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Delirium in Emergency Department

Marcel Émond, Valérie Boucher, Pierre-Hugues Carmichael, Philippe Voyer, Mathieu Pelletier, Émilie Gouin, Raoul Daoust, Simon Berthelot, Marie-Eve Lamontagne, Michèle Morin, Stéphane Lemire, Thien Tuong Minh Vu, Alexandra Nadeau, Marcel Rheault, Lucille Juneau, Natalie Le Sage, Jacques Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aim to determine the incidence of delirium and describe its impacts on hospital length of stay (LOS) among non-delirious community-dwelling older adults with an 8-hour exposure to the emergency department (ED) environment. DESIGN: This is a prospective observational multicentre cohort study (March-July 2015). Patients were assessed two times per day during their entire ED stay and up to 24 hours on hospital ward. SETTING: The study took place in four Canadian EDs...
March 8, 2018: BMJ Open
George Edward Peck, David James Heming Shipway, Kevin Tsang, Michael Fertleman
Developed populations are ageing rapidly and by 2040, approximately 1 in 4 adults will be over 65 years of age. This is resulting in higher incidence of traumatic injury in older patients. Cognitive and physical comorbidities in this group can pose significant challenges. Due to mechanisms of injury and pre-existing degenerative spinal disease, cervical spine fractures are particularly prevalent in elderly patients. These are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. In this literature review we examine current evidence surrounding the use of cervical spine immobilisation in elderly patients in the pre-hospital and emergency department setting and also as a treatment option for cervical spine fractures...
February 28, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Susan D Shenkin, Christopher Fox, Mary Godfrey, Najma Siddiqi, Steve Goodacre, John Young, Atul Anand, Alasdair Gray, Joel Smith, Tracy Ryan, Janet Hanley, Allan MacRaild, Jill Steven, Polly L Black, Julia Boyd, Christopher J Weir, Alasdair Mj MacLullich
INTRODUCTION: Delirium is a severe neuropsychiatric syndrome of rapid onset, commonly precipitated by acute illness. It is common in older people in the emergency department (ED) and acute hospital, but greatly under-recognised in these and other settings. Delirium and other forms of cognitive impairment, particularly dementia, commonly coexist. There is a need for a rapid delirium screening tool that can be administered by a range of professional-level healthcare staff to patients with sensory or functional impairments in a busy clinical environment, which also incorporates general cognitive assessment...
February 10, 2018: BMJ Open
Leopold Eberhart, Götz Geldner, Susanne Huljic, Kerstin Marggraf, Thomas Keller, Tilo Koch, Peter Kranke
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of 20:1 cafedrine/theodrenaline approved for use in Germany to ephedrine in the restoration of arterial blood pressure and on postoperative outcomes in patients with intraoperative arterial hypotension of any origin under standard clinical practice conditions. METHODS AND RESULTS: 'HYPOTENS' is a national, multicenter, prospective, open-label, two-armed, non-interventional study. Effectiveness and post-operative outcome following cafedrine/theodrenaline or ephedrine therapy will be evaluated in two cohorts of hypotensive patients...
February 7, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Rod Ling, Andrew Searles, Jacqueline Hewitt, Robyn Considine, Catherine Turner, Susan Thomas, Kelly Thomas, Keith Drinkwater, Isabel Higgins, Karen Best, Jane Conway, Carolyn Hullick
Objective To compare annual costs of an intervention for acutely unwell older residents in residential age care facilities (RACFs) with usual care. The intervention, the Aged Care Emergency (ACE) program, includes telephone clinical support aimed to reduce avoidable emergency department (ED) presentations by RACF residents.Methods This costing of the ACE intervention examines the perspective of service providers: RACFs, Hunter Medicare Local, the Ambulance Service of New South Wales, and EDs in the Hunter New England Local Health District...
February 1, 2018: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Laura de Pablos, Rita Ainhoa Jorge-Brito, Veena Amarnani, Alejandro Jiménez-Sosa, Magali González-Colaço Harmand, Alberto Domínguez-Rodríguez
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January 16, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
Valérie Mosimann, Olivier Lamy, Julien Castioni
Due to the chronic lack of beds in hospitals, patients are often hospitalized in other departments (outlier patients), with a responsible physician working in another department. This causes increased thromboembolics risks, nosocomial infections, falls and delirium in the elderly, morbidity and mortality. Outlier patients, compared to standard patients, stay longer in the emergency department and their discharge documents are available later. Outlying is used daily in the CHUV hospital and new strategies are elaborated to manage patient flow, especially during the flu epidemic...
