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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810995/chondrocyte-viability-after-a-simulated-blast-exposure
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K Aaron Shaw, Peter C Johnson, David Williams, Steven D Zumbrun, Richard Topolski, Craig D Cameron
OBJECTIVES: The effects of blast exposure have gained increasing interest in the military medical community with their continued occurrence on the battlefield. The impact of the direct and indirect energy imparted from blasts to hollow viscera, as well as closed head injuries, have been well studied. However, the injury to articular cartilage has not been investigated, despite previous correlations regarding the development of osteoarthritis. The purpose of this study was to assess the degree of injury to articular chondrocytes after exposure to a simulated blast overpressure wave...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810992/two-new-effective-tourniquets-for-potential-use-in-the-military-environment-a-serving-soldier-study
#2
Alastair Beaven, Rob Briard, Mark Ballard, Paul Parker
BACKGROUND: Limb tourniquets have been used extensively during modern Middle Eastern conflicts. Despite its undeniable successes, the combat applied tourniquet (C-A-T) has some shortfalls, principally its inability to reliably control lower limb bleeding when applied to the mid-thigh. We tested two tourniquets which may represent an improvement to the combat applied tourniquet; the tactical mechanical tourniquet and the tactical pneumatic tourniquet. METHODS: We recruited 12 healthy service personnel and applied the tactical mechanical tourniquet and tactical pneumatic tourniquet to both lower limbs in a randomly generated sequence...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810431/-when-it-comes-to-hiv-that-s-when-you-find-out-the-genuinity-of-that-love-the-experience-of-disclosing-a-hiv-status-to-an-intimate-partner
#3
Charlotte Smith, Rachel Cook, Poul Rohleder
Despite a medical discourse of the 'normalisation' of HIV, it remains a highly stigmatising condition and makes the issue of disclosing one's HIV status particularly complex. This article reports on the experience of 18 people living with HIV in the United Kingdom of disclosing their HIV+ status in arguably their most important relationship, their intimate partnership. Five main themes arose: disclosure as the battlefield, preparing psychologically to disclose, disclosure as a test of the partner's love, disclosure as an opportunity for the partner to know them more deeply and the renegotiation of the relationship narrative...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807080/a-descriptive-analysis-of-traction-splint-utilization-and-iv-analgesia-by-emergency-medical-services
#4
Joshua Nackenson, Amado A Baez, Jonathan P Meizoso
Study Objectives Traction splinting has been the prehospital treatment of midshaft femur fracture as early as the battlefield of the First World War (1914-1918). This study is the assessment of these injuries and the utilization of a traction splint (TS) in blunt and penetrating trauma, as well as intravenous (IV) analgesia utilization by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Miami, Florida (USA). METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients who sustained a midshaft femur fracture in the absence of multiple other severe injuries or severe physiologic derangement, as defined by an injury severity score (ISS) <20 and a triage revised trauma score (T-RTS)≥10, who presented to an urban, Level 1 trauma center between September 2008 and September 2013...
August 15, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807069/a-pilot-project-demonstrating-that-combat-medics-can-safely-administer-parenteral-medications-in-the-emergency-department
#5
Steven G Schauer, Cord W Cunningham, Andrew D Fisher, Robert A DeLorenzo
Introduction Select units in the military have improved combat medic training by integrating their functions into routine clinical care activities with measurable improvements in battlefield care. This level of integration is currently limited to special operations units. It is unknown if regular Army units and combat medics can emulate these successes. The goal of this project was to determine whether US Army combat medics can be integrated into routine emergency department (ED) clinical care, specifically medication administration...
August 15, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780253/biomechanics-of-human-parietal-pleura-in-uniaxial-extension
#6
Luis E Morales Tenorio, Kelsey J Devine, Jayme Lee, Timothy M Kowalewski, Victor H Barocas
Tension pneumothorax, a major preventable cause of battlefield death, often arises from chest trauma and is treated by needle decompression to release trapped air from the pleural cavity. Surgical simulation mannequins are often employed to train medical personnel to perform this procedure properly. Accurate reproduction of the mechanical behavior of the parietal pleura, especially in response to needle penetration, is essential to maximize the fidelity of these surgical simulators. To date, however, the design of pleura-simulating material has been largely empirical and based on subjective practitioner feel rather than on the tissue properties, which have remained unknown...
