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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432194/diagnostic-value-of-prehospital-ecg-in-acute-stroke-patients
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Tobias Bobinger, Bernd Kallmünzer, Markus Kopp, Natalia Kurka, Martin Arnold, Stefan Heider, Stefan Schwab, Martin Köhrmann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the diagnostic yield of prehospital ECG monitoring provided by emergency medical services in the case of suspected stroke. METHODS: Consecutive patients with acute stroke admitted to our tertiary stroke center via emergency medical services and with available prehospital ECG were prospectively included during a 12-month study period. We assessed prehospital ECG recordings and compared the results to regular 12-lead ECG on admission and after continuous ECG monitoring at the stroke unit...
April 21, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431508/association-between-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-duration-and-one-month-neurological-outcomes-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-prospective-cohort-study
#2
Masahiro Kashiura, Yuichi Hamabe, Akiko Akashi, Atsushi Sakurai, Yoshio Tahara, Naohiro Yonemoto, Ken Nagao, Arino Yaguchi, Naoto Morimura
BACKGROUND: The duration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an important factor associated with the outcomes for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. However, the appropriate CPR duration remains unclear considering pre- and in-hospital settings. The present study aimed to evaluate the relationship between the CPR duration (including both the pre- and in-hospital duration) and neurologically favorable outcomes 1-month after cardiac arrest. METHODS: Data were utilized from a prospective multi-center cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients transported to 67 emergency hospitals between January 2012 and March 2013 in the Kanto area of Japan...
April 21, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429117/a-comparison-of-mcgrath-mac%C3%A2-and-standard-direct-laryngoscopy-in-simulated-immobilized-cervical-spine-pediatric-intubation-a-manikin-study
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Marcin Madziala, Jacek Smereka, Marek Dabrowski, Steve Leung, Kurt Ruetzler, Lukasz Szarpak
Emergency airway management in children is generally considered to be challenging, and endotracheal intubation requires a high level of personal skills and experience. Immobilization of the cervical spine is indicated in all patients with the risk of any cervical spine injury but significantly aggravates endotracheal intubation. The best airway device in this setting has not been established yet, although the use of videolaryngoscopes is generally promising. Seventy-five moderately experienced paramedics of the Emergency Medical Service of Poland performed endotracheal intubations in a pediatric manikin in three airway scenarios: (A) normal airway, (B) manual in-line cervical immobilization, and (C) cervical immobilization using a Patriot cervical extrication collar and using two airway techniques: (1) McGrath videolaryngoscope and (2) Macintosh blade in a randomized sequence...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422541/evaluation-of-the-implementation-of-the-trauma-triage-and-destination-plan-on-the-field-triage-of-injured-patients-in-north-carolina
#4
Jane H Brice, Frances S Shofer, Christopher Cowden, E Brooke Lerner, Matthew Psioda, Meredith Arasaratanam, N Clay Mann, Antonio R Fernandez, Anna Waller, Chailee Moss, Michael Mian
OBJECTIVE: Timely triage and appropriate destination decision making for injured patients are central challenges faced by emergency medical services (EMS) systems. In 2010, North Carolina (NC) adopted a statewide Trauma Triage and Destination Plan (TTDP) based on the CDC's Field Triage Guidelines to better address these challenges. We sought to characterize the implementation of these guidelines by quantifying their effect on multiple metrics of patient care. METHODS: We employed a retrospective pre-post study design utilizing a statewide EMS medical record database...
April 19, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422537/morbidity-and-mortality-associated-with-prehospital-lift-assist-calls
#5
Lauren Leggatt, Kristine Van Aarsen, Melanie Columbus, Adam Dukelow, Michael Lewell, Matthew Davis, Shelley McLeod
INTRODUCTION: When an individual requires assistance with mobilization, emergency medical services (EMS) may be called. If a patient does not receive treatment on scene and is not transported to hospital, these are referred to as "Lift Assist" (LA) calls. It is possible this need for assistance represents a subtle onset of a disease process or decline in function. Without recognition or treatment, the patient may be at risk for recurrent falls, repeat EMS visits or worsening illness. OBJECTIVE: To examine the 14-day morbidity and mortality associated with LA calls and determine factors that are associated with increased risk of these outcomes...
