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Emergency medical services

Section edited by Suzanne Mason

This section considers articles on out-of-hospital acute care, ground first responder and paramedic systems, ambulance service and other critical care transports, EMS regulations, policies and guidelines.

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  1. Crowding in the emergency department (ED) is a safety concern, and pathways to bypass the ED have been introduced to reduce the time to definitive care. Conversely, a number of low-acuity patients in the ED co...

    Authors: Carl Magnusson, Johan Herlitz and Christer Axelsson

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2020 20:7

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Paramedics are increasingly required to make complex decisions as to whether they should convey a patient to hospital or manage their condition at the scene. Dementia can be a significant barrier to the assess...

    Authors: Sarah Voss, Janet Brandling, Katherine Pollard, Hazel Taylor, Sarah Black, Marina Buswell, Richard Cheston, Sarah Cullum, Theresa Foster, Kim Kirby, Larissa Prothero, Sarah Purdy, Chris Solway and Jonathan Benger

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2020 20:6

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  3. Rapid sequence intubation (RSI) is used to secure the airway of stroke patients. Randomized controlled trial evidence exists to support the use of paramedic RSI for traumatic brain injury (TBI), but cannot nec...

    Authors: Pieter Francsois Fouche, Paul Andrew Jennings, Malcolm Boyle, Stephen Bernard and Karen Smith

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2020 20:5

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  4. Within each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified key emergency care (EC) interventions that, if implemented effectively, could ensure that the SDG tar...

    Authors: Martina Anto-Ocrah, Jeremy Cushman, Mechelle Sanders and Timothy De Ver Dye

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2020 20:3

    Content type: Debate

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  5. Dispatch services (DS’s) form an integral part of emergency medical service (EMS) systems. The role of a dispatcher has also evolved into a crucial link in patient care delivery, particularly in dispatcher ass...

    Authors: Shawn Chieh Loong Lee, Desmond Renhao Mao, Yih Yng Ng, Benjamin Sieu-Hon Leong, Jirapong Supasaovapak, Faith Joan Gaerlan, Do Ngoc Son, Boon Yang Chia, Sang Do Shin, Chih-Hao Lin, G. V. Ramana Rao, Takahiro Hara and Marcus Eng Hock Ong

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2020 20:1

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Previous systematic reviews have examined the effectiveness of interventions for frequent presenters to the Emergency Department (ED) but not the costs and cost-effectiveness of such interventions.

    Authors: Viola Korczak, Janani Shanthosh, Stephen Jan, Michael Dinh and Thomas Lung

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:83

    Content type: Research article

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  7. Emergency ambulance services are integral to providing a service for those with unplanned urgent and life-threatening health conditions. However, high use of the service by a small minority of patients is a co...

    Authors: Helen A. Snooks, Ashrafunnesa Khanom, Robert Cole, Adrian Edwards, Bethan Mair Edwards, Bridie A. Evans, Theresa Foster, Rachael T. Fothergill, Carol P. Gripper, Chelsey Hampton, Ann John, Robin Petterson, Alison Porter, Andy Rosser and Jason Scott

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:82

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Nigeria is ranked second highest in the rate of road accidents and other emergencies (Deaths, disabilities) among 193 countries of the world. There is therefore the need for analyzing Emergency Medical Rescue ...

    Authors: Peter Asaga Mac, Axel Kroeger and Philomena Ehi Airiohuodion

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:78

    Content type: Research article

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  9. The growing demand for elderly care often exceeds the ability of emergency department (ED) services to provide quality of care within reasonable time. The purpose of this systematic review is to assess the eff...

    Authors: Gijs Hesselink, Özcan Sir and Yvonne Schoon

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:69

    Content type: Research article

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  10. In France, patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are usually transferred from remote hospitals to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) centres in mobile intensive care units (MICUs) with on-board me...

    Authors: Sebastien Cassan, Mihaela Rata, Claire Vallenet, Philippe Fromage, Frederic Champly, Patrick Broin, Guillaume Peribois, Valerie Sierra, Cedric Lutz, Lionel Mangin, Dominique Savary, François-Xavier Ageron and Loic Belle

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:60

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and accuracy of documentation in FinnHEMS database, which is a nationwide helicopter emergency service (HEMS) clinical quality registry.

