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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571105/visualising-emergency-department-capacity-in-an-emergency-department-capacity-clock-a-novel-tool-to-assess-and-communicate-overcrowding-and-access-block
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Ohad Dar, Jacques Loubser
Hospital-wide engagement is required to alleviate the problem of ED crowding and its associated adverse effects. To this end, the article describes a novel visualisation termed 'the ED Capacity Clock', which can be formatted using business intelligence software. This radial diagram represents ED capacity and its consumption in a format that can be understood intuitively and at a glance. The ED Capacity Clock is designed to promote common understanding and discussion between relevant hospital services and also acts as an auditing tool to monitor processes implemented to alleviate ED crowding...
June 1, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557729/early-prediction-model-of-patient-hospitalization-from-the-pediatric-emergency-department
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Yuval Barak-Corren, Andrew M Fine, Ben Y Reis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Emergency departments (EDs) in the United States are overcrowded and nearing a breaking point. Alongside ever-increasing demand, one of the leading causes of ED overcrowding is the boarding of hospitalized patients in the ED as they await bed placement. We sought to develop a model for early prediction of hospitalizations, thus enabling an earlier start for the placement process and shorter boarding times. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of all visits to the Boston Children's Hospital ED from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015...
May 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544364/influenza-associated-delays-in-patient-throughput-and-premature-patient-departure-in-emergency-departments-in-new-south-wales-australia-a-time-series-analysis
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David J Muscatello, Kendall J Bein, Michael M Dinh
OBJECTIVES: Influenza outbreaks cause overcrowding in EDs. We aimed to quantify the impact of influenza on the National Emergency Access Targets and premature patient departure in New South Wales, Australia. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study of 11 million presentations to 115 hospitals during 2010-2014, using routinely collected administrative records. A time series generalised additive regression model was used to assess the correlation between weekly influenza activity and the weekly proportion of patients leaving the ED in >4 h and the proportion that departed before commencing or completing treatment ('did not wait'), after controlling for background winter and holiday effects...
May 24, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534558/-proposing-a-physiological-model-for-emergency-department-operating-principles-classification-of-overcrowding-and-guidelines-for-redesign
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M Herrera Carranza, F Aguado Correa, N Padilla Garrido, F López Camacho
The operation of Emergency Departments (ED) is determined by demand, their own organizational structures and the connection to other medical care levels. When these elements are not simultaneous, it hinders patient flow and decreases capacity, making it necessary to employ a systemic approach to the chain of emergency care as a single operational entity. With this theoretical orientation, we suggest a conceptual model similar to the physiological cardiac output, in which the preload is the demand, the contractile or flow pump is the organizational structure, the afterload is the hospital, the pre-ED valve is primary care and outpatient emergencies, and the post-ED valve is the diagnostic support services and the specialist consultants...
April 30, 2017: Anales del Sistema Sanitario de Navarra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527642/depressive-symptoms-and-perceptions-of-ed-care-in-patients-evaluated-for-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Tara St Onge, Donald Edmondson, Emily Cea, Syed Husain, Bernard P Chang
INTRODUCTION: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops in 1 out of 8 survivors of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events, and these persons have a doubling of risk for recurrent ACS and mortality. Overcrowding in the emergency department during ACS evaluation has been associated with increased risk for PTSD, and depressed patients have been found to be particularly vulnerable. Little is known about the mechanisms by which overcrowding increases PTSD risk in depressed patients. Our aim was to evaluate one possible mechanism, patient perception of crowding and care, in depressed and nondepressed ED patients evaluated for ACS...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514641/mapping-workforce-configuration-and-operational-models-in-australian-emergency-departments-a-national-survey
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Glenn Gardner, Anne Gardner, Sandy Middleton, Julie Considine, Gerard Fitzgerald, Luke Christofis, Anna Doubrovsky, Margaret Adams, Jane O'Connell
Objective Hospital emergency departments (ED) in Australia and internationally have been experiencing increased demand, resulting in reduced hospital quality, impaired access and adverse health outcomes. Effective evaluation of new ED service models and their effect on outcomes is reliant on baseline measures of the staffing configuration and organisational characteristics of the EDs being studied. The aim of the present study was to comprehensively measure these variables in Australian EDs.Methods Australian hospital EDs with 24-h medical and nursing cover were identified and invited to participate in the study...