January 17, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Wolfgang Hasemann, Florian F Grossmann, Rahel Stadler, Roland Bingisser, Dieter Breil, Martina Hafner, Reto W Kressig, Christian H Nickel
Delirium is frequent in older Emergency Department (ED) patients, but detection rates for delirium in the ED are low. To aid in identifying delirium, we developed and implemented a two-step systematic delirium screening and assessment tool in our ED: the modified Confusion Assessment Method for the Emergency Department (mCAM-ED). Components of the mCAM-ED include: (1) screening for inattention, the main feature of delirium, which was performed with the Months Backwards Test (MBT); (2) delirium assessment based on a structured interview with questions from the Mental Status Questionnaire by Kahn et al...
December 30, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
T Heinonen, V Loimu, K Saarilahti, T Saarto, A Mäkitie
BACKGROUND: Studies on palliative care of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are scarce although the affected patient population is quite large. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of a specialised palliative-care pathway of HNC patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data on all HNC patients who were treated at the Helsinki University Hospital Palliative Care Center during 1 year were retrospectively reviewed. The analysis comprised 60 patients (49 males; mean age 67 years; range 28-88)...
December 15, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Aoife Fallon, Lorna Kilbane, Robert Briggs, Adam Dyer, Shamis Nabeel, Paul McElwaine, Ronan Collins, Tara Coughlan, Des O'Neill, Dan Ryan, Sean P Kennelly
Background: Greater numbers of older patients are accessing hospital services. Specialist geriatric input at presentation may improve outcomes for at-risk patients. The SHARE-FI (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe Frailty Instrument) frailty measure, developed for use in the community, has also been used in the emergency department (ED). Aim: To measure frailty, review its prevalence in older patients presenting to ED and compare characteristics and outcomes of frail patients with their non-frail counterparts...
December 11, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Robert J Stephens, Matthew R Dettmer, Brian W Roberts, Enyo Ablordeppey, Susan A Fowler, Marin H Kollef, Brian M Fuller
OBJECTIVES: Emerging data suggest that early deep sedation may negatively impact clinical outcomes. This systematic review and meta-analysis defines and quantifies the impact of deep sedation within 48 hours of initiation of mechanical ventilation, as described in the world's literature. The primary outcome was mortality. Secondary outcomes included hospital and ICU lengths of stay, mechanical ventilation duration, and delirium and tracheostomy frequency. DATA SOURCES: The following data sources were searched: MEDLINE, EMBASE, Scopus, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Database of Abstracts of Reviews and Effects, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews databases, ClinicalTrials...
March 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Anil Vasudev Israni, Sumant Kumar, Nahin Hussain
Presentation of a child in the A&E with altered behaviour including psychotic features is not unusual. New-onset psychotic symptoms in children pose a significant diagnostic challenge due to several reasons. First, primary psychotic conditions are uncommon in pre-pubertal children. Second, differentiating between delirium and psychosis can be difficult in children, more so in infants, toddlers and young children. Third, intervening and managing a secondary cause of psychosis can significantly optimise outcome...
December 8, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Education and Practice Edition
Joshua Niznik, Xinhua Zhao, Tao Jiang, Joseph T Hanlon, Sherrie L Aspinall, Joshua Thorpe, Carolyn Thorpe
BACKGROUND: Prescribing of medications with anticholinergic properties in older nursing home residents is relatively common, despite an association with an increased risk for falls, delirium, and other outcomes. Few studies have investigated what factors influence different levels of prescribing of these agents. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to identify factors associated with low- and high-level anticholinergic burden in nursing home residents. A secondary objective was to examine in detail the contribution of different medications to low versus high burden to aid in determining which drugs to target in interventions...
