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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099295/comparison-of-resource-utilization-and-length-of-hospitalization-between-overweight-and-healthy-weight-pediatric-trauma-patients-presenting-to-a-pediatric-emergency-department-with-moderate-to-severe-injury-a-prospective-study
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Theresa Romano, Ioannis Koutroulis, Evan Weiner, Anthony Little, Sabina Singh
OBJECTIVES: Our study aimed to compare overweight and healthy-weight pediatric trauma patient outcomes, specifically with respect to hospital length of stay and resource utilization. We hypothesized that overweight pediatric trauma patients would have increased hospital length of stay and radiographic study use compared with their healthy-weight counterparts. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, cohort study of pediatric trauma patients aged 2 to 19 years presenting to an urban pediatric emergency department over a period of 1 year...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096032/creation-of-an-intensive-care-unit-and-organizational-changes-in-an-adult-emergency-department-impact-on-acute-stroke-management
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Laurent Puy, Chantal Lamy, Sandrine Canaple, Audrey Arnoux, Nicolas Laine, Ella Iacob, Jean-Marc Constans, Olivier Godefroy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Following the reorganization of a University Medical Center onto a single campus, an Intensive Care Unit was created within the adult Emergency Department (ED ICU). We assessed the effects of these organizational changes on acute stroke management and the intravenous administration of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (IV rtPA), as characterized by the thrombolysis rate, door-to-needle time (DNT) and outcome at 3months. METHODS: Between October 2013 and September 2015, we performed a retrospective, observational, single-center, comparative study of patients admitted for ischemic stroke and treated with IV rtPA during two 321-day periods (before and after the creation of the ED ICU)...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095347/using-experience-based-co-design-with-older-patients-their-families-and-staff-to-improve-palliative-care-experiences-in-the-emergency-department-a-reflective-critique-on-the-process-and-outcomes
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Rebecca Wright Née Blackwell, Karen Lowton, Glenn Robert, Corita Grudzen, Patricia Grocott
BACKGROUND: Increasing use of emergency departments among older patients with palliative needs has led to the development of several service-level interventions intended to improve care quality. There is little evidence of patient and family involvement in developmental processes, and little is known about the experiences of - and preferences for - palliative care delivery in this setting. Participatory action research seeking to enable collaborative working between patients and staff should enhance the impact of local quality improvement work but has not been widely implemented in such a complex setting...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074817/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-for-refractory-cardiac-arrest
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REVIEW
Steven A Conrad, Peter T Rycus
Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) is the use of rapid deployment venoarterial (VA) extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to support systemic circulation and vital organ perfusion in patients in refractory cardiac arrest not responding to conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Although prospective controlled studies are lacking, observational studies suggest improved outcomes compared with conventional CPR when ECPR is instituted within 30-60 min following cardiac arrest. Adult and pediatric patients with witnessed in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and good quality CPR, failure of at least 15 min of conventional resuscitation, and a potentially reversible cause for arrest are candidates...
January 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074723/-a-woman-with-excessive-dynamic-airway-collapse
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R L T N Salden, S Postma
BACKGROUND: 'Excessive dynamic airway collapse' (EDAC) is a form of tracheamalacia, that does not affect the rings of cartilage on the anterior side of the trachea, but in which the posterior wall of the trachea collapses during inspiration and expiration. CASE DESCRIPTION: An 80 year-old woman presented to the accident and emergency department with dyspnoea and severe inspiratory and expiratory stridor, with sudden onset a few hours previously. Following a series of investigations, she was shown to have a narrowing of the trachea, radiating from the posterior wall...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074570/development-of-the-sbirt-checklist-for-observation-in-real-time-score
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Janice A Vendetti, Bonnie G McRee, Frances K Del Boca
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) programs have been implemented widely in medical settings, with little attention focused on how well providers adhere to evidence-based service delivery in everyday practice. The purposes of this paper were to: (1) introduce a flexible, relatively simple methodology, the SBIRT Checklist for Observation in Real-time (SCORe), to assess adherence to evidence-based practice and provide preliminary evidence supporting its criterion validity; and (2) illustrate the feasibility and potential utility of the SCORe by analyzing observations of providers within four large-scale SBIRT programs in the United States...
February 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074563/a-time-and-motion-study-of-screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-implementation-in-health-care-settings
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Alexander J Cowell, William N Dowd, Justin Landwehr, Carolina Barbosa, Jeremy W Bray
AIMS: Screening and brief intervention for harmful substance use in medical settings is being promoted heavily in the United States. To justify service provision fiscally, the field needs accurate estimates of the number and type of staff required to provide services, and thus the time taken to perform activities used to deliver services. This study analyzed the time spent in activities for the component services of the substance misuse Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program implemented in emergency departments, in-patient units and ambulatory clinics...
