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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921731/inter-observer-agreement-in-pediatric-cervical-spine-injury-assessment-between-prehospital-and-emergency-department-providers
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Lorin R Browne, Hamilton Schwartz, Fahd A Ahmad, Michael Wallendorf, Nathan Kuppermann, E Brooke Lerner, Julie C Leonard
BACKGROUND: Investigators have derived cervical spine injury (CSI) decision support tools from physician observations. There is a need to demonstrate that prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) providers can use these tools to appropriately determine the need for spinal motion restrictions and make field disposition decisions. OBJECTIVE: To determine the inter-observer agreement between EMS and emergency department (ED) providers for CSI risk assessment variables and overall gestalt for CSI in children after blunt trauma...
September 18, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920524/remotely-supported-prehospital-ultrasound-a-feasibility-study-of-real-time-image-transmission-and-expert-guidance-to-aid-diagnosis-in-remote-and-rural-communities
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Leila Eadie, John Mulhern, Luke Regan, Alasdair Mort, Helen Shannon, Ashish Macaden, Philip Wilson
Introduction Our aim is to expedite prehospital assessment of remote and rural patients using remotely-supported ultrasound and satellite/cellular communications. In this paradigm, paramedics are remotely-supported ultrasound operators, guided by hospital-based specialists, to record images before receiving diagnostic advice. Technology can support users in areas with little access to medical imaging and suboptimal communications coverage by connecting to multiple cellular networks and/or satellites to stream live ultrasound and audio-video...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919539/the-nexus-between-the-documentation-of-end-of-life-wishes-and-awareness-of-dying-a-model-for-research-education-and-care
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Deborah P Waldrop, Jacqueline M McGinley, Brian Clemency
The convergence of medical treatment that can extend life with written medical orders that make it possible to refuse such treatment brings the differential dynamics of contemporary end-of-life decision-making into sharp focus. Communication between families and clinicians can be confusing, uncertain and pressured when death is imminent. These situations create distress that ultimately influences the end-of-life experience for people who are dying and those who care for them. This paper presents the analysis of the decisional dynamics that emerge from the intersection of the patient-family-provider awareness that death is near with the presence or absence of documentation of expressed wishes for end-of-life care...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918763/identifying-factors-that-may-influence-decision-making-related-to-the-distribution-of-patients-during-a-mass-casualty-incident
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Trevor Nt Hall, Andrew McDonald, Kobi Peleg
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify and seek agreement on factors that may influence decision-making related to the distribution of patients during a mass casualty incident. METHODS: A qualitative thematic analysis of a literature review identified 56 unique factors related to the distribution of patients in a mass casualty incident. A modified Delphi study was conducted and used purposive sampling to identify peer reviewers that had either (1) a peer-reviewed publication within the area of disaster management or (2) disaster management experience...
September 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915898/physician-staffed-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-has-a-beneficial-impact-on-the-incidence-of-prehospital-hypoxia-and-secured-airways-on-patients-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Toni Pakkanen, Antti Kämäräinen, Heini Huhtala, Tom Silfvast, Jouni Nurmi, Ilkka Virkkunen, Arvi Yli-Hankala
BACKGROUND: After traumatic brain injury (TBI), hypotension, hypoxia and hypercapnia have been shown to result in secondary brain injury that can lead to increased mortality and disability. Effective prehospital assessment and treatment by emergency medical service (EMS) is considered essential for favourable outcome. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) in the treatment of TBI patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study...
September 15, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915851/assessment-of-consent-models-as-an-ethical-consideration-in-the-conduct-of-prehospital-ambulance-randomised-controlled-clinical-trials-a-systematic-review
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Stephanie Armstrong, Adele Langlois, Despina Laparidou, Mark Dixon, Jason P Appleton, Philip M Bath, Helen Snooks, A Niroshan Siriwardena
BACKGROUND: We sought to understand the main ethical considerations when conducting clinical trials in the prehospital ambulance based setting. METHODS: A systematic review of the literature on randomised controlled trials in ambulance settings was undertaken. A search of eight databases identified published studies involving recruitment of ambulance service users. Four independent authors undertook abstract and full-text reviews to determine eligibility and extract relevant data...
