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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29916958/comparing-the-efficacy-of-methods-for-immobilizing-the-cervical-spine
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Salam Rahmatalla, Jonathan DeShaw, Joshua Stilley, Gerene Denning, Charles Jennissen
STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective simulator study with 16 healthy male subjects. OBJECTIVE: To compare the relative efficacy of immobilization systems in limiting involuntary movements of the cervical spine using a dynamic simulation model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Relatively few studies have tested the efficacy of immobilization methods for limiting involuntary cervical movement, and only one of these studies used a dynamic simulation system to do so...
June 18, 2018: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29901800/overuse-of-air-ambulance-services-at-a-regional-burn-center
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Arhana Chattopadhyay, Clifford C Sheckter, Chao Long, Yvonne Karanas
Air ambulances rapidly transport burn patients to regional centers, expediting treatment. However, limited guidelines on transport introduce the risk for inappropriate triage and overuse. Given the additional costs of air vs ground transport, evaluation of transportation use is prudent. A retrospective review of all burn patients transported by helicopter to a single burn center from May 2013 to January 2016 was performed. Data gathered included patient demographics, transfer origin, burn characteristics, and inpatient hospital stay...
June 13, 2018: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29875114/critical-care-transport-of-patients-with-brain-injuries
#3
Rachel Zayas
Critical care transport began in the 1970s as a response to the growing need to be able to transport critically ill and injured patients to tertiary care centers for higher levels of care or specialized treatments. Patients in critical condition now are transported great distances to receive potentially lifesaving treatment and interventions. Modes of critical care transport include ambulances, helicopters, and airplanes. Critical care transport teams consist of highly skilled paramedics, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, and physicians...
2018: AACN Advanced Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793526/comparing-population-and-incident-data-for-optimal-air-ambulance-base-locations-in-norway
#4
Jo Røislien, Pieter L van den Berg, Thomas Lindner, Erik Zakariassen, Oddvar Uleberg, Karen Aardal, J Theresia van Essen
BACKGROUND: Helicopter emergency medical services are important in many health care systems. Norway has a nationwide physician manned air ambulance service servicing a country with large geographical variations in population density and incident frequencies. The aim of the study was to compare optimal air ambulance base locations using both population and incident data. METHODS: We used municipality population and incident data for Norway from 2015. The 428 municipalities had a median (5-95 percentile) of 4675 (940-36,264) inhabitants and 10 (2-38) incidents...
May 24, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769024/hems-inter-facility-transfer-a-case-mix-analysis
#5
Damien Di Rocco, Mathieu Pasquier, Eric Albrecht, Pierre-Nicolas Carron, Fabrice Dami
BACKGROUND: Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are popular rescue systems despite inconsistent evidence in the scientific literature to support their use for primary interventions, as well as for inter-facility transfer (IFT). There is little research about IFT by HEMS, hence questions remain about the appropriateness of this method of transport. The aim of this study was to describe a case-mix of operational and medical characteristics for IFT activity of a sole HEMS base, and identify indicators of over-triage...
May 16, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735230/management-of-multiple-burned-patients-with-inhalation-injuries
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Kouhei Ishikawa, Youichi Yanagawa, Yukino Kato, Yoko Nozawa, Hiroki Nagasawa, Ikuto Takeuchi, Kei Jitsuiki, Akihiko Kondo, Hiromichi Ohsaka, Kazuhiko Omori
The fire department in Atami received an emergency call at 6:17 am, with notification of 4 or 5 casualties because of a fire. Because there was only 1 ambulance (O) at the station, an additional ambulance (P) was also requested. Ambulance O transported 2 patients (A and B), and ambulance P transported 2 patients (C and D). These 4 patients were judged to have severe inhalation injuries at the scene and were transported to 2 local hospitals (X and Y). After patients C and D arrived at hospital Y, the medical staff decided to transfer them to the emergency medical service center...
May 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735228/direct-air-versus-ground-transport-predictors-for-rural-pediatric-trauma
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Andrew B Starnes, Babawale Oluborode, Curtis Knoles, Boyd Burns, Henderson McGinnis, Kenneth Stewart
OBJECTIVE: Traumatic injury is the leading cause of mortality in children and the most common cause of emergency medical services transport in pediatric populations. We aimed to identify what factors are currently associated with selection for helicopter transport (HEMS) over ground ambulance (GEMS) in a primarily rural state. METHODS: We performed a retrospective case-control study of trauma patients younger than 18 years old reported to the Oklahoma State Trauma Registry between 2005 and 2014 who received direct transport from the scene of injury to a tertiary trauma center within the state...
