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Alexis V Mickelson, Sampath K Gollapudi, Murali Chandra
The present study investigated the functional consequences of the human hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) mutation, A28V, in cardiac troponin T (TnT). The A28V mutation is located within the N-terminus of TnT, a region known to be important for full activation of cardiac thin filaments. The functional consequences of the A28V mutation in TnT remain unknown. Given how α- and β-myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms differently alter the effect of the N-terminus of TnT, we hypothesized that the A28V-induced effects would be differently modulated by α- and β-MHC isoforms...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Anne Maree Kelly, Gerben Keijzers, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Peter Jones, Anna Holdgate, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
OBJECTIVES: To describe the epidemiology of dyspnoea presenting to emergency departments (EDs) in the Asia-Pacific region, to understand how it is investigated and treated and its outcome. METHODS: Prospectiveinterrupted time series cohort study conducted at three time points in EDs in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia of adult patients presenting to the ED with dyspnoea as a main symptom. Data were collected over three 72-hour periods and included demographics, co-morbidities, mode of arrival, usual medications, pre-hospital treatment, initial assessment, ED investigations, treatment in the ED, ED diagnosis, disposition from ED, in-hospital outcome and final hospital diagnosis...
October 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Chih-Chia Hsieh, Ching-Chi Lee, Hsiang-Chin Hsu, Hsin-I Shih, Chien-Hsin Lu, Chih-Hao Lin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To determine the impact of delayed admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) on the clinical outcomes of patients with acute respiratory failure (ARF) in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included non-traumatic adult patients with ARF and mechanical ventilation support in the ED of a tertiary university hospital in Taiwan from January 1, 2013, to August 31, 2013. Clinical data were extracted from chart records...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
M Fernanda Bellolio, Lindsey R Sangaralingham, Stephanie R Schilz, Claire M Noel-Miller, Keith D Lind, Pamela Morin, Peter A Noseworthy, Nilay D Shah, Erik P Hess
OBJECTIVES: To compare healthcare utilization including coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), rehospitalization, and rate of subsequent acute myocardial infarction (AMI) within 30-days, among patients presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) with chest pain admitted as short-term inpatient (≤2 days) versus observation (in ED observation units combined with in-hospital observation). METHODS: We identified adults diagnosed with acute chest pain in the ED from 2010-2014 using administrative claims from privately insured and Medicare Advantage...
October 14, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Christian Michael Horvath, Martin Horvath Brutsche, Otto Dagobert Schoch, Bernarde Schillig, Florent Baty, Dieter vonOw, Jochen Julius Rüdiger
Non-invasive ventilatory support is frequently used in patients with severe respiratory failure (SRF), but is often limited to intensive care units (ICU). We hypothesized that an instantaneous short course of NIV (up to 2 h), limited to regular working hours as an additional therapy on the emergency department (ED) would be feasible and could improve patient´s dyspnoea measured by respiratory rate and Borg visual dyspnea scale. NIV was set up by an interdisciplinary respiratory care team. Outside these predefined hours NIV was performed in the ICU...
October 8, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Jeremy A Franklin, Evan J Anderson, Xionghua Wu, Christopher S Ambrose, Eric A F Simões
Background.  Database studies have identified that public health insurance status is associated with an increased risk of severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) disease in US infants. However, these studies did not adjust for the presence of other risk factors and did not evaluate the risk in preterm infants. Methods.  In this study, we evaluate the independent association between public insurance and severe RSV disease outcomes adjusting for other risk factors. The prospective, observational RSV Respiratory Events among Preterm Infants Outcomes and Risk Tracking (REPORT) study was conducted over 2 consecutive RSV seasons at 188 US clinical sites that enrolled preterm infants born at 32-35 wGA who had not received RSV immunoprophylaxis with palivizumab...
September 2016: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Romolo Gaspari, Anthony Weekes, Srikar Adhikari, Vicki E Noble, Jason T Nomura, Daniel Theodoro, Michael Woo, Paul Atkinson, David Blehar, Samuel M Brown, Terrell Caffery, Emily Douglass, Jacqueline Fraser, Christine Haines, Samuel Lam, Michael Lanspa, Margaret Lewis, Otto Liebmann, Alexander Limkakeng, Fernando Lopez, Elke Platz, Michelle Mendoza, Hal Minnigan, Christopher Moore, Joseph Novik, Louise Rang, Will Scruggs, Christopher Raio
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care ultrasound has been suggested to improve outcomes from advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), but no large studies have explored how it should be incorporated into ACLS. Our aim was to determine whether cardiac activity on ultrasound during ACLS is associated with improved survival. METHODS: We conducted a non-randomized, prospective, protocol-driven observational study at 20 hospitals across United States and Canada. Patients presenting with out-of-hospital arrest or in-ED arrest with pulseless electrical activity or asystole were included...
