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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037168/locating-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-bases-to-optimise-population-coverage-versus-average-response-time
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Alan A Garner, Pieter L van den Berg
BACKGROUND: New South Wales (NSW), Australia has a network of multirole retrieval physician staffed helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) with seven bases servicing a jurisdiction with population concentrated along the eastern seaboard. The aim of this study was to estimate optimal HEMS base locations within NSW using advanced mathematical modelling techniques. METHODS: We used high resolution census population data for NSW from 2011 which divides the state into areas containing 200-800 people...
October 16, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033344/a-prospective-study-of-ketamine-as-primary-therapy-for-prehospital-profound-agitation
#2
Jon B Cole, Lauren R Klein, Paul C Nystrom, Johanna C Moore, Brian E Driver, Brandon J Fryza, Justin Harrington, Jeffrey D Ho
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effectiveness of ketamine as a primary therapy for prehospital profound agitation. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of patients receiving 5mg/kg of intramuscular ketamine for profound agitation, defined as a score of +4 on the Altered Mental Status Scale (AMSS), a validated ordinal scale of agitation from -4 (unresponsive) to +4 (most agitated). The primary outcome was time to adequate sedation (AMSS<+1). Secondary outcomes included need for additional sedatives, intubation frequency, complications associated with ketamine, and mortality...
October 7, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989879/root-cause-analysis-of-diabetic-ketoacidosis-admissions-at-a-tertiary-referral-pediatric-emergency-department-in-north-india
#3
Muralidharan Jayashree, Rohit Sasidharan, Sunit Singhi, Karthi Nallasamy, Mullai Baalaaji
OBJECTIVES: To identify system-based factors contributing to Emergency Department (ED) admissions of children with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and related complications with emphasis on parental and physician awareness and prereferral management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective observational root cause analysis study of all consecutive admissions of children with DKA to pediatric ED of a tertiary care referral hospital in northern India over a period of 1 year (July 2010-June 2011)...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975883/prehospital-interventions-before-and-after-implementation-of-a-physician-staffed-helicopter
#4
Asger Sonne, Sandra Wulffeld, Jacob Steinmetz, Lars S Rasmussen, Rasmus Hesselfeldt
INTRODUCTION: Implementation of a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in eastern Denmark was associated with increased survival for severely injured patients. This study aimed to assess the potential impact of advanced prehospital interventions by comparing the proportion of patients who received those interventions before and after the HEMS implementation. METHODS: A post-hoc analysis of a prospective before-after study. We included trauma patients with Injury Severity Scores above three who had been admitted to seven emergency departments or one level 1 trauma centre in the course of a five-month period before and a 12-month period after the HEMS implementation...
October 2017: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921731/inter-observer-agreement-in-pediatric-cervical-spine-injury-assessment-between-prehospital-and-emergency-department-providers
#5
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. OBJECTIVE: To determine the inter-observer agreement between EMS and emergency department (ED) providers for CSI risk assessment variables and overall gestalt for CSI in children after blunt trauma...
September 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915898/physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-has-a-beneficial-impact-on-the-incidence-of-prehospital-hypoxia-and-secured-airways-on-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
#6
Toni Pakkanen, Antti Kämäräinen, Heini Huhtala, Tom Silfvast, Jouni Nurmi, Ilkka Virkkunen, Arvi Yli-Hankala
BACKGROUND: After traumatic brain injury (TBI), hypotension, hypoxia and hypercapnia have been shown to result in secondary brain injury that can lead to increased mortality and disability. Effective prehospital assessment and treatment by emergency medical service (EMS) is considered essential for favourable outcome. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in the treatment of TBI patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study...
September 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910212/feasibility-of-paramedic-performed-prehospital-lung-ultrasound-in-medical-patients-with-respiratory-distress
#7
Torben K Becker, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette, Christopher Schott
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital ultrasound is not yet widely implemented. Most studies report on convenience samples and trauma patients, often by prehospital physicians or critical care clinicians. We assessed the feasibility of paramedic performed prehospital lung ultrasound in medical patients with respiratory distress. METHODS: Paramedics at 2 ambulance stations in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA underwent a 2-hour training session in prehospital lung ultrasound using the SonoSite iViz, a handheld ultrasound device...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885943/systematic-review-of-live-tissue-versus-simulation-education-for-prehospital-trauma-providers
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Craig Goolsby, Andrew Branting, Jason Ausman, David Williams, Chelsea Ausman, Jason David, Rhonda Allard
BACKGROUND: Advanced simulation capabilities have provided medical educators novel approaches for learners. Simulation has successfully replaced many aspects of medical education that previously used animal live-tissue training (LTT) for physician education. However, prehospital trauma providers, such as combat medics, currently used LTT to prepare for patient care. This use of LTT has sparked a debate about the optimal educational modality for this unique learner population. At this time, there is no clear evidence-based recommendation available to recommend either LTT or simulation as a superior modality...
