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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099182/reliability-of-the-revised-swiss-emergency-triage-scale-a-computer-simulation-study
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Olivier T Rutschmann, Olivier W Hugli, Christophe Marti, Olivier Grosgurin, Antoine Geissbuhler, Michel Kossovsky, Josette Simon, François P Sarasin
BACKGROUND: The Swiss Emergency Triage Scale (SETS) is a four-level emergency scale that previously showed moderate reliability and high rates of undertriage due to a lack of standardization. It was revised to better standardize the measurement and interpretation of vital signs during the triage process. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the inter-rater and test-retest reliability, and the rate of correct triage of the revised SETS. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirty clinical scenarios were evaluated twice at a 3-month interval using an interactive computerized triage simulator by 58 triage nurses at an urban teaching emergency department admitting 60 000 patients a year...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095957/point-of-care-ultrasound-utility-and-potential-for-high-altitude-crew-recovery-missions
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Laura A Galdamez, Jonathan B Clark, Erik L Antonsen
INTRODUCTION: Flights to high altitude can lead to exposure and unique pathology not seen in normal commercial aviation. METHODS: This paper assesses the potential for point-of-care ultrasound to aid in management and disposition of injured crewmembers from a high altitude incident. This was accomplished through a systematic literature review regarding current diagnostic and therapeutic uses of ultrasound for injuries expected in high altitude free fall and parachuting...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093421/gp-views-on-strategies-to-cope-with-increasing-workload-a-qualitative-interview-study
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Rebecca Fr Fisher, Caroline Hd Croxson, Helen F Ashdown, Fd Richard Hobbs
BACKGROUND: The existence of a crisis in primary care in the UK is in little doubt. GP morale and job satisfaction are low, and workload is increasing. In this challenging context, finding ways for GPs to manage that workload is imperative. AIM: To explore what existing or potential strategies are described by GPs for dealing with their workload, and their views on the relative merits of each. DESIGN AND SETTING: Semi-structured, qualitative interviews with GPs working within NHS England...
January 16, 2017: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089112/predictive-utility-of-the-total-glasgow-coma-scale-versus-the-motor-component-of-the-glasgow-coma-scale-for-identification-of-patients-with-serious-traumatic-injuries
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Roger Chou, Annette M Totten, Nancy Carney, Spencer Dandy, Rongwei Fu, Sara Grusing, Miranda Pappas, Ngoc Wasson, Craig D Newgard
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The motor component of the Glasgow Coma Scale (mGCS) has been proposed as an easier-to-use alternative to the total GCS (tGCS) for field assessment of trauma patients by emergency medical services. We perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare the predictive utility of the tGCS versus the mGCS or Simplified Motor Scale in field triage of trauma for identifying patients with adverse outcomes (inhospital mortality or severe brain injury) or who underwent procedures (neurosurgical intervention or emergency intubation) indicating need for high-level trauma care...
January 11, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077253/a-survey-of-patients-with-bed-bugs-in-the-emergency-department
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Johnathan M Sheele, Stephanie Gaines, Nicholas Maurer, Katirina Coppolino, Jennifer S Li, Amy Pound, Jeffrey H Luk, Ed Mandac
Bed bugs are one of the most important human ectoparasites in the United States, and a growing problem in the emergency department. We evaluated 40 emergency department (ED) patients found with a bed bug. The data show that ED patients with bed bugs are statistically more likely to be male, older, more likely to be admitted to the hospital, have higher triage emergency severity index (ESI) scores, and arrive by ambulance than the general ED patient population (p<0.05). On average bed bugs were found 108min after a patient arrived to the ED, after 35% of subjects had already received a blood draw, and after 23% had already received a radiology study; putting other ED patients and staff at risk for acquiring the infestation...
