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Prehospital patient safety

Chaoran Nie, Jiaxu Dong, Pengjiao Zhang, Xintong Liu, Fei Han
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness and safety of the infusion of ice-cold fluids for prehospital hypothermia in cardiac arrest victims are unclear. This study assessed its effects in adult victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. METHODS: An online search of PubMed and Cochrane Library databases was performed. Cooling methods were limited to ice-cold fluid perfusion. Randomized controlled trials were included in this review. The main outcomes were body temperature at hospital arrival, survival to hospital discharge, neurological recovery, incidence of pulmonary edema, and the rate of rearrest...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Marie-Sophie Grave, Fritz Sterz, Alexander Nürnberger, Stergios Fykatas, Mathias Gatterbauer, Albert Friedrich Stättermayer, Andreas Zajicek, Reinhard Malzer, Dieter Sebald, Raphael van Tulder
We investigated feasibility and safety of the RhinoChill (RC) transnasal cooling system initiated before achieving a protected airway during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a prehospital setting.In out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), transnasal evaporative cooling was initiated during CPR, before a protected airway was established and continued until either the patient was declared dead, standard institutional systemic cooling methods were implemented or cooling supply was empty. Patients were monitored throughout the hypothermia period until either death or hospital discharge...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Joseph H Kahn, Brendan G Magauran, Jonathan S Olshaker, Kalpana N Shankar
The number of geriatric visits to United States emergency departments continues to rise. This article reviews demographics, statistics, and future projections in geriatric emergency medicine. Included are discussions of US health care spending, geriatric emergency departments, prehospital care, frailty of geriatric patients, delirium, geriatric trauma, geriatric screening and prediction tools, medication safety, long-term care, and palliative care.
August 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Gunjan Kamdar Tiyyagura, Marcie Gawel, Aimee Alphonso, Jeannette Koziel, Kyle Bilodeau, Kirsten Bechtel
BACKGROUND: Prehospital care providers are in a unique position to provide initial unadulterated information about the scene where a child is abusively injured or neglected. However, they receive minimal training with respect to detection of Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) and make few reports of suspected CAN to child protective services. AIMS: To explore barriers and facilitators to the recognition and reporting of CAN by prehospital care providers. DESIGN/METHODS: Twenty-eight prehospital care providers participated in a simulated case of infant abusive head trauma prior to participating in one-on-one semi-structured qualitative debriefs...
July 19, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Lorin R Browne, Manish I Shah, Jonathan R Studnek, Daniel G Ostermayer, Stacy Reynolds, Clare E Guse, David C Brousseau, E Brooke Lerner
BACKGROUND: The National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians' (NAEMSP) Position Statement on Prehospital Pain Management and the joint National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Evidence-based Guideline for Prehospital Analgesia in Trauma aim to improve the recognition, assessment, and treatment of prehospital pain. The impact of implementation of these guidelines on pain management in children by emergency medical services (EMS) agencies has not been assessed...
July 13, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Alan A Garner, Anna Lee, Andrew Weatherall, Mary Langcake, Zsolt J Balogh
BACKGROUND: Severely injured children may have better outcomes when transported directly to a Paediatric Trauma Centre (PTC). A case identification system using the crew of a physician staffed helicopter emergency medical service (P-HEMS) that identified severely injured children for P-HEMS dispatch was previously associated with high rates of direct transfer. It was theorised that discontinuation of this system may have resulted in deterioration of system performance. METHODS: Severe paediatric trauma cases were identified from a state based trauma registry over two time periods...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Mireia Llaurado-Serra, Marta Ulldemolins, Joan Fernandez-Ballart, Rosa Guell-Baro, Teresa Valentí-Trulls, Neus Calpe-Damians, Angels Piñol-Tena, Mercedes Pi-Guerrero, Cristina Paños-Espinosa, Alberto Sandiumenge, María F Jimenez-Herrera
BACKGROUND: Semi-recumbent position is recommended to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia. Its implementation, however, is below optimal. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess real semi-recumbent position compliance and the degree of head-of-bed elevation in Spanish intensive care units, along with factors determining compliance and head-of-bed elevation and their relationship with the development of pressure ulcers. Finally, we investigated the impact that might have the diagnosis of pressure ulcers in the attitude toward head-of-bed elevation...
