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Camilla Hardeland, Kjetil Sunde, Helge Ramsdal, Susan R Hebbert, Linda Soilammi, Fredrik Westmark, Fredrik Nordum, Andreas E Hansen, Jon E Steen-Hansen, Theresa M Olasveengen
AIM: Explore, understand and address issues that impact upon timely and adequate allocation of prehospital medical assistance and resources to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients. METHODS: Mixed-methods: design obtaining data for one year in three emergency medical communication centres (EMCC); Oslo-Akershus (OA), Vestfold-Telemark (VT) and Østfold (Ø). Data collection included quantitative data from analysis of dispatch logs, ambulance records and audio files...
October 18, 2016: Resuscitation
Nikolaj Raaber, Morten T Bøtker, Ingunn S Riddervold, Erika F Christensen, Niels-Christian Emmertsen, Thorbjørn Grøfte, Hans Kirkegaard
OBJECTIVE: We examined whether teleconsultation from ambulances to a physician at an emergency medical communication center (EMCC) would increase the proportion of patients with nonurgent conditions being treated and released on site. METHODS: This research was a before-after pilot study. In the intervention period, the EMCC was manned 24/7 with physicians experienced in emergency care. Eligible participants included all patients with nonurgent conditions receiving an ambulance after a medical emergency call...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Eirin N Ellensen, Torben Wisborg, Steinar Hunskaar, Erik Zakariassen
BACKGROUND: The Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC) operators in Norway report using the Norwegian Index for Medical Emergency Assistance (Index), a criteria-based dispatch guideline, in about 75 % of medical emergency calls. The main purpose of a dispatch guideline is to assist the operator in securing a correct response as quickly as possible. The effect of using the guideline on EMCC response interval is as yet unknown. We wanted to ascertain an objective measure of guideline adherence, and explore a possible effect on emergency medical dispatch (EMD) response interval...
October 13, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
K K Lehm, M S Andersen, I S Riddervold
OBJECTIVE: In Denmark, calls to the Danish emergency number 1-1-2 concerning medical emergencies are received by an emergency medical communication center (EMCC). At the EMCC, health care professionals (nurses, paramedics, and physicians) decide the necessary response, depending on the level of emergency as indicated by the Danish Index for Emergency Care. The index states 37 main criteria (symptoms) and five levels of emergency, descending from A (life threatening) to E (not serious)...
September 14, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Eun Jeong Yu, Noh-Hyun Park, Yong-Sang Song, Yoo-Kyung Lee
This study evaluated the clinical significance of endometrial cells in Papanicolaou test (Pap test). A retrospective study was performed from the cytological database of Seoul National University Hospital. The results of Pap tests of women aged 40 years or older between January 1998 and December 2007 were sorted. Medical records were reviewed to identify the presence of endometrial cells from cytology, and cytologic and histologic follow-ups were performed to determine the clinical significance of the lesions...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Philip O Yund, Charles E Tilburg, Michael A McCartney
Studies of population connectivity have largely focused on along-shelf, as opposed to across-shelf, processes. We hypothesized that a discontinuity in across-shelf mixing caused by the divergence of the Eastern Maine Coastal Current (EMCC) from shore acts as an ecological barrier to the supply of mussel larvae to the coast. Existing data on the relative abundance of two congeneric blue mussels, Mytilus edulis and M. trossulus, were analysed to quantify the association of M. trossulus with the colder temperature signal of the EMCC and generate larval distribution predictions...
December 2015: Royal Society Open Science
Katarina Bohm, Lisa Kurland, Sofia Bartholdson, Maaret Castrèn
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a serious condition which requires early treatment. We often fail to recognize sepsis patients in the chain of prehospital care. Knowledge of how sepsis is expressed in calls to the emergency medical communication centre (EMCC) is limited. An increased understanding could lead to earlier identification of patients with sepsis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the descriptions of sepsis used during communication between the caller and the emergency medical dispatcher (EMD)...
