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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897380/lived-experience-of-involuntary-transport-under-mental-health-legislation
#1
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/27890031/a-national-assessment-of-the-health-and-safety-of-emergency-medical-services-professionals
#2
Melissa A Bentley, Roger Levine
OBJECTIVES: The objectives were to assess changes in (1) health and physical fitness, (2) the prevalence of selected health problems, (3) risk behaviors, (4) ambulance safety issues, and (5) the preparedness of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals. In addition, the incidence of patient-initiated violence directed toward EMS personnel and associated factors were assessed. METHODS: Data were obtained from a sample of nationally certified EMS professionals via annual questionnaires between 1999 and 2008...
November 28, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852453/current-use-and-outcomes-of-helicopter-transport-in-pediatric-trauma-a-review-of-18-291-transports
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Brian R Englum, Kristy L Rialon, Jina Kim, Mark L Shapiro, John E Scarborough, Henry E Rice, Obinna O Adibe, Elisabeth T Tracy
PURPOSE: The role of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in pediatric trauma remains controversial. We examined its use in pediatric trauma and its effectiveness in children with moderate/severe injuries. METHODS: All blunt/penetrating trauma patients ≤18years old in the National Trauma Data Bank were evaluated for use of HEMS and in-hospital mortality. In a comparative effectiveness study, only patients treated at level I/II pediatric centers with injury severity score (ISS)≥9 were included...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842598/exploratory-analysis-of-real-personal-emergency-response-call-conversations-considerations-for-personal-emergency-response-spoken-dialogue-systems
#4
Victoria Young, Elizabeth Rochon, Alex Mihailidis
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to derive data from real, recorded, personal emergency response call conversations to help improve the artificial intelligence and decision making capability of a spoken dialogue system in a smart personal emergency response system. The main study objectives were to: develop a model of personal emergency response; determine categories for the model's features; identify and calculate measures from call conversations (verbal ability, conversational structure, timing); and examine conversational patterns and relationships between measures and model features applicable for improving the system's ability to automatically identify call model categories and predict a target response...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833678/telehealth-enabled-emergency-medical-services-program-reduces-ambulance-transport-to-urban-emergency-departments
#5
James R Langabeer, Michael Gonzalez, Diaa Alqusairi, Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Adria Jackson, Jennifer Mikhail, David Persse
INTRODUCTION: Emergency medical services (EMS) agencies transport a significant majority of patients with low acuity and non-emergent conditions to local emergency departments (ED), affecting the entire emergency care system's capacity and performance. Opportunities exist for alternative models that integrate technology, telehealth, and more appropriately aligned patient navigation. While a limited number of programs have evolved recently, no empirical evidence exists for their efficacy...
November 2016: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747560/the-epidemiology-of-pre-hospital-potential-spinal-cord-injuries-in-victoria-australia-a-six-year-retrospective-cohort-study
#6
Ala'a O Oteir, Karen Smith, Johannes U Stoelwinder, Shelley Cox, James W Middleton, Paul A Jennings
BACKGROUND: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury (TSCI) is relatively uncommon, yet a devastating and costly condition. Despite the human and social impacts, studies describing patients with potential TSCI in the pre-hospital setting are scarce. This paper aims to describe the epidemiology of patients potentially at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI by paramedics, with a view to providing a better understanding of factors associated with potential TSCI. METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of all adult patients managed and transported by Ambulance Victoria (AV) between 01 January 2007 and 31 December 2012 who, based on meeting pre-hospital triage protocols and criteria for spinal clearance, paramedic suspicion or spinal immobilisation, were classified to be at risk of or suspected to have a TSCI...
December 2016: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737641/dispatch-guideline-adherence-and-response-interval-a-study-of-emergency-medical-calls-in-norway
#7
Eirin N Ellensen, Torben Wisborg, Steinar Hunskaar, Erik Zakariassen
BACKGROUND: The Emergency Medical Communication Centre (EMCC) operators in Norway report using the Norwegian Index for Medical Emergency Assistance (Index), a criteria-based dispatch guideline, in about 75 % of medical emergency calls. The main purpose of a dispatch guideline is to assist the operator in securing a correct response as quickly as possible. The effect of using the guideline on EMCC response interval is as yet unknown. We wanted to ascertain an objective measure of guideline adherence, and explore a possible effect on emergency medical dispatch (EMD) response interval...