    Authors: A. Heino, T. Iirola, L. Raatiniemi, J. Nurmi, A. Olkinuora, P. Laukkanen-Nevala, I. Virkkunen and M. Tommila

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:53

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Overcrowding in emergency departments (EDs) is internationally recognized as one of the greatest challenges to healthcare provision. Numerous studies have highlighted the ill-effects of overcrowding, including...

    Authors: Andrea Strada, Francesca Bravi, Giorgia Valpiani, Roberto Bentivegna and Tiziano Carradori

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:47

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  13. Pain is the most frequent presenting complaint in patients consulting or admitted to the emergency department (ED). Thus, its acute management is often done by physicians working in the ED. These clinicians ar...

    Authors: Paul Owono Etoundi, Junette Arlette Metogo Mbengono, Ferdinand Ndom Ntock, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Dominique Christelle Anaba Ndom, Francky Teddy Endomba Angong, Gérard Beyiha and Jacqueline Ze Minkande

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:45

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  14. Some crucial decisions in treatment of hypothermic patients are closely linked to core body temperature. They concern modification of resuscitation algorithms and choosing the target hospital. Under- as well a...

    Authors: Paweł Podsiadło, Tomasz Darocha, Sylweriusz Kosiński, Tomasz Sanak and Robert Gałązkowski

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:44

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  15. The prehospital care of patients with sepsis are commonly performed by the emergency medical services. These patients may be critically ill and have high in-hospital mortality rates. Unfortunately, few patient...

    Authors: Agnes Olander, Henrik Andersson, Annelie J. Sundler, Anders Bremer, Lars Ljungström and Magnus Andersson Hagiwara

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:43

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Patient satisfaction has become an increasingly important element in a service-oriented healthcare market. Although satisfaction is influenced by many factors, the waiting time to be seen by medical staff has ...

    Authors: Hervé Spechbach, Jessica Rochat, Jean-Michel Gaspoz, Christian Lovis and Frederic Ehrler

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:41

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Early recognition of stroke symptoms results in a lower time period after stroke onset to treatment with a better outcome. This depends on the awareness of patients, family members, and the general public.

    Authors: Elyar Sadeghi-Hokmabadi, Samad Shams Vahdati, Reza Rikhtegar, Khazar Ghasempour and Aysa Rezabakhsh

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:36

    Content type: Research article

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  18. Community Paramedics (CPs) require access to timely blood analysis in the field to guide treatment and transport decisions. Point of care testing (POCT), as opposed to laboratory analysis, may offer a solution...

    Authors: Ian E. Blanchard, Ryan Kozicky, Dana Dalgarno, Justin Simms, Stacy Goulder, Tyler S. Williamson, Susan Biesbroek, Lenore Page, Karen Leaman, Suzanne Snozyk, Lyle Redman, Keith Spackman, Christopher J. Doig, Eddy S. Lang and Gerald Lazarenko

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:30

    Content type: Research article

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  19. The increasing burdens of trauma and time sensitive non-communicable disease in Addis Ababa necessitate a robust emergency medical care system. The objectives of this study were to assess the proportion of pat...

    Authors: Menbeu Sultan, Yonas Abebe, Assefu Welde Tsadik, Asmamaw Ababa, Alegnta Gebre Yesus and Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:28

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Prehospital emergency care has developed rapidly during the past decades. The care is given in a complex context which makes prehospital care a potential high-risk activity when it comes to patient safety. Pat...

    Authors: Magnus Andersson Hagiwara, Carl Magnusson, Johan Herlitz, Elin Seffel, Christer Axelsson, Monica Munters, Anneli Strömsöe and Lena Nilsson

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:14

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  21. Decision-making concerning the limitation of potentially life-prolonging treatments is often challenging, particularly in the Emergency Department (ED). Current literature in this area of Emergency Medicine is...

    Authors: Nathan Walzl, Jessica Jameson, John Kinsella and David J. Lowe

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:9

    Content type: Research article

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  22. This descriptive study compared 2014–15 to 2005–06 data on the quality of mental health services (MHS) in relation to emergency room (ER) use to assess the impact of the 2005 Quebec MH reform regarding access,...

    Authors: Marie-Josée Fleury, Marilyn Fortin, Louis Rochette, Guy Grenier, Christophe Huỳnh, Éric Pelletier and Helen-Maria Vasiliadis

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:8

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Early warning score systems have been widely recommended for use to detect clinical deterioration in patients. The Irish National Emergency Medicine Programme has developed and piloted an emergency department ...

