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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632578/acute-abdominal-pain-recognition-and-management-of-constipation-in-the-emergency-department
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Stefania Norbedo, Giulia Bassanese, Francesca Barbieri, Egidio Barbi
OBJECTIVE: The main aim of the study was to investigate the incidence and the clinically relevant features of functional constipation in patients evaluated for acute abdominal pain in a tertiary care pediatric emergency department. METHODS: This is a retrospective study. We analyzed 4394 medical records and recorded the information (demographics, triage code, symptoms, medical history, physical evaluation, laboratory tests, radiological studies, procedures, and treatments) of all patients admitted for acute abdominal pain to the emergency department of the IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, during 2010 to 2013...
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630565/efficacy-of-various-scoring-systems-for-predicting-the-28-day-survival-rate-among-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-requiring-emergency-intensive-care
#2
Zhihong Feng, Tao Wang, Ping Liu, Sipeng Chen, Han Xiao, Ning Xia, Zhiming Luo, Bing Wei, Xiuhong Nie
We aimed to investigate the efficacy of four severity-of-disease scoring systems in predicting the 28-day survival rate among patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) requiring emergency care. Clinical data of patients with AECOPD who required emergency care were recorded over 2 years. APACHE II, SAPS II, SOFA, and MEDS scores were calculated from severity-of-disease indicators recorded at admission and compared between patients who died within 28 days of admission (death group; 46 patients) and those who did not (survival group; 336 patients)...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628525/assessing-sensitivity-and-specificity-of-the-manchester-triage-system-in-the-evaluation-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-adult-patients-in-emergency-care-a-systematic-review
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Fernanda Ayache Nishi, Flávia de Oliveira Motta Maia, Itamar de Souza Santos, Dina de Almeida Lopes Monteiro da Cruz
BACKGROUND: Triage is the first assessment and sorting process used to prioritize patients arriving in the emergency department (ED). As a triage tool, the Manchester Triage System (MTS) must have a high sensitivity to minimize the occurrence of under-triage, but must not compromise specificity to avoid the occurrence of overtriage. Sensitivity and specificity of the MTS can be calculated using the frequency of appropriately assigned clinical priority levels for patients presenting to the ED...
June 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625711/why-parents-seek-care-for-acute-illness-in-the-clinic-or-the-ed-the-role-of-health-literacy
#4
Meghan May, David C Brousseau, David A Nelson, Kathryn E Flynn, Michael S Wolf, Bryn Lepley, Andrea K Morrison
OBJECTIVE: To explore the decision to seek care and decision-making regarding location of care among parents with low and adequate health literacy. METHODS: Parents of children ≤ 8 years old presenting for 'sick child' visits at a clinic or a non-urgent ED visit (triage level 5) were interviewed. The Newest Vital Sign (NVS) categorized parental health literacy. Interviewers followed a semi-structured interview guide to understand 1) care-seeking for current illness and 2) choice of clinic or ED...
June 15, 2017: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590841/rapid-prediction-of-hematologic-acute-radiation-syndrome-in-radiation-injury-patients-using-peripheral-blood-cell-counts
#5
M Port, B Pieper, T Knie, H Dörr, A Ganser, D Graessle, V Meineke, M Abend
Rapid clinical triage of radiation injury patients is essential for determining appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. We examined the utility of blood cell counts (BCCs) in the first three days postirradiation to predict clinical outcome, specifically for hematologic acute radiation syndrome (HARS). We analyzed BCC test samples from radiation accident victims (n = 135) along with their clinical outcome HARS severity scores (H1-4) using the System for Evaluation and Archiving of Radiation Accidents based on Case Histories (SEARCH) database...
June 7, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580508/economics-of-early-warning-scores-for-identifying-clinical-deterioration-a-systematic-review
#6
A Murphy, J Cronin, R Whelan, F J Drummond, E Savage, J Hegarty
AIM: In 2013, a National Early Warning System (EWS) was implemented in Ireland. Whilst evidence exists to support the clinical effectiveness of EWS in the acute health care setting, there is a paucity of information on their cost and cost effectiveness. The objective of this systematic literature review was to critically evaluate the economic literature on the use of EWS in adult patients in acute health care settings for the timely detection of physiological deterioration. METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted to accumulate the economic evidence on the use of EWS in adult patients in acute health care settings...
