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  1. Community-acquired pneumonia; Ambulant erworbene Pneumonien

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    Poetter-Lang, S.; Herold, C.J. [Medizinische Universitaet Wien, Department of Biomedical Imaging and Image-guided Therapy, Allgemeines Krankenhaus, Wien (Austria)

    2017-01-15

    The diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is often not possible based only on the clinical symptoms and biochemical parameters. For every patient with the suspicion of CAP, a chest radiograph in two planes should be carried out. Additionally, a risk stratification for the decision between outpatient therapy or hospitalization is recommended. Based on the evaluation of the different radiological patterns as well as their extent and distribution, a rough allocation to so-called pathogen groups as well as a differentiation between viral and bacterial infections are possible; however, because different pathogens cause different patterns an accurate correlation is not feasible by relying purely on imaging. The radiological findings serve as proof or exclusion of pneumonia and can also be used to evaluate the extent of the disease (e.g. monolobular, multilobular, unilateral or bilateral). In cases of prolonged disease, suspicion of complications (e.g. pleural effusion or empyema, necrotizing pneumonia or abscess) or comorbid conditions (e.g. underlying pulmonary or mediastinal diseases) computed tomography is an important diagnostic tool in addition to chest radiography. Ultrasound is often used to diagnose pleural processes (e.g. parapneumonic effusion or pleural empyema). (orig.) [German] Anhand der klinischen Symptome und laborchemischen Befundkonstellation alleine ist es oft nicht moeglich, die Diagnose einer ambulant erworbenen Pneumonie (''community-acquired pneumonia'', CAP) zu stellen. Bei jedem Patienten mit Verdacht auf CAP sollte eine Roentgenthoraxaufnahme in 2 Ebenen angefertigt werden. Weiter muss eine Risikostratifizierung im Sinne der Entscheidung ambulante Therapie vs. Hospitalisierung erfolgen. Anhand der Analyse radiologischer Muster sowie deren Verteilung und Ausdehnung koennen eine grobe Zuordnung zu sogenannten Erregergruppen sowie eine Differenzierung zwischen viralen und bakteriellen Infektionen gelingen. Da

  2. Optimal ambulance dispatching

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    C.J. Jagtenberg (Caroline); S. Bhulai (Sandjai); R.D. van der Mei (Rob)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractThis chapter considers the ambulance dispatch problem, in which one must decide which ambulance to send to an incident in real time. In practice as well as in literature, it is commonly believed that the closest idle ambulance is the best choice. This chapter describes alternatives to

  3. Acquired CNS lesions in fetal MRI; Erworbene ZNS-Laesionen im fetalen MRT

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    Reith, W.; Pogledic, I. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany)

    2013-02-15

    Acquired central nervous system (CNS) lesions are often subtle; therefore, the prenatal diagnosis of these lesions is extremely important. The fetal ultrasound examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are two important imaging methods that give an insight into these types lesions. The method of choice during pregnancy is still fetal ultrasound; however, fetal MRI is important when there are certain pathologies, e.g. periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) or malformations of the vein of Galen. In this manner clinicians can plan further therapy after childbirth in advance (e.g. cerebral angiography or embolization). (orig.) [German] Die erworbenen ZNS-Laesionen sind oft subtil, und eine praezise praenatale Diagnostik ist in diesen Faellen besonders wichtig. Die fetale Sonographie und das fetale MRT koennen hierzu einen relevanten Beitrag leisten. Die Sonographie ist immer noch die Untersuchungsmethode der Wahl waehrend der Schwangerschaft. Insbesondere bei bestimmten Pathologien wie der periventrikulaeren Leukomalazie (PVL) oder einer V. -Galeni-Malformation ist das fetale MRT sehr hilfreich, um nach der Geburt die entsprechenden weitergehenden Massnahmen, wie eine zerebrale Angiographie und Embolisation, fruehzeitig zu planen. (orig.)

  4. Thromboembolierisiken und präventive Maßnahmen bei chronisch entzündlichen Darmerkrankungen

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    Novacek G

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Patienten mit chronisch entzündlichen Darmerkrankungen (CED haben ein erhöhtes Risiko für venöse Thromboembolien (VTE. Diese relative Risikoerhöhung betrifft besonders junge Patienten und ist eine relevante Ursache für Morbidität und Mortalität. Die häufigsten VTE sind tiefe Beinvenenthrombosen und Pulmonalembolien, aber auch seltenere Lokalisationen wie Pfortaderund Mesenterialvenenthrombosen und zerebrovaskuläre Thrombosen sind möglich. Die genaue Ursache für das erhöhte Risiko ist nicht bekannt. Es scheinen aber erworbene Risikofaktoren eine entscheidende Rolle zu spielen. Die Mehrzahl der Patienten hat eine aktive Erkrankung und/oder Fisteln und Abszesse zum Zeitpunkt des thromboembolischen Ereignisses. Diagnostik und Therapie der VTE sollten entsprechend internationalen Richtlinien wie bei Nicht-CED-Patienten durchgeführt werden. Schwerwiegende Blutungskomplikationen bei CED-Patienten unter Antikoagulation sind möglich, scheinen aber selten zu sein. Eine Thromboseprophylaxe sollte mit niedermolekularem Heparin postoperativ durchgeführt, aber auch bei allen hospitalisierten Patienten in Erwägung gezogen werden, insbesondere bei Vorliegen einer aktiven Erkrankung, Immobilisation und zentralvenösem Katheter.

  5. Trajectories For Space Ambulance

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    Nelson, Walter C.; Furakawa, Shiro

    1988-01-01

    Report presents concept for space ambulance that moves as quickly and economically as possible between orbits. Describes variety of rendezvous maneuvers between space stations in geocentric orbits at altitudes ranging from 200 km to geosynchronous altitude. Analyzes minimum times to complete rendezvous with orbiting medical station.

  6. Pathophysiologie des Kollagenstoffwechsels bei Patienten mit Induratio penis plastica (IPP

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    Lahme S

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Die Pathogenese der IPP ist bis heute nicht geklärt. Histopathologische Untersuchungen zeigen, daß der Kollagenstoffwechsel eine Rolle spielt. Dies veranlaßte uns zur genauen Analyse der Kollagenstoffwechselparameter bei IPP. Bei 11 Patienten mit IPP und 11 Kontrollpersonen wurden Kollagenstoffwechselparameter (Prokollagen III [PIIIP], PMN-Elastase [PMN-E], Fibronektin [FN], Fibronektinrezeptor [FN-R] und alpha1-Proteinase-Inhibitor [alpha1-PI] im cavernösen und peripheren Blut bestimmt. PMN-E, PIIIP, FN und FN-R waren in den beiden Untersuchungsgruppen nicht unterschiedlich. Die peripher venösen unterschieden sich nicht von den cavernösen Blutproben. Sowohl im peripher venös (158,55 mg/dl als auch im cavernös entnommenen Blut (168,29 mg/dl war die Konzentration des a1-PI signifikant niedriger als in der Kontrollgruppe (214,82 mg/dl. An einem zweiten Kollektiv von 23 Patienten wurden Analysen des Phänotyps für alpha1-PI im Hinblick auf das Vorliegen von genetisch determinierten Mangelallelen vorgenommen. Hier zeigte sich kein signifikanter Unterschied zu einem Kontrollkollektiv von 19 gesunden Probanden. Die alpha1-PI Erniedrigung der IPP-Patienten ist signifikant und liegt unterhalb des Normalwertbereichs für die gesunde Population. Ein Mangel an alpha1-PI kann zur Aktivitätserhöhung der Proteasen und zum Umbau des Kollagengewebes führen. Möglicherweise kommt es zusammen mit einem lokal wirksamen Einflußfaktor schließlich zur dystrophen Kalzifikation. Die humangenetischen Untersuchungen sprechen nicht für eine genetische Determinierung des alpha1-PI-Mangels, sondern legen eine erworbene hepatische Störung nahe.

  7. Ambulance need at mass gatherings.

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    Meites, Elissa; Brown, John F

    2010-01-01

    Scant evidence exists to guide policy-making around public health needs during mass gatherings. In 2006, the City and County of San Francisco began requiring standby ambulances at all mass gatherings with attendance of >15,500 people. The objectives were to evaluate needs for ambulances at mass gatherings, and to make evidence-based recommendations for public health policy-makers. The hypothesis was that the needs for ambulances at mass gatherings can be estimated using community baseline data. Emergency medical services plans were reviewed for all public events with an anticipated attendance of >1,000 people in San Francisco County during the 12-month period 01 August 2006 through 31 July 2007. Ambulance transport data were confirmed by event coordinators and ambulance company records, and the rate was calculated by dividing ambulance transports by event attendance. Baseline ambulance transport rate was calculated by dividing the annual ambulance transports in the county's computer-aided dispatch system by the census population estimate. The risk ratio was calculated using the risk of transport from a mass gathering compared with the baseline risk of ambulance transport for the local community. Significance testing and confidence intervals were calculated. Descriptive information was available for 100% of events and ambulance transport data available for 97% of events. The majority of the mass gatherings (47 unique events; 59 event days) were outdoor, weekend festivals, parades, or concerts, though a large proportion were athletic events. The ambulance transport rate from mass gatherings was 1 per 59,000 people every six hours. Baseline ambulance transport rate in San Francisco was 1 per 20,000 people every six hours. The transport rate from mass gatherings was significantly lower than the community baseline (risk ratio [RR]=0.15, 95% CI=0.10-0.22, pambulance, 46% of ambulances were unused. San Francisco mass gatherings appear to present a lower risk of ambulance

  8. Die Psychosen bei Epilepsie

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    Glauninger G

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available In einer Übersicht werden die verschiedenen Formen psychotischer Zustandsbilder bei Epilepsiepatienten, deren Ätiopathogenese und Möglichkeiten der Behandlung dieser Störungen beschrieben. Risikofaktoren finden sich durch neurobiologische Gegebenheiten - besonders bei Mitbeteiligung des Temporallappens, durch psychosoziale Einflüsse und manchmal auch durch medikamentöse Behandlung. Anhand von Fallbeispielen sollen dem Leser typische Krankheitsverläufe von psychotischen Episoden bei Epilepsiepatienten, die zumeist erst bei einer schon länger dauernden Epilepsie auftreten, nähergebracht werden. Es wird deutlich, daß sich die Beschwerden von Patienten mit Epilepsie nicht auf iktale Phänomene beschränken. Bei der Behandlung dieser Patienten kommt einer guten interdisziplinären Zusammenarbeit besondere Bedeutung zu.

  9. Ambulance 3G.

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    Banitsas, Konstantinos; Perakis, Konstantinos; Koutsouris, Dimitrios; Konis, Georgios; Tachakra, Sapal

    2005-01-01

    Minimising the time required for a patient to receive primary care has always been the concern of the Accidents and Emergency units. Ambulances are usually the first to arrive on the scene and to administer first aid. However, as the time that it takes to transfer the patient to the hospital increases, so does the fatality rate. In this paper, a mobile teleconsultation system is presented, based primarily on third generation mobile links and on Wi-Fi hotspots around a city. This system can be installed inside an ambulance and will permit high-resolution videoconferencing between the moving vehicle and a doctor or a consultant within a base station (usually a hospital). In addition to video and voice, high quality still images and screenshots from medical equipment can also be sent. The test was carried out in Athens, Greece where a 3G system was recently deployed by Vodafone. The results show that the system can perform satisfactory in most conditions and can effectively increase the patient's quality of service, while having a modest cost.

  10. BEI Resource Repository

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — BEI Resources provides reagents, tools and information for studying Category A, B, and C priority pathogens, emerging infectious disease agents, non-pathogenic...

  11. Neues bei Kopfschmerzen

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    Diener HC

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Neue epidemiologische Studien waren in der Lage, Faktoren zu identifizieren, die den Übergang von episodischer zur chronischen Migräne voraussagen. Zu diesen gehören die häufige Einnahme von Migräne- oder Schmerzmitteln, psychiatrische Begleitmorbidität und niedrige soziale Schicht. In der Migräneprophylaxe zeigte sich Botulinumtoxin bei chronischer Migräne wirksam. Valproinsäure ist bei der Migräne bei Jugendlichen zur Prophylaxe nicht wirksam. Eine neue Option zur Behandlung des chronischen therapieresistenten Clusterkopfschmerzes ist die bilaterale chronische Stimulation des Nervus occipitalis major. Beim Pseudotumor cerebri muss nicht zwangsläufig eine Stauungspapille nachweisbar sein. Bei klinischem Verdacht muss daher zum sicheren Ausschluss eine Liquorpunktion mit Druckmessung erfolgen.

  12. Stammzelltherapie bei PAVK

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    Kopp CW

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Die autologe Stammzelltransplantation zur Induktion therapeutischer Angiogenese stellt eine potentiell beinerhaltende Therapieoption bei chronisch kritischer Extremitätenischämie bei Patienten ohne chirurgische oder interventionelle Revaskularisationsmöglichkeit dar. Die folgende Übersicht soll das zugrundeliegende Konzept dieses Therapieansatzes und klinische Richtlinien für die Ausschöpfung des angiogenetischen Potentials von Knochenmarksstammzellen vorstellen. Im Ausblick werden die "Stammzell-Mobilisation" und das gezielte "Homing" als Alternative zur Stammzelltransplantation umrissen.

  13. Intelligent Ambulance Traffic Assistance System

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    RONOJOY GHOSH

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available With the increase in traffic road density, several causalities occur due to delay in taking a patient to the hospital in an ambulance. In this paper, we have developed an algorithm to find the shortest path to reach the required destination. As required the software will identify the present location of the vehicle and ask the user for the destination. Then it will show all the available paths, highlighting the shortest one or in several cases the most optimum one. Further we made the traffic signals automated for special vehicles like an ambulance or a fire-engine such that the signals will go green for the ambulance as it comes in the vicinity of the traffic signal, thus providing them with a clear path to reach its destination. The original signal is restored as soon as the ambulance goes undetected by the Bluetooth scanner of the traffic signal.

  14. [Ambulant treatment of alcohol withdrawal].

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    Nüstedt, Volker

    2016-07-01

    Most of the patients addicted to alcohol are socially well integrated. The offer of a low threshold ambulant withdrawal therapy opens an opportunity to build a sustainable therapeutic relationship. The so started empathic addiction therapy will be well accepted and will lead to a satisfying outcome. Using Clomethiazole or Oxazepam in a daily reduced dose and with daily personal contacts, the ambulant withdrawal in patients without seizures or delir in medical history is a secure and successful therapeutic option.

  15. Osteoporose bei polyzystischem Ovarsyndrom

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    Lerchbaum E

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Das polyzystische Ovarsyndrom (PCOS ist die häufigste Endokrinopathie bei Frauen im gebärfähigen Alter und geht mit Oligo- oder Anovulation, klinischem oder biochemischem Hyperandrogenismus und polyzystischen Ovarien einher. Während die Hyperandrogenämie einen potenziell protektiven Faktor hinsichtlich der Osteoporose darstellt, könnte das im Rahmen der gestörten Ovulation häufig vorhandene Östrogendefizit den Knochenstoffwechsel und das Osteoporoserisiko ungünstig beeinflussen. Weiters treten beim PCOS gehäuft metabolische Probleme wie Adipositas, Insulinresistenz, Glukosestoffwechselstörungen und das metabolische Syndrom auf, die ebenfalls Einfluss auf den Knochen nehmen können. Auch die medikamentöse Therapie des PCOS wie hormonelle Kontrazeptiva, Antiandrogene und Insulinsensitizer können das Osteoporoserisiko modifizieren. Die bisherige Datenlage zur Knochendichte (BMD beim PCOS ist unklar, die Ergebnisse reichen von ähnlichen Werten bei PCOS und gesunden Frauen, über bessere BMD-Werte bei PCOS-Frauen bis hin zu schlechteren BMD-Werten vor allem bei amenorrhoischen Frauen mit PCOS. Die bislang einzige Studie zum Frakturrisiko bei postmenopausalen Frauen mit PCOS ergab keinen Unterschied zwischen PCOS-Frauen und gesunden Kontrollen. Somit kann anhand der derzeitigen Datenlage nicht zufriedenstellend beurteilt werden, ob das PCOS einen möglichen Risikofaktor für die Osteoporose darstellt oder, im Gegenteil, ein eher protektiver Faktor ist. Es besteht ein großer Bedarf an prospektiven Studien mit adäquater Fallzahl auch bei postmenopausalen Frauen mit PCOS, um diese Frage beantworten zu können. Derzeit muss jede Frau mit PCOS, das ein sehr heterogenes Krankheitsbild darstellt, individuell hinsichtlich des möglichen Osteoporoserisikos beurteilt werden. Der Zusammenhang zwischen PCOS und Osteoporose sollte in Zukunft sowohl in der klinischen Routine als auch bei künftigen Studien vermehrt Beachtung finden.

  16. [Status of Ambulant Geriatrics].

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    Kraft, Johannes W

    2017-06-01

    Ambulante Gesundheitsversorgung im Alter Aktuelle Bedarfsplanung und Versorgungsrealität weichen zunehmend auseinander. Geriatrie erfolgt idealerweise als abgestufte Versorgung in einem regionalen Netzwerk. Hausärztlich-geriatrische Grundversorgung Das Basisassessment ermöglicht die Integration geriatrischer Screening-Diagnostik in den Praxisalltag. Ein vernetztes Konzept haus- und fachärztlicher Versorgung mit einer spezialisierten ambulanten Versorgung hat das Potenzial, stationäre Einweisungen zu vermeiden und die Qualität der ambulanten Versorgung geriatrischer Patienten zu steigern. KBV-Entwurf „Spezifische geriatrische Versorgung“ Die Kassenärztliche Bundesvereinigung (KBV) hat im ambulanten kassenärztlichen Bereich eine Zwischenstufe zwischen spezialisierter Versorgung durch Geriater an Kliniken und niedergelassenen Kassenärzten skizziert. Spezialisierte Versorgung nach EBM-Abschnitt 30.13 Seit dem 1.7.2016 können Hausärzte Patienten die Chance auf spezialisierte geriatrische Beratung und Diagnostik eröffnen. Sie wird in Verbindung mit kooperierenden Therapieteams von zugelassenen niedergelassenen Geriatern oder an geriatrischen Institutsambulanzen auf Zuweisung erbracht. Neue Modelle erweiterter geriatrischer Institutsambulanzen/Ausblick Die kooperative Zusammenarbeit von Hausärzten mit ambulant tätigen Geriatern eröffnet Chancen, präventive, akutmedizinische, rehabilitative und palliative Leistungen regional abgestimmt und bedarfsgerecht weiter zu entwickeln.

  17. Herzbeteiligung bei Myopathien

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    Finsterer J

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Herzbeteiligung bei Patienten mit Myopathien wird zunehmend häufiger diagnostiziert. Sie manifestiert sich bei diesen Patienten als Störung der Erregungsbildung und -ausbreitung, Wandverdickung, abnorme Textur des Myokards, linksventrikuläre Hypertrabekulierung, Dilatation der Herzhöhlen mit/ohne sekundärer Klappeninsuffizienz, Reduktion der Koronarreserve, intrakardiale Thrombusbildung, Endo-/Myokardfibrose, regionale Wandbewegungsstörung und systolische und/oder diastolische Funktionsstörung mit/ohne Herzinsuffizienz. Herzbeteiligung wurde bisher bei Dystrophinopathien, Emery-Dreifuss-Muskeldystrophie, fazioskapulohumeraler Muskeldystrophie, Sarcoglycanopathien, kongenitaler Muskeldystrophie Fukuyama, myotoner Dystrophie Typ 1 und 2, Glykogenose Typ II, III, IV, VII und IX, Carnitinmangel, Myoadenylat-Deaminase-Mangel, Acyl-CoA-Dehydrogenase-Mangel, lysosomaler Glykogen-Speicherkrankheit, Mitochondriopathien, Desmin-Myopathie, Nemalin-Myopathie, Central Core-Krankheit, kongenitaler Fasertypen-Dysproportion, Barth-Syndrom, McLeod-Syndrom und Bethlem-Myopathie beschrieben. Herzbeteiligung bei Myopathien kann über Monate oder Jahre progredient verlaufen oder auch akut auftreten bzw. sich bis hin zum kardialen Notfall verschlechtern. Die Therapie der Herzbeteiligung richtet sich nach den spezifischen kardialen Abnormitäten und umfaßt Digitalis, Diuretika, ACE-Hemmer, Kalziumantagonisten, Amiodaron, Betablocker, L-Carnitin, Antikoagulation, Kardioversion, Schrittmacher, Defibrillator, Hochfrequenz-Katheter-Ablation und die Herztransplantation. Generell sollten Myopathie-Patienten kardiologisch untersucht werden, sobald die neurologische Diagnose feststeht, da eine suffiziente kardiale Therapie die Herzbeteiligung bei Myopathien positiv beeinflußt. Ein kardiologisches Follow-up ist angezeigt, wenn die Herzbeteiligung klinisch manifest wird bzw. bei rascher Progredienz.

  18. Herzbeteiligung bei Myopathien

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    Finsterer J

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Herzbeteiligung bei Patienten mit Myopathien wird zunehmend häufiger diagnostiziert. Sie manifestiert sich bei diesen Patienten als Störung der Erregungsbildung und -ausbreitung, Wandverdickung, abnorme Textur des Myokards, linksventrikuläre Hypertrabekulierung, Dilatation der Herzhöhlen mit/ohne sekundärer Klappeninsuffizienz, Reduktion der Koronarreserve, intrakardiale Thrombusbildung, Endo-/Myokardfibrose, regionale Wandbewegungsstörung und systolische und/oder diastolische Funktionsstörung mit/ohne Herzinsuffizienz. Herzbeteiligung wurde bisher bei Dystrophinopathien, Emery-Dreifuss-Muskeldystrophie, fazioskapulohumeraler Muskeldystrophie, Sarcoglycanopathien, kongenitaler Muskeldystrophie Fukuyama, myotoner Dystrophie Typ 1 und 2, proximal myotoner Myopathie, Glykogenose Typ II, III, IV, VII und IX, Carnitinmangel, Myoadenylat-Deaminase-Mangel, Acyl-CoA-Dehydrogenase-Mangel, lysosomaler Glykogen-Speicherkrankheit, Mitochondriopathien, Desmin-Myopathie, Nemalin-Myopathie, Central Core-Krankheit, kongenitaler Fasertypen-Dysproportion, Barth-Syndrom, McLeod-Syndrom und Bethlem-Myopathie beschrieben. Herzbeteiligung bei Myopathien kann über Monate oder Jahre progredient verlaufen oder auch akut auftreten bzw. sich bis hin zum kardialen Notfall verschlechtern. Die Therapie der Herzbeteiligung richtet sich nach den spezifischen kardialen Abnormitäten und umfaßt Digitalis, Diuretika, ACE-Hemmer, Kalziumantagonisten, Amiodaron, Betablocker, L-Carnitin, Antikoagulation, Kardioversion, Schrittmacher, Defibrillator, Hochfrequenz-Katheter-Ablation und die Herztransplantation. Generell sollten Myopathie-Patienten kardiologisch untersucht werden, sobald die neurologische Diagnose feststeht, da eine suffiziente kardiale Therapie die Herzbeteiligung bei Myopathien positiv beeinflußt. Ein kardiologisches Follow-up ist angezeigt, wenn die Herzbeteiligung klinisch manifest wird bzw. bei rascher Progredienz.

  19. The carbon footprint of Australian ambulance operations.

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    Brown, Lawrence H; Canyon, Deon V; Buettner, Petra G; Crawford, J Mac; Judd, Jenni

    2012-12-01

    To determine the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy consumption of Australian ambulance operations, and to identify the predominant energy sources that contribute to those emissions. A two-phase study of operational and financial data from a convenience sample of Australian ambulance operations to inventory their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for 1 year. State- and territory-based ambulance systems serving 58% of Australia's population and performing 59% of Australia's ambulance responses provided data for the study. Emissions for the participating systems totalled 67 390 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. For ground ambulance operations, emissions averaged 22 kg of carbon dioxide equivalents per ambulance response, 30 kg of carbon dioxide equivalents per patient transport and 3 kg of carbon dioxide equivalents per capita. Vehicle fuels accounted for 58% of the emissions from ground ambulance operations, with the remainder primarily attributable to electricity consumption. Emissions from air ambulance transport were nearly 200 times those for ground ambulance transport. On a national level, emissions from Australian ambulance operations are estimated to be between 110 000 and 120 000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year. Vehicle fuels are the primary source of emissions for ground ambulance operations. Emissions from air ambulance transport are substantially higher than those for ground ambulance transport. © 2012 The Authors. EMA © 2012 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine.

  20. Physical workload of ambulance assistants.

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    Doormaal, M T; Driessen, A P; Landeweerd, J A; Drost, M R

    1995-02-01

    The physical workload of ambulance assistants was assessed by means of the Ovako Working posture Analysis System (OWAS) observation method and a Work and Health Questionnaire (WHQ) for measuring perceived workload. In addition, a biomechanical model was applied to several specifically strenuous conditions that were simulated in a laboratory situation. Bad postures were identified for a number of activities: 16% to 29% of a work shift was spent in harmful positions. Strenuous situations occur particularly during rides in emergency situations. The results of observed and perceived workload are generally in agreement. A number of practical recommendations are made. They concern, for example, the equipment in ambulance cars, training of ambulance assistants and adaptations in working procedures.

  1. Neuroimaging bei Schlaganfall

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    Nasel Ch

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Während zunächst die Differenzialdiagnosen des Schlaganfalls erfasst werden sollten, wurde sehr bald das Neuroimaging in den Dienst der Behandlung der akuten Ischämie gestellt. Hier kommt der neuroradiologischen Bildgebung eine besondere Rolle zu, da zunehmend die Auswahl von Patienten für eine bestimmte Therapie von der Bildgebung abhängt. Der Verlauf von zerebralen Ischämien ist, bedingt durch stark variierende Faktoren wie Kollateralisation, frühe Rekanalisation etc., sehr unterschiedlich. Die multimodale MR- und CTBildgebung, welche eine Kombination aus konventioneller Bildgebung des Gehirns, angiographischen Verfahren und funktionellen Messungen, wie z. B. Perfusionsmessungen, darstellt, kann jede Ischämie sehr genau charakterisieren. Wichtig ist dabei ein klares Interpretationskonzept. Bei Patienten, deren Symptombeginn eindeutig innerhalb der letzten 3–4,5 h liegt, kann die Nativ- CT, am besten in Kombination mit der CTA, als ausreichend zur Durchführung der anerkannten systemischen i.v.-Lyse sowie zur Feststellung eines Gefäßverschlusses, der einer weiteren Behandlung bedarf, angesehen werden. Im Zeitfenster 4,5 h, bei unklarem Zeitfenster oder nach frustraner i.v.-Lyse, ist, insbesondere bei einem im Weiteren geplanten endovaskulären Eingriff, die multimodale MRI mit Anwendung des „Mismatch-match“-Konzepts zwischen diffusionsgewichtetem MRI und Perfusions-MRI jedenfalls die Methode der ersten Wahl. Steht diese nicht zur Verfügung, kann alternativ das multimodale CT eingesetzt werden.