September 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Kevin High, Jeremy Brywczynski, Oscar Guillamondegui
OBJECTIVE: The use of thoracostomy to treat tension pneumothorax is a core skill for prehospital providers. Tension pneumothoraces are potentially lethal and are often encountered in the prehospital environment. METHODS: The authors reviewed the prehospital electronic medical records of patients who had undergone finger thoracostomy (FT) or tube thoracostomy (TT) while under the care of air medical crewmembers. Demographic data were obtained along with survival and complications...
July 2016: Air Medical Journal
Elisa Mojica, Estibaliz Izarzugaza, Maria Gonzalez, Eider Astobiza, Javier Benito, Santiago Mintegi
OBJECTIVE: To develop a risk map in a paediatric ED of a tertiary teaching hospital, combining proactive and reactive strategies. METHODS: Between June and December 2013, a multidisciplinary committee in a paediatric Emergency Department (ED) in Bilbao (Basque Country of Spain) mapped the patient's journey and identified potential risks to patients (proactive strategy). The researchers also analysed incidents reported by professionals and caregivers (mainly parents) in the paediatric ED from November 2004-December 2013 (reactive strategies)...
October 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Christian Hohenstein, Thomas Fleischmann, Peter Rupp, Dorothea Hempel, Sophia Wilk, Johannes Winning
BACKGROUND: Communication failure in prehospital emergency medicine can affect patient safety as it does in other areas of medicine as well. We analyzed the database of the critical incident reporting system for prehospital emergency medicine in Germany retrospectively regarding communication errors. METHODS: Experts of prehospital emergency medicine and risk management screened the database for verbal communication failure, non-verbal communication failure and missing communication at all...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
U Schweigkofler, B Wohlrath, T Paffrath, S Flohé, D Wincheringer, R Hoffmann, H Trentzsch
Severe brain, thoracic and intrapelvic injuries, as well as heavy bleeding, are the main causes of death in patients with major trauma. Unstable pelvic ring fractures can cause this bleeding and the so-called "C problem". This is usually due to haemorrhagic shock caused by the loss of large volumes of blood from the presacral venous plexus, iliac vessels and the fracture surfaces. Many clinical studies have shown that, in the preclinical setting, unstable pelvic ring injuries are often underestimated. The application of a non-invasive external pelvic ring stabilisation (pelvic binder) is therefore recommended if a pelvic fracture is possible...
June 13, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
Branka Maldini, Iljaz Hodžović, Tatjana Goranović, Jasna Mesarić
Despite the lack of uniformity and the need of further investigation, video laryngoscopy continues to gain popularity both inside and outside the operating room. It has quickly become a first line strategy for potential and/or encountered difficult intubation. It is well established that video laryngoscope improves laryngeal view as compared with direct laryngoscopy in patients with suspected difficult intubation and simulated difficult airway scenarios. For novices and experienced anesthesiologists alike, video laryngoscopy is easy to use and the skills involved are easy to master...
March 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
Matthew Hansen, Garth Meckler, Kerth OʼBrien, Phillip Engle, Caitlin Dickinson, Kathryn Dickinson, Jonathan Jui, William Lambert, Erika Cottrell, Jeanne-Marie Guise
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine what aspects of prehospital pediatric airway management may contribute to patient safety events. METHODS: We conducted a 3-phase Delphi survey in prehospital professionals across the United States to identify potential contributors to patient safety events. Respondents ranked how likely factors were to contribute on a 9-point Likert-type scale and were allowed to elaborate through open-ended questions. Analysis was conducted using a mixed-methods approach, including Likert-type responses and open-ended questions which were analyzed for specific themes...
September 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Michelle H Scerbo, Jacob P Mumm, Keith Gates, Joseph D Love, Charles E Wade, John B Holcomb, Bryan A Cotton
BACKGROUND: The United States military considers tourniquets to be effective for controlling bleeding from major limb trauma. The purpose of this study was to assess whether tourniquets are safely applied to the appropriate civilian patient with major limb trauma of any etiology. METHODS: Following IRB approval, patients arriving to a level-1 trauma center between October 2008 and May 2013 with a prehospital (PH) or emergency department (ED) tourniquet were reviewed...
