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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723703/management-of-chest-pain-in-the-french-emergency-healthcare-system-the-prospective-observational-epidoultho-study
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Sandrine Charpentier, Sebastien Beaune, Luc Marie Joly, Abdo Khoury, François-Xavier Duchateau, Raphael Briot, Bertrand Renaud, François-Xavier Ageron
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to describe the epidemiology, and diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that emergency physicians use to manage patients presenting with chest pain at all three levels of the French emergency medical system - that is, dispatch centres (SAMUs: the medical emergency system), which operate the mobile intensive care units (MICUs), and hospitals' emergency departments (EDs), with a focus on acute coronary syndrome (ACS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients with chest pain who contacted a SAMU and/or were managed by a MICU and/or were admitted into an ED were included in a 1-day multicentre prospective study carried out in January 2013...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718257/risk-factors-for-heat-related-deaths-during-the-june-2015-heat-wave-in-karachi-pakistan
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Syed Ghazanfar Saleem, Tehreem Ansari, Ashraf Shamshad Ali, Sara Fatima, Mariam Hassan Rizvi, Muhammad Abdul Samad
BACKGROUND: Mortality as a consequence of heat related illness is a public health concern. Emergency department (ED) experiences increased patients' flow and decreased survival as a consequence of heat stroke during the episodes of heat wave. The present study was conducted to identify the risk factors for mortality among victims of heat wave (17th - 23rd June), 2015 evaluated in the Emergency Department of The Indus Hospital (TIH), Karachi. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study data was retrospectively collected...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711132/additional-conditions-amenable-to-observation-care
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REVIEW
Matthew A Wheatley
ED observation units (EDOUs) are designed for patients who require diagnostics or therapeutics beyond the initial ED visit to determine the need for hospital admission. Best evidence is that this care be delivered via ordersets or protocols. Occasionally, patients present with conditions that are amenable to EDOU care but fall outside the commonly used protocols. This article details a few of these conditions: abnormal uterine bleeding, allergic reaction, alcohol intoxication, acetaminophen overdose and sickle cell vaso-occlusive crisis...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711127/care-of-neurologic-conditions-in-an-observation-unit
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REVIEW
Matthew A Wheatley, Michael A Ross
As a group, neurologic conditions represent a substantial portion of emergency department (ED) visits. Cerebrovascular disease, headache, vertigo and seizures are all common reasons for patients to seek care in the ED. Patients being treated for each of these conditions are amenable to care in an ED observation unit (EDOU) if they require further diagnostic or therapeutic interventions beyond their ED stay. EDOUs are the ideal setting for patients who require advanced imaging such as MRIs, frequent neuro checks or specialist consultation in order to determine if they require admission or can be discharged home...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711123/care-of-the-patient-with-chest-pain-in-the-observation-unit
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REVIEW
Joseph B Borawski, Louis G Graff, Alexander T Limkakeng
Care of the patient presenting to an emergency department (ED) with chest pain remains a common yet challenging aspect of emergency medicine. Acute coronary syndrome presents in nonspecific fashion. The development and evolution of the ED-based observation unit has helped to safely assess and diagnose those most at risk for an adverse cardiac event. Furthermore, there are several provocative testing modalities to help assess for coronary artery disease. This article serves to describe and discuss the modern ED-based observation unit approach to patients with chest pain and/or angina equivalents presenting to an ED...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705744/the-relationship-between-ocular-trauma-and-substance-abuse-in-emergency-department-patients
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Sylvia L Chang, Vaama Patel, John Giltner, Richard Lee, Catherine A Marco
INTRODUCTION: Eye injury is the second most common cause of visual impairment and a leading cause of monocular blindness in the United States. There are approximately 6 million ED visits related to drug use annually, including misuse or abuse of pharmaceuticals and illicit drug use. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between ocular trauma and substance abuse among emergency department patients and to assess that relationship with demographic factors, including age and gender...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705743/the-influence-of-crowding-on-clinical-practice-in-the-emergency-department
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I-Min Chiu, Yan-Ren Lin, Yuan-Jhen Syue, Chia-Te Kung, Kuan-Han Wu, Chao-Jui Li
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to clarify the association between the crowding and clinical practice in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: This 1-year retrospective cohort study conducted in two EDs in Taiwan included 70,222 adult non-trauma visits during the day shift between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012. The ED occupancy status, determined by the number of patients staying during their time of visit, was used to measure crowding, grouped into four quartiles, and analyzed in reference to the clinical practice...
July 4, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702257/the-relationship-between-diabetes-mellitus-and-30-day-readmission-rates
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Stephanie Ostling, Jennifer Wyckoff, Scott L Ciarkowski, Chih-Wen Pai, Hae Mi Choe, Vinita Bahl, Roma Gianchandani
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that 9.3% of the population in the United States have diabetes mellitus (DM), 28% of which are undiagnosed. The high prevalence of DM makes it a common comorbid condition in hospitalized patients. In recent years, government agencies and healthcare systems have increasingly focused on 30-day readmission rates to determine the complexity of their patient populations and to improve quality. Thirty-day readmission rates for hospitalized patients with DM are reported to be between 14...
