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By Aaron Guinn Canadian emergency medicine physician - clinical diagnosis, sepsis and tox
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745712/non-specific-low-back-pain
#1
Chris Maher, Martin Underwood, Rachelle Buchbinder
Non-specific low back pain affects people of all ages and is a leading contributor to disease burden worldwide. Management guidelines endorse triage to identify the rare cases of low back pain that are caused by medically serious pathology, and so require diagnostic work-up or specialist referral, or both. Because non-specific low back pain does not have a known pathoanatomical cause, treatment focuses on reducing pain and its consequences. Management consists of education and reassurance, analgesic medicines, non-pharmacological therapies, and timely review...
October 10, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758065/blood-cultures-and-bacteraemia-in-an-australian-emergency-department-evaluating-a-predictive-rule-to-guide-collection-and-their-clinical-impact
#2
Jeremy D Brown, Scott Chapman, Patricia E Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study is to determine whether a predictive rule could safely reduce the number of negative blood cultures collected in an Australian ED and to assess the clinical impact of positive results from blood cultures taken in the ED. METHODS: All positive blood cultures taken in the ED at a single facility were retrospectively identified for the calendar year 2012. Clinically significant bacteraemia episodes were assessed against a predictive rule using major and minor clinical and laboratory criteria gathered from medical records and pathology databases, and compared with a randomly generated sample of ED patient episode with negative blood cultures...
October 18, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751597/reversal-of-refractory-severe-lactic-acidosis-by-thiamine-replacement
#3
Maira Benatti, Antônio Pazin-Filho, Carlos Henrique Miranda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707500/pathophysiology-research-challenges-and-clinical-management-of-smoke-inhalation-injury
#4
REVIEW
Perenlei Enkhbaatar, Basil A Pruitt, Oscar Suman, Ronald Mlcak, Steven E Wolf, Hiroyuki Sakurai, David N Herndon
Smoke inhalation injury is a serious medical problem that increases morbidity and mortality after severe burns. However, relatively little attention has been paid to this devastating condition, and the bulk of research is limited to preclinical basic science studies. Moreover, no worldwide consensus criteria exist for its diagnosis, severity grading, and prognosis. Therapeutic approaches are highly variable depending on the country and burn centre or hospital. In this Series paper, we discuss understanding of the pathophysiology of smoke inhalation injury, the best evidence-based treatments, and challenges and future directions in diagnostics and management...
October 1, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701665/treatments-for-hyperemesis-gravidarum-and-nausea-and-vomiting-in-pregnancy-a-systematic-review
#5
Catherine McParlin, Amy O'Donnell, Stephen C Robson, Fiona Beyer, Eoin Moloney, Andrew Bryant, Jennifer Bradley, Colin R Muirhead, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, Dorothy Newbury-Birch, Justine Norman, Caroline Shaw, Emma Simpson, Brian Swallow, Laura Yates, Luke Vale
Importance: Nausea and vomiting affects approximately 85% of pregnant women. The most severe form, hyperemesis gravidarum, affects up to 3% of women and can have significant adverse physical and psychological sequelae. Objective: To summarize current evidence on effective treatments for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum. Evidence Review: Databases were searched to June 8, 2016. Relevant websites and bibliographies were also searched...
October 4, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732722/transfusion-of-red-blood-cells
#6
COMMENT
Jason Alexander, Adam S Cifu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692755/apnea-after-low-dose-ketamine-sedation-during-attempted-delayed-sequence-intubation
#7
Brian E Driver, Robert F Reardon
Some patients are agitated and unable to tolerate conventional preoxygenation methods, including face mask oxygen or noninvasive positive-pressure ventilation. Sedation with ketamine for preoxygenation, also known as delayed sequence intubation, is a technique that can be used to achieve preoxygenation in this patient population. No complications of delayed sequence intubation have previously been reported. A 60-year-old woman presented with acute hypoxic respiratory failure. Despite application of high-flow oxygen (60 L/min) with a nonrebreather face mask, her oxygen saturation remained at 93%...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707527/chemical-agents-for-the-sedation-of-agitated-patients-in-the-ed-a-systematic-review
#8
Viola Korczak, Adrienne Kirby, Naren Gunja
OBJECTIVE: Chemical agents commonly used to sedate agitated patients in the emergency department include benzodiazepines, antipsychotics, or a combination of the 2 classes. Our objective was to determine if a class or combination therapy is (1) more effective, as measured by the proportion sedated at 15-20 minutes and the need for repeat sedation, and (2) safer, as measured by the proportion of reported adverse events. METHODS: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of studies comparing 2 or more chemical agents for sedation of agitated patients in the emergency department were carried out in PubMed, PsycINFO, Embase, and the Cochrane database...
