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Dae-Hee Choi, Youn-Jung Kim, Seung Mok Ryoo, Chang Hwan Sohn, Shin Ahn, Dong-Woo Seo, Ju Yong Lim, Won Young Kim
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) may be considered as a rescue therapy for patients with refractory cardiac arrest. Identifying patients who might benefit from this potential life-saving procedure is crucial for implementation of ECPR. The objective of this study was to estimate the number of patients who fulfilled a hypothetical set of ECPR criteria and to evaluate the outcome of ECPR candidates treated with conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation. METHODS: We performed an observational study using data from a prospective registry of consecutive adults (≥18 years) with non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in a tertiary hospital between January 2011 and December 2015...
September 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Paul Richard Edwin Jarvis
Emergency departments (ED) face significant challenges in delivering high quality and timely patient care on an ever-present background of increasing patient numbers and limited hospital resources. A mismatch between patient demand and the ED's capacity to deliver care often leads to poor patient flow and departmental crowding. These are associated with reduction in the quality of the care delivered and poor patient outcomes. A literature review was performed to identify evidence-based strategies to reduce the amount of time patients spend in the ED in order to improve patient flow and reduce crowding in the ED...
June 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Lucas Brien Chartier, Licinia Simoes, Meredith Kuipers, Barb McGovern
Over the last decade, patient volumes in the emergency department (ED) have grown disproportionately compared to the increase in staffing and resources at the Toronto Western Hospital, an academic tertiary care centre in Toronto, Canada. The resultant congestion has spilled over to the ED waiting room, where medically undifferentiated and potentially unstable patients must wait until a bed becomes available. The aim of this quality improvement project was to decrease the 90th percentile of wait time between triage and bed assignment (time-to-bed) by half, from 120 to 60 minutes, for our highest acuity patients...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Alexander K Leung, Shawn D Whatley, Dechang Gao, Marko Duic
OBJECTIVE: To study the operational impact of process improvements on emergency department (ED) patient flow. The changes did not require any increase in resources or expenditures. METHODS: This was a 36-month pre- and post-intervention study to evaluate the effect of implementing process improvements at a community ED from January 2010 to December 2012. The intervention comprised streamlining triage by having patients accepted into internal waiting areas immediately after triage...
October 17, 2016: CJEM
Ramona Sturm, David Heftrig, Katharina Mörs, Nils Wagner, Kerstin Kontradowitz, Katrin Jurida, Ingo Marzi, Borna Relja
OBJECTIVE: Phagocytizing leukocytes (granulocytes and monocytes) play a fundamental role in immunological defense against pathogens and clearance of cellular debris after tissue injury due to trauma. According to the "two-hit hypothesis", phagocytes become primed due to/after trauma. Subsequently, a secondary stimulus may lead to their exaggerated response. This immune dysfunction can result in serious infectious complications, also depending on trauma injury pattern. Here, we investigated the phagocytizing capacity of leukocytes, and its correlation to trauma injury pattern...
September 29, 2016: Immunobiology
David Thomson, Timothy Cowan, Conrad Loten, Christina Botfield, Elizabeth Holliday, John Attia
OBJECTIVE: Hypoxia is a recognised complication of procedural sedation. This study sought to determine whether there was an association between the use of high-flow oxygen delivery by a non-rebreather (NRB) mask during ED procedural sedation and decreased rates of hypoxia when compared with alternative oxygenation methods. METHODS: Records of all procedural sedations performed over a 12 month period in an Australian tertiary ED were reviewed retrospectively. The primary outcome was whether recorded oxygen saturations fell below 90%...
October 3, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Cemil Kavalci, Muhittin Serkan Yilmaz, Afsin Emre Kayipmaz, Bahattin Isık, Elif Celikel, Gulsum Kavalci, Fevzi Yilmaz, Miray Ozlem, Bedriye Muge Sonmez, Selman Celebi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) leads to physical activity limitation and a significant reduction in quality of life. This study aimed to investigate the correlation between The COPD Assessment Test (CAT) score and peak expiratory flow (PEF), and the factors effecting hospital admission rates of patients with COPD. METHODS: This observational study was conducted prospectively. CAT score was calculated and PEF measured at the time of emergency department admission...
