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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...
November 17, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132593/the-impact-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-night-operations-in-south-east-england
#2
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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123870/characteristic-of-the-acute-drug-intoxication-conveyed-by-kanagawa-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
#4
Mariko Sugita, Shigeo Higami, Shigeaki Inoue, Seiji Morita, Yoshihide Nakagawa, Sadaki Inokuchi
Aim: Various critical cases have been transported since the use of the Kanagawa Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) started at Tokai University Hospital (Isehara, Japan) in 2002, including cases of acute poisoning. We analyzed the characteristics of acute poisoning cases conveyed by the HEMS. Methods: Kanagawa HEMS conveyed 3,814 cases from July 2002 to March 2013, and acute drug and poison intoxication was diagnosed in 131 of these cases. We undertook a descriptive statistical study of these cases...
July 2017: Acute Medicine & Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059493/perinatal-helicopter-ambulance-service-at-wakayama-medical-university-hospital-a-14-year-review
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Takeshi Kumagai, Mitsuhiko Riko, Masashi Satoh, Nobuyuki Kakimoto, Takuya Sugimoto, Mina Ueda, Takahiro Okutani, Ryuzo Higuchi, Shigetaka Yagi, Sawako Minami, Asumi Higa, Masakazu Miyawaki, Hiroyuki Suzuki
BACKGROUND: In 2003, a perinatal helicopter air ambulance service was introduced for remote areas of Wakayama and Mie prefectures, Japan. However, its long-term impact on perinatal medicine has not yet been analyzed. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted on helicopter air ambulance cases recorded between January 2003 and December 2016 at Wakayama Medical University Hospital (WMUH). RESULTS: During that period, 61 pregnant mothers were transferred by helicopter air ambulance to WMUH...
October 23, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052534/specialist-advice-may-improve-patient-selection-for-decompression-therapy-following-diving-accidents-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Daniel Steffensmeier, Roland Albrecht, Jürg Wendling, Roger Melliger, Donat R Spahn, Philipp Stein, Christophe Wyss
BACKGROUND: Even in a landlocked country like Switzerland recreational diving is becoming more and more popular. Smaller lakes in the Alps are located at an altitude of 2500 m above sea level. The incidence of diving accidents among all helicopter emergency service missions and the consecutive medical knowledge about decompression injuries is low. Thus, a collaboration between the Swiss Air-Ambulance (Rega) and the divers alert network (DAN) was initiated to improve patient treatment and identification of decompression injury and necessity of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO)...
October 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982816/bypassing-nearest-hospital-for-more-distant-neuroscience-care-in-head-injured-adults-with-suspected-traumatic-brain-injury-findings-of-the-head-injury-transportation-straight-to-neurosurgery-hits-ns-pilot-cluster-randomised-trial
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Fiona Elizabeth Lecky, Wanda Russell, Graham McClelland, Elspeth Pennington, Gordon Fuller, Steve Goodacre, Kyee Han, Andrew Curran, Damian Holliman, Nathan Chapman, Jennifer Freeman, Sonia Byers, Suzanne Mason, Hugh Potter, Timothy Coats, Kevin Mackway-Jones, Mary Peters, Jane Shewan
OBJECTIVE: Reconfiguration of trauma services, with direct transport of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to specialist neuroscience centres (SNCs)-bypassing non-specialist acute hospitals (NSAHs), could improve outcomes. However, delays in stabilisation of airway, breathing and circulation (ABC) may worsen outcomes when compared with selective secondary transfer from nearest NSAH to SNC. We conducted a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial to determine the feasibility and plausibility of bypassing suspected patients with TBI -directly into SNCs-producing a measurable effect...
