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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032703/the-use-of-telepsychiatry-to-provide-cost-efficient-care-during-pediatric-mental-health-emergencies
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John F Thomas, Douglas K Novins, Patrick W Hosokawa, Christina A Olson, Dru Hunter, Alison S Brent, Gerard Frunzi, Anne M Libby
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated a videoconference-based psychiatric emergency consultation program (telepsychiatry) at geographically dispersed emergency department (ED) sites that are part of the network of care of an academic children's hospital system. The study compared program outcomes with those of usual care involving ambulance transport to the hospital for in-person psychiatric emergency consultation prior to disposition to inpatient care or discharge home. METHODS: This study compared process outcomes in a cross-sectional, pre-post design at five network-of-care sites before and after systemwide implementation of telepsychiatry consultation in 2015...
October 16, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029947/a-neurological-emergency-trolley-reduces-turnaround-time-for-high-risk-medications-in-a-general-intensive-care-unit
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Henry Ajzenberg, Paula Newman, Gail-Anne Harris, Marnie Cranston, J Gordon Boyd
OBJECTIVES: To reduce medication turnaround times during neurological emergencies, a multidisciplinary team developed a neurological emergency crash trolley in our intensive care unit. This trolley includes phenytoin, hypertonic saline and mannitol, as well as other equipment. The aim of this study was to assess whether the cart reduced turnaround times for these medications. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY/DESIGN: In this retrospective cohort study, medication delivery times for two year epochs before and after its implementation were compared...
October 10, 2017: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027772/supraglottic-airway-devices-indications-contraindications-and-management
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Joanna Gordon, Richard M Cooper, Matteo Parotto
Supraglottic airway devices (SADs) have become an essential tool in airway management. Over the past three decades, these devices have been increasingly adopted as an alternative to face mask ventilation and/or endotracheal intubation. The range of proposed uses and features have increased significantly. They are used in pre- and in-hospital settings, elective and emergency anesthesia, in spontaneously breathing and ventilated patients, as conduits for intubation, as a bridge to extubation and for airway rescue...
October 12, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026889/study-design-of-real-world-evidence-for-treatment-of-hyperkalemia-in-the-emergency-department-reveal-ed-a-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Zubaid Rafique, Mikhail Kosiborod, Carol L Clark, Adam J Singer, Stewart Turner, Joseph Miller, Douglas Char, W Frank Peacock
OBJECTIVE: Hyperkalemia affects up to 10% of hospitalized patients and, if left untreated, can lead to serious cardiac arrhythmias or death. Although hyperkalemia is frequently encountered in the emergency department (ED), and is potentially life-threatening, standard of care for the treatment is poorly defined, with little supporting evidence. The main objectives of this observational study are to define the overall burden of hyperkalemia in the ED setting, describe its causes, the variability in treatment patterns and characterize the effectiveness and safety of ED standard of care therapies used in the United States...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025397/a-qualitative-study-of-patient-education-needs-for-hip-and-knee-replacement
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Deborah Kennedy, Amy Wainwright, Lucy Pereira, Susan Robarts, Patricia Dickson, Jennifer Christian, Fiona Webster
BACKGROUND: Quality health information is key to patient engagement, self-management and an enhanced healthcare experience. There is strong evidence to support involving patients and their families in the development and evaluation of health-related educational material. These factors were the impetus for our high volume joint replacement centre to undertake a qualitative study to elicit patient experiences to inform the development of effective strategies and education along the care continuum for hip and knee replacement...
