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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637582/principles-of-capacity-management-applied-in-the-mental-health-context
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Kathryn Zeitz, Darryl Watson
Objective The aim of the paper was to describe a suite of capacity management principles that have been applied in the mental health setting that resulted in a significant reduction in time spent in two emergency departments (ED) and improved throughput.Methods The project consisted of a multifocal change approach over three phases that included: (1) the implementation of a suite of fundamental capacity management activities led by the service and clinical director; (2) a targeted Winter Demand Plan supported by McKinsey and Co...
June 22, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625173/return-visits-to-the-pediatric-emergency-department-a-multicentre-retrospective-cohort-study
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Colin B Meyer-Macaulay, Mimi Truong, Garth D Meckler, Quynh H Doan
OBJECTIVE: Return visits to the emergency department (RTED) for the same clinical complaint occur in 2.7% to 8.1% of children presenting to pediatric emergency departments (PEDs). Most studies examining RTEDs have focused solely on PEDs and do not capture children returning to other local emergency departments (EDs). Our objective was to measure the frequency and characterize the directional pattern of RTED to any of 18 EDs serving a large geographic area for children initially evaluated at a PED...
June 19, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624270/implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-navigator-role-to-improve-emergency-department-throughput
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Paul Fulbrook, Melanie Jessup, Frances Kinnear
BACKGROUND: Emergency department overcrowding impacts patients, staff, and quality of care, and there is government pressure to optimize throughput and reduce waiting times. One solution for improving patient flow is the emerging 'navigator' role: a nurse that supports staff in care delivery; facilitating efficient and timely patient movement through the emergency department. METHODS: A 20-week project was implemented to evaluate an emergency department nurse navigator role...
June 14, 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621799/clinical-guideline-for-the-management-of-odontogenic-infections-in-the-tertiary-setting
#4
Sushma Vytla, Dieter Gebauer
BACKGROUND: Odontogenic infections are a common presentation to Emergency Departments of Australian hospitals. Due to the limited training in diagnosis and treatment of dental conditions, these patients can present a challenge for the medical practitioner. The objective of this study was to provide an evidence-based approach to the management of odontogenic infections in adults presenting to Royal Perth Hospital. METHODS: A literature search was conducted to identify evidence based guidelines for the management of odontogenic infections in the tertiary hospital setting...
June 16, 2017: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601264/high-flow-nasal-cannula-versus-conventional-oxygen-therapy-in-emergency-department-patients-with-cardiogenic-pulmonary-edema-a%C3%A2-randomized-controlled-trial
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Onlak Makdee, Apichaya Monsomboon, Usapan Surabenjawong, Nattakarn Praphruetkit, Wansiri Chaisirin, Tipa Chakorn, Chairat Permpikul, Phakphoom Thiravit, Tanyaporn Nakornchai
STUDY OBJECTIVE: High-flow nasal cannula is a new method for delivering high-flow supplemental oxygen for victims of respiratory failure. This randomized controlled trial compares high-flow nasal cannula with conventional oxygen therapy in emergency department (ED) patients with cardiogenic pulmonary edema. METHODS: We conducted an open-label randomized controlled trial in the ED of Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand. Patients aged 18 years or older with cardiogenic pulmonary edema were randomly assigned to receive either conventional oxygen therapy or high-flow nasal cannula...
June 7, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593802/the-effect-on-the-patient-flow-in-a-local-health-care-after-implementing-reverse-triage-in-a-primary-care-emergency-department-a-longitudinal-follow-up-study
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Timo Kauppila, Katri Seppänen, Juho Mattila, Johanna Kaartinen
OBJECTIVE: Reverse triage means that patients who are not considered to be in need of medical services are not placed on the doctor's list in an emergency department (ED) but are sent, after face-to-face evaluation by a triage nurse, to a more appropriate health care unit. It is not known how an abrupt application of such reverse triage in a combined primary care ED alters the demand for doctors' services in collaborative parts of the health care system. DESIGN: An observational study...
June 8, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586533/characterization-of-rapid-extraction-protocols-for-high-throughput-metabolomics
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Sarah Gehrke, Julie A Reisz, Travis Nemkov, Kirk C Hansen, Angelo D'Alessandro
RATIONALE: In the last five years, high throughput metabolomics has significantly advanced scientific research and holds the potential to promote strides in the fields of clinical metabolomics and personalized medicine. While innovations in the field of flow-injection mass spectrometry and three-minute metabolomics methods now allow investigators to process hundreds to thousands of samples per day, time-sensitive clinical applications, particularly in the emergency department, are limited by a lack of rapid extraction methods...
