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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445653/describing-the-mental-health-profile-of-first-respondersa-systematic-review-formula-see-text
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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...
February 1, 2017: Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440675/near-infrared-spectroscopy-nirs-to-detect-traumatic-intracranial-haematoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
Robert J Brogan, Vassilios Kontojannis, Bhavin Garara, Hani J Marcus, Mark H Wilson
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: Head injury is the most common trauma presentation to UK emergency departments, with around 1.2 million patients each year. The key management principal for this time critical illness remains early surgical intervention. With the development of handheld near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) devices, there is now the possibility of triaging and diagnosing these patients immediately, where computed tomography (CT) scanner is unavailable. NIRS has two related but distinct potential uses within clinical medicine...
April 25, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433454/a-randomized-comparison-of-three-chest-compression-techniques-and-associated-hemodynamic-effect-during-infant-cpr-a-randomized-manikin-study
#3
Jacek Smereka, Lukasz Szarpak, Antonio Rodríguez-Núñez, Jerzy R Ladny, Steve Leung, Kurt Ruetzler
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric cardiac arrest is an uncommon but critical life-threatening event requiring effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation. High-quality cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is essential, but is poorly performed, even by highly skilled healthcare providers. The recently described two-thumb chest compression technique (nTTT) consists of the two thumbs directed at the angle of 90° to the chest while having the fingers fist-clenched. This technique might facilitate adequate chest-compression depth, chest-compression rate and rate of full chest-pressure relief...
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431536/-popping-nana-back-into-bed-a-qualitative-exploration-of-paramedic-decision-making-when-caring-for-older-people-who-have-fallen
#4
Paul Simpson, Ric Thomas, Jason Bendall, Bill Lord, Stephen Lord, Jacqueline Close
BACKGROUND: Older fallers constitute a large proportion of ambulance work, and as many as 25% are not transported to hospital following paramedic assessment. The objective of this study was to explore the decision making process used by paramedics when caring for older fallers. METHODS: A qualitative study was conducted using constructivist grounded theory methodology. Purposive sampling was used to recruit paramedics to participate in semi-structured interviews and focus groups...
April 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429117/a-comparison-of-mcgrath-mac%C3%A2-and-standard-direct-laryngoscopy-in-simulated-immobilized-cervical-spine-pediatric-intubation-a-manikin-study
#5
Marcin Madziala, Jacek Smereka, Marek Dabrowski, Steve Leung, Kurt Ruetzler, Lukasz Szarpak
Emergency airway management in children is generally considered to be challenging, and endotracheal intubation requires a high level of personal skills and experience. Immobilization of the cervical spine is indicated in all patients with the risk of any cervical spine injury but significantly aggravates endotracheal intubation. The best airway device in this setting has not been established yet, although the use of videolaryngoscopes is generally promising. Seventy-five moderately experienced paramedics of the Emergency Medical Service of Poland performed endotracheal intubations in a pediatric manikin in three airway scenarios: (A) normal airway, (B) manual in-line cervical immobilization, and (C) cervical immobilization using a Patriot cervical extrication collar and using two airway techniques: (1) McGrath videolaryngoscope and (2) Macintosh blade in a randomized sequence...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420688/can-a-partnership-between-general-practitioners-and-ambulance-services-reduce-conveyance-to-emergency-care
#6
Manuel Villarreal, Jonathan Leach, Kandala Ngianga-Bakwin, Jeremy Dale
BACKGROUND: Emergency services are facing increasing workload pressures, and new models of care are needed. We evaluate the impact of a service development involving a partnership between emergency ambulance crews and general practitioners (GPs) on reducing conveyance rates to the Hospital Emergency Department (ED). METHODS: The service model was implemented in the West Midlands of England. Call handlers identified patients with needs that could be addressed by a GP using locally agreed criteria...
April 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411738/implementing-powered-stretcher-and-load-systems-was-a-cost-effective-intervention-to-reduce-the-incidence-rates-of-stretcher-related-injuries-in-a-paramedic-service
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Daniel P Armstrong, Richard Ferron, Cindi Taylor, Brent McLeod, Steve Fletcher, Renée S MacPhee, Steven L Fischer
Paramedic services are considering moving towards the use of powered stretcher and load systems to reduce stretcher related injuries, but cost is perceived as a barrier. This study compared injury incidence rates, days lost, and compensation costs between Niagara Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) and Hamilton Paramedic Service (HPS) pre- (four years) and post- (one year) implementation of powered stretcher and load systems in NEMS. Prior to the intervention stretcher related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) incidence rates averaged 20...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401616/searching-for-staircases-strengthening-the-connections-between-the-emergency-department-and-the-intensive-care-unit
#8
James M Walter, James J Walter
On a fall day in Chicago, a middle-aged man stepped out of a northbound train, appeared to choke, and collapsed. Paramedics arrived within minutes and administered several rounds of defibrillation and intravenous epinephrine. The patient was rapidly transported to an academic medical center, resuscitated in the Emergency Department (ED), and was soon surrounded by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). This article is protected by copyright...