July 29, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763355/regulatory-considerations-for-physiological-closed-loop-controlled-medical-devices-used-for-automated-critical-care-food-and-drug-administration-workshop-discussion-topics
#7
Bahram Parvinian, Christopher Scully, Hanniebey Wiyor, Allison Kumar, Sandy Weininger
Part of the mission of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the US Food and Drug Administration is to facilitate medical device innovation. Therefore, CDRH plays an important role in helping its stakeholders such as manufacturers, health care professionals, patients, patient advocates, academia, and other government agencies navigate the regulatory landscape for medical devices. This is particularly important for innovative physiological closed-loop controlled (PCLC) devices used in critical care environments, such as intensive care units, emergency settings, and battlefield environments...
July 28, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751369/wearable-technology-for-compensatory-reserve-to-sense-hypovolemia
#8
Victor A Convertino, Michael N Sawka
Traditional monitoring technologies fail to provide accurate or early indications of hypovolemia-mediated extremis because physiological systems (as measured by vital signs) effectively compensate until circulatory failure occurs. Hypovolemia is the most life-threatening physiological condition associated with circulatory shock in hemorrhage or sepsis, and it impairs one's ability to sustain physical exertion during heat stress. This review focuses on the physiology underlying the development of a novel non-invasive wearable technology that allows for real-time evaluation of the cardiovascular system's ability to compensate to hypovolemia, or its compensatory reserve, which provides an individualized estimate of impending circulatory collapse...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749853/the-icu-is-becoming-a-main-battlefield-for-severe-maternal-rescue-in-china-an-8-year-single-center-clinical-experience
#9
Liu Yuqi, Guoliang Tan, Shang Chengming, Sun Xuri
OBJECTIVES: To review the characteristics of and to identify the reasons for severe maternal admissions to the ICU. DESIGN: This was an analytical, observational, open, and retrospective study. SETTING: In our ICU. PATIENTS: A total of 487 severe maternal cases were reviewed during the 8-year study period of January 2009 to December 2016. INTERVENTION: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: A total of 487 severe maternal cases (12...
July 26, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748419/can-we-train-military-surgeons-in-a-civilian-trauma-center
#10
H Uchino, V Y Kong, G V Oosthuizen, J L Bruce, W Bekker, G L Laing, D L Clarke
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to review the trauma workload and operative exposure in a major South African trauma center and provide a comparison with contemporary experience from major military conflict. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients admitted to the PMTS following trauma were identified from the HEMR. Basic demographic data including mechanism of injury and body region injured were reviewed. All operative procedures were categorized. The total operative volume was compared with those available from contemporary literature documenting experience from military conflict in Afghanistan...
July 26, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741805/magnetic-non-invasive-acupuncture-for-infant-comfort-magnific-a-single-blinded-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial
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Kerry L Chen, Kwee Bee Lindrea, Im Quah-Smith, Georg M Schmölzer, Mary Daly, Timothy Schindler, Ju Lee Oei
AIM: To determine the safety and feasibility of auricular non-invasive magnetic acupuncture (MA) to decrease infant pain during heel pricks. METHODS: Infants requiring heel pricks for blood collection were randomized to either MA (n=21) or placebo (P) (n=19) after parental informed consent. MA or placebo stickers were placed on both ears according to the Battlefield Protocol by an unblinded investigator and left on for 3 days. Pain was assessed with the Premature Infant Pain Profile (PIPP) by blinded clinicians...
July 25, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723839/buddy-aid-battlefield-pain-management
#12
Nicolas Vertu, Mélanie Nacimento, Pierre Pasquier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720188/the-importance-of-the-study-of-cognitive-performance-enhancement-for-u-s-national-security
#13
Richard G Malish
The American military is embarking on the 'Third Offset'-a strategy designed to produce seismic shifts in the future of warfare. Central to the approach is the conjoining of humans, technology, and machines to deliver a decisive advantage on the battlefield. Because technology will spread rapidly and globally, tactical overmatch will occur when American operators possess a competitive edge in cognition. Investigation of cognitive enhancing therapeutics is not widely articulated as an adjunct to the Third Offset, yet failure to study promising agents could represent a strategic vulnerability...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668522/the-traumatic-bone-trauma-induced-heterotopic-ossification
#14
REVIEW
Devaveena Dey, Benjamin M Wheatley, David Cholok, Shailesh Agarwal, Paul B Yu, Benjamin Levi, Thomas A Davis
Heterotopic ossification (HO) is a common occurrence after multiple forms of extensive trauma. These include arthroplasties, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, extensive burns in the civilian setting, and combat-related extremity injuries in the battlefield. Irrespective of the form of trauma, heterotopic bone is typically endochondral in structure and is laid down via a cartilaginous matrix. Once formed, the heterotopic bone typically needs to be excised surgically, which may result in wound healing complications, in addition to a risk of recurrence...
