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Sophia Y Wang, Mariam S Hamid, David C Musch, Maria A Woodward
Importance: Nearly 2 million patients visit emergency departments (EDs) because of eye concerns annually in the United States. How hospitals currently assign these patients to treatment is important for designing systems that equitably allocate resources for eye care in urgent settings. Objective: To investigate factors associated with ophthalmology consultation for eye-related adult ED encounters to assess possible disparities by sex, race/ethnicity, language preference, or residential distance from the medical center...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Kei Ouchi, Guruprasad D Jambaulikar, Samuel Hohmann, Naomi R George, Emily L Aaronson, Rebecca Sudore, Mara A Schonberg, James A Tulsky, Jeremiah D Schuur, Daniel J Pallin
OBJECTIVES: To inform the shared decision-making process between clinicians and older adults and their surrogates regarding emergency intubation. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Multicenter, emergency department (ED)-based cohort. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged 65 and older intubated in the ED from 2008 to 2015 from 262 hospitals across the United States (>95% of U.S. nonprofit academic medical centers). MEASUREMENTS: Our primary outcome was age-specific in-hospital mortality...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Yuan Cao, Shi-Hua Lin, Ding Zhu, Feng Xu, Zhi-Hua Chen, Hua-Hao Shen, Wen Li
BACKGROUND WeChat is a convenient and popular social medium, and it seems to be an appropriate platform for education and management of patients. This study sought to identify usefulness in clinical control of cough-variant asthma (CVA). MATERIAL AND METHODS A randomized controlled trial was conducted among 80 CVA patients. After being assigned to either the traditional group (TG) or the WeChat group (WG), they received the same inhalation therapy, but patients in WG received additional education and instruction via our public account on the WeChat application...
March 14, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Joaquín M González-Cabrera, María Fernández-Prada, Concepción Iribar, Rogelio Molina-Ruano, María Salinero-Bachiller, José M Peinado
The objectives of this longitudinal study were to compare salivary cortisol release patterns in medical residents and their self-perceived anxiety levels between a regular working day and a day when on call in the emergency department (ED-duty day) and to determine any differences in cortisol release pattern as a function of years of residency or sex. The study included 35 residents (physicians-in-training) of the Granada University Hospital, Granada, Spain. Acute stress was measured on a regular working day and an ED-duty day, evaluating anxiety-state with the Spanish version of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Caitriona Monahan, Mathew Coleman
OBJECTIVES: Despite research showing higher use of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) in rural areas, limited research has examined the epidemiology of ATS-related presentations and admissions to remote regional centres. To determine the epidemiology of ATS-related (a) Emergency Department (ED) presentations and (b) inpatient admissions over a five-year period at the Hedland Health Campus (HHC) in remote Western Australia. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records was conducted...
March 1, 2018: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Barbara P Yawn, Peter C Wollan, Matthew A Rank, Susan L Bertram, Young Juhn, Wilson Pace
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess patient and practice outcomes after introducing the Asthma APGAR (Activities, Persistent, triGGers, Asthma medications, Response to therapy) tools into primary care practices. METHODS: We used a pragmatic cluster-randomized controlled design in 18 US family medicine and pediatric practices to compare outcomes in patients with persistent asthma aged 5 to 45 years after introduction of the Asthma APGAR tools vs usual care...
March 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
Frank X Scheuermeyer, Christopher DeWitt, Jim Christenson, Brian Grunau, Andrew Kestler, Eric Grafstein, Jane Buxton, David Barbic, Stefan Milanovic, Reza Torkjari, Indy Sahota, Grant Innes
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Fentanyl overdoses are increasing and few data guide emergency department (ED) management. We evaluate the safety of an ED protocol for patients with presumed fentanyl overdose. METHODS: At an urban ED, we used administrative data and explicit chart review to identify and describe consecutive patients with uncomplicated presumed fentanyl overdose (no concurrent acute medical issues) from September to December 2016. We linked regional ED and provincial vital statistics databases to ascertain admissions, revisits, and mortality...
