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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463098/when-is-a-cardiac-arrest-non-cardiac
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Ryan M Carter, David C Cone
Introduction While the overall survival rate for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is low, ranging from 5%-10%, several characteristics have been shown to decrease mortality, such as presence of bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), witnessed vs unwitnessed events, and favorable initial rhythm (VF/VT). More recently, studies have shown that modified CPR algorithms, such as chest-compression only or cardio-cerebral resuscitation, can further increase survival rates in OHCA. Most of these studies have included only OHCA patients with "presumed cardiac etiology," on the assumption that airway management is of lesser impact than chest compressions in these patients...
May 2, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440675/near-infrared-spectroscopy-nirs-to-detect-traumatic-intracranial-haematoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Robert J Brogan, Vassilios Kontojannis, Bhavin Garara, Hani J Marcus, Mark H Wilson
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: Head injury is the most common trauma presentation to UK emergency departments, with around 1.2 million patients each year. The key management principal for this time critical illness remains early surgical intervention. With the development of handheld near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) devices, there is now the possibility of triaging and diagnosing these patients immediately, where computed tomography (CT) scanner is unavailable. NIRS has two related but distinct potential uses within clinical medicine...
April 25, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424835/-future-of-emergency-medicine-in-germany-2-0
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A Gries, M Bernhard, M Helm, J Brokmann, J-T Gräsner
In 2003 an article on the future of prehospital emergency medicine in Germany was published in the journal Der Anaesthesist. Emergency medicine in Germany, which at that time was almost exclusively defined as prehospital emergency rescue, has evolved and now in-hospital domains have increasingly moved into the focus. At that time, the primary goal was to connect prehospital management with a smooth transition to hospital admission and further care in the hospital and to further optimize the rescue chain from the actual emergency through to causative treatment...
April 19, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320917/predictors-of-massive-blood-transfusion-a-delphi-study-to-examine-the-views-of-experts
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Jacqueline V Mclennan, K C Mackway-Jones, S T Horne, R Body
BACKGROUND: Trauma patients requiring massive blood transfusion (MBT) have high morbidity and mortality: early and aggressive use of blood products during immediate resuscitation may improve survival. There is currently a lack of evidence to guide initial identification of these patients which is especially important in areas where plasma may need to be thawed. In the absence of this evidence, this study aimed to robustly evaluate expert opinion by using a Delphi process to identify predictors of massive transfusion...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306741/pre-hospital-midazolam-for-benzodiazepine-treated-seizures-before-and-after-the-rapid-anticonvulsant-medication-prior-to-arrival-trial-a-national-observational-cohort-study
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Eytan Shtull-Leber, Robert Silbergleit, William J Meurer
BACKGROUND: Implementation of evidence-based treatment for pre-hospital status epilepticus can improve outcomes. We hypothesized that publication of a pivotal pre-hospital clinical trial (RAMPART), demonstrating superiority of intramuscular midazolam over intravenous lorazepam, altered the national utilization rates of midazolam for pre-hospital benzodiazepine-treated seizures, while upholding its safety and efficacy outside the trial setting. METHODS AND FINDINGS: This is a retrospective, observational cohort study of pre-hospital patient encounters throughout the United States in the National Emergency Medicine Services Information System database, from January 2010 through December 2014...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290925/two-decades-of-saving-lives-on-the-battlefield-tactical-combat-casualty-care-turns-20
#6
Frank K Butler
BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, the original Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) article was published in this journal. Since TCCC is essentially a set of best-practice prehospital trauma care guidelines customized for use on the battlefield, the presence of a journal with a specific focus on military medicine was a profound benefit to the initial presentation of TCCC to the U.S. Military. METHODS: In the two ensuing decades, which included the longest continuous period of armed conflict in our nation's history, TCCC steadily evolved as the prehospital trauma care evidence base was augmented and as feedback from user medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen was obtained...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286528/evaluation-of-a-pilot-project-to-introduce-simulation-based-team-training-to-pediatric-surgery-trauma-room-care
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Markus Lehner, Ellen Heimberg, Florian Hoffmann, Oliver Heinzel, Hans-Joachim Kirschner, Martina Heinrich
Introduction. Several studies in pediatric trauma care have demonstrated substantial deficits in both prehospital and emergency department management. Methods. In February 2015 the PAEDSIM collaborative conducted a one and a half day interdisciplinary, simulation based team-training course in a simulated pediatric emergency department. 14 physicians from the medical fields of pediatric surgery, pediatric intensive care and emergency medicine, and anesthesia participated, as well as four pediatric nurses. After a theoretical introduction and familiarization with the simulator, course attendees alternately participated in six simulation scenarios and debriefings...