June 6, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579532/dashboard-visualizations-supporting-real-time-throughput-decision-making
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Amy Franklin, Swaroop Gantela, Salsawit Shifarraw, Todd R Johnson, David J Robinson, Brent R King, Amit M Mehta, Charles L Maddow, Nathan R Hoot, Vickie Nguyen, Adriana Stanley, Jiajie Zhang, Nnaemeka G Okafor
Providing timely and effective care in the emergency department (ED) requires the management of individual patients as well as the flow and demands of the entire department. Strategic changes to work processes, such as adding a flow coordination nurse or a physician in triage, have demonstrated improvements in throughput times. However, such global strategic changes do not address the real-time, often opportunistic workflow decisions of individual clinicians in the ED. We believe that real-time representation of the status of the entire emergency department and each patient within it through information visualizations will better support clinical decision-making in-the-moment and provide for rapid intervention to improve ED flow...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557874/partnerships-in-transitions-acute-care-to-skilled-nursing-facility
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Mae L Dizon, Ruth Zaltsmann, Cheryl Reinking
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: Older adults, in particular those discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), are at high risk for readmission. As part of a multifaceted approach to reduce readmissions, a community hospital initiated a 3-prong approach (Collaboration, Communication, and Competency) and partnered with regional SNFs. PRIMARY PRACTICE SETTINGS: El Camino Hospital, an independent, locally owned, not-for-profit district, acute care hospital in Northern California, and 11 participating SNFs in the same region...
July 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546042/occluded-superficial-femoral-artery-used-for-emergency-reconstruction-a-consecutive-case-series-about-the-proper-conduit-technique
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M S Marsman, A Kh Jahrome, F L Moll, G G Koning
INTRODUCTION: Deep wound infections in the groin region can result in an acute or life threatening condition. Especially when there is no suitable vein available because of many reasons (e.g. previous surgery, small vessel diameter). Synthetic prosthesis sometimes are not 'first-choice-technique' because of contamination or infection. It was ad hoc hypothesized in an acute setting that a segment of an occluded Superficial Femoral Artery (SFA) could be used as a conduit in combination with eversion technique, known from carotid surgery...
May 22, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534558/-proposing-a-physiological-model-for-emergency-department-operating-principles-classification-of-overcrowding-and-guidelines-for-redesign
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M Herrera Carranza, F Aguado Correa, N Padilla Garrido, F López Camacho
The operation of Emergency Departments (ED) is determined by demand, their own organizational structures and the connection to other medical care levels. When these elements are not simultaneous, it hinders patient flow and decreases capacity, making it necessary to employ a systemic approach to the chain of emergency care as a single operational entity. With this theoretical orientation, we suggest a conceptual model similar to the physiological cardiac output, in which the preload is the demand, the contractile or flow pump is the organizational structure, the afterload is the hospital, the pre-ED valve is primary care and outpatient emergencies, and the post-ED valve is the diagnostic support services and the specialist consultants...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530457/-patient-turnover-in-a-multidisciplinary-emergency-department
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Csaba Varga, Zsuzsanna Lelovics, Viktor Soós, Tibor Oláh
INTRODUCTION: More than twenty emergency departments were opened across Hungary in the past years. Data deficiency on patient flow, trends and lack of knowledge of indicators could raise numerous logistical and organisational problems. AIM: Collection, analysis and provision of data to facilitate successful operations of emergency medical care services. METHOD: During a three-year period investigated, at the multidisciplinary Emergency Department of "Moritz Kaposi" Teaching Hospital, data on patient flow (n = 106,203), epidemiology, triage and international classification of diseases were analysed...
May 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528621/using-lean-to-rapidly-and-sustainably-transform-a-behavioral-health-crisis-program-impact-on-throughput-and-safety
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Margaret E Balfour, Kathleen Tanner, Paul J Jurica, Dawn Llewellyn, Robert G Williamson, Chris A Carson
BACKGROUND: Lean has been increasingly applied in health care to reduce waste and improve quality, particularly in fast-paced and high-acuity clinical settings such as emergency departments. In addition, Lean's focus on engagement of frontline staff in problem solving can be a catalyst for organizational change. In this study, ConnectionsAZ demonstrates how they applied Lean principles to rapidly and sustainably transform clinical operations in a behavioral health crisis facility. METHODS: A multidisciplinary team of management and frontline staff defined values-based outcome measures, mapped the current and ideal processes, and developed new processes to achieve the ideal...