September 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874938/availability-and-accuracy-of-ems-information-about-chronic-health-and-medications-in-cardiac-arrest
#9
Alexander Foster, Victor Florea, Carol Fahrenbruch, Jennifer Blackwood, Thomas D Rea
INTRODUCTION: Field information available to emergency medical services (EMS) about a patient's chronic health conditions or medication therapies could help direct patient care or be used to investigate outcome disparities. However, little is known about the field availability or accuracy of information of chronic health conditions or chronic medication treatments in emergent circumstances, especially when the patient cannot serve as an information resource. We evaluated the prehospital availability and accuracy of specific chronic health conditions and medication treatments among out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients...
August 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868272/readiness-for-radiological-and-nuclear-events-among-emergency-medical-personnel
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Cham E Dallas, Kelly R Klein, Thomas Lehman, Takamitsu Kodama, Curtis Andrew Harris, Raymond E Swienton
BACKGROUND: Among medical providers, even though radiological and nuclear events are recognized as credible threats, there is a lack of knowledge and fear about the medical consequences among medical personnel which could significantly affect the treatment of patients injured and/or contaminated in such scenarios. This study was conducted to evaluate the relative knowledge, willingness to respond, and familiarity with nuclear/radiological contamination risks among U.S. and Japanese emergency medical personnel...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864702/design-and-validation-of-a-clinical-scale-for-prehospital-stroke-recognition-severity-grading-and-prediction-of-large-vessel-occlusion-the-shortened-nih-stroke-scale-for-emergency-medical-services
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Jan Christoph Purrucker, Florian Härtig, Hardy Richter, Andreas Engelbrecht, Johannes Hartmann, Jonas Auer, Christian Hametner, Erik Popp, Peter Arthur Ringleb, Simon Nagel, Sven Poli
OBJECTIVE: To develop an NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS)-compatible, all-in-one scale for rapid and comprehensive prehospital stroke assessment including stroke recognition, severity grading and progression monitoring as well as prediction of large vessel occlusion (LVO). METHODS: Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel and stroke physicians (n=326) rated each item of the NIHSS regarding suitability for prehospital use; best rated items were included. Stroke recognition was evaluated retrospectively in 689 consecutive patients with acute stroke or stroke mimics, prediction of LVO in 741 consecutive patients with ischaemic stroke with acute vessel imaging independent of admission NIHSS score...
September 1, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863949/impact-of-rapid-response-car-system-on-extracorporeal-life-support-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Ryota Sato, Akira Kuriyama, Michitaka Nasu, Shinnji Gima, Wataru Iwanaga, Tadaaki Takada, Yusuke Kitahara, Hideto Fukui, Terutake Yonemori, Masaharu Yagi
INTRODUCTION: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) has been reported to be more effective than conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In ECLS, a shorter time from arrival to implantation of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO; door-to-ECMO) time was predicted to be associated with better survival rates. This study aimed to examine the impact of the physician-based emergency medical services (P-EMS) using a rapid response car (RRC) on door-to-ECMO time in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA)...
August 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846853/is-this-child-sick-usefulness-of-the-pediatric-assessment-triangle-in-emergency-settings
#13
REVIEW
Ana Fernandez, Javier Benito, Santiago Mintegi
OBJECTIVE: The Pediatric Assessment Triangle is a rapid assessment tool that uses only visual and auditory clues, requires no equipment, and takes 30-60s to perform. It's being used internationally in different emergency settings, but few studies have assessed its performance. The aim of this narrative biomedical review is to summarize the literature available regarding the usefulness of the Pediatric Assessment Triangle in clinical practice. SOURCES: The authors carried out a non-systematic review in the PubMed(®), MEDLINE(®), and EMBASE(®) databases, searching for articles published between 1999-2016 using the keywords "pediatric assessment triangle," "pediatric triage," "pediatric assessment tools," and "pediatric emergency department...
