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Daniel Hausmann, Cristina Zulian, Edouard Battegay, Lukas Zimmerli
BACKGROUND: Decision-making processes in a medical setting are complex, dynamic and under time pressure, often with serious consequences for a patient's condition. OBJECTIVE: The principal aim of the present study was to trace and map the individual diagnostic process of real medical cases using a Decision Process Matrix [DPM]). METHODS: The naturalistic decision-making process of 11 residents and a total of 55 medical cases were recorded in an emergency department, and a DPM was drawn up according to a semi-structured technique following four steps: 1) observing and recording relevant information throughout the entire diagnostic process, 2) assessing options in terms of suspected diagnoses, 3) drawing up an initial version of the DPM, and 4) verifying the DPM, while adding the confidence ratings...
October 18, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Elena Antonelli, Laura Vagnoli, Enrica Ciucci, Chiara Vernucci, Federica Lachi, Andrea Messeri
OBJECTIVES: The majority of children and adolescents presenting to the emergency department are in pain and require painful procedures. This randomized study was to investigate the efficacy of 3 different nonpharmacologic interventions (clowns, dogs, and musicians) to reduce pain and analyze the perception of positive and negative affects after the presence of these activities in a short-stay observation unit (SSOU). METHODS: Participants were composed of 105 children (54 boys and 51 girls; aged 3-16 years) assigned randomly to an experimental group (N = 57) that was composed of patients who were present in the SSOU...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Suliman Alghnam, Glen H Tinkoff, Renan Castillo
BACKGROUND: Repeated injuries, as known as injury recidivism, pose a significant burden on population health and healthcare settings. Therefore, identifying those at risk of recidivism can highlight targeted populations for primary prevention in order to improve health and reduce healthcare expenditures. There has been limited research on factors associated with recidivism in the U.S. Using a population-based sample, we aim to: 1) identify the prevalence and risk factors for injury recidivism among non-institutionalized adults; 2) investigate the trend in nationwide recidivism rates over time...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Anne Maree Kelly, Gerben Keijzers, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Peter Jones, Anna Holdgate, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of dyspnoea presenting to emergency departments (EDs) in the Asia-Pacific region, to understand how it is investigated and treated and its outcome. METHODS: Prospectiveinterrupted time series cohort study conducted at three time points in EDs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia of adult patients presenting to the ED with dyspnoea as a main symptom. Data were collected over three 72-hour periods and included demographics, co-morbidities, mode of arrival, usual medications, pre-hospital treatment, initial assessment, ED investigations, treatment in the ED, ED diagnosis, disposition from ED, in-hospital outcome and final hospital diagnosis...
October 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Chih-Chia Hsieh, Ching-Chi Lee, Hsiang-Chin Hsu, Hsin-I Shih, Chien-Hsin Lu, Chih-Hao Lin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To determine the impact of delayed admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) on the clinical outcomes of patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included non-traumatic adult patients with ARF and mechanical ventilation support in the ED of a tertiary university hospital in Taiwan from January 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013. Clinical data were extracted from chart records...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
M Fernanda Bellolio, Lindsey R Sangaralingham, Stephanie R Schilz, Claire M Noel-Miller, Keith D Lind, Pamela Morin, Peter A Noseworthy, Nilay D Shah, Erik P Hess
OBJECTIVES: To compare healthcare utilization including coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), rehospitalization, and rate of subsequent acute myocardial infarction (AMI) within 30-days, among patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with chest pain admitted as short-term inpatient (≤2 days) versus observation (in ED observation units combined with in-hospital observation). METHODS: We identified adults diagnosed with acute chest pain in the ED from 2010-2014 using administrative claims from privately insured and Medicare Advantage...
October 14, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Christian Michael Horvath, Martin Horvath Brutsche, Otto Dagobert Schoch, Bernarde Schillig, Florent Baty, Dieter vonOw, Jochen Julius Rüdiger
Non-invasive ventilatory support is frequently used in patients with severe respiratory failure (SRF), but is often limited to intensive care units (ICU). We hypothesized that an instantaneous short course of NIV (up to 2 h), limited to regular working hours as an additional therapy on the emergency department (ED) would be feasible and could improve patient´s dyspnoea measured by respiratory rate and Borg visual dyspnea scale. NIV was set up by an interdisciplinary respiratory care team. Outside these predefined hours NIV was performed in the ICU...
