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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736881/awareness-of-vision-zero-among-united-states-road-safety-professionals
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Kelly R Evenson, Seth LaJeunesse, Stephen Heiny
BACKGROUND: Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all fatalities and serious injuries from road traffic crashes, while increasing safe and equitable mobility for all. In 2015, the United States' Department of Transportation announced the official target of the federal government transportation safety policy was zero deaths. In 2017, we assessed the dissemination of Vision Zero in the United States. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey in 2017 among road safety professionals...
May 8, 2018: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29693416/effects-of-emergency-medical-services-times-on-traffic-injury-severity-a-random-effects-ordered-probit-approach
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Jaeyoung Lee, Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Qing Cai, Ling Wang
OBJECTIVE: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) play a vital role in the post-crash effort to reduce fatalities by providing first aid treatment and transportation to medical facilities. This study aims to analyze the time required for crash reporting and EMS arrival in fatal traffic crashes and to explore the effects of EMS time on the traffic injury severity. METHODS: The time required for EMS reporting, arrival, and transport to hospital were calculated by location type and roadway functional classification using 2016 FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) data...
April 25, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
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/29669611/needle-thoracostomy-does-changing-needle-length-and-location-change-patient-outcome
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Lori A Weichenthal, Scott Owen, Geoffory Stroh, John Ramos
BACKGROUND: Needle thoracostomy (NT) is a common prehospital intervention for patients in extremis or cardiac arrest due to trauma. The purpose of this study is to compare outcomes, efficacy, and complications after a change in policy related to NT in a four-county Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system with a catchment area of greater than 1.6 million people. METHODS: This is a before and after observational study of all patients who had NT performed in the Central California (USA) EMS system...
April 19, 2018: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656835/trauma-quality-improvement-reducing-triage-errors-by-automating-the-level-assignment-process
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David P Stonko, Dillon C O Neill, Bradley M Dennis, Melissa Smith, Jeffrey Gray, Oscar D Guillamondegui
BACKGROUND: Trauma patients are triaged by the severity of their injury or need for intervention while en route to the trauma center according to trauma activation protocols that are institution specific. Significant research has been aimed at improving these protocols in order to optimize patient outcomes while striving for efficiency in care. However, it is known that patients are often undertriaged or overtriaged because protocol adherence remains imperfect. The goal of this quality improvement (QI) project was to improve this adherence, and thereby reduce the triage error...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29596006/accuracy-of-prehospital-identification-of-stroke-in-a-large-stroke-belt-municipality
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Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, Halea Meese, Ibthial Alattas, Moges Ido, Iasson Yi, Tolulope Oyewumi, Michael Colman, Michael Frankel, Arthur Yancey
OBJECTIVE: Strokes are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, especially in the "stroke belt" of the southeast. Up to 65% of stroke patients access care by calling 9-1-1. The primary objective of this study is to measure the accuracy of emergency medical dispatchers (EMD) and paramedics, in the prehospital identification of stroke. METHODS: The study was based at Grady Emergency Medical Services, which is Atlanta, Georgia's public emergency medical services (EMS) provider...
March 29, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29588410/neighbourhood-alcohol-environment-and-injury-risk-a-spatial-analysis-of-pedestrian-injury-in-baltimore-city
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Elizabeth D Nesoff, Adam J Milam, Keshia M Pollack, Frank C Curriero, Janice V Bowie, Amy R Knowlton, Andrea C Gielen, Debra M Furr-Holden
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of neighbourhood disorder around alcohol outlets to pedestrian injury risk. METHODS: A spatial analysis was conducted on census block groups in Baltimore City. Data included pedestrian injury EMS records from 1 January 2014 to 15 April 2015 (n=858), off-premise alcohol outlet locations for 2014 (n=693) and neighbourhood disorder indicators and demographics. Negative binomial regression models were used to determine the relationship between alcohol outlet count and pedestrian injuries at the block group level, controlling for other neighbourhood factors...
March 27, 2018: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29584509/improvement-of-injury-severity-prediction-isp-of-aacn-during-on-site-triage-using-vehicle-deformation-pattern-for-car-to-car-c2c-side-impacts
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Chinmoy Pal, Shigeru Hirayama, Sangolla Narahari, Manoharan Jeyabharath, Gopinath Prakash, Vimalathithan Kulothungan, John Combest
OBJECTIVE: The Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN) system needs to predict injury accurately, to provide appropriate treatment for seriously injured occupants involved in motor vehicle crashes. This study investigates the possibility of improving the accuracy of the AACN system, using vehicle deformation parameters in car-to-car (C2C) side impacts. METHODS: This study was based on car-to-car (C2C) crash data from NASS-CDS, CY 2004-2014. Variables from Kononen's algorithm (published in 2011) were used to build a "base model" for this study...
