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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719479/a-simulation-based-quality-improvement-initiative-improves-pediatric-readiness-in-community-hospitals
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Travis Whitfill, Marcie Gawel, Marc Auerbach
BACKGROUND: The National Pediatric Readiness Project Pediatric Readiness Survey (PRS) measured pediatric readiness in 4149 US emergency departments (EDs) and noted an average score of 69 on a 100-point scale. This readiness score consists of 6 domains: coordination of pediatric patient care (19/100), physician/nurse staffing and training (10/100), quality improvement activities (7/100), patient safety initiatives (14/100), policies and procedures (17/100), and availability of pediatric equipment (33/100)...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703082/dental-injuries-in-younger-emergency-department-patients
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Vigil James, Yona R Vandersluis, Evangeline W J Zhang, Dennis Scolnik
BACKGROUND: Dental trauma is a relatively common occurrence in childhood, with an impact exceeding that of periodontal diseases. It places a significant burden on the public health system because of its high frequency, impact on quality of life and consumption of resources. OBJECTIVES: To identify changing trends of dental injury in patients between 0-18 years of age in Canada and provide a detailed assessment of dental injury patterns in patients attending a large pediatric tertiary care hospital...
July 13, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695351/robustness-and-effectiveness-of-the-triage-system-in-the-pediatric-context
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Marcello Montefiori, Enrico di Bella, Lucia Leporatti, Paolo Petralia
BACKGROUND: The increasing use of emergency departments (EDs) potentially compromises their effectiveness and quality. The evaluation of the performance of the triage code system in a pediatric context is important because waiting time affects the quality of care for acutely ill patients. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to assess the effectiveness and robustness of the triage code system in a pediatric context and identify the determinants of waiting times for urgent and non-urgent patients...
July 10, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693435/data-cleaning-and-management-protocols-for-linked-perinatal-research-data-a-good-practice-example-from-the-smoking-mums-maternal-use-of-medications-and-safety-study
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Duong Thuy Tran, Alys Havard, Louisa R Jorm
BACKGROUND: Data cleaning is an important quality assurance in data linkage research studies. This paper presents the data cleaning and preparation process for a large-scale cross-jurisdictional Australian study (the Smoking MUMS Study) to evaluate the utilisation and safety of smoking cessation pharmacotherapies during pregnancy. METHODS: Perinatal records for all deliveries (2003-2012) in the States of New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia were linked to State-based data collections including hospital separation, emergency department and death data (mothers and babies) and congenital defect notifications (babies in NSW) by State-based data linkage units...
July 11, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693337/systems-opportunities-to-reduce-ed-crowding-from-nonemergency-referrals
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Carolyn Joy Sachs, Charles K Yu, Peter C Nauka, David L Schriger
Emergency department (ED) crowding threatens patient safety and is associated with increased mortality. This study explored the role of nonurgent referrals to the ED in crowding and collaborated on a large quality initiative with the study institution's accountable care organization (ACO) to provide timely alternatives to such referrals. Fifty-two percent of nonemergent ED patients report contacting a medical provider prior to coming to the ED, with 70% of those providers directing the patient to go to the ED...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661998/description-and-yield-of-current-quality-and-safety-review-in-selected-us-academic-emergency-departments
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Richard Thomas Griffey, Ryan M Schneider, Brian R Sharp, Jeffrey J Pothof, Sheridan Hodkins, Roberta Capp, Jennifer L Wiler, Neil Sreshta, John E Sather, Christopher S Sampson, Jonathan T Powell, Kathryn Y Groner, Lee M Adler
OBJECTIVES: Quality and safety review for performance improvement is important for systems of care and is required for US academic emergency departments (EDs). Assessment of the impact of patient safety initiatives in the context of increasing burdens of quality measurement compels standardized, meaningful, high-yield approaches for performance review. Limited data describe how quality and safety reviews are currently conducted and how well they perform in detecting patient harm and areas for improvement...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655309/the-effectiveness-of-emergency-nurse-practitioner-service-in-the-management-of-patients-presenting-to-rural-hospitals-with-chest-pain-a-multisite-prospective-longitudinal-nested-cohort-study
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Tina E Roche, Glenn Gardner, Leanne Jack
BACKGROUND: Health reforms in service improvement have included the use of nurse practitioners. In rural emergency departments, nurse practitioners work to the full scope of their expanded role across all patient acuities including those presenting with undifferentiated chest pain. Currently, there is a paucity of evidence regarding the effectiveness of emergency nurse practitioner service in rural emergency departments. Inquiry into the safety and quality of the service, particularly regarding the management of complex conditions is a priority to ensure that this service improvement model meets health care needs of rural communities...
