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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763390/what-are-ethical-implications-of-regionalization-of-trauma-care
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Sandra R DiBrito, Christian Jones
Outcomes for severely injured patients are improved when they are treated at trauma centers. However, interfacility transfers can delay time-sensitive treatments not requiring the resources of tertiary institutions. Regionalized trauma systems allow physicians to decrease delays in care, prevent inadequate treatment, and ultimately reduce preventable deaths. Although precise risks and benefits of triage choices are unknowable, estimating them is a process well known to surgeons. Recognizing patient transfers as integral to optimal care delivery systems, rather than as detracting from them, is essential...
May 1, 2018: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735232/the-effect-of-team-configuration-on-the-incidence-of-adverse-events-in-pediatric-critical-care-transport
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Emily Colyer, Megan Sorensen, Shirley Wiggins, Leeza Struwe
OBJECTIVE: Specialty pediatric transport teams are widely used for pediatric interfacility transport in the United States, with little industry consensus on optimal team configuration. The aim of this study is to assess the quality of the nurse/paramedic specialty team configuration as indirectly measured by the rate of adverse events in these transports. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of pediatric transport data from a hospital-based dedicated pediatric/neonatal transport team was conducted for patients transported in 2016...
May 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29618623/interfacility-transfers-for-us-ischemic-stroke-and-tia-2006-2014
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Benjamin P George, Sara J Doyle, George P Albert, Ania Busza, Robert G Holloway, Kevin N Sheth, Adam G Kelly
OBJECTIVE: To investigate changes in emergency department (ED) transfers for ischemic stroke (IS) and TIA. METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study using the US Nationwide Emergency Department Sample to identify changes in interfacility ED transfers for IS and TIA from the perspective of the transferring ED (2006-2014). We calculated nationwide transfer rates and individual ED transfer rates for IS/TIA by diagnosis and hospital characteristics. Hospital-level fractional logistic regression examined changes in transfer rates over time...
April 4, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29606684/en-route-care-provided-by-us-navy-nurses-in-iraq-and-afghanistan
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Virginia S Blackman, Benjamin D Walrath, Lauren K Reeves, Alejandra G Mora, Joseph K Maddry, Zsolt T Stockinger
BACKGROUND: US Navy nurses provide en route care for critically injured combat casualties without having a formal program for training, utilization, or evaluation. Little is known about missions supported by Navy nurses. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the number and types of patients transported and skill sets required by Navy nurses during 2 combat support deployments. METHODS: All interfacility casualty transfers between 2 separate facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan were assessed...
April 2018: Critical Care Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29565527/pediatric-emergency-transport-communication-and-coordination-are-key-to-improving-outcomes
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Abraham Gallegos, Vijay Prasad, Calvin G Lowe
Pediatric patients who are critically ill or who require urgent subspecialty evaluation or specialized imaging, equipment, or procedures must often be transferred to tertiary care centers. The safe execution of interfacility transfer requires the coordination between the facility healthcare teams at each end of the transfer as well as the transport team. This issue discusses the process of interfacility transfer, the required services, the role of the emergency clinician, the role of the pediatric transport team, and the commonly used diagnostic studies and treatment needed during interfacility transfers of pediatric patients...
April 2018: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29559539/ventilator-boot-camp-improves-the-knowledge-and-skills-associated-with-mechanical-ventilator-use-during-interfacility-transport-of-intubated-pediatric-patients
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Jennifer L Walton, Diane K Dunn, Nhi Y Haines, Ilana Heisler, Michael T Bigham, Teresa A Volsko
BACKGROUND: The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Transport recommends the use of portable ventilators during the transport of patients with advanced airways. We sought to identify knowledge gaps and evaluate the effectiveness of a transport ventilator competency boot camp. METHODS: Electronic health records of children requiring ventilatory support during air and ground interfacility transport from January 1 through December 31, 2015, were reviewed to determine when manual ventilation was used in lieu of a portable ventilator, and simulations were constructed from commonly occurring scenarios...
April 2018: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29552995/the-economic-value-of-the-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-toolkit
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Sarah M Bartsch, Susan S Huang, James A McKinnell, Kim F Wong, Leslie E Mueller, Loren G Miller, Bruce Y Lee
OBJECTIVEWhile previous work showed that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention toolkit for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) can reduce spread regionally, these interventions are costly, and decisions makers want to know whether and when economic benefits occur.DESIGNEconomic analysisSETTINGOrange County, CaliforniaMETHODSUsing our Regional Healthcare Ecosystem Analyst (RHEA)-generated agent-based model of all inpatient healthcare facilities, we simulated the implementation of the CRE toolkit (active screening of interfacility transfers) in different ways and estimated their economic impacts under various circumstances...
