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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623905/educational-standards-for-training-paramedics-in-ultrasound-a-scoping-review
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Ben Meadley, Alexander Olaussen, Ashleigh Delorenzo, Nick Roder, Caroline Martin, Toby St Clair, Andrew Burns, Emma Stam, Brett Williams
BACKGROUND: Paramedic-performed out-of-hospital ultrasound is a novel skill that has gained popularity in some services in recent years. In this setting point-of care ultrasound (POCUS) can provide additional information that can assist with management and guide transport to the most appropriate facility. We sought to explore the different educational approaches used for training paramedics in ultrasound in the out-of-hospital setting. METHODS: Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, EBM Reviews, The Cochrane Library, CINAHL plus, The Monash University Research Repository and the British Thesis Library were searched from the 1(st) of January 1990 to the 6(th) of April 2016...
June 17, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622155/triad-ix-can-a-patient-testimonial-safely-help-ensure-prehospital-appropriate-critical-versus-end-of-life-care
#2
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/28619858/ptsd-acute-stress-performance-and-decision-making-in-emergency-service-workers
#3
Cheryl Regehr, Vicki R LeBlanc
Despite research identifying high levels of stress and traumatic stress symptoms among those in the emergency services, the impact of these symptoms on performance and hence public safety remains uncertain. This review paper discusses a program of research that has examined the effects of prior critical incident exposure, acute stress, and current post-traumatic symptoms on the performance and decision-making during an acutely stressful event among police officers, police communicators, paramedics and child protection workers...
June 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611888/efficacy-and-safety-of-tranexamic-acid-in-prehospital-traumatic-hemorrhagic-shock-outcomes-of-the-cal-pat-study
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Michael M Neeki, Fanglong Dong, Jake Toy, Reza Vaezazizi, Joe Powell, Nina Jabourian, Alex Jabourian, David Wong, Richard Vara, Kathryn Seiler, Troy W Pennington, Joe Powell, Chris Yoshida-McMath, Shanna Kissel, Katharine Schulz-Costello, Jamish Mistry, Matthew S Surrusco, Karen R O'Bosky, Daved Van Stralen, Daniel Ludi, Karl Sporer, Peter Benson, Eugene Kwong, Richard Pitts, John T Culhane, Rodney Borger
INTRODUCTION: The California Prehospital Antifibrinolytic Therapy (Cal-PAT) study seeks to assess the safety and impact on patient mortality of tranexamic acid (TXA) administration in cases of trauma-induced hemorrhagic shock. The current study further aimed to assess the feasibility of prehospital TXA administration by paramedics within the framework of North American emergency medicine standards and protocols. METHODS: This is an ongoing multi-centered, prospective, observational cohort study with a retrospective chart-review comparison...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611884/emergency-medical-services-professionals-attitudes-about-community-paramedic-programs
#5
Robert J Steeps, Denise A Wilfong, Michael W Hubble, Daniel L Bercher
INTRODUCTION: The number of community paramedic (CP) programs has expanded to mitigate the impact of increased patient usage on emergency services. However, it has not been determined to what extent emergency medical services (EMS) professionals would be willing to participate in this model of care. With this project, we sought to evaluate the perceptions of EMS professionals toward the concept of a CP program. METHODS: We used a cross-sectional study method to evaluate the perceptions of participating EMS professionals with regard to their understanding of and willingness to participate in a CP program...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599999/-tell-me-exactly-what-s-happened-when-linguistic-choices-affect-the-efficiency-of-emergency-calls-for-cardiac-arrest
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Marine Riou, Stephen Ball, Teresa A Williams, Austin Whiteside, Kay L O'Halloran, Janet Bray, Gavin D Perkins, Karen Smith, Peter Cameron, Daniel M Fatovich, Madoka Inoue, Paul Bailey, Deon Brink, Judith Finn
BACKGROUND: Clear and efficient communication between emergency caller and call-taker is crucial to timely ambulance dispatch. We aimed to explore the impact of linguistic variation in the delivery of the prompt "okay, tell me exactly what happened" on the way callers describe the emergency in the Medical Priority Dispatch System(®). METHODS: We analysed 188 emergency calls for cases of paramedic-confirmed out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. We investigated the linguistic features of the prompt "okay, tell me exactly what happened" in relation to the format (report vs...
