Fu-Jen Cheng

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Background. The survival rates of in-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCAs) are reportedly low at night, but the difference between the survival rates of cardiac origin and noncardiac origin IHCAs occurring at night remains unclear. Methods. Outcomes of IHCAs during different shifts (night, day, and evening) were compared and stratified according to the etiology(More)
BACKGROUND Headaches are one of the most common afflictions in adults and reasons for emergency department (ED) visits. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine the association between physician risk tolerance and head computed tomography (CT) use in patients with headaches in the ED. METHODS We performed a retrospective study of patients with nontraumatic(More)
Concomitant use of some drugs can lead to interactions between them resulting in severe adverse effects. To date, there are few reports of incidences of Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) associated with combination drug administration. Therefore, we studied the relationship between drug combinations and SJS-related mortality, with the hope that a retrospective(More)
OBJECTIVE CT, an important diagnostic tool in the emergency department (ED), might increase the ED length of stay (LOS). Considering the issue of ED overcrowding, it is important to evaluate whether CT use delays or facilitates patient disposition in the ED. DESIGN A retrospective 1-year cohort study. SETTING 5 EDs within the same healthcare system(More)
BACKGROUND The boarding of patients in the emergency department consumes nursing and physician resources, and may delay the evaluation of new patients. It may also contribute to poor cardiovascular outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). This study analyzed the relationship between the delay in coronary care unit (CCU) admission and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the epidemiologic data of closed medical claims from Taiwanese civil courts against obstetric departments and identify high-risk diseases. DESIGN A retrospective descriptive study. SETTING/STUDY PARTICIPANTS The verdicts from the national database of the Taiwan judicial system that pertained to obstetric departments were reviewed.(More)
To investigate the influence of resident seniority on supervised clinical practice in the emergency department (ED).This was a retrospective, 1-year cohort study conducted in 5 EDs within Taiwan largest healthcare system. All adult nontrauma visits presenting to the EDs during the day shift between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 were included in the(More)
Most medical malpractice in Taiwan leads to criminal prosecution. This study examined the epidemiologic factors and clinical errors that led to medical malpractice convictions in Taiwanese criminal prosecutions. A retrospective, 15-year population-based review of criminal Supreme Court judgments pertaining to medical malpractice against physicians and(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to develop a strategy for imposing peer pressure on emergency physicians to discharge patients and to evaluate patient throughput before and after intervention. METHODS A before-and-after study was conducted in a medical center with more than 120 000 annual emergency department (ED) visits. All nontraumatic adult(More)