October 5, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952660/medical-emergencies-on-large-passenger-ships-without-doctors-the-oslo-kiel-oslo-ferry-experience
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Thor-Erik Holt, Agnar Tveten, Eilif Dahl
BACKGROUND: The Oslo-Kiel-Oslo route is currently the only direct ferry crossing between Norway and Germany, covered by 2 cruise-and-cars ferries carrying about 2,600 passengers each and sailing every day (20 h at sea, 4 h in port). Unlike most ocean going cruise vessels, they are not required to carry a physician but an on-board paramedic handles medical emergencies. The aim of the study was to provide data on medical emergencies leading to helicopter evacuations (helivacs) or other urgent transfers to facilities ashore from the two ferries during a 3-year period...
2017: International Maritime Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940249/protection-against-cold-a-survey-of-available-equipment-in-swedish-pre-hospital-services
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O Henriksson, U Björnstig, B-I Saveman, P J Lundgren
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to survey the current equipment used for prevention, treatment and monitoring of accidental hypothermia in Swedish pre-hospital services. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to all road ambulance services (AS), the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), the national helicopter search and rescue service (SAR) and the municipal rescue services (RS) in Sweden to determine the availability of insulation, active warming, fluid heating, and low-reading thermometers...
November 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935501/safety-and-time-course-of-drip-and-ship-in-treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Hideyuki Ishihara, Fumiaki Oka, Takayuki Oku, Mizuya Shinoyama, Eiichi Suehiro, Kazutaka Sugimoto, Michiyasu Suzuki
BACKGROUND: The drip-and-ship approach allows intravenous tissue plasminogen activator therapy and adjuvant endovascular treatment in acute ischemic stroke, even in rural areas. Here, we examined the safety and time course of the drip-and-ship approach. METHODS: Fifty consecutive cases treated with the drip-and-ship approach (drip-and-ship group) in June 2009 to March 2016 were retrospectively examined. Changes in mean blood pressure, systemic complications, and neurological complications were compared according to method of transportation...
November 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898557/improved-survival-for-rural-trauma-patients-transported-by-helicopter-to-a-verified-trauma-center-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Thein Hlaing Zhu, Lisa Hollister, Dazar Opoku, Samuel M Galvagno
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies using advanced statistical methods to control for confounders have demonstrated an association between helicopter transport (HT) versus ground ambulance transport (GT) in terms of improved survival for adult trauma patients. The aim of this study was to apply a methodologically vigorous approach to determine if HT is associated with a survival benefit for when trauma patients are transported to a verified trauma center in a rural setting. METHODS: The ascertainment of trauma patients age ≥ 15 years (n = 469 cases) by HT and (n = 580 cases) by GT between 1999 and 2012 was restricted to the scene of injury in a rural area of 10 to 35 miles from the trauma center...
September 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886492/the-dynamics-of-prehospital-hospital-care-and-modes-of-transport-during-civil-conflict-and-terrorist-incidents
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S Celik, R Dursun, A Aycan, H Gönüllü, C Adanaş, M Eryılmaz, E Gönüllü, M E Akyol, S Keskin, C Güloğlu
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital and hospital care during incidents of mass violence and civil conflict involve a number of aspects that distinguish it from care during times of peace. We aimed to analyze the dynamics and outcomes of prehospital and hospital care during ongoing conflicts. STUDY DESIGN: Multicentric prospective observational study. METHOD: Patients enrolled in the study, which was conducted in Turkey, were all injured in armed conflict and taken to level 1 trauma centers...