September 16, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915163/do-prehospital-providers-and-emergency-nurses-agree-on-triage-assignment-an-efficacy-study
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Helene Skjøt-Arkil, Louise L Pontoppidan, Jens O Laursen, Matthias Giebner, Jesper D Andersen, Christian B Mogensen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the agreement on triage level between prehospital providers and emergency department (ED) nurses in clinical practice when using the same triage system. The objectives were as follows: (a) What is the agreement of triage between prehospital providers and ED nurses, when using Danish Emergency Process Triage (DEPT) correctly? (b) Which part of the triage process yields the highest agreement regarding the final triage? METHODS: The study was a prospective and observational efficacy study...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910475/chest-seal-placement-for-penetrating-chest-wounds-by-prehospital-ground-forces-in-afghanistan
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Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Jason F Naylor, Erica M Simon, Andrew D Fisher, Cord W Cunningham, Daniel M Morissette, Jessie Renee D Fernandez, Kathy L Ryan
BACKGROUND: Thoracic trauma represents 5% of all battlefield injuries. Communicating pneumothoraces resulting in tension physiology remain an important etiology of prehospital mortality. In addressing penetrating chest trauma, current Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines advocate the immediate placement of a vented chest seal device. Although the Committee on TCCC (CoTCCC) has approved numerous chest seal devices for battlefield use, few data exist regarding their use in a combat zone setting...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910470/a-comparison-of-ventilation-rates-between-a-standard-bag-valve-mask-and-a-new-design-in-a-prehospital-setting-during-training-simulations
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Joseph T Costello, Paul B Allen, Robert Levesque
BACKGROUND: Excessive ventilation of sick and injured patients is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Combat Medical Systems® (CMS) is developing a new bag-valve-mask (BVM) designed to limit ventilation rates. The purpose of this study was to compare ventilation rates between a standard BVM device and the CMS device. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, semirandomized, crossover study using Army Medics. Data were collected during Brigade Combat Team Trauma Training classes at Camp Bullis, Texas...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910469/prehospital-administration-of-tranexamic-acid-by-ground-forces-in-afghanistan-the-prehospital-trauma-registry-experience
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Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Jason F Naylor, Jonathan Wiese, Kathy L Ryan, Andrew D Fisher, Cord W Cunningham, Noah Mitchell, Mark A Antonacci
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) was shown to reduce overall mortality and death secondary to hemorrhage in a large prospective study. This intervention is time sensitive. As such, the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) guidelines recommend use of this low-cost, safe intervention among patients with possible hemorrhagic shock, penetrating trauma to the thorax or trunk, or extremity amputation. OBJECTIVE: Prehospital administration of TXA by ground forces in the Afghanistan combat theater is described...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910463/use-of-acetylsalicylic-acid-in-the-prehospital-setting-for-suspected-acute-ischemic-stroke
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John M Levri, Armando Ocon, Paul Schunk, Cord W Cunningham
Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) treatment guidelines include various recommendations for treatment once the patient arrives at the hospital. Prehospital care recommendations, however, are limited to expeditious transport to a qualified hospital and supportive care. The literature has insufficiently considered prehospital antiplatelet therapy. An otherwise healthy 30-year-old black man presented with headache for about 3 hours, left-sided facial and upper extremity numbness, slurred speech, miosis, lacrimation, and general fatigue and malaise...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910462/prehospital-cricothyrotomy-kits-used-in-combat
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Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Cord W Cunningham, Adrianna N Long, Robert Carter
BACKGROUND: Surgical cricothyrotomy remains the only definitive airway management modality for the tactical setting recommended by Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines. Some units have fielded commercial cricothyrotomy kits to assist Combat Medics with surgical cricothyrotomy. To our knowledge, no previous publications report data on the use of these kits in combat settings. This series reports the the use of two kits in four patients in the prehospital combat setting. METHODS: Using the Department of Defense Trauma Registry and the Prehospital Trauma Registry, we identified four cases of patients who underwent prehospital cricothyrotomy with the use of commercial kits...
2017: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910212/feasibility-of-paramedic-performed-prehospital-lung-ultrasound-in-medical-patients-with-respiratory-distress
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Torben K Becker, Christian Martin-Gill, Clifton W Callaway, Francis X Guyette, Christopher Schott
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital ultrasound is not yet widely implemented. Most studies report on convenience samples and trauma patients, often by prehospital physicians or critical care clinicians. We assessed the feasibility of paramedic performed prehospital lung ultrasound in medical patients with respiratory distress. METHODS: Paramedics at 2 ambulance stations in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA underwent a 2-hour training session in prehospital lung ultrasound using the SonoSite iViz, a handheld ultrasound device...
