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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921731/inter-observer-agreement-in-pediatric-cervical-spine-injury-assessment-between-prehospital-and-emergency-department-providers
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Lorin R Browne, Hamilton Schwartz, Fahd A Ahmad, Michael Wallendorf, Nathan Kuppermann, E Brooke Lerner, Julie C Leonard
BACKGROUND: Investigators have derived cervical spine injury (CSI) decision support tools from physician observations. There is a need to demonstrate that prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers can use these tools to appropriately determine the need for spinal motion restrictions and make field disposition decisions. OBJECTIVE: To determine the inter-observer agreement between EMS and emergency department (ED) providers for CSI risk assessment variables and overall gestalt for CSI in children after blunt trauma...
September 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915898/physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-has-a-beneficial-impact-on-the-incidence-of-prehospital-hypoxia-and-secured-airways-on-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Toni Pakkanen, Antti Kämäräinen, Heini Huhtala, Tom Silfvast, Jouni Nurmi, Ilkka Virkkunen, Arvi Yli-Hankala
BACKGROUND: After traumatic brain injury (TBI), hypotension, hypoxia and hypercapnia have been shown to result in secondary brain injury that can lead to increased mortality and disability. Effective prehospital assessment and treatment by emergency medical service (EMS) is considered essential for favourable outcome. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in the treatment of TBI patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study...
September 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910472/a-descriptive-analysis-of-occupational-fatalities-due-to-felonious-assault-among-u-s-law-enforcement-officers-during-tactical-incidents-1996-2014
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Moriah S Thompson, Tyler M Hartman, Matthew D Sztajnkrycer
INTRODUCTION: Little is known about occupational fatalities among tactical officers. A greater understanding of such injuries is needed to improve officer safety. The purpose of this study was to provide a descriptive analysis of line-of-duty deaths secondary to felonious assault during tactical incidents. METHODS: Retrospective analysis was performed of open-source de-identified Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) data inclusive of the years 1996-2014...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862480/national-characteristics-of-emergency-medical-services-responses-for-older-adults-in-the-united-states
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Hieu V Duong, Lauren Nicholas Herrera, Justin Xavier Moore, John Donnelly, Karen E Jacobson, Jestin N Carlson, N Clay Mann, Henry E Wang
OBJECTIVE: Older adults, those aged 65 and older, frequently require emergency care. However, only limited national data describe the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care provided to older adults. We sought to determine the characteristics of EMS care provided to older adults in the United States. METHODS: We used data from the 2014 National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS), encompassing EMS response data from 46 States and territories. We excluded EMS responses for children <18 years, interfacility transports, intercepts, non-emergency medical transports, and standby responses...
September 1, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841884/early-post-traumatic-seizures-are-associated-with-valproic-acid-plasma-concentrations-and-ugt1a6-cyp2c9-genetic-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Yirui Sun, Jian Yu, Qiang Yuan, Xing Wu, Xuehai Wu, Jin Hu
BACKGROUND: Seizure is a common complication for severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Valproic acid (VPA) is a first-line antiepileptic drug, though its metabolism is affected by genetic polymorphisms and varies between individuals. The aim of this study was to investigate such association and to explore its influence on the occurrence of early post-traumatic seizure. METHODS: A prospective case control study was conducted from 2012 to 2016 recruiting adult patients with severe TBI...
August 25, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807080/a-descriptive-analysis-of-traction-splint-utilization-and-iv-analgesia-by-emergency-medical-services
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Joshua Nackenson, Amado A Baez, Jonathan P Meizoso
Study Objectives Traction splinting has been the prehospital treatment of midshaft femur fracture as early as the battlefield of the First World War (1914-1918). This study is the assessment of these injuries and the utilization of a traction splint (TS) in blunt and penetrating trauma, as well as intravenous (IV) analgesia utilization by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Miami, Florida (USA). METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients who sustained a midshaft femur fracture in the absence of multiple other severe injuries or severe physiologic derangement, as defined by an injury severity score (ISS) <20 and a triage revised trauma score (T-RTS)≥10, who presented to an urban, Level 1 trauma center between September 2008 and September 2013...
