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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484817/pen-torch-transillumination-difficult-venepuncture-made-easy
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Elijah Zhengyang Cai, Kalarani Sankaran, Monica Tan, Yiong Huak Chan, Thiam Chye Lim
INTRODUCTION: Our novel technique of pen torch transillumination (PTI) uses a cheap and easily available instrument (Penlite-LP212(®), Energizer(®), Missouri, USA) to visualize superficial veins invisible to the naked eye. We evaluate the efficacy of PTI in improving venepuncture success rate (SR) for patients with poor venous access. METHODS: This prospective randomized controlled trial looked at adult patients (n = 69) aged 21-90 with difficult venous access (history of ≥3 consecutive attempts required for successful cannulation during the current admission) requiring non-emergent venepuncture...
May 8, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481722/ems-provider-perceptions-on-termination-of-resuscitation-in-a-large-urban-ems-system
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Katie L Tataris, Christopher T Richards, Leslee Stein-Spencer, Stephanie Ryan, Pete Lazzara, Joseph M Weber
OBJECTIVE: Despite the value of out-of-hospital Termination of Resuscitation (TOR) and the scientific evidence in favor of this practice, TOR has not been uniformly adopted or consistently practiced in EMS systems. Previous focus group studies have identified multiple barriers to implementation of out of hospital TOR but existing literature on EMS provider perceptions is limited. We sought to identify EMS providers' perceived barriers to performing out-of-hospital TOR in a large urban EMS system...
May 8, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481163/body-temperature-after-ems-transport-association-with-traumatic-brain-injury-outcomes
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Joshua B Gaither, Vatsal Chikani, Uwe Stolz, Chad Viscusi, Kurt Denninghoff, Bruce Barnhart, Terry Mullins, Amber D Rice, Moses Mhayamaguru, Jennifer J Smith, Samuel M Keim, Bentley J Bobrow, Daniel W Spaite
INTRODUCTION: Low body temperatures following prehospital transport are associated with poor outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, a minimal amount is known about potential associations across a range of temperatures obtained immediately after prehospital transport. Furthermore, a minimal amount is known about the influence of body temperature on non-mortality outcomes. The purpose of this study was to assess the correlation between temperatures obtained immediately following prehospital transport and TBI outcomes across the entire range of temperatures...
May 8, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476474/the-association-between-aha-cpr-quality-guideline-compliance-and-clinical-outcomes-from-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Sheldon Cheskes, Robert H Schmicker, Tom Rea, Laurie J Morrison, Brian Grunau, Ian R Drennan, Brian Leroux, Christian Vaillancourt, Terri A Schmidt, Allison C Koller, Peter Kudenchuk, Tom P Aufderheide, Heather Herren, Katharyn H Flickinger, Mark Charleston, Ron Straight, Jim Christenson
BACKGROUND: Measures of chest compression fraction (CCF), compression rate, compression depth and pre-shock pause have all been independently associated with improved outcomes from out-of-hospital (OHCA) cardiac arrest. However, it is unknown whether compliance with American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines incorporating all the aforementioned metrics, is associated with improved survival from OHCA. METHODS: We performed a secondary analysis of prospectively collected data from the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium Epistry-Cardiac Arrest database...
May 2, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461872/customers-satisfaction-about-prehospital-emergency-medical-services-in-lorestan-iran
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Heshmatolah Heydari, Aziz Kamran, Morad Esmaiel Zali, Nasser Novinmehr, Mehdi Safari
INTRODUCTION: Patient's satisfaction with health care in ambulance services is an important quality indicator and a helpful tool for managers of prehospital emergency services. This study aimed to measure patient satisfaction with health provided by prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) in Lorestan, Iran. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on patients (n=450) transferred by EMS to hospitals of Lorestan University of Medical Sciences in a two-year period (2013-2014)...