February 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063821/-influence-of-postcode-on-paediatric-admissions-in-seville
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Sebastián Tornero Patricio, Liliana Charris-Castro, Mercedes Granero Asencio, Antonio Daponte Codina
INTRODUCTION: The postcode (where the home is situated) is an indicator of socioeconomic status and is associated with morbidity, mortality, and the use of health services. The aim of this study was to analyse its effects on paediatric admissions and to determine the rates of the most common causes of paediatric admissions in Seville. MATHERIAL AND METHODS: An observational cross-sectional study with two analysis units: under 15 year-old "admissions" in public hospitals in Seville (n=2,660) and "city districts" of Seville (n=11)...
January 4, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062817/impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-on-health-care-access-and-utilization-among-latinos
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Héctor E Alcalá, Jie Chen, Brent A Langellier, Dylan H Roby, Alexander N Ortega
INTRODUCTION: In the United States, Latinos have poorer access to and utilization of health care than non-Latino whites. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) may reduce these disparities. The ACA's impact among Latino subgroups is unknown. METHODS: Using the 2011 to 2015 National Health Interview Survey, we examined access to and utilization of health care by Latino subgroups (18-64 years old). Subgroups were defined by Latino heritage group, citizenship status, and language use...
January 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053969/pneumococcal-urinary-antigen-test-use-in-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-pneumonia-in-seven-utah-hospitals
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Devin M West, Lindsay M McCauley, Jeffrey S Sorensen, Al R Jephson, Nathan C Dean
The pneumocococcal urine antigen test increases specific microbiological diagnosis over conventional culture methods in pneumonia patients. Data are limited regarding its yield and effect on antibiotic prescribing among patients with community-onset pneumonia in clinical practice. We performed a secondary analysis of 2837 emergency department patients admitted to seven Utah hospitals over 2 years with international diagnostic codes version 9 codes and radiographic evidence of pneumonia. Mean age was 64.2 years, 47...
October 2016: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046080/the-annual-burden-of-seasonal-influenza-in-the-us-veterans-affairs-population
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Yinong Young-Xu, Robertus van Aalst, Ellyn Russo, Jason K H Lee, Ayman Chit
Seasonal influenza epidemics have a substantial public health and economic burden in the United States (US). On average, over 200,000 people are hospitalized and an estimated 23,000 people die from respiratory and circulatory complications associated with seasonal influenza virus infections each year. Annual direct medical costs and indirect productivity costs across the US have been found to average respectively at $10.4 billion and $16.3 billion. The objective of this study was to estimate the economic impact of severe influenza-induced illness on the US Veterans Affairs population...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040411/emergency-department-critical-care-unit-for-critically-ill-cardiovascular-patients-an-observation-study
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Ken-Hui Fu, Yin-Ru Chen, Ju-Shin Fan, Yen-Chia Chen, Hsien-Hao Huang, Chorng-Kuang How, David Hung-Tsang Yen, Si-An Chen, Mu-Shun Huang
BACKGROUND: We investigated an intensive care model for acute critically cardiovascular emergency patients in the emergency department (ED) as compared with those in the coronary care unit (CCU) after ED visits. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of patients with acute cardiovascular emergency admitted to the intensive care unit in the ED (EICU) or CCU from January 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 in an university-affiliated medical center. All clinical characteristics or predictors possibly related to in-hospital mortality were documented, completed, and measured via electronic medical records review...
December 28, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033300/the-degree-of-intubation-difficulties-and-the-frequency-of-complications-in-obese-patients-at-the-hospital-emergency-department-and-the-intensive-care-unit-case-control-study
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Marcin Cierniak, Renata Sobczak, Dariusz Timler, Andrzej Wieczorek, Bartosz Borkowski, Tomasz Gaszyński
The intubation difficulties in obese patients are not a new problem. They may result from an accumulation of fat in the oral cavity and cheeks. A thick tongue is also a significant factor. The literature reports that some tests to determine the intubation difficulties in obese people may be unreliable. The observed predictors of difficult intubation were the thyromental and sternomental distance and the intubation difficulty scale: FRONT score.The aim of this study was to assess the degree of difficult intubation in obese patients by the parameters such as the thyromental and sternomental distance...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017276/patient-journey-in-decompensated-heart-failure-an-analysis-in-departments-of-cardiology-and-geriatrics-in-the-greater-paris-university-hospitals
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Florent Laveau, Nadjib Hammoudi, Emmanuelle Berthelot, Joël Belmin, Patrick Assayag, Ariel Cohen, Thibaud Damy, Denis Duboc, Olivier Dubourg, Albert Hagege, Olivier Hanon, Richard Isnard, Guillaume Jondeau, Florian Labouree, Damien Logeart, Nicolas Mansencal, Christophe Meune, Eric Pautas, Yves Wolmark, Michel Komajda
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization for worsening/acute heart failure is increasing in France, and limited data are available on referral/discharge modalities. AIM: To evaluate patients' journeys before and after hospitalization for this condition. METHODS: On 1 day per week, between October 2014 and February 2015, this observational study enrolled 260 consecutive patients with acute/worsening heart failure in all 10 departments of cardiology and four of the departments of geriatrics in the Greater Paris University Hospitals...
