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Richard J Hamilton, Vadim Keyfes, Sahil S Banka
BACKGROUND: Synthetic cannabinoids (SC) are recreational designer drugs intended to mimic delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol while surreptitiously circumventing classification by the Drug Enforcement Administration. CASE REPORT: A 50-year-old black male arrived in the Emergency Department transported by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for altered mental status after complaining of chest pain associated with smoking SCs. EMS found the patient with an empty foil pack labeled "Scooby Snax Limited Edition Blueberry Potpourri...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Deven A Karvelas, Sean D Rundell, Janna L Friedly, Alfred C Gellhorn, Laura S Gold, Bryan A Comstock, Patrick J Heagerty, Brian W Bresnahan, David R Nerenz, Jeffrey G Jarvik
BACKGROUND: The association between early physical therapy (PT) and subsequent healthcare utilization following a new visit for low back pain is not clear, particularly in the setting of acute low back pain. PURPOSE: To estimate the association between initiating early physical therapy following a new visit for an episode of low back pain and subsequent back-pain-specific health care utilization in older adults. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Prospective cohort study...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Valirie Ndip Agbor, Tsi Njim, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde
BACKGROUND: Inguinal hernias in women of reproductive age containing the ovary are very rare. When they occur in this age group, they are mostly associated with malformations of the urogenital system. Prompt surgical intervention is the key to ensure survival of the ovary. Here we present a case of an ectopic ovary presenting like an acute appendicitis. CASE PRESENTATION: A 16-year-old Cameroonian girl presented at our emergency service with an acute exacerbation of a mild and intermittent right iliac fossa pain of 5 days' duration...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Shirley J Ingram, Gabrielle McKee, Mary B Quirke, Niamh Kelly, Ashling Moloney
BACKGROUND: Chest pain is a common presentation to emergency departments (EDs). Pathways for patients with non-acute coronary syndrome (ACS) chest pain are not optimal. An advanced cardiology nurse-led chest pain service was commenced to address this. The aim of the study was to assess the outcomes of non-ACS patients discharged from ED to an advanced cardiology nurse-led chest pain clinic and compare by referral type (nurse or ED physician). METHODS: The service consisted of advanced cardiology nurse or ED physician consultation in the ED and discharge to advanced nurse-led chest pain clinic review less than 72 hours after discharge...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Joseph J Knapik, Francis G O'Connor
Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) is a medical condition whereby damage to skeletal muscle is induced by excessive physical activity in otherwise healthy individuals. The individual performs so much activity that he/ she presumably depletes local muscle energy stores and muscle cells are unable to maintain cellular integrity, resulting in cell damage and the release of cellular contents, with resultant secondary complications. In the military services, the incidence of ER appeared to increase in the period 2004 to 2015...
2016: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Brian C Smedick, David van Wyck
Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) involving the leg can occur in association with various traumatic and nontraumatic conditions, and it can have serious longterm consequences when unrecognized or untreated. Nontraumatic causes of ACS, such as those associated with cases of prolonged immobilization and/or extremity compression, can be easily overlooked, and several cases of ACS occurring with prolonged surgical positioning can be found in the literature. We present the case of a 19-year-old Army paratrooper who developed acute anterior and lateral compartment syndrome of the lower extremity after being immobilized in an aircraft for hours with several hundred pounds of equipment compressing his lower extremities...
2016: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Win Wah, Pin Pin Pek, Andrew Fu Wah Ho, Stephanie Fook-Chong, Huili Zheng, En Yun Loy, Terrance Siang Jin Chua, Tian Hai Koh, Khuan Yew Chow, Arul Earnest, Junxiong Pang, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
OBJECTIVES: Symptom-to-door time (S2D) is one of the important components of ischaemic time, which might affect the infarct size and outcomes of acute myocardial infarction. The aim of the present study was to identify patients' characteristics associated with delayed symptom-onset-to-arrival at EDs in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients in Singapore. METHODS: Retrospective data of STEMI patients presenting to the ED of all public hospitals with onsite primary percutaneous coronary intervention facilities between 2010 and 2012 were obtained from the Singapore Myocardial Infarction Registry...
