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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...
February 17, 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110896/efficacy-and-safety-of-mepolizumab-in-japanese-patients-with-severe-eosinophilic-asthma
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Terufumi Shimoda, Hiroshi Odajima, Arisa Okamasa, Minako Kawase, Masaki Komatsubara, Bhabita Mayer, Steven Yancey, Hector Ortega
BACKGROUND: The MENSA trial assessed the efficacy and safety of mepolizumab in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma. This report describes the efficacy and safety of mepolizumab in Japanese patients from MENSA. METHODS: A post hoc analysis of the Japanese subgroup from the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, double-dummy, Phase III MENSA trial (NCT01691521). Patients ≥12 years with severe eosinophilic asthma received mepolizumab 75 mg intravenously (IV), 100 mg subcutaneously (SC), or placebo, every 4 weeks for 32 weeks...
January 16, 2017: Allergology International: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Allergology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108139/emergency-department-waiting-room-nurse-role-a-key-informant-perspective
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Innes Kelli, Jackson Debra, Plummer Virginia, Elliott Doug
BACKGROUND: Emergency departments have become overcrowded with increased waiting times. Strategies to decrease waiting times include time-based key performance indicators and introduction of a waiting room nurse role. The aim of the waiting room nurse role is to expedite care by assessing and managing patients in the waiting room. There is limited literature examining this role. METHODS: This paper presents results of semi-structured interviews with five key informants to explore why and how the waiting room nurse role was implemented in Australian emergency departments...
January 17, 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093429/paediatric-ed-bipap-continuous-quality-improvement-programme-with-patient-analysis-2005-2013
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Thomas Abramo, Abby Williams, Samaiya Mushtaq, Mark Meredith, Rawle Sepaule, Kristen Crossman, Cheryl Burney Jones, Suzanne Godbold, Zhuopei Hu, Todd Nick
OBJECTIVE: In paediatric moderate-to-severe asthmatics, there is significant bronchospasm, airway obstruction, air trapping causing severe hyperinflation with more positive intraplural pressure preventing passive air movement. These effects cause an increased respiratory rate (RR), less airflow and shortened inspiratory breath time. In certain asthmatics, aerosols are ineffective due to their inadequate ventilation. Bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) in acute paediatric asthmatics can be an effective treatment...
January 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073650/the-utilisation-of-one-district-hospital-emergency-department-by-people-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Marion Harris, Margaret Fry
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in Australia and the economic burden is more than $8.3 billion a year and predicted to escalate. However, little is known of the trends and characteristics of people with Parkinson's disease presenting to emergency departments (ED). METHOD: The study design was a 12 month retrospective medical record audit. The study was conducted in one metropolitan 300 bed district hospital in an outer suburb of Sydney...
January 7, 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039294/process-mapping-evaluation-of-medication-reconciliation-in-academic-teaching-hospitals-a-critical-step-in-quality-improvement
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Anne Holbrook, James M Bowen, Harsit Patel, Chris O'Brien, John J You, Roshan Tahavori, Jeff Doleweerd, Tim Berezny, Dan Perri, Carmine Nieuwstraten, Sue Troyan, Ameen Patel
BACKGROUND: Medication reconciliation (MedRec) has been a mandated or recommended activity in Canada, the USA and the UK for nearly 10 years. Accreditation bodies in North America will soon require MedRec for every admission, transfer and discharge of every patient. Studies of MedRec have revealed unintentional discrepancies in prescriptions but no clear evidence that clinically important outcomes are improved, leading to widely variable practices. Our objective was to apply process mapping methodology to MedRec to clarify current processes and resource usage, identify potential efficiencies and gaps in care, and make recommendations for improvement in the light of current literature evidence of effectiveness...