December 21, 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005916/the-triage-proadm-score-for-an-early-risk-stratification-of-medical-patients-in-the-emergency-department-development-based-on-a-multi-national-prospective-observational-study
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Alexander Kutz, Pierre Hausfater, Devendra Amin, Adina Amin, Pauline Canavaggio, Gabrielle Sauvin, Maguy Bernard, Antoinette Conca, Sebastian Haubitz, Tristan Struja, Andreas Huber, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
INTRODUCTION: The inflammatory biomarker pro-adrenomedullin (ProADM) provides additional prognostic information for the risk stratification of general medical emergency department (ED) patients. The aim of this analysis was to develop a triage algorithm for improved prognostication and later use in an interventional trial. METHODS: We used data from the multi-national, prospective, observational TRIAGE trial including consecutive medical ED patients from Switzerland, France and the United States...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003301/safety-and-feasibility-of-sublingual-microcirculation-assessment-in-the-emergency-department-for-civilian-and-military-patients-with-traumatic-haemorrhagic-shock-a-prospective-cohort-study
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David N Naumann, Clare Mellis, Iain M Smith, Jasna Mamuza, Imogen Skene, Tim Harris, Mark J Midwinter, Sam D Hutchings
OBJECTIVES: Sublingual microcirculatory monitoring for traumatic haemorrhagic shock (THS) may predict clinical outcomes better than traditional blood pressure and cardiac output, but is not usually performed until the patient reaches the intensive care unit (ICU), missing earlier data of potential importance. This pilot study assessed for the first time the feasibility and safety of sublingual video-microscopy for THS in the emergency department (ED), and whether it yields useable data for analysis...
December 21, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999891/-mother-and-son-between-omnipotence-and-coma
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J Heyckendorf, S Brede, X Guo, B Haberl, F Sayk
An academic and his mother, both with Chinese roots, present to the emergency department due to acute confusion. After short latency nausea, complex-focal seizures and finally coma with preserved protective reflexes occur. The cardiorespiratory stable patients are observed in an intensive care unit. The extended emergency diagnostic work-up revealed no cause for the underlying symptoms. Following medical request, the apartment of the patient is inspected by the police, where a meal with self-picked mushrooms is found...
December 20, 2016: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976497/prospective-and-explicit-clinical-validation-of-the-ottawa-heart-failure-risk-scale-with-and-without-use-of-quantitative-nt-probnp
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Ian G Stiell, Jeffrey J Perry, Catherine M Clement, Robert J Brison, Brian H Rowe, Shawn D Aaron, Andrew McRae, Bjug Borgundvaag, Lisa A Calder, Alan J Forster, George A Wells
OBJECTIVES: We previously developed the Ottawa Heart Failure Risk Scale (OHFRS) to assist with disposition decisions for acute heart failure patients in the emergency department (ED). We sought to prospectively evaluate the accuracy, acceptability, and potential impact of OHFRS. METHODS: This prospective observational cohort study was conducted at six tertiary hospital EDs. Patients with acute heart failure were evaluated by ED physicians for the 10 OHFRS criteria and then followed for 30 days...
December 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974919/brief-report-serial-capillary-lactate-measurement-predict-the-evolution-of-early-sepsis
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REVIEW
A Purcarea, A Bourgarit, A Sovaila, C Ghiura, P Diemunsch, E Andres
OBJECTIVE: In intensive care settings, blood lactate level measurement proved to be an excellent predictor of outcomes. In patients requiring less urgent treatment, the arterial blood lactate is less sensitive and its usefulness remains to be proven. Capillary blood lactate dosing, an emergent point-of-care technique readily available should be more sensitive to changes in these settings. METHOD: prospective, observational, monocentric study conducted in a polyvalent internal medicine ward in a French University Hospital...
January 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974226/adverse-event-and-error-of-unexpected-life-threatening-events-within-24h-of-emergency-department-admission
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Ewai Zhang, Shih-Chiang Hung, Chien-Hung Wu, Ling-Ling Chen, Ming-Ta Tsai, Wen-Huei Lee
OBJECTIVES: Errors and adverse events associated with unexpected life-threatening events including unplanned transfer to the intensive care unit (ICU) and unexpected death after emergency department (ED) hospitalization are not well characterized. We performed this study to investigate the role of unexpected life-threatening events as a trigger to capture errors and adverse events for ED patient safety. METHODS: This prospective observational study enrolled adult non-trauma patients with unexpected life-threatening events within 24h of general ward admission from the ED of a medical center in Taiwan...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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