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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29626144/safest-light-in-a-combat-area-while-performing-intravenous-access-in-the-dark
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Attila Aydin, S Bilge, M Eryilmaz
INTRODUCTION: Cannulation for the administration of intravenous fluids is integral to the prehospital management of injured military patients. However, this may be technically challenging to undertake during night-time conditions where the use of light to aid cannulation may give the tactical situation away to opponents. The aim of this study was to investigate the success and tactical safety of venepuncture under battlefield conditions with different colour light sources. METHOD: The procedure was carried out with naked eye in a bright room in the absence of a separate light source, with a naked eye in a dark room under red, white, blue and green light sources and under an infrared light source while wearing night vision goggles (NVGs)...
April 6, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29564147/prehospital-recognition-and-antibiotics-for-999-patients-with-sepsis-protocol-for-a-feasibility-study
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Chris Moore, Jenna Bulger, Matt Morgan, Timothy Driscoll, Alison Porter, Saiful Islam, Mike Smyth, Gavin Perkins, Bernadette Sewell, Timothy Rainer, Prabath Nanayakkara, Chukwudi Okolie, Susan Allen, Greg Fegan, Jan Davies, Theresa Foster, Nick Francis, Fang Gao Smith, Gemma Ellis, Tracy Shanahan, Robin Howe, Helen Snooks
Background: Sepsis is a common condition which kills between 36,000 and 64,000 people every year in the UK. Early recognition and management of sepsis has been shown to reduce mortality and improve the health and well-being of people with sepsis. Paramedics frequently come into contact with patients with sepsis and are well placed to provide early diagnosis and treatment.We aim to determine the feasibility of undertaking a fully powered randomised controlled trial (RCT) to test the clinical and cost-effectiveness of paramedics obtaining blood cultures from and administering IV antibiotics to patients with sepsis, so we can make a decision about whether to proceed to a fully powered randomised controlled trial, which will answer questions regarding safety and effectiveness for patients and benefit to the National Health Service (NHS)...
2018: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29558224/a-prospective-before-and-after-study-of-droperidol-for-prehospital-acute-behavioral-disturbance
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Colin B Page, Lachlan E Parker, Stephen J Rashford, Emma Bosley, Katherine Z Isoardi, Frances E Williamson, Geoffrey K Isbister
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Acute behavioral disturbance is a common problem for emergency medical services. We aimed to investigate the safety and effectiveness of droperidol compared to midazolam in the prehospital setting. METHODS: This was a prospective before and after study comparing droperidol to midazolam for prehospital acute behavioral disturbance, when the state ambulance service changed medications. The primary outcome was the proportion of adverse effects (airway intervention, oxygen saturation < 90%, respiratory rate < 12, systolic blood pressure < 90 mmHg, sedation assessment tool score -3 and dystonic reactions) in patients receiving sedation...
March 20, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29533435/intramuscular-tranexamic-acid-in-tactical-and-combat-settings
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Erik N Vu, Wilson C Y Wan, Titus C Yeung, David W Callaway
BACKGROUND: Uncontrolled hemorrhage remains a leading cause of preventable death in tactical and combat settings. Alternate routes of delivery of tranexamic acid (TXA), an adjunct in the management of hemorrhagic shock, are being studied. A working group for the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care reviewed the available evidence on the potential role for intramuscular (IM) administration of TXA in nonhospital settings as soon as possible from the point of injury. METHODS: EMBASE and MEDLINE/PubMed databases were sequentially searched by medical librarians for evidence of TXA use in the following contexts and/or using the following keywords: prehospital, trauma, hemorrhagic shock, optimal timing, optimal dose, safe volume, incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE), IM bioavailability...
2018: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29489441/targeted-applications-of-unmanned-aerial-vehicles-drones-in-telemedicine
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Kunj Bhatt, Ali Pourmand, Neal Sikka
INTRODUCTION: Advances in technology have revolutionized the medical field and changed the way healthcare is delivered. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are the next wave of technological advancements that have the potential to make a huge splash in clinical medicine. UAVs, originally developed for military use, are making their way into the public and private sector. Because they can be flown autonomously and can reach almost any geographical location, the significance of UAVs are becoming increasingly apparent in the medical field...
February 28, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29438134/better-compliance-with-triage-criteria-in-trauma-would-reduced-costs-with-maintained-patient-safety
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Fredrik Linder, Lina Holmberg, Hampus Eklöf, Martin Björck, Claes Juhlin, Kevin Mani
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate trauma triage criteria in terms of compliance, undertriage, and overtriage and identify risk factors for mistriage. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, all consecutive trauma patients at a University Hospital in Sweden in 2012 were included. Patients were stratified into three groups on the basis of trauma team activation (full trauma team, limited trauma team, and no trauma team). Case records were reviewed for mechanism of injury, vital signs, and injuries...
