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Prehospital analgesia

Regan F Lyon, Chris Schwan, Joseph Zeal, Chetan Kharod, Brian Staak, Christopher Petersen, Stephen C Rush
Effective analgesia is a crucial part of the care and resuscitation of a traumatically injured patient. These secondary effects of pain may increase morbidity and mortality in the acutely injured patient. When ketamine is administered appropriately in the clinical setting, it can provide analgesia, anxiolysis, and amnesia for patients with less respiratory depression and hypotension than equivalent doses of opioid analgesics.
2018: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Steven G Schauer, Allyson A Arana, Jason F Naylor, Guyon J Hill, Michael D April
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have evaluated prehospital analgesia during combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but were limited to the adult population. However, a significant portion of the casualties of those conflicts were children. We describe the prehospital analgesia administered to wartime pediatric trauma patients. METHODS: We queried the Department of Defense Trauma Registry (DODTR) for all pediatric patients (<18 years of age) admitted to United States and Coalition fixed-facility hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2016...
February 7, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Michel Galinski, Laure Hoffman, Delphine Bregeaud, Mounir Kamboua, François-Xavier Ageron, Catherine Rouanet, Jean-Christophe Hubert, Jacques Istria, Mirko Ruscev, Karim Tazarourte, Florence Pevirieri, Frédéric Lapostolle, Frédéric Adnet
BACKGROUND: The quality of procedural analgesia and sedation among trauma patients has not been studied much in the prehospital setting. The main objective of this study was to characterize the quality of procedural analgesia sedation practices in prehospital settings in trauma patients. METHODS: This was an open-label observational prospective multicenter study (January 01, 2012-December 31, 2013). We included all consecutive trauma victims undergoing a potentially painful procedure on the accident scene...
January 31, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
Fraser John Gould
Acute shoulder dislocation is a common injury in the outdoor environment. The objective of this systematic review of the literature was to determine if intra-articular local anesthetic (IAL) is an effective treatment that could have prehospital application. A methodical search of MEDLINE, PubMed, and EMBASE databases targeted publications from January 1, 1990 until January 1, 2017. Eligible articles compared IAL with other analgesic techniques in patients 16 years or older experiencing acute glenohumeral dislocation...
January 16, 2018: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Thomas Geeraerts, Lionel Velly, Lamine Abdennour, Karim Asehnoune, Gérard Audibert, Pierre Bouzat, Nicolas Bruder, Romain Carrillon, Vincent Cottenceau, François Cotton, Sonia Courtil-Teyssedre, Claire Dahyot-Fizelier, Frédéric Dailler, Jean-Stéphane David, Nicolas Engrand, Dominique Fletcher, Gilles Francony, Laurent Gergelé, Carole Ichai, Etienne Javouhey, Pierre-Etienne Leblanc, Thomas Lieutaud, Philippe Meyer, Sébastien Mirek, Gilles Orliaguet, François Proust, Hervé Quintard, Catherine Ract, Mohamed Srairi, Karim Tazarourte, Bernard Vigué, Jean-François Payen
The latest French Guidelines for the management in the first 24hours of patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) were published in 1998. Due to recent changes (intracerebral monitoring, cerebral perfusion pressure management, treatment of raised intracranial pressure), an update was required. Our objective has been to specify the significant developments since 1998. These guidelines were conducted by a group of experts for the French Society of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine (Société Francaise d'Anesthésie Réanimation (SFAR)) in partnership with the Association de Neuro-Anesthésie-Réanimation de Langue Française (ANARLF), the Société Française de Neurochirurgie (SFN), the Groupe Francophone de Réanimation et d'Urgences Pédiatriques (GFRUP) and the Association des Anesthésistes-Réanimateurs Pédiatriques d'Expression Française (ADARPEF)...
December 27, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
Maximilian Scharonow, Timo Alberding, Wolfgang Oltmanns, Christian Weilbach
Background: In patients with serious illness or trauma, reduction of severe pain is a key therapeutic goal of emergency medical service (EMS) teams. In Germany, only physicians are allowed to use opioid analgesics. In the rural EMS area studied, the mean arrival time for paramedics is 8 minutes, 23 seconds, and for the rescue physician between 10 minutes, 30 seconds and 16 minutes, 59 seconds, depending on EMS site. In cases of parallel callouts, rescue-physician arrival times may be considerably longer...
