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Acute Triage

Margaret Fry, Lesley Fitzpatrick, Julie Considine, Ramon Z Shaban, Kate Curtis
INTRODUCTION: Older persons aged over 65years represent up to 41% of Australian Emergency Department (ED) presentations. Older persons present with acute and/or chronic conditions, have more Emergency Department visits, hospital admissions and readmissions than other age groups. However, little is known about the characteristics and trends of acute illness and chronic presentations and whether frailty changes these dimensions within this cohort. METHODS: A 12-month retrospective medical record audit of persons over 65years presenting to four EDs...
October 12, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Chulin Chen, Ting Kan, Shuang Li, Chen Qiu, Li Gui
OBJECTIVES: This review aimed to analyze published literature to introduce the use and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists in prehospital emergency medicine and their impact on guideline adherence and patient outcome. METHODS: An English literature search was carried out using the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE, Springer, Elsevier, and ProQuest databases. Original articles describing the use and implementation of SOPs or checklists in prehospital emergency medicine were included...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jongseong Kim, Jung E Park, Matthias Nahrendorf, Dong-Eog Kim
There is an emergent need for imaging methods to better triage patients with acute stroke for tissue-plasminogen activator (tPA)-mediated thrombolysis or endovascular clot retrieval by directly visualizing the size and distribution of cerebral thromboemboli. Currently, magnetic resonance (MR) or computed tomography (CT) angiography visualizes the obstruction of blood flow within the vessel lumen rather than the thrombus itself. The present visualization method, which relies on observation of the dense artery sign (the appearance of cerebral thrombi on a non-enhanced CT), suffers from low sensitivity...
September 2016: Journal of Stroke
Wayne Varndell, Elizabeth Ryan, Alison Jeffers, Nadya Marquez-Hunt
AIM: The purpose of this prospective observational study was to characterise patients occupying the ambulance bay and to determine the ensuing nursing workload. BACKGROUND: The number of patients presenting to ED by ambulance is increasing. During periods of peak demand and access block in the ED, patients with ongoing care needs, requiring continual assessment and symptom management by emergency nurses can remain in the ambulance bay for extended periods of time...
October 7, 2016: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
Rasmus Bo Hasselbalch, Louis Lind Plesner, Mia Pries-Heje, Lisbet Ravn, Morten Lind, Rasmus Greibe, Birgitte Nybo Jensen, Lars S Rasmussen, Kasper Iversen
BACKGROUND: Crowding in the emergency department (ED) is a well-known problem resulting in an increased risk of adverse outcomes. Effective triage might counteract this problem by identifying the sickest patients and ensuring early treatment. In the last two decades, systematic triage has become the standard in ED's worldwide. However, triage models are also time consuming, supported by limited evidence and could potentially be of more harm than benefit. The aim of this study is to develop a quicker triage model using data from a large cohort of unselected ED patients and evaluate if this new model is non-inferior to an existing triage model in a prospective randomized trial...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Keisuke Jimbo, Masahiro Takeda, Eri Miyata, Hiroshi Murakami, Reiko Kyodo, Hideki Orikasa, Geoffrey J Lane, Toshiaki Shimizu, Atsuyuki Yamataka
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine whether acute non-perforated appendicitis (ANPA) can be safely triaged by a pediatrician for conservative management (CM) using gray-scale ultrasonography with power Doppler (GSPD). METHOD: Seventy five cases of ANPA assessed by a pediatrician with GSPD (2013-2015) were reviewed. GSPD grading for ANPA was: I: slightly irregular wall/normal blood flow; II: irregular wall/increased blood flow; III: irregular wall/decreased blood flow; and IV: absence of wall/blood flow...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Dara L Gottlieb, Jennifer Prittie, Yekaterina Buriko, Kenneth E Lamb
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the presence of acute traumatic coagulopathy (ATC) in dogs and cats following blunt trauma and to relate coagulation variables with injury severity and admission variables. DESIGN: Prospective, single center, observational study from 2013 to 2014. SETTING: Urban private referral hospital. ANIMALS: Eighteen and 19 client-owned dogs and cats, respectively, sustaining blunt trauma within 8 hours of presentation without prior resuscitation; 17 healthy staff and client-owned control cats METHODS: Blood samples were collected upon presentation for measurement of blood gas, lactate, blood glucose, ionized calcium, PCV, total plasma protein, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), fibrinogen, platelet count, and thromboelastography...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
Jayne Moquet, Stephen Barnard, Albena Staynova, Carita Lindholm, Octávia Monteiro Gil, Vanda Martins, Ute Rößler, Anne Vral, Charlot Vandevoorde, Maria Wojewódzka, Kai Rothkamm
PURPOSE: Within the EU RENEB project, seven laboratories have taken part in training and harmonisation activities to strengthen triage gamma-H2AX-based radiation exposure assessment. This has culminated in a second triage biodosimetry exercise. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole blood and separated lymphocyte samples were homogenously irradiated with (60)Co gamma rays at 0.5, 2.5 (blind samples), 0 and 2 Gy (reference samples). Following post-exposure incubations of 4 and 24 h, 16 samples were shipped on ice packs to each partner...
