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Monthly Archives: November 2010
Can cardiotocography be applied in the pre-hospital setting? French physicians assessed its feasibility in 145 patients enrolled during 119 interhospital transfers and 26 primary prehospital missions. Their physician-staffed ambulance teams included 19 emergency physicians and one anaesthetist. Interpretable tracings were … Continue reading
British trauma surgeon and pre-hospital pioneer Professor Keith Porter describes how to do a pre-hospital amputation in this months EMJ. Thankfully the procedure is only rarely necessary and often only requires cutting remaining skin bridges with scissors. The indications are: … Continue reading
Splinted any pelvises lately? Karim Brohi’s excellent trauma.org article outlines the strengths and weaknesses of the different devices on the market. One such is the T-POD, which has now been described in a small series in which its application to … Continue reading
A meta-analysis of pre-hospital airway control techniques evaluated alternative techniques to tracheal intubation. The outcome was placement success; there were no data on effectiveness of ventilation or other clinical outcomes. Although limited by poor quality studies, there are some interesting … Continue reading
An Australian randomised controlled trial of pre-hospital oxygen therapy in COPD patients compared titrated oxygen therapy with high flow oxygen. The primary outcome was prehospital and in-hospital mortality. Titrated oxygen treatment was delivered by nasal prongs to achieve arterial oxygen … Continue reading