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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419793/impact-of-emergency-department-discharge-stream-short-stay-unit-performance-and-hospital-bed-occupancy-rates-on-access-and-patient-flowmeasures-a-single-site-study
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Amith L Shetty, Caleb Teh, Matthew Vukasovic, Shannon Joyce, Milan R Vaghasiya, Roberto Forero
OBJECTIVE: The ED discharge stream short stay units (EDSSUs) aim to facilitate patient flows through EDs. We investigate the relationship between EDSSU census and hospital bed occupancy rates (BORs) on National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) performance and did-not-wait (DNW) rates at a tertiary metropolitan adult ED in Sydney, Australia. METHODS: We collated data for all ED presentations between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2014. Daily ED, EDSSU census and ED-accessible hospital BORs were tabulated with daily ED NEAT performance and DNW rates...
April 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416251/initial-asthma-severity-assessment-tools-as-predictors-of-hospitalization
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Natalia Paniagua, Amaia Elosegi, Isabel Duo, Ana Fernandez, Elisa Mojica, Lorea Martinez-Indart, Santiago Mintegi, Javier Benito
BACKGROUND: Assessment tools to classify and prioritize patients, such as systems of triage, and indicators of severity, such as clinical respiratory scores, are helpful in guiding the flow of asthmatic patients in the emergency department. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to assess the performance of the Pediatric Assessment Triangle (PAT), triage level (TL), Pulmonary Score (PS), and initial O2 saturation (O2 sat), in predicting hospitalization in pediatric acute asthma exacerbations...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414674/a-clot-possibly-due-to-loss-of-tnf-%C3%AE-supression
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J Broussard, M Berlinger, D Lauret
INTRODUCTION: Inflammation and venous thrombosis enjoy a close Relationship. We present a patient who had multiple DVTs following the discontinuation of anti- TNF-α therapy. CASE: A 34 year old African American female with a history of multiple DVT's, miscarriages, and reported Crohn's disease presented with shortness of breath. In the Emergency Department, CTA showed bilateral pulmonary emboli. The patient had been off adalimumab for one year and reported abdominal pain with 6-7 non-bloody bowel movements daily...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413420/overcrowding-in-emergency-departments-a-review-of-strategies-to-decrease-future-challenges
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REVIEW
Mohammad H Yarmohammadian, Fatemeh Rezaei, Abbas Haghshenas, Nahid Tavakoli
Emergency departments (EDs) are the most challenging ward with respect to patient delay. The goal of this study is to present strategies that have proven to reduce delay and overcrowding in EDs. In this review article, initial electronic database search resulted in a total of 1006 articles. Thirty articles were included after reviewing full texts. Inclusion criteria were assessments of real patient flows and implementing strategies inside the hospitals. In this study, we discussed strategies of team triage, point-of-care testing, ideal ED patient journey models, streaming, and fast track...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412300/mechanisms-of-retinal-damage-after-ocular-alkali-burns
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Eleftherios I Paschalis, Chengxin Zhou, Fengyang Lei, Nathan Scott, Vassiliki Kapoulea, Marie-Claude Robert, Demetrios Vavvas, Reza Dana, James Chodosh, Claes H Dohlman
Alkali burns to the eye constitute a leading cause of worldwide blindness. In recent case series, corneal transplantation revealed unexpected damage to the retina and optic nerve in chemically burned eyes. We investigated the physical, biochemical, and immunological components of retinal injury after alkali burn and explored a novel neuroprotective regimen suitable for prompt administration in emergency departments. Thus, in vivo pH, oxygen, and oxidation reduction measurements were performed in the anterior and posterior segment of mouse and rabbit eyes using implantable microsensors...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400902/a-novel-neuroscience-intermediate-level-care-unit-model-retrospective-analysis-of-impact-on-patient-flow-and-safety
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Alexandra E Quimby, Michel C F Shamy, Deanna M Rothwell, Erin Y Liu, Dar Dowlatshahi, Grant Stotts
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Neurointensive care units have been shown to improve patient outcomes across a variety of neurological and neurosurgical conditions. However, the efficacy of less resource-intensive intermediate-level care units to deliver similar care has not been well studied. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of neurocritical specialist comanagement on patient flow and safety in a neuroscience intermediate-level care unit. METHODS: Our intervention consisted of the addition of a physician with critical care experience as well as training in neurology, anesthesiology, or intensive care to a neuroscience intermediate-level care unit to comanage patients alongside neurology and neurosurgery staff during weekday daytime hours...
