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Dispatch Accuracy

L Raatiniemi, J Liisanantti, M Tommila, S Moilanen, P Ohtonen, M Martikainen, V Voipio, J Reitala, T Iirola
BACKGROUND: The benefits of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) and dispatch accuracy are continuously debated, and a widely accepted score to measure the benefits of the mission is lacking. The HEMS Benefit Score (HBS) has been used in Finnish helicopter emergency medical services, but studies are lacking. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) score is widely used to measure the severity of illness or injury in the pre-hospital setting, but it has many critics due to its subjectivity...
May 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Charles D Deakin, Simon England, Debbie Diffey, Ian Maconochie
BACKGROUND: Most out-of-hospital paediatric cardiac arrests (CA) are not identified until a call is made to the emergency medical services. Accurate identification increases overall survival by enabling immediate ambulance dispatch and delivery of bystander CPR. European ambulance services use a variety of didactic telephone scripts to interrogate the caller and rapidly identify paediatric CA. The performance of these scripts has not been reported. This study aims to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of the NHS Pathways as a telephone triage tool to identify patients less than 16 years age in cardiac arrest...
July 2017: Resuscitation
Håkon Kvåle Bakke, Tine Steinvik, Håkon Ruud, Torben Wisborg
BACKGROUND: Emergency medical communication centres (EMCCs) dispatch and allocate ambulance resources, and provide first-aid guidance to on-scene bystanders. We aimed to 1) evaluate whether dispatcher guidance improved bystander first aid in trauma, and 2) to evaluate whether dispatchers and on-scene emergency medical services (EMS) crews identified the same first aid measures as indicated. METHODS: For 18 months, the crew on the first EMS crew responding to trauma calls used a standard form to assess bystander first aid...
March 7, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Yuzhe Ouyang, Kai Shan, Francis Minhthang Bui
To understand the utilization of clinical resources and improve the efficiency of healthcare, it is often necessary to accurately locate patients and doctors in a healthcare facility. However, existing tracking methods, such as GPS, Wi-Fi and RFID, have technological drawbacks or impose significant costs, thus limiting their applications in many clinical environments, especially those with indoor enclosures. This paper proposes a low-cost and flexible tracking system that is well suited for operating in an indoor environment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Araz Rawshani, Nina Rawshani, Carita Gelang, Jan-Otto Andersson, Anna Larsson, Angela Bång, Johan Herlitz, Martin Gellerstedt
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We examined the accuracy in assessments of emergency dispatchers according to their education and time of the day. We examined this in chest pain patients who were diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening condition (LTC) or died within 30days. METHODS: Among 2205 persons, 482 died, 1631 experienced an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), 1914 had a LTC. Multivariable logistic regression was used to study how time of the call and the dispatcher's education were associated with the risk of missing to give priority 1 (the highest)...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Yuzhe Ouyang, Kai Shan, Francis Minhthang Bui, Yuzhe Ouyang, Kai Shan, Francis Minhthang Bui, Yuzhe Ouyang, Kai Shan, Francis Minhthang Bui
To understand the utilization of clinical resources and improve the efficiency of healthcare, it is often necessary to accurately locate patients and doctors in a healthcare facility. However, existing tracking methods, such as GPS, Wi-Fi and RFID, have technological drawbacks or impose significant costs, thus limiting their applications in many clinical environments, especially those with indoor enclosures. This paper proposes a low-cost and flexible tracking system that is well suited for operating in an indoor environment...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Søren Viereck, Thea Palsgaard Møller, Josephine Philip Rothman, Fredrik Folke, Freddy Knudsen Lippert
BACKGROUND: The medical dispatcher plays an essential role as part of the first link in the Chain of Survival, by recognising the out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) during the emergency call, dispatching the appropriate first responder or emergency medical services response, performing dispatcher assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and referring to the nearest automated external defibrillator. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate and compare studies reporting recognition of OHCA patients during emergency calls...