May 18, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487459/patient-flow-within-uk-emergency-departments-a-systematic-review-of-the-use-of-computer-simulation-modelling-methods
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Syed Mohiuddin, John Busby, Jelena Savović, Alison Richards, Kate Northstone, William Hollingworth, Jenny L Donovan, Christos Vasilakis
OBJECTIVES: Overcrowding in the emergency department (ED) is common in the UK as in other countries worldwide. Computer simulation is one approach used for understanding the causes of ED overcrowding and assessing the likely impact of changes to the delivery of emergency care. However, little is known about the usefulness of computer simulation for analysis of ED patient flow. We undertook a systematic review to investigate the different computer simulation methods and their contribution for analysis of patient flow within EDs in the UK...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485885/hospital-occupancy-and-discharge-strategies-a-simulation-based-study
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S Qin, C Thompson, T Bogomolov, D Ward, P Hakendorf
BACKGROUND: Increasing demand for hospital services has resulted in more arrivals to emergency department (ED), increased admissions, and, quite often, access block and ED congestion, along with patients' dissatisfaction. Cost constraints limit an increase in the number of hospital beds, so alternative solutions need to be explored. AIMS: The aims of this study were to propose and test different discharge strategies which, potentially, could reduce occupancy rates in the hospital, thereby improving patient flow and minimising frequency and duration of congestion episodes...
May 9, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472348/rotavirus-infection-and-disease-in-a-multi-site-birth-cohort-results-from-the-mal-ed-study
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Venkata Raghava Mohan, Karthikeyan Ramanujam, Sudhir Babji, Monica McGrath, Sanjaya Shrestha, Jasmin Shrestha, Estomih Mdumah, Caroline Amour, Amidou Samie, Emanuel Nyathi, Rashidul Haque, Shahida Qureshi, Pablo Peñataro Yori, Aldo A M Lima, Ladaporn Bodhidatta, Erling Svensen, Pascal Bessong, Tahmeed Ahmed, Jessica C Seidman, Anita Km Zaidi, Margaret N Kosek, Richard L Guerrant, Jean Gratz, James A Platts-Mills, Dennis R Lang, Michael Gottlieb, Eric R Houpt, Gagandeep Kang
Background: In a multi-country birth cohort study, we describe rotavirus infection in the first two years of life in sites with and without rotavirus vaccination programs. Methods: Children were recruited by 17 days of age and followed to 24 months with collection of monthly surveillance and diarrheal stools. Data on socio-demographics, feeding and illness were collected at defined intervals. Stools were tested for rotavirus and sera for anti-rotavirus immunoglobulins by enzyme immunoassays...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466256/the-effect-of-posterior-fossa-decompression-in-adult-chiari-malformation-and-basilar-invagination-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ulysses de Oliveira Sousa, Matheus Fernandes de Oliveira, Lindolfo Carlos Heringer, Alécio Cristino Evangelista Santos Barcelos, Ricardo Vieira Botelho
Chiari malformation (CM) and basilar invagination (BI) are mesodermal malformations with disproportion between the content and volume of posterior fossa capacity and overcrowding of neural structures at the level of foramen magnum. Several alternatives for posterior approaches are available, including extradural (ED), extra-arachnoidal, and intradural (ID) approaches. The objectives are to evaluate the effect of several surgical techniques for posterior fossa decompression (PFD) in the outcomes of patients with CCJM and to evaluate complications in the techniques reported...
May 2, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459697/early-detection-of-peak-demand-days-of-chronic-respiratory-diseases-emergency-department-visits-using-artificial-neural-networks
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Krishan Lal Khatri, Lakshman Tamil
Chronic Respiratory diseases, mainly asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), affect the lives of people by limiting their activities in various aspects. Overcrowding of hospital emergency departments (EDs) due to respiratory diseases in certain weather and environmental pollution conditions results in the degradation of quality of medical care, and even limits its availability. A useful tool for ED managers would be to forecast peak demand days so that they can take steps to improve the availability of medical care...
April 26, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458754/potential-impact-of-early-physiotherapy-in-the-emergency-department-for-non-traumatic-neck-and-back-pain
#12
Pothiawala Sohil, Pua Yong Hao, Leong Mark
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal complaints, especially non-traumatic neck and back pain, are routinely encountered in the emergency department (ED) and lead to ED overcrowding, a burgeoning wait time for physiotherapy and outpatient orthopedic reviews. The study aimed to evaluate the impact of early physiotherapy evaluation and treatment (EPET) vs. standard care (SC) on clinical outcomes for patients presenting to the ED with non-traumatic neck and back pain. METHODS: A retrospective observational study of 125 patients who presented to the ED with non-traumatic neck and back pain with/without peripheral symptoms from July 2010 to February 2011...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413420/overcrowding-in-emergency-departments-a-review-of-strategies-to-decrease-future-challenges
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REVIEW
Mohammad H Yarmohammadian, Fatemeh Rezaei, Abbas Haghshenas, Nahid Tavakoli
Emergency departments (EDs) are the most challenging ward with respect to patient delay. The goal of this study is to present strategies that have proven to reduce delay and overcrowding in EDs. In this review article, initial electronic database search resulted in a total of 1006 articles. Thirty articles were included after reviewing full texts. Inclusion criteria were assessments of real patient flows and implementing strategies inside the hospitals. In this study, we discussed strategies of team triage, point-of-care testing, ideal ED patient journey models, streaming, and fast track...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396704/emergency-department-stay-associated-delirium-in-older-patients
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Marcel Émond, David Grenier, Jacques Morin, Debra Eagles, Valérie Boucher, Natalie Le Sage, Éric Mercier, Philippe Voyer, Jacques S Lee
BACKGROUND: Caring for older patients can be challenging in the Emergency Department (ED). A > 12 hr ED stay could lead to incident episodes of delirium in those patients. The aim of this study was to assess the incidence and impacts of ED-stay associated delirium. METHODS: A historical cohort of patients who presented to a Canadian ED in 2009 and 2011 was randomly constituted. Included patients were aged ≥ 65 years old, admitted to any hospital ward, non-delirious upon arrival and had at least a 12-hour ED stay...