September 28, 2016: Resuscitation
Amy H Y Cheng, Neil G Barclay, Riyad B Abu-Laban
BACKGROUND: Observation units (OUs) have been shown to reduce emergency department (ED) lengths of stay (LOS) and admissions. Most published studies have been on OUs managing single complaints. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to determine whether an OU reduces ED LOS and hospital admission rates for adults with a variety of presenting complaints. METHODS: We comparatively evaluated two hospitals in British Columbia, Canada (hereafter ED A and ED B) using a pre-post design...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Troy Madsen, Cameron Smyres, Talmage Wood, Tamara Moores, Matthew Fuller, Virgil Davis, Kurt Bernhisel
BACKGROUND: In evaluating patients with chest pain, emergency department observation units (EDOUs) may use a staffing model in which emergency physicians determine patient testing (EP model) or a model similar to a chest pain unit (CPU) in which cardiologists determine provocative testing (CPU model). METHODS: We performed a prospective study with 30-day telephone follow-up for all chest pain patients placed in our EDOU. Halfway through the study period, our EDOU transitioned from an EP model to a CPU model...
September 17, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Jared A Shenson, Jennifer N Craig, Sarah L Rohde
OBJECTIVE: Total laryngectomy (TL) is a high-cost procedure with patients at risk for significant postoperative health care use. Face-to-face preoperative counseling provided by speech-language pathologists is a relatively inexpensive intervention that may improve care quality and decrease costs. We evaluated if preoperative counseling for patients undergoing TL was associated with differences in length of stay (LOS), use of the emergency department (ED), or unplanned readmissions within 30 days of discharge...
September 27, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Tahar Chouihed, Stéphane Manzo-Silberman, Nicolas Peschanski, Sandrine Charpentier, Meyer Elbaz, Dominique Savary, Eric Bonnefoy-Cudraz, Said Laribi, Patrick Henry, Nicolas Girerd, Faiez Zannad, Carlos El Khoury
BACKGROUND: An appropriate diagnostic process is crucial for managing patients with acute heart failure (AHF) in emergency department (ED). Our study aims to describe the characteristics and therapeutic management of patients admitted to the ED for dyspnea suspected to have AHF, their in-hospital pathway of care and their in-hospital outcome. METHODS: Consecutive patients admitted in 26 French ED for dyspnea suspected to be the consequence of AHF, prior to in hospital diagnostic test, were prospectively included at the time of their admission in the DeFSSICA Survey...
September 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Terryl J Hartman, Susan M Gapstur, Mia M Gaudet, Roma Shah, W Dana Flanders, Ying Wang, Marjorie L McCullough
BACKGROUND: Dietary energy density (ED) is a measure of diet quality that estimates the amount of energy per unit of food (kilocalories per gram) consumed. Low-ED diets are generally high in fiber and fruits and vegetables and low in fat. Dietary ED has been positively associated with body mass index (BMI) and other risk factors for postmenopausal breast cancer. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the associations of total dietary ED and energy-dense (high-ED) foods with postmenopausal breast cancer incidence...
October 2016: Journal of Nutrition
Marta Raurell-Torredà, E Argilaga-Molero, M Colomer-Plana, A Ródenas-Fransico, M T Ruiz-Garcia, J Uya Muntaña
BACKGROUND: Use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) has extended beyond intensive care units (ICUs), becoming usual practice in emergency departments (EDs) and general wards. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the relationship between nursing care and NIV outcome in different hospital units. DESIGN AND SETTINGS: Three university hospitals and one community hospital participated in a prospective observational cohort study. PARTICIPANTS: Ten units participated: 4 ICUs (1 surgical, 3 medical-surgical), 3 recovery (1 postsurgical, 2 EDs, 3 general wards)...
