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Sunday 15 September 2019
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Topic: Emergency and critical care

September 12, 2019
The analysis included 474 patients presenting to the emergency department with acute coronary syndrome (myocardial infarction and unstable angina)
According to a study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, heart attack symptoms can be gradual or abrupt and both situations are a medical emergency. 
The study found that patients with gradual symptom onset took eight hours to get medical help compared to 2.6 hours for those with abrupt symptoms. A maximum delay of two hours is recommended to get fast treatment and the best outcomes; serious complications and death are more likely beyond this window.
September 3, 2019
The document highlights how catheter ablation is revolutionising care for this group of common arrhythmias

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Guidelines on supraventricular tachycardia have been published in the European Heart Journal, and on the ESC website.

August 22, 2019
Research funded by the British Heart Foundation puts into question a long-held medical myth that women tend to suffer unusual or 'atypical' heart attack symptoms, and emphasises the need for both sexes to recognise and act on the warning signs
Women who have heart attacks experience the same key symptoms as men, quashing one of the reasons given for women receiving unequal care. 
Research funded by the British Heart Foundation puts into question a long-held medical myth that women tend to suffer unusual or 'atypical' heart attack symptoms, and emphasises the need for both sexes to recognise and act on the warning signs.
May 2, 2019
Clinical Fellow Ben Shelley is driving forward the chronic pain trial at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Scotland
Researchers at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital in Scotland have recruited the first patients for a new trial which aims to reduce chronic pain following open lung surgery.
The first patients have been recruited and operated on within 24 hours of the TOPIC2 trial, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment Programme, starting at the National Hospital – the only Scottish centre participating in the UK multi centre trial.
March 19, 2019
Study shows that Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners can combine traditional clinical pharmacy with more hands-on medical practice including being designated care providers

The first evaluation of pharmacists based in accident and emergency departments has concluded that with additional clinical skills, they are able to take on overall clinical responsibility for patients.

Daniel Greenwood, a PhD student from The University of Manchester, UK, studied the work of people they termed Emergency Department Pharmacist Practitioners (EDPPs) from 15 NHS Trusts across the UK over 10 days.

December 17, 2018
The study results indicate the need for a personalised approach to delirium in the ICU
A population heath study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Center for Aging Research has determined that haloperidol, the drug most commonly used to treat delirium in hospital medical and surgical intensive care units (ICUs), did not benefit elective thoracic surgery ICU patients when given prophylactically, with the possible exception of those who have had surgery to remove their oesophagus.
The study results indicate the need for a personalised approach to delirium in the ICU.
September 18, 2018
Every surgical operation is an experiment in bacteriology – Moynihan
September 18, 2018
The operating room is a complex environment and knowledge and improvement of situation awareness can increase the performance in this domain, leading to better patient outcomes
September 18, 2018
This review aims to look at the theory behind targeted temperature management and how it is applied clinically, with attention to new research in this field and its impact on patient survival and neurological recovery
September 17, 2018
Sedation is an essential therapeutic strategy in the care of neurocritical patients. Potential benefits and risks of limiting deep sedation and daily interruption of sedation remain unclear
September 17, 2018
The biomarker soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor is a strong measure of chronic inflammation and underlying risk of negative patient outcomes including short-term mortality
Triage is the process of quickly assessing and prioritising patients according to urgency and need for treatment. Emergency departments (EDs)often use different risk scoring systems in use for this purpose. 
Widely used triage algorithms most often rely on vital signs and the presenting complaint and to a lesser extent clinical assessment. In addition to vital signs, some hospitals use laboratory tests for aiding in the decision of whether to admit or discharge the patient.
April 11, 2018
Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences computes the smartest distribution of emergency medical service stations

Optimised distribution of emergency medical service stations can ensure rapid emergency care for even greater swathes of the population – and save money at the same time. This is the result of a study by Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems, Austria, published recently in an international journal.

April 11, 2018
The versatile ABL90 FLEX PLUS is the only compact blood gas analyser on the market to offer such an extensive range of critical care parameters

Radiometer Limited is pleased to announce the commercial launch of its CE-marked point-of-care tests for creatinine and urea, the latest additions to the ABL90 FLEX PLUS blood gas analyser’s test menu.

February 15, 2018
Patient safety and clinical governance are major priorities for any NHS Trust, so ensuring both the accuracy and speed of a test result, and its confirmed match to the patient is essential

Radiometer Ltd has implemented its AQURE Enterprise point-of-care (POC) data management system at the University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust’s new Emergency Department.

September 22, 2017
New JRCALC guidelines recommend the use of Penthrox® for emergency pain relief in the UK

Galen Ltd has announced that the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) has issued its new pain management clinical practice guidelines for UK ambulance services teams.

September 1, 2017
In continuation of Radiometer’s commitment to the fight against sepsis – one of the world’s deadliest diseases - Radiometer is proud to sponsor World Sepsis Day for the second consecutive year

Each year, 30 million people are affected by sepsis and more than six million people die from the disease. While it is the number one cause of preventable deaths worldwide, sepsis is a disease that very few know of outside the medical field.

August 8, 2017
A staff calculation model for emergency departments that can be adjusted to accommodate multiple factors, and therefore be applied to any organisation’s facility, is presented
Crowded emergency departments (EDs) are dangerous for patients. More preventable medical errors occur during crowding,1 and crowding is associated with an increased patient mortality.2–5 Mortality is a strong outcome parameter, and the problem of crowding has to be taken seriously by hospital administrators. There are many reasons for ED crowding, including staff shortages, and the failure to match staff resources to patient flow.6
August 8, 2017
August 8, 2017
Moving the anaesthetists’ vital function expertise in critical emergency medicine into the emergency department and further afield is a logical extension of their role in the operating room
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines patient safety as “the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care. While health care has become more effective it has also become more complex, with greater use of new technologies, medicines and treatments. Health services treat older and sicker patients who often present with significant comorbidities requiring more and more difficult decisions as to health care priorities”.1
August 8, 2017
The operating room is a complex environment and knowledge and improvement of situation awareness can increase the performance in this domain and, therefore, provide better patient outcomes
June 15, 2017
Sharing patient’s wishes with health and care providers across London through Coordinate My Care’s personalised urgent care plan is delivering care quality and operational benefits with a system that is better addressing patients’ needs

Over 500,000 people die in England and Wales every year,1 and almost half of those die in hospital2 – despite the fact that under 3% of people say3 that is where they want to spend their final days.

June 6, 2017
In future, the identification of different sepsis patterns based on biomarkers, pathophysiology, or the responsible infection will allow the exploration of personalised treatments in this field
September 30, 2016
Radiometer demonstrates innovative point of care testing solutions and hosts a lunchtime symposium at this year's EuSEM meeting

Radiometer is proud to be a gold sponsor of this year’s European Congress on Emergency Medicine organised by the European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM) in Vienna, Austria, October 1-5.