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Nicholas Kluesner
She had arrived from home via ambulance for back pain in the middle of the night; elderly patients with back pain are always cases that concern me - nothing chronic seems amenable to satisfying treatment and nothing acute ends well. The paramedics' report was clear: she was the acute type. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
November 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149802/associations-of-short-term-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollutants-with-emergency-ambulance-calls-for-the-exacerbation-of-essential-arterial-hypertension
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Jone Vencloviene, Agne Braziene, Audrius Dedele, Kristina Lopatiene, Paulius Dobozinskas
We investigated the association between daily emergency ambulance calls (EAC) for elevated blood pressure that occurred during the time intervals of 8:00-13:59, 14:00-21:59, and 22:00-7:59, and exposure to CO, PM10, and ozone. We used Poisson regression to explore the association between the risk of EAC and short-term variation of pollutants, adjusting for seasonality and weather variables. Before noon, the risk was associated with an interquartile range (IQR) (7.9 μg/m(3)) increase in PM10 at lag 2-4 days below the median (RR = 1...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149432/ebola-in-the-netherlands-2014-2015-costs-of-preparedness-and-response
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Anita W M Suijkerbuijk, Corien M Swaan, Marie-Josee J Mangen, Johan J Polder, Aura Timen, Wilhelmina L M Ruijs
The recent epidemic of Ebola virus disease (EVD) resulted in countries worldwide to prepare for the possibility of having an EVD patient. In this study, we estimate the costs of Ebola preparedness and response borne by the Dutch health system. An activity-based costing method was used, in which the cost of staff time spent in preparedness and response activities was calculated based on a time-recording system and interviews with key professionals at the healthcare organizations involved. In addition, the organizations provided cost information on patient days of hospitalization, laboratory tests, personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as the additional cleaning and disinfection required...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148174/prehospital-transfusion-of-red-cell-concentrates-in-a-paramedic-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Stefan Heschl, Emily Andrew, Anthony de Wit, Stephen Bernard, Marcus Kennedy, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: The optimal volume and type of intravenous fluid for the treatment of blood loss in the prehospital setting is controversial. The use of red cell concentrates (RCCs) may be associated with improved outcomes; however, the administration of blood products is limited to physicians in many jurisdictions. We sought to describe the characteristics of RCC transfusions in a paramedic-staffed helicopter emergency medical system in Victoria, Australia. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all cases where paramedics consulted the responsible physician for approval of RCC transfusion between July 2011 and December 2015 in Victoria, Australia...
November 17, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147167/validation-of-the-risk-score-of-the-mortality-and-lower-limb-loss-considering-ambulatory-status-after-surgical-revascularization-in-maintaining-patients-with-dialysis
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Haruto Yamazaki, Hisae Hayashi, Morio Kawamura, Ayana Sasaki, Eriko Kondo, Shinya Ito, Kenji Wakai
Surgical revascularization is performed to preserve limb and to maintain functional status of patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). The PREVENT III risk score helps to predict the postoperative course of CLI. However, this score is not available to estimate the risk of amputation or death properly in patients with hemodialysis (HD) and tissue loss (HD: 4 points, Tissue loss: 3 points), because they are classified as a high-risk group. Therefore, we investigated 213 patients with revascularized HD for CLI and proposed prognosis amputation or death for patients with HD risk score (PAD for HD risk score)...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146493/predicting-rosc-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-using-expiratory-carbon-dioxide-concentration-is-trend-detection-instead-of-absolute-threshold-values-the-key
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Peter Brinkrolf, Matthias Borowski, Camilla Metelmann, Roman-Patrik Lukas, Laura Pidde-Küllenberg, Andreas Bohn
AIM: Guidelines recommend detecting return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) by a rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the exhalation air. As CO2 is influenced by numerous factors, no absolute cut-off values of CO2 to detect ROSC are agreed on so far. As trends in CO2 might be less affected by influencing factors, we investigated an approach which is based on detecting CO2-trends in real-time. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case-control study on 169 CO2 time series from out of hospital cardiac arrests resuscitated by Muenster City Ambulance-Service, Germany...
November 13, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143313/polyglucosan-myopathy-and-functional-characterization-of-a-novel-gyg1-mutation
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C Hedberg-Oldfors, A Mensch, K Visuttijai, G Stoltenburg, D Stoevesandt, T Kraya, A Oldfors, S Zierz
OBJECTIVES: Disorders of glycogen metabolism include rare hereditary muscle glycogen storage diseases with polyglucosan, which are characterized by storage of abnormally structured glycogen in muscle in addition to exercise intolerance or muscle weakness. In this study, we investigated the etiology and pathogenesis of a late-onset myopathy associated with glycogenin-1 deficiency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A family with two affected siblings, 64- and 66-year-olds, was studied...
