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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936069/prehospital-management-of-acute-stroke-in-rural-versus-urban-responders
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Gregory Hansen, Simerpreet Bal, Kerri Lynn Schellenberg, Susan Alcock, Esseddeeg Ghrooda
OBJECTIVE: Stroke guideline compliance of rural Canadian prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) care in acute stroke is unknown. In this quality assurance study, we sought to compare rural and urban care by prehospital EMS evaluation/management indicators from patients assessed at an urban Canadian stroke center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred adult patients were randomly selected from the stroke registry. Patients were transported through Rural EMS bypass protocols or urban EMS protocols (both bypass and direct) to our stroke center between January and December 2013...
August 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934985/factors-influencing-on-scene-time-in-a-rural-norwegian-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-a-retrospective-observational-study
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Øyvind Østerås, Jon-Kenneth Heltne, Bjørn-Christian Vikenes, Jörg Assmus, Guttorm Brattebø
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients need to be immediately identified, properly managed, and rapidly transported to definitive care. Extensive prehospital times may increase mortality in selected patient groups. The on-scene time is a part of the prehospital interval that can be decreased, as transport times are determined mostly by the distance to the hospital. Identifying factors that affect on-scene time can improve training, protocols, and decision making. Our objectives were to assess on-scene time in the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in our region and selected factors that may affect it in specific and severe conditions...
September 21, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921731/inter-observer-agreement-in-pediatric-cervical-spine-injury-assessment-between-prehospital-and-emergency-department-providers
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Lorin R Browne, Hamilton Schwartz, Fahd A Ahmad, Michael Wallendorf, Nathan Kuppermann, E Brooke Lerner, Julie C Leonard
BACKGROUND: Investigators have derived cervical spine injury (CSI) decision support tools from physician observations. There is a need to demonstrate that prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers can use these tools to appropriately determine the need for spinal motion restrictions and make field disposition decisions. OBJECTIVE: To determine the inter-observer agreement between EMS and emergency department (ED) providers for CSI risk assessment variables and overall gestalt for CSI in children after blunt trauma...
September 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919539/the-nexus-between-the-documentation-of-end-of-life-wishes-and-awareness-of-dying-a-model-for-research-education-and-care
#4
Deborah P Waldrop, Jacqueline M McGinley, Brian Clemency
The convergence of medical treatment that can extend life with written medical orders that make it possible to refuse such treatment brings the differential dynamics of contemporary end-of-life decision-making into sharp focus. Communication between families and clinicians can be confusing, uncertain and pressured when death is imminent. These situations create distress that ultimately influences the end-of-life experience for people who are dying and those who care for them. This paper presents the analysis of the decisional dynamics that emerge from the intersection of the patient-family-provider awareness that death is near with the presence or absence of documentation of expressed wishes for end-of-life care...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910212/feasibility-of-paramedic-performed-prehospital-lung-ultrasound-in-medical-patients-with-respiratory-distress
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Torben K Becker, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette, Christopher Schott
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital ultrasound is not yet widely implemented. Most studies report on convenience samples and trauma patients, often by prehospital physicians or critical care clinicians. We assessed the feasibility of paramedic performed prehospital lung ultrasound in medical patients with respiratory distress. METHODS: Paramedics at 2 ambulance stations in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA underwent a 2-hour training session in prehospital lung ultrasound using the SonoSite iViz, a handheld ultrasound device...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900664/-prehospital-care-for-stroke-patients
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REVIEW
C H Nolte, H J Audebert
The effectiveness of thrombolysis or mechanical recanalization for acute stroke is higher, the sooner these therapies are started. Therefore, acute stroke patients need to be evaluated by qualified staff for these therapies as soon as possible. Lay persons need to identify the typical symptoms of stroke as an emergency and act accordingly by calling the emergency medical system (EMS). The EMS team reassesses the symptoms and prompts cerebral imaging. Cerebral imaging is performed ideally in hospitals with a stroke unit where subsequent (stroke) treatments occur...
September 12, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898557/improved-survival-for-rural-trauma-patients-transported-by-helicopter-to-a-verified-trauma-center-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Thein Hlaing Zhu, Lisa Hollister, Dazar Opoku, Samuel M Galvagno
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies using advanced statistical methods to control for confounders have demonstrated an association between helicopter transport (HT) vs. ground ambulance transport (GT) in terms of improved survival for adult trauma patients. The aim of this study was to apply a methodologically vigorous approach to determine if HT is associated with a survival benefit for when trauma patients are transported to a verified trauma center in a rural setting. METHODS: The ascertainment of trauma patients age ≥15 years (n=469 cases) by HT and (n=580 cases) by GT between 1999 and 2012 was restricted to the scene of injury in a rural area of 10 to 35 miles from the trauma center...
