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Patient Injury EMS

Sattha Riyapan, Phanthanee Thitichai, Wansiri Chaisirin, Tanyaporn Nakornchai, Tipa Chakorn
Introduction: Thailand has the highest mortality from road traffic injury (RTI) in the world. There are usually higher incident rates of RTI in Thailand over long holidays such as New Year and Songkran. To our knowledge, there have been no studies that describe the impact of emergency medical service (EMS) utilization by RTI patients in Thailand. We sought to determine the outcomes of EMS utilization in severe RTIs during the holidays. Methods: We conducted a retrospective review study by using a nationwide registry that collected RTI data from all hospitals in Thailand during the New Year holidays in 2008-2015 and Songkran holidays in 2008-2014...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Martin Hulldin, Jonas Kängström, Magnus Andersson Hagiwara, Andreas Claesson
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical services (EMS) facilitate out of hospital care in a wide variety of settings on a daily basis. Stretcher-related adverse events and long term musculoskeletal injuries are commonly reported. Novel stretcher mechanisms may facilitate enhanced movement of patients and reduce workload for EMS personnel. AIM: To describe EMS personnel's perceived exertion using two different stretcher systems. METHODS: The methodology of this explorative simulation study included enrolling twenty (n=20) registered nurses and paramedics who worked in ten pairs (n=10) to transport a conscious, 165lb...
February 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Sam A Bores, William Pajerowski, Brendan G Carr, Daniel Holena, Zachary F Meisel, C Crawford Mechem, Roger A Band
BACKGROUND: The optimal approach to prehospital care of trauma patients is controversial, and thought to require balancing advanced field interventions with rapid transport to definitive care. OBJECTIVE: We sought principally to examine any association between the amount of prehospital IV fluid (IVF) administered and mortality. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis of trauma registry data patients who sustained penetrating trauma between January 2008 and February 2011, as identified in the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation registry with corresponding prehospital records from the Philadelphia Fire Department...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Hang A Park, Ki Ok Ahn, Ju Ok Park, Jungeun Kim, Seungmin Jeong, Meesook Kim
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to identify the characteristics of injuries of school-aged children transported via emergency medical services (EMS) that occurred in schools by comparing with injuries that occurred outside of school. METHODS: Data from the 119 EMS from 2012 to 2014 were analyzed. School and non-school injuries were analyzed in children 6 to 17 years of age. The epidemiologic characteristics were assessed according to school-age groups; low-grade primary (6-8 years), high-grade primary (9-13 years), middle (13-15 years) and high (15-17 years) school...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Rashida H Woods, Manish Shah, Cara Doughty, Anthony Gilchrest
OBJECTIVES: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released draft recommendations in 2010 on the safe transport of children in ground ambulances. The purpose of this study was to assess awareness of these guidelines among emergency medical service (EMS) agencies and to identify implementation barriers. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, anonymous online survey of 911-responding, ground transport EMS agencies in Texas. Demographics, modes of transport based on case scenarios, and barriers to implementation were assessed...
March 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
Brian M Clemency, Christopher T Tanski, Jennifer Gibson Chambers, Michael O'Brien, Andrew S Knapp, Alexander J Clark, Patrick McGoff, Johanna Innes, Heather A Lindstrom, David Hostler
BACKGROUND: Backboards have been shown to cause pain in uninjured patients. This may alter physical exam findings, leading emergency department (ED) providers to suspect a spinal injury when none exists resulting in additional imaging of the thoracolumbar spine. New York had previously employed a "Spinal Immobilization" protocol that included compulsory backboard application for all patients with suspected spinal injuries. In 2015, New York instituted a new "Spinal Motion Restriction" protocol that made backboard use optional for these patients...
February 15, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Nawfal Aljerian, Saleh Alhaidar, Ali Alothman, Wijdan AlJohi, Faisal Abdullah Albaqami, Suliman Abdullah Alghnam
BACKGROUND: In Saudi Arabia, injury is the leading cause of death. Even if nonfatal, the impact of injuries on population health is enormous, as thousands of young patients suffer permanent disabilities every year. Unlike in developed countries, private transportation (PT) is a common means to transport trauma patients. Outcome differences between patients transported via PT relative to emergency medical services (EMS) has not been previously explored. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the association between transportation mode and in-hospital complications among trauma patients...
