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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606198/clinical-information-transfer-between-ems-staff-and-emergency-medicine-assistants-during-handover-of-trauma-patients
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Seyedeh Almas Fahim Yegane, Ali Shahrami, Hamid Reza Hatamabadi, Seyed-Mostafa Hosseini-Zijoud
Introduction Clinical handover by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff, as the first people who have contact with trauma patients, in the emergency department (ED), is very important. Therefore, effective communication to transfer clinical information about patients in a concise, rational, clear, and time-bound manner is essential. In Iran, the transfer of necessary information in clinical handover in EDs was carried out orally and without following standard instructions. This study aimed to audit the current clinical handover according to the Identify, Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (ISBAR) tool and survey the effect of training the ISBAR tool to Emergency Medicine Assistants (EMAs) and EMS staff on improvement of the clinical handover of patients to the ED...
June 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593628/outcome-of-microsurgical-revascularization-in-patients-with-moyamoya-disease-first-report-from-iranian-population
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Abdolkarim Rahmanian, Mohammad Sadehgh Masoudi, Fariborz Ghaffarpasand, Mohammad Hossein Ashraf, Ehsanali Alibai
AIM: The aim of this study was to report the outcome of microsurgical revascularization in patients with moyamoya disease in Southern Iran. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Southern Iran during a 7-year period from 2009 to 2016. All the patients with moyamoya disease (confirmed with digital substraction angiography) who underwent microsurgical revascularization (extracranial-intracranial bypass or synangiosis) were included. All the patients were followed for at least 1 year and the outcome was measured using Glasgow outcome scale (GOS) and modified Rankin scale (MRS)...
May 7, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559037/repeated-emergency-medical-services-use-by-older-adults-analysis-of-a-comprehensive-statewide-database
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Christopher S Evans, Timothy F Platts-Mills, Antonio R Fernandez, Joseph M Grover, Jose G Cabanas, Mehul D Patel, Gary M Vilke, Jane H Brice
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to characterize repeated emergency medical services (EMS) transports among older adults across a large and socioeconomically diverse region. METHODS: Using the North Carolina Prehospital Medical Information System, we analyzed the frequency of repeated EMS transports within 30 days of an index EMS transport among adults aged 65 years and older from 2010 to 2015. We used multivariable logistic regressions to determine characteristics associated with repeated EMS transport...
May 27, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555001/enhancement-of-biomass-and-lipid-productivities-of-water-surface-floating-microalgae-by-chemical-mutagenesis
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Daisuke Nojima, Yuki Ishizuka, Masaki Muto, Asuka Ujiro, Fumito Kodama, Tomoko Yoshino, Yoshiaki Maeda, Tadashi Matsunaga, Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Water surface-floating microalgae have great potential for biofuel applications due to the ease of the harvesting process, which is one of the most problematic steps in conventional microalgal biofuel production. We have collected promising water surface-floating microalgae and characterized their capacity for biomass and lipid production. In this study, we performed chemical mutagenesis of two water surface-floating microalgae to elevate productivity. Floating microalgal strains AVFF007 and FFG039 (tentatively identified as Botryosphaerella sp...
May 27, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538308/effect-of-electrical-myostimulation-on-the-function-of-lower-leg-muscles
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Viktoras Silinskas, Albinas GrŪnovas, Jurate Stanislovaitiene, Alfonsas Buliuolis, Eugenijus Trinkunas, Jonas Poderys
Electrical myostimulation (EMS) method is applied to improve skeletal muscle function. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of EMS applied to the sole and calf muscles on their strength and on maximal sprint performance. Each of 10 training sessions involved 10 seconds of stimulation and 50 seconds of rest for a total of 10 minutes. After the 10 training sessions, the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) of right calf muscles increased by 6.0% from 830.0 ± 47.0 N to 878.0 ± 45.3 N (p ≤ 0.05)...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536170/door-to-needle-delays-in-minor-stroke-a-causal-inference-approach
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Sara K Rostanski, Zachary Shahn, Mitchell S V Elkind, Ava L Liberman, Randolph S Marshall, Joshua I Stillman, Olajide Williams, Joshua Z Willey
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Thrombolysis rates among minor stroke (MS) patients are increasing because of increased recognition of disability in this group and guideline changes regarding treatment indications. We examined the association of delays in door-to-needle (DTN) time with stroke severity. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all stroke patients who received intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator in our emergency department between July 1, 2011, and February 29, 2016...
May 23, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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...
July 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
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