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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435485/impact-of-health-policy-changes-on-emergency-medicine-in-maryland-stratified-by-socioeconomic-status
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Laura Pimentel, David Anderson, Bruce Golden, Edward Wasil, Fermin Barrueto, Jon M Hirshon
INTRODUCTION: On January 1, 2014, the financing and delivery of healthcare in the state of Maryland (MD) profoundly changed. The insurance provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) began implementation and a major revision of MD's Medicare waiver ushered in a Global Budget Revenue (GBR) structure for hospital reimbursement. Our objective was to analyze the impact of these policy changes on emergency department (ED) utilization, hospitalization practices, insurance profiles, and professional revenue...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435481/a-patient-centered-emergency-department-management-strategy-for-sickle-cell-disease-super-utilizers
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Grant G Simpson, Hallie R Hahn, Alex A Powel, Robert R Leverence, Linda A Morris, Lara G Thompson, Marc S Zumberg, Deepa J Borde, Joseph A Tyndall, Jonathan J Shuster, Donald M Yealy, Brandon R Allen
INTRODUCTION: A subpopulation of sickle-cell disease patients, termed super-utilizers, presents frequently to emergency departments (EDs) for vaso-occlusive events and may consume disproportionate resources without broader health benefit. To address the healthcare needs of this vulnerable patient population, we piloted a multidisciplinary intervention seeking to create and use individualized patient care plans that alter utilization through coordinated care. Our goals were to assess feasibility primarily, and to assess resource use secondarily...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412721/are-admission-procalcitonin-levels-universal-mortality-predictors-across-different-medical-emergency-patient-populations-results-from-the-multi-national-prospective-observational-triage-study
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Ramon Sager, Yannick Wirz, Devendra Amin, Adina Amin, Pierre Hausfater, Andreas Huber, Sebastian Haubitz, Alexander Kutz, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
BACKGROUND: Procalcitonin (PCT), an inflammatory blood biomarker, is well studied in infectious diseases. Its prognostic value in unselected emergency department (ED) patients remains yet undefined. Herein, we investigated association of admission PCT levels and mortality in a large, international-multicenter ED patient cohort. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 6970 unselected, consecutive, adult, medical patients seeking ED care in three tertiary-care hospitals in Switzerland, France and the USA...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411333/technological-device-for-manufacturing-transdermal-films-possible-applications-to-the-individualized-treatment-for-erectile-dysfunction
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Francisco José Raposo, Hudson Caetano Polonini, Anderson Ferreira, Nádia Rezende Barbosa Raposo, Marcos Antônio Fernandes Brandão
Pharmacological advances in erectile dysfunction (ED) treatment have aroused growing interest among health professionals towards sexual dysfunction, generating an increasing demand for dosage forms and drug delivery systems, including tadalafil. This study aimed to develop a device to generate patches that would enable drug dosage individualization and transdermal administration. To create such a mechanical device, technical drawings were made using the CAD software. A functional prototype was built, and a pharmaceutical formulation containing tadalafil (10 mg cm(-2)) was prepared...
April 14, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409028/impact-of-delayed-admission-to-the-intensive-care-unit-from-the-emergency-department-upon-sepsis-outcomes-and-sepsis-protocol-compliance
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Michael Agustin, Lori Lyn Price, Augustine Andoh-Duku, Peter LaCamera
Rationale. The impact of emergency department length of stay (EDLOS) upon sepsis outcomes needs clarification. We sought to better understand the relationship between EDLOS and both outcomes and protocol compliance in sepsis. Methods. We performed a retrospective observational study of septic patients admitted to the ICU from the ED between January 2012 and December 2015 in a single tertiary care teaching hospital. 287 patients with severe sepsis and septic shock were included. Study population was divided into patients with EDLOS < 6 hrs (early admission) versus ≥6 hours (delayed admission)...
2017: Critical Care Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401961/development-and-validation-of-a-prognostic-model-for-predicting-30-day-mortality-risk-in-medical-patients-in-emergency-department-ed
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Duc T Ha, Tam Q Dang, Ngoc V Tran, Thao N T Pham, Nguyen D Nguyen, Tuan V Nguyen
The primary aim of this prospective study is to develop and validate a new prognostic model for predicting the risk of mortality in Emergency Department (ED) patients. The study involved 1765 patients in the development cohort and 1728 in the validation cohort. The main outcome was mortality up to 30 days after admission. Potential risk factors included clinical characteristics, vital signs, and routine haematological and biochemistry tests. The Bayesian Model Averaging method within the Cox's regression model was used to identify independent risk factors for mortality...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379349/enterovirus-d68-infection-among-children-with-medically-attended-acute-respiratory-illness-cincinnati-ohio-july%C3%A2-october-2014
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Holly M Biggs, Monica McNeal, W Allan Nix, Carolyn Kercsmar, Aaron T Curns, Beverly Connelly, Marilyn Rice, Shur-Wern Wang Chern, Mila M Prill, Nancy Back, M Steven Oberste, Susan I Gerber, Mary A Staat
Background: Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) caused a widespread outbreak of respiratory illness in the United States in 2014, predominantly affecting children. We describe EV-D68 rates, spectrum of illness and risk factors from prospective, population-based acute respiratory illness (ARI) surveillance at a large U.S. pediatric hospital. Methods: Children <13 years of age with ARI and residence in Hamilton County, Ohio were enrolled from the inpatient and emergency department (ED) settings at a children's hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, from July 1-October 31, 2014...