April 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399219/a-multidisciplinary-intervention-to-prevent-subsequent-falls-and-health-service-use-following-fall-related-paramedic-care-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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A Stefanie Mikolaizak, Stephen R Lord, Anne Tiedemann, Paul Simpson, Gideon A Caplan, Jason Bendall, Kirsten Howard, Lyndell Webster, Narelle Payne, Sarah Hamilton, Joanne Lo, Elisabeth Ramsay, Sandra O'Rourke, Linda Roylance, J C Close
Background: approximately 25% of older people who fall and receive paramedic care are not subsequently transported to an emergency department (ED). These people are at high risk of future falls, unplanned healthcare use and poor health outcomes. Objective: to evaluate the impact of a fall-risk assessment and tailored fall prevention interventions among older community-dwellers not transported to ED following a fall on subsequent falls and health service use. Design, setting, participants: Randomised controlled trial involving 221 non-transported older fallers from Sydney, Australia...
March 1, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397649/support-and-assessment-for-fall-emergency-referrals-safer-2-a-cluster-randomised-trial-and-systematic-review-of-clinical-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-new-protocols-for-emergency-ambulance-paramedics-to-assess-older-people-following-a-fall-with-referral
#10
Helen A Snooks, Rebecca Anthony, Robin Chatters, Jeremy Dale, Rachael Fothergill, Sarah Gaze, Mary Halter, Ioan Humphreys, Marina Koniotou, Phillipa Logan, Ronan Lyons, Suzanne Mason, Jon Nicholl, Julie Peconi, Ceri Phillips, Judith Phillips, Alison Porter, A Niroshan Siriwardena, Graham Smith, Alun Toghill, Mushtaq Wani, Alan Watkins, Richard Whitfield, Lynsey Wilson, Ian T Russell
BACKGROUND: Emergency calls are frequently made to ambulance services for older people who have fallen, but ambulance crews often leave patients at the scene without any ongoing care. We evaluated a new clinical protocol which allowed paramedics to assess older people who had fallen and, if appropriate, refer them to community-based falls services. OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes, processes and costs of care between intervention and control groups; and to understand factors which facilitate or hinder use...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393757/prehospital-randomised-assessment-of-a-mechanical-compression-device-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-paramedic-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomised-trial-and-economic-evaluation
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Simon Gates, Ranjit Lall, Tom Quinn, Charles D Deakin, Matthew W Cooke, Jessica Horton, Sarah E Lamb, Anne-Marie Slowther, Malcolm Woollard, Andy Carson, Mike Smyth, Kate Wilson, Garry Parcell, Andrew Rosser, Richard Whitfield, Amanda Williams, Rebecca Jones, Helen Pocock, Nicola Brock, John Jm Black, John Wright, Kyee Han, Gary Shaw, Laura Blair, Joachim Marti, Claire Hulme, Christopher McCabe, Silviya Nikolova, Zenia Ferreira, Gavin D Perkins
BACKGROUND: Mechanical chest compression devices may help to maintain high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but little evidence exists for their effectiveness. We evaluated whether or not the introduction of Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assistance System-2 (LUCAS-2; Jolife AB, Lund, Sweden) mechanical CPR into front-line emergency response vehicles would improve survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of the LUCAS-2 device as a routine ambulance service treatment for OHCA...
March 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385466/self-reported-behaviors-and-perceptions-of-australian-paramedics-in-relation-to-hand-hygiene-and-gloving-practices-in-paramedic-led-health-care
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Nigel Barr, Mark Holmes, Anne Roiko, Peter Dunn, Bill Lord
BACKGROUND: Noncompliance with recommended hand hygiene and gloving practices by workers in the emergency medical services may contribute to the transmission of health care-associated infections and lead to poor patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore the self-reported behaviors and perceptions of Australian paramedics in relation to their hand hygiene and gloving practices in paramedic-led health care. METHODS: A national online survey (n = 417; 17% response rate) and 2 semistructured focus groups (6 per group) were conducted with members of Paramedics Australasia...
April 3, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373259/home-or-hospital-for-people-with-dementia-and-one-or-more-other-multimorbidities-what-is-the-potential-to-reduce-avoidable-emergency-admissions-the-homeward-project-protocol
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S Voss, S Black, J Brandling, M Buswell, R Cheston, S Cullum, K Kirby, S Purdy, C Solway, H Taylor, J Benger
INTRODUCTION: Older people with multimorbidities frequently access 999 ambulance services. When multimorbidities include dementia, the risk of ambulance use, accident and emergency (A&E) attendance and hospital admission are all increased, even when a condition is treatable in the community. People with dementia tend to do poorly in the acute hospital setting and hospital admission can result in adverse outcomes. This study aims to provide an evidence-based understanding of how older people living with dementia and other multimorbidities are using emergency ambulance services...
