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Paul Abraham, Laurence Augey, Antoine Duclos, Philippe Michel, Vincent Piriou
INTRODUCTION: Patient misidentification continues to be an issue in everyday clinical practice and may be particularly harmful. Incident reporting systems (IRS) are thought to be cornerstones to enhance patient safety by promoting learning from failures and finding common root causes that can be corrected. The aim of this study was to describe common patient misidentification incidents and contributory factors related to perioperative care. DESIGN AND SETTINGS: We retrospectively analyzed IRS data reported by healthcare workers from a large academic hospital federation from 2011 to 2014...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
Avinoam Nevler, Yaniv Berger, Avital Rabinovitz, Oded Zmora, Moshe Shabtai, Danny Rosin, Mordechai Gutman
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis (AA) is one of the most common indications for emergency abdominal surgery. OBJECTIVES: To assess the diagnostic and prognostic value of serum bilirubin and liver enzyme levels in the management of acute appendicitis. METHODS: Consecutive emergency department patients referred for a surgical consult for suspected AA were prospectively enrolled in the study. Data regarding demographic, clinical and laboratory results were recorded...
March 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
Sudip Kundu, Hatun Karakas, Hermann Hertel, Peter Hillemanns, Ismini Staboulidou, Cordula Schippert, Philipp Soergel
INTRODUCTION: For the last two decades, obesity rates have been increasing in both developed and developing countries, with the number of obese women roughly doubling during this period (Stevens et al. in Popul Health Metr 10(1):33, 2012). Obesity represents one of the biggest epidemics of the 21st century. The aim of this retrospective study is to characterise the outcomes of gynaecologic surgeries in cases of extremely obese women with a body mass index (BMI) over 40 kg/m2 . METHODS: This study is a retrospective case control study in a single-centre setting...
March 10, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Ruiyang Jiang, Steven Wolf, Muhammad H Alkazemi, Gina-Maria Pomann, J Todd Purves, John S Wiener, Jonathan C Routh
INTRODUCTION: The surgical comorbidity assessment is important for patient risk stratification, counseling, and research. In adults, risk assessment indices, such as the Charlson Co-morbidity Score (CCS) or Van Walraven Index (VWI), are well established. In pediatrics, however, risk assessment indices are scarce. Recently, a pediatric-specific risk assessment index, the Rhee index, was developed to discriminate mortality for pediatric general surgery patients. Currently, there is no validated risk assessment tool in pediatric urology...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
G Mulkerrin, N M Hogan, M Sheehan, M R Joyce
INTRODUCTION: Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs) are a rare slow growing malignancy, accounting for less than 1% of all gastrointestinal (GI) tract tumors. These tumors are usually discovered incidentally by endoscopy, surgery or radiology. However on occasions they may present with significant symptoms including GI blood loss. This case report discusses an atypical presentation of a GIST in a 57-year-old female. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57-year-old woman presented to the emergency department following one episode of melena...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Olivia Sonneborn, Charne Miller, Leon Head, Rachel Cross
BACKGROUND: Operating theatre services can be heavily relied upon during mass casualty disaster events, which require nurses to have adequate training and education of hospital disaster management plans to respond appropriately. The evidence-base of disaster preparedness in the acute setting is limited, particularly with regard to operating theatre nurses. OBJECTIVES: Explore operating theatre nurse's disaster knowledge of their role in a mass casualty event, and identify the preferred mode of disaster education and training to improve disaster preparedness...
February 21, 2018: Nurse Education Today
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
Jane H Brice, Matthew A Psioda, Renee Johnson, Amy Oakley, Julianne M Cyr, Christopher S Cowden, Richard Uribe
BACKGROUND: Accessing the emergency medical services system via 9-1-1 operators is an effective way for patients to seek urgent health care; however, technological advances and telecommunication practices inundate the 9-1-1 and emergency services infrastructure with unintentional calls that delay response efforts to legitimate medical emergencies. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the change in university-wide dial-out prefix from "9" to "7" reduced unnecessary calls to a 9-1-1 call center...
March 9, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Elliot Long, Trevor Duke, Ed Oakley, Adam O'Brien, Bennett Sheridan, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: The intent of fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is to increase cardiac output and tissue perfusion, yet only 50% of septic children are fluid responsive. We evaluated respiratory variation of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness. METHODS: A prospective observational study in the ED of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Patients were spontaneously ventilating children treated with FBT for sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure...
March 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Ali Mohtashami, Andrew Kiat, Jane Cross, Robert Simon, Austin Curtin
INTRODUCTION: Abernethy malformations are extremely rare congenital anomalous portosystemic shunts. We report the case of a patient with a rare variant Abernethy malformation between the superior mesenteric vein and left renal vein, associated with a massive jejunal diverticulum. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 37-year-old Caucasian female presented to our emergency department with severe abdominal pain and proceeded to laparotomy for a presumed small bowel obstruction...
February 27, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: Thoracic spine cancer metastases is frequently the cause of neurological deficits. Despite the availability of diagnostics, delays in treatment are still quite common. The aim of this work is to analyze the reasons for delayed diagnostics and treatment, in patients with neurological deficits in the course of metastatic spine disease. METHODS: In our study patients medical data was analyzed from 2013 to 2015. The analysis covered the following aspects: symptoms of metastases, time of neurological deficits occurrence, where and when initial diagnostics were performed, time from diagnosis to proper surgical treatment in an oncological centre...
