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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228473/violence-related-ambulance-call-outs-in-the-north-west-of-england-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-nature-extent-and-relationships-to-temporal-celebratory-and-sporting-events
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Zara Quigg, Ciara McGee, Karen Hughes, Simon Russell, Mark A Bellis
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the potential of ambulance call-out data in understanding violence to inform about prevention activity. METHOD: This cross-sectional (2013-2015) study examined the nature, extent and characteristics of violence-related ambulance call-outs (n=15 687) across North West England and relationships with temporal, celebratory and sporting events. RESULTS: The majority of call-outs were for men, with a mean age of 33 years...
February 21, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228314/pre-hospital-acute-coronary-syndrome-care-in-kerala-india-a-qualitative-analysis
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Amisha Patel, P P Mohanan, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Mark D Huffman
OBJECTIVE: Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of death in India. Many of these deaths are due to acute coronary syndromes (ACS), which require prompt symptom recognition, care-seeking behavior, and transport to a treatment facility in the critical pre-hospital period. In India, little is known about pre-hospital management of individuals with ACS. We aim to understand the facilitators, barriers, and context of optimal pre-hospital ACS care to provide opportunities to reduce pre-hospital delays and improve acute cardiovascular care...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228178/the-state-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-systems-in-africa
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Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, Julia M Dixon, Nana Sefa, Arthur Yancey, Bonaventure G Hollong, Mohamed Hagahmed, Adit A Ginde, Lee A Wallis
: Introduction Little is known about the existence, distribution, and characteristics of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems in Africa, or the corresponding epidemiology of prehospital illness and injury. METHODS: A survey was conducted between 2013 and 2014 by distributing a detailed EMS system questionnaire to experts in paper and electronic versions. The questionnaire ascertained EMS systems' jurisdiction, operations, finance, clinical care, resources, and regulatory environment...
February 23, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224347/emergency-medical-service-systems-in-sri-lanka-problems-of-the-past-challenges-of-the-future
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Kelum Wimalaratne, Jeong Il Lee, Kang Hyun Lee, Hee Young Lee, Jung Hun Lee, In Hye Kang
INTRODUCTION: The concept of emergency medical services (EMS) is new to Sri Lanka. This article describes the development, delivery, and future ideas for EMS in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka also faces frequent natural hazards that justify the establishment of an EMS service. METHODOLOGY: Data and information regarding emergency medical care in Sri Lanka were collected and reviewed from resources including websites and research papers. RESULTS: Currently, there are no qualified emergency medical physicians in Sri Lanka...
December 2017: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222471/telemedizin-potenziale-in-der-notfallmedizin
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Jörg C Brokmann, Marc Felzen, Stefan K Beckers, Michael Czaplik, Frederik Hirsch, Sebastian Bergrath, Rolf Rossaint
The telemedical support and networking between health personnel and medical specialists increases the quality of supply also in the prehospital emergency care. Till now only for some tracer diagnosis specifically designed telemedical services were used. However, now a unique holistic telemedicine system, which can be used for the whole emergency spectrum as a supplementary feature has been developed. It can be used for the whole prehospital emergency care. The needfulness and meaningfulness of telemedicine as well as the important structural characteristics in prehospital emergency care are pictured...
February 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217595/impact-of-pre-hospital-care-on-the-outcome-of-children-arriving-with-agonal-breathing-to-a-pediatric-emergency-service-in-south-india
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Debasis Das Adhikari, Krishna Mahathi, Urmi Ghosh, Indira Agarwal, Anila Chacko, Ebor Jacob, Kala Ebenezer
BACKGROUND: Data on the prehospital interventions received by critically ill children at arrival to Paediatric Emergency Services (PES) is limited in developing countries. This study aims to describe the pre-hospital care scenario, transport and their impact on outcome in non-traumatic, acutely ill children presenting in PES with agonal breathing. METHODS: Prospective observational study done on children aged below 15 years arriving in PES with agonal breathing due to non-trauma related causes...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209195/qualitative-exploration-of-why-people-repeatedly-attend-emergency-departments-for-alcohol-related-reasons
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Tom Parkman, Joanne Neale, Ed Day, Colin Drummond
BACKGROUND: Understanding why people repeatedly attend Emergency Departments (EDs) for alcohol-related reasons is an important prerequisite to identifying ways of reducing any unnecessary demands on hospital resources. We use Andersen's Behavioural Model of Health Services Use to explore factors that contributed to repeat ED attendances. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 30 people who repeatedly attended EDs for alcohol-related reasons (≥10 attendances in the past 12 months)...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198329/show-me-where-it-hurts
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Elaine Cole
A tool created by a school nurse to enable children with communication difficulties to express pain and discomfort has been developed into an app that is being used in special schools and hospitals across Wales. Though developed for children, the Show Me Where app has also been picked up by pain management teams as an aid to the care of non-verbal adults, with the Welsh Ambulance Service trialling the tool through its ambulance crews and first responders.
