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Mun Ki Min, Seok Ran Yeom, Ji Ho Ryu, Yong In Kim, Maeng Real Park, Sang Kyoon Han, Seong Hwa Lee, Sung Wook Park, Soon Chang Park
OBJECTIVE: We compared training using a voice advisory manikin (VAM) with an instructor-led (IL) course in terms of acquisition of initial cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills, as defined by the 2010 resuscitation guidelines. METHODS: This study was a randomized, controlled, blinded, parallel-group trial. We recruited 82 first-year emergency medical technician students and distributed them randomly into two groups: the IL group (n=41) and the VAM group (n=37)...
September 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Mark Xavier Cicero, Travis Whitfill, Frank Overly, Janette Baird, Barbara Walsh, Jorge Yarzebski, Antonio Riera, Kathleen Adelgais, Garth D Meckler, Carl Baum, David Christopher Cone, Marc Auerbach
OBJECTIVE: Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) triage pediatric disaster victims infrequently. The objective of this study was to measure the effect of a multiple-patient, multiple-simulation curriculum on accuracy of pediatric disaster triage (PDT). METHODS: Paramedics, paramedic students, and EMTs from three sites were enrolled. Triage accuracy was measured three times (Time 0, Time 1 [two weeks later], and Time 2 [6 months later]) during a disaster simulation, in which high and low fidelity manikins and actors portrayed 10 victims...
October 17, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jonathan Clarke, Renata Puertas, Aachal Kotecha, Paul J Foster, Keith Barton
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To examine the agreement in clinical decisions of glaucoma status made in a virtual glaucoma clinic with those made during a face-to-face consultation. METHODS: A trained nurse and technicians entered data prospectively for 204 patients into a proforma. A subsequent face-to-face clinical assessment was completed by either a glaucoma consultant or fellow. Proformas were reviewed remotely by one of two additional glaucoma consultants, and 12 months later, by the clinicians who had undertaken the original clinical examination...
October 11, 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Hai V Nguyen, Gavin Siew Wei Tan, Robyn Jennifer Tapp, Shweta Mital, Daniel Shu Wei Ting, Hon Tym Wong, Colin S Tan, Augustinus Laude, E Shyong Tai, Ngiap Chuan Tan, Eric A Finkelstein, Tien Yin Wong, Ecosse L Lamoureux
PURPOSE: To determine the incremental cost-effectiveness of a new telemedicine technician-based assessment relative to an existing model of family physician (FP)-based assessment of diabetic retinopathy (DR) in Singapore from the health system and societal perspectives. DESIGN: Model-based, cost-effectiveness analysis of the Singapore Integrated Diabetic Retinopathy Program (SiDRP). PARTICIPANTS: A hypothetical cohort of patients aged 55 years with type 2 diabetes previously not screened for DR...
October 7, 2016: Ophthalmology
Toni Whistler, Anek Kaewpan, Stuart D Blacksell
Biological safety cabinets (BSCs) are the primary means of containment used in laboratories worldwide for the safe handling of infectious microorganisms. They provide protection to the laboratory worker and the surrounding environment from pathogens. To ensure the correct functioning of BSCs, they need to be properly maintained beyond the daily care routines of the laboratory. This involves annual maintenance and certification by a qualified technician in accordance to the NSF/American National Standards Institute 49-2014 Biosafety Cabinetry: Design, Construction, Performance, and Field Certification...
September 2016: Applied Biosafety: Journal of the American Biological Safety Association
Luana Sicuro Correa, Yara Hahr Marques Hökerberg, Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de Oliveira, Danielle Martins de Souza Barros, Helenara Abadia Ferreira Alexandria, Regina Paiva Daumas, Carlos Augusto Ferreira de Andrade, Sonia Regina Lambert Passos, Patrícia Brasil
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the use of dengue warning signs by pediatric healthcare staff in the Brazilian public health care system. METHODS: Cross-sectional study (2012) with physicians, nurses, and nurse technicians assisting children in five health care facilities. Participants reported the use and importance of dengue warning signs in pediatrics clinical practice through a structured questionnaire. Differences in the use of signs (chi-square test) and in the ranking assigned to each of them (Kruskal-Wallis) were assessed according to health care occupation and level of care (p<0...
