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Nicole Powell-Dunford, Jose F Quesada, Kirby R Gross, Stacy A Shackelford
BACKGROUND: Identify challenges and best practices in the development of an austere air ambulance transfusion program. METHODS: A search of PubMed using combinations of the key terms 'prehospital,' 'blood product,' 'red blood cells,' 'damage control resuscitation,' 'transfusion,' 'air ambulance,' 'medical evacuation,' and 'medevac' yielded 196 articles for further analysis, with 14 articles suitable for addressing the background of prehospital transfusion within a helicopter...
August 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Mohammad Hosseini, Yu Jiang, Poliang Wu, Richard B Berlin, Shangping Ren, Lui Sha
There is a great divide between rural and urban areas, particularly in medical emergency care. Although medical best practice guidelines exist and are in hospital handbooks, they are often lengthy and difficult to apply clinically. The challenges are exaggerated for doctors in rural areas and emergency medical technicians (EMT) during patient transport. In this paper, we propose the concept of distributed executable medical best practice guidance systems to assist adherence to best practice from the time that a patient first presents at a rural hospital, through diagnosis and ambulance transfer to arrival and treatment at a regional tertiary hospital center...
November 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Lucas A Myers, Charles G Gallet, Logan J Kolb, Christine M Lohse, Christopher S Russi
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to identify factors associated with successful endotracheal intubation (ETI) by a multisite emergency medical services (EMS) agency. METHODS: We collected data from the electronic prehospital record for all ETI attempts made from January through May 2010 by paramedics and other EMS crew members at a single multistate agency. If documentation was incomplete, the study team contacted the paramedic. Paramedics use the current National Association of EMS Physicians definition of an ETI attempt (laryngoscope blade entering the mouth)...
September 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Atakan Yilmaz, Mustafa Serinken, Onur Dal, Serpil Yaylacı, Ozgur Karcioglu
OBJECTIVES: Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are at serious risk for work-related injuries (WRIs) during work hours. Both EMTs and paramedics have higher WRI rates, according to the literature data. This study was designed to investigate causes and characteristics of WRIs involving EMTs and paramedics staffed in Western Turkey. METHODS: All health care personnel staffed in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the city were interviewed face-to-face in their off-duty hours to inform them about the study...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Matthew C Strehlow, Jennifer A Newberry, Corey B Bills, Hyeyoun Elise Min, Ann E Evensen, Lawrence Leeman, Elizabeth A Pirrotta, G V Ramana Rao, S V Mahadevan
OBJECTIVES: Characterise the demographics, management and outcomes of obstetric patients transported by emergency medical services (EMS). DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Five Indian states using a centralised EMS agency that transported 3.1 million pregnant women in 2014. PARTICIPANTS: This study enrolled a convenience sample of 1684 women in third trimester of pregnancy calling with a 'pregnancy-related' problem for free-of-charge ambulance transport...
2016: BMJ Open
Chaiyaporn Yuksen, Sorravit Sawatmongkornkul, Jarupol Tuangsirisup, Kittisak Sawanyawisuth, Yuwares Sittichanbuncha
BACKGROUND: Non-traumatic cardiac arrest is a fatal emergency condition. Its survival rate and outcomes may be better with quick and effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Telemedicine such as telephone or real time video has been shown to improve chest compression procedures. There are limited data on the effects of telemedicine in cardiac arrest situations in the literature particularly in Asian settings. METHODS: This study was conducted by using two simulated cardiac arrest stations during the 2014 annual Thai national conference in emergency medicine...
2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
Kouhei Ishikawa, Kei Jitsuiki, Hiromichi Ohsaka, Toshihiko Yoshizawa, Mariko Obinata, Kazuhiko Omori, Yasumasa Oode, Motoki Takahashi, Youichi Yanagawa
OBJECTIVE: This is the first report to show the use of doctor helicopters in a mass casualty event induced by electrocution. METHODS: We performed a narrative review. RESULTS: Two children obtained electrocution burns by breaking an electric fence. Five adults also received electrocution burns. Emergency medical technicians at the scene requested additional dispatch of an ambulance and the doctor helicopter. Two adult men with cardiopulmonary arrest were transported by 2 ambulances to a nearby hospital...
