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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431769/trends-in-admissions-for-chest-pain-after-the-introduction-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t
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Nadia Bandstein, Rickard Ljung, Magnus Lundbäck, Magnus Johansson, Martin J Holzmann
BACKGROUND: The aim was to describe temporal trends in admission rates for chest pain and patient outcomes after the clinical introduction of the high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) assay. METHODS: We included all patients aged >25years presenting with chest pain to the emergency department (ED) at our hospital during 2011-2014. For each year, rates of admissions, coronary angiographies, and revascularizations were determined. After adjustment for confounders, hazard ratios (HR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated for mortality or major adverse cardiac events (MACE) within 1year of the ED visit per year, using 2011 as referent...
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431198/serum-amylase-and-lipase-and-urinary-trypsinogen-and-amylase-for-diagnosis-of-acute-pancreatitis
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REVIEW
Gianluca Rompianesi, Angus Hann, Oluyemi Komolafe, Stephen P Pereira, Brian R Davidson, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: The treatment of people with acute abdominal pain differs if they have acute pancreatitis. It is important to know the diagnostic accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, so that an informed decision can be made as to whether the person with abdominal pain has acute pancreatitis. There is currently no Cochrane review of the diagnostic test accuracy of serum amylase, serum lipase, urinary trypsinogen-2, and urinary amylase for the diagnosis of acute pancreatitis...
April 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430016/the-use-of-intravenous-lidocaine-for-the-management-of-acute-pain-secondary-to-traumatic-ankle-injury
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Billy Sin, Diana Gritsenko, Grace Tam, Kimberly Koop, Eva Mok
Sports-related injuries are a frequent cause of visits to the emergency department (ED) across the United States. A majority of these injuries affect the lower extremities with the ankle as the most frequently reported site. Most sports-related injuries are not severe enough to require inpatient hospitalization; however, they often lead to acute distress and pain which require prompt treatment with analgesics. Approximately 22% of patients who presented to the ED required pharmacotherapy for acute pain management...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427480/lessons-from-a-large-trauma-center-impact-of-blunt-chest-trauma-in-polytrauma-patients-still-a-relevant-problem
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REVIEW
Konstantina Chrysou, Gabriel Halat, Beatrix Hoksch, Ralph A Schmid, Gregor J Kocher
BACKGROUND: Thoracic trauma is the third most common cause of death after abdominal injury and head trauma in polytrauma patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate epidemiological data, treatment and outcome of polytrauma patients with blunt chest trauma in order to help improve management, prevent complications and decrease polytrauma patients' mortality. METHODS: In this retrospective study we included all polytrauma patients with blunt chest trauma admitted to our tertiary care center emergency department for a 2-year period, from June 2012 until May 2014...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422618/school-nurses-on-the-front-lines-of-medicine-connecting-the-dots-scripts-for-success-in-the-evaluation-of-pediatric-rashes
#5
Robert P Olympia
Although skin rashes may not necessarily prompt a visit to the school nurse's office, a rash associated with other systemic symptoms, such as fever, headache, difficulty swallowing or breathing, weakness, or abdominal pain, may cause a child to visit your office. This article describes the initial assessment and management of skin rashes in children and adolescents and delineates reasons that may prompt the school nurse to transfer a student with a rash to a local emergency department.
May 2017: NASN School Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422296/keeping-out-and-getting-in-reframing-emergency-department-gatekeeping-as-structural-competence
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Mara Buchbinder
Sociologists have tended to frame medical gatekeeping as an exclusionary social practice, delineating how practitioners and clerical staff police the moral boundaries of medicine by keeping out patients who are categorised as 'bad', 'deviant', or otherwise problematic. Yet medical gatekeeping, understood more broadly, can include not only keeping patients out of particular clinical settings, but also redirecting them to alternative sources of care. In this article, I draw on qualitative analysis of audio-recorded patient-provider interactions in a United States emergency department (ED) to illustrate medical gatekeeping as a two-step process of, first, categorising certain patient complaints as unsuitable for treatment within a particular setting, and second, diverting patients to alternative sites for care...
April 19, 2017: Sociology of Health & Illness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421971/-posttraumatic-appendicitis
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S Klis, T L Trang, M F Lutke Holzik
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic appendicitis is an appendicitis that develops as a consequence of abdominal trauma. Trauma is a relatively rare cause of appendicitis which is nowadays rarely mentioned in surgical textbooks. CASE DESCRIPTION: We describe the case of a 12-year-old girl who presented to the emergency department six days after abdominal trauma caused by a fall from an electrical bicycle, complaining of fever and abdominal pain. Her symptoms were caused by a perforated appendicitis...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421890/inmate-health-care-provided-in-an-emergency-department
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Lindsey Koester, Jay M Brenner, Aimee Goulette, Susan M Wojcik, William Grant
The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Many correctional facilities have outsourced the medical care for this population that often presents with complex health issues. This study evaluates the reasons that inmates present to an emergency department (ED) and compares them to the general population ED visits. The most common presenting complaints were trauma (16.8%), abdominal pain (13.5%), chest pain (9.0%), and self-injury (8.7%). These presenting complaints differed significantly from those of the general population (abdominal pain [8...
