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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611887/derivation-and-validation-of-the-prehospital-difficult-airway-identificationtool-predait-a-predictive-model-for-difficult-intubation
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Jestin N Carlson, David Hostler, Francis X Guyette, Mark Pinchalk, Christian Martin-Gill
INTRODUCTION: Endotracheal intubation (ETI) in the prehospital setting poses unique challenges where multiple ETI attempts are associated with adverse patient outcomes. Early identification of difficult ETI cases will allow providers to tailor airway-management efforts to minimize complications associated with ETI. We sought to derive and validate a prehospital difficult airway identification tool based on predictors of difficult ETI in other settings. METHODS: We prospectively collected patient and airway data on all airway attempts from 16 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ground emergency medical services (EMS) agencies from January 2011 to October 2014...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463098/when-is-a-cardiac-arrest-non-cardiac
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460858/analysis-of-out-of-hospital-pediatric-intubation-by%C3%A2-an-australian-helicopter-emergency-medical%C3%A2-service
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Brian J Burns, Joanna B Watterson, Sandra Ware, Luke Regan, Cliff Reid
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examine first-look success in emergency pediatric intubation by a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (EMS). METHODS: A database analysis of all pediatric (<16 years) intubations during a 64-month period was undertaken, using data from a prospectively enrolled electronic airway registry form. Recorded findings included patient demographics, operator background, airway intervention including intubation attempts, complications, and critical timings...
April 28, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441963/in-hospital-airway-management-training-for-non-anesthesiologist-ems-physicians-a-descriptive-quality-control-study
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Helmut Trimmel, Christoph Beywinkler, Sonja Hornung, Janett Kreutziger, Wolfgang G Voelckel
BACKGROUND: Pre-hospital airway management is a major challenge for emergency medical service (EMS) personnel. Despite convincing evidence that the rescuer's qualifications determine efficacy of tracheal intubation, in-hospital airway management training is not mandatory in Austria, and often neglected. Thus we sought to prove that airway management competence of EMS physicians can be established and maintained by a tailored training program. METHODS: In this descriptive quality control study we retrospectively evaluated all in- and pre-hospital airway cases managed by EMS physicians who underwent a structured in-hospital training program in anesthesia at General Hospital Wiener Neustadt...
April 26, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363752/are-prehospital-deaths-from-trauma-and-accidental-injury-preventable-a-direct-historical-comparison-to-assess-what-has-changed-in-two-decades
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G J Oliver, D P Walter, A D Redmond
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: In 1994, Hussain and Redmond revealed that up to 39% of prehospital deaths from accidental injury might have been preventable had basic first aid care been given. Since then there have been significant advances in trauma systems and care. The exclusion of prehospital deaths from the analysis of trauma registries, giv en the high rate of those, is a major limitation in prehospital research on preventable death. We have repeated the 1994 study to identify any changes over the years and potential developments to improve patient outcomes...
May 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270170/effect-and-accuracy-of-emergency-dispatch-telephone-guidance-to-bystanders-in-trauma-post-hoc-analysis-of-a-prospective-observational-study
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Håkon Kvåle Bakke, Tine Steinvik, Håkon Ruud, Torben Wisborg
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical communication centres (EMCCs) dispatch and allocate ambulance resources, and provide first-aid guidance to on-scene bystanders. We aimed to 1) evaluate whether dispatcher guidance improved bystander first aid in trauma, and 2) to evaluate whether dispatchers and on-scene emergency medical services (EMS) crews identified the same first aid measures as indicated. METHODS: For 18 months, the crew on the first EMS crew responding to trauma calls used a standard form to assess bystander first aid...
March 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051284/analysis-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-croatia-survival-bystander-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-and-impact-of-physician-s-experience-on-cardiac-arrest-management-a-single-center-observational-study
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Anita Lukić, Ileana Lulić, Dinka Lulić, Zoran Ognjanović, Davorin Cerovečki, Siniša Telebar, Ivica Mašić
AIM: To analyze the initial rhythm, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) rate, and survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in Varaľdin County (Croatia), and to investigate whether physician's inexperience in emergency medical services (EMS) has an impact on resuscitation management. METHODS: We reviewed clinical records and Revised Utstein cardiac arrest forms of all out-of-hospital resuscitations performed by EMS Varaľdin (EMSVz), Croatia, from 2007-2013...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998633/limitations-in-prehospital-communication-between-trauma-helicopter-ambulance-services-and-dispatch-centers
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Annelieke Maria Karien Harmsen, Georgios Giannakopoulos, Gaby Franschman, Herman Christiaans, Frank Bloemers
BACKGROUND: Prehospital communication with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is carried out in hectic situations. Proper communication among all medical personal is required to enhance collaboration, to provide the best care and enable shared situational awareness. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article was to give insight into current Dutch prehospital emergency care communication among all EMS and evaluate the usage of a new physician staffed helicopter EMS (P-HEMS) cancellation model...
