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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437795/effect-of-using-the-heart-score-in-patients-with-chest-pain-in-the-emergency-department-a-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomized-trial
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Judith M Poldervaart, Johannes B Reitsma, Barbra E Backus, Hendrik Koffijberg, Rolf F Veldkamp, Monique E Ten Haaf, Yolande Appelman, Herman F J Mannaerts, Jan-Melle van Dantzig, Madelon van den Heuvel, Mohamed El Farissi, Bernard J W M Rensing, Nicolette M S K J Ernst, Ineke M C Dekker, Frank R den Hartog, Thomas Oosterhof, Ghizelda R Lagerweij, Eugene M Buijs, Maarten W J van Hessen, Marcel A J Landman, Roland R J van Kimmenade, Luc Cozijnsen, Jeroen J J Bucx, Clara E E van Ofwegen-Hanekamp, Maarten-Jan Cramer, A Jacob Six, Pieter A Doevendans, Arno W Hoes
Background: The HEART (History, Electrocardiogram, Age, Risk factors, and initial Troponin) score is an easy-to-apply instrument to stratify patients with chest pain according to their short-term risk for major adverse cardiac events (MACEs), but its effect on daily practice is unknown. Objective: To measure the effect of use of the HEART score on patient outcomes and use of health care resources. Design: Stepped-wedge, cluster randomized trial...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420688/can-a-partnership-between-general-practitioners-and-ambulance-services-reduce-conveyance-to-emergency-care
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Manuel Villarreal, Jonathan Leach, Kandala Ngianga-Bakwin, Jeremy Dale
BACKGROUND: Emergency services are facing increasing workload pressures, and new models of care are needed. We evaluate the impact of a service development involving a partnership between emergency ambulance crews and general practitioners (GPs) on reducing conveyance rates to the Hospital Emergency Department (ED). METHODS: The service model was implemented in the West Midlands of England. Call handlers identified patients with needs that could be addressed by a GP using locally agreed criteria...
April 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412951/understanding-discharge-communication-behaviours-in-a-pediatric-emergency-care-context-a-mixed-methods-observation-study-protocol
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Janet A Curran, Andrea Bishop, Amy Plint, Shannon MacPhee, Roger Zemek, Jill Chorney, Mona Jabbour, Stephen Porter, Scott Sawyer
BACKGROUND: One of the most important transitions in the continuum of care for children is discharge to home. Optimal discharge communication between healthcare providers and caregivers (e.g., parents or other guardians) who present to the emergency department (ED) with their children is not well understood. The lack of policies and considerable variation in practice regarding discharge communication in pediatric EDs pose a quality and safety risk for children and their parents. METHODS: The aim of this mixed methods study is to better understand the process and structure of discharge communication in a pediatric ED context to contribute to the design and development of discharge communication interventions...
April 17, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409062/improved-availability-and-quality-of-care-with-epilepsy-nurse-practitioners
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Chloe E Hill, Bethany Thomas, Kimberly Sansalone, Kathryn A Davis, Judy A Shea, Brian Litt, Nabila Dahodwala
BACKGROUND: This study investigated the quality of care delivered by nurse practitioner (NP)-physician teams employed to expand clinic appointment availability for patients with epilepsy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational cohort study of patients with epilepsy presenting to the Penn Epilepsy Center for a new patient appointment in 2014. During this time, patients were seen either by an NP-physician team care model or a more traditional physician-only care model...
April 2017: Neurology. Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402017/asthma-education-for-school-staff
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Kayleigh M Kew, Robin Carr, Tim Donovan, Morris Gordon
BACKGROUND: Teachers and school staff should be competent in managing asthma in schools. Demonstrated low levels of asthma knowledge mean that staff may not know how best to protect a child with asthma in their care, or may fail to take appropriate action in the event of a serious attack. Education about asthma could help to improve this knowledge and lead to better asthma outcomes for children. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness and safety of asthma education programmes for school staff, and to identify content and attributes underpinning them...
April 12, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394084/personalised-asthma-action-plans-for-adults-with-asthma
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REVIEW
Timothy L Gatheral, Alison Rushton, David Jw Evans, Caroline A Mulvaney, Nathan R Halcovitch, Gemma Whiteley, Fiona Jr Eccles, Sally Spencer
BACKGROUND: A key aim of asthma care is to empower each person to take control of his or her own condition. A personalised asthma action plan (PAAP), also known as a written action plan, an individualised action plan, or a self-management action plan, contributes to this endeavour. A PAAP includes individualised self-management instructions devised collaboratively with the patient to help maintain asthma control and regain control in the event of an exacerbation. A PAAP includes baseline characteristics (such as lung function), maintenance medication and instructions on how to respond to increasing symptoms and when to seek medical help...