August 15, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Biology
William Egner
BACKGROUND: Sheffield National Adverse Reactions Consultancy Service (NARCOS) investigates and triages suspected perioperative anaesthetic reactions to allergy clinics, using serial tryptase samples, urinary methylhistamine and clinical information on a pro forma request. OBJECTIVE: To determine if current UK guidelines on serial tryptase samples are achieved and describe the patterns of tryptase release. METHOD: A retrospective review of 3455 NARCOS cases...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Maryam Khan, Marco L A Sivilotti, Michael J Bullard, Marcel Émond, Jane Sutherland, Andrew Worster, Corinne M Hohl, Jacques S Lee, Mary Eisenhauer, Merril Pauls, Howard Lesiuk, George A Wells, Ian G Stiell, Jeffrey J Perry
BACKGROUND: CT has excellent sensitivity for subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) when performed within 6 hours of headache onset, but it is unknown to what extent patients with more severe disease are likely to undergo earlier CT, potentially inflating estimates of sensitivity. Our objective was to evaluate which patient and hospital factors were associated with earlier neuroimaging in alert, neurologically intact ED patients with suspected SAH. METHODS: We analysed data from two large sequential prospective cohorts of ED patients with acute headache undergoing CT for suspected SAH...
September 22, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Gillian A Beauchamp, Benjamin T Kerrey, Matthew R Mittiga, Andrea S Rinderknecht, Shan Yin
OBJECTIVE: Few studies of children with toxicological emergencies describe those undergoing acute resuscitation, and most describe exposures to single agents. We describe a 12-month sample of patients evaluated in the resuscitation area of a pediatric emergency department (ED) for a toxicological emergency. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective chart review of patients in a high-volume, academic pediatric ED. We identified patients evaluated in the ED resuscitation area for toxicological exposure and conducted structured chart reviews to collect relevant data...
September 20, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Jayne R Stevens, Joseph Brennan
High velocity skull base injuries on the battlefield are unique in comparison to most civilian sector trauma. With more than 43,000 United States military personnel injuries during Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF), the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have significantly expanded the understanding of the physiology of modern battlefield trauma and how to appropriately address these injuries. The acute care principles of effective triage, airway management, and hemorrhage control in these injuries can be life saving and are reviewed here...
October 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
Christopher A Mutch, Jason F Talbott, Alisa Gean
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Imaging plays an important role in the evaluation, diagnosis, and triage of patients with TBI. Recent studies suggest that it also helps predict patient outcomes. TBI consists of multiple pathoanatomic entities. This article reviews the current state of TBI imaging including its indications, benefits and limitations of the modalities, imaging protocols, and imaging findings for each of these pathoanatomic entities. Also briefly surveyed are advanced imaging techniques, which include several promising areas of TBI research...
October 2016: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
Finn H Andersen, Hans Flaatten, Pål Klepstad, Turid Follestad, Kristian Strand, Andreas J Krüger, Michael Hahn, Christian Buskop, Anne-Karin Rime, Reidar Kvåle
OBJECTIVE: To describe ICU admission triage and outcomes in octogenarians. DESIGN: Multicenter prospective observational study. SETTING: Three nonuniversity hospitals and three university hospitals in Norway. PATIENTS: Patients 80 years old or older who were referred for ICU admission from November 2013 to October 2014. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Of the 355 included patients, 105 (29...
