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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918863/ems-providers-beliefs-regarding-spinal-precautions-for-pediatric-trauma-transport
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Cindy D Chang, Remle P Crowe, Melissa A Bentley, Alyssa R Janezic, Julie C Leonard
OBJECTIVE: Describe prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers' beliefs regarding spinal precautions for pediatric trauma transport. METHODS: We randomly surveyed nationally certified EMS providers. We assessed providers' beliefs about specific precautions, and preferred precautions given a child's age (0-4 or 5-18 years) and presence of specific cervical spine injury (CSI) risk factors. RESULTS: We received 5,400 responses (17%)...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918852/anomaly-detection-outperforms-logistic-regression-in-predicting-outcomes-in-trauma-patients
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Zachary D W Dezman, Chen Gao, Shiming Yang, Peter Hu, Li Yao, Hsiao-Chi Li, Chein-I Chang, Colin Mackenzie
OBJECTIVE: Recent advancements in trauma resuscitation have shown a great benefit of early identification and control of hemorrhage, which is the most common cause of death in injured patients. We introduce a new analytical approach, anomaly detection (AD), as an alternative method to the traditional logistic regression (LR) method in predicting which injured patients receive transfusions, intensive care, and other interventions. METHODS: We abstracted routinely collected prehospital vital sign data from patient records (adult patients who survived more than 15 minutes after being directly admitted to a level 1 trauma center)...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912037/avalanche-accidents-causing-fatalities-are-they-any-different-in-the-summer
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Mathieu Pasquier, Olivier Hugli, Alexandre Kottmann, Frank Techel
: Pasquier, Mathieu, Olivier Hugli, Alexandre Kottmann, and Frank Techel. Avalanche accidents causing fatalities: are they any different in the summer? High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2016. AIMS: This retrospective study investigated the epidemiology of summer avalanche accidents that occurred in Switzerland and caused at least one fatality between 1984 and 2014. Summer avalanche accidents were defined as those that occurred between June 1st and October 31st. RESULTS: Summer avalanches caused 21 (4%) of the 482 avalanches with at least one fatality occurring during the study period, and 40 (6%) of the 655 fatalities...
December 2, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906867/external-validation-of-the-air-medical-prehospital-triage-score-for-identifying-trauma-patients-likely-to-benefit-from-scene-helicopter-transport
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Joshua B Brown, Mark L Gestring, Francis X Guyette, Matthew R Rosengart, Nicole A Stassen, Raquel M Forsythe, Timothy R Billiar, Andrew B Peitzman, Jason L Sperry
BACKGROUND: The Air Medical Prehospital Triage (AMPT) score was developed to identify injured patients who may benefit from scene helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) transport. External validation using a different dataset is essential to ensure reliable performance. The study objective was to validate the effectiveness of the AMPT score to identify patients with a survival benefit from HEMS using the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcomes Study (PTOS) registry. METHODS: Patients age≥16years undergoing scene HEMS or ground EMS (GEMS) transport in the PTOS registry 2000-2013 were included...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902671/prehospital-transport-for-pediatric-trauma-a-comparison-of-private-transport-and-emergency-medical-services
#5
Yea-Chyi Lin, York Tien Lee, Jasmine Xun Yi Feng, Li Wei Chiang, Shireen Anne Nah
OBJECTIVES: We describe the demographics of pediatric patients with trauma transferred using private transport (PT) versus emergency medical services (EMS) and evaluate the potential impact on their treatment and outcome. METHODS: We accessed data from our national trauma registry, a prospectively collected database. Data were extracted on all patients with trauma admitted to our institution between January 2011 and June 2013, with injury severity score (ISS) higher than 8...
November 29, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894562/todd-s-paresis-in-acute-mild-head-trauma
#6
Alan Cowley, David Wright, Thomas Breen, Richard Lyon
We present the case of an adult male who sustained Todd's paresis after a traumatically induced seizure in a patient with an isolated facial injury. The precipitating event was head trauma from a golf club. The patient had no previous history of seizures and went on to make a complete neurologic recovery with no cerebral pathology noted. A literature review suggests that Todd's paresis after trauma is very rare as opposed to occurring in the medical or long-term brain injury settings. Although the authors acknowledge that it may occur in trauma, the awareness within the prehospital setting is sufficiently rare for this case report to be of interest to prehospital clinicians; it is important prehospital clinicians are aware of this condition...
