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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099293/validating-a-clinical-prediction-rule-for-ventricular-shunt-malfunction
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Tehnaz P Boyle, Amir A Kimia, Lise E Nigrovic
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to validate a published ventricular shunt clinical prediction rule for the identification of children at low risk for ventricular shunt malfunction based on the absence of 3 high-risk clinical predictors (irritability, nausea or vomiting, and headache). METHODS: We identified children aged 21 years and younger with a ventricular shunt who presented between 2010 and 2013 to a single pediatric emergency department (ED) for evaluation of potential shunt malfunction...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079561/-single-checked-patient-group-directions-during-initial-nurse-assessment-within-paediatric-emergency-departments-of-the-uk-and-ireland
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Chris K Bird, Anthony G Sinclair, Stuart Hartshorn
OBJECTIVE: Double checking medications at initial assessment within paediatric emergency departments (EDs) has the potential to delay patient flow, and doubt has been cast on the efficacy of double checking in all but high-risk medications. We aimed to benchmark current practice for the use of Patient Group Direction (PGD) medications at initial assessment in EDs within the Paediatric Emergency Research UK and Ireland (PERUKI) network, with a focus on the use of 'single-checker' PGDs...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077007/accurate-and-fast-urinalysis-in-febrile-patients-by-flow-cytometry
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Foppie J de Boer, Elske Gieteling, Heidi van Egmond-Kreileman, Bijan Moshaver, Sjef J C M van der Leur, Coen A Stegeman, Paul H P Groeneveld
BACKGROUND: The urine culture is worldwide accepted as the gold standard in diagnosing urinary tract infections, but is time consuming and costly, other methods are fast but moderately reliable. We investigated whether counting the number of bacteria by flow cytometry could be a fast and accurate method to analyze urine samples in febrile patients at the emergency department (ED). METHODS: Urine samples were obtained from 140 febrile patients at the ED. Urinalysis was performed according to standard procedures...
January 11, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076656/combined-inhaled-beta-agonist-and-anticholinergic-agents-for-emergency-management-in-adults-with-asthma
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Scott W Kirkland, Christine Vandenberghe, Britt Voaklander, Taylor Nikel, Sandra Campbell, Brian H Rowe
BACKGROUND: Inhaled short-acting anticholinergics (SAAC) and short-acting beta₂-agonists (SABA) are effective therapies for adult patients with acute asthma who present to the emergency department (ED). It is unclear, however, whether the combination of SAAC and SABA treatment is more effective in reducing hospitalisations compared to treatment with SABA alone. OBJECTIVES: To conduct an up-to-date systematic search and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of combined inhaled therapy (SAAC + SABA agents) vs...
January 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074564/sustaining-sbirt-in-the-wild-simulating-revenues-and-costs-for-screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-programs
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Alexander J Cowell, William N Dowd, Michael J Mills, Jesse M Hinde, Jeremy W Bray
AIMS: To examine the conditions under which Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) programs can be sustained by health insurance payments. DESIGN: A mathematical model was used to estimate the number of patients needed for revenues to exceed costs. SETTING: Three medical settings in the United States were examined: in-patient, out-patient and emergency department. Components of SBIRT were delivered by combinations of health-care practitioners (generalists) and behavioral health specialists...
February 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072666/outcomes-from-referrals-and-unscheduled-visits-from-community-emergency-departments-to-a-regional-pediatric-emergency-department-in-canada
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Ethan Reiner, Ardalan Ahmadi, Eric Grafstein, Quynh Doan
OBJECTIVES: Existing pediatric literature describing repeat visits to the emergency department (ED) for the same medical complaint has yet to report on patient flow patterns from general EDs (GEDs) to a pediatric ED (PED). We sought to characterize the population of patients who are treated in a GED and subsequently present to a PED for further care. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study reviewing all pediatric visits (age < 17 y) at 5 GEDs in Vancouver...
January 9, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053659/a-web-based-information-system-for-a-regional-public-mental-healthcare-service-network-in-brazil
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Vinicius Tohoru Yoshiura, João Mazzoncini de Azevedo-Marques, Magdalena Rzewuska, André Luiz Teixeira Vinci, Ariane Morassi Sasso, Newton Shydeo Brandão Miyoshi, Antonia Regina Ferreira Furegato, Rui Pedro Charters Lopes Rijo, Cristina Marta Del-Ben, Domingos Alves
BACKGROUND: Regional networking between services that provide mental health care in Brazil's decentralized public health system is challenging, partly due to the simultaneous existence of services managed by municipal and state authorities and a lack of efficient and transparent mechanisms for continuous and updated communication between them. Since 2011, the Ribeirao Preto Medical School and the XIII Regional Health Department of the Sao Paulo state, Brazil, have been developing and implementing a web-based information system to facilitate an integrated care throughout a public regional mental health care network...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038826/using-color-flow-detection-of-air-insufflation-to-improve-accuracy-in-verifying-nasogastric-tube-position
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Kin Wa Wong, Hok Hang Chan, Chi Pang Wong, Ming Yin Chan, Jeffrey Cheuk Wai Chau, Tai Wai Wong
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have shown that ultrasonography (USG), as an alternative to radiography, has a good accuracy in confirming nasogastric tube (NGT) position. Color flow detection of air insufflation is a novel approach in verifying NGT position. In our study, we aimed at evaluating its sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy in confirming the NGT position, as compared with 2-dimensional (2D) USG. METHODS: The study was conducted on adult patients over a period of 38months in an emergency department in Hong Kong...
