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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717647/intracranial-hematoma-detection-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-practical-experience
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Patrick Schober, Sebastiaan M Bossers, Lothar A Schwarte
In (helicopter) emergency medical services, (H)EMS, the prehospital detection of intracranial hematomas should improve patient care and the triage to specialized neurosurgical hospitals. Recently, noninvasive detection of intracranial hematomas became possible by applying transcranial near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Herein, second-generation devices are currently available, for example, the Infrascanner 2000 (Infrascan), that appear suited also for prehospital (H)EMS applications. Since (H)EMS operations are time-critical, we studied the Infrascanner 2000 as a "first-time-right" monitor in healthy volunteers (n = 17, hospital employees, no neurologic history)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711949/pediatric-out-of-hospital-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-by-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-does-it-has-added-value-compared-to-regular-emergency-medical-service
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X R J Moors, K Rijs, D Den Hartog, R J Stolker
PURPOSE: To determine the outcome of out-of-hospital (OOH) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the advanced life support (ALS) procedures provided in pediatrics by the Rotterdam Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of all pediatric (0-17 years) OOH cardiopulmonary arrests within a 6-year period and attended by the Rotterdam HEMS team. RESULTS: There were 201 OOH CPRs from October 2008 until October 2014. Endotracheal intubation was performed in 164 cases and done by HEMS in 104 patients (63%), intraosseous/intravenous cannulation 43/27 times, and additional medication given by HEMS in 70 patients (35%)...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693524/national-consensus-on-communication-in-prehospital-trauma-care-the-denim-study
#3
Annelieke Maria Karien Harmsen, Leo Maria George Geeraedts, Georgios Fredericus Giannakopoulos, Maartje Terra, Herman M T Christiaans, Lidwine Brigitta Mokkink, Frank Willem Bloemers
BACKGROUND: In the Netherlands prehospital trauma care is provided by emergency medical services (EMS) nurses. This care is extended by Physician staffed Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (P-HEMS) for the more severely injured patient. Prehospital communication is a factor of influence on the identification of these patients and the dispatch of P-HEMS. Though prehospital communication it is often perceived to be incomplete and unstructured. To elucidated factors of influence on prehospital triage and the identification of the severely injured patient a Delphi study was performed...
July 11, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693491/hypoxia-and-hypotension-in-patients-intubated-by-physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-a-prospective-observational-multi-centre-study
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Geir Arne Sunde, Mårten Sandberg, Richard Lyon, Knut Fredriksen, Brian Burns, Karl Ove Hufthammer, Jo Røislien, Akos Soti, Helena Jäntti, David Lockey, Jon-Kenneth Heltne, Stephen J M Sollid
BACKGROUND: The effective treatment of airway compromise in trauma and non-trauma patients is important. Hypoxia and hypotension are predictors of negative patient outcomes and increased mortality, and may be important quality indicators of care provided by emergency medical services. Excluding cardiac arrests, critical trauma and non-trauma patients remain the two major groups to which helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are dispatched. Several studies describe the impact of pre-hospital hypoxia or hypotension on trauma patients, but few studies compare this in trauma and non-trauma patients...
July 11, 2017: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653327/are-severely-injured-trauma-victims-in-norway-offered-advanced-pre-hospital-care-national-retrospective-observational-cohort
#5
T Wisborg, E N Ellensen, I Svege, T Dehli
BACKGROUND: Studies of severely injured patients suggest that advanced pre-hospital care and/or rapid transportation provides a survival benefit. This benefit depends on the disposition of resources to patients with the greatest need. Norway has 19 Emergency Helicopters (HEMS) staffed by anaesthesiologists on duty 24/7/365. National regulations describe indications for their use, and the use of the national emergency medical dispatch guideline is recommended. We assessed whether severely injured patients had been treated or transported by advanced resources on a national scale...