April 2017: Neurohospitalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395008/derivation-and-validation-of-a-serum-biomarker-panel-to-identify-infants-with-acute-intracranial-hemorrhage
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Rachel Pardes Berger, Brian J Pak, Mariya D Kolesnikova, Janet Fromkin, Richard Saladino, Bruce E Herman, Mary Clyde Pierce, David Englert, Paul T Smith, Patrick M Kochanek
Importance: Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death from physical abuse. Missing the diagnosis of abusive head trauma, particularly in its mild form, is common and contributes to increased morbidity and mortality. Serum biomarkers may have potential as quantitative point-of-care screening tools to alert physicians to the possibility of intracranial hemorrhage. Objective: To identify and validate a set of biomarkers that could be the basis of a multivariable model to identify intracranial hemorrhage in well-appearing infants using the Ziplex System...
April 10, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378942/effects-of-a-hospital-wide-intervention-on-emergency-department-crowding-and-quality-a-prospective-study
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Drew B Richardson, Kate Brockman, Angela Abigail, Gregory J Hollis
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the impact of a management-supported, multimodal, hospital-wide intervention on ED crowding and quality measures. METHODS: This is a prospective descriptive study of the first 20 weeks of the intervention, with 3 years of historical controls. The study was conducted in a 600 bed adult/paediatric tertiary hospital with 80 000 ED presentations annually. ED information system data were collected on all presentations in matched 20 week periods...
April 5, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377880/paradoxical-bronchospasm-from-benzalkonium-chloride-bac-preservative-in-albuterol-nebulizer-solution-in-a-patient-with-acute-severe-asthma-a-case-report-and-literature-review-of-airway-effects-of-bac
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Mathew George, Saumya Vinod Joshi, Emily Concepcion, Haesoon Lee
Nebulized bronchodilator solutions are available in the United States as both nonsterile and sterile-filled products. Sulfites, benzalkonium chloride (BAC), or chlorobutanol are added to nonsterile products to prevent bacterial growth. Bronchoconstriction from inhaled BAC is cumulative, prolonged, and correlates directly with basal airway responsiveness. The multi-dose dropper bottle of albuterol sulfate solution contains 50 μg BAC per/2.5 mg of albuterol, which may be below or at the lower limit of the threshold dose for bronchoconstriction...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372579/va-residential-substance-use-disorder-treatment-program-providers-perceptions-of-facilitators-and-barriers-to-performance-on-pre-admission-processes
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Laura S Ellerbe, Luisa Manfredi, Shalini Gupta, Tyler E Phelps, Thomas R Bowe, Anna D Rubinsky, Jennifer L Burden, Alex H S Harris
BACKGROUND: In the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), residential treatment programs are an important part of the continuum of care for patients with a substance use disorder (SUD). However, a limited number of program-specific measures to identify quality gaps in SUD residential programs exist. This study aimed to: (1) Develop metrics for two pre-admission processes: Wait Time and Engagement While Waiting, and (2) Interview program management and staff about program structures and processes that may contribute to performance on these metrics...
April 4, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367010/prehospital-delay-and-time-to-reperfusion-therapy-in-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Linsha George, Lakshmi Ramamoorthy, Santhosh Satheesh, Rama Prakasha Saya, D K S Subrahmanyam
BACKGROUND: Despite efforts aimed at reducing the prehospital delay and treatment delay, a considerable proportion of patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) present late and receive the reperfusion therapy after unacceptably long time periods. This study aimed at finding out the patients' decision delay, prehospital delay, door-to-electrocardiography (ECG), door-to-needle, and door-to-primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) times and their determinants among STEMI patients...
April 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356167/sgem-hot-off-the-press-computer-provider-order-entry-cpoe-and-emergency-department-flow
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Katie Lin, Kenneth Chan, Rohit Mohindra, Ken Milne, Brent Thoma, Chris Bond
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341086/recurrent-priapism-gone-wrong-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-cardiogenic-shock-after-penile-corporal-phenylephrine-irrigation
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S Tyler Constantine, Anand Gopalsami, Gregg Helland
BACKGROUND: Recurrent priapism secondary to sickle cell trait in an African-American male has been reported in the literature. A common treatment for these low-flow priapism cases is aspiration and injection of the corpus cavernosum with a sympathomimetic agent. We report a rare complication not described previously in the literature of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and cardiogenic shock in a 29-year-old male with sickle cell trait undergoing a routine detumescence procedure...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331130/cytopenias-and-clonal-expansion-of-gamma-delta-t-cells-in-a-patient-with-anaplasmosis-a-potential-diagnostic-pitfall
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Daniel Marko, Anamarija M Perry, Arjuna Ponnampalam, Michel R Nasr
Human granulocytic anaplasmosis is a rare, tick-borne infectious disease caused by Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Herein, we report a rare case of human granulocytic anaplasmosis associated with cytopenias and clonal expansion of gamma/delta T-cells in the bone marrow. A 77-year old man presented multiple times to the emergency department complaining of muscle weakness. Complete blood count detected cytopenias and peripheral blood smear showed pseudo Pelger-Huet neutrophils. These findings prompted bone marrow evaluation with ancillary studies including flow cytometry, karyotyping and T-cell rearrangement studies...
