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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810931/a-comprehensive-regional-clinical-and-educational-ecpr-protocol-decreases-time-to-ecmo-in-patients-with-refractory-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Brian Grunau, Sarah Carrier, Jamil Bashir, William Dick, Luke Harris, Robert Boone, Dan Kalla, Frank Scheuermeyer, Brian Twaites, Ron Straight, James Abel, Ken McDonald, Ruth MacRedmond, David Agulnik, Joe Finkler, Jeanne MacLeod, Jim Christenson, Anson Cheung
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation within CPR (ECPR) may improve survival for refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We developed a prehospital, emergency department (ED), and hospital-based clinical and educational protocol to improve the key variable of time-to-ECPR (TTE). METHODS: In a single urban health region we involved key prehospital, clinical, and administrative stakeholders over a 2-year period, to develop a regional ECPR program with destination to a single urban tertiary care hospital...
August 16, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808608/intrathecal-catheter-associated-inflammatory-mass-in-a-neurofibromatosis-type-1-patient-receiving-fentanyl-and-bupivacaine
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Derek G Southwell, Joseph A Osorio, Christopher S Liverman, Lauren M Friedman, Ramana K Naidu, Lawrence R Poree, Melanie M Henry, Line Jacques
BACKGROUND: Catheter-associated inflammatory masses (CIMs) are a rare but serious complication of intrathecal drug delivery devices. CIM formation is influenced by local medication concentration, which is determined in part by flow dynamics at the catheter tip. Underlying spinal pathologies, such as neoplasms, may alter flow at the catheter tip, thereby contributing to CIM formation. Moreover, they may also complicate the clinical and radiologic diagnosis of a CIM. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 36-year-old man with neurofibromatosis type 1 presented to our emergency department with complaints of increased back pain and leg weakness...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794660/a-renal-colic-fast-track-pathway-to-improve-waiting-times-and-outcomes-for-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department
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Omar Al Kadhi, Kate Manley, Madhavi Natarajan, Valmiki Lutchmedial, Abbi Forsyth, Kate Tabrett, Jonathan Betteridge, William Finch, Heinrich Hollis
INTRODUCTION: Renal colic is commonly encountered in the emergency department (ED). We validated a fast track renal colic (FTRC) initiative to decrease patient waiting times and streamline patient flow. METHOD: The FTRC pathway was devised according to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence clinical summary criteria for the management of patients with suspected renal colic. ED triage nurses use the pathway to identify patients with likely renal colic suitable for fast track to analgesia, investigation and management...
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756433/point-of-care-testing-across-rural-and-remote-emergency-departments-in-australia-staff-perceptions-of-operational-impact
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Maria R Dahm, Euan McCaughey, Ling Li, Johanna Westbrook, Virginia Mumford, Juliana Iles-Mann, Andrew Sargeant, Andrew Georgiou
New South Wales (NSW) Health Pathology is implementing one of the world's largest managed PoCT services across rural and remote Emergency Departments (EDs) in New South Wales, Australia to improve patient access to care. The aim of this qualitative study was to gain a context-rich understanding of the operational impact of the NSW rollout of PoCT across rural and remote ED settings as experienced by frontline clinical staff. Clinical professionals (n=14) participated in interviews and focus groups in August 2015 at four rural and remote NSW EDs...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755763/reliability-of-triage-nurses-and-emergency-physicians-for-the-interpretation-of-the-c-3po-rule-for-head-trauma-in-children
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Jocelyn Gravel, Serge Gouin, Annie Canuel, Benoît Mâsse
INTRODUCTION: The C-3PO rule has been validated for use by emergency physicians to identify young children at risk of skull fracture following head trauma. The use of the rule by triage nurses could improve patient flow in the emergency department. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the interobserver agreement of triage nurses and emergency physicians in the interpretation of the C-3PO rule in a pediatric emergency department. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study performed in a consecutive sample of children visiting a single emergency department...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750891/triaging-the-emergency-department-not-the-patient-united-states-emergency-nurses-experience-of-the-triage-process
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Lisa A Wolf, Altair M Delao, Cydne Perhats, Michael D Moon, Kathleen Evanovich Zavotsky
INTRODUCTION: Triage, as it is understood in the context of the emergency department, is the first and perhaps the most formal stage of the initial patient encounter. Bottlenecks during intake and long waiting room times have been linked to higher rates of patients leaving without being seen. The solution in many emergency departments has been to collect less information at triage or use an "immediate bedding" or "pull until full" approach, in which patients are placed in treatment areas as they become available without previous screening...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750686/carbon-dioxide-narcosis-due-to-inappropriate-oxygen-delivery-a-case-report
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Thomas Herren, Eva Achermann, Thomas Hegi, Adrian Reber, Max Stäubli
BACKGROUND: Oxygen delivery to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may be challenging because of their potential hypoxic ventilatory drive. However, some oxygen delivery systems such as non-rebreathing face masks with an oxygen reservoir bag require high oxygen flow for adequate oxygenation and to avoid carbon dioxide rebreathing. CASE PRESENTATION: A 72-year-old Caucasian man with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was admitted to the emergency department because of worsening dyspnea and an oxygen saturation of 81% measured by pulse oximetry...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721927/coagulopathy-and-haemorrhagic-progression-in-traumatic-brain-injury-advances-in-mechanisms-diagnosis-and-management
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Marc Maegele, Herbert Schöchl, Tomas Menovsky, Hugues Maréchal, Niklas Marklund, Andras Buki, Simon Stanworth
Normal haemostasis depends on an intricate balance between mechanisms of bleeding and mechanisms of thrombosis, and this balance can be altered after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Impaired haemostasis could exacerbate the primary insult with risk of initiation or aggravation of bleeding; anticoagulant use at the time of injury can also contribute to bleeding risk after TBI. Many patients with TBI have abnormalities on conventional coagulation tests at admission to the emergency department, and the presence of coagulopathy is associated with increased morbidity and mortality...
