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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054574/concepts-antecedents-and-consequences-of-ambulance-ramping-in-the-emergency-department-a-scoping-review
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Chris Kingswell, Ramon Z Shaban, Julia Crilly
BACKGROUND: Patients arriving at the Emergency Department (ED) via ambulance can experience a delay in receiving definitive care. In Australia, this phenomenon is referred to as 'Ambulance Ramping', 'Patient Off Stretcher Time Delay' or 'Offload Delay'. As a direct consequence of crowding, and in the context of a worldwide increase in ED and ambulance usage, hospital and ambulance service function is hampered. The aim of this review was to synthesize the literature with respect to the conceptualisation, meaning, antecedents and consequences of Ambulance Ramping...
October 17, 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048204/editorial-comment-on-end-2017-0463-or-r1
#2
Brian R Matlaga
One of the barriers to a more widespread dissemination of flexible ureteroscopy are the costs associated with the ureteroscope itself. The initial purchase price of the ureteroscope can be high, and the lifespan of the scope can be distressingly short. An important challenge inherent in the use of reusable flexible ureteroscopes is the oftentimes-involved process of cleaning the scope from a previous case and readying it for the next case. These processes are complex, and involve multiple personnel throughout many positions within the hospital (nurses, technologists, technicians, etc)...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038179/effects-of-school-based-intervention-by-emergency-medical-technicians-on-students-and-their-parents-a-community-based-prospective-study-of-the-akashi-project
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Shinya Tomari, Chiaki Yokota, Kunihiro Nishimura, Tenyu Hino, Satoshi Ohyama, Takuro Arimizu, Shinichi Wada, Hideyuki Ohnishi, Kazunori Toyoda, Kazuo Minematsu
OBJECTIVE: Stroke lessons for youth provided by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) may be an effective strategy to facilitate early intervention for patients with stroke. The aim of this study was to examine how effective EMT-led lessons on stroke awareness for schoolchildren were at disseminating stroke information. SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND OUTCOME MEASURES: The study was performed in the city of Akashi, Hyogo, Japan (Akashi project). Children (aged 9-10 years old) at 11 public elementary schools and their parents were enrolled in this study...
October 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016516/barriers-to-effective-teamwork-relating-to-pediatric-resuscitations-perceptions-of-pediatric-emergency-medicine-staff
#4
Joshua M Sherman, Todd P Chang, Nurit Ziv, Alan L Nager
BACKGROUND: In the pediatric emergency department (PED), resuscitations require medical teams form ad hoc, rarely communicating beforehand. Literature has shown that the medical community has deficiencies in communication and teamwork. However, we as medical providers do not know or understand the perceived barriers of our colleagues. Physicians may perceive a barrier that is different from nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, or technicians. Perhaps we do not know in which area of teamwork and communication we are deficient...
October 9, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994712/improving-influenza-vaccination-rate-among-primary-healthcare-workers-in-qatar
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Khalid H Elawad, Elmoubasher A Farag, Dina A Abuelgasim, Maria K Smatti, Hamad E Al-Romaihi, Mohammed Al Thani, Hanan Al Mujalli, Zienab Shehata, Merin Alex, Asmaa A Al Thani, Hadi M Yassine
The purpose of this study was to improve influenza vaccination, and determine factors influencing vaccine declination among health care workers (HCW) in Qatar. We launched an influenza vaccination campaign to vaccinate around 4700 HCW in 22 Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) centers in Qatar between 1st and 15th of November, 2015. Our target was to vaccinate 60% of all HCW. Vaccine was offered free of charge at all centers, and information about the campaign and the importance of influenza vaccination was provided to employees through direct communication, emails, and social media networks...
October 10, 2017: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989294/what-are-the-educational-and-curriculum-needs-for-emergency-medical-technicians-in-taiwan-a-scoping-review
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Yu-Tung Chang, Kuang-Chau Tsai, Brett Williams
PURPOSE: The development of emergency medical services (EMS) training in Taiwan is in a transitional phase because of increasing demand for, and advancements in, clinical skill sets. The aim of this study is to review the current literature to compare the key factors of EMS training and education development in different countries in order to provide a new curricula blueprint for the Taiwanese EMS training system. METHOD: The method follows Arksey and O'Malley's six stages of scoping review...
2017: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986515/improving-admission-medication-reconciliation-with-pharmacists-or-pharmacy-technicians-in-the-emergency-department-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Joshua M Pevnick, Caroline Nguyen, Cynthia A Jackevicius, Katherine A Palmer, Rita Shane, Galen Cook-Wiens, Andre Rogatko, Mackenzie Bear, Olga Rosen, David Seki, Brian Doyle, Anish Desai, Douglas S Bell
BACKGROUND: Admission medication history (AMH) errors frequently cause medication order errors and patient harm. OBJECTIVE: To quantify AMH error reduction achieved when pharmacy staff obtain AMHs before admission medication orders (AMO) are placed. METHODS: This was a three-arm randomised controlled trial of 306 inpatients. In one intervention arm, pharmacists, and in the second intervention arm, pharmacy technicians, obtained initial AMHs prior to admission...