April 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388818/enhancing-quality-of-provider-practices-for-older-adults-in-the-emergency-department-equipped
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Melissa Stevens, Susan N Hastings, Alayne D Markland, Ula Hwang, William Hung, Ann E Vandenberg, William Bryan, Dewayne Cross, James Powers, Gerald McGwin, Noor Fattouh, William Ho, Carolyn Clevenger, Camille P Vaughan
EQUiPPED is a multicomponent quality improvement initiative combining education, electronic clinical decision support, and individual provider feedback to influence prescribing and improve medication safety for older adults. The objective here was to evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of EQUiPPED to reduce the use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs), as defined by the American Geriatrics Society 2012 Beers Criteria, prescribed to older Veterans at the time of emergency department (ED) discharge...
April 7, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356887/pre-test-and-post-test-applications-to-shape-the-education-of-phlebotomists-in-a-quality-management-program-an-experience-in-a-training-hospital
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Güzin Aykal, Mustafa Keşapli, Özgür Aydin, Hatice Esen, Ayşenur Yeğin, Faruk Güngör, Necat Yilmaz
BACKGROUND: After the introduction of modern laboratory instruments and information systems, preanalytic phase is the new field of battle. Errors in preanalytical phase account for approximately half of total errors in clinical laboratory. The objective of this study was to share an experience of an education program that was believed to be successful in decreasing the number of rejected samples received from the Emergency Department (ED). METHODS: An education program about laboratory procedures, quality requirements in the laboratory, patient and health-care worker safety was planned by the quality team to be performed on 36 people who were responsible for sample collection in the ED...
September 2016: Journal of Medical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339735/triage-quality-control-is-missing-tools-a-new-observation-technique-for-ed-quality-improvement
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Tomi Malmström, Veli-Pekka Harjola, Paulus Torkki, Salla Kumpulainen, Raija Malmström
Objective: Correct assessment of patient urgency is critical to ensuring patient safety in emergency departments (EDs). Although significant time and effort have been devoted to developing triage systems, less attention has been paid to the development of quality control. The aim of this study is to introduce and test observation technique, which enables identifying of patient groups at risk of erroneous assessment in triage. The introduced technique is aimed to be less laborious to use than existing triage quality control methods...
February 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302375/risk-factors-for-unplanned-transfer-to-the-intensive-care-unit-after-emergency-department-admission
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Lena M Boerma, Eef P J Reijners, Roger A P A Hessels, Martijn A A V Hooft
INTRODUCTION: Unplanned Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission has been used as a surrogate marker of adverse events, and is used by the Australian Council of Healthcare Accreditation as a reportable quality indicator. If we can identify independent variables predicting deterioration which require ICU transfer within 24h after emergency department (ED) admission, direct ICU admission should be considered. This may improve patient safety and reduce adverse events by appropriate disposition of patients presenting to the ED...
March 12, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289051/paediatric-early-warning-systems-for-detecting-and-responding-to-clinical-deterioration-in-children-a-systematic-review
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Veronica Lambert, Anne Matthews, Rachel MacDonell, John Fitzsimons
OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the available evidence on paediatric early warning systems (PEWS) for use in acute paediatric healthcare settings for the detection of, and timely response to, clinical deterioration in children. METHOD: The electronic databases PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE and Cochrane were searched systematically from inception up to August 2016. Eligible studies had to refer to PEWS, inclusive of rapid response systems and teams. Outcomes had to be specific to the identification of and/or response to clinical deterioration in children (including neonates) in paediatric hospital settings (including emergency departments)...
March 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274646/general-characteristics-and-activity-of-emergency-department-short-stay-units-in-spanish-hospitals
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Carles Ferré, Ferran Llopis, Francisco Javier Martín-Sánchez, Gonzalo Sempere, Pere Llorens, Carmen Navarro, Mikel Martínez-Ortiz, Antoni Juan
BACKGROUND: Emergency Department (ED) overcrowding mainly due to the lack of access to inpatient beds negatively affects safety and quality of care. Implementation of ED short-stay units (EDSSUs) may help to mitigate this situation. OBJECTIVES: To describe the general characteristics and evaluate the activity of EDSSUs in Spanish hospitals. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study. A questionnaire was sent to coordinators responsible for the EDSSUs identified among Spanish hospitals appearing on the Ministry of Health Web page...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255995/meaningful-use-and-hospital-performance-on-post-acute-utilization-indicators
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Yanick N Brice, Karen E Joynt, Christopher P Tompkins, Grant A Ritter
OBJECTIVES: To examine trends in hospital post-acute utilization indicators and to determine whether improvement in these indicators is associated with attesting to meaningful use (MU). DATA SOURCES: Medicare claims-based, repeated measures on 30-day hospital-wide all-cause readmission and emergency department (ED) utilization rates for 160 short-stay hospitals (2009-2012); Medicare EHR Incentive Program Payments files (2011-2012); and other hospital and market data...
