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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673371/mass-fatality-incident-preparedness-among-faith-based-organizations
#1
Qi Zhi, Jacqueline A Merrill, Robyn R Gershon
Introduction Members of faith-based organizations (FBOs) are in a unique position to provide support and services to their local communities during disasters. Because of their close community ties and well-established trust, they can play an especially critical role in helping communities heal in the aftermath of a mass-fatality incident (MFI). Faith-based organizations are considered an important disaster resource and partner under the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Response Framework; however, their level of preparedness and response capabilities with respect to MFIs has never been evaluated...
July 4, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671060/retrospective-analysis-of-mosh-pit-related-injuries
#2
Andrew M Milsten, Joseph Tennyson, Stacy Weisberg
OBJECTIVES: Moshing is a violent form of dancing found world-wide at rock concerts, festivals, and electronic dance music events. It involves crowd surfing, shoving, and moving in a circular rotation. Moshing is a source of increased morbidity and mortality. The goal of this study was to report epidemiologic information on patient presentation rate (PPR), transport to hospital rate (TTHR), and injury patterns from patients who participated in mosh-pits. Materials and Methods Subjects were patrons from mosh-pits seeking medical care at a single venue...
July 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669373/on-scene-rescue-breathing-resulting-in-gastric-perforation-and-massive-pneumoperitoneum
#3
Mike Butterfield, Tamas Peredy
Rescue breathing performed too vigorously or by untrained individuals may cause gastric distension and perforation. A 26-year-old woman is presented who developed acute abdominal pain and distension after receiving rescue breathing following a heroin overdose. Massive pneumoperitoneum was seen on chest x-ray, and on subsequent laparotomy, a 4cm laceration was found in the lesser curvature of the stomach. Review of the literature suggests that the lesser curvature is particularly susceptible to perforation following over-distension...
July 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669372/observational-study-on-safety-of-prehospital-bls-cpap-in-dyspnea
#4
Novneet Sahu, Patrick Matthews, Kathryn Groner, Mia A Papas, Ross Megargel
Introduction Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) improves outcomes in patients with respiratory distress. Additional benefits are seen with CPAP application in the prehospital setting. Theoretical safety concerns regarding Basic Life Support (BLS) providers using CPAP exist. In Delaware's (USA) two-tiered Emergency Medical Service (EMS) system, BLS often arrives before Advanced Life Support (ALS). Hypothesis This study fills a gap in literature by evaluating the safety of CPAP applied by BLS prior to ALS arrival...
July 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625229/mass-gathering-medical-care-in-electronic-dance-music-festivals
#5
Kathleen M FitzGibbon, Jose V Nable, Benjamin Ayd, Benjamin J Lawner, Angela C Comer, Richard Lichenstein, Matthew J Levy, Kevin G Seaman, Ian Bussey
Introduction Electronic dance music (EDM) festivals represent a unique subset of mass-gathering events with limited guidance through literature or legislation to guide mass-gathering medical care at these events. Hypothesis/Problem Electronic dance music festivals pose unique challenges with increased patient encounters and heightened patient acuity under-estimated by current validated casualty predication models. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of three separate EDM festivals with analysis of patient encounters and patient transport rates...
June 19, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625215/assessing-coagulation-by-rotational-thromboelastometry-rotem-in-rivaroxaban-anticoagulated-blood-using-hemostatic-agents
#6
Jonathan Bar, Alexa David, Tarek Khader, Mary Mulcare, Christopher Tedeschi
Introduction The use of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) such as rivaroxaban (Xarelto) is increasingly common. However, therapies for reversing anticoagulation in the event of hemorrhage are limited. This study investigates the ability of hemostatic agents to improve the coagulation of rivaroxaban-anticoagulated blood, as measured by rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM). Hypothesis/Problem If a chitosan-based hemostatic agent (Celox), which works independently of the clotting cascade, is applied to rivaroxaban-anticoagulated blood, it should improve coagulation by decreasing clotting time (CT), decreasing clot formation time (CFT), and increasing maximum clot firmness (MCF)...
