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Prehospital critical care

Christine A DeForest, Virginia Blackman, John E Alex, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Crystal Perez, Joseph Maddry, Domenique Selby, Benjamin Walrath
Introduction: Military prehospital and en route care (ERC) directly impacts patient morbidity and mortality. Provider knowledge and skills are critical variables in the effectiveness of ERC. No Navy doctrine defines provider choice for patient transport or requires standardized provider training. Frequently, Search and Rescue Medical Technicians (SMTs) and Navy Nurses (ERC RNs) are tasked with this mission though physicians have also been used. Navy ERC provider training varies greatly by professional role...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Marcus Eng Hock Ong, Gavin D Perkins, Alain Cariou
Sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the most time-critical medical emergency. In the second paper of this Series on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, we considered important issues in the prehospital management of cardiac arrest. Successful resuscitation relies on a strong chain of survival with the community, dispatch centre, ambulance, and hospital working together. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation has the greatest impact on survival. If the community response does not restart the heart, resuscitation is continued by emergency medical services' staff...
March 10, 2018: Lancet
Sarah B Cairo, Malachi Fisher, Brian Clemency, Charlotte Cipparone, Evelyn Quist, Kathryn D Bass
PURPOSE: Patient triage to the appropriate destination is critical to prehospital trauma care. Triage decisions are challenging in a region without collocated pediatric and adult trauma centers. METHODS: A regional survey was administered to emergency medical response units identifying variability and confusion regarding factors influencing patient disposition. A course was developed to guide the triage of pediatric and pregnant trauma patients. Pre- and posttests were administered to address course principles, including decision making and triage...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Kristi G Bache, Maren Ranhoff Hov, Karianne Larsen, Volker Moræus Solyga, Christian G Lund
BACKGROUND: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is a medical emergency. The outcome is closely linked to the time elapsing from symptom onset to treatment, and seemingly small delays can mean the difference between full recovery and physical and cognitive dysfunction. Recanalization to allow blood to reenter the affected area is most efficient immediately after symptoms occur, and intravenous thrombolysis must be initiated no later than 4.5 hours after the symptom onset. A liable diagnosis is mandatory to administer the appropriate treatment...
February 28, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
John B Holcomb
OBJECTIVES: Experience in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan confirm that faster transport combined with effective prehospital interventions improves the outcomes of patients suffering hemorrhagic shock. Outcomes of patients with hemorrhagic shock and extremity bleeding have improved with widespread use of tourniquets and early balanced transfusion therapy. Conversely, civilian patients suffering truncal bleeding and shock have the same mortality (46%) over the last 20 years. To understand how to decrease this substantial mortality, one must first critically evaluate all phases of care from point of injury to definitive hemorrhage control in the operating room...
March 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Ryan J Reichert, Megan Gothard, M David Gothard, Hamilton P Schwartz, Michael T Bigham
INTRODUCTION: Tracheal intubation (TI) is a lifesaving critical care skill. Failed TI attempts, however, can harm patients. Critical care transport (CCT) teams function as the first point of critical care contact for patients being transported to tertiary medical centers for specialized surgical, medical, and trauma care. The Ground and Air Medical qUality in Transport (GAMUT) Quality Improvement Collaborative uses a quality metric database to track CCT quality metric performance, including TI...
February 21, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Ashleigh Delorenzo, Toby St Clair, Emily Andrew, Stephen Bernard, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: Rapid sequence intubation (RSI) is an advanced airway procedure for critically ill or injured patients. Paramedic-performed RSI in the prehospital setting remains controversial, as unsuccessful or poorly conducted RSI is known to result in significant complications. In Victoria, intensive care flight paramedics (ICFPs) have a broad scope of practice including RSI in both the adult and pediatric population. We sought to describe the success rates and characteristics of patients undergoing RSI by ICFPs in Victoria, Australia...
February 6, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
S Wilk, L Siegl, K Siegl, C Hohenstein
BACKGROUND: In an analysis of a critical incident reporting system (CIRS) in out-of-hospital emergency medicine, it was demonstrated that in 30% of cases deficient communication led to a threat to patients; however, the analysis did not show what exactly the most dangerous work processes are. Current research shows the impact of poor communication on patient safety. OBJECTIVES: An out-of-hospital workflow analysis collects data about key work processes and risk areas...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
Andrew P Reimer, Celeste M Alfes, Amanda S Rowe, Bianca M Rodriguez-Fox
BACKGROUND: Patient handoffs between care teams have been recognized as a major patient safety risk due to inadequate exchange or loss of critical information, especially during emergent patient transfers. The purpose of this literature review was to identify the essential elements of effective patient handoffs in emergency situations to develop a standardized tool to support a structured patient handoff procedure capable of guiding education and training. METHOD: A literature search of handoff procedures and patient transfers was conducted using the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and PubMed between 2008 and 2015...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
Lori J Delaney, Marian J Currie, Hsin-Chia Carol Huang, Edward Litton, Bradley Wibrow, Violeta Lopez, Frank Van Haren
INTRODUCTION: Sleep is a state of quiescence that facilitates the significant restorative processes that enhance individuals' physiological and psychological well-being. Patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) experience substantial sleep disturbance. Despite the biological importance of sleep, sleep monitoring does not form part of standard clinical care for critically ill patients. There exists an unmet need to assess the feasibility and accuracy of a range of sleep assessment techniques that have the potential to allow widespread implementation of sleep monitoring in the ICU...
