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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652166/ambulance-use-distance-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-suspected-cardiovascular-disease-a-registry-based-geographic-information-system-study
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Nariman Sepehrvand, Wendimagegn Alemayehu, Padma Kaul, Rick Pelletier, Aminu K Bello, Robert C Welsh, Paul W Armstrong, Justin A Ezekowitz
BACKGROUND: Despite guideline recommendations, the majority of patients with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome do not use emergency medical services to reach the emergency department (ED). The aim of this study was to investigate the factors associated with EMS utilisation and subsequent patient outcomes. METHODS: Using administrative data, all patients who presented to an ED in the metropolitan areas of Edmonton and Calgary in the years of 2007-2013 with main ED diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, stable angina or chest pain were included...
April 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618372/prehospital-triage-of-patients-diagnosed-with-perforated-peptic-ulcer-or-peptic-ulcer-bleeding-an-observational-study-of-patients-calling-1-1-2
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Kasper Bonnesen, Kristian D Friesgaard, Morten T Boetker, Lone Nikolajsen
BACKGROUND: Triage systems are used in emergency medical services to systematically prioritize prehospital resources according to individual patient conditions. Previous studies have shown cases of preventable deaths in emergency medical services even when triage systems are used, indicating a potential undertriage among some conditions. The aim of this study was to investigate the triage level among patients diagnosed with perforated peptic ulcer (PPU) or peptic ulcer bleeding (PUB)...
April 5, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29540611/ambulance-clinical-triage-for-acute-stroke-treatment-paramedic-triage-algorithm-for-large-vessel-occlusion
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Henry Zhao, Lauren Pesavento, Skye Coote, Edrich Rodrigues, Patrick Salvaris, Karen Smith, Stephen Bernard, Michael Stephenson, Leonid Churilov, Nawaf Yassi, Stephen M Davis, Bruce C V Campbell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical triage scales for prehospital recognition of large vessel occlusion (LVO) are limited by low specificity when applied by paramedics. We created the 3-step ambulance clinical triage for acute stroke treatment (ACT-FAST) as the first algorithmic LVO identification tool, designed to improve specificity by recognizing only severe clinical syndromes and optimizing paramedic usability and reliability. METHODS: The ACT-FAST algorithm consists of (1) unilateral arm drift to stretcher <10 seconds, (2) severe language deficit (if right arm is weak) or gaze deviation/hemineglect assessed by simple shoulder tap test (if left arm is weak), and (3) eligibility and stroke mimic screen...
April 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29525968/informing-prehospital-care-planning-using-pilot-trauma-registry-data-in-yaound%C3%A3-cameroon
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Obieze Chiemeka Nwanna-Nzewunwa, Marquise Kouo Ngamby, Elinor Shetter, Georges Alain Etoundi Mballa, Isabelle Feldhaus, Martin Ekeke Monono, Adnan A Hyder, Rochelle Dicker, Kent A Stevens, Catherine Juillard
INTRODUCTION: About 54% of deaths in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are attributable to lack of prehospital care. The single largest contributor to the disability-adjusted life years due to poor prehospital care is injury. Despite having disproportionately high injury burdens, most LMIC trauma systems have little prehospital organization. An understanding of existing prehospital care patterns in LMICs is warranted as a precursor to strengthening prehospital systems. METHODS: In this retrospective pilot study, we collected demographic and injury characteristics, therapeutic itinerary, and transport data of patients that were captured by the trauma registry at the Central Hospital of Yaoundé (CHY) from April 15, 2009 to October 15, 2009...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29511537/pre-hospital-national-early-warning-score-news-is-associated-with-in-hospital-mortality-and-critical-care-unit-admission-a-cohort-study
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Tom E F Abbott, Nicholas Cron, Nidhi Vaid, Dorothy Ip, Hew D T Torrance, Julian Emmanuel
Background: National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is increasingly used in UK hospitals. However, there is only limited evidence to support the use of pre-hospital early warning scores. We hypothesised that pre-hospital NEWS was associated with death or critical care escalation within the first 48 h of hospital stay. Methods: Planned secondary analysis of a prospective cohort study at a single UK teaching hospital. Consecutive medical ward admissions over a 20-day period were included in the study...
March 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450938/hot-off-the-press-sgem-197-cannulation-in-the-ed
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Sahaana Rangarajan, Justin Morgenstern, William K Milne, Corey Heitz
This is a prospective before-after study comparing peripheral intravenous cannulation (PIVC) placement and usage rates following a 10 week long multimodal intervention provided to medical and nursing staff working in a tertiary emergency department (ED). The intervention focused on improving appropriate use of PIVCs in an emergency setting by emphasizing to clinicians that a PIVC should only be placed if it was believed there was more than an 80% chance that it would be used. Patients were eligible for the study if they presented to the ED and were >18 years of age...
