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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208018/noise-exposure-during-prehospital-emergency-physicians-work-on-mobile-emergency-care-units-and-helicopter-emergency-medical-services
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Mads Christian Tofte Hansen, Jesper Hvass Schmidt, Anne C Brøchner, Jakob Kjersgaard Johansen, Stine Zwisler, Søren Mikkelsen
BACKGROUND: Prehospital personnel are at risk of occupational hearing loss due to high noise exposure. The aim of the study was to establish an overview of noise exposure during emergency responses in Mobile Emergency Care Units (MECU), ambulances and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). A second objective was to identify any occupational hearing loss amongst prehospital personnel. METHODS: Noise exposure during work in the MECU and HEMS was measured using miniature microphones worn laterally to the auditory canals or within the earmuffs of the helmet...
December 6, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206624/use-of-highways-in-the-sky-and-a-virtual-pad-for-landing-head-up-display-symbology-to-enable-improved-helicopter-pilots-situation-awareness-and-workload-in-degraded-visual-conditions
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Neville A Stanton, Katherine L Plant, Aaron P Roberts, Craig K Allison
Flight within degraded visual conditions is a great challenge to pilots of rotary-wing craft. Environmental cues typically used to guide interpretation of speed, location and approach can become obscured, forcing the pilots to rely on data available from in-cockpit instrumentation. To ease the task of flight during degraded visual conditions, pilots require easy access to flight critical information. The current study examined the effect of "Highways in the Sky" symbology and a conformal virtual pad for landing presented using a Head Up Display (HUD) on pilots' workload and situation awareness for both clear and degraded conditions across a series of simulated rotary-wing approach and landings...
December 5, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194745/biomechanical-tolerance-of-whole-lumbar-spines-in-straightened-posture-subjected-to-axial-acceleration
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Brian D Stemper, Sajal Chirvi, Ninh Doan, Jamie L Baisden, Dennis J Maiman, William H Curry, Narayan Yoganandan, Frank A Pintar, Glenn Paskoff, Barry S Shender
Quantification of biomechanical tolerance is necessary for injury prediction and protection of vehicular occupants. This study experimentally quantified lumbar spine axial tolerance during accelerative environments simulating a variety of military and civilian scenarios. Intact human lumbar spines (T12-L5) were dynamically loaded using a custom-built drop tower. Twenty-three specimens were tested at sub-failure and failure levels consisting of peak axial forces between 2.6 and 7.9 kN and corresponding peak accelerations between 7 and 57 g...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189297/are-on-scene-blood-transfusions-by-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-useful-and-safe-a-multicentre-case-control-study
#4
Joost H Peters, Pascal S H Smulders, Xavier R J Moors, Stef J M Bouman, Claartje M E M Meijs, Nico Hoogerwerf, Michael J R Edwards
INTRODUCTION: In the prehospital setting, crystalloid fluids are frequently used, but only erythrocytes are capable of transporting oxygen to tissues. The aim of this study was to establish the efficacy and safety of the prehospital use of uncross matched type O rhesus-negative packed red blood cells (URBC) by the Dutch physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service. We hypothesized that prehospital URBC transfusions are safe and more effective with respect to survival than resuscitations with crystalloids...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187218/open-stent-graft-repair-with-upper-half-sternotomy-for-blunt-thoracic-aortic-injury-a-case-report
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Toshinori Komatsu, Tamaki Takano, Hiromu Kehara, Megumi Fuke, Takamitsu Terasaki, Masayuki Sakaguchi
BACKGROUND: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair is now widely applied to the treatment of blunt aortic injury. However, its long-term outcomes remain unclear. Endoleakage and migration might occur in the long term, especially when younger patients undergo endovascular aortic repair. In open stent grafting, the proximal end of the open stent graft is directly sutured to the native aorta, which may reduce the risk of endoleakage and migration. We applied open stent grafting to the treatment of blunt aortic injury in the subacute phase and herein report the patient's clinical course...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166323/strength-affect-regulation-and-subcortical-morphology-in-military-pilots
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David Cárdenas, Iker Madinabeitia, Jesús Vera, José Cesar Perales, Amador García-Ramos, Enrique Ortega, Elvira Catena-Verdejo, Andrés Catena
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have shown links of body composition and fitness measures with brain structure, as well as with different aspects of emotional adjustment and well-being. However, the possible role of trait emotion-regulation success in the relationship between fitness/body composition and emotion-related subcortical structures have never been directly addressed METHODS: 23 elite helicopter pilots were assessed in fat mass percentage, an endurance test to volitional exhaustion, bench-press power output, and negative urgency (trait affect regulation failure)...
November 20, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148174/prehospital-transfusion-of-red-cell-concentrates-in-a-paramedic-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
#7
Stefan Heschl, Emily Andrew, Anthony de Wit, Stephen Bernard, Marcus Kennedy, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: The optimal volume and type of intravenous fluid for the treatment of blood loss in the prehospital setting is controversial. The use of red cell concentrates (RCCs) may be associated with improved outcomes; however, the administration of blood products is limited to physicians in many jurisdictions. We sought to describe the characteristics of RCC transfusions in a paramedic-staffed helicopter emergency medical system in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all cases where paramedics consulted the responsible physician for approval of RCC transfusion between July 2011 and December 2015 in Victoria, Australia...