October 6, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977717/a-collaborative-in-situ-simulation-based-pediatric-readiness-improvement-program-for-community-emergency-departments
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Kamal Abulebda, Riad Lutfi, Travis Whitfill, Samer Abu-Sultaneh, Kellie J Leeper, Elizabeth Weinstein, Marc A Auerbach
BACKGROUND: More than 30 million children are cared for across 5,000 US emergency departments each year (ED). Most of these EDs are not facilities designed and operated solely for children. A web-based survey provided a national and state-by-state assessment of pediatric readiness and noted a national average score was 69 on a 100-point scale. This survey noted wide variations in ED readiness with scores ranging from 61 in low-pediatric-volume EDs to 90 in the high-pediatric-volume EDs...
October 4, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972807/the-future-of-interventional-neurointerventional-radiology-learning-lessons-from-the-past
#9
Julian Maingard, Hong Kuan Kok, Dinesh Ranatunga, Duncan Mark Brooks, Ronil V Chandra, Michael J Lee, Hamed Asadi
The rapid progression of medical imaging technology and the ability to leverage knowledge from non-invasive imaging means that Interventional Radiologists (IRs) and Interventional Neuroradiologists (INRs) are optimally placed to incorporate minimally invasive interventional paradigms into clinical management to advance patient care. There is ample opportunity to radically change the management options for patients with a variety of diseases through the use of minimally-invasive interventional procedures. However, this will need to be accompanied by an increased clinical role of IRs to become active partners in the clinical management of patients...
October 3, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28961150/the-use-of-differential-item-functioning-dif-analysis-to-distinguish-between-similar-job-roles
#10
Nicole M Risk, James R Fidler
Two primary roles in the clinical laboratory are those of Medical Technologist (MT) and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). Job analyses, which form the foundation of test blueprints employed for credentialing practitioners, suggest a reasonable amount of overlap in the tasks performed by MTs and MLTs. However, credentialing assessments must clearly distinguish between the two roles and ensure that they address competencies appropriate to each practice designation. Differential item functioning (DIF) analysis techniques were applied to explore and differentiate the two laboratory practitioner job roles as an aspect of examination development...
2017: Journal of Applied Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954180/an-interprofessional-approach-to-continuing-education-with-mass-casualty-simulation-planning-and-execution
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Deborah A Saber, Kelley Strout, Lisa Swanson Caruso, Charlene Ingwell-Spolan, Aiden Koplovsky
Many natural and man-made disasters require the assistance from teams of health care professionals. Knowing that continuing education about disaster simulation training is essential to nursing students, nurses, and emergency first responders (e.g., emergency medical technicians, firefighters, police officers), a university in the northeastern United States planned and implemented an interprofessional mass casualty incident (MCI) disaster simulation using the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) management framework...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942722/pharmacy-workload-benchmarking-establishing-a-health-system-outpatient-infusion-productivity-metric
#12
Jeffrey S Reichard, David M Garbarz, Amanda L Teachey, Jonathan Allgood, M Jay Brown
Background and objectives Current productivity assessment models lack the ability to measure the quality of pharmacy services through workload validation. The goal of our efforts was to create a model to more accurately assess workload at multiple outpatient infusion centers. Method Current procedural terminology codes were identified as representative of the key drivers of pharmacy workload. Fourteen current procedural terminology codes representing medication orders were selected and categorized into eight distinctive groups associated with varying amounts of pharmacy workload...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924623/the-effectiveness-of-pharmacist-provided-telephonic-medication-therapy-management-on-emergency-department-utilization-in-home-health-patients
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Stephanie A Gernant, Margie E Snyder, Heather Jaynes, Jason M Sutherland, Alan J Zillich
BACKGROUND: Preventable emergency department (ED) use may be targeted with interventions for improving the medication use process, as medication misadventures and non-adherence frequently cause preventable ED utilization. One intervention that could prevent ED visits is Medication Therapy Management (MTM). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a telephonic medication therapy management (MTM) service on reducing emergency department utilization within a Medicare insured home health population...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy Technology: JPT: Official Publication of the Association of Pharmacy Technicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919539/the-nexus-between-the-documentation-of-end-of-life-wishes-and-awareness-of-dying-a-model-for-research-education-and-care
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Deborah P Waldrop, Jacqueline M McGinley, Brian Clemency
The convergence of medical treatment that can extend life with written medical orders that make it possible to refuse such treatment brings the differential dynamics of contemporary end-of-life decision-making into sharp focus. Communication between families and clinicians can be confusing, uncertain and pressured when death is imminent. These situations create distress that ultimately influences the end-of-life experience for people who are dying and those who care for them. This paper presents the analysis of the decisional dynamics that emerge from the intersection of the patient-family-provider awareness that death is near with the presence or absence of documentation of expressed wishes for end-of-life care...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893729/expansion-of-inpatient-clinical-pharmacy-services-through-reallocation-of-pharmacists
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Amanda J Sowell, Emily C Pherson, Virna I Almuete, Jennifer V Gillespie, Vi Gilmore, Megan Jensen, Ravi Nehra, Kimberly M Durand, Todd W Nesbit, Meghan D Swarthout, Leigh E Efird
PURPOSE: The redesign of an inpatient pharmacy practice model through reallocation of pharmacy resources in order to expand clinical services is described. METHODS: A pharmacy practice model change was implemented at a nonprofit academic medical center to meet the increasing demand for direct patient care services. In order to accomplish this change, the following steps were completed: reevaluation of daily tasks and responsibilities, reallocation of remaining tasks to the most appropriate pharmacy staff member, determination of the ideal number of positions needed to complete each task, and reorganization of the model into a collection of teams...
