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Henry Zhao, Lauren Pesavento, Skye Coote, Edrich Rodrigues, Patrick Salvaris, Karen Smith, Stephen Bernard, Michael Stephenson, Leonid Churilov, Nawaf Yassi, Stephen M Davis, Bruce C V Campbell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clinical triage scales for prehospital recognition of large vessel occlusion (LVO) are limited by low specificity when applied by paramedics. We created the 3-step ambulance clinical triage for acute stroke treatment (ACT-FAST) as the first algorithmic LVO identification tool, designed to improve specificity by recognizing only severe clinical syndromes and optimizing paramedic usability and reliability. METHODS: The ACT-FAST algorithm consists of (1) unilateral arm drift to stretcher <10 seconds, (2) severe language deficit (if right arm is weak) or gaze deviation/hemineglect assessed by simple shoulder tap test (if left arm is weak), and (3) eligibility and stroke mimic screen...
March 14, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Oscar Thabouillot, K Bertho, E Rozenberg, N-C Roche, G Boddaert, D Jost, J-P Tourtier
INTRODUCTION: Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is a technique to control haemorrhage by placing a retrograde catheter in an artery and inflating a balloon at its tip. This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the proportion of injured people who could potentially have benefited from this technique prior to hospitalisation, including on the scene or during transport. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of all patients with trauma registered in the Paris Fire Brigade emergency medical system between 1 January and 31 December 2014...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
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...
February 5, 2018: Der Anaesthesist
David N Naumann, James M Hancox, James Raitt, Iain M Smith, Nicholas Crombie, Heidi Doughty, Gavin D Perkins, Mark J Midwinter
OBJECTIVES: We investigated how often intravenous fluids have been delivered during physician-led prehospital treatment of patients with hypotensive trauma in the UK and which fluids were given. These data were used to estimate the potential national requirement for prehospital blood products (PHBP) if evidence from ongoing trials were to report clinical superiority. SETTING: The Regional Exploration of Standard Care during Evacuation Resuscitation (RESCUER) retrospective observational study was a collaboration between 11 UK air ambulance services...
January 23, 2018: BMJ Open
Emily Andrew, Ziad Nehme, Stephen Bernard, Karen Smith
OBJECTIVE: Although hospital presentations for pediatric anaphylaxis have been described in the literature, a minimal amount is known regarding the incidence, characteristics, and management of pediatric anaphylaxis presenting to emergency medical services (EMS). METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study of pediatrics (≤16 years) presenting to EMS in Victoria, Australia. Patients with suspected anaphylaxis were included if they were treated with epinephrine before or after EMS arrival...
January 19, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Samir M Fakhry, Pamela L Ferguson, Jama L Olsen, Jennifer J Haughney, Heidi S Resnick, Kenneth J Ruggiero
Trauma care has traditionally focused on prehospital and hospital settings, yet many injured patients report emotional distress in the postacute care setting, which is known to impair recovery. The objective of this study was to assess postdischarge emotional recovery and communication preferences. An observational cohort of 100 adult patients from our Level 1 Trauma Center was surveyed one to two months postdischarge. Among those employed preinjury, 44 per cent had not returned to work. Nearly half screened positive for emotional issues (posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and/or psychological distress); of these, only 35 per cent considered getting professional help and only 10 per cent received help...
November 1, 2017: American Surgeon
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BACKGROUND: The American Heart Association and European Resuscitation Council guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation present rules for termination of resuscitation (TOR) in cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). In Japan, only doctors are legally allowed TOR in OHCA cases. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to develop a new TOR rule that suits the actual situations of the Japanese emergency medical services system. METHODS: Five different combinations of the TOR rule criteria were compared regarding specificity and positive predictive value (PPV) for 1-month survival with unfavorable neurologic outcomes...
September 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Lykourgos Christos Alexakis, Anastasia Papachristou, Chiara Baruzzi, Angeliki Konstantinou
Introduction During a refugees' mass-gathering incident in Kos Island, Greece, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF; Brussels, Belgium) teams provided emergency medical care. A case report of the event focusing on difficulties encountered by the interpreters during triage and emergency response was prepared. METHODS: Data collected during the event were reviewed from the patient's register and qualitative interviews were obtained from the MSF interpreters involved in the response. In addition, a description of the event and a literature review were included...
December 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Nausheen Edwin Doctor, Nur Shahidah Binte Ahmad, Pin Pin Pek, Susan Yap, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a global health concern with an incidence rate of 50-60 per 100,000 person-years. To improve OHCA survival rates, several cardiac arrest registries have been set up in North America and Europe, such as the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival, Ontario Prehospital Advanced Life Support and European Registry of Cardiac Arrest. In Asia, however, there was previously no concerted effort in prehospital emergency care research owing to differences in prehospital emergency medical services systems, data collection methods and outcome reporting between countries...