October 8, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Juliana Tournebize, Valérie Gibaja, Jean-Pierre Kahn
BACKGROUND: Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the United States and Europe. In recent years, a range of new substances with cannabis-like effects - known as synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) - have suddenly burst on the drug scene. However, there is limited information about the clinical hazards linked to the use of these emerging substances. This review summarizes the literature to date relating the health effects of SCs. METHOD: A systematic literature review of original case studies was performed using 'Pubmed' and the 'Web of Science' (January, 1980 - July, 2015)...
August 11, 2016: Substance Abuse
Jeremy A Franklin, Evan J Anderson, Xionghua Wu, Christopher S Ambrose, Eric A F Simões
Background.  Database studies have identified that public health insurance status is associated with an increased risk of severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease in US infants. However, these studies did not adjust for the presence of other risk factors and did not evaluate the risk in preterm infants. Methods.  In this study, we evaluate the independent association between public insurance and severe RSV disease outcomes adjusting for other risk factors. The prospective, observational RSV Respiratory Events among Preterm Infants Outcomes and Risk Tracking (REPORT) study was conducted over 2 consecutive RSV seasons at 188 US clinical sites that enrolled preterm infants born at 32-35 wGA who had not received RSV immunoprophylaxis with palivizumab...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Alexandra Rohracher, Doris P Reiter, Francesco Brigo, Gudrun Kalss, Aljoscha Thomschewski, Helmut Novak, Alexander Zerbs, Judith Dobesberger, Aynur Akhundova, Julia Höfler, Giorgi Kuchukhidze, Markus Leitinger, Eugen Trinka
PURPOSE: Status epilepticus (SE) is one of the most common neurological emergencies with a high incidence in the elderly. Major determinants of prognosis are patients' age, duration of SE and underlying etiology. We aimed identifying differences in clinical presentation of SE, etiologies and outcome between patients (pts.) sixty years or older (≥60) and younger than sixty (<60) years (yrs). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 120 patients (48 women) with SE admitted to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Department of Neurology, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Austria between 1/2011 and 01/2013...
August 22, 2016: Epilepsy Research
Romolo Gaspari, Anthony Weekes, Srikar Adhikari, Vicki E Noble, Jason T Nomura, Daniel Theodoro, Michael Woo, Paul Atkinson, David Blehar, Samuel M Brown, Terrell Caffery, Emily Douglass, Jacqueline Fraser, Christine Haines, Samuel Lam, Michael Lanspa, Margaret Lewis, Otto Liebmann, Alexander Limkakeng, Fernando Lopez, Elke Platz, Michelle Mendoza, Hal Minnigan, Christopher Moore, Joseph Novik, Louise Rang, Will Scruggs, Christopher Raio
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound has been suggested to improve outcomes from advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), but no large studies have explored how it should be incorporated into ACLS. Our aim was to determine whether cardiac activity on ultrasound during ACLS is associated with improved survival. METHODS: We conducted a non-randomized, prospective, protocol-driven observational study at 20 hospitals across United States and Canada. Patients presenting with out-of-hospital arrest or in-ED arrest with pulseless electrical activity or asystole were included...
September 28, 2016: Resuscitation
Laura Cluzol, Jennifer Cautela, Pierre Michelet, Antoine Roch, François Kerbaul, Julien Mancini, Marc Laine, Michael Peyrol, Floriane Robin, Franck Paganelli, Laurent Bonello, Franck Thuny
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is a life-threatening medical emergency for which no new effective therapies have emerged in recent decades. No previous study has exhaustively described the entire course of care of AHF patients from first medical contact to hospital discharge or assessed its impact on prognosis. AIM: To fully describe the course of care and analyze its influence on outcomes in patients hospitalized with an AHF syndrome in an academic university center...
September 29, 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Amy H Y Cheng, Neil G Barclay, Riyad B Abu-Laban
BACKGROUND: Observation units (OUs) have been shown to reduce emergency department (ED) lengths of stay (LOS) and admissions. Most published studies have been on OUs managing single complaints. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine whether an OU reduces ED LOS and hospital admission rates for adults with a variety of presenting complaints. METHODS: We comparatively evaluated two hospitals in British Columbia, Canada (hereafter ED A and ED B) using a pre-post design...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Troy Madsen, Cameron Smyres, Talmage Wood, Tamara Moores, Matthew Fuller, Virgil Davis, Kurt Bernhisel
BACKGROUND: In evaluating patients with chest pain, emergency department observation units (EDOUs) may use a staffing model in which emergency physicians determine patient testing (EP model) or a model similar to a chest pain unit (CPU) in which cardiologists determine provocative testing (CPU model). METHODS: We performed a prospective study with 30-day telephone follow-up for all chest pain patients placed in our EDOU. Halfway through the study period, our EDOU transitioned from an EP model to a CPU model...