    Authors: Marie E. Ward, Abel Wakai, Ronald McDowell, Fiona Boland, Eoin Coughlan, Moayed Hamza, John Browne, Ronan O’Sullivan, Una Geary, Fiona McDaid, Éidín Ní Shé, Frances J. Drummond, Conor Deasy and Eilish McAuliffe

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2019 19:7

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  24. Parental social characteristics influence the use of emergency departments (ED) in the USA, but less is known about paediatric ED care-seeking in countries with national health insurance. This prospective stud...

    Authors: Julia Ellbrant, Jonas Åkeson, Jenny Eckner and Pia Karlsland Åkeson

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:59

    Content type: Research article

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  25. In the emergency department, it is important to identify and prioritize who requires an urgent intervention in a short time. Triage helps recognize the urgency among patients. An accurate triage decision helps...

    Authors: Hon Lon Tam, Siu Fung Chung and Chi Kin Lou

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:58

    Content type: Research article

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  26. We aimed to describe diagnosed acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and its care management and outcomes in emergency departments (EDs) and to determine related cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs).

    Authors: Asma Sriha Belguith, Kaouthar Beltaief, Mohamed Amine Msolli, Wahid Bouida, Hela Abroug, Manel Ben Fredj, Imen Zemni, Mohamed Habib Grissa, Hamdi Boubaker, Mohamed Hsairi and Samir Nouira

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:50

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Emergency Care has previously been identified as an area of significant concern regarding the prevalence of Adverse Events (AEs). However, the majority of this focus has been on the in-hospital setting, with l...

    Authors: Ian Howard, Bernard Pillay, Nicholas Castle, Loua Al Shaikh, Robert Owen and David Williams

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:47

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Paramedics work in a highly complex and unpredictable environment which is characterized by ongoing decision-making. Decisions made by paramedics in the prehospital setting have implications for patient safety...

    Authors: Gudrun Reay, James A. Rankin, Lorraine Smith-MacDonald and Gerald C. Lazarenko

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:42

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  29. Every year, about 1.2 million people die through road traffic crashes worldwide. Majority of these deaths occur in Africa where most of their emergency medical services are underdeveloped. In 2004, Ghana estab...

    Authors: Mohammed-Najeeb Mahama, Ernest Kenu, Delia Akosua Bandoh and Ahmed Nuhu Zakariah

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:33

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Socioeconomic inequalities in cardiovascular morbidity have been previously reported showing direct associations between socioeconomic disadvantage and worse health outcomes. However, disagreement remains rega...

    Authors: George Mnatzaganian, Janet E Hiller, Jason Fletcher, Mark Putland, Cameron Knott, George Braitberg, Steve Begg and Melanie Bish

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:32

    Content type: Research article

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  31. Physician-staffed helicopter emergency services (HEMS) can provide benefit through the delivery of specialist competence and equipment to the prehospital scene and through expedient transport of critically ill...

    Authors: Daniel Kornhall, Robert Näslund, Cecilia Klingberg, Regina Schiborr and Mikael Gellerfors

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:28

    Content type: Research article

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  32. The association between burnout and patient safety has been analyzed in many studies for nurses, physicians, and residents. However, studies concerning prehospital emergency medical services (EMS) workers are ...

    Authors: Natalie Baier, Karsten Roth, Susanne Felgner and Cornelia Henschke

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:24

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  33. Poor communication during patient handover is recognised internationally as a root cause of a significant proportion of preventable deaths. Data used in handover is not always easily recorded using ambulance b...

    Authors: David Fitzpatrick, Douglas Maxwell and Alan Craigie

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:16

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  34. Helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) are popular rescue systems despite inconsistent evidence in the scientific literature to support their use for primary interventions, as well as for inter-facility ...

    Authors: Damien Di Rocco, Mathieu Pasquier, Eric Albrecht, Pierre-Nicolas Carron and Fabrice Dami

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:13

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  35. In Mozambique, and other low-income countries (LICs), there is little information on the burden of child maltreatment (CM). Emergency care services (ECS) play an important role in recognizing, treating, and in...