July 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
Andrea O Rossetti, Elizabeth Waterhouse
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July 25, 2017: Neurology
Stephanie Laura Wilson, Vinay Gangathimmaiah
BACKGROUND: There is substantial variation worldwide in prehospital management of trauma and the role of doctors is controversial. The objective of this review was to determine whether prehospital management by doctors affects outcomes in major trauma, including the prespecified subgroup of severe traumatic brain injuries when compared with management by other advanced life support providers. METHODS: EMBASE, MEDLINE(R), PubMed, SciELO, Trip, Web of Science, and Zetoc were searched for published articles...
November 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Robert J Brogan, Vassilios Kontojannis, Bhavin Garara, Hani J Marcus, Mark H Wilson
OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: Head injury is the most common trauma presentation to UK emergency departments, with around 1.2 million patients each year. The key management principal for this time critical illness remains early surgical intervention. With the development of handheld near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) devices, there is now the possibility of triaging and diagnosing these patients immediately, where computed tomography (CT) scanner is unavailable. NIRS has two related but distinct potential uses within clinical medicine...
April 25, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
Vlaudimir Dias Marques, Mauricio Medeiros Lemos, Cesar Orlando Peralta Bandeira, Amélia Cristina Seidel, Sandra Maria Peloso, Maria Dalva DE Barros Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: to evaluate the care for victims of traffic accidents by on call emergency physicians and/or surgeons in the emergency room. METHODS: we conducted a retrospective, descriptive and exploratory study on the care for traffic accidents victims in the urban area of ​​Maringá-PR, between July 2013 and July 2014 in reference hospitals. We assessed demographics and vocational training through a questionnaire sent to the attending physicians. RESULTS: of the 688 records evaluated, 99% of patients had a prehospital Revised Trauma Score of 12...
December 2016: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
S B Dharap, S Kamath, V Kumar
BACKGROUND: Survival after major trauma is considered to be time dependent. Efficient prehospital care with rapid transport is the norm in developed countries, which is not available in many lower middle and low-income countries. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of prehospital time and primary treatment given on survival of major trauma patients in a setting without prehospital care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study was carried out in a university hospital in Mumbai, from January to December 2014...
July 2017: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
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
Jenna K Bulger, Alan Brown, Bridie A Evans, Greg Fegan, Simon Ford, Katy Guy, Sian Jones, Leigh Keen, Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Ian Pallister, Nigel Rees, Ian T Russell, Anne C Seagrove, Helen A Snooks
BACKGROUND: Adequate pain relief at the point of injury and during transport to hospital is a major challenge in all acute traumas, especially for those with hip fractures, whose injuries are difficult to immobilise and whose long-term outcomes may be adversely affected by administration of opiate analgesics. Fascia iliaca compartment block (FICB) is a procedure routinely undertaken by doctors and nurses in the emergency department for patients with hip fracture but not yet evaluated for use by paramedics at the scene of emergency calls...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Boris Martin le Pladec, Romuald Menoret, Raphaël Rodes
In collaboration with the ambulance driver and the emergency doctor, the prehospital nurse provides care in a universe which is often difficult and sometimes hostile. Whether they are a nurse from the Samu (urgent medical aid service) or from the Paris fire service, how are they recruited and what training do these emergency care professionals receive?
November 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
You Zhang, Shuyan Yang, Xinyun Liu, Muwei Li, Weidong Zhang, Haiyan Yang, Dayi Hu, Chuanyu Gao, Guangcai Duan
The degree of adherence to current guidelines for clinical management of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is known in developed countries and large Chinese cities, but in predominantly rural areas information is lacking. We assessed the application of early reperfusion therapy for STEMI in secondary and tertiary hospitals in Henan province in central China.Data were retrospectively collected from 5 secondary and 4 tertiary hospitals in Henan concerning STEMI patients treated from January 2011 to January 2012, including management strategy, delay time, and inhospital mortality...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Rebecca L Hoffman, Brenda Bryant, Steve R Allen, Major K Lee, Cary B Aarons, Rachel R Kelz
BACKGROUND: Fostering surgeon engagement in community outreach was recently identified as a major priority toward reducing health care disparities in surgery. We aimed to increase surgeon engagement in the local community, understand prevalent beliefs, and identify educational opportunities in the local community regarding cancer screening and treatment using community outreach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In collaboration with the university's cancer center, the medical student surgical interest group, surgical faculty, and residents developed a community outreach program...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Bin Jiang, Xiaojuan Ru, Haixin Sun, Hongmei Liu, Dongling Sun, Yunhai Liu, Jiuyi Huang, Li He, Wenzhi Wang
This study aimed to explore pre-hospital delay and its associated factors in first-ever stroke registered in communities from three cities in China. The rates of delay greater than or equal to 2 hours were calculated and factors associated with delays were determined by non-conditional binary logistic regression, after adjusting for different explanatory factors. Among the 403 cases of stroke with an accurate documented time of prehospital delay, the median time (interquartile range) was 4.00 (1.50-14.00) hours...
2016: Scientific Reports
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