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Basmah Safdar, Gail D'Onofrio, James Dziura, Raymond R Russell, Caitlin Johnson, Albert J Sinusas
AIMS: Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is common in patients with non-obstructive coronary arteries but has not been described in low-risk symptomatic patients. We therefore assessed the prevalence and characteristics of CMD in low to moderate risk patients with chest pain in an emergency department. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used three-dimensional Rb82 cardiac positron emission tomography/computed tomography to diagnose coronary artery disease (known or new regional defect, any coronary calcification) and CMD (low coronary flow reserve without coronary artery disease) in chest pain patients after being ruled out for acute myocardial infarction...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
Hanh Ngo, Roberto Forero, David Mountain, Daniel Fatovich, Wing Nicola Man, Peter Sprivulis, Mohammed Mohsin, Sam Toloo, Antonio Celenza, Gerard Fitzgerald, Sally McCarthy, Ken Hillman
BACKGROUND: In 2009, the Western Australian (WA) Government introduced the Four-Hour Rule (FHR) program. The policy stated that most patients presenting to Emergency Departments (EDs) were to be seen and either admitted, transferred, or discharged within 4 hours. This study utilised de-identified data from five participating hospitals, before and after FHR implementation, to assess the impact of the FHR on several areas of ED functioning. METHODS: A state (WA) population-based intervention study design, using longitudinal data obtained from administrative health databases via record linkage methodology, and interrupted time series analysis technique...
2018: PloS One
Anıl Er, Aykut Çağlar, Fatma Akgül, Emel Ulusoy, Hale Çitlenbik, Durgül Yılmaz, Murat Duman
AIM: High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is a new treatment option for pediatric respiratory distress and we aimed to assess early predictive factors of unresponsiveness to HFNC therapy in a pediatric emergency department (ED). METHOD: Patients who presented with respiratory distress and were treated by HFNC, were included. The age, gender, weight, medical history, diagnosis, vital signs, oxygen saturation/fraction of inspired oxygen (SpO2 /FiO2 ) ratio, modified Respiratory Distress Assessment Instrument (mRDAI) scores, medical interventions, duration of HFNC therapy, time to escalation, adverse effects, and laboratory test results were obtained from medical and nursing records...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Melissa Chan, Garth Meckler, Quynh Doan
Background: General emergency department crowding negatively impacts patient care, and increases patient morbidity. Objectives: This study seeks to determine if markers of paediatric emergency department (PED) flow are independently associated with negative outcomes and increased health care utilization. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of PED visits from 2008 to 2012. Data were pulled from an electronic administrative database...
October 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Alison Nutter, Garth Meckler, Mimi Truong, Quynh Doan
Background: Constipation is a common condition in children. Little is known about the acute health care utilization of constipated children, including how many present to the paediatric emergency department (ED), the spectrum of presenting complaints, investigations and treatments used. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional chart review of all 42,875 visits to British Columbia Children's Hospital ED between August 31, 2012 and September 1, 2013. All visits were assessed for a potential diagnosis of constipation and a total of 913 patients were included...
June 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Martin Müller, Ruth Seidenberg, Sabine K Schuh, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Clyde B Schechter, Alexander B Leichtle, Wolf E Hautz
OBJECTIVE: Patients presenting with suspected urinary tract infection are common in every day emergency practice. Urine flow cytometry has replaced microscopic urine evaluation in many emergency departments, but interpretation of the results remains challenging. The aim of this study was to develop and validate tools that predict urine culture growth out of urine flow cytometry parameter. METHODS: This retrospective study included all adult patients that presented in a large emergency department between January and July 2017 with a suspected urinary tract infection and had a urine flow cytometry as well as a urine culture obtained...
2018: PloS One
S Buoro, B Manenti, M Seghezzi, V Moioli, M Bagorria, A Callegaro, C Ottomano, G Lippi
INTRODUCTION: Malaria is a life-threatening infectious disease, which has been for long confined to specific endemic areas. Nevertheless, the recent increase in immigration flows from endemic regions and imported cases has reemphasized many diagnostic challenges in Western countries, thus paving the way to introduce rapid and accurate strategies for screening subjects with suspected Malaria infection. Therefore, the aim of this article was to describe our recent experience with Sysmex XN-module for rapid screening of subjects with suspected Malaria...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Farnia Naeem, Chris Schramm, Benjamin W Friedman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current article reviews recent data on treatment of acute headache patients in the acute care setting. RECENT FINDINGS: Intravenous fluid hydration, a common component of emergency department (ED) migraine therapy, does not improve pain outcomes and leads to longer ED lengths of stay. Therefore, intravenous fluids should be administered only to migraine patients with clinical evidence of dehydration. Similarly, intravenous ketamine has garnered interest as a treatment for acute pain but does not provide substantial relief to migraine patients...
February 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
R Clemente-Tomás, P Bayo-Calduch, P Neira-Ibáñez, A Gargallo-Benedicto, A M Duch-Samper
CASE REPORT: A 36-year-old man went to the emergency department the day after exposure to a laser pointer. Funduscopy revealed dispersed macular pigment alterations, and optical coherence tomography showed a disruption of the retinal layers. The visual acuity was counting fingers in both eyes. Nine months later, optical coherence tomography angiography showed a rarefaction in the choriocapillaris vascular flow in the area of the laser injuries. DISCUSSION: The retinal layer mainly damaged by the laser injury was the retinal pigment epithelium...
February 15, 2018: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
Jaime González, Juan-Carlos Ferrer, Alejandro Cataldo, Luis Rojas
Hospital emergency departments are often overcrowded, resulting in long wait times and a public perception of poor attention. Delays in transferring patients needing further treatment increases emergency department congestion, has negative impacts on their health and may increase their mortality rates. A model built around a Markov decision process is proposed to improve the efficiency of patient flows between the emergency department and other hospital units. With each day divided into time periods, the formulation estimates bed demand for the next period as the basis for determining a proactive rather than reactive transfer decision policy...
