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Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine

Youcef Azeli, Eneko Barbería, María Jiménez-Herrera, Gil Bonet, Eva Valero-Mora, Alfonso Lopez-Gomariz, Isaac Lucas-Guarque, Alex Guillen-Lopez, Carlos Alonso-Villaverde, Inés Landín, Pilar Torralba, Ali Jammoul, Jordi Bladé-Creixenti, Christer Axelsson, Alfredo Bardají
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are one of the leading causes of death in the industrialized world. Sudden cardiac death is very often the first manifestation of the disease and it occurs in the prehospital setting. The determination of the sudden cardiac death phenotype is challenging. It requires prospective studies in the community including multiple sources of case ascertainment that help to identify the cause and circumstances of death. The aim of the Clinical and Pathological Registry of Tarragona (ReCaPTa) is to study incidence and etiology of Sudden Cardiac Death in the Tarragona region (Catalonia, Spain)...
October 19, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Ghasem-Sam Toloo, Peter Aitken, Julia Crilly, Gerry FitzGerald
BACKGROUND: Patients attending hospital emergency departments (ED) commonly cite the urgency and severity of their condition as the main reason for choosing the ED. However, the patients' perception of urgency and severity may be different to the nurses' perception of their urgency and severity, which is underpinned by their professional experience, knowledge, training and skills. This discordance may be a cause of patient dissatisfaction. The purpose of this study is to understand the extent of agreement/disagreement between the patient's perceived priority and actual triage category and associated factors...
October 18, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Meri Kankaanpää, Maria Raitakari, Leila Muukkonen, Siv Gustafsson, Merja Heitto, Ari Palomäki, Kimmo Suojanen, Veli-Pekka Harjola
BACKGROUND: To assess whether the use of point-of-care testing (POCT) and early assessment team (EAT) model shortens emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS). METHODS: This prospective, observational study with comparison between three study periods was performed in three phases in a metropolitan ED with 57,000 annual visits. Data were collected from adult ambulatory patients who were discharged home. Phase 1 served as a control (n = 1559 in one month)...
October 18, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
A Claesson, D Fredman, L Svensson, M Ringh, J Hollenberg, P Nordberg, M Rosenqvist, T Djarv, S Österberg, J Lennartsson, Y Ban
BACKGROUND: The use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) prior to EMS arrival can increase 30-day survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) significantly. Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) can fly with high velocity and potentially transport devices such as AEDs to the site of OHCAs. The aim of this explorative study was to investigate the feasibility of a drone system in decreasing response time and delivering an AED. METHODS: Data of Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates from historical OHCA in Stockholm County was used in a model using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to find suitable placements and visualize response times for the use of an AED equipped drone...
October 12, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Rasmus Bo Hasselbalch, Louis Lind Plesner, Mia Pries-Heje, Lisbet Ravn, Morten Lind, Rasmus Greibe, Birgitte Nybo Jensen, Lars S Rasmussen, Kasper Iversen
BACKGROUND: Crowding in the emergency department (ED) is a well-known problem resulting in an increased risk of adverse outcomes. Effective triage might counteract this problem by identifying the sickest patients and ensuring early treatment. In the last two decades, systematic triage has become the standard in ED's worldwide. However, triage models are also time consuming, supported by limited evidence and could potentially be of more harm than benefit. The aim of this study is to develop a quicker triage model using data from a large cohort of unselected ED patients and evaluate if this new model is non-inferior to an existing triage model in a prospective randomized trial...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Vibe Maria Laden Nielsen, Jacob Madsen, Anette Aasen, Anne Pernille Toft-Petersen, Kenneth Lübcke, Bodil Steen Rasmussen, Erika Frischknecht Christensen
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute respiratory failure are at risk of deterioration during prehospital transport. Ventilatory support with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be initiated in the prehospital setting. The objective of the study is to evaluate adherence to treatment and effectiveness of CPAP as an addition to standard care. METHODS: In North Denmark Region, patients with acute respiratory failure, whom paramedics assessed as suffering from acute cardiopulmonary oedema, acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma were treated with CPAP using 100 % O2 from 1 March 2014 to 3 May 2015...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Nils Kunze-Szikszay, Lennart A Krack, Pauline Wildenauer, Saskia Wand, Tim Heyne, Karoline Walliser, Christopher Spering, Martin Bauer, Michael Quintel, Markus Roessler