January 21, 2018: BMJ Open
Anriada Nassif, Daniel G Ostermayer, Kim B Hoang, Mary K Claiborne, Elizabeth A Camp, Manish I Shah
BACKGROUND: Respiratory distress due to asthma is a common reason for pediatric emergency medical services (EMS) transports. Timely initiation of asthma treatment, including glucocorticoids, improves hospital outcomes. The impact of EMS-administered glucocorticoids on hospital-based outcomes for pediatric asthma patients is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of an evidence-based pediatric EMS asthma protocol update, inclusive of oral glucocorticoid administration, on time to hospital discharge...
January 19, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Leslie M Cristiano, Brian Hiestand, Jason W Caldwell, W Adam Gower, Antonio R Fernandez, Katherine Gilbert, James E Winslow
OBJECTIVE: Timely administration of epinephrine is critical in the treatment of anaphylaxis. This study sought to determine the frequency of administration of epinephrine by EMS providers caring for pediatric patients in the prehospital setting. METHODS: We examined data from the NC EMS database (PreMIS) from 2010-3 to determine frequency of epinephrine administration in pediatric patients with anaphylaxis. We studied patients <18 years of age with an EMS provider impression of "allergic reaction...
January 16, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Russ S Kotwal, Laura L F Scott, Jud C Janak, Bruce W Tarpey, Jeffrey T Howard, Edward L Mazuchowski, Frank K Butler, Stacy A Shackelford, Jennifer M Gurney, Zsolt T Stockinger
BACKGROUND: Reducing time from injury to care can optimize trauma patient outcomes. A previous study of prehospital transport of US military casualties during the Afghanistan conflict demonstrated the importance of time and treatment capability for combat casualty survival. METHODS: A retrospective descriptive analysis was conducted to analyze battlefield data collected on US military combat casualties during the Iraq conflict from March 19, 2003 to August 31, 2010...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
D Clark Files, Rebecca Neiberg, Julia Rushing, Peter E Morris, Michael P Young, Hilsa Ayonayon, Tamara Harris, Anne Newman, Susan Rubin, Eric Shiroma, Denise Houston, Michael E Miller, Stephen B Kritchevsky
OBJECTIVES: To understand the influence of prehospital physical function and strength on clinical outcomes of critically ill older adults. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of prospective cohort study. SETTING: Health, Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study. PARTICIPANTS: Of 3,075 older adult Health ABC participants, we identified 575 (60% white, 61% male, mean age 79) with prehospital function or grip strength measurements within 2 years of an intensive care unit stay...
January 11, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Mark H Yazer, Philip C Spinella
The AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) is an international authority on transfusion medicine and tissue banking. The Trauma, Hemostasis and Oxygenation Research (THOR) Network is an international multidisciplinary network of civilian and military providers ranging from first responders and medics to critical care physicians, and from basic scientists to clinical trialists. The THOR Network's vision is to improve outcomes from traumatic hemorrhagic shock by optimizing the acute phase of resuscitation...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Maren R Hov, Jo Røislien, Thomas Lindner, Erik Zakariassen, Kristi C G Bache, Volker M Solyga, David Russell, Christian G Lund
BACKGROUND: Cerebral revascularization in acute stroke requires robust diagnostic tools close to symptom onset. The quantitative National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) is widely used in-hospital, whereas shorter and less specific stroke scales are used in the prehospital field. This study explored the accuracy and potential clinical benefit of using NIHSS prehospitally. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Thirteen anesthesiologists trained in prehospital critical care enrolled patients with suspected acute stroke in a mobile stroke unit...
December 12, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Kristine H O'Phelan, Chad K Otoshi, Thomas Ernst, Linda Chang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) alters the lives of millions of people every year. Although mortality rates have improved, attributed to better pre-hospital care and reduction of secondary injury in the critical care setting, improvements in functional outcomes post-TBI have been difficult to achieve. Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) allows detailed measurement of microstructural damage in regional brain tissue post-TBI, thus improving our understanding of the extent and severity of TBI. Twenty subjects were recruited from a neurological intensive care unit and compared to 18 healthy control subjects...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
Jia Jiang, Danxu Ma, Bo Li, Yun Yue, Fushan Xue
BACKGROUND: There is significant controversy regarding the influence of video laryngoscopy on the intubation outcomes in emergency and critical patients. This systematic review and meta-analysis was designed to determine whether video laryngoscopy could improve the intubation outcomes in emergency and critical patients. METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PubMed, Embase, and Scopus databases from database inception until 15 February 2017...
November 24, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Johannes von Vopelius-Feldt
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 (viaEBSCO), 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...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Preston J Fedor, Brian Burns, Michael Lauria, Clare Richmond
Care of the critically injured begins well before the patient arrives at a large academic trauma center. It is important to understand the continuum of care from the point of injury in the prehospital environment, through the local hospital and retrieval, until arrival at a trauma center capable of definitive care. This article highlights the important aspects of trauma assessment and management outside of tertiary or quaternary care hospitals. Key elements of each phase of care are reviewed, including management pearls and institutional strategies to facilitate effective and efficient treatment of trauma patients from the point of injury forward...
February 2018: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
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