May 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29547887/an-evaluation-of-navy-en-route-care-training-using-a-high-fidelity-medical-simulation-scenario-of-interfacility-patient-transport
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Christine A DeForest, Virginia Blackman, John E Alex, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Crystal Perez, Joseph Maddry, Domenique Selby, Benjamin Walrath
Introduction: Military prehospital and en route care (ERC) directly impacts patient morbidity and mortality. Provider knowledge and skills are critical variables in the effectiveness of ERC. No Navy doctrine defines provider choice for patient transport or requires standardized provider training. Frequently, Search and Rescue Medical Technicians (SMTs) and Navy Nurses (ERC RNs) are tasked with this mission though physicians have also been used. Navy ERC provider training varies greatly by professional role...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29502890/issues-to-resolve-with-the-use-of-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-during-interfacility-transportation
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P Burgueño, C González, A Sarralde, F Gordo
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support is indicated in patients who are refractory to treatment, those with cardiogenic shock or respiratory failure and those with exacerbations eligible for heart and lung transplantation. Physician experience and quantity of necessary resources are reasons why regionalization could benefit patients of this kind, establishing ECMO reference centers and integrating a transportation network specialized in ECMO. This type of transportation is a challenge for healthcare systems and physicians, given its greater complexity, requiring a multidisciplinary and inter-territorial approach...
March 1, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29478576/safe-interfacility-transport-of-pediatric-patients-medical-control-training-an-interdisciplinary-approach
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Samantha W Gee, Philip L Holt, Michael J Stoner
INTRODUCTION: Critically ill children who require transfer to tertiary care centers often require transport by specialized transport teams (TT). These interfacility transports require a medical control physician (MCP). Traditionally this role is assigned to fellows who are taught "on-the-job", but achieving competency in communication for those trained this way may not be optimal. We sought to close this curriculum gap by developing a MCP training program immersing emergency medicine (EM) and critical care (CC) fellows together with TT members to manage a simulated patient...
March 2018: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29394155/remote-presence-robotic-technology-reduces-need-for-pediatric-interfacility-transportation-from-an-isolated-northern-community
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Tanya Holt, Nazmi Sari, Gregory Hansen, Matthew Bradshaw, Michael Prodanuk, Veronica McKinney, Rachel Johnson, Ivar Mendez
BACKGROUND: Providing acutely ill children in isolated communities access to specialized care is challenging. This study aimed to evaluate remote presence robotic technology (RPRT) for enhancing pediatric remote assessments, expediting initiation of treatment, refining triaging, and reducing the need for transport. METHODS: We conducted a pilot prospective observational study at a primary/urgent care clinic in an isolated northern community. Participants (n = 38) were acutely ill children <17 years presenting to the clinic, whom local healthcare professionals had considered for interfacility transportation (IFT)...
February 2, 2018: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29389838/too-little-too-late-hypotension-and-blood-transfusion-in-the-trauma-bay-are-independent-predictors-of-death-in-injured-children
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Christine M Leeper, Christine McKenna, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Hypotension is a late finding in pediatric shock despite significant blood loss; consequently, recognition of hemodynamic compromise can be delayed. We sought to describe the impact of late stage shock in children, indicated by hypotension or trauma bay blood transfusion, and quantify the association with poor outcome. METHODS: Children age<18 from the Pennsylvania Trauma Outcome Study registry (2000-2013) were included. Primary outcome was mortality...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29275369/regional-call-911-emergency-department-protocol-to-reduce-interfacility-transfer-delay-for-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Nichole Bosson, Terrence Baruch, William J French, Andrea Fang, Amy H Kaji, Marianne Gausche-Hill, Alisa Rock, David Shavelle, Joseph L Thomas, James T Niemann
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the first-medical-contact-to-balloon (FMC2B) time after implementation of a "Call 911" protocol for ST-segment-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) interfacility transfers in a regional system. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a retrospective cohort study of consecutive patients with STEMI requiring interfacility transfer from a STEMI referring hospital, to one of 35 percutaneous coronary intervention-capable STEMI receiving centers (SRCs)...
December 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29206726/standardization-of-pediatric-interfacility-transport-handover-measuring-the-development-of-a-shared-mental-model
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Anthony A Sochet, Kelsey S Ryan, Jennifer L Bartlett, Thomas A Nakagawa, Ladonna Bingham
OBJECTIVES: To determine if standardization of pediatric interfacility transport handover is associated with the development of a prototypical shared mental model between healthcare providers. DESIGN: A single center, prepost, retrospective cohort study. SETTINGS: A 259-bed, tertiary care, pediatric referral center. PATIENTS: Children 0 to 18 years old transferred to our critical care units or emergency center from October 2016 to February 2017...
