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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
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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This book is an informative reference guide to pathologies, illnesses and some minor injuries that nurse practitioners, paramedics, doctors and allied health professionals are likely to deal with in their daily practice. Laid out in a logical way, its outlines red flags, risk factors, causes, assessment, diagnostics, and management of various conditions.
October 6, 2016: Emergency Nurse: the Journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Marc Perron, Sylvie Nadeau, François Dubé
OPINION/FEEDBACK: INTRODUCTION: The use of the results of scientific research by health professionals for the purpose of improving clinical practice is at the heart of the concerns of health system regulators and research funding agencies. It is estimated that only 50% of the measurement tools used in rehabilitation are standardized and less than half of the interventions have documented efficacy. To increase the use of evidence, the Quebec Rehabilitation Research Network (REPAR) partners with professional bodies to provide paramedical clinicians funding opportunities for clinical research projects...
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Alex J Fraess-Phillips
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this search was to review the current literature regarding paramedic triage of primary care patients and the safety of paramedic-initiated non-transport of non-urgent patients. METHODS: A narrative literature review was conducted using the Medline (Medline Industries, Inc.; Mundelein, Illinois USA) database and a manual search of Google Scholar (Google; Mountain View, California USA). RESULTS: Only 11 studies were found investigating paramedic triage and safety of non-transport of non-urgent patients...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Jeffrey D Ho, Donald M Dawes, Evan M McKay, Jeremy J Taliercio, Scott D White, Blair J Woodbury, Mark A Sandefur, James R Miner
INTRODUCTION: Current Emergency Medical Services (EMS) documentation practices usually occur from memory after an event is over. While this practice is fairly standard, it is unclear if it can introduce significant error. Modern technology has seen the increased use of recorded video by society to more objectively document notable events. Stationary mounted cameras, cell-phone cameras, and law enforcement officer Body-Worn Cameras (BWCs) are increasingly used by society for this purpose...
September 16, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Susan R Wilcox, Michael Ries, Ted A Bouthiller, E Dean Berry, Travis L Dowdy, Sharon DeGrace
Critical care transport (CCT) teams are specialized transport services, comprised of highly trained paramedics, nurses, and occasionally respiratory therapists, offering an expanded scope of practice beyond advanced life support (ALS) emergency medical service teams. We report 4 cases of patients with severe acute respiratory distress syndrome from influenza in need of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation evaluation at a tertiary care center, transported by ground. Our medical center did not previously have a ground CCT service, and therefore, in these cases, a physician and/or a respiratory therapist was sent with the paramedic team...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
K A Martin Ginis, J R Tomasone, M Welsford, K Ethans, A R Sinden, M Longeway, A Krassioukov
STUDY DESIGN: Single-group pre-/post-test with 3- and 6-month follow-ups. OBJECTIVES: To test the effects of the 'ABCs of AD' educational module on immediate and longer-term changes in paramedics' knowledge and beliefs about using the autonomic dysreflexia clinical practice guidelines (AD-CPGs). SETTING: Canada. METHODS: A total of 119 paramedics completed an AD knowledge test and measures of attitudes, perceived control, self-efficacy, social pressure from patients and health-care professionals, and intentions to use the AD-CPGs before and 1 week, 3 months and 6 months after viewing 'ABCs of AD'...
September 13, 2016: Spinal Cord
Malcolm Masso, Cristina Thompson
The context for the paper was the evaluation of a national program in Australia to investigate extended scopes of practice for health professionals (paramedics, physiotherapists, and nurses). The design of the evaluation involved a mixed-methods approach with multiple data sources. Four multidisciplinary models of extended scope of practice were tested over an 18-month period, involving 26 organizations, 224 health professionals, and 36 implementation sites. The evaluation focused on what could be learned to inform scaling up the extended scopes of practice on a national scale...
2016: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Bálint Bánfai, Ádám Éliás, Tamás Nagy, Emese Pék, József Betlehem
INTRODUCTION: Resuscitation knowledge is necessery for emergency care workers. AIM: The aim of the authors was to investigate the advanced life support knowledge of paramedic students in Hungary. METHOD: The research has been executed at University of Pécs - Faculty of Health Sciences, Semmelweis University - Faculty of Health Sciences, and University of Debrecen - Faculty of Health Care. 97 students (n = 97) were involved in the study from third and fourth grades...