June 19, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606202/an-assessment-of-climate-change-impacts-on-los-angeles-california-usa-hospitals-wildfires-highest-priority
#7
Sabrina A Adelaine, Mizuki Sato, Yufang Jin, Hilary Godwin
Introduction Although many studies have delineated the variety and magnitude of impacts that climate change is likely to have on health, very little is known about how well hospitals are poised to respond to these impacts. Hypothesis/Problem The hypothesis is that most modern hospitals in urban areas in the United States need to augment their current disaster planning to include climate-related impacts. METHODS: Using Los Angeles County (California USA) as a case study, historical data for emergency department (ED) visits and projections for extreme-heat events were used to determine how much climate change is likely to increase ED visits by mid-century for each hospital...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606199/basic-disaster-life-support-bdls-training-improves-first-responder-confidence-to-face-mass-casualty-incidents-in-thailand
#8
Deborah A Kuhls, Paul J Chestovich, Phillip Coule, Dale M Carrison, Charleston M Chua, Nopadol Wora-Urai, Tavatchai Kanchanarin
BACKGROUND: Medical response to mass-casualty incidents (MCIs) requires specialized training and preparation. Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS) is a course designed to prepare health care workers for a MCI. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the confidence of health care professionals in Thailand to face a MCI after participating in a BDLS course. METHODS: Basic Disaster Life Support was taught to health care professionals in Thailand in July 2008. Demographics and medical experience were recorded, and participants rated their confidence before and after the course using a five-point Likert scale in 11 pertinent MCI categories...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606198/clinical-information-transfer-between-ems-staff-and-emergency-medicine-assistants-during-handover-of-trauma-patients
#9
Seyedeh Almas Fahim Yegane, Ali Shahrami, Hamid Reza Hatamabadi, Seyed-Mostafa Hosseini-Zijoud
Introduction Clinical handover by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff, as the first people who have contact with trauma patients, in the emergency department (ED), is very important. Therefore, effective communication to transfer clinical information about patients in a concise, rational, clear, and time-bound manner is essential. In Iran, the transfer of necessary information in clinical handover in EDs was carried out orally and without following standard instructions. This study aimed to audit the current clinical handover according to the Identify, Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (ISBAR) tool and survey the effect of training the ISBAR tool to Emergency Medicine Assistants (EMAs) and EMS staff on improvement of the clinical handover of patients to the ED...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606191/no-calm-after-the-storm-a-systematic-review-of-human-health-following-flood-and-storm-disasters
#10
Dell D Saulnier, Kim Brolin Ribacke, Johan von Schreeb
Introduction How the burden of disease varies during different phases after floods and after storms is essential in order to guide a medical response, but it has not been well-described. The objective of this review was to elucidate the health problems following flood and storm disasters. METHODS: A literature search of the databases Medline (US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA); Cinahl (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Global Health (EBSCO Information Services; Ipswich, Massachusetts USA); Web of Science Core Collection (Thomson Reuters; New York, New York USA); Embase (Elsevier; Amsterdam, Netherlands); and PubMed (National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health; Bethesda, Maryland USA) was conducted in June 2015 for English-language research articles on morbidity or mortality and flood or storm disasters...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560942/categorization-and-analysis-of-disaster-health-publications-an-inventory
#11
Marvin L Birnbaum, Sowmya Adibhatla, Olivia Dudek, Jessica Ramsel-Miller
Disaster Medicine is a relatively new discipline. Understanding of the current status of its science is needed in order to develop a roadmap for the direction and structure of future studies that will contribute to building the science of the health aspects of disasters (HADs). The objective of this study was to examine the existing, peer-reviewed literature relevant to the HADs to determine the status of the currently available literature underlying the science of the HADs. A total of 709 consecutive, peer-reviewed articles published from 2009-2014 in two disaster-health-related medical journals, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) and Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (DMPHP), were examined...
May 31, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516826/fatalities-from-firearm-related-injuries-in-selected-governorates-of-iraq-2010-2013
#12
Maximilian P Nerlander, Eva Leidman, Ahmed Hassan, Abdul-Salam Saleh Sultan, Syed Jaffar Hussain, Lauren B Browne, Oleg O Bilukha
BACKGROUND: In Iraq, where Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other groups have contributed to escalating violence in recent years, understanding the epidemiology of intentional firearm-related fatalities is essential for public health action. METHODS: The Iraqi Ministry of Health (MoH; Baghdad, Iraq) compiles surveillance of fatal injuries in eight of Iraq's 18 governorates (Baghdad, Al-Anbar, Basrah, Erbil, Kerbala, Maysan, Ninevah, and Al-Sulaimaniya)...
May 18, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482948/survey-of-preventable-disaster-deaths-at-medical-institutions-in-areas-affected-by-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-retrospective-survey-of-medical-institutions-in-miyagi-prefecture
#13
Satoshi Yamanouchi, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Hisayoshi Kondo, Tomohiko Mase, Yasuhiro Otomo, Yuichi Koido, Shigeki Kushimoto
Introduction In 2015, the authors reported the results of a preliminary investigation of preventable disaster deaths (PDDs) at medical institutions in areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011). This initial survey considered only disaster base hospitals (DBHs) and hospitals that had experienced at least 20 patient deaths in Miyagi Prefecture (Japan); therefore, hospitals that experienced fewer than 20 patient deaths were not investigated. This was an additional study to the previous survey to better reflect PDD at hospitals across the entire prefecture...