August 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719480/a-rare-pediatric-case-of-posttraumatic-pseudoaneurysm-case-report-and-literature-review
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Ada Gu, April J Kam
Posttraumatic pseudoaneurysms are extremely rare in pediatric populations. In many cases, pseudoaneurysms may be confused with abscesses, epidermoid cysts, arteriovenous fistula, foreign objects, and ganglion cysts, as well as tumors. They are associated with distinguishing findings of "pulsatile mass, a palpable thrill, and an audible to-and-fro murmur" (1), which can be confirmed by various imaging techniques. In this report, we describe the case of a 4-year-old boy who presented to the pediatric emergency department 3 weeks after falling and subsequently getting cut by glass...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718257/risk-factors-for-heat-related-deaths-during-the-june-2015-heat-wave-in-karachi-pakistan
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Syed Ghazanfar Saleem, Tehreem Ansari, Ashraf Shamshad Ali, Sara Fatima, Mariam Hassan Rizvi, Muhammad Abdul Samad
BACKGROUND: Mortality as a consequence of heat related illness is a public health concern. Emergency department (ED) experiences increased patients' flow and decreased survival as a consequence of heat stroke during the episodes of heat wave. The present study was conducted to identify the risk factors for mortality among victims of heat wave (17th - 23rd June), 2015 evaluated in the Emergency Department of The Indus Hospital (TIH), Karachi. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study data was retrospectively collected...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714834/adjusting-patients-streaming-initiated-by-a-wait-time-threshold-in-emergency-department-for-minimizing-opportunity-cost
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Byungjoon B J Kim, Theodore R Delbridge, Dawn B Kendrick
Purpose Two different systems for streaming patients were considered to improve efficiency measures such as waiting times (WTs) and length of stay (LOS) for a current emergency department (ED). A typical fast track area (FTA) and a fast track with a wait time threshold (FTW) were designed and compared effectiveness measures from the perspective of total opportunity cost of all patients' WTs in the ED. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach This retrospective case study used computerized ED patient arrival to discharge time logs (between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010) to build computer simulation models for the FTA and fast track with wait time threshold systems...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707273/team-communication-patterns-in-emergency-resuscitation-a-mixed-methods-qualitative-analysis
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Lisa Anne Calder, George Mastoras, Mitra Rahimpour, Benjamin Sohmer, Brian Weitzman, A Adam Cwinn, Tara Hobin, Avi Parush
BACKGROUND: In order to enhance patient safety during resuscitation of critically ill patients, we need to optimize team communication and enhance team situational awareness but little is known about resuscitation team communication patterns. The objective of this study is to understand how teams communicate during resuscitation; specifically to assess for a shared mental model (organized understanding of a team's relationships) and information needs. METHODS: We triangulated 3 methods to evaluate resuscitation team communication at a tertiary care academic trauma center: (1) interviews; (2) simulated resuscitation observations; (3) live resuscitation observations...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704269/the-impact-of-medical-specialist-staffing-on-emergency-department-patient-flow-and-satisfaction
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M Christien van der Linden, Roeline A Y de Beaufort, Sven A G Meylaerts, Crispijn L van den Brand, Naomi van der Linden
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the impact of additional medical specialists, non-emergency physicians (non-EPs), performing direct supervision or a combination of direct and indirect supervision at an EP-led emergency department (ED), on patient flow and satisfaction. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An observational, cross-sectional, three-part study was carried out including staff surveys (n=379), a before and after 16-week data collection using data of visits during the peak hours (n=5270), and patient questionnaires during 1 week before the pilot and during week 5 of the pilot...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702185/potential-cost-savings-by-minimisation-of-blood-sample-delays-on-care-decision-making-in-urgent-care-services
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David M S Bodansky, Sophie E Lumley, Rudrajoy Chakraborty, Dhanasekaran Mani, James Hodson, Mike T Hallissey, Olga N Tucker
BACKGROUND: Timely availability of blood sample results for interpretation affects planning and delivery of patient care from initial assessment in Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rates of, and reasons for, rejected blood samples submitted from all clinical areas over one month were evaluated. Haemoglobin (Hb) represented haematology and potassium (K(+)), biochemistry. A prospective observational study evaluated the methodology of sample collection and impact on utility...