February 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Su Nguyen, Mengjie Zhang, Kay Chen Tan
Automated design of dispatching rules for production systems has been an interesting research topic over the last several years. Machine learning, especially genetic programming (GP), has been a powerful approach to dealing with this design problem. However, intensive computational requirements, accuracy and interpretability are still its limitations. This paper aims at developing a new surrogate assisted GP to help improving the quality of the evolved rules without significant computational costs. The experiments have verified the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed algorithms as compared to those in the literature...
May 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
Marko Hoikka, Sami Länkimäki, Tom Silfvast, Tero I Ala-Kokko
BACKGROUND: In Finland, calls for emergency medical services are prioritized by educated non-medical personnel into four categories-from A (highest risk) to D (lowest risk)-following a criteria-based national dispatch protocol. Discrepancies in triage may result in risk overestimation, leading to inappropriate use of emergency medical services units and to risk underestimation that can negatively impact patient outcome. To evaluate dispatch protocol accuracy, we assessed association between priority assigned at dispatch and the patient's condition assessed by emergency medical services on the scene using an early warning risk assessment tool...
December 3, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Todd Chassee, Diann Reischmann, Michael Mancera, John D Hoyle
BACKGROUND: Prehospital pediatric drug dosing errors affect 56,000 U.S. children annually. An accurate weight is the first step in accurate dosing. To date, the accuracy of Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) obtained weights has not been evaluated. We hypothesized that EMD could obtain accurate pediatric weights. METHODS: We used a convenience sample of patients 12 years and younger that were transported by EMS to one children's hospital. EMD obtained patient weight (DW) from the 9-1-1 caller...
November 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Thea Palsgaard Møller, Cecilia Andréll, Søren Viereck, Lizbet Todorova, Hans Friberg, Freddy K Lippert
INTRODUCTION: Survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) remains low. Early recognition by emergency medical dispatchers is essential for an effective chain of actions, leading to early cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use of an automated external defibrillator and rapid dispatching of the emergency medical services. AIM: To analyse and compare the accuracy of OHCA recognition by medical dispatchers in two countries. METHOD: An observational register-based study collecting data from national cardiac arrest registers in Denmark and Sweden during a six-month period in 2013...
December 2016: Resuscitation
D C Wright, N Adayapalam, N Bain, S M Bain, A Brown, N Buzzacott, L Carey, J Cross, K Dun, C Joy, C McCarthy, S Moore, A R Murch, F O'Malley, E Parker, J Watt, H Wilkin, K Fagan, M D Pertile, G B Peters
Chromosome microarrays are an essential tool for investigation of copy number changes in children with congenital anomalies and intellectual deficit. Attempts to standardise microarray testing have focused on establishing technical and clinical quality criteria, however external quality assessment programs are still needed. We report on a microarray proficiency testing program for Australasian laboratories. Quality metrics evaluated included analytical accuracy, result interpretation, report completeness, and laboratory performance data: sample numbers, success and abnormality rate and reporting times...
October 2016: Pathology
John Adam Oostema, Trevor Carle, Nadine Talia, Mathew Reeves
BACKGROUND: Emergency dispatchers represent the first point of contact for patients activating an acute stroke response. Accurate dispatcher stroke recognition is associated with faster emergency medical services response time; however, stroke is often unrecognized during initial emergency calls. Stroke screening tools such as the Cincinnati Prehospital Stroke Scale have been shown to improve on-scene stroke recognition and thus have been proposed as a means to improve dispatcher accuracy...
2016: Cerebrovascular Diseases
Y S Sun, X Y Zhao, B K Zhang, J F Jiang, H J Lu, Y X Cao, G Z Wu, J Qian, Y S Sun, Y J Zeng
BACKGROUND: The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa has brought great disaster to the people's health in affected countries. China dispatched first group of public health experts and medical staff to Sierra Leone in September 2014 to fight Ebola. METHODS: To systematically collect huge amount of primary data, and to make analysis, draw conclusions and lessons in terms of six aspects, respectively as training before departure, local disease information, track of epidemic situation, transformation of temporary laboratory, detection of Ebola virus samples as well as assessment through single blind test...