January 3, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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/28071865/the-impact-of-evidence-based-sepsis-guidelines-on-emergency-department-clinical-practice-a-pre-post-medical-record-audit
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Bernadine Romero, Margaret Fry, Michael Roche
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore the number of patients presenting with sepsis before and after guideline implementation; the impact of sepsis guidelines on triage assessment, Emergency Department management and time to antibiotics. BACKGROUND: Sepsis remains one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity within hospitals. Globally, strategies have been implemented to reduce morbidity and mortality rates, which rely on the early recognition and management of sepsis...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059860/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-upper-airway-oedema-caused-by-acute-angio-oedema-in-the-emergency-department-a-french-consensus-statement
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Bernard Floccard, Nicolas Javaud, Alban Deroux, Isabelle Boccon-Gibod, Olivier Fain, Stéphanie Amarger, Claire Blanchard-Delaunay, Pierre Y Jeandel, Nicolas Marmion, Yann Ollivier, Pauline Pralong, Stéphane Gayet, Aurélie Du-Thanh, Fabien Pelletier, Laurent Sailler, Philip Robinson, David Launay, Laurence Bouillet
Angio-oedema is a transitory, localized, noninflammatory oedema of subcutaneous tissue or mucous. When the oedema affects the mouth, lips, tongue or larynx, it can result in fatal asphyxiation in the absence of specific treatment. Oedema secondary to plasma extravasation is usually mediated by either histamine or bradykinin. As laboratory tests are not available in an emergency setting, the implicated mediator cannot be readily determined. The challenge for the emergency physician is to determine the aetiological type, evaluate severity and initiate adapted treatment by means of a structured approach...
January 4, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057320/chief-complaints-of-elderly-individuals-on-presentation-to-emergency-department-a-retrospective-analysis-of-south-korean-national-data-2014
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Misoon Song, Xianglan Jin, Ha Na Ko, Sunghee H Tak
PURPOSE: We aimed to assess the chief complaints (CCs) of elderly individuals on presentation to the emergency department (ED) according to gender, age, and disease-related and injury-related visits. METHODS: The 2014 registry database of the National Emergency Department Information System in South Korea, which included data on 908,761 ED visits by individuals aged 65 years and over, was reviewed. RESULTS: We found that 80.7% ED visits were related to disease, whereas the remaining visits were related to injury...
December 2016: Asian Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057048/a-preliminary-study-of-a-novel-emergency-department-nursing-triage-simulation-for-research-applications
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Steven L Dubovsky, Daniel Antonius, David G Ellis, Werner Ceusters, Robert C Sugarman, Renee Roberts, Sevie Kandifer, James Phillips, Elsa C Daurignac, Kenneth E Leonard, Lisa D Butler, Jessica P Castner, G Richard Braen
BACKGROUND: Studying the effect on functioning of the emergency department of disasters with a potential impact on staff members themselves usually involves table top and simulated patient exercises. Computerized virtual reality simulations have the potential to configure a variety of scenarios to determine likely staff responses and how to address them without intensive utilization of resources. To decide whether such studies are justified, we determined whether a novel computer simulation has the potential to serve as a valid and reliable model of on essential function in a busy ED...
January 3, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050223/geriatric-homelessness-association-with-emergency-department-utilization
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Ana Hategan, Daniel Tisi, Mariam Abdurrahman, James A Bourgeois
BACKGROUND: Homeless adults frequently use emergency departments (EDs), yet previous studies investigating ED utilization by the older segment received little attention. This study sought to characterize older homeless adults who utilized local urban EDs. METHODS: ED encounters at three hospitals in Hamilton (Ont.) were analyzed, and demographic and clinical characteristics of the older homeless (age > 50) vs. younger counterparts (age ≤ 50) were compared during a 24-month period...
December 2016: Canadian Geriatrics Journal: CGJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041758/emergency-medical-services-ems-versus-non-ems-transport-among-injured-children-in-the-united-states
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Michelle M Corrado, Junxin Shi, Krista K Wheeler, Jin Peng, Brian Kenney, Sarah Johnson, Huiyun Xiang
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the proportions of injured children transported to trauma centers by different transportation modes and evaluate the effect of transportation mode on inter-facility transfer rates using the US national trauma registry. METHODS: We analyzed data from the 2007-2012 National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) to study trends of EMS versus non-EMS transport. Multivariable logistic regression was used to evaluate the association between transport mode and inter-facility transfer...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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/28039232/the-role-of-reduced-heart-rate-volatility-in-predicting-disposition-from-the-emergency-department
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Ya-El Mandel-Portnoy, George T Loo, Diana Gregoriou, Sameer Bansilal, Lynne D Richardson
OBJECTIVE: Heart rate volatility (HRVO) is a physiological parameter that is believed to reflect the sympathetic activity of the autonomic nervous system. We explored the utility of HRVO as a predictive tool for declining physiological states, hypothesising that patients admitted from the resuscitation area of the ED to a high-dependency unit (HDU) experience low HRVO compared with patients who did not. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed HR data recordings, medical charts and disposition decisions from the ED of patients who were admitted to the five resuscitation beds in our adult ED between 29 April 2014 and 30 May 2015...