June 26, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641984/bi-objective-approach-for-placing-ground-and-air-ambulance-base-and-helipad-locations-in-order-to-optimize-ems-response
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Milad Shahriari, Ali Bozorgi-Amiri, Shayan Tavakoli, Abolghasem Yousefi-Babadi
Shortening the travel time of patient transfer has clinical implications for many conditions such as cardiac arrest, trauma, stroke and STEMI. As resources are often limited precise calculations are needed. In this paper we consider the location problem for both ground and aerial emergency medical services. Given the uncertainty of when patients are in need of prompt medical attention we consider these demand points to be uncertain. We consider various ways in which ground and helicopter ambulances can work together to make the whole process go faster...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622064/re-comparison-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-transport-types-and-delays-on-patient-outcomes-at-two-level-i-trauma-centers
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Brodie Nolan, Alun Ackery
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 16, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611883/altitude-related-change-in-endotracheal-tube-cuff-pressures-in-helicopter-ems
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Stacy N Weisberg, Jonathan C McCall, Joseph Tennyson
INTRODUCTION: Over-inflation of endotracheal tube (ETT) cuffs has the potential to lead to scarring and stenosis of the trachea.1, 2,3, 4 The air inside an ETT cuff is subject to expansion as atmospheric pressure decreases, as happens with an increase in altitude. Emergency medical services helicopters are not pressurized, thereby providing a good environment for studying the effects of altitude changes ETT cuff pressures. This study aims to explore the relationship between altitude and ETT cuff pressures in a helicopter air-medical transport program...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593012/potential-benefit-of-physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-for-regional-trauma-care-system-activation-an-observational-study-in-rural-japan
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Tomohiro Abe, Takehiko Nagano, Hidenobu Ochiai
Objective: Involvement of all regional medical facilities in a trauma system is challenging in rural regions. We hypothesized that the physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service potentially encouraged local facilities to participate in trauma systems by providing the transport of patients with trauma to those facilities in a rural setting. Materials and Methods: We performed two retrospective observational studies. First, yearly changes in the numbers of patients with trauma and destination facilities were surveyed using records from the Miyazaki physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service from April 2012 to March 2014...
May 2017: Journal of Rural Medicine: JRM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581278/reduced-mortality-in-severely-injured-patients-using-hospital-based-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-in-interhospital-transport
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Oh Hyun Kim, Young Il Roh, Hyung Il Kim, Yong Sung Cha, Kyoung Chul Cha, Hyun Kim, Sung Oh Hwang, Kang Hyun Lee
Recent evidence has demonstrated the survival benefits of helicopter transport for trauma patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of hospital-based helicopter emergency medical services (H-HEMS) in comparison with ground ambulance transport in improving mortality outcomes in patients with major trauma. Study participants were divided into 2 groups according to type of transport to the trauma center; that is, either via ground emergency medical services (GEMS) or via H-HEMS. The study was conducted from October 2013 to July 2015...
July 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571104/a-review-of-the-burns-caseload-of-a-physician-based-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Karina Hall, Brian Burns
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe patient demographics, injuries, physiology and interventions performed by retrieval physicians in the care of burns patients in both a pre-hospital and interhospital setting. METHODS: A retrospective review of patient records from a large Australian Helicopter Emergency Medical Service was conducted. Demographics, injury, burn type, physiology and intervention data were extracted into a database for statistical analysis...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559075/impact-of-prehospital-transportation-on-survival-in-skiers-and-snowboarders-with-traumatic-brain-injury
#12
Hai Sun, Navdeep S Samra, Piyush Kalakoti, Kanika Sharma, Devi Prasad Patra, Rimal H Dossani, Jai Deep Thakur, Elizabeth A Disbrow, Kevin Phan, Sreenivas P Veeranki, Aqueel Pabaney, Christina Notarianni, John T Owings, Anil Nanda
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital helicopter use and its impact on outcomes in snowboarders and skiers incurring traumatic brain injury (TBI) is unknown. The present study investigates the association of helicopter transport with survival of snowboarders and skiers with TBI, in comparison with ground emergency medical services (EMS), by using data derived from the National Trauma Data Bank (2007-2014). METHODS: Primary and secondary endpoints were defined as in-hospital survival and absolute risk reduction based upon number needed to transport (treat) respectively...
August 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494674/should-nurses-receive-formal-commendations
#13
Mike Parker
On 22 March news broke that an incident had occurred at the Palace of Westminster in London. The Metropolitan Police, London Ambulance Service and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service responded and, as details emerged, it became clear there had been a terrorist attack.
May 12, 2017: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489643/factors-influencing-quality-of-pain-management-in-a-physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service
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Nicole Oberholzer, Alexander Kaserer, Roland Albrecht, Burkhardt Seifert, Mario Tissi, Donat R Spahn, Konrad Maurer, Philipp Stein
BACKGROUND: Pain is frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and needs to be treated quickly and sufficiently. However, incidences of insufficient analgesia after prehospital treatment by emergency medical services are reported to be as high as 43%. The purpose of this analysis was to identify modifiable factors in a specific emergency patient cohort that influence the pain suffered by patients when admitted to the hospital. METHODS: For that purpose, this retrospective observational study included all patients with significant pain treated by a Swiss physician-staffed helicopter emergency service between April and October 2011 with the following characteristics to limit selection bias: Age > 15 years, numerical rating scale (NRS) for pain documented at the scene and at hospital admission, NRS > 3 at the scene, initial Glasgow coma scale > 12, and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics score < VI...
