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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028420/the-effect-of-telemedicine-on-resource-utilization-and-hospital-disposition-in-critically-ill-pediatric-transport-patients
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Kimberly Fugok, Nicholas B Slamon
PURPOSE: Pediatric transport teams rely on communication to report patient data to medical command officers, who create care plans and determine disposition. Common destinations are the emergency department (ED), pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), or regular inpatient care area (RIPCA). Telephone report does not result in complete understanding of the patient's condition. Further workup in the ED is often required. Telemedicine allows the patient to be directly seen; parents to be interviewed; and laboratory studies, radiographs, and vital signs to be reviewed...
October 13, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026889/study-design-of-real-world-evidence-for-treatment-of-hyperkalemia-in-the-emergency-department-reveal-ed-a-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Zubaid Rafique, Mikhail Kosiborod, Carol L Clark, Adam J Singer, Stewart Turner, Joseph Miller, Douglas Char, W Frank Peacock
OBJECTIVE: Hyperkalemia affects up to 10% of hospitalized patients and, if left untreated, can lead to serious cardiac arrhythmias or death. Although hyperkalemia is frequently encountered in the emergency department (ED), and is potentially life-threatening, standard of care for the treatment is poorly defined, with little supporting evidence. The main objectives of this observational study are to define the overall burden of hyperkalemia in the ED setting, describe its causes, the variability in treatment patterns and characterize the effectiveness and safety of ED standard of care therapies used in the United States...
September 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985949/emergency-nurses-perceptions-of-efficiency-and-design-examining-ed-structure-process-and-outcomes
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Lindsey Fay, Allison Carll-White, Kevin Real
INTRODUCTION: Due to increasing demands, it is imperative for emergency departments to improve efficiency, while providing safe and effective care. Efficient and quality healthcare delivery are impacted by interactions among the emergency department's physical structure, processes, and outcomes. Examining the interrelationship between these three components is essential for assessing quality of care in the ED setting. Studies simultaneously investigating all three aspects of this model are rare...
October 3, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983578/the-singapore-paediatric-triage-scale-validation-study
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Sashikumar Ganapathy, Joo Guan Yeo, Xing Hui Michelle Thia, Geok Mei Andrea Hei, Lai Peng Tham
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to determine the usefulness and validity of the triaging scale used in our emergency department (ED) by analysing its association with surrogate clinical outcome measures of severity consisting of hospitalisation rate, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, length of ED stay, predictive value for admission and length of hospitalisation. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted of the performance markers of Singapore Paediatric Triage Scale (SPTS) to identify children that needed immediate and greater care...
October 6, 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982749/a-population-based-assessment-of-emergency-department-observation-status-for-older-adults-with-cancer
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Allison Lipitz-Snyderman, Adam Klotz, Renee L Gennarelli, Jeffrey Groeger
Background: Hospitals' use of observation status for patients with cancer presenting to the emergency department (ED) is not well understood. This model of care delivery may be a viable alternative to inpatient admission for patients with cancer presenting with certain conditions. Our objective was to assess the use of observation status among Medicare beneficiaries with and without cancer. Methods: Population-based SEER-Medicare data were used to assess differences in the use of observation status between Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥66 years with and without cancer using a matched analysis (n=151,183 per cohort)...
October 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975679/an-emergency-department-observation-unit-is-a-feasible-setting-for-multidisciplinary-geriatric-assessments-in-compliance-with-the-geriatric-emergency-department-guidelines
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Lauren T Southerland, Anthony J Vargas, Lalitha Nagaraj, Tanya R Gure, Jeffery M Caterino
BACKGROUND: The Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines recommend providing multidisciplinary geriatric assessment in the Emergency Department (ED), but these assessments can be difficult to coordinate and may prolong length of stay. Patients who need longer than a typical ED stay can be placed in an ED Observation Unit (Obs Unit). We investigated the effects of offering multidisciplinary assessments for ED patients in an Obs Unit. METHODS: Evaluation by a geriatric hospital consultation team, physical therapist, case manager, and/or pharmacist was made available to all Obs Unit patients...