March 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435494/the-efficacy-of-lucas-in-prehospital-cardiac-arrest-scenarios-a-crossover-mannequin-study
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Robert A Gyory, Scott E Buchle, David Rodgers, Jeffrey S Lubin
INTRODUCTION: High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is critical for successful cardiac arrest outcomes. Mechanical devices may improve CPR quality. We simulated a prehospital cardiac arrest, including patient transport, and compared the performance of the LUCAS™ device, a mechanical chest compression-decompression system, to manual CPR. We hypothesized that because of the movement involved in transporting the patient, LUCAS would provide chest compressions more consistent with high-quality CPR guidelines...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434773/mstroke-mobile-stroke-improving-acute-stroke-care-with-smartphone-technology
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Benjamin Y Andrew, Colleen M Stack, Julian P Yang, Jodi A Dodds
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of method and time of system activation on clinical metrics in cases utilizing the Stop Stroke (Pulsara, Inc.) mobile acute stroke care coordination application. METHODS: A retrospective cohort analysis of stroke codes at 12 medical centers using Stop Stroke from March 2013 to May 2016 was performed. Comparison of metrics (door-to-needle time [DTN] and door-to-CT time [DTC], and rate of DTN ≤ 60 minutes [goal DTN]) was performed between subgroups based on method (emergency medical service [EMS] versus emergency department [ED]) and time of activation...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426258/improvements-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-survival-from-1998-to-2013
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Yutaka Yamaguchi, Jeff A Woodin, Koichiro Gibo, Dana M Zive, Mohamud R Daya
OBJECTIVES: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains a major public health burden. Aggregate OHCA survival to hospital discharge has reportedly remained unchanged at 7.6% for almost 30 years from 1970 to 2008. We examined the trends in adult OHCA survival over a 16-year period from 1998 to 2013 within a single EMS agency. METHODS: Observational cohort study of adult OHCA patients treated by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) from 1998 to 2013. This is an ALS first response fire agency that maintains an active Utstein style cardiac arrest registry and serves a population of approximately 450,000 in 9 incorporated cities in Oregon...
April 20, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414673/purulent-pericarditis-due-to-an-infected-pacemaker-lead
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Teresa Backes
INTRODUCTION: Intravenous drug users have a substantially increased risk of infective endocarditis, especially in the setting of implanted cardiac devices. Purulent pericarditis is a rare occurrence that can occur iatrogenically or through direct or hematogenous spread. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 75 year old man with a past medical history significant for hepatitis C, IV drug abuse, and sick sinus syndrome status post pacemaker was brought in by EMS with a chief complaint of diaphoresis and chest pain...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409652/modeling-to-optimize-hospital-evacuation-planning-in-ems-systems
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Douglas R Bish, Hussein Tarhini, Roel Amara, Richard Zoraster, Nichole Bosson, Marianne Gausche-Hill
OBJECTIVE: To develop optimal hospital evacuation plans within a large urban EMS system using a novel evacuation planning model and a realistic hospital evacuation scenario, and to illustrate the ways in which a decision support model may be useful in evacuation planning. METHODS: An optimization model was used to produce detailed evacuation plans given the number and type of patients in the evacuating hospital, resource levels (teams to move patients, vehicles, and beds at other hospitals), and evacuation rules...
April 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385639/bystander-cpr-is-associated-with-improved-neurologically-favourable-survival-in-cardiac-arrest-following-drowning
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Joshua M Tobin, William D Ramos, Yongjia Pu, Peter G Wernicki, Linda Quan, Joseph W Rossano
BACKGROUND: Cardiac arrest associated with drowning is a major public health concern with limited research available on outcome. This investigation aims to define the population at risk, and identify factors associated with neurologically favourable survival. METHODS: The Cardiac Arrest Registry for Enhanced Survival (CARES) database was queried for patients who had suffered cardiac arrest following drowning between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015. The primary outcomes of interest were for favourable or unfavourable neurological outcome at hospital discharge, as defined by Cerebral Performance Category (CPC)...
April 4, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376849/effect-of-an-interactive-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-assist-device-with-an-automated-external-defibrillator-synchronised-with-a-ventilator-on-the-cpr-performance-of-emergency-medical-service-staff-a-randomised-simulation-study
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Rainer Nitzschke, Christoph Doehn, Jan F Kersten, Julian Blanz, Tobias J Kalwa, Norman A Scotti, Jens C Kubitz
BACKGROUND: The present study evaluates whether the quality of advanced cardiac life support (ALS) is improved with an interactive prototype assist device. This device consists of an automated external defibrillator linked to a ventilator and provides synchronised visual and acoustic instructions for guidance through the ALS algorithm and assistance for face-mask ventilations. METHODS: We compared the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) quality of emergency medical system (EMS) staff members using the study device or standard equipment in a mannequin simulation study with a prospective, controlled, randomised cross-over study design...
April 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349529/continuous-chest-compression-versus-interrupted-chest-compression-for-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-of-non-asphyxial-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Lei Zhan, Li J Yang, Yu Huang, Qing He, Guan J Liu
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a major cause of death worldwide. Cardiac arrest can be subdivided into asphyxial and non asphyxial etiologies. An asphyxia arrest is caused by lack of oxygen in the blood and occurs in drowning and choking victims and in other circumstances. A non asphyxial arrest is usually a loss of functioning cardiac electrical activity. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a well-established treatment for cardiac arrest. Conventional CPR includes both chest compressions and 'rescue breathing' such as mouth-to-mouth breathing...
March 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339314/an-analysis-of-ems-and-ed-detection-of-stroke
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Ian Medoro, David C Cone
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Studies have shown a reduction in time-to-CT and improved process measures when EMS personnel notify the ED of a "stroke alert" from the field. However, there are few data on the accuracy of these EMS stroke alerts. The goal of this study was to examine diagnostic test performance of EMS and ED stroke alerts and related process measures. METHODS: The EMS and ED records of all stroke alerts in a large tertiary ED from August 2013-January 2014 were examined and data abstracted by one trained investigator, with data accuracy confirmed by a second investigator for 15% of cases...