December 2017: Drugs & Aging
Patrick Viet-Quoc Nguyen, Lucie Pelletier, Isabelle Payot, Judith Latour
BACKGROUND: The Delirium Drug Scale (DDS) is an evaluation scale developed to assess a patient's drug burden for delirium. The primary goal is to validate the association between the DDS score and the incidence of delirium. METHODS: This study was an observational retrospective cross-sectional chart review study in patients aged 75 years and older. It was carried out in three emergency departments of a tertiary care university health center. Patients were included if a medication list was available...
December 6, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
Dawn O'Sullivan, Noeleen Brady, Edmund Manning, Emma O'Shea, Síle O'Grady, Niamh O 'Regan, Suzanne Timmons
Background: screening for cognitive impairment in Emergency Department (ED) requires short, reliable tools. Objective: to validate the 4AT and 6-Item Cognitive Impairment Test (6-CIT) for ED dementia and delirium screening. Design: diagnostic accuracy study. Setting/subjects: attendees aged ≥70 years in a tertiary care hospital's ED. Methods: trained researchers assessed participants using the Standardised Mini Mental State Examination, Delirium Rating Scale-Revised 98 and Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly, informing ultimate expert diagnosis using Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) criteria for dementia and delirium (reference standards)...
September 1, 2017: Age and Ageing
Edmée J M Schrijver, Oscar J de Vries, Peter M van de Ven, Pierre M Bet, Ad M Kamper, Sabine H A Diepeveen, Rob J van Marum, Astrid M van Strien, Sander Anten, Anne M Lagaay, Leo Boelaarts, Frank W Bloemers, Mark H H Kramer, Prabath W B Nanayakkara
Background: because the few randomised placebo-controlled trials investigating the potential role for prophylactic haloperidol in delirium prevention have focused on specific surgical populations, we investigated its efficacy and safety in acutely hospitalised older patients. Methods: this multi-centre, double-blind, stratified, block randomised, placebo-controlled trial was conducted at six Dutch hospitals. Patients age ≥70 years, acutely admitted through the emergency department for general medicine or surgical specialties and at risk for delirium were randomised (n = 245) to haloperidol or placebo 1 mg orally twice-daily (maximum of 14 doses) on top of standard nonpharmacological prevention strategies...
July 15, 2017: Age and Ageing
Amy R Stuck, Christopher Crowley, James Killeen, Edward M Castillo
BACKGROUND: Emergency departments (EDs) in the United States play a prominent role in hospital admissions, especially for the growing population of older adults. Home-based care, rather than hospital admission from the ED, provides an important alternative, especially for older adults who have a greater risk of adverse events, such as hospital-acquired infections, falls, and delirium. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the survey was to understand emergency physicians' (EPs) perspectives on home-based care alternatives to hospitalization from the ED...
November 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Robert D Nass, Sina Meiling, René P Andrié, Christian E Elger, Rainer Surges
BACKGROUND: Generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) frequently lead to emergency inpatient referrals. Laboratory blood values are routinely performed on admission to detect underlying causes and metabolic or cardiac complications. Our goal was to assess the nature and frequency of complications occurring in association with GTCS. METHODS: We retrospectively extracted data from emergency protocols and discharge letters of adult patients admitted to the Department of Epileptology between 01/2010 and 06/2015...
September 19, 2017: BMC Neurology
Helen Rawson, Paul N Bennett, Cherene Ockerby, Alison M Hutchinson, Julie Considine
BACKGROUND: Older adults are high users of emergency department services and their care requirements can present challenges for emergency nurses. Although clinical outcomes for older patients improve when they are cared for by nurses with specialist training, emergency nurses' knowledge and self-assessment of care for older patients is poorly understood. AIM: To assess emergency nurses' knowledge and self-rating of practice when caring for older patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional self-report survey of emergency nurses (n=101) in Melbourne, Australia...
November 2017: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
A Seifert, C S Hartog, J Zweigner, W Schummer, K Reinhart
A previously healthy 60-year-old patient presented to the emergency department with severe headache, altered personality and fever. He was treated for bacterial meningitis with delirium of unknown cause but presumed to be due to alcohol withdrawal. Despite receiving the antibiotic therapy regimen recommended for bacterial meningitis the patient's condition rapidly deteriorated with profound delirium and tachypnea. The intensivist who was consulted immediately suspected sepsis-associated organ failure and admitted the patient to the intensive care unit (ICU)...
November 2017: Der Anaesthesist
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