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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
OBJECTIVE While 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. DESIGN Economic analysis SETTING Orange County, California METHODS Using 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...
March 19, 2018: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Eric Kuncir, Dean Spencer, Kelly Feldman, Cristobal Barrios, Kenneth Miller, Stephanie Lush, Matthew Dolich, Michael Lekawa
BACKGROUND: Interfacility transfer of under-triaged patients to higher level trauma centers has been found to result in a delay of appropriate care and increase in mortality. To address this, for the last 10 years, our region has utilized 911 EMS paramedics for rapid re-triage of under-triaged patients to our institution's Level I trauma center. We sought to determine if utilizing 911 EMS for re-triage (911-RT) to our institution was associated with worse outcomes-with mortality as the primary outcome-compared to direct EMS transport from point of injury...
September 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
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
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
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)
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
Manuel Suarez-Barcelo, Joseph L Micca, Sharon Clackum, Gary T Ferguson
: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a prevalent and disabling disorder in the United States, especially affecting older individuals, women, and those with a history of smoking. Studies show that COPD may be underrepresented, underdiagnosed, and undertreated in elderly patients residing in long-term care (LTC) facilities. The quality of care for LTC residents with COPD is heterogeneous in regard to both the facility and the patient. For LTC facilities, care should be driven by staff education, interstaff communication, and interfacility communication...
November 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Homer Tien, Bruce Sawadsky, Michael Lewell, Sean Moore, Michael Peddle, Alun Ackery, Brodie Nolan, Russell D MacDonald
OBJECTIVE: To determine if utilizing a single paramedic crew configuration is safe for transporting low acuity patients requiring only a primary care paramedic (PCP) level of care in Air Ambulances. METHODS: We studied single-PCP transports of low acuity patients done by contract air ambulance carriers, organized by Ornge (Ontario's Air Ambulance Service) for one year. We only included interfacility transports. We excluded all scene calls, and all Code 4 (emergent) calls...
September 22, 2017: CJEM
Patrick Maher, Richard Utarnachitt, Max J Louzon, Roxann Gary, Nina Sen, John R Hess
Over the past few decades, reports have described favorable results from transfusion of blood products in helicopter EMS (HEMS). Nevertheless, the initiation of a HEMS transfusion program requires consideration of many factors, some unique to each clinical site. This paper describes our experience developing a HEMS transfusion program in an urban non-hospital based HEMS program with a history of long transport times. When considering blood use away from the hospital, major consideration must be given to safe storage and monitoring of blood products both on the ground and while in flight...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
Genevieve L Buser, P Maureen Cassidy, Margaret C Cunningham, Susan Rudin, Andrea M Hujer, Robert Vega, Jon P Furuno, Steven H Marshall, Paul G Higgins, Michael R Jacobs, Meredith S Wright, Mark D Adams, Robert A Bonomo, Christopher D Pfeiffer, Zintars G Beldavs
OBJECTIVE To determine the scope, source, and mode of transmission of a multifacility outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Acinetobacter baumannii. DESIGN Outbreak investigation. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Residents and patients in skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute-care hospital, and acute-care hospitals. METHODS A case was defined as the incident isolate from clinical or surveillance cultures of XDR Acinetobacter baumannii resistant to imipenem or meropenem and nonsusceptible to all but 1 or 2 antibiotic classes in a patient in an Oregon healthcare facility during January 2012-December 2014...
November 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Hieu V Duong, Lauren Nicholas Herrera, Justin Xavier Moore, John Donnelly, Karen E Jacobson, Jestin N Carlson, N Clay Mann, Henry E Wang
OBJECTIVE: Older adults, those aged 65 and older, frequently require emergency care. However, only limited national data describe the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) care provided to older adults. We sought to determine the characteristics of EMS care provided to older adults in the United States. METHODS: We used data from the 2014 National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS), encompassing EMS response data from 46 States and territories. We excluded EMS responses for children <18 years, interfacility transports, intercepts, non-emergency medical transports, and standby responses...
September 1, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
Lianne Jeffs, Marianne Saragosa, Madelyn P Law, Kerry Kuluski, Sherry Espin, Jane Merkley
A qualitative design was used to explore the nature of caregiver involvement in care transitions of patients being transferred from an acute care hospital to a rehabilitation hospital. Participants included older adults (n=13), informal caregivers (n=9), and health care professionals (n=50) from inpatient orthopedic units in two academic health science centers and one orthopedic inpatient rehabilitation unit. Semistructured interviews were conducted, audio-taped, and transcribed. Directed content analysis revealed the following four themes: watching, being an active care provider, advocating, and navigating the health care system...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
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