April 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367581/drowning-in-swimming-pools-clinical-features-and-safety-recommendations-based-on-a-study-of-descriptive-records-by-emergency-medical-services-attending-to-995-calls
#14
Joanna Shi-En Chan, Marie Xin Ru Ng, Yih Yng Ng
INTRODUCTION: This study was a descriptive analysis of national ambulance case records, aimed at making practical safety recommendations in order to reduce the incidence of drowning in swimming pools. METHODS: A search was performed on a national database of descriptive summaries by first responder paramedics of all 995 calls made to the Singapore Civil Defence Force between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2014. We included all cases of submersion in both public and private pools for which emergency medical services were activated...
April 3, 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366241/teammate-familiarity-teamwork-and-risk-of-workplace-injury-in-emergency-medical-services-teams
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Ashley M Hughes, P Daniel Patterson, Matthew D Weaver, Megan E Gregory, Shirley C Sonesh, Douglas P Landsittel, David Krackhardt, David Hostler, Elizabeth H Lazzara, Xiao Wang, John E Vena, Eduardo Salas, Donald M Yealy
Increased teammate familiarity in emergency medical services (EMS) promotes development of positive teamwork and protects against workplace injury. METHODS: Measures were collected using archival shift records, workplace injury data, and cross-sectional surveys from a nationally representative sample of 14 EMS agencies employing paramedics, prehospital nurses, and other EMS clinicians. One thousand EMS clinicians were selected at random to complete a teamwork survey for each of their recent partnerships and tested the hypothesized role of teamwork as a mediator in the relationship between teammate familiarity and injury with the PROCESS macro...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356134/external-validation-of-the-rosc-after-cardiac-arrest-raca-score-in-a-physician-staffed-emergency-medical-service-system
#16
Petteri Kupari, Markus Skrifvars, Markku Kuisma
BACKGROUND: The return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) after cardiac arrest (RACA) score may have implications as a quality indicator for the emergency medical services (EMS) system. We aimed to validate this score externally in a physician staffed urban EMS system. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study. Data on resuscitation attempts from the Helsinki EMS cardiac arrest registry from 1.1.2008 to 31.12.2010 were collected and analyzed. For each attempted resuscitation the RACA score variables were collected and the score calculated...
March 29, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333367/community-paramedicine-applied-in-a-rural-community
#17
Kevin J Bennett, Matt W Yuen, Melinda A Merrell
RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Abbeville County Emergency Management Services (ACEMS) began a community paramedicine (CP) program to utilize trained paramedics to serve patients who frequently use the emergency department (ED) and have 1 or more of the following diagnoses: hypertension, diabetes, chronic heart failure, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The objective of this study was to determine if the CP program reduced ED visits in Abbeville while improving patient outcomes. DESIGN: A pre/posttest with a comparison group study design was used to evaluate the CP program...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326162/trauma-informed-care-for-children-in-the-ambulance-international-survey-among-pre-hospital-providers
#18
Eva Alisic, Mark P Tyler, Melita J Giummarra, Rahim Kassam-Adams, Juul Gouweloos, Markus A Landolt, Nancy Kassam-Adams
Background: Pre-hospital providers, such as paramedics and emergency medical technicians, are in a position to provide key emotional support to injured children and their families. Objective: Our goal was to examine (a) pre-hospital providers' knowledge of traumatic stress in children, attitudes towards psychosocial aspects of care, and confidence in providing psychosocial care, (b) variations in knowledge, attitudes, and confidence according to demographic and professional characteristics, and (c) training preferences of pre-hospital providers regarding psychosocial care to support paediatric patients and their families...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318455/airway-management-in-disaster-response-a-manikin-study-comparing-direct-and-video-laryngoscopy-for-endotracheal-intubation-by-prehospital-providers-in-level-c-personal-protective-equipment
#19
Sami Yousif, Jason T Machan, Yasser Alaska, Selim Suner
Introduction Airway management is one of many challenges that medical providers face in disaster response operations. The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), in particular, was found to be associated with higher failure rates and a prolonged time to achieve airway control. Hypothesis/Problem The objective of this study was to determine whether video laryngoscopy could facilitate the performance of endotracheal intubation by disaster responders wearing Level C PPE. METHODS: In this prospective, randomized, crossover study, a convenience sample of practicing prehospital providers were recruited...
March 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314465/data-capture-and-communication-during-transfers-to-definitive-care-in-an-inclusive-trauma-system
#20
Nori L Bradley, Naisan Garraway, Nathaniel Bell, Nasira Lakha, S Morad Hameed
INTRODUCTION: Background trauma survivors in rural areas transferred to urban centers have higher mortality than trauma patients admitted directly to urban centers. Transfer data in trauma registries is important for injury control. Prehospital and early physiologic data may reflect processes of pre-hospital care. British Columbia currently has no standardized process for trauma patient data transfer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective data analysis for major trauma patients (ISS>15) transferred to a Level I trauma center over a 1year period (n=243)...
November 5, 2016: Injury
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