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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812057/screening-for-syphilis-in-cases-of-suspected-gonorrhea-and-chlamydia-infections
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Kumara V Nibhanipudi, Kenneth Cody
Background. In all cases of suspected sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it has been routine practice to screen for syphilis with a blood sample. The incidence of syphilis seems to be lower than that of commonly screened STIs. Objective. The objective of our study was to determine whether it is cost-effective to screen for syphilis with serological testing in cases of suspected gonorrhea and chlamydia infections. Hypothesis. Our hypothesis is that it is not cost-effective to screen for syphilis in cases of presumed gonorrhea and chlamydia infections...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777450/self-management-interventions-including-action-plans-for-exacerbations-versus-usual-care-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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REVIEW
Anke Lenferink, Marjolein Brusse-Keizer, Paul Dlpm van der Valk, Peter A Frith, Marlies Zwerink, Evelyn M Monninkhof, Job van der Palen, Tanja W Effing
BACKGROUND: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) self-management interventions should be structured but personalised and often multi-component, with goals of motivating, engaging and supporting the patients to positively adapt their behaviour(s) and develop skills to better manage disease. Exacerbation action plans are considered to be a key component of COPD self-management interventions. Studies assessing these interventions show contradictory results. In this Cochrane Review, we compared the effectiveness of COPD self-management interventions that include action plans for acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) with usual care...
August 4, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772343/the-emergency-department-s-impact-on-inpatient-critical-care-resources
#3
Kyle J Gunnerson
Critical care is an expensive and limited resource in the United States. Estimates from more than a decade ago suggest that over $100 billion a year is spent on critical care services.(1) Over the past two decades, the number of patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) requiring critical care services has increased at a much higher rate than the growth in overall ED volume.(2,3) The proportion of ED patients requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission has increased 75% over the first decade of the twenty-first century...
August 3, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754358/provider-and-practice-factors-associated-with-emergency-physicians-being-named-in-a-malpractice-claim
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Jestin N Carlson, Krista M Foster, Jesse M Pines, Christopher K Corbit, Michael J Ward, Muhammad Zia Hydari, Arvind Venkat
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examine the association between emergency physician characteristics and practice factors with the risk of being named in a malpractice claim. METHODS: We used malpractice claims along with provider, operational, and jurisdictional data from a national emergency medicine group (87 emergency departments [EDs] in 15 states from January 1, 2010, to June 30, 2014) to assess the relationship between individual physician and practice variables and being named in a malpractice claim...
July 26, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721899/gaps-in-radiation-therapy-awareness-results-from-an-educational-multi-institutional-survey-of-us-internal-medicine-residents
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Narek Shaverdian, Sun Mi Yoo, Ryan Cook, Eric M Chang, Naomi Jiang, Ye Yuan, Kiri Sandler, Michael Steinberg, Percy Lee
PURPOSE: Internists and primary care providers play a growing role in cancer care. We therefore evaluated the awareness of radiation therapy in general and specifically the clinical utility of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) among current US internal medicine residents. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A web-based institutional review board-approved multi-institutional survey was distributed to US internal medicine residency programs...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711345/working-at-the-intersection-of-context-culture-and-technology-provider-perspectives-on-antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-emergency-department-using-electronic-health-record-clinical-decision-support
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Phillip Chung, Jean Scandlyn, Peter S Dayan, Rakesh D Mistry
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) have not been fully developed for the emergency department (ED), in part the result of the barriers characteristic of this setting. Electronic health record-based clinical decision support (EHR CDS) represents a promising strategy to implement ASPs in the ED. We aimed to determine the cultural beliefs and structural barriers and facilitators to implementation of antimicrobial stewardship in the pediatric ED using EHR CDS. METHODS: Interviews and focus groups were conducted with hospital and ED leadership, attending ED physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and residents at a single health system in Colorado...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710227/advancing-concussion-assessment-in-pediatrics-a-cap-a-prospective-concurrent-cohort-longitudinal-study-of-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-in-children-protocol-study
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Keith Owen Yeates, Miriam Beauchamp, William Craig, Quynh Doan, Roger Zemek, Bruce Bjornson, Jocelyn Gravel, Angelo Mikrogianakis, Bradley Goodyear, Nishard Abdeen, Christian Beaulieu, Mathieu Dehaes, Sylvain Deschenes, Ashley Harris, Catherine Lebel, Ryan Lamont, Tyler Williamson, Karen Maria Barlow, Francois Bernier, Brian L Brooks, Carolyn Emery, Stephen B Freedman, Kristina Kowalski, Kelly Mrklas, Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, Kathryn J Schneider
