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Jesper Weile, Klaus Nielsen, Stine C Primdahl, Christian A Frederiksen, Christian B Laursen, Erik Sloth, Hans Kirkegaard
BACKGROUND: The Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) protocol is considered beneficial in emergent evaluation of trauma patients with blunt or penetrating injury and has become integrated into the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) protocol. No guidelines exist as to the use of ultrasonography in trauma in Denmark. We aimed to determine the current use of ultrasonography for assessing trauma patients in Denmark. METHODS: We conducted a nation-wide cross-sectional investigation of ultrasonography usage in trauma care...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
M I Şaşmaz, A H Akça
OBJECTIVE: In this study, the reliability of trauma management scenario videos (in English) on YouTube and their compliance with Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS(®)) guidelines were investigated. METHODS: The search was conducted on February 15, 2016 by using the terms "assessment of trauma" and ''management of trauma''. All videos that were uploaded between January 2011 and June 2016 were viewed by two experienced emergency physicians. The data regarding the date of upload, the type of the uploader, duration of the video and view counts were recorded...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Shahab Hajibandeh, Shahin Hajibandeh
BACKGROUND: Presence of a trauma team leader (TTL) in the trauma team is associated with positive patient outcomes in major trauma. The TTL is traditionally a surgeon who coordinates the resuscitation and ensures adherence to Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines. The necessity of routine surgical leadership in the resuscitative component of trauma care has been questioned by some authors. Therefore, it remains controversial who should lead the trauma team. We aimed to evaluate outcomes associated with surgeon versus non-surgeon TTLs in management of trauma patients...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Injury & Violence Research
Stephanie DeMoor, Shady Abdel-Rehim, Richard Olmsted, John G Myers, Jessica Parker-Raley
BACKGROUND: Nontechnical skills (NTS), such as team communication, are well-recognized determinants of trauma team performance and good patient care. Measuring these competencies during trauma resuscitations is essential, yet few valid and reliable tools are available. We aimed to demonstrate that the Trauma Team Communication Assessment (TTCA-24) is a valid and reliable instrument that measures communication effectiveness during activations. METHODS: Two tools with adequate psychometric strength (Trauma Nontechnical Skills Scale [T-NOTECHS], Team Emergency Assessment Measure [TEAM]) were identified during a systematic review of medical literature and compared with TTCA-24...
July 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Devjanl Das, Lea Salazar
Patients with maxillofacial trauma require a careful evaluation due to the anatomical proximity of the maxillofacial region to the head and neck. Facial injuries can range from soft-tissue lacerations and nondisplaced nasal fractures to severe, complex fractures, eye injuries, and possible brain injury. Though the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines provide a framework for the management of trauma patients, they do not provide a detailed reference for many subtle or complex facial injuries. This issue adds a more comprehensive and systematic approach to the secondary survey of the maxillofacial area and emergency department management of injuries to the face...
April 2017: Emergency Medicine Practice
M Maegele, M Fröhlich, M Caspers, S Kaske
INTRODUCTION: Intravascular volume and fluid replacement are still cornerstones to correct fluid deficits during early trauma resuscitation, but optimum strategies remain under debate. METHODS: A synopsis of best current knowledge with reference to the following guidelines and recommendations is presented: (1) The European Guideline on Management of Major Bleeding and Coagulopathy following Trauma (fourth edition), (2) S3 Guideline on Treatment of Patients with Severe and Multiple Injuries [English Version of the German Guideline S3 Leitlinie Polytrauma/Schwerverletzten-Behandlung/AWMF Register-Nr...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Maria Gioffre-Florio, Letizia Maria Murabito, Carmela Visalli, Alessandra Villari, Floriana Lauritano, Carla Bramanti, Fausto Fama
AIM: Traumas are one of the most relevant pathological events in health care, because of clinical and prognostic relevance. Morbidity and mortality rates are strongly affected by the timely and correct approach to the patient (golden hour). The objective of this study was to investigate the possible influence of the diagnostic time and of the Injury Severity Score (ISS) on outcomes in trauma patients. MATERIAL OF STUDY: Out of a total of 240,833 emergency patients, we observed, 447 polytrauma...