2017: International Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274288/improving-data-quality-in-mass-gatherings-health-research
#8
Andrew Guy, Ross Prager, Sheila Turris, Adam Lund
Mass gatherings attract large crowds and can strain the planning and health resources of the community, city, or nation hosting an event. Mass-Gatherings Health (MGH) is an evolving niche of prehospital care rooted in emergency medicine, emergency management, public health, and disaster medicine. To explore front-line issues related to data quality in the context of mass gatherings, the authors draw on five years of management experience with an online, mass-gathering event and patient registry, as well as clinical and operational experience amassed over several decades...
March 9, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259526/review-of-intranasally-administered-medications-for-use-in-the-emergency-department
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Abby M Bailey, Regan A Baum, Karolyn Horn, Tameka Lewis, Kate Morizio, Amy Schultz, Kyle Weant, Stephanie N Justice
BACKGROUND: Intranasal (IN) medication delivery is a viable alternative to other routes of administration, including intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) administration. The IN route bypasses the risk of needle-stick injuries and alleviates the emotional trauma that may arise from the insertion of an IV catheter. OBJECTIVE: This review aims to evaluate published literature on medications administered via the IN route that are applicable to practice in emergency medicine...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259184/can-we-rely-on-out-of-hospital-blood-samples-a-prospective-interventional-study-on-the-pre-analytical-stability-of-blood-samples-under-prehospital-emergency-medicine-conditions
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Johannes Prottengeier, Nicola Jess, Frank Harig, Christine Gall, Joachim Schmidt, Torsten Birkholz
BACKGROUND: Prehospital intravenous access provides the opportunity to sample blood from an emergency patient at the earliest possible moment in the course of acute illness and in a state prior to therapeutic interventions. Our study investigates the pre-analytical stability of biomarkers in prehospital emergency medicine and will answer the question whether an approach of blood sampling out in the field will deliver valid laboratory results. METHODS: We prepared pairs of blood samples from healthy volunteers and volunteering patients post cardio-thoracic surgery...
March 4, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222830/impact-of-early-vasopressor-administration-on-neurological-outcomes-after-prolonged-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
#11
Michael W Hubble, Clark Tyson
Introduction Vasopressors are associated with return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), but no long-term benefit has been demonstrated in randomized trials. However, these trials did not control for the timing of vasopressor administration which may influence outcomes. Consequently, the objective of this study was to develop a model describing the likelihood of favorable neurological outcome (cerebral performance category [CPC] 1 or 2) as a function of the public safety answering point call receipt (PSAP)-to-pressor-interval (PPI) in prolonged out-of-hospital cardiac arrest...
February 22, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159434/-and-if-it-happened-to-children-adapting-medical-care-during-terrorist-attacks-with-multiple-pediatric-victims
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L Alix-Séguin, N Lodé, G Orliaguet, E Chamorro, F Kerroué, C Lorge, A Moreira
In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Europe, we need to reconsider the organization of rescue and medical management and plan for an attack involving multiple pediatric victims. To ensure quick surgical management, but also to minimize risk for on-site teams (direct threats from secondary terrorist attacks targeting deployed emergency services), it is crucial to evacuate patients in a swift but orderly fashion. Children are vulnerable targets in terrorist attacks. Their anatomical and physiological characteristics make it likely that pediatric victims will suffer more brain injuries and require more, often advanced, airway management...
March 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121217/qsofa-has-poor-sensitivity-for-prehospital-identification-of-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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Maia Dorsett, Melissa Kroll, Clark S Smith, Phillip Asaro, Stephen Y Liang, Hawnwan P Moy
OBJECTIVES: Sepsis is a common and deadly disease process for which early recognition and intervention can significantly improve clinical outcomes. Despite this, sepsis remains underrecognized and therefore undertreated in the prehospital setting. Recent recommendations by the Society of Critical Care and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine advocate use of the qSOFA (quick Sequential [Sepsis-related] Organ Failure Assessment) score in non-ICU settings to screen for septic patients at greater risk for poor outcomes...
