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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723789/measuring-the-impact-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-on-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-survival-in-a-developing-country-a-key-metric-for-ems-systems-performance
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Mazen El Sayed, Reem Al Assad, Yasmin Abi Aad, Nour Gharios, Marwan M Refaat, Hani Tamim
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) can be used to evaluate the overall performance of the emergency medical services' (EMS) system. This study assessed the impact of EMS on OHCA survival rates in a setting where the prehospital system is underdeveloped.A retrospective chart review was carried out over a 5-year period of all adult OHCA patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary care center in Lebanon.A total of 271 patients with OHCA (179 [66.1%] men, mean age of 69.9 [standard deviation = 15...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719478/a-review-of-nonfatal-drowning-in-the-pediatric-age-group-a-10-year-experience-at-a-university-hospital-in-saudi-arabia
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Faisal O Al-Qurashi, Abdullah A Yousef, Abdullah Aljoudi, Saleh M Alzahrani, Nasser Y Al-Jawder, Abdulrahman K Al-Ahmar, Mosab S Al-Majed, Hussam M Abouollo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the nonfatal drowning experience, risk factors, intrahospital assessment and postincidental outcomes for children admitted to King Fahd Hospital of the University, AlKhobar, Saudi Arabia, over a 10-year period. METHODS: Children up to the age of 14 years who were admitted with the diagnosis of nonfatal drowning from July 2005 to June 2015 were included. Data regarding demographics, timing, season and location of drowning, presence of an assigned lifeguard, duration of submersion and transport to hospital, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, initial Glasgow Coma Scale, temperature, pH, blood sugar level, total hospital stay, and discharge status were extrapolated, and their effects on the patient's outcome analyzed...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717780/epidemiology-of-prehospital-emergency-medical-service-use-in-korean-children
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Se Uk Lee, Dongbum Suh, Hahn Bom Kim, Jin Hee Jung, Ki Jeong Hong, Jin Hee Lee, Hye Young Jang, Hyun Noh, Jae Yun Jung, Do Kyun Kim, Young Ho Kwak
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to elucidate the epidemiology of pediatric patients transported by the National 119 Rescue Services in Korea. METHODS: We enrolled all pediatric patients (<16 years old) who used the National 119 Rescue Services in Korea between January 2006 and December 2008, and analyzed the 119 ambulance patient care record databases. RESULTS: The total number of the cases was 238,644 for 3 years. The median age was 6 years old and 59...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
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/28716784/protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study-to-improve-prehospital-notification-of-injured-patients-presenting-to-trauma-centres-in-india
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Biswadev Mitra, Joseph Mathew, Amit Gupta, Peter Cameron, Gerard O'Reilly, Kapil Dev Soni, Gaurav Kaushik, Teresa Howard, Madonna Fahey, Michael Stephenson, Vineet Kumar, Sharad Vyas, Satish Dharap, Pankaj Patel, Advait Thakor, Naveen Sharma, Tony Walker, Mahesh Chandra Misra, Russell Gruen, Mark Fitzgerald
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital notification of injured patients enables prompt and timely care in hospital through adequate preparation of trauma teams, space, equipment and consumables necessary for resuscitation, and may improve outcomes. In India, anecdotal reports suggest that prehospital notification, in those few places where it occurs, is unstructured and not linked to a well-defined hospital response. The aim of this manuscript is to describe, in detail, a study protocol for the evaluation of a formalised approach to prehospital notification...
July 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713330/access-to-thrombolysis-for-non-resident-and-resident-stroke-patients-a-registry-based-comparative-study-from-berlin
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Ludwig Schlemm, Guillaume Turc, Heinrich J Audebert, Martin Ebinger
OBJECTIVES: Stroke can happen to people away from home. It is unknown whether non-resident and resident stroke patients have equal access to thrombolysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients cared for by the Stroke Emergency Mobile between 2011 and 2016 after prompting suspicion of acute stroke during the emergency call were included in our registry. Patients were categorized as residents or non-residents based on their main address. Clinical characteristics, thrombolysis rates, and time intervals from symptom onset/last seen well to alarm and to thrombolysis were compared between groups adjusting for age, pre-stroke modified Rankin Scale (mRS) score, and National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712527/clinical-presentation-to-the-emergency-department-predicts-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-associated-myocardial-injury
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Khalil M Yousef, Elizabeth Crago, Theodore F Lagattuta, Marilyn Hravnak
INTRODUCTION: Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is frequently seen in emergency departments. Secondary injury, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage-associated myocardial injury (SAHMI), affects one third of survivors and contributes to poor outcomes. SAHMI is not attributed to ischemia from myocardial disease but can result in hypotension and arrhythmias. It is important that emergency nurses recognize which clinical presentation characteristics are predictive of SAHMI to initiate proper interventions...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711194/factors-associated-with-epinephrine-administration-for-anaphylaxis-in-children-before-arrival-to-the-emergency-department
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Melissa Robinson, Matthew Greenhawt, David R Stukus
BACKGROUND: Epinephrine is the first-line treatment for anaphylaxis but may be underused by patients and medical personnel. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate factors associated with anaphylaxis management before arrival at the emergency department (ED) or urgent care center (UCC). METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of electronic medical records for all patients aged 0 to 25 years presenting with anaphylaxis to the ED or UCC at a pediatric academic referral center during 2009 to 2013...