June 3, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577668/characterization-of-hemodynamically-stable-acute-heart-failure-patients-requiring-a-critical-care-unit-admission-derivation-validation-and-refinement-of-a-risk-score
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Ismail R Raslan, Paul Brown, Cynthia M Westerhout, Justin A Ezekowitz, Adrian F Hernandez, Randall C Starling, Christopher O'Connor, Finlay A McAlister, Brian H Rowe, Paul W Armstrong, Sean van Diepen
BACKGROUND: Most patients with acute heart failure (AHF) admitted to critical care units (CCUs) are low acuity and do not require CCU-specific therapies, suggesting that they could be managed in a lower-cost ward environment. This study identified the predictors of clinical events and the need for CCU-specific therapies in patients with AHF. METHODS: Model derivation was performed using data from patients in the ASCEND-HF trial cohort (n=7,141), and the Acute Heart Failure Emergency Management community-based registry (n=666) was used to externally validate the model and to test the incremental prognostic utility of 4 variables (heart failure etiology, troponin, B-type natriuretic peptide [BNP], ejection fraction) using net reclassification index and integrated discrimination improvement...
June 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576233/disaster-preparedness-and-response-for-the-burn-mass-casualty-incident-in-the-twenty-first-century
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REVIEW
Randy D Kearns, David E Marcozzi, Noran Barry, Lewis Rubinson, Charles Scott Hultman, Preston B Rich
The effective and efficient coordination of emergent patient care at the point of injury followed by the systematic resource-based triage of casualties are the most critical factors that influence patient outcomes after mass casualty incidents (MCIs). The effectiveness and appropriateness of implemented actions are largely determined by the extent and efficacy of the planning and preparation that occur before the MCI. The goal of this work was to define the essential efforts related to planning, preparation, and execution of acute and subacute medical care for disaster burn casualties...
July 2017: Clinics in Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569153/aberrant-monocyte-responses-predict-and-characterize-dengue-virus-infection-in-individuals-with-severe-disease
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Yean K Yong, Hong Y Tan, Soe Hui Jen, Esaki M Shankar, Santha K Natkunam, Jameela Sathar, Rishya Manikam, Shamala D Sekaran
BACKGROUND: Currently, several assays can diagnose acute dengue infection. However, none of these assays can predict the severity of the disease. Biomarkers that predicts the likelihood that a dengue patient will develop a severe form of the disease could permit more efficient patient triage and allows better supportive care for the individual in need, especially during dengue outbreaks. METHODS: We measured 20 plasma markers i.e. IFN-γ, IL-10, granzyme-B, CX3CL1, IP-10, RANTES, CXCL8, CXCL6, VCAM, ICAM, VEGF, HGF, sCD25, IL-18, LBP, sCD14, sCD163, MIF, MCP-1 and MIP-1β in 141 dengue patients in over 230 specimens and correlate the levels of these plasma markers with the development of dengue without warning signs (DWS-), dengue with warning signs (DWS+) and severe dengue (SD)...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569123/diffusion-weighted-imaging-or-computerized-tomography-perfusion-assessment-with-clinical-mismatch-in-the-triage-of-wake-up-and-late-presenting-strokes-undergoing-neurointervention-with-trevo-dawn-trial-methods
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Tudor G Jovin, Jeffrey L Saver, Marc Ribo, Vitor Pereira, Anthony Furlan, Alain Bonafe, Blaise Baxter, Rishi Gupta, Demetrius Lopes, Olav Jansen, Wade Smith, Daryl Gress, Steven Hetts, Roger J Lewis, Ryan Shields, Scott M Berry, Todd L Graves, Tim Malisch, Ansaar Rai, Kevin N Sheth, David S Liebeskind, Raul G Nogueira
Rationale Efficacy of mechanical thrombectomy for acute stroke due to large vessel occlusion initiated beyond 6 h of time last seen well has not been demonstrated in randomized trials. Aim To establish whether subjects considered to have substantial areas of salvageable brain based on age-adjusted clinical core mismatch who can undergo endovascular treatment within 6-24 h from time last seen (TLSW) well have better outcomes at three months compared to subjects treated with standard medical therapy alone...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567101/ascites-matters
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REVIEW
Velauthan Rudralingam, Clare Footitt, Ben Layton
The excess accumulation of intra-peritoneal fluid, referred to as ascites, is an important clue that points to a significant underlying illness. This may be due to a pathological event within the peritoneal cavity or secondary to an underlying systemic condition. Ascites is broadly classified into transudate and exudate, based on protein content, with a potential wide range of differential diagnoses. Traditionally, computed tomography has been regarded as the imaging modality of choice to demonstrate ascites and diagnose the underlying cause...