October 13, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733928/health-and-rescue-services-management-system-during-a-crisis-event
#8
Efthyvoulos Kyriacou, Iolie Nicolaidou, George Hadjichristofi, Stelios Kyprianou, Synesios Christou, Riana Constantinou
Τhe performance of rescuers and personnel handling major emergencies or crisis events can be significantly improved through continuous training and through technology support. The work done in order to create a system has been discussed which can support both resources and victims during a crisis or major emergency event. More specifically, the system supports real-time management of firefighter teams, rescue teams, health services, and victims during a major disaster. It can be deployed in an ad hoc manner in the disaster area, as a stand-alone infrastructure (using its own telecommunications and power)...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732713/evaluation-of-rural-vs-urban-trauma-patients-served-by-9-1-1-emergency-medical-services
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Craig D Newgard, Rongwei Fu, Eileen Bulger, Jerris R Hedges, N Clay Mann, Dagan A Wright, David P Lehrfeld, Carol Shields, Gregory Hoskins, Craig Warden, Lynn Wittwer, Jennifer N B Cook, Michael Verkest, William Conway, Stephanie Somerville, Matthew Hansen
Importance: Despite a large rural US population, there are potential differences between rural and urban regions in the processes and outcomes following trauma. Objectives: To describe and evaluate rural vs urban processes of care, injury severity, and mortality among injured patients served by 9-1-1 emergency medical services (EMS). Design, Setting, and Participants: This was a preplanned secondary analysis of a prospective cohort enrolled from January 1 through December 31, 2011, and followed up through hospitalization...
October 12, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726972/emergency-nursing-workload-and-patient-dependency-in-the-ambulance-bay-a-prospective-study
#10
Wayne Varndell, Elizabeth Ryan, Alison Jeffers, Nadya Marquez-Hunt
AIM: The purpose of this prospective observational study was to characterise patients occupying the ambulance bay and to determine the ensuing nursing workload. BACKGROUND: The number of patients presenting to ED by ambulance is increasing. During periods of peak demand and access block in the ED, patients with ongoing care needs, requiring continual assessment and symptom management by emergency nurses can remain in the ambulance bay for extended periods of time...
October 7, 2016: Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal: AENJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27630459/epidemiology-of-traumatic-cardiac-arrest-in-patients-presenting-to-emergency-department-at-a-level-1-trauma-center
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Sanjeev Bhoi, Prakash Ranjan Mishra, Kapil Dev Soni, Upendra Baitha, Tej Prakash Sinha
INTRODUCTION: There is a paucity of literature on prehospital care and epidemiology of traumatic cardiac arrest (TCA) in India. This study highlights the profile and characteristics of TCA. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was conducted to study epidemiological profile of TCA patients ≥1 year presenting to a level 1 trauma center of India. RESULTS: One thousand sixty-one patients were recruited in the study. The median age (interquartile range) was 32 (23-45) years (male:female ratio of 5...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27614946/electrocardiographic-indicators-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-are-more-common-in-patients-with-ambulance-transport-compared-to-those-who-self-transport-to-the-emergency-department-journal-of-electrocardiology
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Jessica K Zègre-Hemsey, David Pickham, Michele M Pelter
INTRODUCTION: The American Heart Association recommends individuals with symptoms suggestive of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) activate the Emergency Medical Services' (EMS) 911 system for ambulance transport to the emergency department (ED), which enables treatment to begin prior to hospital arrival. Despite this recommendation, the majority of patients with symptoms suspicious of ACS continue to self-transport to the ED. The IMMEDIATE AIM study was a prospective study that enrolled individuals who presented to the ED with ischemic symptoms...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27596837/when-chronic-conditions-become-emergencies-a-report-from-regional-queensland
#13
Linton R Harriss, Fintan Thompson, Arindam Dey, Jane Mills, Kerrianne Watt, Robyn McDermott
OBJECTIVE: To describe chronic conditions and injuries as a proportion of total emergency presentations to a large public hospital in regional Queensland, and to investigate differences in presentation rates associated with Indigenous status. DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis using Emergency Department Information System data between 1 July 2012 and 30 June 2014. SETTING: Regional Queensland, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 95 238 emergency presentations were generated by 50 083 local residents living in the 10 statistical local areas (SLAs) immediately around the hospital...
