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Stephen J M Sollid, Marius Rehn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The care administered on air ambulances has become increasing complex. This has led to a discussion among experts as to whether air ambulance travel should be manned by physicians. This review provides evidence in support of anaesthesiologists being the physician-leaders in air ambulance medicine, because of their training in advanced airway management, critical care, and resuscitation. RECENT FINDINGS: Successful prehospital care requires the ability to perform a complex set of advanced diagnostics and interventions...
May 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501815/can-the-prehospital-national-early-warning-score-identify-patients-most-at-risk-from-subsequent-deterioration
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Joanna Shaw, Rachael T Fothergill, Sophie Clark, Fionna Moore
INTRODUCTION: The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) aids the early recognition of those at risk of becoming critically ill. NEWS has been recommended for use by ambulance services, but very little work has been undertaken to date to determine its suitability. This paper examines whether a prehospital NEWS derived from ambulance service clinical observations is associated with the hospital ED disposition. METHODS: Prehospital NEWS was retrospectively calculated from the ambulance service clinical records of 287 patients who were treated by the ambulance service and transported to hospital...
May 13, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499679/aeromedical-ultrasound-the-evaluation-of-point-of-care-ultrasound-during-helicopter-transport
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Jeffrey G Yates, Denise Baylous
INTRODUCTION: This study correlated the eFAST findings performed in-flight by the flight crew with the findings obtained by the trauma team upon initial evaluation at a level 1 trauma center and with the subsequent CT scans that were performed or the surgeon's operative note. We hypothesize that aeromedical eFAST examinations are highly correlated with the trauma teams findings. METHODS: This prospective, observational study evaluated 190 traumatically injured patients from June 2014 to December 2015 in Southeast Virginia and Northeast North Carolina...
May 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492084/prehospital-triage-of-patients-suffering-severe-dyspnoea-using-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-the-prebnp-trial-a-randomised-controlled-clinical-trial
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Morten T Bøtker, Maren T Jørgensen, Carsten Stengaard, Sophie-Charlott Seidenfaden, Mona Tarpgaard, Asger Granfeldt, Tanja Ø Mortensen, Thorbjørn Grøfte, Kristian D Friesgaard, Rikke Mærkedahl, Anette B Pedersen, Simon Lundorff, Troels Martin Hansen, Hans Kirkegaard, Erika F Christensen, Christian J Terkelsen
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine whether the addition of brain natriuretic peptide measurement to the routine diagnostic work-up by prehospital critical care team physicians improves triage in patients with severe dyspnoea. METHODS: Prehospital critical care team physicians randomly assigned patients older than 18 years with severe dyspnoea to routine diagnostic work-up or diagnostic work-up with incorporated point-of-care N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) measurement...
May 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466658/a-critical-analysis-of-debates-around-mental-health-calls-in-the-prehospital-setting
#5
Polly Christine Ford-Jones, Claudia Chaufan
Paramedics, health care workers who assess and manage health concerns in the prehospital setting, are increasingly providing psychosocial care in response to a rise in mental health call volume. Observers have construed this fact as "misuse" of paramedic services, and proposed as solutions better triaging of patients, better mental health training of paramedics, and a greater number of community mental health services. In this commentary, we argue that despite the ostensibly well-intentioned nature of these solutions, they shift attention and accountability away from relevant public policies, as well as from broader economic, social, and political determinants of mental health, while placing responsibility on those requiring services or, at best, on the health care system...
January 1, 2017: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464969/utilization-criteria-for-prehospital-ultrasound-in-a-canadian-critical-care-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-determining-who-might-benefit
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Domhnall O'Dochartaigh, Matthew Douma, Chris Alexiu, Shell Ryan, Mark MacKenzie
Introduction Prehospital ultrasound (PHUS) assessments by physicians and non-physicians are performed on medical and trauma patients with increasing frequency. Prehospital ultrasound has been shown to be of benefit by supporting interventions. Problem Which patients may benefit from PHUS has not been clearly identified. METHODS: A multi-variable logistic regression analysis was performed on a previously created retrospective dataset of five years of physician- and non-physician-performed ultrasound scans in a Canadian critical care Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452898/accuracy-of-prehospital-triage-protocols-in-selecting-major-trauma-patients-a-systematic-review
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Eveline A J van Rein, Roderick M Houwert, Amy C Gunning, Rob Lichtveld, Luke P H Leenen, Mark van Heijl
BACKGROUND: Prehospital trauma triage ensures proper transport of patients at risk of severe injury to hospitals with an appropriate corresponding level of trauma care. Incorrect triage results in undertriage and overtriage. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma recommends an undertriage rate below 5% and an overtriage rate below 50% for prehospital trauma triage protocols. In order to find the most accurate prehospital trauma triage protocol, a clear overview of all currently available protocols and corresponding outcomes is necessary...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424835/-future-of-emergency-medicine-in-germany-2-0
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REVIEW
A Gries, M Bernhard, M Helm, J Brokmann, J-T Gräsner
In 2003 an article on the future of prehospital emergency medicine in Germany was published in the journal Der Anaesthesist. Emergency medicine in Germany, which at that time was almost exclusively defined as prehospital emergency rescue, has evolved and now in-hospital domains have increasingly moved into the focus. At that time, the primary goal was to connect prehospital management with a smooth transition to hospital admission and further care in the hospital and to further optimize the rescue chain from the actual emergency through to causative treatment...
