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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234837/injury-severity-in-polytrauma-patients-is-underestimated-using-the-injury-severity-score-a-single-center-correlation-study-in-air-rescue
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C Schröter, F Urbanek, C Frömke, M Winkelmann, P Mommsen, C Krettek, C Zeckey
PURPOSE: Prehospital estimation of injury severity is essential for prehospital therapy, deciding on the destination hospital and the associated emergency room care. The aim of this study was to compare prehospital estimates of the abbreviated injury scale (AIS) and the Injury Severity Score (ISS) by emergency physicians with the values of AIS and ISS of injury severity determined at the conclusion of diagnostics. METHODS: In this prospective study, the ISS was determined prehospital by emergency physicians...
December 12, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229653/investigation-of-time-to-first-presentation-and-extrahospital-factors-in-the-treatment-of-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-retrospective-cross-sectional-study
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Peng Yong Sim, Sonul Gajree, Baljean Dhillon, Shyamanga Borooah
OBJECTIVES: To assess the time from symptom onset to treatment for neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) and to measure the awareness of AMD in Southeast Scotland. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Secondary care, Southeast of Scotland. METHODS: Patients treated with intravitreal therapy (IVT) for nvAMD in Southeast Scotland between 2013 and 2015 were identified using a treatment register...
December 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229538/association-of-prehospital-intubation-with-decreased-survival-among-pediatric-trauma-patients-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
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Steven G Schauer, Jason F Naylor, Guyon J Hill, Allyson A Arana, Jamie L Roper, Michael D April
INTRODUCTION: Airway compromise is the second leading cause of preventable death on the battlefield among US military casualties. Airway management is an important component of pediatric trauma care. Yet, intubation is a challenging skill with which many prehospital providers have limited pediatric experience. We compare mortality among pediatric trauma patients undergoing intubation in the prehospital setting versus a fixed-facility emergency department. METHODS: We queried the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DODTR) for all pediatric encounters in Iraq and Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2016...
December 1, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228858/common-patterns-of-regional-brain-injury-detectable-by-dti-in-otherwise-normal-appearing-white-matter-in-patients-with-early-moderate-to-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Kristine O'Phelan, Chad Kuniyuki Otoshi, Thomas M Ernst, Linda Chang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) alters the lives of millions of people every year. Although mortality rates have improved, due to better prehospital care and reduction of secondary injury in the critical care setting, improvements in functional outcomes after TBI have been difficult to achieve. Diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) allows detailed measurement of microstructural damage in regional brain tissue after TBI, thus improving our understanding of the extent and severity of TBI. METHODS: Twenty subjects were recruited from a Neurological Intensive Care Unit, and compared to 18 healthy control subjects...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223194/hospital-confirmed-acute-myocardial-infarction-prehospital-identification-using-the-medical-priority-dispatch-system
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Jeff J Clawson, Isabel Gardett, Greg Scott, Conrad Fivaz, Tracey Barron, Meghan Broadbent, Christopher Olola
Introduction Early recognition of an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) can increase the patient's likelihood of survival. As the first point of contact for patients accessing medical care through emergency services, emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) represent the earliest potential identification point for AMIs. The objective of the study was to determine how AMI cases were coded and prioritized at the dispatch point, and also to describe the distribution of these cases by patient age and gender. Hypothesis/Problem No studies currently exist that describe the EMD's ability to correctly triage AMIs into Advanced Life Support (ALS) response tiers...
December 10, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223193/quality-indicators-for-evaluating-prehospital-emergency-care-a-scoping-review
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Ian Howard, Peter Cameron, Lee Wallis, Maaret Castren, Veronica Lindstrom
Introduction Historically, the quality and performance of prehospital emergency care (PEC) has been assessed largely based on surrogate, non-clinical endpoints such as response time intervals or other crude measures of care (eg, stakeholder satisfaction). However, advances in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems and services world-wide have seen their scope and reach continue to expand. This has dictated that novel measures of performance be implemented to compliment this growth. Significant progress has been made in this area, largely in the form of the development of evidence-informed quality indicators (QIs) of PEC...
