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Emergency airway management

Carsten Schwarz, Patrick Vandeputte, Amandine Rougeron, Sandrine Giraud, Thomas Dugé de Bernonville, Ludovic Duvaux, Amandine Gastebois, Ana Alastruey-Izquierdo, Maria Teresa Martín-Gomez, Estrella Martin Mazuelos, Amparo Sole, Josep Cano, Javier Pemán, Guillermo Quindos, Françoise Botterel, Marie-Elisabeth Bougnoux, Sharon Chen, Laurence Delhaès, Loïc Favennec, Stéphane Ranque, Ludwig Sedlacek, Joerg Steinmann, Jose Vazquez, Craig Williams, Wieland Meyer, Solène Le Gal, Gilles Nevez, Maxime Fleury, Nicolas Papon, Françoise Symoens, Jean-Philippe Bouchara
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the major genetic inherited disease in Caucasian populations. The respiratory tract of CF patients displays a sticky viscous mucus, which allows for the entrapment of airborne bacteria and fungal spores and provides a suitable environment for growth of microorganisms, including numerous yeast and filamentous fungal species. As a consequence, respiratory infections are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in this clinical context. Although bacteria remain the most common agents of these infections, fungal respiratory infections have emerged as an important cause of disease...
April 1, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Marcus Eng Hock Ong, Gavin D Perkins, Alain Cariou
Sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the most time-critical medical emergency. In the second paper of this Series on out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, we considered important issues in the prehospital management of cardiac arrest. Successful resuscitation relies on a strong chain of survival with the community, dispatch centre, ambulance, and hospital working together. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillation has the greatest impact on survival. If the community response does not restart the heart, resuscitation is continued by emergency medical services' staff...
March 10, 2018: Lancet
L V Duggan, S L Lockhart, T M Cook, E P O'Sullivan, T Dare, P A Baker
In this exploratory study we describe the utility of smartphone technology for anonymous retrospective observational data collection of emergency front-of-neck airway management. The medical community continues to debate the optimal technique for emergency front-of-neck airway management. Although individual clinicians infrequently perform this procedure, hundreds are performed annually worldwide. Ubiquitous smartphone technology and internet connectivity have created the opportunity to collect these data. We created the 'Airway App', a smartphone application to capture the experiences of healthcare providers involved in emergency front-of-neck airway procedures...
March 13, 2018: Anaesthesia
Oliva Ortiz-Alvarez
Croup is one of the most common causes of upper airway obstruction in young children. It is characterized by sudden onset of barky cough, hoarse voice, inspiratory stridor and respiratory distress caused by upper airway inflammation secondary to a viral infection. Published guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of croup advise using steroids as the mainstay treatment for all children who present to emergency department (ED) with croup symptoms. Dexamethasone, given orally as a single dose at 0.6 mg/kg, is highly efficacious in treating croup symptoms...
June 2017: Paediatrics & Child Health
Mihir Sarkar, Rajasree Sinha, Satyabrata Roychowdhoury, Sobhanman Mukhopadhyay, Pramit Ghosh, Kalpana Dutta, Shibarjun Ghosh
Background: Early initiation of appropriate noninvasive respiratory support is utmost important intervention to avoid mechanical ventilation in severe bronchiolitis. Aim: This study aims to compare noninvasive continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) and hot humidified high-flow nasal cannulae (HHHFNC) as modes of respiratory support in infants with severe bronchiolitis. Methods: Prospective, randomized, open-label pilot study done in a tertiary-care hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Matthew Morten, Adam Collison, Vanessa E Murphy, Daniel Barker, Christopher Oldmeadow, John Attia, Joseph Meredith, Heather Powell, Paul D Robinson, Peter D Sly, Peter G Gibson, Joerg Mattes
BACKGROUND: The single-centre double-blind, randomised controlled Managing Asthma in Pregnancy (MAP) trial in Newcastle, Australia, compared a treatment algorithm using the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) in combination with asthma symptoms (FeNO group) against a treatment algorithm using clinical symptoms only (clinical group) in pregnant asthmatic women (ANZ Clinical Trials Registry, number 12607000561482). The primary outcome was a 50% reduction in asthma exacerbations during pregnancy in the FeNO group...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ray Coniglio, Constance McGraw, Mike Archuleta, Heather Bentler, Leigh Keiter, Julie Ramstetter, Elizabeth Reis, Cristi Romans, Rachael Schell, Kelli Ross, Rachel Smith, Jodi Townsend, Alessandro Orlando, Charles W Mains
Colorado requires Level III and IV trauma centers to conduct a formal performance improvement program (PI), but provides limited support for program development. Trauma program managers and coordinators in rural facilities rarely have experience in the development or management of a PI program. As a result, rural trauma centers often face challenges in evaluating trauma outcomes adequately. Through a multidisciplinary outreach program, our Trauma System worked with a group of rural trauma centers to identify and define seven specific PI filters based on key program elements of rural trauma centers...