2017: Journal of Pain Research
Steven G Schauer, Alejandra G Mora, Joseph K Maddry, Vikhyat S Bebarta
BACKGROUND: Published data on prehospital medical care in combat is limited, likely due to the chaotic and unpredictable nature of care under fire and difficulty in documentation There is limited data on how often analgesic agents are administered, which drug are being used, and whether there is an association with injury patterns. METHODS: This study was a prospective, multicenter, observational study to determine which analgesic agents are being used prehospital and whether there is an association with injury patterns...
November 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
Joshua Nackenson, Amado A Baez, Jonathan P Meizoso
Study Objectives Traction splinting has been the prehospital treatment of midshaft femur fracture as early as the battlefield of the First World War (1914-1918). This study is the assessment of these injuries and the utilization of a traction splint (TS) in blunt and penetrating trauma, as well as intravenous (IV) analgesia utilization by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Miami, Florida (USA). METHODS: This is a retrospective study of patients who sustained a midshaft femur fracture in the absence of multiple other severe injuries or severe physiologic derangement, as defined by an injury severity score (ISS) <20 and a triage revised trauma score (T-RTS)≥10, who presented to an urban, Level 1 trauma center between September 2008 and September 2013...
December 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Ian S Wedmore, Frank K Butler
At the start of the Afghanistan conflict, battlefield analgesia for US military casualties was achieved primarily through the use of intramuscular (IM) morphine. This is a suboptimal choice, since IM morphine is slow-acting, leading to delays in effective pain relief and the risk of overdose and death when dosing is repeated in order to hasten the onset of analgesia. Advances in battlefield analgesia, pioneered initially by Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC), and the Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, have now been incorporated into the Triple-Option Analgesia approach...
June 2017: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
Frank K Butler
BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, the original Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) article was published in this journal. Since TCCC is essentially a set of bestpractice prehospital trauma care guidelines customized for use on the battlefield, the presence of a journal with a specific focus on military medicine was a profound benefit to the initial presentation of TCCC to the US Military. METHODS: In the two ensuing decades, which included the longest continuous period of armed conflict in our nation's history, TCCC steadily evolved as the prehospital trauma care evidence base was augmented and as feedback from user medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen was obtained...
December 0: Journal of Special Operations Medicine: a Peer Reviewed Journal for SOF Medical Professionals
Jordi L Tremoleda, Sarah A Watts, Penny S Reynolds, Christoph Thiemermann, Karim Brohi
Trauma is responsible for a large proportion of the world's burden of disease, and is by far the biggest killer of young adults. Hemorrhage is the leading cause of preventable death and its effects are directly correlated with the incidence multi-organ failure in survivors. Trauma research is challenging due to patient heterogeneity, limited randomized controlled trials, and in vitro studies that fail to mimic the systemic injury response. Preclinical research remains essential for mechanistic and therapeutic discovery...
December 2017: Shock
Nicole Oberholzer, Alexander Kaserer, Roland Albrecht, Burkhardt Seifert, Mario Tissi, Donat R Spahn, Konrad Maurer, Philipp Stein
BACKGROUND: Pain is frequently encountered in the prehospital setting and needs to be treated quickly and sufficiently. However, incidences of insufficient analgesia after prehospital treatment by emergency medical services are reported to be as high as 43%. The purpose of this analysis was to identify modifiable factors in a specific emergency patient cohort that influence the pain suffered by patients when admitted to the hospital. METHODS: For that purpose, this retrospective observational study included all patients with significant pain treated by a Swiss physician-staffed helicopter emergency service between April and October 2011 with the following characteristics to limit selection bias: Age > 15 years, numerical rating scale (NRS) for pain documented at the scene and at hospital admission, NRS > 3 at the scene, initial Glasgow coma scale > 12, and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics score < VI...
