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Daniel W Spaite, Chengcheng Hu, Bentley J Bobrow, Vatsal Chikani, Bruce Barnhart, Joshua B Gaither, Kurt R Denninghoff, P David Adelson, Samuel M Keim, Chad Viscusi, Terry Mullins, Duane Sherrill
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Survival is significantly reduced by either hypotension or hypoxia during the out-of-hospital management of major traumatic brain injury. However, only a handful of small studies have investigated the influence of the combination of both hypotension and hypoxia occurring together. In patients with major traumatic brain injury, we evaluate the associations between mortality and out-of-hospital hypotension and hypoxia separately and in combination. METHODS: All moderate or severe traumatic brain injury cases in the preimplementation cohort of the Excellence in Prehospital Injury Care study (a statewide, before/after, controlled study of the effect of implementing the out-of-hospital traumatic brain injury treatment guidelines) from January 1, 2007, to March 31, 2014, were evaluated (exclusions: <10 years, out-of-hospital oxygen saturation ≤10%, and out-of-hospital systolic blood pressure <40 or >200 mm Hg)...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Jeffrey Siegler, Melissa Kroll, Susan Wojcik, Hawnwan Philip Moy
INTRODUCTION: In the prehospital setting, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals rely on providing positive pressure ventilation with a bag-valve-mask (BVM). Multiple emergency medicine and critical care studies have shown that lung-protective ventilation protocols reduce morbidity and mortality. Our primary objective was to determine if a group of EMS professionals could provide ventilations with a smaller BVM that would be sufficient to ventilate patients. Secondary objectives included 1) if the pediatric bag provided volumes similar to lung-protective ventilation in the hospital setting and 2) compare volumes provided to the patient depending on the type of airway (mask, King tube, and intubation)...
October 3, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
D Brilej, D Stropnik, R Lefering, R Komadina
BACKGROUND: Early recognition and management of trauma related coagulopathy improves the outcome. Trauma facilities should implement an algorithm to identify the bleeding trauma patient with coagulopathy. OBJECTIVE: The scope of the paper is to identify the indicators of early coagulopathy and to optimize the indications for thromboelastometry and coagulation support. DESIGN: Cohort study based on data from trauma registry. SETTING: Data of 493 major trauma patients treated in GH Celje from 2006 to 2014 were included into The TraumaRegister DGU(®) (TR-DGU)...
September 22, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
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
Stefan Candefjord, Ruben Buendia, Eva-Corina Caragounis, Bengt Arne Sjöqvist, Helen Fagerlind
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the proportion and characteristics of patients sustaining major trauma in road traffic crashes (RTCs) who could benefit from direct transportation to a trauma center (TC). METHODS: Currently, there is no national classification of TC in Sweden. In this study, 7 university hospitals (UHs) in Sweden were selected to represent a TC level I or level II. These UHs have similar capabilities as the definition for level I and level II TC in the United States...
September 2016: Traffic Injury Prevention
Tobias Haltmeier, Elizabeth Benjamin, Stefano Siboni, Evren Dilektasli, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
PURPOSE: Prehospital endotracheal intubation (ETI) for traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a controversial issue. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of prehospital ETI in patients with TBI. METHODS: Cohort-matched study using the US National Trauma Data Bank (NTDB) 2008-2012. Patients with isolated severe blunt TBI (AIS head ≥3, AIS chest/abdomen <3) and a field GCS ≤8 were extracted from NTDB. A 1:1 matching of patients with and without prehospital ETI was performed...
August 27, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Gunjan Kamdar Tiyyagura, Marcie Gawel, Aimee Alphonso, Jeannette Koziel, Kyle Bilodeau, Kirsten Bechtel
BACKGROUND: Prehospital care providers are in a unique position to provide initial unadulterated information about the scene where a child is abusively injured or neglected. However, they receive minimal training with respect to detection of Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) and make few reports of suspected CAN to child protective services. AIMS: To explore barriers and facilitators to the recognition and reporting of CAN by prehospital care providers. DESIGN/METHODS: Twenty-eight prehospital care providers participated in a simulated case of infant abusive head trauma prior to participating in one-on-one semi-structured qualitative debriefs...
