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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29510910/perceived-exertion-using-two-different-ems-stretcher-systems-report-from-a-swedish-study
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310322/effect-of-training-in-advanced-trauma-life-support-on-the-kinematics-of-the-spine-a-simulation-study
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Raquel Gordillo Martin, Pedro E Alcaráz, Laura Juguera Rodriguez, Antonio Nieto Fernandez-Pacheco, Elena Marín-Cascales, Tomás T Freitas, Manuel Pardo Rios
More than 7.5 million people in the world are affected by spinal cord injury (SCI). In this study, we aimed to analyze the effect of training in advanced trauma life support (ATLS) on the kinematics of the spine when performing different mobilization and immobilization techniques on patients with suspected SCI. A quasi-experimental study, clinical simulation, was carried out to determine the effect of training in ATLS on 32 students enrolled in the Master's program of Emergency and Special Care Nursing. The evaluation was performed through 2 maneuvers: placing of the scoop stretcher (SS) and spinal board (SB), with an actor who simulated a clinical situation of suspected spinal injury...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298919/challenges-associated-with-x-ray-imaging-of-stretcher-bound-patients
#3
Jenna Tugwell-Allsup, Andrew England, Peter Hogg, Jeffrey S Legg
Patients often arrive at imaging departments on stretchers, and in certain circumstances they must remain on the stretcher for the imaging examination to reduce the likelihood of exacerbating injuries. Imaging stretcher-bound patients can be challenging, with many physical and technical variables to consider. These challenges occur because of differences between imaging a patient on a tabletop and imaging a patient on a stretcher. This article reviews the issues associated with imaging stretcher-bound patients, including the unavailability of the automatic exposure control, different grids used, geometric factors, and variability in stretcher design...
November 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148129/development-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing-the-rowstim-series
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Brian Andrews, Robin Gibbons, Garry Wheeler
Potentially, functional electrical stimulation (FES)-assisted exercise may have an important therapeutic role in reducing comorbidities associated with spinal cord injury (SCI). Here, we present an overview of these secondary life-threatening conditions, discuss the rationale behind the development of a hybrid exercise called FES rowing, and describe our experience in developing FES rowing technology. FES rowing and sculling are unique forms of adaptive rowing for those with SCI. The paralyzed leg musculature is activated by multiple channels of electrical pulses delivered via self-adhesive electrodes attached to the skin...
November 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987308/ambulance-crash-in-a-rural-area-of-thailand
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Ratrawee Pattanarattanamolee, Somkid Lertsinudom, Shinji Nakahara, Tetsuya Sakamoto
BACKGROUND: Ambulance crashes delay patient transfer and endanger patients, ambulance crews, and other road users. In low- and middle-income countries, where motor vehicle crash rates are typically high, ambulances have a high risk of being involved in a crash. This case report describes an ambulance crash in Thailand to elucidate modifiable problems in current protocols and practices of emergency medical services. CASE REPORT: In November 2016, a 28-year-old male driver of an ambulance died in a crash while transferring a female patient with dizziness to a rural hospital...
November 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802429/paramedics-working-strategies-while-loading-a-stretcher-into-an-ambulance
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J Prairie, A Plamondon, D Larouche, S Hegg-Deloye, P Corbeil
For paramedics, loading a stretcher into an ambulance is an activity with a high risk of back injury and accidents. The objective of this study was to document strategies paramedics use at work while loading a powered stretcher into an ambulance. A total of 249 stretcher loading operations performed by 58 paramedics, and 51 semistructured post-intervention interviews were analyzed. Almost three quarters of loading operations required additional actions (e.g., raising the shoulders and additional lifting) to insert the stretcher into the cot fastener system in the ambulance...