December 29, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
Stefano Magnone, Andrea Allegri, Eugenia Belotti, Claudio Carlo Castelli, Marco Ceresoli, Federico Coccolini, Roberto Manfredi, Cecilia Merli, Fabrizio Palamara, Dario Piazzalunga, Tino Martino Valetti, Luca Ansaloni
BACKGROUND: Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines are widely accepted for use in initial management of trauma patients. The application of ATLS guidelines and introduction of management by means of trauma team (TT) both took place in April 2011. The aim of the present study was to evaluate related effects on mortality in the shock room (SR) and at 24 hours after admission. METHODS: Data were retrieved by administrative software based on patient admission for trauma of at least 48 hours...
May 2016: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
Sanjay Kumar Yadav, Subodh Kumar, Mahesh Chander Misra, Sushma Sagar, V K Bansal
Liver injury is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in polytrauma patients. This study was conducted to know the burden of hepatobiliary injury and its outcome in our setup. It is a retrospective study of all patients with traumatic hepatobiliary injuries from January 2008 through April 2012 at JPNATC, New Delhi. All patients were resuscitated as per ATLS guidelines. Management of patients was based on hemodynamic status and associated injuries. Liver injury occurred in 7.52 % of all trauma admissions and 20...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Surgery
Mallory D Woiski, Helena C van Vugt, Anneke Dijkman, Richard P Grol, Abraham Marcus, Johanna M Middeldorp, Ben W Mol, Femke Mols, Martijn A Oudijk, Martina Porath, Hubertina J Scheepers, Rosella P Hermens
Objective Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) has a continuously rising incidence worldwide, suggesting suboptimal care. An important step in optimizing care is the translation of evidence-based guidelines into comprehensive hospital protocols. However, knowledge about the quality of these protocols is lacking. The objective of this study was to evaluate the quality of PPH-protocols on structure and content in the Netherlands. Methods We performed an observational multicenter study. Eighteen PPH-protocols from 3 University Hospitals (UH), 8 Teaching Hospitals (TH) and 7 Non-Teaching hospitals (NTH) throughout the Netherlands were acquired...
October 2016: Maternal and Child Health Journal
C Ottomann, B Hartmann, V Antonic
With the increasing numbers of passengers and crew on board vessels that are becoming larger and larger, the demand for ship's doctors who can adequately treat burns on board has also increased. In the cruise ship industry it is usually those doctor's with internal and general medical training who are recruited from an epidemiological point of view. Training content or recommendations for the treatment of thermal lesions with the limited options available in ship's hospitals and where doctors with no surgical training operate do not yet exist...
September 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Chih-Yuan Fu, Lan-Hsuan Teng, Chien-Hung Liao, Yu-Pao Hsu, Shang-Yu Wang, Ling-Wei Kuo, Kuo-Ching Yuan
Pelvic fractures can result in life-threatening hemorrhages or other associated injuries. Therefore, computed tomography (CT) scanning plays a key role in the management of pelvic fracture patients. However, CT scanning is utilized as an adjunct in secondary survey according to traditional Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines, whereas pelvic x-ray is used as a primary tool to evaluate pelvic stability and the necessity of further CT scanning. In the current study, we attempted to evaluate the role of CT scanning in the era of advanced technology...
April 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yana Puckett, Louis Bonacorsi, Matthew Caley, Shannon Farmakis, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Kaveer Chatoorgoon, Yosef Greenspon, Dennis W Vane
BACKGROUND: Pediatric trauma patients transferred to pediatric trauma centers (PTCs) often have imaging at the originating hospital (OH). The increased use of computed tomography (CT) raises concerns about malignancy risk from ionizing radiation leading many PTCs to adopt radiation dose reduction strategies. We hypothesized that pediatric trauma patients are exposed to excess radiation from imaging before transfer. METHODS: A retrospective review of 1,383 scans was performed on all trauma patients with CT imaging before transfer to our Level I PTC from 2010 to 2014...