December 10, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217362/rethinking-prehospital-stroke-notification-assessing-utility-of-emergency-medical-services-impression-and-cincinnati-prehospital-stroke-scale
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Stephen W English, Alejandro A Rabinstein, Jay Mandrekar, James P Klaas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although prehospital stroke notification has improved stroke treatment, incorporation of these systems into existing infrastructure has resulted in new challenges. The goal of our study was to design an effective prehospital notification system that allows for early and accurate identification of patients presenting with acute stroke. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective single-center cohort study of patients presenting with suspicion of acute stroke from 2014 to 2015...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217178/factors-associated-with-advanced-cardiac-care-in-prehospital-chest-pain-patients
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Adam Frisch, Kenneth J Heidle, Stephanie O Frisch, Ashar Ata, Brandon Kramer, Caroline Colleran, Jestin N Carlson
INTRODUCTION: Many patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS) may require advanced cardiac care but do not have ST-segment elevation (STEMI) on the initial prehospital EKG. We sought to identify factors associated with the need for advanced cardiac care in undifferentiated EMS patients reporting chest pain in the absence of STEMI on EKG. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all adult patients, reporting atraumatic chest pain from a single EMS agency, presenting to a single, urban hospital over a 10-year period...
December 5, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214626/a-descriptive-analysis-of-data-from-the-department-of-defense-joint-trauma-system-prehospital-trauma-registry
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Stephen G Schauer, Michael D April, Jason F Naylor, Joshua J Oliver, Cord W Cunningham, Andrew D Fisher, Russ S Kotwal
The active battlefield is an environment of chaos and confusion. Depending on the scale of combat, the chaos and confusion often extend into the prehospital combat setting with multiple personnel and units involved in the chain of care of casualties. The chaos of the prehospital combat setting has led to limitations in the availability of data for performance improvement and research. The Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Trauma System (JTS) Prehospital Trauma Registry (PHTR) was developed in conjunction with the updated Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) card and a TCCC after action report (AAR), and currently serves as the prehospital repository and module of the DoD Trauma Registry (DoDTR)...
October 2017: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209788/-reform-of-emergency-physician-training-in-austria-finally-up-to-date
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H Trimmel, M Baubin, J Kreutziger, G Frank, G Prause
During the last 20 years Austrian prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) have significantly improved. The structure and organization of Austrian EMS comply with European standards but training requirements for prehospital EMS physicians are insufficient when compared with other countries. Although some EMS systems follow the German or Swiss postgraduate training concepts, the legal requirements in Austria defining the scope of mandatory training for physicians in the prehospital setting are only minimal...
December 5, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209787/-different-levels-of-experience-with-anesthetic-agents-of-german-emergency-physicians-results-of-an-online-survey
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A Luckscheiter, M Fischer, W Zink
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In 2015 practice management guidelines on prehospital emergency anesthesia in adults were published in Germany. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether emergency physicians follow these guidelines in daily practice and to assess their level of experience with the use of anesthetic agents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In an online survey the way of induction of preclinical anesthesia (including preoxygenation time and applied monitoring techniques) was assessed with the help of virtual scenarios based on the guidelines...
December 5, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208018/noise-exposure-during-prehospital-emergency-physicians-work-on-mobile-emergency-care-units-and-helicopter-emergency-medical-services
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199427/predictive-value-of-routine-point-of-care-cardiac-troponin-t-measurement-for-prehospital-diagnosis-and-risk-stratification-in-patients-with-suspected-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Martin B Rasmussen, Carsten Stengaard, Jacob T Sørensen, Ingunn S Riddervold, Troels M Hansen, Matthias Giebner, Claus-Henrik Rasmussen, Hans E Bøtker, Christian J Terkelsen
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the predictive value of routine prehospital point-of-care cardiac troponin T measurement for diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction. METHODS AND RESULTS: All prehospital emergency medical service vehicles in the Central Denmark Region were equipped with a point-of-care cardiac troponin T device (Roche Cobas h232) for routine use in all patients with a suspected acute myocardial infarction...
December 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198373/the-development-and-implementation-of-a-layperson-trauma-first-responder-course-in-la-paz-bolivia-a-pilot-study
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Marissa A Boeck, Tyler E Callese, Sarah K Nelson, Steven J Schuetz, Christian Fuentes Bazan, Juan Mauricio P Saavedra Laguna, Michael B Shapiro, Nabil M Issa, Mamta Swaroop
BACKGROUND: Ninety percent of nearly five million annual global injury deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), where prehospital care systems are frequently rudimentary or nonexistent. The World Health Organization considers layperson first-responders as essential for emergency medical services in low-resource settings lacking more formalized systems. This study sought to develop and implement a layperson trauma first responder course (TFRC) in Bolivia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In March and April 2013 nine sessions of the eight-hour TFRC were held in La Paz, Bolivia...