June 30, 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701849/blunt-trauma-neck-with-complete-tracheal-transection-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge-to-the-trauma-team
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K N J Prakash Raju, D Anandhi, R Surendar, Ashwith Shetty, Vinay R Pandit
Survival following trachea-esophageal transection is uncommon. Establishing a secure airway has the highest priority in trauma management. Airway management is a unique and a defining element to the specialty of emergency medicine. There is no doubt regarding the significance of establishing a patent airway in the critically ill patient in the emergency department. Cannot intubate and cannot ventilate situation is a nightmare to all emergency physicians. The most important take-home message from this case report is that every Emergency physician should have the ability to predict "difficult airway" and recognize "failed airway" very early and be skilled in performing rescue techniques when routine oral-tracheal intubation fails...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693524/national-consensus-on-communication-in-prehospital-trauma-care-the-denim-study
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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/28676492/local-emergency-medical-response-after-a-terrorist-attack-in-norway-a-qualitative-study
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Aleidis S Brandrud, Michael Bretthauer, Guttorm Brattebø, May Jb Pedersen, Kent Håpnes, Karin Møller, Trond Bjorge, Bjørnar Nyen, Lars Strauman, Ada Schreiner, Gro S Haldorsen, Maria Bergli, Eugene Nelson, Tamara S Morgan, Per Hjortdahl
INTRODUCTION: On 22 July 2011, Norway suffered a devastating terrorist attack targeting a political youth camp on a remote island. Within a few hours, 35 injured terrorist victims were admitted to the local Ringerike community hospital. All victims survived. The local emergency medical service (EMS), despite limited resources, was evaluated by three external bodies as successful in handling this crisis. This study investigates the determinants for the success of that EMS as a model for quality improvement in healthcare...
July 4, 2017: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672716/biomarker-based-targeted-therapy-of-traumatic-brain-injury-from-prehospital-care-to-in-hospital-care-to-rehabilitation
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Guru Dutta Satyarthee
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July 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671060/retrospective-analysis-of-mosh-pit-related-injuries
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Andrew M Milsten, Joseph Tennyson, Stacy Weisberg
OBJECTIVES: Moshing is a violent form of dancing found world-wide at rock concerts, festivals, and electronic dance music events. It involves crowd surfing, shoving, and moving in a circular rotation. Moshing is a source of increased morbidity and mortality. The goal of this study was to report epidemiologic information on patient presentation rate (PPR), transport to hospital rate (TTHR), and injury patterns from patients who participated in mosh-pits. Materials and Methods Subjects were patrons from mosh-pits seeking medical care at a single venue...
July 3, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667210/is-the-current-level-of-training-in-the-use-of-equipment-for-prehospital-radio-communication-sufficient-a-cross-sectional-study-among-prehospital-physicians-in-denmark
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Jimmy Højberg Holm
BACKGROUND: Physicians working in prehospital care are expected to handle radio communication both within their own sector as well as with other divisions of the National Emergency Services. To date, no study has been conducted on the level of training received by physicians in the use of the equipment provided or on the level of competency acquired by physicians. METHODS: In order to investigate the self-assessed skill level acquired in the use of the TETRA (TErrestrial Trunked RAdio) authority radio for communication in a prehospital setting, a cross-sectional study was conducted by questionnaire circulated to all 454 physicians working in the Danish Emergency Medical Services...