January 25, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111066/enabling-donation-after-cardiac-death-in-the-emergency-department-overcoming-clinical-legal-and-ethical-concerns
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Michael Dailey, Sean P Geary, Stefan Merrill, Marleen Eijkholt
BACKGROUND: In light of the growing gap between candidates for organ donation and the actual number of organs available, we present a unique case of organ donation after cardiac death. We hope to open a discussion regarding organ procurement from eligible donors in the prehospital and emergency department setting. CASE: This case study, involving an otherwise healthy man who, after suffering an untimely death, was able to successfully donate his organs, highlights the need to develop an infrastructure to make this type of donation a viable and streamlined option for the future...
April 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978861/a-prospective-analysis-of-patients-presenting-for-medical-attention-at-a-large-electronic-dance-music-festival
#15
Matt S Friedman, Alex Plocki, Antonios Likourezos, Illya Pushkar, Andrew N Bazos, Christian Fromm, Benjamin W Friedman
Mass-Gathering Medicine studies have identified variables that predict greater patient presentation rates (PPRs) and transport to hospital rates (TTHRs). This is a descriptive report of patients who presented for medical attention at an annual electronic dance music festival (EDMF). At this large, single EDMF in New York City (NYC; New York, USA), the frequency of patient presentation, the range of presentations, and interventions performed were identified. This descriptive report examined consecutive patients who presented to the medical tent of a summertime EDMF held at an outdoor venue with an active, mobile, bounded crowd...
February 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974078/operation-canine-lifeline-recommendations-for-enhancing-prehospital-care-for-government-working-dogs
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Teija Corse, Chelsea Firth, John Burke, Kenneth Schor, James F Koterski, Sabrina McGraw, Nancy Vincent-Johnson, Lori Gordon
Operation Canine Lifeline was a tabletop exercise developed by students and faculty of Boston University School of Medicine's Healthcare Emergency Management master's program. The tabletop exercise led to discussion on current protocols for canines working in the field, what occurs if a canine encounters a toxin in the field, and what to do in situations of national security that require working with civilian agencies. This discussion led to the creation of a set of recommendations around providing prehospital veterinary care to government working dogs...
December 15, 2016: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942783/-practical-training-for-paramedics-transformation-at-the-leipzig-university-teaching-hospital
#17
F F Girrbach, M Bernhard, M Wessel, A Gries, S Bercker
BACKGROUND: The "Notfallsanitätergesetz" (the law pertaining to paramedics), which came into effect in January 2014, has fundamentally changed the training of health personnel in German prehospital emergency medicine. The apprenticeship now takes 3 years including 720 h of practical training in eligible hospitals. To date, however, there has been little experience of how the contents of the guidelines for practical training ("Ausbildungs- und Prüfungsverordnung") can be reasonably applied in the teaching hospitals...
January 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904259/profile-and-outcome-of-sudden-cardiac-arrests-in-the-emergency-department-of-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-south-india
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Gautham Raja Pandian, Suma Mary Thampi, Nilanchal Chakraborty, Deepthi Kattula, Paul Prabhakar Abhilash Kundavaram
BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is one of the common emergencies encountered in the emergency department (ED) of any hospital. Although several studies have reported the predictors of CPR outcome in general, there are limited data from the EDs in India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included all patients above 18 years with SCA who were resuscitated in the ED of a tertiary care hospital with an annual census of 60,000 patients between August 2014 and July 2015...
October 2016: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890300/evaluating-clinical-care-in-the-prehospital-setting-is-rapid-emergency-medicine-score-the-missing-metric-of-ems
#19
Scott M Alter, Allison Infinger, Doug Swanson, Jonathan R Studnek
INTRODUCTION: The Rapid Emergency Medicine Score (REMS) was developed to predict emergency department patient mortality. Our objective was to utilize REMS to assess initial patient acuity and evaluate clinical change during prehospital care. METHODS: All non-cardiac arrest emergency transports from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 were analyzed from a single EMS agency. Using age, pulse rate, mean arterial pressure, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, and Glasgow Coma Scale, initial and final REMS were calculated...
February 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771338/tools-for-assessment-of-communication-skills-of-hospital-action-teams-a-systematic-review
#20
Shady A Rehim, Stephanie DeMoor, Richard Olmsted, Daniel L Dent, Jessica Parker-Raley
BACKGROUND: Hospital action teams comprise interdisciplinary health care providers working simultaneously to treat critically ill patients. Assessments designed to evaluate communication effectiveness or "nontechnical" performance of these teams are essential to minimize medical errors and improve team productivity. Although multiple communication tools are available, the characteristics and psychometric validity of these instruments have yet to be systematically compared. OBJECTIVE: To identify assessments used to evaluate the communication or "nontechnical" performance of hospital action teams and summarize evidence to develop and validate these instruments...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
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