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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077294/-nasal-flaring-as-a-predictor-of-mortality-in-patients-with-severe-dyspnea
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Eva Sierra Quintana, Carmen María Martínez Caballero, Sara Abigail Batista Pardo, Salas Abella Barraca, María de la Vieja Soriano
OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of patients with nontraumatic medical problems rescued by a Spanish mountain emergency response service (061 Aragon). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective observational analysis of records of mountain rescues completed between July 2010 and December 2016. RESULTS: A total of 164 patients with nontraumatic medical emergencies were rescued; 82.3% were males. Most patients were between the ages of 50 and 59 years...
October 2017: Emergencias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074075/knowledge-of-the-avalanche-victim-resuscitation-checklist-and-utility-of-a-standardized-lecture-in-italy
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Giacomo Strapazzon, Daniel Migliaccio, Diego Fontana, Agnieszka Elzbieta Stawinoga, Mario Milani, Hermann Brugger
OBJECTIVE: To explore baseline knowledge about avalanche guidelines and the Avalanche Victim Resuscitation Checklist (AVReCh) in Italy and the knowledge acquisition from a standardized lecture. METHODS: Standardized lecture material discussing AVReCh was presented during 8 mountain medicine courses from November 2014 to April 2016 in different regions of Italy. To determine the knowledge acquisition from the lecture, a pre- and postlecture survey was utilized. RESULTS: A total of 193 surveys were analyzed...
October 23, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057865/genetic-rescue-increases-fitness-and-aids-rapid-recovery-of-an-endangered-marsupial-population
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Andrew R Weeks, Dean Heinze, Louise Perrin, Jakub Stoklosa, Ary A Hoffmann, Anthony van Rooyen, Tom Kelly, Ian Mansergh
Genetic rescue has now been attempted in several threatened species, but the contribution of genetics per se to any increase in population health can be hard to identify. Rescue is expected to be particularly useful when individuals are introduced into small isolated populations with low levels of genetic variation. Here we consider such a situation by documenting genetic rescue in the mountain pygmy possum, Burramys parvus. Rapid population recovery occurred in the target population after the introduction of a small number of males from a large genetically diverged population...
October 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981369/the-elusive-path-of-brain-tissue-oxygenation-and-cerebral-perfusion-in-harness-hang-syncope-in-mountain-climbers
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Francesca Lanfranconi, Luca Pollastri, Giovanni Corna, Manuela Bartesaghi, Massimiliano Novarina, Alessandra Ferri, Giuseppe Andrea Miserocchi
Lanfranconi, Francesca, Luca Pollastri, Giovanni Corna, Manuela Bartesaghi, Massimiliano Novarina, Alessandra Ferri, and Giuseppe Andrea Miserocchi. The elusive path of brain tissue oxygenation and cerebral perfusion in harness hang syncope in mountain climbers. High Alt Med Biol. 18:000-000, 2017. AIM: Harness hang syncope (HHS) is a risk that specifically affects wide ranges of situations requiring safety harnesses in mountains. An irreversible orthostatic stasis could lead to death if a prompt rescue is not performed...
October 5, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968162/severe-hypothermia-management-in-mountain-rescue-a-survey-study
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Paweł Podsiadło, Tomasz Darocha, Sylweriusz Kosiński, Kinga Sałapa, Mirosław Ziętkiewicz, Tomasz Sanak, Rachel Turner, Hermann Brugger
Podsiadło, Paweł, Tomasz Darocha, Sylweriusz Kosiński, Kinga Sałapa, Mirosław Ziętkiewicz, Tomasz Sanak, Rachel Turner, and Hermann Brugger. Severe hypothermia management in mountain rescue: a survey study. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017. INTRODUCTION: Severe hypothermia is a rare but demanding medical emergency. Although mortality is high, if well managed, the neurological outcome of survivors can be excellent. The aim of the study was to assess whether mountain rescue teams (MRTs) are able to meet the guidelines in the management of severe hypothermia, regarding their equipment and procedures...
October 2, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953422/indications-and-outcomes-of-helicopter-rescue-missions-in-alpine-mountain-huts-a-retrospective-study
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Mathieu Pasquier, Louis Marxer, Hervé Duplain, Vincent Frochaux, Florence Selz, Pierre Métrailler, Grégoire Zen Ruffinen, Olivier Hugli
Pasquier, Mathieu, Louis Marxer, Hervé Duplain, Vincent Frochaux, Florence Selz, Pierre Métrailler, Grégoire Zen Ruffinen, and Olivier Hugli. Indications and outcomes of helicopter rescue missions in alpine mountain huts: a retrospective study. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017. AIMS: This retrospective study describes the rescue indications and outcome of patients rescued by helicopter from mountain huts in the Swiss Alps. The hospital course and operational data were also studied...
