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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159958/evaluation-of-a-low-risk-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-and-intracranial-hemorrhage-emergency-department-observation-protocol
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Brian J Yun, Pierre Borczuk, Lulu Wang, Stephen Dorner, Benjamin A White, Ali S Raja
OBJECTIVES: Among emergency physicians, there is wide variation in admitting practices for patients who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) with an intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of implementing a protocol in the emergency department (ED) observation unit for patients with mild TBI and ICH. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was approved by the Institutional Review Board. Study subjects were patients ≥18 years of age with an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code corresponding to a traumatic IC, and admitted to an ED observation unit (EDOU) of an urban, academic level 1 trauma center between February 1, 2015 and January 31, 2017...
November 20, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159555/use-of-a-hands-free-instantaneous-closed-loop-communication-device-improves-perception-of-communication-and-workflow-integration-in-an-academic-teaching-hospital-a-pilot-study
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Daniel Z Fang, Teja Patil, Ilana Belitskaya-Levy, Marianne Yeung, Keith Posley, Nazima Allaudeen
Efficient and effective communication between providers is critical to quality patient care within a hospital system. Hands free communication devices (HFCD) allow instantaneous, closed-loop communication between physicians and other members of a multidisciplinary team, providing a communication advantage over traditional pager systems. HFCD have been shown to decrease emergency room interruptions, improve nursing communication, improve speed of information flow, and eliminate health care waste. We evaluated the integration of an HFCD with an existing alphanumeric paging system on an acute inpatient medicine service...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157510/euthanasia-requests-in-a-canadian-psychiatric-emergency-room-a-case-series-part-1-of-the-mcgill-university-euthanasia-in-psychiatry-case-series
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David Benrimoh, Antoine Perreault, Frederique Van Den Eynde
Euthanasia was decriminalized in Quebec in December 2015, and Canada-wide in June 2016. Both the Provincial and Federal legislation have limited the right to medical assistance in dying (MAID) to end-of-life cases; which makes MAID inaccessible to most patients solely suffering from psychiatric illness. While some end-stage anorexia nervosa or elderly patients may meet the end-of-life criterion because of their medical comorbidities or their age (Kelly et al., 2003), repeated suicide attempts or psychotic disorganization would not qualify since they would not be seen as elements of an illness leading to a foreseeable "natural death" (Canada, 2016)...
November 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155269/influence-of-time-to-appendectomy-and-operative-duration-on-hospital-cost-in-children-with-uncomplicated-appendicitis
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Stephanie K Serres, Dionne A Graham, Charity C Glass, Danielle B Cameron, Seema P Anandalwar, Shawn J Rangel
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study was to examine the influence of time to appendectomy (TTA) and operative duration (OD) on hospital cost as surrogate measures of perioperative efficiency. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort analysis of 2,116 children undergoing appendectomy for uncomplicated appendicitis at 16 children's hospitals from 1/2013 to 12/2014. TTA (emergency department presentation to incision) and OD were obtained from the NSQIP-Pediatric Appendectomy Pilot Database and merged with cost data from the Pediatric Health Information System Database...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149877/key-bottlenecks-to-the-provision-of-safe-obstetric-anaesthesia-in-low-income-countries-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-64-hospitals-in-uganda
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Isabella Epiu, Agnes Wabule, Andrew Kambugu, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa, Gerald Dubowitz
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in surgery and anaesthesia which significantly improve safety, many health facilities in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) remain chronically under-resourced with inability to cope effectively with serious obstetric complications (Knight et al., PLoS One 8:e63846, 2013). As a result many of these countries still have unacceptably high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Recent data at the national referral hospitals in East Africa reported that none of the national referral hospitals met the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) international standards required to provide safe obstetric anaesthesia (Epiu I: Challenges of Anesthesia in Low-and Middle-Income Countries...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149469/cuffed-versus-uncuffed-endotracheal-tubes-for-general-anaesthesia-in-children-aged-eight-years-and-under
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Flavia A De Orange, Rebeca Gac Andrade, Andrea Lemos, Paulo Sgn Borges, José N Figueiroa, Pete G Kovatsis
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of endotracheal intubation in paediatrics, uncuffed endotracheal tubes (ETTs) have been the standard of care for children under eight years old, based on the presumption that complications, particularly postoperative stridor, are higher with cuffed ETTs. The major disadvantages of uncuffed ETTs cited for this shift in procedure include the difficulty in achieving tidal volumes due to leakage around an uncuffed ETT. To seal the airway adequately, uncuffed tubes may need to be exchanged for another tube with a larger diameter, which sometimes requires several attempts before the appropriate size is found...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148333/geographic-variations-in-physician-relationships-over-time-implications-for-care-coordination
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Eva H DuGoff, Juhee Cho, Yajuan Si, Craig Evan Pollack
Care coordination may be more challenging when the specific physicians with whom primary care physicians (PCPs) are expected to coordinate care change over time. Using Medicare data on physician patient-sharing relationships and the Dartmouth Atlas, we explored the extent to which PCPs tend to share patients with other physicians over time. We found that 70.7% of ties between PCPs and other physicians that were present in 2012 persisted in 2013, and additional shared patients in 2012 increased the odds of being connected in 2013...
