compared to traditional otoscope. METHODS: A randomized crossover controlled trial was performed at a single, tertiary care, pediatric emergency department. Participants were a convenience sample of preschool children, consulting for fever and respiratory symptoms...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jaime Fernández-Sarmiento, Joseph A Carcillo, Claudia M Salinas, Edgar F Galvis, Paula A López, Andrés Jagua-Gualdrón
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate adherence to the sepsis bundle before and after an educational strategy and its impact on hospital stay. DESIGN: A prospective, analytic, before-and-after study of children with severe sepsis and septic shock who presented to the emergency department. SETTING: Carried out from January to December 2014 in the emergency department of a quaternary care hospital. PATIENTS: Of a total of 19,836 children who presented to the emergency department, 4,383 had an infectious pathology, with 203 of these showing severe sepsis and septic shock (124 pre intervention, and 79 post intervention)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Amber Hoffman, Ingrid A Larson
It can be difficult to assist children with medical complexities (CMC) in maintaining wellness outside of hospital and emergency department settings. This growing population, with high use of medical technology and specialty care, has created a challenge for community providers who may infrequently care for children with these rare disorders and needs. CMCs have increased hospitalization rates and emergency care use. It is not realistic to believe that emergency health providers will know how to manage every type of CMC when they present for emergency care...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Shiva Kalidindi, Thomas A Lacy
Emergencies do occur in pediatric primary care offices. The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine recommends that primary care offices perform a self-assessment of office readiness for emergencies. Primary care offices should develop an emergency response plan to recognize, stabilize, and transfer sick children. They should also ensure their offices have the essential equipment, supplies, and medications readily available in case of emergencies. Primary care offices can prepare and practice for office emergencies through "mock codes" and by maintaining certification in basic and advanced life support courses...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Annals
Jonathan Porter, Robert Porter, Kevin Joseph Chan
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to determine the predictive value of clinical suspicion for scaphoid fracture in children aged 4 to 11 years, to look at the efficiency and practicality of current management of children presenting to the emergency department, and to help quantify the burden of the treatment strategy of immobilization for 10 to 14 days on clinical grounds despite negative or equivocal x-rays on presentation. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review study of a consecutive sample of all children aged 4 to 11 years old who presented to a tertiary pediatric emergency department from January 1, 2009, to December 31, 2013, within 24 hours of a wrist injury, with a clinical suspicion sufficient to order a scaphoid x-ray...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Linda Barstow, Erika Herman, Heidi Phillips, Patrick Maloney
OBJECTIVES: We quantify and describe emergency department antibiotic discharge prescription dosing errors for pediatric patients in a community hospital health system. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review evaluating emergency department discharge prescriptions written between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. Pediatric patients who received a prescription for an oral antibiotic were included in error analysis if they had a weight updated in the electronic medical record during the encounter...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Vanessa A Thomas, Heather L Crouse, Kristy O Murray, Deborah C Hsu, Elizabeth A Camp, Andrea T Cruz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform a needs assessment of pediatric (PEM) and general emergency medicine (EM) provider knowledge, comfort, and current practice patterns in the evaluation of pediatric tropical infectious diseases. METHODS: An online survey was developed based on educational priorities identified by an expert panel via modified Delphi methodology. The survey included assessment of providers' typical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of tropical diseases and was distributed to PEM and EM providers in 2 large professional organizations...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Anupam B Kharbanda, Gabriela Vazquez-Benitez, Dustin W Ballard, David R Vinson, Uli K Chettipally, Mamata V Kene, Steven P Dehmer, Richard G Bachur, Peter S Dayan, Nathan Kuppermann, Patrick J O'Connor, Elyse O Kharbanda
OBJECTIVES: We sought to develop and validate a clinical calculator that can be used to quantify risk for appendicitis on a continuous scale for patients with acute abdominal pain. METHODS: The pediatric appendicitis risk calculator (pARC) was developed and validated through secondary analyses of 3 distinct cohorts. The derivation sample included visits to 9 pediatric emergency departments between March 2009 and April 2010. The validation sample included visits to a single pediatric emergency department from 2003 to 2004 and 2013 to 2015...
March 13, 2018: Pediatrics
Elliot Long, Franz E Babl, Ed Oakley, Bennett Sheridan, Trevor Duke
OBJECTIVES: Fluid bolus therapy is the initial recommended treatment for acute circulatory failure in sepsis, yet it is unknown whether this has the intended effect of increasing cardiac index. We aimed to describe the effect of fluid bolus therapy on cardiac index in children with sepsis. DESIGN: A prospective observational cohort study. SETTING: The Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. PATIENTS: A convenience sample of children meeting international consensus criteria for sepsis with acute circulatory failure...
March 10, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Barbara P Yawn, Peter C Wollan, Matthew A Rank, Susan L Bertram, Young Juhn, Wilson Pace
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess patient and practice outcomes after introducing the Asthma APGAR (Activities, Persistent, triGGers, Asthma medications, Response to therapy) tools into primary care practices. METHODS: We used a pragmatic cluster-randomized controlled design in 18 US family medicine and pediatric practices to compare outcomes in patients with persistent asthma aged 5 to 45 years after introduction of the Asthma APGAR tools vs usual care...
