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Helicopter Emergency

Tia Renouf, Megan Pollard
Rural and remote places like Sable Island (Nova Scotia) or François (Newfoundland) pose a challenge in delivering both health care and appropriate education that today's learners need to practice in a rural setting. This education can be difficult to deliver to students far from academic centers. This is especially true for learners and practitioners at offshore locations like ships, oil installations, or in the air when patients are transported via fixed wing aircraft or helicopter. The following editorial provides a snapshot of the setting and the challenges faced while working as a physician on a ship, in remote regions...
September 9, 2016: Curēus
Linda Sandström, Carina Nilsson, Päivi Juuso, Åsa Engström
INTRODUCTION: When emergency medical services (EMS) are needed, the choice of transport depends on several factors. These may include the patient's medical condition, transport accessibility to the accident site and the receiving hospital's resources. Emergency care research is advancing, but little is known about the patient's perspective of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). AIM: The aim of this study was to describe trauma patients' experiences of HEMS...
September 30, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Julia Ausserer, Elizabeth Moritz, Matthias Stroehle, Hermann Brugger, Giacomo Strapazzon, Simon Rauch, Peter Mair
INTRODUCTION: In remote and mountainous areas, helicopter emergency medical systems (HEMS) are used to expedite evacuation and provide pre-hospital advanced trauma life support (ATLS) in major trauma victims. Aim of the study was to investigate feasibility of ATLS in HEMS mountain rescue missions and its influence on patient condition at hospital admission. PATIENTS: 58 major trauma victims (Injury Severity Score ≥16), evacuated by physician staffed HEMS from remote and mountainous areas in the State of Tyrol, Austria between 1...
September 8, 2016: Injury
Patrick Schober, Herman M T Christiaans, Stephan A Loer, Lothar A Schwarte
OBJECTIVE: Safety in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) settings might be enhanced by the routine use of portable multigas analyzers to indicate hypoxic ambient air mixtures and the presence of hazardous gases. METHODS: In our HEMS (EC-135, Lifeliner 1, Amsterdam, The Netherlands), we introduced a professional multigas analyzer (Gas Alert Max XT II; Honeywell Analytics, Lincolnshire, IL) to prospectively detect possible hazardous gas mixtures. This analyzer measures ambient oxygen percentage (FO2, 0%-30%), carbon monoxide (CO, 0-1,000 ppm), hydrogen sulfide (H2S, 0-200 ppm), and combustibles (lower explosive limit, %)...
September 2016: Air Medical Journal
Urs Pietsch, Jürgen Knapp, Ludwig Ney, Armin Berner, Volker Lischke
OBJECTIVE: Mountain helicopter rescue operations often confront crews with unique challenges in which even minor errors can result in dangerous situations. Simulation training provides a promising tool to train the management of complex multidisciplinary settings, thus reducing the occurrence of fatal errors and increasing the safety for both the patient and the helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) crew. METHODS: A simulation-based training, dedicated to mountain helicopter emergency medicine service, was developed and executed...
September 2016: Air Medical Journal
Nicole Powell-Dunford, Jose F Quesada, Kirby R Gross, Stacy A Shackelford
BACKGROUND: Identify challenges and best practices in the development of an austere air ambulance transfusion program. METHODS: A search of PubMed using combinations of the key terms 'prehospital,' 'blood product,' 'red blood cells,' 'damage control resuscitation,' 'transfusion,' 'air ambulance,' 'medical evacuation,' and 'medevac' yielded 196 articles for further analysis, with 14 articles suitable for addressing the background of prehospital transfusion within a helicopter...
August 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
A M K Harmsen, G F Giannakopoulos, M Terra, E S M de Lange de Klerk, F W Bloemers
PURPOSE: Many changes have been made to improve trauma care. Improved trauma team response and usage of a hybrid resuscitation room are examples of how this trauma center has developed. The aim was to assess how the outcome of the trauma population was influenced by the maturation. METHODS: A cohort comparison, between June 2004-July 2005 and 2014, was performed. All adult trauma patients with an Injury Severity Score (ISS) >15 were included. Variables collected were: patient demographics, mechanism of trauma, total prehospital time, pre- and inhospital trauma scores, vital signs, blood values and interventions, and physician staffed helicopter emergency medical services (P-HEMS) involvement and outcome...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Susan R Wilcox, Michael Ries, Ted A Bouthiller, E Dean Berry, Travis L Dowdy, Sharon DeGrace
Critical care transport (CCT) teams are specialized transport services, comprised of highly trained paramedics, nurses, and occasionally respiratory therapists, offering an expanded scope of practice beyond advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical service teams. We report 4 cases of patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome from influenza in need of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation evaluation at a tertiary care center, transported by ground. Our medical center did not previously have a ground CCT service, and therefore, in these cases, a physician and/or a respiratory therapist was sent with the paramedic team...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Ragnar Glomseth, Fritz I Gulbrandsen, Knut Fredriksen
BACKGROUND: Search and rescue (SAR) operations constitute a significant proportion of Norwegian ambulance helicopter missions, and they may limit the service's capacity for medical operations. We compared the relative contribution of the different helicopter resources using a common definition of SAR-operation in order to investigate how the SAR workload had changed over the last years. METHODS: We searched the mission databases at the relevant SAR and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) bases and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (North) for helicopter-supported SAR operations within the potential operation area of the Tromsø HEMS base in 2000-2010...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Ciaran S Hill, Aaron L McLean, Mark H Wilson
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric traumatic brain injury is the most common cause of death and a major cause of morbidity in children and young adults worldwide. Despite this, our understanding of epidemiological factors relating to this type of injury is incomplete. The objective of this study was to explore a variety of factors relating to these injuries including mechanism, timing of emergency response, prehospital management, radiological diagnosis, neurosurgical care, and final outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review of all pediatric traumas attending a single large, densely populated urban area within a 2-year period was undertaken, and all cases with significant pediatric traumatic brain injury, as defined by a computed tomography scan showing an intracranial injury, were included for further analysis...