November 17, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135535/blood-glucose-concentrations-in-prehospital-trauma-patients-with-traumatic-shock-a-retrospective-analysis
#8
Janett Kreutziger, Wolfgang Lederer, Stefan Schmid, Hanno Ulmer, Volker Wenzel, Maarten W Nijsten, Daniel Werner, Thomas Schlechtriemen
BACKGROUND: Deranged glucose metabolism after moderate to severe trauma with either high or low concentrations of blood glucose is associated with poorer outcome. Data on prehospital blood glucose concentrations and trauma are scarce. OBJECTIVES: The primary aim was to describe the relationship between traumatic shock and prehospital blood glucose concentrations. The secondary aim was to determine the additional predictive value of prehospital blood glucose concentration for traumatic shock when compared with vital parameters alone...
November 11, 2017: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132593/the-impact-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-night-operations-in-south-east-england
#9
Leigh Curtis, Mark Salmon, Richard M Lyon
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to assess the impact of a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) capable of night operations. METHODS: This is a retrospective case review of all night HEMS missions attended by a charity air ambulance service in South East England over a 2-year period (October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2015). RESULTS: During the 2-year trial period, the HEMS service undertook a total of 5,004 missions and attended to 3,728 patients...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123878/investigation-of-japan-disaster-medical-assistance-team-response-guidelines-assuming-catastrophic-damage-from-a-nankai-trough-earthquake
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Hideaki Anan, Hisayoshi Kondo, Osamu Akasaka, Kenichi Oshiro, Mitsunobu Nakamura, Tetsuro Kiyozumi, Norihiko Yamada, Masato Homma, Kazuma Morino, Shinichi Nakayama, Yasuhiro Otomo, Yuichi Koido
Aim: Transporting critically ill patients outside of disaster-affected areas for treatment is an important activity of Japan Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs). We investigated whether this activity is possible after possible catastrophic damage from a Nankai Trough earthquake. Methods: Japan was divided into three areas based on the level of predicted damage (definitely, possibly, and non-affected areas). A survey of DMATs and the locations of emergency base hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) in each area was carried out, and the ability to support disaster areas was investigated...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123870/characteristic-of-the-acute-drug-intoxication-conveyed-by-kanagawa-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Mariko Sugita, Shigeo Higami, Shigeaki Inoue, Seiji Morita, Yoshihide Nakagawa, Sadaki Inokuchi
Aim: Various critical cases have been transported since the use of the Kanagawa Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) started at Tokai University Hospital (Isehara, Japan) in 2002, including cases of acute poisoning. We analyzed the characteristics of acute poisoning cases conveyed by the HEMS. Methods: Kanagawa HEMS conveyed 3,814 cases from July 2002 to March 2013, and acute drug and poison intoxication was diagnosed in 131 of these cases. We undertook a descriptive statistical study of these cases...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123840/a-system-of-delivering-medical-staff-members-by-helicopter-to-manage-severely-wounded-patients-in-an-area-where-medical-resources-are-limited
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Kohei Ishikawa, Kazuhiko Omori, Hiromichi Ohsaka, Kei Jitsuiki, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Yasumasa Oode, Mutsumi Sakurada, Atsuhiko Mogami, Youichi Yanagawa
Aim: We review the case of a severely injured patient to evaluate the system of delivering medical staff by helicopter in areas with limited medical resources. Methods: The patient's chart was reviewed, summarized, and presented. Results: A 22-year-old woman attempted a suicidal fall after using a knife to stab herself. She was transported to a local hospital. A radiological study revealed fractures to the patient's face and the base of her skull, pneumocephalus, traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage, stab wounds to the neck and chest, pneumothorax, unstable pelvic fracture, and right femoral shaft fracture...
January 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122112/prehospital-transfusion-for-gastrointestinal-bleeding
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Maile E Parker, Mohammad A Khasawneh, Cornelius A Thiels, Kathleen S Berns, James R Stubbs, Donald H Jenkins, Scott P Zietlow, Martin D Zielinski
OBJECTIVE: Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a common medical emergency with significant morbidity and mortality. Many patients are coagulopathic, which may perpetuate bleeding. Remote damage control resuscitation, including early correction of coagulopathy and anemia, may benefit exsanguinating patients with GI bleeding. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of patients with acute GI bleeding who received packed red blood cells (pRBC) and/or plasma during transportation to our institution between 2010 and 2014...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105064/outcomes-after-cancelled-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-missions-due-to-concurrencies-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#14
Ø Østerås, J-K Heltne, K Tønsager, G Brattebø
BACKGROUND: Appropriate dispatch criteria and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) crew decisions are crucial for avoiding over-triage and reducing the number of concurrencies. The aim of the present study was to compare patient outcomes after completed HEMS missions and missions cancelled by the HEMS due to concurrencies. METHODS: Missions cancelled due to concurrencies (AMB group) and completed HEMS missions (HEMS group) in Western Norway from 2004 to 2013 were assessed...