March 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
Gabriel T Gao, William Binder
Nexplanon is a long-acting 4cm radio-opaque rod shaped contraceptive device implanted in the subdermal layer of the inner, upper arm. Complications from implantation are uncommon and mostly local and minor, including infection at the implantation site with resulting cellulitis or abscess, hematoma, abnormal scar formation, or local damage to nerves and blood vessels. Intravascular insertion is estimated to be at 1.3 per million Nexplanon implants, and migration and embolization is a rare complication of this device...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Amy J Romer, Satish K Rajagopal, Rebecca J Kameny
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart failure is a rare but morbid diagnosis in the pediatric patient presenting to the emergency department (ED). Familiarity of the ED physician with the presentation, work-up, and management of pediatric heart failure is essential as accurate diagnosis is reliant on a high degree of suspicion. RECENT FINDINGS: Studies evaluating pediatric heart failure are limited by its rarity and the heterogeneity of underlying conditions. However, recent reports have provided new data on the epidemiology, presentation, and outcomes of children with heart failure...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Anıl Er, Aykut Çağlar, Fatma Akgül, Emel Ulusoy, Hale Çitlenbik, Durgül Yılmaz, Murat Duman
AIM: High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is a new treatment option for pediatric respiratory distress and we aimed to assess early predictive factors of unresponsiveness to HFNC therapy in a pediatric emergency department (ED). METHOD: Patients who presented with respiratory distress and were treated by HFNC, were included. The age, gender, weight, medical history, diagnosis, vital signs, oxygen saturation/fraction of inspired oxygen (SpO2 /FiO2 ) ratio, modified Respiratory Distress Assessment Instrument (mRDAI) scores, medical interventions, duration of HFNC therapy, time to escalation, adverse effects, and laboratory test results were obtained from medical and nursing records...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Rachel Levene, Elza Pollak-Christian, Ashish Garg, Michael Keenaghan
Coarctation of the aorta (CoA) is a congenital cardiac malformation that is well understood. Despite being well characterized, CoA is a commonly missed congenital heart disease (CHD) during the newborn period. We report a full-term nine-day-old male who presented to the pediatric emergency department (ED) with isolated tachypnea. After an initial sepsis workup, subsequent investigations revealed critical CoA. Because the primary workup focused on sepsis, there was a significant delay in prostaglandin E1 (PGE1 ) initiation...
2018: Case Reports in Pediatrics
Ruiyang Jiang, Steven Wolf, Muhammad H Alkazemi, Gina-Maria Pomann, J Todd Purves, John S Wiener, Jonathan C Routh
INTRODUCTION: The surgical comorbidity assessment is important for patient risk stratification, counseling, and research. In adults, risk assessment indices, such as the Charlson Co-morbidity Score (CCS) or Van Walraven Index (VWI), are well established. In pediatrics, however, risk assessment indices are scarce. Recently, a pediatric-specific risk assessment index, the Rhee index, was developed to discriminate mortality for pediatric general surgery patients. Currently, there is no validated risk assessment tool in pediatric urology...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
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
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BACKGROUND: Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)/spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is defined by the presence of wheals,angioedema, or both for 6 weeks, with or without an identifiable trigger. Real-world health care data among children withCIU/CSU remain scarce. OBJECTIVES: To describe treatment patterns, health care resource utilization (HRU), and costs in pediatric patients with CIU/CSU (12 years old) and to compare these with pediatric patients without CIU/CSU. METHODS: A commercial administrative claims data base (September 2013 to June 2016) was used...
March 7, 2018: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
Corrie E McDaniel, Wren Haaland, Joshua Parlaman, Chuan Zhou, Arti D Desai
OBJECTIVES: The majority of children with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) are primarily evaluated in community hospital emergency departments (EDs); however, studies on the management of pediatric CAP have largely targeted care provided in free-standing children's hospital EDs or inpatient settings. The objectives of this study were to examine whether implementation of a CAP pathway within three community hospital EDs and inpatient units improved process measures related to appropriate laboratory testing and antibiotic prescribing, and to compare performance on these measures between the community hospitals and a free-standing children's hospital...
March 7, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Nusrat S Shommu, Craig N Jenne, Jaime Blackwood, Dori-Ann Martin, Ari R Joffe, Robin Eccles, Mary Brindle, Ijab Khanafer, Hans J Vogel, Graham C Thompson
Multiplexed profiling approaches including various 'omics' platforms are becoming a new standard of biomarker development for disease diagnosis and prognosis. The present study applied an integrated metabolomics and cytokine profiling approach as a potential aid to the identification of pediatric appendicitis. Metabolic analysis using serum (n = 121) and urine (n = 102) samples, and cytokine analysis using plasma (n = 121) samples from children presenting to the Emergency Department with abdominal pain were performed...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
La Vonne A Downey, Leslie S Zun, Paul Dismukes, Amanda Hong
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown that there is a high rate of post traumatic stress disorder in the inner city. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether patients in the Emergency Department would use a post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) assessment. Additionally, did the type of administration of the PTSD tool impact the usage of PTSD services? METHODS: The sample population was taken from patients, 12 years or older, who presented with a non psychiatric illness...
February 2018: Journal of the National Medical Association
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