September 16, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742523/glucagon-for-refractory-asthma-exacerbation-a-case-series
#9
Jillian M Cavallari, Tara S Jawaro, Nadia I Awad, Patrick J Bridgeman
Glucagon, a hormone secreted by pancreatic alpha cells, causes bronchial smooth muscle relaxation by activating the synthesis of cyclic adenosine monophosphate. It was studied in the 1980s and 1990s as a treatment option for the management of asthma but has since not been evaluated. Data to support its use are limited, but it may serve as a last-line agent for refractory asthma exacerbation. Here we describe 4 cases in which intravenous glucagon was used to manage severe, refractory asthma exacerbation in the emergency department...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720233/are-antibiotics-necessary-for-dental-pain-without-overt-infection
#10
Michael Gottlieb, Basem Khishfe
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 5, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27654000/guidelines-for-the-management-of-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-fourth-edition
#11
Nancy Carney, Annette M Totten, Cindy OʼReilly, Jamie S Ullman, Gregory W J Hawryluk, Michael J Bell, Susan L Bratton, Randall Chesnut, Odette A Harris, Niranjan Kissoon, Andres M Rubiano, Lori Shutter, Robert C Tasker, Monica S Vavilala, Jack Wilberger, David W Wright, Jamshid Ghajar
: The scope and purpose of this work is 2-fold: to synthesize the available evidence and to translate it into recommendations. This document provides recommendations only when there is evidence to support them. As such, they do not constitute a complete protocol for clinical use. Our intention is that these recommendations be used by others to develop treatment protocols, which necessarily need to incorporate consensus and clinical judgment in areas where current evidence is lacking or insufficient...
September 20, 2016: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666168/association-between-chest-compression-rates-and-clinical-outcomes-following-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest-at-an-academic-tertiary-hospital
#12
J Hope Kilgannon, Michael Kirchhoff, Lisa Pierce, Nicholas Aunchman, Stephen Trzeciak, Brian W Roberts
AIMS: Recent guidelines for management of cardiac arrest recommend chest compression rates of 100-120 compressions/min. However, animal studies have found cardiac output to increase with rates up to 150 compressions/min. The objective of this study was to test the association between chest compression rates during cardiopulmonary resuscitation for in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) and outcome. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study at a single academic medical center...
September 22, 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27673385/double-blind-randomized-clinical-trial-comparing-dopamine-and-epinephrine-in-pediatric-fluid-refractory-hypotensive-septic-shock
#13
Karthik Narayanan Ramaswamy, Sunit Singhi, Muralidharan Jayashree, Arun Bansal, Karthi Nallasamy
OBJECTIVE: We compared efficacy of dopamine and epinephrine as first-line vasoactive therapy in achieving resolution of shock in fluid-refractory hypotensive cold septic shock. DESIGN: Double-blind, pilot, randomized controlled study. SETTING: Pediatric emergency and ICU of a tertiary care teaching hospital. PATIENTS: Consecutive children 3 months to 12 years old, with fluid-refractory hypotensive septic shock, were enrolled between July 2013 and December 2014...
November 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27673307/will-this-hemodynamically-unstable-patient-respond-to-a-bolus-of-intravenous-fluids
#14
Peter Bentzer, Donald E Griesdale, John Boyd, Kelly MacLean, Demetrios Sirounis, Najib T Ayas
IMPORTANCE: Fluid overload occurring as a consequence of overly aggressive fluid resuscitation may adversely affect outcome in hemodynamically unstable critically ill patients. Therefore, following the initial fluid resuscitation, it is important to identify which patients will benefit from further fluid administration. OBJECTIVE: To identify predictors of fluid responsiveness in hemodynamically unstable patients with signs of inadequate organ perfusion. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: Search of MEDLINE and EMBASE (1966 to June 2016) and reference lists from retrieved articles, previous reviews, and physical examination textbooks for studies that evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of tests to predict fluid responsiveness in hemodynamically unstable adult patients who were defined as having refractory hypotension, signs of organ hypoperfusion, or both...