April 19, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420118/ambient-air-pollution-and-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-beijing-china
#6
Ruixue Xia, Guopeng Zhou, Tong Zhu, Xueying Li, Guangfa Wang
Air pollutants are associated with cardiovascular death; however, there is limited evidence of the effects of different pollutants on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs) in Beijing, China. We aimed to investigate the associations of OHCAs with the air pollutants PM2.5-10 (coarse particulate matter), PM2.5 (particles ≤2.5 μm in aerodynamic diameter), nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), sulfur dioxide (SO₂), carbon monoxide (CO), and ozone (O₃) between 2013 and 2015 using a time-stratified case-crossover study design...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417645/the-early-chain-of-care-and-risk-of-death-in-acute-stroke-in-relation-to-the-priority-given-at-the-dispatch-centre-a-multicentre-observational-study
#7
Birgitta Wireklint Sundström, Magnus Andersson Hagiwara, Peter Brink, Johan Herlitz, Per Olof Hansson
BACKGROUND: The early chain of care is critical for stroke patients. The most important part is the so-called 'system delay' i.e. the delay time from call to the emergency medical services until a diagnosis is established (computer tomography). AIM: The purpose of this study was to relate the initial priority level given by the dispatch centre to the early chain of care in acute stroke and to short-term and long-term mortality. METHODS: All patients hospitalised with the first and the final diagnosis of acute stroke, 15 December 2010-15 April 2011, were recruited across nine hospitals, each hospital with a stroke care unit...
April 1, 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416852/-first-aid-system-for-trauma-development-and-status
#8
D K Chen, W C Lin, P Zhang, S J Kuang, W Huang, T B Wang
With the great progress of the economy, the level of industrialization has been increasing year by year, which leads to an increase in accidental trauma accidents. Chinese annual death of trauma is already more than 400 000, which makes trauma the fifth most common cause of death, following malignant tumor, heart, brain and respiratory diseases. Trauma is the leading cause of the death of young adults. At the same time, trauma has become a serious social problem in peace time. Trauma throws great treats on human health and life...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413515/outcome-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-after-fibrinolysis-with-reteplase-in-comparison-to-the-return-of-spontaneous-circulation-after-cardiac-arrest-score-in-a-geographic-region-without-emergency-coronary-intervention
#9
Thomas Luiz, Alexander Wilhelms, Christian Madler, Gregor Pollach, Bernd Haaff, Joachim Grüttner, Tim Viergutz
Coronary occlusion and pulmonary embolism are responsible for the majority of cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). Despite previous favourable results of pre-hospital fibrinolysis in cases of OHCA, the benefit could not be confirmed in a large controlled study using the fibrinolytic tenecteplase. For reteplase (r-PA), there are hardly any data regarding pre-hospital fibrinolysis during ongoing resuscitation. The present study reported results using r-PA therapy in a German physician-supported Emergency Medical Services system...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411933/wilderness-emergency-medical-services-systems
#10
REVIEW
Michael G Millin, Seth C Hawkins
Wilderness emergency medical services (WEMS) are designed to provide high quality health care in wilderness environments. A WEMS program should have oversight by a qualified physician responsible for protocol development, education, and quality improvement. The director is also ideally fully trained as a member of that wilderness rescue program, supporting the team with real-time patient care. WEMS providers function with scopes of practice approved by the local medical director and regulatory authority. With a focus on providing quality patient care, it is time for the evolution of WEMS as an integrated element of a local emergency response system...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
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/28411260/the-fast-ed-app-a-smartphone-platform-for-the-field-triage-of-patients-with-stroke
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Raul G Nogueira, Gisele S Silva, Fabricio O Lima, Yu-Chih Yeh, Carol Fleming, Daniel Branco, Arthur H Yancey, Jonathan J Ratcliff, Robert Keith Wages, Earnest Doss, Mehdi Bouslama, Jonathan A Grossberg, Diogo C Haussen, Teppei Sakano, Michael R Frankel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Emergency Medical Services field triage to stroke centers has gained considerable complexity with the recent demonstration of clinical benefit of endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke. We sought to describe a new smartphone freeware application designed to assist Emergency Medical Services professionals with the field assessment and destination triage of patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: Review of the application's platform and its development as well as the different variables, assessments, algorithms, and assumptions involved...
April 14, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409655/9-1-1-triage-of-non-traumatic-chest-pain-association-with-hospital-diagnosis
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Greg Scott, Jeff J Clawson, Isabel Gardett, Meghan Broadbent, Nathan Williams, Conrad Fivaz, Gigi Marshall, Tracey Barron, Christopher Olola
OBJECTIVE: Chest pain is one of the most common reasons people seek emergency care-and one of the most critical. In the United States, chest pain is the second most common reason for emergency department (ED) visits. A patient's primary complaint of "chest pain" may reflect a broad range of underlying causes; therefore, it is important that emergency medical service (EMS) agencies gain a thorough understanding of these cases, beginning with the initial management of chest pain in the 9-1-1 center...
