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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724118/emergency-medical-services-response-times-in-rural-suburban-and-urban-areas
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Howard K Mell, Shannon N Mumma, Brian Hiestand, Brendan G Carr, Tara Holland, Jason Stopyra
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723789/measuring-the-impact-of-emergency-medical-services-ems-on-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-survival-in-a-developing-country-a-key-metric-for-ems-systems-performance
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Mazen El Sayed, Reem Al Assad, Yasmin Abi Aad, Nour Gharios, Marwan M Refaat, Hani Tamim
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) can be used to evaluate the overall performance of the emergency medical services' (EMS) system. This study assessed the impact of EMS on OHCA survival rates in a setting where the prehospital system is underdeveloped.A retrospective chart review was carried out over a 5-year period of all adult OHCA patients admitted to the emergency department (ED) of a tertiary care center in Lebanon.A total of 271 patients with OHCA (179 [66.1%] men, mean age of 69.9 [standard deviation = 15...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723312/alcohol-marijuana-and-opioid-use-disorders-5-year-patterns-and-characteristics-of-emergency-department-encounters
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Amber L Bahorik, Derek D Satre, Andrea H Kline-Simon, Constance M Weisner, Kelly C Young-Wolff, Cynthia I Campbell
BACKGROUND: Changes in substance use patterns stemming from opioid misuse, ongoing drinking problems, and marijuana legalization may result in new populations of patients with substance use disorders (SUDs) using emergency department (ED) resources. This study examined ED admission trends in a large sample of patients with alcohol, marijuana, and opioid use disorder in an integrated health system. METHODS: In a retrospective design, electronic health record (EHR) data identified patients with ≥ 1 of three common SUDs in 2010 (n = 17,574; alcohol, marijuana, or opioid use disorder) and patients without SUD (n = 17,574)...
July 19, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722560/peering-beyond-the-walls-of-healthcare-institutions-a-catalyst-for-innovation
#4
James K Elrod, John L Fortenberry
BACKGROUND: Healthcare providers operate in a unique industry characterized by pursuit of perhaps the most noble of missions: the delivery of vital health and medical services to those in need. Distinguishing features abound, differentiating the healthcare industry from others, with such facets having the potential to compel those serving in health and medical establishments to focus exclusively on their selected industry. But directing attention solely within can result in missed opportunities, especially regarding innovation...
July 11, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721549/an-expected-coverage-model-with-a-cutoff-priority-queue
#5
Soovin Yoon, Laura A Albert
Emergency medical services provide immediate care to patients with various types of needs. When the system is congested, the response to urgent emergency calls can be delayed. To address this issue, we propose a spatial Hypercube approximation model with a cutoff priority queue that estimates performance measures for a system where some servers are reserved exclusively for high priority calls when the system is congested. In the cutoff priority queue, low priority calls are not immediately served-they are either lost or entered into a queue-whenever the number of busy ambulances is equal to or greater than the cutoff...
July 19, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721501/examining-transgender-health-through-the-international-classification-of-functioning-disability-and-health-s-icf-contextual-factors
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REVIEW
Melissa Jacob, Steven R Cox
PURPOSE: For many transgender individuals, medical intervention is necessary to live as their desired gender. However, little is known about Contextual Factors (i.e., Environmental and Personal) that may act as facilitators and barriers in the health of transgender individuals. Therefore, this paper sought to examine Contextual Factors of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health that may facilitate or negatively impact the physical, psychological, and social functioning of transgender individuals...
July 18, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721028/frailty-in-community-dwelling-older-adults-association-with-adverse-outcomes
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Sergio Sánchez-García, Carmen García-Peña, Antoni Salvà, Rosalinda Sánchez-Arenas, Víctor Granados-García, Juan Cuadros-Moreno, Laura Bárbara Velázquez-Olmedo, Ángel Cárdenas-Bahena
BACKGROUND: The study of frailty is important to identify the additional needs of medical long-term care and prevent adverse outcomes in community dwelling older adults. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of frailty and its association with adverse outcomes in community dwelling older adults. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out from April to September 2014. The population sample was 1,252 older adults (≥60 years) who were beneficiaries of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in Mexico City...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720720/comparison-of-prehospital-triage-and-five-level-triage-system-at-the-emergency-department
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Li-Heng Tsai, Chien-Hsiung Huang, Yi-Chia Su, Yi-Ming Weng, Chung-Hsien Chaou, Wen-Cheng Li, Chan-Wei Kuo, Chip-Jin Ng
OBJECTIVE: There is lack of scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness of prehospital triage systems. This study compared the two-level Taiwan Prehospital Triage System (TPTS) with the five-level Taiwan Triage and Acuity Scale (TTAS) at ED arrival regarding the prediction of patient outcomes and the utilisation of medical resources. DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study. Adult patients transported via the emergency medical service (EMS), who arrived at the ED of a medical centre in northern Taiwan during the study period were enrolled...