February 15, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193297/pre-hospital-transfusion-of-packed-red-blood-cells-in-147-patients-from-a-uk-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Richard M Lyon, Eleanor de Sausmarez, Emily McWhirter, Gary Wareham, Magnus Nelson, Ashley Matthies, Anthony Hudson, Leigh Curtis, Malcolm Q Russell
BACKGROUND: Early transfusion of packed red blood cells (PRBC) has been associated with improved survival in patients with haemorrhagic shock. This study aims to describe the characteristics of patients receiving pre-hospital blood transfusion and evaluate their subsequent need for in-hospital transfusion and surgery. METHODS: The decision to administer a pre-hospital PRBC transfusion was based on clinical judgment. All patients transfused pre-hospital PRBC between February 2013 and December 2014 were included...
February 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190410/the-effect-of-older-age-on-ems-use-for-transportation-to-an-emergency-department
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Courtney M C Jones, Erin B Wasserman, Timmy Li, Ashley Amidon, Marissa Abbott, Manish N Shah
: Introduction Previous studies have found that older adults are more likely to use Emergency Medical Services (EMS) than younger adults, but the reasons for this remain understudied. Hypothesis/Problem This study aimed to determine if older age is associated with using EMS for transportation to an emergency department (ED) after controlling for confounding variables. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey study was conducted at a large academic medical center. Data on previous medical history, chief complaint, self-perceived illness severity, demographic information, and mode of arrival to the ED were collected on all subjects...
February 13, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186950/qualitative-study-of-paramedics-experiences-of-managing-seizures-a-national-perspective-from-england
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Adam J Noble, Darlene Snape, Steve Goodacre, Mike Jackson, Frances C Sherratt, Mike Pearson, Anthony Marson
OBJECTIVES: The UK ambulance service is expected to now manage more patients in the community and avoid unnecessary transportations to hospital emergency departments (ED). Most people it attends who have experienced seizures have established epilepsy, have experienced uncomplicated seizures and so do not require the full facilities of an ED. Despite this, most are transported there. To understand why, we explored paramedics' experiences of managing seizures. DESIGN AND SETTING: Semistructured interviews were conducted with a purposive sample of paramedics from the English ambulance service...
November 9, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183742/preventable-injury-deaths-identifying-opportunities-to-improve-timeliness-and-reach-of-emergency-healthcare-services-in-new-zealand
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Rebbecca Lilley, Bridget Kool, Gabrielle Davie, Brandon de Graaf, Shanthi N Ameratunga, Pararangi Reid, Ian Civil, Bridget Dicker, Charles C Branas
BACKGROUND: Traumatic injury is a leading cause of premature death and health loss in New Zealand. Outcomes following injury are very time sensitive, and timely access of critically injured patients to advanced hospital trauma care services can improve injury survival. OBJECTIVE: This cross-sectional study will investigate the epidemiology and geographic location of prehospital fatal injury deaths in relation to access to prehospital emergency services for the first time in New Zealand...
February 9, 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180097/interhospital-transport-system-for-critically-ill-patients-mobile-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-without-a-ventilator
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Hye Ju Yeo, Woo Hyun Cho, Jong Myung Park, Dohyung Kim
BACKGROUND: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been successfully used as a method for the interhospital transportation of critically ill patients. In South Korea, a well-established ECMO interhospital transport system is lacking due to limited resources. We developed a simplified ECMO transport system without mechanical ventilation for use by public emergency medical services. METHODS: Eighteen patients utilized our ECMO transport system from December 2011 to September 2015...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171806/bedside-rop-screening-and-telemedicine-interpretation-integrated-to-a-neonatal-transport-system-economic-aspects-and-return-on-investment-analysis
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Gábor Kovács, Zsolt Somogyvári, Erika Maka, László Nagyjánosi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Peter Cerny Ambulance Service - Premature Eye Rescue Program (PCA-PERP) uses digital retinal imaging (DRI) with remote interpretation in bedside ROP screening, which has advantages over binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (BIO) in screening of premature newborns. We aimed to demonstrate that PCA-PERP provides good value for the money and to model the cost ramifications of a similar newly launched system. METHODS: As DRI was demonstrated to have high diagnostic performance, only the costs of bedside DRI-based screening were compared to those of traditional transport and BIO-based screening (cost-minimization analysis)...