December 30, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030519/incorporating-a-computerized-cognitive-battery-into-the-emergency-department-care-of-pediatric-mild-traumatic-brain-injuries-is-it-feasible
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Aneesh M Khetani, Brian L Brooks, Angelo Mikrogianakis, Karen M Barlow
OBJECTIVES: The use of computers to test cognitive function acutely after a concussion is becoming increasingly popular, especially after sport-related concussion. Although commonly performed in the community, it is not yet performed routinely in the emergency department (ED), where most injured children present. The challenges of performing computerized cognitive testing (CCT) in a busy ED are considerable. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of CCT in the pediatric ED after concussion...
December 28, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012828/can-patient-variables-measured-on-arrival-to-the-emergency-department-predict-disposition-in-medium-acuity-patients
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John P Riordan, Wayne L Dell, James T Patrie
BACKGROUND: Emergency department crowding has led to innovative "front end" care models to safely and efficiently care for medium and lower acuity patients. In the United States, most treatment algorithms rely on the emergency severity index (ESI) triage tool to sort patients. However, there are no objective criteria used to differentiate ESI 3 patients. OBJECTIVE: We seek to derive and validate a model capable of predicting patient discharge disposition (DD) using variables present on arrival to the emergency department for ESI 3 patients...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012507/the-utility-of-a-handheld-metal-detector-in-detection-and-localization-of-pediatric-metallic-foreign-body-ingestion
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Javan Nation, Wen Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To test the ability of a handheld metal detector (HHMD) to identify the presence and location of ingested metallic foreign bodies (MFBs) in children. METHODS: Prospective case series enrolling children suspected of metallic foreign body ingestion presenting to the Emergency Department. Thirty-eight children were enrolled and the HHMD was used to detect the presence and location of a MFB. Results were compared to standard radiographic studies. RESULTS: Thirty-seven of the 38 ingested foreign bodies were MFBs...
January 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011758/ambulance-telephone-triage-using-nhs-pathways-to-identify-adult-cardiac-arrest
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Charles D Deakin, Simon England, Debbie Diffey
BACKGROUND: UK ambulance services are called to 30 000 cardiac arrests (CAs) annually where resuscitation is attempted. Correct identification by the ambulance service trebles survival by facilitating bystander-cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and immediate ambulance dispatch. Identification of CA by telephone is challenging and involves algorithms to identify key features. 'NHS Pathways' is now used for triage by six of 12 UK ambulance services, covering a population of 20 million...
December 23, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007319/nasal-flaring-as-a-clinical-sign-of-respiratory-acidosis-in-patients-with-dyspnea
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José Gregorio Zorrilla-Riveiro, Anna Arnau-Bartés, Ramón Rafat-Sellarés, Dolors García-Pérez, Arantxa Mas-Serra, Rafael Fernández-Fernández
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the presence of nasal flaring is a clinical sign of respiratory acidosis in patients attending emergency departments for acute dyspnea. METHODS: Single-center, prospective, observational study of patients aged over 15 requiring urgent attention for dyspnea, classified as level II or III according to the Andorran Triage Program and who underwent arterial blood gas test on arrival at the emergency department. The presence of nasal flaring was evaluated by two observers...
December 10, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005916/the-triage-proadm-score-for-an-early-risk-stratification-of-medical-patients-in-the-emergency-department-development-based-on-a-multi-national-prospective-observational-study
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Alexander Kutz, Pierre Hausfater, Devendra Amin, Adina Amin, Pauline Canavaggio, Gabrielle Sauvin, Maguy Bernard, Antoinette Conca, Sebastian Haubitz, Tristan Struja, Andreas Huber, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
INTRODUCTION: The inflammatory biomarker pro-adrenomedullin (ProADM) provides additional prognostic information for the risk stratification of general medical emergency department (ED) patients. The aim of this analysis was to develop a triage algorithm for improved prognostication and later use in an interventional trial. METHODS: We used data from the multi-national, prospective, observational TRIAGE trial including consecutive medical ED patients from Switzerland, France and the United States...
2016: PloS One
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