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Acute pain service

Marko Tomov, Kevin Tou, Rose Winkel, Ross Puffer, Mohamad Bydon, Ahmad Nassr, Paul Huddleston, Michael Yaszemski, Bradford Currier, Brett Freedman
Study Design: Retrospective case-control study using prospectively collected data. Purpose: Evaluate the impact of liposomal bupivacaine (LB) on postoperative pain management and narcotic use following standardized single-level low lumbar transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). Overview of Literature: Poor pain control after surgery has been linked with decreased pain satisfaction and increased economic burden. Unfortunately, opioids have many limitations and side effects despite being the primary treatment of postoperative pain...
February 2018: Asian Spine Journal
Selman Yeniocak, Asım Kalkan, Ozgur Sogut, Gökce Akgül Karadana, Mehmet Toptas
Objective: Since the homeless are at greater risk of encountering health problems than the general population, the reasons for and incidence of their presentations to emergency departments also vary. The purpose of this study was to determine the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of Turkish homeless patients who brought to the emergency department by ambulance. Materials and methods: The records of homeless adult patients brought to the ED by 112 emergency service ambulance teams over a 1-year period from January to December, 2014, were examined retrospectively...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
L K Head, R Bradley, M Momtazi
We report a case of synovial chondromatosis of the wrist that manifested as acute carpal tunnel syndrome. The patient successfully underwent carpal tunnel release, tenosynovectomy and resection of dorsal and volar ossified bodies embedded in the tenosynovium overlying the wrist. Final histopathology confirmed the diagnosis of synovial chondromatosis. The patient's symptoms of pain, numbness, and paresthesia in a median nerve distribution resolved completely and the patient resumed full-time work in the service industry 4-weeks postoperatively with no functional limitations...
February 13, 2018: Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation
David C Levin, Laurence Parker, Ethan J Halpern, Vijay M Rao
OBJECTIVE: Previously published reports have shown that coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is a more efficient method of diagnosis than myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and stress echocardiography for patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) with acute chest pain. In light of this evidence, the objective of this study was to examine recent trends in the use of these techniques in EDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The nationwide Medicare Part B databases for 2006-2015 were the data source...
February 15, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
C Z Díaz-Barrientos, A Aquino-González, M Heredia-Montaño, F Navarro-Tovar, M A Pineda-Espinosa, I A Espinosa de Santillana
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Acute appendicitis is the first cause of surgical emergencies. It is still a difficult diagnosis to make, especially in young persons, the elderly, and in reproductive-age women, in whom a series of inflammatory conditions can have signs and symptoms similar to those of acute appendicitis. Different scoring systems have been created to increase diagnostic accuracy, and they are inexpensive, noninvasive, and easy to use and reproduce. The modified Alvarado score is probably the most widely used and accepted in emergency services worldwide...
February 6, 2018: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
Shahriar Najafizadeh-Sari, Hamidreza Mehdizadeh, Mohammad Sadegh Bagheri-Baghdasht, Shahram Manoochehry
Scrotal pain presentation has many differential diagnoses such as testicular torsion is surgical emergency. For this reason, it is necessary for surgeons to differentiate between diseases for choosing the best treatment approach. We have reported a rare condition of 19-year-old male case had an atypical scrotal pain presentation of appendicitis. He was admitted to emergency service with 4 days history of pain in abdomen and testis. In physical examination, there is tenderness in right lower quadrant, right inguinal region and scrotum...
October 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Edelen Maria Orlando, Gage Barbara J, Rose Adam J, Ahluwalia Sangeeta, DeSantis Amy Soo Jin, Dunbar Michael Stephen, Fischer Shira H, Huang Wenjing, Klein David J, Martino Steven, Pillemer Francesca, Piquado Tepring, Shier Victoria, Shih Regina A, Sherbourne Cathy D, Stucky Brian D
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracted with the RAND Corporation to identify and/or develop standardized items to include in the post-acute care patient assessment instruments. RAND was tasked by CMS with developing and testing items to measure seven areas of health status for Medicare beneficiaries: (1) vision and hearing; (2) cognitive status; (3) depressed mood; (4) pain; (5) care preferences; (6) medication reconciliation; and (7) bladder and bowel continence. This article presents results of the first Alpha 1 feasibility test of a proposed set of items for measuring each of these health status areas...
