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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/28614862/-thoracic-trauma-prehospital-treatment
#2
Michael Hansen, Thomas Hachenberg
Penetrating thoracic injuries are rare in Germany and common in urban regions. 10 percent of the patients in Emergency Departments suffer from blunt thoracic trauma. Mechanism of trauma can predict the severity of the injuries. Very fast life-threatening injuries with hemodynamic problems like tension pneumothorax or cardiac tamponade have to be diagnosed. Prehospital emergency physicians need skills in ultrasound for diagnosis and in invasive therapy like chest tube or pericardium drainage tube. The application of an algorithm in exploration of a thoracic trauma seems to be useful...
June 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587694/a-survey-of-front-line-paramedics-examining-the-professional-relationship-between-paramedics-and-physician-medical-oversight
#3
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/28560799/blood-pressure-management-and-guideline-adherence-in-hypertensive-emergencies-and-urgencies-a-comparison-between-telemedically-supported-and-conventional-out-of-hospital-care
#4
Jörg C Brokmann, Rolf Rossaint, Michael Müller, Christina Fitzner, Luigi Villa, Stefan K Beckers, Sebastian Bergrath
Prehospital hypertensive emergencies and urgencies are common, but evidence is lacking. Telemedically supported hypertensive emergencies and urgencies were prospectively collected (April 2014-March 2015) and compared retrospectively with a historical control group of on-scene physician care in the emergency medical service of Aachen, Germany. Blood pressure management and guideline adherence were evaluated. Telemedical (n=159) vs conventional (n=172) cases: blood pressure reductions of 35±24 mm Hg vs 44±23 mm Hg revealed a group effect adjusted for baseline differences (P=...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557070/color-and-power-doppler-sonography-for-pneumothorax-detection
#5
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
#6
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...
May 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495422/reduced-frequency-of-severe-hypoglycemia-at-mild-ambient-temperatures-between-10-and-20-%C3%A2-c-a-population-based-study-under-marine-west-coast-climate-conditions
#7
Mario Hensel, Markus Stuhr, Daniel Geppert, Jan Felix Kersten, Jürgen Lorenz, Thoralf Kerner
AIMS: To determine the association between ambient temperature and severe hypoglycemia. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study performed in a prehospital setting. Data from the Emergency Medical Service in Hamburg (Germany) and data from the local weather station were evaluated over a 5-year period. Lowess-regression analysis was conducted to assess the relationship between ambient temperature and frequency of severe hypoglycemia. Additionally, three temperature-ranges were defined in order to compare them with each other with regard to frequency of severe hypoglycemia (<10°C vs...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492412/patients-in-prehospital-transport-to-the-emergency-department-a-cohort-study-of-risk-factors-for-7-day-mortality
#8
Camilla L Noergaard Bech, Mikkel Brabrand, Søren Mikkelsen, Annmarie Lassen
BACKGROUND: Ambulance transfer is the first contact with the healthcare system for many patients in emergency conditions.We aimed to identify prognostic risk factors accessible in the prehospital phase that indicate an increased risk of 7-day mortality. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We included patients aged 18 years or older, transferred by ambulance to the emergency department at Odense University Hospital, from 1 April 2012 to 30 September 2014. We carried out multivariate logistic regressions, adjusted for age and sex, to describe the relationship between vital sign values recorded in the prehospital setting and 7-day mortality...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
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/28489643/factors-influencing-quality-of-pain-management-in-a-physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
#10
Nicole Oberholzer, Alexander Kaserer, Roland Albrecht, Burkhardt Seifert, Mario Tissi, Donat R Spahn, Konrad Maurer, Philipp Stein
BACKGROUND: Pain is frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and needs to be treated quickly and sufficiently. However, incidences of insufficient analgesia after prehospital treatment by emergency medical services are reported to be as high as 43%. The purpose of this analysis was to identify modifiable factors in a specific emergency patient cohort that influence the pain suffered by patients when admitted to the hospital. METHODS: For that purpose, this retrospective observational study included all patients with significant pain treated by a Swiss physician-staffed helicopter emergency service between April and October 2011 with the following characteristics to limit selection bias: Age > 15 years, numerical rating scale (NRS) for pain documented at the scene and at hospital admission, NRS > 3 at the scene, initial Glasgow coma scale > 12, and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics score < VI...