    Authors: Liliana Pinto, Adriana Lein, Raquel Mahoque, David W. Wright, Scott M. Sasser and Catherine A. Staton

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:11

    Content type: Research article

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  36. Africa accounts for one sixth of global road traffic deaths—most in the pre-hospital setting. Ambulance transport is expensive relative to other modes of pre-hospital transport, but has advantages in time-sens...

    Authors: Yonas Abebe, Tolesa Dida, Engida Yisma and David M. Silvestri

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2018 18:7

    Content type: Research article

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  37. The optimal prehospital fluid for the treatment of hypotension is unknown. Hypertonic fluids may increase circulatory volume and mute the pro-inflammatory response of the body to injury and illness. The purpos...

    Authors: I. E. Blanchard, A. Ahmad, K. L. Tang, P. E. Ronksley, D. Lorenzetti, G. Lazarenko, E. S. Lang, C. J. Doig and H. T. Stelfox

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:35

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  38. The demand for critical care beds is increasing out of proportion to bed availability. As a result, some critically ill patients are kept in the Emergency Department (ED boarding) awaiting bed availability. Th...

    Authors: Saad Al-Qahtani, Abdullah Alsultan, Samir Haddad, Abdulmohsen Alsaawi, Moeed Alshehri, Sami Alsolamy, Afef Felebaman, Hani M. Tamim, Nawfal Aljerian, Abdulaziz Al-Dawood and Yaseen Arabi

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:34

    Content type: Research article

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  39. New South Wales (NSW), Australia has a network of multirole retrieval physician staffed helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) with seven bases servicing a jurisdiction with population concentrated along...

    Authors: Alan A. Garner and Pieter L. van den Berg

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:31

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Pre-hospital emergency care is a vital and integral component of health systems particularly in the resource constrained countries like Uganda. It can help to minimize deaths, injuries, morbidities, disabiliti...

    Authors: Joseph Kimuli Balikuddembe, Ali Ardalan, Davoud Khorasani-Zavareh, Amir Nejati and Owais Raza

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:29

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Emergency medical service (EMS) personnel who work to provide emergency medical care at the scene and during transportation are exposed to various kinds of stressors and are particularly susceptible to develop...

    Authors: Salima Mansoor Kerai, Uzma Rahim Khan, Muhammad Islam, Nargis Asad, Junaid Razzak and Omrana Pasha

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:26

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  42. Medical care is obviously an important public service to ensure the health of a nation; however, medical resources are not always used appropriately. ‘Convenience-store consultations’ and inappropriate ambulan...

    Authors: Yasuhiro Kadooka, Atsushi Asai, Aya Enzo and Taketoshi Okita

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:23

    Content type: Debate

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  43. The effective treatment of airway compromise in trauma and non-trauma patients is important. Hypoxia and hypotension are predictors of negative patient outcomes and increased mortality, and may be important qu...

    Authors: Geir Arne Sunde, Mårten Sandberg, Richard Lyon, Knut Fredriksen, Brian Burns, Karl Ove Hufthammer, Jo Røislien, Akos Soti, Helena Jäntti, David Lockey, Jon-Kenneth Heltne and Stephen J. M. Sollid

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:22

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  44. Satisfaction refers to a state of pleasure or contentment with an action, event or service, especially one that was previously desired. Regarding to client, satisfaction is the level of happiness that clients ...

    Authors: Mesfin Worku and Eskindir Loha

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:21

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  45. Frequencies of reasons for encounter (RFEs) in emergency primary care out-of-hours (OOH) services are relevant for planning of capacities as well as to target the training of staff at casualty clinics. We aime...

    Authors: Guttorm Raknes and Steinar Hunskaar

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:19

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Paramedic-performed out-of-hospital ultrasound is a novel skill that has gained popularity in some services in recent years. In this setting point-of care ultrasound (POCUS) can provide additional information ...

    Authors: Ben Meadley, Alexander Olaussen, Ashleigh Delorenzo, Nick Roder, Caroline Martin, Toby St. Clair, Andrew Burns, Emma Stam and Brett Williams

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:18

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  47. Seniors living in subsidized housing have lower income, poorer health, and increased risk for cardiometabolic diseases and falls. Seniors also account for more than one third of calls to Emergency Medical Serv...

    Authors: G. Agarwal, R. Angeles, M. Pirrie, F. Marzanek, B. McLeod, J. Parascandalo and L. Dolovich

    Citation: BMC Emergency Medicine 2017 17:8

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