February 28, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29560053/outcomes-of-emergency-medical-service-usage-in-severe-road-traffic-injury-during-thai-holidays
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Sattha Riyapan, Phanthanee Thitichai, Wansiri Chaisirin, Tanyaporn Nakornchai, Tipa Chakorn
Introduction: Thailand has the highest mortality from road traffic injury (RTI) in the world. There are usually higher incident rates of RTI in Thailand over long holidays such as New Year and Songkran. To our knowledge, there have been no studies that describe the impact of emergency medical service (EMS) utilization by RTI patients in Thailand. We sought to determine the outcomes of EMS utilization in severe RTIs during the holidays. Methods: We conducted a retrospective review study by using a nationwide registry that collected RTI data from all hospitals in Thailand during the New Year holidays in 2008-2015 and Songkran holidays in 2008-2014...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29510910/perceived-exertion-using-two-different-ems-stretcher-systems-report-from-a-swedish-study
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Martin Hulldin, Jonas Kängström, Magnus Andersson Hagiwara, Andreas Claesson
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical services (EMS) facilitate out of hospital care in a wide variety of settings on a daily basis. Stretcher-related adverse events and long term musculoskeletal injuries are commonly reported. Novel stretcher mechanisms may facilitate enhanced movement of patients and reduce workload for EMS personnel. AIM: To describe EMS personnel's perceived exertion using two different stretcher systems. METHODS: The methodology of this explorative simulation study included enrolling twenty (n=20) registered nurses and paramedics who worked in ten pairs (n=10) to transport a conscious, 165lb...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29503784/management-of-cold-water-induced-hypothermia-a-simulation-scenario-for-layperson-training-delivered-via-a-mobile-tele-simulation-unit
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Cody L Dunne, Michael Parsons
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) has one of the highest provincial drowning rates in Canada, largely due to the many rural communities located near bodies of water. Factor in the province's cold climate (average NL's freshwater temperature is below 5.4°C)and the prevalence of winter recreational activities among the population, there exists an inherent risk of ice-related injuries and subsequent hypothermia. Oftentimes, these injuries occur in remote/rural settings where immediate support from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) may not be available...
December 26, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29501219/the-association-of-prehospital-intravenous-fluids-and-mortality-in-patients-with-penetrating-trauma
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Sam A Bores, William Pajerowski, Brendan G Carr, Daniel Holena, Zachary F Meisel, C Crawford Mechem, Roger A Band
BACKGROUND: The optimal approach to prehospital care of trauma patients is controversial, and thought to require balancing advanced field interventions with rapid transport to definitive care. OBJECTIVE: We sought principally to examine any association between the amount of prehospital IV fluid (IVF) administered and mortality. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of trauma registry data patients who sustained penetrating trauma between January 2008 and February 2011, as identified in the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation registry with corresponding prehospital records from the Philadelphia Fire Department...
April 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29495140/epidemiologic-characteristics-of-injured-school-age-patients-transported-via-emergency-medical-services-in-korea
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Hang A Park, Ki Ok Ahn, Ju Ok Park, Jungeun Kim, Seungmin Jeong, Meesook Kim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of injuries of school-aged children transported via emergency medical services (EMS) that occurred in schools by comparing with injuries that occurred outside of school. METHODS: Data from the 119 EMS from 2012 to 2014 were analyzed. School and non-school injuries were analyzed in children 6 to 17 years of age. The epidemiologic characteristics were assessed according to school-age groups; low-grade primary (6-8 years), high-grade primary (9-13 years), middle (13-15 years) and high (15-17 years) school...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29494459/a-survey-of-restraint-methods-for-the-safe-transport-of-children-in-ground-ambulances
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Rashida H Woods, Manish Shah, Cara Doughty, Anthony Gilchrest
OBJECTIVES: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released draft recommendations in 2010 on the safe transport of children in ground ambulances. The purpose of this study was to assess awareness of these guidelines among emergency medical service (EMS) agencies and to identify implementation barriers. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, anonymous online survey of 911-responding, ground transport EMS agencies in Texas. Demographics, modes of transport based on case scenarios, and barriers to implementation were assessed...
