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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812056/initiating-a-standardized-regional-referral-and-counter-referral-system-in-guatemala-a-mixed-methods-study
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Rupa Kapoor, Leslie Avendaño, Maria Antonieta Sandoval, Andrea T Cruz, Esther M Sampayo, Miguel A Soto, Elizabeth A Camp, Heather L Crouse
Background:Few data exist for referral processes in resource-limited settings. We utilized mixed-methods to evaluate the impact of a standardized algorithm and training module developed for locally identified needs in referral/counter-referral procedures between primary health centers (PHCs) and a Guatemalan referral hospital. Methods: PHC personnel and hospital physicians participated in surveys and focus groups pre-implementation and 3, 6, and 12 months post-implementation to evaluate providers' experience with the system...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810931/a-comprehensive-regional-clinical-and-educational-ecpr-protocol-decreases-time-to-ecmo-in-patients-with-refractory-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Brian Grunau, Sarah Carrier, Jamil Bashir, William Dick, Luke Harris, Robert Boone, Dan Kalla, Frank Scheuermeyer, Brian Twaites, Ron Straight, James Abel, Ken McDonald, Ruth MacRedmond, David Agulnik, Joe Finkler, Jeanne MacLeod, Jim Christenson, Anson Cheung
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation within CPR (ECPR) may improve survival for refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We developed a prehospital, emergency department (ED), and hospital-based clinical and educational protocol to improve the key variable of time-to-ECPR (TTE). METHODS: In a single urban health region we involved key prehospital, clinical, and administrative stakeholders over a 2-year period, to develop a regional ECPR program with destination to a single urban tertiary care hospital...
August 16, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807696/a-tailored-intervention-to-improving-the-quality-of-intrahospital-nursing-handover
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Jochen Bergs, Frank Lambrechts, Ines Mulleneers, Kim Lenaerts, Caroline Hauquier, Geert Proesmans, Sarah Creemers, Dominique Vandijck
INTRODUCTION: Nursing handover is a process central to the delivery of high-quality and safe care. We aimed to improve the quality of nursing handover from the emergency department to ward and intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: A quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group pre-test - post-test design was applied. Handover quality was measured using the Handover Evaluation Scale (HES). A tailored intervention, inspired by appreciative inquiry, was designed to improve the implementation of an existing handover form and procedure...
August 11, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807456/post-hospitalization-experiences-of-older-adults-diagnosed-with-diabetes-it-was-daunting
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Jacqueline B La Manna, Angeline Bushy, Denise Gammonley
Multimorbidity combined with geriatric syndromes in older adults with diabetes exacerbate their risks for poor post-discharge outcomes. The purpose of this study was to examine self-described hospital-to-home transition challenges encountered by older adults with a diagnosis of diabetes within the first 30 days following discharge. The qualitative responses for this paper emerged from a larger mixed methods study (n = 96) in which participants provided free responses specifying transition challenges during follow-up telephone interviews on the 7th day (n = 67) and 30th day (n = 55) post-discharge...
August 11, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807442/age-is-related-to-neurological-outcome-in-patients-with-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-ohca-receiving-therapeutic-hypothermia-th
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Se Jong Oh, Jin Joo Kim, Jae Ho Jang, In Cheol Hwang, Jae Hyuk Woo, Yong Su Lim, Hyuk Jun Yang
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the patients' outcomes after cardiac arrest based on age in one center, to determine whether geriatric patients had worse outcomes. METHODS: This was a single-center, retrospective cohort study. The patients admitted to the intensive care unit on successful resuscitation after OHCA were retrospectively identified and evaluated. RESULTS: This was a retrospective cohort study of patients over 18years of-age with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) (>24h) after cardiac arrest who were admitted to the emergency intensive care unit (EICU) and received post-cardiac arrest care between March 2007 and December 2013...
July 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806942/impact-of-inpatient-care-in-emergency-department-on-outcomes-a-quasi-experimental-cohort-study
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Aisha Lateef, Soo Hoon Lee, Dale Andrew Fisher, Wei-Ping Goh, Hui Fen Han, Uma Chandra Segara, Tiong Beng Sim, Malcolm Mahadehvan, Khean Teik Goh, Noel Cheah, Aymeric Yt Lim, Phillip H Phan, Reshma A Merchant
BACKGROUND: Hospitals around the world are faced with the issue of boarders in emergency department (ED), patients marked for admission but with no available inpatient bed. Boarder status is known to be associated with delayed inpatient care and suboptimal outcomes. A new care delivery system was developed in our institution where boarders received full inpatient care from a designated medical team, acute medical team (AMT), while still residing at ED. The current study examines the impact of this AMT intervention on patient outcomes...