May 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712881/delays-in-the-air-or-ground-transfer-of-patients-for-endovascular-thrombectomy
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Robert W Regenhardt, Adam P Mecca, Stephanie A Flavin, Gregoire Boulouis, Arne Lauer, Kori Sauser Zachrison, James Boomhower, Aman B Patel, Joshua A Hirsch, Lee H Schwamm, Thabele M Leslie-Mazwi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: For suspected large vessel occlusion patients efficient transfer to centers that provide endovascular therapy (ET) is critical to maximizing treatment opportunity. Our objective was to examine associations between transfer time, modes of transfer, ET, and outcomes within a hub-and-spoke telestroke network. METHODS: Patients with ischemic stroke were included if transferred to a single hub hospital between January 2011 and October 2015 with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale>6, onset<12 hours from hub arrival with complete clinical, imaging, and transfer data...
June 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29698341/early-hospital-discharge-after-helicopter-transport-of-pediatric-trauma-patients-analysis-of-rates-of-over-and-undertriage
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Aodhnait S Fahy, Stephanie F Polites, Cornelius A Thiels, Maile Parker, Michael B Ishitani, Christopher R Moir, Kathleen Berns, Scott P Zietlow, Donald H Jenkins, Martin D Zielinski
OBJECTIVES: Helicopter air ambulance (HAA) of pediatric trauma patients is a life-saving intervention. Triage remains a challenge for both scene transport and interhospital transfer of injured children. We aimed to understand whether overtriage or undertriage was a feature of scene or interhospital transfer and how in or out of state transfers affected these rates. METHODS: Children (<18 years) who underwent trauma activation at a level I trauma center between 2011 and 2013 were identified and reviewed...
April 24, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665763/neuroimaging-radiological-interpretation-system-niris-for-acute-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi
#10
Max Wintermark, Ying Li, Victoria Y Ding, Yingding Xu, Bin Jiang, Robyn L Ball, Michael Zeineh, Alisa Gean, Pina Sanelli
To develop an outcome-based NeuroImaging Radiological Interpretation System (NIRIS) for acute traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients that would standardize the interpretation of non-contrast head CTs and consolidate imaging findings into ordinal severity categories that would inform specific patient management actions and that could be used as a clinical decision support tool. We retrospectively identified all patients transported to our emergency department by ambulance or helicopter, for whom a trauma alert was triggered per established criteria and who underwent a non-contrast head CT due to suspicion of TBI, between November 2015 and April 2016...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661387/pre-hospital-advanced-airway-management-by-anaesthetist-and-nurse-anaesthetist-critical-care-teams-a-prospective-observational-study-of-2028-pre-hospital-tracheal-intubations
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M Gellerfors, E Fevang, A Bäckman, A Krüger, S Mikkelsen, J Nurmi, L Rognås, E Sandström, G Skallsjö, C Svensén, D Gryth, H M Lossius
BACKGROUND: Pre-hospital tracheal intubation success and complication rates vary considerably among provider categories. The purpose of this study was to estimate the success and complication rates of pre-hospital tracheal intubation performed by physician anaesthetist or nurse anaesthetist pre-hospital critical care teams. METHODS: Data were prospectively collected from critical care teams staffed with a physician anaesthetist or a nurse anaesthetist according to the Utstein template for pre-hospital advanced airway management...
May 2018: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29616522/further-options-and-survival-results-after-failure-following-ecls-implantation
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Leopold Rupprecht, Daniele Camboni, Alois Philipp, Dirk Lunz, Thomas Müller, Christof Schmid, Andreas Keyser
BACKGROUND: A retrospective study was designed to analyze the outcome of patients with extracorporeal life support (ECLS) who needed a consecutive cardiac or pulmonary support system. METHODS: From 2006 to 2016, 93 out of 587 patients with their age ranging from 2.4 to 77.3 years required an exchange of an ECLS by another mechanical support system. Sixty- one patients were inhospital cases, 39 patients were referred with ECLS from other institutions by ambulance car (n=15) or helicopter (n=24)...
April 3, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29521581/self-reported-occupational-blood-exposure-among-paramedics-in-poland-a-pilot-study
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Katarzyna Naylor, Anna Torres, Robert Gałązkowski, Kamil Torres
INTRODUCTION: Paramedics are at risk of occupational exposure, increased by the immediacy of provided treatment. However, the issue has not been acknowledged by any research in Europe up to date. METHODS: The research aimed at assessing the occupational blood exposure among paramedics in Poland. Respondents represented 21 Polish medical institutions. Their participation was voluntary and anonymous. Paramedics were provided with a self-directed job specific questionnaire adapted to Polish conditions from an original North American version...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456595/geographical-access-to-critical-care-services-in-scotland
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Philip Emerson, Naomi Dodds, David R Green, Jan O Jansen
Background: Critical illness requires specialist and timely management. The aim of this study was to create a geographic accessibility profile of the Scottish population to emergency departments and intensive care units. Methods: This was a descriptive, geographical analysis of population access to 'intermediate' and 'definitive' critical care services in Scotland. Access was defined by the number of people able to reach services within 45 to 60 min, by road and by helicopter...