INTRODUCTION: Paediatric mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is a public health burden. Clinicians urgently need evidence-based guidance to manage mTBI, but gold standards for diagnosing and predicting the outcomes of mTBI are lacking. The objective of the Advancing Concussion Assessment in Pediatrics (A-CAP) study is to assess a broad pool of neurobiological and psychosocial markers to examine associations with postinjury outcomes in a large sample of children with either mTBI or orthopaedic injury (OI), with the goal of improving the diagnosis and prognostication of outcomes of paediatric mTBI...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704269/the-impact-of-medical-specialist-staffing-on-emergency-department-patient-flow-and-satisfaction
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M Christien van der Linden, Roeline A Y de Beaufort, Sven A G Meylaerts, Crispijn L van den Brand, Naomi van der Linden
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the impact of additional medical specialists, non-emergency physicians (non-EPs), performing direct supervision or a combination of direct and indirect supervision at an EP-led emergency department (ED), on patient flow and satisfaction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An observational, cross-sectional, three-part study was carried out including staff surveys (n=379), a before and after 16-week data collection using data of visits during the peak hours (n=5270), and patient questionnaires during 1 week before the pilot and during week 5 of the pilot...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704248/low-end-tidal-carbon-dioxide-at-the-onset-of-emergent-trauma-surgery-is-associated-with-nonsurvival-a-case-series
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Roman Dudaryk, Danielle K Bodzin, Juliet J Ray, Craig S Jabaley, Richard R McNeer, Richard H Epstein
BACKGROUND: End-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) is a valuable marker of the return of adequate circulation following cardiac arrest due to medical causes. Previously, the prognostic value of capnography in trauma has been studied among limited populations in prehospital and emergency department settings. We aimed to investigate the relationship between early intraoperative EtCO2 and nonsurvival of patients undergoing emergency surgery at a level 1 academic trauma center as a case series...
July 10, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697056/effect-of-emergency-department-mattress-compressibility-on-chest-compression-depth-using-a-standardized-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-board-a-slider-transfer-board-and-a-flat-spine-board-a-simulation-based-study
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Adam Cheng, Claudia Belanger, Brandi Wan, Jennifer Davidson, Yiqun Lin
INTRODUCTION: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed on a mattress decreases effective chest compression depth. Using a CPR board partially attenuates mattress compressibility. We aimed to determine the effect of a CPR board, a slider transfer board, a CPR board with a slider transfer board, and a flat spine board on chest compression depth with a mannequin placed on an emergency department mattress. METHODS: The study used a cross-over study design. The CPR-certified healthcare providers performed 2 minutes of compressions on a mannequin in five conditions, an emergency department mattress with: (a) no hard surface, (b) a CPR board, (c) a slider transfer board, (d) a CPR board and slider transfer board, and (e) a flat spine board...
July 10, 2017: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696434/when-should-governments-increase-the-supply-of-psychiatric-beds
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S Allison, T Bastiampillai, J Licinio, D A Fuller, N Bidargaddi, S S Sharfstein
Low numbers of hospital-based psychiatric beds create problems for people with severe mental illness (SMI), when they face extended emergency department (ED) waits, higher thresholds for admission to an acute bed, and short revolving-door stays with high rates of rehospitalisation. Limited access to inpatient treatment has been associated with higher suicide risk, premature mortality, homelessness, violent crime and incarceration. Ultimately, people with SMI can be transinstitutionalised to the criminal justice system...
July 11, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693348/calm-interventions-behavioral-health-crisis-assessment-linkage-and-management-improve-patient-care
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Natalie A Lester, Laura R Thompson, Kendal Herget, Julie A Stephens, John V Campo, Eric J Adkins, Thomas E Terndrup, Susan Moffatt-Bruce
Emergency departments (EDs) have seen rising numbers of patients in psychiatric crises, patient boarding, and throughput delays. This study describes and evaluates the impact of a Crisis Assessment Linkage and Management (CALM) service designed to manage behavioral health crises. A year-to-year comparison was performed before (n = 2211 ED visits) and after implementation of CALM (n = 2387). CALM was associated with reductions in median ED and hospital length of stay (LOS) from 9.5 to 7.3 hours and 46.2 to 31...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660786/cost-and-complications-of-percutaneous-fixation-of-hand-fractures-in-a-procedure-room-versus-the-operating-room
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Mark T Garon, Patrick Massey, Andreas Chen, Trevor Carroll, Bradley G Nelson, Anne M Hollister
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare closed reduction and percutaneous pinning of metacarpal and phalanx fractures performed in the operating room (OR) versus the procedure room of the emergency department with primary outcomes being infection rate, radiographic union, and monetary cost. METHODS: From January 2006 to December 2010, all closed reduction and percutaneous pinnings of metacarpal and phalanx fractures (CPT codes: 26608; 26727) by a single board-certified hand surgeon (A...
