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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
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
Alex J Guseman, Shannon Leigh Speer, Gerardo M Perez Goncalves, Gary J Pielak
Protein-protein interactions are fundamental to biology, yet are rarely studied under physiologically-relevant conditions where the concentration of macromolecules can exceed 300 g/L. These high concentrations cause cosolute-complex contacts that are absent in dilute buffer. Understand-ing such interactions is important because they organize the cellular interior. We used 19F NMR, the dimer-forming A34F variant of the model protein GB1 and the cosolutes bovine serum albumin (BSA) and lysozyme to assess the effects of repulsive and attractive charge-charge dimer-cosolute interac-tions on dimer stability...
February 23, 2018: Biochemistry
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
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
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
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
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
Lars Sturesson, Ann-Charlotte Falk, Johanna Ulfvarson, Veronica Lindström
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore registered nurses' (RNs) own experience of using the nurse-initiated pain protocol (NIPP) in the emergency department (ED) based on their working experience. BACKGROUND: Pain is known to be one of the most common symptoms among adult patients seeking care at the ED. Several strategies aiming to improve pain management have been developed. Despite some improvements in pain management using NIPP, a large number of patients continue to have inadequate pain treatment when cared for in EDs...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Chris Kingswell, Ramon Z Shaban, Julia Crilly
BACKGROUND: Patients arriving at the Emergency Department (ED) via ambulance can experience a delay in receiving definitive care. In Australia, this phenomenon is referred to as 'Ambulance Ramping', 'Patient Off Stretcher Time Delay' or 'Offload Delay'. As a direct consequence of crowding, and in the context of a worldwide increase in ED and ambulance usage, hospital and ambulance service function is hampered. The aim of this review was to synthesize the literature with respect to the conceptualisation, meaning, antecedents and consequences of Ambulance Ramping...
November 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
J Laureano Phillips, Bradford E Jackson, Elizabeth L Fagan, Steven E Arze, Brenton Major, Nestor R Zenarosa, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Crowding occurs commonly in high volume emergency departments (ED) and has been associated with negative patient care outcomes. We aim to assess ED crowding in a median-low volume setting and evaluate associations with patient care outcomes. METHODS: This was a prospective single-center study from November 14, 2016 until December 14, 2016. ED crowding was measured every 2 h by three different estimation tools: National Emergency Department Overcrowding Score (NEDOCS); Community Emergency Department Overcrowding Score (CEDOCS); and Severely-overcrowding Overcrowding and Not-overcrowding Estimation Tool (SONET) categorized under six different levels of crowding (not busy, busy, extremely busy, overcrowded, severely overcrowded, and dangerously overcrowded)...
November 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Ian Scott, Clair Sullivan, Andrew Staib, Anthony Bell
Evidence suggests improved outcomes for patients requiring emergency admission to hospital are associated with improved emergency department (ED) efficiency and lower transit times. Factors preventing timely transfers of emergency patients to in-patient beds across the ED-in-patient interface are major causes for ED crowding, for which several remedial strategies are possible, including parallel processing of probable admissions, direct-to-ward admissions and single-point medical registrars for receiving and processing all referrals directed at specific speciality units...
October 16, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Hao Wang, Jeffrey A Kline, Bradford E Jackson, Richard D Robinson, Matthew Sullivan, Marcus Holmes, Katherine A Watson, Chad D Cowden, Jessica Laureano Phillips, Chet D Schrader, JoAnna Leuck, Nestor R Zenarosa
Objective: To evaluate the associations between real-time overall patient satisfaction and Emergency Department (ED) crowding as determined by patient percepton and crowding estimation tool score in a high-volume ED. Design: A prospective observational study. Setting: A tertiary acute hospital ED and a Level 1 trauma center. Participants: ED patients. Intervention(s): Crowding status was measured by two crowding tools [National Emergency Department Overcrowding Scale (NEDOCS) and Severely overcrowded-Overcrowded-Not overcrowded Estimation Tool (SONET)] and patient perception of crowding surveys administered at discharge...
October 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
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