August 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800938/using-hospital-use-trends-to-improve-transitional-care
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Joe Feinglass, Celeste A Mallama, Angela Rogers, Caroline Teter, Courtney Hurt, Christine Schaeffer
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the Northwestern Medicine Group Transitional Care clinic (NMG-TC), which transitions patients from an urban hospital to primary care at partner community clinics. We evaluate change over the 55 month study period in emergency department, observation or inpatient use within 90 days of an initial NMG-TC visit. METHODS: Electronic health records were used to determine patient demographic, insurance and clinical characteristics, including inflation-adjusted total hospital charges in the 90 days prior and the 90 days after an initial NMG-TC visit...
August 8, 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796559/improvements-in-patient-and-health-system-outcomes-using-an-integrated-oncology-and-palliative-medicine-approach-on-a-solid-tumor-inpatient-service
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Richard F Riedel, Kim Slusser, Steve Power, Christopher A Jones, Thomas W LeBlanc, Arif H Kamal, Devi Desai, Deborah Allen, Yinxi Yu, Steven Wolf, Anthony N Galanos
PURPOSE: Early palliative care (PC) improves outcomes for outpatients with advanced cancer. Its effect on hospitalized patients with cancer is unknown. Herein, we report on the influence of a novel, fully integrated inpatient medical oncology and PC partnership at a tertiary medical center during its first year of implementation. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, longitudinal, pre- and postintervention cohort study at Duke University Hospital. Pre- and postintervention cohorts were defined as all patients admitted to the solid tumor inpatient service from September 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, and September 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795066/otolaryngological-presentations-in-times-of-terror-profile-from-a-tertiary-health-center-in-north-central-nigeria
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Adeyi A Adoga, Daniel D Kokong, Kenneth N Ozoilo
OBJECTIVES: To report the incidence, socio-demographic characteristics, otorhinolaryngological presentations and outcomes of management of patients at the Jos University Teaching Hospital following terror attacks. METHODS: A prospective descriptive hospital based study of consecutive patients presenting with ear, nose and throat injuries as a result of bomb blasts and ethno-religious crises within a six-year period and managed at the Jos University Teaching Hospital were studied for age, gender, ear, nose and throat presentations, injury mechanism, interventions and outcome of interventions...
July 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792986/-implementation-of-the-mobile-emergency-medical-service-in-brazil-action-strategies-and-structural-dimension
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Gisele O'Dwyer, Mariana Teixeira Konder, Luciano Pereira Reciputti, Cesar Macedo, Monica Guimarães Macau Lopes
The Mobile Emergency Medical Service (SAMU) was the first component of the National Policy for Emergency Care implemented in Brazil in the early 2000. The article analyzed the implementation of mobile pre-hospital emergency care in Brazil. The methods included document analysis, interviews with state emergency care coordinators, and an expert panel. The theoretical reference was the strategic conduct analysis from Giddens' Structuration Theory. The results showed uneven implementation of the SAMU between states and regions of Brazil, identifying six patterns of implementation, considering the states' capacity to expand the population coverage and regionalize the service...
August 7, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792256/triage-of-septic-patients-using-qsofa-criteria-at-the-samu-regulation-a-retrospective-analysis
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R Jouffroy, A Saade, A Carpentier, S Ellouze, P Philippe, R Idialisoa, P Carli, B Vivien
PURPOSE: One of the major prognostic factors in the management of sepsis is the early initiation of appropriate treatment. To serve this purpose, early identification and triage of patients are crucial steps, which are still not optimal. The objective of this study was to determine whether the quick Sequential (Sepsis-related) Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) score is an accurate method for prehospital triaging of septic patients. We evaluated whether the use of qSOFA criteria collected by the Service Mobile d'Urgence et de Réanimation 15 (SAMU 15) regulation call center during prehospital care would facilitate appropriate intensive care unit (ICU) admission of patients with septic syndromes...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789790/depression-anxiety-quality-of-life-and-predictors-of-depressive-disorders-in-caregivers-of-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-a-six-month-follow-up-study
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Chun-Yi Lee, Yu Lee, Liang-Jen Wang, Chih-Yen Chien, Fu-Min Fang, Pao-Yen Lin
OBJECTIVE: Caregivers of patients with cancer experience a variety of psychological distress. This study aimed to investigate the mental health status and depressive disorder predictors in caregivers of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) over a six-month follow-up. METHODS: We recruited the participants for this study from a HNC outpatient clinic in a medical center from February 2012 to January 2013. Caregivers of HNC patients were evaluated with the Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV, Clinician Version, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, the Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36), and the Family APGAR index...
September 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782875/comparison-of-trauma-care-systems-in-asian-countries-a-systematic-literature-review
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Se Jin Choi, Moon Young Oh, Na Rae Kim, Yoo Joong Jung, Young Sun Ro, Sang Do Shin
OBJECTIVE: The study aims to compare the trauma care systems in Asian countries. METHODS: Asian countries were categorised into three groups; 'lower middle-income country', 'upper middle-income country' and 'high-income country'. The Medline/PubMed database was searched for articles published from January 2005 to December 2014 using relevant key words. Articles were excluded if they examined a specific injury mechanism, referred to a specific age group, and/or did not have full text available...