March 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148321/impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-s-dependent-coverage-expansion-on-the-health-care-and-health-status-of-young-adults-what-do-we-know-so-far
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Joshua Breslau, Bradley D Stein, Bing Han, Shoshanna Shelton, Hao Yu
The dependent coverage expansion (DCE), a component of the Affordable Care Act, required private health insurance policies that cover dependents to offer coverage for policyholders' children through age 25. This review summarizes peer-reviewed research on the impact of the DCE on the chain of consequences through which it could affect public health. Specifically, we examine the impact of the DCE on insurance coverage, access to care, utilization of care, and health status. All studies find that the DCE increased insurance coverage, but evidence regarding downstream impacts is inconsistent...
December 1, 2016: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148125/understanding-the-factors-which-promote-registered-nurses-intent-to-stay-in-critical-care-and-emergency-areas
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Mary Van Osch, Kathy Scarborough, Sarah Crowe, Angela C Wolff, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham
BACKGROUND: Turnover among registered nurses (herein referred to as nurses) working in specialty areas of practice can result in a range of negative outcomes. The retention of specialty nurses at the unit level has important implications for hospital and health systems. These implications include lost knowledge and experience which may in turn impact staff performance levels, patient outcomes, hiring, orientating, development of clinical competence and other aspects of organizational performance...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144977/birthplace-in-australia-processes-and-interactions-during-the-intrapartum-transfer-of-women-from-planned-homebirth-to-hospital
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Deborah Fox, Athena Sheehan, Caroline Homer
OBJECTIVE: the aim of the study was to explore the views and experiences of women, midwives and obstetricians on the intrapartum transfer of women from planned homebirth to hospital in Australia. DESIGN: a Constructivist Grounded Theory approach was taken, to conceptualise the social interactions and processes grounded in the data. SETTING: urban and regional areas in four states of south-eastern Australia. PARTICIPANTS: semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 36 women, midwives and obstetricians who had experienced an intrapartum homebirth transfer within three years prior to the interview...
November 2, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143390/chemotherapy-and-healthcare-utilisation-near-the-end-of-life-in-patients-with-cancer
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K J G Schulkes, I C van Walree, L J R van Elden, F van den Bos, L van Huis-Tanja, J-W J Lammers, D Ten Bokkel Huinink, M E Hamaker
The quality of medical care delivered to patients with cancer near the end of life is a significant issue. Previous studies have defined several areas suggestive of aggressive cancer treatment as potentially representing poor quality care. The primary objective of current analysis was to examine chemotherapy and healthcare utilisation in the last 3 months of life among patients with cancer that received palliative chemotherapy. Patients were selected from the hospital administration database of the Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, the Netherlands...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141696/use-of-a-trigger-tool-to-detect-adverse-drug-reactions-in-an-emergency-department
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Silvana Maria de Almeida, Aruana Romualdo, Andressa de Abreu Ferraresi, Giovana Roberta Zelezoglo, Alexandre R Marra, Michael B Edmond
BACKGROUND: Although there are systems for reporting adverse drug reactions (ADR), these safety events remain under reported. The low-cost, low-tech trigger tool method is based on the detection of events through clues, and it seems to increase the detection of adverse events compared to traditional methodologies. This study seeks to estimate the prevalence of adverse reactions to drugs in patients seeking care in the emergency department. METHODS: Retrospective study from January to December, 2014, applying the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) trigger tool methodology for patients treated at the emergency room of a tertiary care hospital...
November 15, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140945/a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-the-incidence-health-care-resource-utilization-and-costs-of-international-classification-of-diseases-clinical-modification-9th-revision-diagnosed-influenza-and-related-complications-in-us-children
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Philip O Buck, David M Smith, Rahul Shenolikar, Debra E Irwin
BACKGROUND: There is a paucity of data on the clinical and economic impact of seasonal influenza in children. This study estimated the incidence of diagnosed influenza and related complications and associated health care resource utilization and costs in US children. METHODS: Children ≥6 months and <18 years old diagnosed with influenza using International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification, 9th revision codes and enrolled in a health plan during at least one influenza season between 2010 and 2014 were matched to similar patients without diagnosed influenza (GSK study identifier: HO-15-15728)...