April 19, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416582/relationship-between-oxygen-concentration-and-temperature-in-an-exothermic-warming-device
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Ben Brooks, Charles D Deakin
INTRODUCTION: Actively warming hypothermic patients or preventing hypothermia is critical in optimising outcomes in patients with traumatic injuries. Our aim was to investigate the effect of ambient oxygen concentration on the rate and change in temperature of the TechTrade Ready-Heat II exothermic (oxygen-activated) warming blanket, to evaluate safety and ascertain the risk of thermal injury. METHODS: A mannequin covered with an exothermic blanket was placed in a sealed oxygen tent...
April 17, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359288/termination-of-prehospital-resuscitative-efforts-a-study-of-documentation-on-ethical-considerations-at-the-scene
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Søren Mikkelsen, Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell, Lars Grassmé Binderup, Hans Morten Lossius, Palle Toft, Annmarie Touborg Lassen
BACKGROUND: Discussions on ethical aspects of life-and-death decisions within the hospital are often made in plenary. The prehospital physician, however, may be faced with ethical dilemmas in life-and-death decisions when time-critical decisions to initiate or refrain from resuscitative efforts need to be taken without the possibility to discuss matters with colleagues. Little is known whether these considerations regarding ethical issues in crucial life-and-death decisions are documented prehospitally...
March 31, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320917/predictors-of-massive-blood-transfusion-a-delphi-study-to-examine-the-views-of-experts
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Jacqueline V Mclennan, K C Mackway-Jones, S T Horne, R Body
BACKGROUND: Trauma patients requiring massive blood transfusion (MBT) have high morbidity and mortality: early and aggressive use of blood products during immediate resuscitation may improve survival. There is currently a lack of evidence to guide initial identification of these patients which is especially important in areas where plasma may need to be thawed. In the absence of this evidence, this study aimed to robustly evaluate expert opinion by using a Delphi process to identify predictors of massive transfusion...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280734/saving-the-on-scene-time-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-patients-the-registered-nurses-role-and-performance-in-emergency-medical-service-teams
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Ming-Wei Lin, Che-Yu Wu, Chih-Long Pan, Zhong Tian, Jyh-Horng Wen, Jet-Chau Wen
For out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients, every second is vital for their life. Shortening the prehospital time is a challenge to emergency medical service (EMS) experts. This study focuses on the on-scene time evaluation of the registered nurses (RNs) participating in already existing EMS teams, in order to explore their role and performance in different EMS cases. In total, 1247 cases were separated into trauma and nontrauma cases. The nontrauma cases were subcategorized into OHCA (NT-O), critical (NT-C), and noncritical (NT-NC) cases, whereas the trauma cases were subcategorized into collar-and-spinal board fixation (T-CS), fracture fixation (T-F), and general trauma (T-G) cases...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263377/the-frailty-phenotype-and-palliative-care-needs-of-older-survivors-of-critical-illness
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Lauren R Pollack, Nathan E Goldstein, Wendy C Gonzalez, Craig D Blinderman, Mathew S Maurer, David J Lederer, Matthew R Baldwin
OBJECTIVES: To assess symptoms in older intensive care unit (ICU) survivors and determine whether post-ICU frailty identifies those with the greatest palliative care needs. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. SETTING: Urban tertiary care hospital and community hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Medical ICU survivors of mechanical ventilation aged 65 and older (N = 125). MEASUREMENTS: Baseline measurements of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS), categorized as mild (0-3), moderate (4-6), and severe (7-10), and the frailty phenotype were made during the week before hospital discharge...
March 6, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253479/systematic-review-of-the-effectiveness-of-prehospital-critical-care-following-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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REVIEW
Johannes von Vopelius-Feldt, Janet Brandling, Jonathan Benger
BACKGROUND: Improving survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a priority for modern emergency medical services (EMS) and prehospital research. Advanced life support (ALS) is now the standard of care in most EMS. In some EMS, prehospital critical care providers are also dispatched to attend OHCA. This systematic review presents the evidence for prehospital critical care for OHCA, when compared to standard ALS care. METHODS: We searched the following electronic databases: PubMed, EmBASE, CINAHL Plus and AMED (via EBSCO), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, DARE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, NHS Economic Evaluation Database, NIHR Health Technology Assessment Database, Google Scholar and ClinicalTrials...