September 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874938/availability-and-accuracy-of-ems-information-about-chronic-health-and-medications-in-cardiac-arrest
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Alexander Foster, Victor Florea, Carol Fahrenbruch, Jennifer Blackwood, Thomas D Rea
INTRODUCTION: Field information available to emergency medical services (EMS) about a patient's chronic health conditions or medication therapies could help direct patient care or be used to investigate outcome disparities. However, little is known about the field availability or accuracy of information of chronic health conditions or chronic medication treatments in emergent circumstances, especially when the patient cannot serve as an information resource. We evaluated the prehospital availability and accuracy of specific chronic health conditions and medication treatments among out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) patients...
August 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863949/impact-of-rapid-response-car-system-on-extracorporeal-life-support-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Ryota Sato, Akira Kuriyama, Michitaka Nasu, Shinnji Gima, Wataru Iwanaga, Tadaaki Takada, Yusuke Kitahara, Hideto Fukui, Terutake Yonemori, Masaharu Yagi
INTRODUCTION: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) has been reported to be more effective than conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). In ECLS, a shorter time from arrival to implantation of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO; door-to-ECMO) time was predicted to be associated with better survival rates. This study aimed to examine the impact of the physician-based emergency medical services (P-EMS) using a rapid response car (RRC) on door-to-ECMO time in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA)...
August 29, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855780/the-2017-international-joint-working-group-white-paper-by-indusem-the-emergency-medicine-association-and-the-academic-college-of-emergency-experts-on-establishing-standardized-regulations-operational-mechanisms-and-accreditation-pathways-for-education-and-care
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Veronica Sikka, V Gautam, Sagar Galwankar, Randeep Guleria, Stanislaw P Stawicki, Lorenzo Paladino, Vivek Chauhan, Geetha Menon, Vijay Shah, R P Srivastava, B K Rana, Bipin Batra, O P Kalra, P Aggarwal, Sanjeev Bhoi, S Vimal Krishnan
The government of India has done remarkable work on commissioning a government funded prehospital emergency ambulance service in India. This has both public health implications and an economic impact on the nation. With the establishment of these services, there is an acute need for standardization of education and quality assurance regarding prehospital care provided. The International Joint Working Group has been actively involved in designing guidelines and establishing a comprehensive framework for ensuring high-quality education and clinical standards of care for prehospital services in India...
July 2017: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846853/is-this-child-sick-usefulness-of-the-pediatric-assessment-triangle-in-emergency-settings
#11
REVIEW
Ana Fernandez Landaluce, Javier Benito Fernandez, Santiago Mintegi Raso
OBJECTIVE: The Pediatric Assessment Triangle is a rapid assessment tool that uses only visual and auditory clues, requires no equipment, and takes 30-60s to perform. It's being used internationally in different emergency settings, but few studies have assessed its performance. The aim of this narrative biomedical review is to summarize the literature available regarding the usefulness of the Pediatric Assessment Triangle in clinical practice. SOURCES: The authors carried out a non-systematic review in the PubMed(®), MEDLINE(®), and EMBASE(®) databases, searching for articles published between 1999-2016 using the keywords "pediatric assessment triangle," "pediatric triage," "pediatric assessment tools," and "pediatric emergency department...
August 25, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843959/team-a-low-cost-alternative-to-atls-for-providing-trauma-care-teaching-in-haiti
#12
Anton Kurdin, Andrew Caines, Darrell Boone, Andrew Furey
OBJECTIVE: Trauma resuscitation protocols have unified the care of trauma patients and significantly improved outcomes. However, the success of the Advanced Trauma Life Support course is difficult to reproduce in developing countries due to set-up costs, limitations of resources, and variations of practice. The objective of this study is to assess the Trauma Evaluation and Management (TEAM) course as a low-cost alternative for trauma resuscitation teaching in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833853/the-pediatric-submersion-score-predicts-children-at-low-risk-for-injury-following-submersions
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Rohit P Shenoi, Sachin Allahabadi, Daniel M Rubalcava, Elizabeth A Camp
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric submersion victims often require admission. We wanted to identify a cohort of children at low risk for submersion-related injury who can be safely discharged from the emergency department (ED) after a period of observation. METHODS: This was a single-center retrospective derivation/validation cross-sectional study of children (0-18 years) who presented post-submersion to a tertiary-care, children's hospital ED from 2008-2015. We reviewed demographics, comorbidities, prehospital and ED course...
