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Quality and safety in emergency departments

Maryam Maddineshat, Alan H Rosenstein, Arash Akaberi, Mahbubeh Tabatabaeichehr
Introduction: Disruptive behaviors cause many problems in the workplace, especially in the emergency department (ED).This study was conducted to assess the physician's and nurse's perspective toward disruptive behaviors in the emergency department. Methods: In this cross-sectional study a total of 45 physicians and 110 nurses working in the emergency department of five general hospitals in Bojnurd participated. Data were collected using a translated, changed, and validated questionnaire (25 item). The collected data were analyzed by SPSS ver...
September 2016: Journal of Caring Sciences
Tomohiro Sonoo, Satoshi Iwai, Ryota Inokuchi, Masataka Gunshin, Yoichi Kitsuta, Susumu Nakajima
Along with article-based checklists, structured template recording systems have been reported as useful to create more accurate clinical recording, but their contributions to the improvement of the quality of patient care have been controversial. An emergency department (ED) must manage many patients in a short time. Therefore, such a template might be especially useful, but few ED-based studies have examined such systems.A structured template produced according to widely used head injury guidelines was used by ED residents for head injury patients...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ambrose Hon-Wai Wong, Joan Combellick, Beth Ann Wispelwey, Allison Squires, Maureen Gang
OBJECTIVES: The emergency department (ED) has been recognized as a high-risk environment for workplace violence. Acutely agitated patients who perpetrate violence against healthcare workers represent a complex care challenge in the ED. Recommendations to improve safety are often based on expert opinion rather than empirical data. In this study we aim to describe the lived experience of staff members caring for this population in order to provide a broad perspective of ED patient violence...
October 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Géraldine Layani, Richard Fleet, Renée Dallaire, Fatoumata K Tounkara, Julien Poitras, Patrick Archambault, Jean-Marc Chauny, Mathieu Ouimet, Josée Gauthier, Gilles Dupuis, Alain Tanguay, Jean-Frédéric Lévesque, Geneviève Simard-Racine, Jeannie Haggerty, France Légaré
BACKGROUND: Evidence-based indicators of quality of care have been developed to improve care and performance in Canadian emergency departments. The feasibility of measuring these indicators has been assessed mainly in urban and academic emergency departments. We sought to assess the feasibility of measuring quality-of-care indicators in rural emergency departments in Quebec. METHODS: We previously identified rural emergency departments in Quebec that offered medical coverage with hospital beds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and were located in rural areas or small towns as defined by Statistics Canada...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
S Zhou, X Y Sheng, Q Xiang, Z N Wang, Y Zhou, Y M Cui
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Anticoagulation management services are well known to improve the quality of patient care and to reduce the rates of hospitalization and emergency department visits following adverse events related to anticoagulation therapy. The complexity of managing warfarin has led to the development of a variety of specialized models managed by pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and self-managed care. The aim of the study is to compare the effectiveness of pharmacist-managed anticoagulation control of warfarin with other models...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Brian H Rowe, Scott W Kirkland, Ben Vandermeer, Sandy Campbell, Amanda Newton, Francine M Ducharme, Cristina Villa-Roel
OBJECTIVES: While systemic corticosteroids (SCS) are widely used to prevent relapse in adults with acute asthma discharged from the emergency department, the most effective route of administration is unclear. The objective of this review was to examine the effectiveness of SCS in adults and to identify the most effective route of SCS to preventing relapse. METHODS: A search was conducted to identify randomized controlled trials comparing the effectiveness of intramuscular, oral short-course or long-course corticosteroids to prevent relapse in adults with acute asthma...
September 24, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Anna Marie Chang, Amber Lin, Rongwei Fu, K John McConnell, Benjamin Sun
OBJECTIVE: The Institute of Medicine identified emergency department (ED) crowding as a critical threat to patient safety. We assess the association between changes in publicly reported ED length-of-stay (LOS) and changes in quality-of-care measures in a national cohort of hospitals. METHODS: Longitudinal analysis of 2012 and 2013 data from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Survey, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Cost Reports, and CMS Hospital Compare...
September 19, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Alex J Fraess-Phillips
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this search was to review the current literature regarding paramedic triage of primary care patients and the safety of paramedic-initiated non-transport of non-urgent patients. METHODS: A narrative literature review was conducted using the Medline (Medline Industries, Inc.; Mundelein, Illinois USA) database and a manual search of Google Scholar (Google; Mountain View, California USA). RESULTS: Only 11 studies were found investigating paramedic triage and safety of non-transport of non-urgent patients...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Fabienne J H Magdelijns, Larissa Schepers, Evelien Pijpers, Coen D A Stehouwer, Patricia M Stassen
BACKGROUND: Readmissions are a burden for patients and increase healthcare costs. In Europe, factors associated with readmissions have not yet been extensively investigated. This study aimed to discover factors associated with readmissions in both young and older adult internal medicine patients. Furthermore, we explored the role of healthcare-related adverse events (AEs) in readmissions. METHODS: All patients admitted through the emergency department to the internal medicine department in the last 2 weeks of each month (2011) were included...
2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Anna Kline, Megan Chesin, Miriam Latorre, Rachael Miller, Lauren St Hill, Anton Shcherbakov, Arlene King, Barbara Stanley, Marc D Weiner, Alejandro Interian
BACKGROUND: Although suicide ranks 10th as a cause of death in the United States, and 1st among active military personnel, there are surprisingly few evidence-based therapies addressing suicidality, and development of new treatments is limited. This paper describes a clinical trial testing a novel therapy for reducing suicide risk in military veterans. The intervention, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Preventing Suicide Behavior (MBCT-S), is a 10-week group intervention adapted from an existing treatment for depression (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy - MBCT)...
