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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930929/optimizing-the-location-of-ambulances-in-tijuana-mexico
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Juan Carlos Dibene, Yazmin Maldonado, Carlos Vera, Mauricio de Oliveira, Leonardo Trujillo, Oliver Schütze
In this work we report on modeling the demand for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, followed by the optimization of the location of the ambulances for the Red Cross of Tijuana (RCT), which is by far the largest provider of EMS services in the region. We used data from more than 10,000 emergency calls surveyed during the year 2013 to model and classify the demand for EMS in different scenarios that provide different perspectives on the demand throughout the city, considering such factors as the time of day, work and off-days...
November 30, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930486/being-called-to-safety-occupational-callings-and-safety-climate-in-the-emergency-medical-services
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Stephanie A Andel, Shani Pindek, Paul E Spector
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of safety climate in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and to assess occupational callings as a boundary condition for the effect of safety climate on safety behaviors. METHODS: EMS professionals (n = 132) participated in a three-wave survey study. Hierarchical linear regressions were conducted to test the moderating effects of occupational callings. RESULTS: Safety climate was significantly related to safety behavior, and occupational callings moderated this direct relationship (ΔR = 0...
December 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930478/prospective-impact-of-psychiatric-disorders-on-employment-status-and-health-care-use-in-patients-investigated-for-occupational-asthma
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Kim L Lavoie, Helene Favreau, Nicola J Paine, Catherine Lemière, Maryann Joseph, Avril Gagnon-Chauvin, André Cartier, Simon L Bacon
OBJECTIVE: We previously reported high rates (34%) of psychiatric disorders (PSY) in patients evaluated for occupational asthma (OA). We determined the impact of PSY on employment status and health care use 12 to 18 months later. METHODS: One hundred ninety-six patients underwent clinical and psychiatric interviews on the day of their OA evaluation. Patients were re-contacted 12to 18 months later to assess employment status and health care use. RESULTS: Results indicated that patients with a PSY at baseline were less likely to be employed (adjusted odds ratio = 2...
December 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928983/the-demographics-and-education-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-professionals-a-national-longitudinal-investigation
#4
Melissa A Bentley, Abigail Shoben, Roger Levine
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess longitudinal and cross-sectional changes in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Basics and Paramedics: (1) demographics, (2) employment characteristics, and (3) initial Emergency Medical Services (EMS) education. METHODS: These data were collected between 1999 and 2008 employing survey techniques aimed at collecting valid data. A random, stratified sample was utilized to allow results to be generalizable to the nationally certified EMS population...
December 8, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928971/recruitment-and-retention-of-new-emergency-medical-technician-emt-basics-and-paramedics
#5
Susan A Chapman, Remle P Crowe, Melissa A Bentley
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this paper is to describe factors important for the recruitment and retention of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)-Basics and EMT-Paramedics new to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field (defined as two years or less of EMS employment) through an analysis of 10 years of Longitudinal EMT Attributes and Demographic Study (LEADS) data. METHODS: Data were obtained from 10 years of LEADS surveys (1999-2008). Individuals new to the profession were identified through responses to a survey item...
December 8, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928226/achieving-timely-percutaneous-reperfusion-for-rural-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-patients-by-direct-transport-to-an-urban-pci-hospital
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Charles-Lwanga K Bennin, Saif Ibrahim, Farah Al-Saffar, Lyndon C Box, Joel A Strom
BACKGROUNDS: ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) guidelines recommend reperfusion by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) ≤ 90 min from time of first medical contact (FMC). This strategy is challenging in rural areas lacking a nearby PCI-capable hospital. Recommended reperfusion times can be achieved for STEMI patients presenting in rural areas without a nearby PCI-capable hospital by ground transportation to a central PCI-capable hospital by use of protocol-driven emergency medical service (EMS) STEMI field triage protocol...
October 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927189/prehospital-critical-care-for-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-an-observational-study-examining-survival-and-a-stakeholder-focused-cost-analysis
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Johannes von Vopelius-Feldt, Jane Powell, Richard Morris, Jonathan Benger
BACKGROUND: Survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remain low, despite remarkable efforts to improve care. A number of ambulance services in the United Kingdom (UK) have developed prehospital critical care teams (CCTs) which attend critically ill patients, including OHCA. However, current scientific evidence describing CCTs attending OHCA is sparse and research to date has not demonstrated clear benefits from this model of care. METHODS: This prospective, observational study will describe the effect of CCTs on survival from OHCA, when compared to advanced-life-support (ALS), the current standard of prehospital care in the UK...