April 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407020/mortality-after-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-a-spanish-region
#14
Rosa Requena-Morales, Antonio Palazón-Bru, María Mercedes Rizo-Baeza, José Manuel Adsuar-Quesada, Vicente Francisco Gil-Guillén, Ernesto Cortés-Castell
AIMS: To determine out-of-hospital cardiac arrest mortality in the province of Alicante (Spain) and its associated factors. METHODS: Cross-sectional observational study of all patients who received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) (n = 422) in the province of Alicante in 2013. To determine associated factors, a binary logistic regression model was constructed. Primary outcome: death before arriving at the hospital. Predictive variables: gender, age, artificial respiration, prior functional status, asystole, cardiogenic aetiology, bystander CPR, time from the cardiac arrest to the arrival of the EMS and location of cardiac arrest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398935/emergency-medical-services-utilization-by-children
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Parul Dayal, Timothy Horeczko, Cheryl Wraa, Larry Karsteadt, Wendy Chapman, Louis Bruhnke, Rebecca Litman, Timothy Ruttan, Nathan Kuppermann, James Marcin
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare demographic and clinical features of children (0-14 years old) who arrived at general emergency departments (EDs) by emergency medical services (EMS) to those who arrived by private vehicles and other means in a rural, 3-county region of northern California. METHODS: We reviewed 507 ED records of children who arrived at EDs by EMS and those who arrived by other means in 2013. We also analyzed prehospital procedures performed on all children transported to an area hospital by EMS...
April 11, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392371/nationwide-and-regional-trends-in-survival-from-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-japan-a-10-year-cohort-study-from-2005-to-2014
#16
Masashi Okubo, Kosuke Kiyohara, Taku Iwami, Clifton W Callaway, Tetsuhisa Kitamura
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the most recent nationwide and regional trends in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) outcome. We therefore sought to investigate the recent nationwide and regional trends in OHCA outcome in Japan. METHODS: Using nationwide, population-based OHCA registry in Japan, we evaluated outcome from emergency-medical-services resuscitated OHCA of medical origin between 2005 and 2014. A total of 861,756 OHCA patients of medical origin were eligible for our analyses...
April 6, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392369/compression-to-ventilation-ratio-and-incidence-of-rearrest-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-roc-ccc-trial
#17
David D Salcido, Robert H Schmicker, Jason E Buick, Sheldon Cheskes, Brian Grunau, Peter Kudenchuk, Brian Leroux, Stephanie Zellner, Dana Zive, Tom P Aufderheide, Allison C Koller, Heather Herren, Jack Nuttall, Matthew L Sundermann, James J Menegazzi
BACKGROUND: Previous work has demonstrated that when out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients achieve return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC), but subsequently have another cardiac arrest prior to hospital arrival (rearrest), the probability of survival to hospital discharge is significantly decreased. Additionally, few modifiable factors for rearrest are known. We sought to examine the association between rearrest and compression-to-ventilation ratio during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and to confirm the association between rearrest and outcomes...
April 6, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385466/self-reported-behaviors-and-perceptions-of-australian-paramedics-in-relation-to-hand-hygiene-and-gloving-practices-in-paramedic-led-health-care
#18
Nigel Barr, Mark Holmes, Anne Roiko, Peter Dunn, Bill Lord
BACKGROUND: Noncompliance with recommended hand hygiene and gloving practices by workers in the emergency medical services may contribute to the transmission of health care-associated infections and lead to poor patient outcomes. The aim of this study was to explore the self-reported behaviors and perceptions of Australian paramedics in relation to their hand hygiene and gloving practices in paramedic-led health care. METHODS: A national online survey (n = 417; 17% response rate) and 2 semistructured focus groups (6 per group) were conducted with members of Paramedics Australasia...
April 3, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383297/supportive-technology-in-the-resuscitation-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-patients
#19
Scott T Youngquist, Kenneth A Scheppke, Paul E Pepe
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss the increasing value of technological tools to assess and augment the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and, in turn, improve chances of surviving out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). RECENT FINDINGS: After decades of disappointing survival rates, various emergency medical services systems worldwide are now seeing a steady rise in OHCA survival rates guided by newly identified 'sweet spots' for chest compression rate, chest compression depth, and monitoring for unnecessary pauses in chest compressions as well as methods to better ensure full-chest recoil after compressions...
April 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381727/long-term-outcomes-of-pancreatic-function-following-pancreatic-trauma
#20
Toshio Morita, Osamu Takasu, Teruo Sakamoto, Shinjirou Mori, Atsuo Nakamura, Masakazu Nabeta, Nobuhisa Hirayu, Mariko Moroki, Norio Yamashita
The objective of this study is to retrospectively assess long-term outcomes and late complications of pancreatic trauma. We studied 14 patients with pancreatic trauma who were treated at the Advanced Emergency Medical Service Center, Kurume University Hospital, between 1981 and 2012 and discharged alive. Relevant data were extracted from patient records and a retrospective patient questionnaire and blood test were completed to evaluate pancreatic function. The median patient age at the time of the survey was 49 years; the median post-injury period was 23 years and 5 months...
April 3, 2017: Kurume Medical Journal
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