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James D Chalmers
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October 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Michael G Millin, Angela C Comer, Jose V Nable, Peter V Johnston, Benjamin J Lawner, Nathan Woltman, Matthew J Levy, Kevin G Seaman, Jon Mark Hirshon
INTRODUCTION: The American Heart Association recommends that post-arrest patients with evidence of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) on electrocardiogram (ECG) be emergently taken to the catheterization lab for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, recommendations regarding the utility of emergent PCI for patients without ST elevation are less specific. This review examined the literature on the utility of PCI in post-arrest patients without ST elevation compared to patients with STEMI...
September 15, 2016: Resuscitation
Judd E Hollander, Martin Than, Christian Mueller
It is well established that clinicians cannot use clinical judgment alone to determine whether an individual patient who presents to the emergency department has an acute coronary syndrome. The history and physical examination do not distinguish sufficiently between the many conditions that can cause acute chest pain syndromes. Cardiac risk factors do not have sufficient discriminatory ability in symptomatic patients presenting to the emergency department. Most patients with non-ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction do not present with electrocardiographic evidence of active ischemia...
August 16, 2016: Circulation
Mohsen Sharifi, Jeremy Berger, Paul Beeston, Curt Bay, Zoltan Vajo, Seyed Javadpoor
OBJECTIVE: Pulseless electrical activity (PEA) during cardiac arrest portends a poor prognosis. There is a paucity of data in the use of thrombolytic therapy in PEA and cardiopulmonary arrest due to confirmed pulmonary embolism (PE). We evaluated the outcome of low-dose systemic thrombolysis with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in patients presenting with PEA due to PE. METHODS: During a 34-month period, we treated 23 patients with PEA and cardiopulmonary arrest due to confirmed massive PE...
June 30, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Venkatesh Thiruganasambandamoorthy, Kenneth Kwong, George A Wells, Marco L A Sivilotti, Muhammad Mukarram, Brian H Rowe, Eddy Lang, Jeffrey J Perry, Robert Sheldon, Ian G Stiell, Monica Taljaard
BACKGROUND: Syncope can be caused by serious conditions not evident during initial evaluation, which can lead to serious adverse events, including death, after disposition from the emergency department. We sought to develop a clinical decision tool to identify adult patients with syncope who are at risk of a serious adverse event within 30 days after disposition from the emergency department. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled adults (age ≥ 16 yr) with syncope who presented within 24 hours after the event to 1 of 6 large emergency departments from Sept...
September 6, 2016: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal de L'Association Medicale Canadienne
Mercedes Ortiz, Alfonso Martín, Fernando Arribas, Blanca Coll-Vinent, Carmen Del Arco, Rafael Peinado, Jesús Almendral
AIMS: Intravenous procainamide and amiodarone are drugs of choice for well-tolerated ventricular tachycardia. However, the choice between them, even according to Guidelines, is unclear. We performed a multicentre randomized open-labelled study to determine the safety and efficacy of intravenous procainamide and amiodarone for the acute treatment of tolerated wide QRS complex (probably ventricular) tachycardia. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive intravenous procainamide (10 mg/kg/20 min) or amiodarone (5 mg/kg/20 min)...
June 28, 2016: European Heart Journal
Sameer Masood, Peter C Austin, Clare L Atzema
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Patients treated primarily for hypertension are common in the emergency department (ED). The outcomes of these patients who were given a primary ED diagnosis of hypertension have not been described at a population level. In this study, we describe the characteristics and outcomes of these patients, as well as changes over time. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used linked health databases from the province of Ontario, Canada, to assess ED visits made between April 1, 2002, and March 31, 2012, with a primary diagnosis of hypertension...
September 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Judd E Hollander
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June 25, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Gustavo Daquarti, Nicolás March Vecchio, Cecilia Soledad Mitrione, Juan Furmento, María Clara Ametrano, María Paz Dominguez Pace, Juan Pablo Costabel
INTRODUCTION: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction has proved to be an important predictor of morbidity and mortality in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE). Tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) is one of the parameters that have been validated as predictor of outcomes. The aim of our study was to evaluate the performance (sensitivity and specificity) of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) to predict RV dysfunction defined as TAPSE <16 mm. METHODS: We conducted a single-center retrospective analysis of 40 patients prospectively included...
August 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Filippo Numeroso, Gianluigi Mossini, Michela Giovanelli, Giuseppe Lippi, Gianfranco Cervellin
OBJECTIVES: Despite guidelines, admission rates and expenditures for syncope remain high. This may be caused by an imprecise definition of cardiovascular disease considered at risk and an overestimation of the role of comorbidities and advanced age. In a cohort of patients with undetermined syncope, we prospectively compared the short-term prognosis of patients at intermediate risk (i.e., with stable heart diseases or comorbidities, of any age) versus those at high risk for cardiogenic syncope and identified factors associated with serious events...
August 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Mohammad Al Deeb, Skye Barbic, Robin Featherstone, Jerrald Dankoff, David Barbic
OBJECTIVES: Acute dyspnea is a common presenting complaint to the emergency department (ED), and point-of-care (POC) lung ultrasound (US) has shown promise as a diagnostic tool in this setting. The primary objective of this systematic review was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of US using B-lines in diagnosing acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema (ACPE) in patients presenting to the ED with acute dyspnea. METHODS: A systematic review protocol adhering to Cochrane Handbook guidelines was created to guide the search and analysis, and we searched the following databases: PubMed, EMBASE, Ovid MEDLINE, Ovid MEDLINE In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews...