November 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630905/mechanical-deformation-induces-depolarization-of-neutrophils
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Andrew E Ekpenyong, Nicole Toepfner, Christine Fiddler, Maik Herbig, Wenhong Li, Gheorghe Cojoc, Charlotte Summers, Jochen Guck, Edwin R Chilvers
The transition of neutrophils from a resting state to a primed state is an essential requirement for their function as competent immune cells. This transition can be caused not only by chemical signals but also by mechanical perturbation. After cessation of either, these cells gradually revert to a quiescent state over 40 to 120 min. We use two biophysical tools, an optical stretcher and a novel microcirculation mimetic, to effect physiologically relevant mechanical deformations of single nonadherent human neutrophils...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411738/implementing-powered-stretcher-and-load-systems-was-a-cost-effective-intervention-to-reduce-the-incidence-rates-of-stretcher-related-injuries-in-a-paramedic-service
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Daniel P Armstrong, Richard Ferron, Cindi Taylor, Brent McLeod, Steve Fletcher, Renée S MacPhee, Steven L Fischer
Paramedic services are considering moving towards the use of powered stretcher and load systems to reduce stretcher related injuries, but cost is perceived as a barrier. This study compared injury incidence rates, days lost, and compensation costs between Niagara Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) and Hamilton Paramedic Service (HPS) pre- (four years) and post- (one year) implementation of powered stretcher and load systems in NEMS. Prior to the intervention stretcher related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) incidence rates averaged 20...
July 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295870/telephone-call-follow-up-a-missed-educational-opportunity
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Justin N Hall
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June 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052526/effectiveness-of-a-multi-layer-foam-dressing-in-preventing-sacral-pressure-ulcers-for-the-early-acute-care-of-patients-with-a-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury-comparison-with-the-use-of-a-gel-mattress
#10
Andréane Richard-Denis, Cynthia Thompson, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
Individuals with spinal cord injury are at risk of sacral pressure ulcers due to, among other reasons, prolonged immobilisation. The effectiveness of a multi-layer foam dressing installed pre-operatively in reducing sacral pressure ulcer occurrence in spinal cord injured patients was compared to that of using a gel mattress, and stratified analyses were performed on patients with complete tetraplegia and paraplegia. Socio-demographic and clinical data were collected from 315 patients admitted in a level-I trauma centre following a spinal cord injury between April 2010 and March 2016...
January 4, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942423/evaluating-the-use-of-stretchers-in-two-mobile-refuge-alternatives
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John R Heberger, Jonisha P Pollard
In a mine emergency where refuge is necessary, miners may sustain injuries that will render them unable to walk or crawl. In this situation, a miner may have to rely on others for transportation into the mobile refuge alternative (RA) while on a stretcher. Since requirements for mine first-aid stations were developed before RAs, stretchers should be evaluated to determine whether they are usable in an RA and within the physical capabilities of miners in a refuge. The size of the RA airlock is a concern, as it has not been determined if current airlocks will accommodate a miner on a stretcher...
2016: Journal of Safety, Health and Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687439/-are-we-hurting-ourselves-what-is-the-prevalence-of-back-pain-in-anesthesia-providers
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Jonathan A Anson, Elbert J Mets, Sonia J Vaida, Tonya S King, Tim Ochoa, Vitaly Gordin
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Back injuries are a highly reported category of occupational injury in the health care setting. The daily clinical activities of an anesthesia provider, including lifting, pushing stretchers, transferring patients, and bending for procedures, are risk factors for developing low back pain. The purpose of this study is to investigate the prevalence of work related low back pain in anesthesia providers. DESIGN/SETTING: We conducted a cross-sectional survey study of anesthesia providers at an academic institution...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27325345/-spinaltrauma-clinical-diagnosis-and-initial-care
#13
M Kettner
DIAGNOSTIC WORK-UP: The rescue, treatment and transport of patients with an injured spine require a systematic scheme with the subsequent rating of the findings and suspected diagnoses. In addition to the assessment of temporal urgency, the available resources and personnel, the duration and complexity of any possible technical measures that might be anticipated, the rational selection of immobilisation tools also plays a significant role. The most important medical rescue aids are the scoop stretcher and the spine board; the spine board, vacuum mattress and cervical collar are used to immobilise the patient...
August 2016: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27227789/modifiable-anthropometric-characteristics-are-associated-with-unilateral-and-bilateral-carry-performance
#14
Ben Beck, Greg L Carstairs, Daniel C Billing, Joanne N Caldwell, Kane J Middleton
Beck, B, Carstairs, GL, Billing, DC, Caldwell, JN, and Middleton, KJ. Modifiable anthropometric characteristics are associated with unilateral and bilateral carry performance. J Strength Cond Res 31(2): 489-494, 2017-A mismatch between physical ability and task requirements can increase the risk of on-the-job injury. Therefore, understanding key anthropometric characteristics associated with job performance is important in developing targeted training programs and selecting employees in physically demanding occupations...
