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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234819/-optimized-resource-mobilization-and-quality-of-treatment-of-severely-injured-patients-through-a%C3%A2-structured-trauma-room-alarm-system
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C Spering, M Roessler, T Kurlemann, K Dresing, K M Stürmer, W Lehmann, S Sehmisch
BACKGROUND: The treatment of severely injured patients in the trauma resuscitation unit (TRU) requires an interdisciplinary and highly professional trauma team approach. The complete team needs to be waiting for the patient in the TRU on arrival. Treating severely injured patients in the TRU, the trauma team connects the initial preclinical emergency stabilization with the subsequent sophisticated treatment. Thus, the trauma team depends on concise information from the emergency personnel at the scene to provide its leader with further information as well as an accurate alarm including all departments necessary to stabilize the patient in the TRU...
December 12, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222286/improving-emergency-department-based-care-of-sickle-cell-pain
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REVIEW
Jeffrey A Glassberg
Pain is the leading cause of emergency department (ED) visits for individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD). The care that is delivered in the ED is often cited by patients with SCD as the area of health care in greatest need of improvement. In 2014, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute released guidelines for the care of SCD, including recommendations for the management of acute sickle cell pain in the ED. These guidelines provide a framework to understand the elements of ideal emergency sickle cell pain care; however, they do not provide guidance on barriers and facilitators to achieving these ideals in the complex system of the ED...
December 8, 2017: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194491/healthcare-providers-perceptions-of-a-situational-awareness-display-for-emergency-department-resuscitation-a-simulation-qualitative-study
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Lisa A Calder, Abhi Bhandari, George Mastoras, Kathleen Day, Kathryn Momtahan, Matthew Falconer, Brian Weitzman, Benjamin Sohmer, A Adam Cwinn, Stanley J Hamstra, Avi Parush
Importance: Emergency resuscitation of critically ill patients can challenge team communication and situational awareness. Tools facilitating team performance may enhance patient safety. Objectives: To determine resuscitation team members' perceptions of the Situational Awareness Display's utility. Design: We conducted focus groups with healthcare providers during Situational Awareness Display development. After simulations assessing the display, we conducted debriefs with participants...
November 29, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174645/the-attitudes-of-emergency-department-nurses-towards-patient-safety
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Hanife Durgun, Hülya Kaya
This research was planned to identify the attitudes of emergency department nurses towards patient safety. The study was performed as descriptive. The universe of the research the universe comprised hospitals defined as 3rd level according to Turkish health care classification, which provides service to all health disciplines in Istanbul. The sample consisted of emergency department (ED) nurses who work in those hospitals. The data was collected by using tools such as the "Information Questionnaire" and the "Patient Safety Attitudes Scale"...
November 23, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174580/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-comparing-the-efficacy-of-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-opioids-and-paracetamol-in-the-treatment-of-acute-renal-colic
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REVIEW
Sameer A Pathan, Biswadev Mitra, Peter A Cameron
CONTEXT: Renal colic is a common, acute presentation of urolithiasis that requires immediate pain relief. European Association of Urology guidelines recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as the preferred analgesia. However, the fear of NSAID adverse effects and the uncertainty about superior analgesic effect have maintained the practice of advocating intravenous opioids as the initial analgesia. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to compare the safety and efficacy of NSAIDs with opioids and paracetamol (acetaminophen) for the management of acute renal colic...
November 21, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174450/we-all-make-choices-a-decision-analysis-framework-for-disposition-decision-in-the-emergency-department
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Muge Capan, Jessica Pigeon, Debra Marco, John Powell, Kathryn Groner
BACKGROUND: Emergency Department (ED) providers' disposition decision impacts patient care and safety. The objective of this brief report is to gain a better understanding of ED providers' disposition decision and risk tolerance of associated outcomes. METHODS: We synthesized qualitative and quantitative methods including decision mapping, survey research, statistical analysis, and word clouds. Between July 2017 and August 2017, a 10-item survey was developed and conducted at the study hospital...