April 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421563/the-current-utilization-and-perceptions-of-prescription-drug-monitoring-programs-among-emergency-medicine-providers-in-florida
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Henry W Young, Joseph A Tyndall, Linda B Cottler
BACKGROUND: Pain is among the most commonly treated symptoms in the emergency department, and opioids are commonly prescribed from the emergency department to treat moderate to severe pain. Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP) can be used to assist physicians identify individuals at increased risk to misuse or abuse opioids. While the use of the PDMP has been shown useful among clinicians, in the past, utilization of the PDMP has been less than optimal. The objective of this study was to assess the current utilization and perceptions of the prescription drug monitoring program among emergency medicine providers in Florida...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421155/an-appendiceal-carcinoid-tumor-within-an-amyand-s-hernia-mimicking-an-incarcerated-inguinal-hernia
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Gregorios Christodoulidis, Konstantinos Perivoliotis, Alexandros Diamantis, Dionysios Dimas, Michael Spyridakis, Konstantinos Tepetes
Introduction. We report the case of an appendiceal carcinoid tumor within an Amyand's hernia, presenting as an incarcerated right inguinal hernia. Presentation of Case. A 52-year-old male presented in the emergency department due to a persistent right inguinal pain. Clinical examination revealed a tender right groin mass. Laboratory tests revealed leukocytosis and an increased serum CRP. Under the diagnosis of an incarcerated right inguinal hernia, an emergency operation was taken. Intraoperatively, an inflamed appendix and a part of the cecum were found in the hernia sac...
2017: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419905/spontaneous-perforation-of-common-bile-duct-in-a-young-female-an-intra-operative-surprise
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Sudhir Kumar Mohanty, Tanmaya Mahapatra, Bharat Kumar Behera, Bidyapati Acharya, Supreet Kumar, Jyoti Ranjan Dash, Dibyasingh Meher, Malaya Ranjan Sarangi, Shiva Prasad Sahoo
INTRODUCTION: Spontaneous CBD perforation is one of the rare causes of acute abdomen in infants and extremely rare in adults. It is rarely suspected and correctly diagnosed preoperatively. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 17year old female presented to Emergency Department with sudden onset of pain and distention of abdomen, associated with vomiting and non-passage of flatus and stool for 3days and features of generalized peritonitis. On exploration, a perforation of size 0...
April 4, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419022/computed-tomography-angiographic-assessment-of-acute-chest-pain
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Matthew M Miller, Carole A Ridge, Diana E Litmanovich
Acute chest pain is a leading cause of Emergency Department visits. Computed tomography angiography plays a vital diagnostic role in such cases, but there are several common challenges associated with the imaging of acute chest pain, which, if unrecognized, can lead to an inconclusive or incorrect diagnosis. These imaging challenges fall broadly into 3 categories: (1) image acquisition, (2) image interpretation (including physiological and pathologic mimics), and (3) result communication. The aims of this review are to describe and illustrate the most common challenges in the imaging of acute chest pain and to provide solutions that will facilitate accurate diagnosis of the causes of acute chest pain in the emergency setting...
May 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419020/education-in-the-waiting-room-description-of-a-pediatric-emergency-department-educational-initiative
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Sarah Reid, Gina Neto, Sandy Tse, Ken J Farion, Ariyan Marvizi, Lauren Smith, Chantalle Clarkin, Kristina Rohde, Katherine Moreau
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to understand parents' awareness of and reactions to a slide presentation based waiting-room educational initiative. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study at a Canadian tertiary-care pediatric emergency department (ED) with an annual census of 68,000 visits. An anonymous parental survey was developed de novo, and parents were asked to complete the survey during their low-acuity ED visit over a 2-week study period...
April 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418691/editor-s-choice-the-organization-of-chest-pain-units-position-statement-of-the-acute-cardiovascular-care-association
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Marc J Claeys, Ingo Ahrens, Peter Sinnaeve, Roberto Diletti, Roberta Rossini, Patrick Goldstein, Kasia Czerwińska, Héctor Bueno, Maddalena Lettino, Thomas Münzel, Uwe Zeymer
Chest pain units are defined as organizational short stay units with specific management protocols designed to facilitate and optimize the diagnosis of patients presenting with chest pain in the emergency department. The present document is intended to standardize and facilitate the installation of chest pain units nearby to the emergency department or as an integral part of the emergency department. Recommendations on organizational structure, physical and technical requirements and on disease management are presented...
