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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272851/the-effect-of-emergency-medical-services-response-on-outcome-of-trauma-laparotomy-at-a-level-1-trauma-centre-in-south-africa
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S Chowdhury, P H Navsaria, S Edu, A J Nicol
BACKGROUND: Due to resource constrained pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMSs) there is a significant delay in injured patients arriving at Groote Schuur Hospital Trauma Centre (GSHTC). The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of EMSs in transferring trauma patients to GSHTC. The effect of any delay to laparotomy from injury was noted. METHOD: A prospective audit of patients presented directly from the scene to GSHTC following abdominal trauma over a four-month period was performed...
November 2016: South African Journal of Surgery. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238499/out-of-hospital-triage-of-older-adults-with-head-injury-a-retrospective-study-of-the-effect-of-adding-anticoagulation-or-antiplatelet-medication-use-as-a-criterion
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Daniel K Nishijima, Samuel D Gaona, Trent Waechter, Ric Maloney, Troy Bair, Adam Blitz, Andrew R Elms, Roel D Farrales, Calvin Howard, James Montoya, Jeneita M Bell, Mark Faul, David R Vinson, Hernando Garzon, James F Holmes, Dustin W Ballard
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Field triage guidelines recommend that emergency medical services (EMS) providers consider transport of head-injured older adults with anticoagulation use to trauma centers. However, the triage patterns and the incidence of intracranial hemorrhage or neurosurgery in these patients are unknown. Our objective is to describe the characteristics and outcomes of older adults with head trauma who are transported by EMS, particularly for patients who do not meet physiologic, anatomic, or mechanism-of-injury (steps 1 to 3) field triage criteria but are receiving anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications...
February 23, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228178/the-state-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-systems-in-africa
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Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, Julia M Dixon, Nana Sefa, Arthur Yancey, Bonaventure G Hollong, Mohamed Hagahmed, Adit A Ginde, Lee A Wallis
Introduction Little is known about the existence, distribution, and characteristics of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems in Africa, or the corresponding epidemiology of prehospital illness and injury. METHODS: A survey was conducted between 2013 and 2014 by distributing a detailed EMS system questionnaire to experts in paper and electronic versions. The questionnaire ascertained EMS systems' jurisdiction, operations, finance, clinical care, resources, and regulatory environment...
February 23, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215192/music-genre-as-a-predictor-of-resource-utilization-at-outdoor-music-concerts
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Michael S Westrol, Susmith Koneru, Norah McIntyre, Andrew T Caruso, Faizan H Arshad, Mark A Merlin
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the various modern music genres and their effect on the utilization of medical resources with analysis and adjustment for potential confounders. METHODS: A retrospective review of patient logs from an open-air, contemporary amphitheater over a period of 10 years was performed. Variables recorded by the medical personnel for each concert included the attendance, description of the weather, and a patient log in which nature and outcome were recorded...
February 20, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208748/neighborhood-factors-and-fall-related-injuries-among-older-adults-seen-by-emergency-medical-service-providers
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Sungmin Lee, Chanam Lee, Susan Rodiek
Falls are serious health problems among older adults, and are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries treated by emergency medical services (EMS). Although considerable research has examined the risk factors of falls at the individual level, relatively few studies have addressed the risk factors at the neighborhood level. This study examines the characteristics of neighborhood environments associated with fall injuries reported to EMS providers. A total of 13,163 EMS records from 2011 to 2014 involving adults aged 65 and older in the city of San Antonio (TX, USA) were analyzed at the census tract level (n = 264)...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190410/the-effect-of-older-age-on-ems-use-for-transportation-to-an-emergency-department
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Courtney M C Jones, Erin B Wasserman, Timmy Li, Ashley Amidon, Marissa Abbott, Manish N Shah
Introduction Previous studies have found that older adults are more likely to use Emergency Medical Services (EMS) than younger adults, but the reasons for this remain understudied. Hypothesis/Problem This study aimed to determine if older age is associated with using EMS for transportation to an emergency department (ED) after controlling for confounding variables. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey study was conducted at a large academic medical center. Data on previous medical history, chief complaint, self-perceived illness severity, demographic information, and mode of arrival to the ED were collected on all subjects...
February 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184955/-tranexamic-acid-in-the-german-emergency-medical-service-a%C3%A2-national-survey
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V Zickenrott, I Greb, A Henkelmann, F Balzer, S Casu, L Kaufner, C von Heymann, K Zacharowski, C F Weber
BACKGROUND: Trauma-induced coagulopathy, one of the leading causes of trauma-related death, is detected in about one of four trauma patients upon hospital admission. The current European Management of Major Bleeding and Coagulopathy Following Trauma guidelines, published in 2013, recommend that tranexamic acid (TXA) be administered as early as possible to inhibit hyperfibrinolysis (grade of recommendation (GoR 1A)). Furthermore, it is suggested that protocols for the management of patients with bleeding or showing signs of bleeding include the administration of the first dose of TXA at the site of injury or during transportation to hospital (GoR 2C)...