November 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170352/55%C3%A2-mini-sim-innovative-bite-sized-simulation-teaching-in-a-busy-children-s-emergency-department
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Rachel Sunley, Karen Moloney, Jessica Parker, Christopher Arrowsmith, Kirsty Brown, Alex Wilson
: Emergency Medicine requires a highly skilled workforce who are passionate about delivering excellent patient care. Shift patterns linked with the ever increasing numbers of patients who attend Emergency Departments puts strain on educating the workforce and fostering team togetherness.Our objective in devising and instigating the 'Mini Sim' programme was to embed regular in-situ simulation training to enhance the learning of all staff within our Emergency Department team, building a highly trained workforce to deliver excellent care within the remit of our busy department...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170328/31%C3%A2-the-quality-improvement-qip-improving-multidisciplinary-staff-engagement-with-quality-improvement-in-the-rvh-emergency-department
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Olly Bannon, Emma Greenwood
: In recent years the RVH Emergency Department (ED) had been under intense pressure and public scrutiny. This led to a demoralised workforce who had become disengaged with quality improvement (QI). QI projects had become an exercise in data collection with little focus on improving care for patients.Two consultants undertook training in QI and then decided to develop a QI project aiming to empower staff and embed QI as daily practice. An ED QI steering group of interested multidisciplinary members was formed and devised an improvement plan to increase staff engagement with QI...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167032/using-the-evidence-based-practice-service-nursing-bundle-to-increase-patient-satisfaction
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Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, Juli F Daniels, Angela J Hodge, Valerie L DeCamp
ABSTRACTINTRODUCTION: Patient satisfaction and patient experience goals are often linked to financial consequences. Although the link does exist, the bottom line is not only about money; it's about providing a quality experience for ED patients and creating an environment that engages staff. Evidence-based practice (EBP) strategies that have positive impact on patient perceptions of their ED care and increased satisfaction ratings include AIDET, Hourly Rounding, and Bedside Shift Report, which incorporate updates of test results and explanations of events occurring during a patient's visit...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166296/emergency-intubations-in-a-high-volume-pediatric-emergency-department
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Jen Heng Pek, Gene Yong-Kwang Ong
INTRODUCTION: Resuscitation of critically ill children can be chaotic, and emergency airway management is often fraught with difficulties. This study aimed to characterize the Singaporean landscape of tracheal intubation in a pediatric emergency unit, placing emphasis on safety outcomes, procedural process of care, and provider training. METHODS: A retrospective review of all cases presented to the KK Women's and Children's Hospital from January 2009 to December 2013 with intubation carried out within the pediatric emergency unit was done...
November 21, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154396/nurses-experiences-of-unprofessional-behaviors-in-the-emergency-department-a-qualitative-study
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Naser Parizad, Hadi Hassankhani, Azad Rahmani, Eesa Mohammadi, Violeta Lopez, Michelle Cleary
The nursing profession is focused on serving others and has high expectations that each member behaves professionally and ethically, as articulated in nursing codes of practice and conduct. Where these are not upheld, inappropriate and unprofessional workplace behaviors follow. Regrettably, unprofessional behavior is neither new nor constrained to the nursing profession, but is known to negatively impact staff and workplace relationships, and importantly, patient safety and care. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore Iranian nurses' experiences of professional communication between colleagues in the emergency department...
November 20, 2017: Nursing & Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140968/end-tidal-carbon-dioxide-use-for-tracheal-intubation-analysis-from-the-national-emergency-airway-registry-for-children-near4kids-registry
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Melissa L Langhan, Beth L Emerson, Sholeen Nett, Matthew Pinto, Ilana Harwayne-Gidansky, Kyle J Rehder, Conrad Krawiec, Keith Meyer, John S Giuliano, Erin B Owen, Keiko M Tarquinio, Ron C Sanders, Michael Shepherd, Gokul Kris Bysani, Asha N Shenoi, Natalie Napolitano, Sandeep Gangadharan, Simon J Parsons, Dennis W Simon, Vinay M Nadkarni, Akira Nishisaki
OBJECTIVE: Waveform capnography use has been incorporated into guidelines for the confirmation of tracheal intubation. We aim to describe the trend in waveform capnography use in emergency departments and PICUs and assess the association between waveform capnography use and adverse tracheal intubation-associated events. DESIGN: A multicenter retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Thirty-four hospitals (34 ICUs and nine emergency departments) in the National Emergency Airway Registry for Children quality improvement initiative...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132499/use-of-medical-emergency-call-data-as-a-marker-of-quality-of-emergency-department-care-in-the-post-national-emergency-access-target-era
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Lorraine Westacott, Judy Graves, Mohsina Khatun, John Burke
Objectives Any new model of care should always be accompanied by rigorous monitoring to ensure that there are no negative consequences, especially any that impact upon patient safety. In 2013, 'THERMoSTAT' (Two- Hour Evaluation and Referral Model for Shorter Turnaround Times), an emergency department model of care developed by Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital staff was launched to gain efficiencies and improve hospital National Emergency Access Target (NEAT) compliance. The aim of this study was to trial the use of medical emergency call data as a novel marker of the quality of care delivered by our emergency department...
November 14, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117454/factors-affecting-quality-of-nurse-shift-handover-in-the-emergency-department
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Heather Thomson, Ann Tourangeau, Lianne Jeffs, Martine Puts
AIM: The aim of this study was to explore and test factors hypothesized to influence quality of Emergency Department nurse-to-nurse shift handover communication. BACKGROUND: Nurse-to-nurse shift handover communication includes the transfer of information and responsibility for patients at shift change. The unique environment of the Emergency Department, where there is a high degree of patient unpredictability, increased patient volumes and rapid patient turnover, can create challenges for high quality handover communication...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107318/a-quality-improvement-project-to-improve-education-provided-by-nurses-to-ed-patients-prescribed-opioid-analgesics-at-discharge
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Daria L Waszak, Ann M Mitchell, Dianxu Ren, Laura A Fennimore
BACKGROUND: The opioid crisis continues to take an unprecedented number of lives and is the top cause of injury death in the United States. The emergency department is a setting where patients with pain seek care and may be prescribed an opioid, yet many patients do not receive evidence-based education about taking their opioid safely. Like many communities across the country, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has experienced an increased rate of opioid overdoses; from 2015-2016, the number of opioid-related overdose deaths in the county increased by 44%...