August 25, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843959/team-a-low-cost-alternative-to-atls-for-providing-trauma-care-teaching-in-haiti
#14
Anton Kurdin, Andrew Caines, Darrell Boone, Andrew Furey
OBJECTIVE: Trauma resuscitation protocols have unified the care of trauma patients and significantly improved outcomes. However, the success of the Advanced Trauma Life Support course is difficult to reproduce in developing countries due to set-up costs, limitations of resources, and variations of practice. The objective of this study is to assess the Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM) course as a low-cost alternative for trauma resuscitation teaching in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807073/a-comparison-of-paramedic-first-pass-endotracheal-intubation-success-rate-of-the-vividtrac-vt-a-100-glidescope-ranger-and-direct-laryngoscopy-under-simulated-prehospital-cervical-spinal-immobilization-conditions-in-a-cadaveric-model
#15
Ryan Hodnick, Tony Zitek, Kellen Galster, Stephen Johnson, Bryan Bledsoe, Daniel Ebbs
OBJECTIVE: The primary goal of this study was to compare paramedic first pass success rate between two different video laryngoscopes and direct laryngoscopy (DL) under simulated prehospital conditions in a cadaveric model. METHODS: This was a non-randomized, group-controlled trial in which five non-embalmed, non-frozen cadavers were intubated under prehospital spinal immobilization conditions using DL and with both the GlideScope Ranger (GL; Verathon Inc, Bothell, Washington USA) and the VividTrac VT-A100 (VT; Vivid Medical, Palo Alto, California USA)...
August 15, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792281/pan-asian-trauma-outcomes-study-patos-rationale-and-methodology-of-an-international-and-multicenter-trauma-registry
#16
So Yeon Kong, Sang Do Shin, Hideharu Tanaka, Akio Kimura, Kyoung Jun Song, Goh E Shaun, Wen-Chu Chiang, Kentaro Kajino, Sabariah Faizah Jamaluddin, Dae Han Wi, Ju Ok Park, Sung Woo Moon, Young Sun Ro, David C Cone, James F Holmes
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a major health burden and a time-dependent critical emergency condition among developing and developed countries. In Asia, trauma has become a rapidly expanding epidemic and has spread out to many underdeveloped and developing countries through rapid urbanization and industrialization. Most casualties of severe trauma, which results in significant mortality and disability are assessed and transported by prehospital providers including physicians, professional providers, and volunteer providers...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766306/interpretation-of-brain-ct-scans-in-the-field-by-critical-care-physicians-in-a-mobile-stroke-unit
#17
Maren Ranhoff Hov, Erik Zakariassen, Thomas Lindner, Terje Nome, Kristi G Bache, Jo Røislien, Jostein Gleditsch, Volker Solyga, David Russell, Christian G Lund
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: In acute stroke, thromboembolism or spontaneous hemorrhage abruptly reduces blood flow to a part of the brain. To limit necrosis, rapid radiological identification of the pathological mechanism must be conducted to allow the initiation of targeted treatment. The aim of the Norwegian Acute Stroke Prehospital Project is to determine if anesthesiologists, trained in prehospital critical care, may accurately assess cerebral computed tomography (CT) scans in a mobile stroke unit (MSU)...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752646/comparing-direct-and-video-laryngoscopy-for-prehospital-intubation-can-meta-analysis-provide-an-exact-solution
#18
LETTER
Hui-Xian Li, Fu-Shan Xue, Gui-Zhen Yang, Ya-Yang Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 28, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746084/epidemiology-and-location-of-primary-retrieval-missions-in-a-scottish-aeromedical-service
#19
Gregg Neagle, Lisa Curatolo, John Ferris, Mike Donald, Stephen Hearns, Alasdair R Corfield
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital critical care teams comprising an appropriately trained physician and paramedic or nurse have been associated with improved outcomes in selected trauma patients. These teams are a scarce and expensive resource, especially when delivered by rotary air assets. The optimal tasking of prehospital critical care teams is therefore vital and remains a subject of debate. Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) provides a prehospital critical care response team to incidents over a large area of Scotland either by air or by road...
July 25, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741008/the-national-resuscitation-council-singapore-and-34-years-of-resuscitation-training-1983-to-2017
#20
Venkataraman Anantharaman
Training in the modern form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) started in Singapore in 1983. For the first 15 years, the expansion of training programmes was mainly owing to the interest of a few individuals. Public training in the skill was minimal. In an area of medical care where the greatest opportunity for benefit lies in employing core resuscitation skills in the prehospital environment, very little was being done to address such a need. In 1998, a group of physicians, working together with the Ministry of Health, set up the National Resuscitation Council (NRC)...
July 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
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