August 7, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770895/hydrogen-sulfide-gas-poisoning-in-fish-garbage-room-a-report-of-a-fisherman
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Sadaf Sheikh, Muhammad Akbar Baig, Noman Ali, NadeemUllah Khan
We report the case of a fisherman who was exposed to high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas from the fish garbage room. The patient survived and was discharged with full recovery from the hospital. H2S is a colourless, foul smelling and highly toxic gas next to carbon monoxide, which causes inhalation death. It is a by-product of various industrial processes particularly involves exposure from agriculture, petrochemical industry and organic matter decomposition from sewage processing. It is a by-product of H2S has been referred as the "knock down gas" because inhalation of high concentrations can cause immediate loss of consciousness and death...
July 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764794/exploration-of-knowledge-and-understanding-in-patients-with-primary-adrenal-insufficiency-a-mixed-methods-study
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L M Shepherd, A A Tahrani, C Inman, W Arlt, D M Carrick-Sen
BACKGROUND: Primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI) is a rare and severe condition requiring lifelong steroid replacement. During acute illness or stressful events, it is important to appropriately adjust glucocorticoid dose; failure to do so may lead to an adrenal crisis. The aim of the study was to explore patients PAI knowledge and understanding of the condition, steroid replacement adjustment during acute illness or stress and provided education. METHODS: Ten adult patients with PAI were purposefully recruited from two hospitals in a tertiary NHS Trust in England, UK...
August 1, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755133/training-for-direct-support-staff-at-group-homes-for-people-with-chronic-mental-illness
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Alireza Amirsadri, Albert Pizzuti, Daicia Smith, Danielle Duckett, Cynthia L Arfken
For people with chronic mental illness, their support system (including direct support staff at group homes) play a key role in ameliorating exacerbations leading to crisis care. However, little information exists on curriculum or training programs focused on reducing exacerbations while promoting compassionate care. We developed, implemented and evaluated such a program that featured role-playing and animated videos supplemented with limited didactics. During development phase, direct support staff reviewed videos and rated them as depicting realistic situations with high acceptability...
July 28, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751087/the-effect-of-medicaid-expansion-on-utilization-in-maryland-emergency-departments
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Eili Y Klein, Scott Levin, Matthew F Toerper, Michael D Makowsky, Tim Xu, Gai Cole, Gabor D Kelen
STUDY OBJECTIVE: A proposed benefit of expanding Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a reduction in emergency department (ED) utilization for primary care needs. Pre-ACA studies found that new Medicaid enrollees increased their ED utilization rates, but the effect on system-level ED visits was less clear. Our objective was to estimate the effect of Medicaid expansion on aggregate and individual-based ED utilization patterns within Maryland...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743315/tight-intra-operative-blood-pressure-control-versus-standard-care-for-patients-undergoing-hip-fracture-repair-hip-fracture-intervention-study-for-prevention-of-hypotension-hip-hop-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Iain Keith Moppett, Stuart White, Richard Griffiths, Donal Buggy
BACKGROUND: Hypotension during anaesthesia for hip fracture surgery is common. Recent data suggest that there is an association between the lowest intra-operative blood pressure and mortality, even when adjusted for co-morbidities. This is consistent with data derived from the wider surgical population, where magnitude and duration of hypotension are associated with mortality and peri-operative complications. However, there are no trial to data to support more aggressive blood pressure control...
July 25, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737073/bleeding-pelvic-fracture-patients-evolution-of-resuscitation-protocols
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T Söderlund, T Ketonen, L Handolin
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Massive transfusion protocol seems to improve outcome in massively bleeding trauma patients, but not pelvic fracture patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of massive transfusion protocol on the mortality and fluid resuscitation of shocked pelvic fracture patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a trauma register study from a single hospital. From the trauma registry patients with pelvic fracture, injury severity score >15, admission base excess below -5, age >15 years, blunt trauma, and primary admission from the scene were identified...
March 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Surgery: SJS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733686/comparison-of-the-proportion-and-healthcare-utilisation-of-adult-patients-with-uncontrolled-severe-asthma-versus-non-severe-asthma-seen-in-a-southeast-asian-hospital-based-respiratory-specialist-clinic
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Tunn Ren Tay, Hang Siang Wong, Rosna Ihsan, Hsiao Peng Toh, Xuening Choo, Augustine Kh Tee
INTRODUCTION: Understanding the burden of uncontrolled severe asthma is essential for disease-targeted healthcare planning. There is a scarcity of data regarding the proportion, healthcare utilisation and costs of patients with uncontrolled severe asthma in Asia. This study aimed to plug the knowledge gap in this area. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients with asthma managed in our respiratory specialist clinic were evaluated prospectively. Healthcare utilisation comprising unscheduled asthma-related primary care visits, emergency department (ED) visits and hospital admissions were obtained from the national health records system...
June 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
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