October 12, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018070/hypothermic-oxygenated-machine-perfusion-hope-for-orthotopic-liver-transplantation-of-human-liver-allografts-from-extended-criteria-donors-ecd-in-donation-after-brain-death-dbd-a-prospective-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-hope-ecd-dbd
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Zoltan Czigany, Wenzel Schöning, Tom Florian Ulmer, Jan Bednarsch, Iakovos Amygdalos, Thorsten Cramer, Xavier Rogiers, Irinel Popescu, Florin Botea, Jiří Froněk, Daniela Kroy, Alexander Koch, Frank Tacke, Christian Trautwein, Rene H Tolba, Marc Hein, Ger H Koek, Cornelis H C Dejong, Ulf Peter Neumann, Georg Lurje
INTRODUCTION: Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) has emerged as the mainstay of treatment for end-stage liver disease. In an attempt to improve the availability of donor allografts and reduce waiting list mortality, graft acceptance criteria were extended increasingly over the decades. The use of extended criteria donor (ECD) allografts is associated with a higher incidence of primary graft non-function and/or delayed graft function. As such, several strategies have been developed aiming at reconditioning poor quality ECD liver allografts...
October 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017396/influence-of-awareness-and-availability-of-medical-alternatives-on-parents-seeking-paediatric-emergency-care
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Julia A Ellbrant, S Jonas Åkeson, Pia M Karlsland Åkeson
AIMS: Direct seeking of care at paediatric emergency departments may result from an inadequate awareness or a short supply of medical alternatives. We therefore evaluated the care-seeking patterns, availability of medical options and initial medical assessments - with overall reference to socioeconomic status - of parents at an urban paediatric emergency department in a Scandinavian country providing free paediatric healthcare. METHODS: The parents of children assessed by paediatric emergency department physicians at a Swedish university hospital over a 25-day winter period completed a questionnaire on recent medical contacts and their reasons for attendance...
October 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993099/recognising-older-frail-patients-near-the-end-of-life-what-next
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Magnolia Cardona-Morrell, Ebony Lewis, Sanjay Suman, Cilla Haywood, Marcella Williams, Audrey-Anne Brousseau, Sally Greenaway, Ken Hillman, Elsa Dent
Frailty is a state of vulnerability resulting from cumulative decline in many physiological systems during a lifetime. It is progressive and considered largely irreversible, but its progression may be controlled and can be slowed down and its precursor -pre-frailty- can be treated with multidisciplinary intervention. The aim of this narrative review is to provide an overview of the different ways of measuring frailty in community settings, hospital, emergency, general practice and residential aged care; suggest occupational groups who can assess frailty in various services; discuss the feasibility of comprehensive geriatric assessments; and summarise current evidence of its management guidelines...
October 6, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993097/prognostic-value-of-early-warning-scores-in-the-emergency-department-ed-and-acute-medical-unit-amu-a-narrative-review
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R S Nannan Panday, T C Minderhoud, N Alam, P W B Nanayakkara
BACKGROUND: A wide array of early warning scores (EWS) have been developed and are used in different settings to detect which patients are at risk of deterioration. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of studies conducted on the value of EWS on predicting intensive care (ICU) admission and mortality in the emergency department (ED) and acute medical unit (AMU). METHODS: A literature search was conducted in the bibliographic databases PubMed and EMBASE, from inception to April 2017...
October 6, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988735/identifying-advanced-illness-patients-in-the-emergency-department-and-having-goals-of-care-discussions-to-assist-with-early-hospice-referral
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Tara Liberman, Andrzej Kozikowski, Nancy Kwon, Brian Emmert, Meredith Akerman, Renee Pekmezaris
BACKGROUND: The emergency department (ED) is often where patients with advanced illness (AI) present when faced with an acute deterioration in their disease. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effectiveness of our AI Management program in the ED on key outcomes. METHODS: We conducted a pre-post study with a retrospective chart review with ED patients at an academic, tertiary care hospital in the New York metropolitan area. We assessed changes from baseline to intervention period on percent of patients identified in the ED with AI, percent who received an ED-led goals-of-care (GOC) discussion, and percent referred to hospice from the ED...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986124/real-world-health-care-utilization-and-effectiveness-of-omalizumab-for-the-treatment-of-severe-asthma
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Mina Tadrous, Wayne Khuu, Gerald Lebovic, Matthew B Stanbrook, Diana Martins, J Michael Paterson, Muhammad M Mamdani, David N Juurlink, Tara Gomes
BACKGROUND: Omalizumab is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe asthma. There is limited observational evidence on the costs and effectiveness of omalizumab. OBJECTIVE: To examine the costs and effectiveness of omalizumab for treatment of severe asthma relative to nonusers. METHODS: We conducted a within-person repeated-measures matched cohort study in Ontario, Canada from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014. Continuous users of omalizumab were matched with up to 4 nonusers according to age, sex, recent specialist visits, oral corticosteroid use, asthma severity, and Charlson comorbidity score...