November 22, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198239/medical-response-to-the-tianjin-explosions-lessons-learned
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Jin-Jun Zhang, Tian-Bing Wang, Da Fan, Jun Zhang, Bao-Guo Jiang
BACKGROUND: On August 12, 2015, a hazardous chemical explosion occurred in the Tianjin Port of China. The explosions resulted in 165 deaths, 8 missing people, injuries to thousands of people. We present the responses of emergency medical services and hospitals to the explosions and summarize the lessons that can be learned. METHODS: This study was a retrospective analysis of the responses of emergency medical services and hospitals to the Tianjin explosions. Data on injuries, outcomes, and patient flow were obtained from the government and the hospitals...
December 4, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197385/qualitative-evaluation-of-trauma-delays-in-road-traffic-injury-patients-in-maring%C3%A3-brazil
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Anjni Patel, João Ricardo Nickenig Vissoci, Michael Hocker, Enio Molina, Nelly Moraes Gil, Catherine Staton
BACKGROUND: Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are the eighth leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 90% of RTIs occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) like Brazil. There has been minimal research in evaluation of delays in transport of RTI patients to trauma centers in LMICs. The objective of this study is to determine specific causes of delays in prehospital transport of road traffic injury patients to designated trauma centers in Maringá, Brazil. METHODS: A qualitative method was used based on the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research (COREQ) approach...
December 2, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196046/prehospital-antibiotics-in-the-ambulance-for-sepsis-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-trial
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Nadia Alam, Erick Oskam, Patricia M Stassen, Pieternel van Exter, Peter M van de Ven, Harm R Haak, Frits Holleman, Arthur van Zanten, Hien van Leeuwen-Nguyen, Victor Bon, Bart A M Duineveld, Rishi S Nannan Panday, Mark H H Kramer, Prabath W B Nanayakkara
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel have already made substantial contributions to improving care for patients with time-dependent illnesses, such as trauma and myocardial infarction. Patients with sepsis could also benefit from timely prehospital care. METHODS: After training EMS personnel in recognising sepsis, we did a randomised controlled open-label trial in ten large regional ambulance services serving 34 secondary and tertiary care hospitals in the Netherlands...
November 28, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191378/patients-with-head-trauma-a-study-on-initial-prehospital-assessment-and-care
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Rebecka Rubenson Wahlin, Veronica Lindström, Sari Ponzer, Veronica Vicente
BACKGROUND: Best evidence guidelines are intended to standardise assessment and treatment of patients with head trauma and improve outcomes for TBI patients. The primary aim was to explore pre-hospital emergency care nurses' (PECNs') documented assessment and care of patients with head trauma and the secondary aim to study gender differences in the documented care and interventions given by the PECNs. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted by evaluating 2750 prehospital medical records...
November 27, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189678/attempting-to-validate-the-overtriage-undertriage-matrix-at-a-level-i-trauma-center
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James W Davis, Rachel C Dirks, Lawrence P Sue, Krista L Kaups
BACKGROUND: The Optimal Resources Document mandates trauma activation based on injury mechanism, physiologic and anatomic criteria and recommends using the overtriage/undertriage matrix (Matrix) to evaluate the appropriateness of trauma team activation. The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of the Matrix method by comparing patients appropriately triaged with those undertriaged. We hypothesized that these two groups are different, and Matrix does not discriminate the needs or outcomes of these different groups of patients...
December 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188917/-implementation-of-the-hartford-consensus-and-tactical-combat-casualty-care-recommendations-in-emergency-services-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Carmen Usero-Pérez, Valentín González Alonso, Luis Orbañanos Peiro, José Manuel Gómez Crespo, Sheima Hossain López
Recent terrorist attacks involving active shooters or improvised explosive devices have shown that traditionally sequenced emergency management leads to delays in attending victims and suboptimal outcomes. Tactical medicine, a new concept in prehospital care, emerged from experience attending the wounded in combat zones, where the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) recommendations are applied. TCCC targets 3 main causes of preventable death in combat: bleeding from extremities, tension pneumothorax, and airway obstruction...
2017: Emergencias: revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
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