May 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566087/development-and-evaluation-of-an-emergency-access-button-in-danish-out-of-hours-primary-care-a-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#12
J F Ebert, L Huibers, F K Lippert, B Christensen, M B Christensen
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hours (OOH) health care for acute medical problems is often challenged by long waiting time for callers in need of advice and triage. Allowing patients to bypass the OOH telephone waiting line may increase patient satisfaction and provide them with a feeling of safety. We aimed to develop an "emergency access button" enabling patients to bypass the normal telephone waiting line in out-of-hours primary care (OOH-PC) if they perceive their condition to be critical and to evaluate the effect of introducing the button in terms of patient satisfaction and their feeling of safety...
May 31, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558759/the-danish-regions-pediatric-triage-model-has-a-limited-ability-to-detect-both-critically-ill-children-as-well-as-children-to-be-sent-home-without-treatment-a-study-of-diagnostic-accuracy
#13
Lotte Høeg Hansen, Christian Backer Mogensen, Lena Wittenhoff, Helene Skjøt-Arkil
BACKGROUND: The Danish Regions Pediatric Triage model (DRPT) was introduced in 2012 and subsequent implemented in most Danish acute pediatric departments. The aim was to evaluate the validity of DRPT as a screening tool to detect both the most serious acute conditions and the non-serious conditions in the acute referred patients in a pediatric department. METHOD: The study was prospective observational, with follow-up on all children with acute referral to pediatric department from October to December 2015...
May 30, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547923/pediatric-heart-disease-simulation-curriculum-educating-the-pediatrician
#14
Tyler H Harris, Mark Adler, Sharon M Unti, Mary E McBride
BACKGROUND: Training guidelines state that pediatricians should be able to diagnose, manage, and triage patients with heart disease. Acutely ill cardiac patients present infrequently and with high acuity, yet residents receive less exposure to acute cardiac conditions than previous generations. Trainees must learn to manage these situations despite this gap. Simulation has been used successfully to train learners to provide acute care. We hypothesized that a simulation-based cardiac curriculum would improve residents' ability to manage cardiac patients...
