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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717647/intracranial-hematoma-detection-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-practical-experience
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Patrick Schober, Sebastiaan M Bossers, Lothar A Schwarte
In (helicopter) emergency medical services, (H)EMS, the prehospital detection of intracranial hematomas should improve patient care and the triage to specialized neurosurgical hospitals. Recently, noninvasive detection of intracranial hematomas became possible by applying transcranial near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Herein, second-generation devices are currently available, for example, the Infrascanner 2000 (Infrascan), that appear suited also for prehospital (H)EMS applications. Since (H)EMS operations are time-critical, we studied the Infrascanner 2000 as a "first-time-right" monitor in healthy volunteers (n = 17, hospital employees, no neurologic history)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701849/blunt-trauma-neck-with-complete-tracheal-transection-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge-to-the-trauma-team
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K N J Prakash Raju, D Anandhi, R Surendar, Ashwith Shetty, Vinay R Pandit
Survival following trachea-esophageal transection is uncommon. Establishing a secure airway has the highest priority in trauma management. Airway management is a unique and a defining element to the specialty of emergency medicine. There is no doubt regarding the significance of establishing a patent airway in the critically ill patient in the emergency department. Cannot intubate and cannot ventilate situation is a nightmare to all emergency physicians. The most important take-home message from this case report is that every Emergency physician should have the ability to predict "difficult airway" and recognize "failed airway" very early and be skilled in performing rescue techniques when routine oral-tracheal intubation fails...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693524/national-consensus-on-communication-in-prehospital-trauma-care-the-denim-study
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Annelieke Maria Karien Harmsen, Leo Maria George Geeraedts, Georgios Fredericus Giannakopoulos, Maartje Terra, Herman M T Christiaans, Lidwine Brigitta Mokkink, Frank Willem Bloemers
BACKGROUND: In the Netherlands prehospital trauma care is provided by emergency medical services (EMS) nurses. This care is extended by Physician staffed Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (P-HEMS) for the more severely injured patient. Prehospital communication is a factor of influence on the identification of these patients and the dispatch of P-HEMS. Though prehospital communication it is often perceived to be incomplete and unstructured. To elucidated factors of influence on prehospital triage and the identification of the severely injured patient a Delphi study was performed...
July 11, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676492/local-emergency-medical-response-after-a-terrorist-attack-in-norway-a-qualitative-study
#4
Aleidis S Brandrud, Michael Bretthauer, Guttorm Brattebø, May Jb Pedersen, Kent Håpnes, Karin Møller, Trond Bjorge, Bjørnar Nyen, Lars Strauman, Ada Schreiner, Gro S Haldorsen, Maria Bergli, Eugene Nelson, Tamara S Morgan, Per Hjortdahl
INTRODUCTION: On 22 July 2011, Norway suffered a devastating terrorist attack targeting a political youth camp on a remote island. Within a few hours, 35 injured terrorist victims were admitted to the local Ringerike community hospital. All victims survived. The local emergency medical service (EMS), despite limited resources, was evaluated by three external bodies as successful in handling this crisis. This study investigates the determinants for the success of that EMS as a model for quality improvement in healthcare...
July 4, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661784/identifying-key-words-in-9-1-1-calls-for-stroke-a-mixed-methods-approach
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Christopher T Richards, Baiyang Wang, Eddie Markul, Frank Albarran, Doreen Rottman, Neelum T Aggarwal, Patricia Lindeman, Leslee Stein-Spencer, Joseph M Weber, Kenneth S Pearlman, Katie L Tataris, Jane L Holl, Diego Klabjan, Shyam Prabhakaran
OBJECTIVES: Identifying stroke during a 9-1-1 call is critical to timely prehospital care. However, emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) recognize stroke in less than half of 9-1-1 calls, potentially due to the words used by callers to communicate stroke signs and symptoms. We hypothesized that callers do not typically use words and phrases considered to be classical descriptors of stroke, such as focal neurologic deficits, but that a mixed-methods approach can identify words and phrases commonly used by 9-1-1 callers to describe acute stroke victims...
June 29, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622155/triad-ix-can-a-patient-testimonial-safely-help-ensure-prehospital-appropriate-critical-versus-end-of-life-care
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Ferdinando Mirarchi, Christopher Cammarata, Timothy E Cooney, Kristin Juhasz, Stanley A Terman
OBJECTIVE: The present study sought to assess the clarity of Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) or Living Will (LW) documents alone or in combination with a video message/testimonial (VM). METHODS: Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel responded to survey questions about the meaning of stand-alone POLST and LW documents and those used in conjunction with emergent care scenarios. Personnel were randomized to receive documents only or documents with VM...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622074/disparities-in-feedback-provision-to-emergency-medical-services-professionals
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Rebecca E Cash, Remle P Crowe, Severo A Rodriguez, Ashish R Panchal
INTRODUCTION: Feedback to EMS professionals is a critical component for optimizing patient care and outcomes in the prehospital setting. There is a paucity of data concerning the feedback received by prehospital providers. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to describe the prevalence of feedback received by EMS professionals in the past 30 days including the types, sources, modes, and utility of feedback. The secondary objective was to identify factors associated with receiving any feedback and, specifically, feedback regarding medical care provided...
June 16, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601206/prolonged-field-care-beyond-the-golden-hour
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Sean Keenan, Jamie C Riesberg
Prolonged field care (PFC) has emerged as a recent area of focus for US military Special Operations Forces (SOF) medical experts. Focused on the current reality of providing medical care to military forces often deployed in remote and austere locations far from medical support or a robust casualty evacuation chain, PFC encompasses evolving operational situations not unlike many wilderness medicine practice environments. SOF currently operates in all areas of the world and on a variety of different missions, which finds these small teams far from the accustomed practice environment of robust deployed medical infrastructure commonly seen during the last 15 years of military conflicts...
June 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587694/a-survey-of-front-line-paramedics-examining-the-professional-relationship-between-paramedics-and-physician-medical-oversight
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Christopher R Foerster, Walter Tavares, Ilkka Virkkunen, Antti Kämäräinen
OBJECTIVE: Paramedicine is often dependent on physician medical directors and their associated programs for direction and oversight. A positive relationship between paramedics and their oversight physicians promotes safety and quality care while a strained or ineffective one may threaten these goals. The objective of this study was to explore and understand the professional relationship between paramedics and physician medical oversight as viewed by front-line paramedics. METHODS: All active front-line paramedics from four municipal paramedic services involving three medical oversight groups in Ontario were invited to complete an online survey...
June 7, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557070/color-and-power-doppler-sonography-for-pneumothorax-detection
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John R Richards, Julianne M Awrey, Sarah E Medeiros, John P McGahan
The use of B- and M-mode sonography for detection of pneumothorax has been well described and studied. It is now widely incorporated by sonographers, emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, radiologists, and critical care specialists worldwide. Lung sonography can be performed rapidly at the bedside or in the prehospital setting. It is more sensitive, specific, and accurate than plain chest radiography. The use of color and power Doppler sonography as an adjunct to B- and M-mode imaging for detection of pneumothorax has been described in a small number of studies and case reports but is much less widely known or used...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509774/the-role-of-the-anaesthesiologist-in-air-ambulance-medicine
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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...
August 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...
August 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
#15
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
#16
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-severely-injured-patients-a-systematic-review
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Eveline A J van Rein, R Marijn Houwert, Amy C Gunning, Rob A 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. To find the most accurate prehospital trauma triage protocol, a clear overview of all currently available protocols and corresponding outcomes is necessary...
August 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
#19
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
#20
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
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