September 5, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739239/acute-coronary-syndrome-evacuated-by-a-helicopter-from-the-scene
#13
Hiromichi Ohsaka, Kazuhio Omori, Ikuto Takeuchi, Kei Jitsuiki, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Kouhei Ishikawa, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Youichi Yanagawa
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the safety of evacuating patients using a physician-staffed helicopter (Dr. Heli). METHODS: We retrospectively investigated all of the patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) who were transported by a Dr. Heli between April 2004 and March 2016. The scene group included subjects evacuated from the scene by the Dr. Heli. The interhospital group included subjects transported to a nearby medical facility by a ground ambulance and then transported to our hospital by a Dr...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711949/pediatric-out-of-hospital-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-by-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-does-it-has-added-value-compared-to-regular-emergency-medical-service
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X R J Moors, K Rijs, D Den Hartog, R J Stolker
PURPOSE: To determine the outcome of out-of-hospital (OOH) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the advanced life support (ALS) procedures provided in pediatrics by the Rotterdam Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of all pediatric (0-17 years) OOH cardiopulmonary arrests within a 6-year period and attended by the Rotterdam HEMS team. RESULTS: There were 201 OOH CPRs from October 2008 until October 2014. Endotracheal intubation was performed in 164 cases and done by HEMS in 104 patients (63%), intraosseous/intravenous cannulation 43/27 times, and additional medication given by HEMS in 70 patients (35%)...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705744/the-relationship-between-ocular-trauma-and-substance-abuse-in-emergency-department-patients
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Sylvia L Chang, Vaama Patel, John Giltner, Richard Lee, Catherine A Marco
INTRODUCTION: Eye injury is the second most common cause of visual impairment and a leading cause of monocular blindness in the United States. There are approximately 6 million ED visits related to drug use annually, including misuse or abuse of pharmaceuticals and illicit drug use. The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between ocular trauma and substance abuse among emergency department patients and to assess that relationship with demographic factors, including age and gender...
November 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641984/bi-objective-approach-for-placing-ground-and-air-ambulance-base-and-helipad-locations-in-order-to-optimize-ems-response
#16
Milad Shahriari, Ali Bozorgi-Amiri, Shayan Tavakoli, Abolghasem Yousefi-Babadi
Shortening the travel time of patient transfer has clinical implications for many conditions such as cardiac arrest, trauma, stroke and STEMI. As resources are often limited precise calculations are needed. In this paper we consider the location problem for both ground and aerial emergency medical services. Given the uncertainty of when patients are in need of prompt medical attention we consider these demand points to be uncertain. We consider various ways in which ground and helicopter ambulances can work together to make the whole process go faster...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581278/reduced-mortality-in-severely-injured-patients-using-hospital-based-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-in-interhospital-transport
#17
Oh Hyun Kim, Young Il Roh, Hyung Il Kim, Yong Sung Cha, Kyoung Chul Cha, Hyun Kim, Sung Oh Hwang, Kang Hyun Lee
Recent evidence has demonstrated the survival benefits of helicopter transport for trauma patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of hospital-based helicopter emergency medical services (H-HEMS) in comparison with ground ambulance transport in improving mortality outcomes in patients with major trauma. Study participants were divided into 2 groups according to type of transport to the trauma center; that is, either via ground emergency medical services (GEMS) or via H-HEMS. The study was conducted from October 2013 to July 2015...
July 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570313/the-cost-of-burn-transfers-a-retrospective-review-of-7-years-of-admissions-to-a-regional-burn-center
#18
Ryan E Austin, Sofie Schlagintweit, Marc G Jeschke, Russell MacDonald, Mahvareh Ahghari, Shahriar Shahrokhi
The transport of thermally injured patients can involve significant costs; however, not all thermally injured patients necessitate transfer to a burn center. The purpose of this study was to review transfers to an American Burn Association-verified regional burn center to determine whether the transfers were necessary and the cost associated with unnecessary transfers. A retrospective chart review identified 707 patients transferred to an American Burn Association-verified burn center with an acute burn injury during a 7-year period...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494674/should-nurses-receive-formal-commendations
#19
Mike Parker
On 22 March news broke that an incident had occurred at the Palace of Westminster in London. The Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service responded and, as details emerged, it became clear there had been a terrorist attack.
May 12, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441512/a-historical-perspective-on-the-transport-of-premature-infants
#20
Shannon E Perry
A premature newborn was first transported via helicopter from place of birth to a specialty nursery 50 years ago. Since that time, the care of high-risk and premature newborns has evolved, but specialized services are not always available at the birth site. As a result, the demand for newborn transfer continues to grow. Today, neonates are transported to tertiary centers via ground ambulances, helicopters, and airplanes by highly trained personnel using sophisticated incubators and equipment.
April 23, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
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