March 9, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Sjoerd Broekman, Elisabeth Van Gils-Van Rooij, Berthold Meijboom, Dingenus De Bakker, Christoffel Yzermans
INTRODUCTION In the Netherlands, general practitioners (GPs) and emergency departments (EDs) collaborate increasingly in urgent care collaborations (UCCs) in which the two services share one combined entrance and joint triage. AIM The objective of this study is to determine if UCCs are cost-effective compared to the usual care setting where out-of-hours GP services and EDs work separately. METHODS This observational study compared UCCs with the usual care setting on costs by performing linear regression analyses...
September 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Ronald W Gimbel, Ronald G Pirrallo, Steven C Lowe, David W Wright, Lu Zhang, Min-Jae Woo, Paul Fontelo, Fang Liu, Zachary Connor
BACKGROUND: The frequency of head computed tomography (CT) imaging for mild head trauma patients has raised safety and cost concerns. Validated clinical decision rules exist in the published literature and on-line sources to guide medical image ordering but are often not used by emergency department (ED) clinicians. Using simulation, we explored whether the presentation of a clinical decision rule (i.e. Canadian CT Head Rule - CCHR), findings from malpractice cases related to clinicians not ordering CT imaging in mild head trauma cases, and estimated patient out-of-pocket cost might influence clinician brain CT ordering...
March 12, 2018: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
B Josea Kramer, Beth Creekmur, Michael N Mitchell, Debra Saliba
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Home-based primary care (HBPC) is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program to meet the medical needs of community-dwelling populations needing long-term care (LTC). The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded its HBPC program to underserved rural communities, including American Indian reservations, providing a "natural laboratory" to study change in access to VA LTC benefits and utilization outcomes for rural populations that typically face challenges in accessing LTC medical support...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Bo Wen, Lei Xu, Junfu Liang, Zhanming Fan, Zhonghua Sun
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the image quality and radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography using a 256-row detector CT scanner in a single cardiac cycle in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Seventy consecutive patients (41 men and 29 women; age range was from 37 to 84 years, mean age was 61.7 ± 10.2 years; body mass index range was from 15.08 to 36.45 kg/m, mean body mass index was 25.9 ± 3.5 kg/m) with persistent or paroxysmal AF during acquisition, who were not receiving any medications for heart rate (HR) regulation, were imaged with a 256-row detector CT scanner (Revolution CT, GE healthcare)...
March 2018: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Anıl Er, Aykut Çağlar, Fatma Akgül, Emel Ulusoy, Hale Çitlenbik, Durgül Yılmaz, Murat Duman
AIM: High-flow nasal cannula (HFNC) is a new treatment option for pediatric respiratory distress and we aimed to assess early predictive factors of unresponsiveness to HFNC therapy in a pediatric emergency department (ED). METHOD: Patients who presented with respiratory distress and were treated by HFNC, were included. The age, gender, weight, medical history, diagnosis, vital signs, oxygen saturation/fraction of inspired oxygen (SpO2 /FiO2 ) ratio, modified Respiratory Distress Assessment Instrument (mRDAI) scores, medical interventions, duration of HFNC therapy, time to escalation, adverse effects, and laboratory test results were obtained from medical and nursing records...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Pulmonology
Nicole M Acquisto, Ryan P Bodkin, Jack E Brown, Paul S Graman, Courtney Marie Cora Jones, Timmy Li, Dwight J Hardy, Elizabeth Dodds Ashley
OBJECTIVES: Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are prevalent in the emergency department (ED). We determined whether MRSA nasal carriage better identifies patients with MRSA wound infection than clinical risk factors or emergency medicine (EM) provider's choice of discharge prescriptions. METHODS: Adult patients presenting to a large academic medical centre ED in the USA with SSTI between May 2010 and November 2011 were screened...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Matthew P Kelly, Heather A Prentice, Wei Wang, Brian H Fasig, Dhiren S Sheth, Elizabeth W Paxton