June 12, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562145/exploring-educational-interventions-to-facilitate-health-professional-students-professionally-safe-online-presence
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Marcus A Henning, Susan Hawken, Joanna MacDonald, Judy McKimm, Menna Brown, Helen Moriarty, Sue Gasquoine, Kwong Chan, Jo Hilder, Tim Wilkinson
OBJECTIVE: To establish the most effective approach and type of educational intervention for health professional students, to enable them to maintain a professionally safe online presence. METHOD: This was a qualitative, multinational, multi-institutional, multiprofessional study. Practical considerations (availability of participants) led us to use a combination of focus groups and individual interviews, strengthening our findings by triangulating our method of data collection...
May 31, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553450/calf-compartment-syndrome-associated-with-the-use-of-an-intra-osseous-line-in-an-adult-patient-a-case-report
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R Malhotra, W L Chua, G O'Neill
We present a case of a lower limb compartment syndrome associated with the use of an intra-osseous line inserted into the proximal tibia in an adult patient. An unconscious 59-year old male with multiple injuries presented to our Emergency Department after a road traffic accident. Bilateral proximal tibial intra osseous-lines were inserted due to poor venous access. After resuscitation his left leg was noted to be tense and swollen with absent pulses. Acute compartment syndrome was diagnosed both clinically and with compartment pressure measurement...
November 2016: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549578/pediatric-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-caused-by-left-coronary-artery-agenesis-with-primary-shockable-rhythm-a-brief-report
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Moritz Weigeldt, Sabine Lahmann, Konstantin Krieger, Sebastian Buttenberg, Volker Stephan, Brigitte Stiller, Dirk Stengel
BACKGROUND: To illustrate a rare cause of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in children, its differential diagnoses, emergency and subsequent treatment at various steps in the rescue chain, and potential outcomes. CASE PRESENTATION: A 4-year-old boy with unknown agenesis of the left coronary ostium sustained out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Bystander cardio-pulmonary resuscitation was initiated and defibrillation was performed via an automated external defibrillator (AED) shortly after paramedics arrived at the scene, restoring sinus rhythm and spontaneous circulation...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538247/the-positive-predictive-value-of-an-ambulance-prealert-for-stroke-and-transient-ischaemic-attack
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Craig W Brown, Mary J Macleod
OBJECTIVE: Therapeutic options for ischaemic stroke, such as thrombolysis or thrombectomy, are time sensitive. Multiple innovations have been established to reduce the symptom-to-needle time. One such innovation is the prealerting of emergency department (ED) or stroke unit staff by prehospital personnel of suspected stroke patients. The diagnosis of stroke can sometimes be difficult, with stroke mimics being a recognized issue. The prealert mobilizes ED, stroke and imaging personnel, which, for a true-positive, improves door-to-needle times...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494638/an-environmental-scan-of-emergency-response-systems-and-services-in-remote-first-nations-communities-in-northern-ontario
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E J Mew, S D Ritchie, D VanderBurgh, J L Beardy, J Gordon, M Fortune, S Mamakwa, A M Orkin
BACKGROUND: Approximately 24,000 Ontarians live in remote Indigenous communities with no road access. These communities are a subset of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), a political grouping of 49 First Nations communities in Northern Ontario, Canada. Limited information is available regarding the status of emergency care in these communities. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to understand emergency response systems, services, and training in remote NAN communities. DESIGN: We used an environmental scan approach to compile information from multiple sources including community-based participatory research...
2017: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492165/-the-contribution-of-legal-medicine-in-child-protection-presentation-of-a-multidisciplinary-approach
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J Hiquet, E Christin, O Dubourg, J Fougas, C Baup, G Brunet, J Millington, N Grosleron, S Gromb-Monnoyeur
INTRODUCTION: Maltreatment is a complex issue and therefore, requires a multidisciplinary approach, which has been commonly used in North America since the 1980s but remains unsystematic in France. Since 1999, the Centre d'Accueil en Urgence des Victimes d'Agression (emergency unit for victims of assault) of the Bordeaux University Hospital has brought together various medical, paramedical, and social actors on this issue. A standardized psychosocial assessment procedure has been introduced and is detailed in this paper, and was consistently conducted in all cases of suspicion of abuse on a minor...