August 15, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792281/pan-asian-trauma-outcomes-study-patos-rationale-and-methodology-of-an-international-and-multicenter-trauma-registry
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So Yeon Kong, Sang Do Shin, Hideharu Tanaka, Akio Kimura, Kyoung Jun Song, Goh E Shaun, Wen-Chu Chiang, Kentaro Kajino, Sabariah Faizah Jamaluddin, Dae Han Wi, Ju Ok Park, Sung Woo Moon, Young Sun Ro, David C Cone, James F Holmes
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a major health burden and a time-dependent critical emergency condition among developing and developed countries. In Asia, trauma has become a rapidly expanding epidemic and has spread out to many underdeveloped and developing countries through rapid urbanization and industrialization. Most casualties of severe trauma, which results in significant mortality and disability are assessed and transported by prehospital providers including physicians, professional providers, and volunteer providers...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780982/validation-of-the-criteria-for-early-critical-care-resource-use-in-assessing-the-effectiveness-of-field-triage
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Ki Ok Ahn, Sang Chul Kim, Ju Ok Park, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Ki Jeong Hong
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to validate the criteria for early critical care resource (CCR) use as an outcome predictor for seriously injured patients triaged in the field by comparing the effectiveness of the criteria for early CCR use with that of criteria defined by an Injury Severity Score (ISS) >15. METHODS: We analysed data from seriously injured trauma patients who were triaged using a field triage protocol by emergency medical service providers (EMS-ST patients)...
July 31, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743475/preventive-effects-of-motorcycle-helmets-on-intracranial-injury-and-mortality-from-severe-road-traffic-injuries
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Sola Kim, Young Sun Ro, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, Ki Jeong Hong, Joo Jeong
INTRODUCTION: Road traffic injuries caused by motorcycle crashes are one of the major public health burdens leading to high mortality, functional disability, and high medical costs. The helmet is crucial protective equipment for motorcyclists. This study aimed to measure the protective effect of motorcycle helmets on clinical outcomes and to compare the effects of high- and low-speed motorcycle crashes. METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted using a nationwide registry of severe trauma patients treated by emergency medical services (EMS) providers in Korea...
July 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671060/retrospective-analysis-of-mosh-pit-related-injuries
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Andrew M Milsten, Joseph Tennyson, Stacy Weisberg
OBJECTIVES: Moshing is a violent form of dancing found world-wide at rock concerts, festivals, and electronic dance music events. It involves crowd surfing, shoving, and moving in a circular rotation. Moshing is a source of increased morbidity and mortality. The goal of this study was to report epidemiologic information on patient presentation rate (PPR), transport to hospital rate (TTHR), and injury patterns from patients who participated in mosh-pits. Materials and Methods Subjects were patrons from mosh-pits seeking medical care at a single venue...
July 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661715/patient-characteristics-and-temporal-trends-in-police-transport-of-blunt-trauma-patients-a-multicenter-retrospective-cohort-study
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Elinore J Kaufman, Sara F Jacoby, Catherine E Sharoky, Brendan G Carr, M Kit Delgado, Patrick M Reilly, Daniel N Holena
BACKGROUND: Police transport (PT) of penetrating trauma patients has the potential to decrease prehospital times for patients with life-threatening hemorrhage and is part of official policy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We hypothesized that rates of PT of bluntly injured patients have increased over the past decade. METHODS: We used Pennsylvania Trauma Outcomes Study registry data from 2006-15 to identify bluntly injured adult patients transported to all 8 trauma centers in Philadelphia...
June 29, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661712/out-of-hospital-and-inter-hospital-under-triage-to-designated-tertiary-trauma-centers-among-injured-older-adults-a-10-year-statewide-geospatial-adjusted-analysis
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Tabitha Garwe, Kenneth Stewart, Julie Stoner, Craig D Newgard, Melissa Scott, Ying Zhang, Timothy Cathey, John Sacra, Roxie M Albrecht
OBJECTIVE: While out-of-hospital under-triage of seriously injured older adults to tertiary trauma centers has long been acknowledged, no study has adjusted for place of injury or evaluated the extent of inter-facility under-triage. We sought to determine distance and confounder adjusted odds of treatment at a tertiary trauma center (TTC) for older adult trauma patients compared to younger trauma patients, for patients transported from the scene of injury and those transferred from a non-tertiary trauma (NTTC) center...
June 29, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657816/retrospective-evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-pediatric-secondary-transport
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Jennifer N Fishe, Kevin J Psoter, Bruce L Klein, Jennifer F Anders
OBJECTIVE: Emergency medical services (EMS) typically transports patients to the nearest emergency department (ED). After initial presentation, children who require specialized care must undergo secondary transport, exposing them to additional risks and delaying definitive treatment. EMS direct transport protocols exist for major trauma and certain adult medical conditions, however the same cannot be said for pediatric medical conditions or injuries that do not meet trauma center criteria ('minor trauma')...
June 28, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637569/assessing-field-triage-decisions-and-the-international-classification-injury-severity-score-iciss-at-predicting-outcomes-of-trauma-patients
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Casey J Allen, Daniel J Baldor, Carl I Schulman, Louis R Pizano, Alan S Livingstone, Nicholas Namias
Florida considers the International Classification Injury Severity Score (ICISS) from hospital discharges within a geographic region in the apportionment of trauma centers (TCs). Patients with an ICISS <0.85 are considered to require triage to a TC, yet many are triaged to an emergency department (ED). We assess outcomes of those with an ICISS <0.85 by the actual triage decision of emergency medical services (EMS). From October 2011 to October 2013, 39,021 consecutive admissions with injury ICD-9 codes were analyzed...
