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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886790/hemodynamic-deterioration-in-lateral-compression-pelvic-fracture%C3%A2-after-prehospital-pelvic-circumferential-compression%C3%A2-device%C3%A2-application
#1
Alan A Garner, Jeremy Hsu, Anne McShane, Adam Sroor
Increased fracture displacement has previously been described with the application of pelvic circumferential compression devices (PCCDs) in patients with lateral compression-type pelvic fracture. We describe the first reported case of hemodynamic deterioration temporally associated with the prehospital application of a PCCD in a patient with a complex acetabular fracture with medial displacement of the femoral head. Active hemorrhage from a site adjacent to the acetabular fracture was subsequently demonstrated on angiography...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886789/air-repatriation-with-a-medium-sized-pneumothorax-without-thoracic-tube-a-special-case-of-a-repatriation-accompanied-by%C3%A2-an%C3%A2-experienced-surgeon
#2
Melissa B Blau, Michael Weinlich, Werner Lauchart, Stefan Piatek, Felix Walcher
We report on the repatriation of a 28-year old female from Germany, who was involved in a serious bus accident and was transported to the nearest hospital in Oruro, Bolivia. CT scans and x-rays performed in this hospital demonstrated a complete pneumothorax right. Thorax drainage was inserted, which was removed after 5 days. Since the hospital refused to acknowledge the presence of a residual middle-sized pneumothorax on the repatriation day and did not want to insert another tube, the decision was made to repatriate the patient on commercial flight back home to Germany without a thoracic tube...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886788/logistical-concerns-for-prehospital-blood-product-use-by-air-medical-services
#3
REVIEW
Patrick Maher, Richard Utarnachitt, Max J Louzon, Roxann Gary, Nina Sen, John R Hess
Over the past few decades, reports have described favorable results from transfusion of blood products in helicopter EMS (HEMS). Nevertheless, the initiation of a HEMS transfusion program requires consideration of many factors, some unique to each clinical site. This paper describes our experience developing a HEMS transfusion program in an urban non-hospital based HEMS program with a history of long transport times. When considering blood use away from the hospital, major consideration must be given to safe storage and monitoring of blood products both on the ground and while in flight...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886787/evaluation-of-intensive-care-unit-ventilators-at-altitude
#4
Thomas Blakeman, Dario Rodriquez, Michael Petro, Richard Branson
INTRODUCTION: Devices may forgo US military air worthiness and safety testing in an attempt to expedite the availability of critical assets such as mechanical ventilators with a waiver for one-time use in extenuating circumstances. METHODS: We evaluated two Intensive Care Unit (ICU) level ventilators: Drager Evita XL and Puritan Bennett (PB) 840 in an altitude chamber at sea level and altitudes of 8,000 and 16,000 feet. RESULTS: Altitude affected delivered tidal volumes (VTs) in volume control mode (VCV) and Pressure Regulated Volume Controlled (PRVC) mode at altitude with the Evita XL but the differences were not considered clinically important with the PB 840...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886786/infusion-pump-in-uh60l-m-flight-in-afghanistan-why-failures-occur
#5
Nicholas Paul Pelletier, Andrew Fisher
The ALARIS MSIII Infusion Pump (CareFusion, San Diego, CA) uses 3 separate alarms designed to prevent air emboli: "check air sensor," "air in lower tubing," and "air in line." It is assumed that ambient pressure changes cause air emboli that lead to pump failure although evidence to support this is limited. In this small study, the MSIII proved to be highly resilient and able to maintain function even after large repetitive emboli. Although unproven, it is more likely that these alarms are usually caused by loosening of the intravenous tubing within the pump's collar...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886785/reducing-door-in-door-out-intervals-in-helicopter-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-interhospital-transfers
#6
Michael A Schneider, Jason T McMullan, Christopher J Lindsell, Kimberly W Hart, Diana Deimling, Debra Jump, Todd Davis, William R Hinckley
BACKGROUND: Many health systems rely on helicopter EMS (HEMS) to transfer ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to a hospital with a catheterization laboratory. Mortality rates increase with the time to reperfusion, so reducing delays is imperative. For interhospital STEMI transfers, the time spent in the initial hospital from arrival until departure (door-in to door-out interval or DIDO) should be minimized. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of a series of process improvements to reduce DIDO intervals for STEMI patients transferred via a hospital based HEMS program...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886784/development-of-a-new-infusion-protocol-for-austere-trauma-resuscitations
#7
Stewart A Stancil
Intravenous fluid therapy for hemorrhagic shock has undergone enormous changes since it was first conducted almost 200 years ago. In the past 40 years especially, practices have dramatically changed with regards to fluid resuscitation. In pre-hospital, combat, austere, and rural emergency medicine the stakes are especially high to deliver an effective and logical resuscitation fluid strategy to a patient that is suffering from hemorrhagic shock. This article follows a prior article published in July 2014. It highlights the development of new cutting edge intravenous therapy regimens that maximize hemodynamic outcomes that can be effected by those providers that care for injured patients without the benefit of ample resources...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886780/vehicular-manslaughter
#8
John R Clark
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886779/teaching-tips-and-costs
#9
REVIEW
David J Dries
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886777/pulmonary-edema-after-near-hanging-an-insight
#10
LETTER
Subramanian Senthilkumaran, Ritesh G Menezes, Narendra Nath Jena, Ponniah Thirumalaikolundusubramanian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886776/cuff-pressure-confusion-solutions-are-abundant
#11
LETTER