June 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659247/two-emergency-departments-6000km-apart-differences-in-patient-flow-and-staff-perceptions-about-crowding
#14
M Christien Van Der Linden, Munawar Khursheed, Khairunnissa Hooda, Jesse M Pines, Naomi Van Der Linden
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is a worldwide public health issue. In this study, patient flow and staff perceptions of crowding were assessed in Pakistan (Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH)) and in the Netherlands (Haaglanden Medical Centre Westeinde (HMCW)). Bottlenecks affecting ED patient flow were identified. METHODS: First, a one-year review of patient visits was performed. Second, staff perceptions about ED crowding were collected using face-to-face interviews...
June 25, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646558/neurology-concepts-young-women-and-ischemic-stroke-evaluation-and-management-in-the-emergency-department
#15
Bernard P Chang, Charles Wira, Joseph Miller, Murtaza Akhter, Bradley E Barth, Joshua Willey, Lauren Nentwich, Tracy Madsen
OBJECTIVE: Ischemic stroke is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. While the incidence of ischemic stroke is highest in older populations, incidence of ischemic stroke in adults has been rising particularly rapidly among young (e.g. premenopausal) women. The evaluation and timely diagnosis of ischemic stroke in young women presents a challenging situation in the emergency department, due to a range of sex-specific risk factors and to broad differentials. The goals of this concepts paper are to summarize existing knowledge regarding the evaluation and management of young women with ischemic stroke in the acute setting...
June 24, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643577/an-assessment-of-advance-relatives-approach-for-brain-death-organ-donation
#16
Carine Michaut, Antoine Baumann, Hélène Gregoire, Corinne Laviale, Gérard Audibert, Xavier Ducrocq
BACKGROUND: Advance announcement of forthcoming brain death has developed to enable intensivists and organ procurement organisation coordinators to more appropriately, and separately from each other, explain to relatives brain death and the subsequent post-mortem organ donation opportunity. Research aim: The aim was to assess how potentially involved healthcare professionals perceived ethical issues surrounding the strategy of advance approach. RESEARCH DESIGN: A multi-centre opinion survey using an anonymous self-administered questionnaire was conducted in the six-member hospitals of the publicly funded East of France regional organ and tissue procurement network called 'Prélor'...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637582/principles-of-capacity-management-applied-in-the-mental-health-context
#17
Kathryn Zeitz, Darryl Watson
Objective The aim of the paper was to describe a suite of capacity management principles that have been applied in the mental health setting that resulted in a significant reduction in time spent in two emergency departments (ED) and improved throughput.Methods The project consisted of a multifocal change approach over three phases that included: (1) the implementation of a suite of fundamental capacity management activities led by the service and clinical director; (2) a targeted Winter Demand Plan supported by McKinsey and Co...
June 22, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632577/outcome-of-pediatric-forearm-fracture-reductions-performed-by-pediatric-emergency-medicine-providers-compared-with-reductions-performed-by-orthopedic-surgeons-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#18
Donna Milner, Ernest Krause, Karen Hamre, Andrew Flood
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the outcome differences between board-certified orthopedists and pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physicians conducting forearm fracture reductions. METHODS: We performed an analysis of patients between 1 and 14 years of age who presented to the emergency department (ED) with a forearm fracture requiring reduction. Data collected included reducing provider (PEM or orthopedist) and prereduction, postreduction, and follow-up fracture angles and displacements of both radius and ulna...
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619774/protocol-for-a-multicentre-multistage-prospective-study-in-china-using-system-based-approaches-for-consistent-improvement-in-surgical-safety
#19
Xiaochu Yu, Jingmei Jiang, Changwei Liu, Keng Shen, Zixing Wang, Wei Han, Xingrong Liu, Guole Lin, Ye Zhang, Ying Zhang, Yufen Ma, Haixin Bo, Yupei Zhao
INTRODUCTION: Surgical safety has emerged as a crucial global health issue in the past two decades. Although several safety-enhancing tools are available, the pace of large-scale improvement remains slow, especially in developing countries such as China. The present project (Modern Surgery and Anesthesia Safety Management System Construction and Promotion) aims to develop and validate system-based integrated approaches for reducing perioperative deaths and complications using a multicentre, multistage design...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611885/american-association-for-emergency-psychiatry-task-force-on-medical-clearance-of-adult-psychiatric-patients-part-ii-controversies-over-medical-assessment-and-consensus-recommendations
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REVIEW
Michael P Wilson, Kimberly Nordstrom, Eric L Anderson, Anthony T Ng, Leslie S Zun, Jennifer M Peltzer-Jones, Michael H Allen
INTRODUCTION: The emergency medical evaluation of psychiatric patients presenting to United States emergency departments (ED), usually termed "medical clearance," often varies between EDs. A task force of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry (AAEP), consisting of physicians from emergency medicine, physicians from psychiatry and a psychologist, was convened to form consensus recommendations for the medical evaluation of psychiatric patients presenting to U.S.EDs. METHODS: The task force reviewed existing literature on the topic of medical evaluation of psychiatric patients in the ED and then combined this with expert consensus...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
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