August 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701232/the-three-paradoxes-of-patient-flow-an-explanatory-case-study
#15
Sara A Kreindler
BACKGROUND: Health systems in many jurisdictions struggle to reduce Emergency Department congestion and improve patient flow across the continuum of care. Flow is often described as a systemic issue requiring a "system approach"; however, the implications of this idea remain poorly understood. Focusing on a Canadian regional health system whose flow problems have been particularly intractable, this study sought to determine what system-level flaws impede healthcare organizations from improving flow...
July 12, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695351/robustness-and-effectiveness-of-the-triage-system-in-the-pediatric-context
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Marcello Montefiori, Enrico di Bella, Lucia Leporatti, Paolo Petralia
BACKGROUND: The increasing use of emergency departments (EDs) potentially compromises their effectiveness and quality. The evaluation of the performance of the triage code system in a pediatric context is important because waiting time affects the quality of care for acutely ill patients. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to assess the effectiveness and robustness of the triage code system in a pediatric context and identify the determinants of waiting times for urgent and non-urgent patients...
July 10, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679887/telehealth-and-the-re-design-of-emergency-medical-services
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Richard W Jones, George Despotou, Theodoros N Arvanitis
As patient numbers continue to rise Emergency Department's (ED's) are struggling to not only control patient wait times but also to maintain the quality of patient care. Improving patient flow through the ED has been a priority for many years with techniques such as Lean Six-Sigma being implemented specifically to help alleviate the problem. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement recently stated that the best opportunities to improving patient flow relate to the front-end of the ED, namely triage. This contribution examines the use of Telehealth initiatives at the front-end of the ED, specifically tele-consultation, to reduce patient loading, provide timelier healthcare (with improved patient outcomes) and reduce costs...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676415/emergency-department-flow-measures-for-adult-and-pediatric-patients-in-british-columbia-and-ontario-a-retrospective-repeated-cross-sectional-study
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Gregory Georgio, Astrid Guttmann, Quynh H Doan
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests emergency department (ED) overcrowding is associated with poor health outcomes. Children comprise 20-25% of general ED visits, yet few studies have examined the differential impact of ED overcrowding on pediatric and adult populations. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to compare flow measures, such as wait time to see a physician, length of stay (LOS), and rate of patients leaving without being seen by a physician (LWBS) between adults and children in British Columbia and Ontario, clustered by province, and then stratified by acuity level during the study period...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662909/emergency-department-escalation-in-theory-and-practice-a-mixed-methods-study-using-a-model-of-organizational-resilience
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Jonathan Back, Alastair J Ross, Myanna D Duncan, Peter Jaye, Katherine Henderson, Janet E Anderson
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Escalation policies are used by emergency departments (EDs) when responding to an increase in demand (eg, a sudden inflow of patients) or a reduction in capacity (eg, a lack of beds to admit patients). The policies aim to maintain the ability to deliver patient care, without compromising safety, by modifying "normal" processes. The study objective is to examine escalation policies in theory and practice. METHODS: This was a mixed-method study involving a conceptual analysis of National Health Service escalation policies (n=12) and associated escalation actions (n=92), as well as a detailed ethnographic study of escalation in situ during a 16-month period in a large UK ED (n=30 observations)...
June 26, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659247/two-emergency-departments-6000km-apart-differences-in-patient-flow-and-staff-perceptions-about-crowding
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M Christien Van Der Linden, Munawar Khursheed, Khairunnissa Hooda, Jesse M Pines, Naomi Van Der Linden
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department (ED) crowding is a worldwide public health issue. In this study, patient flow and staff perceptions of crowding were assessed in Pakistan (Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH)) and in the Netherlands (Haaglanden Medical Centre Westeinde (HMCW)). Bottlenecks affecting ED patient flow were identified. METHODS: First, a one-year review of patient visits was performed. Second, staff perceptions about ED crowding were collected using face-to-face interviews...
June 25, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
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