  2. A Theory of Ambulance Chasing

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    Backović, Mihailo

    2016-01-01

    Ambulance chasing is a common socio-scientific phenomenon in particle physics. I argue that despite the seeming complexity, it is possible to gain insight into both the qualitative and quantitative features of ambulance chasing dynamics. Compound-Poisson statistics suffices to accommodate the time evolution of the cumulative number of papers on a topic, where basic assumptions that the interest in the topic as well as the number of available ideas decrease with time appear to drive the time evolution. It follows that if the interest scales as an inverse power law in time, the cumulative number of papers on a topic is well described by a di-gamma function, with a distinct logarithmic behavior at large times. In cases where the interest decreases exponentially with time, the model predicts that the total number of papers on the topic will converge to a fixed value as time goes to infinity. I demonstrate that the two models are able to fit at least 9 specific instances of ambulance chasing in particle physics us...

  3. Knochenstoffwechsel bei malignen Erkrankungen

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    Keck A-V

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Bei malignen Erkrankungen, wie dem Mammakarzinom, dem Prostatakarzinom, dem Bronchialkarzinom oder dem multiplen Myelom ist der Knochen eines der am häufigsten von Metastasen betroffenen Organe. Das klinische Beschwerdebild ist durch das Auftreten pathologischer Frakturen, Schmerzen und Hyperkalzämien gekennzeichnet. Eine erhöhte Knochenresorptionsrate und Verlust an Knochenmasse im Sinne von osteoporoseartigen Veränderungen bedingt durch eine inadäquat überschießende Osteoklastendifferenzierung und -aktivierung sind ursächlich dafür verantwortlich. Durch jüngst publizierte Ergebnisse diverser Studien und Untersuchungen konnten die genauen Mechanismen der Rekrutierung und Aktivierung von Osteoklasten weiter aufgeklärt werden. Receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa-B ligand (RANKL, ein Mitglied der Tumor necrosis factor (TNF Superfamilie konnte als entscheidender Faktor in der Osteoklastengenese identifiziert werden. Die Interaktion von RANKL mit seinem Rezeptor RANK (receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa-B induziert die Entwicklung der osteoklastären Reihe aus dem hämatopoetischen Kompartment und fördert weiters die Differenzierung zu Osteoklastenvorstufen und die Aktivierung reifer Osteoklasten, ebenso wird eine verzögert einsetzende Apoptose bewirkt. Neben RANK und RANKL ist Osteoprotegerin (OPG als dritte Komponente in der Regulation der Knochenresorption involviert. Als Mitglied der TNF-Superfamilie bindet OPG an RANKL und blockiert somit alle stimulierenden Effekte von RANK auf die Osteoklastenentwicklung und neutralisiert so alle biologischen Effekte von RANKL. Diverse Hormone und Zytokine üben durch die Modifikation der Ratio von RANKL zu OPG einen regulatorischen Effekt auf die Knochenresorption aus. Diese ist bei osteolytischen Knochenmetastasen, beim multiplen Myelom und bei der malignen Hyperkalzämie erhöht. Das Gleichgewicht knochenaufbauender wie -abbauender Mechanismen scheint somit durch die Ratio von

  4. Operative Revaskularisation bei Diabetes mellitus

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    Hausmann H

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Patienten mit KHK und Diabetes mellitus haben sowohl bei interventioneller als auch bei chirurgischer Koronarrevaskularisation ein erhöhtes Mortalitätsrisiko. Allerdings ist nach chirurgischer Revaskularisation vor allem die Rate an notwendigen Reinterventionen wesentlich geringer als nach PTCA. Gegenwärtig liegen keine Ergebnisse über den Langzeitverlauf nach Stentimplantation vor. Außerdem ist das Risiko für einen Diabetiker mit KHK, nach einer Bypassoperation an einem Myokardinfarkt zu versterben, deutlich geringer als nach PTCA. Die Bypassoperation mit Sternotomie trägt allerdings bei Diabetikern ein erhöhtes Risiko für die Entwicklung einer postoperativen Mediastinitis, vor allem dann, wenn bei "totaler arterieller" Revaskularisation beide Aa. mammariae verwendet werden. Deshalb sollte bei Diabetikern zur chirurgischen Revaskularisation die A. mammaria nur einseitig genutzt werden. Prä- und perioperativ ist auf eine besonders sorgfältige Blutzuckereinstellung zu achten. Verkalkungen der herznahen Gefäße, wie z. B. der Aorta ascendens und der Karotiden, müssen präoperativ abgeklärt werden. Die Operation ist möglichst schonend durchzuführen, die Wundfläche sollte minimiert werden. Reexplorationen sind unbedingt zu vermeiden. Bei Beachtung dieser Richtlinien sind auch bei Patienten mit KHK und Diabetes mellitus sehr gute chirurgische Revaskularisationsergebnisse zu erreichen.

  5. Riding Third: Social Work in Ambulance Work

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    Campbell, Hilary; Rasmussen, Brian

    2012-01-01

    This research explored the possible role of social work alongside emergency ambulance services. An ethnographic study included semistructured interviews and direct observations collected over 300 hours while riding in ambulances in an urban setting. The data suggest that social work could play a role by providing needed psychosocial care during…

  6. Riding Third: Social Work in Ambulance Work

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    Campbell, Hilary; Rasmussen, Brian

    2012-01-01

    This research explored the possible role of social work alongside emergency ambulance services. An ethnographic study included semistructured interviews and direct observations collected over 300 hours while riding in ambulances in an urban setting. The data suggest that social work could play a role by providing needed psychosocial care during…

  7. Risikostratifizierung bei akuten Koronarsysdromen

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    Traindl O

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Unter dem Begriff der akuten Koronarsyndrome werden die instabile Angina pectoris, nichttransmurale (non-Q-wave Infarkte und transmurale Myokardinfarkte sowie der plötzliche Herztod (Sudden cardiac death zusammengefaßt. Zur Diagnose und Riskoabschätzung werden neben der Klinik des Patienten das EKG und biochemische Marker herangezogen. Die Einteilung nach Braunwald erlaubt heute eine bessere Quantifizierung der individuellen klinischen Beschwerden. Das EKG dient nicht nur zur Diagnostik bei Aufnahme, sondern erlaubt auch Rückschlüsse auf die Langzeitprognose der Patienten. Biochemische Marker ergänzen das nicht immer eindeutige EKG. Die bekannten Enzyme CK und CKMB werden durch die Troponine T und I ergänzt. Diese erfassen bereits wesentlich kleinere myokardiale Läsionen. Die Rolle des Akutphasenproteins CRP als Marker wird derzeit ausführlich untersucht.

  8. Thrombolyse bei Pulmonalembolie

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    Kasper W

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Die Lungenembolie ist eine gutartige Erkrankung, wenn sie rechtzeitig entdeckt und effektiv mit Antikoagulanzien behandelt wird. Das Rechtsherzversagen ist die Todesursache bei Lungenembolie. Die Rechtsherzinsuffizienz ist abhängig vom Ausmaß der embolischen Obstruktion der Lungenstrombahn, vom Grad der kardiopulmonalen Vorschädigung und vom Ausmaß der Restthromben in der periphervenösen Zirkulation als Risikofaktor für eine Rezidivembolie. Das Auftreten einer rechtsventrikulären Dysfunktion oder einer Troponin T/I-Erhöhung ist von prognostischer Bedeutung. Für gewöhnlich ist die Prognose während des Krankenhausaufenthaltes gut, wenn keiner der beiden Parameter beobachtet wird. Die thrombolytische Therapie der Lungenembolie ist den Patienten mit hämodynamischer Instabilität vorbehalten. Die klinische Unsicherheit, ob auch Patienten mit submassiver Lungenembolie von einer Thrombolyse profitieren, erklärt sich aus der einzigartigen Beziehung zwischen der embolischen Obstruktion der Lungenstrombahn und der daraus resultierenden Nachlasterhöhung für den rechten Ventrikel. Innerhalb eines engen Bereichs (Miller-Index 17 geht die rechtsventrikuläre Dysfunktion in ein Rechtsherzversagen über. Diese Übergangsphase kann schon durch eine geringe Zunahme der embolischen Obstruktion ausgelöst werden und ist intraindividuell nicht vorhersagbar. Kürzlich wurde eine randomisierte Therapiestudie bei Patienten mit submassiver Lungenembolie durchgeführt, die eine thrombolytische Behandlung gegen eine alleinige Heparintherapie verglich. Die Studie läßt den Schluß zu, daß Patienten mit einer rechtsventrikulären Dysfunktion und einem niedrigen Blutungsrisiko ebenfalls von einer Thrombolyse im Krankheitsverlauf profitieren, obwohl sich kein Unterschied hinsichtlich der Mortalität ergab.

  9. Die Bandscheibenprothese bei schmerzhafter Diskusdegeneration

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    Ogon M

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Bandscheibenprothesen sind indiziert bei Patienten mit einer schmerzhaften Bandscheibendegeneration, einer sogenannten DDD (degenerative disc disease, bei gut erhaltenen Facettengelenken. Kontraindikationen stellen eine Instabilität, eine Spondylarthrose, eine spinale Stenose und eine Osteoporose dar. Bei 19 Patienten mit einem Follow-up von mindestens 12 Monaten fand sich eine durchschnittliche Verbesserung des Oswestry Disability Index von präoperativ 50,8 auf 19,8. Der SF-36 Score zur Erfassung der Lebensqualität besserte sich von 31,5 auf 48,8 (Physical Component Summary Score bzw. von 37,8 auf 44,5 (Mental Component Summary Score im 1-Jahres-Follow-up. Nachhaltige Komplikationen traten nicht auf. Bandscheibenprothesen können heute bei Patienten mit therapieresistenten Kreuzschmerzen als gute Alternative zu einer Wirbelfusion angesehen werden.

  10. Hourly associations between heat and ambulance calls.

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    Guo, Yuming

    2017-01-01

    The response speed of ambulance calls is very crucial to rescue patients suffering immediately life threatening conditions. The serious health outcomes might be caused by exposing to extreme heat only several hours before. However, limited evidence is available on this topic. This study aims to examine the hourly association between heat and ambulance calls, to improve the ambulance services and to better protect health. Hourly data on ambulance calls for non-accidental causes, temperature and air pollutants (PM10, NO2, and O3) were collected from Brisbane, Australia, during 2001 and 2007. A time-stratified case-crossover design was used to examine the associations between hourly ambulance calls and temperature during warm season (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, and Mar), while adjusting for potential confounders. Stratified analyses were performed for sex and age groups. Ambulance calls peaked at 10am for all groups, except those aged heat-ambulance calls relationships were non-linear for all groups, with thresholds between 27 °C and 31 °C. The associations appeared immediately, and lasted for about 24 h. There were no significant modification effect by sex and age. The findings suggest that hot hourly temperatures (>27 °C) increase the demands of ambulance. This information is helpful to increase the efficiency of ambulance service then save lives, for example, preparing more ambulance before appearance of extremely hot temperature in combination with weather forecast. Also, people should better arrange their time for outdoor activities to avoid exposing to extreme hot temperatures. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Ambulance demand: random events or predicable patterns?

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    Cantwell, Kate; Dietze, Paul; Morgans, Amee E; Smith, Karen

    2013-11-01

    Occupational, social and recreational routines follow temporal patterns, as does the onset of certain acute medical diseases and injuries. It is not known if the temporal nature of injury and disease transfers into patterns that can be observed in ambulance demand. This review examines eligible study findings that reported temporal (time of day, day of week and seasonal) patterns in ambulance demand. Electronic searches of Medline and Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature were conducted for papers published between 1980 and 2011. In addition, hand searching was conducted for unpublished government and ambulance service documents and reports for the same period. 38 studies examined temporal patterns in ambulance demand. Six studies reported trends in overall workload and 32 studies reported trends in a subset of ambulance demand, either as a specific case type or demographic group. Temporal patterns in overall demand were consistent between jurisdictions for time of day but varied for day of week and season. When analysed by case type, all jurisdictions reported similar time of day patterns, most jurisdictions had similar day of week patterns except for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and similar seasonal patterns, except for trauma. Temporal patterns in case types were influenced by age and gender. Temporal patterns are present in ambulance demand and importantly these populations are distinct from those found in hospital datasets suggesting that variation in ambulance demand should not be inferred from hospital data alone. Case types seem to have similar temporal patterns across jurisdictions; thus, research where demand is broken down into case types would be generalisable to many ambulance services. This type of research can lead to improvements in ambulance service deliverables.

  12. Air ambulance medical transport advertising and marketing.

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    2011-01-01

    The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA), the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS), and the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) believe that patient care and outcomes are optimized by using air medical transport services that are licensed air ambulance providers with robust physician medical director oversight and ongoing quality assessment and review. Only air ambulance medical transport services with these credentials should advertise/market themselves as air ambulance services.

  13. 42 CFR 410.41 - Requirements for ambulance suppliers.

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    ... 42 Public Health 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Requirements for ambulance suppliers. 410.41... § 410.41 Requirements for ambulance suppliers. (a) Vehicle. A vehicle used as an ambulance must meet the... ALS services. (c) Billing and reporting requirements. An ambulance supplier must comply with...

  14. Schrittmachertherapie bei Vorhofflimmern

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    Zweng A

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Vorhofflimmern ist die häufigste kardiale Rhythmusstörung, die aufgrund unserer alternden Gesellschaft eine steigende Inzidenz zeigt und zunehmend Ursache für Hospitalisierung und Mortalität ist. Herzschrittmacher werden beim Vorhofflimmern einerseits zur Überbrückung bradykarder Phasen eingesetzt (VVI-Modus, andererseits wurde nachgewiesen, daß durch sogenanntes physiologisches Pacing (Vorhofstimulation – AAI-Modus oder häufiger Zweikammersysteme – DDD-Modus im Vergleich zur Einkammerstimulation (VVI-Modus das Auftreten von Vorhofflimmern signifikant reduziert werden kann. In den letzten Jahren wurden Schrittmacher zunehmend aktiv zur Reduktion der Vorhofflimmerlast bei paroxysmalem Vorhofflimmern eingesetzt. Aufgrund der Ergebnisse der bisher durchgeführten Studien ist noch nicht geklärt, welcher Algorithmus (permanente oder intermittierende atriale Überstimulation, antitachykardes Pacing den größten Vorteil zeigt. Weiters wurden alternative Sondenpositionen im Vorhof, Multi-Site-Pacing bzw. biatriales Vorhofpacing zur Reduktion der Vorhofflimmerlast untersucht. Auch hier fehlen noch konsistente Daten großer randomisierter Studien, sodaß heute noch keine Indikation zum routinemäßigen Einsatz dieser Techniken besteht.

  15. Interventionelle Therapiestrategien bei Aortenerkrankungen

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    Divchev D

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Endovaskuläre Therapiestrategien (EVAR mit Implantation von Stentgrafts im Bereich der Aorta thoracalis descendens und der thorakoabdominellen Aorta stellen eine alternative und etablierte Therapieoption bei verschiedenen Krankheitsbildern der Aorta dar. Hierzu zählte primär die Korrektur von Aneurysmata der Aorta thoracalis descendens (TEVAR und die Behandlung der Aortenisthmusstenose, mit nunmehr auch Ausweitung der Einsatzgebiete auf die komplizierte Typ-B-Dissektion, Pseudoaneurysmata der Aorta, das penetrierende Aortenulkus, die traumatische Aortendissektion und auf Pathologien mit Einbezug des Aortenbogens. Entscheidende Vorteile der interventionellen Therapie gegenüber dem offen-chirurgischen Vorgehen sind die Vermeidung von ausgedehnten invasiven Thorakotomien bis hin zu Zwei- Höhlen-Eingriffen, kürzeren postprozeduralen Erho lungszeiten sowie weniger Blutungs komplikationen und geringerer Rate an ischämischen Kom plikationen von Viszera, Niere und Rückenmark [1]. Die vorliegende Übersichtsarbeit bezieht sich vorwiegend auf den Einsatz des Aortenstentings für die Pathologien des thorakalen Aortenaneurysmas und der Varianten der Aortendissektion als thorakales endovaskuläres Aortenreparaturverfahren (TEVAR.

  16. Swedish ambulance managers' descriptions of crisis support for ambulance staff after potentially traumatic events.

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    Hugelius, Karin; Berg, Sara; Westerberg, Elin; Gifford, Mervyn; Adolfsson, Annofie

    2014-12-01

    Ambulance staff face complex and sometimes stressful or potentially traumatic situations, not only in disasters but also in their routine daily work. The aim of this study was to survey ambulance managers' descriptions of crisis support interventions for ambulance staff after potential traumatic events (PTEs). Semistructured interviews with a qualitative descriptive design were conducted with six ambulance managers in a health care region in central Sweden. The data was analyzed using content analysis. Five categories were found in the result: (1) description of a PTE; (2) description and performance of crisis support interventions; (3) impact of working in potentially traumatic situations; (4) the ambulance managers' role in crisis support interventions; and (5) the ambulance managers' suggestions for improvement. Ambulance managers described crisis support interventions after a PTE as a single, mandatory group meeting with a structure reminiscent of debriefing. The ambulance managers also expressed doubts about the present structures for crisis support and mentioned an alternative approach which is more in line with present evidence-based recommendations. The results indicated a need for increased understanding of the importance of the managers' attitudes for ambulance staff; a need for further implementation of evidence-based recommendations for crisis support interventions was also highlighted.

  17. Ambulance Reasonable Charge Public Use Files

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — The Ambulance Reasonable Charge public use files for calendar years (CY) 2003 through 2005 are located in the Downloads section below. These public use files are...

  18. Occupational hazards in a public ambulance service.

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    Constantin, Brânduşa; Morariu, S; Duma, Olga Odetta

    2013-01-01

    To identify the occupational risks in an ambulance service and to assess their impact on the health of employees. Two marched groups (number, sex, age, length of exposure) from two different work sectors were selected. A 60 item questionnaire was used. The 60 items were grouped into four categories related to work organization, work environment, neuropsychosensorial risk factors and health system and occupational safety-related risk factors and hazards. The data were statistically processed, significant correlations between the risk factors and the associated symptoms being found. Compared to the control group, significantly higher values (pground, carrying weight, vicious postures) were found in ambulance service staff; cervical and lumbar spine problems were the most common complaints of ambulance service staff. The specific risk factors for ambulance service employees directly related to musculoskeletal disorders have been established.

  19. Syntaktische Störungen bei Aphasie

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    Penke, Martina

    2013-01-01

    1 Einleitung 2 Syntaktische Beeinträchtigung bei Broca-Aphasie 3 Syntaktische Beeinträchtigung bei Wernicke-Aphasie 4 Eine Charakterisierung der syntaktischen Beeinträchtigung bei Broca- und Wernicke-Aphasie 5 Resümee 6 Literatur

  20. Monitoring bei Vorhofflimmern

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    Martinek M

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Einleitung: Obwohl Vorhofflimmern (VHF die absolut häufigste Arrhythmie im höheren Lebensalter darstellt, unterschätzen epidemiologische Daten immer noch die Prävalenz der Erkrankung, da adäquate Monitordaten aus größeren Populationen fehlen. Symptomatisches VHF ist nur die Spitze des Eisbergs, da VHF-Episoden in bis zu 90 % asymptomatisch verlaufen. Um dieser großen Anzahl asymptomatischer Episoden und der resultierenden Morbidität (Insult, Herzinsuffizienz und Mortalität Herr zu werden, ist der Einsatz verbesserter Monitoringtechnologien in einer größeren Patientengruppe mit erhöhtem Risiko zu fordern. Nicht-invasives Monitoring: Hier stehen für das Monitoring von VHF-Standard-EKG, Holter- EKGs, Eventrecorder oder transtelefonisches Monitoring zur Verfügung. Ein Großteil der Diagnostik wird aktuell mit einzelnen EKGs oder kurzen Monitoringperioden (24–48-Stunden-Langzeit- EKG durchgeführt, da die Kapazität an längeren Holter-Methoden über 7–30 Tage sehr beschränkt ist. Neuere Methoden könnten hier die Kapazitäten durch automatische Detektionsalgorithmen und „Outsourcing“ aus dem Krankenhaus erhöhen. Invasives Monitoring: Als Goldstandard für das Monitoring von VHF sind sicherlich implantierte Schrittmacher- oder ICDAggregate mit entsprechender Möglichkeit zur Vorhofarrhythmiedetektion anzusehen. Über die Daten dieser Geräte konnten wertvolle, neue Erkenntnisse über Symptomatik, Akut- und Langzeitverlauf sowie Effizienz verschiedener Therapien gewonnen werden. Für Patienten ohne Indikation zur Device-Therapie stehen seit Kürzerem implantierbare Loop-Recordersysteme mit speziellen Softwarealgorithmen zur atrialen Arrhythmiedetektion als permanente Überwachungsmöglichkeit zur Verfügung. Erste Studiendaten ergaben eine durchaus beachtliche Sensitivität von 96,1 % bei einer Spezifität von 85,4 % für die Vorhofflimmerdetektion. Zusammenfassung und Zukunftsperspektiven: Für eine korrekte Diagnostik und

  1. Improving community ambulation after stroke: the AMBULATE trial

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    Lindley Richard

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It has been reported that following rehabilitation, only 7% of stroke survivors are able to walk at a level commensurate with community participation. Previous research indicates that treadmill and overground walking training can improve walking capacity in people living in the community after stroke. The main objectives of the AMBULATE trial are to determine (i whether a 4-month treadmill walking program is more effective than a 2-month program, compared to control, in improving walking capacity, health and community participation and (ii the "threshold" walking speed that results in sufficient walking capacity that makes walking self-sustaining. Methods/Design A prospective randomised controlled trial of unsupported treadmill training with a 12 month follow-up with concealed allocation and blinded assessment will be conducted. 210 community-dwelling people after stroke who are able to walk independently but slowly will be recruited and randomly allocated to either a 4 month training group, 2 month training group or the control (no intervention group. Intervention for the two training groups will occur 3 days per week for 30 minutes each session. Measurements of walking, health and community participation will be taken at baseline, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months. This study has obtained ethical approval from the relevant Human Research Ethics Committees. Discussion By improving stroke survivors' walking ability, it is likely also to improve their general wellbeing by promoting better health and greater community participation. Furthermore, if stroke survivors can reach a point where their walking and community participation is self-sustaining, this will reduce the burden of care on family and friends as well as the economic burden on the health system. Given the major demographic shift in developed nations involving significant growth in the aged population, this research will make an important evidence

  2. Universal access to ambulance does not increase overall demand for ambulance services in Queensland, Australia.

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    Tippett, Vivienne C; Toloo, Ghasem Sam; Eeles, David; Ting, Joseph Y S; Aitken, Peter J; Fitzgerald, Gerard J

    2013-02-01

    To determine the impact of the introduction of universal access to ambulance services via the implementation of the Community Ambulance Cover (CAC) program in Queensland in 2003-04. The study involved a 10-year (2000-01 to 2009-10) retrospective analysis of routinely collected data reported by the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and by the Council of Ambulance Authorities. The data were analysed for the impact of policy changes that resulted in universal access to ambulance services in Queensland. QAS is a statewide, publically funded ambulance service. In Queensland, ambulance utilisation rate (AUR) per 1000 persons grew by 41% over the decade or 3.9% per annum (10-year mean=149.8, 95% CI: 137.3-162.3). The AUR mean after CAC was significantly higher for urgent incidents than for non-urgent ones. However projection modelling demonstrates that URs after the introduction of CAC were significantly lower than the projected utilisation for the same period. The introduction of universal access under the Community Ambulance Cover program in Queensland has not had any significant independent long-term impact on demand overall. There has been a reduction in the long-term growth rate, which may have been contributed to by an 'appropriate use' public awareness program.

  3. Ambulance officers' use of online clinical evidence

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    Westbrook Mary T

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hospital-based clinicians have been shown to use and attain benefits from online evidence systems. To our knowledge there have been no studies investigating whether and how ambulance officers use online evidence systems if provided. We surveyed ambulance officers to examine their knowledge and use of the Clinical Information Access Program (CIAP, an online evidence system providing 24-hour access to information to support evidence-based practice. Methods A questionnaire was completed by 278 ambulance officers in New South Wales, Australia. Comparisons were made between those who used CIAP and officers who had heard of, but not used CIAP. Results Half the sample (48.6% knew of, and 28.8% had used CIAP. Users were more likely to have heard of CIAP from a CIAP representative/presentation, non-users from written information. Compared to ambulance officers who had heard of but had not used CIAP, users were more likely to report better computer skills and that their supervisors regarded use of CIAP as a legitimate part of ambulance officers' clinical role. The main reasons for non-use were lack of access(49.0% and training(31.4%. Of users, 51.3% rated their skills at finding information as good/very good, 67.5% found the information sought all/most of the time, 87.3% believed CIAP had the potential to improve patient care and 28.2% had directly experienced this. Most access to CIAP occurred at home. The databases frequently accessed were MIMS (A medicines information database (73.8% and MEDLINE(67.5%. The major journals accessed were Journal of Emergency Nursing(37.5%, American Journal of Medicine(30.0% and JAMA(27.5%. Conclusion Over half of ambulance officers had not heard of CIAP. The proportion who knew about and used CIAP was also low. Reasons for this appear to be a work culture not convinced of CIAP's relevance to pre-hospital patient care and lack of access to CIAP at work. Ambulance officers who used CIAP accessed it

  4. CERN'S Fire and Rescue Group Gets New Ambulance

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    2000-01-01

    The ambulance is to replace another based on the off-road vehicle design which was originally acquired for the civil engineering phase of LEP construction. Just one figure, in 1999, the CERN ambulance was called out 195 times.

  5. 29 CFR 553.215 - Ambulance and rescue service employees.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Ambulance and rescue service employees. 553.215 Section 553... Protection and Law Enforcement Employees of Public Agencies Exemption Requirements § 553.215 Ambulance and rescue service employees. (a) Ambulance and rescue service employees of a public agency other than a fire...

  6. Dynamic ambulance reallocation for the reduction of ambulance response times using system status management.

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    Lam, Sean Shao Wei; Zhang, Ji; Zhang, Zhong Cheng; Oh, Hong Choon; Overton, Jerry; Ng, Yih Yng; Ong, Marcus Eng Hock

    2015-02-01

    Dynamically reassigning ambulance deployment locations throughout a day to balance ambulance availability and demands can be effective in reducing response times. The objectives of this study were to model dynamic ambulance allocation plans in Singapore based on the system status management (SSM) strategy and to evaluate the dynamic deployment plans using a discrete event simulation (DES) model. The geographical information system-based analysis and mathematical programming were used to develop the dynamic ambulance deployment plans for SSM based on ambulance calls data from January 1, 2011, to June 30, 2011. A DES model that incorporated these plans was used to compare the performance of the dynamic SSM strategy against static reallocation policies under various demands and travel time uncertainties. When the deployment plans based on the SSM strategy were followed strictly, the DES model showed that the geographical information system-based plans resulted in approximately 13-second reduction in the median response times compared to the static reallocation policy, whereas the mathematical programming-based plans resulted in approximately a 44-second reduction. The response times and coverage performances were still better than the static policy when reallocations happened for only 60% of all the recommended moves. Dynamically reassigning ambulance deployment locations based on the SSM strategy can result in superior response times and coverage performance compared to static reallocation policies even when the dynamic plans were not followed strictly. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Nosocomial infections in ambulances and effectiveness of ambulance fumigation techniques in Saudi Arabia. Phase I study.

