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Helicopter Emergency Medical Services

Katarzyna Naylor, Anna Torres, Robert Gałązkowski, Kamil Torres
INTRODUCTION: Paramedics are at risk of occupational exposure, increased by the immediacy of provided treatment. However, the issue has not been acknowledged by any research in Europe up to date. METHODS: The research aimed at assessing the occupational blood exposure among paramedics in Poland. Respondents represented 21 Polish medical institutions. Their participation was voluntary and anonymous. Paramedics were provided with a self-directed job specific questionnaire adapted to Polish conditions from an original North American version...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
K S Funder, L S Rasmussen, V Siersma, N Lohse, R Hesselfeldt, F Pedersen, O M Hendriksen, J Steinmetz
BACKGROUND: Implementation of the first Danish helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) was associated with reduced time from first medical contact to treatment at a specialized centre for patients with suspected ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We aimed to investigate effects of HEMS on mortality and labour market affiliation in patients admitted for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: In this prospective observational study, we included patients with suspected STEMI within the region covered by the HEMS from January 1, 2010, to April 30, 2013, transported by either HEMS or ground emergency medical services (GEMS) to the regional PCI centre...
February 27, 2018: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Marc P Dotson, Mark L Gustafson, Alfred Tager, Leslie M Peterson
OBJECTIVE: Simulation training is an integral part of the training of medical personnel. However, there are limited data on the use of simulation in the training of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS). METHODS: In this study, we retrospectively compared the number of orientation flights needed to be released to a full crewmember and the cost of training in an air medical flight academy before and after implementation of a high-fidelity air medical simulator...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
Stephen H Thomas, Ira Blumen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
Brodie Nolan, Alun Ackery, Avery Nathens, Bruce Sawadsky, Homer Tien
INTRODUCTION: In our trauma system, helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) can be requested to attend a scene call for an injured patient before arrival by land paramedics. Land paramedics can cancel this response if they deem it unnecessary. The purpose of this study is to describe the frequency of canceled HEMS scene calls that were subsequently transferred to 2 trauma centers and to assess for any impact on morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Probabilistic matching was used to identify canceled HEMS scene call patients who were later transported to 2 trauma centers over a 48-month period...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
Rein Ketelaars, Christian Beekers, Geert-Jan Van Geffen, Gert Jan Scheffer, Nico Hoogerwerf
BACKGROUND: Patients in cardiac arrest must receive algorithm-based management such as basic life support and advanced (cardiac) life support. International guidelines dictate diagnosing and treating any factor that may have caused the arrest or may be complicating the resuscitation. Ultrasound may be of potential value in this process and can be used in a prehospital setting. The objective is to evaluate the use of prehospital ultrasound during traumatic and non-traumatic CPR and determine its impact on prehospital treatment decisions in a Dutch helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS)...
February 22, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Rein Ketelaars, Jasper J M Holtslag, Nico Hoogerwerf
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the impact of abdominal prehospital ultrasound (PHUS) on patient care in a Dutch physician-staffed Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and to determine its diagnostic performance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We carried out a retrospective analysis of abdominal ultrasound (US) examinations performed by the HEMS of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, from January 2007 until December 2016. Data including patient demographics, type of incident, abdominal US findings, impact on treatment decisions, and the physicians' narrative report were retrieved from the HEMS database and analyzed...
January 29, 2018: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
Hardy Sophie, Fattah Sabina, Wisborg Torben, Raatiniemi Lasse, Staff Trine, Rehn Marius
BACKGROUND: Major incidents affect us globally, and are occurring with increasing frequency. There is still no evidence-based standard regarding the best medical emergency response to major incidents. Currently, reports on major incidents are non-standardised and variable in quality. This pilot study examines the first systematic reports from a consensus-based, freely accessible database, aiming to identify how descriptive analysis of reports submitted to this database can be used to improve the major incident response...
January 24, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
Gérald Egmann, Pierre Tattevin, Renaud Palancade, Matthieu Nacher
INTRODUCTION: Illegal gold mining is flourishing in French Guiana, existing outside the law due to both the high cost of gold mining permits and the challenges of law enforcement within the Amazon forest. We report the characteristics of, and the medical responses to, medical emergencies in illegal gold mining sites. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of all medical emergencies reported from illegal gold mining sites to the centralized call office of SAMU 973 from 1998 through 2000 and from 2008 through 2010...
January 11, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Mahdi Malekpour, Jabran M Younus, Kathryn Jaap, Nina Neuhaus, Kenneth Widom, Megan Rapp, James Dove, Marie Hunsinger, Joseph Blansfield, Mohsen Shabahang, Denise Torres, Jeffrey Wild
Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) is presumably an effective way of patient transport in rural trauma, yet the literature addressing its effectiveness is scarce. In this study, we compared the clinical outcome of rural trauma patients between Ground Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) and HEMS transportation from the beginning of 2006 to the end of 2012. Focus was placed on identifying factors associated with survival to discharge in these patients. Over the seven-year study period, 4492 patients met the inclusion criteria with 2414 patients (54%) being transferred by GEMS and 2078 patients (46%) being transferred by HEMS...