February 9, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163573/effect-of-private-versus-emergency-medical-systems-transportation-in-motor-vehicle-accident-victims-trauma-center-experience-in-saudi-arabia
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Mohammed S Alshahrani
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of the mode of transportation of trauma patients (emergency medical service [EMS] vs. non-EMS) on their final clinical outcome in terms of mortality and length of hospital stay. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study included all patients who were involved in motor vehicle crashes, and who were transferred immediately to an emergency department of a trauma care center from December 2008 to December 2012. Patients were classified into two groups: those brought through EMS and those brought by non-EMS (private transport)...
January 2017: Journal of Family & Community Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137341/evaluating-the-potential-benefits-of-advanced-automatic-crash-notification
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Rebecca E Plevin, Robert Kaufman, Laura Fraade-Blanar, Eileen M Bulger
OBJECTIVE: Advanced Automatic Collision Notification (AACN) services in passenger vehicles capture crash data during collisions that could be transferred to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. This study explored how EMS response times and other crash factors impacted the odds of fatality. The goal was to determine if information transmitted by AACN could help decrease mortality by allowing EMS providers to be better prepared upon arrival at the scene of a collision. METHODS: The Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN) database of the US Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (USDOT/NHTSA; Washington DC, USA) was searched for all fatal crashes between 1996 and 2012...
January 31, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124200/operational-demands-on-pre-hospital-emergency-care-for-burn-injuries-in-a-middle-income-setting-a-study-in-the-western-cape-south-africa
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Rachel L Allgaier, Lucie Laflamme, Lee A Wallis
BACKGROUND: Burns occur disproportionately within low-socioeconomic populations. The Western Cape Province of South Africa represents a middle-income setting with a high rate of burns, few specialists and few burn centres, yet a well-developed pre-hospital system. This paper describes the burn cases from a viewpoint of operational factors important to pre-hospital emergency medical services. METHODS: A retrospective, cross-sectional study of administrative and patient records was conducted...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121261/occupational-injuries-and-exposures-among-emergency-medical-services-workers
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Audrey A Reichard, Suzanne M Marsh, Theresa R Tonozzi, Srinivas Konda, Mirinda A Gormley
OBJECTIVE: Emergency medical services (EMS) workers incur occupational injuries at a higher rate than the general worker population. This study describes the circumstances of occupational injuries and exposures among EMS workers to guide injury prevention efforts. METHODS: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health collaborated with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct a follow-back survey of injured EMS workers identified from a national sample of hospital emergency departments (EDs) from July 2010 through June 2014...
January 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101364/hemodynamic-effects-of-electrical-muscle-stimulation-in-the-prophylaxis-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-for-intensive-care-unit-patients-a-randomized-trial
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Masahiro Ojima, Ryosuke Takegawa, Tomoya Hirose, Mitsuo Ohnishi, Tadahiko Shiozaki, Takeshi Shimazu
BACKGROUND: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a major complication in critical care. There are various methods of prophylaxis, but none of them fully prevent DVT, and each method has adverse effects. Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) could be a new effective approach to prevent DVT in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. We hypothesized that EMS increases the venous flow of the lower limbs and has a prophylactic effect against the formation of DVT. METHODS: This study included 26 patients admitted to a single ICU...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077150/the-equity-of-china-s-emergency-medical-services-from-2010-2014
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Ke Yan, Yi Jiang, Jingfu Qiu, Xiaoni Zhong, Yang Wang, Jing Deng, Jingxi Lian, Tingting Wang, Cheng Cao
BACKGROUND: With the depth development of health care system reform in China, emergency medical services (EMS) is confronted with challenges as well as opportunities. This study aimed to analyze the equity of China's EMS needs, utilization, and resources distribution, and put forward proposal to improve the equity. METHOD: Three emergency needs indicators (mortality rate of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, harm, and digestive system disease), two utilization indicators (emergency outpatient visits and rate of utilization) and one resource allocation indicator (number of EMS facilities) were collected after the review of the China Statistical Yearbook and the National Disease Surveillance System...
January 11, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072893/a-pediatric-application-of-the-strac-regional-hospital-trauma-registry-database-pediatric-trauma-deaths-in-south-central-texas-during-2004-2013
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Michelle Buehner, Jay Aden, Mathew Borgman, Preston Love, Brandi Wright, Mary Edwards
The purpose of this study was to define the demographics of pediatric traumatic injuries and to understand the predictive value of injury type, prehospital, and emergency department (ED) data regarding the mortality of pediatric trauma patients (<14 years of age) in South Central Texas. We report a retrospective review of pediatric trauma patients presenting to Trauma Service Area P in South Central Texas during 2004-2013. The primary outcome was mortality; secondary outcomes were ventilator days, hospital days, and intensive care unit stay...