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    Alrazeeni, Daifallah; Al Sufi, Mohammed S

    2014-11-01

    To evaluate infection control and the incidence of bacterial pathogens in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) ambulances in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The effectiveness of fumigation techniques used for these ambulances to minimize the spread of infection to transported patients and pre-hospital care providers was also assessed. Based on previous literature review indicating a higher propensity of microbial load, 3 areas within the ambulance, such as, stretcher handle, oxygen flow meter knob, and interior handle of the rear door were selected for specimen collection. Swab samples were collected both in the day and night shift, after the intended disinfection and cleaning (before and after fumigation). Micro-organisms were identified using standard procedures. This phase-I study was conducted at the Emergency Medical Services Department, Prince Sultan Bin AbdulAziz College of Emergency Medical Services, Al Malaz, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between October and November 2013, wherein a total of 10 ambulances from the Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Riyadh were selected for inclusion in the study. The specimens from all 10 ambulances showed similar results. In post disinfection and before fumigation, swab samples showed positive cultures that grew moderate to large quantities of environmental and skin flora. However, almost all organisms were susceptible to the fumigation technique. This study confirms the importance of evaluating the frequency and efficiency of various fumigation techniques as an ambulance is a potential reservoir for microbial transmission to patients and staff.

  8. Nosocomial infections in ambulances and effectiveness of ambulance fumigation techniques in Saudi Arabia

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    Alrazeeni, Daifallah; Al Sufi, Mohammed S.

    2014-01-01

    Objectives: To evaluate infection control and the incidence of bacterial pathogens in Emergency Medical Service (EMS) ambulances in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The effectiveness of fumigation techniques used for these ambulances to minimize the spread of infection to transported patients and pre-hospital care providers was also assessed. Methods: Based on previous literature review indicating a higher propensity of microbial load, 3 areas within the ambulance, such as, stretcher handle, oxygen flow meter knob, and interior handle of the rear door were selected for specimen collection. Swab samples were collected both in the day and night shift, after the intended disinfection and cleaning (before and after fumigation). Micro-organisms were identified using standard procedures. This phase-I study was conducted at the Emergency Medical Services Department, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz College of Emergency Medical Services, Al Malaz, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between October and November 2013, wherein a total of 10 ambulances from the Saudi Red Crescent Authority in Riyadh were selected for inclusion in the study. Results: The specimens from all 10 ambulances showed similar results. In post disinfection and before fumigation, swab samples showed positive cultures that grew moderate to large quantities of environmental and skin flora. However, almost all organisms were susceptible to the fumigation technique. Conclusion: This study confirms the importance of evaluating the frequency and efficiency of various fumigation techniques as an ambulance is a potential reservoir for microbial transmission to patients and staff. PMID:25399212

  9. User reflection on actions in ambulance telemedicine systems

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    Hansen, Magnus

    2010-01-01

    Much information is shared, interpreted and recreated between caller, emergency dispatch personnel and ambulance crew during an emergency call. This paper studies the use of reflection in the ambulance control center based on the information an ambulance crew produces during patient treatment in ...... to understand and use the feedback delivered through the system. The paper argues for broadening the scope of telemedicine use outside the boundaries of communication between ambulance and emergency department....... in the ambulance. The study is based on an ethnographical single case study of a Danish ambulance control center that uses a system called “amPHI” to monitor outgoing and homebound ambulance runs from scene of injury to arrival at the emergency department. The paper finds that the control center uses...

  10. Androgenmangel bei Frauen: Wann klinisch relevant?

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    Jaursch-Hancke C

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Androgene haben bei Männern und Frauen Einfluss auf Muskulatur, Fettverteilung sowie Sexualität, allgemeine Leistungsfähigkeit und Wohlbefinden. Bei Frauen sind im Unterschied zu Männern Symptome des Hypogonadismus weniger klar definiert und es gibt derzeit keine Messparameter, die eine Androgenmangelsituation bei Frauen sicher erfassen. Der Begriff "Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder" (HSDD hat sich für die klinische Symptomatik durchgesetzt. Zu gesicherten Androgenmangelzuständen gehören die chirurgische Menopause, der Panhypopituitarismus, der Morbus Addison, die natürliche Menopause und verschiedene Medikamente, die zu einer Androgensupprimierung führen. Eine Testosteronsubstitution ist nur sinnvoll bei klinischer Symptomatik (HSDD. Die Patientinnen müssen darauf hingewiesen werden, dass es sich um eine noch nicht etablierte Therapie handelt und Langzeitdaten somit fehlen. Bei richtiger Indikationsstellung ist der Erfolg der Therapie aber oftmals überzeugend.

  11. Air ambulance tasking: mechanism of injury, telephone interrogation or ambulance crew assessment?

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    Wilmer, Ian; Chalk, Graham; Davies, Gareth Edward; Weaver, Anne Elizabeth; Lockey, David John

    2015-10-01

    The identification of serious injury is critical to the tasking of air ambulances. London's Air Ambulance (LAA) is dispatched by a flight paramedic based on mechanism of injury (MOI), paramedical interrogation of caller (INT) or land ambulance crew request (REQ).This study aimed to demonstrate which of the dispatch methods was most effective (in accuracy and time) in identifying patients with serious injury. A retrospective review of 3 years of data (to December 2010) was undertaken. Appropriate dispatch was defined as the requirement for LAA to escort the patient to hospital or for resuscitation on-scene. Inaccurate dispatch was where LAA was cancelled or left the patient in the care of the land ambulance crew. The χ(2) test was used to calculate p values; with significance adjusted to account for multiple testing. There were 2203 helicopter activations analysed: MOI 18.9% (n=417), INT 62.4% (n=1375) and REQ 18.7% (n=411). Appropriate dispatch rates were MOI 58.7% (245/417), INT 69.7% (959/1375) and REQ 72.2% (297/411). INT and REQ were both significantly more accurate than MOI (pground ambulance crew requests, and both are significantly better than MOI in identifying serious injury. Overtriage remains an issue with all methods. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  12. 42 CFR 414.615 - Transition to the ambulance fee schedule.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Transition to the ambulance fee schedule. 414.615... Ambulance Services § 414.615 Transition to the ambulance fee schedule. The fee schedule for ambulance... the fee schedule payment for ambulance services and the amount the program would have paid absent the...

  13. 42 CFR 424.124 - Conditions for payment for physician services and ambulance services.

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    ... ambulance services. 424.124 Section 424.124 Public Health CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES... and ambulance services. (a) Basic rules. Medicare Part B pays for physician and ambulance services if... furnishes the services. (c) Ambulance services. The ambulance services are— (1) Necessary because the use of...

  14. Leberversagen bei Sepsis und Multiorganversagen

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Eine Störung der Leberfunktion wird bei etwa 20–25% der Patienten mit Organversagen im Rahmen einer schweren Entzündungsreaktion beobachtet. Obwohl der klinische Parameter hierfür – der Anstieg des Bilirubins – in der Regel erst nach Funktionsstörungen anderer Organe auftritt, zeigen sehr sensitive Nachweismethoden einer hepatalen Dysfunktion wie die Indozyangrünclearance, daß die Leberbeteiligung ein sehr frühes Ereignis darstellt. Ursache für die Funktionseinschränkung der Leber sind vor allem Zytokine, die großteils direkt in der Leber selbst auf die verschiedenen Stimuli (Endotoxine, Hypoxie usw. freigesetzt werden. Spezifische Therapiemaßnahmen zur Verbesserung der Leberfunktion stehen dem Kliniker derzeit nicht zur Verfügung. Es gilt auch hier der Grundsatz, daß durch eine frühzeitige Herdsanierung und effektive Kreislauftherapie die Zytokinaktivierung möglichst gering gehalten werden soll, um damit auch Organtoxizitäten zu vermindern. Die zur Verfügung stehenden, kreislaufaktiven Substanzen zeigen eine individuell nur schwer voraussagbare, sehr unterschiedliche Wirkung auf Kreislauf und Funktion der Leber. Einzig Adrenalin dürfte aufgrund der vorliegenden Untersuchungen eine eher ungünstige Wirkung haben und sollte daher nicht zur Anwendung kommen. In der letzten Zeit konnten jedoch durch neue Maßnahmen erste klinische Erfolge nachgewiesen werden, bzw. im Tierexperiment eine Verbesserung der Leberfunktion beobachtet werden. So konnte durch Normalisierung der Blutzuckerkonzentration bei Patienten mit Sepsis eine Verbesserung der Mortalität und auch Verbesserung der mitochondrialen Funktion von Leberzellen beobachtet werden. Durch die Gabe von N-Acetylcystein wurde in Studien an kleinen Fallzahlen eine günstige Wirkung beobachtet, größere Studien werden hier Klarheit schaffen. Ebenfalls in klinischer Erprobung ist die orale Gabe von Gallensäuren, die den Gallensäuregehalt des Darmes erhöhen und damit die

  15. Die Dankesrede bei der Preisverleihung

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Festliche Preisverleihungen sind Gelegenheiten, bei denen von den Preisträgerneine kurze Rede erwartet wird. Obwohl die Dankesrede eine kleinere Randgattung innerhalb des epideiktischen Genres ist, steht sie im Mittelpunkt des Ereignisses. Rhetorikhandbücher geben zahlreiche Ratschläge, wie eine gute Festrede vorbereitet werden soll, um zu unterhalten, zu bewegen und zu belehren. Ziel dieser Untersuchung ist es festzustellen, welche Eigenschaften der Dankesrede die Zuhörer als erwünscht oder unerwünscht wahrnehmen und welche Charakteristika am meisten zur Qualität festlicher Dankesreden beitragen. Das Korpus der gesprochenen Texte bilden 30 Dankesreden anlässlich kroatischer Preisverleihungen in den Bereichen Schauspiel, Sport, Musik, Fernsehen, Literatur und Wirtschaft. Die Audio-Aufnahmen der Dankesreden wurden einer Gruppe von Hörern zur Bewertung in folgenden Kategorien vorgelegt: interessant, geistreich, hoher Sprachstil, feierlich, emotiv, persönlich, originell, bescheiden, vorbereitet und spontan. Zusätzlich wurde zu jeder Rede die offene Frage gestellt, was dem Zuhörer an der Rede gefallen oder nicht gefallen habe. Die Resultate der Perzeptionsanalye lassen erkennen, dass die Interessantheit einer Rede mit der Eigenschaft des Geistreichen, des Originellen, des Emotionalen und des Persönlichen in Verbindung gebracht wird und die Eigenschaft des Festlichen im Wesentlichen nur mit dem hohen Sprachstil und der Vorbereitetheit des Textes korreliert. Einige Eigenschaften können sowohl erwünscht als auch unerwünscht sein, z. B. Dialekt, Persönliches und Kürze. Die besten Dankesreden haben Eigenschaften, die im Grunde schwer miteinander zu verbinden sind: Einerseits soll der Text vorbereitet sein (hoher Stil, Wortwahl, Figuren, Originalität der Geschichte, Humor, andererseits wird bei der Ausführung Spontaneität (Aufrichtigkeit, Emotionalität, Persönlichkeit erwartet.

  16. Computer assisted assessment and advice for "non-serious" 999 ambulance service callers: the potential impact on ambulance despatch

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    Dale, Jeremy; Higgins, J.; Williams, S.; Foster, T.; Snooks, Helen; Crouch, R; Hartley-Sharpe, C; Glucksman, E; Hooper, R.; George, S.

    2003-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the potential impact for ambulance services of telephone assessment and\\ud triage for callers who present with non-serious problems (Category C calls) as classified by ambulance\\ud service call takers.\\ud Design: Pragmatic controlled trial. Calls identified using priority dispatch protocols as non-serious\\ud were allocated to intervention and control groups according to time of call. Ambulance dispatch\\ud occurred according to existing procedures. During intervention...

  17. Leg Spasticity and Ambulation in Multiple Sclerosis

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    Swathi Balantrapu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Spasticity of the legs is common in multiple sclerosis (MS, but there has been limited research examining its association with ambulatory outcomes. Objective. This study examined spasticity of the legs and its association with multiple measures of ambulation in persons with MS. Methods. The sample included 84 patients with MS. Spasticity of the legs was measured using a 5-point rating scale ranging between 0 (normal and 4 (contracted. Patients completed the 6-minute walk (6 MW, timed 25 foot walk (T25FW, and timed up-and-go (TUG, and O2 cost of walking was measured during the 6 MW. The patients undertook two walking trials on a GAITRite (CIR systems, Inc. for measuring spatial and temporal parameters of gait. The patients completed the Multiple Sclerosis Walking Scale-12 (MSWS-12 and wore an accelerometer over a seven-day period. Results. 52% (n=44 of the sample presented with spasticity of the legs. Those with leg spasticity had significantly worse ambulation as measured by 6 MW (P=0.0001, d=-0.86, T25FW (P=0.003,d=0.72, TUG (P=0.001, d=0.84, MSWS-12 (P=0.0001,d=1.09, O2 cost of walking (P=0.001, d=0.75, average steps/day (P<0.05, d=-0.45, and walking velocity (P<0.05, d=-0.53 and cadence (P<0.05, d=-0.46. Conclusion. Leg spasticity was associated with impairments in ambulation, including alterations in spatiotemporal parameters and free-living walking.

  18. Shoes versus sneakers in toddler ambulation.

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    Gould, N

    1985-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine the relative values and differences between shoes and sneakers for young children just learning to walk. In phase 1 of the study, 79 toddlers (47 females and 32 males), ranging in age from 11 months to 3 years, were carefully measured for footwear. Only 15 toddlers (19%) could be properly fitted in the medium-width sneakers that are currently available on the market. The majority of the measured toddlers required widths greater than D, and to accommodate these wider feet, it was necessary to fit them with longer sneakers than they actually needed otherwise, thus making ambulation a bit more difficult and clumsy. In phase 2, eight toddlers, randomly selected except for sex (four male and four female), ranging in age from 11 to 16 months who had been ambulating 2 weeks to 5 months, were tagged with an identifying letter and videotaped in four walking situations: sneakers on tile, shoes on tile, sneakers on rugging, and shoes on rugging. Four hours of video taping was edited down to one-half hour. Twenty-three observers (orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians, and shoe fitters) carefully reviewed the tape on multiple occasions and came to the following conclusions: better fit, stance, gait, cadence, and stability were noted with shoes in all the toddlers and in all situations. Falls were three times more frequent in sneakers as compared to shoes on tile surfaces and five times more frequent on rugging. It was concluded that the slight economic advantage of sneakers over shoes was not that great to warrant jeopardizing the capabilities of the toddler in the earliest stages of ambulation.

  19. Ambulance nurses' experiences of nursing critically ill and injured children: A difficult aspect of ambulance nursing care.

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    Nordén, Charlotte; Hult, Karin; Engström, Åsa

    2014-04-01

    Ambulance nurses work daily in both emergency and non-emergency situations that can be demanding. One emotionally demanding situation for ambulance nurses is to nurse children who are ill. The aim of this study was to describe ambulance nurses' experiences of nursing critically ill or injured children. Eight specialist ambulance nurses were interviewed and the interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The analysis resulted in one theme, a difficult aspect of ambulance nursing care, with five categories. The security of both child and parents was considered to be paramount. Ambulance nurses felt relieved when they handed over the responsibility and the child to the receiving unit. The ambulance nurses felt that more training, education and follow-up was desirable in order to increase their security when nursing children. Ambulance nurses are subject to stressful feelings while nursing children. As providing reassurance to the child and its parents is a cornerstone of the treatment, it is important for the ambulance nurses to take the time to build up a trusting relationship in such an encounter. Skill development in the area might lead to increased security and reduce the mental burden resulting from negative stress. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Infradian rhythms in medical ambulance team dispatches

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    Dudin, S. A.

    2012-12-01

    We describe the results of a spectral and correlation analysis of changes in the daily dispatches of ambulance teams over 3 years. The results show fluctuations with periods of 7, 41, 50-51, 68-82, 136, 227, and 310-365 days and small-amplitude fluctuations with periods of 11, 13-14, 17-18, 23, 29, 31, 36, and 58 days. Some of these coincide with the predictions of Tibetan medical sources. The periods under observation closely match the changes in the gradient of the Earth's electric field potential.

  1. Actively-controlled Beds for Ambulances

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    Takahiko Ono; Hikaru Inooka

    2009-01-01

    During transportation by ambulance,a patient is exposed to inertial acceleration when an ambulance decelerates or turns a corner.Such acceleration often gives a patient physical stress such as blood pressure variation or body sway,which causes strong pain,feeling of discomfort or sometimes critical damage for seriously injured persons.To reduce this undesirable effect of the acceleration,the authors developed the actively-controlled bed (ACB) which controls the posture of a stretcher in real time to reduce foot-to-head and lateral acceleration acting on a supine person.This paper describes development of the ACB,including control system design and performance evaluation.The control system is designed by Zakian's framework,which comprises the principle of matching and the method of inequalities,so that the design specifications on the tracking error and the motor torque are satisfied.From the results of driving experiments and simulation,it is estimated that the ACB can reduce the acceleration acting on a patient by 65% in the foot-to-head direction and by 75% in the lateral direction.

  2. Offload zone patient selection criteria to reduce ambulance offload delay

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    Laan, Corine M.; Vanberkel, Peter T.; Boucherie, Richard J.; Carter, Alix J.E.

    2016-01-01

    Emergency department overcrowding is a widespread problem and often leads to ambulance offload delay. If no bed is available when a patient arrives, the patient has to wait with the ambulance crew. A recent Canadian innovation is the offload zone—an area where multiple patients can wait with a singl

  3. Design of an Efficient Integrated System for Ambulance Management

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    Raid S. Sarhan

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Because the increases in accidents and emergencies require less time and faster access whenever possible in order to reduce the chances of death, This study designed an ambulance management system (AMaSy which utilize GIS, GPS, and GPRS that was tested in principle in Al-Mansoura City - EGYPT. The proposed system takes into consideration the emergency cases that could possibly occur. The research work considers all possible cases. While an ambulance could already be occupied with one patient, the system considers it as an available ambulance and requests it for another case, being that the ambulance only needs a short period of time to drop-off the current case and that the second case is relatively close to the ambulance. This forces the ambulance to quicken the processes of drop-off and pick-up between the two cases. The main objective of this research work is to make an ambulance system which enables ambulances to have faster arrivals and take less time to reach accident sites

  4. Offload zone patient selection criteria to reduce ambulance offload delay

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    Laan, Corine Maartje; Vanberkel, Peter T.; Boucherie, Richardus J.; Carter, Alix J.E.

    2016-01-01

    Emergency department overcrowding is a widespread problem and often leads to ambulance offload delay. If no bed is available when a patient arrives, the patient has to wait with the ambulance crew. A recent Canadian innovation is the offload zone—an area where multiple patients can wait with a

  5. Medical Requirements for Ambulance Design and Equipment. Emergency Health Series.

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    National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Div. of Medical Sciences.

    A vehicle must meet certain specific requirements to be classified as an ambulance if it is to satisfy the demands of the physician in terms of emergency care for which properly trained ambulance attendants can be held responsible. Developed by professional and lay experts for use by automotive designers and manufacturing, this publication would…

  6. Reducing ambulance response times using discrete event simulation.

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    Wei Lam, Sean Shao; Zhang, Zhong Cheng; Oh, Hong Choon; Ng, Yih Ying; Wah, Win; Hock Ong, Marcus Eng

    2014-01-01

    The objectives of this study are to develop a discrete-event simulation (DES) model for the Singapore Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and to demonstrate the utility of this DES model for the evaluation of different policy alternatives to improve ambulance response times. A DES model was developed based on retrospective emergency call data over a continuous 6-month period in Singapore. The main outcome measure is the distribution of response times. The secondary outcome measure is ambulance utilization levels based on unit hour utilization (UHU) ratios. The DES model was used to evaluate different policy options in order to improve the response times, while maintaining reasonable fleet utilization. Three policy alternatives looking at the reallocation of ambulances, the addition of new ambulances, and alternative dispatch policies were evaluated. Modifications of dispatch policy combined with the reallocation of existing ambulances were able to achieve response time performance equivalent to that of adding 10 ambulances. The median (90th percentile) response time was 7.08 minutes (12.69 minutes). Overall, this combined strategy managed to narrow the gap between the ideal and existing response time distribution by 11-13%. Furthermore, the median UHU under this combined strategy was 0.324 with an interquartile range (IQR) of 0.047 versus a median utilization of 0.285 (IQR of 0.051) resulting from the introduction of additional ambulances. Response times were shown to be improved via a more effective reallocation of ambulances and dispatch policy. More importantly, the response time improvements were achieved without a reduction in the utilization levels and additional costs associated with the addition of ambulances. We demonstrated the effective use of DES as a versatile platform to model the dynamic system complexities of Singapore's national EMS systems for the evaluation of operational strategies to improve ambulance response times.

  7. Factors influencing ambulance nurses' adherence to a national protocol ambulance care: an implementation study in the Netherlands

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    Ebben, R.H.; Vloet, L.C.M.; Grunsven, P.M. van; Breeman, W.; Goosselink, B.; Lichtveld, R.A.; Groot, J. de; Achterberg, T. van

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Adherence to prehospital guidelines and protocols is suboptimal. Insight into influencing factors is necessary to improve adherence. The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence ambulance nurses' adherence to a National Protocol Ambulance Care (NPAC). METHODS: A

  8. Board Certification. Registered EMT-Paramedic. Registered EMT-Intermediate. Registered EMT-Ambulance. Registered EMT-Non-Ambulance.

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    National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, Columbus, OH.

    These three brochures outline entry requirements and certification information for: (1) emergency medical technician (EMT)-ambulance and EMT-non-ambulance; (2) EMT-intermediate; and (3) EMT-paramedic. Each brochure provides information on entry requirements, including provisional registration and expiration date; lapsed registration; examination…

  9. Menopausale Hormontherapie (MHT bei internistischen Erkrankungen

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Postmenopausale Frauen leiden zusätzlich zu klimakterischen Beschwerden oft an internistischen Grundkrankheiten. Daher ist es wichtig zu wissen, wann eine Hormonsubstitution (Menopausale Hormontherapie [MHT] in welcher Form verordnet werden darf, wenn mit nichthormonalen Alternativen keine genügende Besserung erzielt werden kann, und wo eine MHT kontraindiziert ist. Zur Verminderung des Risikos einer MHT bei internistischen Grundkrankheiten gelten folgende Grundregeln: – Beginn der MHT innerhalb des „günstigen Fensters“ ( 60 Jahren resp. innert 10 Jahre ab Menopause, außer bei den Kontraindikationen Angiopathie, Koronaropathie und bei anderen vaskulären Pathologien. – Verwenden der niedrigsten wirksamen Dosis, wenn möglich = 50 μg Östradiol/Tag transdermal resp. = 2 mg Östradiol/Tag peroral. Praktisch alle bekannten Nebenwirkungen der MHT sind dosisabhängig. – Bei alleinigen urogenitalen Symptomen nur vaginal-lokale Östrogengabe einsetzen. – Zahlreiche internistische Krankheiten werden durch Leberfaktoren beeinflusst oder induzieren selbst Veränderungen bestimmter Leberparameter (z. B. Gerinnungsfaktoren, Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosteron-System. Deshalb ist zur Vermeidung eines unerwünschten First-Pass-Effektes eine transdermale Östradiolgabe (Pflaster oder Gel vorzuziehen. – Bei kombinierter MHT soll außer bei speziellen Indikationen ein metabolisch neutrales Gestagen wie Progesteron, Dydrogesteron oder Dienogest gewählt oder Norethisteronacetat transdermal verabreicht werden. Gestagene mit glukokortikoider Partialwirkung wie Medroxyprogesteronacetat sind außer als Kurzzeitgabe zu vermeiden, v. a. bei erhöhtem Thromboserisiko. – Drospirenon besitzt eine antimineralokortikoide Wirkung, die bei erhöhtem Blutdruck gezielt eingesetzt werden kann. – Zyklische Schwankungen der Serumspiegel sind zu vermeiden und deshalb statt einer sequenziellen eine kontinuierlich-kombinierte MHT durchzuführen. Dabei kann das Gestagen auch

  10. Orbit design for a space ambulance vehicle

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    Nelson, Walter C.

    A number of rendezvous maneuvers between space stations in geocentric orbits at altitudes ranging between 200 km and geosynchronous altitude are examined. Minimum time to complete rendezvous is studied for purposes of expediting crew patient transfer to an orbiting medical base station (MBS) for the stabilization of trauma and definitive care. The vehicle to be used for the crew patient transfer to the MBS is the space ambulance vehicle (SAV). The SAV is assumed to use two velocity impulses to complete rendezvous maneuvers between an SS and the MBS: an accelerating impulse when departing the SS and a second decelerating impulse prior to docking with the MBS. Recommendations are made concerning the planning of space operations which will reduce both time and propulsive energy for rendezvous maneuvers. It is suggested that throttleable engines be used when transferring a crew patient whose trauma could be exacerbated by excessive acceleration of the carrier vehicle.

  11. Emergency Department Overcrowding and Ambulance Turnaround Time.

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    Lee, Yu Jin; Shin, Sang Do; Lee, Eui Jung; Cho, Jin Seong; Cha, Won Chul

    2015-01-01

    The aims of this study were to describe overcrowding in regional emergency departments in Seoul, Korea and evaluate the effect of crowdedness on ambulance turnaround time. This study was conducted between January 2010 and December 2010. Patients who were transported by 119-responding ambulances to 28 emergency centers within Seoul were eligible for enrollment. Overcrowding was defined as the average occupancy rate, which was equal to the average number of patients staying in an emergency department (ED) for 4 hours divided by the number of beds in the ED. After selecting groups for final analysis, multi-level regression modeling (MLM) was performed with random-effects for EDs, to evaluate associations between occupancy rate and turnaround time. Between January 2010 and December 2010, 163,659 patients transported to 28 EDs were enrolled. The median occupancy rate was 0.42 (range: 0.10-1.94; interquartile range (IQR): 0.20-0.76). Overcrowded EDs were more likely to have older patients, those with normal mentality, and non-trauma patients. Overcrowded EDs were more likely to have longer turnaround intervals and traveling distances. The MLM analysis showed that an increase of 1% in occupancy rate was associated with 0.02-minute decrease in turnaround interval (95% CI: 0.01 to 0.03). In subgroup analyses limited to EDs with occupancy rates over 100%, we also observed a 0.03 minute decrease in turnaround interval per 1% increase in occupancy rate (95% CI: 0.01 to 0.05). In this study, we found wide variation in emergency department crowding in a metropolitan Korean city. Our data indicate that ED overcrowding is negatively associated with turnaround interval with very small practical significance.

  12. Therapie bei CED: Aminosalizylate, Steroide und Probiotika

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    Eigner W

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Morbus Crohn (MC und Colitis ulcerosa (CU sind die Hauptformen der chronisch entzündlichen Darmerkrankungen (CED. Trotz neuer Therapieansätze in den vergangenen 15 Jahren spielen sowohl Glukokortikosteroide als auch 5-Aminosalizylat- (5-ASA- Präparate weiterhin eine große Rolle in der Behandlung von CED. Beide Wirkstoffgruppen können bei CED entweder topisch oder systemisch appliziert werden. Bei den Steroiden stehen systemisch wirksame Formen und das topisch wirksame Budesonid zur Verfügung. Welches Präparat und in welcher Applikation eingesetzt wird, entscheidet sich durch die Art der Erkrankung, den Befall und die Krankheitsaktivität. Das Probiotikum E. coli Nissle ist eine Alternative zu 5-ASA-Präparaten für die Erhaltung der Remission bei der mild verlaufenden CU.