October 4, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941671/outcomes-of-emergency-department-anaphylaxis-visits-from-2005-to-2014
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Megan S Motosue, M Fernanda Bellolio, Holly K Van Houten, Nilay D Shah, James T Li, Ronna L Campbell
BACKGROUND: Although the incidence of anaphylaxis appears to be increasing, trends in anaphylaxis-related health care utilization are not well understood. OBJECTIVE: To better understand the potential increasing health care burden, we analyzed the changes in anaphylaxis-related health care utilization, including emergency department (ED) discharges, observation stays, inpatient admissions, intensive care unit admissions, and endotracheal intubations. METHODS: We conducted an observational study examining outcomes of anaphylaxis-related ED visits between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2014...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939397/national-survey-of-emergency-physicians-concerning-home-based-care-options-as-alternatives-to-emergency-department-based-hospital-admissions
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Amy R Stuck, Christopher Crowley, James Killeen, Edward M Castillo
BACKGROUND: Emergency departments (EDs) in the United States play a prominent role in hospital admissions, especially for the growing population of older adults. Home-based care, rather than hospital admission from the ED, provides an important alternative, especially for older adults who have a greater risk of adverse events, such as hospital-acquired infections, falls, and delirium. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the survey was to understand emergency physicians' (EPs) perspectives on home-based care alternatives to hospitalization from the ED...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913974/impact-of-ladder-related-falls-on-the-emergency-department-and-recommendations-for-ladder-safety
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C J Cabilan, Kirsten Vallmuur, Rob Eley, Chantelle Judge, Sarah Cochrane, Connie Reed, Jessica Riordan, Kym Roberts, Ogilvie Thom, Gabriella Wood
OBJECTIVES: To describe the characteristics of patients who presented to the ED from a ladder-related fall and their injuries, highlight the impact of ladder-related falls on the ED, identify contributing factors of ladder falls and draw recommendations to improve ladder safety. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in two EDs. Patients' demographics and ED services used were obtained from medical records. A 53-item questionnaire was used to gather information about the type of ladder used, ladder activity, circumstances of the fall, contributing factors and future recommendations...
September 14, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902700/effectiveness-of-collaboration-between-emergency-department-and-intensive-care-unit-teams-on-mortality-rates-of-patients-presenting-with-critical-illness-a-systematic-review
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Kerchelle McDowald, Svetlana Direktor, Elizabeth A Hynes, Anna Sahadeo, Margaret E Rogers
BACKGROUND: The increasing volume of adult patients with critical illness entering emergency departments (EDs) burdens the resources of EDs worldwide. This subpopulation faces a high risk of mortality because they require specialized care which many EDs are not yet poised to deliver. An element crucial to delivering care and decreasing the mortality of critically ill patients in the ED is expert collaborative practice across disciplines. Several ED and intensive care unit (ICU) collaborative models exist including: emergency department intensive care units (EDICU) and medical emergency teams (MET)...
September 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893762/sleep-disordered-breathing-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-mechanistic-link-to-peripheral-endothelial-dysfunction
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Nadja Scherbakov, Anja Sandek, Nicole Ebner, Miroslava Valentova, Alexander Heinrich Nave, Ewa A Jankowska, Jörg C Schefold, Stephan von Haehling, Stefan D Anker, Ingo Fietze, Jochen B Fiebach, Karl Georg Haeusler, Wolfram Doehner
BACKGROUND: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) after acute ischemic stroke is frequent and may be linked to stroke-induced autonomic imbalance. In the present study, the interaction between SDB and peripheral endothelial dysfunction (ED) was investigated in patients with acute ischemic stroke and at 1-year follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS: SDB was assessed by transthoracic impedance records in 101 patients with acute ischemic stroke (mean age, 69 years; 61% men; median National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, 4) while being on the stroke unit...
September 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885390/epidemiology-of-admissions-from-the-emergency-department-among-febrile-infants-younger-than-90-days-in-the-united-states-2002-to-2012
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Diana K Nguyen, Ross J Fleischman, Scott Friedlander, Kenneth M Zangwill
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Febrile infants younger than 90 days are often subjected to invasive diagnostic evaluation and hospitalization to monitor for serious bacterial infection (SBI) despite recent changes in SBI risk and advances in diagnostics. Nationwide provider practices, over time, are unknown for this group. Our objective was to determine the likelihood of admission and associated complications of care for such infants, particularly those at lowest risk for SBI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study including multisite emergency department (ED) visits using administrative data from the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network Core Data Project...
September 5, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874952/duration-of-mechanical-ventilation-in-the-emergency-department
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Lauren B Angotti, Jeremy B Richards, Daniel F Fisher, Jeffrey D Sankoff, Todd A Seigel, Haitham S Al Ashry, Susan R Wilcox
INTRODUCTION: Due to hospital crowding, mechanically ventilated patients are increasingly spending hours boarding in emergency departments (ED) before intensive care unit (ICU) admission. This study aims to evaluate the association between time ventilated in the ED and in-hospital mortality, duration of mechanical ventilation, ICU and hospital length of stay (LOS). METHODS: This was a multi-center, prospective, observational study of patients ventilated in the ED, conducted at three academic Level I Trauma Centers from July 2011 to March 2013...
August 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874937/antimicrobial-therapy-for-pneumonia-in-the-emergency-department-the-impact-of-clinical-pharmacists-on-appropriateness
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Brett A Faine, Nicholas Mohr, Jenna Dietrich, Laura Meadow, Kari K Harland, Elizabeth Chrischilles
INTRODUCTION: Pneumonia impacts over four million people annually and is the leading cause of infectious disease-related hospitalization and mortality in the United States. Appropriate empiric antimicrobial therapy decreases hospital length of stay and improves mortality. The objective of our study was to test the hypothesis that the presence of an emergency medicine (EM) clinical pharmacist improves the timing and appropriateness of empiric antimicrobial therapy for community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and healthcare-associated pneumonia (HCAP)...