January 2018: Annals of Saudi Medicine
Daniel Joseph, Jody A Vogel, C Sam Smith, Whitney Barrett, Gary Bryskiewicz, Aaron Eberhardt, David Edwards, Lara Rappaport, Christopher B Colwell, Kevin E McVaney
BACKGROUND: Excessive alcohol consumption is associated with a substantial number of emergency department visits annually and is responsible for a significant number of lives lost each year in the United States. However, a minimal amount is known about the impact of alcohol on the EMS system. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to determine the proportion of 9-1-1 calls in Denver, Colorado in which (1) alcohol was a contributing factor or (2) the individual receiving EMS services had recently ingested alcohol...
February 8, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Linda Underbrink, Alice Twink Dalton, Jan Leonard, Pamela W Bourg, Abigail Blackmore, Holly Valverde, Thomas Candlin, Lisa M Caputo, Christopher Duran, Sherrie Peckham, Jeff Beckman, Brandon Daruna, Krista Furie, Debra Hopgood
OBJECTIVE: The impact of immobilization techniques on older adult trauma patients with spinal injury has rarely been studied. Our advisory group implemented a change in the immobilization protocol used by emergency medical services (EMS) professionals across a region encompassing 9 trauma centers and 24 EMS agencies in a Rocky Mountain state using a decentralized process on July 1, 2014. We sought to determine whether implementing the protocol would alter immobilization methods and affect patient outcomes among adults ≥60 years with a cervical spine injury...
February 6, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Takwa Tlili, Sofiene Abidi, Saoussen Krichen
This work focuses on a real-life patient transportation problem derived from emergency medical services (EMS), whereby providing ambulatory service for emergency requests during disaster situations. Transportation of patients in congested traffic compounds already time sensitive treatment. An urgent situation is defined as individuals with major or minor injuries requiring EMS assistance simultaneously. Patients are either (1) slightly injured and treated on site or (2) are seriously injured and require transfer to points of care (PoCs)...
January 29, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Eveline A J van Rein, Rogier van der Sluijs, R Marijn Houwert, Amy C Gunning, Rob A Lichtveld, Luke P H Leenen, Mark van Heijl
INTRODUCTION: In an optimal trauma system, prehospital trauma triage ensures transport of the right patient to the right hospital. Incorrect triage results in undertriage and overtriage. The aim of this systematic review is to evaluate and compare prehospital trauma triage system quality worldwide and determine effectiveness in terms of undertriage and overtriage for trauma patients. METHODS: A systematic search of Pubmed/MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases was performed, using "trauma", "trauma center," or "trauma system", combined with "triage", "undertriage," or "overtriage", as search terms...
January 27, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Catherine G Velopulos, Hasan M Shihab, Lawrence Lottenberg, Marcie Feinman, Ali Raja, Jeffrey Salomone, Elliott R Haut
BACKGROUND: Spine immobilization in trauma has remained an integral part of most emergency medical services (EMS) protocols despite a lack of evidence for efficacy and concern for associated complications, especially in penetrating trauma patients. We reviewed the published evidence on the topic of prehospital spine immobilization or spinal motion restriction in adult patients with penetrating trauma to structure a Practice Management Guideline. METHODS: We conducted a Cochrane style systematic review and meta-analysis, and applied GRADE methodology to construct recommendations...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Andrew J Hudson, Graeme D Glaister, Hans-Joachim Wieden
Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are an integral component of the healthcare framework and function to transport patients from various locations to and between care facilities. In addition to physical injury, EMS personnel are expected to be at high risk to acquire and transmit healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in the workplace. However, currently little is known about EMS biosafety risk factors and the epidemiological contribution of EMS to pathogen transmission within and outside of the healthcare sector...
