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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315728/can-ambulance-telephone-triage-using-nhs-pathways-accurately-identify-paediatric-cardiac-arrest
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Charles D Deakin, Simon England, Debbie Diffey, Ian Maconochie
BACKGROUND: Most out-of-hospital paediatric cardiac arrests (CA) are not identified until a call is made to the emergency medical services. Accurate identification increases overall survival by enabling immediate ambulance dispatch and delivery of bystander CPR. European ambulance services use a variety of didactic telephone scripts to interrogate the caller and rapidly identify paediatric CA. The performance of these scripts has not been reported. This study aims to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of the NHS Pathways as a telephone triage tool to identify patients less than 16 years age in cardiac arrest...
March 15, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294704/a-systematic-review-of-the-implementation-challenges-of-telemedicine-systems-in-ambulances
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Hunter Rogers, Kapil Chalil Madathil, Sruthy Agnisarman, Shraddhaa Narasimha, Aparna Ashok, Aswathi Nair, Brandon M Welch, James T McElligott
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine systems are gaining attention nationwide as a means for providing care in remote areas and allowing a small number of providers to impact a large geographic region. We systematically reviewed the literature to identify the efficacy and implementation challenges of telemedicine systems in ambulances. METHODS: A search for published studies on Web of Science and PubMed was completed. Studies were selected if they included at least a pilot study and they focused on feasibility or implementation of telemedicine systems in ambulances...
March 15, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291697/early-prehospital-assessment-of-non-urgent-patients-and-outcomes-at-the-appropriate-level-of-care-a-prospective-exploratory-study
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Glenn Larsson, Anders Holmén, Kristina Ziegert
INTRODUCTION: The Ambulance Organization of Sweden provides qualified medical assessment and treatment by ambulance nurses based on patient needs regarding appropriate levels of care. A new model for patients with non-urgent medical conditions has been introduced. The main objective of this study was to examine early prehospital assessment of non-urgent patients, and its impact on the choice of the appropriate level of care. METHODS: The study design was a 1-year, prospective study, involving an ambulance district in southwestern Sweden with a population of 78,000...
March 10, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288619/medication-related-calls-received-by-a-national-telenursing-triage-and-advice-service-in-australia-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Ling Li, Rebecca Lake, Magdalena Z Raban, Mary Byrne, Maureen Robinson, Johanna Westbrook, Melissa T Baysari
BACKGROUND: Telenursing triage and advice services are increasingly being used to deliver health advice. Medication-related queries are common, however little research has explored the medication-related calls made to these services. The aim of this study was to examine the profile of medication-related calls to a national telenursing triage and advice service and the medications involved. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of medication-related calls received by Australia's national helpline (healthdirect helpline) in 2014, which provides free advice from registered nurses...
March 14, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259232/guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome
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REVIEW
Eelco F M Wijdicks, Christopher J Klein
Guillain-Barré syndrome is an acute inflammatory immune-mediated polyradiculoneuropathy presenting typically with tingling, progressive weakness, and pain. Variants and formes frustes may complicate recognition. The best known variant is the sensory ataxic form of Miller Fisher syndrome, which also affects the oculomotor nerves and the brain stem. Divergent pathologic mechanisms lead to demyelinating, axonal, or mixed demyelinating-axonal damage. In the demyelinating form, yet to be identified antigens are inferred by complement activation, myelin destruction, and macrophage-activated cleanup...
March 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238290/a-determination-of-emergency-department-pre-triage-times-in-patients-not-arriving-by-ambulance-compared-to-widely-used-guideline-recommendations-corrigendum
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M Betz, J Stempien, S Trivedi, R Bryce
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February 27, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229894/mobile-stroke-units-for-prehospital-thrombolysis-triage-and-beyond-benefits-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Klaus Fassbender, James C Grotta, Silke Walter, Iris Q Grunwald, Andreas Ragoschke-Schumm, Jeffrey L Saver
In acute stroke management, time is brain. Bringing swift treatment to the patient, instead of the conventional approach of awaiting the patient's arrival at the hospital for treatment, is a potential strategy to improve clinical outcomes after stroke. This strategy is based on the use of an ambulance (mobile stroke unit) equipped with an imaging system, a point-of-care laboratory, a telemedicine connection to the hospital, and appropriate medication. Studies of prehospital stroke treatment consistently report a reduction in delays before thrombolysis and cause-based triage in regard to the appropriate target hospital (eg, primary vs comprehensive stroke centre)...