March 24, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339308/association-between-ems-question-bank-completion-and-passing-rates-on-the-ems-certification-examination
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Brian Clemency, Christian Martin-Gill, Nicole Rall, Paul May, Jeffrey Lubin, Craig Cooley, Christine Van Dillen, Salvatore Silvestri, Roberto Portela, Derek Cooney, Christian Knutsen, Juan March
INTRODUCTION: A board review question bank was created to assist candidates in their preparation for the 2015 EMS certification examination. We aimed to describe the development of this question bank and evaluate its successes in preparing candidates to obtain EMS subspecialty board certification. METHODS: An online question bank was developed by 13 subject matter experts who participated as item writers, representing eight different EMS fellowship programs. The online question bank consisted of four practice tests, with each of the tests comprised of 100 questions...
March 24, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271312/chronic-effects-of-superimposed-electromyostimulation-during-cycling-on-aerobic-and-anaerobic-capacity
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Sebastian Mathes, Niklas Lehnen, Tobias Link, Wilhelm Bloch, Joachim Mester, Patrick Wahl
PURPOSE: To examine if chronic endurance training by means of simultaneously applied, superimposed electromyostimulation (EMS) can be used to improve performance and physiological core parameters compared to the traditional cycling. METHODS: Twenty-one male subjects (VO2peak 55.2 ± 5.1 ml min(- 1) kg(- 1)) were assigned to either a cycling (C) or cycling with superimposed EMS (C + E) group. Before and after the 4-week training period, including 14 sessions of moderate cycling [60 min at 60% peak power output (PPO)], participants performed a 20-min time-trial, a step test to exhaustion, a 30-s isokinetic sprint test, and maximum force- and power-tests...
May 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270170/effect-and-accuracy-of-emergency-dispatch-telephone-guidance-to-bystanders-in-trauma-post-hoc-analysis-of-a-prospective-observational-study
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Håkon Kvåle Bakke, Tine Steinvik, Håkon Ruud, Torben Wisborg
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical communication centres (EMCCs) dispatch and allocate ambulance resources, and provide first-aid guidance to on-scene bystanders. We aimed to 1) evaluate whether dispatcher guidance improved bystander first aid in trauma, and 2) to evaluate whether dispatchers and on-scene emergency medical services (EMS) crews identified the same first aid measures as indicated. METHODS: For 18 months, the crew on the first EMS crew responding to trauma calls used a standard form to assess bystander first aid...
March 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237384/timely-bystander-cpr-improves-outcomes-despite-longer-ems-times
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Gwan Jin Park, Kyoung Jun Song, Sang Do Shin, Kyung Won Lee, Ki Ok Ahn, Eui Jung Lee, Ki Jeong Hong, Young Sun Ro
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the impact of bystander CPR on clinical outcomes in patients with increasing response time from collapse to EMS response. METHODS: A population-based observational study was conducted in patients with witnessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) of presumed cardiac etiology from 2012 to 2014. The time interval from collapse to CPR by EMS providers was categorized into quartile groups: fastest group (<4min), fast group (4 to <8min), late group (8 to <15min), and latest group (15 to <30min)...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191623/the-ivy-sign-on-fluid-attenuated-inversion-recovery-images-related-to-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-cerebral-blood-flow-in-moyamoya-disease-a-case-report
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Fumihiro Matano, Yasuo Murai, Asami Kubota, Takayuki Mizunari, Shiro Kobayashi, Akio Morita
BACKGROUND: Moyamoya disease is an idiopathic progressive cerebrovascular steno-occlusive disorder characterized by the formation of numerous collaterals called moyamoya vessels. Accurate evaluation of vascular status and CBF is needed for prompt treatment to prevent ischemic and/or hemorrhagic events. The pathogenesis of the ivy sign on fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) images of moyamoya disease patients is unclear. We report a moyamoya disease case wherein the ivy sign changed in relation to SPECT-measured CBF during progression and following treatment...
January 17, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121261/occupational-injuries-and-exposures-among-emergency-medical-services-workers
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Audrey A Reichard, Suzanne M Marsh, Theresa R Tonozzi, Srinivas Konda, Mirinda A Gormley
OBJECTIVE: Emergency medical services (EMS) workers incur occupational injuries at a higher rate than the general worker population. This study describes the circumstances of occupational injuries and exposures among EMS workers to guide injury prevention efforts. METHODS: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health collaborated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a follow-back survey of injured EMS workers identified from a national sample of hospital emergency departments (EDs) from July 2010 through June 2014...
January 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
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