December 8, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Samuel E Shartar, Brooks L Moore, Lori M Wood
OBJECTIVES: Metropolitan areas must be prepared to manage large numbers of casualties related to a major incident. Most US cities do not have adequate trauma center capacity to manage large-scale mass casualty incidents (MCIs). Creating surge capacity requires the distribution of casualties to hospitals that are not designated as trauma centers. Our objectives were to extrapolate MCI response research into operational objectives for MCI distribution plan development; formulate a patient distribution model based on research, hospital capacities, and resource availability; and design and disseminate a casualty distribution tool for use by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel to distribute patients to the appropriate level of care...
December 2017: Southern Medical Journal
Eric Kuncir, Dean Spencer, Kelly Feldman, Cristobal Barrios, Kenneth Miller, Stephanie Lush, Matthew Dolich, Michael Lekawa
BACKGROUND: Interfacility transfer of under-triaged patients to higher level trauma centers has been found to result in a delay of appropriate care and increase in mortality. To address this, for the last 10 years, our region has utilized 911 EMS paramedics for rapid re-triage of under-triaged patients to our institution's Level I trauma center. We sought to determine if utilizing 911 EMS for re-triage (911-RT) to our institution was associated with worse outcomes-with mortality as the primary outcome-compared to direct EMS transport from point of injury...
September 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Julie Estrada, David Meurer, Kevin De Boer, Karl Huesgen
A 46-year-old male presented to our tertiary care emergency department (ED) with shortness of breath and chest pain following an uneventful four-hour SCUBA dive at 100 feet. His prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) assessment revealed transient hypotension and hypoxia. He later developed progressive skin mottling. Serology was significant for acute kidney injury, transaminitis, hemoconcentration, and hypoxia on an arterial blood gas. Computed tomography (CT) angiography demonstrated intravascular gas throughout the mesenteric and pulmonary arteries as well as the portal venous system...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Colin Rouse, Jefferson Hayre, James French, Jacqueline Fraser, Ian Watson, Susan Benjamin, Allison Chisholm, Beth Sealy, Mete Erdogan, Robert S Green, George Stoica, Paul Atkinson
BACKGROUND: Two distinct Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems exist in Atlantic Canada. Nova Scotia operates an Advanced Emergency Medical System (AEMS) and New Brunswick operates a Basic Emergency Medical System (BEMS). We sought to determine if survival rates differed between the two systems. METHODS: This study examined patients with trauma who were transported directly to a level 1 trauma centre in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia between 1 April 2011 and 31 March 2013...
November 4, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Joshua B Brown, Kenneth J Smith, Mark L Gestring, Matthew R Rosengart, Timothy R Billiar, Andrew B Peitzman, Jason L Sperry, Joel S Weissman
Importance: Little evidence exists to guide helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) triage, and current practice is inefficient. The Air Medical Prehospital Triage (AMPT) score was developed to identify patients most likely to benefit from HEMS compared with ground EMS. To our knowledge, no studies have evaluated the potential effect on costs and outcomes of a more targeted HEMS triage strategy, such as the AMPT score. Objective: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of current practice compared with the AMPT score for HEMS scene triage of trauma patients...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Surgery
Wei Zhang, Guang'an Xiao, Shengfei Qin, Amanda B Reed-Maldonado, Jian Xu, Guanghua Chen, Lei Wang, Tie Zhou
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Transurethral seminal vesiculoscopy (TSV) provides an efficient approach to diagnose and treat hematospermia, but still needs further improvement in manipulation and corresponding instruments. In this study, we develop an innovative technique with ultrasonic lithotripter (EMS) to treat severe, persistent hematospermia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data of patients who underwent TSV with or without ultrasonic lithotripter between May 2012 and December 2015 was reviewed...
December 2017: Journal of Endourology
Rashida H Woods, Manish Shah, Cara Doughty, Anthony Gilchrest
OBJECTIVES: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released draft recommendations in 2010 on the safe transport of children in ground ambulances. The purpose of this study was to assess awareness of these guidelines among emergency medical service (EMS) agencies and to identify implementation barriers. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional, anonymous online survey of 911-responding, ground transport EMS agencies in Texas. Demographics, modes of transport based on case scenarios, and barriers to implementation were assessed...
October 16, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
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