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061754/factors-affecting-the-exposure-vulnerability-and-emergency-medical-service-capacity-for-victims-of-road-traffic-incidents-in-kampala-metropolitan-area-a-delphi-study
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Joseph Kimuli Balikuddembe, Ali Ardalan, Davoud Khorasani Zavareh, Amir Nejati, Stephen Kasiima
BACKGROUND: The Kampala Metropolitan Area (KMA) is the fastest developing region in Uganda. Over recent years, this has placed exponential demand on the road sector, which consequently has contributed to rapid growth in motorized vehicles which, predisposes the region to a high risk of road traffic incidents (RTIs). A number of concerted road safety and post-crash management measures to respond to RTIs in the KMA in particular and Uganda as a whole have been undertaken. However, there is a need to greatly improve the measures by better identifying the factors influencing the exposure, vulnerability and emergency medical service (EMS) capacity for RTI victims...
January 7, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059635/naloxone-administration-for-suspected-opioid-overdose-an-expanded-scope-of-practice-by-a-basic-life-support-collegiate-based-emergency-medical-services-agency
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Ryan M Jeffery, Laura Dickinson, Nicholas D Ng, Lindsey M DeGeorge, Jose V Nable
Opioid abuse is a growing and significant public health concern in the United States. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that can rapidly reverse the respiratory depression associated with opioid toxicity. Georgetown University's collegiate-based emergency medical services (EMS) agency recently adopted a protocol, allowing providers to administer intranasal naloxone for patients with suspected opioid overdose. While normally not within the scope of practice of basic life support prehospital agencies, the recognition of an increasing epidemic of opioid abuse has led many states, including the District of Columbia, to expand access to naloxone for prehospital providers of all levels of training...
April 2017: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030491/severe-injuries-associated-with-skiing-and-snowboarding-a-national-trauma-data-bank-study
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Amory de Roulet, Kenji Inaba, Aaron Strumwasser, Konstantinos Chouliaras, Lydia Lam, Elizabeth Benjamin, Daniel Grabo, Demetrios Demetriades
BACKGROUND: Injuries after skiing and snowboarding accidents lead to an estimated 7,000 hospital admissions annually and present a significant burden to the health care system. The epidemiology, injury patterns, hospital resource utilization, and outcomes associated with these severe injuries need further characterization. METHODS: The National Trauma Data Bank was queried for the period 2007 to 2014 for admissions with Injury Severity Score > 15 and International Classification of Diseases Codes-9th Revision codes 885...
April 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998633/limitations-in-prehospital-communication-between-trauma-helicopter-ambulance-services-and-dispatch-centers
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Annelieke Maria Karien Harmsen, Georgios Giannakopoulos, Gaby Franschman, Herman Christiaans, Frank Bloemers
BACKGROUND: Prehospital communication with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is carried out in hectic situations. Proper communication among all medical personal is required to enhance collaboration, to provide the best care and enable shared situational awareness. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article was to give insight into current Dutch prehospital emergency care communication among all EMS and evaluate the usage of a new physician staffed helicopter EMS (P-HEMS) cancellation model...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980882/impact-of-helmet-use-on-injury-and-financial-burden-of-motorcycle-and-moped-crashes-in-hawai-i-analysis-of-a-linked-statewide-database
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Daniel J Galanis, Nikki A Castel, Linda L Wong, Susan Steinemann
Helmet use reduces injury severity, disability, hospital length of stay, and hospital charges in motorcycle riders. The public absorbs billions of dollars annually in hospital charges for unhelmeted, uninsured motorcycle riders. We sought to quantify, on a statewide level, the healthcare burden of unhelmeted motorcycle and moped riders. We examined 1,965 emergency medical service (EMS) reports from motorcycle and moped crashes in Hawai'i between 2007-2009. EMS records were linked to hospital medical records to assess associations between vehicle type, helmet use, medical charges, diagnoses, and final disposition...
December 2016: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976464/methods-for-collecting-paired-observations-from-emergency-medical-services-and-emergency-department-providers-for-pediatric-cervical-spine-injury-risk-factors
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Fahd A Ahmad, Hamilton Schwartz, Lorin R Browne, Sherry Lassa-Claxton, Michael Wallendorf, E Brooke Lerner, Nathan Kuppermann, Julie C Leonard
OBJECTIVES: Cervical spine injuries (CSI) after blunt trauma in children are rare but cause substantial morbidity and mortality. Emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency department (ED) providers routinely use spinal precautions and cervical spine imaging respectively during the management of children experiencing blunt trauma. These practices lack evidence, and there is concern that they may be harmful. A pediatric CSI risk-assessment tool is needed to inform EMS and ED provider decision-making...
December 15, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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