September 27, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27673305/time-to-treatment-with-endovascular-thrombectomy-and-outcomes-from-ischemic-stroke-a-meta-analysis
#15
Jeffrey L Saver, Mayank Goyal, Aad van der Lugt, Bijoy K Menon, Charles B L M Majoie, Diederik W Dippel, Bruce C Campbell, Raul G Nogueira, Andrew M Demchuk, Alejandro Tomasello, Pere Cardona, Thomas G Devlin, Donald F Frei, Richard du Mesnil de Rochemont, Olvert A Berkhemer, Tudor G Jovin, Adnan H Siddiqui, Wim H van Zwam, Stephen M Davis, Carlos Castaño, Biggya L Sapkota, Puck S Fransen, Carlos Molina, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Ángel Chamorro, Hester Lingsma, Frank L Silver, Geoffrey A Donnan, Ashfaq Shuaib, Scott Brown, Bruce Stouch, Peter J Mitchell, Antoni Davalos, Yvo B W E M Roos, Michael D Hill
IMPORTANCE: Endovascular thrombectomy with second-generation devices is beneficial for patients with ischemic stroke due to intracranial large-vessel occlusions. Delineation of the association of treatment time with outcomes would help to guide implementation. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the period in which endovascular thrombectomy is associated with benefit, and the extent to which treatment delay is related to functional outcomes, mortality, and symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage...
September 27, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650864/pre-hospital-assessment-of-the-role-of-adrenaline-measuring-the-effectiveness-of-drug-administration-in-cardiac-arrest-paramedic-2-trial-protocol
#16
Gavin D Perkins, Tom Quinn, Charles D Deakin, Jerry P Nolan, Ranjit Lall, Anne-Marie Slowther, Matthew Cooke, Sarah E Lamb, Stavros Petrou, Felix Achana, Judith Finn, Ian G Jacobs, Andrew Carson, Mike Smyth, Kyee Han, Sonia Byers, Nigel Rees, Richard Whitfield, Fionna Moore, Rachael Fothergill, Nigel Stallard, John Long, Susie Hennings, Jessica Horton, Charlotte Kaye, Simon Gates
Despite its use since the 1960s, the safety or effectiveness of adrenaline as a treatment for cardiac arrest has never been comprehensively evaluated in a clinical trial. Although most studies have found that adrenaline increases the chance of return of spontaneous circulation for short periods, many studies found harmful effects on the brain and raise concern that adrenaline may reduce overall survival and/or good neurological outcome. The PARAMEDIC-2 trial seeks to determine if adrenaline is safe and effective in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
November 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661440/medication-induced-acute-kidney-injury
#17
Stuart L Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present article will review the current state of our understanding of nephrotoxic medication-associated acute kidney injury (AKI) and provide strategies to reduce its impact. RECENT FINDINGS: Nephrotoxic medications contribute to a substantial proportion of AKI in hospitalized patients. The previous perspective of nephrotoxic medication-associated AKI as a nonmodifiable necessary evil of providing appropriate therapy to ill patients had led to an incomplete understanding of its epidemiology and provided little impetus to reduce its occurrence...
December 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27644757/dietary-sugars-versus-glucose-tablets-for-first-aid-treatment-of-symptomatic-hypoglycaemia-in-awake-patients-with-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Jestin N Carlson, Susanne Schunder-Tatzber, Christine J Neilson, Natalie Hood
BACKGROUND: While glucose tablets have been advocated for treating symptomatic hypoglycaemia in awake patients, dietary sugars may be more convenient. We performed a systematic review to compare the impact of these treatment options on the relief of symptomatic hypoglycaemia, time to resolution of symptoms, blood glucose levels, complications and hospital length of stay. METHOD: We searched PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library through 28 June 2016 and assessed the quality of evidence using the Grades of Recommendation, Assessment, Development and Evaluation approach...
September 19, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27645810/the-emergency-medicine-approach-to-transplant-complications
#19
Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
INTRODUCTION: Organ transplantation provides improved quality of life and longevity in patients with end-organ disease. These patients have significant physiological and anatomical modifications, and with new immunosuppressive agents, many of these patients will present to the emergency department with complications. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to provide emergency physicians with a review of transplant complications, including infection, rejection, medication adverse effects, and specific complications related to the transplant...
August 27, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27640399/the-predictive-value-of-preendoscopic-risk-scores-to-predict-adverse-outcomes-in-emergency-department-patients-with-upper-gastrointestinal-bleeding-a-systematic-review
#20
Rosa Ramaekers, Muhammad Mukarram, Christine A M Smith, Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy
OBJECTIVES: Risk stratification of emergency department (ED) patients with upper gastrointestinal bleeding (UGIB) using preendoscopic risk scores can aid ED physicians in disposition decision-making. We conducted a systematic review to assess the predictive value of preendoscopic risk scores for 30-day serious adverse events. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from inception to March 2015. We included studies involving adult ED UGIB patients evaluating preendoscopic risk scores and excluded reviews, case reports, and animal studies...
November 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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