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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899166/pain-management-of-acute-appendicitis-in-canadian-pediatric-emergency-departments
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Andrea L Robb, Samina Ali, Naveen Poonai, Graham C Thompson
OBJECTIVES: Children with suspected appendicitis are at risk for suboptimal pain management. We sought to describe pain management patterns for suspected appendicitis across Canadian pediatric emergency departments (PEDs). METHODS: A retrospective medical record review was undertaken at 12 Canadian PEDs. Children ages 3 to 17 years who were admitted to the hospital in February or October 2010 with suspected appendicitis were included. Patients were excluded if partially assessed or treated at another hospital...
November 30, 2016: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876588/predicting-subsequent-high-frequency-low-acuity-utilization-of-the-pediatric-emergency-department
#2
Margaret E Samuels-Kalow, Matthew W Bryan, Kathy N Shaw
OBJECTIVE: To derive and test a predictive model for high-frequency (>= four visits/year), low-acuity (Emergency Severity Index 4 or 5) utilization of the pediatric emergency department. METHODS: The study sample used three years of data (2012-14) from a single tertiary care children's hospital for patients <21 years of age. Utilization in 2013 defined the index visit; prior utilization was drawn from 2012; and 2014 was used for outcome measurement. Candidate predictor variables were those that would be available at the time of triage...
November 19, 2016: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852453/current-use-and-outcomes-of-helicopter-transport-in-pediatric-trauma-a-review-of-18-291-transports
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Brian R Englum, Kristy L Rialon, Jina Kim, Mark L Shapiro, John E Scarborough, Henry E Rice, Obinna O Adibe, Elisabeth T Tracy
PURPOSE: The role of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in pediatric trauma remains controversial. We examined its use in pediatric trauma and its effectiveness in children with moderate/severe injuries. METHODS: All blunt/penetrating trauma patients ≤18years old in the National Trauma Data Bank were evaluated for use of HEMS and in-hospital mortality. In a comparative effectiveness study, only patients treated at level I/II pediatric centers with injury severity score (ISS)≥9 were included...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27850746/1109-implementation-of-a-nurse-led-triaging-protocol-for-pediatric-procedural-sedation
#4
Sangita Basnet, Ira Shukla, Joseph Dario, Georgia Mueller, Ryan Majcina, Giovanna Caprirolo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822127/objective-triage-in-the-disaster-setting-will-children-and-expecting-mothers-be-treated-like-others
#5
Timur Kouliev
The study of disaster triage is made difficult by the complex emotional response of potentially lifesaving intervention that a triage officer must make basing decisions on a succinct and efficient algorithm. A survey of triage professionals in international settings was designed to identify possible emotionally led bias that affects objective decision making in identifying victims most likely to benefit from immediate life support intervention. This survey suggests a lack of correlation between triage priority and predictable clinical outcomes as predicted by the Revised Trauma Score tool...
2016: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799583/accuracy-and-efficiency-of-orthoptists-in-comprehensive-pediatric-eye-examinations
#6
Jane Scheetz, Konstandina Koklanis, Maureen Long, Meg E Morris
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE: To investigate the level of agreement between orthoptists and medical practitioners in the comprehensive eye examination of children seen in an orthoptist-led triage clinic. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patient records over a 6-month period were retrospectively reviewed. Those with a presenting complaint related to vision or ocular motility were triaged into the orthoptist-led clinic and included in the study. Patients who did not meet the triage protocol and those who were not assessed by a medical practitioner at a subsequent appointment were excluded from analysis...
January 2016: American Orthoptic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798478/use-of-transportable-radiation-detection-instruments-to-assess-internal-contamination-from-intakes-of-radionuclides-part-ii-calibration-factors-and-icat-computer-program
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Robert Anigstein, Richard H Olsher, Donald A Loomis, Armin Ansari
The detonation of a radiological dispersion device or other radiological incidents could result in widespread releases of radioactive materials and intakes of radionuclides by affected individuals. Transportable radiation monitoring instruments could be used to measure radiation from gamma-emitting radionuclides in the body for triaging individuals and assigning priorities to their bioassay samples for in vitro assessments. The present study derived sets of calibration factors for four instruments: the Ludlum Model 44-2 gamma scintillator, a survey meter containing a 2...
