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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
#5
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...
December 14, 2016: 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910796/reinforcement-of-emergency-department-reduces-acute-admissions-to-medical-department
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Mansoor Ahmed Dawood, Gideon Ertner, Jacob Hansen-Schwartz
INTRODUCTION: The medical decision capacity of emergency departments (ED) may rest within the department itself or depend on external consultation. The stepwise development of the ED at Zealand University Hospital, Køge, was used to analyse the influence of medical organisation in the ED on the hospital admission pattern. METHODS: Data were recorded for the month of September of 2009, 2012 and 2014. These periods corresponded to the establishment of the department in 2009 and the 2012-period before organisational change was initiated in 2013, with a substantial increase in the number of senior physicians directly in charge of clinical decisions and the establishment of a limited bedding capacity...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889367/use-or-abuse-a-qualitative-study-of-emergency-physicians-views-on-use-of-observation-stays-at-three-hospitals-in-the-united-states-and-england
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Graham P Martin, Brad Wright, Azeemuddin Ahmed, Jay Banerjee, Suzanne Mason, Damian Roland
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Accumulating evidence has shown increasing use of observation stays for patients presenting to emergency departments and requiring diagnostic evaluation or time-limited treatment plans, but critics suggest that this expansion arises from hospitals' concerns to maximize revenue and shifts costs to patients. Perspectives of physicians making decisions to admit, observe, or discharge have been absent from the debate. We examine the views of emergency physicians in the United States and England on observation stays, and what influences their decisions to use observation services...
November 23, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884844/medication-reconciliation-as-a-medication-safety-initiative-in-ethiopia-a-study-protocol
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Alemayehu B Mekonnen, Andrew J McLachlan, Jo-Anne E Brien, Desalew Mekonnen, Zenahebezu Abay
INTRODUCTION: Medication related adverse events are common, particularly during transitions of care, and have a significant impact on patient outcomes and healthcare costs. Medication reconciliation (MedRec) is an important initiative to achieve the Quality Use of Medicines, and has been adopted as a standard practice in many developed countries. However, the impact of this strategy is rarely described in Ethiopia. The aims of this study are to explore patient safety culture, and to develop, implement and evaluate a theory informed MedRec intervention, with the aim of minimising the incidence of medication errors during hospital admission...
November 24, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852639/improving-geriatric-prescribing-in-the-ed-a-qualitative-study-of-facilitators-and-barriers-to-clinical-decision-support-tool-use
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Ann E Vandenberg, Camille P Vaughan, Melissa Stevens, Susan N Hastings, James Powers, Alayne Markland, Ula Hwang, William Hung, Katharina V Echt
QUALITY PROBLEM OR ISSUE: Clinical decision support (CDS) may improve prescribing for older adults in the Emergency Department (ED) if adopted by providers. INITIAL ASSESSMENT: Existing prescribing order entry processes were mapped at an initial Veterans Administration Medical Center site, demonstrating cognitive burden, effort and safety concerns. CHOICE OF SOLUTION: Geriatric order sets incorporating 2012 Beers guidelines and including geriatric prescribing advice and prepopulated order options were developed...
November 16, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832465/ethnographic-analysis-on-the-use-of-the-electronic-medical-record-for-clinical-handoff
#18
Philippa Nelson, Anthony J Bell, Larry Nathanson, Leon D Sanchez, Jonathan Fisher, Philip D Anderson
The objective of this study was to understand the social elements of clinical and organizational interactions of the key stakeholders in the specific context of an electronic dashboard used by the emergency department (ED) and inpatient medicine teams at the time of clinical referral and handover. An electronic handover function is utilised at the ED-inpatient interface at this institution and has given clinicians the ability to better communicate, monitor the department and strive to improve patient safety in streamline the delivery of care in the acute phase...
November 10, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811162/pediatric-medication-safety-in-adult-community-hospital-settings-a-glimpse-into-nationwide-practice
#19
Francisco Alvarez, Lana Ismail, Allison Markowsky
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Most children in the United States are treated in adult settings. Studies show that the pediatric population is vulnerable to medication errors. It can be extrapolated that children cared for in adult settings are at equal or higher risk for errors. The goal of this study was to assess the existing pediatric medication safety infrastructure within adult hospitals. METHODS: Questionnaire developed through Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) and distributed to pediatric hospitalist programs listed on the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Hospital Medicine web site and members of the American Academy of Pediatrics Quality Improvement Innovation Networks listserv...
December 2016: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752490/disruptive-behaviors-in-an-emergency-department-the-perspective-of-physicians-and-nurses
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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
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