June 27, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650384/incident-reporting-in-emergency-medicine-a-thematic-analysis-of-events
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Emily Loving Aaronson, David Brown, Theodore Benzer, Shaw Natsui, Elizabeth Mort
BACKGROUND: Incident reporting is a recognized tool for healthcare quality improvement. These systems, which aim to capture near-misses and harm events, enable organizations to gather critical information about failure modes and design mitigation strategies. Although many hospitals have employed these systems, little is known about safety themes in emergency medicine incident reporting. Our objective was to systematically analyze and thematically code 1 year of incident reports. METHODS: A mixed-methods analysis was performed on 1 year of safety reporting data from a large, urban tertiary-care emergency department using a modified grounded theory approach...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612694/-anticholinergic-syndrome-caused-by-contaminated-herbal-tea-acting-swiftly-to-identify-the-source
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C Oerlemans, I de Vries, A J H P van Riel
BACKGROUND: Despite good manufacturing practice and quality control, consumer products can become contaminated. In some cases, this can result in severe and life-threatening intoxication with potentially fatal consequences. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old pregnant woman presented to the Emergency Department with severe anticholinergic syndrome after using a marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis) herbal remedy, mixed into hot chocolate drink, to reduce symptoms of common cold...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611886/managing-acute-behavioural-disturbances-in-the-emergency-department-using-the-environment-policies-and-practices-a-systematic-review
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Tracey J Weiland, Sean Ivory, Jennie Hutton
INTRODUCTION: Effective strategies for managing acute behavioural disturbances (ABDs) within emergency departments (EDs) are needed given their rising occurrence and negative impact on safety, psychological wellbeing, and staff turnover. Non-pharmacological interventions for ABD management generally fall into four categories: environmental modifications; policies; practice changes; and education. Our objective was to systematically review the efficacy of strategies for ABD management within EDs that involved changes to environment, architecture, policy and practice...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607677/design-and-implementation-of-a-trauma-care-bundle-at-a-community-hospital
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Ryan Andres, Elan Hahn, Steffen de Kok, Rafi Setrak, Jeffrey Doyle, Allison Brown
The Niagara Health System (NHS) in Ontario, Canada is comprised of three non-designated trauma center (NTC) hospitals which provide primary care to approximately 100 trauma patients annually. NTCs often lack standardized resources such as trauma surgeons, trauma-trained emergency room physicians, Advanced Trauma Life Support certified staff, trauma protocols, and other resources commonly found at designated trauma centers. Studies indicate that these differences contribute to poorer outcomes for trauma patients treated at community hospitals in Ontario, including the NTC hospitals of the NHS...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595847/interprofessional-communication-supporting-clinical-handover-in-emergency-departments-an-observation-study
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Bernice Redley, Mari Botti, Beverley Wood, Tracey Bucknall
BACKGROUND: Poor interprofessional communication poses a risk to patient safety at change-of-shift in emergency departments (EDs). The purpose of this study was to identify and describe patterns and processes of interprofessional communication impacting quality of ED change-of-shift handovers. METHODS: Observation of 66 change-of-shift handovers at two acute hospital EDs in Victoria, Australia. Focus groups with 34 nurse participants complemented the observations...
June 5, 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572269/estimated-total-costs-from-non-fatal-and-fatal-bicycle-crashes-in-the-usa-1997-2013
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Thomas W Gaither, Thomas A Sanford, Mohannad A Awad, E Charles Osterberg, Gregory P Murphy, Bruce A Lawrence, Ted R Miller, Benjamin N Breyer
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department visits and hospital admissions resulting from adult bicycle trauma have increased dramatically. Annual medical costs and work losses of these incidents last were estimated for 2005 and quality-of-life losses for 2000. METHODS: We estimated costs associated with adult bicycle injuries in the USA using 1997-2013 non-fatal incidence data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System with cost estimates from the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Injury Cost Model, and 1999-2013 fatal incidence data from the National Vital Statistics System costed by similar methods...
June 1, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566122/necrotizing-enterocolitis-classification-and-two-initial-steps-towards-prevention
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Sandra Meinich Juhl
The premature infant suffers from immaturity of all organ systems, one of them being the gastrointestinal tract. When the infant is born, the immature gastrointestinal tract is exposed to milk and simultaneously colonized by high densities of bacteria. The combination of milk, microbiota and an immature gut, leaves the infant vulnerable to developing the dreaded intestinal emergency necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is often very aggressive and no cure exists, which means that prevention is an utmost important topic to researchers, physicians, parents - and infants...