October 3, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985260/validation-of-the-6-item-cognitive-impairment-test-and-the-4at-test-for-combined-delirium-and-dementia-screening-in-older-emergency-department-attendees
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Dawn O'Sullivan, Noeleen Brady, Edmund Manning, Emma O'Shea, Síle O'Grady, Niamh O 'Regan, Suzanne Timmons
Background: screening for cognitive impairment in Emergency Department (ED) requires short, reliable tools. Objective: to validate the 4AT and 6-Item Cognitive Impairment Test (6-CIT) for ED dementia and delirium screening. Design: diagnostic accuracy study. Setting/subjects: attendees aged ≥70 years in a tertiary care hospital's ED. Methods: trained researchers assessed participants using the Standardised Mini Mental State Examination, Delirium Rating Scale-Revised 98 and Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly, informing ultimate expert diagnosis using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) criteria for dementia and delirium (reference standards)...
September 1, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28974202/weaknesses-and-capacities-affecting-the-prehospital-emergency-care-for-victims-of-road-traffic-incidents-in-the-greater-kampala-metropolitan-area-a-cross-sectional-study
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Joseph Kimuli Balikuddembe, Ali Ardalan, Davoud Khorasani-Zavareh, Amir Nejati, Owais Raza
BACKGROUND: Pre-hospital emergency care is a vital and integral component of health systems particularly in the resource constrained countries like Uganda. It can help to minimize deaths, injuries, morbidities, disabilities and trauma caused by the road traffic incidents (RTIs). This study identifies the weaknesses and capacities affecting the pre-hospital emergency care for the victims of RTIs in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in the GKMA using a three-part structured questionnaire...
October 3, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970763/transitional-home-care-program-utilizing-the-integrated-practice-unit-concept-thc-ipu-effectiveness-in-improving-acute-hospital-utilization
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Lian Leng Low, Wei Yi Tay, Shu Yun Tan, Elian Hui San Chia, Rachel Marie Towle, Kheng Hock Lee
BACKGROUND: Organizing care into integrated practice units (IPUs) around conditions and patient segments has been proposed to increase value. We organized transitional care into an IPU (THC-IPU) for a patient segment of functionally dependent patients with limited community ambulation. METHODS: 1,166 eligible patients were approached for enrolment into THC-IPU. THC-IPU patients received a comprehensive assessment within two weeks of discharge; medication reconciliation; education using standardized action plans and a dedicated nurse case manager for up to 90 days after discharge...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28967548/asthma-cost-effectiveness-analyses-are-we-using-the-recommended-outcomes-in-estimating-value
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Chong H Kim, Piyameth Dilokthornsakul, Jonathan D Campbell, Job F M van Boven
BACKGROUND: Asthma medication cost-effectiveness analyses (CEAs) lack the qualitative assessment regarding whether they capture the National Institutes for Health (NIH) 2012 recommended outcomes necessary to allow robust cross-study comparisons. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the current asthma outcomes used in CEAs and recommend a direction for improvement. METHODS: We performed a systematic search using electronic databases including PubMed, EMBASE, Tufts CEA registry, Cochrane, and NHSEED from January 2010 through December 2015...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965430/deep-brain-stimulation-for-severe-treatment-resistant-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-an-open-label-case-series
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Sarah Farrand, Andrew H Evans, Simone Mangelsdorf, Samantha M Loi, Ramon Mocellin, Adam Borham, JoAnne Bevilacqua, Scott Blair-West, Mark A Walterfang, Richard G Bittar, Dennis Velakoulis
OBJECTIVE: Deep brain stimulation can be of benefit in carefully selected patients with severe intractable obsessive-compulsive disorder. The aim of this paper is to describe the outcomes of the first seven deep brain stimulation procedures for obsessive-compulsive disorder undertaken at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital. The primary objective was to assess the response to deep brain stimulation treatment utilising the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale as a measure of symptom severity...
