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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711345/working-at-the-intersection-of-context-culture-and-technology-provider-perspectives-on-antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-emergency-department-using-electronic-health-record-clinical-decision-support
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Phillip Chung, Jean Scandlyn, Peter S Dayan, Rakesh D Mistry
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) have not been fully developed for the emergency department (ED), in part the result of the barriers characteristic of this setting. Electronic health record-based clinical decision support (EHR CDS) represents a promising strategy to implement ASPs in the ED. We aimed to determine the cultural beliefs and structural barriers and facilitators to implementation of antimicrobial stewardship in the pediatric ED using EHR CDS. METHODS: Interviews and focus groups were conducted with hospital and ED leadership, attending ED physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and residents at a single health system in Colorado...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711339/imaging-department-organization-in-a-stroke-center-and-workflow-processes-in-acute-stroke
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REVIEW
Zarina Abdul Assis, Bijoy K Menon, Mayank Goyal
The imaging department is an integral part of the stroke management task force and plays a critical role. Accurate and timely interpretation of images obtained in the emergency department and involvement in decision-making has contributed immensely in stroke care. In fact, the treatment paradigm has changed considerably after the recent positive endovascular clinical trials; and so is the hospital workflow and treatment site. As a result, the imaging department has become the site of maximum activity during an acute stroke protocol...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679909/real-time-process-analytics-in-emergency-healthcare
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Vassiliki Koufi, Flora Malamateniou, Adrianna Prentza, George Vassilacopoulos
Emergency medical systems (EMS) are considered to be amongst the most crucial systems as they involve a variety of activities which are performed from the time of a call to an ambulance service till the time of patient's discharge from the emergency department of a hospital. These activities are closely interrelated so that collaboration and coordination becomes a vital issue for patients and for emergency healthcare service performance. The utilization of standard workflow technology in the context of Service Oriented Architecture can provide an appropriate technological infrastructure for defining and automating EMS processes that span organizational boundaries so that to create and empower collaboration and coordination among the participating organizations...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633314/qualitative-identification-of-fentanyl-analogs-and-other-opioids-in-postmortem-cases-by-uhplc-ion-trap-msn
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Elisa N Shoff, M Elizabeth Zaney, Joseph H Kahl, George W Hime, Diane M Boland
Since 2013, the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department has experienced an increase in the number of opioid-related deaths. The majority of cases coincided with the introduction of fentanyl into the local heroin supply. From 2014 to 2015, Miami-Dade County experienced a near 600% increase in fentanyl-related deaths, followed by an additional 200% increase in 2016. In 2015, two novel fentanyl analogs were identified in medical examiner cases: beta-hydroxythiofentanyl and acetyl fentanyl. In 2016, four additional fentanyl analogs emerged: para-fluoroisobutyryl fentanyl, butyryl fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl and carfentanil, as well as the synthetic opioid U-47700...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579532/dashboard-visualizations-supporting-real-time-throughput-decision-making
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Amy Franklin, Swaroop Gantela, Salsawit Shifarraw, Todd R Johnson, David J Robinson, Brent R King, Amit M Mehta, Charles L Maddow, Nathan R Hoot, Vickie Nguyen, Adriana Rubio, Jiajie Zhang, Nnaemeka G Okafor
Providing timely and effective care in the emergency department (ED) requires the management of individual patients as well as the flow and demands of the entire department. Strategic changes to work processes, such as adding a flow coordination nurse or a physician in triage, have demonstrated improvements in throughput times. However, such global strategic changes do not address the real-time, often opportunistic workflow decisions of individual clinicians in the ED. We believe that real-time representation of the status of the entire emergency department and each patient within it through information visualizations will better support clinical decision-making in-the-moment and provide for rapid intervention to improve ED flow...
July 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578757/decision-making-under-pressure-medical-errors-in-uncertain-and-dynamic-environments
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Alicia M Zavala, Gary E Day, David Plummer, Anita Bamford-Wade
Objective This paper provides a narrative overview of the literature concerning clinical decision-making processes when staff come under pressure, particularly in uncertain, dynamic and emergency situations.Methods Studies between 1980 and 2015 were analysed using a six-phase thematic analysis framework to achieve an in-depth understanding of the complex origins of medical errors that occur when people and systems are under pressure and how work pressure affects clinical performance and patient outcomes. Literature searches were conducted using a Summons Search Service platform; search criteria included a variety of methodologies, resulting in the identification of 95 papers relevant to the present review...