February 2018: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452732/efficacy-of-pre-hospital-rapid-sequence-intubation-in-paediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-a-9-year-observational-study
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Stefan Heschl, Ben Meadley, Emily Andrew, Warwick Butt, Stephen Bernard, Karen Smith
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital airway management of the paediatric patient with traumatic brain injury (TBI) is controversial. Endotracheal intubation of children in the field requires specific skills and has potential benefits but also carries potentially serious complications. We aimed to compare mortality and functional outcomes after six months between children with TBI who either underwent prehospital rapid sequence intubation (RSI) by trained Intensive Care paramedics (ICP) or received no intubation...
May 2018: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336764/mode-of-transport-and-clinical-outcome-in-rural-trauma-a-helicopter-versus-ambulance-comparison
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Mahdi Malekpour, Jabran M Younus, Kathryn Jaap, Nina Neuhaus, Kenneth Widom, Megan Rapp, James Dove, Marie Hunsinger, Joseph Blansfield, Mohsen Shabahang, Denise Torres, Jeffrey Wild
Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) is presumably an effective way of patient transport in rural trauma, yet the literature addressing its effectiveness is scarce. In this study, we compared the clinical outcome of rural trauma patients between Ground Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) and HEMS transportation from the beginning of 2006 to the end of 2012. Focus was placed on identifying factors associated with survival to discharge in these patients. Over the seven-year study period, 4492 patients met the inclusion criteria with 2414 patients (54%) being transferred by GEMS and 2078 patients (46%) being transferred by HEMS...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208018/noise-exposure-during-prehospital-emergency-physicians-work-on-mobile-emergency-care-units-and-helicopter-emergency-medical-services
#17
Mads Christian Tofte Hansen, Jesper Hvass Schmidt, Anne C Brøchner, Jakob Kjersgaard Johansen, Stine Zwisler, Søren Mikkelsen
BACKGROUND: Prehospital personnel are at risk of occupational hearing loss due to high noise exposure. The aim of the study was to establish an overview of noise exposure during emergency responses in Mobile Emergency Care Units (MECU), ambulances and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). A second objective was to identify any occupational hearing loss amongst prehospital personnel. METHODS: Noise exposure during work in the MECU and HEMS was measured using miniature microphones worn laterally to the auditory canals or within the earmuffs of the helmet...
December 6, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148174/prehospital-transfusion-of-red-cell-concentrates-in-a-paramedic-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Stefan Heschl, Emily Andrew, Anthony de Wit, Stephen Bernard, Marcus Kennedy, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: The optimal volume and type of intravenous fluid for the treatment of blood loss in the prehospital setting is controversial. The use of red cell concentrates (RCCs) may be associated with improved outcomes; however, the administration of blood products is limited to physicians in many jurisdictions. We sought to describe the characteristics of RCC transfusions in a paramedic-staffed helicopter emergency medical system in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all cases where paramedics consulted the responsible physician for approval of RCC transfusion between July 2011 and December 2015 in Victoria, Australia...
April 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132593/the-impact-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-night-operations-in-south-east-england
#19
Leigh Curtis, Mark Salmon, Richard M Lyon
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to assess the impact of a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) capable of night operations. METHODS: This is a retrospective case review of all night HEMS missions attended by a charity air ambulance service in South East England over a 2-year period (October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2015). RESULTS: During the 2-year trial period, the HEMS service undertook a total of 5,004 missions and attended to 3,728 patients...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123878/investigation-of-japan-disaster-medical-assistance-team-response-guidelines-assuming-catastrophic-damage-from-a-nankai-trough-earthquake
#20
Hideaki Anan, Hisayoshi Kondo, Osamu Akasaka, Kenichi Oshiro, Mitsunobu Nakamura, Tetsuro Kiyozumi, Norihiko Yamada, Masato Homma, Kazuma Morino, Shinichi Nakayama, Yasuhiro Otomo, Yuichi Koido
Aim: Transporting critically ill patients outside of disaster-affected areas for treatment is an important activity of Japan Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs). We investigated whether this activity is possible after possible catastrophic damage from a Nankai Trough earthquake. Methods: Japan was divided into three areas based on the level of predicted damage (definitely, possibly, and non-affected areas). A survey of DMATs and the locations of emergency base hospitals and intensive care units (ICUs) in each area was carried out, and the ability to support disaster areas was investigated...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
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