March 2018: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Manuel F Struck, Johannes K M Fakler, Michael Bernhard, Thilo Busch, Patrick Stumpp, Gunther Hempel, André Beilicke, Sebastian N Stehr, Christoph Josten, Hermann Wrigge
This study aimes to determine the complication rates, possible risk factors and outcomes of emergency procedures performed during resuscitation of severely injured patients. The medical records of patients with an injury severity score (ISS) >15 admitted to the University Hospital Leipzig from 2010 to 2015 were reviewed. Within the first 24 hours of treatment, 526 patients had an overall mechanical complication rate of 26.2%. Multivariate analysis revealed out-of-hospital airway management (OR 3.140; 95% CI 1...
March 5, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yuko Shiima, Ting-Chang Hsieh, Andrew Long, Aaron Donoghue
OBJECTIVES: To examine technical aspects of pediatric tracheal intubation using video recording and to determine the association between tracheal intubation technique and procedural outcomes. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Emergency department resuscitation bay in single tertiary pediatric center. PATIENTS: Children undergoing emergent tracheal intubation under videorecorded conditions. INTERVENTIONS: None...
March 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Quoc Tran, Ryo Mizumoto, Daniel Mehanna
INTRODUCTION: Subcutaneous emphysema (SE) is a frequent and often self-limiting complication of tube thoracostomy or other cardiothoracic procedures. On rare occasions, severe and extensive surgical emphysema marked by palpable cutaneous tension, dysphagia, dysphonia, palpebral closure or associated with pneumoperitoneum, airway compromise, "tension phenomenon" and respiratory failure require treatment. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 67 year old lady presented with a large spontaneous pneumothorax on the background of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and newly diagnosed lung cancer, developed extensive surgical emphysema following insertion of a chest drain...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Kamath Sriganesh, Jason W Busse, Harsha Shanthanna, Venkatapura J Ramesh
Background and Aims: There is a paucity of clinical practice guidelines for the ideal approach to airway management in patients with cervical spine instability (CSI). The aim of this survey was to evaluate preferences, perceptions and practices regarding airway management in patients with CSI among neuroanaesthesiologists practicing in India. Methods: A 25-item questionnaire was circulated for cross-sectional survey to 378 members of the Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care (ISNACC) by E-mail...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Karalynn Otterness, Christine Ahn, Jeffrey Nusbaum, Nachi Gupta
Smoke inhalation injury portends increased morbidity and mortality in fire-exposed patients. Upper airway thermal burns, inflammation from lower airway irritants, and systemic effects of carbon monoxide and cyanide can contribute to injury. A standardized diagnostic protocol for inhalation injury is lacking, and management remains mostly supportive. Clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for concomitant traumatic injuries. Diagnosis is mostly clinical, aided by bronchoscopy and other supplementary tests...
March 1, 2018: Emergency Medicine Practice
Karalynn Otterness, Christine Ahn
Smoke inhalation injury portends increased morbidity and mortality in fire-exposed patients. Upper airway thermal burns, inflammation from lower airway irritants, and systemic effects of carbon monoxide and cyanide can contribute to injury. A standardized diagnostic protocol for inhalation injury is lacking, and management remains mostly supportive. Clinicians should maintain a high index of suspicion for concomitant traumatic injuries. Diagnosis is mostly clinical, aided by bronchoscopy and other supplementary tests...
March 2018: Emergency Medicine Practice
Meredith Merz Lind, Marco Corridore, Cameron Sheehan, Melissa Moore-Clingenpeel, Tensing Maa
Objective To design and assess an advanced pediatric airway management course, through simulation-based team training and with multiple disciplines, to emphasize communication and cooperation across subspecialties and to provide a common skill set and knowledge base. Methods Trainees from anesthesiology, emergency medicine, critical care, pediatric surgery, and otolaryngology at a tertiary children's hospital participated in a 1-day workshop emphasizing airway skills and complex airway simulations. Small groups were multidisciplinary to promote teamwork...