2017: Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692390/use-of-emergency-department-data-to-monitor-and-respond-to-an-increase-in-opioid-overdoses-in-new-hampshire-2011-2015
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Elizabeth R Daly, Kenneth Dufault, David J Swenson, Paul Lakevicius, Erin Metcalf, Benjamin P Chan
OBJECTIVES: Opioid-related overdoses and deaths in New Hampshire have increased substantially in recent years, similar to increases observed across the United States. We queried emergency department (ED) data in New Hampshire to monitor opioid-related ED encounters as part of the public health response to this health problem. METHODS: We obtained data on opioid-related ED encounters for the period January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2015, from New Hampshire's syndromic surveillance ED data system by querying for (1) chief complaint text related to the words "fentanyl," "heroin," "opiate," and "opioid" and (2) opioid-related International Classification of Diseases ( ICD) codes...
July 2017: Public Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682895/acute-decompensated-heart-failure-in-the-emergency-department-identification-of-early-predictors-of-outcome
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Luigi Mario Castello, Luca Molinari, Alessandra Renghi, Elena Peruzzi, Andrea Capponi, Gian Carlo Avanzi, Mario Pirisi
Identification of clinical factors that can predict mortality and hospital early readmission in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) patients can help emergency department (ED) physician optimize the care-path and resource utilization.We conducted a retrospective observational study of 530 ADHF patients evaluated in the ED of an Italian academic hospital in 2013.Median age was 82 years, females were 55%; 31.1% of patients were discharged directly from the ED (12.5% after short staying in the observation unit), while 68...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668663/prevalence-and-determinants-of-poor-food-intake-of-residents-living-in-long-term-care
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Heather H Keller, Natalie Carrier, Susan E Slaughter, Christina Lengyel, Catriona M Steele, Lisa Duizer, Jill Morrison, K Stephen Brown, Habib Chaudhury, Minn N Yoon, Alison M Duncan, Veronique Boscart, George Heckman, Lita Villalon
OBJECTIVE: Poor food intake is known to lead to malnutrition in long-term care homes (LTCH), yet multilevel determinants of food intake are not fully understood, hampering development of interventions that can maintain the nutritional status of residents. This study measures energy and protein intake of LTCH residents, describes prevalence of diverse covariates, and the association of covariates with food intake. DESIGN: Multisite cross-sectional study. SETTING: Thirty-two nursing homes from 4 provinces in Canada...
June 28, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657429/safety-profile-of-snake-antivenom-use-in-hong-kong-a-review-of-191-cases-from-2008-to-2015
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Rupeng Mong, Vember C H Ng, Man Li Tse
INTRODUCTION: The mainstay of treatment for significant envenoming from snakebites is antivenom. However, there is insufficient data regarding the safety of antivenom used in Hong Kong. We describe the incidence of hypersensitivity reactions from antivenom use and review the frequency and reasons for intensive care unit (ICU) admission. METHODS: The Hong Kong Poisons Information Centre database was reviewed. All patients given snake antivenom between 2008 and 2015 were included...
June 28, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657380/non-specific-abdominal-pain-remains-as-the-most-common-reason-for-acute-abdomen-26-year-retrospective-audit-in-one-emergency-unit
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Anne Fagerström, Paavo Paajanen, Heidi Saarelainen, Mirella Ahonen-Siirtola, Mika Ukkonen, Pekka Miettinen, Hannu Paajanen
OBJECTIVE: Distribution of diagnoses causing acute abdominal pain (AAP) may change because of population aging, increased obesity, advanced diagnostic imaging and changes in nutritional habits. Our aim was to evaluate the diagnoses causing AAP during a 26-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional cohort study in one emergency department (ED) covering population about 250,000. All patients admitted to the ED in 1986, 2003 and 2012 were evaluated from hospital electronic database...
June 28, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653297/adherence-of-psychopharmacological-prescriptions-to-clinical-practice-guidelines-in-patients-with-eating-behavior-disorders
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María Del Mar Alañón Pardo, Mónica Ferrit Martín, Miguel Ángel Calleja Hernández, Francisco Morillas Márquez
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze the adherence of psychopharmacological prescriptions to clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) for patients with eating behavior disorders (EDs) and to compare the effectiveness, safety, and cost of treatment according to adherence. METHODS: This retrospective observational study included ED patients admitted to the eating disorders unit (EDU) of Ciudad Real Hospital (Spain) between January 2006 and December 2009 and followed until December 2014...