2016: Journal of the National Medical Association
David Fitzpatrick, Patrick O'Meara, Andrew Cunningham
This short report describes the case of a young adult male who had smoked a synthetic cannabinoid legal high product called 'Exodus Damnation'. The patient's presentation was atypical from that described in the literature, with hypotension and hypoxaemia. Of note was the rapid recovery after pre-hospital intervention with high-flow oxygen therapy and intravenous fluids. The patient refused on-going care, despite repeated advice to attend the Emergency Department. The distinct lack of specialist support and referral to drug treatment for this patient population, with whom ambulance services are coming into contact with increasing frequency, is reported...
September 29, 2016: Scottish Medical Journal
F Greve, M Crönlein, M Beirer, C Kirchhoff, P Biberthaler, K F Braun
Anterior tibial pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication after interlocking screw insertion in tibial nailing. We present the case of a 28-year-old male patient with this complication with a 6-week delay after tibial nailing of a right tibial fracture type 42-A1 of the Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (AO/ASIF) classification. On presentation to our emergency department, the patient's complaints were solemnly intermittent pain and occasional swelling of his proximal lower leg. Deep vein thrombosis, compartment syndrome, and implant dislocation were ruled out, and the patient was discharged after his symptoms improved without further intervention...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Gaurav Sharma, Danny Wong, Dean J Arnaoutakis, Samir K Shah, Alice O'Brien, Stanley W Ashley, C Keith Ozaki
OBJECTIVE: Length of stay fails to completely capture the clinical and economic effects of patient progression through the phases of inpatient care, such as admission, room placement, procedures, and discharge. Delayed hospital throughput has been linked to increased time spent in the emergency department and postanesthesia care unit, delayed time to treatment, increased in-hospital mortality, decreased patient satisfaction, and lost hospital revenue. We identified barriers to vascular surgery inpatient care progression and instituted defined measures to positively impact standardized metrics...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Joanne May Jenkins, Joel Norton, Timothy Hampton, Robert Weeks
A 55-year-old man was working in a trench when the wall collapsed in on him, pinning him to the wall. On arrival in the emergency department the patient began reporting of right-sided headache. Neurological examination revealed left-sided reduced sensation with weakness. Whole-body CT scan showed right-sided flail chest and bilateral haemothorax as well as loss of flow and thinning of the distal right internal carotid artery (ICA) and loss of grey white matter differentiation in keeping with traumatic ICA dissection with a right middle cerebral artery (MCA) infarct...
2016: BMJ Case Reports
Agda Maria Oliveira, Carolina Portugal Vieira, Margareth Regina Dibo, Marluci Monteiro Guirado, Lilian Aparecida Colebrusco Rodas, Francisco Chiaravalloti-Neto
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), a neglected disease, is a serious public health problem that affects millions of people worldwide. The objectives of the study were to evaluate the sensitivity of Lutzomyia longipalpis and canine VL (CVL) autochthony early detection and describe the spatial and temporal dispersal of vector and expansion of VL in a Brazilian state. We obtained data on the leishmaniasis vector and VL cases in São Paulo State (SP), Brazil, from the Division of Endemic Disease Control and from the Epidemiological Surveillance Center of the São Paulo State Department of Health...
September 15, 2016: Acta Tropica
An-Yi Wang, Chien-Hua Huang, Wei-Tien Chang, Min-Shan Tsai, Chih-Hung Wang, Wen-Jone Chen
INTRODUCTION: Monitoring the partial pressure of end-tidal carbon dioxide (PEtco2) has been advocated since 2010 as an index of resuscitation efforts. However, related research has largely focused on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims. In-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) differs in terms of etiologies and demographics, the merit of initial PEtco2 values was explored. METHODS: This was a retrospective study in a single medical center between February 2011 and August 2014...