June 30, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665102/identifying-emergency-department-patients-with-chest-pain-who-are-at-low-risk-for-acute-coronary-syndromes
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David Markel
Though a minority of patients presenting to the emergency department with chest pain have acute coronary syndromes, identifying the patients who may be safely discharged and determining whether further testing is needed remains challenging. From the prehospital care setting to disposition and follow-up, this systematic review addresses the fundamentals of the emergency department evaluation of patients determined to be at low risk for acute coronary syndromes or adverse outcomes. Clinical risk scores are discussed, as well as the evidence and indications for confirmatory testing...
July 2017: Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663360/public-knowledge-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-response-to-acute-cardiac-events-in-three-cities-in-china-and-india
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Herbert C Duber, Claire R McNellan, Alexandra Wollum, Bryan Phillips, Kate Allen, Jonathan C Brown, Miranda Bryant, R B Guptam, Yichong Li, Piyusha Majumdar, Gregory A Roth, Blake Thomson, Shelley Wilson, Alexander Woldeab, Maigeng Zhou, Marie Ng
OBJECTIVE: To inform interventions targeted towards reducing mortality from acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and sudden cardiac arrest in three megacities in China and India, a baseline assessment of public knowledge, attitudes and practices was performed. METHODS: A household survey, supplemented by focus group and individual interviews, was used to assess public understanding of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, AMI symptoms, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AEDs)...
June 29, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661784/identifying-key-words-in-9-1-1-calls-for-stroke-a-mixed-methods-approach
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Christopher T Richards, Baiyang Wang, Eddie Markul, Frank Albarran, Doreen Rottman, Neelum T Aggarwal, Patricia Lindeman, Leslee Stein-Spencer, Joseph M Weber, Kenneth S Pearlman, Katie L Tataris, Jane L Holl, Diego Klabjan, Shyam Prabhakaran
OBJECTIVES: Identifying stroke during a 9-1-1 call is critical to timely prehospital care. However, emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) recognize stroke in less than half of 9-1-1 calls, potentially due to the words used by callers to communicate stroke signs and symptoms. We hypothesized that callers do not typically use words and phrases considered to be classical descriptors of stroke, such as focal neurologic deficits, but that a mixed-methods approach can identify words and phrases commonly used by 9-1-1 callers to describe acute stroke victims...
June 29, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657816/retrospective-evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-pediatric-secondary-transport
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Jennifer N Fishe, Kevin J Psoter, Bruce L Klein, Jennifer F Anders
OBJECTIVE: Emergency medical services (EMS) typically transports patients to the nearest emergency department (ED). After initial presentation, children who require specialized care must undergo secondary transport, exposing them to additional risks and delaying definitive treatment. EMS direct transport protocols exist for major trauma and certain adult medical conditions, however the same cannot be said for pediatric medical conditions or injuries that do not meet trauma center criteria ('minor trauma')...
June 28, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649936/berlin-prehospital-or-usual-delivery-of-acute-stroke-care-study-protocol
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Martin Ebinger, Peter Harmel, Christian H Nolte, Ulrike Grittner, Bob Siegerink, Heinrich J Audebert
Rationale Prehospital stroke care in specialized ambulances increases thrombolysis rates, reduces alarm-to-treatment times, and improves the prehospital triage. Preliminary analyses suggest cost-effectiveness. However, scientific proof of better functional outcome compared to usual care is still lacking. Aim To prove better functional outcomes after deployment of the Stroke Emergency Mobile compared to regular ambulances. Sample size estimates A sample size of 686 patients will be required in each arm (Stroke Emergency Mobile group vs...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648808/are-characteristics-of-hospitals-associated-with-outcome-after-cardiac-arrest-insights-from-the-great-paris-registry
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Richard Chocron, Wulfran Bougouin, Frankie Beganton, Philippe Juvin, Thomas Loeb, Frédéric Adnet, Eric Lecarpentier, Lionel Lamhaut, Daniel Jost, Eloi Marijon, Alain Cariou, Xavier Jouven, Florence Dumas
PURPOSE: As post-cardiac arrest care may influence patients' outcome, characteristics of receiving hospitals should be integrated in the evaluation of survival. We aimed at assessing the influence of care level center on patients' survival at hospital discharge using a regional registry of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients (OHCA). METHODS: We retrospectively analysed a Utstein and in-hospital data prospectively collected for all non-traumatic OHCA patients, in whom a successful return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) had been obtained, from a large metropolitan area (Great Paris)...
June 23, 2017: Resuscitation
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