September 17, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jared A Shenson, Jennifer N Craig, Sarah L Rohde
OBJECTIVE: Total laryngectomy (TL) is a high-cost procedure with patients at risk for significant postoperative health care use. Face-to-face preoperative counseling provided by speech-language pathologists is a relatively inexpensive intervention that may improve care quality and decrease costs. We evaluated if preoperative counseling for patients undergoing TL was associated with differences in length of stay (LOS), use of the emergency department (ED), or unplanned readmissions within 30 days of discharge...
September 27, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Y-W Su, C-Y Hsu, Y-W Guo, H-S Chen
AIMS: To evaluate the correlation between the plasma glucose-to-glycated haemoglobin ratio (GAR) and clinical outcome during acute illness. METHODS: This retrospective observational cohort study enrolled 661 patients who visited the emergency department of our hospital between 1 July 2008 and 30 September 2010 with plasma glucose concentrations>500mg/dL. Systolic blood pressure, heart rate, white blood cells, neutrophils, haematocrit, blood urea nitrogen, serum creatinine, liver function and plasma glucose concentration were recorded at the initial presentation to the emergency department...
September 20, 2016: Diabetes & Metabolism
Feryal Erhun, Elizabeth Malcolm, Maziyar Kalani, Kimberly Brayton, Christine Nguyen, Steven M Asch, Terry Platchek, Arnold Milstein
OBJECTIVES: Nearly 57 million outpatient surgeries-invasive procedures performed on an outpatient basis in hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) or ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs)-produced annually in the United States account for roughly 7% of healthcare expenditures. Although moving inpatient surgeries to outpatient settings has lowered the cost of care, substantial opportunities to improve the value of outpatient surgery remain. To exploit these remaining opportunities, we composed an evidence-based care delivery composite for national discussion and pilot testing...
2016: American Journal of Managed Care
Tahar Chouihed, Stéphane Manzo-Silberman, Nicolas Peschanski, Sandrine Charpentier, Meyer Elbaz, Dominique Savary, Eric Bonnefoy-Cudraz, Said Laribi, Patrick Henry, Nicolas Girerd, Faiez Zannad, Carlos El Khoury
BACKGROUND: An appropriate diagnostic process is crucial for managing patients with acute heart failure (AHF) in emergency department (ED). Our study aims to describe the characteristics and therapeutic management of patients admitted to the ED for dyspnea suspected to have AHF, their in-hospital pathway of care and their in-hospital outcome. METHODS: Consecutive patients admitted in 26 French ED for dyspnea suspected to be the consequence of AHF, prior to in hospital diagnostic test, were prospectively included at the time of their admission in the DeFSSICA Survey...
September 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Matilda Bäckberg, Luiza Tworek, Olof Beck, Anders Helander
INTRODUCTION: About a decade ago, synthetic cannabinoids (SC) started to appear as recreational drugs on the new psychoactive substance (NPS) market. This report from the STRIDA project describes analytically confirmed intoxications involving MDMB-CHMICA (methyl-2-(1-(cyclohexylmethyl)-1H-indol-3-ylcarbonylamino)-3,3-dimethylbutanoate), a SC that was first detected in 2014. STUDY DESIGN: This is an observational case series of patients from Sweden with suspected NPS exposure presenting in emergency departments and intensive care units...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
Brenda Silverman, Brenda Chen, Nancy Brener, Judy Kruger, Nevin Krishna, Paul Renard, Sandra Romero-Steiner, Rachel Nonkin Avchen
The unique characteristics of children dictate the need for school-based all-hazards response plans during natural disasters, emerging infectious diseases, and terrorism (1-3). Schools are a critical community institution serving a vulnerable population that must be accounted for in public health preparedness plans; prepared schools are adopting policies and plans for crisis preparedness, response, and recovery (2-4). The importance of having such plans in place is underscored by the development of a new Healthy People 2020 objective (PREP-5) to "increase the percentage of school districts that require schools to include specific topics in their crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plans" (5)...
2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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