2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hematopathology: JCEH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325207/using-a-systematic-framework-of-interventions-to-improve-early-discharges
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Hemali Patel, Sasha Morduchowicz, Michelle Mourad
BACKGROUND: Late-afternoon hospital discharges can lead to admission bottlenecks and negatively affect the flow of patients needing hospital admission. Delays in discharge are a prevalent health care problem and have been linked to increased length of stay, lower patient satisfaction scores, and adverse outcomes. As a result, hospitals are placing a renewed emphasis on early discharge as a way to reduce admission delays and achieve optimal patient flow. This study shows that the Model for Improvement (MFI) is an effective approach for complex improvement efforts...
April 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296829/ovarian-torsion-in-the-normal-ovary-a-diagnostic-challenge-in-postmenarchal-adolescent-girls-in-the-emergency-department
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Erbil Karaman, Burhan Beger, Orkun Çetin, Mehmet Melek, Yasemin Karaman
BACKGROUND Ovarian torsion can be seen in the otherwise-normal ovary and is a challenging issue in the emergency department. The aims were (1) to evaluate and compare the surgically verified ovarian torsion cases in otherwise-normal ovaries and ovaries including a mass or cyst and (2) to investigate whether the normal-appearing ovaries on ultrasound examination affected the diagnosis of ovarian torsion or not. MATERIAL AND METHODS A retrospective cohort study design was used. The medical records of all postmenarchal adolescent girls with surgically verified ovarian torsion treated in a university hospital from 2010 to 2016 were reviewed...
March 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286823/protocol-adherence-for-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock-management-in-the-emergency-department-a-clinical-audit
#17
Mostafa Alavi-Moghaddam, Ali Anvari, Reaza Soltani Delgosha, Hamid Kariman
INTRODUCTION: Although significant development in the field of medicine is achieved, sepsis is still a major issue threatening humans' lives. This study was aimed to audit the management of severe sepsis and septic shock patients in emergency department (ED) according to the present standard guidelines. METHOD: This is a prospective audit on approaching adult septic patients who were admitted to ED. The audit checklist was created based on the protocols of Surviving Sepsis Campaign and British Royal College recommendations...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280700/allograft-loss-from-acute-page-kidney-secondary-to-trauma-after-kidney-transplantation
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Kazuhiro Takahashi, Rohini Prashar, Krishna G Putchakayala, William J Kane, Jason E Denny, Dean Y Kim, Lauren E Malinzak
We report a rare case of allograft loss from acute Page kidney secondary to trauma that occurred 12 years after kidney transplantation. A 67-year-old Caucasian male with a past surgical history of kidney transplant presented to the emergency department at a local hospital with left lower abdominal tenderness. He recalled that his cat, which weighs 15 lbs, jumped on his abdomen 7 d prior. On physical examination, a small tender mass was noticed at the incisional site of the kidney transplant. He was producing a normal amount of urine without hematuria...
February 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279543/emergency-department-holding-orders
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Stephen J Traub, M'Hamed Temkit, Soroush Saghafian
BACKGROUND: Holding orders help transition admitted emergency department (ED) patients to hospital beds. OBJECTIVE: To describe the effect of ED holding orders. METHODS: We conducted a single-site retrospective study of ward admissions from the ED to the hospital internal medicine (HIM) service over 2 years. Patients were classified based on whether the ED did (group 1) or did not (group 2) write holding orders; group 1 was subdivided into patients sent to the floor with only ED holding orders (group 1A) vs...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279382/trials-of-imaging-use-in-the-emergency-department-for-acute-chest-pain
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REVIEW
Gilbert L Raff, Udo Hoffmann, James E Udelson
Over 8 million patients seek emergency department care for acute chest pain annually in the United States alone, and <5% have an acute coronary syndrome. In the absence of overt electrocardiographic or biomarker evidence, expensive and time-consuming diagnostic strategies are frequently required. Beginning in 2000, radionuclide myocardial perfusion, stress echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and coronary computed tomographic angiography have become increasingly common in evaluating these patients...
March 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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