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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/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/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/29368642/systematic-reporting-to-improve-the-emergency-medical-response-to-major-incidents-a-pilot-study
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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
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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/29332778/cricothyrotomy-in-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-transport
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Kevin High, Jeremy Brywczynski, Jin H Han
OBJECTIVE: Airway management is a requisite skill set for helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) providers. Cricothyrotomy is a potentially lifesaving skill that is used when other airway maneuvers fail. The authors reviewed all transports by a helicopter program in which cricothyrotomy was performed to assess the frequency, success, and technique. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of air medical patient records from an electronic medical record system over a 112-month period...
January 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332773/does-medical-staffing-influence-perceived-safety-an-international-survey-on-medical-crew-models-in-helicopter-emergency-medical-services
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Kristen Rasmussen, Jo Røislien, Stephen J M Sollid
OBJECTIVE: The competence, composition, and number of crewmembers have generally been considered to influence the degree of patient care and safety in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), but evidence to support the advantages of one crew concept over another is ambiguous; additionally, the benefit of physicians as crewmembers is still highly debated. METHODS: To compare perceived safety in different medical crew models, we surveyed international HEMS medical directors regarding the types of crew compositions their system currently used and their supportive rationales and to evaluate patient and flight safety within their services...
January 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208018/noise-exposure-during-prehospital-emergency-physicians-work-on-mobile-emergency-care-units-and-helicopter-emergency-medical-services
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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/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/29094162/comparing-the-air-medical-prehospital-triage-score-with-current-practice-for-triage-of-injured-patients-to-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Joshua B Brown, Kenneth J Smith, Mark L Gestring, Matthew R Rosengart, Timothy R Billiar, Andrew B Peitzman, Jason L Sperry, Joel S Weissman
Importance: Little evidence exists to guide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) triage, and current practice is inefficient. The Air Medical Prehospital Triage (AMPT) score was developed to identify patients most likely to benefit from HEMS compared with ground EMS. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated the potential effect on costs and outcomes of a more targeted HEMS triage strategy, such as the AMPT score. Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of current practice compared with the AMPT score for HEMS scene triage of trauma patients...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037168/locating-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-bases-to-optimise-population-coverage-versus-average-response-time
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Alan A Garner, Pieter L van den Berg
BACKGROUND: New South Wales (NSW), Australia has a network of multirole retrieval physician staffed helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) with seven bases servicing a jurisdiction with population concentrated along the eastern seaboard. The aim of this study was to estimate optimal HEMS base locations within NSW using advanced mathematical modelling techniques. METHODS: We used high resolution census population data for NSW from 2011 which divides the state into areas containing 200-800 people...
October 16, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
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/28923140/working-memory-capacity-and-surgical-performance-while-exposed-to-mild-hypoxic-hypoxemia
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Paul J Parker, Andrew J Manley, Ross Shand, John P O'Hara, Adrian Mellor
INTRODUCTION: Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) helicopters fly at altitudes of 3000 m in Afghanistan (9843 ft). Civilian hospitals and disaster-relief surgical teams may have to operate at such altitudes or even higher. Mild hypoxia has been seen to affect the performance of novel tasks at flight levels as low as 5000 ft. Aeromedical teams frequently work in unpressurized environments; it is important to understand the implications of this mild hypoxia and investigate whether supplementary oxygen systems are required for some or all of the team members...
October 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653327/are-severely-injured-trauma-victims-in-norway-offered-advanced-pre-hospital-care-national-retrospective-observational-cohort
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T Wisborg, E N Ellensen, I Svege, T Dehli
BACKGROUND: Studies of severely injured patients suggest that advanced pre-hospital care and/or rapid transportation provides a survival benefit. This benefit depends on the disposition of resources to patients with the greatest need. Norway has 19 Emergency Helicopters (HEMS) staffed by anaesthesiologists on duty 24/7/365. National regulations describe indications for their use, and the use of the national emergency medical dispatch guideline is recommended. We assessed whether severely injured patients had been treated or transported by advanced resources on a national scale...
August 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611883/altitude-related-change-in-endotracheal-tube-cuff-pressures-in-helicopter-ems
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Stacy N Weisberg, Jonathan C McCall, Joseph Tennyson
INTRODUCTION: Over-inflation of endotracheal tube (ETT) cuffs has the potential to lead to scarring and stenosis of the trachea.1, 2,3, 4 The air inside an ETT cuff is subject to expansion as atmospheric pressure decreases, as happens with an increase in altitude. Emergency medical services helicopters are not pressurized, thereby providing a good environment for studying the effects of altitude changes ETT cuff pressures. This study aims to explore the relationship between altitude and ETT cuff pressures in a helicopter air-medical transport program...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593012/potential-benefit-of-physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-for-regional-trauma-care-system-activation-an-observational-study-in-rural-japan
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Tomohiro Abe, Takehiko Nagano, Hidenobu Ochiai
Objective: Involvement of all regional medical facilities in a trauma system is challenging in rural regions. We hypothesized that the physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service potentially encouraged local facilities to participate in trauma systems by providing the transport of patients with trauma to those facilities in a rural setting. Materials and Methods: We performed two retrospective observational studies. First, yearly changes in the numbers of patients with trauma and destination facilities were surveyed using records from the Miyazaki physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service from April 2012 to March 2014...
May 2017: Journal of Rural Medicine: JRM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437783/evacuation-of-a-tertiary-neonatal-centre-lessons-from-the-2016-kumamoto-earthquakes
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Osuke Iwata, Akihiko Kawase, Masanori Iwai, Kazuko Wada
BACKGROUND: Newborn infants hospitalised in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are vulnerable to natural disasters. However, publications on evacuation from NICUs are sparse. The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes caused serious damage to Kumamoto City Hospital and its level III regional core NICU. Local/neighbour NICU teams and the disaster-communication team of a neonatal academic society cooperated to evacuate 38 newborn infants from the ward. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to highlight potential key factors to improve emergency NICU evacuation and coordination of hospital transportation following natural disasters...
2017: Neonatology
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