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Thomas V Kodankandath, Paul Wright, Paul M Power, Marcella De Geronimo, Richard B Libman, Thomas Kwiatkowski, Jeffrey M Katz
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The transfer of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients to a comprehensive stroke center (CSC) must be rapid. Delays pose an obstacle to time-sensitive stroke treatments and, therefore, increase the likelihood of exclusion from endovascular stroke therapy. This study aims to evaluate the impact of the Stroke Rescue Program, with its goal of minimizing interfacility transfer delays and increasing the number of transport times completed within 60 minutes. METHODS: The Stroke Rescue Program was initiated to facilitate the rapid transfer of AIS patients from regional primary stroke centers (PSCs) to the network's CSC...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Michael Levine, John Flores, Seth A Seabury, Stephen Sanko, Marc Eckstein
BACKGROUND: The public commonly calls 911 for unintentional ingestions, rather than calling the local poison center. By utilizing a series of scripted questions, 911 dispatchers in Los Angeles determine if an ingestion meets "omega-1" classification. Under such circumstances, the regional poison center is contacted prior to dispatch of paramedics. If the poison center advises that the patient can remain at home, EMS is not dispatched and the patient is followed at home by the poison center...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Medical Toxicology: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Toxicology
Aimee Alphonso, Marc Auerbach, Kirsten Bechtel, Kyle Bilodeau, Marcie Gawel, Jeannette Koziel, Travis Whitfill, Gunjan Kamdar Tiyyagura
OBJECTIVES: To develop and provide validity evidence for a performance checklist to evaluate the child abuse screening behaviors of prehospital providers. METHODS: Checklist Development: We developed the first iteration of the checklist after review of the relevant literature and on the basis of the authors' clinical experience. Next, a panel of six content experts participated in three rounds of Delphi review to reach consensus on the final checklist items. Checklist Validation: Twenty-eight emergency medical services (EMS) providers (16 EMT-Basics, 12 EMT-Paramedics) participated in a standardized simulated case of physical child abuse to an infant followed by one-on-one semi-structured qualitative interviews...
October 4, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jodi Taylor, Sarah Black, Stephen J Brett, Kim Kirby, Jerry P Nolan, Barnaby C Reeves, Maria Robinson, Chris A Rogers, Lauren J Scott, Adrian South, Elizabeth A Stokes, Matthew Thomas, Sarah Voss, Sarah Wordsworth, Jonathan R Benger
Health outcomes after out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are extremely poor, with only 7-9% of patients in the United Kingdom (UK) surviving to hospital discharge. Currently emergency medical services (EMS) use either tracheal intubation or newer supraglottic airway devices (SGAs) to provide advanced airway management during OHCA. Equipoise between the two techniques has led to calls for a well-designed randomised controlled trial. The primary objective of the AIRWAYS-2 trial is to assess whether the clinical effectiveness of the i-gel, a second-generation SGA, is superior to tracheal intubation in the initial airway management of OHCA patients in the UK...
September 30, 2016: Resuscitation
Todd Chassee, Diann Reischmann, Michael Mancera, John D Hoyle
BACKGROUND: Prehospital pediatric drug dosing errors affect 56,000 U.S. children annually. An accurate weight is the first step in accurate dosing. To date, the accuracy of Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) obtained weights has not been evaluated. We hypothesized that EMD could obtain accurate pediatric weights. METHODS: We used a convenience sample of patients 12 years and younger that were transported by EMS to one children's hospital. EMD obtained patient weight (DW) from the 9-1-1 caller...
September 30, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Niels Tangherlini, Julian Villar, John Brown, Robert M Rodriguez, Clement Yeh, Benjamin T Friedman, Paul Wada
OBJECTIVES: The San Francisco Fire Department's (SFFD; San Francisco, California USA) Homeless Outreach and Medical Emergency (HOME) Team is the United States' first Emergency Medical Services (EMS)-based outreach effort using a specially trained paramedic to redirect frequent users of EMS to other types of services. The effectiveness of this program at reducing repeat use of emergency services during the first seven months of the team's existence was examined. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of EMS use frequency and demographic characteristics of frequent users was conducted...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Jeffrey D Ho, Donald M Dawes, Evan M McKay, Jeremy J Taliercio, Scott D White, Blair J Woodbury, Mark A Sandefur, James R Miner
INTRODUCTION: Current Emergency Medical Services (EMS) documentation practices usually occur from memory after an event is over. While this practice is fairly standard, it is unclear if it can introduce significant error. Modern technology has seen the increased use of recorded video by society to more objectively document notable events. Stationary mounted cameras, cell-phone cameras, and law enforcement officer Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) are increasingly used by society for this purpose...
