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prehospital hemorrhage

Christine A DeForest, Virginia Blackman, John E Alex, Lauren Reeves, Alejandra Mora, Crystal Perez, Joseph Maddry, Domenique Selby, Benjamin Walrath
Introduction: Military prehospital and en route care (ERC) directly impacts patient morbidity and mortality. Provider knowledge and skills are critical variables in the effectiveness of ERC. No Navy doctrine defines provider choice for patient transport or requires standardized provider training. Frequently, Search and Rescue Medical Technicians (SMTs) and Navy Nurses (ERC RNs) are tasked with this mission though physicians have also been used. Navy ERC provider training varies greatly by professional role...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Bruce Cv Campbell, Mark W Parsons
This review summarizes the current state of knowledge regarding the use of imaging to guide stroke treatment. Brain imaging plays a central role in the diagnosis of stroke and identification of the mechanism of stroke, which is relevant to acute treatment, prognosis, and secondary prevention. The chief potential modalities are computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Currently, most imaging occurs in hospital but mobile stroke units have expanded CT brain imaging into the prehospital field...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Erik N Vu, Wilson C Y Wan, Titus C Yeung, David W Callaway
BACKGROUND: Uncontrolled hemorrhage remains a leading cause of preventable death in tactical and combat settings. Alternate routes of delivery of tranexamic acid (TXA), an adjunct in the management of hemorrhagic shock, are being studied. A working group for the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care reviewed the available evidence on the potential role for intramuscular (IM) administration of TXA in nonhospital settings as soon as possible from the point of injury. METHODS: EMBASE and MEDLINE/PubMed databases were sequentially searched by medical librarians for evidence of TXA use in the following contexts and/or using the following keywords: prehospital, trauma, hemorrhagic shock, optimal timing, optimal dose, safe volume, incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE), IM bioavailability...
2018: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Elliot M Ross, Theodore T Redman
BACKGROUND: Noncompressible junctional and truncal hemorrhage remains a significant cause of combat casualty death. Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is an effective treatment for many junctional and noncompressible hemorrhages. The current hospital standard for time of placement of REBOA is approximately 6 minutes. This study examined the training process and the ability of nonsurgical physicians to apply REBOA therapy in an austere field environment. METHODS: This was a skill acquisition and feasibility study...
2018: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Alan James Hawk
BACKGROUND: Just over 200 years ago, surgeons were puzzled that the use of the tourniquet to control hemorrhage as common sense during surgery was a relatively recent development. Within the last 20 years, much progress has been made to controlling hemorrhage in the prehospital context. Then, as now, it was surprising that progress on something that appeared obvious had occurred only recently, begging the question how controlling blood loss was common sense in a surgical context, but not for emergency treatment...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
John B Holcomb
OBJECTIVES: Experience in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan confirm that faster transport combined with effective prehospital interventions improves the outcomes of patients suffering hemorrhagic shock. Outcomes of patients with hemorrhagic shock and extremity bleeding have improved with widespread use of tourniquets and early balanced transfusion therapy. Conversely, civilian patients suffering truncal bleeding and shock have the same mortality (46%) over the last 20 years. To understand how to decrease this substantial mortality, one must first critically evaluate all phases of care from point of injury to definitive hemorrhage control in the operating room...
March 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Jennifer M Gurney, Philip C Spinella
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hemorrhage remains the primary cause of preventable death on the battlefield and in civilian trauma. Hemorrhage control is multifactorial and starts with point-of-injury care. Surgical hemorrhage control and time from injury to surgery is paramount; however, interventions in the prehospital environment and perioperative period affect outcomes. The purpose of this review is to understand concepts and strategies for successful management of the bleeding military patient...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
Christian H Nolte, Martin Ebinger, Jan F Scheitz, Alexander Kunz, Hebun Erdur, Frederik Geisler, Tim-Bastian Braemswig, Michal Rozanski, Joachim E Weber, Matthias Wendt, Katja Zieschang, Jochen B Fiebach, Kersten Villringer, Ulrike Grittner, Sabina Kaczmarek, Matthias Endres, Heinrich J Audebert
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Data on effects of intravenous thrombolysis on outcome of patients with ischemic stroke who are dependent on assistance in activities of daily living prestroke are scarce. Recent registry based analyses in activities of daily -independent patients suggest that earlier start of intravenous thrombolysis in the prehospital setting leads to better outcomes when compared with the treatment start in hospital. We evaluated whether these observations can be corroborated in patients with prestroke dependency...