November 2016: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871682/factors-affecting-mortality-after-penetrating-cardiac-injuries-10-year-experience-at-urban-level-i-trauma-center
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Michael J Mina, Rashi Jhunjhunwala, Rondi B Gelbard, Stacy D Dougherty, Jacquelyn S Carr, Christopher J Dente, Jeffrey M Nicholas, Amy D Wyrzykowski, Jeffrey P Salomone, Gary A Vercruysse, David V Feliciano, Bryan C Morse
BACKGROUND: Despite the lethality of injuries to the heart, optimizing factors that impact mortality for victims that do survive to reach the hospital is critical. METHODS: From 2003 to 2012, prehospital data, injury characteristics, and clinical patient factors were analyzed for victims with penetrating cardiac injuries (PCIs) at an urban, level I trauma center. RESULTS: Over the 10-year study, 80 PCI patients survived to reach the hospital...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863722/is-nasotracheal-intubation-safe-in-facial-trauma-patients
#8
Omeed Payam Jazayeri-Moghaddas, Wayne Tse, Karen A Herzing, Ronald J Markert, Alyssa J Gans, Mary C McCarthy
BACKGROUND: In the prehospital setting, oral intubation is preferred in facial trauma patients due to the potential for further injury during nasotracheal intubation. This study compared the complications of nasal vs. oral vs. nasal + oral intubations performed by first responder crews in facial trauma patients. Our objective was to assess patient outcomes and complications to determine the risk of nasal intubation in facial trauma patients in the prehospital setting. METHODS: Patients with facial trauma between 2008 and 13 were abstracted from the Miami Valley Hospital trauma registry: 50 were nasal only (n), 27 nasal + oral (no), and 135 oral only (o) intubation...
November 8, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856146/early-neurological-wake-up-test-in-intubated-brain-injured-patients-a-long-term-single-centre-experience
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Pierre Esnault, Ambroise Montcriol, Erwan D'Aranda, Julien Bordes, Philippe Goutorbe, Henry Boret, Eric Meaudre
BACKGROUND: In prehospital setting, a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) requires tracheal intubation, sedation and mechanical ventilation pending the initial imagery. An early neurological wake-up test (ENWT), soon after the initial imaging assessment, allows a rapid neurological reassessment. This strategy authorises an initial clinical examination of reference with which will be compared the later examinations. The main objective of this study was to describe the characteristics of the patients who underwent an ENWT, and to determine its causes of failure...
November 14, 2016: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846895/development-and-validation-of-a-prehospital-prediction-model-for-acute-traumatic-coagulopathy
#10
Ithan D Peltan, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, Lisa K Vande Vusse, Ellen Caldwell, Thomas D Rea, Ronald V Maier, Timothy R Watkins
BACKGROUND: Acute traumatic coagulopathy (ATC) is a syndrome of early, endogenous clotting dysfunction that afflicts up to 30% of severely injured patients, signaling an increased likelihood of all-cause and hemorrhage-associated mortality. To aid identification of patients within the likely therapeutic window for ATC and facilitate study of its mechanisms and targeted treatment, we developed and validated a prehospital ATC prediction model. METHODS: Construction of a parsimonious multivariable logistic regression model predicting ATC - defined as an admission international normalized ratio >1...
November 16, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844474/assessment-of-acute-pain-in-trauma-a-retrospective-prehospital-evaluation
#11
Stine Hebsgaard, Anne Mannering, Stine T Zwisler
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate pain treatment with analgesics in a prehospital trauma population. DESIGN: Retrospective database study. SETTING: Prehospital data from the anesthesiologist-manned Mobile Emergency Care Unit (MECU) in Odense, Denmark, were extracted and subjected to analysis. PATIENTS: During the period of January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014, patients with the diagnoses "unspecified multiple injuries," "examination and observation following traffic accident," "examination and observation following other accident," and "commotio cerebri" were included in the analysis...
September 2016: Journal of Opioid Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836253/bi-manual-proximal-external-aortic-compression-after-major-abdominal-pelvic-trauma-and-during-ambulance-transfer-a-simulation-study
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M J Douma, D O'Dochartaigh, P G Brindley
BACKGROUND: Applying manual pressure after hemorrhage is intuitive, cost-free, and logistically-simple. When direct abdominal-pelvic compression fails, clinicians can attempt indirect proximal-external-aortic-compression (PEAC), while expediting transfer and definitive rescue. This study quantifies the sustainability of simulated bi-manual PEAC both immediately on scene and during subsequent ambulance transfer. The goal is to understand when bi-manual PEAC might be clinically-useful, and when to prioritize compression-devices or endovascular-occlusion...
November 5, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832843/time-is-the-enemy-mortality-in-trauma-patients-with-hemorrhage-from-torso-injury-occurs-long-before-the-golden-hour
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A Q Alarhayem, J G Myers, D Dent, L Liao, M Muir, D Mueller, S Nicholson, R Cestero, M C Johnson, R Stewart, Grant O'Keefe, B J Eastridge
INTRODUCTION: The concept of the "Golden Hour" has been a time-honored tenet of prehospital trauma care, despite a paucity of data to substantiate its validity. Non-compressible torso hemorrhage has been demonstrated to be a significant cause of mortality in both military and civilian settings. We sought to characterize the impact of prehospital time and torso injury severity on survival. Furthermore, we hypothesized that time would be a significant determinant of mortality in patients with higher Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) grades of torso injury (AIS ≥ 4) and field hypotension (prehospital SBP ≤ 110 mmHg) as these injuries are commonly associated with hemorrhage...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798040/factors-associated-with-the-difficulty-in-hospital-acceptance-at-the-scene-by-emergency-medical-service-personnel-a-population-based-study-in-osaka-city-japan
#14
Yusuke Katayama, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Kosuke Kiyohara, Taku Iwami, Takashi Kawamura, Sumito Hayashida, Kazuhisa Yoshiya, Hiroshi Ogura, Takeshi Shimazu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between the difficulty in hospital acceptance at the scene by emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and prehospital demographic factors and reasons for EMS calls. DESIGN: A retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Osaka City, Japan. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 100 649 patients transported to medical institutions by EMS from January 2013 to December 2013. PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: The definition of difficulty in hospital acceptance at the scene was EMS personnel making ≥5 phone calls to medical institutions until a decision to transport was determined...