May 9, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478788/on-scene-and-final-assessments-and-their-interrelationship-among-patients-who-use-the-ems-on-multiple-occasions
#14
Julia Tärnqvist, Erik Dahlén, Gabriella Norberg, Carl Magnusson, Johan Herlitz, Anneli Strömsöe, Christer Axelsson, Magnus Andersson Hagiwara
Introduction The use of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is increasing. A number of patients call repeatedly for EMS. Early studies of frequent callers show that they form a heterogenous group. Problem There is a lack of research on frequent EMS callers. There is furthermore a lack of knowledge about characteristics and the prehospital assessment of the patients who call for EMS on several occasions. Finally, there is a general lack of knowledge with regard to the association between the prehospital assessment by health care providers and the final diagnosis...
May 8, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478772/are-dutch-hospitals-prepared-for-chemical-biological-or-radionuclear-incidents-a-survey-study
#15
Luc J M Mortelmans, Menno I Gaakeer, Greet Dieltiens, Kurt Anseeuw, Marc B Sabbe
Introduction Being one of Europe's most densely populated countries, and having multiple nuclear installations, a heavy petrochemical industry, and terrorist targets, the Netherlands is at-risk for chemical, biological, or radionuclear (CBRN) incidents. Recent world and continental events show that this threat is real and that authorities may be underprepared. Hypothesis The hypothesis of this study is that Dutch hospitals are underprepared to deal with these incidents. METHODS: A descriptive, cross-sectional study was performed...
May 8, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478770/disaster-metrics-a-comprehensive-framework-for-disaster-evaluation-typologies
#16
Diana F Wong, Caroline Spencer, Lee Boyd, Frederick Skip Burkle, Frank Archer
Introduction The frequency of disasters is increasing around the world with more people being at risk. There is a moral imperative to improve the way in which disaster evaluations are undertaken and reported with the aim of reducing preventable mortality and morbidity in future events. Disasters are complex events and undertaking disaster evaluations is a specialized area of study at an international level. Hypothesis/Problem While some frameworks have been developed to support consistent disaster research and evaluation, they lack validation, consistent terminology, and standards for reporting across the different phases of a disaster...
May 8, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468690/tools-for-disaster-research-in-the-model-of-the-sendai-framework
#17
Samuel J Stratton
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May 4, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464969/utilization-criteria-for-prehospital-ultrasound-in-a-canadian-critical-care-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-determining-who-might-benefit
#18
Domhnall O'Dochartaigh, Matthew Douma, Chris Alexiu, Shell Ryan, Mark MacKenzie
Introduction Prehospital ultrasound (PHUS) assessments by physicians and non-physicians are performed on medical and trauma patients with increasing frequency. Prehospital ultrasound has been shown to be of benefit by supporting interventions. Problem Which patients may benefit from PHUS has not been clearly identified. METHODS: A multi-variable logistic regression analysis was performed on a previously created retrospective dataset of five years of physician- and non-physician-performed ultrasound scans in a Canadian critical care Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464968/prehospital-interventions-during-mass-casualty-events-in-afghanistan-a-case-analysis
#19
Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Erica Simon, Joseph K Maddry, Robert Carter, Robert A Delorenzo
BACKGROUND: Mass-casualty (MASCAL) events are known to occur in the combat setting. There are very limited data at this time from the Joint Theater (Iraq and Afghanistan) wars specific to MASCAL events. The purpose of this report was to provide preliminary data for the development of prehospital planning and guidelines. METHODS: Cases were identified using the Department of Defense (DoD; Virginia USA) Trauma Registry (DoDTR) and the Prehospital Trauma Registry (PHTR)...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463098/when-is-a-cardiac-arrest-non-cardiac
#20
Ryan M Carter, David C Cone
Introduction While the overall survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is low, ranging from 5%-10%, several characteristics have been shown to decrease mortality, such as presence of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), witnessed vs unwitnessed events, and favorable initial rhythm (VF/VT). More recently, studies have shown that modified CPR algorithms, such as chest-compression only or cardio-cerebral resuscitation, can further increase survival rates in OHCA. Most of these studies have included only OHCA patients with "presumed cardiac etiology," on the assumption that airway management is of lesser impact than chest compressions in these patients...
May 2, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
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