May 2016: Air Medical Journal
Ozlem Asci, Guleser Hazar, Isa Sercan
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to determine the states of health care personnel, working at 112 emergency stations in the province of Artvin, to encounter with regarding forensic cases and determine their practices aimed at recognizing, protecting, and reporting the evidences that may affect the forensic process. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This descriptive study was conducted with nurses and emergency medicine technicians working at 112 emergency stations in Artvin between January 2013 and February 2014...
September 2015: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
Bedia Gülen, Mustafa Serinken, Celile Hatipoğlu, Derya Özaşır, Ertan Sönmez, Gökhan Kaya, Güleser Akpınar
BACKGROUND: Evaluated in the present study were locations, descriptions, and results of work-related injuries (WRIs) sustained by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics in Turkey's most crowded city, İstanbul. METHODS: After the present study had been accepted by the urban health authority, a questionnaire was emailed to the healthcare personnel of İstanbul's 195 ambulance stations. RESULTS: Included in the present study were the responses of 901 members of staff (660 EMTs and 241 paramedics), with a mean age of 29...
March 2016: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
Eystein Grusd, Jo Kramer-Johansen
BACKGROUND: The number of ambulance call-outs in Norway is increasing owing to societal changes and increased demand from the public. Together with improved but more expensive education of ambulance staff, this leads to increased costs and staffing shortages. We wanted to study whether the current dispatch triage tools could reliably identify patients who only required transport, and not pre-hospital medical care. This could allow selection of such patients for designated transport units, freeing up highly trained ambulance staff to attend patients in greater need...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Verda Tunaligil, Ali Ihsan Dokucu, Mehmet Sarper Erdogan
This study investigated the impact of working for public versus private ambulance services in Turkey and elaborated on predictors of mental, physical, and emotional well-being in emergency medical technicians (EMT-Bs). In this observational cross-sectional study, an 81-question self-report survey was used to gather data about employee demographics, socioeconomic status, educational background, working conditions, and occupational health and workplace safety (OHS), followed by the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), the Work-Related Strain Inventory (WRSI), and the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) with three subscales: Emotional Exhaustion (MBI-EE), Depersonalization (MBI-DP), and Diminished Personal Accomplishment (MBI-PA)...
July 2016: Workplace Health & Safety
Ahmet Yildirim, Hasan A Kiraz, İbrahim Ağaoğlu, Okhan Akdur
The aim of the this study is to evaluate the intubation success rates of emergency medical technicians using a Macintosh laryngoscope (ML), McCoy laryngoscope (MCL), and C MAC D-Blade (CMDB) video laryngoscope on manikin models with immobilized cervical spines. This randomized crossover study included 40 EMTs with at least 2 years' active service in ambulances. All participating technicians completed intubations in three scenarios-a normal airway model, a rigid cervical collar model, and a manual in-line cervical stabilization model-with three different laryngoscopes...
March 21, 2016: Internal and Emergency Medicine
Matthew R Cohn, Guang-Ting Cong, Benedict U Nwachukwu, Minda L Patt, Pingal Desai, Lester Zambrana, Joseph M Lane
BACKGROUND: Hip fractures are common in the elderly and are likely to become more prevalent as the US population ages. Early functional status is an indicator of longer term outcome, yet in-hospital predictors of functional recovery, particularly time of surgery and composition of support staff, after hip fracture surgery have not been well studied. METHODS: Ninety-nine consecutive patients underwent hip fracture surgery by a single surgeon between 2009 and 2013...
March 2016: Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
S Knox, S S Dunne, M Hughes, S Cheeseman, C P Dunne
BACKGROUND: The regulatory body responsible for the registration of Irish pre-hospital practitioners, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC), identified the need to implement a continuing professional competence (CPC) framework. The first cycle of CPC (focused on emergency medical technicians) commenced in November 2013 creating for the first time a formal relationship between continuing competence and registration to practice. AIMS: To review current literature and to describe benefits and challenges relevant to CPC, regulation, registration and their respective contributions to professionalism of pre-hospital practitioners: advanced paramedics, paramedics and emergency medical technicians...