February 16, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29450701/burden-characteristics-and-process-of-care-among-the-pediatric-and-adult-trauma-patients-in-botswana-s-main-hospitals
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Michael B Mwandri, Timothy C Hardcastle
BACKGROUND: Botswana is notable among countries with high rates of Road Traffic Collisions (RTC); like many other lower-middle-income countries (LMICs), it lacks trauma systems. The World Health Organization recommends 'Essential Trauma Care' in countries with no formal trauma systems. The proportion of injuries in Emergency Departments and the care process were investigated to gain an overview for enabling the design of a relevant LMICs trauma system. METHOD: Blunt and penetrating trauma patients were included from three major hospitals, examining the proportion of injuries, patient characteristics, the care process and comparing these between pediatrics and adults...
February 15, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440876/research-of-an-emergency-medical-system-for-mass-casualty-incidents-in-shanghai-china-a-system-dynamics-model
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Wenya Yu, Yipeng Lv, Chaoqun Hu, Xu Liu, Haiping Chen, Chen Xue, Lulu Zhang
Objectives: Emergency medical system for mass casualty incidents (EMS-MCIs) is a global issue. However, China lacks such studies extremely, which cannot meet the requirement of rapid decision-support system. This study aims to realize modeling EMS-MCIs in Shanghai, to improve mass casualty incident (MCI) rescue efficiency in China, and to provide a possible method of making rapid rescue decisions during MCIs. Methods: This study established a system dynamics (SD) model of EMS-MCIs using the Vensim DSS program...
2018: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433441/ambulance-use-is-not-associated-with-patient-acuity-after-road-traffic-collisions-a-cross-sectional-study-from-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Yonas Abebe, Tolesa Dida, Engida Yisma, David M Silvestri
BACKGROUND: Africa accounts for one sixth of global road traffic deaths-most in the pre-hospital setting. Ambulance transport is expensive relative to other modes of pre-hospital transport, but has advantages in time-sensitive, high-acuity scenarios. Many countries, including Ethiopia, are expanding ambulance fleets, but clinical characteristics of patients using ambulances remain ill-defined. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study of 662 road traffic collisions (RTC) patients arriving to a single trauma referral center in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, over 7 months...
February 13, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29386096/cost-analysis-of-an-integrated-aged-care-program-for-residential-aged-care-facilities
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Rod Ling, Andrew Searles, Jacqueline Hewitt, Robyn Considine, Catherine Turner, Susan Thomas, Kelly Thomas, Keith Drinkwater, Isabel Higgins, Karen Best, Jane Conway, Carolyn Hullick
Objective To compare annual costs of an intervention for acutely unwell older residents in residential age care facilities (RACFs) with usual care. The intervention, the Aged Care Emergency (ACE) program, includes telephone clinical support aimed to reduce avoidable emergency department (ED) presentations by RACF residents.Methods This costing of the ACE intervention examines the perspective of service providers: RACFs, Hunter Medicare Local, the Ambulance Service of New South Wales, and EDs in the Hunter New England Local Health District...
February 1, 2018: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345508/response-by-twin-italian-hub-hospitals-in-a-double-seismic-event-a-retrospective-observational-investigation
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Alberto Barbieri, Gabriele Melegari, Valentina Lob, Lorenzo Mazzali, Luca D'Amelio, Andrea Giovannoni, Enrico Giuliani
INTRODUCTION: The objectives of this study were to compare prevalence rates of different pathologies, ambulance system and emergency department management times, and patient survival and hazard ratios for codes 2 and 3 in two hub hospitals in Modena in the 36-month period across the stages of two major earthquakes in short sequence in Northern Italy in 2012. METHODS: Clinical records pertaining to the emergency care of patients were analyzed and only those assigned status codes 2 and 3 by ambulance professionals were included (if the assessment was confirmed by emergency department triage)...
January 18, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321074/patient-and-case-characteristics-associated-with-no-paramedic-treatment-for-low-acuity-cases-referred-for-emergency-ambulance-dispatch-following-a-secondary-telephone-triage-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Kathryn Eastwood, Amee Morgans, Johannes Stoelwinder, Karen Smith
BACKGROUND: Predicting case types that are unlikely to be treated by paramedics can aid in managing demand for emergency ambulances by identifying cases suitable for alternative management pathways. The aim of this study was to identify the patient characteristics and triage outcomes associated with 'no paramedic treatment' for cases referred for emergency ambulance dispatch following secondary telephone triage. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis was conducted of cases referred for emergency ambulance dispatch following secondary telephone triage between September 2009 and June 2012...
January 10, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284734/impact-of-prehospital-triage-scales-to-detect-large-vessel-occlusion-on-resource-utilization-and-time-to-treatment
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Ludwig Schlemm, Martin Ebinger, Christian H Nolte, Matthias Endres
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prehospital stroke severity scales may help to triage acute ischemic stroke patients with large vessel occlusion (LVO) for direct transportation to a comprehensive stroke center. The impact on resource use and time to reperfusion treatment for patients with and without LVO is unknown. METHODS: Based on empirical distributions of stroke symptom severity, prehospital delay times, and stroke symptom severity-dependent likelihood of LVO, we simulate prehospital incidents of stroke-like symptoms in abstract geographical environments to estimate the impact of prehospital triage strategies based on different cutoffs of the rapid arterial occlusion evaluation scale...