September 16, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Megan H Halliday, Andrew J Bouland, Benjamin J Lawner, Angela C Comer, Daniel C Ramos, Mark Fletcher
INTRODUCTION: A lack of coordination between emergency medical services (EMS), emergency departments (ED) and systemwide management has contributed to extended ambulance at-hospital times at local EDs. In an effort to improve communication within the local EMS system, the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) placed a medical duty officer (MDO) in the fire communications bureau. It was hypothesized that any real-time intervention suggested by the MDO would be manifested in a decrease in the EMS at-hospital time...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Lori L Boland, Jonathan S Hokanson, Karl M Fernstrom, Tyler G Kinzy, Charles J Lick, Paul A Satterlee, Brian K LaCroix
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to pilot test the delivery of sepsis education to emergency medical services (EMS) providers and the feasibility of equipping them with temporal artery thermometers (TATs) and handheld lactate meters to aid in the prehospital recognition of sepsis. METHODS: This study used a convenience sample of prehospital patients meeting established criteria for sepsis. Paramedics received education on systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria, were trained in the use of TATs and hand-held lactate meters, and enrolled patients who had a recent history of infection, met ≥ 2 SIRS criteria, and were being transported to a participating hospital...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Lucas A Myers, Charles G Gallet, Logan J Kolb, Christine M Lohse, Christopher S Russi
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to identify factors associated with successful endotracheal intubation (ETI) by a multisite emergency medical services (EMS) agency. METHODS: We collected data from the electronic prehospital record for all ETI attempts made from January through May 2010 by paramedics and other EMS crew members at a single multistate agency. If documentation was incomplete, the study team contacted the paramedic. Paramedics use the current National Association of EMS Physicians definition of an ETI attempt (laryngoscope blade entering the mouth)...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Karen A Abrashkin, Jonathan Washko, Jenny Zhang, Asantewaa Poku, Hyun Kim, Kristofer L Smith
Models addressing urgent clinical needs for older adults with multiple advanced chronic conditions are lacking. This observational study describes a Community Paramedicine (CP) model for treatment of acute medical conditions within an Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program, and compares its effect on emergency department (ED) use and subsequent hospitalization with that of traditional emergency medical services (EMS). Community paramedics were trained to evaluate and, with telemedicine-enhanced physician guidance, treat acute illnesses in individuals' homes...
August 30, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Madison Brydges, Margaret Denton, Gina Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Expanded roles for paramedics, commonly termed community paramedicine, are becoming increasingly common. Paramedics working in community paramedicine roles represent a distinct departure away from the traditional emergency paradigm of paramedic services. Despite this, little research has addressed how community paramedics are perceived by their clients. METHODS: This study took an interpretivist qualitative approach to examine participants' perceptions of paramedics providing a community paramedicine program, named the Community Health Assessment Program through Emergency Medical Services (CHAP-EMS)...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Thomas R Scaggs, David M Glass, Megan Gleason Hutchcraft, William B Weir
Excited delirium syndrome (ExDS) is defined by marked agitation and confusion with sympathomimetic surge and incessant physical struggle, despite futility, which may lead to profound pathophysiologic changes and sudden death. Severe metabolic derangements, including lactic acidosis, rhabdomyolysis, and hyperthermia, occur. The pathophysiology of excited delirium is a subject of ongoing basic science and clinical research. Positive associations with ExDS include male gender, mental health disorders, and substance abuse (especially sympathomimetics)...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Murdoch Leeies, Cheryl Ffrench, Trevor Strome, Erin Weldon, Michael Bullard, Rob Grierson
OBJECTIVES: Triage is fundamental to emergency patient assessment. Effective triage systems accurately prioritize patients and help predict resource utilization. CTAS is a validated five-level triage score utilized in Emergency Departments (EDs) across Canada and internationally. Historically CTAS has been applied by triage nurses in EDs. Observational evidence suggests that the CTAS might be implemented reliably by paramedics in the prehospital setting. This is the first system-wide assessment of CTAS interrater reliability between paramedics and triage nurses during clinical practice...
