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Elizabeth Donovan, Megan L Ranney, Emily J Patry, Michelle McKenzie, Janette Baird, Traci C Green
Objective.:  Rhode Island Medicaid offers high emergency department utilizers the opportunity to take part in the Chronic Pain Program, an integrated treatment approach that includes free complementary therapies (massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture). The aim of the current analysis was to understand beliefs about the Rhode Island Chronic Pain Program from the perspective of the patient receiving services, the provider delivering services, and the administrator implementing the program...
April 8, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Nnenna O Chime, Jessica Katznelson, Sandeep Gangadharan, Barbara Walsh, Katie Lobner, Linda Brown, Marcie Gawel, Marc Auerbach
OBJECTIVE: Acutely ill infants and children presenting to the emergency department are treated by either physicians with pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) training or physicians without PEM training, a good proportion of which are general emergency medicine-trained physicians (GEDPs). This scoping review identified published literature comparing the care provided to infants and children (≤21 years of age) by PEM-trained physicians to that provided by GEDPs. METHODS: The search was conducted in 2 main steps as follows: (1) initial literature search to identify available literature with evolving feedback from the group while simultaneously deciding search concepts as well as inclusion and exclusion criteria and (2) modification of search concepts and conduction of search using finalized concepts as well as review and selection of articles for final analysis using set inclusion criteria...
April 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
Paula Tanabe, Caroline E Freiermuth, David M Cline, Susan Silva
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend rapid, aggressive management of vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC) for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). A large prospective research and quality improvement (QI) project was conducted to measure changes in clinical outcomes in two EDs-academic medical centers with emergency medicine residency programs and Level 1 trauma centers-during a 2.5-year time period (October 2011-March 2014). METHODS: A QI team used a Plan-Do-Study-Act approach to modify and implement changes to opioid analgesic protocols for the emergency department (ED) treatment of VOC...
March 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Mostafa Alavi-Moghaddam, Ali Anvari, Reaza Soltani Delgosha, Hamid Kariman
INTRODUCTION: Although significant development in the field of medicine is achieved, sepsis is still a major issue threatening humans' lives. This study was aimed to audit the management of severe sepsis and septic shock patients in emergency department (ED) according to the present standard guidelines. METHOD: This is a prospective audit on approaching adult septic patients who were admitted to ED. The audit checklist was created based on the protocols of Surviving Sepsis Campaign and British Royal College recommendations...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Abby M Bailey, Regan A Baum, Karolyn Horn, Tameka Lewis, Kate Morizio, Amy Schultz, Kyle Weant, Stephanie N Justice
BACKGROUND: Intranasal (IN) medication delivery is a viable alternative to other routes of administration, including intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) administration. The IN route bypasses the risk of needle-stick injuries and alleviates the emotional trauma that may arise from the insertion of an IV catheter. OBJECTIVE: This review aims to evaluate published literature on medications administered via the IN route that are applicable to practice in emergency medicine...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Helena J Chapman, Bienvenido A Veras-Estévez, Jamie L Pomeranz, Eddy N Pérez-Then, Belkys Marcelino, Michael Lauzardo
INTRODUCTION Health care workers have an increased risk of infection due to occupational Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure, including multidrug-resistant strains. Health care workers' risk of developing tuberculosis is greater than that of the general population, whether in low-, intermediate- or high-incidence countries. Adherence to infection control measures (administrative controls, environmental controls, and personal respiratory protection) is essential to reduce risk of disease transmission between suspected tuberculosis patients and health care workers, but for different reasons, both objective and subjective, adherence is low...
January 2017: MEDICC Review
Nicolino Ambrosino, Guido Vagheggini, Stefano Mazzoleni, Michele Vitacca
Telemedicine is a medical application of advanced technology to disease management. This modality may provide benefits also to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Different devices and systems are used. The legal problems associated with telemedicine are still controversial. Economic advantages for healthcare systems, though potentially high, are still poorly investigated. A European Respiratory Society Task Force has defined indications, follow-up, equipment, facilities, legal and economic issues of tele-monitoring of COPD patients including those undergoing home mechanical ventilation...
December 2016: Breathe
Zichen Zhao, Pengfei Niu, Xiang Ji, Robert M Sweet
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In 2013, medical error was the third leading cause of death in the United States.(1) In China, as in the case with the United States, training and assessment are developing as a strategy to reduce the occurrence of such errors. The objective of this study was to assess the current state of the use of simulation-based training in Beijing and to explore the barriers to further development. METHODS: This study included hospitals in Beijing accredited by the Standardized Residency Training (SRT) program...
January 2017: JSLS: Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Jillian McGrath, Michael Barrie, David P Way
INTRODUCTION: The first formal orientation program for incoming emergency medicine (EM) residents was started in 1976. The last attempt to describe the nature of orientation programs was by Brillman in 1995. Now almost all residencies offer orientation to incoming residents, but little is known about the curricular content or structure of these programs. The purpose of this project was to describe the current composition and purpose of EM resident orientation programs in the United States...
