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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910212/feasibility-of-paramedic-performed-prehospital-lung-ultrasound-in-medical-patients-with-respiratory-distress
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Torben K Becker, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette, Christopher Schott
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital ultrasound is not yet widely implemented. Most studies report on convenience samples and trauma patients, often by prehospital physicians or critical care clinicians. We assessed the feasibility of paramedic performed prehospital lung ultrasound in medical patients with respiratory distress. METHODS: Paramedics at 2 ambulance stations in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA underwent a 2-hour training session in prehospital lung ultrasound using the SonoSite iViz, a handheld ultrasound device...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910207/challenges-of-using-probabilistic-linkage-methodology-to-characterize-post-cardiac-arrest-care-in-michigan
#2
Robert Swor, Lihua Qu, Kevin Putman, Kelly N Sawyer, Robert Domeier, Jennifer Fowler, William Fales
BACKGROUND: To improve survival of patients resuscitated from out of hospital cardiac arrest (OCHA), data is needed to assess and improve inpatient post-resuscitation care. Our objective was to apply probabilistic linkage methodology to link EMS and inpatient databases and evaluate whether it may be used to describe post-arrest care in Michigan. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study to describe post-cardiac arrest care in adult OHCA patients who were transported to Michigan hospitals from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2013...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910187/sternal-route-more-effective-than-tibial-route-for-intraosseous-amiodarone-administration-in-a-swine-model-of-ventricular-fibrillation
#3
James M Burgert, Andre Martinez, Mara O'Sullivan, Dawn Blouin, Audrey Long, Arthur D Johnson
OBJECTIVE: The pharmacokinetics of IO administered lipid soluble amiodarone during ventricular fibrillation (VF) with ongoing CPR are unknown. This study measured mean plasma concentration over 5 minutes, maximum plasma concentration (Cmax), and time to maximum concentration (Tmax) of amiodarone administered by the sternal IO (SIO), tibial IO (TIO), and IV routes in a swine model of VF with ongoing CPR. METHODS: Twenty-one Yorkshire-cross swine were randomly assigned to three groups: SIO, TIO, and IV...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862480/national-characteristics-of-emergency-medical-services-responses-for-older-adults-in-the-united-states
#4
Hieu V Duong, Lauren Nicholas Herrera, Justin Xavier Moore, John Donnelly, Karen E Jacobson, Jestin N Carlson, N Clay Mann, Henry E Wang
OBJECTIVE: Older adults, those aged 65 and older, frequently require emergency care. However, only limited national data describe the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care provided to older adults. We sought to determine the characteristics of EMS care provided to older adults in the United States. METHODS: We used data from the 2014 National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS), encompassing EMS response data from 46 States and territories. We excluded EMS responses for children <18 years, interfacility transports, intercepts, non-emergency medical transports, and standby responses...
September 1, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857647/ems-dispatches-during-hurricanes-irene-and-sandy-in-new-jersey
#5
Joshua Bucher, Jonathan McCoy, Colleen Donovan, Snehal Patel, Pamela Ohman-Strickland, Asa Dewan
BACKGROUND: Hurricanes Irene and Sandy heavily impacted New Jersey. Investigating EMS dispatch trends during these storms may allow us to prepare for future disasters. OBJECTIVES: Our objectives to characterize the types of EMS dispatches immediately before, during, and after landfall compared to a control period. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted at a large EMS dispatch center that provides first responders, Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Life Support (ALS), and critical care transport services to an area with approximately 20 receiving hospitals including a Level I Trauma Center...
August 31, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857641/safety-events-in-high-risk-prehospital-neonatal-calls
#6
Rebecca Duby, Matt Hansen, Garth Meckler, Barbara Skarica, William Lambert, Jeanne-Marie Guise
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to quantify and characterize patient safety events during high-risk neonatal transports in the prehospital setting. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all "lights and sirens" ambulance transports of neonates ≤30 days old over a four-year period in a metropolitan area. Each case was independently reviewed for potential patient safety events that may have occurred in clinical assessment and decision making, resuscitation, airway management, fluid or medication administration, procedures performed, and/or equipment used...
August 31, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841360/prehospital-end-tidal-carbon-dioxide-predicts-mortality-in-trauma-patients
#7
Kelsey Childress, Kelly Arnold, Christopher Hunter, George Ralls, Linda Papa, Salvatore Silvestri
BACKGROUND: End-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) measurement has been shown to have prognostic value in acute trauma. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the association of prehospital EtCO2 and in-hospital mortality in trauma patients and to assess its prognostic value when compared to traditional vital signs. METHODS: Retrospective, cross-sectional study of patients transported by a single EMS agency to a level one trauma center. We evaluated initial out-of-hospital vital signs documented by EMS personnel including EtCO2, respiratory rate (RR), systolic BP (SBP), diastolic BP (DBP), pulse (P), and oxygen saturation (O2) and hospital data...