February 12, 2018: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29404658/-miscommunication-as-a-risk-focus-in-patient-safety-work-process-analysis-in-prehospital-emergency-care
#7
S Wilk, L Siegl, K Siegl, C Hohenstein
BACKGROUND: In an analysis of a critical incident reporting system (CIRS) in out-of-hospital emergency medicine, it was demonstrated that in 30% of cases deficient communication led to a threat to patients; however, the analysis did not show what exactly the most dangerous work processes are. Current research shows the impact of poor communication on patient safety. OBJECTIVES: An out-of-hospital workflow analysis collects data about key work processes and risk areas...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29384586/emergency-patient-handoffs-identifying-essential-elements-and-developing-an-evidence-based-training-tool
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Andrew P Reimer, Celeste M Alfes, Amanda S Rowe, Bianca M Rodriguez-Fox
BACKGROUND: Patient handoffs between care teams have been recognized as a major patient safety risk due to inadequate exchange or loss of critical information, especially during emergent patient transfers. The purpose of this literature review was to identify the essential elements of effective patient handoffs in emergency situations to develop a standardized tool to support a structured patient handoff procedure capable of guiding education and training. METHOD: A literature search of handoff procedures and patient transfers was conducted using the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature and PubMed between 2008 and 2015...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287058/activities-of-the-thor-aabb-working-party
#9
Mark H Yazer, Philip C Spinella
The AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) is an international authority on transfusion medicine and tissue banking. The Trauma, Hemostasis and Oxygenation Research (THOR) Network is an international multidisciplinary network of civilian and military providers ranging from first responders and medics to critical care physicians, and from basic scientists to clinical trialists. The THOR Network's vision is to improve outcomes from traumatic hemorrhagic shock by optimizing the acute phase of resuscitation...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189297/are-on-scene-blood-transfusions-by-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-useful-and-safe-a-multicentre-case-control-study
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Joost H Peters, Pascal S H Smulders, Xavier R J Moors, Stef J M Bouman, Claartje M E M Meijs, Nico Hoogerwerf, Michael J R Edwards
INTRODUCTION: In the prehospital setting, crystalloid fluids are frequently used, but only erythrocytes are capable of transporting oxygen to tissues. The aim of this study was to establish the efficacy and safety of the prehospital use of uncross matched type O rhesus-negative packed red blood cells (URBC) by the Dutch physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service. We hypothesized that prehospital URBC transfusions are safe and more effective with respect to survival than resuscitations with crystalloids...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158691/project-for-the-introduction-of-prehospital-analgesia-with-fentanyl-and-morphine-administered-by-specially-trained-paramedics-in-a-rural-service-area-in-germany
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Maximilian Scharonow, Timo Alberding, Wolfgang Oltmanns, Christian Weilbach
Background: In patients with serious illness or trauma, reduction of severe pain is a key therapeutic goal of emergency medical service (EMS) teams. In Germany, only physicians are allowed to use opioid analgesics. In the rural EMS area studied, the mean arrival time for paramedics is 8 minutes, 23 seconds, and for the rescue physician between 10 minutes, 30 seconds and 16 minutes, 59 seconds, depending on EMS site. In cases of parallel callouts, rescue-physician arrival times may be considerably longer...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127102/algorithms-to-guide-ambulance-clinicians-in-the-management-of-emergencies-in-patients-with-implanted-rotary-left-ventricular-assist-devices
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REVIEW
Christopher T Bowles, Rachel Hards, Neil Wrightson, Paul Lincoln, Shishir Kore, Laura Marley, Jonathan R Dalzell, Binu Raj, Tracey A Baker, Diane Goodwin, Petra Carroll, Jane Pateman, John J M Black, Paul Kattenhorn, Mark Faulkner, Jayan Parameshwar, Charles Butcher, Mark Mason, Alexander Rosenberg, Ian McGovern, Alexander Weymann, Carl Gwinnutt, Nicholas R Banner, Stephan Schueler, Andre R Simon, David W Pitcher
Advances in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy have resulted in increasing numbers of adult LVAD recipients in the community. However, device failure, stroke, bleeding, LVAD thrombosis and systemic infection can be life-threatening emergencies. Currently, four LVAD systems are implanted in six UK transplant centres, each of which provides device-specific information to local emergency services. This has resulted in inconsistent availability and content of information with the risks of delayed or inappropriate decision-making...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113021/trauma-case-review-a-quality-and-safety-feature-of-the-victorian-state-trauma-system
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Carolyn Pinto, Peter A Cameron, Belinda Gabbe, Susan McLellan, Tony Walker
The aim of the present study was to describe the trauma case review process and its role in a regionalised trauma system. Victoria has a population of 5.9 million people, accounting for 26% of Australia's population. Victoria has been serviced by an inclusive, organised trauma system since 2000 comprising 138 health services with trauma designations and three major trauma services. Pre- and interhospital guidelines prescribe the timely transport of patients to the appropriate level of trauma service. A review of the role and contribution of 10 years of operation of the trauma case review group (CRG) was undertaken to describe the aims, processes and governance surrounding the implementation of an individual case review for specified major trauma patients...