December 30, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032265/using-continuous-quantitative-capnography-for-emergency-department-procedural-sedation-a-systematic-review-and-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Nicholas Matthew Mohr, Andrew Stoltze, Azeemuddin Ahmed, Elizabeth Kiscaden, Dan Shane
End-tidal CO2 has been advocated to improve safety of emergency department (ED) procedural sedation by decreasing hypoxia and catastrophic outcomes. This study aimed to estimate the cost-effectiveness of routine use of continuous waveform quantitative end-tidal CO2 monitoring for ED procedural sedation in prevention of catastrophic events. Markov modeling was used to perform cost-effectiveness analysis to estimate societal costs per prevented catastrophic event (death or hypoxic brain injury) during routine ED procedural sedation...
December 28, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007362/best-clinical-practice-controversies-in-outpatient-management-of-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common condition managed in the emergency department (ED), with a wide range of morbidity and mortality. Patients are classically admitted for treatment and monitoring of anticoagulation. OBJECTIVE: We sought to evaluate the controversy concerning outpatient therapy for patients with acute PE and investigate the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of outpatient management. DISCUSSION: Patients with venous thromboembolism have historically been admitted for treatment and monitoring for concern of worsening disease or side effects of anticoagulation (bleeding)...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003301/safety-and-feasibility-of-sublingual-microcirculation-assessment-in-the-emergency-department-for-civilian-and-military-patients-with-traumatic-haemorrhagic-shock-a-prospective-cohort-study
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David N Naumann, Clare Mellis, Iain M Smith, Jasna Mamuza, Imogen Skene, Tim Harris, Mark J Midwinter, Sam D Hutchings
OBJECTIVES: Sublingual microcirculatory monitoring for traumatic haemorrhagic shock (THS) may predict clinical outcomes better than traditional blood pressure and cardiac output, but is not usually performed until the patient reaches the intensive care unit (ICU), missing earlier data of potential importance. This pilot study assessed for the first time the feasibility and safety of sublingual video-microscopy for THS in the emergency department (ED), and whether it yields useable data for analysis...
December 21, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977002/supporting-heart-failure-patient-transitions-from-acute-to-community-care-with-home-telemonitoring-technology-a-protocol-for-a-provincial-randomized-controlled-trial-tec4home
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BACKGROUND: Seniors with chronic diseases such as heart failure have complex care needs. They are vulnerable to their condition deteriorating and, without timely intervention, may require multiple emergency department visits and/or repeated hospitalizations. Upon discharge, the transition from the emergency department to home can be a vulnerable time for recovering patients with disruptions in the continuity of care. Remote monitoring of heart failure patients using home telemonitoring, coupled with clear communication protocols between health care professionals, can be effective in increasing the safety and quality of care for seniors with heart failure discharged from the emergency department...
December 18, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976450/studying-the-safety-and-performance-of-rapid-sequence-intubation-data-collection-method-matters
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Andrea S Rinderknecht, Jenna R Dyas, Benjamin T Kerrey, Gary L Geis, Mona H Ho, Matthew R Mittiga
OBJECTIVE: We sought to describe and compare chart and video review as data collection sources for the study of Emergency Department (ED) Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study compares the availability and content of key RSI outcome and process data from two sources: chart and video data from 12 months of pediatric ED RSI. Key outcomes included adverse effects (oxyhemoglobin desaturation, physiologic changes, inadequate paralysis, vomiting), process components (number of laryngoscopy attempts, end-tidal CO2 detection), and timing data (duration of pre-oxygenation and laryngoscopy attempts)...
December 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974169/antibiotics-first-versus-surgery-for-appendicitis-a%C3%A2-us-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial-allowing-outpatient-antibiotic-management
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David A Talan, Darin J Saltzman, William R Mower, Anusha Krishnadasan, Cecilia M Jude, Ricky Amii, Daniel A DeUgarte, James X Wu, Kavitha Pathmarajah, Ashkan Morim, Gregory J Moran
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Randomized trials suggest that nonoperative treatment of uncomplicated appendicitis with antibiotics-first is safe. No trial has evaluated outpatient treatment and no US randomized trial has been conducted, to our knowledge. This pilot study assessed feasibility of a multicenter US study comparing antibiotics-first, including outpatient management, with appendectomy. METHODS: Patients aged 5 years or older with uncomplicated appendicitis at 1 US hospital were randomized to appendectomy or intravenous ertapenem greater than or equal to 48 hours and oral cefdinir and metronidazole...