September 27, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928001/the-potential-use-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems-drones-in-mountain-search-and-rescue-operations
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Yunus Karaca, Mustafa Cicek, Ozgur Tatli, Aynur Sahin, Sinan Pasli, Muhammed Fatih Beser, Suleyman Turedi
OBJECTIVE: This study explores the potential use of drones in searching for and locating victims and of motorized transportation of search and rescue providers in a mountain environment using a simulation model. METHODS: This prospective randomized simulation study was performed in order to compare two different search and rescue techniques in searching for an unconscious victim on snow-covered ground. In the control arm, the Classical Line Search Technique (CLT) was used, in which the search is performed on foot and the victim is reached on foot...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870508/inappropriate-dexamethasone-use-by-a-trekker-in-nepal-a-case-report
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Nicholas R Haslam, Rachel Garth, Nicola Kelly
We present a case of inappropriate dexamethasone use in a trekker in the Everest region of Nepal. We aim to increase awareness among health professionals of the possible use of this medication by trekkers and promote knowledge of potential complications. In this case, a previously altitude-naive trekker was prescribed prophylactic dexamethasone by physicians in a Western travel clinic before high-altitude trekking in Nepal. There were no indications for prophylactic medication nor for the use of dexamethasone...
September 1, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827198/survival-of-cardiac-arrest-patients-on-ski-slopes-a-10-year-analysis-of-the-northern-french-alps-emergency-network
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Damien Viglino, Maxime Maignan, Arnaud Michalon, Julien Turk, Sarah K Buse, Marc Blancher, Tom P Aufderheide, Loïc Belle, Dominique Savary, François-Xavier Ageron, Guillaume Debaty
AIM: Intense physical activity, cold and altitude make mountain sports a cause of increased risk of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The difficulties of pre-hospital management related to this challenging environment could be mitigated by the presence of ski-patrollers in ski areas and use of helicopters for medical rescue. We assess whether this particular situation positively impacts the chain of survival compared to the general population. METHODS: Analysis of prospectively collected data from the cardiac arrest registry of the Northern French Alps Emergency Network (RENAU) from 2004 to 2014...
October 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781177/impact-of-a-newly-constructed-motor-vehicle-road-on-altitude-illness-in-the-nepal-himalayas
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Jonathan Reisman, Dinesh Deonarain, Buddha Basnyat
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the impact that motor vehicle travel along a newly constructed road has on altitude illness (including acute mountain sickness, high-altitude cerebral edema, and high-altitude pulmonary edema). The new road from Besisahar (760 m) to Manang (3540 m) in Nepal was completed in December 2014. METHODS: We enrolled all patients diagnosed with altitude illness at the Himalayan Rescue Association Manang clinic in fall 2016. Phi coefficients were calculated to test for an association between Nepali ethnicity and rapid ascent by motor vehicle...
August 3, 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739242/helicopter-emergency-medical-service-simulation-training-in-the-extreme-simulation-based-training-in-a-mountain-weather-chamber
#11
Urs Pietsch, Ludwig Ney, Oliver Kreuzer, Armin Berner, Volker Lischke
Mountain rescue operations often confront crews with extreme weather conditions. Extremely cold temperatures make standard treatment sometimes difficult or even impossible. It is well-known that most manual tasks, including those involved in mountain rescue operations, are slowed by extremely cold weather. To lessen and improve the decrement in performance of emergency medical treatment caused by cold-induced manual impairment and inadequate medical equipment and supplies, simulation training in a weather chamber, which can produce wind and temperatures up to -22°C, was developed...
July 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716150/swedish-norwegian-co-operation-in-the-treatment-of-three-hypothermia-victims-a-case-report
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Anders Wetting Carlsen, Nils K Skjaervold, Nils Johan Berg, Øystein Karlsen, Eli Gunnarson, Alexander Wahba
BACKGROUND: Accidental hypothermia with cardiac arrest represents a challenge for pre-hospital rescuers as well as in-hospital staff. For pre-hospital personnel, the main focus is to get the patient to the correct destination without unnecessary delay. For in-hospital personnel early information is vital to assess the possibility for resuscitation with extracorporeal re-warming. The challenge is augmented when rescuers must cross national borders to reach and/or deliver the patients. We present a case where three adolescent boys suffered severe hypothermia after a canoeing accident in Sweden...
July 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529728/measurements-of-rates-of-cooling-of-a-manikin-insulated-with-different-mountain-rescue-casualty-bags
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Christopher Press, Christopher Duffy, Jonathan Williams, Ben Cooper, Neil Chapman
BACKGROUND: Accidental hypothermia is common in those who sustain injuries in remote environments. This is unpleasant and associated with adverse effects on subsequent patient outcomes. To minimise further heat loss, a range of insulating systems are available to mountain rescue teams although the most effective and cost-efficient have yet to be determined. METHODS: Under ambient, still, dry, air conditions, a thermal manikin was filled with water at a temperature of 42 °C and then placed into a given insulation system...
