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Prehospital critical care

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)...
October 3, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Dan Bohström, Eric Carlström, Nils Sjöström
BACKGROUND: Ambulance nurses display stress symptoms, resulting from their work with patients in an emergency service. Certain individuals seem, however, to handle longstanding stress better than others and remain in exposed occupations such as ambulance services for many years. This paper examines stress inducing and stress defusing factors among ambulance nurses. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive design using critical incident technique was used. A total of 123 critical incidents were identified, and a total of 61 strategies dealing with stress were confirmed...
September 21, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Christopher T Lewis, David N Naumann, Nick Crombie, Mark J Midwinter
BACKGROUND: Serum lactate serves as a surrogate marker for global tissue hypoxia following traumatic injury and has potential to guide resuscitation. Portable, handheld point-of-care monitoring devices enable lactate values to be readily available in the prehospital environment. The current review examines the utility of prehospital lactate (pLa) measurement in the management of trauma. METHODS: MEDLINE and EMBASE databases were searched using predefined criteria (pLa measurement, trauma patients) until March 10, 2016...
October 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Virginia Schmied Blackman, Bruce A Cooper, Kathleen Puntillo, Linda S Franck
Emergency department (ED) pain assessment documentation in trauma patients is critical to ED pain care. This retrospective, cross-sectional study used trauma registry data to evaluate U.S. military combat zone trauma patients injured between 2010 and 2013 requiring ≥ 24-hr inpatient care. Study aims were to identify the frequency of combat zone ED pain assessment documentation and describe pain severity. Secondary aims were to construct statistical models to explain variation in pain assessment documentation and pain severity...
September 2016: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Mark T Mackay, Belinda Stojanovski, Ian Mosley, Leonid Churilov, Geoffrey A Donnan, Paul Monagle
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Taking appropriate action in the prehospital setting is important for rapid stroke diagnosis in adults. Data are lacking for children. We aimed to describe parental care-seeking behavior and prehospital timelines of care in childhood arterial ischemic stroke. METHODS: A structured questionnaire was developed, using value-focused event-driven conceptual modeling techniques, to interview parents of children presenting to the emergency department with arterial ischemic stroke from 2008 to 2014...
October 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Terhi Kauppila, Janne Virta, Leena Lindgren, Ilkka Virkkunen, Antti Kämäräinen
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use among emergency patients has been studied earlier, but the data regarding alcohol use especially among critically ill and injured patients treated in the prehospital setting is scarce. The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of alcohol use and the characteristics of cases attended by a physician staffed mobile intensive care unit (MICU). FINDINGS: During a 2 month period, exhaled air alcohol concentration-measured as a part of routine patient examination in all adolescent and adult patients treated by the MICU-was recorded...
2016: SpringerPlus
Jason J Bischof, Ashish R Panchal, Geoffrey I Finnegan, Thomas E Terndrup
UNLABELLED: Introduction Endotracheal intubation (ETI) is a complex clinical skill complicated by the inherent challenge of providing care in the prehospital setting. Literature reports a low success rate of prehospital ETI attempts, partly due to the care environment and partly to the lack of consistent standardized training opportunities of prehospital providers in ETI. Hypothesis/Problem The availability of a mobile simulation laboratory (MSL) to study clinically critical interventions is needed in the prehospital setting to enhance instruction and maintain proficiency...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Daniel R Kievlan, Christian Martin-Gill, Jeremy M Kahn, Clifton W Callaway, Donald M Yealy, Derek C Angus, Christopher W Seymour
BACKGROUND: Identification of critically ill patients during prehospital care could facilitate early treatment and aid in the regionalization of critical care. Tools to consistently identify those in the field with or at higher risk of developing critical illness do not exist. We sought to validate a prehospital critical illness risk score that uses objective clinical variables in a contemporary cohort of geographically and temporally distinct prehospital encounters. METHODS: We linked prehospital encounters at 21 emergency medical services (EMS) agencies to inpatient electronic health records at nine hospitals in southwestern Pennsylvania from 2010 to 2012...
August 11, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Edward Lance Callachan, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali, Satish Chandrasekhar Nair, Stevan Bruijns, Lee A Wallis
BACKGROUND: Data on the use of emergency medical services (EMS) by patients with cardiac conditions in the Gulf region are scarce, and prior studies have suggested underutilization. Patient perception and knowledge of EMS care is critical to proper utilization of such services. OBJECTIVES: To estimate utilization, knowledge, and perceptions of EMS among patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter prospective study of consecutive patients admitted with STEMI in four government-operated hospitals in Abu Dhabi...
April 2016: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
Matt Zavadsky, Desiree Partain
Because POC testing has been shown to alter prehospital care in up to 30% of its uses, it may be logical for prehospital systems to consider implementing a POC testing system. Information gleaned from the i-STAT data can be used to treat electrolyte imbalances, adjust medications and ventilator settings, and even change IV fluid use. MIH providers can also use the data from POC testing to provide important feedback to physicians about enrolled patients. All of these uses support critical clinical decision making by field EMS providers, and will perhaps even help promote the value proposition we're all striving for in our EMS delivery models...