  13. Neurochirurgische OP-Indikation bei malignen Mediainfarkten

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Bei Patienten mit malignen Mediainfarkten kann durch dekompressive Hemikraniektomie (DHC die unter konservativem Management bei 80 % liegende Mortalität auf 30 % gesenkt werden. Überleben und gutes neurologisches Outcome nach Mediainfarkt und DHC sind vor allem dann zu erwarten, wenn jüngere Patienten ( 60 Jahre früh ( 48 Stunden nach Symptombeginn zur Operation gelangen. Für 60-jährige Patienten sowie für den Zeitraum 48 Stunden nach Symptombeginn gibt es derzeit keine sicheren Daten und die Entscheidung über eine mögliche Operation muss einzelfallabhängig erfolgen. Die diesen Überlegungen zugrunde liegenden Metaanalysen weisen methodische Probleme, konkret Post-hoc- Subgruppenanalysen (2009 und eine Modifikation des primären Studienendpunkts (2007 auf. Die Grundaussage der Studien und damit die Rationale für DHC bei malignem Mediainfarkt bleiben davon jedoch unberührt.

  14. Understanding the factors that influence patient satisfaction with ambulance services.

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    Bogomolova, Svetlana; Tan, P J; Dunn, S P; Bizjak-Mikic, M

    2016-01-01

    The quality of ambulance services has an immense impact on patients' future well-being and quality of life. Patient satisfaction is one of the key metrics for evaluating the quality of this service. Yet, the patient satisfaction measurement may be limited in its ability to accurately reflect this service quality, and even reflect factors beyond the patient experiences. We analyze 10 years of survey data to reveal a number of factors that systematically bias ambulance satisfaction ratings. Taking into account these biases provides more robust comparison of ambulance performance over time or across different jurisdictions.

  15. Entwicklungstrends bei landwirtschaftlichen Applikationen - ein Zwischenfazit

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    Full Text Available Globalisierung, volatile Märkte und der vermehrte Rückzug der Agrarpolitik aus der Marktregulierung sorgen dafür, dass die Entscheidungsfindungsprozesse auf landwirtschaftlichen Betrieben an Komplexität zunehmen. Applikationen bieten durch ihre Mobilität und individuellen Ausgestaltungsmöglichkeiten Optionen, um den Landwirt bei seiner täglichen Arbeit zu unterstützen. In diesem Kontext nimmt diese Arbeit eine Bestandsaufnahme und Kategorisierung nativer Applikationen mit landwirtschaftlichem Bezug vor. Die Ergebnisse zeigen unter anderem einen Angebotsschwerpunkt im Produktionszweig Pflanzenbau und bei den Funktionen bestimmte häufig auftretende bedarfsbedingte Kombinationen (z. B. Planung und Analyse.

  16. Vibrant Soundbridge bei Kindern - erste Ergebnisse

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    Hey, C; Ernst, B; Leinung, M; Stöver, T

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    Einleitung: Das Mittelohr-Implantatsystem VIBRANT SOUNDBRIDGE (VSB), Fa. MED-EL GmbH wurde seit 1996 bei erwachsenen Patienten mit konduktiver Hörstörung vielfach erfolgreich implantiert. Seit 2009 ist die VSB auch für Kinder in Europa zugelassen, weltweit jedoch bislang erst bei ca. 100 Kindern eingesetzt, davon nur wenige unter dem 5. Lebensjahr.Material und Methodik: Seit 11/2011 wurden in domo 4 Jungen mit unilateraler Gehörgangsatresie bzw. 1 Mädchen mit bilateraler Gehörgangsatresie (...

  17. 42 CFR 414.617 - Transition from regional to national ambulance fee schedule.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 42 Public Health 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Transition from regional to national ambulance fee... SERVICES Fee Schedule for Ambulance Services § 414.617 Transition from regional to national ambulance fee... the ground ambulance base rate is subject to a floor amount determined by establishing nine fee...

  18. 42 CFR 414.620 - Publication of the ambulance fee schedule.

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    ... 42 Public Health 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Publication of the ambulance fee schedule. 414.620... Ambulance Services § 414.620 Publication of the ambulance fee schedule. Changes in payment rates resulting... to the fee schedule for ambulance services that result from any factors other than the inflation...

  19. Efficacy and safety of intravenous fentanyl administered by ambulance personnel

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    Friesgaard, Kristian Dahl; Nikolajsen, Lone; Giebner, Matthias

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Management of pain in the pre-hospital setting is often inadequate. In 2011, ambulance personnel were authorized to administer intravenous fentanyl in the Central Denmark Region. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous fentanyl administered...... by ambulance personnel. METHODS: Pre-hospital medical charts from 2348 adults treated with intravenous fentanyl by ambulance personnel during a 6-month period were reviewed. The primary outcome was the change in pain intensity on a numeric rating scale (NRS) from before fentanyl treatment to hospital arrival...... patients (1.3%) and hypotension observed in 71 patients (3.0%). CONCLUSION: Intravenous fentanyl caused clinically meaningful pain reduction in most patients and was safe in the hands of ambulance personnel. Many patients had moderate to severe pain at hospital arrival. As the protocol allowed higher doses...

  20. BALANCING AMBULANCE CREW WORKLOADS VIA A TIERED DISPATCH POLICY

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    Li, Xun; Saydam, Cem

    2016-01-01

    ... relocations to ensure high demand zones are covered adequately. In this paper we propose a tiered dispatch policy to balance the ambulance crew workloads while meeting fast response times for priority 1 calls...

  1. Would You Feel Safe in A Driverless Ambulance?

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    ... configuration, while they had mixed feelings about the autopilot configuration," said Rice, an associate professor of human ... people's emotional responses to it because ambulances on autopilot aren't a part of our everyday lives ...

  2. Superior Ambulance Call Out Rate Forecasting Using Meteorological Data

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    Mahmood, M. A.; Thornes, J. E.; Bloss, W.; Pope, F.

    2015-12-01

    Ambulances are an integral part of a country's infrastructure ensuring its citizens and visitors are kept healthy. The impact of weather, climate and climate change on ambulance services around the world has received increasing attention in recent years but most studies have been area specific and there is a need to establish basic relationships between ambulance data (both response and illness data) and meteorological parameters. In this presentation, the effects of temperature and relative humidity on ambulance call out rates for different medical categories will be investigated. We use call out data obtained from the London Ambulance Service (LAS) and meteorological data from a central London meteorological station. A time-series analysis was utilized to understand the relation between temperature, relative humidity, air pollutants and different call out categories. There are statistically significant relationships between mean temperature and ambulance callout rate for most of the categories investigated. Most categories show a negative dependence on temperature, i.e. call outs increase with decreasing temperature but some categories showed a positive dependence such as alcohol related call outs. Relative humidity is significant for some categories but in general is much less important than temperature. Significant time lag effects were observed for most of the categories related to infectious illnesses, which are transferrable through human contact. These findings support the opinion that ambulance attendance callouts records are an effective and well-timed source of data and can be used for health early warning systems. Furthermore the presented results can much improve our understanding of the relationships between meteorological conditions and human health thereby allowing for better prediction of ambulance use through the application of long and short-term weather forecasts.

  3. Cardiac arrest: comparison of paramedic and conventional ambulance services.

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    1983-01-01

    A prospective study conducted in the Greater Vancouver area compared survival rates in prehospital cardiac arrest managed by an advanced life support (paramedic) service with those in cardiac arrest managed by conventional ambulance service. Management by the paramedic service was associated with higher survival rates for patients found in cardiac arrest but not for patients who suffered the arrest while the ambulance was present. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation by bystanders was associated wit...

  4. Pilzinfektionen des Zentralnervensystems bei immunkompetentem Wirt

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    K. Tintelnot; G.S. de Hoog; G. Haase

    2014-01-01

    Die Mehrzahl von Pilzinfektionen, die zu mykotischen Tumoren führen und bei Patienten ohne jegliche prädisponierende Vorerkrankung auftreten, wird durch Cryptococcus gattii bzw. C. neoformans oder durch Schwärzepilze, insbesondere durch Cladophialophora bantiana, Ramichloridium mackenziei, Exophiala

  5. Diagnostische Besonderheiten bei der Inkontinenz des Mannes

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    Fischer M

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Es gibt 3 Ursachen für die männliche Harninkontinenz: die Detrusorfehlfunktion (drangbedingter Harnverlust bei Blasenreizung; die Obstruktion, meistens durch die Prostata bedingt, welche zur Überlaufinkontinenz führen kann; die (postoperative oder posttraumatische Sphinkterinkompetenz (Schließmuskelläsion mit Stressinkontinenz. Die Aufgabe der Diagnostik ist es, die Ursache(n herauszufinden, teilweise mit therapeutischen Mitteln. In der Stufendiagnostik erfolgt die erste Abklärung beim Facharzt mit Harnanalyse, Restharnbestimmung, Uroflow und je nach Symptomatik sofortiger Endoskopie. Eine alleinige Drangsymptomatik kann medikamentös anbehandelt werden. Die Beseitigung einer Obstruktion muß meist operativ erfolgen, da die medikamentöse Therapie kaum ausreicht. Bei unklaren Befunden bezüglich einer Obstruktion, Therapieresistenz bei Dranginkontinenz, Postprostatektomie-Inkontinenz und bei Verdacht auf neurogene Ursache der Inkontinenz sollte die weitere Abklärung über eine Spezialambulanz großteils inkl. Urodynamik erfolgen (mit Blasendruckmessung, Flow/EMG, Urethradruckmessung und Harnröhrenröntgen. Je nach Ergebnis kann dann eine gezielte Therapie eingeleitet werden.

  6. Schmerz: Symptom, Folge, Behandlung bei Multipler Sklerose

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Schmerz ist ein viel häufigeres Symptom bei Patienten mit Multipler Sklerose als angenommen. In 5,5 % der Patienten ist Schmerz ein vorherrschendes Symptom, entweder alleine oder in Kombination mit anderen Symptomen, z. B. der Spastizität. Häufigste Symptome sind ein zentral neuropathischer Schmerz, die Allodynie und Hyperalgesie sowie Trigeminusneuralgien.

  7. Ambulance referral for emergency obstetric care in remote settings.

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    Tsegaye, Ademe; Somigliana, Edgardo; Alemayehu, Tadesse; Calia, Federico; Maroli, Massimo; Barban, Paola; Manenti, Fabio; Putoto, Giovanni; Accorsi, Sandro

    2016-06-01

    To evaluate the functionality of an ambulance service dedicated to emergency obstetric care (EmOC) that referred pregnant women to health centers for delivery assistance or to a hospital for the management of obstetric complications. A retrospective study investigated an ambulance referral system for EmOC in a rural area of Ethiopia between July 1 and December 31, 2013. The service was available 24h a day and was free of charge. Women requesting referral were transported to nearby health centers. Assistance was provided locally for uncomplicated deliveries. Women with obstetric complications were referred from health centers to a hospital. A total of 528 ambulance referrals were recorded. The majority of patients (314 [59.5%]) were transported from villages to health centers. The remaining individuals were brought to a hospital, having been referred from health centers (179 [33.9%]) or were referred directly from villages owing to hospital proximity (35 [6.6%]). Of the 179 patients referred to the hospital from health centers, 84 (46.9%) were diagnosed with major direct obstetric complications. No maternal deaths were recorded among patients using the ambulance service. The cost of the ambulance service was US$ 18.47 per referred patient. An ambulance service dedicated to EmOC that interconnected health centers and a hospital facilitated referrals and better utilized local resources. Copyright © 2016 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Private Ambulance Services, ambulance zone, Published in 2008, 1:24000 (1in=2000ft) scale, Box Elder County.

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    NSGIC GIS Inventory (aka Ramona) — This Private Ambulance Services dataset, published at 1:24000 (1in=2000ft) scale, was produced all or in part from Other information as of 2008. It is described as...

  9. Ambulation in adults with myelomeningocele. Is it possible to predict the level of ambulation in early life?

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    Seitzberg, A.; Lind, M.; Biering-Sørensen, Fin

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the prediction of ambulation in adults with myelomeningocele from muscle strength testing and ambulation in early life. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-two myelomeningocele (MMC) individuals at the age 18-37 years at follow-up were studied...... with muscle strength within the first year of life, 7 achieved the predicted ambulatory function, 6 had a better, and 7 a poorer function. Of 32 individuals with known muscle strength at the age of 5-8 years, 10 had function as predicted, 5 a better ambulatory function, and 17 had a poorer ambulation in adult...... life than predicted. Good strength in quadriceps muscles gave significant better prospect for adult walking. Of the 52 participants, 41 retained their ambulation status from 5-8 years of age. CONCLUSION: For MMC individuals with motor levels L3-L5, adult ambulatory function cannot be determined from...

  10. The effect of an ambulance diversion ban on emergency department length of stay and ambulance turnaround time.

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    Burke, Laura G; Joyce, Nina; Baker, William E; Biddinger, Paul D; Dyer, K Sophia; Friedman, Franklin D; Imperato, Jason; King, Alice; Maciejko, Thomas M; Pearlmutter, Mark D; Sayah, Assaad; Zane, Richard D; Epstein, Stephen K

    2013-03-01

    Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to ban ambulance diversion in 2009. It was feared that the diversion ban would lead to increased emergency department (ED) crowding and ambulance turnaround time. We seek to characterize the effect of a statewide ambulance diversion ban on ED length of stay and ambulance turnaround time at Boston-area EDs. We conducted a retrospective, pre-post observational analysis of 9 Boston-area hospital EDs before and after the ban. We used ED length of stay as a proxy for ED crowding. We compared hospitals individually and in aggregate to determine any changes in ED length of stay for admitted and discharged patients, ED volume, and turnaround time. No ED experienced an increase in ED length of stay for admitted or discharged patients or ambulance turnaround time despite an increase in volume for several EDs. There was an overall 3.6% increase in ED volume in our sample, a 10.4-minute decrease in length of stay for admitted patients, and a 2.2-minute decrease in turnaround time. When we compared high- and low-diverting EDs separately, neither saw an increase in length of stay, and both saw a decrease in turnaround time. After the first statewide ambulance diversion ban, there was no increase in ED length of stay or ambulance turnaround time at 9 Boston-area EDs. Several hospitals actually experienced improvements in these outcome measures. Our results suggest that the ban did not worsen ED crowding or ambulance availability at Boston-area hospitals. Copyright © 2012. Published by Mosby, Inc.

  11. Factors influencing ambulance nurses' adherence to a national protocol ambulance care: an implementation study in the Netherlands.

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    Ebben, Remco H A; Vloet, Lilian C M; van Grunsven, Pierre M; Breeman, Wim; Goosselink, Ben; Lichtveld, Rob A; Mintjes-De Groot, Joke A J; van Achterberg, Theo

    2015-06-01

    Adherence to prehospital guidelines and protocols is suboptimal. Insight into influencing factors is necessary to improve adherence. The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence ambulance nurses' adherence to a National Protocol Ambulance Care (NPAC). A questionnaire was developed using the literature, a questionnaire and expert opinion. Ambulance nurses (n=452) from four geographically spread emergency medical services (EMSs) in the Netherlands were invited to fill out the questionnaire. The questionnaire included questions on influencing factors and self-reported adherence. Questionnaires were returned by 248 (55%) of the ambulance nurses. These ambulance nurses' adherence to the NPAC was 83.4% (95% confidence interval 81.9-85.0). Bivariate correlations showed 23 influencing factors that could be related to the individual professional, organization, protocol characteristics and social context. Multilevel regression analysis showed that 21% of the variation in adherence (R=0.208) was explained by protocol characteristics and social influences. Ambulance nurses' self-reported adherence to the NPAC seems high. To improve adherence, protocol characteristics (complexity, the degree of support for diagnosis and treatment, the relationship of the protocol with patient outcomes) and social influences (expectance of colleagues to work with the national protocol) should be addressed.

  12. Factors influencing ambulance nurses’ adherence to a national protocol ambulance care: an implementation study in the Netherlands

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    Vloet, Lilian C.M.; van Grunsven, Pierre M.; Breeman, Wim; Goosselink, Ben; Lichtveld, Rob A.; Mintjes-De Groot, Joke A.J.; van Achterberg, Theo

    2015-01-01

    Objectives Adherence to prehospital guidelines and protocols is suboptimal. Insight into influencing factors is necessary to improve adherence. The aim of this study was to identify factors that influence ambulance nurses’ adherence to a National Protocol Ambulance Care (NPAC). Methods A questionnaire was developed using the literature, a questionnaire and expert opinion. Ambulance nurses (n=452) from four geographically spread emergency medical services (EMSs) in the Netherlands were invited to fill out the questionnaire. The questionnaire included questions on influencing factors and self-reported adherence. Results Questionnaires were returned by 248 (55%) of the ambulance nurses. These ambulance nurses’ adherence to the NPAC was 83.4% (95% confidence interval 81.9–85.0). Bivariate correlations showed 23 influencing factors that could be related to the individual professional, organization, protocol characteristics and social context. Multilevel regression analysis showed that 21% of the variation in adherence (R2=0.208) was explained by protocol characteristics and social influences. Conclusion Ambulance nurses’ self-reported adherence to the NPAC seems high. To improve adherence, protocol characteristics (complexity, the degree of support for diagnosis and treatment, the relationship of the protocol with patient outcomes) and social influences (expectance of colleagues to work with the national protocol) should be addressed. PMID:24595355

  13. Comparison of ambulance dispatch protocols for nontraumatic abdominal pain.

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    Lammers, R L; Roth, B A; Utecht, T

    1995-11-01

    To compare rates of undertriage and overtriage of six ambulance dispatch protocols for the presenting complaint of nontraumatic abdominal pain, and to identify the optimal protocol. Retrospective prehospital and emergency department chart review to classify patients' conditions as "emergency" or "nonemergency." Utility analysis was used to identify the preferred protocol and monetary cost-effectiveness analysis to identify the least expensive protocol. County emergency medical services (EMS) system with five receiving hospitals serving a mainly urban population of approximately 350,000. Records of 902 patients who called 911 for nontraumatic abdominal pain were reviewed; patients not transported were excluded. Twenty-seven county EMS medical directors completed questionnaires. Six ambulance dispatch protocols for nontraumatic abdominal pain were developed: indiscriminate-dispatch, four selective protocols, and no-dispatch. A dichotomous classification system was derived prospectively from the prehospital and medical records of patients who had activated the EMS system before the study period to define "emergency" and "nonemergency" conditions associated with nontraumatic abdominal pain. Emergency criteria identified patients with conditions requiring medical treatment within 1 hour. Reviewers determined, for each patient, whether an ambulance would have been dispatched by each of the protocols. Undertriage and overtriage rates were calculated for each protocol. County EMS medical directors assigned utility values to four potential outcomes of ambulance dispatch by the direct scaling method. The outcomes comprised correct and incorrect decisions to dispatch ambulances to patients with and without emergencies. The protocols were compared by decision analysis. A cost analysis was also performed, using an estimated marginal cost per transport of $302. Sensitivity analysis demonstrated the effect of varying the cost of an undertriage error and the cost per response. Of

  14. Echokardiographie aktuell: Herzinsuffizienz bei mechanischer Aortenklappenprothese

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available bVorgeschichte/bbr Bei einem 75jährigen Patienten wurde vor 10 Jahren eine 4fach-Bypassoperation und ein mechanischer Aortenklappenersatz (Tecna 21 mm bei koronarer Dreigefäßerkrankung und schwerer Aortenstenose durchgeführt. Seit damals ist eine mäßig reduzierte linksventrikuläre Pumpfunktion bekannt, mit einer Auswurffraktion von 40 % und ausgedehnter posterolateraler und lateraler Akinesie (Abb. 1, 2. Als kardiovaskuläre Risikofaktoren liegen ein inzwischen insulinpflichtiger Diabetes, eine Hypertonie und stattgehabter Nikotinabusus vor. Im Jahr 2004 wurde wegen mäßiger Angina pectoris-Beschwerden eine Koronarangiographie durchgeführt, wobei ein Verschluß des LIMA-Bypasses zum LAD und ein Verschluß eines Venenbypasses zu einem marginalen Ast des Ramus circumflexus nachgewiesen wurde. Der LIMA-Verschluß war allerdings nicht sehr bedeutend, da ein gut funktionierender Venenbypass zum Diagonalast auch den peripheren LAD gut mitversorgt. Die therapeutische Konsequenz war konservativ. Die laufenden kardiologischen Kontrollen, einschließlich regelmäßiger Echokardiographie, wurden vom niedergelassenen Internisten durchgeführt. Der echokardiographische Befund hatte sich über die Jahre nicht verändert. Das Management der Risikofaktoren und die Herzinsuffizienztherapie wurden von seiten des Internisten vorbildlich durchgeführt, bis vor kurzem war der Patient mit seiner mäßig eingeschränkten Leistungsfähigkeit zufrieden.br bDas aktuelle kardiale Problem/bbr In den vergangenen Monaten kam es zu zunehmender Herzinsuffizienzsymptomatik mit Müdigkeit und Leistungslimitierung durch Dyspnoe ohne wesentliche Angina pectoris, entsprechend NYHA III–IV. Echokardiographisch fanden wir bezüglich der Linksventrikelfunktion den oben beschriebenen Befund. Von seiten der diastolischen Parameter fand sich ein nach allen Kriterien „restriktives“ Muster entsprechend einem erhöhten linksventrikulären Füllungsdruck (Abb. 3, 4 und dazu

  15. Evaluation on Ambulance Design and Musculoskeletal Disorders Risk Factors among Ambulance Emergency Medical Service Per¬sonnel

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    Full Text Available Background: Injuries or pains occurred at various body's joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, limbs, back and neck are classified as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs. A single forceful exertion or repeated exposure to force, vibration or awkward posture can result in MSDs. This study was carried out by evaluating the relevant physical measurements of Class B ambulance used in Malaysia. The two main objectives of the study are to evaluate on the ambulance physical dimensions and workstation design and to conduct a Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA to examine ambulance’s emergency medical service (EMS workers’ activities and their associated MSDs risk factors.Methods: The two methodologies adopted for the study conducted in 2014 were direct measurement of the ambulance physical dimensions and workstation layout; and in-depth interviews of five EMS workers that provides patient care during transporting patient to a public hospital in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. REBA was conducted on seven commonly performed activities by EMS workers for identifying postural risks.Results: The study found ambulance width is too narrow and workstation layout may exposed EMS workers to MSDs risks. REBA scores for the seven commonly performed activities in the ambulance ranges from medium to very high. Conclusion: Seven important MSDs risk factors to be considered in the design of the Class B ambulance for performing patient care activities that may lead towards EMS workers’ injury are awkward posture, bumping, instability, narrow workspace dimension, inappropriate arrangement of storage cabinet, inappropriate arrangement of medical equipment, inadequate railing and seat, and inappropriate stretcher.  Keywords: Musculoskeletal disorders, Ambulance, EMS, Workers, REBA, Risks

  16. Efficacy and safety of intravenous fentanyl administered by ambulance personnel.

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    Friesgaard, K D; Nikolajsen, L; Giebner, M; Rasmussen, C-H; Riddervold, I S; Kirkegaard, H; Christensen, E F

    2016-04-01

    Management of pain in the pre-hospital setting is often inadequate. In 2011, ambulance personnel were authorized to administer intravenous fentanyl in the Central Denmark Region. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous fentanyl administered by ambulance personnel. Pre-hospital medical charts from 2348 adults treated with intravenous fentanyl by ambulance personnel during a 6-month period were reviewed. The primary outcome was the change in pain intensity on a numeric rating scale (NRS) from before fentanyl treatment to hospital arrival. Secondary outcomes included the number of patients with reduction in pain intensity during transport (NRS ≥ 2), the number of patients with NRS > 3 at hospital arrival, and potential fentanyl-related side effects. Fentanyl reduced pain from before treatment (8, IQR 7-9) to hospital arrival (4, IQR 3-6) (NRS reduction: 3, IQR 2-5; P = 0.001), 79.3% of all patients had a reduction in > 2 on the NRS during transport, and 58.4% of patients experienced pain at hospital arrival (NRS > 3). Twenty-one patients (0.9%) had oxygen saturation ambulance personnel. Many patients had moderate to severe pain at hospital arrival. As the protocol allowed higher doses of fentanyl, feedback on effect and safety should be part of continuous education of ambulance personnel. © 2015 The Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica Foundation. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. CERN'S Fire and Rescue Group Gets New Ambulance

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    The arrival of a new vehicle is always an important moment in the life of a fire station. So when a new ambulance was delivered to the CERN Fire Brigade on Wednesday 16 September 2000, it was given a warm welcome, attended by staff of the different divisions involved in its purchase. It took a year from the first administrative moves to the day of acquisition. On the one hand there were the calls for tender needed for such a purchase and on the other the development of this custom-designed ambulance with its unique features. Three visits to the manufacturer had to be made, including two to the head office of the Miesen factory at Bonn to study and incorporate in the ambulance the special requirements called for by its future users. These requirements, born from the past experience of CERN’s ambulance crews, concerned not only interior arrangements but also included a new side panel, opening up a stowage compartment where everything will be put that gets dirty during ambulance operations. This will minimize ...

  18. Lipidsenker bei Hypertonie - Was besagt die Evidenz?

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    Marte T

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Die Koexistenz von Risikofaktoren für atherosklerotische Prozesse, wie Hypertonie und Hypercholesterinämie, hat einen multiplikativen Effekt auf das Risiko kardiovaskulärer Ereignisse. Bislang wurden relativ wenige spezifische Daten zur Frage der Lipidintervention bei Hypertoniepatienten veröffentlicht. Post-hoc-Subgruppenanalysen der großen randomisierten kontrollierten Studien mit Statinen in der Primär- und Sekundärprävention lassen schließen, daß der relative kardiovaskuläre Benefit einer lipidsenkenden Behandlung bei normotensiven und hypertensiven Patientenpopulationen ähnlich ist. Dem Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering Treatment to Prevent Heart Attack Trial (ALLHAT-LLT war es nicht möglich, einen Einfluß einer Statintherapie auf die Gesamtmortalität einer hypertensiven Kohorte zu zeigen. Die schlechte Compliance im Statin-Arm und eine hohe Rate an Statin-Einnahme in der "Kontrollgruppe" waren für dieses negative Ergebnis verantwortlich. Das Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial – Lipid Lowering Arm (ASCOT-LLA untersuchte den Effekt der cholesterinreduzierenden Therapie in der Prävention atherosklerotischer Ereignisse bei Hypertonikern mit Gesamtcholesterinkonzentrationen von 250 mg/dl. Hier war ein Benefit ersichtlich, die absolute Risikoreduktion für diese Patientenpopulation war jedoch gering. Bezüglich der Frage, ob Antihypertensiva einen klinisch signifikanten Effekt auf die Blutfette haben, sind einige Studien durchgeführt worden. Die verfügbaren Daten zeigen aber nur einen marginalen Effekt. Zusammengefaßt sollte die Statintherapie bei gleichzeitig vorhandener Hypertonie vornehmlich in der Sekundärprävention ein integraler Bestandteil der Behandlung sein. In der Primärprävention hingegen sollte die Entscheidung bezüglich Statintherapie vom individuellen Gesamtrisiko abhängig gemacht werden.