2017: Extreme Physiology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509579/findings-of-cognitive-impairment-at-high-altitude-relationships-to-acetazolamide-use-and-acute-mountain-sickness
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Lara Phillips, Buddha Basnyat, Yuchiao Chang, Erik R Swenson, N Stuart Harris
Phillips, Lara, Buddha Basnyat, Yuchiao Chang, Erik R. Swenson, and N. Stuart Harris. Findings of cognitive impairment at high altitude: relationships to acetazolamide use and acute mountain sickness. High Alt Med Biol. 18:121-127, 2017. OBJECTIVE: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is defined by patient-reported symptoms using the Lake Louise Score (LLS), which provides limited insight into any possible underlying central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction. Some evidence suggests AMS might coexist with altered neural functioning...
June 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476730/mountain-rescue-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-comparison-between-manual-and-mechanical-chest-compressions-during-manikin-cardio-resuscitation
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Oyvind Thomassen, Sven Christjar Skaiaa, Jorg Assmuss, Øyvind Østerås, Jon Kenneth Heltne, Lars Wik, Guttorm Brattebo
AIM: Chest compression devices are useful during mountain rescue but may cause a delay in transport if not immediately available. The aims of this prospective observational study were to compare manual and mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during transport on a sledge connected to a snowmobile with a non-moving setting and to compare CPR quality between manual and two mechanical chest compression devices. METHODS: Sixteen healthcare providers simulated four different combined CPR scenarios on a sledge in a non-moving setting and during transport and two mechanical chest compression devices during transport on the sledge...
September 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395094/mountain-medical-kits-epidemiology-based-recommendations-and-analysis-of-medical-supplies-carried-by-mountain-climbers-in-colorado
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William E Brandenburg, Brian W Locke
Objective: : To provide medical kit recommendations for short mountain wilderness recreation trips (hiking, trekking, backpacking, mountaineering etc.) based on the epidemiology of injury and illness sustained and best treatment guidelines. Additionally, to compare these recommendations to the medical kit contents of mountain climbers in Colorado. Methods: : A primary literature review concerning the epidemiology of injury and illness in mountain wilderness settings was performed...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285976/high-altitude-illness-in-pilgrims-after-rapid-ascent-to-4380%C3%A2-m
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Ken Zafren, Matiram Pun, Nirajan Regmi, Gobinda Bashyal, Bhuwan Acharya, Subarna Gautam, Sujan Jamarkattel, Shankar Raj Lamichhane, Suman Acharya, Buddha Basnyat
BACKGROUND: The goal of the study was to characterize high altitude illness in Nepali pilgrims. METHODS: We kept standardized records at the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) Temporary Health Camp at Gosainkund Lake (4380 m) in the Nepal Himalaya during the annual Janai Purnima Festival in 2014. Records included rate of ascent and Lake Louise Score (LLS). We defined High Altitude Headache (HAH) as headache alone or LLS = 2. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) was LLS≥3...
March 2017: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128652/extensive-microhemorrhages-of-the-cerebellar-peduncles-after-high-altitude-cerebral-edema
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Jacqueline Pichler Hefti, Philipp Hoigné-Perret, Raimund Kottke
Pichler Hefti, Jacqueline, Philipp Hoigné-Perret, and Raimund Kottke. Extensive microhemorrhages of the cerebellar peduncles after high-altitude cerebral edema. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017.-Neuromagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of subjects who suffered from high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) typically shows cerebral microhemorrhages (MH) of the corpus callosum, in particular the splenium, and supratentorial white matter. This is a case report of a 43-year-old male, who suffered from unusually prolonged severe ataxia and amnesia after having been rescued during the ascent to Mount Everest at 6400 m...
January 27, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112542/review-of-mountain-medicine-and-technical-rescue
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Ken Zafren
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March 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744270/mental-health-problems-among-children-and-adolescents-experiencing-two-major-earthquakes-in-remote-mountainous-regions-a-longitudinal-study
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Wanjie Tang, Jingdong Zhao, Yi Lu, Tingting Yan, Lijuan Wang, Jun Zhang, Jiuping Xu
OBJECTIVE: Millions of children were exposed to major earthquake in China, with serious psychological and developmental consequences. To obtain accurate rate of post-disaster related disorder and identify predictors may help inform post-disaster rescue and rehabilitation efforts. The present longitudinal study explored correlations of demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of juvenile survivors of the Ya'an and Wenchuan earthquakes in China with their trajectories of post-disaster related disorder...
January 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
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