November 15, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142488/usefulness-of-a-nonsuture-closure-device-in-patients-undergoing-diagnostic-coronary-and-peripheral-angiography
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John T Owens, Shaun Bhatty, Robert J Donovan, Andrea Tordini, Peter Danyi, Kalpesh Patel, Jacob A Wegelin, Ion S Jovin
Vascular access site complications can follow diagnostic coronary and peripheral angiography. We compared the complication rates of the Catalyst vascular closure device, with the complication rates after manual compression in patients undergoing diagnostic angiographic procedures via femoral access. We studied 1,470 predominantly male patients undergoing diagnostic coronary and peripheral angiography. Catalyst closure devices were used in 436 (29.7%) patients and manual compression was used in 1,034 (70.3%) patients...
December 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142380/epidemiological-study-of-patients-of-road-traffic-injuries-attending-emergency-department-of-a-trauma-center-in-new-delhi
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Puneet Misra, Anindo Majumdar, Mahesh Chandra Misra, Shashi Kant, Sanjeev Kumar Gupta, Amit Gupta, Subodh Kumar
Background and Aims: There is paucity of data regarding some of the lesser known contextual and epidemiological factors with respect to road traffic injuries (RTIs). The objective was to study the epidemiological profile of RTI victims attending an emergency department of a tertiary care trauma center. Methods: The present study was a hospital-based cross-sectional study conducted in the emergency department of a tertiary care trauma center in New Delhi. All patients of RTI attending the emergency department during the designated data collection days were included in the study...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141907/emergency-versus-standard-response-time-efficacy-of-london-s-air-ambulance-rapid-response-vehicle
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Marius Rehn, Gareth Davies, Paul Smith, David Lockey
OBJECTIVE: The potential increased risk of an emergency response using a rapid response vehicle (RRV) should only be accepted when it allows a clinically significant time saving for management of patients who are critically injured or sick. Air ambulance services often use an RRV to maintain operational resilience. We compared the RRV response time on emergency versus standard driving to inform emergency services of time efficacy of emergency response in an urban environment. METHODS: Prospective observational controlled study of response data of emergency and standard driving...
November 15, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141175/sudden-cardiac-arrest-during-participation-in-competitive-sports
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Cameron H Landry, Katherine S Allan, Kim A Connelly, Kris Cunningham, Laurie J Morrison, Paul Dorian
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sudden cardiac arrest during participation in sports activities remains unknown. Preparticipation screening programs aimed at preventing sudden cardiac arrest during sports activities are thought to be able to identify at-risk athletes; however, the efficacy of these programs remains controversial. We sought to identify all sudden cardiac arrests that occurred during participation in sports activities within a specific region of Canada and to determine their causes...
November 16, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140959/comparison-of-continuous-proximal-versus-distal-adductor-canal-blocks-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-randomized-double-blind-noninferiority-trial
#12
Adam W Meier, David B Auyong, Stanley C Yuan, Shin-E Lin, James M Flaherty, Neil A Hanson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Adductor canal blocks (ACBs) are associated with improved analgesia, preserved quadriceps strength, and decreased length of hospitalization after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, controversy remains regarding the ideal location of a continuous block within the adductor canal, and it remains unclear whether similar clinical benefits are obtained irrespective of block location. In this randomized, double-blind, noninferiority study, we hypothesized that a continuous proximal ACB provides postoperative analgesia that is no worse than a continuous distal ACB...
November 14, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140840/high-voltage-electrical-stimulation-versus-ultrasound-in-the-treatment-of-pressure-ulcers
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Pinar Bora Karsli, Eda Gurcay, Ozgur Zeliha Karaahmet, Aytul Cakci
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess and compare the efficacy of high-voltage electrical stimulation (HVES) with ultrasound (US) in treating Stage II through Stage IV pressure ulcers (PrUs)* of hospitalized patients. DESIGN: This study was designed as a prospective, controlled trial in which patients were randomly assigned to 2 groups. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTINGS: A total of 27 patients (22 male, 5 female) hospitalized for neurologic rehabilitation in the Clinic of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with Stage II through Stage IV PrUs were included in this study...
December 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140748/paramedic-initiated-home-care-referrals-and-use-of-home-care-and-emergency-medical-services
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Amol A Verma, John Klich, Adam Thurston, Jordan Scantlebury, Alex Kiss, Gayle Seddon, Samir K Sinha
OBJECTIVE: We examined the association between paramedic-initiated home care referrals and utilization of home care, 9-1-1, and Emergency Department (ED) services. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of individuals who received a paramedic-initiated home care referral after a 9-1-1 call between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Home care, 9-1-1, and ED utilization were compared in the 6 months before and after home care referral...