January 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Nils Kunze-Szikszay, Lennart A Krack, Pauline Wildenauer, Saskia Wand, Tim Heyne, Karoline Walliser, Christopher Spering, Martin Bauer, Michael Quintel, Markus Roessler
BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis (HF) is a major contributor to coagulopathy and mortality in trauma patients. This study investigated (i) the rate of HF during the pre-hospital management of patients with multiple injuries and (ii) the effects of pre-hospital tranexamic acid (TxA) administration on the coagulation system. METHODS: From 27 trauma patients with pre-hospital an estimated injury severity score (ISS) ≥16 points blood was obtained at the scene and on admission to the emergency department (ED)...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Katherine Remick, Christopher Redgate, Daniel Ostermayer, Amy H Kaji, Marianne Gausche-Hill
OBJECTIVE: Many Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) protocols require point-of-care blood glucose testing (BGT) for any pediatric patient who presents with seizure or altered level of conscious. Few data describe the diagnostic yield of BGT when performed on all pediatric seizures regardless of presenting mental status. We analyzed a large single center dataset of pediatric patients presenting with prehospital seizures to determine the prevalence of hypoglycemic seizures and the utility of repeat BGT in the emergency department (ED)...
March 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
Grant D Innes, Frank Scheuermeyer, Mike Law, Andrew McRae, Bryce Weber, Heidi Boyda, Kevin Lonergan, James Andruchow
BACKGROUND: Sex-related differences occur in many areas of medicine. ED studies have suggested differences in access to care, diagnostic imaging use, pain management, and intervention. We investigated sex-based differences in the care and outcomes for ED patients with acute renal colic. METHODS: This was a multi-center population-based retrospective observational cohort study using administrative data and supplemented by structured chart review. All patients seen in Calgary Health Region (CHR) emergency departments between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 with an ED diagnosis of renal colic based on the following ICD-10 codes were eligible for inclusion: calculus of kidney (N200), calculus of ureter (N201), calculus of kidney with calculus of ureter (N202), hydronephrosis with renal and ureteral calculous obstruction (N132), unspecified renal colic (N23), and unspecified urinary calculus (N209)...
June 30, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Mohammad Jalili, Ali Mozaffarpour Noori, Mojtaba Sedaghat, Arash Safaie
BACKGROUND: Efficient pain management is one of the most important components of care in the field of emergency medicine. OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to compare intravenous paracetamol and intravenous morphine sulfate for acute pain reduction in patients with limb trauma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a randomized double-blinded clinical trial, all patients (aged 18 years and older) with acute limb trauma and a pain score of greater than 3/10 in the emergency department were recruited; they received either 1 g intravenous paracetamol or 0...
February 2016: Trauma Monthly
Stephanie Ruest, Angela Anderson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article provides a summary of recommendations for the multimodal and multidisciplinary approach to acute pediatric pain management and highlights recent research on this topic. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature has focused on updating recommendations for the use of various analgesics in the pediatric population. While codeine is no longer recommended due to increasing evidence of adverse effects, the more liberal use of intranasal fentanyl is now encouraged because of the ease of administration and rapid delivery...
June 2016: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Neil Roberts, Fabiana Lorencatto, Joanna Manson, Susan I Brundage, Jan O Jansen
BACKGROUND: Major Trauma Centers (MTCs), as part of a trauma system, improve survival and functional outcomes from injury. Developing such centers from current teaching hospitals is likely to generate diverse beliefs amongst staff. These may act as barriers or enablers. Prior identification of these may make the service development process more efficient. The importance of applying theory to systematically identify barriers and enablers to changing clinical practice in emergency medicine has been emphasized...
March 12, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Geesje Van Woerden, Crispijn L Van Den Brand, Cornelis F Den Hartog, Floris J Idenburg, Diana C Grootendorst, M Christien Van Der Linden
BACKGROUND: The most common complaint of patients attending the emergency department (ED) is pain, caused by different diseases. Yet the treatment of pain at the ED is suboptimal, and oligoanalgesia remains common. The objective of this study is to determine whether the administration of analgesia at the ED increases by implementation of revised guidelines in pain management. METHODS: We conducted a prospective pre-post intervention cohort study with implementation of a revised guideline for pain management at our ED, in which nurses are allowed to administer analgesia (including low-dosage piritramid (opioid) intravenous) without doctor intervention...
December 2016: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Matthew Wheatley, Christopher Baugh, Anwar Osborne, Carol Clark, Philip Shayne, Michael Ross
The role of observation services for emergency department patients has increased in recent years. Driven by changing health care practices and evolving payer policies, many hospitals in the United States currently have or are developing an observation unit (OU) and emergency physicians are most often expected to manage patients in this setting. Yet, few residency programs dedicate a portion of their clinical curriculum to observation medicine. This knowledge set should be integrated into the core training curriculum of emergency physicians...
April 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Johannes Prottengeier, Marlen Petzoldt, Nikola Jess, Andreas Moritz, Christine Gall, Joachim Schmidt, Georg Breuer
BACKGROUND: Dual-tasking, the need to divide attention between concurrent tasks, causes a severe increase in workload in emergency situations and yet there is no standardised training simulation scenario for this key difficulty. OBJECTIVES: We introduced and validated a quantifiable source of divided attention and investigated its effects on performance and workload in airway management. DESIGN: A randomised, crossover, interventional simulation study...
March 2016: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
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