March 7, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
Joshua James Oliver, Matthew Jay Streitz, Jessica Marie Hyams, Richard Michael Wood, Yevgeniy Mikhaylovich Maksimenko, Brit Long, Robert Michael Barnwell, Michael David April
The impact of an outpatient disposition strategy for patients with HEART score 0-3 (HEART pathway) on HEART score prognostic accuracy is unclear. Our objective is to perform an external validation the HEART score in the setting of recent implementation of the HEART pathway. We conducted an external validation study of the HEART pathway among patients presenting to our ED with chest pain 6 weeks after institutional implementation of a HEART pathway outpatient disposition pathway. We reviewed the charts of 625 consecutive patients with chest pain...
March 6, 2018: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Seung-Young Oh, Jeong Moo Lee, Hannah Lee, Chul-Woo Jung, Nam-Joon Yi, Kwang-Woong Lee, Kyung-Suk Suh, Ho Geol Ryu
Improved survival after LT are likely to result in increased healthcare resource utilization. The pattern and risk factors of emergency department (ED) visits and unanticipated readmissions, associated cost, and predictors of healthcare resource utilization after liver transplantation (LT) patients who received LT between 2011 and 2014 were analyzed. A total of 430 LT recipients were enrolled and the 1 year all-cause mortality was 1.4%. ED visits occurred in 53% (229/430) and unanticipated readmissions occurred at least once in 58...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Eylem Kuday Kaykisiz, Murat Baki Yildirim, Emrah Dadali, Hüseyin Kaykisiz, Erden Erol Ünlüer
The differential diagnosis of anuria in emergency department (ED) is broad. Secondary to intraabdominal mass pressure or infections, symptoms of micturation difficulties or disuria accompanying to back pain may arise with the interruption of sacral nerve stimulation. Here, we report a patient who admitted to ED with back pain and anuria and diagnosed acute appendicitis (AA) after advanced investigation despite of not to have any abdominal pain. A 36-year-old man admitted to our ED with a 6-h history of back pain and urination difficulty...
February 28, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Brian W Patterson, Michael D Repplinger, Michael S Pulia, Robert J Batt, James E Svenson, Alex Trinh, Eneida A Mendonça, Maureen A Smith, Azita G Hamedani, Manish N Shah
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the utility of routinely collected Hendrich II fall scores in predicting returns to the emergency department (ED) for falls within 6 months. DESIGN: Retrospective electronic record review. SETTING: Academic medical center ED. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older seen in the ED from January 1, 2013, through September 30, 2015. MEASUREMENTS: We evaluated the utility of routinely collected Hendrich II fall risk scores in predicting ED visits for a fall within 6 months of an all-cause index ED visit...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Tina Shah, Shilpa Patel-Teague, Laura Kroupa, Ashley N D Meyer, Hardeep Singh
BACKGROUND: Emerging evidence suggests electronic health record (EHR)-related information overload is a risk to patient safety. In the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), EHR-based 'inbox' notifications originally intended for communicating important clinical information are now cited by 70% of primary care practitioners (PCPs) to be of unmanageable volume. We evaluated the impact of a national, multicomponent, quality improvement (QI) programme to reduce low-value EHR notifications...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
Olivier Y Gauthier-Kwan, Johanna S Dobransky, Geoffrey F Dervin
BACKGROUND: Outpatient total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has been made possible with advances in perioperative care and standardized clinical inpatient pathways. While many studies report on benefits of outpatient programs, none explore patient-reported outcome measures. As such, our goals were to compare the short-term quality of recovery; highlight postdischarge hospital resources utilization; and report on 2-year functional outcomes scores. METHODS: This was a prospective comparative cohort study of 43 inpatients (43 TKAs) and 43 outpatients (43 TKAs) operated on by a single surgeon between September 28, 2010 and May 5, 2015...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
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March 2018: American Journal of Surgery
C P Ma, X L Liu, Q S Wang, S P Nie
Objective: To develop and prospectively validate a risk score for acute chest pain patients with normal high-sensitivity troponin I (hs-TnI) levels and without obvious ST-segment deviation in China. Methods: Chest pain patients admitted to the emergency department of Beijing Anzhen Hospital from September 2014 to July 2015 were enrolled. Baseline characteristics of patients met inclusion criteria including normal hs-TnI levels and without obvious ST-segment deviation were included. The endpoint (major adverse cardiovascular events) was a composite of acute myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass graft, and all-cause death within 3 months after initial presentation...
February 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Murillo da Silveira Grübler, Cristiano André da Costa, Rodrigo da Rosa Righi, Sandro José Rigo, Leonardo Dagnino Chiwiacowsky
Bed management is an important area of planning and control for hospitals, as it has the important role of maintaining the balance between patients from the emergency department, patients who have elective surgery or scheduled treatment, and patients who are discharged from the hospital, while maintaining high bed occupancy rates. Effective management of these resources has always been a challenge for managers. In the 1980s and 1990s, thousands of patients had operations canceled due to nonmedical reasons. Due to the constant uncertainty experienced by hospitals today, use of the cognitive model known as situation awareness has been increasing in healthcare...
February 28, 2018: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
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