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D Dammers, M El Moumni, I I Hoogland, N Veeger, E Ter Avest
BACKGROUND: Focussed Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) is a bedside ultrasonography technique used to detect free intraperitoneal fluid in patients presenting with blunt abdominal trauma (BAT) in the emergency department. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study we investigated the potential of FAST as a risk stratification instrument in haemodynamically (HD) stable patients presenting after BAT by establishing the association between the FAST exam result and final outcome...
January 3, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Michiel J van Veelen, Crispijn L van den Brand, Resi Reijnen, M Christien van der Linden
BACKGROUND: In 2013 a General Practitioner Cooperative (GPC) was introduced at the Emergency Department (ED) of our hospital. One of the aims of this co-located GPC was to improve throughput of the remaining patients at the ED. To determine the change in patient flow, we assessed the number of self-referrals, redirection of self-referrals to the GPC and back to the ED, as well as ward and ICU admission rates and length of stay of the remaining ED population. METHODS: We conducted a four months' pre-post comparison before and after the implementation of a co-located GPC with an urban ED in the Netherlands...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
R Phillip Dellinger, Christa A Schorr, Mitchell M Levy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Critical Care Medicine
Liam Byrne, Frank Van Haren
Fluid resuscitation continues to be recommended as the first-line resuscitative therapy for all patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. The current acceptance of the therapy is based in part on long history and familiarity with its use in the resuscitation of other forms of shock, as well as on an incomplete and incorrect understanding of the pathophysiology of sepsis. Recently, the safety of intravenous fluids in patients with sepsis has been called into question with both prospective and observational data suggesting improved outcomes with less fluid or no fluid...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
Erica Simon, Brit Long, Alex Koyfman
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects approximately 100,000 individuals in the United States. Due to alterations in the structural conformation of hemoglobin molecules under deoxygenated conditions, patients with SCD are predisposed to numerous sequelae, many of which require acute intervention. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to provide emergency physicians with an evidence-based update regarding the diagnosis and management of SCD complications. DISCUSSION: SCD patients experience significant morbidity and mortality secondary to cerebrovascular accident, acute chest syndrome, acute vaso-occlusive pain crises, SCD-related multi-organ failure, cholecystitis, acute intrahepatic cholestasis, acute sickle hepatic crisis, acute hepatic sequestration, priapism, and renal disease...
October 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Reuben J Strayer, Sergey M Motov, Lewis S Nelson
The United States is currently experiencing a public health crisis of opioid addiction, which has its genesis in an industry marketing effort that successfully encouraged clinicians to prescribe opioids liberally, and asserted the safety of prescribing opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, despite a preponderance of evidence demonstrating the risks of dependence and misuse. The resulting rise in opioid use has pushed drug overdose deaths in front of motor vehicle collisions to become the leading cause of accidental death in the country...
October 24, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Dominick Shelton, Paul Sinclair
Clinical handovers of patient care among healthcare professionals is vulnerable to the loss of important clinical information. A verbal report is typically provided by paramedics and documented by emergency department (ED) triage nurses. Paramedics subsequently complete a patient care report which is submitted electronically. This emergency medical system (EMS) patient care report often contains details of paramedic assessment and management that is not all captured in the nursing triage note. EMS patient care reports are often unavailable for review by emergency physicians and nurses...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
Ala'a O Oteir, Karen Smith, Johannes U Stoelwinder, Shelley Cox, James W Middleton, Paul A Jennings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI) is relatively uncommon, yet a devastating and costly condition. Despite the human and social impacts, studies describing patients with potential TSCI in the pre-hospital setting are scarce. This paper aims to describe the epidemiology of patients potentially at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI by paramedics, with a view to providing a better understanding of factors associated with potential TSCI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all adult patients managed and transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV) between 01 January 2007 and 31 December 2012 who, based on meeting pre-hospital triage protocols and criteria for spinal clearance, paramedic suspicion or spinal immobilisation, were classified to be at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
Laura Flight, Steven A Julious, Steve Goodacre
BACKGROUND: Adaptive design clinical trials use preplanned interim analyses to determine whether studies should be stopped or modified before recruitment is complete. Emergency medicine trials are well suited to these designs as many have a short time to primary outcome relative to the length of recruitment. We hypothesised that the majority of published emergency medicine trials have the potential to use a simple adaptive trial design. METHODS: We reviewed clinical trials published in three emergency medicine journals between January 2003 and December 2013...
October 28, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Tara Johnson, David Gaus, Diego Herrera
INTRODUCTION: There is a paucity of data studying patients and complaints presenting to emergency departments (EDs) in low- and middle-income countries. The town of Pedro Vicente Maldonado (PVM) is located in the northwestern highlands of Ecuador. Hospital PVM (HPVM) is a rural teaching hospital providing family medicine residency training. These physicians provide around-the-clock acute medical care in HPVM's ED. This study provides a first look at a functioning ED in rural Latin America by reviewing one year of ED visits to HPVM...