  19. Orale Kontrazeptiva und Langzyklus bei Endometriose

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Die Hormontherapie der Endometriose ist mit GnRH-Analoga, oralen hormonalen Kontrazeptiva (Mikropillen mit einer Ethinylestradiol-Dosis ≤30 µg und einem Gestagen und Gestagenen möglich. Unmittelbar nach der histologischen Sicherung der Diagnose Endometriose sollte mit der Hormontherapie begonnenen werden. Mikropillen können sowohl zyklisch (21/7 Tage, im Langzyklus (84/7– 189/7 Tage oder in kontinuierlicher Langzeiteinnahme angewendet werden. Die klassische zyklische Einnahme der Mikropillen im Rhythmus 21/7 Tage mit 13 Hormonentzugsblutungen pro Jahr und diversen Zusatzblutungen in Form von Spottings und Durchbruchblutungen führt zyklisch immer wieder zur Aktivierung der Gonadotropin-abhängigen Ovarialfunktion mit endogener Steroidbiosynthese. Durch das endogen gebildete Estradiol und die Blutungen werden bei der zyklischen Einnahme der Mikropillen die Endometrioseherde immer wieder stimuliert. Bei der kontinuierlichen Langzeiteinnahme und im Langzyklus wird diese Möglichkeit der Stimulation der Endometriose reduziert oder entfällt gänzlich. Aus diesem Grund wird bei Frauen mit einer Endometriose die kontinuierliche Langzeiteinnahme oder der Langzyklus empfohlen.

  20. Experimentelle erzeugung der immun. Insulitis bei mausen

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    1976-04-01

    Full Text Available Experimentelle Produktion der Immun-Insu1itis wurde aufgrund der aktiven Immunisierung der Mause vom dd-Stamm durch wiederholte Gabe vom rekristallisierten Rinderinsulin im Abstand von 4 Wochen unternommen. Wahrend der Zeitdauer vom 3. Tag bis zur 28. Woche nach der ersten Sensibilisierung wurden serologische sowie histo1ogische Untersuchungen an diesen Tieren vorgenommen. Dabei ergaben sich fo1gende Befunde: (1 Die Immunlnsulitis kam bei allen von 58 Fallen bis zu 16 Wochen nach dem Sensibilisierungsbeginn nicht zur Erscheinung, und trat bei 2 von 8 Fallen erst in der 20. Woche und dann bei 3 von 8 Fallen in der 28. Woche in die Erscheinung. (2 Kein signifikanter Unterschied bestand in Hinsicht des insulinverbindenden Antikorpertiters im Blut zwischen den Fallen mit und ohne Immun-Insulitis in der 20. Woche sowie in der 28. Woche. (3 1m Zeitlauf gab es aber eine gute Koinzidenz zwischen der Entstehung der Immun-Insulitis und der Herabsetzung des Antikorpertiters im Blut. (4 Untersuchungen des Pankreas mit Hi1fe der direkten Fluoreszenz-Antikorpermethode ergaben keine erkennbare spezifische Fluoreszenz innerhalb der Langerhansschen Inseln. Diese Untersuchungsergebnisse liefern der Ansicht einen Beweis, da~ die Insulitis, die fUr den mensch1ichen Diabetes mellitus spezifisch ist, mindestens zum Teil durch einen immuno1ogischen Mechanismus entstehen konnte.

  1. Ambulance use in Pakistan: an analysis of surveillance data from emergency departments in Pakistan.

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    Zia, Nukhba; Shahzad, Hira; Baqir, Syed; Shaukat, Shahab; Ahmad, Haris; Robinson, Courtland; Hyder, Adnan A; Razzak, Junaid

    2015-01-01

    The utilization of ambulances in low- and middle-income countries is limited. The aim of this study was to ascertain frequency of ambulance use and characteristics of patients brought into emergency departments (EDs) through ambulance and non-ambulance modes of transportation. The Pakistan National Emergency Departments Surveillance (Pak-NEDS) was a pilot active surveillance conducted in seven major tertiary-care EDs in six main cities of Pakistan between November 2010 and March 2011. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression was performed to investigate the factors associated with ambulance use. Out of 274,436 patients enrolled in Pak-NEDS, the mode of arrival to the ED was documented for 94. 9% (n = 260,378) patients, of which 4.1% (n = 10,546) came to EDs via ambulances. The mean age of patients in the ambulance group was significantly higher compared to the mean age of the non-ambulance group (38 ± 18.4 years versus 32.8 ± 14.9 years, p-value ambulance group was head injury (12%) while among non-ambulance users it was fever (12%). Patients of all age groups were less likely to use an ambulance compared to those >45 years of age (p-value ambulances for those with injuries was 3.5 times higher than those with non-injury complaints (p-value ambulance were 7.2 times more likely to die in the ED than non-ambulance patients after adjustment for other variables in the model. Utilization of ambulances is very low in Pakistan. Ambulance use was found to be more among the elderly and those presenting with injuries. Patients presenting via ambulances were more likely to die in the ED.

  2. Influence of ambulance use on early reperfusion therapies for acute myocardial infarction

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    SONG Li; HU Da-yi; YAN Hong-bing; YANG Jin-gang; SUN Yi-hong; LI Chao; LIU Shu-shan; WU Dong; FENG Qi

    2008-01-01

    Background Ambulance use expedites the definitive treatment of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of ambulance use on the administration of early reperfusion therapies for patients with AMI in Beijing, China.Methods Data were prospectively collected from 498 patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who were admitted within 12 hours of symptom onset to 19 hospitals in Beijing between November 1,2005 and December 31, 2006. The baseline characteristics of and the initial management of the ambulance users and the non-ambulance users were compared.Results Only 186 (37.3%) patients used an ambulance as transportation to the hospital. Ambulance users were, on average, older and at relatively higher risk on presentation than the non-ambulance users. After adjustment for patient and hospital characteristics, ambulance use was associated with a greater early reperfusion rate, mainly because of a greater incidence of primary percutaneous coronary intervention. In addition, ambulance users had a significantly shorter median door-to-balloon (120 compared with 145 minutes, P<0.001) and symptom onset-to-balloon (223 compared with 300 minutes, P<0.001) time than non-ambulance users.Conclusions Ambulances are underused by AMI patients in Beijing. Ambulance use may lead to more frequent and faster receipt of early reperfusion therapies. New public health strategies should be developed to facilitate an increased use of ambulances by AMI patients.

  3. Patients' experiences of cold exposure during ambulance care.

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    Aléx, Jonas; Karlsson, Stig; Saveman, Britt-Inger

    2013-06-06

    Exposure to cold temperatures is often a neglected problem in prehospital care. Cold exposure increase thermal discomfort and, if untreated causes disturbances of vital body functions until ultimately reaching hypothermia. It may also impair cognitive function, increase pain and contribute to fear and an overall sense of dissatisfaction. The aim of this study was to investigate injured and ill patients' experiences of cold exposure and to identify related factors. During January to March 2011, 62 consecutively selected patients were observed when they were cared for by ambulance nursing staff in prehospital care in the north of Sweden. The field study was based on observations, questions about thermal discomfort and temperature measurements (mattress air and patients' finger temperature). Based on the observation protocol the participants were divided into two groups, one group that stated it was cold in the patient compartment in the ambulance and another group that did not. Continuous variables were analyzed with independent sample t-test, paired sample t-test and dichotomous variables with cross tabulation. In the ambulance 85% of the patients had a finger temperature below comfort zone and 44% experienced the ambient temperature in the patient compartment in the ambulance to be cold. There was a significant decrease in finger temperature from the first measurement indoor compared to measurement in the ambulance. The mattress temperature at the ambulance ranged from -22.3°C to 8.4°C. Cold exposure in winter time is common in prehospital care. Sick and injured patients immediately react to cold exposure with decreasing finger temperature and experience of discomfort from cold. Keeping the patient in the comfort zone is of great importance. Further studies are needed to increase knowledge which can be a base for implications in prehospital care for patients who probably already suffer for other reasons.

  4. Health status in the ambulance services: a systematic review

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    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Researchers have become increasingly aware that ambulance personnel may be at risk of developing work-related health problems. This article systematically explores the literature on health problems and work-related and individual health predictors in the ambulance services. Methods We identified the relevant empirical literature by searching several electronic databases including Medline, EMBASE, PsychINFO, CINAHL, and ISI Web of Science. Other relevant sources were identified through reference lists and other relevant studies known by the research group. Results Forty-nine studies are included in this review. Our analysis shows that ambulance workers have a higher standardized mortality rate, higher level of fatal accidents, higher level of accident injuries and a higher standardized early retirement on medical grounds than the general working population and workers in other health occupations. Ambulance workers also seem to have more musculoskeletal problems than the general population. These conclusions are preliminary at present because each is based on a single study. More studies have addressed mental health problems. The prevalence of post-traumatic stress symptom caseness was > 20% in five of seven studies, and similarly high prevalence rates were reported for anxiety and general psychopathology in four of five studies. However, it is unclear whether ambulance personnel suffer from more mental health problems than the general working population. Conclusion Several indicators suggest that workers in the ambulance services experience more health problems than the general working population and workers in other health occupations. Several methodological challenges, such as small sample sizes, non-representative samples, and lack of comparisons with normative data limit the interpretation of many studies. More coordinated research and replication are needed to compare data across studies. We discuss some strategies for

  5. An integration of Emergency Department Information and Ambulance Systems.

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    Al-Harbi, Nada; El-Masri, Samir; Saddik, Basema

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we propose an Emergency Department Information System that will be integrated with the ambulance system to improve the communication, enhance the quality of provided emergency services and facilitate information sharing. The proposed system utilizes new advanced technologies such as mobile web services that overcome the problems of interoperability between different systems, HL7 and GPS. The system is unique in that it allows ambulance officers to locate the nearest specialized hospital and allows access to the patient's electronic health record as well as providing the hospital with required information to prepare for the incoming patient.

  6. Masculinity and Lifting Accidents among Danish Ambulance Personnel

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    Hansen, Claus D.; Nielsen, Kent J

    Background Work injuries related to lifting are the most prevalent among ambulance personnel (AP) despite the introduction of ‘assistive technologies’ (AT) that help reduce situations of manual lifting. One third of the AP report using AT only ‘sometimes’ and 10% report having lifted a patient...... alone. For those 5% scoring lowest on MRNI the probability of reporting lifting alone was 6% while this figure was 17% for those scoring above the 95th percentile. Conclusion This study suggests that male ambulance workers performance of masculinity might pose a threat to their safety. AP...

  7. Ambulance or taxi? High acuity prehospital transports in the Ashanti region of Ghana

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    2014-03-01

    Conclusion: Although a minority of patients were transported by ambulance, they represented the most acute patients arriving at the KATH EC. Given the limited availability of EMS resources and ambulances in Ashanti, selective ambulance use appears warranted and should inform prehospital care planning.

  8. Diagnose und Therapie der Depression bei Morbus Parkinson

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    Full Text Available Depressive Episoden sind die häufigsten psychiatrischen Komplikationen bei MP, erschweren oft wesentlich dessen Verlauf und setzen die Lebensqualität der Patienten weiter herab. Als mögliche Risikofaktoren für die Entstehung einer depressiven Symptomatik bei MP gelten: junges Lebensalter und jugendlicher Ausbruch des MP, weibliches Geschlecht, rechtsseitiger Hemiparkinsonismus, zunehmender Schweregrad der körperlichen Beeinträchtigung, Akinesie, Angst und psychotische Symptomatik. Durch die große Überschneidung von Symptomen des MP und der Depression kann es schwierig sein, die Diagnose "Depression bei MP" zu stellen. Der Neuropsychiater sollte diese Komplikation bei MP erwarten bzw. suchen. Pathophysiologisch korreliert die Depression bei Patienten mit MP sowohl mit dem Mangel an Dopamin als auch mit der Beeinträchtigung serotonerger und noradrenerger Neurotransmission. Eine nicht unwesentliche Ursache der Depression bei MP ist auch der Streß, den eine behindernde, chronische und unheilbare Erkrankung subjektiv im Patienten erzeugt. Obwohl die Depression einen entscheidenden Einfluß auf die Lebensqualität der Patienten und ihrer Angehörigen hat und der Behandlung daher ein wichtiger Stellenwert zukommt, wurden bis zum heutigen Tag nur unzureichende Untersuchungen zur Therapie der Depression bei MP durchgeführt. Für die Zukunft gilt es, anhand der Ergebnisse von randomisierten, doppelblinden Studien, Behandlungsalgorithmen für die Therapie der Depression bei Patienten mit MP zu entwickeln.

  9. Managing stress in prehospital care: Strategies used by ambulance nurses.

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    Bohström, Dan; Carlström, Eric; Sjöström, Nils

    2017-05-01

    Ambulance nurses display stress symptoms, resulting from their work with patients in an emergency service. Certain individuals seem, however, to handle longstanding stress better than others and remain in exposed occupations such as ambulance services for many years. This paper examines stress inducing and stress defusing factors among ambulance nurses. A qualitative descriptive design using critical incident technique was used. A total of 123 critical incidents were identified, and a total of 61 strategies dealing with stress were confirmed. In all, 13 sub-categories (seven stress factors and five stress reducing factors) were merged into four categories (two stress categories and two stress reducing categories). The study shows that ambulance nurses in general experience emergency calls as being stressful. Unclear circumstances increase the stress level, with cases involving children and childbirth being especially stressful. Accurate information and assistance from the dispatch centre reduced the stress. Having discussions with colleagues directly after the assignment were particularly stress reducing. Advanced team collaboration with teammates was viewed as effective means to decrease stress, in addition to simple rituals to defuse stress such as taking short breaks during the workday. The study confirmed earlier studies that suggest the benefits of defusing immediately after stress reactions. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Recommendations on ambulance cardiopulmonary resuscitation in basic life support systems.

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    Hock Ong, Marcus Eng; Shin, Sang Do; Sung, Soon Swee; Tanaka, Hideharu; Huei-Ming, Matthew; Song, Kyoung Jun; Nishiuchi, Tatsuya; Leong, Benjamin Sieu-Hon; Karim, Sarah Abdul; Lin, Chih-Hao; Ryoo, Hyun Wook; Ryu, Hyun Ho; Iwami, Taku; Kajino, Kentaro; Ko, Patrick Chow-In; Lee, Kyung Won; Sumetchotimaytha, Nathida; Swor, Robert; Myers, Brent; Mackey, Kevin; McNally, Bryan

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    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) during ambulance transport can be a safety risk for providers and can affect CPR quality. In many Asian countries with basic life support (BLS) systems, patients experiencing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) are routinely transported in ambulances in which CPR is performed. This paper aims to make recommendations on best practices for CPR during ambulance transport in BLS systems. A panel consisting of 20 experts (including 4 North Americans) in emergency medical services (EMS) and resuscitation science was selected, and met over two days. We performed a literature review and selected 33 candidate issues in five core areas. Using Delphi methodology, the issues were classified into dichotomous (yes/no), multiple choice, and ranking questions. Primary consensus between experts was reached when there was more than 70% agreement. Questions with 60-69% agreement were made more specific and were submitted for a second round of voting. The panel agreed upon 24 consensus statements with more than 70% agreement (2 rounds of voting). The recommendations cover the following: length of time on the scene; advanced airway at the scene; CPR prior to transport; rhythm analysis and defibrillation during transport; prehospital interventions; field termination of resuscitation (TOR); consent for TOR; destination hospital; transport protocol; number of staff members; restraint systems; mechanical CPR; turning off of the engine for rhythm analysis; alternative CPR; and feedback for CPR quality. Recommendations for CPR during ambulance transport were developed using the Delphi method. These recommendations should be validated in clinical settings.

  11. Risk of Transmission of MRSA on Contact Surfaces in Ambulance

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    Lukas, R. -P.; Keppler, P. -A.; Brinkrolf, P.; Friedrich, A. W.; Van Aken, H.; Bohn, A.

    2015-01-01

    The gram-positive bacterium methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the most frequent causes of treatment-associated nosocomial infections. The incidence of MRSA among the population and in hospitalised patients is growing worldwide. Ambulance service is an interface between the

  12. Risk of Transmission of MRSA on Contact Surfaces in Ambulance

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    Lukas, R. -P.; Keppler, P. -A.; Brinkrolf, P.; Friedrich, A. W.; Van Aken, H.; Bohn, A.

    2015-01-01

    The gram-positive bacterium methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is one of the most frequent causes of treatment-associated nosocomial infections. The incidence of MRSA among the population and in hospitalised patients is growing worldwide. Ambulance service is an interface between the

  13. [Emergency ambulance call-outs often provide primary care

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    Smits, M.; Francissen, O.; Weerts, M.; Janssen, K.; Grunsven, P. van; Giesen, P.

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To examine patient and care characteristics of emergency ambulance call-outs and to determine how many of them were, in retrospect, effectively providing primary care. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. METHOD: We charted patient and care characteristics of 598 emergency

  14. Mathematical model of ambulance resources in Saint-Petersburg

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    Shavidze, G. G.; Balykina, Y. E.; Lejnina, E. A.; Svirkin, M. V.

    2016-06-01

    Emergency medical system is one of the main elements in city infrastructure. The article contains analysis of existing system of ambulance resource distribution. Paper considers the idea of using multiperiodicity as a tool to increase the efficiency of the Emergency Medical Services. The program developed in programming environment Matlab helps to evaluate the changes in the functioning of the system of emergency medical service.

  15. A biomechanical and subjective comparison of two powered ambulance cots.

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    Sommerich, Carolyn M; Lavender, Steven A; Radin Umar, Radin Zaid; Li, Jing; Park, SangHyun; Dutt, Mohini

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated biomechanical effects of different leg folding/unfolding mechanisms used for loading/unloading two powered cots (Cots A and B) into and from a simulated ambulance. Sixteen experienced emergency medical service (EMS) workers loaded and unloaded cots with weights of 45, 68 and 91 kg placed on the cots to simulate patients. Peak back and shoulder/arm muscle activity was reduced 52-87% when using Cot A in comparison to Cot B. Peak ground reaction force (PGRF) was reduced by 74% with Cot A. Adding weight resulted in increased muscle activity and PGRF when using Cot B, but had little effect when using Cot A. Task time was longer with Cot A, though was not perceived unfavourably by participants. This study confirmed that it is possible to substantially reduce physical stress imposed on EMS workers when loading and unloading a cot to and from an ambulance through improvements in cot design. This study compared two powered ambulance cots, one that lifts/lowers the front and rear wheels independently and one that lifts/lowers the four wheels simultaneously during ambulance loading and unloading. Measured muscle activity, ground reaction forces and operator perceptions support using cot designs that lift/lower the front and rear wheels independently.

  16. Characteristics of Fixed Wing Air Ambulance Transports in Victoria, Australia.

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    Delorenzo, Ashleigh J; Abetz, Jeremy W; Andrew, Emily; de Wit, Anthony; Williams, Brett; Smith, Karen

    Air medical transport is important for the transfer of patients in the prehospital and interhospital environment. Few studies have described the services provided by fixed wing ambulances or the broader clinical profiles of patients they transport. Such information may be useful for the planning and allocation of resources, assistance with training, and refining clinical protocols. We sought to describe the characteristics of patients transported by fixed wing aircraft at Air Ambulance Victoria (AAV) and the service AAV provides in Victoria, Australia. A retrospective data review of patients transported by AAV fixed wing aircraft between January 1, 2011, and June 30, 2015, was performed. Data were sourced from the Ambulance Victoria data warehouse. Retrievals involving physicians were excluded. A total of 16,579 patients were transported during the study period, with a median age of 66 years. Most patients were male (58.7%), and cardiovascular/hematologic conditions (27.2%) were most common. Overall, 51.7% of cases were prebooked routine transfers, 47.4% were interhospital routine transfers, and 0.9% were primary responses. Caseloads were largest in the regions furthest from the capital city. The AAV fixed wing service in Victoria enables regional and remote patients to be transported to definitive care without major disruption to ground ambulances. Copyright © 2017 Air Medical Journal Associates. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. MRI for myocarditis; MRT bei Myokarditis

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    Gutberlet, M.; Luecke, C.; Krieghoff, C.; Hildebrand, L.; Steiner, J.; Adam, J.; Grotthoff, M.; Lehmkuhl, L. [Herzzentrum, Universitaet Leipzig, Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Leipzig (Germany); Lurz, P.; Eitel, I.; Thiele, H. [Herzzentrum, Universitaet Leipzig, Abteilung Kardiologie, Leipzig (Germany)

    2013-01-15

    Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) has become the primary tool for the non-invasive assessment in patients with suspected myocarditis, especially after exclusion of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) for the differential diagnosis. Various MRI parameters are available which have different accuracies. Volumetric and functional ventricular assessment and the occurrence of pericardial effusion alone demonstrate only a poor sensitivity and specificity. The calculation of the T2-ratio (edema assessment), the early or global relative myocardial enhancement (gRE) and the late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), which represents irreversibly injured myocardium, are more specific parameters. All MRI parameters demonstrate the best accuracy in infarct-like acute myocarditis, whereas in chronic myocarditis sensitivity and specificity are less accurate. Therefore, a multisequential (at least two out of three parameters are positive) approach is recommended. The assessment of the value of newer, more quantitative MRI sequences, such as T1 and T2-mapping is still under investigation. (orig.) [German] Die kardiale MRT stellt die primaere nichtinvasive bildgebende Modalitaet bei Verdacht auf Myokarditis dar, insbesondere auch nach Ausschluss eines akuten Koronarsyndroms (ACS) zur Differenzialdiagnose. Verschiedene MR-Parameter mit unterschiedlicher Wertigkeit stehen zur Verfuegung. Die Beurteilung der Volumetrie und Ventrikelfunktion weisen ebenso wie der Nachweis eines Perikardergusses alleine nur eine geringe Sensitivitaet und Spezifitaet auf. Die spezifischeren MRT-Inflammationsparameter stellen die T2-Ratio (Oedemnachweis), die fruehe Kontrastmittelanreicherung bzw. das globale relative Enhancement (gRE) und die spaete Kontrastmittelanreicherung, das so genannte Late-Gadolinium-Enhancement (LGE) als Zeichen eines irreversiblen Myokardschadens dar. Alle MR-Parameter zeigen die beste diagnostische Genauigkeit bei einer ''infarktaehnlichen'' akuten

  18. Neue Therapieoptionen bei Neuroendokrinen Tumoren des Gastrointestinaltraktes

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Neuroendokrine Tumoren (NET des Gastrointestinaltraktes und des Pankreas (GEP-NET werden zu den seltenen Tumoren gezählt. Auch wenn die jährliche Inzidenz dieser Erkrankung gering erscheint, weist diese Tumorentität die zweithöchste Prävalenz des Gastrointestinaltraktes auf. In den letzten beiden Jahrzehnten bewährten sich Somatostatinanaloga zur Behandlung symptomatischer NET-Patienten mit niedrigen Proliferationsindex Ki67 ≤ 10 % und zeigten zuletzt auch einen antiproliferativen Effekt unabhängig von der Hormonsynthese. In den letzten Jahren konnte das antiproliferative Potential von Everolimus (Afinitor® – ein m-Tor-Inhibitor – und Suntinib (Sutent® – ein Multikinase-Inhibitor – in der Behandlung von symptomatischen und asymptomatischen pankreatischen NET-Patienten gezeigt werden.br Im letzten Jahr wurden zwei Phase-III-Studien veröffentlicht bzw. präsentiert. Die Radiant- 4-Studie zeigte eine Verbesserung des progressionsfreien Überlebens bei asymptomatischen Patienten mit NETs des Gastrointestinaltraktes, der Lunge und bei NET-Patien ten mit „cancer of unknown primary“ (CUP, mit radiologisch gesicherter Tumorprogression zum Studien eintritt. Die NETTER-1-Studie ist die erste randomisierte kontrollierte Multicenter-Studie, die den Effekt der Radioligandentherapie auf das progressionsfreie Überleben bei Patienten mit progredientem Dünndarm-NET untersucht. Diese Übersicht fasst nun die Ergebnisse beider Studien zusammen und gibt einen möglichen Ausblick für die tägliche Praxis.

  19. Rezidivierende Endometriose bei Kinderwunsch: Operieren oder stimulieren?

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Kurzfassung: Endometriose ist neben dem Tubenverschluss und dem PCO-Syndrom eine der Hauptursachen für reduzierte Fertilität bei der Frau. Zur eindeutigen Diagnosesicherung ist die operative Diagnostik Standard. Eine Sanierung ist in vielen Fällen in der gleichen Sitzung möglich. Um nichts unnötig zu (zer- stören, sei die Maxime: eher weniger als mehr. Ein Rezidiv bedeutet eine weitere Reduktion der Schwangerschaftsrate. Eine Zweitoperation kann zwar Beschwerden lindern, verbessert aber die Spontan-Schwangerschaftsrate nur gering. Der Zweiteingriff ist also bezüglich der reinen Schwangerschaftsrate einer modernen IVF-Behandlung eindeutig unterlegen.

  20. Genetische Regulation der Oxacillinresistenz bei Staphylococcus epidermidis

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    Huck, Jörn Christian

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    Für S. epidermidis hängt die Expression der Oxacillinresistenz wesentlich von der Aktivität des alternativen sigma-Faktors sB ab. Durch Ausschaltung des Anti-sigma Faktors rsbW lässt sich mit dieser Arbeit erstmalig eine homogene Expression der Oxacillin Resistenz herbeiführen. Somit wurde ein Gen für S. epidermidis identifiziert, welches bei Inaktivierung in der Lage ist, einen Wechsel von heterogener zu homogener Oxacillinresistenz zu verursachen. Außerdem konnte gezeigt werden, dass dieser...

  1. Using ambulance data to reduce community violence: critical literature review.

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    Taylor, Alexander; Boyle, Adrian; Sutherland, Alex; Giacomantonio, Chris

    2016-08-01

    Previous work has demonstrated that much violence requiring medical help is not recorded by the police. Sharing emergency department data on victims of violence is associated with reductions in community violence and is well established throughout the UK. We undertook a critical literature review to determine whether sharing ambulance data was useful to identify violence hotspots and offered unique information for violence prevention. A search of the major medical and criminological databases was undertaken using search terms related to the ambulance service, violence and assault, as well as data collection. The search was conducted within the NICE Evidence, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Scopus and National Criminal Justice Reference Service databases, along with the websites of various relevant institutions. Overall, 36 papers were identified by abstract scanning and bibliography search, of which 10 were considered relevant. A further nine papers were detected in the grey literature, and two were considered to be useful in providing evidence for use of ambulance data in violence surveillance. Two of the identified papers were interventional studies, and the other 10 were observational studies. Although the standard of evidence was generally low, most studies demonstrated that ambulance services detected a substantial proportion of assaults that were not recorded by the police or the emergency departments. We identified only two interventional studies, but they were of low quality. Although the interventional evidence base is currently weak, ambulance data provide a unique source of information about the epidemiology of community violence and have the potential to improve current violent crime surveillance methods.

