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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29894440/psychometric-analysis-of-a-survey-on-patient-safety-culture-based-tool-for-emergency-medical-services
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Remle P Crowe, Rebecca E Cash, Alex Christgen, Tina Hilmas, Lee Varner, Amy Vogelsmeier, William S Gilmore, Ashish R Panchal
OBJECTIVE: Evaluating organizational safety culture is critical for high-stress, high-risk professions such as prehospital emergency medical services (EMS). The aim of the study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of a safety culture instrument for EMS, based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's widely used Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (SOPS). METHODS: The final EMS-adapted instrument consisted of 37 items covering 11 safety culture domains including 10 domains from existing SOPS instruments and one new domain for communication while en route to an emergency call...
June 11, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29849385/inhaled-loxapine-for-the-treatment-of-psychiatric-agitation-in-the-prehospital-setting-a-case-series
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Armando Cester-Martínez, José A Cortés-Ramas, Diego Borraz-Clares, Marta Pellicer-Gayarre
Rapid and effective control of agitated patients is crucial for ensuring their safety and proper management. We present a case series of 12 agitated psychiatric patients who were suitable for treatment with inhaled loxapine in the prehospital emergency setting. Two refused its administration and two required additional treatment. Loxapine was effective within 2-10 minutes, with no adverse effects or sedation. In our experience the use of inhaled loxapine enabled rapid and non-coercive control of agitation in most psychiatric patients, allowing us to avoid mechanical restraint and injectable drugs, and facilitating the transportation and transfer of the patients...
November 2017: Clinical practice and cases in emergency medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29794121/prehospital-emergency-anaesthesia-an-updated-survey-of-uk-practice-with-emphasis-on-the-role-of-standardisation-and-checklists
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Mark R Burgess, Kate Crewdson, David J Lockey, Zane B Perkins
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital emergency anaesthesia (PHEA or 'prehospital rapid sequence intubation') is a high-risk procedure. Standard operating procedures (SOPs) and checklists within healthcare systems have been demonstrated to reduce human error and improve patient safety. We aimed to describe the current practice of PHEA in the UK, determine the use of checklists for PHEA and describe the content, format and layout of any such checklists currently used in the UK. METHOD: A survey of UK prehospital teams was conducted to establish the incidence and conduct of PHEA practice...
May 24, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775117/intravenous-low-dose-ketamine-provides-greater-pain-control-compared-to-fentanyl-in-a-civilian-prehospital-trauma-system-a-propensity-matched-analysis
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E Stein Bronsky, Catherine Koola, Alessandro Orlando, Diane Redmond, Cecile D'Huyvetter, Heather Sieracki, Allen Tanner, Ray Fowler, Charles Mains, David Bar-Or
OBJECTIVE: A few studies report comparable analgesic efficacy between low-dose ketamine and opioids such as morphine or fentanyl; however, limited research has explored the safety and effectiveness of intravenous low-dose ketamine as a primary analgesic in a civilian prehospital setting. The objective of this study is to compare pain control between low-dose ketamine and fentanyl when administered intravenously (IV) for the indication of severe pain. METHODS: This was a retrospective, observational review of prehospital adult patients (≥18 years) who presented with severe pain (numeric rating scale, 7-10) and were treated solely with either low-dose ketamine IV or fentanyl IV between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016...
May 18, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29728411/prehospital-haemostatic-dressings-for-trauma-a-systematic-review
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Adam J Boulton, Christopher T Lewis, David N Naumann, Mark J Midwinter
BACKGROUND: Haemorrhage is a major cause of mortality and morbidity following both military and civilian trauma. Haemostatic dressings may offer effective haemorrhage control as part of prehospital treatment. AIM: To conduct a systematic review of the clinical literature to assess the prehospital use of haemostatic dressings in controlling traumatic haemorrhage, and determine whether any haemostatic dressings are clinically superior. METHODS: MEDLINE and EMBASE databases were searched using predetermined criteria...
May 4, 2018: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29716637/is-intravenously-administered-subdissociative-dose-ketamine-non-inferior-to-morphine-for-prehospital-analgesia-the-ketamorph-study-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Clément Le Cornec, Said Lariby, Vivien Brenckmann, Jean Benoit Hardouin, Claude Ecoffey, Marion Le Pottier, Philippe Fradin, Hélène Broch, Amine Kabbaj, Yannick Auffret, Florence Deciron, Céline Longo, François Javaudin, Quentin Le Bastard, Joël Jenvrin, Emmanuel Montassier
BACKGROUND: Acute pain is a common condition among prehospital patients and prompt management is pivotal. Opioids are the most frequently analgesics used in the prehospital setting. However, opioids are highly addictive, and some patients may develop opioid dependence, even when they are exposed to brief opioid treatments. Therefore, alternative non-opioid analgesia should be developed to manage pain in the prehospital setting. Used at subdissociative doses, ketamine, a noncompetitive N-methyl-D-aspartate and glutamate receptor antagonist, provides analgesic effects accompanied by preservation of protective airway reflexes...
May 2, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29693490/fatal-wounding-pattern-and-causes-of-potentially-preventable-death-following-the-pulse-night-club-shooting-event
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E Reed Smith, Geoff Shapiro, Babak Sarani
BACKGROUND: Mortality following shooting is related to time to provision of initial and definitive care. An understanding of the wounding pattern, opportunities for rescue, and incidence of possibly preventable death is needed to achieve the goal of zero preventable deaths following trauma. METHODS: A retrospective study of autopsy reports for all victims involved in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting was performed. The site of injury, probable site of fatal injury, and presence of potentially survivable injury (defined as survival if prehospital care is provided within 10 minutes and trauma center care within 60 minutes of injury) was determined independently by each author...
April 25, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684433/oxygen-titration-after-resuscitation-from-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-multi-centre-randomised-controlled-pilot-study-the-exact-pilot-trial
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Janet E Bray, Cindy Hein, Karen Smith, Michael Stephenson, Hugh Grantham, Judith Finn, Dion Stub, Peter Cameron, Stephen Bernard
INTRODUCTION: Recent studies suggest the administration of 100% oxygen to hyperoxic levels following return-of-spontaneous-circulation (ROSC) post-cardiac arrest may be harmful. However, the feasibility and safety of oxygen titration in the prehospital setting is unknown. We conducted a multi-centre, phase-2 study testing whether prehospital titration of oxygen results in an equivalent number of patients arriving at hospital with oxygen saturations SpO2 ≥ 94%. METHODS: We enrolled unconscious adults with: sustained ROSC; initial shockable rhythm; an advanced airway; and an SpO2 ≥ 95%...
April 21, 2018: Resuscitation
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...
December 0: 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
#13
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
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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...
April 2018: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29384586/emergency-patient-handoffs-identifying-essential-elements-and-developing-an-evidence-based-training-tool
#16
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
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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
#18
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
#20
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
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