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Emergency department operations and design

This section accepts articles on patient management in the Emergency Department, quality and efficiency metrics, computer applications including decision support, CPOE, EMR.

  1. Content type: Research article

    Crowding in emergency departments (EDs) is a challenge globally. To counteract crowding in day-to-day operations, better tools to improve monitoring of the patient flow in the ED is needed. The objective of th...

    Authors: Andreas Asheim, Lars P. Bache-Wiig Bjørnsen, Lars E. Næss-Pleym, Oddvar Uleberg, Jostein Dale and Sara M. Nilsen

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:42

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  2. Content type: Research article

    In low- and middle-income countries emergency surgery represents a higher proportion of the total number of surgeries and is associated with greater morbidity/mortality. Study aims were to determine if emergen...

    Authors: Félix R. Montes, Skarlet Marcell Vásquez, Claudia Marcela Camargo-Rojas, Myriam V. Rueda, Lina Góez-Mogollón, Paula A. Alvarado, Danny J. Novoa and Juan Carlos Villar

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:27

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Emergency departments (EDs) are highly dynamic and stressful care environments that affect provider and patient outcomes. Yet, effective interventions are missing. This study evaluated prospective effects of a...

    Authors: Anna Schneider, Markus Wehler and Matthias Weigl

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:1

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  4. Content type: Research article

    In this study, we hypothesized that point of care testing (POCT) would reduce length of stay (LOS) in emergency department (ED) when compared to central laboratory testing and be a factor in patient discharge ...

    Authors: Meri Kankaanpää, Marika Holma-Eriksson, Sami Kapanen, Merja Heitto, Sari Bergström, Leila Muukkonen and Veli-Pekka Harjola

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:43

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Physician chart documentation can facilitate patient care decisions, reduce treatment errors, and inform health system planning and resource allocation activities. Although accurate and complete patient chart ...

    Authors: Diane L. Lorenzetti, Hude Quan, Kelsey Lucyk, Ceara Cunningham, Deirdre Hennessy, Jason Jiang and Cynthia A. Beck

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:36

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Primary care patients are often cited as a cause of Emergency Department overcrowding (ED). The aim of this study was to evaluate a physician led redirection procedure of selected patients towards an out of ho...

    Authors: Charles Morin, Jacques Choukroun and Jean-Christophe Callahan

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:26

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The use of big data and machine learning within clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) has the potential to transform medicine through better prognosis, diagnosis and automation of tasks. Real-time applicat...

    Authors: Warren M. Perry, Rubayet Hossain and Richard A. Taylor

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:19

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Changes to physiological parameters precede deterioration of ill patients. Early warning and track and trigger systems (TTS) use routine physiological measurements with pre-specified thresholds to identify det...

    Authors: Francesca Wuytack, Pauline Meskell, Aislinn Conway, Fiona McDaid, Nancy Santesso, Fergal G. Hickey, Paddy Gillespie, Adam J. N. Raymakers, Valerie Smith and Declan Devane

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:38

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  9. Content type: Research article

    The four-hour target is a key hospital emergency department performance indicator in England and one that drives the physical and organisational design of the ED. Some studies have identified time of presentat...

    Authors: Niklas Bobrovitz, Daniel S. Lasserson and Adam D. M. Briggs

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:32

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Emergency department (ED) overcrowding is frequently described in terms of input- throughput and output. In order to reduce ED input, a concept called primary triage has been introduced in several Swedish EDs....

    Authors: Mathias C Blom, Karin Erwander, Lars Gustafsson, Mona Landin-Olsson, Fredrik Jonsson and Kjell Ivarsson

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2016 16:39

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Crowding in the emergency department (ED) has been studied intensively using complicated non-generic methods that may prove difficult to implement in a clinical setting. This study sought to develop a generic ...

    Authors: Andreas Halgreen Eiset, Mogens Erlandsen, Anders Brøns Møllekær, Julie Mackenhauer and Hans Kirkegaard

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2016 16:21

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Accurately predicting future frequent emergency department (ED) utilization can support a case management approach and ultimately reduce health care costs. This study assesses the feasibility of using routinel...

    Authors: Jianmin Wu, Shaun J. Grannis, Huiping Xu and John T. Finnell

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2016 16:12

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Estimating patient risk of future emergency department (ED) revisits can guide the allocation of resources, e.g. local primary care and/or specialty, to better manage ED high utilization patient populations an...

    Authors: Bo Jin, Yifan Zhao, Shiying Hao, Andrew Young Shin, Yue Wang, Chunqing Zhu, Zhongkai Hu, Changlin Fu, Jun Ji, Yong Wang, Yingzhen Zhao, Yunliang Jiang, Dorothy Dai, Devore S. Culver, Shaun T. Alfreds, Todd Rogow…

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2016 16:10

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