  2. Physical stressors during neonatal transport: helicopter compared with ground ambulance.

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    Bouchut, Jean-Christophe; Van Lancker, Eric; Chritin, Vincent; Gueugniaud, Pierre-Yves

    2011-01-01

    This study was undertaken to assess concurrent mechanical stresses from shock, vibration, and noise to which a critically ill neonate is exposed during emergency transfer. For neonates transported by a French specialized emergency medical service, we measured and analyzed 27 physical parameters recorded during typical transport by ambulance and by helicopter. The noninvasive sensors were placed to allow better representation of the exposure of the newborn to the physical constraints. Based on 10 hours of transport by ambulance and 2 hours by helicopter, noise, whole body vibration, rate of turn, acceleration, and pitch were extracted as the five most representative dynamic harshness indicators. A helicopter produces a higher-level but more stable (lower relative dispersion) whole body dynamic exposure than an ambulance, with a mean noise level of 86 ± 1 dBA versus 67 ± 3 dBA, mean whole body vibration of 1 ± 0.1 meter per second squared (m/s(2)) versus 0.4 6 0.2 m/s(2), and acceleration of 1 6 0.05 m/s(2) versus 0.4 6 0.1 m/s(2). A ground ambulance has many more dynamic effects in terms of braking, shock, and impulsive noise than a helicopter (1 impulsive event per 2 minutes vs. 1 per 11 minutes). Our results show significant exposure of the sick neonate to both stationary and impulsive dynamic physical stressors during transportation, particularly in a ground ambulance. The study suggests opportunities to reduce physical stressors during neonatal transport. Copyright © 2011 Air Medical Journal Associates. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. [Examination of work-related stress and coping strategies among ambulance- and air-ambulance workers].

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    Schiszler, Bence; Karamánné Pakai, Annamária; Szabó, Zoltán; Raposa, László Bence; Pónusz, Róbert; Radnai, Balázs; Endrei, Dóra

    2016-11-01

    Among Hungary's health sector workers the presence of a high level of stress is known, which can affect the individual. The aim of the authors was to uncover major risk factors causing work-related stress, as well as its extent, and positive and negative coping strategies among ground and aerial rescue workers. From June until October 2015, a national survey was conducted among Hungarian rescue workers. An own questionnaire and Rahe Stress and coping validated short questionnaire online form were used. A total of 141 persons took part in the survey. As compared to air-ambulance workers, ground rescue workers were exposed to higher work-related stress effects (p<0.01), resulting in a much larger variety of physical and psychological symptoms (p<0.05). Based on Global Stress and Coping Index effective coping mechanisms were observed among air rescue workers (p<0.01). It is important to perform regular professional theoretical and practical training. Human resource management should pay attention on occupational stress reduction. Orv. Hetil., 2016, 157(45), 1802-1808.

  4. Is the Ability to Ambulate Associated with Better Employment Outcomes in Participants with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury?

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    Krause, James S.

    2010-01-01

    The author compares current employment status after spinal cord injury between participants who were independent in ambulation (required no assistance from others) and those who were dependent in ambulation (required assistance from at least one other person to ambulate). Those who were independent of assistance from others in ambulation were…

  5. Is the Ability to Ambulate Associated with Better Employment Outcomes in Participants with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury?

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    Krause, James S.

    2010-01-01

    The author compares current employment status after spinal cord injury between participants who were independent in ambulation (required no assistance from others) and those who were dependent in ambulation (required assistance from at least one other person to ambulate). Those who were independent of assistance from others in ambulation were…

  6. Impacts of temperature change on ambulance dispatches and seasonal effect modification

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    Cheng, Jian; Xu, Zhiwei; Zhao, Desheng; Xie, Mingyu; Yang, Huihui; Wen, Liying; Li, Kesheng; Su, Hong

    2016-12-01

    Ambulance dispatch is a proxy of acute health outcomes, and growing epidemiological evidence documented its relation to extreme temperature events. Research, however, on short-term temperature change and ambulance dispatches is scarce. We aimed to investigate the effect of short-term temperature change on ambulance dispatches and potential modification by season. Daily data on ambulance dispatch and weather factors were collected in Huainan, a Chinese inland city from December 2011 through December 2013. A Poison generalized linear regression model combined with distributed lag nonlinear model was constructed to examine the association of temperature change between neighboring days (TCN) with ambulance dispatches. The effect modification by season was also examined. There were 48,700 ambulance attendances during the study period. A statistically significant association of TCN with ambulance dispatches was observed. Temperature rise between neighboring days (TCN > 0) was associated with elevated adverse risk of ambulance dispatches, and the effects appeared to be acute (lag0, on the current day) and could last for at least a week, while temperature drop between neighboring days (TCN ambulance dispatches increased by 2 % (95 % CI 1-3 %) and 7 (95 % CI 1-13 %), respectively. Extreme TCN increase (95th percentile, 3.3 °C vs. 0 °C) at lag0 and lag05 was accompanied by 6 (95 % CI 3-8 %) and 27 % (95 % CI 12-44 %) increase in ambulance dispatches. Ambulance dispatches were more vulnerable to extremely great temperature rise in summer and autumn. TCN was adopted for the first time to quantify the impact of short-term temperature change on ambulance dispatches. Temperature drop between neighboring days (TCN ambulance dispatches, while temperature rise between neighboring days (TCN > 0) could acutely trigger the increase in ambulance dispatches, and TCN effect differs by season.

  7. Antikoagulation bei Vorhofflimmern: Wie und mit welchem Medikament?

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    Gary T

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Direkte orale Antikoagulantien (DOAKs sind Alternativen zu Vitamin-K-Antagonisten (VKA bei Vorhofflimmerarrhythmie- (VHFA- Patienten und werden diese in dieser Indikation zu weiten Teilen ersetzen. Bei VHFA-Patienten mit Dialyse oder mechanischen Herzklappen sind VKA nach wie vor die einzige Option. Bei der Gabe von DOAKs sollte vor Therapieeinleitung auf das Vorhandensein von Begleiterkrankungen (z. B. Niereninsuffizienz, stattgehabte gastrointestinale Blutungen etc. sowie auf die Begleittherapie der Patienten (z. B. Amiodaron etc. geachtet werden, um die passende Substanz in der richtigen Dosierung zu wählen.

  8. Wirksamkeit von Aromatherapie bei postoperativer Nausea und Vomiting bei Erwachsenen: Systematische Literaturreview

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    Schnyder, Samira; Z‘Brun Schnyder, Silvia

    2015-01-01

    Problembeschreibung: Postoperative Nausea und Vomiting (PONV) stellt neben Schmerz eine der häufigsten postoperativen Komplikationen dar. Die Inzidenz beträgt bei gynäkologischen Patientinnen 80%. Symptome und Folgen von PONV können physische, psychische, emotionale und finanzielle Auswirkungen für die Patienten und das Personal haben. Postoperative Nausea und Vomiting wird meistens medikamentös mit Antiemetika behandelt. Diese Medikamente können jedoch viele Nebenwirkungen aufweisen. D...

  9. Determinants of ambulance response time: A study in Sabah, Malaysia

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    Chin, Su Na; Cheah, Phee Kheng; Arifin, Muhamad Yaakub; Wong, Boh Leng; Omar, Zaturrawiah; Yassin, Fouziah Md; Gabda, Darmesah

    2017-04-01

    Ambulance response time (ART) is one of the standard key performance indicators (KPI) in measuring the emergency medical services (EMS) delivery performances. When the mean time of ART of EMS system reaches the KPI target, it shows that the EMS system performs well. This paper considers the determinants of ART, using data sampled from 967 ambulance runs in a government hospital in Sabah. Multiple regression analysis with backward elimination was proposed for the identification of significant factors. Amongst the underlying factors, travel distance, age of patients, type of treatment and peak hours were identified to be significantly affecting ART. Identifying factors that influence ART helps the development of strategic improvement planning for reducing the ART.

  10. Ambulance Crash Characteristics in the US Defined by the Popular Press: A Retrospective Analysis

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    Teri L. Sanddal

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Ambulance crashes are a significant risk to prehospital care providers, the patients they are carrying, persons in other vehicles, and pedestrians. No uniform national transportation or medical database captures all ambulance crashes in the United States. A website captures many significant ambulance crashes by collecting reports in the popular media (the website is mentioned in the introduction. This report summaries findings from ambulance crashes for the time period of May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2009. Of the 466 crashes examined, 358 resulted in injuries to prehospital personnel, other vehicle occupants, patients being transported in the ambulance, or pedestrians. A total of 982 persons were injured as a result of ambulance crashes during the time period. Prehospital personnel were the most likely to be injured. Provider safety can and should be improved by ambulance vehicle redesign and the development of improved occupant safety restraints. Seventy-nine (79 crashes resulted in fatalities to some member of the same groups listed above. A total of 99 persons were killed in ambulance crashes during the time period. Persons in other vehicles involved in collisions with ambulances were the most likely to die as a result of crashes. In the urban environment, intersections are a particularly dangerous place for ambulances.

  11. Clinical characteristics affecting motor recovery and ambulation in stroke patients

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    Yetisgin, Alparslan

    2017-01-01

    [Purpose] To describe the clinical characteristics affecting motor recovery and ambulation in stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] Demographic and clinical characteristics of 53 stroke patients (31 M, 22 F), such as age, gender, etiology, hemiplegic side, Brunnstrom stage, functional ambulation scale scores, history of rehabilitation, and presence of shoulder pain and complex regional pain syndrome were evaluated. [Results] The etiology was ischemic in 79.2% of patients and hemorrhagic in 20.8%. Brunnstrom hand and upper extremity values in females were lower than in males. Complex regional pain syndrome was observed at a level of 18.9% in all patients (more common in females). Brunnstrom hand stage was lower in complex regional pain syndrome patients than in those without the syndrome. Shoulder pain was present in 44.4% of patients. Brunnstrom lower extremity values and functional ambulation scale scores were higher in rehabilitated than in non-rehabilitated cases. [Conclusion] Brunnstrom stages of hand and upper extremity were lower and complex regional pain syndrome was more common in female stroke patients. Shoulder pain and lower Brunnstrom hand stages were related to the presence of complex regional pain syndrome. PMID:28265142

  12. Approach to decreasing emergency department ambulance diversion hours.

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    Vilke, Gary M; Brown, Lana; Skogland, Patty; Simmons, Charles; Guss, David A

    2004-02-01

    Analysis between two local Emergency Departments (EDs) suggested an oscillatory phenomenon for ambulance diversion: When one hospital went on diversion it led to a disproportionate flow of ambulance traffic to a neighboring facility that subsequently was forced to go on divert. We hypothesized if one hospital could avoid diversion status, the need for diversion could be averted in the neighboring facility. ED A secured additional resources and made a commitment to no diversion for 1 week. No changes in operations occurred in hospital B. We found no differences in ambulance runs or ED census at either facility comparing the week before, during, and after the trial. There was a dramatic decline in diversion hours from 19.7 to 1.4 and 27.7 to 0 at hospitals A and B, respectively, during the trial period (p < 0.05) compared to the weeks before and after. We conclude that reciprocating effects can be decreased with one institution's commitment to avoid diversion, thus decreasing the need for diversion at a neighboring facility.

  13. Informing clinical policy decision-making practices in ambulance services.

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    Muecke, Sandy; Curac, Nada; Binks, Darryn

    2013-12-01

    This study aims to identify the processes and frameworks that support an evidence-based approach to clinical policy decision-making practices in ambulance services. This literature review focused on: (i) the setting (pre-hospital); and (ii) the process of evidence translation, for studies published after the year 2000. Searches of Medline, CINAHL and Google were undertaken. Reference lists of eligible publications were searched for relevant articles. A total of 954 articles were identified. Of these, 20 full text articles were assessed for eligibility and seven full text articles met the inclusion criteria. Three provided detailed descriptions of the evidence-based practice processes used to inform ambulance service protocol or guideline development or review. There is little published literature that describes the processes involved, and frameworks required, to inform clinical policy decision making within ambulance services. This review found that processes were iterative and involved collaborations across many internal and external stakeholders. In several jurisdictions, these were coordinated by a dedicated team. Success appears dependent on committed leadership and purposive human and structural resources. Although time consuming, structured processes have been developed in some jurisdictions to assist decision-making processes. Further insight is likely to be obtained from literature published by those from other disciplines. © 2013 The Authors. International Journal of Evidence-Based Healthcare © 2013 The Joanna Briggs Institute.

  14. The Barbados Emergency Ambulance Service: High Frequency of Nontransported Calls

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. There are no published studies on the Barbados Emergency Ambulance Service and no assessment of the calls that end in nontransported individuals. We describe reasons for the nontransport of potential clients. Methods. We used the Emergency Medical Dispatch (Medical Priority Dispatch System instrument, augmented with five local call types, to collect information on types of calls. The calls were categorised under 7 headings. Correlations between call types and response time were calculated. Results. Most calls were from the category medical (54%. Nineteen (19% percent of calls were in the non-transported category. Calls from call type Cancelled accounted for most of these and this was related to response time, while Refused service was inversely related (. Conclusions. The Barbados Ambulance Service is mostly used by people with a known illness and for trauma cases. One-fifth of calls fall into a category where the ambulance is not used often due to cancellation which is related to response time. Other factors such as the use of alternative transport are also important. Further study to identify factors that contribute to the non-transported category of calls is necessary if improvements in service quality are to be made.

  15. Mobile-Based Medical Emergency Ambulance Scheduling System

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    Bassey Isong

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Effective and efficient public service delivery like healthcare services are very important in today's society, especially in the rural areas. People in rural areas are expected to have access to public facilities at all times. However, these services are not always available when they are needed. This paper discusses the problems faced by rural areas of Mafikeng in South Africa (SA when public and basic healthcare facilities like medical ambulance transports are needed during emergency situation. The challenges ranges from poor communication, poor road network and unstructured address to non-arrival of ambulances leading loss of lives that are preventable. This paper designed and implemented a system prototype using mobile application technologies to offer cost-effective services to patients during emergencies. It is intended to reduce long queues in hospitals and long waiting periods for an ambulance via location-based services. By using this application, lives in the rural areas can be made easier and loss of lives prevented by providing timely response from the appropriate healthcare providers during emergencies.

  16. Measuring Returns to Hospital Care: Evidence from Ambulance Referral Patterns

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    Doyle, Joseph; Graves, John; Gruber, Jonathan

    2014-01-01

    Medicare spending exceeds 4% of GDP in the US each year, and there are concerns that moral hazard problems have led to overspending. This paper considers whether hospitals that treat patients more aggressively and receive higher payments from Medicare improve health outcomes for their patients. An innovation is a new lens to compare hospital performance for emergency patients: plausibly exogenous variation in ambulance-company assignment among patients who live near one another. Using Medicare data from 2002–2010, we show that ambulance company assignment importantly affects hospital choice for patients in the same ZIP code. Using data for New York State from 2000–2006 that matches exact patient addresses to hospital discharge records, we show that patients who live very near each other but on either side of ambulance service area boundaries go to different types of hospitals. Both identification strategies show that higher-cost hospitals achieve better patient outcomes for a variety of emergency conditions. Using our Medicare sample, the estimates imply that a one standard deviation increase in Medicare reimbursement leads to a 4 percentage point reduction in mortality (10% compared to the mean). Taking into account one-year spending after the health shock, the implied cost per at least one year of life saved is approximately $80,000. These results are found across different types of hospitals and patients, as well across both identification strategies. PMID:25750459

  17. SPECT in epilepsies; SPECT bei Epilepsien

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    Stefan, H. [Neurologische Klinik, Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Zentrum Epilepsie Erlangen (Germany)

    1997-06-01

    Registration of regional cerebral blood flow provides important new data for the investigation of pathophysiological processes in epilepsies. Further to the registration of perfusions, receptor studies are employed for the differentiation of localisation in focal epilepsies. For ultimative issues interictal registrations are supplemented by ictal recordings during the epileptic seizure. The combination of SPECT and electrophysiological registration can contribute to analysis of propagation of focal epileptic activity. (orig.) [Deutsch] Die Messung der regionalen Hirndurchblutung liefert wichtige neue Erkenntnis zur Untersuchung pathophysiologischer Ablaeufe bei Epilepsien. Ergaenzend zur Registrierung der Perfusion koennen Rezeptor-Studien zur Differenzierung der Lokalisation fokaler Epilepsien beitragen. Interiktale Registrierungen werden fuer letztere Fragestellung durch iktuale Messungen waehrend des epileptischen Anfalls ergaenzt. Die Kombination von SPECT und elektrophysiologischen Registrierungen kann zur Analyse der Propagation fokaler epileptischer Aktivitaet beitragen. (orig.)

  18. Neue orale immunmodulierende Therapien bei Multipler Sklerose

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    Berger T

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Seit 20 Jahren sind nun krankheitsmodifizierende Therapien zur Behandlung von Patienten mit insbesondere schubförmiger Multipler Sklerose (MS verfügbar. Ungeachtet der therapeutischen Errungenschaften der aktuellen Basis- und Eskalationstherapien bestehen Limitationen hinsichtlich Nutzen einerseits und Risiken andererseits. Die Konsequenz daraus, gemeinsam mit neuen Konzepten zur Immunopathogenese von MS, ist die Weiterentwicklung neuer und innovativer MS-Therapien. Die vorliegende Übersicht beschreibt im Detail 3 neue orale Immunmodulatoren zur Behandlung der schubförmigen MS. Darüber hinaus werden die Ergebnisse und die erfolgte/anstehende/eingereichte EU-Marktzulassung dieser 3 Therapien in den Kontext der Erwartungshaltungen an neue immunmodulierende Therapien bei MS gesetzt.

  19. Pathomechanismen der Atherosklerose bei Diabetes mellitus

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    Mulac K

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Die epidemiologischen Daten weisen darauf hin, daß die Prävalenz des Diabetes mellitus in den nächsten Jahrzehnten ansteigen wird, und damit im Zusammenhang auch die vaskulären Komplikationen zunehmen werden. Die akzelerierte Atherosklerose bei Diabetikern ist durch die über weite Strecken des Tages vorliegende Hyperglykämie, die Dyslipidämie, das Auftreten von erhöhten Werten von asymmetrischem Dimethylarginin und "advanced glycation end products" mitbestimmt. All diese Mechanismen induzieren die Bildung und Freisetzung von Zytokinen, Chemokinen, Adhäsionsmolekülen, freien Sauerstoffradikalen und aktivierten Gerinnungsfaktoren, die über die zu Beginn vorliegende endotheliale Dysfunktion in eine akzelerierte und progrediente Atherosklerose mit allen vaskulären Problemen münden.

  20. Imaging of hip arthroplasty; Bildgebung bei Hueftprothesen

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    Breitenseher, M.J. [Abteilung fuer Osteologie, Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Wien (Austria); Klinische Abteilung fuer Radiodiagnostik chirurgischer Faecher, Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Wien (Austria); Ludwig-Boltzmann-Institut fuer Radiologische Tumordiagnostik, Wien (Austria); Mayerhoefer, M. [Klinische Abteilung fuer Radiodiagnostik chirurgischer Faecher, Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Wien (Austria); Gottsauner-Wolf, F. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Orthopaedie, Wien (Austria); Abteilung fuer Orthopaedie, Allgemeines oeffentliches KH, Krems (Austria); Krestan, C.; Imhof, H. [Abteilung fuer Osteologie, Universitaetsklinik fuer Radiodiagnostik, Wien (Austria); Toma, C.D. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Orthopaedie, Wien (Austria)

    2002-06-01

    Hip arthroplasty has become a common and still increasing procedure for the treatment of osteoarthritis, advanced head necrosis, post-inflammatory arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.Radiography is the most important imaging modality for monitoring the normal, asymptomatic hip arthroplasty. Radiographs are obtained at the end of a surgical treatment, to exclude complications like fracture or component misplacement. In the follow-up radiographs are used for the diagnosis of loosening and infection of the hip arthroplasty as well as soft tissue ossification. Together with the history and clinical information, the analysis of morphological findings allows to find the grade of loosening. MRI has been advocated in the diagnosis of infection, in particular in the localisation of soft tissue involvement.Imaging, especially by radiographs, is used for the evaluation of the normal and complicated follow-up of hip arthroplasty. (orig.) [German] Die Implantation einer Hueftgelenkprothese ist eine immer haeufiger verwendete medizinische Massnahme bei Erkrankungen des Hueftgelenks wie Koxarthrose, Hueftkopfnekrose, postentzuendliche Arthrose oder rheumatoide Arthritis.Von den bildgebenden Methoden ist das konventionelle Roentgen die wichtigste Untersuchung, um den normalen Behandlungsverlauf einer Hueftprothese zu monitieren. Das Roentgen kann fruehzeitige Komplikationen wie Fraktur oder Fehlposition intraoperativ oder eine Luxation postoperativ erfassen. Im laengerfristigen Verlauf ist das Roentgen zur Diagnose von Infektion, Prothesenlockerung und Weichteilverknoecherung geeignet. In Zusammenschau mit der Klinik ermoeglicht die Analyse morphologisch-radiologischer Details, die Wahrscheinlichkeit einer Lockerung abzuschaetzen. Bei Protheseninfektionen ermoeglicht die MRT die Lokalisation von Weichteilentzuendungen.Die Methoden der Bildgebung, besonders das Roentgen, haben in der Beurteilung des normalen und in der Diagnose des komplizierten Verlaufes einen hohen Stellenwert

  1. How the context of ambulance care influences learning to become a specialist ambulance nurse a Swedish perspective.

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    Axelsson, Christer; Herrera, Maria Jimenez; Bång, Angela

    2016-02-01

    Ambulance emergency care is multifaceted with extraordinary challenges to implement accurate assessment and care. A clinical learning environment providing opportunities for mastering these essential skills is a key component in ensuring that prehospital emergency nurse (PEN) students acquire the necessary clinical competence. The aim is to understand how PEN students experience their clinically based training, focusing on their learning process. We applied content analysis with its qualitative method to our material that consisted of three reflections each by 28 PEN students over their learning process during their 8 weeks of clinical ambulance practice. The research was carried out at the Center for Prehospital Care, University of Borås, Sweden. The broad spectrum of ambulance assignments seems to awaken great uncertainty and excessive respect in the students. Student vulnerability appears to decrease when the clinical supervisor behaves calmly, knowledgeably, confidently and reflectively. Early traumatic incidents on the other hand may increase the students' anxiety. Each student is offered a unique opportunity to learn how to approach patients and relatives in their own environments, and likewise an opportunity to gather information for assessment. Infrequency of missions seems to make PEN students less active in their student role, thereby preventing them from availing themselves of potential learning situations. Fatigue and hunger due to lack of breaks or long periods of transportation also inhibit learning mode. Our findings suggest the need for appraisal of the significance of the clinical supervisor, the ambulance environment, and student vulnerability. The broad spectrum of conditions in combination with infrequent assignments make simulation necessary. However, the unique possibilities provided for meeting patients and relatives in their own environments offer the PEN student excellent opportunities for learning how to make assessments. Copyright

  2. Das Verhalten von Mastputen bei unterschiedlicher Besatzdichte und Einstreuart

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    Günthner, Pia

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    Die Europäische Union bereitet eine Haltungsverordnung für Puten vor, die in Deutschland die freiwillige Vereinbarung ersetzen soll. Die vorliegende Untersuchung soll wissenschaftliche Grundlagen zum Verhalten der Puten bei unterschiedlichen Besatzdichten liefern, um somit die bevorstehende Revision der Vereinbarung zu unterstützen. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wurden in 2 Mast-Durchgängen (Winter und Sommer) das Verhalten von Puten der Linie B.U.T. Big 6 bei unterschiedlichen Besatzdichten und...

  3. Physostigmin und postoperatives Delir bei Vorschulkindern: eine randomisierte Doppelblindstudie

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    Häusler, Julia Maria

    2013-01-01

    Einleitung Ein Teil der Vorschulkinder erwacht nach Narkosen verzögert, schwer agitiert und desorientiert. Bei ähnlichen Zuständen Erwachsener wird Physostigmin unter der Annahme, dass es sich bei diesem postoperativen Delir meist um ein „zentrales anticholinerges Syndrom“ handelt, erfolgreich eingesetzt. Die vorgestellte Studie soll diesen Ansatz auch für Kleinkinder überprüfen. Materialien und Methoden Insgesamt wurden 211 Kinder nach standardisierter Narkose in drei Prüfzentren re...

  4. Osteoporose bei Spondylitis ankylosans - Einfluß von Lebensgewohnheiten

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    Aglas F

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Krankheitsbedingte Artefakte können bei der SpA (Spondylitis ankylosans; Mb. Bechterew die Sensitivität einer Knochendichtemessung im Lumbalbereich beeinträchtigen. Das bei dieser rheumatischen Erkrankung bekannte Osteoporoserisiko ist neben genetischen Faktoren und Entzündungsmechanismen auch von verschiedenen exogenen Einflüssen abhängig. An 47 SpA-Patienten wurde mittels DEXA eine vergleichende Knochendichtemessung (BMD an der Hüfte (Schenkelhals und Ward'sches Dreieck sowie im Bereich der Wirbelsäule (L1-L4 vorgenommen. Zusätzlich erfolgte eine Erhebung der Lebens-Ernährungsgewohnheiten der SpA-Patienten in bezug auf die BMD, um exogene Einflüsse erfassen zu können. Die Knochendichtemessungen ergaben an der LWS wesentlich häufiger eine BMD im Normbereich als am proximalen Femur. Besonders deutliche Unterschiede traten im höheren Lebensalter auf, bei dem aufgrund von Kalzifizierungsvorgängen und Syndesmophyten an der LWS fälschlicherweise eine Dichtezunahme vorgetäuscht wird. Es kann daher bei SpA empfohlen werden, die wesentlich sensitivere Dichtemessung am Schenkelhals durchzuführen. Die über einen Zeitraum von 3 Jahren beobachteten, signifikant erhöhten, medianen CRP-Spiegel zeigen, daß eine permanente Aktivierung von Entzündungsprozessen bei SpA auch einen negativen Faktor betreffend des Knochenmasseverlustes darstellt. Die Analyse der Lebensgewohnheiten ergab, daß SpA-Patienten mit normaler BMD ausnahmslos regelmäßig kalziumreiche Nahrungsmittel zu sich nehmen; bei verminderter BMD wurde in der Mehrheit ein fehlender Konsum an Milchprodukten beobachtet. Leider war auch mit abnehmender BMD eine Verminderung der bei SpA empfohlenen Bewegungsübungen festzustellen. Aufgrund der Resultate ergibt sich eine generelle Empfehlung zu regelmäßigen Bewegungsübungen plus Osteoporosediät bei allen Bechterew-Patienten.

  5. Overcoming the Challenges of BeiDou Receiver Implementation

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    Mohammad Zahidul H. Bhuiyan

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    Full Text Available Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS-based positioning is experiencing rapid changes. The existing GPS and the GLONASS systems are being modernized to better serve the current challenging applications under harsh signal conditions. These modernizations include increasing the number of transmission frequencies and changes to the signal components. In addition, the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite system (BDS and the European Galileo are currently under development for global operation. Therefore, in view of these new upcoming systems the research and development of GNSS receivers has been experiencing a new upsurge. In this article, the authors discuss the main functionalities of a GNSS receiver in view of BDS. While describing the main functionalities of a software-defined BeiDou receiver, the authors also highlight the similarities and differences between the signal characteristics of the BeiDou B1 open service signal and the legacy GPS L1 C/A signal, as in general they both exhibit similar characteristics. In addition, the authors implement a novel acquisition technique for long coherent integration in the presence of NH code modulation in BeiDou D1 signal. Furthermore, a simple phase-preserved coherent integration based acquisition scheme is implemented for BeiDou GEO satellite acquisition. Apart from the above BeiDou-specific implementations, a novel Carrier-to-Noise-density ratio estimation technique is also implemented in the software receiver, which does not necessarily require bit synchronization prior to estimation. Finally, the authors present a BeiDou-only position fix with the implemented software-defined BeiDou receiver considering all three satellite constellations from BDS. In addition, a true multi-GNSS position fix with GPS and BDS systems is also presented while comparing their performances for a static stand-alone code phase-based positioning.