May 31, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Audra L Taylor, Jason B Corley
The Army Blood Program (ABP) is charged with the responsibility of supporting the Warfighter on the battlefield, in addition to meeting garrison hospital blood requirements on a daily basis. Blood support concepts developed in response to Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom combat operations are the cornerstone to maintaining current capabilities and shaping future endeavors.. The ABP is actively engaged with research, advanced development of blood products and medical technology to improve blood safety and efficacy for both our conventional and operational forces...
April 2016: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
Laura C Gioia, Rahel T Zewude, Mahesh P Kate, Kim Liss, Brian H Rowe, Brian Buck, Thomas Jeerakathil, Ken Butcher
OBJECTIVE: To assess the natural history of prehospital blood pressure (BP) during emergency medical services (EMS) transport of suspected stroke and determine whether prehospital BP differs among types of patients with suspected stroke (ischemic stroke, TIA, intracerebral hemorrhage [ICH], or stroke mimic). METHODS: A retrospective, cross-sectional, observational analysis of a centralized EMS database containing electronic records of patients transported by EMS to the emergency department (ED) with suspected stroke during an 18-month period was conducted...
June 7, 2016: Neurology
Laetitia Yperzeele, Robbert-Jan van Hooff, Ann De Smedt, Guy Nagels, Ives Hubloue, Jacques De Keyser, Raf Brouns
BACKGROUND: Heart rate variability (HRV) is a parameter of autonomic nervous system function. A decrease of HRV has been associated with disease severity, risk of complications and prognosis in several conditions. OBJECTIVE: We aim to investigate the feasibility and the reliability of in-ambulance HRV registration during emergency interventions, and to evaluate the association between prehospital HRV parameters, patient characteristics, vital parameters and short-term outcome...
2016: PloS One
Patrick Goldstein, Niccolò Grieco, Hüseyin Ince, Nicolas Danchin, Yvonne Ramos, Jochen Goedicke, Peter Clemmensen
AIM: MULTIPRAC was designed to provide insights into the use and outcomes associated with prehospital initiation of antiplatelet therapy with either prasugrel or clopidogrel in the context of primary percutaneous coronary intervention. After a previous report on efficacy and safety outcomes during hospitalization, we report here the 1-year follow-up data, including cardiovascular (CV) mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: MULTIPRAC is a multinational, prospective registry of patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) from 25 hospitals in nine countries, all of which had an established practice of prehospital start of dual antiplatelet therapy in place...
2016: Vascular Health and Risk Management
Jon B Cole, Johanna C Moore, Paul C Nystrom, Benjamin S Orozco, Samuel J Stellpflug, Rebecca L Kornas, Brandon J Fryza, Lila W Steinberg, Alex O'Brien-Lambert, Peter Bache-Wiig, Kristin M Engebretsen, Jeffrey D Ho
CONTEXT: Ketamine is an emerging drug for the treatment of acute undifferentiated agitation in the prehospital environment, however no prospective comparative studies have evaluated its effectiveness or safety in this clinical setting. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized 5 mg/kg of intramuscular ketamine would be superior to 10 mg of intramuscular haloperidol for severe prehospital agitation, with time to adequate sedation as the primary outcome measure. METHODS: This was a prospective open label study of all patients in an urban EMS system requiring chemical sedation for severe acute undifferentiated agitation that were subsequently transported to the EMS system's primary Emergency Department...
August 2016: Clinical Toxicology
Johann Lebon, Francis Fournier, François Bégin, Denise Hebert, Richard Fleet, Guilaume Foldes-Busque, Alain Tanguay
OBJECTIVE: To determine the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of the subcutaneous route of fentanyl administration by Basic Life Support-Emergency Medical Technicians (BLS-EMT) in a rural and suburban region, with the support of an online pain management medical control center. METHODS: Retrospective study of patients who received subcutaneous fentanyl and were transported by BLS-EMT to the emergency department (ED) of an academic hospital between July 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014, inclusively...
September 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
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