November 7, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021725/prehospital-hydroxocobalamin-for-inhalation-injury-and-cyanide-toxicity-in-the-united-states-analysis-of-a-database-and-survey-of-ems-providers
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M V Purvis, H Rooks, J Young Lee, S Longerich, S A Kahn
Prehospital use of hydroxocobalamin as an antidote for cyanide toxicity, a serious complication of smoke inhalation, has yet to be universally adopted in the United States though its efficacy and safety have been demonstrated since 2006. The purpose of this study was to characterize practices of prehospital hydroxocobalamin administration via a survey of emergency medical services (EMS) and to report a case series from an EMS database to track use of hydroxocobalamin. The Fire Smoke Coalition Newsletter emailed a voluntary survey to EMS subscribers regarding hydroxocobalamin use...
June 30, 2017: Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956680/scene-safety-and-force-protection-in-the-era-of-ultra-potent-opioids
#15
Michael J Lynch, Joe Suyama, Francis X Guyette
Ultra-potent opioids (fentanyl, carfentanil) are now widely available and fueling an epidemic of overdose. First responders are increasingly exposed to these potent narcotics necessitating guidance for scene safety and force protection from medical directors. Reports in lay media have sensationalized accounts of exposure and harm that may lead providers to fear providing care to patients suspected of opioid overdose. The likelihood of prehospital providers suffering ill effects from opioid exposure during routine emergency medical services (EMS) operations is extremely low...
September 28, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939567/association-between-gender-and-short-term-outcome-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infraction-participating-in-the-international-prospective-randomised-administration-of-ticagrelor-in-the-catheterisation-laboratory-or-in-the-ambulance-for-new-st-elevation
#16
Dimitrios Venetsanos, Sofia Sederholm Lawesson, Joakim Alfredsson, Magnus Janzon, Angel Cequier, Mohamed Chettibi, Shaun G Goodman, Arnoud W Van't Hof, Gilles Montalescot, Eva Swahn
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate gender differences in outcomes in patents with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) planned for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). SETTINGS: A prespecified gender analysis of the multicentre, randomised, double-blind Administration of Ticagrelor in the catheterisation Laboratory or in the Ambulance for New ST elevation myocardial Infarction to open the Coronary artery. PARTICIPANTS: Between September 2011 and October 2013, 1862 patients with STEMI and symptom duration <6 hours were included...
September 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930960/prehospital-administration-of-freeze-dried-plasma-is-it-the-solution-for-trauma-casualties
#17
Amir Shlaifer, Maya Siman-Tov, Irina Radomislensky, Kobi Peleg, Avi Shina, Erez Nachum Baruch, Elon Glassberg, Avraham Yitzhak
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhage is the leading cause of possible preventable death in the battlefield. There is an increasing evidence for the effectiveness of blood component therapy in general, and plasma infusion in particular but their use is less applicable in the prehospital setting due to logistic difficulties. Israeli Defense Force has implemented the use of freeze-dried plasma (FDP) at the point of injury (POI), this adoption of FDP use entailed doubts regarding the feasibility and effectiveness of this practice...
October 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887388/minocycline-in-acute-cerebral-hemorrhage-an-early-phase-randomized-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Abdelrahman Y Fouda, Andrea S Newsome, Samantha Spellicy, Jennifer L Waller, Wenbo Zhi, David C Hess, Adviye Ergul, David J Edwards, Susan C Fagan, Jeffrey A Switzer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Minocycline is under investigation as a neurovascular protective agent for stroke. This study evaluated the pharmacokinetic, anti-inflammatory, and safety profile of minocycline after intracerebral hemorrhage. METHODS: This study was a single-site, randomized controlled trial of minocycline conducted from 2013 to 2016. Adults ≥18 years with primary intracerebral hemorrhage who could have study drug administered within 24 hours of onset were included...
October 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878305/effects-of-intensive-blood-pressure-reduction-on-acute-intracerebral-hemorrhage-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Shun Gong, Chao Lin, Danfeng Zhang, Xiangyi Kong, Jigang Chen, Chunhui Wang, Zhenxing Li, Rongbin Chen, Ping Sheng, Yan Dong, Lijun Hou
Current opinions about the effect of intensive blood pressure (BP) reduction for acute intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) are inconsistent. We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intensive BP reduction for acute ICH by analyzing data from several recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs). There were six eligible studies that met the inclusion criteria, for a total of 4,385 acute ICH patients in this meta-analysis. After analyzing these data, we found differences between intensive and standard BP lowering treatment groups in total mortality rates, unfavorable outcomes, hematoma expansion, neurologic deterioration, and severe hypotension were not significant...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857641/safety-events-in-high-risk-prehospital-neonatal-calls
#20
Rebecca Duby, Matt Hansen, Garth Meckler, Barbara Skarica, William Lambert, Jeanne-Marie Guise
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to quantify and characterize patient safety events during high-risk neonatal transports in the prehospital setting. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective chart review of all "lights and sirens" ambulance transports of neonates ≤30 days old over a four-year period in a metropolitan area. Each case was independently reviewed for potential patient safety events that may have occurred in clinical assessment and decision making, resuscitation, airway management, fluid or medication administration, procedures performed, and/or equipment used...
January 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
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