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Pediatric transport team

Samantha W Gee, Philip L Holt, Michael J Stoner
INTRODUCTION: Critically ill children who require transfer to tertiary care centers often require transport by specialized transport teams (TT). These interfacility transports require a medical control physician (MCP). Traditionally this role is assigned to fellows who are taught "on-the-job", but achieving competency in communication for those trained this way may not be optimal. We sought to close this curriculum gap by developing a MCP training program immersing emergency medicine (EM) and critical care (CC) fellows together with TT members to manage a simulated patient...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
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
Padmanabhan Ramnarayan, Konstantinos Dimitriades, Lynsey Freeburn, Aravind Kashyap, Michaela Dixon, Peter W Barry, Kathryn Claydon-Smith, Allan Wardhaugh, Caroline R Lamming, Elizabeth S Draper
OBJECTIVES: International data on characteristics and outcomes of children transported from general hospitals to PICUs are scarce. We aimed to 1) describe the development of a common transport dataset in the United Kingdom and Ireland and 2) analyze transport data from a recent 2-year period. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. SETTING: Specialist pediatric critical care transport teams and PICUs in the United Kingdom and Ireland...
February 9, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Atsushi Kawaguchi, Charlene C Nielsen, Gonzalo G Guerra, L Duncan Saunders, Yutaka Yasui, Allan DeCaen
OBJECTIVE: Specialized pediatric critical care transport teams are essential to pediatric retrieval systems. This study aims to describe the contemporary transports performed by a Canadian pediatric critical care transport team and to compare the treatment and outcomes of children referred from high-level care (hospitals offering pediatric services where an adult ICU exists) and nonhigh-level care (all other hospitals) hospitals. DESIGN: A descriptive cohort study...
February 5, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Marcie Gawel, Beth Emerson, John S Giuliano, Alana Rosenberg, Karl E Minges, Shelli Feder, Pina Violano, Patricia Morrell, Judy Petersen, Emily Christison-Lagay, Marc Auerbach
OBJECTIVE: Most injured children initially present to a community hospital, and many will require transfer to a regional pediatric trauma center. The purpose of this study was 1) to explore multidisciplinary providers' experiences with the process of transferring injured children and 2) to describe proposed ideas for process improvement. METHODS: This qualitative study involved 26 semistructured interviews. Subjects were recruited from 6 community hospital emergency departments and the trauma and transport teams of a level I pediatric trauma center in New Haven, Conn...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Anthony A Sochet, Kelsey S Ryan, Jennifer L Bartlett, Thomas A Nakagawa, Ladonna Bingham
OBJECTIVES: To determine if standardization of pediatric interfacility transport handover is associated with the development of a prototypical shared mental model between healthcare providers. DESIGN: A single center, prepost, retrospective cohort study. SETTINGS: A 259-bed, tertiary care, pediatric referral center. PATIENTS: Children 0 to 18 years old transferred to our critical care units or emergency center from October 2016 to February 2017...
February 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Emily Krennerich, Curtis G Sitler, Manish Shah, Fong Lam, Jeanine Graf
OBJECTIVE: This review describes disposition of transported children and identifies contributing factors affecting optimal patient placement. The study describes timing and patient placement indicators in transport patients to identify areas of improvement, re-education, and training. METHODS: A retrospective chart review for transports via our pediatric specialty transport team from January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, was performed. Patients were identified by the transport quality assurance performance improvement database, hospital electronic medical records, and transport medical records...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
Lilly Bayouth, Sarah Ashley, Jackie Brady, Bryan Lake, Morgan Keeter, David Schiller, Walter C Robey, Stephen Charles, Kari M Beasley, Eric A Toschlog, Shannon W Longshore
BACKGROUND: Outcome disparities between urban and rural pediatric trauma patients persist, despite regionalization of trauma systems. Rural patients are initially transported to the nearest emergency department (ED), where pediatric care is infrequent. We aim to identify educational intervention targets and increase provider experience via pediatric trauma simulation. METHODS: Prospective study of simulation-based pediatric trauma resuscitation was performed at three community EDs...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Alice D Ackerman
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November 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Kimberly Fugok, Nicholas B Slamon
PURPOSE: Pediatric transport teams rely on communication to report patient data to medical command officers, who create care plans and determine disposition. Common destinations are the emergency department (ED), pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), or regular inpatient care area (RIPCA). Telephone report does not result in complete understanding of the patient's condition. Further workup in the ED is often required. Telemedicine allows the patient to be directly seen; parents to be interviewed; and laboratory studies, radiographs, and vital signs to be reviewed...
October 13, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Prakadeshwari Rajapreyar, Karen Marcdante, Liyun Zhang, Pippa Simpson, Michael T Meyer
OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to compare decision-making in dispatching pediatric transport teams by Medical Directors of pediatric transport teams (serving as experts) to that of Pediatric Intensivists and Critical Care fellows who often serve as Medical Control physicians. Understanding decision-making around team composition and dispatch could impact clinical management, cost effectiveness, and educational needs. DESIGN: Survey was developed using Script Concordance Testing guidelines...