December 2016: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792290/the-reliability-of-the-manchester-triage-system-mts-a-meta-analysis
#8
Amir Mirhaghi, Reza Mazlom, Abbas Heydari, Mohsen Ebrahimi
OBJECTIVE: Although the Manchester Triage System (MTS) was first developed two decades ago, the reliability of the MTS has not been questioned through comparison with a moderating variable; therefore, the aim of this study is to determine the extent of the reliability of MTS using a meta-analytic review. METHOD: Electronic databases were searched up to March 1st, 2014. Studies were only included if they had reported sample sizes, reliability coefficients, and adequate description of the Emergency Severity Index (ESI) reliability assessment...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Evidence-based Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27755330/the-use-of-routine-blood-cultures-in-pediatric-appendicitis
#9
Graham Cameron Thompson, Ellen Morrison, Marshall Ross, Helena Liu, Otto G Vanderkooi, Robin Eccles
OBJECTIVES: To determine the proportion of true-positive blood culture results in children presenting to the ED with suspected appendicitis. To describe the current practice of obtaining blood cultures in children with suspected appendicitis. METHODS: We performed a 2-year retrospective health record review of all children aged 2 through 17 years investigated for suspected appendicitis at a tertiary Pediatric Emergency Department. Subjects were identified by searching (a) institutional records for ICD-10-CA coding, (b) diagnostic imaging records of ultrasounds for appendicitis, and (c) surgical database records for nonincidental appendectomies...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749627/distance-to-the-pediatric-emergency-department-and-nonurgent-visits-in-friuli-venezia-giulia-italy
#10
Francesca Valent, Anna Busolin
OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess how the distance from home to the closest pediatric emergency department (ED) affects nonurgent emergency room visits among the child population of the Northeastern Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. METHODS: The study was based on the administrative databases of the Regional Health Information System of Friuli Venezia Giulia. For the year 2014, we abstracted the records of all white-triage-tag visits of children younger than 16 years from the databases of the 3 regional pediatric EDs located in the 3 main cities...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27749145/pediatric-disaster-triage-multiple-simulation-curriculum-improves-prehospital-care-providers-assessment-skills
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Mark Xavier Cicero, Travis Whitfill, Frank Overly, Janette Baird, Barbara Walsh, Jorge Yarzebski, Antonio Riera, Kathleen Adelgais, Garth D Meckler, Carl Baum, David Christopher Cone, Marc Auerbach
OBJECTIVE: Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) triage pediatric disaster victims infrequently. The objective of this study was to measure the effect of a multiple-patient, multiple-simulation curriculum on accuracy of pediatric disaster triage (PDT). METHODS: Paramedics, paramedic students, and EMTs from three sites were enrolled. Triage accuracy was measured three times (Time 0, Time 1 [two weeks later], and Time 2 [6 months later]) during a disaster simulation, in which high and low fidelity manikins and actors portrayed 10 victims...
October 17, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748332/implementation-of-a-pediatric-emergency-triage-system-in-xiamen-china
#12
Gang-Xi Lin, Yin-Ling Yang, Denise Kudirka, Colleen Church, Collin K K Yong, Fiona Reilly, Qi-Yi Zeng
BACKGROUND: Pediatric emergency rooms (PERs) in Chinese hospitals are perpetually full of sick and injured children because of the lack of sufficiently developed community hospitals and low access to family physicians. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical value of a new five-level Chinese pediatric emergency triage system (CPETS), modeled after the Canadian Triage System and Acuity Scale. METHODS: In this study, we compared CPETS outcomes in our PER relative to those of the prior two-level system...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741074/using-pleth-variability-as-a-triage-tool-for-children-with-obstructive-airway-disease-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department
#13
Ariel Brandwein, Kavita Patel, Myriam Kline, Peter Silver, Sandeep Gangadharan
OBJECTIVES: Patients with obstructive airway disease have varying degrees of pulsus paradoxus that correlate with illness severity. Pulsus paradoxus can be measured using plethysmography. We investigated whether plethysmograph (pleth) variability on admission to the pediatric emergency department (ED) could predict patient disposition. We hypothesized that patients with a larger pleth variability would have a higher likelihood of being admitted to a general pediatrics unit or the intensive care unit (ICU)...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27741066/an-innovative-model-to-predict-pediatric-emergency-department-return-visits
#14
Ilaria Bergese, Simona Frigerio, Marco Clari, Emanuele Castagno, Antonietta De Clemente, Elena Ponticelli, Enrica Scavino, Paola Berchialla
OBJECTIVES: Return visit (RV) to the emergency department (ED) is considered a benchmarking clinical indicator for health care quality. The purpose of this study was to develop a predictive model for early readmission risk in pediatric EDs comparing the performances of 2 learning machine algorithms. METHODS: A retrospective study based on all children younger than 15 years spontaneously returning within 120 hours after discharge was conducted in an Italian university children's hospital between October 2012 and April 2013...