February 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Lenard Tai Win Cheng, Tiong Beng Sim, Win Sen Kuan
BACKGROUND: Critical central airway obstruction (CAO) requires emergent airway intervention, but current guidelines lack specific recommendations for airway management in the emergency department (ED) while awaiting rigid bronchoscopy. There are few reports of the use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) in tracheomalacia, but its use as a temporizing treatment option in fixed, malignant CAO has not, to the best of our knowledge, been reported. CASE REPORT: An 84-year-old woman presented to the ED in respiratory distress, too breathless to speak and using her accessory muscles of respiration, with bilateral rhonchi throughout the lung fields...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
James D Chalmers, Sanjay H Chotirmall
European Respiratory Society guidelines for the management of adult bronchiectasis highlight the paucity of treatment options available for patients with this disorder. No treatments have been licensed by regulatory agencies worldwide, and most therapies used in clinical practice are based on very little evidence. Development of new treatments is needed urgently. We did a systematic review of scientific literature and clinical trial registries to identify agents in early-to-late clinical development for bronchiectasis in adults...
February 22, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Erkman Sanri, Ebru Unal Akoglu, Sinan Karacabey, Ural Verimli, Haldun Akoglu, Umit Sehirli, Arzu Denizbasi
OBJECTIVES: Confirmation of the endotracheal tube placement (CoETP) has the utmost importance in the management of an airway. Visualization of tracheal rings or carina with a fiber-optical bronchoscope (FOB) has considered to be a reliable method for the CoETP. However, FOB is expensive, time-consuming, and not always practical. Inexpensive endoscopic USB-cameras were shown to aid intubation successfully and reliably. On the other hand, there have been no studies investigating their use for the CoETP...
February 17, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kiren Ghag, Cathy Winter, Rachna Bahl, Mary Lynch, Nayda Bautista, Rogelio Ilagan, Timothy J Draycott
OBJECTIVE: To describe the adaptation of an obstetric emergencies training program to align with local clinical practice. METHODS: A feasibility study was conducted to investigate the potential implementation of the PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) program at eight urban tertiary hospitals in the Philippines. Multi-professional teams attended a 2-day course on September 23 and 24, 2015, that comprised a demonstration PROMPT course (day 1) and a Train-the-Trainers session (day 2)...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
S F Seys, J Bousquet, C Bachert, W J Fokkens, I Agache, M Bernal-Sprekelsen, I Callebaut, L O Cardel, S Carrie, P Castelnuovo, R Cathcart, J Constantinidis, L Cools, M Cornet, G Clement, J C de Sousa, T Cox, M Doulaptsi, P Gevaert, C Hopkins, V Hox, T Hummel, W Hosemann, R Jacobs, M Jorissen, B N Landis, A Leunig, V J Lund, J Mullol, M Onerci, S Palkonen, I Proano, E Prokopakis, D Ryan, H Riechelmann, J Saevels, C Segboer, K Speleman, E A Steinsvik, P Surda, P V Tomazic, O Vanderveken, L Van Gerven, T Van Zele, B Verhaeghe, K Vierstraete, S Vlaminck, J Wilkinson, S Williams, B Pugin, P W Hellings
Mobile health technology is emerging to take a prominent position in the management of chronic diseases. These technologies aim at enhancing patient empowerment via education and self-management. To date, of all the different apps available for patients with sinus disease, none were developed by medical experts dealing with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). The European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway diseases (EUFOREA) has undertaken a multi-stakeholder approach for designing, developing and implementing a tool to support CRS patients in monitoring their symptoms and to provide patients with a digital support platform containing reliable medical information about their disease and treatment options...
February 21, 2018: Rhinology
Changwan Ryu, Daniel Boffa, Kyle Bramley, Margaret Pisani, Jonathan Puchalski
RATIONALE: Airway stabilization for severe, symptomatic tracheobronchomalacia (TBM) may be accomplished by silicone Y-stent placement. Common complications of the Y-stent include mucus plugging and granulation tissue formation. PATIENT CONCERNS: We describe a rare case of massive hemoptysis originating from a silicone Y-stent placed for TBM. DIAGNOSES: An emergent bronchoscopy showed an actively bleeding, pulsatile vessel at the distal end of the left bronchial limb of the Y-stent...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
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