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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103119/iatrogenic-spinal-cord-injury-in-a-trauma-patient-with-ankylosing-spondylitis
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Ahmad Maarouf, Colleen M McQuown, Jennifer A Frey, Rami A Ahmed, Lisa Derrick
BACKGROUND: The recommended practice for over 30 years has been to routinely immobilize patients with unstable cervical spinal injuries using cervical spinal collars. It is shown that patients with Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are four times more likely to suffer a spinal fracture compared to the general population and have an eleven-fold greater risk of spinal cord injury. Current protocols of spinal immobilization were responsible for secondary neurologic deterioration in some of these patients...
January 19, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093867/paramedic-resuscitation-competency-a-survey-of-australian-and-new-zealand-emergency-medical-services
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Kylie Dyson, Janet E Bray, Karen Smith, Stephen Bernard, Lahn Straney, Judith Finn
OBJECTIVE: We have previously established that paramedic exposure to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is relatively rare, therefore clinical exposure cannot be relied on to maintain resuscitation competency. We aimed to identify the current practices within emergency medical services (EMS) for developing and maintaining paramedic resuscitation competency. METHODS: We developed and conducted an online cross-sectional survey of Australian and New Zealand EMS in 2015...
January 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069626/paramedics-views-on-their-seizure-management-learning-needs-a-qualitative-study-in-england
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Frances C Sherratt, Darlene Snape, Steve Goodacre, Mike Jackson, Mike Pearson, Anthony G Marson, Adam J Noble
INTRODUCTION: The UK ambulance service often attends to suspected seizures. Most persons attended to will not require the facilities of a hospital emergency department (ED) and so should be managed at scene or by using alternative care pathways. Most though are transported to ED. One factor that helps explain this is paramedics can have low confidence in managing seizures. OBJECTIVES: With a view to ultimately developing additional seizure management training for practicing paramedics, we explored their learning needs, delivery preferences and potential drivers and barriers to uptake and effectiveness...
January 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996352/lessons-learned-developing-and-piloting-interprofessional-handover-simulations-for-paramedic-nursing-and-physiotherapy-students
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Jill Stow, Julia Morphet, Debra Griffiths, Chris Huggins, Prue Morgan
Interprofessional education is an important element in the preparation of healthcare students who can communicate effectively and work collaboratively. A grant from Health Workforce Australia funded a shared nursing, paramedicine, and physiotherapy simulation suite and a staff member dedicated to interprofessional simulation, with the aim of increasing high fidelity simulation within and across the three professions. This article describes the development process and pilot testing of four purpose-designed interprofessional handover scenarios for paramedic, nursing, and physiotherapy students...
January 2017: Journal of Interprofessional Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964769/paramedic-application-of-a-triage-sieve-a-paper-based-exercise
#5
Glen Cuttance, Kathryn Dansie, Tim Rayner
: Introduction Triage is the systematic prioritization of casualties when there is an imbalance between the needs of these casualties and resource availability. The triage sieve is a recognized process for prioritizing casualties for treatment during mass-casualty incidents (MCIs). While the application of a triage sieve generally is well-accepted, the measurement of its accuracy has been somewhat limited. Obtaining reliable measures for triage sieve accuracy rates is viewed as a necessity for future development in this area...
December 14, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942783/-practical-training-for-paramedics-transformation-at-the-leipzig-university-teaching-hospital
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F F Girrbach, M Bernhard, M Wessel, A Gries, S Bercker
BACKGROUND: The "Notfallsanitätergesetz" (the law pertaining to paramedics), which came into effect in January 2014, has fundamentally changed the training of health personnel in German prehospital emergency medicine. The apprenticeship now takes 3 years including 720 h of practical training in eligible hospitals. To date, however, there has been little experience of how the contents of the guidelines for practical training ("Ausbildungs- und Prüfungsverordnung") can be reasonably applied in the teaching hospitals...
December 9, 2016: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935915/medication-practice-of-patients-with-dermatophytosis
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Y Poudyal, S D Joshi
INTRODUCTION: Dermatophytosis is one of the commonest dermatoses observed in Dermatology OPD. It is caused by Fungus Dermatophyte. Its pattern and prevalence varies from region to region. As self medication practice is very common, we aim to find the prevalence of various clinical pattern of dermatophytosis and to find out the medication commonly used by the patients for this condition. METHODS: This was cross sectional observational study. The case collection was done from outpatient department of Dermatology and Venereology of a Teaching Hospital from 15th March, 2013 to 14 March, 2014...
