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ED Admission and Adherence to Surviving Sepsis Campaign Bundle

2022 15 Feb

Approximately 85,000 patients are admitted to the emergency department in the U.S. each year for sepsis or septic shock. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) has established International clinical practice guidelines for managing these patients. The guidelines consist of a bundle that includes treatments for various components of sepsis, including rapid... Read more

Patient Photo in EHR: Impact on Errors

2020 17 Nov

Displaying patient photos in the electronic health record (EHR) banner not only enhances a physician's ability to correctly identify patients. Importantly, this may also be a simple and inexpensive way to avoid wrong-patient order entry (WPOE) errors, says a new study (Salmasian et al. 2020)   You might also like: Get Data on Board: Incorporating... Read more

Violent Attacks Against Emergency Physicians

2020 12 Feb

Violent attacks against emergency physicians remain a problem. While mass shootings at hospitals are quite rare, violent attacks against emergency physicians are becoming too common these days.  There have been cases where emergency physicians have been knocked unconscious, physically assaulted, hit, bitten, kicked, and punched by patients. According... Read more

Top ICU Stories of 2019

2019 28 Dec

As we move into 2020, here's a quick recap of our most clicked stories in ICU in 2019:  Using Biomarkers for Mortality Prediction in Patients With Sepsis A new study evaluated the prognostic value of six biomarkers at onset of sepsis in adult patients with sepsis or septic shock. Risk Factors for Frailty and Death in the ICU... Read more

Emergency Department to ICU Time Associated With Mortality

2019 07 Nov

Most emergency rooms have a triage system that enables the triage nurse to determine which patient is seriously ill to ensure that the patient is promptly admitted and treated. For disorders like heart attack and stroke, there are standard emergency room protocols in most hospitals that enable patients to receive care within 3-5 hours of initial... Read more

ED-Based ICU - An Effective Solution?

2019 20 Sep

Intensive care units (ICUs) have a considerable impact on the lives of the patients that are admitted there to their families and the society as a whole. The delivery of intensive care to these patients is considerably expensive and resource-intensive. With an ageing population and the rise in the volume and acuity of patients requiring critical care,... Read more

Making a Success of Health Data Exchange

2019 05 Sep

Recently, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported the success of a data exchange platform being used at emergency departments in several Alaskan hospitals. The Collective Medical platform allows for easier health data exchange between hospitals and means that emergency department staff have immediate access to a patient’s medical history. The system... Read more

#ESCCongress: RAPID-TnT Study Shows Reduction in Wait Times and Admissions

2019 04 Sep

10% of the 7 million emergency department cases in South Australia each year are from suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Led by Prof. Derek Chew of Flinders University, a new trial found a new troponin regime which could reduce discharge times for 70% of chest pain patients in Australian emergency departments. Findings were presented at the ESC... Read more

Emergency Department to ICU Time and Mortality

2019 22 Aug

Delays in transferring patients from the Emergency Department (ED) to the ICU could delay treatment, leaving the patient at risk. A recent study explored the impact of this and found that increased ED to ICU wait times were associated with increased hospital mortality.   Data was used from the Dutch quality registry National Intensive Care Evaluation,... Read more