September 2016: Contemporary Clinical Trials
M Pollock, I P Sinha, L Hartling, B H Rowe, S Schreiber, R M Fernandes
International guidelines provide conflicting recommendations on how to use bronchodilators to manage childhood acute wheezing conditions in the emergency department (ED), and there is variation within and among countries in how these conditions are managed. This may be reflective of uncertainty about the evidence. This overview of systematic reviews (SRs) aimed to synthesize, appraise, and present all SR evidence on the efficacy and safety of inhaled short-acting bronchodilators to treat asthma and wheeze exacerbations in children 0-18 years presenting to the ED...
October 5, 2016: Allergy
Mathias Gierløff Heitmann, Mir Sarwary, Jesper Juul Larsen, Jens Tingleff, Jacob Hansen-Schwartz
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this article was to qualify and test the recommendations of a national Danish report. We conducted an investigation on the readmittance rate as well as reasons for readmittance in a patient cohort defined through the process of internal audit at the Emergency Department at Zealand University Hospital, Køge, Denmark. METHODS: A retrospective, descriptive study of admitted patients in November 2014, including a total of 1,440 patients...
September 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Mattia Altini, Marna Bernabini, Paolo Marchetti, Laura Orlando, Barbara Rebesco, Valeria Sirna
PURPOSE: Medication errors in oncology may cause severe damage to patients, professionals, and the environment. The Italian Ministry of Health issued Raccomandazione 14 to provide guidelines for prevention of errors while using antineoplastic drugs. This work aimed at analyzing Raccomandazione 14 through the different viewpoints of the hospital pharmacist, the nurse, the oncologist, and the hospital director. METHODS: Twenty-seven Italian healthcare organizations participated in a self-assessment survey evaluating compliance with Raccomandazione 14 within the oncology, hematology, and pharmacy departments...
August 29, 2016: Tumori
Dragana Milutinović, Gordana Repić, Branimirka Aranđelović
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the level of knowledge on pulse oximetry among nurses. Understanding this is important because insufficient knowledge can lead to misinterpretation of pulse oximetry readings and consequently compromise patient safety. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: The study was cross-sectional and included a sample of 198 nurses. A modified questionnaire by Kiekkas et al. was used as the research tool. SETTING: Intensive care units, anaesthesiology and emergency departments in two tertiary health care institutions in Serbia...
December 2016: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Sissel Eikeland Husebø, Øystein Evjen Olsen
INTRODUCTION: Clinical leadership has long been recognised as critical for optimising patient safety, quality of care and interprofessional teamwork in busy and stressful healthcare settings. There is a need to compensate for the absence of the conventional mentor-to-apprentice transfer of clinical leadership knowledge and skills. While young doctors and nurses are increasingly proficient in medical, surgical and technical skills, their training in, and knowledge of clinical leadership skills, is not adequate to meet the demands for these non-technical skills in the emergency department...
2016: BMJ Open
P R Bourque, C E Pringle, W Cameron, J Cowan, J Warman Chardon
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin therapy has become a major treatment option in several autoimmune neuromuscular disorders. For patients with Myasthenia Gravis (MG), intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) has been used for both crisis and chronic management. Subcutaneous Immunoglobulins (SCIg), which offer the advantage of home administration, may be a practical and effective option in chronic management of MG. We analyzed clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction in nine cases of chronic disabling MG who were either transitioned to, or started de novo on SCIg...
2016: PloS One
Kayleigh M Kew, Christopher J Cates
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic disease that causes reversible narrowing of the airways due to bronchoconstriction, inflammation and mucus production. Asthma continues to be associated with significant avoidable morbidity and mortality. Self management facilitated by a healthcare professional is important to keep symptoms controlled and to prevent exacerbations.Telephone and Internet technologies can now be used by patients to measure lung function and asthma symptoms at home. Patients can then share this information electronically with their healthcare provider, who can provide feedback between clinic visits...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Rebecca Mathew, Serena Gundy, Diana Ulic, Shariq Haider, Parveen Wasi
PURPOSE: To assess senior internal medicine residents' experience of the implementation of a reduced duty hours model with night float, the transition from the prior 26-hour call system, and the new model's effects on resident quality of life and perceived patient safety in the emergency department and clinical teaching unit at McMaster University. METHOD: Qualitative data were collected during May 2013-July 2014, through resident focus groups held prior to implementation of a reduced duty hours model and 10 to 12 months postimplementation...
September 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Pauline Calleja, Leanne Aitken, Marie Cooke
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To understand: (1) staff perceptions of best practice for information transfer for multitrauma patients on discharge from the emergency department; (2) what information should be conveyed at transfer and (3) how information is transferred. BACKGROUND: Information transfer for multitrauma patients is an integral factor for continuity of care, safety, quality assurance and patient outcomes; however, this has not been the focus of previous studies...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
D Tahtali, F Bohmann, P Rostek, B Misselwitz, A Reihs, F Heringer, K Jahnke, H Steinmetz, W Pfeilschifter
BACKGROUND: Time is of critical importance in acute stroke management. The establishment of thrombectomy now adds to the complexity and interdisciplinarity of the initial phase. In non-medical high-fidelity situations, such as aviation, crew resource management (CRM) has proven to be highly efficient. It has therefore also been implemented in professional cardiovascular life support training. In a setting where every minute counts, CRM and regular training of the high-fidelity stroke team could offer ways to improve treatment of acute stroke patients...
July 18, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
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