June 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527640/influences-on-patient-satisfaction-among-patients-who-use-emergency-departments-frequently-for-pain-related-complaints
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Patricia Newcomb, Marian Wilson, Ralph Baine, Terence McCarthy, Nicholas Penny, Caroline Nixon, Justin Orren
INTRODUCTION: The primary purpose of this study was to assess relationships between opioid prescribing practices, patient and ED attributes, and patient satisfaction ratings of nursing and physician care among patients with high utilization of the emergency department for pain relief. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to examine 305 individual patient satisfaction surveys from users with high ED utilization for pain complaints. Responses were compared with an age-matched control group (n = 305) of nonfrequent ED users...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513093/treatment-and-outcomes-of-patients-presenting-to-an-adult-emergency-department-involuntarily-with-substance-misuse
#15
James A Hughes, Maureen Sheehan, Jill Evans
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use is common in our society. The use of these substances flow throughout all areas of healthcare, and is especially prevalent in patients presenting to the emergency department with signs of mental illness. At the extreme end of these presentations patients present involuntarily with either police or ambulance officers. The aim of this study was to identify and describe the population presenting to the ED involuntarily with and without substance misuse as a precipitating factor...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511550/ct-features-in-surgically-proven-cases-of-ovarian-torsion-a-pictorial-review
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Sunita Dhanda, Swee Tian Quek, Ying Ting Mok, Clement Yong Hsiang Rong, Yuik Sing Eric Ting, Pooja Jagmohan, Bernard Wee
Ovarian torsion is a surgical emergency characterized by a partial or complete rotation of the ovarian vascular pedicle, causing obstruction to venous outflow followed by arterial inflow. Clinically, ovarian torsion frequently mimics other causes of acute pelvic pain such as appendicitis, diverticulitis, renal colic etc. Ultrasonography (US) is the first line imaging modality of choice for evaluation of ovarian torsion. MRI is useful as a problem solving tool in patients with equivocal or non diagnostic US studies...
May 16, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499904/completely-thrombosed-distal-middle-cerebral-artery-aneurysm-mimicking-a-cavernous-angioma-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Sokol Trungu, Placido Bruzzaniti, Stefano Forcato, Marco Cimatti, Antonino Raco
BACKGROUND: Distal middle cerebral artery (MCA) aneurysms originate from branches of MCA distal to its main bifurcation or the peripheral branches. Distal MCA aneurysms are uncommon compared with saccular aneurysms, which develop along the proximal trunks of MCA. However, thrombotic aneurysms, characterized by organized intraluminal thrombus and solid mass, are frequently in the large and giant size range, whereas complete thrombosis of non-giant MCA aneurysms is very rare. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the clinical case of a 53 years-old woman with a completely thrombosed medium distal MCA aneurysm mimicking a cavernous angioma...
May 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494481/enhanced-hip-fracture-management-use-of-statistical-methods-and-dataset-to-evaluate-a-fractured-neck-of-femur-fast-track-pathway-pilot-study
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Nigel Gilchrist, Kristian Dalzell, Scott Pearson, Gary Hooper, Kit Hoeben, Jeremy Hickling, John McKie, Ma Yi, Sandra Chamberlain, Caroline McCullough, Marc Gutenstein
The increasing elderly population and subsequent rise in total hip fracture(s) in this group means more effective management strategies are necessary to improve efficiency. We have changed our patient care strategy from the emergency department (ED), acute orthopaedic wards, operating theatre, post-operation and rehabilitation, and called it Fracture Neck of Femur Fast Track Pathway. All clinical data and actions were captured, integrated and displayed on a weekly basis using 'signalfromnoise' (SFN) software...
May 12, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487459/patient-flow-within-uk-emergency-departments-a-systematic-review-of-the-use-of-computer-simulation-modelling-methods
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Syed Mohiuddin, John Busby, Jelena Savović, Alison Richards, Kate Northstone, William Hollingworth, Jenny L Donovan, Christos Vasilakis
OBJECTIVES: Overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) is common in the UK as in other countries worldwide. Computer simulation is one approach used for understanding the causes of ED overcrowding and assessing the likely impact of changes to the delivery of emergency care. However, little is known about the usefulness of computer simulation for analysis of ED patient flow. We undertook a systematic review to investigate the different computer simulation methods and their contribution for analysis of patient flow within EDs in the UK...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485885/hospital-occupancy-and-discharge-strategies-a-simulation-based-study
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S Qin, C Thompson, T Bogomolov, D Ward, P Hakendorf
BACKGROUND: Increasing demand for hospital services has resulted in more arrivals to emergency department (ED), increased admissions, and, quite often, access block and ED congestion, along with patients' dissatisfaction. Cost constraints limit an increase in the number of hospital beds, so alternative solutions need to be explored. AIMS: The aims of this study were to propose and test different discharge strategies which, potentially, could reduce occupancy rates in the hospital, thereby improving patient flow and minimising frequency and duration of congestion episodes...
May 9, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
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