June 15, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628599/combat-casualty-care-research-for-the-multidomain-battlefield
#15
Todd E Rasmussen, David G Baer, Kyle N Remick, George V Ludwig
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619545/blast-related-disinhibition-and-risk-seeking-in-mice-and-combat-veterans-potential-role-for-dysfunctional-phasic-dopamine-release
#16
A G Schindler, J S Meabon, K F Pagulayan, R C Hendrickson, K D Meeker, M Cline, G Li, C Sikkema, C W Wilkinson, D P Perl, M R Raskind, E R Peskind, J J Clark, D G Cook
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by exposure to high explosives has been called the "signature injury" of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. There is a wide array of chronic neurological and behavioral symptoms associated with blast-induced mTBI. However, the underlying mechanisms are not well understood. Here we used a battlefield-relevant mouse model of blast-induced mTBI and in vivo fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) to investigate whether the mesolimbic dopamine system contributes to the mechanisms underlying blast-induced behavioral dysfunction...
June 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616359/bioactive-antimicrobial-peptides-as-therapeutics-for-corneal-wounds-and-infections
#17
REVIEW
Gina L Griffith, Anne Kasus-Jacobi, H Anne Pereira
Significance: More than 2 million eye injuries and infections occur each year in the United States that leave civilians and military members with reduced or complete vision loss due to the lack of effective therapeutics. Severe ocular injuries and infections occur in varied settings including the home, workplace, and battlefields. In this review, we discuss the potential of developing antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) as therapeutics for the treatment of corneal wounds and infections for which the current treatment options are inadequate...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610569/a-novel-tamponade-agent-for-management-of-post-partum-hemorrhage-adaptation-of-the-xstat-mini-sponge-applicator-for-obstetric-use
#18
Maria I Rodriguez, Jeffrey T Jensen, Kenton Gregory, Mary Bullard, Paul Longo, Jerry Heidel, Alison Edelman
BACKGROUND: Although uterine tamponade is an effective treatment for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), current methods have key limitations in their use, particularly in low resource settings. The XStat™ Mini Sponge Dressing (MSD) is approved for the management of non-compressible wounds in the battlefield/trauma setting. The MSD applies highly compressed medical sponges capable of stopping high-flow arterial bleeding within seconds. The objective of our study was to adopt the MSD for use in managing PPH...
June 13, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601213/treatment-of-thoracic-trauma-lessons-from-the-battlefield-adapted-to-all-austere-environments
#19
REVIEW
Lanny F Littlejohn
Severe thoracic trauma in the backcountry can be a formidable injury pattern to successfully treat. Traumatic open, pneumo-, and hemothoraces represent some of the most significant patterns for which advanced equipment and procedures may help leverage morbidity and mortality, particularly when evacuation is delayed and environmental conditions are extreme. This paper reviews the development of successful techniques for treating combat casualties with thoracic trauma, including the use of vented chest seals and the technique of needle thoracentesis...
June 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601212/awake-cricothyrotomy-a-novel-approach-to-the-surgical-airway-in-the-tactical-setting
#20
REVIEW
Robert L Mabry, Chetan U Kharod, Brad L Bennett
Airway obstruction on the battlefield is most often due to maxillofacial trauma, which may include bleeding and disrupted airway anatomy. In many of these cases, surgical cricothyrotomy (SC) is the preferred airway management procedure. SC is an emergency airway procedure performed when attempts to open an airway using nasal devices, oral devices, or tracheal intubation have failed, or when the risks from intubation are unacceptably high. The aim of this overview is to describe a novel approach to the inevitably surgical airway in which SC is the first and best procedure to manage the difficult or failed airway...
June 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
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