February 17, 2018: Health Care Management Science
Miquel Sánchez, Montse Suárez, María Asenjo, Ernest Bragulat
Objective: To apply lean thinking in triage acuity level-3 patients in order to improve emergency department (ED) throughtput and waiting time. Design: A prospective interventional study. Setting: An ED of a tertiary care hospital. Participants: Triage acuity level-3 patients. Intervention(s): To apply lean techniques such as value stream mapping, workplace organization, reduction of wastes and standardization by the frontline staff...
February 13, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Daniela Gonçalves-Bradley, Jaspreet K Khangura, Gerd Flodgren, Rafael Perera, Brian H Rowe, Sasha Shepperd
BACKGROUND: In many countries emergency departments (EDs) are facing an increase in demand for services, long waits, and severe crowding. One response to mitigate overcrowding has been to provide primary care services alongside or within hospital EDs for patients with non-urgent problems. However, it is unknown how this impacts the quality of patient care and the utilisation of hospital resources, or if it is cost-effective. This is the first update of the original Cochrane Review published in 2012...
February 13, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Adrian Rhudd, Masood Moghul, Gareth Reid
One of the most common differentials for the acute scrotum is an epididymo-orchitis (EO), which can mimic the presentation of testicular torsion. We present a case of a 37-year-old man presented to the Emergency department with a 3-day history of progressive left testicular pain. A Doppler ultrasound was done which revealed increased flow to the left testicle with no evidence of testicular torsion and he was discharged. He was re-admitted with worsening pain and a repeat scan showed that the penile arterial diastolic flow had reversed, indicating testicular infarction...
October 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Cheryl L McBeth, Blythe Durbin-Johnson, Elena O Siegel
Admitting pediatric patients promptly to the appropriate unit where they can receive specialty care is of critical importance to safe, quality care. A daily morning huddle was implemented at one children’s hospital as a quality improvement project. The aim of this project was to improve patient flow throughout the children’s hospital by improving interprofessional and interdepartmental communication and collaboration. This article reports on changes in patient flow before and after implementation of the daily huddle, as measured by pediatric emergency department (ED) boarding times...
March 2017: Pediatric Nursing
Alezandria K Turner, Robert K Wages, Kelly Nadeau, Laura Edison, Peki F Prince, Earnest R Doss, Cherie Drenzek, Patrick O'Neal
In response to the 2014 Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, the Georgia Department of Public Health developed the Infectious Disease Network (IDN) based on an EVD preparedness needs assessment of hospitals and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. The network consists of 12 hospitals and 16 EMS providers with staff specially trained to provide a coordinated response and utilize appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the transport or treatment of a suspected or confirmed serious communicable disease patient...
February 2, 2018: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Michael W Manning, Eric W Bean, Andrew C Miller, Suzanne J Templer, Richard S Mackenzie, David M Richardson, Kristin A Bresnan, Marna R Greenberg
Introduction: The Association of American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) initiative for Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency includes as an element of Entrustable Professional Activity 13 to "identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety and improvement." We set out to determine the feasibility of using medical students' action learning projects (ALPs) to expedite implementation of evidence-based pathways for three common patient diagnoses in the emergency department (ED) setting (Atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, and pulmonary embolism)...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sneha A Chinai, Todd Guth, Elise Lovell, Michael Epter
When working in a chaotic Emergency Department (ED) with competing priorities, clinical teaching may be sacrificed for the sake of patient flow and throughput. An organized, efficient approach to clinical teaching helps focus teaching on what the learner needs at that moment, incorporates regular feedback, keeps the department on track, and prevents over-teaching. Effective clinical teaching in a busy environment is an important skill for senior residents and faculty to develop. This review will provide a critique and comparison of seven structured teaching models to better prepare readers to seize the teachable moment...
January 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sajid A Shaikh, Richard D Robinson, Radhika Cheeti, Shyamanand Rath, Chad D Cowden, Frank Rosinia, Nestor R Zenarosa, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Prolonged hospital discharge boarding can impact patient flow resulting in upstream Emergency Department crowding. We aim to determine the risks predicting prolonged hospital discharge boarding and their direct and indirect effects on patient flow. METHODS: Retrospective review of a single hospital discharge database was conducted. Variables including type of disposition, disposition boarding time, case management consultation, discharge medications prescriptions, severity of illness, and patient homeless status were analyzed in a multivariate logistic regression model...
January 30, 2018: BMC Health Services Research
Youwei Li, Qunfeng Lu, Hua Du, Jianping Zhang, Lingling Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the need to revise the program triage nurse-ordered diagnostic tests in the emergency department (ED) of pediatric hospital, and to evaluate implementation of this program with three laboratory routine tests, namely blood, urine and stool, which the triage nurses ordered as relevant to pediatric patients' symptoms. METHODS: The authors retrospectively reviewed the data of patients who registered in their ED between December 2015 and April 2016, including the tests as per the orders by triage nurses, and the time they arrived and the time they had their final payments...
January 24, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
John S Garrett, Colyn Berry, Hao Wong, Huanying Qin, Jeffery A Kline
BACKGROUND: To address emergency department overcrowding operational research seeks to identify efficient processes to optimize flow of patients through the emergency department. Vertical flow refers to the concept of utilizing and assigning patients virtual beds rather than to an actual physical space within the emergency department to care of low acuity patients. The aim of this study is to evaluate the impact of vertical flow upon emergency department efficiency and patient satisfaction...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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