September 15, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Lorin R Browne, Hamilton Schwartz, Fahd A Ahmad, Michael Wallendorf, Nathan Kuppermann, E Brooke Lerner, Julie C Leonard
BACKGROUND: Investigators have derived cervical spine injury (CSI) decision support tools from physician observations. There is a need to demonstrate that prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers can use these tools to appropriately determine the need for spinal motion restrictions and make field disposition decisions. OBJECTIVES: The objective was to determine the interobserver agreement between EMS and emergency department (ED) providers for CSI risk assessment variables and overall gestalt for CSI in children after blunt trauma...
December 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Megan Sample, Anand Acharya, Katharine O'Hearn, Shane Livingstone, Kusum Menon
OBJECTIVE: A significant number of children live in remote geographic areas without direct access to tertiary care PICU. Our objective was to explore the relationship between remoteness and outcomes of critically ill children in Canada. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of patients admitted to the PICU from February 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. SETTING: Pediatric tertiary care PICU in Canada. PATIENTS: All children admitted to PICU during the study period...
September 12, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Constanta Pick
Recent advances in more efficient communications, modern telemedicine systems, medical progress, better training of the medical professionals with the possibility of sub-specialisation has led to shorter transfer times in safer conditions of this and overall affording a better chance of survival. High altitude air transport has considerable implications on the respiratory system's efficiency. Caregiver selection is key in avoiding the dangers of debilitating altitude sickness on the medical team. Minimizing physiological or anatomical derangements and minimizing potential complications in the very small critically ill patients while achieving short transfer times are major objectives...
December 2016: Mædica
Shetal C Patel, Stephen Murphy, Scott Penfil, Debra Romeo, James H Hertzog
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of ground versus air transport and use of pediatric specialty versus generalist transport teams on outcomes of pediatric trauma victims requiring interfacility transport. METHODS: A retrospective review of our hospital's trauma registry database was performed. Children with traumatic injuries who were transported from a referring hospital by either our pediatric specialty transport team or an outside generalist transport team were included in the analysis...
May 1, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
Silvestre R Duran, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Girija Natarajan
OBJECTIVE: To compare the status of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) or pulmonary atresia-hypoplastic right heart (PA-HRH) before and following transport using the validated Transport Risk Index of Physiologic Stability (TRIPS) score. METHODS: In this retrospective review of infants with HLHS or PA-HRH transported to a Children's Hospital by a pediatric transport team, an increase in TRIPS score (temperature, blood pressure, respiratory status, and response to stimuli) following transport was defined as deterioration...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Phoebe H Yager, Maureen Clark, Brian M Cummings, Natan Noviski
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate feasibility and impact of telemedicine for remote parent participation in pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) rounds when parents are unable to be present at their child's bedside. STUDY DESIGN: Parents of patients admitted to a 14-bed PICU were approached, and those unable to attend rounds were eligible subjects. Nurse and physician caregivers were also surveyed. Parents received an iPad (Apple Inc, Cupertino, California) with an application enabling audio-video connectivity with the care team...
June 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
Nuria Millán, Carme Alejandre, Aina Martinez-Planas, Josep Caritg, Elisabeth Esteban, Martí Pons-Òdena
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this work was to determine the safety and feasibility of noninvasive support in children with acute respiratory failure (ARF) during interhospital ground transport. METHODS: This was a prospective, single-center observational clinical study in the pediatric transport unit of a tertiary-care pediatric hospital. We included all subjects with ARF transported from November 2010 to March 2013. A specific noninvasive support protocol was used for all cases...
March 21, 2017: Respiratory Care
W Joshua Frazier, Edward G Shepherd, Samantha W Gee
Pediatric lung transplantation is a life-saving intervention for children with irreversible end-stage lung disease. Access to transplant can be limited by geographic isolation from a center or the presence of comorbidities affecting transplant eligibility. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)-supported patients are an uncommon but historically high-risk cohort of patients considered for lung transplant. We report the development of a service at our center to provide transport services to our hospital for patients unable to wean from ECMO support at their local institution for the purpose of evaluation for lung transplantation by our program...
February 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
Ranna A Rozenfeld, Sally L Reynolds, Sherri Ewing, Mary Margaret Crulcich, Michelle Stephenson
OBJECTIVES: Our institution relocated to a new facility 3.5 miles from our original location in Chicago on June 9, 2012. We describe the tools we developed to prepare, execute, and manage our evacuation and relocation. METHODS: Tools developed for the planned evacuation included the following: level of acuity and team composition classification, patient departure checklist, evacuation handoff tool, and a patient tracking system within the electronic health record...
August 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
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