BACKGROUND: Previous studies evaluating reasons for 30-day readmissions following total joint arthroplasty (TJA) may underestimate hospital-based utilization of healthcare resources during a patient's episode-of-care. We sought to identify common reasons for 90-day emergency department (ED) visits and hospital readmissions following primary elective unilateral TJA. METHODS: Patients from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015 having primary elective TJA and at least one 90-day postoperative ED-only visit and/or readmission for any reason were identified using the Kaiser Permanente Total Joint Replacement Registry...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Michael Gottlieb, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Pharyngitis is a common disease in the emergency department (ED). Despite a relatively low incidence of complications, there are many dangerous conditions that can mimic this disease and are essential for the emergency physician to consider. OBJECTIVE: This article provides a review of the evaluation and management of group A β-hemolytic Streptococcal (GABHS) pharyngitis, as well as important medical conditions that can mimic this disease. DISCUSSION: GABHS pharyngitis often presents with fever, sore throat, tonsillar exudates, and anterior cervical lymphadenopathy...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Robin A Scott, Kathleen S Oman, Kathleen Flarity, Jennifer L Comer
INTRODUCTION: Patient falls are a significant issue in hospitalized patients and financially costly to hospitals. The Joint Commission requires that patients be assessed for fall risk and interventions in place to mitigate the risk of falls. It is imperative to have a patient population/setting specific fall risk assessment tool to identify patients at risk for falling. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the 2013 Memorial ED Fall Risk Assessment tool (MEDFRAT) specifically designed for the ED population...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
Yen-Ko Lin, Chao-Wen Chen, Wei-Che Lee, Yuan-Chia Cheng, Tsung-Ying Lin, Chia-Ju Lin, Leiyu Shi, Yin-Chun Tien, Liang-Chi Kuo
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether, in the emergency department (ED), educational video-assisted informed consent is superior to the conventional consent process, to inform trauma patients undergoing surgery about the procedure, benefits, risks, alternatives, and postoperative care. METHODS: We conducted a prospective randomized controlled trial, with superiority study design. All trauma patients scheduled to receive trauma-related debridement surgery in the ED of Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital were included...
March 9, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
Jamie J Coleman, Bryan W Carr, Tyrone Rogers, Matthew S Field, Ben L Zarzaur, Stephanie A Savage, Peter M Hammer, Brian L Brewer, David V Feliciano, Grace S Rozycki
BACKGROUND: Abdominal pain is a common reason patients seek treatment in emergency departments (ED), and computed tomography (CT) is frequently used for diagnosis; however, length of stay in the ED and risks of radiation remain a concern. The hypothesis of this study was the Alvarado Score (AS) could be used to reduce CT scans and decrease ED length of stay (LOS) for patients with suspected acute appendicitis (AA). METHODS: A retrospective review of patients who underwent CT to rule out AA from January 1st, 2015, to December 31st, 2015 was performed...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Louise Condon, Sharon Burford, Robin Ghosal, Brett Denning, Gail Rees
To deliver a patient-centred service, emergency departments (EDs) must be efficient, effective and meet the needs of the local population. This article describes a service redesign of unscheduled care in a hospital in Wales, which followed the principles of prudent healthcare to improve patient experiences. Extending the roles of nurse specialist practitioners was a major component of the redesign. Six working groups were established to guide the process, one of which was responsible for working cooperatively with the local community, which was concerned about perceived 'downgrading' of the ED...
March 9, 2018: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Benjamin A Willenbring, Callie K Schnitker, Samuel J Stellpflug
BACKGROUND: Esophageal food impaction is a common illness presenting to emergency departments (ED), and is frequently resistant to pharmacologic therapy. Several medications have been promoted for this indication, but so far have not proven effective. Endoscopic removal is frequently required to resolve the impaction, resulting in risks from anesthesia and the physical procedure, and in prolonged hospital stay for recovery. Oral nitroglycerin solution was recently used in two such cases and may represent a new therapeutic option...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
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