June 2016: JEMS: a Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Jorge Mena-Munoz, Udayan Srivastava, Christian Martin-Gill, Brian Suffoletto, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette
BACKGROUND: Civilian out-of-hospital transfusions have not been adequately studied. This study seeks to characterize patients receiving out-of-hospital blood product transfusion during critical care transport. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We studied patients transported by a regional critical care air-medical service who received blood products during transport. This service carries two units of uncrossmatched packed Red Blood Cells (pRBCs) on every transport in addition to blood obtained from referring facilities...
September 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Andre Pennardt, Rich Kamin, Craig Llewellyn, Geoff Shapiro, Philip A Carmona, Richard B Schwartz
Tactical emergency medical support (TEMS) is a critical component of the out-of-hospital response to domestic high-threat incidents such as hostage scenarios, warrant service, active shooter or violent incidents, terrorist attacks, and other intentional mass casualty-producing acts. From its grass-roots inception in the form of medical support of select law enforcement special weapons and tactics (SWAT) units in the 1980s, the TEMS subspecialty of prehospital care has rapidly grown and evolved over the past 40 years...
2016: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Domhnall O'Dochartaigh, Matthew Douma, Mark MacKenzie
OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of prehospital ultrasonography (PHUS) to support interventions, when used by physician and non-physician air medical crew (AMC), in a Canadian helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS). METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of consecutive patients who underwent ultrasound examination during HEMS care from January 1, 2009 through March 10, 2014. An a priori created data form was used to record patient demographics, type of ultrasound scan performed, ultrasound findings, location of scan, type of interventions supported by PHUS, factors that affected PHUS completion, and quality indicator(s)...
July 19, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Hideo Fujita
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July 25, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Cornelius A Thiels, Johnathon M Aho, Aoidhnait S Fahy, Maile E Parker, Amy E Glasgow, Kathleen S Berns, Elizabeth B Habermann, Scott P Zietlow, Martin D Zielinski
INTRODUCTION: Despite advances in trauma care, hemorrhage continues to be the leading cause of preventable mortality in trauma. The evidence to support its use in non-trauma patients is limited. We aim to report our experience with prehospital blood product transfusion. We hypothesize that it is safe, appropriately utilized, and that our protocol, which was designed for trauma patients, is adaptable to fit the needs of non-trauma patients. METHODS: Patients transfused with blood products, packed red blood cells (pRBCs) or plasma, in the prehospital environment between 2002 and 2014 were included...
October 2016: World Journal of Surgery
Jonathan P Meizoso, Casey J Allen, Juliet J Ray, Robert M Van Haren, Laura F Teisch, Xiomara Ruiz Baez, Alan S Livingstone, Nicholas Namias, Carl I Schulman, Kenneth G Proctor
A previous study demonstrated basic proof of principle of the value of a miniature wireless vital signs monitor (MWVSM, MiniMedic, Athena GTX, Des Moines, Iowa) for battlefield triage However, there were unanswered questions related to sensor reliability and uncontrolled conditions in the prehospital environment. This study determined whether MWVSM sensors track vital signs and allow for appropriate triage compared to a gold standard bedside monitor in trauma patients. This was a prospective study in 59 trauma intensive care unit patients...
May 2016: Military Medicine
Luis Rafael Moscote-Salazar, Andres M Rubiano, Hernando Raphael Alvis-Miranda, Willem Calderon-Miranda, Gabriel Alcala-Cerra, Marco Antonio Blancas Rivera, Amit Agrawal
Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death in developed countries. It is estimated that only in the United States about 100,000 people die annually in parallel among the survivors there is a significant number of people with disabilities with significant costs for the health system. It has been determined that after moderate and severe traumatic injury, brain parenchyma is affected by more than 55% of cases. Head trauma management is critical is the emergency services worldwide. We present a review of the literature regarding the prehospital care, surgical management and intensive care monitoring of the patients with severe cranioecephalic trauma...
January 2016: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
Louise Rose
Patients requiring noninvasive and invasive ventilation frequently present to emergency departments, and may remain for prolonged periods due to constrained critical care services. Emergency clinicians often do not receive the same education on management of mechanical ventilation or have similar exposure to these patients as do their critical care colleagues. The aim of this review was to synthesize the evidence on management of patients requiring noninvasive and invasive ventilation in the emergency department including indications, clinical applications, monitoring priorities, and potential complications...
2012: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
Christine M Leeper, Isam Nasr, Christine McKenna, Rachel P Berger, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Victims of abusive head trauma have poor outcomes compared with other injured children. There is often a delay in diagnosis because these young patients are unable to communicate with health care providers. These critically injured patients would benefit from early identification and therapy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of our single hospital trauma registry from 2005 to 2014. All Level 1 pediatric (age 0-17 years) trauma patients who sustained abusive head trauma were included...
May 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Marc Maegele
The concept of remote damage control resuscitation (RDCR) is still in its infancy and there is significant work to be done to improve outcomes for patients with life-threatening bleeding secondary to injury. The prehospital phase of resuscitation is critical and if shock and coagulopathy can be rapidly minimized before hospital admission this will very likely reduce morbidity and mortality. The optimum transfusion strategy for these patients is still highly debated and the potential implications of the recently published pragmatic, randomize, optimal platelet, and plasma ratios trial (PROPPR) for RDCR have been reviewed...
April 2016: Transfusion
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