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Prehospital emergency care

Mark Xavier Cicero, Travis Whitfill, Frank Overly, Janette Baird, Barbara Walsh, Jorge Yarzebski, Antonio Riera, Kathleen Adelgais, Garth D Meckler, Carl Baum, David Christopher Cone, Marc Auerbach
OBJECTIVE: Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) triage pediatric disaster victims infrequently. The objective of this study was to measure the effect of a multiple-patient, multiple-simulation curriculum on accuracy of pediatric disaster triage (PDT). METHODS: Paramedics, paramedic students, and EMTs from three sites were enrolled. Triage accuracy was measured three times (Time 0, Time 1 [two weeks later], and Time 2 [6 months later]) during a disaster simulation, in which high and low fidelity manikins and actors portrayed 10 victims...
October 17, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Andrew O'Keefe, Ann Clarke, Yvan St Pierre, Jennifer Mill, Yuka Asai, Harley Eisman, Sebastien La Vieille, Reza Alizadehfar, Lawrence Joseph, Judy Morris, Jocelyn Graveli, Moshe Ben-Shoshan
OBJECTIVES: To determine the recurrence rate of anaphylaxis in children medically attended in an emergency department (ED), we performed a prospective cohort study to evaluate prehospital and ED management of children with recurrent anaphylaxis and to assess factors associated with recurrent anaphylaxis. STUDY DESIGN: As part of the Cross-Canada Anaphylaxis Registry, parents of children with anaphylaxis identified prospectively in 3 EDs and through an emergency medical response service were contacted annually after presentation and queried on subsequent reactions...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Matthew S Siket
Although stroke declined from the third to fifth most common cause of death in the United States, the annual incidence and overall prevalence continue to increase. Since the available US Food and Drug Administration-approved treatment options are time dependent, improving early stroke care may have more of a public health impact than any other phase of care. Timely and efficient stroke treatment should be a priority for emergency department and prehospital providers. This article discusses currently available and emerging treatment options in acute ischemic stroke focusing on the preservation of salvageable brain tissue, minimizing complications, and secondary prevention...
November 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
A R Alpysova, Yu V Subbota, A K Adambekova, N T Telembetov, M Maratkyzy
AIM: To analyze the management of patients with associated complications from hypertension to improve prehospital therapeutic and diagnostic care. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The accounts and records (125,905 calling cards over 2012-2014) of the Statistics Division, Karaganda Regional First Aid Station, were used. The methods of clinical and mathematical analysis were applied. RESULTS: There was an annual increase in the number of calls for all cases of hypertension complications in relation to the higher rate of hospitalization by 2014...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Vibe Maria Laden Nielsen, Jacob Madsen, Anette Aasen, Anne Pernille Toft-Petersen, Kenneth Lübcke, Bodil Steen Rasmussen, Erika Frischknecht Christensen
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute respiratory failure are at risk of deterioration during prehospital transport. Ventilatory support with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) can be initiated in the prehospital setting. The objective of the study is to evaluate adherence to treatment and effectiveness of CPAP as an addition to standard care. METHODS: In North Denmark Region, patients with acute respiratory failure, whom paramedics assessed as suffering from acute cardiopulmonary oedema, acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma were treated with CPAP using 100 % O2 from 1 March 2014 to 3 May 2015...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
G Lee Pride, Justin F Fraser, Rishi Gupta, Mark J Alberts, J Neal Rutledge, Ray Fowler, Sameer A Ansari, Todd Abruzzo, Barb Albani, Adam Arthur, Blaise Baxter, Ketan R Bulsara, Michael Chen, Josser E Delgado Almandoz, Chirag D Gandhi, Don Heck, Steven W Hetts, Joshua A Hirsch, M Shazam Hussain, Richard Klucznik, Seon-Kyu Lee, William J Mack, Thabele Leslie-Mazwi, Ryan A McTaggart, Philip M Meyers, J Mocco, Charles Prestigiacomo, Athos Patsalides, Peter Rasmussen, Robert M Starke, Peter Sunenshine, Donald Frei, Mahesh V Jayaraman
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October 5, 2016: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
Linda L Coventry, Johanna W van Schalkwyk, Peter Thompson, Scott Hawkins, Desley Hegney
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To explore patient decision delay, the symptom experience, and factors that motivated the patient experiencing myocardial infarction (MI) to go to the emergency department (ED). BACKGROUND: Reperfusion for MI is more effective if performed as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms. Multiple studies show that prehospital delay is long and can average several hours. DESIGN: A qualitative descriptive design using semi-structured interviews...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Laura Cluzol, Jennifer Cautela, Pierre Michelet, Antoine Roch, François Kerbaul, Julien Mancini, Marc Laine, Michael Peyrol, Floriane Robin, Franck Paganelli, Laurent Bonello, Franck Thuny
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is a life-threatening medical emergency for which no new effective therapies have emerged in recent decades. No previous study has exhaustively described the entire course of care of AHF patients from first medical contact to hospital discharge or assessed its impact on prognosis. AIM: To fully describe the course of care and analyze its influence on outcomes in patients hospitalized with an AHF syndrome in an academic university center...