July 18, 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720628/the-patient-centered-medical-home-pcmh-framing-typology-for-understanding-the-structure-function-and-outcomes-of-pcmhs
#9
Autumn M Kieber-Emmons, William L Miller
INTRODUCTION: Patient-centered medical homes (PCHMs) aspire to transform today's challenged primary care services. However, it is unclear which PCMH characteristics produce specific outcomes of interest for care delivery. This study tested a novel typology of PCMH practice transformation, the PCMH framing typology, and evaluated measurable outcomes by each type. METHODS: Using the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative 2012 to 2013 Annual Review, this secondary analysis of the published PCMH literature extracted data from publications of 59 PCMHs...
July 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720619/predictors-of-emergency-department-use-by-adolescents-and-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Yona Lunsky, Jonathan A Weiss, Melissa Paquette-Smith, Anna Durbin, Ami Tint, Anna M Palucka, Elspeth Bradley
OBJECTIVES: To determine predictors of emergency department (ED) visits in a cohort of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Community-based study from Ontario, Canada. PARTICIPANTS: Parents reported on their adult sons and daughters with ASD living in the community (n=284). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ED visits for any reason, ED visits for medical reasons and ED visits for psychiatric reasons over 1 year...
July 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717780/epidemiology-of-prehospital-emergency-medical-service-use-in-korean-children
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Se Uk Lee, Dongbum Suh, Hahn Bom Kim, Jin Hee Jung, Ki Jeong Hong, Jin Hee Lee, Hye Young Jang, Hyun Noh, Jae Yun Jung, Do Kyun Kim, Young Ho Kwak
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to elucidate the epidemiology of pediatric patients transported by the National 119 Rescue Services in Korea. METHODS: We enrolled all pediatric patients (<16 years old) who used the National 119 Rescue Services in Korea between January 2006 and December 2008, and analyzed the 119 ambulance patient care record databases. RESULTS: The total number of the cases was 238,644 for 3 years. The median age was 6 years old and 59...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717779/impact-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-outbreak-on-the-use-of-emergency-medical-resources-in-febrile-patients
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Hyunho Jeong, Sikyoung Jeong, Juseok Oh, Seon Hee Woo, Byung Hak So, Jeong Hee Wee, Ji Hoon Kim, Ji Yong Im, Seung Pill Choi, Kyoungnam Park, Byul Nim Hee Cho, Sungyoup Hong
OBJECTIVE: Outbreaks of transmissible respiratory infection are suspected to have significant effects on the health of pediatric and geriatric patients. The objective was to assess the impact of the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak on the use of emergency resources. METHODS: An ecologic analysis of emergency department (ED) records between September and December 2015, was performed. Data was obtained from the National Emergency Department Information System database for Korea...
June 2017: Clinical and Experimental Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717647/intracranial-hematoma-detection-by-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-a-helicopter-emergency-medical-service-practical-experience
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Patrick Schober, Sebastiaan M Bossers, Lothar A Schwarte
In (helicopter) emergency medical services, (H)EMS, the prehospital detection of intracranial hematomas should improve patient care and the triage to specialized neurosurgical hospitals. Recently, noninvasive detection of intracranial hematomas became possible by applying transcranial near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). Herein, second-generation devices are currently available, for example, the Infrascanner 2000 (Infrascan), that appear suited also for prehospital (H)EMS applications. Since (H)EMS operations are time-critical, we studied the Infrascanner 2000 as a "first-time-right" monitor in healthy volunteers (n = 17, hospital employees, no neurologic history)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716971/2015-revised-utstein-style-recommended-guidelines-for-uniform-reporting-of-data-from-drowning-related-resuscitation-an-ilcor-advisory-statement
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REVIEW
Ahamed H Idris, Joost J L M Bierens, Gavin D Perkins, Volker Wenzel, Vinay Nadkarni, Peter Morley, David S Warner, Alexis Topjian, Allart M Venema, Christine M Branche, David Szpilman, Luiz Morizot-Leite, Masahiko Nitta, Bo Løfgren, Jonathon Webber, Jan-Thorsten Gräsner, Stephen B Beerman, Chun Song Youn, Ulrich Jost, Linda Quan, Cameron Dezfulian, Anthony J Handley, Mary Fran Hazinski
BACKGROUND: Utstein-style guidelines use an established consensus process, endorsed by the international resuscitation community, to facilitate and structure resuscitation research and publication. The first "Guidelines for Uniform Reporting of Data From Drowning" were published over a decade ago. During the intervening years, resuscitation science has advanced considerably, thus making revision of the guidelines timely. In particular, measurement of cardiopulmonary resuscitation elements and neurological outcomes reporting have advanced substantially...
