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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29564473/-palliative-medicine-in-emergency-medical-services
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REVIEW
M Roessler, N Eulitz
The scope of emergency calls for emergency medical services staffed by an emergency physician (EMS-EP) includes calls to patients with life-limiting diseases. Symptom exacerbation as well as psychosocial overburdening of caring relatives are the most frequent reasons for activation of an EMS-EP. Pain crises, acute dyspnea, massive bleeding and/or an impending or overt cardiac arrest are the most frequent symptom exacerbations. Under the conditions of a prehospital emergency physician mission, particular challenges are the evaluation of the overall situation, the prognosis and the presumed will of the patient...
March 21, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29555113/etiologies-of-altered-mental-status-in-patients-with-presumed-ethanol-intoxication
#2
Marc L Martel, Lauren R Klein, Andrew J Lichtenheld, Allan M Kerandi, Brian E Driver, Jon B Cole
BACKGROUND: Altered mental status is a commonly evaluated problem in the ED. Ethanol intoxication is common, and prehospital history may bias emergency physicians to suspect this as the cause of altered mental status. Quantitative ethanol measurement can rapidly confirm the diagnosis, or if negative, prompt further evaluation. Our objective was to identify the etiologies of altered mental status in ED patients initially presumed to be intoxicated with ethanol but found to have negative quantitative ethanol levels...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29547887/an-evaluation-of-navy-en-route-care-training-using-a-high-fidelity-medical-simulation-scenario-of-interfacility-patient-transport
#3
Christine A DeForest, Virginia Blackman, John E Alex, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Crystal Perez, Joseph Maddry, Domenique Selby, Benjamin Walrath
Introduction: Military prehospital and en route care (ERC) directly impacts patient morbidity and mortality. Provider knowledge and skills are critical variables in the effectiveness of ERC. No Navy doctrine defines provider choice for patient transport or requires standardized provider training. Frequently, Search and Rescue Medical Technicians (SMTs) and Navy Nurses (ERC RNs) are tasked with this mission though physicians have also been used. Navy ERC provider training varies greatly by professional role...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29545057/intravenous-recombinant-tissue-plasminogen-activator-and-ischemic-stroke-focused-update-of-2010-clinical-practice-advisory-from-the-american-academy-of-emergency-medicine
#4
William J Meurer, Bradley Barth, Michael Abraham, Jerome Hoffman, Gary M Vilke, Gerard DeMers
BACKGROUND: Stroke treatment is a continuum that begins with the rapid identification of symptoms and treatment with transition to successful rehabilitation. Therapies for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) may vary based on anatomic location, interval from symptom onset, and coexisting health conditions. Successful therapy requires a seamless systematic approach with coordination from prehospital environment through acute management at medical facilities to disposition and long-term care of the patient...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29533432/feasibility-and-proposed-training-pathway-for-austere-application-of-resuscitative-balloon-occlusion-of-the-aorta
#5
Elliot M Ross, Theodore T Redman
BACKGROUND: Noncompressible junctional and truncal hemorrhage remains a significant cause of combat casualty death. Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is an effective treatment for many junctional and noncompressible hemorrhages. The current hospital standard for time of placement of REBOA is approximately 6 minutes. This study examined the training process and the ability of nonsurgical physicians to apply REBOA therapy in an austere field environment. METHODS: This was a skill acquisition and feasibility study...
2018: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29521783/a-multicenter-performance-improvement-program-uses-rural-trauma-filters-for-benchmarking-an-evaluation-of-the-findings
#6
Ray Coniglio, Constance McGraw, Mike Archuleta, Heather Bentler, Leigh Keiter, Julie Ramstetter, Elizabeth Reis, Cristi Romans, Rachael Schell, Kelli Ross, Rachel Smith, Jodi Townsend, Alessandro Orlando, Charles W Mains
Colorado requires Level III and IV trauma centers to conduct a formal performance improvement program (PI), but provides limited support for program development. Trauma program managers and coordinators in rural facilities rarely have experience in the development or management of a PI program. As a result, rural trauma centers often face challenges in evaluating trauma outcomes adequately. Through a multidisciplinary outreach program, our Trauma System worked with a group of rural trauma centers to identify and define seven specific PI filters based on key program elements of rural trauma centers...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29516125/medical-speciality-medication-or-skills-key-factors-of-prehospital-joint-reduction-a-prospective-multicenter-cohort-study
#7
Georg Siebenbürger, Christian Zeckey, Julian Fürmetz, Wolfgang Böcker, Tobias Helfen
PURPOSE: Joint dislocations occur frequently in prehospital settings. The medical specialities of emergency physicians are heterogeneous. Decision making and the success rates of reduction attempt can vary greatly. The aim of this prospective multicentre study was to identify the factors most crucial for achieving successful prehospital reduction. METHODS: Study was conducted from 05/2012-05/2015 investigating cases of shoulder, patella and ankle joint dislocations in 16 emergency physician rescue stations...
