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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769024/hems-inter-facility-transfer-a-case-mix-analysis
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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/29739432/emergency-management-of-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-in-eastern-austria-a-descriptive-quality-control-study
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Helmut Trimmel, Thomas Bayer, Wolfgang Schreiber, Wolfgang G Voelckel, Lukas Fiedler
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction is a time-critical condition and its outcome is determined by appropriate emergency care. Thus we assessed the efficacy of a supra-regional ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) network in Easternern Austria. METHODS: The Eastern Austrian STEMI network serves a population of approx. 766.000 inhabitants within a region of 4186 km2 . Established in 2007, it now comprises 20 pre-hospital emergency medical service (EMS) units (10 of these physician-staffed), 4 hospitals and 3 cardiac intervention centres...
May 9, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and 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/29731496/aeromedical-transport-operations-using-helicopters-during-the-2016-kumamoto-earthquake-in-japan
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Tomokazu Motomura, Atsushi Hirabayashi, Hisashi Matsumoto, Nobutaka Yamauchi, Mitsunobu Nakamura, Hiroshi Machida, Kenji Fujizuka, Naomi Otsuka, Tomoko Satoh, Hideaki Anan, Hisayoshi Kondo, Yuichi Koido
More than 6,000 people died in the Great Hanshin (Kobe) Earthquake in 1995, and it was later reported that there were around 500 preventable trauma deaths. In response, the Japanese government developed the helicopter emergency medical service in 2001, known in Japan as the "Doctor-Heli" (DH), which had 46 DHs and 2 private medical helicopters as of April 2016. DHs transport physicians and nurses to provide pre-hospital medical care at the scene of medical emergencies. Following lessons learned in the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, a research group in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare developed a command and control system for the DH fleet as well as the Disaster Relief Aircraft Management System Network (D-NET), which uses a satellite communications network to monitor the location of the fleet and weather in real-time during disasters...
2018: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669612/prehospital-blood-product-administration-opportunities-in-ground-transport-als-ems-a-descriptive-study
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Felicia M Mix, Martin D Zielinski, Lucas A Myers, Kathy S Berns, Anurahda Luke, James R Stubbs, Scott P Zietlow, Donald H Jenkins, Matthew D Sztajnkrycer
IntroductionHemorrhage remains the major cause of preventable death after trauma. Recent data suggest that earlier blood product administration may improve outcomes. The purpose of this study was to determine whether opportunities exist for blood product transfusion by ground Emergency Medical Services (EMS). METHODS: This was a single EMS agency retrospective study of ground and helicopter responses from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2015 for adult trauma patients transported from the scene of injury who met predetermined hemodynamic (HD) parameters for potential transfusion (heart rate [HR]≥120 and/or systolic blood pressure [SBP]≤90)...
April 19, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667566/us-emergency-medical-services-fellows
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Brian Clemency, Christian Martin-Gill, Nicole Rall, Dipesh Patel, Jeffery Myers
IntroductionThe 2015-2016 academic year was the fourth year since the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME; Chicago, Illinois USA) accredited Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fellowships, and the first year an in-training examination was given. Soon, ACGME-accredited fellowship education will be the sole path to EMS board certification when the practice pathway closes after 2019. This project aimed to describe the current class of EMS fellows at ACGME-accredited programs and their current educational opportunities to better understand current and future needs in EMS fellowship education...
April 18, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29588548/a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-for-northern-ireland
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EDITORIAL
John Purvis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Ulster Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29569383/inter-disciplinary-cooperation-in-a-physician-staffed-emergency-medical-system
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B O Reid, M Rehn, O Uleberg, L E N Pleym, A J Krüger
BACKGROUND: On-scene management of pre-hospital emergencies is often inter-disciplinary, involving ground-emergency medical services (EMS), police- and fire services, and in Norway general practitioners on-call. This can also be supplemented by physician-staffed EMS (P-EMS), utilizing helicopters or rapid response vehicles. We hypothesized that P-EMS cooperates extensively with other emergency services, and therefore the primary aim of this study was to investigate the fraction of inter-disciplinary cooperation between P-EMS and other emergency services...
March 22, 2018: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
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/29484640/helicopter-vs-ground-transportation-of-patients-bound-for-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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K S Funder, L S Rasmussen, V Siersma, N Lohse, R Hesselfeldt, F Pedersen, O M Hendriksen, J Steinmetz
BACKGROUND: Implementation of the first Danish helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) was associated with reduced time from first medical contact to treatment at a specialized centre for patients with suspected ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We aimed to investigate effects of HEMS on mortality and labour market affiliation in patients admitted for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: In this prospective observational study, we included patients with suspected STEMI within the region covered by the HEMS from January 1, 2010, to April 30, 2013, transported by either HEMS or ground emergency medical services (GEMS) to the regional PCI centre...