February 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167391/integrated-genomic-and-interfacility-patient-transfer-data-reveal-the-transmission-pathways-of-multidrug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-a-regional-outbreak
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Evan S Snitkin, Sarah Won, Ali Pirani, Zena Lapp, Robert A Weinstein, Karen Lolans, Mary K Hayden
Development of effective strategies to limit the proliferation of multidrug-resistant organisms requires a thorough understanding of how such organisms spread among health care facilities. We sought to uncover the chains of transmission underlying a 2008 U.S. regional outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae by performing an integrated analysis of genomic and interfacility patient-transfer data. Genomic analysis yielded a high-resolution transmission network that assigned directionality to regional transmission events and discriminated between intra- and interfacility transmission when epidemiologic data were ambiguous or misleading...
November 22, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133262/911-emergency-medical-services-and-re-triage-to-level-i-trauma-centers
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Eric Kuncir, Dean Spencer, Kelly Feldman, Cristobal Barrios, Kenneth Miller, Stephanie Lush, Matthew Dolich, Michael Lekawa
BACKGROUND: Interfacility transfer of undertriaged patients to higher-level trauma centers has been found to result in a delay of appropriate care and an increase in mortality. To address this, for the last 10 years our region has used 911 emergency medical services (EMS) paramedics for rapid re-triage of undertriaged patients to our institution's Level I trauma center. We sought to determine whether using 911 EMS for re-triage to our institution was associated with worse outcomes-with mortality as the primary end point-compared with direct EMS transport from point of injury...
January 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132595/remote-ecls-implantation-and-transport-for-retrieval-of-cardiogenic-shock-patients
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Sabina P W Guenther, Stefan Buchholz, Frank Born, Stefan Brunner, René Schramm, Dominik J Hoechter, Vera von Dossow, Maximilian Pichlmaier, Christian Hagl, Nawid Khaladj
OBJECTIVE: Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) emerges as a salvage option in therapy refractory cardiogenic shock but is limited to highly specialized tertiary care centers. Critically ill patients are often too unstable for conventional transport. Mobile ECLS programs for remote implantation and subsequent air or ground-based transport for patient retrieval could solve this dilemma and make full-spectrum advanced cardiac care available to patients in remote hospitals in whom shock otherwise might be fatal...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122111/temperature-sensitive-medications-in-interfacility-transport-the-ice-pack-myth
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Jason Clancy, Cassandra Karish, Meghan Roddy, Judith J Sicilia, Michael T Bigham
INTRODUCTION: Critical Care Transport teams use various strategies to maintain temperature sensitive drugs and equipment at optimal temperature. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of current passive refrigeration of temperature sensitive transport medications/equipment. METHODS: Initially, we performed a retrospective review of transport durations. Subsequently, an experimental paradigm was created using a temperature probe inside of the transport cooler packs utilizing various configurations and initial starting temperatures with high and low "in range" temperature margins of 8°C (max) and 2°C (min)...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095286/clinical-predictors-of-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-emergency-air-medical-transport-from-kinmen-to-taiwan
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Julia Chia-Yu Chang, Hsien-Hao Huang, Shu-Hua Chang, Yin-Ru Chen, Ju-Shin Fan, Yen-Chia Chen, David Hung-Tsang Yen
Emergency air medical transport (EAMT) is indispensable for acutely or critically ill patients in remote areas. We determined patient-level and transport-specific factors associated with all-cause mortality after EAMT.We conducted a population-based, retrospective cohort study using a prospective registry consisting of clinical/medical records. Study inclusion criteria consisted of all adults undergoing EAMT from Kinmen hospital to the ED of Taipei Veterans General Hospital (TVGH) between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2012...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067633/implementation-of-continuous-video-electroencephalography-at-a-community-hospital-enhances-care-and-reduces-costs
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Brad J Kolls, Brian E Mace, Keith E Dombrowski
BACKGROUND: Despite data indicating the importance of continuous video-electroencephalography (cvEEG) monitoring, adoption has been slow outside major academic centers. Barriers to adoption include the need for technologists, equipment, and cvEEG readers. Advancements in lower-cost lead placement templates and commercial systems with remote review may reduce barriers to allow community centers to implement cvEEG. Here, we report our experience, lessons learned, and financial impact of implementing a community hospital cvEEG-monitoring program...
October 24, 2017: Neurocritical Care
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