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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222904/the-2016-proposal-for-the-reorganisation-of-urgent-care-provision-in-belgium-a-political-struggle-to-co-locate-primary-care-providers-and-emergency-departments
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Koen Van den Heede, Wilm Quentin, Cécile Dubois, Stephan Devriese, Carine Van de Voorde
Internationally the number of emergency department (ED) visits is on the rise while evidence suggests that a substantial proportion of these patients do not require emergency care but primary care. This paper presents the Belgian 2016 proposal for the reorganisation of urgent care provision and places it into its political context. The proposal focused on re-designing patient flow aiming to reduce inappropriate ED visits by improving guidance of patients through the system. Initially policymakers envisaged, as cornerstone of the reform, to roll-out as standard model the co-location of primary care centres and EDs...
February 17, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210350/use-of-physician-in-triage-model-in-the-management-of-abdominal-pain-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
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John R Marshall, Robert Katzer, Shahram Lotfipour, Bharath Chakravarthy, Siri Shastry, Jessica Andrusaitis, Craig L Anderson, Erik D Barton
INTRODUCTION: Given the nationwide increase in emergency department (ED) visits it is of paramount importance for hospitals to find efficient ways to manage patient flow. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a significant difference in success rates, length of stay (LOS), and other demographic factors in two cohorts of patients admitted directly to an ED observation unit (EDOU) under an abdominal pain protocol by a physician in triage (bypassing the main ED) versus those admitted via the traditional pathway (evaluated and treated in the main ED prior to EDOU admission)...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188202/progressive-prediction-of-hospitalisation-in-the-emergency-department-uncovering-hidden-patterns-to-improve-patient-flow
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Yuval Barak-Corren, Shlomo Hanan Israelit, Ben Y Reis
INTRODUCTION: One of the factors contributing to ED crowding is the lengthy delay in transferring an admitted patient from the ED to an inpatient department (ie, boarding time). An earlier start of the admission process using an automatic hospitalisation prediction model could potentially shorten these delays and reduce crowding. METHODS: Clinical, operational and demographic data were retrospectively collected on 80 880 visits to the ED of Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel, from January 2011 to January 2012...
February 10, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185509/developing-an-advanced-nurse-practitioner-approach-to-clinical-assessments
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Caroline Prescott, Nick Stackhouse
Emergency departments (EDs) often experience reduced patient flow, which results in low capacity, increased congestion and delays in patient care. Advanced nurse practitioners (ANPs) possess the skills required to relieve these pressures and enhance care delivery. This article describes how introducing ANP-led rapid assessment triage in an ED has enabled these practitioners to use advanced practice skills in assessment and intervention, and to request early diagnostic processes to improve patient flow. The system enables the ANPs to identify high-acuity patients who can be cared for in the ED without the need for admission, while ensuring their safety, rapid assessment and timely interventions...
February 10, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168128/three-dimensional-printing-of-a-hemorrhagic-cervical-cancer-model-for-postgraduate-gynecological-training
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Michael Bartellas, Stephen Ryan, Gregory Doucet, Deanna Murphy, Jacqueline Turner
INTRODUCTION: A realistic hemorrhagic cervical cancer model was three-dimensionally (3D) printed and used in a postgraduate medical simulation training session. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Computer-assisted design (CAD) software was the platform of choice to create and refine the cervical model. Once the prototype was finalized, another software allowed for the addition of a neoplastic mass, which included openings for bleeding from the neoplasm and cervical os. 3D printing was done using two desktop printers and three different materials...
January 1, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166114/examining-emergency-department-treatment-processes-in-severe-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury
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Ali Ajdari, Linda Ng Boyle, Nithya Kannan, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Jin Wang, Richard Mink, Benjamin Ries, Mark Wainwright, Jonathan I Groner, Michael J Bell, Chris Giza, Douglas F Zatzick, Richard G Ellenbogen, Pamela H Mitchell, Frederick P Rivara, Monica S Vavilala
BACKGROUND: In the treatment of pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI), timely treatment of patients can affect the outcome. Our objectives were to examine the treatment process of acute pediatric TBI and the impact of non-value-added time (NVAT) on patient outcomes. METHODS: Data for 136 pediatric trauma patients (age < 18 years) with severe TBI from 2 trauma centers in the United States were collected. A process flow and value stream map identified NVATs and their sources in the treatment process...
February 3, 2017: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161016/high-flow-warm-humidified-oxygen-versus-standard-low-flow-nasal-cannula-oxygen-for-moderate-bronchiolitis-hfwho-rct-an-open-phase-4-randomised-controlled-trial
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Elizabeth Kepreotes, Bruce Whitehead, John Attia, Christopher Oldmeadow, Adam Collison, Andrew Searles, Bernadette Goddard, Jodi Hilton, Mark Lee, Joerg Mattes
BACKGROUND: Bronchiolitis is the most common lung infection in infants and treatment focuses on management of respiratory distress and hypoxia. High-flow warm humidified oxygen (HFWHO) is increasingly used, but has not been rigorously studied in randomised trials. We aimed to examine whether HFWHO provided enhanced respiratory support, thereby shortening time to weaning off oxygen. METHODS: In this open, phase 4, randomised controlled trial, we recruited children aged less than 24 months with moderate bronchiolitis attending the emergency department of the John Hunter Hospital or the medical unit of the John Hunter Children's Hospital in New South Wales, Australia...