March 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447489/compulsory-use-of-the-backboard-is-associated-with-increased-frequency-of-thoracolumbar-imaging
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Brian M Clemency, Christopher T Tanski, Jennifer Gibson Chambers, Michael O'Brien, Andrew S Knapp, Alexander J Clark, Patrick McGoff, Johanna Innes, Heather A Lindstrom, David Hostler
BACKGROUND: Backboards have been shown to cause pain in uninjured patients. This may alter physical exam findings, leading emergency department (ED) providers to suspect a spinal injury when none exists resulting in additional imaging of the thoracolumbar spine. New York had previously employed a "Spinal Immobilization" protocol that included compulsory backboard application for all patients with suspected spinal injuries. In 2015, New York instituted a new "Spinal Motion Restriction" protocol that made backboard use optional for these patients...
February 15, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419523/association-between-the-mode-of-transport-and-in-hospital-medical-complications-in-trauma-patients-findings-from-a-level-i-trauma-center-in-saudi-arabia
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Nawfal Aljerian, Saleh Alhaidar, Ali Alothman, Wijdan AlJohi, Faisal Abdullah Albaqami, Suliman Abdullah Alghnam
BACKGROUND: In Saudi Arabia, injury is the leading cause of death. Even if nonfatal, the impact of injuries on population health is enormous, as thousands of young patients suffer permanent disabilities every year. Unlike in developed countries, private transportation (PT) is a common means to transport trauma patients. Outcome differences between patients transported via PT relative to emergency medical services (EMS) has not been previously explored. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between transportation mode and in-hospital complications among trauma patients...
January 2018: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419332/alcohol-as-a-factor-in-911-calls-in-denver
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Daniel Joseph, Jody A Vogel, C Sam Smith, Whitney Barrett, Gary Bryskiewicz, Aaron Eberhardt, David Edwards, Lara Rappaport, Christopher B Colwell, Kevin E McVaney
BACKGROUND: Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with a substantial number of emergency department visits annually and is responsible for a significant number of lives lost each year in the United States. However, a minimal amount is known about the impact of alcohol on the EMS system. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine the proportion of 9-1-1 calls in Denver, Colorado in which (1) alcohol was a contributing factor or (2) the individual receiving EMS services had recently ingested alcohol...
February 8, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29405797/new-immobilization-guidelines-change-ems-critical-thinking-in-older-adults-with-spine-trauma
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Linda Underbrink, Alice Twink Dalton, Jan Leonard, Pamela W Bourg, Abigail Blackmore, Holly Valverde, Thomas Candlin, Lisa M Caputo, Christopher Duran, Sherrie Peckham, Jeff Beckman, Brandon Daruna, Krista Furie, Debra Hopgood
OBJECTIVE: The impact of immobilization techniques on older adult trauma patients with spinal injury has rarely been studied. Our advisory group implemented a change in the immobilization protocol used by emergency medical services (EMS) professionals across a region encompassing 9 trauma centers and 24 EMS agencies in a Rocky Mountain state using a decentralized process on July 1, 2014. We sought to determine whether implementing the protocol would alter immobilization methods and affect patient outcomes among adults ≥60 years with a cervical spine injury...
February 6, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395774/a-mathematical-model-for-efficient-emergency-transportation-in-a-disaster-situation
#19
Takwa Tlili, Sofiene Abidi, Saoussen Krichen
This work focuses on a real-life patient transportation problem derived from emergency medical services (EMS), whereby providing ambulatory service for emergency requests during disaster situations. Transportation of patients in congested traffic compounds already time sensitive treatment. An urgent situation is defined as individuals with major or minor injuries requiring EMS assistance simultaneously. Patients are either (1) slightly injured and treated on site or (2) are seriously injured and require transfer to points of care (PoCs)...
January 29, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29395772/effectiveness-of-prehospital-trauma-triage-systems-in-selecting-severely-injured-patients-is-comparative-analysis-possible
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Eveline A J van Rein, Rogier van der Sluijs, R Marijn Houwert, Amy C Gunning, Rob A Lichtveld, Luke P H Leenen, Mark van Heijl
INTRODUCTION: In an optimal trauma system, prehospital trauma triage ensures transport of the right patient to the right hospital. Incorrect triage results in undertriage and overtriage. The aim of this systematic review is to evaluate and compare prehospital trauma triage system quality worldwide and determine effectiveness in terms of undertriage and overtriage for trauma patients. METHODS: A systematic search of Pubmed/MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases was performed, using "trauma", "trauma center," or "trauma system", combined with "triage", "undertriage," or "overtriage", as search terms...
January 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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