December 21, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012828/can-patient-variables-measured-on-arrival-to-the-emergency-department-predict-disposition-in-medium-acuity-patients
#9
John P Riordan, Wayne L Dell, James T Patrie
BACKGROUND: Emergency department crowding has led to innovative "front end" care models to safely and efficiently care for medium and lower acuity patients. In the United States, most treatment algorithms rely on the emergency severity index (ESI) triage tool to sort patients. However, there are no objective criteria used to differentiate ESI 3 patients. OBJECTIVE: We seek to derive and validate a model capable of predicting patient discharge disposition (DD) using variables present on arrival to the emergency department for ESI 3 patients...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998879/using-patient-flow-information-to-determine-risk-of-hospital-presentation-protocol-for-a-proof-of-concept-study
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Christopher M Pearce, Adam McLeod, Jon Patrick, Douglas Boyle, Marianne Shearer, Paula Eustace, Mary Catherine Pearce
BACKGROUND: Every day, patients are admitted to the hospital with conditions that could have been effectively managed in the primary care sector. These admissions are expensive and in many cases are possible to avoid if early intervention occurs. General practitioners are in the best position to identify those at risk of imminent hospital presentation and admission; however, it is not always possible for all the factors to be considered. A lack of shared information contributes significantly to the challenge of understanding a patient's full medical history...
December 20, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942343/effects-of-a-general-practitioner-cooperative-co-located-with-an-emergency-department-on-patient-throughput
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Michiel J van Veelen, Crispijn L van den Brand, Resi Reijnen, M Christien van der Linden
BACKGROUND: In 2013 a General Practitioner Cooperative (GPC) was introduced at the Emergency Department (ED) of our hospital. One of the aims of this co-located GPC was to improve throughput of the remaining patients at the ED. To determine the change in patient flow, we assessed the number of self-referrals, redirection of self-referrals to the GPC and back to the ED, as well as ward and ICU admission rates and length of stay of the remaining ED population. METHODS: We conducted a four months' pre-post comparison before and after the implementation of a co-located GPC with an urban ED in the Netherlands...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940683/modification-of-an-established-pediatric-asthma-pathway-improves-evidence-based-efficient-care
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Lori Rutman, Robert C Atkins, Russell Migita, Jeffrey Foti, Suzanne Spencer, K Casey Lion, Davene R Wright, Michael G Leu, Chuan Zhou, Rita Mangione-Smith
OBJECTIVE: In September 2011, an established pediatric asthma pathway at a tertiary care children's hospital underwent significant revision. Modifications included simplification of the visual layout, addition of evidence-based recommendations regarding medication use, and implementation of standardized admission criteria. The objective of this study was to determine the impact of the modified asthma pathway on pathway adherence, percentage of patients receiving evidence-based care, length of stay, and cost...
December 2016: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940177/-use-of-high-flow-nasal-cannula-in-infants-with-bronchiolitis-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department
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M Guimaraes, M Pomedio, M Viprey, L Kanagaratnam, K Bessaci
High-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC) is a technique for noninvasive ventilation commonly used in pediatric intensive care units for respiratory distress, particularly in acute bronchiolitis. HFNC was introduced in the pediatric emergency department of the Reims university hospital for the treatment of infants with moderate to severe acute viral bronchiolitis. This retrospective observational study aimed to investigate the use of HFNC in a pediatric emergency ward, describing the groups of infants with acute viral bronchiolitis to be treated either with conventional oxygen therapy or with HFNC therapy...
January 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923754/successful-coil-embolization-of-pediatric-carotid-cavernous-fistula-due-to-ruptured-posttraumatic-giant-internal-carotid-artery-aneurysm
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Daisuke Wajima, Ichiro Nakagawa, Hun Soo Park, Shohei Yokoyama, Takeshi Wada, Kimihiko Kichikawa, Hiroyuki Nakase
BACKGROUND: The goal of the treatment of direct carotid cavernous fistula (CCF) is to occlude the arteriovenous shunt and to preserve the patency of the concerned internal carotid artery. However, for the ipsilateral posttraumatic fragile cerebrum, coil embolization plus parent artery occlusion for the high-flow direct CCF is better for the prevention of hyperperfusion syndrome and intracranial hemorrhage. We experienced such a case and managed it successfully. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 6-year-old boy had severe head trauma caused by being hit by a car...