April 4, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345070/are-scoring-systems-sufficient-for-predicting-mortality-due-to-sepsis-in-the-emergency-department
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Merve Gunes Ozaydin, Ozlem Guneysel, Fatma Saridogan, Vehbi Ozaydin
OBJECTIVES: Scoring systems have been used to risk stratify in intensive care units (ICU), but not routinely used in emergency departments. The aim of this study was to determine accuracy for predicting mortality in emergency medicine with Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA), Mortality in ED Sepsis (MEDS) score and Simplified Acute Physiology Score (SAPSII). METHODS: This is a prospective observational study. Patients presenting with evidence of sepsis were all included...
March 2017: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321299/successful-emergency-department-interventions-that-reduce-time-to-antibiotics-in-febrile-pediatric-cancer-patients
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Sandra Spencer, MIchele Nypaver, Katherine Hebert, Christopher Benner, Rachel Stanley, Daniel Cohen, Alexander Rogers, Jason Goldstick, Prashant Mahajan
Children with cancer and fever are at high risk for sepsis related death. Rapid antibiotic delivery (< 60 minutes) has been shown to reduce mortality. We compared patient outcomes and describe interventions from three separate quality improvement (QI) projects conducted in three United States (US) tertiary care pediatric emergency departments (EDs) with the shared aim to reduce time to antibiotic (TTA) to < 60 minutes in febrile pediatric oncology patients (Temperature > 38.0 C). A secondary objective was to identify interventions amenable to translation to other centers...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302430/antimicrobial-copper-alloys-decreased-bacteria-on-stethoscope-surfaces
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Michael G Schmidt, Rachel E Tuuri, Arif Dharsee, Hubert H Attaway, Sarah E Fairey, Keith T Borg, Cassandra D Salgado, Bruce E Hirsch
BACKGROUND: Stethoscopes may serve as vehicles for transmission of bacteria among patients. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of antimicrobial copper surfaces to reduce the bacterial concentration associated with stethoscope surfaces. METHODS: A structured prospective trial involving 21 health care providers was conducted at a pediatric emergency division (ED) (n = 14) and an adult medical intensive care unit located in tertiary care facilities (n = 7)...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301451/traumatic-brain-injury-related-emergency-department-visits-hospitalizations-and-deaths-united-states-2007-and-2013
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Christopher A Taylor, Jeneita M Bell, Matthew J Breiding, Likang Xu
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has short- and long-term adverse clinical outcomes, including death and disability. TBI can be caused by a number of principal mechanisms, including motor-vehicle crashes, falls, and assaults. This report describes the estimated incidence of TBI-related emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations, and deaths during 2013 and makes comparisons to similar estimates from 2007. REPORTING PERIOD: 2007 and 2013. DESCRIPTION OF SYSTEM: State-based administrative health care data were used to calculate estimates of TBI-related ED visits and hospitalizations by principal mechanism of injury, age group, sex, and injury intent...
March 17, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293768/the-utility-of-a-medical-admissions-pharmacist-in-a-hospital-in-australia
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Sally B Marotti, Rachael May Theng Cheh, Anne Ponniah, Helen Phuong
Background Medication-related hospital admissions in Australia have previously been estimated to account for approximately 3% of all hospital admissions, with hospital entry points being a point of vulnerability. The timely medication review and reconciliation by a pharmacist at the early stage of an admission for patients admitted to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) would be beneficial. Setting The Emergency Department (ED) and AMU in a 300 bed tertiary teaching hospital, in South Australia. Objective To investigate the impact of a Medical Admissions (MA) pharmacist on the proportion of AMU patients who receive a complete and accurate medication history by a pharmacist prior to admission and within 4 h of presentation...
April 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261908/acute-coronary-syndrome-screening-and-diagnostic-practice-variation
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Maame Yaa A B Maya Yiadom, Xulei Liu, Conor M McWade, Dandan Liu, Alan B Storrow
BACKGROUND: In the absence of the existing acute coronary syndrome guidelines directing the clinical practice implementation of ED screening and diagnosis, there is variable screening and diagnostic clinical practice across ED facilities. This practice diversity may be warranted. Understanding the variability may identify opportunities for more consistent practice. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional clinical practice epidemiology study with the emergency department (ED) as the unit of analysis characterizing variability in the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) evaluation across 62 diverse EDs...
March 6, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243009/predictors-for-critical-care-admission-among-children-presenting-to-emergency-department-with-recurrent-wheezing
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Aman Saini, Jaya Shankar Kaushik, Vandana Arya, Geeta Gathwala
CONTEXT: Children with recurrent wheezing contribute to a significant burden of inpatient hospital admission in developing countries. However, many patients could be managed at home following a short observation period in emergency unit. AIM: This study aimed to determine the predictors of critical care admission in a population of children aged 6 months to 2 years attending pediatric emergency department (ED) for recurrent wheezing. SETTING AND DESIGN: This is a case-control study conducted in pediatric ED of a tertiary care center in North India...