February 19, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Ali Reza Noorian, Nerses Sanossian, Kristina Shkirkova, David S Liebeskind, Marc Eckstein, Samuel J Stratton, Franklin D Pratt, Robin Conwit, Fiona Chatfield, Latisha K Sharma, Lucas Restrepo, Miguel Valdes-Sueiras, May Kim-Tenser, Sidney Starkman, Jeffrey L Saver
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prehospital scales have been developed to identify patients with acute cerebral ischemia (ACI) because of large vessel occlusion (LVO) for direct routing to Comprehensive Stroke Centers (CSCs), but few have been validated in the prehospital setting, and their impact on routing of patients with intracranial hemorrhage has not been delineated. The purpose of this study was to validate the Los Angeles Motor Scale (LAMS) for LVO and CSC-appropriate (LVO ACI and intracranial hemorrhage patients) recognition and compare the LAMS to other scales...
February 19, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
James A Chenoweth, Samuel D Gaona, Mark Faul, James F Holmes, Daniel K Nishijima
Importance: Current guidelines conflict on the management of older adults who have blunt head trauma taking anticoagulant and antiplatelet medications. This is partially due to the limited data comparing patients who are taking these medications with those who are not. Objective: To investigate the incidence of delayed traumatic intracranial hemorrhage in older adults with head trauma, including those taking anticoagulant and antiplatelet medications. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective observational cohort study included patients 55 years and older who had blunt head trauma and were transported via emergency medical services between August 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016...
February 14, 2018: JAMA Surgery
David S Kauvar, Michael A Dubick, Thomas J Walters, John F Kragh
BACKGROUND: Military enthusiasm for limb tourniquet use in combat casualty care has resulted in acceptance by the trauma community for use in the prehospital care of civilian limb injuries. To date there has been no report synthesizing the published data on civilian tourniquet use. The objective of this systematic review was to compile and analyze the content and quality of published data on the civilian use of tourniquets in limb trauma. METHODS: The MEDLINE database was searched for studies on civilian limb tourniquet use in adults published between 2001 and 2017...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Jason F Naylor, Joseph K Maddry, Allyson A Arana, Michael A Dubick, Andrew D Fisher, Cord W Cunningham, Anthony E Pusateri
INTRODUCTION: Hemorrhage is the leading cause of death on the battlefield. Development of chitosan- and kaolin-based hemostatic agents has improved hemorrhage control options. Sparse data exists on the use of these agents in the prehospital, combat setting. We describe recent use of these agents and compare patients receiving hemostatic to the baseline population. METHODS: We used a series of emergency department (ED) procedure codes to identify patients within the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DODTR) from January 2007 to August 2016...
February 12, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
L J Terceros-Almanza, C García-Fuentes, S Bermejo-Aznárez, I J Prieto Del Portillo, C Mudarra-Reche, H Domínguez-Aguado, R Viejo-Moreno, J Barea-Mendoza, R Gómez-Soler, I Casado-Flores, M Chico-Fernández
OBJECTIVE: To validate the diagnostic ability of six different scores to predict massive bleeding in a prehospital setting. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: Prehospital attention of patients with severe trauma. SUBJECTS: Subjects with more than 15 years, a history of severe trauma (defined by code 15 criteria), that were initially assisted in a prehospital setting by the emergency services between January 2010 and December 2015 and were then transferred to a level one trauma center in Madrid...
February 4, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Eric E Smith, David M Kent, Ketan R Bulsara, Lester Y Leung, Judith H Lichtman, Mathew J Reeves, Amytis Towfighi, William N Whiteley, Darin B Zahuranec
INTRODUCTION: Endovascular thrombectomy is a highly efficacious treatment for large vessel occlusion (LVO). LVO prediction instruments, based on stroke signs and symptoms, have been proposed to identify stroke patients with LVO for rapid transport to endovascular thrombectomy-capable hospitals. This evidence review committee was commissioned by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to systematically review evidence for the accuracy of LVO prediction instruments. METHODS: Medline, Embase, and Cochrane databases were searched on October 27, 2016...