January 2018: Rand Health Quarterly
Jo Daniels, Mike Osborn, Cara Davis
Introduction: Pain accounts for the majority of attendances to the Emergency Department (ED), with insufficient alleviation of symptoms resulting in repeated attendance. People who frequently attend the ED are typically considered to be psychologically and socially vulnerable in addition to experiencing health difficulties. This service development study was commissioned to identify the defining characteristics and unmet needs of frequent attenders (FAs) in a UK acute district general hospital ED, with a view to developing strategies to meet the needs of this group...
February 2018: British Journal of Pain
Sherily Pereira-Morales, Carmen Mabel Arroyo-Novoa, Annete Wysocki, Lucille Sanzero Eller
CONTEXT: Acute postoperative pain remains inadequately assessed and managed. A valid instrument that assesses acute pain in sedated Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) patients is needed. OBJECTIVES: Two behavioral pain assessment instruments, the Non-Verbal Pain Scale Revised (NVPS-R) and Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT), were used to determine if these instruments adequately assess acute pain in the PACU. METHODS: A crossover study design was used...
February 5, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Chancellor F Gray, Cameron Smith, Yury Zasimovich, Patrick J Tighe
Acute pain medicine services influence many different aspects of postoperative recovery and function. Here, we discuss the various stakeholders of an acute pain medicine service, review the direct and indirect impact on said stakeholders, review the shared and competing interests between acute pain medicine programs and various payer systems, and discuss how APM services can help service lines align with the interests of the recent CMS Innovations Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model.
December 2017: Techniques in Orthopaedics: TIO
Linda Le-Wendling, Wesley Glick, Patrick Tighe
As newer pharmacologic and procedural interventions, technology, and data on outcomes in pain management are becoming available, effective acute pain management will require a dedicated Acute Pain Service (APS) to help determine the most optimal pain management plan for the patients. Goals for pain management must take into consideration the side effect profile of drugs and potential complications of procedural interventions. Multiple objective optimization is the combination of multiple different objectives for acute pain management...
December 2017: Techniques in Orthopaedics: TIO
Jennifer T Nguyen, Kairav Vakil, Selcuk Adabag, Anders Westanmo, Richard Madlon-Kay, Areef Ishani, Santiago Garcia, Edward O McFalls
OBJECTIVES: Quality of care utilization measures for patients admitted to the hospital with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) include length of stay (LOS) and 30-day readmission rates. Our aim was to test whether efforts resulting in reduced LOS in patients diagnosed as having AMI would result in a higher risk of readmission within 30 days of hospital discharge and whether specific interventions could be targeted to reduce readmissions. METHODS: Using data supplied by the Veterans Affairs Inpatient Evaluation Center, we analyzed both the readmissions within 30 days of an AMI and LOS and determined the timing of readmissions and associated diagnoses...
February 2018: Southern Medical Journal
John C Dunn, Logan R Koehler, Nicholas A Kusnezov, Elizabeth Polfer, Justin D Orr, Miguel A Pirela-Cruz, Justin S Mitchell
Background Perilunate dislocations and perilunate fracture dislocations (PLDs/PLFDs) are rare and often associated with poor outcomes. Heretofore, these outcomes have not been evaluated in a high-demand military population. Questions/Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes in a young, active population after sustaining PLD/PLFD injuries. Patients and Methods We retrospectively reviewed the U.S. military service members who underwent surgical treatment for a PLD/PLFD (Current Procedural Terminology codes 25695 and 25685) between June 1, 2010, and June 1, 2014 through the Military Health System Management Analysis and Reporting Tool (M2) database, capturing patients with a minimum 2-year follow-up...