January 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236471/erectile-dysfunction-in-patients-with-chronic-pain-treated-with-opioids
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Raquel Ajo, Ana Segura, María-Del-Mar Inda, César Margarit, Pura Ballester, Emi Martínez, Guillermina Ferrández, Ángel Sánchez-Barbie, Ana M Peiró
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Chronic pain is associated with comorbidities that have an impact on the quality of life of patients and, among others, affect their sexual functioning. One of the most relevant side effects of opioid analgesics is erectile dysfunction (ED), due in part to the inhibition of the gonadal-pituitary-hypothalamic axis and the decline in testosterone levels. To evaluate ED and effectiveness of treatment in men with chronic pain treated with long-term opioids. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective observational study lasting 3 years, where the intensity of pain (visual analogue scale, 0-10cm), erectile function (IIEF-EF, range 1-30 points), quality of life (EQ-VAS, 0-100mm), quality of sexual life (MSLQ-QOL, 0-100 points), anxiety/depression (HAD, 0-21 points) and testosterone levels, was assessed in patients who reported sexual dysfunction (ED or libido modification)...
February 21, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222678/tracheal-extubation-in-deeply-anesthetized-pediatric-patients-after-tonsillectomy-a-comparison-of-high-concentration-sevoflurane-alone-and-low-concentration-sevoflurane-in-combination-with-dexmedetomidine-pre-medication
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Meiqin Di, Yuan Han, Zhuqing Yang, Huacheng Liu, Xuefei Ye, Hongyan Lai, Jun Li, Wangning ShangGuan, Qingquan Lian
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine can facilitate a smooth extubation process and reduce the requirement of sevoflurane and emergence agitation when administrated perioperatively. We aimed to observe the extubation process and the recovery characteristics in pediatric patients undergoing tonsillectomy while anesthetized with either high-concentration sevoflurane alone or low-concentration sevoflurane combined with pre-medication of single dose of intravenous dexmedetomidine. METHODS: Seventy-five patients (ASA I or II, aged 3-7 years) undergoing tonsillectomy were randomized into three equal groups: to receive intravenous saline (Group D0), dexmedetomidine 1 μg/kg (Group D1), or dexmedetomidine 2 μg/kg (Group D2) approximately 10 min before anesthesia...
February 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210350/use-of-physician-in-triage-model-in-the-management-of-abdominal-pain-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
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John R Marshall, Robert Katzer, Shahram Lotfipour, Bharath Chakravarthy, Siri Shastry, Jessica Andrusaitis, Craig L Anderson, Erik D Barton
INTRODUCTION: Given the nationwide increase in emergency department (ED) visits it is of paramount importance for hospitals to find efficient ways to manage patient flow. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a significant difference in success rates, length of stay (LOS), and other demographic factors in two cohorts of patients admitted directly to an ED observation unit (EDOU) under an abdominal pain protocol by a physician in triage (bypassing the main ED) versus those admitted via the traditional pathway (evaluated and treated in the main ED prior to EDOU admission)...
February 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195938/low-adverse-event-rates-but-high-emergency-department-utilization-in-chest-pain-patients-treated-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
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Anthony M Napoli, Janette Baird, Steven Tran, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVES: Nearly 40% of all previously admitted chest pain patients re-present to the emergency department (ED) within 1 year regardless of stress testing, and nearly 5% of patients return with a major adverse cardiac event (MACE). The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of return visits to the ED among patients previously admitted to an ED chest pain observation unit (CPU). We also identified the patient characteristics and health risk factors associated with these return ED visits...
March 2017: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193468/using-the-fundamentals-of-adsorption-to-understand-peak-distortion-due-to-strong-solvent-effect-in-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography
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Fabrice Gritti, Jyotsna Sehajpal, Jacob Fairchild
The peak distortion observed in hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) may be caused by the sample diluent to mobile phase mismatch. The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) method for organic impurities in cetirizine HCl tablets calls for such a mismatch, having a higher concentration of strong solvent in the sample diluent than in the mobile phase. A significant peak deformation is reported for cetirizine (a second-generation antihistamine) when it is purified on a Ethylene Bridged Hybrid (BEH) HILIC column (4...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187248/emergency-department-telemedicine-is-used-for-more-severely-injured-rural-trauma-patients-but-does-not-decrease-transfer-a-cohort-study
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Nicholas M Mohr, Karisa K Harland, Elizabeth A Chrischilles, Amanda Bell, Dan M Shane, Marcia M Ward
OBJECTIVES: Traumatic injury is a leading cause of death in the United States, and rural populations are at increased risk of injury and death. Rural residents have limited access to trauma care, and telemedicine has been proposed as one strategy to improve the provision of trauma care locally. The objective of this study was to describe patient-level factors associated with telemedicine consultation in North Dakota critical-access hospital (CAH) emergency departments (EDs) and to measure the association between telemedicine consultation and interhospital transfer...
February 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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