March 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151752/influences-on-emergency-department-length-of-stay-for-older-people
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Maryann Street, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Debra Berry, Anthony Cross, Julie Considine
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the influences on emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) for older people and develop a predictive model for an ED LOS more than 4 h. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used organizational data linkage at the patient level from a major Australian health service. The study population was aged 65 years or older, attending an ED during the 2013/2014 financial year. We developed and internally validated a clinical prediction rule...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103892/prehospital-intravenous-fentanyl-to-patients-with-hip-fracture-an-observational-cohort-study-of-risk-factors-for-analgesic-non-treatment
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Kristian D Friesgaard, Erika F Christensen, Hans Kirkegaard, Mette D Bendtsen, Flemming B Jensen, Lone Nikolajsen
BACKGROUND: Patients with proximal femoral neck fracture have a high short-term mortality, a high risk of postoperative complications, and impaired quality of life. One of the challenges related to the prehospital treatment of these patients is to administer systemic opioids fast and properly. Effective analgesic prehospital treatment ought be initiated rapidly in order to alleviate the stress that follows acute pain, to facilitate transportation, and to improve quality of care. The objectives of this study were to explore the prevalence of prehospital administration of intravenous fentanyl to patients with proximal femoral neck fracture in the ambulances and to assess risk factors for analgesic non-treatment...
January 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077253/a-survey-of-patients-with-bed-bugs-in-the-emergency-department
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Johnathan M Sheele, Stephanie Gaines, Nicholas Maurer, Katirina Coppolino, Jennifer S Li, Amy Pound, Jeffrey H Luk, Ed Mandac
Bed bugs are one of the most important human ectoparasites in the United States, and a growing problem in the emergency department. We evaluated 40 emergency department (ED) patients found with a bed bug. The data show that ED patients with bed bugs are statistically more likely to be male, older, more likely to be admitted to the hospital, have higher triage emergency severity index (ESI) scores, and arrive by ambulance than the general ED patient population (p<0.05). On average bed bugs were found 108min after a patient arrived to the ED, after 35% of subjects had already received a blood draw, and after 23% had already received a radiology study; putting other ED patients and staff at risk for acquiring the infestation...
January 3, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065200/testing-the-start-triage-protocol-can-it-improve-the-ability-of-nonmedical-personnel-to-better-triage-patients-during-disasters-and-mass-casualties-incidents
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Stefano Badiali, Aimone Giugni, Lucia Marcis
OBJECTIVE: START (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment) triage is a tool that is available even to nonmedical rescue personnel in case of a disaster or mass casualty incident (MCI). In Italy, no data are available on whether application of the START protocol could improve patient outcomes during a disaster or MCI. We aimed to address whether "last-minute" START training of nonmedical personnel during a disaster or MCI would result in more effective triage of patients. METHODS: In this case-control study, 400 nonmedical ambulance crew members were randomly assigned to a non-START or a START group (200 per group)...
January 9, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041758/emergency-medical-services-ems-versus-non-ems-transport-among-injured-children-in-the-united-states
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Michelle M Corrado, Junxin Shi, Krista K Wheeler, Jin Peng, Brian Kenney, Sarah Johnson, Huiyun Xiang
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the proportions of injured children transported to trauma centers by different transportation modes and evaluate the effect of transportation mode on inter-facility transfer rates using the US national trauma registry. METHODS: We analyzed data from the 2007-2012 National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) to study trends of EMS versus non-EMS transport. Multivariable logistic regression was used to evaluate the association between transport mode and inter-facility transfer...
March 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017330/mortality-following-helicopter-versus-ground-transport-of-injured-children
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Stephanie F Polites, Martin D Zielinski, Aodhnait S Fahy, Amy E Wagie, Christopher R Moir, Donald H Jenkins, Scott P Zietlow, Elizabeth B Habermann
INTRODUCTION: Injured children may be transported to trauma centers by helicopter air ambulance (HAA); however, a benefit in outcomes to this expensive resource has not been consistently shown in the literature and there is concern that HAA is over-utilized. A study that adequately controls for selection biases in transport mode is needed to determine which injured children benefit from HAA. The purpose of this study was to determine if HAA impacts mortality differently in minimally and severely injured children and if there are predictors of over-triage of HAA in children that can be identified...
December 19, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011758/ambulance-telephone-triage-using-nhs-pathways-to-identify-adult-cardiac-arrest
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Charles D Deakin, Simon England, Debbie Diffey
BACKGROUND: UK ambulance services are called to 30 000 cardiac arrests (CAs) annually where resuscitation is attempted. Correct identification by the ambulance service trebles survival by facilitating bystander-cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and immediate ambulance dispatch. Identification of CA by telephone is challenging and involves algorithms to identify key features. 'NHS Pathways' is now used for triage by six of 12 UK ambulance services, covering a population of 20 million...