August 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Jacqueline Bustraan, Walter Henny, John B Kortbeek, Karen J Brasel, Marzellus Hofmann, Inger B Schipper
BACKGROUND: In Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS©) courses, multiple choice question (MCQ) tests are used to assess student's post course knowledge. As part of the ninth Edition Revision Process, existing MCQ tests were reviewed and revised by an International MCQ Revision group. The aim of this study was to evaluate the revision procedure and its effects. METHODS: Based on psychometric data and evidence based guidelines for adequate MCQ item and test development, a detailed stepwise approach was determined and followed to evaluate the existing MCQs, and to guide test item revision or replacement...
March 2016: Injury
M Münzberg, T Harbers, U Kneser, P A Grützner, B Reichert, T Kremer, C G Wölfl, J Horter, C Hirche
The initial treatment of severely burned patients remains a huge challenge for first responders in emergency services as well as emergency doctors who do not work in a centre for severe burn injuries. The reason for this is the low number of cases in developed countries and a lack of training concepts for the specific aspects of the initial treatment of severe burn injuries. Because of guidelines with limited evidence (S1, S2k) and a lack of structured treatment approaches, uncertainties with respect to initial treatment are still visible...
December 2016: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
J S Bowness, K Nicholls, P M Kilgour, J Ferris, S Whiten, I Parkin, J Mooney, P Driscoll
OBJECTIVES: International guidelines exist for chest drain insertion and recommend identifying the fifth intercostal space or above, around the midaxillary line. In a recent study, applying these guidelines in cadavers risked insertion in the 6th intercostal space or below in 80% of cases. However, there are limitations of cadaveric studies and this investigation uses ultrasound to determine the intercostal space identified when applying these guidelines in healthy adult volunteers. METHODS: On each side of the chest wall in 31 volunteers, the position for drain insertion was identified using the European Trauma Course method, Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) method, British Thoracic Society's 'safe triangle' and the 'traditional' method of palpation...
December 2015: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
S Piatek, G Pliske, A Ballaschk, K Witzel, F Walcher
BACKGROUND: The initial diagnostic procedure of severely injured patients in the emergency room (ER) during the primary survey is first and foremost a clinical examination. The clinical S3 guidelines provide recommendations for the treatment of patients with severe and multiple injuries. OBJECTIVES: The study was performed to investigate the reliability of clinical key symptoms or red flags registered in the ER that lead to further diagnostic or therapeutic procedures...
August 2015: Der Unfallchirurg
G Matthes, H Trentzsch, C G Wölfl, T Paffrath, S Flohe, U Schweigkofler, A Ekkernkamp, S Schulz-Drost
BACKGROUND: In order to ensure adequate treatment and to avoid complications, care bundles are increasingly being implemented. These are comprehensive and evidence-based procedures for the treatment of individual diseases or injuries which should be carried out for every patient. The aim of this study was to define a care bundle for the prehospital treatment of severely injured patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The scientific contents of the bundle were gathered from the interdisciplinary evidence-based S3 guidelines for the treatment of severely injured patients by the German Trauma Society...
August 2015: Der Unfallchirurg
Shahab Hajibandeh, Shahin Hajibandeh
BACKGROUND: The initial diagnostic evaluation and management of trauma patients is mainly based on Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) guidelines worldwide. Based on ATLS principles, conventional diagnostics such as conventional radiography (CR) and focused abdominal sonography in trauma (FAST) should precede selective use of CT. Whole-body CT (WBCT) is highly accurate and allows detection of life threatening injuries with good sensitivity and specificity. WBCT is faster than conventional diagnostics and saves more time in management of trauma patients...
July 2015: Journal of Injury & Violence Research
Matthias Münzberg, Manuel Mutschler, Thomas Paffrath, Heiko Trentzsch, Arasch Wafaisade, Felix Walcher, Marcus Raum, Sascha Flohé, Christoph Wölfl
PURPOSE: Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS®) is one of the world's best-known training programs for medical providers. Revisions of the ATLS manual have been evidence based for a number of years. In 2011, a level 3 (S3) evidence- and consensus-based guideline on the treatment of patients with severe and multiple injuries was published in Germany. The scope of this study was the systematic comparison of the educational content of the ATLS concept and the interdisciplinary "S3 polytrauma guideline...
August 2015: World Journal of Surgery
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