October 2015: International Emergency Nursing
Maaret Castrén, Lisa Kurland, Sofia Liljegard, Therese Djärv
BACKGROUND: The pre-hospital assessment non-specific complaint (NSC) often applies to patients whose diagnosis does not match any other specific assessment correlating to particular symptoms or diseases, though some previous studies have found them to be related to serious underlying conditions. The aim was to identify whether the structural factors such as urgency according to the dispatch priority of the Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC) or work load in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are predisposing factors for the assessment of NSC instead of a specific assessment...
2015: BMC Emergency Medicine
Todd Raine, Brent Thoma, Teresa M Chan, Michelle Lin
The number of online resources read by and pertinent to clinicians has increased dramatically. However, most healthcare professionals still use mainstream search engines as their primary port of entry to the resources on the Internet. These search engines use algorithms that do not make it easy to find clinician-oriented resources. FOAMSearch, a custom search engine (CSE), was developed to find relevant, high-quality online resources for emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC) clinicians. Using Google™ algorithms, it searches a vetted list of >300 blogs, podcasts, wikis, knowledge translation tools, clinical decision support tools and medical journals...
August 2015: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Xiaorong Xu, Xuanfu Xu, Yangzong Ciren, Baisui Feng, Chunhua Tao, Yujing Xia, Zhanju Liu
PURPOSE: To study the effects of 5-amino salicylic acids (5-ASAs) on the incidence rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)-associated colonic cancer (IBDACa) and colonic dysplasia (IBDADys), as well as to evaluate the chemopreventive effects of 5-ASAs on IBDACa/Dys. METHODS: Searches for officially published clinical studies on the effects of 5-ASAs on the chemoprevention of IBDACa/Dys were conducted in both foreign-language databases, including PubMed (Medline), EMCC, OVID, and the Cochrane Library, and Chinese databases, including Wanfang, Weipu (VIP), and CNKI, as well as using Google Scholar...
2015: International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Annika Berglund, Mia von Euler, Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, Maaret Castrén, Katarina Bohm
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate symptoms presented by the caller during emergency calls regarding stroke, and to assess if symptoms in the Face-Arm-Speech-Time Test (FAST) are related to identification of stroke. SETTING: Emergency calls to the Emergency Medical Communication Center (EMCC) concerning patients discharged with stroke diagnosis in a large teaching hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, in January-June 2011. PARTICIPANTS: The emergency calls of 179 patients who arrived at hospital by ambulance, and who were discharged with a stroke diagnosis and consented to participate were included in the study...
2015: BMJ Open
Brent Thoma, Jason L Sanders, Michelle Lin, Quinten S Paterson, Jordon Steeg, Teresa M Chan
INTRODUCTION: The number of educational resources created for emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC) that incorporate social media has increased dramatically. With no way to assess their impact or quality, it is challenging for educators to receive scholarly credit and for learners to identify respected resources. The Social Media index (SMi) was developed to help address this. METHODS: We used data from social media platforms (Google PageRanks, Alexa Ranks, Facebook Likes, Twitter Followers, and Google+ Followers) for EMCC blogs and podcasts to derive three normalized (ordinal, logarithmic, and raw) formulas...
March 2015: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Mikkel S Andersen, Søren Paaske Johnsen, Andreas Ernst Hansen, Eivinn Skjaerseth, Christian Muff Hansen, Jan Nørtved Sørensen, Søren Bruun Jepsen, Jesper Bjerring Hansen, Erika Frischknecht Christensen
BACKGROUND: Call taker triage of calls to the 112 emergency number, can be error prone because rapid decisions must be made based on limited information. Here we investigated the preventability and common characteristics of same-day deaths among patients who called 112 and were not assigned an ambulance with lights and sirens by the Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC). METHODS: An audit was performed by an external panel of experienced prehospital consultant anaesthesiologists...
2014: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Veronica Lindström, Kristiina Heikkilä, Katarina Bohm, Maaret Castrèn, Ann-Charlotte Falk
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have described the difficulties and the complexity of assessing an emergency call, and assessment protocols intended to support the emergency medical dispatcher's (EMD) assessment have been developed and evaluated in recent years. At present, the EMD identifies about 50-70 % of patients suffering from cardiac arrest, acute myocardial infarction or stroke. The previous research has primarily been focused on specific conditions, and it is still unclear whether there are any overall factors that may influence the assessment of the call to the emergency medical communication centre (EMCC)...