September 29, 2016: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, P David Adelson, Samuel M Keim, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, Duane Sherrill
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Survival is significantly reduced by either hypotension or hypoxia during the out-of-hospital management of major traumatic brain injury. However, only a handful of small studies have investigated the influence of the combination of both hypotension and hypoxia occurring together. In patients with major traumatic brain injury, we evaluate the associations between mortality and out-of-hospital hypotension and hypoxia separately and in combination. METHODS: All moderate or severe traumatic brain injury cases in the preimplementation cohort of the Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care study (a statewide, before/after, controlled study of the effect of implementing the out-of-hospital traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines) from January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2014, were evaluated (exclusions: <10 years, out-of-hospital oxygen saturation ≤10%, and out-of-hospital systolic blood pressure <40 or >200 mm Hg)...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Jeffrey Siegler, Melissa Kroll, Susan Wojcik, Hawnwan Philip Moy
INTRODUCTION: In the prehospital setting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals rely on providing positive pressure ventilation with a bag-valve-mask (BVM). Multiple emergency medicine and critical care studies have shown that lung-protective ventilation protocols reduce morbidity and mortality. Our primary objective was to determine if a group of EMS professionals could provide ventilations with a smaller BVM that would be sufficient to ventilate patients. Secondary objectives included 1) if the pediatric bag provided volumes similar to lung-protective ventilation in the hospital setting and 2) compare volumes provided to the patient depending on the type of airway (mask, King tube, and intubation)...
October 3, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Dan Bohström, Eric Carlström, Nils Sjöström
BACKGROUND: Ambulance nurses display stress symptoms, resulting from their work with patients in an emergency service. Certain individuals seem, however, to handle longstanding stress better than others and remain in exposed occupations such as ambulance services for many years. This paper examines stress inducing and stress defusing factors among ambulance nurses. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive design using critical incident technique was used. A total of 123 critical incidents were identified, and a total of 61 strategies dealing with stress were confirmed...
September 21, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Anne Maree Kelly, Anna Holdgate, Gerben Keijzers, Sharon Klim, Colin A Graham, Simon Craig, Win Sen Kuan, Peter Jones, Charles Lawoko, Said Laribi
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine epidemiology and outcome for patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with shortness of breath who were transported by ambulance. METHODS: This was a planned sub-study of a prospective, interrupted time series cohort study conducted at three time points in 2014 and which included consecutive adult patients presenting to the ED with dyspnoea as a main symptom. For this sub-study, additional inclusion criteria were presentation to an ED in Australia or New Zealand and transport by ambulance...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Katherine Remick, Christopher Redgate, Daniel Ostermayer, Amy H Kaji, Marianne Gausche-Hill
OBJECTIVE: Many Emergency Medicine Services (EMS) protocols require point-of-care blood glucose testing (BGT) for any pediatric patient who presents with seizure or altered level of conscious. Few data describe the diagnostic yield of BGT when performed on all pediatric seizures regardless of presenting mental status. We analyzed a large single center dataset of pediatric patients presenting with prehospital seizures to determine the prevalence of hypoglycemic seizures and the utility of repeat BGT in the emergency department (ED)...
