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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549018/intimate-partner-violence-in-ophthalmology-a-global-call-to-action
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Ali R Cohen, Lynette M Renner, Erin M Shriver
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Despite increasing public awareness of IPV, little information is available regarding the prevalence, associated injury patterns, and impact of IPV as a mechanism of ocular and orbital trauma. The purpose of this review is to summarize the literature regarding the impact of IPV in ophthalmology and provide team members with guidance on appropriate practices for screening and referral...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547273/case-distribution-and-complications-of-mid-urethral-sling-surgery-in-a-canadian-city-before-and-after-the-health-canada-advisory-on-pelvic-floor-mesh
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Kevin Carlson, Richard Baverstock, Andrea Civitarese, R Trafford Crump
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Increased incidences of complications related to the use of mid-urethral slings (MUS) for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence resulted in both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada issuing advisories in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect these advisories had on the number of surgeons performing MUS surgery and post-surgical complications in Calgary, Canada. METHODS: In this study, we conducted a retrospective analysis of administrative data between 2006 and 2011...
May 25, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540465/technology-induced-errors-associated-with-computerized-provider-order-entry-software-for-older-patients
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Manuel Vélez-Díaz-Pallarés, Ana María Álvarez Díaz, Teresa Gramage Caro, Noelia Vicente Oliveros, Eva Delgado-Silveira, María Muñoz García, Alfonso José Cruz-Jentoft, Teresa Bermejo-Vicedo
Background The introduction of new technologies in the prescribing process has seen the emergence of new types of medication errors. Objective To determine the prevalence and consequences of technology-induced prescription errors associated with a computerized provider order entry (CPOE) system in hospitalized older patients. Setting Patients 65 years or older admitted to the Departments of Internal Medicine, General Surgery, and Vascular Surgery of a tertiary hospital. Method Prospective observational 6-month study...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538645/increased-mortality-in-trauma-patients-who-develop-post-intubation-hypotension
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Robert S Green, Michael B Butler, Mete Erdogan
BACKGROUND: Post-intubation hypotension (PIH) is common and associated with poor outcomes in critically ill patient populations requiring emergency endotracheal intubation (ETI). The importance of PIH in the trauma population remains unclear. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of PIH in trauma patients and assess the association of PIH with patient outcomes. METHODS: Retrospective case series of adult (≥16 years) patients who were intubated on arrival at a tertiary trauma center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada between 2000 and 2015...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538639/development-of-the-emergency-preservation-and-resuscitation-for-cardiac-arrest-from-trauma-epr-cat-clinical-trial
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Samuel A Tisherman, Hasan B Alam, Peter M Rhee, Thomas M Scalea, Tomas Drabek, Raquel M Forsythe, Patrick M Kochanek McCm
BACKGROUND: Patients who suffer a cardiac arrest from trauma rarely survive, even with aggressive resuscitation attempts, including an Emergency Department (ED) thoracotomy. Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation (EPR) was developed to utilize hypothermia to buy time to obtain hemostasis before irreversible organ damage occurs. Large animal studies have demonstrated that cooling to tympanic membrane temperature 10°C during exsanguination cardiac arrest can allow up to 2 hours of circulatory arrest and repair of simulated injuries with normal neurologic recovery...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537143/congress-opposes-use-of-a-e-as-place-of-safety
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Chris Longhurst
RCN members have urged the college to lobby parliament to ensure emergency departments (EDs) are no longer used as a place of safety for people experiencing a mental health crisis.
May 24, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536980/a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-obstetric-outcomes-in-opioid-dependent-women-treated-with-implant-naltrexone-oral-methadone-or-sublingual-buprenorphine-and-non-dependent-controls
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Erin Kelty, Gary Hulse
BACKGROUND: Opioid pharmacotherapies play an important role in the treatment of opioid-dependent women; however, very little is known about the safety of naltrexone in pregnant patients. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the obstetric health of opioid-dependent women who were treated with implant naltrexone during pregnancy, and compared them with women treated with methadone and/or buprenorphine and a cohort of non-opioid-dependent controls. METHODS: Women treated with implant naltrexone, oral methadone or sublingual buprenorphine between 2001 and 2010, along with a cohort of age-matched controls, were linked with records from midwives, hospital and emergency departments (EDs) and the death registry to identify pregnancy and health events that occurred during pregnancy and in the post-partum period...
May 23, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530457/-patient-turnover-in-a-multidisciplinary-emergency-department
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Csaba Varga, Zsuzsanna Lelovics, Viktor Soós, Tibor Oláh
INTRODUCTION: More than twenty emergency departments were opened across Hungary in the past years. Data deficiency on patient flow, trends and lack of knowledge of indicators could raise numerous logistical and organisational problems. AIM: Collection, analysis and provision of data to facilitate successful operations of emergency medical care services. METHOD: During a three-year period investigated, at the multidisciplinary Emergency Department of "Moritz Kaposi" Teaching Hospital, data on patient flow (n = 106,203), epidemiology, triage and international classification of diseases were analysed...