August 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810931/a-comprehensive-regional-clinical-and-educational-ecpr-protocol-decreases-time-to-ecmo-in-patients-with-refractory-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
#14
Brian Grunau, Sarah Carrier, Jamil Bashir, William Dick, Luke Harris, Robert Boone, Dan Kalla, Frank Scheuermeyer, Brian Twaites, Ron Straight, James Abel, Ken McDonald, Ruth MacRedmond, David Agulnik, Joe Finkler, Jeanne MacLeod, Jim Christenson, Anson Cheung
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation within CPR (ECPR) may improve survival for refractory out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We developed a prehospital, emergency department (ED), and hospital-based clinical and educational protocol to improve the key variable of time-to-ECPR (TTE). METHODS: In a single urban health region we involved key prehospital, clinical, and administrative stakeholders over a 2-year period, to develop a regional ECPR program with destination to a single urban tertiary care hospital...
August 16, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807080/a-descriptive-analysis-of-traction-splint-utilization-and-iv-analgesia-by-emergency-medical-services
#15
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/28804875/prehospital-pathways-of-occipital-stroke-patients-with-mainly-visual-symptoms
#16
S Räty, K Silvennoinen, T Tatlisumak
OBJECTIVES: Occipital ischemic strokes typically cause homonymous visual field defects, for which means of rehabilitation are limited. Intravenous thrombolysis is increasingly and successfully used for their acute treatment. However, recognition of strokes presenting with mainly visual field defects is challenging for both patients and healthcare professionals. We studied prehospital pathways of occipital stroke patients with mainly visual symptoms to define obstacles in their early recognition...
August 13, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797317/where-there-is-no-ems-lay-providers-in-emergency-medical-services-care-ems-as-a-public-health-priority
#17
Sierra Debenham, Matthew Fuller, Matthew Stewart, Raymond R Price
By 2030, road traffic accidents are projected to be the fifth leading cause of death worldwide, with 90% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While high-quality, prehospital trauma care is crucial to reduce the number of trauma-related deaths, effective Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) are limited or absent in many LMICs. Although lay providers have long been recognized as the front lines of informal trauma care in countries without formal EMS, few efforts have been made to capitalize on these networks...
August 11, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795061/a-multi-agent-based-approach-for-prehospital-emergency-management
#18
Reza Safdari, Jaleh Shoshtarian Malak, Niloofar Mohammadzadeh, Azimeh Danesh Shahraki
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate an architecture to automate the prehospital emergency process to categorize the specialized care according to the situation at the right time for reducing the patient mortality and morbidity. METHODS: Prehospital emergency process were analyzed using existing prehospital management systems, frameworks and the extracted process were modeled using sequence diagram in Rational Rose software. System main agents were identified and modeled via component diagram, considering the main system actors and by logically dividing business functionalities, finally the conceptual architecture for prehospital emergency management was proposed...
July 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794661/focused-assessment-with-sonography-for-trauma-current-perspectives
#19
REVIEW
Sorravit Savatmongkorngul, Sirote Wongwaisayawan, Rathachai Kaewlai
Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) is a part of resuscitation of trauma patients recommended by international panel consensus. The purpose of FAST is to identify free fluid, which necessarily means blood in acute trauma patients. In this article, the authors focused on various aspects of FAST in the emergency department, prehospital care, pediatric setting, training and general pearls/pitfalls. Detailed techniques and interpretation of FAST are beyond the scope of this article.
2017: Open Access Emergency Medicine: OAEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792281/pan-asian-trauma-outcomes-study-patos-rationale-and-methodology-of-an-international-and-multicenter-trauma-registry
#20
So Yeon Kong, Sang Do Shin, Hideharu Tanaka, Akio Kimura, Kyoung Jun Song, Goh E Shaun, Wen-Chu Chiang, Kentaro Kajino, Sabariah Faizah Jamaluddin, Dae Han Wi, Ju Ok Park, Sung Woo Moon, Young Sun Ro, David C Cone, James F Holmes
BACKGROUND: Trauma is a major health burden and a time-dependent critical emergency condition among developing and developed countries. In Asia, trauma has become a rapidly expanding epidemic and has spread out to many underdeveloped and developing countries through rapid urbanization and industrialization. Most casualties of severe trauma, which results in significant mortality and disability are assessed and transported by prehospital providers including physicians, professional providers, and volunteer providers...
August 9, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
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