April 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418546/in-patients-in-the-emergency-department-with-acute-pain-10-15-and-30-mg-of-ketorolac-did-not-differ-for-pain-relief
#15
Christopher R Carpenter
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April 18, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418520/rapid-rule-out-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-with-a-single-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-measurement-below-the-limit-of-detection-a-collaborative-meta-analysis
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John W Pickering, Martin P Than, Louise Cullen, Sally Aldous, Ewoud Ter Avest, Richard Body, Edward W Carlton, Paul Collinson, Anne Marie Dupuy, Ulf Ekelund, Kai M Eggers, Christopher M Florkowski, Yonathan Freund, Peter George, Steve Goodacre, Jaimi H Greenslade, Allan S Jaffe, Sarah J Lord, Arash Mokhtari, Christian Mueller, Andrew Munro, Sebbane Mustapha, William Parsonage, W Frank Peacock, Christopher Pemberton, A Mark Richards, Juan Sanchis, Lukas P Staub, Richard Troughton, Raphael Twerenbold, Karin Wildi, Joanna Young
Background: High-sensitivity assays for cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) are sometimes used to rapidly rule out acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Purpose: To estimate the ability of a single hs-cTnT concentration below the limit of detection (<0.005 µg/L) and a nonischemic electrocardiogram (ECG) to rule out AMI in adults presenting to the emergency department (ED) with chest pain. Data Sources: EMBASE and MEDLINE without language restrictions (1 January 2008 to 14 December 2016)...
April 18, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416358/non-gated-high-pitch-computed-tomography-aortic-angiography-myocardial-perfusion-defects-in-patients-with-suspected-aortic-dissection
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Li-Ting Huang, Shih-Hung Chan, Chia-Chang Chuang, Yi-Shan Tsai
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of first-pass myocardial perfusion defects visualised in non-gated high-pitch computed tomography angiography (CTA) in patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) for suspected aortic dissection. METHODS: We recruited 174 ED patients who underwent high-pitch CTA of the aorta because of suspected aortic dissection. We divided these patients into two groups (diseased and control groups) based on whether their clinical data fulfilled the third universal definition of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), specifically an increase in cardiac troponin (cTn) with at least one of the following: (a) symptoms of ischemia; (b) new ST-segment-T wave (ST-T) changes or new left bundle branch block (LBBB); (c) development of pathological Q wave; (d) new loss of viable myocardium or new regional wall motion abnormality; or (e) identification of an intracoronary thrombus by angiography or autopsy...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416252/hydroceles-not-just-for-men
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Danielle Biggs, Amy Patwa, Steve Gohsler
BACKGROUND: Hydroceles develop in females through the canal of Nuck. This canal is formed when the processes vaginalis fails to obliterate during development. The canal of Nuck can lead to the formation of not only hydroceles, but hernias as well. Although physicians typically think of hydroceles occurring in males, on rare occasions, they do occur in females because of this defect. They are often mistaken for incarcerated hernias, making ultrasound an excellent tool to distinguish between them and guide further treatment...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414680/a-rare-cause-of-abdominal-pain
#19
E M Dauchy, M Modica, N Masri
CASE: A 54 year old woman with hypothyroidism presented with right flank pain that began acutely one week prior to presentation. She was told initially she had a urinary tract infection and treatment resulted in mild symptomatic improvement. The pain returned and she presented to another Emergency Department (ED); and was told the pain was due to constipation. She returned to the ED the next day when her pain worsened and her labs were notable for WBC of 19,000/uL, BUN/Cr of 28/0.75 mg/dL, AST of 31 U/L, ALT of 92 U/L and total bilirubin of 0...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414677/a-rare-case-of-tropical-pyomysitis-acquired-on-vacation-in-a-healthy-male
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K Poole, T Tran
INTRODUCTION: Pyomyositis has traditionally been considered a tropical disease. Increasing prevalence has been observed in more northern climates, especially with HIV, immunosuppression, and IV drug abuse as predisposing factors. Pyomyositis has the tendency to mimic other conditions, such as muscle contusion, necrotizing fasciitis, or septic arthritis. The rarity of this disease and non-specificity of its symptoms often lead to delay in appropriate diagnosis and treatment. CASE: 24-year-old man, seen 2 days prior in orthopedics clinic and the Emergency Department for persistent gluteal pain thought to be due to right-sided sciatica, was admitted following worsening pain, diffuse generalized weakness with polyarthralgias and myalgias These symptoms were associated with night sweats, shaking chills, and difficulty walking...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
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