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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016592/availability-of-life-support-equipment-and-its-utilization-by-ambulance-drivers
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Rija Acharya, Angur Badhu, Tara Shah, Sharmila Shrestha
BACKGROUND: An effective ambulance is a vital requirement for providing an emergency medical service. Well-equipped ambulances with trained paramedics can save many lives during the golden hours of trauma care. The objective was to document the availability and utilization of basic life support equipment in the ambulances and to assess knowledge on first aid among the drivers. METHODS: Descriptive design was used. Total of 109 ambulances linked to B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences were enrolled using purposive sampling method...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948328/open-fracture-management-in-low-resource-settings-a-medical-training-experience-in-cambodian-hospitals
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Nenad B Tajsic, Puon Sambath, Sophy Nguon, Vannara Sokh, Virak Chheang, Gaute Landsem, Ivan Zaletel, Hans Husum
INTRODUCTION: A prospective interventional study has been carried out on the teaching effect and sustainability of low-cost trauma training program in open tibia fracture management for health workers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In 2007, an external fixator and a patella-bearing orthosis were developed at a rural workshop in Cambodia. From 2010 to 2016, a core group of nine Cambodian health workers was trained in open fracture management by Norwegian senior surgeons, using the locally made fixator and brace...
September 25, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940048/validity-and-reliability-of-clinical-prediction-rules-used-to-screen-for-cervical-spine-injury-in-alert-low-risk-patients-with-blunt-trauma-to-the-neck-part-2-a-systematic-review-from-the-cervical-assessment-and-diagnosis-research-evaluation-cadre-collaboration
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N Moser, N Lemeunier, D Southerst, H Shearer, K Murnaghan, D Sutton, P Côté
PURPOSE: To update findings of the 2000-2010 Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders (Neck Pain Task Force) on the validity and reliability of clinical prediction rules used to screen for cervical spine injury in alert low-risk adult patients with blunt trauma to the neck. METHODS: We searched four databases from 2005 to 2015. Pairs of independent reviewers critically appraised eligible studies using the modified QUADAS-2 and QAREL criteria...
September 22, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927408/paramedical-staffs-knowledge-and-attitudes-towards-antimicrobial-resistance-in-dire-dawa-ethiopia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Belay Tafa, Adugna Endale, Desalegn Bekele
BACKGROUND: The continuing emergence, development and spread of pathogenic organisms that are resistant to antimicrobials are a cause of increasing concern. The control of antimicrobial resistance requires knowledge of factors causing antimicrobial resistance, good attitudes towards the intervention strategies as well as changes in antibiotic prescribing behavior of health workers. Hence, this study was aimed to assess paramedical staffs' knowledge and attitudes towards antimicrobial resistance and their antibiotics prescription practices in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia...
September 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920524/remotely-supported-prehospital-ultrasound-a-feasibility-study-of-real-time-image-transmission-and-expert-guidance-to-aid-diagnosis-in-remote-and-rural-communities
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Leila Eadie, John Mulhern, Luke Regan, Alasdair Mort, Helen Shannon, Ashish Macaden, Philip Wilson
Introduction Our aim is to expedite prehospital assessment of remote and rural patients using remotely-supported ultrasound and satellite/cellular communications. In this paradigm, paramedics are remotely-supported ultrasound operators, guided by hospital-based specialists, to record images before receiving diagnostic advice. Technology can support users in areas with little access to medical imaging and suboptimal communications coverage by connecting to multiple cellular networks and/or satellites to stream live ultrasound and audio-video...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910212/feasibility-of-paramedic-performed-prehospital-lung-ultrasound-in-medical-patients-with-respiratory-distress
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Torben K Becker, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette, Christopher Schott
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital ultrasound is not yet widely implemented. Most studies report on convenience samples and trauma patients, often by prehospital physicians or critical care clinicians. We assessed the feasibility of paramedic performed prehospital lung ultrasound in medical patients with respiratory distress. METHODS: Paramedics at 2 ambulance stations in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA underwent a 2-hour training session in prehospital lung ultrasound using the SonoSite iViz, a handheld ultrasound device...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888248/epinephrine-autoinjectors-new-data-new%C3%A2-problems
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Susan Waserman, Ernie Avilla, Moshe Ben-Shoshan, Lana Rosenfield, Andrea Burke Adcock, Matthew Greenhawt
Epinephrine is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis. Despite this, there have been identified gaps in the management of anaphylaxis including infrequent or delayed use of epinephrine for acute allergic reactions, as well as inadequate epinephrine autoinjector (EAI) training, and prescription rates of these devices for patients at risk. This paper reviews new data, and new problems in recently published literature on EAIs. A database search was conducted for publications between January 2015 and February 2017 using keywords related to EAIs including their functionality and features, carriage, prescription rates, barriers, and side effects...