BACKGROUND: Hyperfibrinolysis (HF) is a major contributor to coagulopathy and mortality in trauma patients. This study investigated (i) the rate of HF during the pre-hospital management of patients with multiple injuries and (ii) the effects of pre-hospital tranexamic acid (TxA) administration on the coagulation system. METHODS: From 27 trauma patients with pre-hospital an estimated injury severity score (ISS) ≥16 points blood was obtained at the scene and on admission to the emergency department (ED)...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Henry D De'Ath, Kathryn Oakland, Karim Brohi
BACKGROUND: Arterial calcification on Computerised Tomography (CT) is a marker of cardiovascular disease. It is predictive of future adverse cardiac events and mortality in many disease states. The incidence of arterial disease and its impact on outcomes of the injured is not known. The objectives of this study were to describe the incidence of arterial calcification in trauma patients, and establish its impact on mortality. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of all injured patients aged over 45 years presenting to a major trauma centre over a 34-month period...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Tomer Simon, Avishay Goldberg, Bruria Adini
The widespread utilization of social media in recent terror attacks in major European cities should raise a "red flag" for the emergency medical response teams. The question arises as to the impact of social media during terror events on the healthcare system. Information was published well before any emergency authority received a distress call or was requested to respond. Photos published at early stages of the attacks, through social media were uncensored, presenting identifiable pictures of victims. Technological advancements of recent years decrease and remove barriers that enable the public to use them as they see fit...
October 4, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Rafael Ekmejian, Pooria Sarrami, Justine M Naylor, Ian A Harris
BACKGROUND: Motorcyclists are a vulnerable road-user population who are overrepresented in traffic injuries. Utilisation of back protectors may be an effective preventive measure for spine injuries in motorcyclists. Since use of back protectors is increasing it is important that clinical evidence supports their use. The study aimed to investigate the current evidence on the ability of back protectors to reduce the rate of back injuries and patient mortality in motorcycle crashes. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using various electronic databases...
October 4, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Jin Young Lee, Tae Hwa Hong, Kyung Won Lee, Myung Jae Jung, Jae Gil Lee, Seung Hwan Lee
BACKGROUND: Chloride is important for maintaining acid-base balance, muscular activity, osmosis and immunomodulation. In patients with major trauma, chloride levels increase after fluid therapy; this is associated with poor clinical outcomes. The purpose of this study was to determine whether hyperchloremia was associated with increased mortality in patients who had sustained major trauma. METHODS: This study enrolled 266 major trauma patients by retrospective chart review, from January 2011 to December 2015...
October 4, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Matthew P Rowan, Darrick J Beckman, Julie A Rizzo, Claire L Isbell, Christopher E White, Stephen M Cohn, Kevin K Chung
BACKGROUND: Burn and trauma patients present a clinical challenge due to metabolic derangements and hypermetabolism that result in a prolonged catabolic state with impaired healing and secondary complications, including ventilator dependence. Previous work has shown that circulating levels of growth hormone (GH) are predictive of mortality in critically ill adults, but few studies have examined the prognostic potential of GH levels in adult trauma patients. METHODS: To investigate the utility of GH and other endocrine responses in the prediction of outcomes, we conducted a prospective, observational study of adult burn and trauma patients...
October 4, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Felix Patricius Hans, Claudia Johanna Maria Hoeren, Phillipp Kellmeyer, Lisa Hohloch, Hans-Jörg Busch, Jörg Bayer
BACKGROUND: The incidence of overweight and obesity has been steadily on the rise and has reached epidemic proportions in various countries and this represents a well-known major health problem. Nevertheless, current guidelines for resuscitation do not include special sequences of action in this subset of patients. The aim of this letter is to bring this controversy into focus and to suggest alterations of the known standard cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the obese. CASE PRESENTATION: An obese patient weighing 272 kg fell to the floor, afterwards being unable to get up again...