February 1, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141773/point-of-care-ultrasound-use-to-differentiate-hematoma-and-sarcoma-of-the-thigh-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department
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Cathie-Kim Le, Gregory Harvey, Lianne McLean, Jason Fischer
Hematomas and soft tissue sarcomas can be difficult to differentiate clinically, even with the addition of traditional imaging modalities. There are several case reports of sarcomas being misdiagnosed as hematomas, most commonly with a history of mild trauma. In this case report, we described a sarcoma initially misinterpreted as a hematoma on ultrasound. Key clinical features and sonographic findings that may assist clinicians using point-of-care ultrasound to correctly differentiate sarcomas from hematomas are reviewed...
February 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139312/impact-of-an-emergency-short-stay-unit-on-emergency-department-performance-of-poisoned-patients
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Michael A Downes, James K Balshaw, Tracy M Muscat, Nicole Ritchie, Geoffrey K Isbister
OBJECTIVES: This was a before and after study which sought to assess the impact of opening an ED short stay unit (ESSU) on the ED performance of poisoned patients. METHODS: Data was collected from two groups of adult patients presenting to an ED with a tertiary referral inpatient Toxicology unit from the 2009 and 2012 calendar years, to assess the impact of the ESSU. The toxicology unit clinical database and hospital electronic medical records were interrogated for demographic, clinical and hospital flow details of presentations...
January 26, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131609/geriatric-syncope-and-cardiovascular-risk-in-the-emergency-department
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Nissa J Ali, Shamai A Grossman
BACKGROUND: Syncope is a transient loss of consciousness that is caused by a brief loss in generalized cerebral blood flow. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews the background, epidemiology, etiologies, evaluation, and disposition considerations of geriatric patients with syncope, with a focus on cardiovascular risk. DISCUSSION: Although syncope is one of the most common symptoms in elderly patients presenting to the emergency department, syncope causes in geriatric patients can present differently than in younger populations, and the underlying etiology is often challenging to discern...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123616/simplified-point-of-care-ultrasound-protocol-to-confirm-central-venous-catheter-placement-a-prospective-study
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Sean P Wilson, Samer Assaf, Shadi Lahham, Mohammad Subeh, Alan Chiem, Craig Anderson, Samantha Shwe, Ryan Nguyen, John C Fox
BACKGROUND: The current standard for confirmation of correct supra-diaphragmatic central venous catheter (CVC) placement is with plain film chest radiography (CXR). We hypothesized that a simple point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) protocol could effectively confirm placement and reduce time to confirmation. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled a convenience sample of patients in the emergency department and intensive care unit who required CVC placement. Correct positioning was considered if turbulent flow was visualized in the right atrium on sub-xiphoid, parasternal or apical cardiac ultrasound after injecting 5 cc of sterile, non-agitated, normal saline through the CVC...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117813/setting-up-a-stroke-team-algorithm-and-conducting-simulation-based-training-in-the-emergency-department-a-practical-guide
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Damla Tahtali, Ferdinand Bohmann, Peter Rostek, Marlies Wagner, Helmuth Steinmetz, Waltraud Pfeilschifter
Time is of the essence when caring for an acute stroke patient. The ultimate goal is to restore blood flow to the ischemic brain. This can be achieved by either thrombolysis with recombinant tissue-plasminogen activator (rt-PA), the standard therapy for stroke patients who present within the first hours of symptom onset without contraindications, or by an endovascular approach, if a proximal brain vessel occlusion is detected. As the efficacy of both therapies declines over time, every minute saved along the way will improve the patient's outcome...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117243/patient-perceptions-of-integrated-care-and-their-relationship-to-utilization-of-emergency-inpatient-and-outpatient-services
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Ashley-Kay Fryer, Mark W Friedberg, Ryan W Thompson, Sara J Singer
BACKGROUND: Patients with multiple chronic conditions have garnered particular attention from policymakers and health service researchers because these patients utilize more services and contribute disproportionally to rising health care expenses. The growing prevalence of patients with multiple chronic conditions has increased the importance of achieving better health care integration for this patient population. Patients may be well positioned to assess integration of their care, but the relationship between patients' perceptions of care integration and use of health services has not been studied...
January 21, 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110896/efficacy-and-safety-of-mepolizumab-in-japanese-patients-with-severe-eosinophilic-asthma
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Terufumi Shimoda, Hiroshi Odajima, Arisa Okamasa, Minako Kawase, Masaki Komatsubara, Bhabita Mayer, Steven Yancey, Hector Ortega
BACKGROUND: The MENSA trial assessed the efficacy and safety of mepolizumab in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma. This report describes the efficacy and safety of mepolizumab in Japanese patients from MENSA. METHODS: A post hoc analysis of the Japanese subgroup from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, double-dummy, Phase III MENSA trial (NCT01691521). Patients ≥12 years with severe eosinophilic asthma received mepolizumab 75 mg intravenously (IV), 100 mg subcutaneously (SC), or placebo, every 4 weeks for 32 weeks...
January 16, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
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
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