  6. Overcoming the challenges of BeiDou receiver implementation.

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    Bhuiyan, Mohammad Zahidul H; Söderholm, Stefan; Thombre, Sarang; Ruotsalainen, Laura; Kuusniemi, Heidi

    2014-11-21

    Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-based positioning is experiencing rapid changes. The existing GPS and the GLONASS systems are being modernized to better serve the current challenging applications under harsh signal conditions. These modernizations include increasing the number of transmission frequencies and changes to the signal components. In addition, the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite system (BDS) and the European Galileo are currently under development for global operation. Therefore, in view of these new upcoming systems the research and development of GNSS receivers has been experiencing a new upsurge. In this article, the authors discuss the main functionalities of a GNSS receiver in view of BDS. While describing the main functionalities of a software-defined BeiDou receiver, the authors also highlight the similarities and differences between the signal characteristics of the BeiDou B1 open service signal and the legacy GPS L1 C/A signal, as in general they both exhibit similar characteristics. In addition, the authors implement a novel acquisition technique for long coherent integration in the presence of NH code modulation in BeiDou D1 signal. Furthermore, a simple phase-preserved coherent integration based acquisition scheme is implemented for BeiDou GEO satellite acquisition. Apart from the above BeiDou-specific implementations, a novel Carrier-to-Noise-density ratio estimation technique is also implemented in the software receiver, which does not necessarily require bit synchronization prior to estimation. Finally, the authors present a BeiDou-only position fix with the implemented software-defined BeiDou receiver considering all three satellite constellations from BDS. In addition, a true multi-GNSS position fix with GPS and BDS systems is also presented while comparing their performances for a static stand-alone code phase-based positioning.

  7. Telemedicine-based physician consultation results in more patients treated and released by ambulance personnel

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    Raaber, Nikolaj; Bøtker, Morten T; Riddervold, Ingunn S

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    . In the intervention period, the EMCC was manned 24/7 with physicians experienced in emergency care. Eligible participants included all patients with nonurgent conditions receiving an ambulance after a medical emergency call. Ambulance personnel assessed patients and subsequently performed a telephone consultation...... a physician at the EMCC and ambulance personnel and noncritically ill 1-1-2 patients results in an increased rate of patients treated and released with high satisfaction. The approach does not seem to compromise patient safety....

  8. Insights on the effects of patient perceptions and awareness on ambulance usage in Karachi, Pakistan.

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    Chandran, Aruna; Ejaz, Kiran; Karani, Rabia; Baqir, Muhammad; Razzak, Junaid; Hyder, Adnan A

    2014-12-01

    Prehospital care is a vital part of emergency medical care. Countries with decentralised ambulance systems, such as Pakistan, require patient knowledge as to when to call an ambulance and which service to call. Little is known about how patient perceptions of ambulance services affect ambulance usage in most low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The purpose of our study was to analyse patient perspectives of the ambulance system in Karachi to understand how to improve ambulance use. Indepth interviews were conducted with 30 individuals selected by convenience sampling representing patients who came to the emergency department by private transport versus one of two of the main ambulance service providers in Karachi. Similar to what has been shown in some LMIC contexts, two of the major themes that emerged which affect patient decision making with regard to ambulance use were a mistrust of the ambulance system or providers and a sense of inadequacy of the local system as compared with international standards. In addition, which has not been shown in previous studies, there was a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of ambulance services in the healthcare infrastructure. Insight into the main issues affecting patient decisions to use an ambulance service offers possible targets for patient education that could result in an increase in the proper usage of ambulances and thus optimise outcomes from serious injury and illness in an LMIC context. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  9. Ambulance use is associated with higher self-rated illness seriousness: user attitudes and perceptions.

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    Toloo, Ghasem Sam; FitzGerald, Gerry J; Aitken, Peter J; Ting, Joseph Y S; McKenzie, Kirsten; Rego, Joanna; Enraght-Moony, Emma

    2013-06-01

    The objective was to study the role and effect of patients' perceptions on reasons for using ambulance services in Queensland, Australia. A cross-sectional survey was conducted of patients (n = 911) presenting via ambulance or self-transport at eight public hospital emergency departments (EDs). The survey included perceived illness severity, attitudes toward ambulance, and reasons for using ambulance. A theoretical framework was developed to inform this study. Ambulance users had significantly higher self-rated perceived seriousness, urgency, and pain than self-transports. They were also more likely to agree that ambulance services are for everyone to use, regardless of the severity of their conditions. In compared to self-transports, likelihood of using an ambulance increased by 26% for every unit increase in perceived seriousness; and patients who had not used an ambulance in the 6 months prior to the survey were 66% less likely to arrive by ambulance. Patients who had presented via ambulance stated they considered the urgency (87%) or severity (84%) of their conditions as reasons for calling the ambulance. Other reasons included requiring special care (76%), getting higher priority at the ED (34%), not having a car (34%), and financial concerns (17%). Understanding patients' perceptions is essential in explaining their actions and developing safe and effective health promotion programs. Individuals use ambulances for various reasons and justifications according to their beliefs, attitudes, and sociodemographic conditions. Policies to reduce and manage demand for such services need to address both general opinions and specific attitudes toward emergency health services to be effective. © 2013 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

  10. Feasibility of a computer-assisted feedback system between dispatch centre and ambulances.

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    Lindström, Veronica; Karlsten, Rolf; Falk, Ann-Charlotte; Castrèn, Maaret

    2011-06-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility of a newly developed computer-assisted feedback system between dispatch centre and ambulances in Stockholm, Sweden. A computer-assisted feedback system based on a Finnish model was designed to fit the Swedish emergency medical system. Feedback codes were identified and divided into three categories; assessment of patients' primary condition when ambulance arrives at scene, no transport by the ambulance and level of priority. Two ambulances and one emergency medical communication centre (EMCC) in Stockholm participated in the study. A sample of 530 feedback codes sent through the computer-assisted feedback system was reviewed. The information on the ambulance medical records was compared with the feedback codes used and 240 assignments were further analyzed. The used feedback codes sent from ambulance to EMCC were correct in 92% of the assignments. The most commonly used feedback code sent to the emergency medical dispatchers was 'agree with the dispatchers' assessment'. In addition, in 160 assignments there was a mismatch between emergency medical dispatchers and ambulance nurse assessments. Our results have shown a high agreement between medical dispatchers and ambulance nurse assessment. The feasibility of the feedback codes seems to be acceptable based on the small margin of error. The computer-assisted feedback system may, when used on a daily basis, make it possible for the medical dispatchers to receive feedback in a structural way. The EMCC organization can directly evaluate any changes in the assessment protocol by structured feedback sent from the ambulance.

  11. Lower air temperature is associated with ambulance transports and death in Takamatsu area, Japan.

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    Mochimasu, Kazumi Dokai; Miyatake, Nobuyuki; Tanaka, Naoko; Kinoshita, Hiroshi

    2014-07-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the linkage among ambulance transports, the number of death and air temperature in Takamatsu area, Japan. Monthly data of ambulance transports (total and acute disease) and the number of death from 2004 to 2012 were obtained from Fire Department Service in Takamatsu and Takamatsu city official website, Japan. Climate parameters for required period were also obtained from Japan Meteorological Agency. Population data in Takamatsu area were also used to adjust ambulance transports and the number of death. The linkage among ambulance transports, the number of death and climate parameters was evaluated by ecological analysis. Total ambulance transports (/a hundred thousand people/day) and ambulance transports due to acute disease (/a hundred thousand people/day) were 12.3 ± 0.9 and 6.8 ± 0.7, respectively. The number of death (/a hundred thousand people/day) was 2.5 ± 0.4. By quadratic curve, ambulance transports due to acute disease and the number of death were significantly correlated with the parameters of air temperature. However, the number of death was the highest in January and the lowest in August. Although higher air temperature was only associated with higher ambulance transports, lower air temperature was associated with both higher ambulance transports and the number death in Takamatsu area, Japan.

  12. Ambulance Transport of the Oldest Old in Tokyo: A Population-Based Study

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    Tokuda, Yasuharu; Abe, Toshikazu; Ishimatsu, Shinichi; Hinohara, Shigeaki

    2010-01-01

    Background Few studies have investigated ambulance utilization in people aged 85 years or older, ie, the oldest old. Methods We conducted a 1-year population-based observational study of patients transported by ambulance to emergency departments in Tokyo, Japan, which has a population of about 12 million. Demographic data, symptoms/events associated with ambulance transport, and the proportion of hospital admissions were recorded. Transport rates by age and sex were calculated using data for the background population and ambulance transports, and the 10 most frequent symptoms/events requiring transport were compared between the oldest old and those aged 65 to 84 years. Results Of the 642 764 patients who were transported to hospitals by ambulances, 59 570 (9%) were aged ≥85 years; 64% were women. The annual ambulance transport rate for this population was 250 per 1000/year and was significantly greater than the rate (90 per 1000/year) for those aged 65 to 84 years. The highest rate was for men aged 85 to 99 years (292 per 1000/year). Among the oldest old, the most frequent reason for ambulance transport was fall (38.5 per 1000/year), and the symptom most likely to result in hospital admission was dyspnea. Conclusions The ambulance transport rate for the oldest old was high, particularly among men aged ≥95 years. To reduce the need for ambulance transport among the oldest old, preventive care is needed to reduce falls and acute exacerbations of cardiac and respiratory disorders. PMID:20814165

  13. Occupational stressors and its organizational and individual correlates: a nationwide study of Norwegian ambulance personnel

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    Sterud, Tom; Hem, Erlend; Ekeberg, Oivind; Lau, Bjørn

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    .... We compared the severity and frequency level of organizational and ambulance-specific stressors, and studied their relationship to organizational conditions and individual differences A comprehensive...

  14. Über die Bedeutung von Magnesium bei der Tumorgenese

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium (Mg und die Tumorgenese sind in funktioneller wie in struktureller Hinsicht vielseitig miteinander verknüpft. Die Tumorzelle ist befähigt, Mg zu Lasten der Mg-Pools des Organismus in überhöhter Konzentration zu speichern, auch wenn für den Organismus eine negative Mg-Bilanz vorliegt. Durch diese Veränderung der Mg-Verteilung wird die Zelle in die Lage versetzt, den erhöhten Enegiebedarf bei Zellwachstum, z.B. durch eine induzierte Proteinbiosynthese und RNA-/DNA-Biosynthese, sowie gesteigerte Transportvorgänge zu decken. Andererseits verlaufen zahlreiche Vorgänge bei der Protein-, RNA-/DNA-Synthese, bei der Signalentstehung und -Propagation, bei Teilen der Mitose (Umbau der nukleären Struktur, Meta- und Anaphase sowie bei der Metastase in einem akzelerierten Modus kalziumabhängig, was diese Reaktionen stark Mg-abhängig gestaltet. Ca verbleibt nur wenige Sekunden funktional und wird durch Influx in das endoplasmatische Retikulum (ER aus dem Zytosol eliminiert, wodurch die Prozesse gebremst oder sogar unterbrochen werden. Für den Rücktransport von Ca in die intrazellulären Speicher wird Mg benötigt; somit kann Mg auch als Inhibitor dieser Vorgänge betrachtet werden. Auch die biologische Zytostase z. B. durch alpha-Tumornekrosefaktor (alphaTNF verläuft Mg-abhängig, da eine gesteigerte Resistenz der Tumorzelle gegenüber alphaTNF bei Mg-Mangel besteht. In struktureller Hinsicht kommen Mg bedeutende Wirkungen bei der Tumorgenese zu. Klassisch sind die schützenden Effekte von Mg bei der durch kanzerogene Metalle, z.B. Arsen, Beryllium, Chrom, Blei, Quecksilber und Nickel, ausgelösten Tumorgenese. Eine Schutzwirkung tritt vor allem bei einem Ungleichgewicht zwischen dem kanzerogenen Metall und dem Mg-Status des Organismus ein. In analoger Weise sind auch die Stabilität von DNA und RNA sowie Reparaturmechanismen von DNA-Schäden nur in ausreichender Gegenwart von funktionellem Mg optimiert. Hinsichtlich der Immunkompetenz

  15. Association between ambulance dispatch priority and patient condition.

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    Ball, Stephen J; Williams, Teresa A; Smith, Karen; Cameron, Peter; Fatovich, Daniel; O'Halloran, Kay L; Hendrie, Delia; Whiteside, Austin; Inoue, Madoka; Brink, Deon; Langridge, Iain; Pereira, Gavin; Tohira, Hideo; Chinnery, Sean; Bray, Janet E; Bailey, Paul; Finn, Judith

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    To compare chief complaints of the Medical Priority Dispatch System in terms of the match between dispatch priority and patient condition. This was a retrospective whole-of-population study of emergency ambulance dispatch in Perth, Western Australia, 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2015. Dispatch priority was categorised as either Priority 1 (high priority), or Priority 2 or 3. Patient condition was categorised as time-critical for patient(s) transported as Priority 1 to hospital or who died (and resuscitation was attempted by paramedics); else, patient condition was categorised as less time-critical. The χ(2) statistic was used to compare chief complaints by false omission rate (percentage of Priority 2 or 3 dispatches that were time-critical) and positive predictive value (percentage of Priority 1 dispatches that were time-critical). We also reported sensitivity and specificity. There were 211 473 cases of dispatch. Of 99 988 cases with Priority 2 or 3 dispatch, 467 (0.5%) were time-critical. Convulsions/seizures and breathing problems were highlighted as having more false negatives (time-critical despite Priority 2 or 3 dispatch) than expected from the overall false omission rate. Of 111 485 cases with Priority 1 dispatch, 6520 (5.8%) were time-critical. Our analysis highlighted chest pain, heart problems/automatic implanted cardiac defibrillator, unknown problem/collapse, and headache as having fewer true positives (time-critical and Priority 1 dispatch) than expected from the overall positive predictive value. Scope for reducing under-triage and over-triage of ambulance dispatch varies between chief complaints of the Medical Priority Dispatch System. The highlighted chief complaints should be considered for future research into improving ambulance dispatch system performance. © 2016 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine.

  16. Einsparungspotential bei Antihypertensiva durch integriertes, ambulantes Hypertonikertraining

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Die arterielle Hypertonie stellt unverändert einen der wichtigsten Risikofaktoren für Herzkreislauferkrankungen dar. Aufgrund der hohen Prävalenz und der zumeist lebenslangen Therapieindikation verursacht die antihypertensive Behandlung hohe Kosten für das Gesundheitswesen. Für verschiedene nicht-pharmakologische Maßnahmen konnte ein blutdrucksenkender Effekt nachgewiesen werden. In einem Versuch, einige dieser Therapiemodalitäten zu kombinieren, wurde am Zentrum für Ambulante Rehabilitation ein integriertes, ambulantes Trainingsprogramm erstellt und wird hypertensiven Patienten angeboten. Dieses Programm kombiniert Bewegungstherapie, Patientenschulung, Entspannungstechniken und Streßmanagement. Bei Bedarf wird individuell eine Psychotherapie angeboten. Die Effektivität des vorgestellten Programms kann durch eine gesteigerte körperliche Leistungsfähigkeit und eine verbesserte Blutdruckregulation trotz signifikanter Reduktion des Medikamentenbedarfs unter Beweis gestellt werden. Gegenwärtig stellen die stark steigenden Medikamentenkosten für die Allgemeinheit Anlaß zur Sorge dar und haben eine teilweise emotional geführte Diskussion um die zukünftige Entwicklung des Gesundheitssystems entfacht. In einer Kosten-Nutzen-Analyse haben wir im weiteren versucht, die Kosten für das beschriebene Trainingsprogramm zu erfassen und haben diese den potentiellen Einsparungen durch reduzierten Medikamentenverbrauch gegenübergestellt. Die vorliegende Arbeit präsentiert eine Zwischenauswertung einer derzeit laufenden Untersuchung und gibt eine Übersicht über die relevante Literatur zum Thema der nicht-phamakologischen Therapie der Hypertonie.

  17. Innovative Therapieoptionen bei therapieresistenter arterieller Hypertonie

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    Full Text Available Zwei neue innovative Entwicklungen nicht-medikamentöser Therapieoptionen stehen seit einigen Jahren für die therapieresistente arterielle Hypertonie zur Verfügung: Zum einen kann seit 2003 über die elektrische Stimulierung der Barorezeptoren im Sinus caroticus durch die operative Implantation von Elektroden und einen programmierbaren Pulsgenerator der Blutdruck gesenkt werden. Zum anderen ist seit 2007 die minimalinvasive, kathetergestützte renale Denervierung zur Ablation der sympathischen Nervenfasern in den Nierenarterien möglich. Beide Verfahren reduzieren bei 70–90 % der behandelten Patienten den systolischen Blutdruck um mindestens 10 mmHg. 12 Monate nach Karotisschrittmacherimplantation wird der Blutdruck im Durchschnitt um 30–35/15–20 mmHg gesenkt. Die Ergebnisse für die renale Denervierung liegen im gleichen Bereich, tendenziell aber etwas niedriger. Kontraindikationen für die Barorezeptorstimulation sind eine 50%ige Karotisstenose oder ausgeprägte Plaques. Kontraindikationen für eine renale Denervierung sind eine Nierenarterienstenose oder Z. n. Stenting der Nierenarterie sowie eine Nierenfunktionseinschränkung mit einer geschätzten glomerulären Filtrationsrate (eGFR 45 ml/Min.

  18. Perioperatives Management bei Antiplättchentherapie

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    Full Text Available 10–15 % der Patienten mit akutem Koronarsyndrom müssen sich zeitnah einer aorto-koronaren Bypassoperation unterziehen, 5–25 % der Patienten brauchen eine nichtkardiochirurgische Operation während der ersten 1–5 Jahre nach Stentimplantation. Um Blutungskomplikationen und Transfusionen zu minimieren, wird von europäischen Fachgesellschaften empfohlen, elektive nicht-kardiochirurgische Operationen erst nach vollständiger Dauer der empfohlenen P2Y12-Rezeptorblockertherapie und, sofern vertretbar, unter laufender Therapie mit Aspirin durchzuführen. Bei dringlicher Operationsindikation sollten Clopidogrel und Ticagrelor 5 Tage und Prasugrel 7 Tage präoperativ abgesetzt werden, sofern nicht hohes Ischämierisiko oder Zeichen einer „low clopidogrel responsiveness“ für einen früheren Operationszeitpunkt sprechen. Demgegenüber empfehlen amerikanische Richtlinien, die präoperative Wartezeit an der gemessenen Thrombozytenfunktionshemmung zu orientieren. Die Definition eines „idealen“ Testsystems und eines „Blutungs-Cut-off“ bleiben beide Richtlinien schuldig.

  19. Modeling of patient's blood pressure variation during ambulance transportation

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    Sakatani, Kenji; Ono, Takahiko; Kobayasi, Yasuhide; Hikita, Shinichi; Saito, Mitsuyuki

    2007-12-01

    In an emergency transportation by ambulance, a patient is transported in a supine position. In this position, a patient's blood pressure (BP) variation depending on an inertial force which occurs when an ambulance accelerates or decelerates. This BP variation causes a critical damage for a patent with brain disorder. In order to keep a patient stable during transportation, it is required to maintain small BP variation. To analyze the BP variation during transportation, a model of the BP variation has so far been made. But, it can estimate the BP variation only in braking. The purpose of this paper is to make a dynamical model of the BP variation which can simulate it in both braking and accelerating. First, to obtain the data to construct the model, we used a tilting bed to measure a head-to-foot acceleration and BP of fingertip. Based on this data, we build a mathematical model whose input is the head-to-foot acceleration and output is the Mean BP variation. It is a switched model which switches two models depending on the jerk. We add baroreceptor reflex to the model as a offset value.

  20. Das Low-T3-Syndrom bei Patienten mit akuter Pankreatitis

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    Die akute Pankreatitis weist bei einem schweren Verlauf nach wie vor eine hohe Letalität auf. Vor allem bei der akuten nekrotisierenden Pankreatitis kommt es zu Komplikationen wie infizierten Nekrosen und Multiorganversagen. Hinzu kommen weitere Phänomene, die auch bei anderen schweren Erkrankungen auftreten und zu einem ungünstigen Verlauf der Grunderkrankung führen. Das Non-Thyroidal-Illness-Syndrom, das bei vielen intensivpflichtigen Erkrankungen auftritt, ist eines davon. In der vorlie...

  1. An exploration of factors influencing ambulance and emergency nurses' protocol adherence in the Netherlands

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    Ebben, R.H.A.; Vloet, L.C.M.; Schalk, D.M.; Mintjes-de Groot, J.; Achterberg, T. van

    2014-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Adherence to ambulance and ED protocols is often suboptimal. Insight into factors influencing adherence is a requisite for improvement of adherence. This study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of factors that influence ambulance and emergency nurses' adherence to protocols.

  2. Basic life support and automated external defibrillator skills among ambulance personnel

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    Nielsen, Anne Møller; Isbye, Dan Lou; Lippert, Freddy Knudsen

    2012-01-01

    Ambulance personnel play an essential role in the 'Chain of Survival'. The prognosis after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was dismal on a rural Danish island and in this study we assessed the cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance of ambulance personnel on that island....

  3. An exploration of factors influencing ambulance and emergency nurses protocol adherence in the Netherlands

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    Ebben, Remco; Vloet, Lilian; Mintjes, Joke; Achterberg, Theo van

    2012-01-01

    Adherence to ambulance and ED protocols is often suboptimal. Insight into factors influencing adherence is a requisite for improvement of adherence. This study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of factors that influence ambulance and emergency nurses’ adherence to protocols.

  4. An exploration of factors influencing ambulance and emergency nurses protocol adherence in the Netherlands

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    Remco Ebben; Lilian Vloet; Theo van Achterberg; Joke Mintjes

    2012-01-01

    Adherence to ambulance and ED protocols is often suboptimal. Insight into factors influencing adherence is a requisite for improvement of adherence. This study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of factors that influence ambulance and emergency nurses’ adherence to protocols.

  5. 75 FR 62639 - Air Ambulance and Commercial Helicopter Operations, Part 91 Helicopter Operations, and Part 135...

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    ...--Nautical mile NTSB--National Transportation Safety Board NVG--Night vision goggles NVIS--Night-vision... ambulances have varying situational- awareness technology (such as night vision goggles, HTAWS, radio... during night conditions as four common factors in helicopter air ambulance accidents. A review...

  6. Ambulance patients with nondocumented sepsis have a high mortality risk: a retrospective study.

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    Roest, Asselina A; Stoffers, Judith; Pijpers, Evelien; Jansen, Jochen; Stassen, Patricia M

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    Sepsis is a serious disease leading to high mortality. Early recognition is important because treatment is most effective when started quickly.The primary aim of this retrospective cohort study was to assess how many sepsis patients are documented as septic by ambulance staff. The secondary aims were to investigate how many sepsis patients are transported by ambulance, to compare them with patients transported otherwise, to investigate which factors influence documentation of sepsis and to assess whether documentation influences mortality. We retrieved all data from ambulance and emergency department charts of patients who visited the internist in the emergency department from March 2011 to July 2012. In total, 47.4% (n=363) sepsis patients were transported by ambulance. These patients were older (71.5 vs. 55.7 years, Pambulance patients, sepsis was not documented by ambulance staff. Measurement of temperature was important for documentation of sepsis (odds ratio 11.2, 95% confidence interval 5.2-24.4). In 32.1% of ambulance patients, sepsis could have been identified by assessing vital signs. Mortality in these nondocumented patients was higher than that in documented patients (25.7 vs. 12.9%, P=0.003). Ambulance patients are seriously ill, but sepsis is often not documented by ambulance staff. Nondocumentation is associated with high mortality and could be resolved by assessing vital signs, particularly the temperature.

  7. Resilience of urban ambulance services under future climate, meteorology and air pollution scenarios

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    Pope, Francis; Chapman, Lee; Fisher, Paul; Mahmood, Marliyyah; Sangkharat, Kamolrat; Thomas, Neil; Thornes, John

    2017-04-01

    Ambulances are an integral part of a country's infrastructure ensuring its citizens and visitors are kept healthy. The impact of weather, climate and climate change on ambulance services around the world has received increasing attention in recent years but most studies have been area specific and there is a need to establish basic relationships between ambulance data (both response and illness data) and meteorological parameters. In this presentation, the effects of temperature, other meteorological and air pollution variables on ambulance call out rates for different medical categories will be investigated. We use ambulance call out obtained from various ambulance services worldwide which have significantly different meteorologies, climatologies and pollution conditions. A time-series analysis is utilized to understand the relation between meteorological conditions, air pollutants and different call out categories. We will present findings that support the opinion that ambulance attendance call outs records are an effective and well-timed source of data and can be used for health early warning systems. Furthermore the presented results can much improve our understanding of the relationships between meteorology, climate, air pollution and human health thereby allowing for better prediction of ambulance use through the application of long and short-term weather, climate and pollution forecasts.

  8. [Comparison between alcoholic patients and primary care patients for the use of the ambulance].

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    Ino, Aro; Yoshimoto, Hisashi; Mizutani, Naomi; Kato, Naohisa; Hirohuji, Hideo; Takemura, Yousuke C

    2013-10-01

    Though heavy drinkers and patients with alcohol dependence make use of the ambulance more frequently as compared with the general population, there are few data on the alcohol-related use of the emergency department (ED) in Japan. A cross sectional study was conducted. 170 patients with alcohol dependence in one clinic and 306 primary care patients across two clinics provided demographic data and answered some questions about the use of emergency ambulance services over the age of 20. The questions asked included whether use of the ambulance caused injuries, as well as AUDIT-C (primary care patients only). In this study, multiple logistic regression analysis was used. The use of emergency ambulance services by patients with alcohol dependence was 4.68 times more than primary care patients, and the occurrence of ambulance-caused injuries was 6.03 times higher, as determined by multiple logistic regression. Among primary care patients, AUDIT-C positive patients (male; 5 points or more, female; 3 points or more) were 37 (12.2%), and the occurrence of ambulance-caused injuries was 3.32 times higher. Like with other countries, in Japan, heavy drinkers and patients with alcohol dependence lead to a significant increase in the use of emergency ambulance services as well as ambulance-caused injuries.

  9. Variations in Ambulance Use in the United States: the Role of Health Insurance

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    Meisel, Zachary F.; Pines, Jesse M.; Polsky, Daniel E.; Metlay, Joshua P.; Neuman, Mark D.; Branas, Charles C.

