Navigation Links
LA BioMed researchers find few emergency rooms fully equipped for pediatric patients
Date:12/3/2007

TORRANCE (Dec. 3, 2007) In the first survey to specifically measure hospital pediatric preparedness, a team of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LA BioMed) researchers found few U.S. emergency rooms are properly equipped for children.

The survey by Drs. Marianne Gausche-Hill, Charles Schmitz and Roger J. Lewis was reported in the December issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The team of LA BioMed researchers found only 6 percent of the 1,489 emergency rooms that responded to the survey had all the medicine and equipment the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recommend.

For instance, half of those responding reported that they were missing the laryngeal mask airways used for ventilating children.

Seventeen percent of the hospitals that responded to the survey did not have Magill forceps for removing foreign bodies from a childs airway, said Dr. Gausche-Hill. This equipment may be life-saving, so this study highlights important issues for patient safety.

The study found 89% of pediatric (ages: 014 years) emergency department visits occur in nonchildrens hospitals. About a fourth of these visits take place in rural or remote facilities. Only 6% occur in a separate pediatric emergency department.

More than half the emergency departments reported they had a quality improvement or performance improvement plan for pediatric patients, and 59 percent said they were aware of the American Academy of Pediatrics/American College of Emergency Physicians guidelines.

Hospitals that were more prepared tended to be urban, to have higher volumes, to have a separate care area for pediatric patients, to have physician and nursing coordinators for pediatrics, to be aware of the AAP/ACEP guidelines, and to be interested in guideline implementation, the researchers concluded. The study also demonstrates that much work is left to be done to improve pediatric preparedness of (Emergency Departments) EDs. Additional work should explore the relationship of preparedness to quality of care delivered, delineate barriers to guideline implementation, and identify best practices that can be coordinated within emergency care systems to improve the preparedness of EDs to care for children.


'/>"/>

Contact: Laura Mecoy
Lmecoy@issuesmanagement.com
310-546-5860
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed)
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Biomedtex Inc. Announces A. Marc Rocca as President and CEO
2. Response Biomedical appoints S. Wayne Kay Chief Executive Officer
3. Hopes, Predictions and Realities: Is Biomedical Research Delivering On Its Promises?
4. Dr. Andrew K. Palmer Joins BMEs (BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.) Board of Directors
5. BioMed Realty Trust to Report 2007 Third Quarter Results
6. BME (BioMedical Enterprises, Inc.) Announces U.S. Launch of the OSSArc(TM) Anatomic Residual Compression Implant
7. Response Biomedical Corporation Receives Conditional Listing Approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange
8. BioMed Realty Trust Reports Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results
9. LA BioMed research finds simpler way to assess breast cancer risk
10. Stanford researchers find culprit in aging muscles that heal poorly
11. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/22/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Vighter, a premier provider of Unconventional Medical ... PSC.1-2012. The company’s work in countries throughout Southwest Asia, South America, and the ... degraded. The PSC.1 standard was created to protect fundamental freedoms and human rights ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... June 20, 2017 , ... ... services, announced today that Claritas Capital, a Nashville-based private equity firm, has invested ... our expansion plans for some time, and Claritas Capital offers the smart money, ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... After months of negotiations, FaceCradle USA is proud to ... on Wednesday, June 21. , “Introducing our product on QVC is something we all worked ... our travel pillow to more than 90 million homes in the United States,” said FaceCradle ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... , ... June 20, 2017 , ... Fresenius Vascular Care, ... minimally invasive techniques to treat and manage a wide range of vascular conditions, has ... initiative. With more than 65 centers represented by more than 40 local brands, a ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... HOUSTON – Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor ... of new options for today’s modern senior. Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor has more ... love while offering them the services to support that lifestyle both now and in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/12/2017)... , June 12, 2017 Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology ... Kineta Vice President of R&D and Head of ... Pandemic Preparedness for the Northwest and Beyond meeting ... on June 14, 2017 from 8:30-10:30 AM PDT at the ... Dr. Bedard will be joined by other ...
(Date:6/9/2017)... and INDIANAPOLIS , June 9, ... living with diabetes. In a further effort to help ... affected by this condition, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) ... ) have come together for the second phase of ... Systems programme (BRIDGES 2), reaffirming their commitment to helping ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... Joseph R. Goodwin , U.S. District Court Judge for ... , entered a case management order in MDL 2325, ... Litigation (the "MDL") that includes a provision requiring plaintiffs ... on specific causation within one hundred twenty (120) days ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: