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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...
March 15, 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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178913/training-us-health-care-professionals-on-human-trafficking-where-do-we-go-from-here
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Clydette Powell, Kirsten Dickins, Hanni Stoklosa
Some 21 million adults and children are labor-trafficked or sex-trafficked through force, fraud, or coercion. In recognition of the interface between trafficking victims and the healthcare setting, over the last 10 years there has been a notable increase in training of health care professionals (HCPs) on human trafficking (HT) and its health implications. Many organizations have developed curricula and offered training in various clinical settings. However, methods and content of this education on trafficking vary widely, and there is little evaluation of the impact of the training...
2017: Medical Education Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152677/economic-burden-of-common-adverse-events-aes-associated-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-mcrc-treatment-in-the-united-states-us
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Jane Chang, Annie Guerin, Sherry Shi, Ed Wang, Justin Yu, Christopher Ngai
21 Background: Treatments for mCRC have distinct safety and tolerability profiles. Common AEs associated with mCRC treatments may compromise the course of treatment, worsen quality of life, and increase healthcare resource utilization and costs. This study assessed the costs of common AEs in mCRC patients (pts) in the US. METHODS: Adult mCRC pts treated with chemotherapy (chemo) or targeted therapies were identified from the Truven MarketScan databases (2009 - 2014). Up to the first 3 mCRC treatment episodes were considered...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139304/development-and-implementation-of-a-comprehensive-multidisciplinary-emergency-department-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-program
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Joseph E Tonna, Craig H Selzman, Michael P Mallin, Brigham R Smith, Scott T Youngquist, Antigoni Koliopoulou, Frederick Welt, Kathleen Diane Stoddard, Ram Nirula, Richard Barton, James Franklin Fair, James C Fang, Stephen McKellar
Despite advances in the medical and surgical management of cardiovascular disease, greater than 350,000 patients experience out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the United States annually, with only a 12% neurologically favorable survival rate. Of these patients, 23% have an initial shockable rhythm of ventricular fibrillation/pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT), a marker of high probability of acute coronary ischemia (80%) as the precipitating factor. However, few patients (22%) will experience return of spontaneous circulation and sufficient hemodynamic stability to undergo cardiac catheterization and revascularization...
January 27, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112707/in-the-kingdom-of-tortelli-ravioli-like-pasta-plant-poisoning-is-still-a-threat-a-case-report-of-near-fatal-poisoning-from-digitalis-purpurea-accidentally-confused-with-borago-officinalis
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Laura Bonfanti, Giuseppe Lippi, Irene Ciullo, Fiorenza Robuschi, Rosalia Aloe, Sara Tarasconi, Riccardo Vassallo, Gianfranco Cervellin
A 58 years healthy old woman was admitted to the Emergency Department (ED) with cardiac arrest due to ventricular fibrillation (VF). Appropriate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), multiple DC shocks and oro-tracheal intubation (OTI) were effective to induce recovery of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). After ROSC was achieved, the electrocardiogram (ECG) showed an idio-ventricular rhythm with atrioventricular dissociation. A transcutaneous pacing was hence applied and the patient was administered with isoproterenol...
January 16, 2017: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096032/creation-of-an-intensive-care-unit-and-organizational-changes-in-an-adult-emergency-department-impact-on-acute-stroke-management
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Laurent Puy, Chantal Lamy, Sandrine Canaple, Audrey Arnoux, Nicolas Laine, Ella Iacob, Jean-Marc Constans, Olivier Godefroy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Following the reorganization of a University Medical Center onto a single campus, an Intensive Care Unit was created within the adult Emergency Department (ED ICU). We assessed the effects of these organizational changes on acute stroke management and the intravenous administration of recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (IV rtPA), as characterized by the thrombolysis rate, door-to-needle time (DNT) and outcome at 3months. METHODS: Between October 2013 and September 2015, we performed a retrospective, observational, single-center, comparative study of patients admitted for ischemic stroke and treated with IV rtPA during two 321-day periods (before and after the creation of the ED ICU)...
January 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062816/primary-care-clinic-re-design-for-prescription-opioid-management
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Michael L Parchman, Michael Von Korff, Laura-Mae Baldwin, Mark Stephens, Brooke Ike, DeAnn Cromp, Clarissa Hsu, Ed H Wagner
BACKGROUND: The challenge of responding to prescription opioid overuse within the United States has fallen disproportionately on the primary care clinic setting. Here we describe a framework comprised of 6 Building Blocks to guide efforts within this setting to address the use of opioids for chronic pain. METHODS: Investigators conducted site visits to thirty primary care clinics across the United States selected for their use of team-based workforce innovations...
January 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053364/use-of-antibiotics-in-children-younger-than-two-years-in-eight-countries-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Elizabeth T Rogawski, James A Platts-Mills, Jessica C Seidman, Sushil John, Mustafa Mahfuz, Manjeswori Ulak, Sanjaya K Shrestha, Sajid Bashir Soofi, Pablo Penataro Yori, Estomih Mduma, Erling Svensen, Tahmeed Ahmed, Aldo Am Lima, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Margaret N Kosek, Dennis R Lang, Michael Gottlieb, Anita Km Zaidi, Gagandeep Kang, Pascal O Bessong, Eric R Houpt, Richard L Guerrant
OBJECTIVE: To describe the frequency and factors associated with antibiotic use in early childhood, and estimate the proportion of diarrhoea and respiratory illnesses episodes treated with antibiotics. METHODS: Between 2009 and 2014, we followed 2134 children from eight sites in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, South Africa and the United Republic of Tanzania, enrolled in the MAL-ED birth cohort study. We documented all antibiotic use from mothers' reports at twice-weekly visits over the children's first two years of life...
January 1, 2017: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046080/the-annual-burden-of-seasonal-influenza-in-the-us-veterans-affairs-population
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Yinong Young-Xu, Robertus van Aalst, Ellyn Russo, Jason K H Lee, Ayman Chit
Seasonal influenza epidemics have a substantial public health and economic burden in the United States (US). On average, over 200,000 people are hospitalized and an estimated 23,000 people die from respiratory and circulatory complications associated with seasonal influenza virus infections each year. Annual direct medical costs and indirect productivity costs across the US have been found to average respectively at $10.4 billion and $16.3 billion. The objective of this study was to estimate the economic impact of severe influenza-induced illness on the US Veterans Affairs population...
2017: PloS One
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