March 7, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29490898/prehospital-advanced-diagnostics-and-treatment-of-acute-stroke-protocol-for-a-controlled-intervention-study
#8
Kristi G Bache, Maren Ranhoff Hov, Karianne Larsen, Volker Moræus Solyga, Christian G Lund
BACKGROUND: Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) is a medical emergency. The outcome is closely linked to the time elapsing from symptom onset to treatment, and seemingly small delays can mean the difference between full recovery and physical and cognitive dysfunction. Recanalization to allow blood to reenter the affected area is most efficient immediately after symptoms occur, and intravenous thrombolysis must be initiated no later than 4.5 hours after the symptom onset. A liable diagnosis is mandatory to administer the appropriate treatment...
February 28, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29489667/predictors-of-mortality-in-st-elevation-mi-patients-a-prospective-study
#9
Onur Zorbozan, Arif A Cevik, Nurdan Acar, Engin Ozakin, Hamit Ozcelik, Alparslan Birdane, Fikri M Abu-Zidan
We aimed to define factors predicting mortality in patients having ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who had Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) in our setting.This is a prospective study on patients presenting to the emergency department with STEMI who underwent PCI during a 12-month period. Physiological parameters were calculated using the vital signs and age of patients. Time-based factors in the institutional protocol were collected. Univariate analysis was performed to define significant factors that affected mortality...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29485427/how-hemorrhage-control-became-common-sense
#10
Alan James Hawk
BACKGROUND: Just over 200 years ago, surgeons were puzzled that the use of the tourniquet to control hemorrhage as common sense during surgery was a relatively recent development. Within the last 20 years, much progress has been made to controlling hemorrhage in the prehospital context. Then, as now, it was surprising that progress on something that appeared obvious had occurred only recently, begging the question how controlling blood loss was common sense in a surgical context, but not for emergency treatment...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469616/prehospital-echocardiography-during-resuscitation-impacts-treatment-in-a-physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-an-observational-study
#11
Rein Ketelaars, Christian Beekers, Geert-Jan Van Geffen, Gert Jan Scheffer, Nico Hoogerwerf
BACKGROUND: Patients in cardiac arrest must receive algorithm-based management such as basic life support and advanced (cardiac) life support. International guidelines dictate diagnosing and treating any factor that may have caused the arrest or may be complicating the resuscitation. Ultrasound may be of potential value in this process and can be used in a prehospital setting. The objective is to evaluate the use of prehospital ultrasound during traumatic and non-traumatic CPR and determine its impact on prehospital treatment decisions in a Dutch helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS)...
February 22, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29463437/prehospital-quick-sequential-organ-failure-assessment-as-a-tool-to-predict-in-hospital-mortality
#12
Kyohei Miyamoto, Naoaki Shibata, Tsuyoshi Nakashima, Seiya Kato
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the predictive ability of quick sequential organ failure assessment (qSOFA) score for in-hospital mortality among patients transported by physician-staffed helicopters. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, retrospective observational study using the physician-staffed helicopter registry data between 2003 and 2016. We calculated the qSOFA scores based on the patients' vital signs, which were measured on the scene. The tool's discriminatory ability was determined using the area under the curve of the receiver operating characteristic...
February 10, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441840/the-ethics-of-real-time-ems-direction-suggested-curricular-content
#13
Jay M Brenner, Andrew L Aswegan, Laura E Vearrier, Jesse B Basford, Kenneth V Iserson
Ethical dilemmas can create moral distress in even the most experienced emergency physicians (EPs). Following reasonable and justified approaches can help alleviate such distress. The purpose of this article is to guide EPs providing Emergency Medical Services (EMS) direction to navigate through common ethical issues confronted in the prehospital delivery of care, including protecting privacy and confidentiality, decision-making capacity and refusal of treatment, withholding of treatment, and termination of resuscitation (TOR)...
April 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421001/thrombus-aspiration-and-prehospital-ticagrelor-administration-in-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-findings-from-the-atlantic-trial
#14
Sinem Kilic, Enrico Fabris, Arnoud W J Van't Hof, Christian W Hamm, Frédéric Lapostolle, Jens Flensted Lassen, Anne Tsatsaris, Abdourahmane Diallo, Eric Vicaut, Gilles Montalescot
BACKGROUND: The potential interactions between prehospital (pre-H) ticagrelor administration and thrombus aspiration (TA) in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have never been studied. Therefore, we evaluated the potential benefit of TA and pre-H ticagrelor treatment in patients enrolled in the ATLANTIC trial (NCT01347580). METHODS: This analysis included 1,630 patients who underwent primary PCI...