September 11, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890079/the-effect-of-chronic-pulmonary-disease-and-mechanical-ventilation-on-corneal-donor-endothelial-cell-density-and-transplant-suitability
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Jordan A Margo, Martha F Whiting, Clayton H Brown, Caroline K Hoover, Wuqaas M Munir
PURPOSE: To determine how chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mechanical ventilation time affect corneal donor endothelial cell density (ECD) and transplant suitability. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study METHODS: Setting: institutional Study Population: 39,679 cornea donor eyes from SightLife Eye Bank between 2012-2016. Demographics, death to preservation time, ECD, lens status, medical history, time on mechanical ventilation, and suitability for transplantation were included...
September 7, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886594/elemental-sulfur-use-and-associations-with-pediatric-lung-function-and-respiratory-symptoms-in-an-agricultural-community-california-usa
#17
Rachel Raanan, Robert B Gunier, John R Balmes, Alyssa J Beltran, Kim G Harley, Asa Bradman, Brenda Eskenazi
BACKGROUND: Elemental sulfur, "the oldest of all pesticides," is the most heavily used agricultural pesticide in California and Europe. Sulfur is considered relatively safe and is used in both conventional and organic farming systems. Adverse respiratory effects have been reported in applicators and animals, but the effect on residential populations, and especially on children living in proximity to fields treated with elemental sulfur, is not known. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated associations between residential proximity to elemental sulfur applications and respiratory symptoms and spirometry of children living in an agricultural community...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859722/validation-of-a-new-system-using-tracheal-body-sound-and-movement-data-for-automated-apnea-hypopnea-index-estimation
#18
Christoph Kalkbrenner, Manuel Eichenlaub, Stefan Rüdiger, Cornelia Kropf-Sanchen, Rainer Brucher, Wolfgang Rottbauer
STUDY OBJECTIVES: The current gold standard for assessment of obstructive sleep apnea is the in-laboratory polysomnography. This approach has high costs and inconveniences the patient, whereas alternative ambulatory systems are limited by reduced diagnostic abilities (type 4 monitors, 1 or 2 channels) or extensive setup (type 3 monitors, at least 4 channels). The current study therefore aims to validate a simplified automated type 4 monitoring system using tracheal body sound and movement data...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843959/team-a-low-cost-alternative-to-atls-for-providing-trauma-care-teaching-in-haiti
#19
Anton Kurdin, Andrew Caines, Darrell Boone, Andrew Furey
OBJECTIVE: Trauma resuscitation protocols have unified the care of trauma patients and significantly improved outcomes. However, the success of the Advanced Trauma Life Support course is difficult to reproduce in developing countries due to set-up costs, limitations of resources, and variations of practice. The objective of this study is to assess the Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM) course as a low-cost alternative for trauma resuscitation teaching in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841102/association-of-burnout-with-workforce-reducing-factors-among-ems-professionals
#20
Remle P Crowe, Julie K Bower, Rebecca E Cash, Ashish R Panchal, Severo A Rodriguez, Susan E Olivo-Marston
OBJECTIVES: Emergency medical services (EMS) professionals often work long hours at multiple jobs and endure frequent exposure to traumatic events. The stressors inherent to the prehospital setting may increase the likelihood of experiencing burnout and lead providers to exit the profession, representing a serious workforce and public health concern. Our objectives were to estimate the prevalence of burnout, identify characteristics associated with experiencing burnout, and quantify its relationship with factors that negatively impact EMS workforce stability, namely sickness absence and turnover intentions...
August 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
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