July 19, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Mireia Llaurado-Serra, Marta Ulldemolins, Joan Fernandez-Ballart, Rosa Guell-Baro, Teresa Valentí-Trulls, Neus Calpe-Damians, Angels Piñol-Tena, Mercedes Pi-Guerrero, Cristina Paños-Espinosa, Alberto Sandiumenge, María F Jimenez-Herrera
BACKGROUND: Semi-recumbent position is recommended to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia. Its implementation, however, is below optimal. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess real semi-recumbent position compliance and the degree of head-of-bed elevation in Spanish intensive care units, along with factors determining compliance and head-of-bed elevation and their relationship with the development of pressure ulcers. Finally, we investigated the impact that might have the diagnosis of pressure ulcers in the attitude toward head-of-bed elevation...
September 2016: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Yann Daniel, Sébastien Habas, Maximilien Cruc
BACKGROUND: Out-of-hospital endotracheal intubation is a frequent procedure for trauma care. Nevertheless, in warm climates, sunlight and heat can interfere with the flow of the usual procedure. They can affect the equipment and hinder the operator. There are few data on this issue. The presentation of this case highlights three common complications that may occur when intubating under a hot and bright sun. CASE REPORT: A 23-year-old man had a car accident in Djibouti, at 11:00 a...
September 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Paige J Ostahowski, Nithya Kannan, Mark S Wainwright, Qian Qiu, Richard B Mink, Jonathan I Groner, Michael J Bell, Christopher C Giza, Douglas F Zatzick, Richard G Ellenbogen, Linda Ng Boyle, Pamela H Mitchell, Monica S Vavilala
OBJECTIVE Posttraumatic seizure is a major complication following traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of this study was to determine the variation in seizure prophylaxis in select pediatric trauma centers. The authors hypothesized that there would be wide variation in seizure prophylaxis selection and use, within and between pediatric trauma centers. METHODS In this retrospective multicenter cohort study including 5 regional pediatric trauma centers affiliated with academic medical centers, the authors examined data from 236 children (age < 18 years) with severe TBI (admission Glasgow Coma Scale score ≤ 8, ICD-9 diagnosis codes of 800...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Luis Rafael Moscote-Salazar, Andres M Rubiano, Hernando Raphael Alvis-Miranda, Willem Calderon-Miranda, Gabriel Alcala-Cerra, Marco Antonio Blancas Rivera, Amit Agrawal
Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death in developed countries. It is estimated that only in the United States about 100,000 people die annually in parallel among the survivors there is a significant number of people with disabilities with significant costs for the health system. It has been determined that after moderate and severe traumatic injury, brain parenchyma is affected by more than 55% of cases. Head trauma management is critical is the emergency services worldwide. We present a review of the literature regarding the prehospital care, surgical management and intensive care monitoring of the patients with severe cranioecephalic trauma...
January 2016: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
L Schwindling, A Ragoschke-Schumm, M Kettner, S Helwig, M Manitz, S Roumia, M Lesmeister, I Q Grunwald, K Fassbender
BACKGROUND: An ambulance equipped with a computed tomography (CT) scanner, point-of-care laboratory, and telemedicine capabilities (Mobile Stroke Unit [MSU]) has been shown to enable delivery of thrombolysis to stroke patients at the emergency site, thereby significantly decreasing time to treatment. However, the MSU frequently assesses patients with cerebral disorders other than stroke. For some of these disorders, prehospital CT scanning may also be beneficial. METHODS: Our institution manages a program investigating prehospital stroke treatment of patients with neurological emergencies...
September 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
Véronique Quenardelle, Valérie Lauer-Ober, Ielyzaveta Zinchenko, Marc Bataillard, Olivier Rouyer, Rémy Beaujeux, Raoul Pop, Nicolas Meyer, Hervé Delplancq, Stéphane Kremer, Christian Marescaux, Bernard Gény, Valérie Wolff
BACKGROUND: Since the use of tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischemic stroke (IS), stroke care pathways have been developed for patients with suspicion of acute stroke. The aim of this prospective observational study was to analyze the stroke mimic (SM) characteristics in patients who were part of our stroke care pathway. METHODS: All consecutive patients admitted in the code stroke within a 1-year period were prospectively enrolled in this study. Patients with a sudden onset of neurological focal deficit in a time window less than 4H30 as indicated for intravenous thrombolysis, had been accepted in the pathway by a neurologist who was directly contactable by the prehospital emergency medical service 24 h per day...