October 11, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Beata Rybojad, Mariusz Goniewicz, Daniel Sieniawski
Pain management in emergency medical care remains underestimated, especially in pediatric patients. This is due to neglecting the issue, lack of knowledge in the appropriate use of analgesics and finally- the fear of being criticized by physicians in hospital departments. Moreover, it is difficult to objectively assess a child with acute pain. Even experienced "adult" anesthesiologists wonder how to recognize if a child suffers strong pain or is just anxious. Many different pain scales are available and some of them may be used in emergency medical care...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
J J Wong, P Côté, D A Sutton, K Randhawa, H Yu, S Varatharajan, R Goldgrub, M Nordin, D P Gross, H M Shearer, L J Carroll, P J Stern, A Ameis, D Southerst, S Mior, M Stupar, T Varatharajan, A Taylor-Vaisey
: We conducted a systematic review of guidelines on the management of low back pain (LBP) to assess their methodological quality and guide care. We synthesized guidelines on the management of LBP published from 2005 to 2014 following best evidence synthesis principles. We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Cochrane, DARE, National Health Services Economic Evaluation Database, Health Technology Assessment Database, Index to Chiropractic Literature and grey literature. Independent reviewers critically appraised eligible guidelines using AGREE II criteria...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Kate Beckett, Ellen M Henderson, Sarah Parry, Peter Stoddart, Margaret Fletcher
AIM: To assess Acute Pain Service and paediatric pain management efficacy in a UK specialist paediatric hospital to inform wider recommendations for future sustainability. BACKGROUND: UK paediatric acute pain services vary. Although comprehensive pain management guidelines exist, consensus on the best model of care is lacking. Worldwide, medical and pharmacological advances and rapid patient turnover have increased the challenges of managing hospitalized children's pain...
January 2016: Nurs Open
F Siedentopf, E Wowro, M Möckel, H Kentenich, M David
Introduction: Few studies have evaluated the utilisation of emergency gynaecological services, although lower abdominal pain (LAP) is one of the most common symptoms prompting emergency presentation. Although such pain may be caused by potentially life-threatening gynaecological diseases, very often no clinical cause is found. The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of emergency presentations in order to enable quicker identification of real emergencies in routine clinical practice. Materials and Methods: Standardised, so-called first aid cards of 1066 consecutive patients with LAP presenting acutely to one emergency unit were analysed in this retrospective, cross-sectional study...
September 2016: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
Laurent Thefenne, Charlotte Gislot, Gratiane De Brier, Arnaud Jouvion, Thomas Trappier
OBJECTIVE: Lumbago/low-back pain is the first cause of morbidity and incapacity work-related in the world. Its social and economical weight is considerable. In the armies, since 2009, lumbago is the object of a prevention plan. Therefore, we sought to determinate knowledge levels of Marseille Marine fire fighters about primary and secondary prevention. MATERIAL/PATIENTS AND METHODS: It's a transverse, descriptive, observational study concerning a representative sample of French military population from Marseille Marine firefighter's battalion, between September 25th 2014 and October 24th 2014...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Ke-Vin Chang, Wei-Ting Wu, Chen-Yu Hung, Der-Sheng Han, Rong-Sen Yang, Chung-Hsun Chang, Chih-Peng Lin
BACKGROUND: The suprascapular nerve accounts for 70% of shoulder sensory innervations, and suprascapular nerve block (SSNB) has been shown to be effective in the relief of chronic shoulder pain including rotator cuff tendinitis, subdeltoid impingement syndrome, and adhesive capsulitis. However, this remains inconclusive for patients undergoing surgery. The present meta-analysis aimed to explore the effectiveness of SSNB for relieving acute post-operative shoulder pain. OBJECTIVE: To explore the effectiveness of SSNB for relieving acute post-operative shoulder pain...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Andrea L Cheville, Jeffrey R Basford, Ian Parney, Ping Yang, Felix E Diehn
OBJECTIVES: To test whether the presence of patient- and imaging-level characteristics: 1) are associated with clinically meaningful changes in mobility among late stage cancer patients with metastatic brain involvement; and 2) can predict their risk of near-term functional decline. DESIGN: Prospective nested cohort study SETTING: Quaternary academic medical center PARTICIPANTS: The study population consisted of a nested cohort of the 66 patients with imaging confirmed brain metastases among a larger cohort of 311 patients with late stage lung cancer...