December 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138043/non-traumatic-limping-in-paediatric-emergencies-epidemiology-evaluation-and-results
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M I Lázaro Carreño, R Fraile Currius, A García Clemente
INTRODUCTION: Non-traumatic limping is a common reason for consultation in paediatric emergencies. Although transient synovitis of the hip (TS) is the most frequent diagnosis, there are cases of limping secondary to serious pathologies. The aim of this review is to describe the variables related to non-traumatic limp that come to the paediatric emergency department to establish the best management protocol, making the most of resources and speeding up emergency care. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A prospective study was conducted, selecting all children less than 15 years old who consulted aspaediatric emergencies for non-traumatic limping during the 2014...
November 11, 2017: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136204/thrombolysis-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-poor-outcome-after-carotid-revascularization
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Ananth K Vellimana, Chad W Washington, Chester K Yarbrough, Thomas K Pilgram, Brian L Hoh, Colin P Derdeyn, Gregory J Zipfel
BACKGROUND: Thrombolysis is the standard of care for acute ischemic stroke patients presenting in the appropriate time window. Studies suggest that the risk of recurrent ischemia is lower if carotid revascularization is performed early after the index event. The safety of early carotid revascularization in this patient population is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety of carotid revascularization in patients who received thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke...
November 10, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132597/retrospective-review-of-pediatric-transport-where-do-our-patients-go-after-transport
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REVIEW
Emily Krennerich, Curtis G Sitler, Manish Shah, Fong Lam, Jeanine Graf
OBJECTIVE: This review describes disposition of transported children and identifies contributing factors affecting optimal patient placement. The study describes timing and patient placement indicators in transport patients to identify areas of improvement, re-education, and training. METHODS: A retrospective chart review for transports via our pediatric specialty transport team from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, was performed. Patients were identified by the transport quality assurance performance improvement database, hospital electronic medical records, and transport medical records...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130608/impact-of-web-based-clinical-practice-guidelines-on-paediatric-fracture-clinics
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Mark W Camp, James R Barnes, Mohita Damany, Leo T Donnan
BACKGROUND: In an effort to standardize management and reduce over-treatment of uncomplicated paediatric fractures, the Victorian Pediatric Orthopaedic Network and the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, created publically available web-based paediatric fracture pathways. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of web-based fracture pathways on the clinic volume at a tertiary-care paediatric fracture clinic. METHODS: A comparative retrospective review was performed at a large, urban, tertiary-care children's hospital...
November 12, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125364/improving-care-for-patients-with-dementia-in-the-recovery-room
#18
Helena Edis
Caring for patients with dementia emerging from general anaesthesia in the recovery room can be very challenging. Sedation is sometimes necessary in order to nurse patients effectively and avoid any negative consequences of poor post-anaesthetic care. No local or national guidelines could be found to suggest best nursing practice in this situation. Three small-scale innovations were introduced into the recovery room in one hospital as part of a quality improvement project to give alternatives to chemical restraint...
November 9, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124121/patients-comorbidities-reduce-the-clinical-value-of-emergency-colonoscopy-results-of-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Cristiano Cremone, Anouk Esch, Charlotte Gagniere, Alessandro Fugazza, Faria Mesli, Michael Levy, Aurelien Amiot, Alexis Laurent, Yann LeBaleur, Francois Hemery, Nicolas De'Angelis, Francesco Brunetti, Iradj Sobhani
Background and study aims:  Urgent endoscopy is often used to diagnose and sometimes treat acute upper gastrointestinal syndromes (hemorrhage, toxic ingestion, and occlusion). However, its suitability concerning the management of lower gastrointestinal conditions in emergency circumstances is controversial. Patients and methods:  We studied the role of emergency colonoscopy in diagnosis and treatment of all consecutive patients presenting with acute lower gastrointestinal symptoms referred to our hospital on an emergency basis...
November 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123869/drug-induced-anaphylaxis-in-the-emergency-room
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REVIEW
Tomonori Takazawa, Kiyohiro Oshima, Shigeru Saito
Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening, systemic allergic reaction that presents unique challenges for emergency care practitioners. Anaphylaxis occurs more frequently than previously believed. Therefore, proper knowledge regarding the epidemiology, mechanisms, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of anaphylaxis is essential. In particular, the initial treatment strategy, followed by correct diagnosis, in the emergency room is critical for preventing fatal anaphylaxis, although making a diagnosis is not easy because of the broad and often atypical presentation of anaphylaxis...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
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