October 26, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797869/long-term-prognosis-after-out-of-hospital-resuscitation-of-cardiac-arrest-in-trauma-patients-prehospital-trauma-associated-cardiac-arrest
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François-Xavier Duchateau, Sophie Hamada, Mathieu Raux, Matthieu Gay, Jean Mantz, Catherine Paugam Burtz, Tobias Gauss
BACKGROUND: Although prehospital cardiac arrest (CA) remains associated with poor long-term outcome, recent studies show an improvement in the survival rate after prehospital trauma associated CA (TCA). However, data on the long-term neurological outcome of TCA, particularly from physician-staffed Emergency Medical Service (EMS), are scarce, and results reported have been inconsistent. The objective of this pilot study was to evaluate the long-term outcome of patients admitted to several trauma centres after a TCA...
October 26, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747560/the-epidemiology-of-pre-hospital-potential-spinal-cord-injuries-in-victoria-australia-a-six-year-retrospective-cohort-study
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Ala'a O Oteir, Karen Smith, Johannes U Stoelwinder, Shelley Cox, James W Middleton, Paul A Jennings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI) is relatively uncommon, yet a devastating and costly condition. Despite the human and social impacts, studies describing patients with potential TSCI in the pre-hospital setting are scarce. This paper aims to describe the epidemiology of patients potentially at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI by paramedics, with a view to providing a better understanding of factors associated with potential TSCI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all adult patients managed and transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV) between 01 January 2007 and 31 December 2012 who, based on meeting pre-hospital triage protocols and criteria for spinal clearance, paramedic suspicion or spinal immobilisation, were classified to be at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27738858/microwave-technology-for-detecting-traumatic-intracranial-bleedings-tests-on-phantom-of-subdural-hematoma-and-numerical-simulations
#17
Stefan Candefjord, Johan Winges, Ahzaz Ahmad Malik, Yinan Yu, Thomas Rylander, Tomas McKelvey, Andreas Fhager, Mikael Elam, Mikael Persson
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and severe disability for young people and a major public health problem for elderly. Many patients with intracranial bleeding are treated too late, because they initially show no symptoms of severe injury and are not transported to a trauma center. There is a need for a method to detect intracranial bleedings in the prehospital setting. In this study, we investigate whether broadband microwave technology (MWT) in conjunction with a diagnostic algorithm can detect subdural hematoma (SDH)...
October 13, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27700196/pediatric-blunt-neck-trauma-causing-esophageal-and-complete-tracheal-transection
#18
Benjamin Nicholson, Harinder Dhindsa, Louis Seay
BACKGROUND: Blunt injuries to the cervical trachea remain rare but present unique and challenging clinical scenarios for prehospital providers. These injuries depend on prehospital providers either definitively securing the injured airway or bridging the patient to a treatment facility that can mobilize the necessary resources. CASE SUMMARY: The case presented here involves a clothesline injury to a pediatric patient that resulted in complete tracheal transection and partial esophageal transection...
October 4, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699989/prehospital-ketamine-use-by-paramedics-in-the-australian-capital-territory-a-12-month-retrospective-analysis
#19
Gregory J Hollis, Toby M Keene, Rory M Ardlie, David Ge Caldicott, Stuart G Stapleton
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe prehospital use of ketamine by ACT Ambulance Service, and frequency of endotracheal intubation. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients receiving prehospital ketamine between 1 January and 31 December 2013. Episodes were identified from the prehospital electronic patient care records, then linkage to ED records at two receiving hospitals. Demographics, dose, indication and occasions of intubation were analysed...
October 3, 2016: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697845/presentation-of-neurogenic-shock-within-the-emergency-department
#20
Matthew Pritam Taylor, Paul Wrenn, Andrew David O'Donnell
BACKGROUND: Injury to the spinal cord can result in loss of sympathetic innervation causing a drop in BP and HR, this condition is known as neurogenic shock. There is debate among the literature on how and when neurogenic shock presents and what values of HR and BP should be used to define it. Previous studies do not take into account multiple prehospital and emergency department recordings. OBJECTIVE: To improve understanding of how neurogenic shock presents in humans, allowing better identification and treatment...
October 3, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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