December 1, 2017: American Surgeon
Stephen H Thomas, Ira Blumen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Air Medical Journal
Kevin High, Jeremy Brywczynski, Jin H Han
OBJECTIVE: Airway management is a requisite skill set for helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) providers. Cricothyrotomy is a potentially lifesaving skill that is used when other airway maneuvers fail. The authors reviewed all transports by a helicopter program in which cricothyrotomy was performed to assess the frequency, success, and technique. METHODS: This was a retrospective chart review of air medical patient records from an electronic medical record system over a 112-month period...
January 2018: Air Medical Journal
Lars Petter Bjørnsen, Andrea Marie Solheim, Oddvar Uleberg, Eirik Skogvoll
OBJECTIVE: The "National Standard Requirements for Helicopter Emergency Medicine Services Physicians" gives recommendations on medical requirements for flight physicians. This study describes the level of formal competence, experience, and guideline compliance of Norwegian helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) physicians. METHODS: In May 2013, all HEMS physicians with full-time engagement at Norwegian HEMS bases were invited to participate in a cross-sectional survey using a structured, Web-based questionnaire...
January 2018: Air Medical Journal
Kristen Rasmussen, Jo Røislien, Stephen J M Sollid
OBJECTIVE: The competence, composition, and number of crewmembers have generally been considered to influence the degree of patient care and safety in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS), but evidence to support the advantages of one crew concept over another is ambiguous; additionally, the benefit of physicians as crewmembers is still highly debated. METHODS: To compare perceived safety in different medical crew models, we surveyed international HEMS medical directors regarding the types of crew compositions their system currently used and their supportive rationales and to evaluate patient and flight safety within their services...
January 2018: Air Medical Journal
S Ångerman, H Kirves, J Nurmi
Results using videolaryngoscopy in pre-hospital rapid sequence intubation are mixed. A bougie is not commonly used with videolaryngoscopy. We hypothesised that using videolaryngoscopy and a bougie as core elements of a standardised protocol that includes a drugs and a laryngoscopy algorithm would result in a high first-pass tracheal intubation success rate. We employed videolaryngoscopy (C-MAC) combined with a bougie (Frova intubating introducer) in an anaesthetist-staffed helicopter emergency medical service...
January 8, 2018: Anaesthesia
Alberto Aiolfi, Elizabeth Benjamin, Gustavo Recinos, Alejandro De Leon Castro, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
BACKGROUND: The effect of prehospital helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) on mortality has been analyzed previously in polytrauma patients with discordant results. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to compare outcomes in patients with isolated severe blunt traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) transported by HEMS or ground emergency medical services (GEMS). METHODS: We conducted a National Trauma Data Bank study (2007-2014). All adult patients (≥16 years old) who sustained an isolated severe blunt TBI and were transported by HEMS or GEMS were included in the study...
December 16, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Xilin Chen, Mark L Gestring, Matthew R Rosengart, Timothy R Billiar, Andrew B Peitzman, Jason L Sperry, Joshua B Brown
BACKGROUND: Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) have demonstrated survival benefits over ground emergency medical services (GEMS) for trauma patient transport. While HEMS speed is often-cited, factors such as provider experience and level of care may also play a role. Our objective was to identify patient groups that may benefit from HEMS even when prehospital time for helicopter utilization is longer than GEMS transport. METHODS: Adult patients transported by HEMS or GEMS from the scene of injury in the Pennsylvania State Trauma Registry were included...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Hans Bauer, Dennis Nowak, Britta Herbig
Old-age limits are imposed in some occupations in an effort to ensure public safety. In aviation, the "Age 60 Rule" limits permissible flight operations conducted by pilots aged 60 and over. Using a retrospective cohort design, we assessed this rule's validity by comparing age-related change rates of cardiometabolic incapacitation risk markers in European helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) pilots near age 60 with those in younger pilots. Specifically, individual clinical, laboratory, and electrocardiogram (ECG)-based risk markers and an overall cardiovascular event risk score were determined from aeromedical examination records of 66 German, Austrian, Polish, and Czech HEMS pilots (average follow-up 8...
December 11, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
Mads Christian Tofte Hansen, Jesper Hvass Schmidt, Anne C Brøchner, Jakob Kjersgaard Johansen, Stine Zwisler, Søren Mikkelsen
BACKGROUND: Prehospital personnel are at risk of occupational hearing loss due to high noise exposure. The aim of the study was to establish an overview of noise exposure during emergency responses in Mobile Emergency Care Units (MECU), ambulances and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS). A second objective was to identify any occupational hearing loss amongst prehospital personnel. METHODS: Noise exposure during work in the MECU and HEMS was measured using miniature microphones worn laterally to the auditory canals or within the earmuffs of the helmet...
December 6, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Joost H Peters, Pascal S H Smulders, Xavier R J Moors, Stef J M Bouman, Claartje M E M Meijs, Nico Hoogerwerf, Michael J R Edwards
INTRODUCTION: In the prehospital setting, crystalloid fluids are frequently used, but only erythrocytes are capable of transporting oxygen to tissues. The aim of this study was to establish the efficacy and safety of the prehospital use of uncross matched type O rhesus-negative packed red blood cells (URBC) by the Dutch physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service. We hypothesized that prehospital URBC transfusions are safe and more effective with respect to survival than resuscitations with crystalloids...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
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