June 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557755/validation-of-new-quality-measures-for-transitions-between-sites-of-care
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Layla Parast, Q Burkhart, Arti D Desai, Tamara D Simon, Carolyn Allshouse, Maria T Britto, JoAnna K Leyenaar, Courtney A Gidengil, Sara L Toomey, Marc N Elliott, Eric C Schneider, Rita Mangione-Smith
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Assessing and improving the quality of transitions to home from the emergency department (ED) or hospital is critical for patient safety. Our objective was to validate 8 newly developed caregiver-reported measures of transition quality. METHODS: This prospective observational study included 1086 caregiver survey respondents whose children had an ED visit (n = 523) or hospitalization (n = 563) at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2014. Caregivers were contacted to complete 2 surveys...
May 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528621/using-lean-to-rapidly-and-sustainably-transform-a-behavioral-health-crisis-program-impact-on-throughput-and-safety
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Margaret E Balfour, Kathleen Tanner, Paul J Jurica, Dawn Llewellyn, Robert G Williamson, Chris A Carson
BACKGROUND: Lean has been increasingly applied in health care to reduce waste and improve quality, particularly in fast-paced and high-acuity clinical settings such as emergency departments. In addition, Lean's focus on engagement of frontline staff in problem solving can be a catalyst for organizational change. In this study, ConnectionsAZ demonstrates how they applied Lean principles to rapidly and sustainably transform clinical operations in a behavioral health crisis facility. METHODS: A multidisciplinary team of management and frontline staff defined values-based outcome measures, mapped the current and ideal processes, and developed new processes to achieve the ideal...
June 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499354/patient-and-care-characteristics-of-self-referrals-treated-by-the-general-practitioner-cooperative-at-emergency-care-access-points-in-the-netherlands
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Martijn Rutten, Fieke Vrielink, Marleen Smits, Paul Giesen
BACKGROUND: In the Netherlands, out-of-hours primary care is provided in general practitioner-cooperatives (GPCs). These are increasingly located on site and in collaboration with emergency departments of hospitals (ED). At such sites, also called emergency-care-access-points (ECAP), the GPC is generally responsible for the triage and treatment of self-referrals who used to attend the ED. To evaluate the effects and safety of this novel organisation, we studied the characteristics and the quality of care given by GPCs to self-referrals at ECAPs...
May 12, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497924/real-life-efficacy-of-omalizumab-after-9-years-of-follow-up
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Francesco Menzella, Carla Galeone, Debora Formisano, Claudia Castagnetti, Patrizia Ruggiero, Anna Simonazzi, Luigi Zucchi
Omalizumab is frequently used as add-on treatment to inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and long-acting β2-agonists in patients with suboptimal control of severe asthma. Patients with severe asthma will typically require chronic treatment, although due to the limited amount of data available there are still some concerns about the safety and efficacy of long-term therapy with omalizumab. Herein, in an extension of a previous 4-year study, we report disease-related outcomes of 8 patients with severe persistent allergic asthma who have been followed for a total of 9 years in a real-life setting...
July 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494994/predicting-return-visits-to-the-emergency-department-for-pediatric-patients-applying-supervised-learning-techniques-to-the-taiwan-national-health-insurance-research-database
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Ya-Han Hu, Chun-Tien Tai, Solomon Chih-Cheng Chen, Hai-Wei Lee, Sheng-Feng Sung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Return visits (RVs) to the emergency department (ED) consume medical resources and may represent a patient safety issue. The occurrence of unexpected RVs is considered a performance indicator for ED care quality. Because children are susceptible to medical errors and utilize considerable ED resources, knowing the factors that affect RVs in pediatric patients helps improve the quality of pediatric emergency care. METHODS: We collected data on visits made by patients aged ≤18years to EDs from the National Health Insurance Research Database...
June 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478750/perception-survey-on-the-value-of-the-hospital-pharmacist-at-the-emergency-department
#20
Ángeles García-Martín, Charbel Maroun-Eid, Ainara Campino-Villegas, Belén Oliva-Manuel, Alicia Herrero-Ambrosio, Manuel Quintana-Díaz
OBJECTIVE: To determine the perception and evaluation of the Emergency pharmacist by the medical and nursing staff at the Emergency department. METHODS: A multicenter study based on a survey sent to the Spanish Society of Hospital Pharmacists (SEFH) for Emergency pharmacists (EPh) to distribute among the Emergency staff. Descriptive statistics were used, with a 95% confidence interval. RESULTS: 102 (12%) questionnaires were completed by 73 Emergency Physicians (71...
May 1, 2017: Farmacia Hospitalaria
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