2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Hunter B Moore, Ernest E Moore, Clay C Burlew, Walter L Biffl, Fredric M Pieracci, Carlton C Barnett, Denis D Bensard, Gregory J Jurkovich, Charles J Fox, Angela Sauaia
BACKGROUND: Attempts are made with emergency department thoracotomy (EDT) to salvage trauma patients who present to the hospital in extremis. The EDT allows for relief of cardiac tamponade, internal cardiac massage, and proximal hemorrhage control. Minimally invasive techniques, such as endovascular hemorrhage control (EHC) are available, but their noninferiority to EDT remains unproven. Before adopting EHC, it is important to evaluate the current outcomes of EDT. We hypothesized that EDT survival has improved during the last 4 decades, and outcomes stratified by pre-hospital CPR and injury patterns will provide benchmarks for success-to-rescue and survival outcomes for patients in extremis...
July 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Christine M Leeper, Isam Nasr, Christine McKenna, Rachel P Berger, Barbara A Gaines
BACKGROUND: Victims of abusive head trauma have poor outcomes compared with other injured children. There is often a delay in diagnosis because these young patients are unable to communicate with health care providers. These critically injured patients would benefit from early identification and therapy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of our single hospital trauma registry from 2005 to 2014. All Level 1 pediatric (age 0-17 years) trauma patients who sustained abusive head trauma were included...
May 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Simon Kotlyar
OBJECTIVE: To describe the epidemiology of injuries sustained in cyclists and compare the injury patterns in road vs trail biking accidents. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed of injured road and trail cyclists presenting to a rural mountain resort-based medical center during a 3-year study period. RESULTS: Of 304 patients, 70% were male, with 67% sustaining trail injuries and 33% sustaining road cycling injuries. There was a bimodal age distribution...
June 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
David J Barton, Frank W Tift, Lauren E Cournoyer, Julie T Vieth, Korin B Hudson
The objective was to determine if acute alcohol consumption is associated with differences in injury pattern among young adult patients with traumatic injuries presenting to emergency medical services (EMS). A cross-sectional, retrospective review of prehospital patient care reports (PCRs) was conducted evaluating injured patients who presented to a collegiate EMS agency from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012. Included patients were age 18-24 y and sustained an injury within the previous 24 h. PCRs were reviewed independently by two abstractors to determine if the patient was documented to have acutely consumed alcohol proximate to his/her injury...
2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Jerry A Rubano, James A Vosswinkel, Jane E McCormack, Emily C Huang, Marc J Shapiro, Randeep S Jawa
BACKGROUND: The prevalence and outcomes of trauma patients requiring an unplanned return to the intensive care unit (ICU) and those initially admitted to a step-down unit or floor and subsequently upgraded to the ICU, collectively termed unplanned ICU (UP-ICU) admission, are largely unknown. METHODS: A retrospective review of the trauma registry of a suburban regional trauma center was conducted for adult patients who were admitted between 2007 and 2013, focusing on patients requiring ICU admission...
June 2016: Journal of Critical Care
Matej Strnad, Vesna Borovnik Lesjak, Vitka Vujanović, Miljenko Križmarić
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Many prognostic models predicting mortality in patients with TBI were developed, which also include patients with mild or moderate TBI and patients who suffered major extracranial injuries. METHODS: From a prospective database, we conducted a retrospective medical chart review covering the period between January 2000 and December 2012 of patients with isolated severe TBI (Abbreviated Injury Score for head, AISH ≥ 3) without extracranial injuries, who were intubated in the field using the rapid sequence intubation method and were of age 16 or more...
March 11, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
Nital Gupta, Shafiq Hackla, Virendar Bhagat, Satvir Singh, Farid Hussain, Anil Gupta
INTRODUCTION: Cross-border firing are increasingly being common in the modern era. The injuries resulting from these low intensity conflicts are a source of anxiety among treating physicians and their respective governments. The provisions are required to minimise the suffering of the victims viz. Mode of injuries, mortality patterns, adequacy of treatment at pre-hospital and tertiary care hospital and provisions to decrease morbidity and mortality for the people living in these areas...
January 2016: Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock
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