August 2014: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Saher Iftikhar, Amal Mattu, William Brady
Patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators not infrequently present to the emergency department after experiencing an implantable cardiac defibrillator shock. This review considers the management of such patients in the emergency department, including appropriate, inappropriate, and phantom shocks as well as electrical storm.
June 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Steve Goodacre, Judith Cohen, Mike Bradburn, John Stevens, Alasdair Gray, Jonathan Benger, Tim Coats
BACKGROUND: Magnesium sulphate, administered by the intravenous (i.v.) or inhaled (nebulised) route, has been proposed as a treatment for adults with acute severe asthma. Existing trials show mixed results and uncertain evidence of benefit. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine whether i.v. or nebulised magnesium sulphate improves symptoms of breathlessness and reduces the need for hospital admission in adults with acute severe asthma. DESIGN: Multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, three-arm, randomised trial...
April 2014: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Shaker Hossein, Akhavan Pegah, Farsi Davood, Abbasi Said, Mahshidfar Babak, Mofidi Mani, Rezai Mahdi, Hafezimoghadam Peyman
OBJECTIVE: Thirty percent of people with asthma do not respond to standard treatment, and complementary therapies are needed. The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of inhaled magnesium sulfate on the treatment response in emergency department (ED) patients with moderate to severe attacks of asthma. METHODS: This study is a randomized controlled trial, enrolling patients with moderate to severe asthma in the ED. Subjects allocated to the study group were treated with the standard, plus 3 ml of 260 mmol/L solution of magnesium sulfate every 20 to 60 minutes...
May 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Anthony J Weekes, Gregory Thacker, Daniel Troha, Angela K Johnson, Jordan Chanler-Berat, H James Norton, Michael Runyon
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We determine the diagnostic accuracy of goal-directed echocardiography, cardiac biomarkers, and computed tomography (CT) in early identification of severe right ventricular dysfunction in normotensive emergency department patients with pulmonary embolism compared with comprehensive echocardiography. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of consecutive normotensive patients with confirmed pulmonary embolism. Investigators, blinded to clot burden and biomarkers, performed qualitative goal-directed echocardiography for right ventricular dysfunction: right ventricular enlargement (diameter greater than or equal to that of the left ventricle), severe right ventricular systolic dysfunction, and septal bowing...
September 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Jennifer L Martindale, Abel Wakai, Sean P Collins, Phillip D Levy, Deborah Diercks, Brian C Hiestand, Gregory J Fermann, Ian deSouza, Richard Sinert
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is one of the most common diagnoses assigned to emergency department (ED) patients who are hospitalized. Despite its high prevalence in the emergency setting, the diagnosis of AHF in ED patients with undifferentiated dyspnea can be challenging. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of the operating characteristics of diagnostic elements available to the emergency physician for diagnosing AHF...
March 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Ziad Nehme, Dion Stub, Stephen Bernard, Michael Stephenson, Janet E Bray, Peter Cameron, Ian T Meredith, Bill Barger, Andris H Ellims, Andrew J Taylor, David M Kaye, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: Supplemental oxygen therapy may increase myocardial injury following ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of the dose and duration of oxygen exposure on myocardial injury after STEMI. METHODS: Descriptive analysis of data from a multicentre, prospective, randomised, controlled trial of 441 patients with STEMI randomised to supplemental oxygen therapy or room air breathing. The primary endpoint was myocardial infarct size as assessed by cardiac biomarkers, troponin (cTnI) and creatine kinase (CK)...
March 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Clive Kearon, Elie A Akl, Joseph Ornelas, Allen Blaivas, David Jimenez, Henri Bounameaux, Menno Huisman, Christopher S King, Timothy A Morris, Namita Sood, Scott M Stevens, Janine R E Vintch, Philip Wells, Scott C Woller, Lisa Moores
BACKGROUND: We update recommendations on 12 topics that were in the 9th edition of these guidelines, and address 3 new topics. METHODS: We generate strong (Grade 1) and weak (Grade 2) recommendations based on high- (Grade A), moderate- (Grade B), and low- (Grade C) quality evidence. RESULTS: For VTE and no cancer, as long-term anticoagulant therapy, we suggest dabigatran (Grade 2B), rivaroxaban (Grade 2B), apixaban (Grade 2B), or edoxaban (Grade 2B) over vitamin K antagonist (VKA) therapy, and suggest VKA therapy over low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH; Grade 2C)...
February 2016: Chest
Dion Stub, Karen Smith, Stephen Bernard, Ziad Nehme, Michael Stephenson, Janet E Bray, Peter Cameron, Bill Barger, Andris H Ellims, Andrew J Taylor, Ian T Meredith, David M Kaye
BACKGROUND: Oxygen is commonly administered to patients with ST-elevation-myocardial infarction despite previous studies suggesting a possible increase in myocardial injury as a result of coronary vasoconstriction and heightened oxidative stress. METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a multicenter, prospective, randomized, controlled trial comparing oxygen (8 L/min) with no supplemental oxygen in patients with ST-elevation-myocardial infarction diagnosed on paramedic 12-lead ECG...
June 16, 2015: Circulation
William F Peacock, Chad M Cannon, Adam J Singer, Brian C Hiestand
The diagnosis of patients presenting to the emergency department with acute heart failure (AHF) is challenging due to the similarity of AHF symptoms to other conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. Additionally, because AHF is most common in an older population, the presentation of coexistent pathologies further increases the challenge of making an accurate diagnosis and selecting the most appropriate treatment. Delays in the diagnosis and treatment of AHF can result in worse outcomes and higher healthcare costs...
2015: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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