June 5, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533683/new-standardized-nursing-cooperation-workflow-to-reduce-stroke-thrombolysis-delays-in-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Yan Zhou, Zhuojun Xu, Jiali Liao, Fangming Feng, Lai Men, Li Xu, Yanan He, Gang Li
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the effectiveness of a new standardized nursing cooperation workflow in patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) to reduce stroke thrombolysis delays. PATIENTS AND METHODS: AIS patients receiving conventional thrombolysis treatment from March to September 2015 were included in the control group, referred to as T0. The intervention group, referred to as T1 group, consisted of AIS patients receiving a new standardized nursing cooperation workflow for intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) at the emergency department of Shanghai East Hospital (Shanghai, People's Republic of China) from October 2015 to March 2016...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479220/electronic-medication-complete-communication-strategy-for-opioid-prescriptions-in-the-emergency-department-rationale-and-design-for-a-three-arm-provider-randomized-trial
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Danielle M McCarthy, D Mark Courtney, Patrick M Lank, Kenzie A Cameron, Andrea M Russell, Laura M Curtis, Kwang-Youn A Kim, Surrey M Walton, Enid Montague, Abbie L Lyden, Stephanie J Gravenor, Michael S Wolf
BACKGROUND: Thousands of people die annually from prescription opioid overdoses; however there are few strategies to ensure patients receive medication risk information at the time of prescribing. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effectiveness of the Emergency Department (ED) Electronic Medication Complete Communication (EMC(2)) Opioid Strategy (with and without text messaging) to promote safe medication use and improved patient knowledge as compared to usual care. METHODS: The ED EMC(2) Opioid Strategy consists of 5 automated components to promote safe medication use: 1) physician reminder to counsel, 2) inbox message sent on to the patient's primary care physician, 3) pharmacist message on the prescription to counsel, 4) MedSheet supporting prescription information, and 5) patient-centered Take-Wait-Stop wording of prescription instructions...
May 4, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391603/embedded-clinical-decision-support-in-electronic-health-record-decreases-use-of-high-cost-imaging-in-the-emergency-department-embed-study
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Kelly Bookman, David West, Adit Ginde, Jennifer Wiler, Robert McIntyre, Andrew Hammes, Nichole Carlson, David Steinbruner, Matthew Solley, Richard Zane
OBJECTIVE: The objective was to evaluate the impact of evidence-based clinical decision support tools integrated directly into provider workflow in the electronic health record on utilization of computed tomography (CT) brain, C-spine, and pulmonary embolism (PE). METHODS: Validated, well-accepted scoring tools for head injury, C-spine injury, and PE were embedded into the electronic health record in a manner minimally disruptive to provider workflow. This was a longitudinal, before/after study in five emergency departments (EDs) in a healthcare system with a common electronic health record...
July 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375955/using-lean-management-to-reduce-emergency-department-length-of-stay-for-medicine-admissions
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Nazima Allaudeen, Anita Vashi, Julia S Breckenridge, Farnoosh Haji-Sheikhi, Sarah Wagner, Keith A Posley, Steven M Asch
BACKGROUND: The practice of boarding admitted patients in the emergency department (ED) carries negative operational, clinical, and patient satisfaction consequences. Lean tools have been used to improve ED workflow. Interventions focused on reducing ED length of stay (LOS) for admitted patients are less explored. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a Lean-based initiative to reduce ED LOS for medicine admissions. DESIGN, SETTING, PATIENTS: Prospective quality improvement initiative performed at a single university-affiliated Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center from February 2013 to February 2016...
April 2017: Quality Management in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286860/determinants-of-prolonged-length-of-stay-in-the-emergency-department-a-cross-sectional-study
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Seyed Mohammad Hosseininejad, Hamed Aminiahidashti, Seyede Masoume Pashaei, Iraj Goli Khatir, Seyed Hosein Montazer, Farzad Bozorgi, Fahime Mahmoudi
INTRODUCTION: Timeliness has been considered as a key domain in quality of emergency department (ED) care and delay in care providing is influential determinants of patient's outcomes. The present study, aimed to evaluate the determinants of prolonged ED length of stay (LOS). METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, using adopted version of the latest form for external evaluation and accreditation of EDs introduced by Iranian Ministry of Health, determinants of prolonged LOS were evaluated in the ED of an educational Hospital...
2017: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186023/randomized-trial-of-population-based-clinical-decision-support-to-facilitate-care-transitions
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Eric L Eisenstein, Janese M Willis, Rex Edwards, Kevin J Anstrom, Kensaku Kawamoto, Guilherme Del Fiol, Fred S Johnson, David F Lobach
Medicaid beneficiaries in 6 North Carolina counties were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 clinical decision support (CDS) care transition strategies: (1) usual care (Control), (2) CDS messaging to patients and their medical homes (Reports), or (3) CDS messaging to patients, their medical homes, and their care managers (Reports+). We included 7146 Medicaid patients and evaluated transitions from specialist visit, ER and hospital encounters back to the patient's medical home. Patients enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid were not eligible...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138821/transitioning-the-adult-with-type-2-diabetes-from-the-acute-to-chronic-care-setting-strategies-to-support-pragmatic-implementation-success
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REVIEW
Michelle Magee, Joan K Bardsley, Amisha Wallia, Kelly M Smith
Scientific evidence is available to guide the how to of medications management when patients with diabetes are hospitalized or present to the Emergency Department. However, few clinical trials in the diabetes field have addressed the execution, coupled with established implementation effectiveness evaluation frameworks to help inform and assess implementation practices to support the transition in care. These deficiencies may be overcome by (1) applying the principles of implementation and delivery systems science; (2) engaging the principles of human factors (HF) throughout the design, development, and evaluation planning activities; and (3) utilizing mixed methods to design the intervention, workflow processes, and evaluate the intervention for sustainability within existing care delivery models...