February 2018: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404658/-miscommunication-as-a-risk-focus-in-patient-safety-work-process-analysis-in-prehospital-emergency-care
#15
S Wilk, L Siegl, K Siegl, C Hohenstein
BACKGROUND: In an analysis of a critical incident reporting system (CIRS) in out-of-hospital emergency medicine, it was demonstrated that in 30% of cases deficient communication led to a threat to patients; however, the analysis did not show what exactly the most dangerous work processes are. Current research shows the impact of poor communication on patient safety. OBJECTIVES: An out-of-hospital workflow analysis collects data about key work processes and risk areas...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29381489/abdominal-prehospital-ultrasound-impacts-treatment-decisions-in-a-dutch-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
#16
Rein Ketelaars, Jasper J M Holtslag, Nico Hoogerwerf
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of abdominal prehospital ultrasound (PHUS) on patient care in a Dutch physician-staffed Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and to determine its diagnostic performance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We carried out a retrospective analysis of abdominal ultrasound (US) examinations performed by the HEMS of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from January 2007 until December 2016. Data including patient demographics, type of incident, abdominal US findings, impact on treatment decisions, and the physicians' narrative report were retrieved from the HEMS database and analyzed...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373217/an-effective-treatment-in-the-austere-environment-a-critical-appraisal-into-the-use-of-intra-articular-local-anesthetic-to-facilitate-reduction-in-acute-shoulder-dislocation
#17
REVIEW
Fraser John Gould
Acute shoulder dislocation is a common injury in the outdoor environment. The objective of this systematic review of the literature was to determine if intra-articular local anesthetic (IAL) is an effective treatment that could have prehospital application. A methodical search of MEDLINE, PubMed, and EMBASE databases targeted publications from January 1, 1990 until January 1, 2017. Eligible articles compared IAL with other analgesic techniques in patients 16 years or older experiencing acute glenohumeral dislocation...
March 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29367334/2018-guidelines-for-the-early-management-of-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-guideline-for-healthcare-professionals-from-the-american-heart-association-american-stroke-association
#18
REVIEW
William J Powers, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Teri Ackerson, Opeolu M Adeoye, Nicholas C Bambakidis, Kyra Becker, José Biller, Michael Brown, Bart M Demaerschalk, Brian Hoh, Edward C Jauch, Chelsea S Kidwell, Thabele M Leslie-Mazwi, Bruce Ovbiagele, Phillip A Scott, Kevin N Sheth, Andrew M Southerland, Deborah V Summers, David L Tirschwell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide an up-to-date comprehensive set of recommendations for clinicians caring for adult patients with acute arterial ischemic stroke in a single document. The intended audiences are prehospital care providers, physicians, allied health professionals, and hospital administrators. These guidelines supersede the 2013 guidelines and subsequent updates. METHODS: Members of the writing group were appointed by the American Heart Association Stroke Council's Scientific Statements Oversight Committee, representing various areas of medical expertise...
March 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29362272/what-fluids-are-given-during-air-ambulance-treatment-of-patients-with-trauma-in-the-uk-and-what-might-this-mean-for-the-future-results-from-the-rescuer-observational-cohort-study
#19
David N Naumann, James M Hancox, James Raitt, Iain M Smith, Nicholas Crombie, Heidi Doughty, Gavin D Perkins, Mark J Midwinter
OBJECTIVES: We investigated how often intravenous fluids have been delivered during physician-led prehospital treatment of patients with hypotensive trauma in the UK and which fluids were given. These data were used to estimate the potential national requirement for prehospital blood products (PHBP) if evidence from ongoing trials were to report clinical superiority. SETTING: The Regional Exploration of Standard Care during Evacuation Resuscitation (RESCUER) retrospective observational study was a collaboration between 11 UK air ambulance services...
January 23, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352670/poor-outcomes-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-at-dinnertime-in-the-elderly-diurnal-and-seasonal-variations
#20
Akira Yamashita, Tetsuo Maeda, Yasuhiro Myojo, Keisuke Ohta, Hideo Inaba
PURPOSE: To investigate differences in chronological variations in characteristics and outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) between elderly and non-elderly patients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed bystander-witnessed OHCAs without prehospital involvement of physicians between January 2007 and December 2014 in Japan. We considered the following time periods: night-time (23:00-5:59) and non-night-time; we further divided non-night-time into dinnertime (18:00-20:29) and other non-night-time...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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