September 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874191/internet-or-dvd-for-distance-learning-to-isolated-rural-health-professionals-what-is-the-best-approach
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Lanto Barthelemy Rakototiana, Rajabo, Serge Gottot
BACKGROUND: Distance Learning (DL) is a means to overcome the barriers that prevent health workers access to medical education and training sessions to update their knowledge. The main objective of this study is to compare the knowledge acquisition among practitioners Heads of Health Based Center (HBC) for the management of hypertension in two training modalities, one interactive, via internet (by Visio conferencing and video Conferencing), and other non-interactive, via DVD in the three regions (Miarinarivo, Moramanga and Manjakandriana) of Madagascar...
September 6, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829649/paramedic-students-knowledge-attitudes-and-preparedness-to-manage-intimate-partner-violence-patients
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Simon Sawyer, Jan Coles, Angela Williams, Peter Lucas, Brett Williams
BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) refers to abuse transpiring between people in an intimate relationship. Intimate partner violence is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality for women that paramedics frequently report encountering and yet paramedics rarely receive formal education or training to manage. The response of paramedics to IPV is likely to be directed by their individual knowledge, attitudes, and preparedness; all of which are currently unknown. This study aimed to measure paramedic students' knowledge, attitudes, and preparedness to manage IPV patients, and provides baseline data to inform the development of contemporary curricula...
August 22, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822212/comparison-of-start-and-salt-triage-methodologies-to-reference-standard-definitions-and-to-a-field-mass-casualty-simulation
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Salvatore Silvestri, Adam Field, Neal Mangalat, Tory Weatherford, Christopher Hunter, Zoe McGowan, Zachary Stamile, Trevor Mattox, Tanner Barfield, Aarian Afshari, George Ralls, Linda Papa
OBJECTIVES: We compared Sort, Assess, Lifesaving Intervention, Treatment/Transport (SALT) and Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (START) triage methodologies to a published reference standard, and evaluated the accuracy of the START method applied by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in a field simulation. DESIGN: Simulated mass casualty incident (MCI). Paramedics trained in START triage assigned each victim to green (minimal), yellow (delayed), red (immediate), or black (dead) categories...
January 2017: American Journal of Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806988/subjective-safety-and-self-confidence-in-prehospital-trauma-care-and-learning-progress-after-trauma-courses-part-of-the-prospective-longitudinal-mixed-methods-epptc-trial
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David Häske, Stefan K Beckers, Marzellus Hofmann, Rolf Lefering, Paul A Grützner, Ulrich Stöckle, Vassilios Papathanassiou, Matthias Münzberg
BACKGROUND: Prehospital trauma care is stressful and requires multi-professional teamwork. A decrease in the number of accident victims ultimately affects the routine and skills and underlines the importance of effective training. Standardized courses, like PHTLS, are established for health care professionals to improve the prehospital care of trauma patients. The aim of the study was to investigate the subjective safety in prehospital trauma care and learning progress by paramedics in a longitudinal analysis...
August 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802444/identifying-the-critical-physical-demanding-tasks-of-paramedic-work-towards-the-development-of-a-physical-employment-standard
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Steven L Fischer, Kathryn E Sinden, Renee S MacPhee
Public safety related occupations including police, fire and military commonly apply physical employment standard (PES) to facilitate job matching, an approach to evaluate if candidates demonstrate acceptable physical capabilities as required to perform the job safely and effectively. In Canada, paramedics remain as one of the few public safety occupations without an evidence-based, validated PES. The purpose of this study was to document and describe the physical demands of paramedic work and to identify the most physically demanding tasks...
November 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802429/paramedics-working-strategies-while-loading-a-stretcher-into-an-ambulance
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J Prairie, A Plamondon, D Larouche, S Hegg-Deloye, P Corbeil
For paramedics, loading a stretcher into an ambulance is an activity with a high risk of back injury and accidents. The objective of this study was to document strategies paramedics use at work while loading a powered stretcher into an ambulance. A total of 249 stretcher loading operations performed by 58 paramedics, and 51 semistructured post-intervention interviews were analyzed. Almost three quarters of loading operations required additional actions (e.g., raising the shoulders and additional lifting) to insert the stretcher into the cot fastener system in the ambulance...