January 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Janet A Smereck, Argyro Papafilippaki, Sawali Sudarshan
Bench press exercise, which involves repetitive lifting of weights to full arm extension while lying supine on a narrow bench, has been associated with complications ranging in acuity from simple pectoral muscle strain, to aortic and coronary artery dissection. A 39-year-old man, physically fit and previously asymptomatic, presented with acute chest pain following bench press exercise. Diagnostic evaluation led to the discovery of critical multivessel coronary occlusive disease, and subsequently, highly elevated levels of lipoprotein (a)...
2016: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
Marvin A H Berrevoets, Chantal P Bleeker-Rovers
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Kaveh Sadigh, Sandeep Gupta, Muzammil H Musani, Kathleen Stergiopoulos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2014: Acute Cardiac Care
Matthew C Gratton, Stefanie R Ellison, Jason Hunt, O John Ma
OBJECTIVE: It has been estimated that between 11% and 61% of ambulance transports to emergency departments are not medically necessary. This study's objective was to analyze paramedic ability to determine the medical necessity of ambulance transport to the emergency department. METHODS: Paramedics prospectively assessed adult patients transported to an emergency department during a six-week period. The setting was an urban, all advanced life support, public utility model emergency medical services (EMS) system with 58,000 transports per year...
October 2003: Prehospital Emergency Care
Lena Hjälte, Björn-Ove Suserud, Johan Herlitz, Ingvar Karlberg
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this report was to describe the characteristics of patients transported by ambulance, in spite of being evaluated by the ambulance staff at the scene as not requiring prehospital care. A second aim was to compare these patients with those judged as being in need of this care. METHODS: Three ambulance service districts located in different rural and metropolitan geographical areas were included in the study and all three were covered by a single emergency dispatch centre...
June 2007: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Michael M Dinh, Matthew Oliver, Kendall Bein, Sandy Muecke, Therese Carroll, Anne-Sophie Veillard, Belinda J Gabbe, Rebecca Ivers
OBJECTIVES: Describe the level of agreement between prehospital (emergency medical service [EMS]) and ED vital signs in a group of trauma patients transported to an inner city Major Trauma Centre. We also sought to determine factors associated with differences in recorded vital sign measurements. METHODS: All adult patients meeting trauma triage criteria and transported directly from scene of injury by New South Wales Ambulance to our institution were included. The primary outcome was the difference in vital signs: heart rate (HR), systolic blood pressure (SBP), respiratory rate (RR) and Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), between ED and EMS recorded measurements...
October 2013: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Amber Mehmood, Siran He, Waleed Zafar, Noor Baig, Fareed Sumalani, Juanid Razzak
BACKGROUND: Vital signs play a critical role in prioritizing patients in emergency departments (EDs), and are the foundation of most triage methods and disposition decisions. This study was conducted to determine the frequency of vital signs documentation anytime during emergency department treatment and to explore if abnormal vital signs were associated with the likelihood of admission for a set of common presenting complaints. METHODS: Data were collected over a four-month period from the EDs of seven urban tertiary care hospitals in Pakistan...
2015: BMC Emergency Medicine
F E Blum, O Idowu, S Danciu
Syncope is a recognized presenting symptom in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE), and is more common in older patients and following a large embolus. Isolated syncope, in the absence of dyspnea or tachycardia, is uncommon in this setting, and may be misdiagnosed as cardiac in origin, leading to a delay in appropriate treatment. We present a case which illustrates the importance of consideration of pulmonary embolism in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with syncope, and the value of echocardiography in its diagnosis...
2015: Acute Medicine
Jack A Porrino, Ezekiel Maloney, Kurt Scherer, Hyojeong Mulcahy, Alice S Ha, Christopher Allan
OBJECTIVE: Fractures of the distal radius are common and frequently encountered by the radiologist. We review the epidemiology, classification, as well as the concept of instability. Salient qualitative and quantitative features of the distal radius fracture identifiable on the routine radiography series are highlighted. We conclude with a synopsis of descriptors that are of greatest utility to the clinician for treatment planning and that should be addressed in the radiology report. CONCLUSION: A detailed understanding of the intricacies of the distal radius fracture is necessary for the radiologist to provide a clinically relevant description...
September 2014: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Anne Maree Kelly, Anna Holdgate, Gerben Keijzers, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Peter Jones, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine epidemiology and outcome for patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with shortness of breath who were transported by ambulance. METHODS: This was a planned sub-study of a prospective, interrupted time series cohort study conducted at three time points in 2014 and which included consecutive adult patients presenting to the ED with dyspnoea as a main symptom. For this sub-study, additional inclusion criteria were presentation to an ED in Australia or New Zealand and transport by ambulance...
September 22, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
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