February 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27014488/using-shoulder-straps-decreases-heart-rate-variability-and-salivary-cortisol-concentration-in-swedish-ambulance-personnel
#15
Kåre J Karlsson, Patrik H Niemelä, Anders R Jonsson, Carl-Johan A Törnhage
BACKGROUND: Previous research has shown that paramedics are exposed to risks in the form of injuries to the musculoskeletal system. In addition, there are studies showing that they are also at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and psychiatric diseases, which can partly be explained by their constant exposure to stress. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether the use of shoulder straps decreases physical effort in the form of decreased heart rate and cortisol concentration...
March 2016: Safety and Health At Work
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26363572/a-hospital-based-surveillance-system-to-assess-the-burden-of-trauma-in-kwazulu-natal-province-south-africa
#16
Elizabeth Lutge, Nirvasha Moodley, Aida Tefera, Benn Sartorius, Timothy Hardcastle, Damian Clarke
INTRODUCTION: In response to the ongoing excessive burden of trauma in South Africa the Data Management and Epidemiology Units of the Department of Health in conjunction with a group of trauma specialists developed a number of trauma data variables for inclusion on the routine District Health Information System (DHIS). The aim of this study is to describe the process followed and review the 2012-2014 data. METHODOLOGY: The variables collected included: total patient numbers assessed in the emergency room with a diagnosis of trauma; the mechanisms of trauma (blunt assault, motor vehicle accident, pedestrian vehicle accident, stab, gunshot wound, other); any trauma patient admitted to a health facility ward/ICU for longer than 12h; and whether the patient required transfer to a higher centre of care...
January 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26237029/lower-limb-reaction-force-asymmetry-in-rowers-with-and-without-a-history-of-back-injury
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Winko W An, Vincy Wong, Roy T H Cheung
Back injury is common in rowers. Asymmetrical lower limb reaction force on the foot stretchers during rowing may compromise trunk biomechanics and lead to back injury. However, such a mechanism remains putative. Therefore, this study examined lower limb reaction force in experienced rowers with and without a history of back injury. Six rowers who suffered from back injury for more than one week in the past year and another 19 rowers who were never injured performed maximal exertion rowing on a fixed-head rowing machine for 30 strokes...
2015: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26090702/incremental-training-intensities-increases-loads-on-the-lower-back-of-elite-female-rowers
#18
Erica M Buckeridge, Anthony M J Bull, Alison H McGregor
Lumbar-pelvic kinematics change in response to increasing rowing stroke rates, but little is known about the effect of incremental stroke rates on changes in joint kinetics and their implications for injury. The purpose of this study was to quantify the effects of incremental rowing intensities on lower limb and lumbar-pelvic kinetics. Twelve female rowers performed an incremental test on a rowing ergometer. Kinematic data of rowers' ankle, knee, hip and lumbar-pelvic joints, as well as external forces at the handle, seat and foot-stretchers of the rowing machine were recorded...
2016: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25993018/a-paramedic-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-s-response-to-winch-missions-in-victoria-australia
#19
Ben Meadley, Stefan Heschl, Emily Andrew, Anthony de Wit, Stephen A Bernard, Karen Smith
Winching emergency medical care providers from a helicopter to the scene enables treatment of patients in otherwise inaccessible locations, but is not without risks. The objective of this study was to define characteristics of winch missions undertaken by Intensive Care Flight Paramedics (ICFP) in Victoria, Australia with a focus on extraction methods and clinical care delivered at the scene. A retrospective data analysis was performed to identify all winch missions between November 2010 and March 2014. Demographic data, winch characteristics, physiological parameters, and interventions undertaken on scene by the ICFP were extracted...
2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/25039605/biomechanical-determinants-of-elite-rowing-technique-and-performance
#20
E M Buckeridge, A M J Bull, A H McGregor
In rowing, the parameters of injury, performance, and technique are all interrelated and in dynamic equilibrium. Whilst rowing requires extreme physical strength and endurance, a high level of skill and technique is essential to enable an effective transfer of power through the rowing sequence. This study aimed to determine discrete aspects of rowing technique, which strongly influence foot force production and asymmetries at the foot-stretchers, as these are biomechanical parameters often associated with performance and injury risk...
April 2015: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
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