June 26, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645462/analgosedation-practices-and-the-impact-of-sedation-depth-on-clinical-outcomes-among-patients-requiring-mechanical-ventilation-in-the-emergency-department-a-cohort-study
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Robert J Stephens, Enyo Ablordeppey, Anne M Drewry, Christopher Palmer, Brian T Wessman, Nicholas M Mohr, Brian W Roberts, Stephen Y Liang, Marin H Kollef, Brian M Fuller
BACKGROUND: Analgesia and sedation are cornerstone therapies for mechanically ventilated patients. Despite data showing that early deep sedation in the intensive care unit influences outcome, this has not been investigated in the emergency department (ED). Therefore, ED-based sedation practices, and their influence on outcome, remain incompletely defined. This study's objectives were to describe ED sedation practices in mechanically ventilated patients, and to test the hypothesis that ED sedation depth is associated with worse outcomes METHODS: This was a cohort study on a prospectively compiled ED registry of adult, mechanically ventilated patients at a single academic medical center...
June 20, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644347/age-and-sex-normalization-of-intestinal-permeability-measures-for-the-improved-assessment-of-enteropathy-in-infancy-and-early-childhood-results-from-the-mal-ed-study
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Margaret N Kosek, Gwenyth O Lee, Richard L Guerrant, Rashidul Haque, Gagandeep Kang, Tahmeed Ahmed, Pascal Bessong, Asad Ali, Estomih Mduma, Pablo Peñataro Yori, William A Faubion, Aldo A M Lima, Maribel Paredes Olortegui, Carl Mason, Sudhir Babji, Ravinder Singh, Shahida Qureshi, Peter S Kosek, Amidou Samie, John Pascal, Sanjaya Shrestha, Benjamin J J McCormick, Jessica C Seidman, Dennis R Lang, Anita Zaidi, Laura E Caulfield, Michael Gottlieb
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to describe changes in intestinal permeability in early childhood in diverse epidemiologic settings. METHODS: In a birth cohort study, the lactulose:mannitol (L:M) test was administered to 1980 children at 4 time points in the first 24 months of life in 8 countries. Data from the Brazil site with an incidence of diarrhea similar to that seen in the United States and no growth faltering was used as an internal study reference to derive age- and sex-specific z scores for mannitol and lactulose recoveries and the L:M ratio...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624030/emergency-department-length-of-stay-in-critical-nonoperative-trauma
#17
Anaar Siletz, Kexin Jin, Marilyn Cohen, Catherine Lewis, Areti Tillou, Henry Magill Cryer, Ali Cheaito
BACKGROUND: Prolonged emergency department (ED) stays correlate with negative outcomes in critically ill nontrauma patients. This study sought to determine the effect of ED length of stay (LOS) on trauma patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two hundred forty-one trauma patients requiring direct intensive care unit (ICU) admission were identified. Patients requiring immediate operative intervention were excluded. Odds ratios (ORs) of outcomes for patients transferred to ICU in ≤90 min were compared with patients transferred in >90 min, adjusting for Injury Severity Score (ISS)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618344/developmental-mechanism-of-muscle-tendon-bone-complex-in-the-fetal-soft-palate
#18
Michiyuki Nara, Kei Kitamura, Masahito Yamamoto, Ryotaro Nagakura, Keisuke Mitomo, Satoru Matsunaga, Shinichi Abe
OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to investigate how the palatine aponeurosis, medial pterygoid process (MPP) of the sphenoid bone, and tensor veli palatini (TVP) muscle form the pulley: muscle-tendon-bone complex. DESIGN: Mice at embryonic day (ED) 14-17 were used as sample in this study. Azan staining was performed to observe the morphology, and immunohistochemical staining of desmin was performed to closely observe the development of the myotendinous junction...
June 6, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611878/physician-variability-in-management-of-emergency-department-patients-with-chest-pain
#19
Peter B Smulowitz, Orit Barrett, Matthew M Hall, Shamai A Grossman, Edward A Ullman, Victor Novack
INTRODUCTION: Chest pain is a common emergency department (ED) presentation accounting for 8-10 million visits per year in the United States. Physician-level factors such as risk tolerance are predictive of admission rates. The recent advent of accelerated diagnostic pathways and ED observation units may have an impact in reducing variation in admission rates on the individual physician level. METHODS: We conducted a single-institution retrospective observational study of ED patients with a diagnosis of chest pain as determined by diagnostic code from our hospital administrative database...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611873/the-economics-of-an-admissions-holding-unit
#20
Kraftin E Schreyer, Richard Martin
INTRODUCTION: With increasing attention to the actual cost of delivering care, return-on-investment calculations take on new significance. Boarded patients in the emergency department (ED) are harmful to clinical care and have significant financial opportunity costs. We hypothesize that investment in an admissions holding unit for admitted ED patients not only captures opportunity cost but also significantly lowers direct cost of care. METHODS: This was a three-phase study at a busy urban teaching center with significant walkout rate...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
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