February 4, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166446/use-of-intranasal-naloxone-by-basic-life-support-providers
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Scott G Weiner, Patricia M Mitchell, Elizabeth S Temin, Breanne K Langlois, K Sophia Dyer
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Intranasal delivery of naloxone to reverse the effects of opioid overdose by Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers has been studied in several prehospital settings. In 2006, in response to the increase in opioid-related overdoses, a special waiver from the state allowed administration of intranasal naloxone by Basic Life Support (BLS) providers in our city. This study aimed to determine: 1) if patients who received a 2-mg dose of nasal naloxone administered by BLS required repeat dosing while in the emergency department (ED), and 2) the disposition of these patients...
February 6, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158992/patients-anticipated-actions-following-transient-ischaemic-attack-symptoms-a-qualitative-vignette-based-study
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Parker Magin, Terry Joyce, Christopher Levi, Daniel Lasserson
BACKGROUND: Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) requires urgent investigation and management. Urgent management reduces the risk of subsequent stroke markedly, but non-presentation or delays in patient presentation to health services have been found to compromise timely management. We aimed to explore general practice patients' anticipated responses to TIA symptoms. METHODS: This was a qualitative study employing semi-structured telephone interviews. Participants were recruited from respondents in an earlier quantitative study based in Australian general practices...
February 3, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151752/influences-on-emergency-department-length-of-stay-for-older-people
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Maryann Street, Mohammadreza Mohebbi, Debra Berry, Anthony Cross, Julie Considine
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the influences on emergency department (ED) length of stay (LOS) for older people and develop a predictive model for an ED LOS more than 4 h. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study used organizational data linkage at the patient level from a major Australian health service. The study population was aged 65 years or older, attending an ED during the 2013/2014 financial year. We developed and internally validated a clinical prediction rule...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134063/the-use-of-emergency-lights-and-sirens-by-ambulances-and-their-effect-on-patient-outcomes-and-public-safety-a-comprehensive-review-of-the-literature
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Brett Murray, Ricky Kue
The benefits of emergency lights and sirens (L&S) use as warning devices by ambulances continue to be a debated topic in Emergency Medical Services (EMS). While the most widely studied aspect of L&S use has been related to their effect on ambulance response and transport times, the literature suggests minimal time savings with more questionable impact on actual patient outcomes. As L&S use has been shown to increase the risk for vehicle crashes, the secondary concern of ambulance design and safety also becomes an important aspect on potential design recommendations that could mitigate the effects of a crash on patients, EMS providers, and the general public...
January 30, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122419/factors-influencing-choice-of-pre-hospital-transportation-of-patients-with-potential-acute-coronary-syndrome-an-observational-study
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Tim Lavery, Jaimi H Greenslade, William A Parsonage, Tracey Hawkins, Emily Dalton, Christopher Hammett, Louise Cullen
OBJECTIVE: To determine factors associated with ambulance use in patients with confirmed and potential acute coronary syndrome presenting to the ED. METHODS: A convenience sample of patients (n = 247) presenting to the ED from April 2014 to January 2015 with suspected acute coronary syndrome were included in the study. Data on mode of transport and patient demographics were collected from the Emergency Department Information System database. Clinical data were collected from chart records and information systems...
January 25, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118817/multiple-triangulation-and-collaborative-research-using-qualitative-methods-to-explore-decision-making-in-pre-hospital-emergency-care
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Maxine Johnson, Rachel O'Hara, Enid Hirst, Andrew Weyman, Janette Turner, Suzanne Mason, Tom Quinn, Jane Shewan, A Niroshan Siriwardena
BACKGROUND: Paramedics make important and increasingly complex decisions at scene about patient care. Patient safety implications of influences on decision making in the pre-hospital setting were previously under-researched. Cutting edge perspectives advocate exploring the whole system rather than individual influences on patient safety. Ethnography (the study of people and cultures) has been acknowledged as a suitable method for identifying health care issues as they occur within the natural context...
January 24, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
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