August 27, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Yoel Siegel, Russ Kuker, Gary Danton, Javier Gonzalez
BACKGROUND: Patients with lung cancer present to the emergency department (ED) in a variety of ways. Symptoms are often nonspecific and can lead to a delay in diagnosis. Here, a lung cancer mimicked two illnesses, adding to the diagnostic complexity. This case highlights diagnostic pitfalls as well as advantages and limitations of imaging utilized in the emergency setting. CASE REPORT: We report a case of an occult lung cancer occluding a pulmonary vein, which at first mimicked pneumonia and later a pulmonary embolism (PE) and arterial lung infarction...
August 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Robert L Kerner, Kathleen Gallo, Michael Cassara, John DʼAngelo, Anthony Egan, John Galbraith Simmons
Simulation in multiple contexts over the course of a 10-week period served as a core learning strategy to orient experienced clinicians before opening a large new urban freestanding emergency department. To ensure technical and procedural skills of all team members, who would provide care without on-site recourse to specialty backup, we designed a comprehensive interprofessional curriculum to verify and regularize a wide range of competencies and best practices for all clinicians. Formulated under the rubric of systems integration, simulation activities aimed to instill a shared culture of patient safety among the entire cohort of 43 experienced emergency physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and patient technicians, most newly hired to the health system, who had never before worked together...
October 2016: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
Kavitha M Chinnaiyan, Gilbert L Raff
Acute chest pain (ACP) represents a clinical as well as economic challenge, often resulting in time-consuming, expensive evaluations to avoid missed diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes (ACSs). Coronary CT angiography (CTA) is an attractive noninvasive technique for use in the emergency department (ED) due to its high accuracy and negative predictive value. Recent studies have demonstrated that coronary CTA can aid in safe, rapid, and cost-efficient triage of these patients. Additional applications of plaque characterization, fractional flow analysis, and CT perfusion imaging hold promise in providing incremental data in patients with suspected ACS...
October 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Luca Carenzo, Francesco Ragozzino, Davide Colombo, Federico Lorenzo Barra, Francesco Della Corte, Pier Luigi Ingrassia
OBJECTIVE: Hospitals play a pivotal role as basic healthcare providers during mass casualty incidents (MCIs). Radiological studies and emergency laboratory test are of high importance for the management of hospital patients. However, it is known that during these events, they can generate significant bottlenecks. Appropriate request of such tests is of utmost importance to not generate delays in the patient flow. The aim of this paper is to describe a software designed to increase the realism of hospital-based MCI training through a realistic reproduction of radiology and laboratory departments...
September 3, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Mathew Nelson, Kirk Szustkiewicz, Brendon Stankard
BACKGROUND: Emergency bedside point-of-care ultrasound provides an extremely fast and cost-effective diagnostic modality for the diagnosis of vascular abnormalities, such as pseudoaneurysms. The cost-benefit and timing advantages of ultrasound are increasingly apparent when compared to more conventional diagnostic tests, such as computed tomography angiography and magnetic resonance angiography scans. CASE REPORT: A 33-year-old man with no medical history presented to our emergency department complaining of a constant, throbbing, left-sided headache over his temple with an associated mass...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Janet Lin, Cammeo Mauntel-Medici, Sara Heinert, Sara Baghikar
Emergency Departments (EDs) are important settings for routine HIV screening because they are safety nets for populations with limited access to primary care and high risk for HIV infection. However, EDs rarely perform routine HIV screening due to logistical barriers. An electronic medical record (EMR)-driven routine opt-out HIV screening program was implemented in an urban academic ED and led to rapid scale-up of screening volume and detection of unknown HIV infection. The streamlined tool, requiring 4 mouse clicks, automates screening for eligibility, facilitates documentation of consent and orders the HIV test...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
Jason Phua, Nathan C Dean, Qi Guo, Win Sen Kuan, Hui Fang Lim, Tow Keang Lim
Mortality rates for severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) range from 17 to 48 % in published studies.In this review, we searched PubMed for relevant papers published between 1981 and June 2016 and relevant files. We explored how early and aggressive management measures, implemented within 24 hours of recognition of severe CAP and carried out both in the emergency department and in the ICU, decrease mortality in severe CAP.These measures begin with the use of severity assessment tools and the application of care bundles via clinical decision support tools...
August 28, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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