September 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900664/-prehospital-care-for-stroke-patients
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C H Nolte, H J Audebert
The effectiveness of thrombolysis or mechanical recanalization for acute stroke is higher, the sooner these therapies are started. Therefore, acute stroke patients need to be evaluated by qualified staff for these therapies as soon as possible. Lay persons need to identify the typical symptoms of stroke as an emergency and act accordingly by calling the emergency medical system (EMS). The EMS team reassesses the symptoms and prompts cerebral imaging. Cerebral imaging is performed ideally in hospitals with a stroke unit where subsequent (stroke) treatments occur...
September 12, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898557/improved-survival-for-rural-trauma-patients-transported-by-helicopter-to-a-verified-trauma-center-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Thein Hlaing Zhu, Lisa Hollister, Dazar Opoku, Samuel M Galvagno
OBJECTIVES: Recent studies using advanced statistical methods to control for confounders have demonstrated an association between helicopter transport (HT) vs. ground ambulance transport (GT) in terms of improved survival for adult trauma patients. The aim of this study was to apply a methodologically vigorous approach to determine if HT is associated with a survival benefit for when trauma patients are transported to a verified trauma center in a rural setting. METHODS: The ascertainment of trauma patients age ≥15 years (n=469 cases) by HT and (n=580 cases) by GT between 1999 and 2012 was restricted to the scene of injury in a rural area of 10 to 35 miles from the trauma center...
September 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887934/transport-while-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
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REVIEW
Kyle C Niziolek, Thomas J Preston, Erik C Osborn
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support for severe acute respiratory failure has been increasing. Evidence suggests that higher volume centers have better outcomes, leading to a need for specialized ECMO transport teams. The inherent nature of the prehospital environment adds an additional layer of complexity; however, the experience of multiple centers has demonstrated that cannulating and transporting a patient on ECMO can be performed safely. The purpose of this review article is to discuss the state of knowledge with respect to ECMO transport with special emphasis given to how to actually undertake such complex transports...
October 2017: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887388/minocycline-in-acute-cerebral-hemorrhage-an-early-phase-randomized-trial
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Abdelrahman Y Fouda, Andrea S Newsome, Samantha Spellicy, Jennifer L Waller, Wenbo Zhi, David C Hess, Adviye Ergul, David J Edwards, Susan C Fagan, Jeffrey A Switzer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Minocycline is under investigation as a neurovascular protective agent for stroke. This study evaluated the pharmacokinetic, anti-inflammatory, and safety profile of minocycline after intracerebral hemorrhage. METHODS: This study was a single-site, randomized controlled trial of minocycline conducted from 2013 to 2016. Adults ≥18 years with primary intracerebral hemorrhage who could have study drug administered within 24 hours of onset were included...
September 8, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886979/development-of-a-prediction-model-for-diagnosis-of-acute-poisoning-in-patients-with-altered-mental-status-and-absent-history-of-alcohol-drug-ingestion
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Robert Camilleri
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of acute poisoning in patients with altered mental status and absent history is a challenging diagnostic problem in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: The aims of the study were to develop a simple clinical tool to stratify risk of acute poisoning in patients with altered mental states and no history of alcohol/drug ingestion, and develop a prediction model using initial observations from which a simple risk score could be derived. METHODS: The study was carried out on non-trauma patients aged 15 years and older admitted with altered mental states and no history of alcohol or drug ingestion...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886790/hemodynamic-deterioration-in-lateral-compression-pelvic-fracture%C3%A2-after-prehospital-pelvic-circumferential-compression%C3%A2-device%C3%A2-application
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Alan A Garner, Jeremy Hsu, Anne McShane, Adam Sroor
Increased fracture displacement has previously been described with the application of pelvic circumferential compression devices (PCCDs) in patients with lateral compression-type pelvic fracture. We describe the first reported case of hemodynamic deterioration temporally associated with the prehospital application of a PCCD in a patient with a complex acetabular fracture with medial displacement of the femoral head. Active hemorrhage from a site adjacent to the acetabular fracture was subsequently demonstrated on angiography...
September 2017: Air Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886788/logistical-concerns-for-prehospital-blood-product-use-by-air-medical-services
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REVIEW
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
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