April 2018: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29478579/air-medical-simulation-training-a-retrospective-review-of-cost-and-effectiveness
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Marc P Dotson, Mark L Gustafson, Alfred Tager, Leslie M Peterson
OBJECTIVE: Simulation training is an integral part of the training of medical personnel. However, there are limited data on the use of simulation in the training of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). METHODS: In this study, we retrospectively compared the number of orientation flights needed to be released to a full crewmember and the cost of training in an air medical flight academy before and after implementation of a high-fidelity air medical simulator...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29478578/helicopter-emergency-medical-services-literature-2014-to-2016-lessons-and-perspectives-part-2-nontrauma-transports-and-general-issues
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REVIEW
Stephen H Thomas, Ira Blumen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29478574/canceled-to-be-called-back-a-retrospective-cohort-study-of-canceled-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-scene-calls-that-are-later-transferred-to-a-trauma-center
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Brodie Nolan, Alun Ackery, Avery Nathens, Bruce Sawadsky, Homer Tien
INTRODUCTION: In our trauma system, helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) can be requested to attend a scene call for an injured patient before arrival by land paramedics. Land paramedics can cancel this response if they deem it unnecessary. The purpose of this study is to describe the frequency of canceled HEMS scene calls that were subsequently transferred to 2 trauma centers and to assess for any impact on morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Probabilistic matching was used to identify canceled HEMS scene call patients who were later transported to 2 trauma centers over a 48-month period...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29469616/prehospital-echocardiography-during-resuscitation-impacts-treatment-in-a-physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-an-observational-study
#15
Rein Ketelaars, Christian Beekers, Geert-Jan Van Geffen, Gert Jan Scheffer, Nico Hoogerwerf
BACKGROUND: Patients in cardiac arrest must receive algorithm-based management such as basic life support and advanced (cardiac) life support. International guidelines dictate diagnosing and treating any factor that may have caused the arrest or may be complicating the resuscitation. Ultrasound may be of potential value in this process and can be used in a prehospital setting. The objective is to evaluate the use of prehospital ultrasound during traumatic and non-traumatic CPR and determine its impact on prehospital treatment decisions in a Dutch helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS)...
February 22, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29381489/abdominal-prehospital-ultrasound-impacts-treatment-decisions-in-a-dutch-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
#16
Rein Ketelaars, Jasper J M Holtslag, Nico Hoogerwerf
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of abdominal prehospital ultrasound (PHUS) on patient care in a Dutch physician-staffed Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and to determine its diagnostic performance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We carried out a retrospective analysis of abdominal ultrasound (US) examinations performed by the HEMS of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from January 2007 until December 2016. Data including patient demographics, type of incident, abdominal US findings, impact on treatment decisions, and the physicians' narrative report were retrieved from the HEMS database and analyzed...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29368642/systematic-reporting-to-improve-the-emergency-medical-response-to-major-incidents-a-pilot-study
#17
Sophie Hardy, Sabina Fattah, Torben Wisborg, Lasse Raatiniemi, Trine Staff, Marius Rehn
BACKGROUND: Major incidents affect us globally, and are occurring with increasing frequency. There is still no evidence-based standard regarding the best medical emergency response to major incidents. Currently, reports on major incidents are non-standardised and variable in quality. This pilot study examines the first systematic reports from a consensus-based, freely accessible database, aiming to identify how descriptive analysis of reports submitted to this database can be used to improve the major incident response...
January 24, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336958/prehospital-emergencies-in-illegal-gold-mining-sites-in-french-guiana
#18
Gérald Egmann, Pierre Tattevin, Renaud Palancade, Matthieu Nacher
INTRODUCTION: Illegal gold mining is flourishing in French Guiana, existing outside the law due to both the high cost of gold mining permits and the challenges of law enforcement within the Amazon forest. We report the characteristics of, and the medical responses to, medical emergencies in illegal gold mining sites. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of all medical emergencies reported from illegal gold mining sites to the centralized call office of SAMU 973 from 1998 through 2000 and from 2008 through 2010...
March 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
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/29332779/helicopter-emergency-medical-services-literature-2014-to-2016-lessons-and-perspectives-part-1-helicopter-transport-for-trauma
#20
REVIEW
Stephen H Thomas, Ira Blumen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Air Medical Journal
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