January 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122657/challenges-and-opportunities-to-engaging-emergency-medical-service-providers-in-substance-use-research-a-qualitative-study
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Allysha C Maragh-Bass, Julie C Fields, Junette McWilliams, Amy R Knowlton
Introduction Research suggests Emergency Medical Services (EMS) over-use in urban cities is partly due to substance users with limited access to medical/social services. Recent efforts to deliver brief, motivational messages to encourage these individuals to enter treatment have not considered EMS providers. Problem Little research has been done with EMS providers who serve substance-using patients. The EMS providers were interviewed about participating in a pilot program where they would be trained to screen their patients for substance abuse and encourage them to enter drug treatment...
January 26, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090164/a-comparison-of-medication-histories-obtained-by-a-pharmacy-technician-versus-nurses-in-the-emergency-department
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Marija Markovic, A Scott Mathis, Hoytin Lee Ghin, Michelle Gardiner, Germin Fahim
PURPOSE: To compare the medication history error rate of the emergency department (ED) pharmacy technician with that of nursing staff and to describe the workflow environment. METHODS: Fifty medication histories performed by an ED nurse followed by the pharmacy technician were evaluated for discrepancies (RN-PT group). A separate 50 medication histories performed by the pharmacy technician and observed with necessary intervention by the ED pharmacist were evaluated for discrepancies (PT-RPh group)...
January 2017: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940752/improving-guideline-based-care-of-acute-asthma-in-a-pediatric-emergency-department
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Matthew P Gray, Grant E Keeney, Michael J Grahl, Marc H Gorelick, Christopher D Spahr
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Rapid repetitive administration of short-acting β-agonists (SABA) is the most effective means of reducing acute airflow obstruction in asthma. Little evidence exists that assesses process measures (ie, timeliness) and outcomes for asthma. We used quality improvement (QI) methods to improve emergency department care in accordance with national guidelines including timely SABA administration and use of asthma severity scores. METHODS: The Model for Improvement was used and interventions were targeted at 4 key drivers: knowledge, engagement, decision support, and workflow enhancement...
November 2016: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869880/-organizational-ethnography-of-direct-drugs-distribution-in-parma-ausl
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Lorenza Dodi, Chiara Latini, Marco Lombardi
The locations where healthcare organizations directly distribute medications to patients in specific circumstances, such as at hospital discharge, are settings at risk of professional errors. Using organizational ethnography methodology, we sought to explore the characteristics of points of direct distribution of drugs (PDD) in the AUSL of Parma and identify aspects of the delivery process that could potentially generate errors. We conducted 75 3-hour observations (225 hours at total) of the two Parma AUSL PDDs...
November 2016: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862986/analysing-the-emergency-department-patient-journey-discovery-of-bottlenecks-to-emergency-department-patient-flow
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Sankalp Khanna, Justin Boyle, Norm Good, Anthony Bell, James Lind
OBJECTIVE: Despite significant workflow reform to comply with the federally mandated National Emergency Access Target (NEAT), Australian public hospitals continue to face significant barriers in achieving good ED patient flow. This study was undertaken to identify and analyse the impact of individual waypoints on an ED patient's journey and identify which waypoints act as bottlenecks to a hospital's 4 h ED disposition performance. METHODS: This study involves retrospective analysis and simulation employing 2 years of ED administrative data from a sample of two major and two large metropolitan hospitals in Queensland, Australia...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852320/a-complex-endeavour-an-ethnographic-study-of-the-implementation-of-the-sepsis-six-clinical-care-bundle
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Carolyn Tarrant, Barbara O'Donnell, Graham Martin, Julian Bion, Alison Hunter, Kevin D Rooney
BACKGROUND: Implementation of the 'Sepsis Six' clinical care bundle within an hour of recognition of sepsis is recommended as an approach to reduce mortality in patients with sepsis, but achieving reliable delivery of the bundle has proved challenging. There remains little understanding of the barriers to reliable implementation of bundle components. We examined frontline clinical practice in implementing the Sepsis Six. METHODS: We conducted an ethnographic study in six hospitals participating in the Scottish Patient Safety Programme Sepsis collaborative...
November 16, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805796/implementation-of-a-multicenter-performance-improvement-program-for-early-detection-and-treatment-of-severe-sepsis-in-general-medical-surgical-wards
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Christa Schorr, Andrew Odden, Laura Evans, Gabriel J Escobar, Snehal Gandhi, Sean Townsend, Mitchell Levy
Sepsis is a leading cause of in-hospital death, and evidence suggests a higher mortality in patients presenting with sepsis on the ward compared to those presenting to the emergency department. Ward patients who develop severe sepsis may have poor outcomes for a variety of reasons, including delayed diagnosis, lack of readily available staffing, and delayed treatment. We report on a multihospital quality improvement program for early detection and treatment of sepsis on general medical-surgical wards. We describe a multipronged approach to improve severe sepsis outcomes using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Plan-Do-Study-Act model...
November 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
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