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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
#2
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/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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336017/weather-webcam-system-for-the-safety-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-in-miyazaki-japan
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Katsuhiro Kanemaru, Robert Katzer, Syu Hanato, Koji Nakamura, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Hidenobu Ochiai
OBJECTIVE: In Japan, the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) system was initiated in 2001 and introduced to Miyazaki Prefecture in 2012. Mountainous areas occupy 88% of Miyazaki's land area, and HEMS flights can be subject to the effects of weather. Therefore, ensuring safety in changing weather conditions is a necessity for HEMS. METHODS: The weather webcam system (WWS) was established to observe the meteorological conditions in 29 locations. Assessments of the probability of a flight based on conventional data including a weather chart provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency and meteorological reports provided by the Miyazaki Airport were compared with the assessment based on the combination of the information obtained from the WWS and the conventional data...
March 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103121/comparison-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-transport-types-and-delays-on-patient-outcomes-at-two-level-i-trauma-centers
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Brodie Nolan, Homer Tien, Bruce Sawadsky, Sandro Rizoli, Amanda McFarlan, Andrea Phillips, Alun Ackery
BACKGROUND: Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) have become an engrained component of trauma systems. In Ontario, transportation for trauma patients is through one of three ways: scene call, modified scene call, or interfacility transfer. We hypothesize that differences exist between these types of transports in both patient demographics and patient outcomes. This study compares the characteristics of patients transported by each of these methods to two level 1 trauma centers and assesses for any impact on morbidity or mortality...
May 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030500/analysis-of-aeromedical-retrieval-coverage-using-elliptical-isochrones-an-evaluation-of-helicopter-fleet-size-configurations-in-scotland
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Naomi Dodds, Philip Emerson, Stephanie Phillips, David R Green, Jan O Jansen
BACKGROUND: Trauma systems in remote and rural regions often rely on helicopter emergency medical services to facilitate access to definitive care. The siting of such resources is key, but often relies on simplistic modeling of coverage, using circular isochrones. Scotland is in the process of implementing a national trauma network, and there have been calls for an expansion of aeromedical retrieval capacity. The aim of this study was to analyze population and area coverage of the current retrieval service configuration, with three aircraft, and a configuration with an additional helicopter, in the North East of Scotland, using a novel methodology...
March 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918864/comparison-of-emergency-medical-services-and-trauma-care-systems-among-pan-asian-countries-an-international-multicenter-population-based-survey
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Kyong Min Sun, Kyoung Jun Song, Sang Do Shin, Hideharu Tanaka, Goh E Shaun, Wen-Chu Chiang, Kentaro Kajino, Sabariah Faizah Jamaluddin, Akio Kimura, Young Sun Ro, Dae Han Wi, Ju Ok Park, Sung Woo Moon, Young Hee Jung, Min Jung Kim, James F Holmes
OBJECTIVE: Knowledge on the current trauma systems in Asian countries is limited. The objective of this study was to describe the emergency medical services (EMS) and trauma care systems among countries participating in the Pan-Asian Trauma Outcomes Study (PATOS) Clinical Research Network. METHODS: The PATOS network consists of 33 participating sites from 14 countries. Standardized data was collected from each site using an EMS survey form and included general information (population, population density, urbanization, EMS service fee, etc...
March 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894563/administration-of-crofab-antivenom-by-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-team
#16
Michael T Steuerwald, Season R K Gabbard, Gillian A Beauchamp, Matthew K Riddle, Edward J Otten
The case presented here highlights an unconventional use of a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) to provide a specialized medication to a critically ill patient when definitive transport was delayed. A 39-year-old man presented to a rural hospital 1 hour after sustaining a copperhead envenomation. He developed severe symptoms and was intubated. Arrangements were made for transfer to a tertiary referral center by HEMS, but because of incoming weather conditions, the team would not be able to make the return flight safely...
November 2016: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806488/in-hospital-outcome-based-on-the-mode-of-ems-transportation-in-a-high-income-rapidly-developing-middle-eastern-country
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Hassan Al-Thani, Ayman El-Menyar, Yugan Pillay, Monira Mollazehi, Ahammed Mekkodathil, Rafael Consunji
BACKGROUND: Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are considered as a standard component of advanced pre-hospital emergency care system. We assessed the clinical presentation and outcomes of trauma patients transported by HEMS versus ground emergency medical services (GEMS). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of prospectively collected trauma registry data at a level I trauma center was conducted for patients transported by GEMS and HEMS between 2011 and 2013...
July 6, 2016: Global Journal of Health Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650943/physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-systems-can-provide-advanced-trauma-life-support-in-mountainous-and-remote-areas
#18
Julia Ausserer, Elizabeth Moritz, Matthias Stroehle, Hermann Brugger, Giacomo Strapazzon, Simon Rauch, Peter Mair
INTRODUCTION: In remote and mountainous areas, helicopter emergency medical systems (HEMS) are used to expedite evacuation and provide pre-hospital advanced trauma life support (ATLS) in major trauma victims. Aim of the study was to investigate feasibility of ATLS in HEMS mountain rescue missions and its influence on patient condition at hospital admission. PATIENTS: 58 major trauma victims (Injury Severity Score ≥16), evacuated by physician staffed HEMS from remote and mountainous areas in the State of Tyrol, Austria between 1...
January 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634608/army-air-ambulance-blood-product-program-in-the-combat-zone-and-challenges-to-best-practices
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REVIEW
Nicole Powell-Dunford, Jose F Quesada, Kirby R Gross, Stacy A Shackelford
BACKGROUND: Identify challenges and best practices in the development of an austere air ambulance transfusion program. METHODS: A search of PubMed using combinations of the key terms 'prehospital,' 'blood product,' 'red blood cells,' 'damage control resuscitation,' 'transfusion,' 'air ambulance,' 'medical evacuation,' and 'medevac' yielded 196 articles for further analysis, with 14 articles suitable for addressing the background of prehospital transfusion within a helicopter...
August 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625421/the-importance-of-ground-critical-care-transport
#20
REVIEW
Susan R Wilcox, Michael Ries, Ted A Bouthiller, E Dean Berry, Travis L Dowdy, Sharon DeGrace
Critical care transport (CCT) teams are specialized transport services, comprised of highly trained paramedics, nurses, and occasionally respiratory therapists, offering an expanded scope of practice beyond advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical service teams. We report 4 cases of patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome from influenza in need of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation evaluation at a tertiary care center, transported by ground. Our medical center did not previously have a ground CCT service, and therefore, in these cases, a physician and/or a respiratory therapist was sent with the paramedic team...
February 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
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