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Oscar Thabouillot, K Bertho, E Rozenberg, N-C Roche, G Boddaert, D Jost, J-P Tourtier
INTRODUCTION: Resuscitative endovascular balloon occlusion of the aorta (REBOA) is a technique to control haemorrhage by placing a retrograde catheter in an artery and inflating a balloon at its tip. This retrospective study aimed to evaluate the proportion of injured people who could potentially have benefited from this technique prior to hospitalisation, including on the scene or during transport. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted of all patients with trauma registered in the Paris Fire Brigade emergency medical system between 1 January and 31 December 2014...
February 27, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
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
Sinem Kilic, Enrico Fabris, Arnoud W J Van't Hof, Christian W Hamm, Frédéric Lapostolle, Jens Flensted Lassen, Anne Tsatsaris, Abdourahmane Diallo, Eric Vicaut, Gilles Montalescot
BACKGROUND: The potential interactions between prehospital (pre-H) ticagrelor administration and thrombus aspiration (TA) in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have never been studied. Therefore, we evaluated the potential benefit of TA and pre-H ticagrelor treatment in patients enrolled in the ATLANTIC trial (NCT01347580). METHODS: This analysis included 1,630 patients who underwent primary PCI...
February 2018: American Heart Journal
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
Peter G Delaney, Richard Bamuleke, Yang Jae Lee
BACKGROUND: Though road traffic injuries (RTIs) are a major cause of mortality in East Africa, few countries have emergency medical services. The aim was to create a sustainable and efficient prehospital lay first responder program, creating a system with lay first responders spread through the 53 motorcycle taxi stages of Iganga Municipality. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-four motorcycle taxi riders were taught a first aid curriculum in partnership with a local Red Cross first aid trainer and provided with a first aid kit following WHO guidelines for basic first aid...
January 18, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Ronald Chang, Erin E Fox, Thomas J Greene, Michael D Swartz, Stacia M DeSantis, Deborah M Stein, Eileen M Bulger, Sherry M Melton, Michael D Goodman, Martin A Schreiber, Martin D Zielinski, Terence O'Keeffe, Kenji Inaba, Jeffrey S Tomasek, Jeanette M Podbielski, Savitri Appana, Misung Yi, Pär I Johansson, Hanne H Henriksen, Jakob Stensballe, Jacob Steinmetz, Charles E Wade, John B Holcomb
BACKGROUND: Laboratory-based evidence of coagulopathy (LC) is observed in 25-35% of trauma patients, but clinically-evident coagulopathy (CC) is not well described. METHODS: Prospective observational study of adult trauma patients transported by helicopter from the scene to nine Level 1 trauma centers in 2015. Patients meeting predefined highest-risk criteria were divided into CC+ (predefined as surgeon-confirmed bleeding from uninjured sites or injured sites not controllable by sutures) or CC-...
December 27, 2017: Surgery
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
Kurt Huber, Gregory Ducrocq, Christian W Hamm, Arnoud van 't Hof, Frédéric Lapostolle, Pierre Coste, Giovanni Gordini, Jacob Steinmetz, Freek W A Verheugt, Jennifer Adgey, Lutz Nibbe, Vojko Kaniĉ, Peter Clemmensen, Uwe Zeymer, Debra Bernstein, Jayne Prats, Efthymios N Deliargyris, Ph Gabriel Steg
Objective: To ascertain whether different oral P2Y12 inhibitors might affect rates of acute stent thrombosis and 30-day outcomes after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI). Methods: The European Ambulance Acute Coronary Syndrome Angiography (EUROMAX) randomised trial compared prehospital bivalirudin with heparin with optional glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitor treatment in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction triaged to pPCI. Choice of P2Y12 inhibitor was at the investigator's discretion...
2017: Open Heart
Carmen Usero-Pérez, Valentín González Alonso, Luis Orbañanos Peiro, José Manuel Gómez Crespo, Sheima Hossain López
Recent terrorist attacks involving active shooters or improvised explosive devices have shown that traditionally sequenced emergency management leads to delays in attending victims and suboptimal outcomes. Tactical medicine, a new concept in prehospital care, emerged from experience attending the wounded in combat zones, where the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) recommendations are applied. TCCC targets 3 main causes of preventable death in combat: bleeding from extremities, tension pneumothorax, and airway obstruction...