November 15, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138043/non-traumatic-limping-in-paediatric-emergencies-epidemiology-evaluation-and-results
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M I Lázaro Carreño, R Fraile Currius, A García Clemente
INTRODUCTION: Non-traumatic limping is a common reason for consultation in paediatric emergencies. Although transient synovitis of the hip (TS) is the most frequent diagnosis, there are cases of limping secondary to serious pathologies. The aim of this review is to describe the variables related to non-traumatic limp that come to the paediatric emergency department to establish the best management protocol, making the most of resources and speeding up emergency care. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A prospective study was conducted, selecting all children less than 15 years old who consulted aspaediatric emergencies for non-traumatic limping during the 2014...
November 11, 2017: Revista Española de Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135475/using-activity-trackers-to-quantify-postpartum-ambulation-a-prospective-observational-study-of-ambulation-after-regional-anesthesia-and-analgesia-interventions
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Julia Ma, Rachel Martin, Bokman Chan, Michael Gofeld, Michael P Geary, John G Laffey, Faraj W Abdallah
BACKGROUND: Early postoperative ambulation is associated with enhanced functional recovery, particularly in the postpartum population, but ambulation questionnaires are limited by recall bias. This observational study aims to objectively quantify ambulation after neuraxial anesthesia and analgesia for cesarean delivery and vaginal delivery, respectively, by using activity tracker technology. The hypothesis was that vaginal delivery is associated with greater ambulation during the first 24 h postdelivery, compared to cesarean delivery...
November 14, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132918/the-first-in-human-experience-with-a-minimally-invasive-ambulatory-counterpulsation-heart-assist-system-for-advanced-congestive-heart-failure
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Valluvan Jeevanandam, Tae Song, David Onsager, Takeyoshi Ota, Colleen Juricek LaBuhn, Thomas Lammy, Gabriel Sayer, Gene Kim, Sonna Patel-Raman, Nir Uriel
BACKGROUND: The intravascular ventricular assist system (iVAS) is a new, minimally invasive, ambulatory counterpulsation heart assist system delivered via the subclavian artery and powered by a portable driver. It is designed for recovery, bridge to transplantation (BTT) or for prolonging medical therapy. We report the first-in-human (FIH) experience with iVAS. METHODS: This is a prospective, non-randomized single arm, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved early feasibility trial in patients listed for cardiac transplantation...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132593/the-impact-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-night-operations-in-south-east-england
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Leigh Curtis, Mark Salmon, Richard M Lyon
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to assess the impact of a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) capable of night operations. METHODS: This is a retrospective case review of all night HEMS missions attended by a charity air ambulance service in South East England over a 2-year period (October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2015). RESULTS: During the 2-year trial period, the HEMS service undertook a total of 5,004 missions and attended to 3,728 patients...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132455/going-beyond-the-9-1-1-call-what-bc-emergency-health-services-is-doing-to-improve-timely-access-to-emergency-care
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Kerry Campbell, Jessica Jaiven, Kimberly Banfield, Corinne Begg, Janice Butler, Leanne Thain
British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) uses an internationally recognized Medical Priority Dispatch System to assign appropriate responses to 9-1-1 calls based on patients' clinical acuity. In 2015, 71% of Omega calls (classified as calls involving low acuity injuries) were assigned an ambulance. To better meet patients' needs, BCEHS collaborated with HealthLink BC's Nursing Services (HLBC NS) to audit over 2,000 calls. Based on the results, three Plan, Do, Study, Act (PDSA) cycles were implemented, yielding a 35% decrease in ambulances assigned and a 173% increase in referrals to HLBC NS to provide more suitable support...
2017: Healthcare Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132254/reverse-flow-intrinsic-fasciocutaneous-island-flaps-in-foot-reconstruction
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Sujin Bahk, GyeongHyeon Doh, Ki Yong Hong, SooA Lim, SuRak Eo
Reconstruction of soft tissue defects in the foot remains a challenge due to its specialized tissue for weightbearing and ambulation. Considering the principle of replacing "like with like," adjacent soft tissues would be a best option for a donor site. Although several kinds of reverse-flow island flaps for the lower leg have been well described, intrinsic foot reverse flow flaps have been rarely reported. We describe 3 kinds of reverse-flow intrinsic fasciocutaneous flaps (RIFFs) for foot reconstruction. From September 2012 to August 2015, a retrospective study was done on case notes of all patients who had a RIFF for coverage of soft tissue defects within the foot following trauma or tumor ablation...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
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