December 7, 2016: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925849/development-and-prospective-federal-state-wide-evaluation-of-a-device-for-height-based-dose-recommendations-in-prehospital-pediatric-emergencies-a-simple-tool-to-prevent-most-severe-drug-errors
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Jost Kaufmann, Bernhard Roth, Thomas Engelhardt, Alex Lechleuthner, Michael Laschat, Christoph Hadamitzky, Frank Wappler, Martin Hellmich
OBJECTIVE: Drug dosing errors pose a particular threat to children in prehospital emergency care. With the Pediatric emergency ruler (PaedER), we developed a simple height-based dose recommendation system and evaluated its effectiveness in a pre-post interventional trial as the Ethics Committee disapproved randomization due to the expected positive effect of the PaedER on outcome. METHODS: Pre-interventional data were retrospectively retrieved from the electronic records and medical protocols of the Cologne Emergency Medical Service over a two-year period prior to the introduction of the PaedER...
December 7, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923115/a-comparison-of-the-universal-tor-guideline-to-the-absence-of-prehospital-rosc-and-duration-of-resuscitation-in-predicting-futility-from-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Ian R Drennan, Erin Case, P Richard Verbeek, Joshua C Reynolds, Zachary D Goldberger, Jamie Jasti, Mark Charleston, Heather Herren, Ahamed H Idris, Paul R Leslie, Michael A Austin, Yan Xiong, Robert H Schmicker, Laurie J Morrison
INTRODUCTION: The Universal Termination of Resuscitation (TOR) Guideline accurately identifies potential out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) survivors. However, implementation is inconsistent with some Emergency Medical Service (EMS) agencies using absence of return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) as sole criterion for termination. OBJECTIVE: To compare the performance of the Universal TOR Guideline with the single criterion of no prehospital ROSC. Second, to determine factors associated with survival for patients transported without a ROSC...
December 3, 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923113/characteristics-and-outcomes-of-young-adults-who-suffered-an-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-ohca
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Michael Yih-Chong Chia, Qing Shu Lu, Nik Hisamuddin Rahman, Nausheen Edwin Doctor, Tatsuya Nishiuchi, Benjamin Sieu-Hon Leong, Lai Peng Tham, E-Shaun Goh, Ling Tiah, Apichaya Monsomboon, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
BACKGROUND: There is paucity of data examining the incidence and outcomes of young OHCA adults. The aim of this study is to determine the outcomes and characteristics of young adults who suffered an OHCA and identify factors that are associated with favourable neurologic outcomes. METHODS: All EMS-attended OHCA adults between the ages of 16 and 35 years in the Pan-Asian Resuscitation Outcomes Study (PAROS) registry were analysed. The primary outcome was favourable neurologic outcome (Cerebral Performance Category 1 or 2) at hospital discharge or at 30th day post OHCA if not discharged...
December 3, 2016: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922570/developing-a-simulation-based-training-program-for-the-prehospital-professionals-and-students-on-the-management-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome
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Melih Elcin, Arif Onan, Orhan Odabasi, Melahat Saylam, Handan Ilhan, Pinar Daylan Kockaya, Ilker Gurcuoglu, Yavuz Uckuyu, Duygu Cengiz, Osman Arikan Nacar
INTRODUCTION: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a major global health threat. Prehospital professionals face the risk of infection as they work to save lives. They should be made aware of the disease and be prepared to handle such cases. The aims of our study are to develop a training program about the prehospital management of a MERS case using standardized patient (SP) scenarios, to evaluate the awareness and preparedness of the participants about MERS, and to evaluate the effectiveness of this training...
December 2016: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920036/clinical-relevance-of-pharmacist-intervention-in-an-emergency-department
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Maria Antonia Pérez-Moreno, Juan Manuel Rodríguez-Camacho, Beatriz Calderón-Hernanz, Bernardino Comas-Díaz, Jordi Tarradas-Torras
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the clinical relevance of pharmacist intervention on patient care in emergencies, to determine the severity of detected errors. Second, to analyse the most frequent types of interventions and type of drugs involved and to evaluate the clinical pharmacist's activity. METHODS: A 6-month observational prospective study of pharmacist intervention in the Emergency Department (ED) at a 400-bed hospital in Spain was performed to record interventions carried out by the clinical pharmacists...