2017: Emergencias: revista de la Sociedad Española de Medicina de Emergencias
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
Christopher T Bowles, Rachel Hards, Neil Wrightson, Paul Lincoln, Shishir Kore, Laura Marley, Jonathan R Dalzell, Binu Raj, Tracey A Baker, Diane Goodwin, Petra Carroll, Jane Pateman, John J M Black, Paul Kattenhorn, Mark Faulkner, Jayan Parameshwar, Charles Butcher, Mark Mason, Alexander Rosenberg, Ian McGovern, Alexander Weymann, Carl Gwinnutt, Nicholas R Banner, Stephan Schueler, Andre R Simon, David W Pitcher
Advances in left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy have resulted in increasing numbers of adult LVAD recipients in the community. However, device failure, stroke, bleeding, LVAD thrombosis and systemic infection can be life-threatening emergencies. Currently, four LVAD systems are implanted in six UK transplant centres, each of which provides device-specific information to local emergency services. This has resulted in inconsistent availability and content of information with the risks of delayed or inappropriate decision-making...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Maile E Parker, Mohammad A Khasawneh, Cornelius A Thiels, Kathleen S Berns, James R Stubbs, Donald H Jenkins, Scott P Zietlow, Martin D Zielinski
OBJECTIVE: Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a common medical emergency with significant morbidity and mortality. Many patients are coagulopathic, which may perpetuate bleeding. Remote damage control resuscitation, including early correction of coagulopathy and anemia, may benefit exsanguinating patients with GI bleeding. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of patients with acute GI bleeding who received packed red blood cells (pRBC) and/or plasma during transportation to our institution between 2010 and 2014...
November 2017: Air Medical Journal
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
Uwe Schweigkofler, B Wohlrath, H Trentsch, J Greipel, N Tamimi, R Hoffmann, D Wincheringer
BACKGROUND: Testing for mechanical stability in pelvic ring fractures is advocated for the initial assessment and management of pelvic ring fractures. A survey among trauma surgeons showed that 91% agree with this recommendation. The aim of the present study was to describe the actual workup of patients with a high risk for unstable pelvic fractures in daily routine. METHODS: We performed a prospective multicenter observational study on patients admitted to the emergency room with suspected pelvic ring fractures...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Dimitrios Venetsanos, Sofia Sederholm Lawesson, Joakim Alfredsson, Magnus Janzon, Angel Cequier, Mohamed Chettibi, Shaun G Goodman, Arnoud W Van't Hof, Gilles Montalescot, Eva Swahn
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate gender differences in outcomes in patents with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) planned for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). SETTINGS: A prespecified gender analysis of the multicentre, randomised, double-blind Administration of Ticagrelor in the catheterisation Laboratory or in the Ambulance for New ST elevation myocardial Infarction to open the Coronary artery. PARTICIPANTS: Between September 2011 and October 2013, 1862 patients with STEMI and symptom duration <6 hours were included...
September 21, 2017: BMJ Open
James R Stubbs, Sheryl A Tran, Richard L Emery, Scott A Hammel, De Anna L Haugen, Martin D Zielinski, Scott P Zietlow, Donald Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Laboratory and clinical evidence suggest that cold-stored platelets (CS-PLTs) might be preferable to room temperature platelets (RT-PLTs) for active bleeding. Ease of prehospital use plus potential hemostatic superiority led our facility to pursue approval of CS-PLTs for actively bleeding trauma patients. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: From November 18, 2013, through October 8, 2015, correspondence was exchanged between our facility, the AABB, and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...
December 2017: Transfusion
Jessica L Mckee, Prasanna Lakshminarasimhan, Ian Atkinson, Anthony J LaPorta, Andrew W Kirkpatrick
BACKGROUND: Controlling bleeding early in the prehospital and military setting is an extremely important and life-saving skill. Wound clamping is a newly introduced technique that may augment both the effectiveness and logistics of wound packing with any gauze product. As these devices may be inadvertently removed, the potential consequences of such were examined in a simulated, extreme, inadvertent disengagement. METHODS: The wound clamp used was an iTClamp (Innovative Trauma Care; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) that was applied and forcefully removed (skin-pull) from the skin of both a human cadaver and swine...
December 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Ruben Te Grotenhuis, Pierre M van Grunsven, Wim M J M Heutz, Edward C T H Tan
BACKGROUND: Epistaxis is a common medical emergency with possible life-threatening complications. In the prehospital setting, epistaxis can be treated with nasal tampons. HemCon® Nasal Plug is a nasal tampon impregnated with oxidized cellulose, which has hemostatic properties. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness and usability of HemCon Nasal Plugs in the treatment of severe epistaxis in the prehospital setting. METHODS: From June 2012 to December 2014, all ambulances of two emergency medical services in the Netherlands were equipped with HemCon Nasal Plugs...
January 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
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