Amy E Donaldson

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OBJECTIVE To examine the epidemiology of pediatric patient visits to emergency departments (ED). METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional study of pediatric ED visits at the participating Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) hospitals in 2002. We provide descriptive characteristics of pediatric ED visits and a comparison of the study(More)
INTRODUCTION Studies have demonstrated that the fatality risk for motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) is higher in rural than urban areas. The purpose of this study was to quantify the risk of a fatal outcome associated with a crash by the urban/rural classification of the driver's county of residence and the county of crash before and after adjusting for(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a trigger tool for identifying adverse events occurring in critically ill pediatric patients; to identify and characterize adverse events and preventable adverse events experienced by critically ill pediatric patients; and to characterize the patients who experience preventable adverse events. DESIGN Retrospective chart review using a(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe a large cohort of children with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with return of circulation and to identify factors in the early postarrest period associated with survival. These objectives were for planning an interventional trial of therapeutic hypothermia after pediatric cardiac arrest. METHODS A retrospective cohort study was(More)
BACKGROUND Depressive disorders are among the most commonly experienced mental health concerns and a leading cause of mortality in adolescence. Current treatment guidelines recommend the use of antidepressant medication, cognitive behavioral therapy or both treatments. Unfortunately 40–60% of adolescents fail to respond to these treatments, therefore a new(More)
OBJECTIVES 1) To describe clinical characteristics, hospital courses, and outcomes of a cohort of children cared for within the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network who experienced in-hospital cardiac arrest with sustained return of circulation between July 1, 2003 and December 31, 2004, and 2) to identify factors associated with hospital(More)
OBJECTIVES : To describe a large multicenter cohort of pediatric cardiac arrest (CA) with return of circulation (ROC) from either the in-hospital (IH) or the out-of-hospital (OH) setting and to determine whether significant differences related to pre-event, arrest event, early postarrest event characteristics, and outcomes exist that would be critical in(More)
Stress and psychological distress were assessed in 457 older women who were subsequently randomized to a six-week heart disease management program ("Women take PRIDE") or to a "usual care" control group. Baseline distress was significantly associated with age, symptoms, physical functioning, social support, optimism, and self-esteem (p < .05). Only 20% of(More)
Efforts to improve patient safety require an understanding of organizational culture. In a survey of inpatient healthcare providers in a children's hospital, physician perceptions of teamwork were higher than those of all other staff (P < .001). Recognition of the impact of stress and fatigue was low, and job satisfaction was high for all groups. A majority(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE Family presence has broad professional organizational support and is gaining acceptance. We seek to determine whether family presence prolonged pediatric trauma team resuscitations as measured by time from emergency department arrival to computed tomographic (CT) scan, and to resuscitation completion. METHODS A prospective trial offered(More)