September 6, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Shawna D Bellew, Daniel Cabrera, Christine M Lohse, M Fernanda Bellolio
OBJECTIVES: Rapid response teams (RRT) respond to signs of deterioration in order to avoid morbidity and mortality. Early RRT activation (eRRT) in patients admitted from the emergency department (ED) is associated with significantly increased mortality. Predicting these events may represent an opportunity to identify patients who would benefit from further resuscitation, aid disposition decision making, or improve communication between ED and inpatient providers. We aimed to create a clinical prediction instrument to quantify the risk of eRRT...
September 9, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Miklos Lipcsey, Ivan Subiakto, Jonathan Chiong, Melissa A Kaufman, Antoine G Schneider, Rinaldo Bellomo
OBJECTIVE: Fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is a common therapy for hypotensive sepsis, but no studies have compared primary FBT (in the first 6 hours after presentation to the emergency department [ED]) with secondary FBT (6-24 hours after presentation to the ED). We aimed to describe the patterns of use, physiological sequelae and outcomes of patients with hypotensive sepsis who were treated with primary FBT or combined primary and secondary FBT (secondary FBT). DESIGN, SETTING AND PATIENTS: A retrospective observational study of patients with hypotensive sepsis presenting to the ED of a tertiary hospital from 1 January to 31 December 2010...
September 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
Dominick Latremouille-Viau, Jane Chang, Annie Guerin, Sherry Shi, Ed Wang, Justin Yu, Christopher Ngai
AIMS: Adverse events (AEs) associated with treatments for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) may compromise the course of treatment, impact quality-of-life, and increase healthcare resource utilization. This study assessed the direct healthcare costs of common AEs among mCRC patients in the US. METHODS: Adult mCRC patients treated with chemotherapy or targeted therapies were identified from administrative claims databases (2009-2014). Up to the first three mCRC treatment episodes per patient were considered and categorized as with or without the AE system/organ category during the episode...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
John A Bosso, Anthony M Casapao, Jonathan Edwards, Kenneth Klinker, Christopher McCoy, David P Nicolau, Katherine K Perez, Andrew Marcarelli, Deeksha Dua
This article was written with the aim to establish a consensus clinical pathway for long-acting lipoglycopeptide antibiotics such as oritavancin (Orbactiv®) and dalbavancin (Dalvance®) for the treatment of acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI). Seven infectious diseases pharmacy specialists from a variety of facilities across the United States (US) participated in a roundtable discussion to consider the use of newer single-dose long-acting lipoglycopeptides, and integrate them into clinical pathways for ABSSSI...
October 2016: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
Chia-Hsiang Chen, Laura Abella, Maira R Cerón, Miguel A Guerrero-Ayala, Antonio Rodríguez-Fortea, Marilyn M Olmstead, Xian B Powers, Alan L Balch, Josep M Poblet, Luis Echegoyen
A non-isolated pentagon rule metallic carbide clusterfullerene containing a heptagonal ring, Sc2C2@Cs(hept)-C88, was isolated from the raw soot obtained by electric arc vaporization of graphite rods packed with Sc2O3 and graphite powder under a helium atmosphere. The Sc2C2@Cs(hept)-C88 was purified by multistage high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), cocrystallized with Ni-(octaethylporphyrin), and characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The diffraction data revealed a zigzag Sc2C2 unit inside an unprecedented Cs(hept)-C88 carbon cage containing 13 pentagons, 32 hexagons, and 1 heptagon...
October 5, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Stephen A Margolis, Reinhold Muller, Valmae A Ypinazar, Ben Lawton
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact on patient flow as noted by the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT), with the introduction of a new Paediatric ED (PEM ED) model of care. METHODS: This longitudinal observational study was conducted at the Logan Hospital, a 344 bed public hospital in metropolitan Brisbane, which opened a physically separate, dedicated PEM ED on 14 October 2014, incorporating approximately 30% more staff, limited changes in processes and no changes in governance...
August 23, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Amaya L Bustinduy, Irina Chis Ster, Rebecca Shaw, Adam Irwin, Jaiganesh Thiagarajan, Rhys Beynon, Shamez Ladhani, Mike Sharland
OBJECTIVE: To explore the risk factors for ward and paediatric assessment unit (PAU) admissions from the emergency department (ED). DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING AND PATIENTS: Febrile children attending a large tertiary care ED during the winter of 2014-2015. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Ward and PAU admissions, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines classification, reattendance to the ED within 28 days and antibiotic use...
August 22, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
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