December 23, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925145/the-oldest-old-in-the-emergency-department-impact-of-renal-function
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T Brünnler, M Drey, G Dirrigl, C Weingart, F Rockmann, C Sieber, U Hoffmann
OBJECTIVES: The ageing population implicates an increasing numbers of older adults attending Emergency Departments (ED). We assessed the effect of estimated glomerular filtration rate as a predictor of clinical outcomes in oldest-old patients ≥ 85 years attending the ED in an university teaching hospital. DESIGN: Within three years, 81831 patient contacts were made in our ED. 7799 (9.5%) were older than 85 years, in whom we analyzed the impact of renal function on various outcome parameters...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917744/a-determination-of-emergency-department-pre-triage-times-in-patients-not-arriving-by-ambulance-compared-to-widely-used-guideline-recommendations
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Martin Betz, James Stempien, Sachin Trevidi, Rhonda Bryce
OBJECTIVES: Emergency department (ED) lengths of stay are measured from the time of patient registration or triage. The time that patients wait in line prior to registration and triage has not been well described. We sought to characterize pre-triage wait times and compare them to recommended physician response times, as per the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS). METHODS: This observational study documented the time that consenting patients entered the ED and the time that they were formally registered and triaged...
December 5, 2016: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913657/cost-benefit-analysis-of-telehealth-in-pre-hospital-care
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James R Langabeer, Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Diaa Alqusairi, Junghyun Kim, Adria Jackson, David Persse, Michael Gonzalez
OBJECTIVE: There has been very little use of telehealth in pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), yet the potential exists for this technology to transform the current delivery model. In this study, we explore the costs and benefits of one large telehealth EMS initiative. METHODS: Using a case-control study design and both micro- and gross-costing data from the Houston Fire Department EMS electronic patient care record system, we conducted a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) comparing costs with potential savings associated with patients treated through a telehealth-enabled intervention...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912757/the-sydney-triage-to-admission-risk-tool-start-to-predict-emergency-department-disposition-a-derivation-and-internal-validation-study-using-retrospective-state-wide-data-from-new-south-wales-australia
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Michael M Dinh, Saartje Berendsen Russell, Kendall J Bein, Kris Rogers, David Muscatello, Richard Paoloni, Jon Hayman, Dane R Chalkley, Rebecca Ivers
BACKGROUND: Disposition decisions are critical to the functioning of Emergency Departments. The objectives of the present study were to derive and internally validate a prediction model for inpatient admission from the Emergency Department to assist with triage, patient flow and clinical decision making. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of State-wide Emergency Department data in New South Wales, Australia. Adult patients (age ≥ 16 years) were included if they presented to a Level five or six (tertiary level) Emergency Department in New South Wales, Australia between 2013 and 2014...
December 3, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903076/the-potential-of-optimizing-prehospital-triage-of-patients-with-suspected-acute-myocardial-infarction-using-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-and-copeptin
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Carsten Stengaard, Jacob T Sørensen, Søren A Ladefoged, Jens F Lassen, Martin B Rasmussen, Claus Kjær Pedersen, Antoine Ayer, Hans Erik Bøtker, Christian J Terkelsen, Kristian Thygesen
PURPOSE: In patients with a suspected acute myocardial infarction (AMI), to evaluate the potential for early triage based on measurement of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) and copeptin in blood samples collected in the prehospital phase. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, we measured hs-cTnT and copeptin in blood samples collected in the ambulance form 962 patients with suspected AMI. The diagnostic accuracy was estimated by receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve area under the curve (AUC) for both biomarkers and a combined model...
December 12, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852453/current-use-and-outcomes-of-helicopter-transport-in-pediatric-trauma-a-review-of-18-291-transports
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Brian R Englum, Kristy L Rialon, Jina Kim, Mark L Shapiro, John E Scarborough, Henry E Rice, Obinna O Adibe, Elisabeth T Tracy
PURPOSE: The role of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in pediatric trauma remains controversial. We examined its use in pediatric trauma and its effectiveness in children with moderate/severe injuries. METHODS: All blunt/penetrating trauma patients ≤18years old in the National Trauma Data Bank were evaluated for use of HEMS and in-hospital mortality. In a comparative effectiveness study, only patients treated at level I/II pediatric centers with injury severity score (ISS)≥9 were included...
January 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
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