May 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528621/using-lean-to-rapidly-and-sustainably-transform-a-behavioral-health-crisis-program-impact-on-throughput-and-safety
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Margaret E Balfour, Kathleen Tanner, Paul J Jurica, Dawn Llewellyn, Robert G Williamson, Chris A Carson
BACKGROUND: Lean has been increasingly applied in health care to reduce waste and improve quality, particularly in fast-paced and high-acuity clinical settings such as emergency departments. In addition, Lean's focus on engagement of frontline staff in problem solving can be a catalyst for organizational change. In this study, ConnectionsAZ demonstrates how they applied Lean principles to rapidly and sustainably transform clinical operations in a behavioral health crisis facility. METHODS: A multidisciplinary team of management and frontline staff defined values-based outcome measures, mapped the current and ideal processes, and developed new processes to achieve the ideal...
June 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527640/influences-on-patient-satisfaction-among-patients-who-use-emergency-departments-frequently-for-pain-related-complaints
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Patricia Newcomb, Marian Wilson, Ralph Baine, Terence McCarthy, Nicholas Penny, Caroline Nixon, Justin Orren
INTRODUCTION: The primary purpose of this study was to assess relationships between opioid prescribing practices, patient and ED attributes, and patient satisfaction ratings of nursing and physician care among patients with high utilization of the emergency department for pain relief. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to examine 305 individual patient satisfaction surveys from users with high ED utilization for pain complaints. Responses were compared with an age-matched control group (n = 305) of nonfrequent ED users...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520711/inhalational-chlorine-injuries-at-public-aquatic-venues-california-2008-2015
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Jason A Wilken, Michele DiMaggio, Matthew Kaufmann, Kevin O'Connor, Svetlana Smorodinsky, Christina Armatas, Tracy Barreau, Richard Kreutzer, Lino Ancheta
In June 2015, personnel from California's Contra Costa Health Services Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials (hazmat) divisions were alerted to a possible chemical release at a swimming pool in an outdoor municipal water park. Approximately 50 bathers were in the pool when symptoms began; 34 (68%) experienced vomiting, coughing, or eye irritation. Among these persons, 17 (50%) were treated at the scene by Contra Costa's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and released, and 17 (50%) were transported to local emergency departments; five patients also were evaluated later at an emergency department or by a primary medical provider...
May 19, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516353/physical-hazard-safety-awareness-among-healthcare-workers-in-tanta-university-hospitals-egypt
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Rania M El-Sallamy, Ibrahim Ali Kabbash, Sanaa Abd El-Fatah, Asmaa El-Feky
Hospital workers are exposed to many occupational hazards that may threaten their health and safety. Physical hazards encountered in hospital working environment include temperature, illumination, noise, electrical injuries, and radiation. To assess the awareness of healthcare workers (HCWs) about physical hazards in Tanta university hospitals, this cross-sectional study included 401 HCWs (physicians, nurses, technicians, and workers) from seven departments (general surgery, orthopedics, radiology, ophthalmology, kitchen, incinerator, and laundry)...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515106/direct-comparison-of-2-rule-out-strategies-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-2-h-accelerated-diagnostic-protocol-vs-2-h-algorithm
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Karin Wildi, Louise Cullen, Raphael Twerenbold, Jaimi H Greenslade, William Parsonage, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Thomas Nestelberger, Zaid Sabti, Maria Rubini-Giménez, Christian Puelacher, Janosch Cupa, Lukas Schumacher, Patrick Badertscher, Karin Grimm, Nikola Kozhuharov, Claudia Stelzig, Michael Freese, Katharina Rentsch, Jens Lohrmann, Wanda Kloos, Andreas Buser, Tobias Reichlin, John Pickering, Martin Than, Christian Mueller
BACKGROUND: We compared 2 high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn)-based 2-h strategies in patients presenting with suspected acute myocardial infarction (AMI) to the emergency department (ED): the 2-h accelerated diagnostic protocol (2h-ADP) combining hs-cTn, electrocardiogram, and a risk score, and the 2-h algorithm exclusively based on hs-cTn concentrations and their absolute changes. METHODS: Analyses were performed in 2 independent diagnostic cohorts [European Advantageous Predictors of Acute Coronary Syndrome Evaluation (APACE) study, Australian-New Zealand 2-h Accelerated Diagnostic Protocol to Assess patients with chest Pain symptoms using contemporary Troponins as the only biomarker (ADAPT) study] employing hs-cTnT (Elecsys) and hs-cTnI (Architect)...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512663/advancing-the-integration-of-hospital-it-pitfalls-and-perspectives-when-replacing-specialized-software-for-high-risk-environments-with-enterprise-system-extensions
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Carsten Engelmann, Dzifa Ametowobla
BACKGROUND: Planning and controlling surgical operations hugely impacts upon productivity, patient safety, and surgeons' careers. Established, specialized software for this task is being increasingly replaced by "Operating Room (OR)-modules" appended to enterprise-wide resource planning (ERP) systems. As a result, usability problems are re-emerging and require developers' attention. OBJECTIVE: Systematic evaluation of the functionality and social repercussions of a global, market-leading IT business control system (SAP R3, Germany), adapted for real-time OR process steering...