August 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841102/association-of-burnout-with-workforce-reducing-factors-among-ems-professionals
#8
Remle P Crowe, Julie K Bower, Rebecca E Cash, Ashish R Panchal, Severo A Rodriguez, Susan E Olivo-Marston
OBJECTIVES: Emergency medical services (EMS) professionals often work long hours at multiple jobs and endure frequent exposure to traumatic events. The stressors inherent to the prehospital setting may increase the likelihood of experiencing burnout and lead providers to exit the profession, representing a serious workforce and public health concern. Our objectives were to estimate the prevalence of burnout, identify characteristics associated with experiencing burnout, and quantify its relationship with factors that negatively impact EMS workforce stability, namely sickness absence and turnover intentions...
August 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841085/observational-multicenter-study-of-a-direct-to-ct-protocol-for-ems-transported-patients-with-suspected-stroke
#9
David C Cone, Craig Cooley, Jeffrey Ferguson, Andrew J Harrell, Jeffrey H Luk, Christian Martin-Gill, Sean W Marquis, Scott Pasichow
OBJECTIVE: In an effort to decrease door-to-needle times for patients with acute ischemic stroke, some hospitals have begun taking stable EMS patients with suspected stroke directly from the ambulance to the CT scanner, then to an emergency department (ED) bed for evaluation. Minimal data exist regarding the potential for time savings with such a protocol. The study hypothesis was that a direct-to-CT protocol would be associated with decreases in both door-to-CT-ordered and door-to-needle times...
August 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841080/gains-of-continuing-resuscitation-in-refractory-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-model-based-analysis-to-identify-deaths-due-to-intra-arrest-prognostication
#10
Brian Grunau, Joseph Puyat, Hubert Wong, Frank X Scheuermeyer, Joshua C Reynolds, Takahisa Kawano, Joel Singer, William Dick, James Christenson
OBJECTIVE: Prognostication bias, in which a clinician predicts a negative outcome and terminates resuscitation (TR) thereby ensuring a poor outcome, is a rarely identified limitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) research. We sought to estimate the number of deaths due to intra-arrest prognostication in a cohort of OHCA's, and use this data to estimate the incremental benefit of continuing resuscitation. METHODS: This study examined a cohort of consecutive non-traumatic EMS-treated OHCAs from a provincial ambulance service, between 2007 and 2011 inclusive...
August 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829661/multicenter-prospective-study-of-prehospital-administration-of-analgesia-in-the-u-s-combat-theater-of-afghanistan
#11
Steven G Schauer, Alejandra G Mora, Joseph K Maddry, Vikhyat S Bebarta
BACKGROUND: Published data on prehospital medical care in combat is limited, likely due to the chaotic and unpredictable nature of care under fire and difficulty in documentation There is limited data on how often analgesic agents are administered, which drug are being used, and whether there is an association with injury patterns. METHODS: This study was a prospective, multicenter, observational study to determine which analgesic agents are being used prehospital and whether there is an association with injury patterns...
August 22, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829652/pediatric-prehospital-refusal-of-medical-assistance-association-with-suspected-abuse-or-neglect
#12
Felicia Mix, Lucas A Myers, Anuradha Luke, Matthew D Sztajnkrycer
INTRODUCTION: Unlike adult refusal of medical assistance (RMA), pediatric refusal is not initiated by the patient. This lack of autonomy may permit neglect by the guardian through denial of necessary treatment. The purpose of the current study was to determine whether pediatric RMA was associated with suspected abuse or neglect (SAN). METHODS: This was a retrospective single EMS agency cross-sectional analysis of calls between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2015 for patients <18 years of age resulting in RMA...
August 22, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829649/paramedic-students-knowledge-attitudes-and-preparedness-to-manage-intimate-partner-violence-patients
#13
Simon Sawyer, Jan Coles, Angela Williams, Peter Lucas, Brett Williams
BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) refers to abuse transpiring between people in an intimate relationship. Intimate partner violence is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for women that paramedics frequently report encountering and yet paramedics rarely receive formal education or training to manage. The response of paramedics to IPV is likely to be directed by their individual knowledge, attitudes, and preparedness; all of which are currently unknown. This study aimed to measure paramedic students' knowledge, attitudes, and preparedness to manage IPV patients, and provides baseline data to inform the development of contemporary curricula...