September 1, 2017: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964298/implementation-of-a-perioperative-surgical-home-protocol-for-pediatric-patients-presenting-for-adenoidectomy
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Vidya T Raman, Dmitry Tumin, Joshua Uffman, Arlyne K Thung, Candice Burrier, Kris R Jatana, Charles Elmaraghy, Joseph D Tobias
INTRODUCTION: The perioperative surgical home (PSH) is a patient-centered model designed to improve health, streamline the delivery of health care, and reduce the cost of care. Following the national introduction of PSH in 2014 by the ASA, adult hospitals have reported success with this model, with studies validating the benefits of PSH including reducing length of stay, lowering costs, and improving patient satisfaction. METHODS: Eligible patients, ranging in age from 16-35 months of age, were identified by the pre-admission testing (PAT) registered nurses (RNs) and faculty anesthesiologists upon review of the patient history...
October 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959230/accuracy-of-emergency-medical-services-dispatcher-and-crew-diagnosis-of-stroke-in-clinical-practice
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Judy Jia, Roger Band, Michael E Abboud, William Pajerowski, Michelle Guo, Guy David, C Crawford Mechem, Steven R Messé, Brendan G Carr, Michael T Mullen
BACKGROUND: Accurate recognition of stroke symptoms by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is necessary for timely care of acute stroke patients. We assessed the accuracy of stroke diagnosis by EMS in clinical practice in a major US city. METHODS AND RESULTS: Philadelphia Fire Department data were merged with data from a single comprehensive stroke center to identify patients diagnosed with stroke or TIA from 9/2009 to 10/2012. Sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV) were calculated...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954004/independent-early-predictors-of-mortality-in-polytrauma-patients-a-prospective-observational-longitudinal-study
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Luiz Guilherme V da Costa, Maria José C Carmona, Luiz M Malbouisson, Sandro Rizoli, Joel Avancini Rocha-Filho, Ricardo Galesso Cardoso, José Otávio C Auler-Junior
OBJECTIVES: Trauma is an important public health issue and associated with substantial socioeconomic impacts and major adverse clinical outcomes. No single study has previously investigated the predictors of mortality across all stages of care (pre-hospital, emergency room, surgical center and intensive care unit) in a general trauma population. This study was designed to identify early predictors of mortality in severely injured polytrauma patients across all stages of care to provide a better understanding of the physiologic changes and mechanisms by which to improve care in this population...
August 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948850/the-impact-of-airway-strategy-on-the-patient-outcome-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Patrick Sulzgruber, Philip Datler, Fritz Sterz, Michael Poppe, Elisabeth Lobmeyr, Markus Keferböck, Sebastian Zeiner, Alexander Nürnberger, Andreas Schober, Pia Hubner, Peter Stratil, Christian Wallmueller, Christoph Weiser, Alexandra-Maria Warenits, Andreas Zajicek, Florian Ettl, Ingrid Magnet, Thomas Uray, Christoph Testori, Raphael van Tulder
BACKGROUND: While guidelines mentioned supraglottic airway management in the case of out-of- hospital cardiac arrest, robust data of their impact on the patient outcome remain scare and results are inconclusive. METHODS: To assess the impact of the airway strategy on the patient outcome we prospectively enrolled 2224 individuals suffering cardiac arrest who were treated by the Viennese municipal emergency medical service. To control for potential confounders, propensity score matching was performed...
September 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
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