July 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464969/utilization-criteria-for-prehospital-ultrasound-in-a-canadian-critical-care-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-determining-who-might-benefit
#15
Domhnall O'Dochartaigh, Matthew Douma, Chris Alexiu, Shell Ryan, Mark MacKenzie
Introduction Prehospital ultrasound (PHUS) assessments by physicians and non-physicians are performed on medical and trauma patients with increasing frequency. Prehospital ultrasound has been shown to be of benefit by supporting interventions. Problem Which patients may benefit from PHUS has not been clearly identified. METHODS: A multi-variable logistic regression analysis was performed on a previously created retrospective dataset of five years of physician- and non-physician-performed ultrasound scans in a Canadian critical care Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
May 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460858/analysis-of-out-of-hospital-pediatric-intubation-by%C3%A2-an-australian-helicopter-emergency-medical%C3%A2-service
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Brian J Burns, Joanna B Watterson, Sandra Ware, Luke Regan, Cliff Reid
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examine first-look success in emergency pediatric intubation by a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (EMS). METHODS: A database analysis of all pediatric (<16 years) intubations during a 64-month period was undertaken, using data from a prospectively enrolled electronic airway registry form. Recorded findings included patient demographics, operator background, airway intervention including intubation attempts, complications, and critical timings...
April 28, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351447/near-infrared-spectroscopy-a-promising-prehospital-tool-for-management-of-traumatic-brain-injury
#17
Joost Peters, Bas Van Wageningen, Nico Hoogerwerf, Edward Tan
Introduction Early identification of traumatic brain injury (TBI) is essential. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) can be used in prehospital settings for non-invasive monitoring and the diagnosis of patients who may require surgical intervention. METHODS: The handheld NIRS Infrascanner (InfraScan Inc.; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA) uses eight symmetrical scan points to detect intracranial bleeding. A scanner was tested in a physician-staffed helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)...
March 29, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336019/endotracheal-cuff-pressure-changes-during-helicopter-transport-a-systematic-review
#18
Ashleigh J Delorenzo, Matthew Shepherd, Paul A Jennings
OBJECTIVE: Cuff pressures are important in ventilated patients undergoing helicopter transport. An altitude-related increase in endotracheal tube (ETT) intracuff pressure has been shown in simulated hypobaric environments, model tracheas, and animal studies and may not accurately reflect in vivo pressures. The aim of this study was to determine if ETT intracuff pressure increases above the critical perfusion pressure of the trachea in ventilated patients during helicopter transport. METHODS: Ovid Medline, CINAHL, Embase, Scopus, and the Cochrane Library were searched from their commencement to January 29, 2016...
March 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336017/weather-webcam-system-for-the-safety-of-helicopter-emergency-medical-services-in-miyazaki-japan
#19
Katsuhiro Kanemaru, Robert Katzer, Syu Hanato, Koji Nakamura, Hiroshi Matsuoka, Hidenobu Ochiai
OBJECTIVE: In Japan, the helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) system was initiated in 2001 and introduced to Miyazaki Prefecture in 2012. Mountainous areas occupy 88% of Miyazaki's land area, and HEMS flights can be subject to the effects of weather. Therefore, ensuring safety in changing weather conditions is a necessity for HEMS. METHODS: The weather webcam system (WWS) was established to observe the meteorological conditions in 29 locations. Assessments of the probability of a flight based on conventional data including a weather chart provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency and meteorological reports provided by the Miyazaki Airport were compared with the assessment based on the combination of the information obtained from the WWS and the conventional data...
March 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317095/evaluating-helicopter-emergency-medical-missions-a-reliability-study-of-the-hems-benefit-and-naca-scores
#20
L Raatiniemi, J Liisanantti, M Tommila, S Moilanen, P Ohtonen, M Martikainen, V Voipio, J Reitala, T Iirola
BACKGROUND: The benefits of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and dispatch accuracy are continuously debated, and a widely accepted score to measure the benefits of the mission is lacking. The HEMS Benefit Score (HBS) has been used in Finnish helicopter emergency medical services, but studies are lacking. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) score is widely used to measure the severity of illness or injury in the pre-hospital setting, but it has many critics due to its subjectivity...
May 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
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