September 16, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Sanjeev Bhoi, Prakash Ranjan Mishra, Kapil Dev Soni, Upendra Baitha, Tej Prakash Sinha
INTRODUCTION: There is a paucity of literature on prehospital care and epidemiology of traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) in India. This study highlights the profile and characteristics of TCA. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to study epidemiological profile of TCA patients ≥1 year presenting to a level 1 trauma center of India. RESULTS: One thousand sixty-one patients were recruited in the study. The median age (interquartile range) was 32 (23-45) years (male:female ratio of 5...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
A M K Harmsen, G F Giannakopoulos, M Terra, E S M de Lange de Klerk, F W Bloemers
PURPOSE: Many changes have been made to improve trauma care. Improved trauma team response and usage of a hybrid resuscitation room are examples of how this trauma center has developed. The aim was to assess how the outcome of the trauma population was influenced by the maturation. METHODS: A cohort comparison, between June 2004-July 2005 and 2014, was performed. All adult trauma patients with an Injury Severity Score (ISS) >15 were included. Variables collected were: patient demographics, mechanism of trauma, total prehospital time, pre- and inhospital trauma scores, vital signs, blood values and interventions, and physician staffed helicopter emergency medical services (P-HEMS) involvement and outcome...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Lori L Boland, Jonathan S Hokanson, Karl M Fernstrom, Tyler G Kinzy, Charles J Lick, Paul A Satterlee, Brian K LaCroix
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to pilot test the delivery of sepsis education to emergency medical services (EMS) providers and the feasibility of equipping them with temporal artery thermometers (TATs) and handheld lactate meters to aid in the prehospital recognition of sepsis. METHODS: This study used a convenience sample of prehospital patients meeting established criteria for sepsis. Paramedics received education on systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) criteria, were trained in the use of TATs and hand-held lactate meters, and enrolled patients who had a recent history of infection, met ≥ 2 SIRS criteria, and were being transported to a participating hospital...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
S E van Oostendorp, E C T H Tan, L M G Geeraedts
INTRODUCTION: Exsanguination following trauma is potentially preventable. Extremity tourniquets have been successfully implemented in military and civilian prehospital care. Prehospital control of bleeding from the torso and junctional area's remains challenging but offers a great potential to improve survival rates. This review aims to provide an overview of potential treatment options in both clinical as preclinical state of research on truncal and junctional bleeding. Since many options have been developed for application in the military primarily, translation to the civilian situation is discussed...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Ciaran S Hill, Aaron L McLean, Mark H Wilson
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric traumatic brain injury is the most common cause of death and a major cause of morbidity in children and young adults worldwide. Despite this, our understanding of epidemiological factors relating to this type of injury is incomplete. The objective of this study was to explore a variety of factors relating to these injuries including mechanism, timing of emergency response, prehospital management, radiological diagnosis, neurosurgical care, and final outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review of all pediatric traumas attending a single large, densely populated urban area within a 2-year period was undertaken, and all cases with significant pediatric traumatic brain injury, as defined by a computed tomography scan showing an intracranial injury, were included for further analysis...
September 9, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Virginia Schmied Blackman, Bruce A Cooper, Kathleen Puntillo, Linda S Franck
Emergency department (ED) pain assessment documentation in trauma patients is critical to ED pain care. This retrospective, cross-sectional study used trauma registry data to evaluate U.S. military combat zone trauma patients injured between 2010 and 2013 requiring ≥ 24-hr inpatient care. Study aims were to identify the frequency of combat zone ED pain assessment documentation and describe pain severity. Secondary aims were to construct statistical models to explain variation in pain assessment documentation and pain severity...
September 2016: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Mark T Mackay, Belinda Stojanovski, Ian Mosley, Leonid Churilov, Geoffrey A Donnan, Paul Monagle
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Taking appropriate action in the prehospital setting is important for rapid stroke diagnosis in adults. Data are lacking for children. We aimed to describe parental care-seeking behavior and prehospital timelines of care in childhood arterial ischemic stroke. METHODS: A structured questionnaire was developed, using value-focused event-driven conceptual modeling techniques, to interview parents of children presenting to the emergency department with arterial ischemic stroke from 2008 to 2014...
October 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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