August 10, 2016: CJEM
Michael A Smyth, Samantha J Brace-McDonnell, Gavin D Perkins
OBJECTIVE: Early identification of sepsis could enable prompt delivery of key interventions such as fluid resuscitation and antibiotic administration which, in turn, may lead to improved patient outcomes. Limited data indicate that recognition of sepsis by paramedics is often poor. We systematically reviewed the literature on prehospital sepsis screening tools to determine whether they improved sepsis recognition. DESIGN: Systematic review. The electronic databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, the Cochrane Library and PubMed were systematically searched up to June 2015...
2016: BMJ Open
Daniel L Wolfson, Margaret A Tandoh, Mohit Jindal, Patrick M Forgione, Valerie S Harder
OBJECTIVE: Intraosseous (IO) access is increasingly being used as an alternative to peripheral intravenous access, which is often difficult or impossible to establish in critically ill patients in the prehospital setting. Until recently, only Paramedics performed adult IO access. In 2014, Vermont Emergency Medical Services (EMS) expanded the Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs) scope of practice to include IO access in adult patients. This study compares successful IO access in adults performed by AEMTs compared to Paramedics in the prehospital setting...
August 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Atakan Yilmaz, Mustafa Serinken, Onur Dal, Serpil Yaylacı, Ozgur Karcioglu
OBJECTIVES: Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are at serious risk for work-related injuries (WRIs) during work hours. Both EMTs and paramedics have higher WRI rates, according to the literature data. This study was designed to investigate causes and characteristics of WRIs involving EMTs and paramedics staffed in Western Turkey. METHODS: All health care personnel staffed in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the city were interviewed face-to-face in their off-duty hours to inform them about the study...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Scott A Goldberg, Avital Porat, Christopher G Strother, Nadine Q Lim, H R Sagara Wijeratne, Greisy Sanchez, Kevin G Munjal
OBJECTIVES: Patient handoff occurs when responsibility for patient diagnosis, treatment, or ongoing care is transferred from one healthcare professional to another. Patient handoff is an integral component of quality patient care and is increasingly identified as a potential source of medical error. However, evaluation of handoff from field providers to ED personnel is limited. We here present a quantitative analysis of the information transferred from EMS providers to ED physicians during handoff of critically ill and injured patients...
July 15, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Aliza T Brown, Feifei Wei, William C Culp, Greg Brown, Ryan Tyler, Appathurai Balamurugan, Nicolas Bianchi
INTRODUCTION: Time delay is the key obstacle for receiving successful stroke treatment. Alteplase therapy must start within 4.5 hours from stroke occurrence. Rapid transport to a primary stroke center (PSC) or acute stroke-ready hospital (ASRH) by the emergency medical system (EMS) paramedics is vital. We determined transport time and destination data for EMS-identified and -delivered stroke suspects in Arkansas during 2013. Our objective was to analyze transport time and the hospital qualification for stroke care across the state...
August 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Eric V Ernest, Tom B Brazelton, Elliot D Carhart, Jonathan R Studnek, Patricia L Tritt, Genghis A Philip, Aaron M Burnett
UNLABELLED: Introduction Traditionally, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) educators have divided the pediatric population into age groups to assist in targeting their clinical and didactic curriculum. Currently, the accrediting body for paramedic training programs requires student exposure to pediatric patients based entirely on age without specifying exposure to specific pathologies within each age stratification. Identifying which pathologies are most common within the different pediatric age groups would allow educators to design curriculum targeting the most prevalent pathologies in each age group and incorporating the physiologic and psychological developmental milestones commonly seen at that age...
August 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
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