December 5, 2016: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919177/economic-burden-of-inadequate-symptom-control-among-us-commercially-insured-irritable-bowel-syndrome-patients-with-diarrhea
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Jessica L Buono, Kush Mathur, Amelia J Averitt, David A Andrae
AIMS: To assess healthcare resource use and costs among irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with diarrhea (IBS-D) patients with and without evidence of inadequate symptom control on current prescription therapies and estimate incremental all-cause costs associated with inadequate symptom control. METHODS: IBS-D patients aged ≥18 years with ≥1 medical claim for IBS (ICD-9-CM 564.1x) and either ≥2 claims for diarrhea (ICD-9-CM 787.91, 564.5x), or ≥1 claim for diarrhea plus ≥1 claim for abdominal pain (ICD-9-CM 789...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918864/comparison-of-emergency-medical-services-and-trauma-care-systems-among-pan-asian-countries-an-international-multicenter-population-based-survey
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Kyong Min Sun, Kyoung Jun Song, Sang Do Shin, Hideharu Tanaka, Goh E Shaun, Wen-Chu Chiang, Kentaro Kajino, Sabariah Faizah Jamaluddin, Akio Kimura, Young Sun Ro, Dae Han Wi, Ju Ok Park, Sung Woo Moon, Young Hee Jung, Min Jung Kim, James F Holmes
OBJECTIVE: Knowledge on the current trauma systems in Asian countries is limited. The objective of this study was to describe the emergency medical services (EMS) and trauma care systems among countries participating in the Pan-Asian Trauma Outcomes Study (PATOS) Clinical Research Network. METHODS: The PATOS network consists of 33 participating sites from 14 countries. Standardized data was collected from each site using an EMS survey form and included general information (population, population density, urbanization, EMS service fee, etc...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918863/ems-providers-beliefs-regarding-spinal-precautions-for-pediatric-trauma-transport
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Cindy D Chang, Remle P Crowe, Melissa A Bentley, Alyssa R Janezic, Julie C Leonard
OBJECTIVE: Describe prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers' beliefs regarding spinal precautions for pediatric trauma transport. METHODS: We randomly surveyed nationally certified EMS providers. We assessed providers' beliefs about specific precautions, and preferred precautions given a child's age (0-4 or 5-18 years) and presence of specific cervical spine injury (CSI) risk factors. RESULTS: We received 5,400 responses (17%)...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918858/d10-in-the-treatment-of-prehospital-hypoglycemia-a-24-month-observational-cohort-study
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H Gene Hern, Matthew Kiefer, Derex Louie, Joseph Barger, Harrison J Alter
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital first responders historically have used an IV bolus of 50 mL of 50% dextrose solution (D50) for the treatment of hypoglycemia in the field. A local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system recently approved a hypoglycemia treatment protocol of IV 10% dextrose solution (D10) due to occasional shortages and higher cost of D50. We use the experience of this EMS system to report the feasibility, safety, and efficacy of this approach. METHODS: Over the course of 104 weeks, paramedics treated 1,323 hypoglycemic patients with D10 and recorded patient demographics and clinical outcomes...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918104/quality-of-life-following-trauma-before-and-after-implementation-of-a-physician-staffed-helicopter
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K S Funder, L S Rasmussen, R Hesselfeldt, V Siersma, N Lohse, A Sonne, S Wulffeld, J Steinmetz
BACKGROUND: Implementation of a physician-staffed helicopter emergency medical service (PS-HEMS) in Denmark was associated with lower 30-day mortality in severely injured trauma patients and less time on social subsidy. However, the reduced 30-day mortality in severely injured patients might be at the expense of a worse functional outcome and quality of life (QoL) in those who survive. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a physician-staffed helicopter on long-term QoL in trauma patients...
January 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915360/patient-safety-organizations-and-emergency-medical-services
#18
William J Leggio, Lee Varner, Kathryn Wire
Providing safe and error-free patient care should resonate well with all healthcare providers including emergency medical technicians. The environments and circumstances in which emergency medical services (EMS) provide patient care inevitably create risks to both the provider and patient. This article explores the concepts of patient safety, errors, near misses, adverse events, and Just Culture. Literature raises concerns about the lack of data collection on both patient and provider safety and research on these safety topics in EMS...
2016: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913657/cost-benefit-analysis-of-telehealth-in-pre-hospital-care
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James R Langabeer, Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Diaa Alqusairi, Junghyun Kim, Adria Jackson, David Persse, Michael Gonzalez
OBJECTIVE: There has been very little use of telehealth in pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), yet the potential exists for this technology to transform the current delivery model. In this study, we explore the costs and benefits of one large telehealth EMS initiative. METHODS: Using a case-control study design and both micro- and gross-costing data from the Houston Fire Department EMS electronic patient care record system, we conducted a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) comparing costs with potential savings associated with patients treated through a telehealth-enabled intervention...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913561/hospitals-and-patients-working-in-unity-how-r-u-protocol-for-a-prospective-feasibility-study-of-telephone-peer-support-to-improve-older-patients-quality-of-life-after-emergency-department-discharge
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Judy A Lowthian, Alyse Lennox, Andrea Curtis, Jeremy Dale, Colette Browning, De Villiers Smit, Gillian Wilson, Debra O'Brien, Cate Rosewarne, Lee Boyd, Cath Garner, Peter Cameron
INTRODUCTION: Older people presenting to an emergency department (ED) have a higher likelihood of social isolation, loneliness and depression; which are all associated with negative health outcomes and increased health service use, including higher rates of ED attendance. The HOW R U? study aims to ascertain the feasibility and acceptability of a postdischarge telephone support programme for older ED patients following discharge. The intervention, which aims to improve quality of life, will be delivered by hospital-based volunteers...
December 2, 2016: BMJ Open
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