May 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217595/impact-of-pre-hospital-care-on-the-outcome-of-children-arriving-with-agonal-breathing-to-a-pediatric-emergency-service-in-south-india
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Debasis Das Adhikari, Krishna Mahathi, Urmi Ghosh, Indira Agarwal, Anila Chacko, Ebor Jacob, Kala Ebenezer
BACKGROUND: Data on the prehospital interventions received by critically ill children at arrival to Paediatric Emergency Services (PES) is limited in developing countries. This study aims to describe the pre-hospital care scenario, transport and their impact on outcome in non-traumatic, acutely ill children presenting in PES with agonal breathing. METHODS: Prospective observational study done on children aged below 15 years arriving in PES with agonal breathing due to non-trauma related causes...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183742/preventable-injury-deaths-identifying-opportunities-to-improve-timeliness-and-reach-of-emergency-healthcare-services-in-new-zealand
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Rebbecca Lilley, Bridget Kool, Gabrielle Davie, Brandon de Graaf, Shanthi N Ameratunga, Pararangi Reid, Ian Civil, Bridget Dicker, Charles C Branas
BACKGROUND: Traumatic injury is a leading cause of premature death and health loss in New Zealand. Outcomes following injury are very time sensitive, and timely access of critically injured patients to advanced hospital trauma care services can improve injury survival. OBJECTIVE: This cross-sectional study will investigate the epidemiology and geographic location of prehospital fatal injury deaths in relation to access to prehospital emergency services for the first time in New Zealand...
February 9, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148274/severity-dependent-differences-in-early-management-of-thoracic-trauma-in-severely-injured-patients%C3%A2-analysis-based-on-the-traumaregister-dgu%C3%A2
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J Bayer, R Lefering, S Reinhardt, J Kühle, N P Südkamp, T Hammer
BACKGROUND: Major trauma is associated with chest injuries in nearly 50% of multiple injuries. Thoracic trauma is a relevant source of comorbidity throughout the period of multiply-injured patient care and may require swift and well-thought-out interventions in order to avert a deleterious outcome. In this epidemiological study we seek to characterize groups of different thoracic trauma severity in severely injured patients and identify related differences in prehospital and early clinical management...
February 2, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121217/qsofa-has-poor-sensitivity-for-prehospital-identification-of-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock
#18
Maia Dorsett, Melissa Kroll, Clark S Smith, Phillip Asaro, Stephen Y Liang, Hawnwan P Moy
OBJECTIVES: Sepsis is a common and deadly disease process for which early recognition and intervention can significantly improve clinical outcomes. Despite this, sepsis remains underrecognized and therefore undertreated in the prehospital setting. Recent recommendations by the Society of Critical Care and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine advocate use of the qSOFA (quick Sequential [Sepsis-related] Organ Failure Assessment) score in non-ICU settings to screen for septic patients at greater risk for poor outcomes...
January 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005912/benchmarking-prehospital-and-emergency-department-care-for-argentine-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury-for-the-south-american-guideline-adherence-group
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Monica S Vavilala, Silvia B Lujan, Qian Qiu, Gustavo J Petroni, Nicolás M Ballarini, Nahuel Guadagnoli, María Alejandra Depetris, Gabriela A Faguaga, Gloria M Baggio, Leonardo O Busso, Mirta E García, Osvaldo R González Carrillo, Paula L Medici, Silvia S Sáenz, Elida E Vanella, Anthony Fabio, Michael J Bell
OBJECTIVE: There is little information on the type of early care provided to children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) in low middle income countries. We benchmarked early prehospital [PH] and emergency department [ED] pediatric TBI care in Argentina. METHODS: We conducted a secondary analysis of data from patients previously enrolled in a prospective seven center study of children with TBI. Eligible participants were patients 0-18 years, and had diagnosis of TBI (admission Glasgow Coma scale score [GCS] < 13 or with GCS 14-15 and abnormal head CT scan within 48 hours of admission, and head AIS > 0)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940682/definitions-and-assessment-approaches-for-emergency-medical-services-for-children
#20
Susan Fuchs, Mark Terry, Kathleen Adelgais, Marlene Bokholdt, Jane Brice, Kathleen M Brown, Arthur Cooper, Mary E Fallat, Katherine E Remick, Keith Widmeier, Wendy Simon, Melissa Marx
Pediatric Life Support (PLS) courses and instructional programs are educational tools developed to teach resuscitation and stabilization of children who are critically ill or injured. A number of PLS courses have been developed by national professional organizations for different health care providers (eg, pediatricians, emergency physicians, other physicians, prehospital professionals, pediatric and emergency advanced practice nurses, physician assistants). PLS courses and programs have attempted to clarify and standardize assessment and treatment approaches for clinical practice in emergency, trauma, and critical care...
December 2016: Pediatrics
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