July 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Niklas Lenssen, Andreas Krockauer, Stefan K Beckers, Rolf Rossaint, Frederik Hirsch, Jörg C Brokmann, Sebastian Bergrath
Acute pain is a common reason for summoning emergency medical services (EMS). Yet in several countries the law restricts opioid-based analgesia administration to physicians. Telemedical support of paramedics is a novel approach to enable timely treatment under the guidance of a physician. In this retrospective observational study, conducted in the EMS of Aachen, Germany, the analgesic quality and occurrence of adverse events were compared between telemedically-supported paramedics (July-December, 2014) and a historical control group (conventional on-scene EMS physicians; January-March, 2014)...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Steven G Schauer, Michael D April, Erica Simon, Joseph K Maddry, Robert Carter, Robert A Delorenzo
BACKGROUND: Mass-casualty (MASCAL) events are known to occur in the combat setting. There are very limited data at this time from the Joint Theater (Iraq and Afghanistan) wars specific to MASCAL events. The purpose of this report was to provide preliminary data for the development of prehospital planning and guidelines. METHODS: Cases were identified using the Department of Defense (DoD; Virginia USA) Trauma Registry (DoDTR) and the Prehospital Trauma Registry (PHTR)...
August 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Frank K Butler
BACKGROUND: Twenty years ago, the original Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) article was published in this journal. Since TCCC is essentially a set of best-practice prehospital trauma care guidelines customized for use on the battlefield, the presence of a journal with a specific focus on military medicine was a profound benefit to the initial presentation of TCCC to the U.S. Military. METHODS: In the two ensuing decades, which included the longest continuous period of armed conflict in our nation's history, TCCC steadily evolved as the prehospital trauma care evidence base was augmented and as feedback from user medics, corpsmen, and pararescuemen was obtained...
March 2017: Military Medicine
B Schempf, S Casu, D Häske
BACKGROUND: In some German emergency medical service districts, analgesia is performed by paramedics without support of emergency physicians on scene. With regard to safety and effectiveness, paramedics should not be overshadowed by emergency physicians. OBJECTIVES: Is prehospital analgesia performed by paramedics under medical supervision or emergency physicians comparable regarding processes and effectiveness in the case of isolated limb injury? MATERIAL AND METHODS: As a retrospective analysis of patients with isolated limb injury, analgesia performed by paramedics and by emergency physicians was analyzed...
May 2017: Der Anaesthesist
Adam R Aluisio, Olivier Félix Umuhire, Gabin Mbanjumucyo, Naomi George, Alexis Kearney, Naz Karim, Jeanne DʼArc Nyinawankusi, Eric Uwitonze, Sam Enumah, John W Scott, Zeta Mutabazi, Georges Ntakiyiruta, Sudha Jayaraman, Robert Riviello, Jean Claude Byiringiro, Adam C Levine
BACKGROUND: Pediatric trauma is a significant public health problem in resource-constrained settings; however, the epidemiology of injuries is poorly defined in Rwanda. This study describes the characteristics of pediatric trauma patients transported to the emergency department (ED) of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali by emergency medical services in Kigali, Rwanda. METHODS: This cohort study was conducted at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali from December 2012 to February 2015...
February 4, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
Jenna K Bulger, Alan Brown, Bridie A Evans, Greg Fegan, Simon Ford, Katy Guy, Sian Jones, Leigh Keen, Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Ian Pallister, Nigel Rees, Ian T Russell, Anne C Seagrove, Helen A Snooks
BACKGROUND: Adequate pain relief at the point of injury and during transport to hospital is a major challenge in all acute traumas, especially for those with hip fractures, whose injuries are difficult to immobilise and whose long-term outcomes may be adversely affected by administration of opiate analgesics. Fascia iliaca compartment block (FICB) is a procedure routinely undertaken by doctors and nurses in the emergency department for patients with hip fracture but not yet evaluated for use by paramedics at the scene of emergency calls...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
Gregory J Hollis, Toby M Keene, Rory M Ardlie, David Ge Caldicott, Stuart G Stapleton
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe prehospital use of ketamine by ACT Ambulance Service, and frequency of endotracheal intubation. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of patients receiving prehospital ketamine between 1 January and 31 December 2013. Episodes were identified from the prehospital electronic patient care records, then linkage to ED records at two receiving hospitals. Demographics, dose, indication and occasions of intubation were analysed...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Lorin R Browne, Manish I Shah, Jonathan R Studnek, Daniel G Ostermayer, Stacy Reynolds, Clare E Guse, David C Brousseau, E Brooke Lerner
BACKGROUND: The National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians' (NAEMSP) Position Statement on Prehospital Pain Management and the joint National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Evidence-based Guideline for Prehospital Analgesia in Trauma aim to improve the recognition, assessment, and treatment of prehospital pain. The impact of implementation of these guidelines on pain management in children by emergency medical services (EMS) agencies has not been assessed...
November 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
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