January 24, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Mariya E Skube, Seth Witthuhn, Kristine Mulier, Bonnie Boucher, Elizabeth Lusczek, Greg J Beilman
BACKGROUND: The quality of prehospital care impacts patient outcomes. Military efforts have focused on training revision and the creation of high fidelity simulation models to address potentially survivable injuries. We sought to investigate the applicability of models emphasizing hemorrhage control and airway management to a civilian population. METHODS: Prehospital healthcare providers (PHPs) undergoing their annual training were enrolled. A trauma scenario was simulated with two modules: hemorrhage control and airway management...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Joseph A Carnevale, David J Segar, Andrew Y Powers, Meghal Shah, Cody Doberstein, Benjamin Drapcho, John F Morrison, John R Williams, Scott Collins, Kristina Monteiro, Wael F Asaad
OBJECTIVE Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains a significant cause of neurological morbidity and mortality. Each year, more than 1.7 million patients present to the emergency department with TBI. The goal of this study was to evaluate the prognosis of traumatic cerebral intraparenchymal hemorrhage (tIPH), to develop subclassifications of these injuries that relate to prognosis, and to provide a more comprehensive assessment of hemorrhagic progression contusion (HPC) by analyzing the rate at which tIPH "blossom" (i...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Mark H Yazer, Philip C Spinella
The AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) is an international authority on transfusion medicine and tissue banking. The Trauma, Hemostasis and Oxygenation Research (THOR) Network is an international multidisciplinary network of civilian and military providers ranging from first responders and medics to critical care physicians, and from basic scientists to clinical trialists. The THOR Network's vision is to improve outcomes from traumatic hemorrhagic shock by optimizing the acute phase of resuscitation...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
David Rodriguez-Luna, Noelia Rodriguez-Villatoro, Jesús M Juega, Sandra Boned, Marián Muchada, Estela Sanjuan, Jorge Pagola, Marta Rubiera, Marc Ribo, Pilar Coscojuela, Carlos A Molina
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ultra-early blood pressure (BP) management in the prehospital setting could improve the efficacy of this treatment on attenuating intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) expansion. We aimed to determine the association of prehospital systolic BP (SBP) with ICH volume, ultra-early hematoma growth, and the spot sign on admission. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of a prospective database of 219 consecutive patients with spontaneous ICH admitted to the emergency department of a tertiary stroke center during a 3-year period...
January 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Michael Kettner, Stefan Alexander Helwig, Andreas Ragoschke-Schumm, Lenka Schwindling, Safwan Roumia, Isabel Keller, Daniel Martens, Johann Kulikovski, Matthias Manitz, Martin Lesmeister, Silke Walter, Iris Quasar Grunwald, Thomas Schlechtriemen, Wolfgang Reith, Klaus Fassbender
BACKGROUND: An ambulance equipped with a computed tomography (CT) scanner, a point-of-care laboratory, and telemedicine capabilities (mobile stroke unit [MSU]) has been shown to enable the delivery of thrombolysis to stroke patients directly at the emergency site, thereby significantly decreasing time to treatment. However, work-up in an MSU that includes CT angiography (CTA) may also potentially facilitate triage of patients directly to the appropriate target hospital and specialized treatment, according to their individual vascular pathology...
October 31, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Fabio Agri, Mylène Bourgeat, Fabio Becce, Kevin Moerenhout, Mathieu Pasquier, Olivier Borens, Bertrand Yersin, Nicolas Demartines, Tobias Zingg
BACKGROUND: Pelvic fractures are severe injuries with frequently associated multi-system trauma and a high mortality rate. The value of the pelvic fracture pattern for predicting transfusion requirements and mortality is not entirely clear. To address hemorrhage from pelvic injuries, the early application of pelvic binders is now recommended and arterial angio-embolization is widely used for controlling arterial bleeding. Our aim was to assess the association of the pelvic fracture pattern according to the Tile classification system with transfusion requirements and mortality rates, and to evaluate the correlation between the use of pelvic binders and arterial angio-embolization and the mortality of patients with pelvic fractures...
November 9, 2017: BMC Surgery
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