2016: PloS One
Benson J Pulikkottil, Micah Schub, Tiffany R Kadow, William Wang, John R Fowler
PURPOSE: To determine whether there is a correlation between the cross-sectional area (CSA) of the median nerve, as measured using ultrasound, and the distal motor and/or sensory latencies as measured on nerve conduction studies. METHODS: Patients with clinical signs and symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome were prospectively enrolled in this study. Subjects underwent ultrasound measurement of the CSA of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel inlet by a fellowship-trained hand surgeon, followed by nerve conduction studies (NCS) by a certified electrodiagnostic technician who was blinded to the results of the ultrasound examination...
October 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Thomas Beltrame, Robert Amelard, Rodrigo Villar, Mohammad Javad Shafiee, Alexander Wong, Richard L Hughson
The study of oxygen uptake (VO2) dynamics during walking exercise transitions adds valuable information regarding fitness level and energy expenditure. However, direct VO2 measurements are not applicable for measurements in the general population under realistic settings. Devices to measure VO2 are associated with elevated cost, uncomfortable use of a mask, need of trained technicians and impossibility of long-term data collection. The objective of this study was to predict the VO2 dynamics from heart rate and inputs from the treadmill ergometer by a novel artificial neural network approach...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Raymond R Bond, Dewar D Finlay, James McLaughlin, Daniel Guldenring, Andrew Cairns, Alan Kennedy, Robert Deans, Albert L Waldo, Aaron Peace
INTRODUCTION: The CardioQuick Patch® (CQP) has been developed to assist operators in accurately positioning precordial electrodes during 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) acquisition. This study describes the CQP design and assesses the device in comparison to conventional electrode application. METHODS: Twenty ECG technicians were recruited and a total of 60 ECG acquisitions were performed on the same patient model over four phases: (1) all participants applied single electrodes to the patient; (2) all participants were then re-trained on electrode placement and on how to use the CQP; (3) participants were randomly divided into two groups, the standard group applied single electrodes and the CQP group used the CQP; (4) after a one day interval, the same participants returned to carry out the same procedure on the same patient (measuring intra-practitioner variability)...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
Chih-Chun Chang, Chin-Chuan Yeh, Fang-Yeh Chu
The Formosa Fun Coast explosion, occurring in a recreational water park located in the Northern Taiwan on 27 June 2015, made 499 people burn-injured. For those who had severe burn trauma, surgical intervention and fluid resuscitation were necessary, and potential blood transfusion therapy could be initiated, especially during and after broad escharotomy. Here, we reviewed the literature regarding transfusion medicine and skin grafting as well as described the practicing experience of combined tissue and blood bank in the burn disaster in Taiwan...
October 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Nicole Powell-Dunford, Jose F Quesada, Kirby R Gross, Stacy A Shackelford
BACKGROUND: Identify challenges and best practices in the development of an austere air ambulance transfusion program. METHODS: A search of PubMed using combinations of the key terms 'prehospital,' 'blood product,' 'red blood cells,' 'damage control resuscitation,' 'transfusion,' 'air ambulance,' 'medical evacuation,' and 'medevac' yielded 196 articles for further analysis, with 14 articles suitable for addressing the background of prehospital transfusion within a helicopter...
August 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Petra Duran-Gehring, Laurie Bryant, Jennifer A Reynolds, Petra Aldridge, Colleen J Kalynych, Faheem W Guirgis
OBJECTIVES: To report our success and complication rates with emergency department (ED) technician-performed ultrasound (US)-guided peripheral intravenous (IV) catheter placement and to compare our results to similar studies in the literature. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of a prospective database of patients who underwent US-guided peripheral IV catheter placement attempts for clinical care in the ED. All patients meeting difficult IV access criteria who had a US-guided peripheral IV catheter placement attempted by a trained ED technician were included...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Jennifer M Reingle Gonzalez, M Brad Cannell, Katelyn K Jetelina, Sepeadeh Radpour
BACKGROUND: Elder abuse and neglect are highly under-reported in the United States. This may be partially attributed to low incidence of reporting among emergency medical technicians' (EMTs), despite state-mandated reporting of suspected elder abuse. Innovative solutions are needed to address under-reporting. The objective was to describe EMTs' experience detecting and reporting elder abuse. METHODS: Qualitative data were collected from 11 EMTs and 12 Adult Protective Services (APS) caseworkers that participated in one of five semi-structured focus groups...