October 6, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27710155/ability-of-the-physiologic-criteria-of-the-field-triage-guidelines-to-identify-children-who-need-the-resources-of-a-trauma-center
#15
E Brooke Lerner, Amy L Drendel, Jeremy T Cushman, Mohamed Badawy, Manish N Shah, Clare E Guse, Arthur Cooper
BACKGROUND: There is limited research on how well the American College of Surgeons/Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients assist EMS providers in identifying children who need the resources of a trauma center. OBJECTIVE: To determine the accuracy of the Physiologic Criteria (Step 1) of the Field Triage Guidelines in identifying injured children who need the resources of a trauma center. METHODS: EMS providers who transported injured children 15 years and younger to pediatric trauma centers in 3 mid-sized cities were interviewed regarding patient demographics and the presence or absence of each of the Field Triage Guidelines criteria...
October 6, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697316/time-driven-activity-based-costing-to-identify-opportunities-for-cost-reduction-in-pediatric-appendectomy
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Yangyang R Yu, Paulette I Abbas, Carolyn M Smith, Kathleen E Carberry, Hui Ren, Binita Patel, Jed G Nuchtern, Monica E Lopez
PURPOSE: As reimbursement programs shift to value-based payment models emphasizing quality and efficient healthcare delivery, there exists a need to better understand process management to unearth true costs of patient care. We sought to identify cost-reduction opportunities in simple appendicitis management by applying a time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) methodology to this high-volume surgical condition. METHODS: Process maps were created using medical record time stamps...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692626/the-utility-of-a-trauma-1-op-activation-at-a-level-1-pediatric-trauma-center
#17
Madison M Hunt, Austin M Stevens, Kristine W Hansen, Stephen J Fenton
PURPOSE: To expedite flow of injured children suspected to require operative intervention, a "trauma 1 OP" (T1OP) activation classification was created. The purpose of this study was to review this strategy at a level 1 pediatric trauma center. METHODS: A retrospective review of T1OP activations between 2003 and 2015 was performed. Children suspected of requiring neurosurgical intervention were classified as trauma 1 OP neuro (T1OP(N)). Comparisons were made to trauma 1 (T1) patients who required emergent operative intervention, excluding orthopedic injuries...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692345/is-a-pediatrician-performed-gray-scale-ultrasonography-with-power-doppler-study-safe-and-effective-for-triaging-acute-non-perforated-appendicitis-for-conservative-management
#18
Keisuke Jimbo, Masahiro Takeda, Eri Miyata, Hiroshi Murakami, Reiko Kyodo, Hideki Orikasa, Geoffrey J Lane, Toshiaki Shimizu, Atsuyuki Yamataka
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine whether acute non-perforated appendicitis (ANPA) can be safely triaged by a pediatrician for conservative management (CM) using gray-scale ultrasonography with power Doppler (GSPD). METHOD: Seventy five cases of ANPA assessed by a pediatrician with GSPD (2013-2015) were reviewed. GSPD grading for ANPA was: I: slightly irregular wall/normal blood flow; II: irregular wall/increased blood flow; III: irregular wall/decreased blood flow; and IV: absence of wall/blood flow...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27686481/the-association-of-insurance-status-on-the-probability-of-transfer-for-pediatric-trauma-patients
#19
Emma C Hamilton, Charles C Miller, Bryan A Cotton, Charles Cox, Lillian S Kao, Mary T Austin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of insurance status on the probability of transfer of pediatric trauma patients to level I/II centers after initial evaluation at lower level centers. METHODS: A retrospective review of all pediatric trauma patients (age<16years) registered in the 2007-2012 National Trauma Data Bank was performed. Multiple regression techniques controlling for clustering at the hospital level were used to determine the impact of insurance status on the probability of transfer to level I/II trauma centers...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27678381/identification-of-at-risk-youth-by-suicide-screening-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department
#20
Elizabeth D Ballard, Mary Cwik, Kathryn Van Eck, Mitchell Goldstein, Clarissa Alfes, Mary Ellen Wilson, Jane M Virden, Lisa M Horowitz, Holly C Wilcox
The pediatric emergency department (ED) is a critical location for the identification of children and adolescents at risk for suicide. Screening instruments that can be easily incorporated into clinical practice in EDs to identify and intervene with patients at increased suicide risk is a promising suicide prevention strategy and patient safety objective. This study is a retrospective review of the implementation of a brief suicide screen for pediatric psychiatric ED patients as standard of care. The Ask Suicide Screening Questions (ASQ) was implemented in an urban pediatric ED for patients with psychiatric presenting complaints...
September 27, 2016: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
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