September 22, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mazen El Sayed, Hani Tamim, Ahel Al-Hajj Chehadeh, Amin A Kazzi
BACKGROUND: Early activation and use of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are associated with improved patient outcomes in EMS priority conditions in developed EMS systems. This study describes patterns of EMS use and identifies predictors of EMS utilization in EMS priority conditions in Lebanon METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of a random sample of adult patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary care center in Beirut with the following EMS priority conditions: chest pain, major trauma, respiratory distress, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and airway obstruction...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Millicent Alfred, Karolina Ubogaya, Xing Chen, Diana Wint, Priscilla Sandford Worral
BACKGROUND: Patient satisfaction is a driving force for healthcare organizations to enhance patient services. As the Asian population in the United States is increasing at a significant rate, it is important to understand the needs of this population to implement culturally focused services that will lead to increased Asian in-patient satisfaction. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the systematic review was to identify the best available evidence on the effectiveness of culturally focused interventions in increasing satisfaction of hospitalized adult Asian patients...
August 2016: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
Silvia Coretti, Paola Codella, Federica Romano, Matteo Ruggeri, Americo Cicchetti
OBJECTIVES: Herpes zoster (HZ) is characterized by a painful skin rash. Its main complication is postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), pain persisting or occurring after the rash onset. HZ treatment aims to reduce acute pain, impede the onset complications, and disease progression. The aim of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of HZ vaccination compared with no vaccination strategy, within the Italian context. METHODS: The natural history of HZ and PHN was mapped through a Markov model with lifetime horizon...
September 14, 2016: International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care
Jessica K Zègre-Hemsey, David Pickham, Michele M Pelter
INTRODUCTION: The American Heart Association recommends individuals with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) activate the Emergency Medical Services' (EMS) 911 system for ambulance transport to the emergency department (ED), which enables treatment to begin prior to hospital arrival. Despite this recommendation, the majority of patients with symptoms suspicious of ACS continue to self-transport to the ED. The IMMEDIATE AIM study was a prospective study that enrolled individuals who presented to the ED with ischemic symptoms...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
Rachel Myers, Jeanette Lozenski, Matthew Wyatt, Maria Peña, Kayla Northrop, Dhaval Bhavsar, Anthony Kovac
Pain and sedation management for patients undergoing burn dressing change can be challenging. Variations appear to exist in the selection of medications before and during burn dressing change. To determine if institutional variations exist in pain and sedation management for burn dressing change, an online survey was sent to ABA Burn Center nurses and physicians. Three hundred seventy-eight anonymous responses were received from nurses (72%), nurse practitioners (10%), and physicians (18%). Burn centers had adult (22%), pediatric (12%), or pediatric and adult (66%) patients...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
Birgitta Wireklint Sundström, Mats Holmberg, Johan Herlitz, Thomas Karlsson, Henrik Andersson
BACKGROUND: Current research suggests that nurses can influence the outcome for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The aim of this study has been to evaluate whether a course in cardiovascular nursing (CVN) can improve ambulance nurses' (ANs') prehospital care of patients experiencing suspected ACS, related to pain intensity. METHODS: This is a cluster randomised controlled trial that was conducted in the ambulance services. Patients were allocated to one of two groups: in the first group, patients were treated by ANs who had attended the CVN course and in the second group patients were treated by ANs without this qualification...
2016: BMC Nursing
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