Month: October 2014

ACS 2014: Predicting Joint Replacement Outcomes

The Particulars: In most cases, eligibility for hip and knee replacement surgery has been based largely upon the patient’s biological age. Recent research suggests, however, that a patient’s level of frailty may be a reliable...

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ACS 2014: Smartphones for Wound Assessment

The Particulars: Anecdotal experience suggests that using smartphones to remotely monitor postoperative incisional wounds via digital photos may improve outcomes and promote patient-centered care. However, few studies have...

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ACEP 14: Triage-Leveling & ED Crowding

The Particulars: Triage classification systems commonly assign five levels to patients. In these systems, level 1 and 2 patients are often given priority for ED bed assignment and level 4 and 5 patients are seen in designated...

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ACEP 14: Outcomes With High-Risk Care Plans

The Particulars: High-risk care plans are increasingly being used to assist in the management of patients who are big users of ED resources. However, little is known about the outcomes obtained with these plans in a real-world...

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ACEP 14: Reconsidering Physicians at Triage

The Particulars: Many EDs now include a physician at triage in an effort to improve flow and expedite care. Reports on the outcomes of making this change have been mixed, and its impact on common throughput metrics is not well...

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ACEP 14: Alcohol Use & Repeat ED Visits

The Particulars: Research indicates that patients with recurrent ED visits for trauma represent an important target for injury prevention efforts. If has not been well defined whether a history of alcohol use at initial...

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