February 2018: Journal of Wrist Surgery
Douglas Oyler, Andrew C Bernard, Jeremy D VanHoose, Sara E Parli, C Scott Ellis, David Li, Levi D Procter, Phillip K Chang
PURPOSE: Results of an initiative at an academic medical center to reduce prescription opioid use in patients with acute traumatic injuries are reported. METHODS: In 2014, the University of Kentucky Hospital trauma service implemented a pain management strategy consisting of patient and provider education emphasizing the use of nonopioid analgesics to minimize opioid use without compromising analgesia effectiveness. To assess the impact of the initiative, a retrospective analysis of data on cohorts of patients admitted with acute trauma before ( n = 489) and after ( n = 424) project implementation was conducted...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Byung-Cheul Shin, Jae-Heung Cho, In-Hyuk Ha, In Heo, Jun-Hwan Lee, Koh-Woon Kim, Me-Riong Kim, So-Young Jung, Ojin Kwon, Nam-Kwen Kim, Haeng-Mi Son, Dong-Wuk Son, Kyung-Min Shin
BACKGROUND: Although pain after back surgery is known to be difficult to control, various treatment options are available to patients and physicians. A protocol for a confirmatory randomized controlled trial (RCT) on pain and function after back surgery was designed based on the results of a pilot trial. The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness and safety of electroacupuncture (EA) with usual care (UC) versus UC alone on pain control and functional improvement after back surgery...
January 24, 2018: Trials
Tanuka Datta, Allen J Solomon
Approved in 1989 for the management of treatment-resistant schizophrenia, Clozapine is a last-line atypical antipsychotic drug used with increasing frequency. In addition to its well-known side effect of agranulocytosis, this drug also carries with it rare but serious adverse cardiovascular risk of myocarditis. We present a patient on Clozapine who was admitted to the cardiology service with chest pain, ST segment elevations and elevated troponin concerning for acute myocardial infarction. Evaluation with imaging revealed decreased left ventricular function, however, no coronary artery disease was present on catheterization; findings consistent with a diagnosis of myocarditis...
January 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Dmitri Nepogodiev
INTRODUCTION: Patients presenting with right iliac fossa (RIF) pain are a common challenge for acute general surgical services. Given the range of potential pathologies, RIF pain creates diagnostic uncertainty and there is subsequent variation in investigation and management. Appendicitis is a diagnosis which must be considered in all patients with RIF pain; however, over a fifth of patients undergoing appendicectomy, in the UK, have been proven to have a histologically normal appendix (negative appendicectomy)...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
Russell D Japikse, James E Sevenson, Perry J Pickhardt, Michael D Repplinger
INTRODUCTION: Segmental arterial mediolysis (SAM) is a rare nonatherosclerotic, noninflammatory vasculopathy causing arterial wall necrosis that leads to strictures, dissections, and aneurysms, particularly in medium-sized abdominal arteries. Awareness of SAM is important because, unlike vasculitides, immunosuppressive treatment may worsen the disease process. CASE: A 58-year-old man with multiple medical comorbidities presented with acute epigastric pain and a right incarcerated inguinal hernia that was interpreted as showing bowel strangulation on computed tomography...
August 2017: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin
Jason P Stopyra, William S Harper, Tyson J Higgins, Julia V Prokesova, James E Winslow, Robert D Nelson, Roy L Alson, Christopher A Davis, Gregory B Russell, Chadwick D Miller, Simon A Mahler
Introduction The History, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Age, Risk Factors, and Troponin (HEART) score is a decision aid designed to risk stratify emergency department (ED) patients with acute chest pain. It has been validated for ED use, but it has yet to be evaluated in a prehospital setting. Hypothesis A prehospital modified HEART score can predict major adverse cardiac events (MACE) among undifferentiated chest pain patients transported to the ED. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients with chest pain transported by two county-based Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies to a tertiary care center was conducted...
February 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
R Boche, N Nestler, J Erlenwein, E Pogatzki-Zahn
BACKGROUND: In recent years nurses have come to play a professional role in pain management. In Germany, the publication of the national expert standards on pain management in nursing resulted in nurses being educated to be pain resource nurses; however, since education has started the continuance and commitments of specialized pain nurses in clinical practice is basically unclear. The goal of this evaluation was to identify how pain resource nurses are involved in pain management and organizational aspects in German hospitals...
January 8, 2018: Der Schmerz
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