September 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
Walter Tavares, Ron Bowles, Becky Donelon
BACKGROUND: Paramedicine is a rapidly evolving health profession with increasing responsibilities and contributions to healthcare. This rapid growth has left the profession with unclear professional and clinical boundaries. Existing defining frameworks may no longer align with the practice of paramedicine or expectations of the public. The purpose of this study was to explore the roles paramedics in Canada are to embody and that align with or support the rapid and ongoing evolution of the profession...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Madison Brydges, Margaret Denton, Gina Agarwal
BACKGROUND: Expanded roles for paramedics, commonly termed community paramedicine, are becoming increasingly common. Paramedics working in community paramedicine roles represent a distinct departure away from the traditional emergency paradigm of paramedic services. Despite this, little research has addressed how community paramedics are perceived by their clients. METHODS: This study took an interpretivist qualitative approach to examine participants' perceptions of paramedics providing a community paramedicine program, named the Community Health Assessment Program through Emergency Medical Services (CHAP-EMS)...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
M Suganya, Vikneshan, Anand Hiremath
AIM & OBJECTIVE: To assess working and trainee nurses' knowledge and awareness regarding the emergency handling of traumatic injuries to the teeth. The research was conducted in four different parts of Karnataka, a state in India. BACKGROUND: Traumatic injuries to teeth and the facial region are common among children and young adults. Most traumatic dental injuries can be avoided, or would be less serious, if an extensive knowledge and awareness of these injuries existed, especially among people who frequently come across them...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Murdoch Leeies, Cheryl Ffrench, Trevor Strome, Erin Weldon, Michael Bullard, Rob Grierson
OBJECTIVES: Triage is fundamental to emergency patient assessment. Effective triage systems accurately prioritize patients and help predict resource utilization. CTAS is a validated five-level triage score utilized in Emergency Departments (EDs) across Canada and internationally. Historically CTAS has been applied by triage nurses in EDs. Observational evidence suggests that the CTAS might be implemented reliably by paramedics in the prehospital setting. This is the first system-wide assessment of CTAS interrater reliability between paramedics and triage nurses during clinical practice...
August 10, 2016: CJEM
Marcia Schram, Andrea Prentiss, Eve Butler, Joy M Cerilo Delgado, Ann M D'Elia, Vivian Fuentes, Teresa Mancuso, Yvette Naranjo, Brenda Rojas, Martha Tijerino, Michelle Thomas, Christine Williams
PROBLEM: Emergency nurse-accompanied telemetry transport on admission to the hospital is a common practice. Potential drawbacks include inefficient use of nursing resources, unnecessary telemetry transports, and disruption of care for remaining ED patients. METHODS: This was a 2-part descriptive quality improvement study using retrospective chart review and prospective documentation of patient transports. Charts were selected by American Heart Association Practice Standards for ECG Monitoring to classify transported telemetry patients into 3 categories...
August 6, 2016: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
Michael A Smyth, Samantha J Brace-McDonnell, Gavin D Perkins
OBJECTIVE: Early identification of sepsis could enable prompt delivery of key interventions such as fluid resuscitation and antibiotic administration which, in turn, may lead to improved patient outcomes. Limited data indicate that recognition of sepsis by paramedics is often poor. We systematically reviewed the literature on prehospital sepsis screening tools to determine whether they improved sepsis recognition. DESIGN: Systematic review. The electronic databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, the Cochrane Library and PubMed were systematically searched up to June 2015...
2016: BMJ Open
Daniel L Wolfson, Margaret A Tandoh, Mohit Jindal, Patrick M Forgione, Valerie S Harder
OBJECTIVE: Intraosseous (IO) access is increasingly being used as an alternative to peripheral intravenous access, which is often difficult or impossible to establish in critically ill patients in the prehospital setting. Until recently, only Paramedics performed adult IO access. In 2014, Vermont Emergency Medical Services (EMS) expanded the Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs) scope of practice to include IO access in adult patients. This study compares successful IO access in adults performed by AEMTs compared to Paramedics in the prehospital setting...
August 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Krzysztof Malinowski
The rescuer often has to deal with patients who have suffered trauma to the bone , including heads, spine, lower and upper limbs. Serious injuries or multiorgan grudges are a frequent result of communicative cases, and a fast but accurate examination is a condition of the success of a rescue operation, putting the preliminary diagnosis and implementing real rescue activities. Delays in a rescue operation or the lack appropriate the equipment is threatening the patient with the permanent disability or even a loss of life...
2016: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
Alexander Olaussen, Matthew Shepherd, Ziad Nehme, Karen Smith, Paul A Jennings, Stephen Bernard, Biswadev Mitra
INTRODUCTION: Consciousness may occur during effective management of cardiac arrest and ranges from eye opening to interfering with rescuers' resuscitation attempts. Reported cases in the medical literature appear scant compared to anecdotal reports. The aim of this study was to evaluate health care providers' experience with consciousness during cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of 100 experienced health care professionals, including doctors, nurses and paramedics...
July 28, 2016: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
Danielle Mercer, Arlene Haddon, Catherine Loughlin
BACKGROUND: Health care organizations are considered complex systems that represent both formal leadership as well as more informal and shared leadership models. Implementing these models is essential for optimizing care and patient outcomes. The paramedic profession specifically, although considered informally, leads out of hospital patient care. PURPOSE: To date, few empirical studies investigate shared leadership in health care settings. In paramedicine specifically, studies of leadership are scarce, despite paramedics' essential role in leading on the front lines of care...
July 27, 2016: Health Care Management Review
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