Richard Branson, Dario Rodriquez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739245/management-of-mass-casualties-using-doctor-helicopters-and-doctor-cars
#12
Hiromichi Ohsaka, Kouhei Ishikawa, Kazuhiko Omori, Kei Jitsuiki, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Youichi Yanagawa
At approximately 10 o'clock in September 2015, a minibus carrying 18 people accidentally slid backwards because of a malfunctioning brake system while climbing a steep incline on Togasayama Mountain, colliding with a van (Toyota HiAce wagon) carrying 11 people that was situated behind the minibus. Togasayama Mountain is located 1 hour by car and 10 minutes by helicopter from our hospital. The minibus slid off a roadside cliff at a height of 0.5 m and rolled over after colliding with the van. There were 7 victims with yellow tags and 22 with green tags...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739244/the-5-t-s-applying-cognitive-science-to-improve-prehospital-medical-education
#13
REVIEW
Michael J Lauria, Mackenzie R Bronson, Patricia L Lanter, Thomas W Trimarco
Although research on effective teaching methods exists, the application of this information in prehospital medical education is limited. Applying lessons from the realms of cognitive psychology and neuroscience, prehospital educators can enhance their ability to teach. One such concept is the theory of cognitive load. Understanding this theory can reduce the mental strain placed on learners and allow educators to best accomplish long-term learning success, defined as "far transfer" of material to novel contexts...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739243/heaven-criteria-derivation-of-a-new-difficult-airway-prediction-tool
#14
Daniel P Davis, David J Olvera
OBJECTIVE: Airway management is vitally important in the management of critically ill and injured patients. Current tools to predict the difficult airway have limited application in the emergency airway situation. The aim of this study was to derive a novel difficult airway prediction tool for emergency intubation. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive analysis was performed in a population of air medical rapid sequence intubation patients requiring more than 1 attempt...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739242/helicopter-emergency-medical-service-simulation-training-in-the-extreme-simulation-based-training-in-a-mountain-weather-chamber
#15
Urs Pietsch, Ludwig Ney, Oliver Kreuzer, Armin Berner, Volker Lischke
Mountain rescue operations often confront crews with extreme weather conditions. Extremely cold temperatures make standard treatment sometimes difficult or even impossible. It is well-known that most manual tasks, including those involved in mountain rescue operations, are slowed by extremely cold weather. To lessen and improve the decrement in performance of emergency medical treatment caused by cold-induced manual impairment and inadequate medical equipment and supplies, simulation training in a weather chamber, which can produce wind and temperatures up to -22°C, was developed...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739241/hospital-mortality-based-on-the-mode-of-emergency-medical-services-transportation
#16
Hassan Al-Thani, Ayman El-Menyar, Yugan Pillay, Monira Mollazehi, Ahammed Mekkodathil, Rafael Consunji
OBJECTIVE: We assessed the presentations and outcomes of trauma patients transported by helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) versus ground emergency medical services (GEMS). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of trauma registry data at a level I trauma center was conducted for patients transported by GEMS and HEMS between 2011 and 2013. Data were analyzed and categorized based on the mode of transportation. RESULTS: A total of 4,596 trauma patients were admitted to the hospital with a mean age of 31 ± 15 years...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739240/evaluation-of-situation-background-assessment-recommendation-tool-during-neonatal-and-pediatric-interfacility-transport
#17
Diane Wilson, Anuradha Kochar, Andrew Whyte-Lewis, Hilary Whyte, Kyong-Soon Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine if the implementation of Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) training improved the quality of real-life telephone communication. We evaluated interfacility neonatal and pediatric transports performed by registered nurses, respiratory therapists, and physicians (MDs). METHODS: This was a quality improvement study performed to evaluate telephone communication before and after SBAR training. Training consisted of lectures, review of audio files, and simulated role-playing...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739239/acute-coronary-syndrome-evacuated-by-a-helicopter-from-the-scene
#18
Hiromichi Ohsaka, Kazuhio Omori, Ikuto Takeuchi, Kei Jitsuiki, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Kouhei Ishikawa, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Youichi Yanagawa
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety of evacuating patients using a physician-staffed helicopter (Dr. Heli). METHODS: We retrospectively investigated all of the patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who were transported by a Dr. Heli between April 2004 and March 2016. The scene group included subjects evacuated from the scene by the Dr. Heli. The interhospital group included subjects transported to a nearby medical facility by a ground ambulance and then transported to our hospital by a Dr...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739238/characteristics-of-fixed-wing-air-ambulance-transports-in-victoria-australia
#19
Ashleigh J Delorenzo, Jeremy W Abetz, Emily Andrew, Anthony de Wit, Brett Williams, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: Air medical transport is important for the transfer of patients in the prehospital and interhospital environment. Few studies have described the services provided by fixed wing ambulances or the broader clinical profiles of patients they transport. Such information may be useful for the planning and allocation of resources, assistance with training, and refining clinical protocols. We sought to describe the characteristics of patients transported by fixed wing aircraft at Air Ambulance Victoria (AAV) and the service AAV provides in Victoria, Australia...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739237/certification-in-transport-nursing-adding-power-to-the-privilege
#20
Kristen Ponichtera
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
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