2016: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
Jennifer Schwartz, Rachel P Dreyer, Karthik Murugiah, Isuru Ranasinghe
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There are no contemporary national-level data on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) response times for suspected stroke in the United States (US). Because effective stroke treatment is time-dependent, we characterized response times for suspected stroke, and examined whether they met guideline recommendations. METHODS: Using the National EMS Information System dataset, we included 911 calls for patients ≥ 18 years with an EMS provider impression of stroke...
September 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Kate Cantwell, Stephen Burgess, Amee Morgans, Karen Smith, Michael Livingston, Paul Dietze
BACKGROUND: Injury due to falls is a major public health problem, especially for older people. We aimed to determine the accuracy of the ambulance call taker triage algorithm relative to paramedic assessment, and characterise variation in ambulance service demand for falls cases involving older adults over time and by residence type. METHOD: We obtained all ambulance case records for January 2008 to December 2011 for adults aged 65 or over in Melbourne, Australia...
January 2016: Injury
Fabrice Dami, Christel Golay, Mathieu Pasquier, Vincent Fuchs, Pierre-Nicolas Carron, Olivier Hugli
BACKGROUND: Priority dispatch accuracy is a key issue in optimizing the match between patients' medical needs and pre-hospital resources. This study measures the accuracy of a Criteria Based Dispatch (CBD) system, by evaluating discrepancies between dispatch priorities and ambulance crews' severity evaluations. METHODS: This is a retrospective study conducted from January 2011 to December 2011. We ruled that a National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) score > 3 (injuries/diseases which can possibly lead to deterioration of vital signs) to 7 (lethal injuries/ diseases) should require a priority dispatch with lights and siren (L&S), while NACA scores < 4 should require a priority dispatch without L&S...
October 27, 2015: BMC Emergency Medicine
Paul Y Kerl, Wenxian Zhang, Juan B Moreno-Cruz, Athanasios Nenes, Matthew J Realff, Armistead G Russell, Joel Sokol, Valerie M Thomas
Integrating accurate air quality modeling with decision making is hampered by complex atmospheric physics and chemistry and its coupling with atmospheric transport. Existing approaches to model the physics and chemistry accurately lead to significant computational burdens in computing the response of atmospheric concentrations to changes in emissions profiles. By integrating a reduced form of a fully coupled atmospheric model within a unit commitment optimization model, we allow, for the first time to our knowledge, a fully dynamical approach toward electricity planning that accurately and rapidly minimizes both cost and health impacts...
September 1, 2015: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jan L Jensen, Alix J E Carter, Jennifer Rose, Sarah Visintini, Emmanuelle Bourdon, Ryan Brown, Jennifer McVey, Andrew H Travers
OBJECTIVES: Emergency medical services (EMS) programs, which provide an alternative to traditional EMS dispatch or transport to the emergency department (ED), are becoming widely implemented. This scoping review identified and catalogued all outcomes used to measure such alternative EMS programs. Data Source Broad systematized bibliographic and grey literature searches were conducted. Study Selection Inclusion criteria were 911 callers/EMS patients, reported on alternatives to traditional EMS dispatch OR traditional EMS transport to the ED, and reported an outcome measure...
September 2015: CJEM
Annelieke Maria Karien Harmsen, Leo Maria George Geeraedts, Georgios Fredericus Giannakopoulos, Maartje Terra, Herman Martinus Timotheus Christiaans, Lidwine Brigitta Mokkink, Frank Willem Bloemers
BACKGROUND: In The Netherlands, standard prehospital trauma care is provided by emergency medical services and can be supplemented with advanced trauma care by Mobile Medical Teams. Due to observed over and undertriage in the dispatch of the Mobile Medical Team for major trauma patients, the accuracy of the dispatch criteria has been disputed. In order to obtain recommendations to invigorate the dispatch criteria, this study aimed at reaching consensus in expert opinion on the question; which acute trauma patient is in need of care by a Mobile Medical Team? In this paper we describe the protocol of the DENIM study (a Delphi-procedure on the identification of prehospital trauma patients in need of care by Mobile Medical Teams)...
2015: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
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