April 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894559/helicopter-transport-in-regionalized-burn-care-one-program-s-perspective
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Benjamin Nicholson, Harinder Dhindsa
BACKGROUND: The decision to use helicopter EMS (HEMS) for the transport of burn patients is a complex decision. This analysis sought to evaluate burn patients flown to burn centers who met predetermined criteria for patients who likely benefit from HEMS care. METHODS: A retrospective transport chart review of all burn transports covering the preceding nine and a half years was conducted to evaluate for HEMS appropriate criteria defined as patients requiring advanced airway management, ventilator support, facial burns, inhalation injury, circumferential burns, electrical or chemical burn, or major burns...
November 2016: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836871/patient-safety-events-in-out-of-hospital-paediatric-airway-management-a-medical-record-review-by-the-csi-ems
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Matthew Hansen, Garth Meckler, William Lambert, Caitlin Dickinson, Kathryn Dickinson, Joshua Van Otterloo, Jeanne-Marie Guise
OBJECTIVE: To describe the frequency and characterise the nature of patient safety events in paediatric out-of-hospital airway management. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional medical record review of all 'lights and sirens' emergency medicine services transports from 2008 to 2011 in patients <18 years of age in the Portland Oregon metropolitan area. A chart review tool (see online supplementary appendix) was adapted from landmark patient safety studies and revised after pilot testing...
November 11, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697605/design-and-implementation-of-the-airways-2-trial-a-multi-centre-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-of-the-clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-of-the-i-gel-supraglottic-airway-device-versus-tracheal-intubation-in-the-initial-airway-management-of-out-of-hospital
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Jodi Taylor, Sarah Black, Stephen J Brett, Kim Kirby, Jerry P Nolan, Barnaby C Reeves, Maria Robinson, Chris A Rogers, Lauren J Scott, Adrian South, Elizabeth A Stokes, Matthew Thomas, Sarah Voss, Sarah Wordsworth, Jonathan R Benger
Health outcomes after out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are extremely poor, with only 7-9% of patients in the United Kingdom (UK) surviving to hospital discharge. Currently emergency medical services (EMS) use either tracheal intubation or newer supraglottic airway devices (SGAs) to provide advanced airway management during OHCA. Equipoise between the two techniques has led to calls for a well-designed randomised controlled trial. The primary objective of the AIRWAYS-2 trial is to assess whether the clinical effectiveness of the i-gel, a second-generation SGA, is superior to tracheal intubation in the initial airway management of OHCA patients in the UK...
December 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27690714/can-ems-providers-provide-appropriate-tidal-volumes-in-a-simulated-adult-sized-patient-with-a-pediatric-sized-bag-valve-mask
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Jeffrey Siegler, Melissa Kroll, Susan Wojcik, Hawnwan Philip Moy
INTRODUCTION: In the prehospital setting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals rely on providing positive pressure ventilation with a bag-valve-mask (BVM). Multiple emergency medicine and critical care studies have shown that lung-protective ventilation protocols reduce morbidity and mortality. Our primary objective was to determine if a group of EMS professionals could provide ventilations with a smaller BVM that would be sufficient to ventilate patients. Secondary objectives included 1) if the pediatric bag provided volumes similar to lung-protective ventilation in the hospital setting and 2) compare volumes provided to the patient depending on the type of airway (mask, King tube, and intubation)...
January 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27640725/emergency-medical-services-utilization-in-ems-priority-conditions-in-beirut-lebanon
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Mazen El Sayed, Hani Tamim, Ahel Al-Hajj Chehadeh, Amin A Kazzi
BACKGROUND: Early activation and use of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are associated with improved patient outcomes in EMS priority conditions in developed EMS systems. This study describes patterns of EMS use and identifies predictors of EMS utilization in EMS priority conditions in Lebanon METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of a random sample of adult patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary care center in Beirut with the following EMS priority conditions: chest pain, major trauma, respiratory distress, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and airway obstruction...
December 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630031/continuous-quality-improvement-efforts-increase-survival-with-favorable-neurologic-outcome-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Karl Sporer, Michael Jacobs, Leo Derevin, Sue Duval, James Pointer
OBJECTIVE: To assess system-wide implementation of specific therapies focused on perfusion during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and cerebral recovery after Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC). METHODS: Before and after retrospective analysis of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest database. Implementation trial in the urban/suburban community of Alameda County, California, USA, population 1.6 million, from November 2009-December 2012. Adult patients with non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) who received CPR and/or defibrillation...