September 9, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Kavitha M Chinnaiyan, Gilbert L Raff
Acute chest pain (ACP) represents a clinical as well as economic challenge, often resulting in time-consuming, expensive evaluations to avoid missed diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes (ACSs). Coronary CT angiography (CTA) is an attractive noninvasive technique for use in the emergency department (ED) due to its high accuracy and negative predictive value. Recent studies have demonstrated that coronary CTA can aid in safe, rapid, and cost-efficient triage of these patients. Additional applications of plaque characterization, fractional flow analysis, and CT perfusion imaging hold promise in providing incremental data in patients with suspected ACS...
October 2016: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Philipp J Bless, Joan Muela Ribera, Claudia Schmutz, Andreas Zeller, Daniel Mäusezahl
Acute gastroenteritis (AG) is frequently caused by infectious intestinal diseases (IID) including food- and waterborne pathogens of public health importance. Among these pathogens, Campylobacter spp. plays a major role. Many European countries monitor selected IIDs within disease surveillance systems. In Switzerland, the information on IIDs is restricted to limited surveillance data, while no data is available for AG. We conducted a qualitative study among Swiss general practitioners (GPs) to investigate the case management of AG and campylobacteriosis patients, the associated disease burden and the determinants leading to registration in the National Notification System for Infectious Diseases (NNSID)...
2016: PloS One
Michael C Turner
The increased use of cardiac computed tomography angiography in the emergency room to triage patients who present with chest pain syndrome has led to the identification of individuals with coronary plaques with high-risk characteristics in the absence of significant stenoses. Anecdotal observations have suggested that the presence of coronary high-risk plaque results in an increased risk of acute coronary syndrome over time. This case presentation represents an example of this subgroup of patients. Intuitively, it would seem that high-dose statin therapy would be the treatment of choice, with percutaneous intervention reserved for the development of flow-limiting lesions; however, a prospective trial to determine outcomes to our knowledge has not been performed...
September 5, 2016: Echocardiography
Tomomi Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Furuse, Yasutoshi Ohta, Masahiko Kato, Toshihide Ogawa, Kazuhiro Yamamoto
Non-ST segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) can be difficult to diagnose accurately, especially in the hyper-acute phase. Non-ECG-gated contrast-enhanced computed tomography (non-ECG-gated CE-CT) has been used in many institutions for screening acute chest pain. Although early defects (EDs) observed in non-ECG-gated CE-CT have been reported as a sign of acute myocardial ischemia, the precise diagnostic value of this sign for acute coronary syndrome has not been fully elucidated. We investigated the usefulness of non-ECG-gated CE-CT for the diagnosis of NSTE-ACS...
September 28, 2016: International Heart Journal
Elizabeth Rosted, Martin Schultz, Suzanne Sanders
INTRODUCTION: Many acutely ill elderly people are frail and suffer from polypharmacy. They often present with nonspecific symptoms at hospital admission and are therefore often under-triaged and insufficiently treated resulting in adverse health outcomes. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of polypharmacy and frailty and to identify if frailty and polypharmacy may predict adverse health outcomes in elderly patients who are acutely admitted to hospital. METHODS: The study was a descriptive cohort study including patients ≥ 65 years acutely admitted to hospital during a 14-day period, n = 250...
September 2016: Danish Medical Journal
Catalina Varas, Marion Ravit, Camille Mimoun, Pierre Panel, Cyrille Huchon, Arnaud Fauconnier
OBJECTIVES: Potentially life-threatening gynecological emergencies (G-PLEs) are acute pelvic conditions that may spontaneously evolve into a life-threatening situation, or those for which there is a risk of sequelae or death in the absence of prompt diagnosis and treatment. The objective of this study was to identify the best combination of non-invasive diagnostic tools to ensure an accurate diagnosis and timely response when faced with G-PLEs for patients arriving with acute pelvic pain at the Gynecological Emergency Department (ED)...
2016: PloS One
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