March 2, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248804/standardizing-the-initial-resuscitation-of-the-trauma-patient-with-the-primary-assessment-completion-tool-pact-using-video-review
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Lee Ann Wurster, Rajan K Thakkar, Kathy J Haley, Krista K Wheeler, Jeremy Larson, Michael Stoner, Yaffa Gewirtz, Todd Holman, Don Buckingham, Jonathan I Groner
BACKGROUND: Major trauma resuscitations at pediatric trauma centers have an elevated risk for error due to their high acuity and relatively low frequency. The Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) treatment paradigm was established to improve the management of trauma patients during the initial resuscitation phase and has been shown to improve outcomes through a standardized approach. The goal of this quality improvement project was to decrease assessment physician variability and improve the compliance with the ATLS® primary assessment for major resuscitations...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244630/implementation-of-nap4-emergency-airway-management-recommendations-in-a-quaternary-level-pediatric-hospital
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Elliot Long, Domenic Cincotta, Joanne Grindlay, Anastasia Pellicano, Michael Clifford, Stefan Sabato
Emergency airway management, particularly outside of the operating room, is associated with a high incidence of life-threatening adverse events. Based on the recommendations of the 4th National Audit Project, we aimed to develop hospital-wide systems changes to improve the safety of emergency airway management. We describe a framework for governance in the form of a hospital airway special interest group. We describe the development and implementation of the following systems changes: 1. A local intubation algorithm modified from the Difficult Airway Society's plan A-B-C-D approach, including clear pathways for airway escalation, and emphasizing the concepts of resuscitation prior to intubation, planning for failure, and avoidance of fixation error...
February 28, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219617/techniques-and-outcomes-of-emergency-airway-management-in-japan-an-analysis-of-two-multicentre-prospective-observational-studies-2010-2016
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Yukari Goto, Tadahiro Goto, Yusuke Hagiwara, Yusuke Tsugawa, Hiroko Watase, Hiroshi Okamoto, Kohei Hasegawa
OBJECTIVES: Continuous surveillance of emergency airway management practice is imperative in improving quality of care and patient safety. We aimed to investigate the changes in the practice of emergency airway management and the related outcomes in the emergency departments (EDs) in Japan. METHODS: We conducted an analysis of the data from two prospective, observational, multicentre registries of emergency airway management-the Japanese Emergency Airway Network (JEAN)-1 and -2 Registries from April 2010 through May 2016...
May 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210321/telemedicine-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Nicolino Ambrosino, Guido Vagheggini, Stefano Mazzoleni, Michele Vitacca
Telemedicine is a medical application of advanced technology to disease management. This modality may provide benefits also to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Different devices and systems are used. The legal problems associated with telemedicine are still controversial. Economic advantages for healthcare systems, though potentially high, are still poorly investigated. A European Respiratory Society Task Force has defined indications, follow-up, equipment, facilities, legal and economic issues of tele-monitoring of COPD patients including those undergoing home mechanical ventilation...
December 2016: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205248/a-framework-for-transition-to-specialty-practice-programs
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Julia Morphet, Virginia Plummer, Bridie Kent, Julie Considine
AIM: To develop a framework for emergency nursing transition to specialty practice programs. BACKGROUND: Transition to Specialty Practice programs were introduced to fill workforce shortages and facilitate the transition of nurses to specialty nursing practice. These programs are recognised as essential preparation for emergency nurses. Emergency nursing Transition to Specialty Practice programs have developed in an ad hoc manner and as a result, program characteristics vary...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166743/molecular-point-of-care-testing-for-respiratory-viruses-versus-routine-clinical-care-in-adults-with-acute-respiratory-illness-presenting-to-secondary-care-a-pragmatic-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol-respoc
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Nathan J Brendish, Ahalya K Malachira, Tristan W Clark
BACKGROUND: Respiratory viruses are associated with a huge socio-economic burden and are responsible for a large proportion of acute respiratory illness in hospitalised adults. Laboratory PCR is accurate but takes at least 24 h to generate a result to clinicians and antigen-based point-of-care tests (POCT) lack sensitivity. Rapid molecular platforms, such as the FilmArray Respiratory Panel, have equivalent diagnostic accuracy to laboratory PCR and can generate a result in 1 h making them deployable as POCT...
February 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152895/effects-of-admission-adm-source-time-and-provider-on-inpatient-inpt-oncology-onc-outcomes-at-the-cleveland-clinic-foundation-ccf
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Lindsey Martin Goodman, Lisa A Rybicki, Alberto J Montero, Bassam N Estfan, Carolyn Best, James Stevenson
140 Background: The quality of care transfers is known to influence clinical outcomes. In an inpt onc setting at a major tertiary care referral center, patient (pt) adm originate from many different areas and times. A detailed evaluation of onc adm by source of transfer, admission time, and provider type, may identify opportunities to improve inpt clinical outcomes. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all adm to the inpt solid tumor onc service from July - December 2014 from CCF regional hospital emergency departments (ED), outside hospital (OSH) ED, OSH inpt services, and CCF outpt clinics...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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