September 14, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27559978/safety-and-feasibility-of-the-rhinochill-immediate-transnasal-evaporative-cooling-device-during-out-of-hospital-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-single-center-observational-study
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Marie-Sophie Grave, Fritz Sterz, Alexander Nürnberger, Stergios Fykatas, Mathias Gatterbauer, Albert Friedrich Stättermayer, Andreas Zajicek, Reinhard Malzer, Dieter Sebald, Raphael van Tulder
We investigated feasibility and safety of the RhinoChill (RC) transnasal cooling system initiated before achieving a protected airway during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a prehospital setting.In out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), transnasal evaporative cooling was initiated during CPR, before a protected airway was established and continued until either the patient was declared dead, standard institutional systemic cooling methods were implemented or cooling supply was empty. Patients were monitored throughout the hypothermia period until either death or hospital discharge...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27517801/prehospital-ketamine-is-a-safe-and-effective-treatment-for-excited-delirium-in-a-community-hospital-based-ems-system
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Thomas R Scaggs, David M Glass, Megan Gleason Hutchcraft, William B Weir
Excited delirium syndrome (ExDS) is defined by marked agitation and confusion with sympathomimetic surge and incessant physical struggle, despite futility, which may lead to profound pathophysiologic changes and sudden death. Severe metabolic derangements, including lactic acidosis, rhabdomyolysis, and hyperthermia, occur. The pathophysiology of excited delirium is a subject of ongoing basic science and clinical research. Positive associations with ExDS include male gender, mental health disorders, and substance abuse (especially sympathomimetics)...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27509064/simulation-based-randomized-comparative-assessment-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-resuscitation-bundle-completion-by-emergency-medical-service-teams-using-standard-life-support-or-an-experimental-automation-assisted-approach
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Bryan Choi, Nicholas Asselin, Catherine C Pettit, Max Dannecker, Jason T Machan, Derek L Merck, Lisa H Merck, Selim Suner, Kenneth A Williams, Gregory D Jay, Leo Kobayashi
INTRODUCTION: Effective resuscitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients is challenging. Alternative resuscitative approaches using electromechanical adjuncts may improve provider performance. Investigators applied simulation to study the effect of an experimental automation-assisted, goal-directed OHCA management protocol on EMS providers' resuscitation performance relative to standard protocols and equipment. METHODS: Two-provider (emergency medical technicians (EMT)-B and EMT-I/C/P) teams were randomized to control or experimental group...
December 2016: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27492275/emergency-medical-service-providers-perspectives-towards-management-of-the-morbidly-obese
#18
John J Cienki
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States with increasing burden to the health care system. Management and transport of the morbidly obese (MO) pose challenges for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. Though equipment and resources are being directed to the transport of the obese, little research exists to guide these efforts. To address this, the author of this study sought to assess EMS providers' perspectives on the challenges of caring for MO patients. METHODS: An anonymous, web-based survey was distributed to all active providers of prehospital transport of a large, urban, fire-based EMS system to evaluate the challenges of MO patients...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27452490/briefer-activation-time-is-associated-with-better-outcomes-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Graham Nichol, Leonard A Cobb, Lihua Yin, Charles Maynard, Michele Olsufka, Jonathan Larsen, Andrew M McCoy, Michael R Sayre
BACKGROUND: Treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) requires prompt intervention. Better outcomes are associated with briefer time from dispatch of emergency medical services (EMS) providers to arrival on scene, application of a defibrillator or insertion of an advanced airway. We assessed whether time from receipt of a call by a telecommunicator to dispatch of EMS providers was associated with outcomes. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of a prospective cohort study of persons who had OHCA treated by EMS providers in Seattle, WA...
October 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27427498/fdny-and-9-11-clinical-services-and-health-outcomes-in-world-trade-center-exposed-firefighters-and-ems-workers-from-2001-to-2016
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REVIEW
Jennifer Yip, Mayris P Webber, Rachel Zeig-Owens, Madeline Vossbrinck, Ankura Singh, Kerry Kelly, David J Prezant
BACKGROUND: After the World Trade Center (WTC) attacks on September 11, 2001, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) instituted a WTC medical monitoring and treatment program and established a data center to document health outcomes in the WTC-exposed workforce of ∼16,000 firefighters and EMS workers. METHODS: FDNY schedules routine monitoring exams every 12-18 months and physical and mental health treatment appointments, as required. RESULTS: FDNY research studies have consistently found that early arrival to work and/or prolonged work at the WTC-site increased the risks for adverse physical and mental health outcomes...
September 2016: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
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