December 11, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965876/implementing-resilience-engineering-for-healthcare-quality-improvement-using-the-care-model-a-feasibility-study-protocol
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J E Anderson, A J Ross, J Back, M Duncan, P Snell, K Walsh, P Jaye
BACKGROUND: Resilience engineering (RE) is an emerging perspective on safety in complex adaptive systems that emphasises how outcomes emerge from the complexity of the clinical environment. Complexity creates the need for flexible adaptation to achieve outcomes. RE focuses on understanding the nature of adaptations, learning from success and increasing adaptive capacity. Although the philosophy is clear, progress in applying the ideas to quality improvement has been slow. The aim of this study is to test the feasibility of translating RE concepts into practical methods to improve quality by designing, implementing and evaluating interventions based on RE theory...
2016: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964767/assessing-hospital-disaster-readiness-over-time-at-the-us-department-of-veterans-affairs
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Claudia Der-Martirosian, Tiffany A Radcliff, Alicia R Gable, Deborah Riopelle, Farhad A Hagigi, Pete Brewster, Aram Dobalian
: Introduction There have been numerous initiatives by government and private organizations to help hospitals become better prepared for major disasters and public health emergencies. This study reports on efforts by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration, Office of Emergency Management's (OEM) Comprehensive Emergency Management Program (CEMP) to assess the readiness of VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) across the nation. Hypothesis/Problem This study conducts descriptive analyses of preparedness assessments of VAMCs and examines change in hospital readiness over time...
February 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923390/the-rapid-ctca-trial-rapid-assessment-of-potential-ischaemic-heart-disease-with-ctca-a-multicentre-parallel-group-randomised-trial-to-compare-early-computerised-tomography-coronary-angiography-versus-standard-care-in-patients-presenting-with-suspected-or-confirmed
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Alasdair J Gray, Carl Roobottom, Jason E Smith, Steve Goodacre, Katherine Oatey, Rachel O'Brien, Robert F Storey, Lumine Na, Steff C Lewis, Praveen Thokala, David E Newby
BACKGROUND: Emergency department attendances with chest pain requiring assessment for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are a major global health issue. Standard assessment includes history, examination, electrocardiogram (ECG) and serial troponin testing. Computerised tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) enables additional anatomical assessment of patients for coronary artery disease (CAD) but has only been studied in very low-risk patients. This trial aims to investigate the effect of early CTCA upon interventions, event rates and health care costs in patients with suspected/confirmed ACS who are at intermediate risk...
December 7, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912950/a-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-as-an-add-on-therapy-to-oral-montelukast-in-the-treatment-of-mild-persistent-asthma-in-children
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Pak-Hong Chan, Ching-Yee To, Eric Yat-Tung Chan, Handong Li, Xiuxia Zhang, Pok-Yu Chow, Po-Ling Liu, Shuk-Yu Leung, Chung-Hong Chan, Ka-Yan Chan, Johnny Yick-Chun Chan, Jonathan Pak-Heng Ng, Daniel Kwok-Keung Ng
OBJECTIVES: Traditional Chinese medicine are commonly used for treatment of asthma. However, there are only very limited data about its efficacy in children. Therefore, we aimed to determine the efficacy of augmented Yu Ping Feng San (aYPFS) as an add-on to oral montelukast compared with montelukast alone for treatment of mild persistent asthma in children. DESIGN: A single centre, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, randomized control trial was carried out. Participants with age 6-18 years who had mild persistent asthma were randomized according to random number list to receive either aYPFS plus montelukast for 24 weeks or placebo plus montelukast for 24 weeks...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
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