July 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486323/the-trauma-time-out-evaluating-the-effectiveness-of-protocol-based-information-dissemination-in-the-traumatically-injured-patient
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Heather R Nolan, Michael Fitzgerald, Brett Howard, Joey Jarrard, Danny Vaughn
Procedural time-outs are widely accepted safety standards that are protocolized in nearly all hospital systems. The trauma time-out, however, has been largely unstudied in the existing literature and does not have a standard protocol outlined by any of the major trauma surgery organizations. The goal of this study was to evaluate our institution's use of the trauma time-out and assess how trauma team members viewed its effectiveness. A multiple-answer survey was sent to trauma team members at a Level I trauma center...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484212/quality-of-analgesia-in-physician-operated-telemedical-prehospital-emergency-care-is-comparable-to-physician-based-prehospital-care-a-retrospective-longitudinal-study
#12
Niklas Lenssen, Andreas Krockauer, Stefan K Beckers, Rolf Rossaint, Frederik Hirsch, Jörg C Brokmann, Sebastian Bergrath
Acute pain is a common reason for summoning emergency medical services (EMS). Yet in several countries the law restricts opioid-based analgesia administration to physicians. Telemedical support of paramedics is a novel approach to enable timely treatment under the guidance of a physician. In this retrospective observational study, conducted in the EMS of Aachen, Germany, the analgesic quality and occurrence of adverse events were compared between telemedically-supported paramedics (July-December, 2014) and a historical control group (conventional on-scene EMS physicians; January-March, 2014)...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464969/utilization-criteria-for-prehospital-ultrasound-in-a-canadian-critical-care-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-determining-who-might-benefit
#13
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/28463096/border-injuries-an-analysis-of-prehospital-demographics-mechanisms-and-patterns-of-injuries-encountered-by-usbp-ems-agents-in-the-el-paso-texas-usa-sector
#14
Russell A Baker
Study Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate Emergency Medical Services (EMS), use, injury mechanisms, prehospital assessments, and injuries among those receiving aid from the United States Border Patrol (USBP) in the El Paso (Texas USA) Sector. DESIGN: This is a time-series, retrospective analysis of all prehospital data for injuries among patients receiving care from USBP EMS on the US Mexico border in the El Paso sector from February 6, 2014 to February 6, 2016. RESULTS: A total of 473 documented EMS encounters occurred in this two-year period and demonstrated a male gender predominance (male 63%; female 37%) with the most prominent ages between 22-40 years old...
May 2, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427784/prehospital-removal-improves-neurological-outcomes-in-elderly-patient-with-foreign-body-airway-obstruction
#15
Yutaka Igarashi, Shoji Yokobori, Yudai Yoshino, Tomohiko Masuno, Masato Miyauchi, Hiroyuki Yokota
OBJECTIVE: In Japan, the number of patients with foreign body airway obstruction by food is rapidly increasing with the increase in the population of the elderly and a leading cause of unexpected death. This study aimed to determine the factors that influence prognosis of these patients. METHODS: This is a retrospective single institutional study. A total of 155 patients were included. We collected the variables from the medical records and analyzed them to determine the factors associated with patient outcome...
April 10, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426466/physician-variation-in-time-to-antimicrobial-treatment-for-septic-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department
#16
Ithan D Peltan, Kristina H Mitchell, Kristina E Rudd, Blake A Mann, David J Carlbom, Catherine L Hough, Thomas D Rea, Samuel M Brown
OBJECTIVES: Delayed initiation of appropriate antimicrobials is linked to higher sepsis mortality. We investigated interphysician variation in septic patients' door-to-antimicrobial time. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Emergency department of an academic medical center. SUBJECTS: Adult patients treated with antimicrobials in the emergency department between 2009 and 2015 for fluid-refractory severe sepsis or septic shock...
June 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419017/the-evaluation-of-trauma-care-the-comparison-of-2-high-level-pediatric-emergency-departments-in-the-united-states-and-turkey
#17
Alkan Bal, Michael Cooper, Amanda Lee, Murat Anil, Halim Hennes
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study is to compare the outcomes of pediatric trauma patients with motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) and motor vehicle versus pedestrian crashes (MPCs) at a level 1 pediatric trauma center in the United States and a pediatric trauma center in Turkey. METHODS: The medical records of all pediatric MVC and MPC subjects presenting to the emergency departments (EDs) of a level 3 hospital in Turkey (Izmir Tepecik Training and Research Hospital [ITTRH]) and a level 1 pediatric trauma center in the United States (Children's Medical Center Dallas [CMCD]) over a 1-year period were reviewed...
April 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370736/direct-versus-video-laryngoscopy-for-prehospital-intubation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
P Brian Savino, Scott Reichelderfer, Mary P Mercer, Ralph Wang, Karl A Sporer
OBJECTIVES: The use of video laryngoscopy (VL) for intubation has gained recent popularity. In the prehospital setting, it is unclear if VL increases intubation success rates compared to direct laryngoscopy (DL). We sought to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies comparing VL to DL in the prehospital setting to determine whether the use of VL increases overall and first-pass endotracheal intubation success rates compared to DL. METHODS: A systematic search was performed of the Pubmed, Embase, and SCOPUS databases through May 2016 to include studies comparing overall and first-pass success for VL vs...
April 1, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359986/diagnostic-accuracy-of-ultrasonography-for-detecting-nasogastric-tube-ngt-placement-in-adults-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Tian Lin, Wendy Gifford, Yutao Lan, Xiuqun Qin, Xuelian Liu, Juan Wang, Biping Yang, Tianhui You, Ken Chen
OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence on diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography for detecting correct nasogastric tube (NGT) placement in adults compared to X-ray as the reference standard. METHODS: This is a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies, searched in the literature between 1961 and 2015. We included studies which compared the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasonography detection for NGT placement with X-ray in adult patients who were undergoing NGT placement for any reason in any care setting...
June 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
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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