September 9, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Sebastian Schulz-Stübner, Jürgen Henker
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October 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Aaron M Luebbe, Kathryn J Mancini, Elizabeth J Kiel, Brooke R Spangler, Julie L Semlak, Lauren M Fussner
The current study tests the underlying structure of a multidimensional construct of helicopter parenting (HP), assesses reliability of the construct, replicates past relations of HP to poor emotional functioning, and expands the literature to investigate links of HP to emerging adults' decision-making and academic functioning. A sample of 377 emerging adults (66% female; ages 17-30; 88% European American) were administered several items assessing HP as well as measures of other parenting behaviors, depression, anxiety, decision-making style, grade point average, and academic functioning...
August 24, 2016: Assessment
Kyoungwon Jung, Yo Huh, John Cj Lee, Younghwan Kim, Jonghwan Moon, Seok Hwa Youn, Jiyoung Kim, Tea Youn Kim, Juryang Kim, Hyoju Kim
The aim of this study was to investigate the efficiency of domestic physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the transport of patients with severe trauma to a hospital. The study included patients with blunt trauma who were transported to our hospital by physician-staffed HEMS (Group P; n = 100) or nonphysician-staffed HEMS (Group NP; n = 80). Basic patient characteristics, transport time, treatment procedures, and medical treatment outcomes assessed using the Trauma and Injury Severity Score (TRISS) were compared between groups...
October 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Domhnall O'Dochartaigh, Matthew Douma, Mark MacKenzie
OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of prehospital ultrasonography (PHUS) to support interventions, when used by physician and non-physician air medical crew (AMC), in a Canadian helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS). METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of consecutive patients who underwent ultrasound examination during HEMS care from January 1, 2009 through March 10, 2014. An a priori created data form was used to record patient demographics, type of ultrasound scan performed, ultrasound findings, location of scan, type of interventions supported by PHUS, factors that affected PHUS completion, and quality indicator(s)...
July 19, 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
Sabrina De Winter, Koen Bronselaer, Peter Vanbrabant, Bart Blanchaert, Marwa F Mansour, Daniele Brandolisio, Stijn De Jonge, Peter Slaets, Paul Sas, Ann Van Schepdael, Isabel Spriet
OBJECTIVE: Transportation by air exposes drugs used in emergency medical services to vibrations. The aim of the study was to determine whether or not vibrations caused by a helicopter induce the degradation of 5 drugs used in this setting. METHODS: A longitudinal study in an operating medical helicopter along with a worst case was conducted. The studied drugs were 3 drugs labeled for refrigeration (cisatracurium, lorazepam, and succinylcholine) and 2 albumin solutions (human albumin 4% and 20%)...
July 2016: Air Medical Journal
Marcel Winkelmann, Lars Friedrich, Christian Schröter, Andreas Flemming, Hendrik Eismann, Lion Sieg, Philipp Mommsen, Christian Krettek, Christian Zeckey
OBJECTIVE: Christoph Life is a simulator-based air medical training program and a new and innovative educational concept. Participants pass different scenarios with a fully equipped and movable helicopter simulator. Main focuses of the program are crew resource management (CRM) elements and team training. Information about expectations end effectiveness of the training is sparse. METHODS: During a 2-day training, participants learn CRM basics and complete various emergency medical scenarios...
July 2016: Air Medical Journal
Dirk Dethleff, Nils Weinrich, Birgitt Kowald, Dorothea Hory, Rüdiger Franz, Maja Verena Nielsen, Klaus Seide, Christian Jürgens, Markus Stuhr
OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was 2-fold: 1) to show emergency-related traumatic injury and acute disease patterns and 2) to evaluate air rescue process times in a remotely located German offshore wind farm. Optimally, this will support methodologies to reduce offshore help time (time from the incoming emergency call until offshore arrival of the helicopter). METHODS: The type and severity of traumatic injuries and acute diseases were retrospectively analyzed for 39 air medevacs from August 2011 to December 2013, and the process times of air rescue missions were evaluated in detail...
July 2016: Air Medical Journal
Stefan Taubenböck, Wolfgang Lederer, Marc Kaufmann, Gunnar Kroesen
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the pediatric emergencies encountered by the Christophorus-1 helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) during a period of 2 years. METHODS: Emergency treatment of pediatric casualties by HEMS was evaluated at a helicopter base. Children up to 14 years who were treated by HEMS emergency physicians from Christophorus-1 during primary missions in the alpine region were retrospectively enrolled. RESULTS: Of the 1314 HEMS operations conducted during a 2-year investigation period, pediatric emergencies accounted for 114 (8...
September 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Jo Røislien, Pieter L van den Berg, Thomas Lindner, Erik Zakariassen, Karen Aardal, J Theresia van Essen
BACKGROUND: Helicopter emergency medical services are an important part of many healthcare systems. Norway has a nationwide physician staffed air ambulance service with 12 bases servicing a country with large geographical variations in population density. The aim of the study was to estimate optimal air ambulance base locations. METHODS: We used high resolution population data for Norway from 2015, dividing Norway into >300 000 1 km×1 km cells. Inhabited cells had a median (5-95 percentile) of 13 (1-391) inhabitants...
June 20, 2016: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
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