December 5, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920845/the-great-imitator-igg4-periaortitis-masquerading-as-an-acute-aortic-syndrome-on-computed-tomographic-angiography
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Drew W Moore, Neil J Hansen, Dominick J DiMaio, William L Harrison
We present the case of a 52-year-old woman who presented to the emergency department with chest and neck pain. Initial cervical spine magnetic resonance imaging shows an abnormal flow void in the left vertebral artery, which prompted a computed tomographic angiogram. This demonstrated a hyperdense thickened ascending aortic wall, which extended into the great vessel origins. Clinically and radiographically interpreted as an acute aortic syndrome and/or intramural hematoma, the patient underwent ascending aortic repair with graft...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912757/the-sydney-triage-to-admission-risk-tool-start-to-predict-emergency-department-disposition-a-derivation-and-internal-validation-study-using-retrospective-state-wide-data-from-new-south-wales-australia
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Michael M Dinh, Saartje Berendsen Russell, Kendall J Bein, Kris Rogers, David Muscatello, Richard Paoloni, Jon Hayman, Dane R Chalkley, Rebecca Ivers
BACKGROUND: Disposition decisions are critical to the functioning of Emergency Departments. The objectives of the present study were to derive and internally validate a prediction model for inpatient admission from the Emergency Department to assist with triage, patient flow and clinical decision making. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of State-wide Emergency Department data in New South Wales, Australia. Adult patients (age ≥ 16 years) were included if they presented to a Level five or six (tertiary level) Emergency Department in New South Wales, Australia between 2013 and 2014...
December 3, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882440/hemodynamic-changes-in-a-middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysm-at-follow-up-times-before-and-after-its-rupture-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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A Sejkorová, K D Dennis, H Švihlová, O Petr, G Lanzino, A Hejčl, D Dragomir-Daescu
Hemodynamic parameters play a significant role in the development of cerebral aneurysms. Parameters such as wall shear stress (WSS) or velocity could change in time and may contribute to aneurysm growth and rupture. However, the hemodynamic changes at the rupture location remain unclear because it is difficult to obtain data prior to rupture. We analyzed a case of a ruptured middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysm for which we acquired imaging data at three time points, including at rupture. A patient with an observed MCA aneurysm was admitted to the emergency department with clinical symptoms of a subarachnoid hemorrhage...
November 24, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862986/analysing-the-emergency-department-patient-journey-discovery-of-bottlenecks-to-emergency-department-patient-flow
#18
Sankalp Khanna, Justin Boyle, Norm Good, Anthony Bell, James Lind
OBJECTIVE: Despite significant workflow reform to comply with the federally mandated National Emergency Access Target (NEAT), Australian public hospitals continue to face significant barriers in achieving good ED patient flow. This study was undertaken to identify and analyse the impact of individual waypoints on an ED patient's journey and identify which waypoints act as bottlenecks to a hospital's 4 h ED disposition performance. METHODS: This study involves retrospective analysis and simulation employing 2 years of ED administrative data from a sample of two major and two large metropolitan hospitals in Queensland, Australia...
November 8, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847339/analytical-evaluation-of-a-new-point-of-care-system-for-measuring-cardiac-troponin-i
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Danielle Wm Kemper, Veronique Semjonow, Femke de Theije, Diederick Keizer, Lian van Lippen, Johannes Mair, Bernadette Wille, Michael Christ, Felicitas Geier, Pierre Hausfater, David Pariente, Volkher Scharnhorst, Joyce Curvers, Jeroen Nieuwenhuis
OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care cardiac troponin testing with adequate analytical performances has the potential to improve chest pain patients flow in the emergency department. We present the analytical evaluation of the newly developed Philips Minicare cTnI point-of-care immunoassay. DESIGN & METHODS: Li-heparin whole blood and plasma were used to perform analytical studies. The sample type comparison study was performed at 4 different hospitals. The 99th percentile upper reference limit (URL) study was performed using Li-heparin plasma, Li-heparin whole blood and capillary blood samples from 750 healthy adults, aging from 18 to 86years...
November 12, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843036/acute-medical-units-the-way-to-go-a-literature-review
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L S van Galen, E M J Lammers, L J Schoonmade, N Alam, M H H Kramer, P W B Nanayakkara
BACKGROUND: Acute healthcare chains in the Netherlands are increasingly under pressure because of rising emergency department (ED) admissions, relative bed shortages and government policy changes. In order to improve acute patient flow and quality of care through hospitals, an acute medical unit (AMU) might be a solution, as demonstrated in the UK. However, limited information is available concerning AMUs in the Netherlands. Therefore, the aims of this study were to METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed searching 3 electronic databases: PubMed, Cochrane and EMBASE...
November 11, 2016: European Journal of Internal Medicine
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