May 26, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540208/myocardial-ct-perfusion-imaging-for-ischemia-detection
#15
REVIEW
Patricia Carrascosa, Carlos Capunay
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) plays an important role in many specific scenarios such as in symptomatic patients with intermediate pretest of coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as in the triage of patients with acute chest pain with TIMI risk ≤2. However, it cannot detect the presence of associated ischemia, which is critical for clinical decision making among patients with moderate to severe stenosis. Although functional information can be obtained with different non-invasive tools, cardiac CT is the unique modality that can perform a comprehensive evaluation of coronary anatomy plus the functional significance of lesions...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538650/consequences-of-pediatric-undertriage-and-overtriage-in-a-statewide-trauma-system
#16
Hilary A Hewes, Mathew Christensen, Peter P Taillac, N Clay Mann, Kammy K Jacobsen, Stephen J Fenton
BACKGROUND: With increasing attention to the quality of health care delivery, evaluating trauma triage decisions in a large system of emergency care can help decision makers reduce mortality, morbidity, unnecessary transfers, and healthcare costs. OBJECTIVES: To quantify the magnitude of pediatric traumatic injury undertriage (hospital mortality risk) and overtriage (early trauma center discharge after transfer) in a statewide trauma system. METHODS: A statewide population-based evaluation of pediatric trauma outcomes and secondary triage (interfacility transfers) patterns from 2001-2013 among 45 hospitals in Utah's statewide trauma system...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538596/acute-and-hyper-acute-thoracolumbar-corpectomy-for-traumatic-burst-fractures-using-a-mini-open-lateral-approach
#17
William D Smith, Nick Ghazarian, Ginger Christian
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review. OBJECTIVE: The study purpose was to examine the feasibility of acute (<24 hours) and hyper-acute (<8 hours) treatment of thoracolumbar burst fractures to maintain or improve spinal injury scores. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Historically, treatment of spinal burst fractures within 24 hours from injury was considered an "acute" treatment timeframe. Patient polytrauma triage, multiple surgical specialty and hospital resource coordination affect time to treatment...
May 22, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538139/advanced-musculoskeletal-physiotherapists-are-effective-and-safe-in-managing-patients-with-acute-low-back-pain-presenting-to-emergency-departments
#18
James M Sayer, Rita M Kinsella, Belinda A Cary, Angela T Burge, Lara A Kimmel, Paula Harding
Objective The aim of this study was to compare emergency department (ED) key performance indicators for patients presenting with low back pain and seen by an advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapist (AMP) with those seen by other non-AMP clinicians (ED doctors and nurse practitioners).Methods A retrospective audit (October 2012-September 2013) was performed of data from three metropolitan public hospital EDs to compare patients with low back pain seen by AMP and non-AMP clinicians. Outcome measures included ED length of stay, ED wait time, admission rates and re-presentation to the ED...
May 25, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520657/ct-based-techniques-for-brain-perfusion
#19
Pradeep Krishnan, Amanda Murphy, Richard I Aviv
Recent rapid advances in endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke highlight the crucial role of neuroimaging especially multimodal computed tomography (CT) including CT perfusion in stroke triage and management decisions. With an increasing focus on changes in cerebral physiology along with time-based matrices in clinical decisions for acute ischemic stroke, CT perfusion provides a rapid and practical modality for assessment and identification of salvageable tissue at risk and infarct core and provides a better understanding of the changes in cerebral physiology...
June 2017: Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: TMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515106/direct-comparison-of-2-rule-out-strategies-for-acute-myocardial-infarction-2-h-accelerated-diagnostic-protocol-vs-2-h-algorithm
#20
Karin Wildi, Louise Cullen, Raphael Twerenbold, Jaimi H Greenslade, William Parsonage, Jasper Boeddinghaus, Thomas Nestelberger, Zaid Sabti, Maria Rubini-Giménez, Christian Puelacher, Janosch Cupa, Lukas Schumacher, Patrick Badertscher, Karin Grimm, Nikola Kozhuharov, Claudia Stelzig, Michael Freese, Katharina Rentsch, Jens Lohrmann, Wanda Kloos, Andreas Buser, Tobias Reichlin, John Pickering, Martin Than, Christian Mueller
BACKGROUND: We compared 2 high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn)-based 2-h strategies in patients presenting with suspected acute myocardial infarction (AMI) to the emergency department (ED): the 2-h accelerated diagnostic protocol (2h-ADP) combining hs-cTn, electrocardiogram, and a risk score, and the 2-h algorithm exclusively based on hs-cTn concentrations and their absolute changes. METHODS: Analyses were performed in 2 independent diagnostic cohorts [European Advantageous Predictors of Acute Coronary Syndrome Evaluation (APACE) study, Australian-New Zealand 2-h Accelerated Diagnostic Protocol to Assess patients with chest Pain symptoms using contemporary Troponins as the only biomarker (ADAPT) study] employing hs-cTnT (Elecsys) and hs-cTnI (Architect)...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
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