May 2016: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Chu Hyun Kim, Gi Woon Kim, Won Chul Cha, Bo Ra Kang, Han Ho Do, Jun Seok Seo
OBJECTIVE: To determine the duration and obstacles to prolonged on-scene cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and establish how long a pair of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) can provide high-quality CPR. METHOD: Intermediate-level EMTs in Gyeonggi-do Province, Republic of Korea completed a survey regarding on-scene CPR. EMTs undergoing routine training took part in a simulation using mannequins. Parameters including compression depth, total number and rate of compressions; occurrence of incorrect hand position and incomplete chest recoil were collected over 16 2-min cycles of CPR (32 min total), with EMTs working in pairs...
December 2015: Journal of International Medical Research
Corey Nagel, Jack Beach, Chantal Iribagiza, Evan A Thomas
In rural sub-Saharan Africa, where handpumps are common, 10-67% are nonfunctional at any one time, and many never get repaired. Increased reliability requires improved monitoring and responsiveness of maintenance providers. In 2014, 181 cellular enabled water pump use sensors were installed in three provinces of Rwanda. In three arms, the nominal maintenance model was compared against a "best practice" circuit rider model, and an "ambulance" service model. In only the ambulance model was the sensor data available to the implementer, and used to dispatch technicians...
December 15, 2015: Environmental Science & Technology
Allen D Stevens, Caleb Hernandez, Seth Jones, Maria E Moreira, Jason R Blumen, Emily Hopkins, Margaret Sande, Katherine Bakes, Jason S Haukoos
BACKGROUND: Medication dosing errors remain commonplace and may result in potentially life-threatening outcomes, particularly for pediatric patients where dosing often requires weight-based calculations. Novel medication delivery systems that may reduce dosing errors resonate with national healthcare priorities. Our goal was to evaluate novel, prefilled medication syringes labeled with color-coded volumes corresponding to the weight-based dosing of the Broselow Tape, compared to conventional medication administration, in simulated prehospital pediatric resuscitation scenarios...
November 2015: Resuscitation
Rafaella Cristina Oliveira, Juliana Nunes Santos, Alessandra Terra Vasconcelos Rabelo, Max de Castro Magalhães
PURPOSE: To investigate the presence of auditory and nonauditory symptoms in professionals working in ambulances. METHODS: This was a descriptive cross-sectional study with a convenience sample. Thirty-six professionals working in mobile support units, including drivers and nursing technicians from two private urgency and emergency services in the city of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil, participated in the study. A questionnaire containing 17 multiple-choice questions was applied to the participants with questions regarding life history and occupation, family history of hearing loss, use of medications, and presence of auditory and nonauditory symptoms, among others...
May 2015: CoDAS
Mary P Mercer, Swaminatha V Mahadevan, Elizabeth Pirrotta, G V Ramana Rao, Sreeram Sistla, Bhanuprasad Nampelly, Rajini Danthala, Anne N T Strehlow, Matthew C Strehlow
BACKGROUND: Shortness of breath is a frequent reason for patients to request prehospital emergency medical services and is a symptom of many life-threatening conditions. To date, there is limited information on the epidemiology of, and outcomes of patients seeking emergency medical services for, shortness of breath in India. OBJECTIVE: This study describes the characteristics and outcomes of patients with a chief complaint of shortness of breath transported by a public ambulance service in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India...
October 2015: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Alison Porter, Bridie Angela Evans, Becky Gammon, Robert Harris Mayes, Mark Poulden, Nigel Rees, Helen Snooks, Alun Toghill, Bridget Wells, Richard Whitfield
BACKGROUND: Delays to the handover of patients from ambulances to the emergency department (ED) cause operational challenges for hospitals and the ambulance service, and have attracted considerable public and policy concern. As part of a wider study of handover delays, we sought to understand the perspective of health service staff on their impact and causes, in the ED of a large teaching hospital. METHODS: We conducted semi-structured interviews with a stratified sample of key staff from the hospital and the ambulance service, including doctors (n=5); nurses (n=7); hospital based support staff (n=2); paramedics and ambulance technicians (n=12); and other ambulance service staff (n=8)...
June 2015: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
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