October 26, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092726/factors-associated-with-unplanned-readmissions-in-a-major-australian-health-service
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Julie Considine, Karen Fox, David Plunkett, Melissa Mecner, Mary O'Reilly, Peteris Darzins
Objective The aim of the present study was to gain an understanding of the factors associated with unplanned hospital readmission within 28 days of acute care discharge from a major Australian health service.Methods A retrospective study of 20575 acute care discharges from 1 August to 31 December 2015 was conducted using administrative databases. Patient, index admission and readmission characteristics were evaluated for their association with unplanned readmission in ≤28 days.Results The unplanned readmission rate was 7...
November 2, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063722/a-quality-improvement-initiative-to-increase-the-safety-of-pediatric-emergency-airway-management
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Elliot Long, Domenic R Cincotta, Joanne Grindlay, Stefano Sabato, Emmanuelle Fauteux-Lamarre, David Beckerman, Terry Carroll, Nuala Quinn
BACKGROUND: Emergency airway management is commonly associated with life-threatening hypoxia and hypotension which may be preventable. AIMS: The aim of this quality improvement study was to reduce the frequency of intubation-related hypoxia and hypotension. METHODS: This prospective quality improvement study was conducted over 4 years in the Emergency Department of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. A preintervention cohort highlighted safety gaps and was used to design study interventions, including an emergency airway algorithm, standardized airway equipment, a preintubation checklist and equipment template, endtidal carbon dioxide monitoring, postintubation team debriefing, and multidisciplinary team training...
October 24, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032791/deconstructing-the-4-h-rule-for-access-to-emergency-care-and-putting-patients-first
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Ian Scott, Clair Sullivan, Andrew Staib, Anthony Bell
Evidence suggests improved outcomes for patients requiring emergency admission to hospital are associated with improved emergency department (ED) efficiency and lower transit times. Factors preventing timely transfers of emergency patients to in-patient beds across the ED-in-patient interface are major causes for ED crowding, for which several remedial strategies are possible, including parallel processing of probable admissions, direct-to-ward admissions and single-point medical registrars for receiving and processing all referrals directed at specific speciality units...
October 16, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025194/procalcitonin-to-initiate-or-discontinue-antibiotics-in-acute-respiratory-tract-infections
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REVIEW
Philipp Schuetz, Yannick Wirz, Ramon Sager, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Daiana Stolz, Michael Tamm, Lila Bouadma, Charles E Luyt, Michel Wolff, Jean Chastre, Florence Tubach, Kristina B Kristoffersen, Olaf Burkhardt, Tobias Welte, Stefan Schroeder, Vandack Nobre, Long Wei, Heiner C Bucher, Neera Bhatnagar, Djillali Annane, Konrad Reinhart, Angela Branche, Pierre Damas, Maarten Nijsten, Dylan W de Lange, Rodrigo O Deliberato, Stella Ss Lima, Vera Maravić-Stojković, Alessia Verduri, Bin Cao, Yahya Shehabi, Albertus Beishuizen, Jens-Ulrik S Jensen, Caspar Corti, Jos A Van Oers, Ann R Falsey, Evelien de Jong, Carolina F Oliveira, Bianca Beghe, Matthias Briel, Beat Mueller
BACKGROUND: Acute respiratory infections (ARIs) comprise of a large and heterogeneous group of infections including bacterial, viral, and other aetiologies. In recent years, procalcitonin (PCT), a blood marker for bacterial infections, has emerged as a promising tool to improve decisions about antibiotic therapy (PCT-guided antibiotic therapy). Several randomised controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated the feasibility of using procalcitonin for starting and stopping antibiotics in different patient populations with ARIs and different settings ranging from primary care settings to emergency departments, hospital wards, and intensive care units...
October 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021110/collaborative-care-from-the-emergency-department-for-injured-patients-with-prescription-drug-misuse-an-open-feasibility-study
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Lauren K Whiteside, Doyanne Darnell, Karlee Jackson, Jin Wang, Joan Russo, Dennis M Donovan, Douglas F Zatzick
Collaborative Care is a comprehensive longitudinal care management strategy. The purpose of this pilot effectiveness-implementation hybrid study was to determine the feasibility of a Collaborative Care intervention initiated from the Emergency Department and proceeding longitudinally for six months for injured patients with prescription drug misuse (PDM). Adult patients presenting to an urban ED with an injury were screened for eligibility from 2/2015-8/2015. Eligible participants with a positive screen for PDM were enrolled in the 'ED-LINC' intervention which included the following elements: 1) active care coordination and linkage, 2) medication safety and utilization of opioid guidelines 3) longitudinal care management and 4) utilization of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) innovations such as the statewide Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE) and statewide prescription monitoring program information for assessment and follow-up...
November 2017: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
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