2014: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Annika Berglund, Leif Svensson, Nils Wahlgren, Mia von Euler
BACKGROUND: Prehospital identification of acute stroke increases the possibility of early treatment and good outcome. To increase identification of stroke, the Face Arm Speech Time (FAST) test was introduced in the Emergency Medical Communication Center (EMCC). This substudy aims to evaluate the implementation of the FAST test in the EMCC and the ambulance service. METHODS: The study was conducted in the region of Stockholm, Sweden during 6 months. The study population consisted of all calls to the EMCC concerning patients presenting at least one FAST symptom or a history/finding making the EMCC or ambulance personnel to suspect stroke within 6 h...
2014: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Mike Cadogan, Brent Thoma, Teresa M Chan, Michelle Lin
Disruptive technologies are revolutionising continuing professional development in emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC). Data on EMCC blogs and podcasts were gathered prospectively from 2002 through November 2013. During this time there was a rapid expansion of EMCC websites, from two blogs and one podcast in 2002 to 141 blogs and 42 podcasts in 2013. This paper illustrates the explosive growth of EMCC websites and provides a foundation that will anchor future research in this burgeoning field.
October 2014: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Eirin N Ellensen, Steinar Hunskaar, Torben Wisborg, Erik Zakariassen
BACKGROUND: The 19 Norwegian Emergency medical communication centres (EMCCs) use Norwegian Index for medical emergency assistance (Index) as dispatch guidelines. Little is known about the use of Index, nor its validity. We aimed to document the epidemiology of contacts made to the public emergency medical phone number and the operators' self-reported use of Index as a first step towards a validation study. METHODS: We registered all medical emergency calls to the EMCCs during a 72 h period in a national cross sectional study...
2014: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Fahad N Almajhdi, H Fouad, Khalil Abdelrazek Khalil, Hanem M Awad, Sahar H S Mohamed, T Elsarnagawy, Ahmed M Albarrag, Fawzi F Al-Jassir, Hany S Abdo
In the present work, a series of 0, 1 and 7 wt% silver nano-particles (Ag NPs) incorporated poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) nano-fibers were synthesized by the electrospinning process. The PLGA/Ag nano-fibers sheets were characterized using SEM, TEM and DSC analyses. The three synthesized PLGA/silver nano-fiber composites were screened for anticancer activity against liver cancer cell line using MTT and LDH assays. The anticancer activity of PLGA nano-fibers showed a remarkable improvement due to increasing the concentration of the Ag NPs...
April 2014: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Samuel Stipulante, Rebecca Tubes, Mehdi El Fassi, Anne-Francoise Donneau, Barbara Van Troyen, Gary Hartstein, Vincent D'Orio, Alexandre Ghuysen
OBJECTIVES: Early bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a key factor in improving survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The ALERT (Algorithme Liégeois d'Encadrement à la Réanimation par Téléphone) algorithm has the potential to help bystanders initiate CPR. This study evaluates the effectiveness of the implementation of this protocol in a non-Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch System area. METHODS: We designed a before and after study based on a 3-month retrospective assessment of victims of OHCA in 2009, before the implementation of the ALERT protocol in Liege emergency medical communication centre (EMCC), and the prospective evaluation of the same 3 months in 2011, immediately after the implementation...
February 2014: Resuscitation
T S El-Tayeb, A A Abdelhafez, S H Ali, E M Ramadan
This study was designed to evaluate selected chemical and microbiological treatments for the conversion of certain local agro-industrial wastes (rice straw, corn stalks, sawdust, sugar beet waste and sugarcane bagasse) to ethanol. The chemical composition of these feedstocks was determined. Conversion of wastes to free sugars by acid hydrolysis varied from one treatment to another. In single-stage dilute acid hydrolysis, increasing acid concentration from 1 % (v/v) to 5 % (v/v) decreased the conversion percentage of almost all treated agro-industrial wastes...
October 2012: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
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