August 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874928/magnetic-resonance-imaging-utilization-in-an-emergency-department-observation-unit
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Yadiel Sánchez, Brian J Yun, Anand M Prabhakar, McKinley Glover, Benjamin A White, Theodore I Benzer, Ali S Raja
INTRODUCTION: Emergency department observation units (EDOUs) are a valuable alternative to inpatient admissions for ED patients needing extended care. However, while the use of advanced imaging is becoming more common in the ED, there are no studies characterizing the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations in the EDOU. METHODS: This institutional review board-approved, retrospective study was performed at a 999-bed quaternary care academic Level I adult and pediatric trauma center, with approximately 114,000 ED visits annually and a 32-bed adult EDOU...
August 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845913/alcohol-related-presentations-to-the-royal-perth-hospital-emergency-department-a-prospective-study
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Stuart Vb McLay, Ellen MacDonald, Daniel M Fatovich
OBJECTIVE: To quantify and describe alcohol-related presentations to our ED, as part of the binational Alcohol Harm in Emergency Departments study. METHODS: A prospective observational study at Royal Perth Hospital of every patient attending ED for the 168-h period commencing 08.00 hours Monday 1 December 2014. Patient presentations were classified as alcohol-related (alcohol-positive) using predefined criteria. These patients were compared to alcohol-negative patients on a range of demographic and clinical descriptors...
August 28, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833882/change-in-care-transition-practice-for-patients-with-nonspecific-chest-pain-after-emergency-department-evaluation-2006-to-2012
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Maame Yaa A B Yiadom, Christopher W Baugh, Cathy A Jenkins, Sean P Collins, Monisha C Bhatia, Robert S Dittus, Alan B Storrow
OBJECTIVES: From 2005 to 2010 health care financing shifts in the United States may have affected care transition practices for emergency department (ED) patients with nonspecific chest pain (CP) after ED evaluation. Despite being less acutely ill than those with myocardial infarction, these patients' management can be challenging. The risk of missing acute coronary syndrome is considerable enough to often warrant admission. Diagnostic advances and reimbursement limitations on the use of inpatient admission are encouraging the use of alternative ED care transition practices...
August 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822583/-misuse-and-adverse-effects-of-new-direct-oral-anticoagulants-a-prospective-observational-study-in-patients-admitted-to-an-emergency-unit-of-a-french-university-hospital
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Thomas Lafon, Christine Vallejo, Mathilde Hadj, Marie-Laure Laroche, Hélène Geniaux
INTRODUCTION: The use of direct oral anticoagulants (NOAC) is complex: indications, dosage adjustments and precautions. Emergency departments (ED) are increasingly faced with patients receiving NOAC. The aim of this study was to evaluate the misuse and the adverse effects (AE) of NOAC. METHODS: All subjects with NOAC admitted to the Limoges University Hospital ED from 1/8/2013 to 1/4/2014 were included in a prospective observational study. Misuse was identified from the NOAC summary of product characteristics and from the 2014 ANSM guideline (indication, dose, co-medications, age, hepatic and renal function); adverse effects were recorded...
July 19, 2017: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813449/influenza-virus-infections-among-patients-attending-emergency-department-according-to-main-reason-to-presenting-to-ed-a-3-year-prospective-observational-study-during-seasonal-epidemic-periods
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Enrique Casalino, Stephanie Antoniol, Nadhira Fidouh, Christophe Choquet, Jean-Christophe Lucet, Xavier Duval, Benoit Visseaux, Laurent Pereira
OBJECTIVE: The role of influenza virus in patients presenting at ED during seasonal-epidemic periods has not previously been specified. Our objective was to determine its frequency according to clinical presentation. METHODS: This is a prospective observational study conducted during three-consecutive seasonal Influenza epidemics (2013-2015), including patients presenting i) community-acquired pneumonia (CAP); ii) severe acute symptoms (SAS): respiratory failure (RF), hemodynamic failure (HF), cardiac failure (CF), and miscellaneous symptoms (M); iii) symptoms suggesting influenza (PSSI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812025/baseline-characteristics-of-the-paediatric-observation-priority-score-in-emergency-departments-outside-its-centre-of-derivation
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Damian Roland, Fawaz Arshad, Tim Coats, Ffion Davies
OBJECTIVES AND BACKGROUND: Scoring systems in Emergency Departments (EDs) are rarely validated. This study aimed to examine the Paediatric Observation Priority Score (POPS), a method of quantifying patient acuity, in EDs in the United Kingdom, and determine baseline performance characteristics. METHODS: POPS was implemented in 4 EDs for children (ages of 0 to 16) with participants grouped into 3 categories: discharged from ED, discharged but with return within 7 days, and admitted for less or more than 24 hours...
2017: BioMed Research International
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