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OBJECTIVE To characterize adult asthma patients according to frequency of emergency department (ED) visits in the past year. DESIGN Adults presenting with acute asthma to 83 US EDs underwent structured interviews in the ED and by telephone 2 weeks later. RESULTS The 3,151 enrolled patients were classified into four groups: those reporting no ED visits(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine minimum clinically meaningful improvements in peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR) and dyspnea visual analog score (VAS) in patients with acute asthma exacerbation. METHODS Patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute asthma exacerbation were eligible. The PEFR and VAS were assessed at presentation and after initial(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the factors associated with frequency of emergency department visits (FEDV) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with recurrent exacerbations. OBJECTIVE To characterize the use of emergency department (ED) services in patients with COPD exacerbation and identify factors associated with FEDV. DESIGN A(More)
Simulation-based educational processes are emerging as key tools for assessing and improving patient safety. Multidisciplinary or interprofessional simulation training can be used to optimize crew resource management and safe communication principles. There is good evidence that simulation training improves self-confidence, knowledge, and individual and(More)
OBJECTIVE This article sought to define whether an alternative safety-engineered device (SED) could help prevent needlestick injury (NSI) in healthcare workers (HCWs) who place central venous catheters (CVCs). DESIGN The study involved three phases: (1) A retrospective analysis of deidentified occupational health records from our tertiary care urban US(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the usefulness of the complete blood count (CBC) and the reticulocyte count in the evaluation of adult patients with acute vasoocclusive sickle-cell crisis (SCC) presenting to the ED. METHODS A 2-part study was performed. Part 1 was retrospective chart review of patients with a sole ED diagnosis of acute SCC. Part 2 was a prospective(More)
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