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Field triage

Michel Debacker, Filip Van Utterbeeck, Christophe Ullrich, Erwin Dhondt, Ives Hubloue
It is recognized that the study of the disaster medical response (DMR) is a relatively new field. To date, there is no evidence-based literature that clearly defines the best medical response principles, concepts, structures and processes in a disaster setting. Much of what is known about the DMR results from descriptive studies and expert opinion. No experimental studies regarding the effects of DMR interventions on the health outcomes of disaster survivors have been carried out. Traditional analytic methods cannot fully capture the flow of disaster victims through a complex disaster medical response system (DMRS)...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Christoph Beck, Julius Georgiou
In this Letter, the authors describe the characterisation design and development of the authors' wearable, multimodal vitals acquisition unit for intelligent field triage. The unit is able to record the standard electrocardiogram, blood oxygen and body temperature parameters and also has the unique capability to record up to eight custom designed acoustic streams for heart and lung sound auscultation. These acquisition channels are highly synchronised to fully maintain the time correlation of the signals. The unit is a key component enabling systematic and intelligent field triage to continuously acquire vital patient information...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
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
E Brooke Lerner, Amy L Drendel, Jeremy T Cushman, Mohamed Badawy, Manish N Shah, Clare E Guse, Arthur Cooper
BACKGROUND: There is limited research on how well the American College of Surgeons/Center for Disease Control and Prevention Guidelines for Field Triage of Injured Patients assist EMS providers in identifying children who need the resources of a trauma center. OBJECTIVE: To determine the accuracy of the Physiologic Criteria (Step 1) of the Field Triage Guidelines in identifying injured children who need the resources of a trauma center. METHODS: EMS providers who transported injured children 15 years and younger to pediatric trauma centers in 3 mid-sized cities were interviewed regarding patient demographics and the presence or absence of each of the Field Triage Guidelines criteria...
October 6, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Daniel K Nishijima, Samuel Gaona, Trent Waechter, Ric Maloney, Troy Bair, Adam Blitz, Andrew R Elms, Roel D Farrales, Calvin Howard, James Montoya, Jeneita M Bell, Victor C Coronado, David E Sugerman, Dustin W Ballard, Kevin E Mackey, David R Vinson, James F Holmes
OBJECTIVE: Prehospital provider assessment of the use of anticoagulant or antiplatelet medications in older adults with head trauma is important. These patients are at increased risk for traumatic intracranial hemorrhage and therefore field triage guidelines recommend transporting these patients to centers capable of rapid evaluation and treatment. Our objective was to evaluate EMS ascertainment of anticoagulant and antiplatelet medication use in older adults with head trauma. METHODS: A retrospective study of older adults with head trauma was conducted throughout Sacramento County...
September 16, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jessica Reagh, Martyn Bullock, Juliana Andrici, John Turchini, Loretta Sioson, Adele Clarkson, Nicole Watson, Amy Sheen, Grace Lim, Leigh Delbridge, Stan Sidhu, Mark Sywak, Ahmad Aniss, Phillip Shepherd, Daniel Ng, Paul Oei, Michael Field, Diana Learoyd, Bruce G Robinson, Roderick J Clifton-Bligh, Anthony J Gill
A quarter of patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) have germline mutations in the RET proto-oncogene indicating MEN2. Therefore genetic testing is recommended for all patients presenting with MTC. Approximately 40% of MTCs have somatic RET mutations. Somatic mutations in the RAS genes are the next most common driver mutations and appear to be mutually exclusive with germline RET mutation. The single most common somatic RAS mutation is HRASQ61R (c.182A>G), reported in 4.6% to 11% of all MTCs. Mutation-specific immunohistochemistry (IHC) initially developed to identify the NRASQ61R mutation in melanoma (clone SP174) has proven highly sensitive and specific...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Peter Paal, Les Gordon, Giacomo Strapazzon, Monika Brodmann Maeder, Gabriel Putzer, Beat Walpoth, Michael Wanscher, Doug Brown, Michael Holzer, Gregor Broessner, Hermann Brugger
BACKGROUND: This paper provides an up-to-date review of the management and outcome of accidental hypothermia patients with and without cardiac arrest. METHODS: The authors reviewed the relevant literature in their specialist field. Summaries were merged, discussed and approved to produce this narrative review. RESULTS: The hospital use of minimally-invasive rewarming for non-arrested, otherwise healthy, patients with primary hypothermia and stable vital signs has the potential to substantially decrease morbidity and mortality for these patients...