March 2017: Canadian Geriatrics Journal: CGJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275860/parameters-affecting-length-of-stay-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department-a-retrospective-observational-study
#15
Kevin D Hofer, Rotraud K Saurenmann
Prolonged emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) is used as a proxy for ED overcrowding and is associated with adverse outcomes of patients requiring therapy and reduced patient satisfaction. Our aim was to identify and quantify variables which affect ED-LOS. Patients admitted to the pediatric ED of a large regional Swiss hospital during a 1-year period were analyzed for LOS (in minutes). Predictor variables included patient-associated parameters (time of admission and discharge, ED occupancy, triage score, diagnosis, and demographic data) and external factors (weekday, time, and season)...
May 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274646/general-characteristics-and-activity-of-emergency-department-short-stay-units-in-spanish-hospitals
#16
Carles Ferré, Ferran Llopis, Francisco Javier Martín-Sánchez, Gonzalo Sempere, Pere Llorens, Carmen Navarro, Mikel Martínez-Ortiz, Antoni Juan
BACKGROUND: Emergency Department (ED) overcrowding mainly due to the lack of access to inpatient beds negatively affects safety and quality of care. Implementation of ED short-stay units (EDSSUs) may help to mitigate this situation. OBJECTIVES: To describe the general characteristics and evaluate the activity of EDSSUs in Spanish hospitals. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study. A questionnaire was sent to coordinators responsible for the EDSSUs identified among Spanish hospitals appearing on the Ministry of Health Web page...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241931/text-mining-approach-to-predict-hospital-admissions-using-early-medical-records-from-the-emergency-department
#17
Filipe R Lucini, Flavio S Fogliatto, Giovani J C da Silveira, Jeruza L Neyeloff, Michel J Anzanello, Ricardo de S Kuchenbecker, Beatriz D Schaan
OBJECTIVE: Emergency department (ED) overcrowding is a serious issue for hospitals. Early information on short-term inward bed demand from patients receiving care at the ED may reduce the overcrowding problem, and optimize the use of hospital resources. In this study, we use text mining methods to process data from early ED patient records using the SOAP framework, and predict future hospitalizations and discharges. DESIGN: We try different approaches for pre-processing of text records and to predict hospitalization...
April 2017: International Journal of Medical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228344/emergency-department-return-visits-within-a-large-geographic-area
#18
Mimi Truong, Garth Meckler, Quynh H Doan
BACKGROUND: Return visits to the emergency department (RTED) contribute to overcrowding and may be a quality of care indicator. Previous studies focused on factors predicting returns to and from the same center. Little is known about RTEDs across a range of community and specialty hospitals within a large geographic area. OBJECTIVE: We sought to measure the frequency of pediatric RTEDs and describe their directional pattern across centers in a large catchment area...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151752/influences-on-emergency-department-length-of-stay-for-older-people
#19
Maryann Street, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Debra Berry, Anthony Cross, Julie Considine
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the influences on emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) for older people and develop a predictive model for an ED LOS more than 4 h. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used organizational data linkage at the patient level from a major Australian health service. The study population was aged 65 years or older, attending an ED during the 2013/2014 financial year. We developed and internally validated a clinical prediction rule...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139312/impact-of-an-emergency-short-stay-unit-on-emergency-department-performance-of-poisoned-patients
#20
Michael A Downes, James K Balshaw, Tracy M Muscat, Nicole Ritchie, Geoffrey K Isbister
OBJECTIVES: This was a before and after study which sought to assess the impact of opening an ED short stay unit (ESSU) on the ED performance of poisoned patients. METHODS: Data was collected from two groups of adult patients presenting to an ED with a tertiary referral inpatient Toxicology unit from the 2009 and 2012 calendar years, to assess the impact of the ESSU. The toxicology unit clinical database and hospital electronic medical records were interrogated for demographic, clinical and hospital flow details of presentations...
January 26, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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