May 17, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509704/effectiveness-of-2-hour-troponin-in-high-risk-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Joseph Bove, Steven Hochman, Jacob Miller, Stephen Artim
BACKGROUND: Research has shown the safety and effectiveness of drawing a standard troponin level at presentation and again at 2 hours in only low-risk patients. Because high-sensitivity troponins are not currently approved in the United States, we studied the utility of a standard troponin that is presently in use. Our goal was to determine if 2-hour standard troponin would be safe and effective in the evaluation of a high-risk cohort of patients never studied previously. METHODS: We conducted a single-center prospective observational study of adult patients presenting to the emergency department with signs and symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome...
June 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500785/don-t-label-me-a-qualitative-study-of-patients-perceptions-and-experiences-of-sedation-during-behavioral-emergency-in-the-emergency-department
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Celene Y L Yap, Jonathan C Knott, David C M Kong, Marie Gerdtz, Kay Stewart, David McD Taylor
OBJECTIVES: Behavioral emergencies are commonly seen in emergency departments. Acutely agitated patients can be difficult to manage and sedation may be required to decrease dangerous behavior and to ensure the safety of both the patient and staff. While the experience of staff caring for this population has been reported, patients' experiences with their overall management remains unknown. We aimed to describe the perceptions and experiences of patients regarding the use of sedation during acute behavioral emergencies...
May 13, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499354/patient-and-care-characteristics-of-self-referrals-treated-by-the-general-practitioner-cooperative-at-emergency-care-access-points-in-the-netherlands
#17
Martijn Rutten, Fieke Vrielink, Marleen Smits, Paul Giesen
BACKGROUND: In the Netherlands, out-of-hours primary care is provided in general practitioner-cooperatives (GPCs). These are increasingly located on site and in collaboration with emergency departments of hospitals (ED). At such sites, also called emergency-care-access-points (ECAP), the GPC is generally responsible for the triage and treatment of self-referrals who used to attend the ED. To evaluate the effects and safety of this novel organisation, we studied the characteristics and the quality of care given by GPCs to self-referrals at ECAPs...
May 12, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497924/real-life-efficacy-of-omalizumab-after-9-years-of-follow-up
#18
Francesco Menzella, Carla Galeone, Debora Formisano, Claudia Castagnetti, Patrizia Ruggiero, Anna Simonazzi, Luigi Zucchi
Omalizumab is frequently used as add-on treatment to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting β2-agonists in patients with suboptimal control of severe asthma. Patients with severe asthma will typically require chronic treatment, although due to the limited amount of data available there are still some concerns about the safety and efficacy of long-term therapy with omalizumab. Herein, in an extension of a previous 4-year study, we report disease-related outcomes of 8 patients with severe persistent allergic asthma who have been followed for a total of 9 years in a real-life setting...
July 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494994/predicting-return-visits-to-the-emergency-department-for-pediatric-patients-applying-supervised-learning-techniques-to-the-taiwan-national-health-insurance-research-database
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Ya-Han Hu, Chun-Tien Tai, Solomon Chih-Cheng Chen, Hai-Wei Lee, Sheng-Feng Sung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Return visits (RVs) to the emergency department (ED) consume medical resources and may represent a patient safety issue. The occurrence of unexpected RVs is considered a performance indicator for ED care quality. Because children are susceptible to medical errors and utilize considerable ED resources, knowing the factors that affect RVs in pediatric patients helps improve the quality of pediatric emergency care. METHODS: We collected data on visits made by patients aged ≤18years to EDs from the National Health Insurance Research Database...
June 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483465/use-of-medical-expulsive-therapy-in-children-an-assessment-of-nationwide-practice-patterns-and-outcomes
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Jonathan S Ellison, Paul A Merguerian, Benjamin C Fu, Sarah K Holt, Thomas S Lendvay, John L Gore, Margarett Shnorhavorian
INTRODUCTION: Early data support the use of medical expulsive therapy (MET) in children. However, little is known regarding use or outcomes associated with MET outside of pediatric-specific practices. Using a national administrative dataset, we sought to characterize utilization patterns of MET as well as assess outcomes associated with MET exposure. STUDY DESIGN: We interrogated the MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database to identify children under the age of 18 presenting to the emergency department (ED) with any diagnosis of upper urinary tract calculi (UUTC, including renal and ureteral calculi)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
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