2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
Anil S Menon, David Jourdan, Derek M Nusbaum, Alejandro Garbino, Daniel M Buckland, Sean Norton, Johnathan B Clark, Erik L Antonsen
The StratEx program used a self-contained space suit and balloon system to loft pilot Alan Eustace to a record-breaking altitude and skydive from 135,897 feet (41,422 m). After releasing from the balloon and a stabilized freefall, the pilot safely landed using a parachute system based on a modified tandem parachute rig. A custom spacesuit provided life support using a similar system to NASA's (National Aeronautics and Space Administration; Washington, DC USA) Extravehicular Mobility Unit. It also provided tracking, communications, and connection to the parachute system...
October 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Kenneth Jay, Mikkel Brandt, Markus Due Jakobsen, Emil Sundstrup, Kasper Gymoese Berthelsen, Mc Schraefel, Gisela Sjøgaard, Lars L Andersen
People with chronic musculoskeletal pain often experience pain-related fear of movement and avoidance behavior. The Fear-Avoidance model proposes a possible mechanism at least partly explaining the development and maintenance of chronic pain. People who interpret pain during movement as being potentially harmful to the organism may initiate a vicious behavioral cycle by generating pain-related fear of movement accompanied by avoidance behavior and hyper-vigilance.This study investigates whether an individually adapted multifactorial approach comprised of biopsychosocial elements, with a focus on physical exercise, mindfulness, and education on pain and behavior, can decrease work-related fear-avoidance beliefs...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Benjamin Lindquist, Matthew C Strehlow, G V Ramana Rao, Jennifer A Newberry
BACKGROUND: Many low- and middle-income countries depend on emergency medical technicians (EMTs), nurses, midwives, and layperson community health workers with limited training to provide a majority of emergency medical, trauma, and obstetric care in the prehospital setting. To improve timely patient care and expand provider scope of practice, nations leverage cellular phones and call centers for real-time online medical direction. However, there exist several barriers to adequate communication that impact the provision of emergency care...
2016: Curēus
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
David V Gauvin, Joshua D Yoder, David L Holdsworth, Marci L Harter, Jonelle R May, Noelle Cotey, Jill A Dalton, Theodore J Baird
The International Conference on Harmonisation's (ICH) Tripartite Guideline on Safety Pharmacology Studies for Human Pharmaceuticals has adopted the requirement that each new test substance must be tested for effects on the central nervous system prior to "first dose in man". This assessment is required to measure, at a minimum, the effects of the substance on general motor activity, behavioral changes, coordination, sensory/motor reflex responses, and body temperatures. To achieve this goal, ICH S7A recommends a neurobehavioral assessment (usually a functional observational battery (FOB) or modified Irwin test), which is generally undertaken in the rat...
August 14, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Maryam Dafei, Shiv K Sarin, Anjur T Kannan, Kamal Agrawal, Suneela Garg, Kieert Agrawal, Ali Dehghani
BACKGROUND & AIM: Occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens, mainly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV), poses a serious risk to healthcare workers (HCWs), especially in developing countries, due to the high prevalence of these pathogens and fewer safety precautions. The aim of this study was to investigate the seroprevalence of HBV, HCV, and HIV infections and to measure the vaccination practices in HCWs at three tertiary care hospitals in Delhi, India...
2016: Global Journal of Health Science
Marnie Shapiro, Ellie Kazemi, Meline Pogosjana, Denice Rios, Melissa Mendoza
We examined the effects of a self-instructional and feedback package on participants' implementation of a paired-stimulus preference assessment. Specifically, in Experiment 1, we used a multiple baseline design across participants to replicate and extend the results of Graff and Karsten (2012) by evaluating the effectiveness of their self-instructional manual. A majority of the participants (i.e., 5 of 7 undergraduate students and 4 of 5 in-home behavior technicians) achieved mastery with the self-instructional package...
August 16, 2016: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
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