December 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
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
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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/28483276/effectiveness-of-finger-marker-for-maintaining-the-correct-compression-point-during-paediatric-resuscitation-a-simulation-study
#14
Jae Yun Jung, Young Ho Kwak, Hyuksool Kwon, Yoo Jin Choi, Do Kyun Kim, Hee Chan Kim, Jung Chan Lee, Ji Heum Park, Hyungsoo Lim
OBJECTIVE: High-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation is a significant factor for increasing the survival rate of paediatric patients. This study is to investigate the effectiveness of finger-marker stickers for maintaining the correct compression point during simulated infant cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). METHODS: This crossover simulation study was conducted with 40 emergency physicians and paramedics at emergency departments of 2 tertiary hospitals. We used a remodeled infant CPR manikin developed to measure CPR quality indicators...
April 11, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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/28476475/lower-chest-compression-fraction-associated-with-rosc-in-ohca-patients-with-longer-downtimes
#16
Milena Talikowska, Hideo Tohira, Madoka Inoue, Paul Bailey, Deon Brink, Judith Finn
AIM: To investigate the relationship between chest compression fraction (CCF) and survival outcomes in OHCA, including whether the relationship varied based upon downtime from onset of arrest to provision of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by emergency medical services (EMS). METHODS: Data from resuscitations performed by St John Ambulance Western Australia (SJA-WA) paramedics between July 2014 and June 2016 was captured using the Q-CPR feedback device. Logistic regression analysis was used to study the relationship between CCF and return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)...
July 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467124/building-capacity-in-healthcare-by-re-examining-clinical-services-in-paramedicine
#17
Walter Tavares, Ian Drennan, Kelly Van Diepen, Michael Abanil, Natalie Kedzierski, Chris Spearen, Norm Barrette, Mathew Mercuri
OBJECTIVES: Emergency departments (ED) continue to be overburdened, leading to crowding and elevated risk of negative clinical outcomes. Extending clinical services to paramedics may support efforts to improve ED burdens by promoting health care access and capacity during times of patient crisis. The objective of this study was to identify the clinical course and most responsible diagnosis of patients transported by paramedic services to local EDs to then evaluate impact of various augmented 9-1-1/paramedic clinical service models on the need for additional ED services...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460858/analysis-of-out-of-hospital-pediatric-intubation-by%C3%A2-an-australian-helicopter-emergency-medical%C3%A2-service
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Brian J Burns, Joanna B Watterson, Sandra Ware, Luke Regan, Cliff Reid
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examine first-look success in emergency pediatric intubation by a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (EMS). METHODS: A database analysis of all pediatric (<16 years) intubations during a 64-month period was undertaken, using data from a prospectively enrolled electronic airway registry form. Recorded findings included patient demographics, operator background, airway intervention including intubation attempts, complications, and critical timings...
April 28, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457576/effect-of-concentrated-psychiatric-education-on-perceived-competence-to-care-for-behavioral-health-patients
#19
Elizabeth J Winokur, Jeannine Loucks, Dana N Rutledge
Increasing numbers of behavioral patients are presenting to emergency departments, where competency of staff to care for this group is unknown. METHODS: This pre-post study measured the effects of a 7-hour conference on perceived competency of nurses and allied health professionals to care for behavioral health (BH) patients, as measured by the 23-item Behavioral Health Care Competency (BHCC) survey. RESULTS: Of 102 participants, most were emergency nurses (72%), acute care nurses and case managers (20%), and allied health personnel (trauma technicians and paramedics) (8%)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445653/describing-the-mental-health-profile-of-first-responders-a-systematic-review-formula-see-text
#20
Sara Jones
BACKGROUND: First responders (FRs) are responsible for providing multiple services during various critical events. Considering the frequency, nature, and intensity of duty-related traumatic exposures, the cumulative impact on FRs' mental health is of paramount importance. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this systematic review was to describe how duty-related trauma exposure can affect the comprehensive mental health profile of FRs, including firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics...
May 2017: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
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