September 5, 2016: Australian Journal of Rural Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27547282/geospatial-and-clinical-analyses-on-pediatric-related-road-traffic-injury-in-malaysia
#14
Nik Hisamuddin Rahman, Ruslan Rainis, Syed Hatim Noor, Sharifah Mastura Syed Mohamad
BACKGROUND: The main aim of this study is to utilize the geographical information system (GIS) software and perform the spatial analysis in relation to clinical data for road traffic injury (RTI) pediatric cases attending the emergency department. METHODS: The study sample included pediatric patients (age less than 18 years) with road-related injuries within a district in Malaysia who attended emergency departments of two tertiary hospitals within the district. In addition to injury, pre-hospital care and outcome data, the coordinate of the locations were obtained by the ambulance paramedics by using portable handheld GPS unit brand Garmin(®) model GPS 72 H...
2016: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27546753/crossing-the-handover-chasm-clinicians-perceptions-of-barriers-to-the-early-detection-and-timely-management-of-severe-sepsis-and-septic-shock
#15
Claudia T Matthaeus-Kraemer, Daniel O Thomas-Rueddel, Daniel Schwarzkopf, Hendrik Rueddel, Bernhard Poidinger, Konrad Reinhart, Frank Bloos
PURPOSE: The purpose was to identify barriers to the early detection and timely management of severe sepsis throughout the emergency department (ED), general ward (GW), intermediate care unit (IMC), and the intensive care unit (ICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five multicenter focus group discussions with 29 clinicians were conducted. Discussions were based on a moderation guide were recorded and transcribed. Qualitative analysis was performed according to the principles of the concept mapping method and the framework approach...
July 9, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27531051/muscle-redox-disturbances-and-oxidative-stress-as-pathomechanisms-and-therapeutic-targets-in-early-onset-myopathies
#16
Maryline Moulin, Ana Ferreiro
Because of their contractile activity and their high oxygen consumption and metabolic rate, skeletal muscles continually produce moderate levels of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS), which increase during exercise and are buffered by multiple antioxidant systems to maintain redox homeostasis. Imbalance between ROS/RNS production and elimination results in oxidative stress (OxS), which has been implicated in aging and in numerous human diseases, including cancer, diabetes or age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia)...
August 12, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27473746/acute-headache-presentations-to-the-emergency-department-a-state-wide-cross-sectional-study
#17
Kevin H Chu, Tegwen E Howell, Gerben Keijzers, Jeremy S Furyk, Robert M Eley, Frances B Kinnear, Ogilvie Thom, Ibrahim Mahmoud, Anthony Ft Brown
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to describe demographic and clinical characteristics including features that were consistent with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), use of diagnostic tests, emergency department (ED) discharge diagnoses, and disposition of adult patients presenting with an acute headache to EDs state-wide across Queensland, Australia. In addition, potential variations in the presentation and diagnostic work up between principal referral and city-regional hospitals were examined...
July 30, 2016: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27465304/epidemiology-and-outcomes-of-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-a-developing-country-a-multicenter-cohort-study
#18
Minaz Mawani, Muhammad Masood Kadir, Iqbal Azam, Amber Mehmood, Bryan McNally, Kent Stevens, Rozina Nuruddin, Mohammad Ishaq, Junaid Abdul Razzak
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is one of the leading causes of death and disability worldwide. Overall survival after an OHCA has been reported to be poor and limited studies have been conducted in developing countries. We aimed to investigate the rates of survival from OHCA and explore components of the chain of survival in a developing country. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter prospective cohort study in the emergency departments (ED) of five major public and private sector hospitals of Karachi, Pakistan from January 2013 to April 2013...
July 28, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27456493/urgent-ems-managed-out-of-hospital-delivery-dispatches-in-helsinki
#19
Jussi Pirneskoski, Katja Peräjoki, Mika Nuutila, Markku Kuisma
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine Helsinki Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and hospital records to determine the incidence and possible complications of out-of-hospital deliveries managed by EMS in Helsinki. METHODS: We retrospectively analysed all urgent ambulance dispatches relating to childbirth in Helsinki from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2014 with further analysis of hospital records for the out-of-hospital deliveries. Patients were divided in to two groups: those who delivered before reaching hospital and those who did not deliver before reaching hospital and differences between groups were analysed...
2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27441308/unscheduled-care-admissions-at-end-of-life-what-are-the-patient-characteristics
#20
Emma Mason, Debbie Jenkins, Meg Williams, James Davies
Unscheduled acute hospital admissions and subsequent deaths in hospitals of patients considered palliative are increasing, despite many patients' preference to die at home. A large proportion of these patients are admitted via acute medical units or emergency departments. The integration of primary and secondary care within Wales should enhance the delivery of end-of-life care at home but unscheduled admission for patients with palliative care needs remains prevalent. The aim of our study was to explore the characteristics amongst patients who die shortly after unscheduled hospital admission...
2016: Acute Medicine
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