August 22, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792295/medical-care-at-a-large-vertical-running-event
#14
Christopher J Nash, Christopher T Richards, Gina Schwieger, Sanjeev Malik, George T Chiampas
OBJECTIVE: Vertical running events, during which participants race up the stairwells of skyscrapers, are becoming increasingly popular. Such events have unique and specific operational and clinical considerations for event medical directors, but descriptions of the medical care provided at these events are lacking. We sought to perform a descriptive analysis of the medical care delivered at a single, large vertical running event. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of medical encounters at a large vertical running event from 2011-2017 was performed...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792281/pan-asian-trauma-outcomes-study-patos-rationale-and-methodology-of-an-international-and-multicenter-trauma-registry
#15
So Yeon Kong, Sang Do Shin, Hideharu Tanaka, Akio Kimura, Kyoung Jun Song, Goh E Shaun, Wen-Chu Chiang, Kentaro Kajino, Sabariah Faizah Jamaluddin, Dae Han Wi, Ju Ok Park, Sung Woo Moon, Young Sun Ro, David C Cone, James F Holmes
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a major health burden and a time-dependent critical emergency condition among developing and developed countries. In Asia, trauma has become a rapidly expanding epidemic and has spread out to many underdeveloped and developing countries through rapid urbanization and industrialization. Most casualties of severe trauma, which results in significant mortality and disability are assessed and transported by prehospital providers including physicians, professional providers, and volunteer providers...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792258/utilization-of-intravenous-catheters-by-prehospital-providers-during-pediatric-transports
#16
Timothy VanderKooy, Kelsey Spaur, Lina Brou, Sean Caffrey, Kathleen M Adelgais
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital intravenous (IV) access in children may be difficult and time-consuming. Emergency Medical Service (EMS) protocols often dictate IV placement; however, some IV catheters may not be needed. The scene and transport time associated with attempting IV access in children is unknown. The objective of this study is to examine differences in scene and transport times associated with prehospital IV catheter attempt and utilization patterns of these catheters during pediatric prehospital encounters...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792256/triage-of-septic-patients-using-qsofa-criteria-at-the-samu-regulation-a-retrospective-analysis
#17
R Jouffroy, A Saade, A Carpentier, S Ellouze, P Philippe, R Idialisoa, P Carli, B Vivien
PURPOSE: One of the major prognostic factors in the management of sepsis is the early initiation of appropriate treatment. To serve this purpose, early identification and triage of patients are crucial steps, which are still not optimal. The objective of this study was to determine whether the quick Sequential (Sepsis-related) Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) score is an accurate method for prehospital triaging of septic patients. We evaluated whether the use of qSOFA criteria collected by the Service Mobile d'Urgence et de Réanimation 15 (SAMU 15) regulation call center during prehospital care would facilitate appropriate intensive care unit (ICU) admission of patients with septic syndromes...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686547/incidence-of-naloxone-redosing-in-the-age-of-the-new-opioid-epidemic
#18
Ronald Klebacher, Matthew I Harris, Navin Ariyaprakai, Ammundeep Tagore, Vince Robbins, Larissa Sophia Dudley, Robert Bauter, Susmith Koneru, Ryan D Hill, Eric Wasserman, Andrew Shanes, Mark A Merlin
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Naloxone, an opioid-antagonist deliverable by an intra-nasal route, has become widely available and utilized by law enforcement officers as well as basic life support (BLS) providers in the prehospital setting. This study aimed to determine the frequency of repeat naloxone dosing in suspected narcotic overdose (OD) patients and identify patient characteristics. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of patients over 17 years of age with suspected opioid overdose, treated with an initial intranasal (IN) dose of naloxone and subsequently managed by paramedics, was performed from April 2014 to June 2016...
July 7, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661784/identifying-key-words-in-9-1-1-calls-for-stroke-a-mixed-methods-approach
#19
Christopher T Richards, Baiyang Wang, Eddie Markul, Frank Albarran, Doreen Rottman, Neelum T Aggarwal, Patricia Lindeman, Leslee Stein-Spencer, Joseph M Weber, Kenneth S Pearlman, Katie L Tataris, Jane L Holl, Diego Klabjan, Shyam Prabhakaran
OBJECTIVES: Identifying stroke during a 9-1-1 call is critical to timely prehospital care. However, emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) recognize stroke in less than half of 9-1-1 calls, potentially due to the words used by callers to communicate stroke signs and symptoms. We hypothesized that callers do not typically use words and phrases considered to be classical descriptors of stroke, such as focal neurologic deficits, but that a mixed-methods approach can identify words and phrases commonly used by 9-1-1 callers to describe acute stroke victims...
June 29, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661715/patient-characteristics-and-temporal-trends-in-police-transport-of-blunt-trauma-patients-a-multicenter-retrospective-cohort-study
#20
Elinore J Kaufman, Sara F Jacoby, Catherine E Sharoky, Brendan G Carr, M Kit Delgado, Patrick M Reilly, Daniel N Holena
BACKGROUND: Police transport (PT) of penetrating trauma patients has the potential to decrease prehospital times for patients with life-threatening hemorrhage and is part of official policy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We hypothesized that rates of PT of bluntly injured patients have increased over the past decade. METHODS: We used Pennsylvania Trauma Outcomes Study registry data from 2006-15 to identify bluntly injured adult patients transported to all 8 trauma centers in Philadelphia...
June 29, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
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