February 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277493/emergency-department-visits-in-patients-with-low-acuity-conditions-factors-associated-with-resource-utilization
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Claire Pearson, Deborah S Kim, Valerie H Mika, S Imran Ayaz, Scott R Millis, Robert Dunne, Phillip D Levy
OBJECTIVES: To identify health beliefs of emergency department (ED) patients with low acuity conditions and how these affect ambulance (AMB) utilization. METHODS: We performed a prospective, observational study on a convenience sample of patients 18years or older, who presented to the ED of an urban, academic hospital with an Emergency Severity Index (ESI) triage level of 4 or 5. Demographics, treatment, and disposition data were obtained along with self-administered surveys...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29262428/bringing-emergency-neurology-to-ambulances-mobile-stroke-unit
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Ritvij Bowry, James C Grotta
Ischemic stroke results from blocked arteries in the brain, with earlier thrombolysis with intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) and/or mechanical thrombectomy resulting in improved clinical outcomes. Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) can speed up the treatment with tPA and facilitate faster triage for patients to hospitals for mechanical thrombectomy. The first registry-based MSU study in Germany demonstrated faster treatment times with tPA using a MSU, a higher proportion of patients being treated within the first "golden hour," and a suggestion of improved 3-month clinical outcomes...
December 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225903/early-clinical-outcomes-as-a-function-of-use-of-newer-oral-p2y-12-inhibitors-versus-clopidogrel-in-the-euromax-trial
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Kurt Huber, Gregory Ducrocq, Christian W Hamm, Arnoud van 't Hof, Frédéric Lapostolle, Pierre Coste, Giovanni Gordini, Jacob Steinmetz, Freek W A Verheugt, Jennifer Adgey, Lutz Nibbe, Vojko Kaniĉ, Peter Clemmensen, Uwe Zeymer, Debra Bernstein, Jayne Prats, Efthymios N Deliargyris, Ph Gabriel Steg
Objective: To ascertain whether different oral P2Y12 inhibitors might affect rates of acute stent thrombosis and 30-day outcomes after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). Methods: The European Ambulance Acute Coronary Syndrome Angiography (EUROMAX) randomised trial compared prehospital bivalirudin with heparin with optional glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor treatment in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction triaged to pPCI. Choice of P2Y12 inhibitor was at the investigator's discretion...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170328/31-the-quality-improvement-qip-improving-multidisciplinary-staff-engagement-with-quality-improvement-in-the-rvh-emergency-department
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Olly Bannon, Emma Greenwood
: In recent years the RVH Emergency Department (ED) had been under intense pressure and public scrutiny. This led to a demoralised workforce who had become disengaged with quality improvement (QI). QI projects had become an exercise in data collection with little focus on improving care for patients.Two consultants undertook training in QI and then decided to develop a QI project aiming to empower staff and embed QI as daily practice. An ED QI steering group of interested multidisciplinary members was formed and devised an improvement plan to increase staff engagement with QI...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170314/17-exploring-ambulance-conveyances-to-the-emergency-department-a-descriptive-analysis-of-non-urgent-transports
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Jamie Miles, Colin O'Keeffe, Richard Jacques, Tony Stone, Suzanne Mason
OBJECTIVES: An NHS England report highlighted key issues in how patients were initially navigating access to healthcare. This has manifested in increased pressure on ambulance services and emergency departments (EDs) to provide high quality, safe and efficient services to manage this demand. This study aims to identify non-urgent conveyances by ambulance services to the ED that would be suitable for care at scene or an alternative response. DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of emergency department data linked to initial pre-hospital call data (either '111' or '999') in 2014 in Yorkshire and Humber...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170313/16-investigating-the-effects-of-under-triage-by-existing-major-incident-triage-tools
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James Vassallo, Jason Smith
INTRODUCTION: Triage, the process of prioritising patients on the basis of clinical acuity, is a key principle in the effective management of a major incident. The overall effectiveness of the triage process is not only a balance between identifying those who need or don't need a life-saving intervention, but also those who are under or over-triaged as either incorrectly needing/not needing intervention. The primary aim of this study was to describe the implications of under-triage using existing major incident triage tools, including the 2013 National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) Sieve...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151402/difference-in-first-aid-activity-during-mass-casualty-training-based-on-having-taken-an-educational-course
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Youichi Yanagawa, Kazuhiko Omori, Kouhei Ishikawa, Ikuto Takeuchi, Kei Jitsuiki, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Jun Sato, Hideyuki Matsumoto, Masaru Tsuchiya, Hiromichi Osaka
BACKGROUND: The Japanese Association for Disaster Medicine developed a mass casualty life support (MCLS) course to improve cooperation among medical practitioners during a disaster, which is essential for reducing the rates of preventable disaster death. We investigated whether there was difference in first aid activity among members of the ambulance service during mass casualty training based on having taken the MCLS course. METHODS: Mass casualty training was held at the fire department of Numazu City...
November 20, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
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