July 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716784/protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study-to-improve-prehospital-notification-of-injured-patients-presenting-to-trauma-centres-in-india
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Biswadev Mitra, Joseph Mathew, Amit Gupta, Peter Cameron, Gerard O'Reilly, Kapil Dev Soni, Gaurav Kaushik, Teresa Howard, Madonna Fahey, Michael Stephenson, Vineet Kumar, Sharad Vyas, Satish Dharap, Pankaj Patel, Advait Thakor, Naveen Sharma, Tony Walker, Mahesh Chandra Misra, Russell Gruen, Mark Fitzgerald
INTRODUCTION: Prehospital notification of injured patients enables prompt and timely care in hospital through adequate preparation of trauma teams, space, equipment and consumables necessary for resuscitation, and may improve outcomes. In India, anecdotal reports suggest that prehospital notification, in those few places where it occurs, is unstructured and not linked to a well-defined hospital response. The aim of this manuscript is to describe, in detail, a study protocol for the evaluation of a formalised approach to prehospital notification...
July 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716636/a-simplified-clinical-prediction-rule-for-prognosticating-independent-walking-after-spinal-cord-injury-a-prospective-study-from-a-canadian-multicenter-spinal-cord-injury-registry
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Katharine E Hicks, Yichen Zhao, Nader Fallah, Carly Rivers, Vanessa Noonan, Tova Plashkes, Eugene K Wai, Darren M Roffey, Eve Tsai, Jerome Paquet, Najmedden Attabib, Travis Marion, Henry Ahn, Philippe Phan
BACKGROUND: Context: Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating condition with limited treatment options for neurological or functional recovery. The ability to predict the prognosis of walking post-injury with emerging prediction models could aid in rehabilitation strategies and reintegration into the community. PURPOSE: To re-validate an existing clinical prediction model for independent ambulation (van Middendorp et al. 2011) utilising acute and long-term post-injury follow-up data, and to investigate the accuracy of a simplified model using prospectively collected data from a Canadian multicenter SCI database, the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR)...
July 14, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715984/cost-of-an-integrated-care-program-to-reduce-ed-visits-during-diabetic-prisoner-court-hearings
#17
Tim Pauley, Joy Matienzo, Joseph Ventura, Josie Barbita
Diabetic events occurring during court hearings previously required emergency medical services (EMS) transport to the emergency department (ED). A new process was implemented whereby the provincial court (PC) was notified by the detention center of diabetes status of prisoners scheduled for court later that day, enabling a community nursing services provider to provide on-site diabetes assessment and treatment at the PC. During the 13-month pre-implementation phase, there were 10 incidents of diabetic distress resulting in an ED visit at a total cost of $797...
July 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714814/using-time-driven-activity-based-costing-to-implement-change
#18
Ellen N Sayed, Sa'ad Laws, Basim Uthman
Academic medical libraries have responded to changes in technology, evolving professional roles, reduced budgets, and declining traditional services. Libraries that have taken a proactive role to change have seen their librarians emerge as collaborators and partners with faculty and researchers, while para-professional staff is increasingly overseeing traditional services. This article addresses shifting staff and schedules at a single-service-point information desk by using time-driven activity-based costing to determine the utilization of resources available to provide traditional library services...
July 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713042/implementation-of-the-universal-bls-termination-of-resuscitation-rule-in-a-rural-ems-system
#19
Matthew R Jordan, Michael F O'Keefe, David Weiss, C Wes Cubberley, Charles D MacLean, Daniel L Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are often the first medical providers to begin resuscitation of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) victims. The universal Basic Life Support Termination of Resuscitation (BLS-TOR) rule is a validated clinical prediction tool used to identify patients in which continued resuscitation efforts are futile. OBJECTIVE: The primary aim is to compare the rate of transport of OHCA cases before and after the implementation of a BLS-TOR protocol and to determine the compliance rate of EMS personnel with the new protocol in a largely volunteer, rural system...
July 13, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712685/emergency-medical-services-perspectives-on-identifying-and-reporting-victims-of-elder-abuse-neglect-and-self-neglect
#20
Tony Rosen, Cynthia Lien, Michael E Stern, Elizabeth M Bloemen, Regina Mysliwiec, Thomas J McCarthy, Sunday Clark, Mary R Mulcare, Daniel S Ribaudo, Mark S Lachs, Karl Pillemer, Neal E Flomenbaum
BACKGROUND: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers, who perform initial assessments of ill and injured patients, often in a patient's home, are uniquely positioned to identify potential victims of elder abuse, neglect, or self-neglect. Despite this, few organized programs exist to ensure that EMS concerns are communicated to or further investigated by other health care providers, social workers, or the authorities. OBJECTIVE: To explore attitudes and self-reported practices of EMS providers surrounding identification and reporting of elder mistreatment...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Emergency Medicine
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