July 2016: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928983/the-demographics-and-education-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-professionals-a-national-longitudinal-investigation
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Melissa A Bentley, Abigail Shoben, Roger Levine
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess longitudinal and cross-sectional changes in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Basics and Paramedics: (1) demographics, (2) employment characteristics, and (3) initial Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education. METHODS: These data were collected between 1999 and 2008 employing survey techniques aimed at collecting valid data. A random, stratified sample was utilized to allow results to be generalizable to the nationally certified EMS population...
December 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920697/end-of-life-practices-in-france-under-the-claeys-leonetti-law-report-of-three-cases-in-the-oncology-unit
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Alexandre de Nonneville, Anthony Marin, Theo Chabal, Veronique Tuzzolino, Marie Fichaux, Sebastien Salas
On February 2, 2016, the French government enacted the Claeys-Leonetti law introducing the right to deep and continuous sedation and forbade euthanasia for end-of-life patients. This article reports the first descriptions of this kind of intervention at the final stage of life of 3 patients and highlights the need of patient-centered goals and the importance of close collaboration between the patient, family, and medical and paramedical team to achieve a higher quality of final palliative care.
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920392/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-of-health-care-workers-about-viral-hepatitis-b-and-c-in-south-kivu
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Tony Akilimali Shindano, Esto Bahizire, René Fiasse, Yves Horsmans
Health-care workers (HCWs) are at risk of infections associated with accidental exposure to blood, including viral hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV). A survey using a questionnaire was conducted on 250 HCW in Bukavu, an eastern town of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to analyze their attitude and knowledge about these two viruses. A response rate of 86.8% (217/250) was obtained. The mean age of respondents was 39.6 ± 9.8 years, in majority from paramedical staff (66.4%) and with more than 5 years of professional experience (60...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897380/lived-experience-of-involuntary-transport-under-mental-health-legislation
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Joanne Bradbury, Marie Hutchinson, John Hurley, Helen Stasa
Police have historically been responsible for transporting people during a mental health crisis in Australia. A major change to the New South Wales (NSW) Mental Health Act (MHA) in 2007 expanded the range of coercive transportation agencies to include NSW Ambulance (paramedics) and NSW Health (mental health nurses). Anecdotal reports, however, describe a lack of clarity around how these changes should be implemented in practice. This research aims to explore this lack of clarity through qualitative analysis of interviews with people with the lived experience of involuntary transport under the MHA...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894476/-telemedicine-and-new-forms-of-cooperation-between-doctors-and-caregivers
#12
Alexandre Mathieu-Fritz
The development of telemedicine is accompanied by new forms of coordination and cooperation between doctors and paramedical caregivers. If we consider the work in terms of the way it is actually carried out in practice, we have a better understanding of the efforts made by practitioners to adapt, as well as the challenges associated with the integration of telemedicine systems. These effect the notions and the execution of 'good work'.
November 2016: Soins; la Revue de Référence Infirmière
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890030/longitudinal-emergency-medical-technician-attributes-and-demographic-study-leads-design-and-methodology
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Roger Levine
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to describe the Longitudinal Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Attributes and Demographic Study (LEADS) design, instrument development, pilot testing, sampling procedures, and data collection methodology. Response rates are provided, along with results of follow-up surveys of non-responders (NRs) and a special survey of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals who were not nationally certified. METHODS: Annual surveys from 1999 to 2008 were mailed out to a random, stratified sample of nationally registered EMT-Basics and Paramedics...
December 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870588/assessment-of-paramedic-performance-on-difficult-airway-simulation
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Ashish R Panchal, Geoffrey Finnegan, David P Way, Thomas Terndrup
OBJECTIVE: Airway management is a common, important intervention for critically ill patients in the United States. A key element of prehospital airway management is endotracheal intubation (ETI). Prehospital ETI success rates have been shown to be as low as 77% compared to in-hospital rates of 95%. Given these rates, the use of backup airway devices is a necessary precaution for patient safety. The extent to which paramedics integrate backup airway use into their airway algorithm is unknown...