September 15, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Gwyneth R Milbrath
OBJECTIVE: Much has been written about the military events of December 7, 1941; however, little has been documented about the nurses' work and experience at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The aerial assault on Pearl Harbor was the first time in US history that Army nurses had been on the front line of battle. Nurses quickly triaged and stabilized those who could be saved, and provided compassion and comfort to those who were dying, in an environment where the nurses were unsure of their own survival...
October 2016: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
Kalpana D Kariyappa, Francis Gnanaprakasam, Subhapradha Anand, Murali Krishnaswami, Madan Ramachandran
OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of contrast-enhanced dual-energy spectral mammogram (CEDM) as a problem-solving tool in equivocal cases. METHODS: 44 consenting females with equivocal findings on full-field digital mammogram underwent CEDM. All the images were interpreted by two radiologists independently. Confidence of presence was plotted on a three-point Likert scale and probability of cancer was assigned on Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System scoring. Histopathology was taken as the gold standard...
November 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Jamie Murdoch
BACKGROUND: Process evaluations assess the implementation and sustainability of complex healthcare interventions within clinical trials, with well-established theoretical models available for evaluating intervention delivery within specific contexts. However, there is a need to translate conceptualisations of context into analytical tools which enable the dynamic relationship between context and intervention implementation to be captured and understood. METHODS: In this paper I propose an alternative approach to the design, implementation and analysis of process evaluations for complex health interventions through a consideration of trial protocols as textual documents, distributed and enacted at multiple contextual levels...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Hideaki Anan, Yasuhiro Otomo, Hisayoshi Kondo, Masato Homma, Yuichi Koido, Kazuma Morino, Kenichi Oshiro, Kiyokazu Harikae, Osamu Akasaka
This report outlines the need for the development of an advanced course in mass-casualty life support (MCLS) and introduces the course content. The current problems with education on disasters involving chemical agents, biological agents, radiation/nuclear attacks, or explosives (CBRNE) in Japan are presented. This newly developed "MCLS-CBRNE" program was created by a Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare (Tokyo, Japan) research group based on these circumstances. Modifications were then made after a trial course...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Matthew L Boisen, Robert W Cross, Jessica N Hartnett, Augustine Goba, Mambu Momoh, Mohamed Fullah, Michael Gbakie, Sidiki Safa, Mbalu Fonnie, Francis Baimba, Veronica J Koroma, Joan B Geisbert, Stephanie McCormick, Diana K S Nelson, Molly M Millett, Darin Oottamasathien, Abby B Jones, Ha Pham, Bethany L Brown, Jeffrey G Shaffer, John S Schieffelin, Brima Kargbo, Momoh Gbetuwa, Sahr M Gevao, Russell B Wilson, Kelly R Pitts, Thomas W Geisbert, Luis M Branco, Sheik H Khan, Donald S Grant, Robert F Garry
BACKGROUND:  The 2013-2016 West African Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic is the largest recorded. Triage on the basis of clinical signs had limited success, and the time to diagnosis by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) could exceed 5 days. Here we describe the development and field validation of the ReEBOV Antigen Rapid Test (ReEBOV RDT) to aid triage of individuals with suspected EVD. METHODS:  Samples from patients with suspected EVD were submitted to Kenema Government Hospital, Sierra Leone, for Lassa fever and EVD screening throughout 2014...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Kate MacWilliams, Jean Hughes, Megan Aston, Simon Field, Faith Wight Moffatt
INTRODUCTION: Up to 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, which can be a significant life event for women with psychological implications. Because the only preventative measure for a miscarriage is risk factor modification, the treatment focuses on confirming the miscarriage has occurred and medical management of symptoms. Although women experiencing a miscarriage are frequently directed to seek medical care in emergency departments, the patients are often triaged as nonemergent patients unless they are unstable, which exposes women to potentially prolonged wait times...