November 3, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094162/comparing-the-air-medical-prehospital-triage-score-with-current-practice-for-triage-of-injured-patients-to-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Joshua B Brown, Kenneth J Smith, Mark L Gestring, Matthew R Rosengart, Timothy R Billiar, Andrew B Peitzman, Jason L Sperry, Joel S Weissman
Importance: Little evidence exists to guide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) triage, and current practice is inefficient. The Air Medical Prehospital Triage (AMPT) score was developed to identify patients most likely to benefit from HEMS compared with ground EMS. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated the potential effect on costs and outcomes of a more targeted HEMS triage strategy, such as the AMPT score. Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of current practice compared with the AMPT score for HEMS scene triage of trauma patients...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092544/estimating-the-sound-speed-of-a-shallow-water-marine-sediment-from-the-head-wave-excited-by-a-low-flying-helicopter
#16
Dieter A Bevans, Michael J Buckingham
The frequency bandwidth of the sound from a light helicopter, such as a Robinson R44, extends from about 13 Hz to 2.5 kHz. As such, the R44 has potential as a low-frequency sound source in underwater acoustics applications. To explore this idea, an experiment was conducted in shallow water off the coast of southern California in which a horizontal line of hydrophones detected the sound of an R44 hovering in an end-fire position relative to the array. Some of the helicopter sound interacted with seabed to excite the head wave in the water column...
October 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071424/impact-of-trauma-system-structure-on-injury-outcomes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#17
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Lynne Moore, Howard Champion, Pier-Alexandre Tardif, Brice-Lionel Kuimi, Gerard O'Reilly, Ari Leppaniemi, Peter Cameron, Cameron S Palmer, Fikri M Abu-Zidan, Belinda Gabbe, Christine Gaarder, Natalie Yanchar, Henry Thomas Stelfox, Raul Coimbra, John Kortbeek, Vanessa K Noonan, Amy Gunning, Malcolm Gordon, Monty Khajanchi, Teegwendé V Porgo, Alexis F Turgeon, Luke Leenen
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of trauma systems in decreasing injury mortality and morbidity has been well demonstrated. However, little is known about which components contribute to their effectiveness. We aimed to systematically review the evidence of the impact of trauma system components on clinically important injury outcomes. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane CENTRAL, and BIOSIS/Web of Knowledge, gray literature and trauma association Web sites to identify studies evaluating the association between at least one trauma system component and injury outcome...
October 25, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059493/perinatal-helicopter-ambulance-service-at-wakayama-medical-university-hospital-a-14-year-review
#18
Takeshi Kumagai, Mitsuhiko Riko, Masashi Satoh, Nobuyuki Kakimoto, Takuya Sugimoto, Mina Ueda, Takahiro Okutani, Ryuzo Higuchi, Shigetaka Yagi, Sawako Minami, Asumi Higa, Masakazu Miyawaki, Hiroyuki Suzuki
BACKGROUND: In 2003, a perinatal helicopter air ambulance service was introduced for remote areas of Wakayama and Mie prefectures, Japan. However, its long-term impact on perinatal medicine has not yet been analyzed. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted on helicopter air ambulance cases recorded between January 2003 and December 2016 at Wakayama Medical University Hospital (WMUH). RESULTS: During that period, 61 pregnant mothers were transferred by helicopter air ambulance to WMUH...
October 23, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056781/the-effect-of-sporting-events-on-medical-transport-time-at-a-level-1-trauma-center-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
Patrick Bonasso, Brandon P Lucke-Wold, Mark Riffon, Dustin Long, Alison Wilson, Jennifer Knight
OBJECTIVE: We investigate how West Virginia University football games affect transport to Ruby Memorial Hospital, which shares a parking lot with Milan Puskar Football Stadium. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of a trauma registry from a level 1-trauma center was conducted from 2007 to 2011 for all home and away football games. Home games served as time period of interest and away games served as a control time period. Patient charts were collected for a 36-hour time window surrounding the game...
May 2017: West Virginia Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052534/specialist-advice-may-improve-patient-selection-for-decompression-therapy-following-diving-accidents-a-retrospective-observational-study
#20
Daniel Steffensmeier, Roland Albrecht, Jürg Wendling, Roger Melliger, Donat R Spahn, Philipp Stein, Christophe Wyss
BACKGROUND: Even in a landlocked country like Switzerland recreational diving is becoming more and more popular. Smaller lakes in the Alps are located at an altitude of 2500 m above sea level. The incidence of diving accidents among all helicopter emergency service missions and the consecutive medical knowledge about decompression injuries is low. Thus, a collaboration between the Swiss Air-Ambulance (Rega) and the divers alert network (DAN) was initiated to improve patient treatment and identification of decompression injury and necessity of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)...
October 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
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