November 21, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866392/drug-caused-deaths-in-australian-medical-practitioners-and-health-care-professionals
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Jennifer L Pilgrim, Rhyse Dorward, Olaf H Drummer
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There are numerous factors putting health-care professionals (HCP) at a higher risk of substance abuse and premature death, including high-stress jobs, access to controlled substances, long hours of practice and constant contact with the critically ill. This study aimed to examine fatal drug toxicity in this high-risk cohort, in order to: (1) estimate the rate of drug-caused deaths of Australian HCPs; (2) describe the key characteristics of the cohort; and (3) examine the relationship between HCP occupation and drug type, or intent...
November 20, 2016: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858851/a-comparison-of-a-traditional-endotracheal-tube-versus-etview-sl-in-endotracheal-intubation-during-different-emergency-conditions-a-randomized-crossover-cadaver-trial
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Zenon Truszewski, Paweł Krajewski, Marcin Fudalej, Jacek Smereka, Michael Frass, Oliver Robak, Bianka Nguyen, Kurt Ruetzler, Lukasz Szarpak
BACKGROUND: Airway management is a crucial skill essential to paramedics and personnel working in Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Departments: Lack of practice, a difficult airway, or a trauma situation may limit the ability of paramedics to perform direct laryngoscopy during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Videoscope devices are alternatives for airway management in these situations. The ETView VivaSight SL (ETView; ETView Ltd., Misgav, Israel) is a new, single-lumen airway tube with an integrated high-resolution imaging camera...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833674/alternative-destination-transport-the-role-of-paramedics-in-optimal-use-of-the-emergency-department
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Michael M Neeki, Fanglong Dong, Leigh Avera, Tan Than, Rodney Borger, Joe Powell, Reza Vaezazizi, Richard Pitts
INTRODUCTION: Alternative destination transportation by emergency medical services (EMS) is a subject of hot debate between those favoring all patients being evaluated by an emergency physician (EP) and those recognizing the need to reduce emergency department (ED) crowding. This study aimed to determine whether paramedics could accurately assess a patient's acuity level to determine the need to transport to an ED. METHODS: We performed a prospective double-blinded analysis of responses recorded by paramedics and EPs of arriving patients' acuity level in a large Level II trauma center between April 2015 and November 2015...
November 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795775/-prioperative-adverse-events-critical-reading-of-the-data-registry-used-in-the-surgery-department-of-military-hospital-moulay-ismail-meknes
#18
Hicham Kechna, Omar Ouzzad, Khalid Chkoura, Jaouad Loutid, Moulay Ahmed Hachimi, Sidi Mohamed Hanafi
INTRODUCTION: Despite significant progress made in the field of safety in anesthesia, morbidity (serious or not, completely or partially related to anesthesia) remains common and no health practitioner is immune from accidents. In the current context where priority is given to training programmes, to quality and safety improvement in health care, the occurrence of an anesthesia-related accident in the surgery department is an extremely traumatic event. The fear of prosecution, the emotional context make it difficult to manage...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752005/orientation-of-university-students-about-brain-death-and-organ-donation-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ali A Al Bshabshe, Javed Iqbal Wani, Imran Rangreze, Mohammed Ali M Asiry, Haitham Mansour, Alhassan Gaba'n Ahmed, Jabber Madi Assiri
The gap between demand and supply of organs continues. No country has found a concrete solution for tackling this problem. We attempted to evaluate the general information and attitude of university students in their primary basic science stage, when they did not receive special education regarding brain death and organ donation in Saudi Arabia. Since they were from different cities with different cultures and values, we believe that we could assess the educational needs of future doctors and paramedical staff, to help them gain enough competence for solving the concerns of the population at large...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733737/european-society-of-cardiology-esc-annual-congress-report-from-rome-2016
#20
Hiroya Mizuno, Tomohito Otani, Yasushi Sakata
From August 27th to 31st, the 2016 Annual Congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC 2016) was held in Fiera di Roma, Italy. Despite the socially unstable situation, more than 32,000 attendees, including clinical physicians, basic researchers, medical students, and paramedical personnel, as well as 5,000 exhibitors from 106 countries gathered in this historical city to share the latest findings and to discuss the present issues in cardiovascular medicine. There were scientific sessions, including 28 Hot Lines, 26 clinical trial updates, 24 registry studies, and 5 clinical practice guideline sessions...
October 12, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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