November 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799515/antiepileptic-treatments-in-developing-countries
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Jeremy Jost, Athanase Millogo, Pierre-Marie Preux
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy affects about 70 million people worldwide, nearly 90% of whom live in developing countries. Epilepsy is surrounded by myths and stigma in these countries. Discrimination and social stigmatization are difficult obstacles for patients to overcome. Knowledge, attitudes and practices towards epilepsy are often inadequate, even sometimes totally false and then dangerous. METHODS: The goal was to present the situation and analyse the determinants of using antiepileptic drugs in developing countries...
August 9, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749410/awareness-of-the-risk-of-exposure-to-infectious-material-and-the-behaviors-of-polish-paramedics-with-respect-to-the-hazards-from-blood-borne-pathogens-a-nationwide-study
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Anna Garus-Pakowska, Mariusz Górajski, Franciszek Szatko
(1) Background: To determine paramedics' frequency of contact with blood and other body fluids, as well as the analysis of knowledge of paramedics about blood-borne infections, their attitudes to patients infected with blood-borne viruses, and the post-exposure procedures implemented by paramedics; (2) Methods: An anonymous questionnaire among 190 paramedics working in various health care facilities in Poland (adjusted response rate, 76.3%); (3) Results: 78% of paramedics had contact with potentially infectious material at least several times a week...
July 27, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746084/epidemiology-and-location-of-primary-retrieval-missions-in-a-scottish-aeromedical-service
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Gregg Neagle, Lisa Curatolo, John Ferris, Mike Donald, Stephen Hearns, Alasdair R Corfield
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital critical care teams comprising an appropriately trained physician and paramedic or nurse have been associated with improved outcomes in selected trauma patients. These teams are a scarce and expensive resource, especially when delivered by rotary air assets. The optimal tasking of prehospital critical care teams is therefore vital and remains a subject of debate. Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) provides a prehospital critical care response team to incidents over a large area of Scotland either by air or by road...
July 25, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693654/cut-and-rip-and-cut-alone-techniques-versus-usual-practice-in-the-removal-of-trauma-patient-clothing
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Aaron K Sibley, Trevor N Jain, Brent Nicholson, Paul Atkinson
Introduction Rapid exposure of a trauma patient is an essential component of the primary survey. No gold standard exists regarding the best technique to remove clothing from a trauma patient. The purpose of this study is to compare two techniques of clothing removal versus usual practice using standard trauma shears. METHODS: Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) students were randomized to either the Cut and Rip (CAR) or Cut Alone (CAL) techniques to remove clothing from a standardized trauma mannequin...
July 11, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687130/-training-and-action-research-in-a-short-stay-geriatric-oncology-unit
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Christine Charniot, Florence Berchouchi, Claire Marchand, Rémi Gagnayre, Georges Sebbane, Frédéric Pamoukdjian
A participative action research project was undertaken in a geriatric oncology hospital unit. It resulted in the training of paramedical staff regarding the specific care to be provided to elderly people with cancer.
July 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670209/surveying-hospital-nurses-to-discover-educational-needs-and-preferences
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J Michael Lindsay, Sandy Oelschlegel, Martha Earl
OBJECTIVE: The author investigated the educational needs of nurses in an American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet hospital to determine topics of interest, instruction time and delivery preferences, and interest in a research information skills certificate provided by the library. METHODS: A 9-question survey was distributed to 1,500 nursing staff of the hospital through email. RESULTS: Surveys were completed by 865 respondents, which represented a response rate of 58%...
July 2017: Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658109/exchange-of-supraglottic-airways-for-endotracheal-tube-using-the-eschmann-introducer-during-simulated-child-resuscitation-a-randomized-study-comparing-4-devices
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Lukasz Szarpak, Zenon Truszewski, Joseph Vitale, Logan Glosser, Kurt Ruetzler, Antonio Rodríguez-Núñez
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the application of the Eschmann tracheal tube introducer (ETTI) with 4 types of supraglottic airway devices (SADs) using a child-manikin. METHODS: A total of 79 paramedics were asked to exchange the 4 SADs for an endotracheal tube with the ETTI in 3 different scenarios using a randomized crossover study format: normal airway without chest compression; normal airway with uninterrupted chest compression; and difficult airway with uninterrupted chest compression...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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