October 4, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Precilla V Veigas, Jeannie Callum, Sandro Rizoli, Bartolomeu Nascimento, Luis Teodoro da Luz
INTRODUCTION: Viscoelastic assays have been promoted as an improvement over traditional coagulation tests in the management of trauma patients. Rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM®) has been used to diagnose coagulopathy and guide hemostatic therapy in trauma. This systematic review of clinical studies in trauma investigates the ROTEM® parameters thresholds used for the diagnosing coagulopathy, predicting and guiding transfusion and predicting mortality. METHODS: Systematic literature search was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane databases...
October 3, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Anne Maree Kelly, Anna Holdgate, Gerben Keijzers, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Peter Jones, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine epidemiology and outcome for patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with shortness of breath who were transported by ambulance. METHODS: This was a planned sub-study of a prospective, interrupted time series cohort study conducted at three time points in 2014 and which included consecutive adult patients presenting to the ED with dyspnoea as a main symptom. For this sub-study, additional inclusion criteria were presentation to an ED in Australia or New Zealand and transport by ambulance...
September 22, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Tahar Chouihed, Stéphane Manzo-Silberman, Nicolas Peschanski, Sandrine Charpentier, Meyer Elbaz, Dominique Savary, Eric Bonnefoy-Cudraz, Said Laribi, Patrick Henry, Nicolas Girerd, Faiez Zannad, Carlos El Khoury
BACKGROUND: An appropriate diagnostic process is crucial for managing patients with acute heart failure (AHF) in emergency department (ED). Our study aims to describe the characteristics and therapeutic management of patients admitted to the ED for dyspnea suspected to have AHF, their in-hospital pathway of care and their in-hospital outcome. METHODS: Consecutive patients admitted in 26 French ED for dyspnea suspected to be the consequence of AHF, prior to in hospital diagnostic test, were prospectively included at the time of their admission in the DeFSSICA Survey...
September 17, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Peter Paal, Les Gordon, Giacomo Strapazzon, Monika Brodmann Maeder, Gabriel Putzer, Beat Walpoth, Michael Wanscher, Doug Brown, Michael Holzer, Gregor Broessner, Hermann Brugger
BACKGROUND: This paper provides an up-to-date review of the management and outcome of accidental hypothermia patients with and without cardiac arrest. METHODS: The authors reviewed the relevant literature in their specialist field. Summaries were merged, discussed and approved to produce this narrative review. RESULTS: The hospital use of minimally-invasive rewarming for non-arrested, otherwise healthy, patients with primary hypothermia and stable vital signs has the potential to substantially decrease morbidity and mortality for these patients...
September 15, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Peyman Bakhshayesh, Tarek Boutefnouchet, Anna Tötterman
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic fractures might carry a significant risk of bleeding. A wide variety of pelvic binders together with pelvic sheets are available and offer an adjunct to the initial management of poly-trauma patients with pelvic injuries. These devices are collectively referred to as pelvic circumferential compression devices (PCCDs). The aim of this study was to review the literature for evidence pertinent to the efficacy and safety of PCCDs. METHODS: Using the PRISMA guidelines a systematic search on PubMed, Web of Science, CINAHL, Embase and Scopus was carried out...
May 18, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Christoph J Schlimp, Martin Ponschab, Wolfgang Voelckel, Benjamin Treichl, Marc Maegele, Herbert Schöchl
BACKGROUND: Fibrinogen concentrate (FC) is increasingly used as first line therapy in bleeding trauma patients. It remains unproven whether FC application increases post-traumatic plasma fibrinogen concentration (FIB) in injured patients, possibly constituting a prothrombotic risk. Thus, we investigated the evolution of FIB following trauma in patients with or without FC therapy. METHODS: At the AUVA Trauma Centre, Salzburg, we performed a retrospective study of patients admitted to the emergency room and whose FIB levels were documented thereafter up to day 7 post-trauma...
March 12, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Li-bing Jiang, Mao Zhang, Shou-yin Jiang, Yue-feng Ma
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to explore whether early goal-directed therapy (EGDT) was associated with a lower mortality rate in comparison to usual care in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane library and a Chinese database (SinoMed) were searched systematically to identify randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing standard EGDT with usual care in resuscitation of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock and the search time could date back to the publication of the study by Rivers in 2001...
March 5, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
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