August 6, 2016: Journal of Emergency Nursing: JEN: Official Publication of the Emergency Department Nurses Association
Stefan Gogaert, Axel Vande Veegaete, Annelies Scholliers, Philippe Vandekerckhove
First aid (FA) services are provisioned on-site as a preventive measure at most public events. In Flanders, Belgium, the Belgian Red Cross-Flanders (BRCF) is the major provider of these FA services with volunteers being deployed at approximately 10,000 public events annually. The BRCF has systematically registered information on the patients being treated in FA posts at major events and mass gatherings during the last 10 years. This information has been collected in a web-based client server system called "MedTRIS" (Medical Triage and Registration Informatics System)...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Junwang Guo, Jierui Zou, Guofu Dong, Lei Ma, Jianbo Cong, Kai Fan, Guoshan Yang, Ke Wu
In vivo electron paramagnetic resonance tooth dosimetry could be a practical and ideal tool for quick mass triage of victims in the rescue following a disaster event involving irradiation radiation. Magnetic field modulation is an important issue to improve the sensitivity of X-band in vivo tooth dosimetry. We designed a couple of trapezoidal modulation coil sets fixed on the magnet poles that could be used to apply sufficient magnet field modulation into the detection aperture of the resonant cavity. Measurements of irradiated teeth with such coil sets demonstrated significant radiation-induced signals...
July 29, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Emmie de Wit, Shelby Kramer, Joseph Prescott, Kyle Rosenke, Darryl Falzarano, Andrea Marzi, Robert J Fischer, David Safronetz, Thomas Hoenen, Allison Groseth, Neeltje van Doremalen, Trenton Bushmaker, Kristin L McNally, Friederike Feldmann, Brandi N Williamson, Sonja M Best, Hideki Ebihara, Igor A C Damiani, Brett Adamson, Kathryn C Zoon, Tolbert G Nyenswah, Fatorma K Bolay, Moses Massaquoi, Armand Sprecher, Heinz Feldmann, Vincent J Munster
The development of point-of-care clinical chemistry analyzers has enabled the implementation of these ancillary tests in field laboratories in resource-limited outbreak areas. The Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) outbreak diagnostic laboratory, established in Monrovia, Liberia, to provide Ebola virus and Plasmodium spp. diagnostics during the Ebola epidemic, implemented clinical chemistry analyzers in December 2014. Clinical chemistry testing was performed for 68 patients in triage, including 12 patients infected with Ebola virus and 18 infected with Plasmodium spp...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
R Lake, L Li, M Baysari, M Byrne, M Robinson, J I Westbrook
Registered nurses providing telenursing triage and advice services record information on the medication related calls they handle. However the quality and consistency of these data were rarely examined. Our aim was to examine medication related calls made to the healthdirect advice service in November 2014, to assess their basic characteristics and how the data entry format influenced information collected and data consistency. Registered nurses selected the patient question type from a range of categories, and entered the medications involved in a free text field...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Douglas F Kupas, Eric M Melnychuk, Amanda J Young
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Trauma victims are frequently triaged to a trauma center according to the patient's calculated Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score despite its known inconsistencies. The substitution of a simpler binary assessment of GCS-motor (GCS-m) score less than 6 (ie, "patient does not follow commands") would simplify field triage. We compare total GCS score to this binary assessment for predicting trauma outcomes. METHODS: This retrospective analysis of a statewide trauma registry includes records from 393,877 patients from 1999 to 2013...
July 16, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Scott A Goldberg, Avital Porat, Christopher G Strother, Nadine Q Lim, H R Sagara Wijeratne, Greisy Sanchez, Kevin G Munjal
OBJECTIVES: Patient handoff occurs when responsibility for patient diagnosis, treatment, or ongoing care is transferred from one healthcare professional to another. Patient handoff is an integral component of quality patient care and is increasingly identified as a potential source of medical error. However, evaluation of handoff from field providers to ED personnel is limited. We here present a quantitative analysis of the information transferred from EMS providers to ED physicians during handoff of critically ill and injured patients...
July 15, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jugoslav Achkoski, S Koceski, D Bogatinov, B Temelkovski, G Stevanovski, I Kocev
OBJECTIVES: This paper presents a remote triage support algorithm as a part of a complex military telemedicine system which provides continuous monitoring of soldiers' vital sign data gathered on-site using unobtrusive set of sensors. METHODS: The proposed fuzzy logic-based algorithm takes physiological data and classifies the casualties according to their health risk level, calculated following the Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) methodology. RESULTS: To verify the algorithm, eight different evaluation scenarios using random vital sign data have been created...
July 14, 2016: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
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