June 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612168/civilian-cerebral-gunshot-wounds-in-rural-south-african-patients-are-associated-with-significantly-higher-mortality-rates-than-in-urban-patients
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V Y Kong, J L Bruce, B Sartorius, G L Laing, J Odendaal, P Brysiewicz, D L Clarke
INTRODUCTION: This study focuses on a specific and often dramatic injury, namely gunshot wounds (GSW) of the head in order to determine whether there is a discrepancy in outcome between patients who sustain their injury in a rural setting and those who sustain it in an urban setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study involves a retrospective review of our prospectively maintained regional electronic trauma registry. All patients who sustained a cerebral GSW from January 2010 to December 2014 were reviewed...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598904/deaths-and-high-risk-trauma-patients-missed-by-standard-trauma-data-sources
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Craig D Newgard, Rongwei Fu, E Brooke Lerner, Mohamud Daya, Dagan Wright, Jonathan Jui, N Clay Mann, Eileen Bulger, Jerris Hedges, Lynn Wittwer, David Lehrfeld, Thomas Rea
BACKGROUND: Trauma registries are used to evaluate and improve trauma care, yet potentially miss certain trauma deaths and high-risk patients. We estimated the number of missed deaths and high-risk trauma patients using commonly available sources of trauma data and resulting bias in quality metrics for field trauma triage. METHODS: This was a preplanned secondary analysis of a population-based prospective cohort of injured patients transported by 44 emergency medical services agencies to 28 hospitals in seven Northwest counties from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 and followed through hospitalization...
September 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559075/impact-of-prehospital-transportation-on-survival-in-skiers-and-snowboarders-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Hai Sun, Navdeep S Samra, Piyush Kalakoti, Kanika Sharma, Devi Prasad Patra, Rimal H Dossani, Jai Deep Thakur, Elizabeth A Disbrow, Kevin Phan, Sreenivas P Veeranki, Aqueel Pabaney, Christina Notarianni, John T Owings, Anil Nanda
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital helicopter use and its impact on outcomes in snowboarders and skiers incurring traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unknown. The present study investigates the association of helicopter transport with survival of snowboarders and skiers with TBI, in comparison with ground emergency medical services (EMS), by using data derived from the National Trauma Data Bank (2007-2014). METHODS: Primary and secondary endpoints were defined as in-hospital survival and absolute risk reduction based upon number needed to transport (treat) respectively...
August 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558908/state-level-geographic-variation-in-prompt-access-to-care-for-children-after-motor-vehicle-crashes
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Lindsey L Wolf, Ritam Chowdhury, Jefferson Tweed, Lori Vinson, Elena Losina, Adil H Haider, Faisal G Qureshi
BACKGROUND: Motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) are a principal cause of death in children; fatal MVCs and pediatric trauma resources vary by state. We sought to examine state-level variability in and predictors of prompt access to care for children in MVCs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the 2010-2014 Fatality Analysis Reporting System, we identified passengers aged <15 y involved in fatal MVCs (crashes on US public roads with ≥1 death, adult or pediatric, within 30 d)...
September 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520711/inhalational-chlorine-injuries-at-public-aquatic-venues-california-2008-2015
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Jason A Wilken, Michele DiMaggio, Matthew Kaufmann, Kevin O'Connor, Svetlana Smorodinsky, Christina Armatas, Tracy Barreau, Richard Kreutzer, Lino Ancheta
In June 2015, personnel from California's Contra Costa Health Services Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials (hazmat) divisions were alerted to a possible chemical release at a swimming pool in an outdoor municipal water park. Approximately 50 bathers were in the pool when symptoms began; 34 (68%) experienced vomiting, coughing, or eye irritation. Among these persons, 17 (50%) were treated at the scene by Contra Costa's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and released, and 17 (50%) were transported to local emergency departments; five patients also were evaluated later at an emergency department or by a primary medical provider...
May 19, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508236/an-exploratory-analysis-of-the-geographical-distribution-of-trauma-incidents-in-shenzhen-china
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Gui Xi Zhang, Joe King Man Fan, Fion Siu Yin Chan, Gilberto Ka Kit Leung, Chung Mao Lo, Yi Min Yu, Hong Zhang, Susan I Brundage, Jan O Jansen
BACKGROUND: The city of Shenzhen, China, is planning to establish a trauma system. At present, there are few data on the geographical distribution of incidents, which is key to deciding on the location of trauma centres. The aim of this study was to perform a geographical analysis in order to inform the development of a trauma system in Shenzhen. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of trauma incidents attended by Shenzhen Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 2014. Data were obtained from Shenzhen EMS...
September 2017: World Journal of Surgery
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