    2011-01-01

    Objectives The purpose of this study was to describe the associations between individual health insurance and ambulance utilization using a national sample of patients who receive emergency department (ED) care. Methods The data source was the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, years 2004 through 2006. Non-institutionalized patients between ages 18 and 65 years were included. The primary dependant variable was ambulance use. Multivariable logistic regression methods were used to assess the associations between health insurance status and ambulance use, and to adjust for confounders. Results A total of 61,013 ED visits were included, representing a national sample of approximately 70 million annual ED visits over three years. Ambulance transport was used in 11% of private insurance visits, 16% of Medicaid visits, and 13% of uninsured visits. In the adjusted model, visits by patients with Medicaid (aOR 1.60, 99% confidence interval (CI) = 1.37 to 1.86) and the uninsured (aOR 1.43, 99% CI = 1.23 to 1.66) were more likely to arrive by ambulance than visits by patients with private insurance. Ambulance use among the uninsured was most pronounced in metropolitan areas. Conclusions Ambulance use varies by health insurance status. Medicaid coverage and lack of insurance are each independently associated with increased odds of ambulance use, suggesting a disproportionate role for EMS in the care of patients with limited financial resources. PMID:21996068

  10. Dynamic ambulance dispatching: is the closest-idle policy always optimal?

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    C.J. Jagtenberg (Caroline); S. Bhulai (Sandjai); R.D. van der Mei (Rob)

    2016-01-01

    htmlabstractWe address the problem of ambulance dispatching, in which we must decide which ambulance to send to an incident in real time. In practice, it is commonly believed that the ‘closest idle ambulance’ rule is near-optimal and it is used throughout most literature. In this paper, we present

  11. Efficacy and efficiency of psychological, psychiatric, sociomedical and complementary medical interventions for excessive crying in primary care services (“Schreiambulanzen” [Effektivität und Effizienz von psychologischen, psychiatrischen, sozialmedizinischen und komplementärmedizinischen Interventionen bei Schreibabys (z. B. regulative Störung in Schreiambulanzen

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    Full Text Available [english] There are different approaches to reduce excessive crying of babies. Studies prove positive effects of single measures, e. g. certain diets, acupuncture or psychological approaches improve the crying behaviour. No evaluation data support the effectiveness of the examined crying ambulances.[german] Es gibt verschiedene Ansätze, die exzessives Schreien bei Kindern verringern sollen. Für einzelne Maßnahmen jedoch belegen Studien positive Effekte: so können bestimmte Ernährungsveränderungen, Akupunktur oder psychologische Ansätze das Schreiverhalten verbessern. Zu den betrachteten Schreiambulanzen finden sich keine Studiendaten, die deren Wirksamkeit nachweisen.

  12. The Effect of Ambulance Staffing Models in a Metropolitan, Fire-Based EMS System.

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    Cortez, Eric J; Panchal, Ashish R; Davis, James E; Keseg, David P

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    Introduction The staffing of ambulances with different levels of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers is a difficult decision with evidence being mixed on the benefit of each model. Hypothesis/Problem The objective of this study was to describe a pilot program evaluating alternative staffing on two ambulances utilizing the paramedic-basic (PB) model (staffed with one paramedic and one emergency medical technician[EMT]). This was a retrospective study conducted from September 17, 2013 through December 31, 2013. The PB ambulances were compared to geographically matched ambulances staffed with paramedic-paramedic (PP ambulances). One PP and one PB ambulance were based at Station A; one PP and one PB ambulance were based at Station B. The primary outcome was total on-scene time. Secondary outcomes included time-to-electrocardiogram (EKG), time-to-intravenous (IV) line insertion, IV-line success rate, and percentage of protocol violations. Inclusion criteria were all patients requesting prehospital services that were attended to by these teams. Patients were excluded if they were not attended to by the study ambulance vehicles. Descriptive statistics were reported as medians and interquartile ranges (IQR). Proportions were reported with 95% confidence intervals (CI). The Mann-Whitley U test was used for significance testing (Pambulance were shorter than the PB ambulance team (PP: 10.1 minutes, IQR 6.0-15; PB: 13.0 minutes, IQR 8.1-18; P=.01). This finding also was noted at Station B (PP: 13.5 minutes, IQR 8.5-19; PB: 14.3 minutes, IQR 9.9-20; P=.01). There were no differences between PP and PB ambulance teams at Station A or Station B in time-to-EKG, time-to-IV insertion, IV success rate, and protocol violation rates. In the setting of a well-developed EMS system utilizing an all-Advanced Life Support (ALS) response, this study suggests that PB ambulance teams may function well when compared to PP ambulances. Though longer scene times were observed, differences in

  13. Comparison of different intubation techniques performed inside a moving ambulance: a manikin study.

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    Wong, K B; Lui, C T; Chan, William Y W; Lau, T L; Tang, Simon Y H; Tsui, K L

    2014-08-01

    OBJECTIVE. Airway management and endotracheal intubation may be required urgently when a patient deteriorates in an ambulance or aircraft during interhospital transfer or in a prehospital setting. The objectives of this study were: (1) to compare the effectiveness of conventional intubation by Macintosh laryngoscope in a moving ambulance versus that in a static ambulance; and (2) to compare the effectiveness of inverse intubation and GlideScope laryngoscopy with conventional intubation inside a moving ambulance. DESIGN. Comparative experimental study. SETTING. The experiment was conducted in an ambulance provided by the Auxiliary Medical Service in Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS. A group of 22 doctors performed endotracheal intubation on manikins with Macintosh laryngoscope in a static and moving ambulance. In addition, they performed conventional Macintosh intubation, inverse intubation with Macintosh laryngoscope, and GlideScope intubation in a moving ambulance in both normal and simulated difficult airways. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES. The primary outcome was the rate of successful intubation. The secondary outcomes were time taken for intubation, subjective glottis visualisation grading, and eventful intubation (oesophageal intubation, intubation time >60 seconds, and incisor breakage) with different techniques or devices. RESULTS. In normal airways, conventional Macintosh intubation in a static ambulance (95.5%), conventional intubation in a moving ambulance (95.5%), as well as GlideScope intubation in a moving ambulance (95.5%) were associated with high success rates; the success rate of inverse intubation was comparatively low (54.5%; P=0.004). In difficult airways, conventional Macintosh intubation in a static ambulance (86.4%), conventional intubation in a moving ambulance (90.9%), and GlideScope intubation in a moving ambulance (100%) were associated with high success rates; the success rate of inverse intubation was comparatively lower (40.9%; P=0.034). CONCLUSIONS

  14. Über die Rückbildung der Kiemenbogen bei den Selachii

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    Versluys, J.

    1922-01-01

    Das Vorkommen von sieben Kiemenbogen bei Heptanchus, sechs bei Hexanchus, Chlamydoselachus und Pliotrema (REGAN, 1908), und von nur fünf bei den übrigen Selachii weist auf Rückbildung der Zahl der Kiemenbogen innerhalb der Selachii hin. Dadurch entsteht die Frage wie diese Verringerung der Zahl der

  15. Prognostic Predictors for Ambulation in Thai Children With Cerebral Palsy Aged 2 to 18 Years.

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    Keeratisiroj, Orawan; Thawinchai, Nuanlaor; Siritaratiwat, Wantana; Buntragulpoontawee, Montana

    2015-11-01

    The objectives of this study were to determine prognostic predictors for ambulation among Thai children with cerebral palsy and identify their ambulatory status. A retrospective cohort study was performed at 6 special schools or hospitals for children with physical disabilities. The prognostic predictors for ambulation were analyzed by multivariable ordinal continuation ratio logistic regression. The 533 participants aged 2 to 18 years were divided into 3 groups: 186 with independent ambulation (Gross Motor Function Classification System [GMFCS I-II]), 71 with assisted ambulation (Gross Motor Function Classification System III), and 276 with nonambulation (Gross Motor Function Classification System IV-V). The significant positive predictors for ambulation were type of cerebral palsy (spastic diplegia, spastic hemiplegia, dyskinesia, ataxia, hypotonia, and mixed type), sitting independently at age 2 years, and eating independently. These predictors were used to develop clinical scoring for predicting the future ability to walk among Thai children with cerebral palsy.

  16. Critical care paramedics in England: a national survey of ambulance services.

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    von Vopelius-Feldt, Johannes; Benger, Jonathan

    2014-08-01

    Critical care paramedics (CCPs) have been introduced by individual ambulance trusts in England, but there is a lack of national coordination of training and practice. We conducted an online survey of NHS ambulance services to provide an overview of the current utilization and role of CCPs in England. The survey found significant variations in training, competencies and the working patterns of the ∼90 CCPs working in five ambulance services. All ambulance trusts currently employing CCPs are planning on increasing CCP numbers, whereas 'insufficient financial means' and 'insufficient scientific evidence' are the two major barriers to CCP utilization. The CCP model established in five ambulance services in England is unique within Europe. With increasing numbers of CCPs, concerns about lack of supportive scientific evidence and clinical need should be addressed. Optimal delivery of prehospital critical care in England remains controversial.

  17. Ambulance transport of noncritical children: emergency medical service providers' knowledge, opinions, and practice.

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    O'Neil, Joseph; Steele, Gregory K; Weinstein, Elizabeth; Collins, Robert; Talty, Judith; Bull, Marilyn J

    2014-03-01

    Safe ambulance transport of children presents unique challenges. Our study describes child passenger restraint practices during ambulance transport, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers' knowledge, training, and use of child passenger restraint devices (CRD). A child passenger safety technician (CPST) recorded restraint used for pediatric ambulance transport. The CPST assessed and documented type of CRD used, securement, and whether the child was properly restrained. EMS providers' knowledge, training, and CRD use for ambulance transport were assessed. The study period spanned July 2009 to July 2010; 63 EMS personnel were interviewed and 40 children were observed. Approximately 75% of emergency medical technicians surveyed felt their knowledge of pediatric transport was adequate. Fourteen percent allowed a stable patient to be transported via parent's lap. Twelve percent were transported unrestrained. None of the 11 patients, birth to 3 years, were found to be transported correctly. Study findings supports education and training of EMS personnel to improve the safe ambulance transport of children.

  18. Nichterkennen von Vorhofflimmern bei Patienten mit kardialer Resynchronisationstherapie

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    Full Text Available Obwohl eine Intoleranz der kardialen Resynchronisationstherapie (CRT unüblich ist, sollten entsprechende Symptome auf ihre Ursache hin genau abgeklärt werden. Atriale Tachyarrhythmien (AT werden bei Patienten mit chronischer Herzinsuffizienz relativ häufig beobachtet. Dieser Bericht beschreibt ein rhythmologisches Problem, welches oft unerkannt bleibt und in unserem CRTKollektiv bei knapp 8 % der Patienten aufgetreten ist. Paroxysmales Vorhofflattern wurde durch den CRT-Schrittmacher nicht erkannt, da jede zweite Flatterwelle exakt mit der atrialen Ausblendzeit (PVAB = postventrikuläres atriales Blanking zusammenfiel. Dies führte zu einem Versagen der Mode-Switch-Funktion durch Nichterkennung von stabilem Vorhofflattern, welches mit sehr stabiler Zykluslänge auftrat. Dieses sog. "2:1-lock-in"-Phänomen resultierte in rascher und anhaltender biventrikulärer Stimulation, welche sich bei den betroffenen Patienten klinisch als unangenehmes Herzklopfen mit zunehmender Atemnot bemerkbar machte.

  19. Head injuries in children; Schaedel-Hirn-Trauma bei Kindern

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    Zimmer, A.; Reith, W. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany)

    2009-10-15

    Trauma is the reason for 40-60% of emergency callouts concerning children. Approximately half of the children have head injuries. As for adults early recognition of findings indicating an intervention are decisive for the prognosis. In children head injury can be divided into three categories: birth trauma, accidental and non-accidental trauma. This article concentrates on accidental trauma with respect to characteristics of causes, epidemiology, mechanisms of accidents and illustrated morphological findings. (orig.) [German] In 40-60% der Faelle ist ein Trauma die Ursache fuer Noteinsaetze bei Kindern. Dabei weist ca. die Haelfte der Verletzten ein Schaedel-Hirn-Trauma (SHT) auf. Wie bei Erwachsenen ist das fruehzeitige Erkennen interventionspflichtiger Befunde entscheidend fuer die Prognose. Man unterscheidet bei Kindern 3 Formen des SHT: das Geburtstrauma, das akzidentelle und das nichtakzidentelle Trauma. Der folgende Artikel befasst sich mit dem akzidentellen Trauma, wobei Besonderheiten hinsichtlich der Ursachen, der Epidemiologie, des Unfallmechanismus und der bildmorphlogischen Befunde herausgearbeitet werden. (orig.)

  20. Spect in epilepsy; SPECT bei Anfallsleiden

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    Feistel, H. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik und Neurologische Klinik, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany); Weis, M. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik und Neurologische Klinik, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany); Michalik, K. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik und Neurologische Klinik, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany); Schueler, P. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik und Neurologische Klinik, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany); Platsch, G. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik und Neurologische Klinik, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany); Stefan, H. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik und Neurologische Klinik, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany); Wolf, F. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik mit Poliklinik und Neurologische Klinik, Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen (Germany)

    1997-06-01

    Fokuslokalisation genutzt werden. In diesem Zusammenhang wird nach dem `Erlanger Modell` auch das periiktuale SPECT eingesetzt, d.h. die Injektion des Tracers geschieht im Anfall (iktuales SPECT), unmittelbar nach Sistieren des Anfalls (postiktual) oder im anfallsfreien Intervall (interiktual). Die iktuale oder postiktuale Applikation des Tracers setzt eine eingespielte Zusammenarbeit zwischen neurologischer und nuklearmedizinischer Abteilung voraus, die unter Beachtung der Strahlenschutzvorschriften im Monitoringzentrum entstehen muss. Im Fall der Temporallappenepilepsie laesst sich durch Serienaufnahmen zeigen, dass zu Anfallsbeginn der Schlaefenlappen grossflaechig hyperperfundiert sein kann bei parietaler Minderdurchblutung, dass der Herd in den ersten beiden Minuten nach Anfallsende am engsten markiert abgebildet wird und bei spaeterer Injektion nur noch minderperfundiert erscheint. Im Fall der Frontallappenepilepsien ist eine fruehe Injektion moeglichst innerhalb von 40 Sekunden anzustreben, andernfalls kann eine Anfallspropagation in distante Hirnareale, auch nach kontralateral, stattfinden. Extraemporale Epilepsien sind haeufig mit Missbildung oder Trauma vergesellschaftet und schwer kategorisierbar. In schwierigen Faellen kann durch die Rezeptorszintigraphie mit z.B. Iomazenil der Fokus in Form einer kalten Gewebslaesion als Ausdruck der gestoerten neuronalen Integritaet lokalisiert werden. (orig.)

  1. Factors influencing ambulance use in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction in Beijing, China

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    YAN Hong-bing; HU Da-yi; SONG Li; CHEN Hui; ZHANG Jian; LI Shi-ying; LI Qing-xiang; CHENG Shu-juan; WANG Jian; ZHAO Han-jun

    2009-01-01

    Background Emergency medical service plays a key role in the early recognition and treatment of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), but studies indicate that the patients experiencing STEMI symptoms often fail to call an ambulance as recommended. This study aimed to examine the current ambulance transport frequency and ascertain predictors and reasons for not choosing ambulance transportation by the patients with STEMI in Beijing.Methods A prospective, cross-sectional survey was conducted from January 1,2006 through until June 30, 2007 in two tertiary hospitals in Beijing and included consecutive patients with STEMI admitted within 24 hours of onset of symptoms. Data were collected by structured interviews and medical records review.Results Of the 572 patients, only 172 (30.1%) used an ambulance, and the remaining 400 (69.9%) presented by self-transport. Multivariate analysis showed that age <65 years (OR: 1.220; 95% CI: 1.001-2.043), lower education level (OR: 1.582; 95% CI: 1.003-2.512), presence of pre-infarction angina (OR: 1.595; 95% CI: 1.086-2.347), and attribution of symptoms to non-cardiac origin (OR: 1.519; 95% CI: 1.011-2.284) were independent predictors for not using an ambulance. However, history of coronary artery disease (CAD), dyspnea, perceiving symptoms to be serious, and knowing the meaning of cardiopulmonary resuscitation appeared to be independent predictors of ambulance use. The main reasons for not using an ambulance were convenience and quickness of self-transport and the decreased severity of symptoms.Conclusions A large proportion of patients in Beijing do not call for an ambulance after onset of STEMI symptoms. Several factors including demographics, previous CAD, symptoms and cognitive factors of patients are associated with the ambulance use. The public should be educated that an ambulance is not merely a transportation modality and that it also provides rapid diagnosis and treatment.

  2. Neuropsychologische und psychiatrische Komorbiditäten bei Epilepsien

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    Lehner-Baumgartner E

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Neuropsychologische Beeinträchtigungen stellen ein gravierendes Problem für viele Epilepsiepatienten dar und werden im Wesentlichen durch die 3 folgenden Faktoren verursacht und beeinflusst: (1 Morphologische Faktoren – Lokalisation und Art der epileptogenen Läsion. Zudem können umschriebene Läsionen auch zu funktionellen Beeinträchtigungen in von der Läsion entfernten Hirnregionen führen, was durch eine Störung von funktionellen Netzwerken erklärt werden kann. (2 Klinische und demographische Faktoren (Alter zu Erkrankungsbeginn, Erkrankungsdauer, Anfallsfrequenz und -schwere, Geschlecht. (3 Funktionelle Faktoren (antikonvulsive Medikation, allfällige psychiatrische Komorbiditäten, Effekte von Anfällen und interiktale epileptiforme Entladungen. Psychiatrische Erkrankungen (Depressionen, Psychosen und Angststörungen treten bei Epilepsiepatienten signifikant häufiger auf als in der Allgemeinbevölkerung und als bei anderen chronischen Erkrankungen. Psychiatrische Störungen können entweder in einer fixen zeitlichen Beziehung zu den Anfällen auftreten (präiktale, iktale und postiktale psychiatrische Störungen oder sich unabhängig vom Auftreten der Anfälle manifestieren (interiktale psychiatrische Störung. Die Depression stellt die häufigste psychiatrische Begleiterkrankung bei Epilepsie dar, zudem ist eine Depression ein Risikofaktor für das Neu- Auftreten einer Epilepsie. Diese bidirektionale Beziehung könnte durch gemeinsame Pathomechanismen beider Erkrankungen erklärt werden. Obwohl das Vorliegen und der Schweregrad einer Depression die wichtigsten Prädiktoren für die Lebensqualität bei Epilepsiepatienten darstellen, werden Depressionen bei Epilepsiepatienten unterdiagnostiziert und unterbehandelt. Eine psychopharmakologische Behandlung sollte bei Vorliegen einer Begleitdepression unverzüglich initiiert werden, das epileptogene Potenzial von Antidepressiva stellt dabei ein vernachlässigbares Risiko dar.

  3. Die Chirurgie der abdominellen Aorta bei Dissektionen, Aneurysmen und Ruptur

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    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Das chirurgische Standardverfahren in der Behandlung geschlossener oder rupturierter abdomineller Aneurysmen ist die "offene" Dissektionsresektion. Mit diesem invasiven konventionellen Verfahren sind alle Formen abdomineller Aneurysmen behandelbar. Bei Patienten mit niedrigem Risikoprofil ist die perioperative Mortalität gering und das Langzeitergebnis ausgezeichnet. Die transfemorale minimal invasive Implantation von Endoprothesen ist bei ausgewählten Patienten mit geeigneter Anatomie eine befriedigende Alternative. Die perioperative Mortalität ist auch beim Hochrisikopatienten gering. Der ungewisse Langzeitverlauf erfordert eine lebenslange Observanz des Aneurysmas.

  4. Characteristics of hospitals diverting ambulances in a California EMS system.

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    Kahn, Christopher A; Stratton, Samuel J; Anderson, Craig L

    2014-02-01

    While several reports discuss controversies regarding ambulance diversion from acute care hospitals and the mortality, financial, and resource effects, there is scant literature related to the effect of hospital characteristics. The objective of this study was to describe specific paramedic receiving center characteristics that are associated with ambulance diversion rates in an Emergency Medical Services system. A retrospective observational study design was used. The study was performed in a suburban EMS system with 27 paramedic receiving centers studied; one additional hospital present at the beginning of the study period (2000-2008) was excluded due to lack of recent data. Hospital-level and population-level characteristics were gathered, including diversion rate (hours on diversion/total hours open), for-profit status, number of specialty services (including trauma, burn, cardiovascular surgery, renal transplant services, cardiac catheterization capability [both interventional and diagnostic], and burn surgery), average inpatient bed occupancy rate (total patient days/licensed bed days), annual emergency department (ED) volume (patients per year), ED admission rate (percent of ED patients admitted), and percent of patients leaving without being seen. Demographic characteristics included percent of persons in each hospital's immediate census tract below the 100% and 200% poverty lines (each considered separately), and population density within the census tract. Bivariate and regression analyses were performed. Diversion rates for the 27 centers ranged from 0.3%-14.5% (median 4.5%). Average inpatient bed occupancy rate and presence of specialty services were correlated with an increase in diversion rate; occupancy rate showed a 0.08% increase in diversion hours per 1% increase in occupancy rate (95% CI, 0.01%-0.16%), and hospitals with specialty services had, on average, a 4.1% higher diversion rate than other hospitals (95% CI, 1.6%-6.7%). Other characteristics

  5. Stylistic analysis of the poem "Ambulance" by Philip Larkin

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    Muhammad Yasir Khan

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Philip Larkin is known as a movement poet, because there are many poems which were published in the book of poetic movement, New Lines. This movement was started in 1950, against the unreasonable, inflated and extortionate romanticism of 1930's and 1940's. The common features of movement poetry are; the use of irony and wit, an element of satire, the loneliness of modern man, pessimistic outlook on life, realism, use of ordinary diction, use of symbols, and loss of religious faith. Robert Conquest is known as the representative poet of this movement. The poets of this movement believed that the language of poetry should be simple, lucid and intelligible. The poem Ambulance deals with the important features of movement poetry. Through the stylistics study of this poem the researchers will show the loneliness and concept of death in modern man.

  6. [Treatment of liver cirrhosis - actually possibility of ambulant internist].

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    Ehrmann, Jiří; Aiglová, Květa; Konečný, Michal; Procházka, Vlastimil; Vrzalová, Drahomíra

    There are 40 000-60 000 patients with cirrhosis in the Czech Republic. 2 000 die of this disease yearly. This group of patients needs a complex treatment and it is mostly an internist cooperating with other specialists. The most important for an ambulant internist is to diagnose the disease as soon as possible and start with treatment of chronic liver disease that could lead to a cirrhosis. It means especially chronic viral hepatitis, alcoholic or non-alcoholic steatosis/steatohepatitis, auto-immune liver damage and metabolic disease. The next step is to diagnose the cirrhosis in time when it is in no manifest stage. The third step is to diagnose and treat the liver decompensation. It means consequences of the portal hypertension, it is ascit, esophageal or gastric varices, hepatorenal syndrome. Next there are consequences of the metabolic insufficiency, it is icterus, coagulopathy and hepatic encephalopathy. It is necessary to diagnose and cure cholestasis from the very first extrahepatic causes. For a successful treatment of the hepatocellular carcinoma originated almost exclusively in the grounds of the cirrhosis must be early diagnosed. The ambulant internist respective hepatologist must diagnose the stage of the cirrhosis and decide when a hospitalization is necessary. Also a close cooperation with other specialists is urgent if it is about a liver transplantation. The treatment of successive stages of the cirrhosis is a topic of the showed educational article. compensated/decompensated liver cirrhosis - diet/nutrition in liver cirrhosis - etiology and diagnose of liver cirrhosis - treatment of liver insufficiency/failure - treatment of portal hypertension and its complications.

  7. Speed and distance requirements for community ambulation: a systematic review.

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    Salbach, Nancy M; O'Brien, Kelly; Brooks, Dina; Irvin, Emma; Martino, Rosemary; Takhar, Pam; Chan, Sylvia; Howe, Jo-Anne

    2014-01-01

    To provide an overview of the research literature on distance and speed requirements for adults to walk outside the home. We conducted a systematic review and searched PubMed, MEDLINE (Ovid), EMBASE, CINAHL, Scopus, PEDro, and The Cochrane Library from 1948 to May 2012, and other sources. Search terms included communities, walk, ambulation, and neighborhood. Full-text peer-reviewed articles written in English, French, or Spanish reporting distance and/or speed requirements for individuals walking outside the home were considered eligible. Two authors independently screened titles and abstracts. One author reviewed full-text articles to determine inclusion. Of the 3191 titles and abstracts screened, 15 studies (.47%) were selected for detailed review. One author appraised methodological quality. Inadequate description of the reliability of the measurement methods and the population of the town/city assessed was noted. One author extracted data from included studies. A second reviewer independently verified extracted data for accuracy. Seven studies examining 24 community sites and crosswalks in the United States, Australia, and Singapore were included. Three sites with the largest mean distance requirements for adults to walk were club warehouses (677m), superstores (183-607m), and hardware stores (566m). Three sites with the lowest mean distance requirements were walking at the front (16m) and back (19m) of the house, and at cemeteries (18m). The average speed required to cross the street in the time of a walk signal varied from .44 to 1.32m/s. Distance and speed requirements for adults to walk in the community environment vary widely. Findings are relevant to judging capacity for community ambulation to carry out essential activities of daily living, educating patients, and setting rehabilitation goals. Copyright © 2014 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Targeted response? An exploration of why ambulance services find government targets particularly challenging.

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    Durham, Mark; Faulkner, Mark; Deakin, Charles

    2016-12-01

    Ambulance services have historically found their targets particularly challenging. This article explores some areas of this multifaceted problem. Research articles, government publications and published audit data. Demand is increasing in many areas of healthcare, but whilst hospitals saw a 7% increase in demand in recent times, ambulance services saw nearly double that. The services ambulance trusts provide have evolved from that of a transport service to that of a mobile health provider, and they have become victims of their own success. Ambulance targets have never evolved to match evolving care. Ambulance personnel strive to avoid hospital attendance where appropriate, but this can be difficult for a 24-hour service, when not all referral pathways have 24-hour referral systems. We discuss why demand might be growing disproportionately for ambulance services, and challenge the appropriateness of the targets themselves. Possible formats for revised ambulance targets are discussed. © The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  9. Occupational stressors and its organizational and individual correlates: A nationwide study of Norwegian ambulance personnel

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background High levels of stress among ambulance personnel have been attributed to the conditions of ambulance work. However, there is little research to support this notion, and it has been questioned whether ambulance work is inherently stressful. We compared the severity and frequency level of organizational and ambulance-specific stressors, and studied their relationship to organizational conditions and individual differences Methods A comprehensive nationwide questionnaire survey of ambulance personnel (n = 1180 in operational duty. The questionnaire included the Job Stress Survey, the Norwegian Ambulance Stress Survey, the Basic Character Inventory, General Self-Efficacy Scale, and questions addressing organizational conditions. Results Serious operational tasks and physical demands were identified as the two most severe stressors. Lack of support from co-workers was the most severe and frequent organizational stressor. Higher frequency of stressors was most strongly associated with size of service districts (beta ranging between .18 and .30, p p p p p Conclusion Ambulance-specific stressors were reported as both more severe and more frequently occurring stressors than were organizational stressors. Organizational working conditions were more strongly related to frequency of job stressors than were individual differences. In general, the relationship between occupational stressors and individual differences was weak.

  10. Occupational stressors and its organizational and individual correlates: a nationwide study of Norwegian ambulance personnel.

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    Sterud, Tom; Hem, Erlend; Ekeberg, Oivind; Lau, Bjørn

    2008-12-02

    High levels of stress among ambulance personnel have been attributed to the conditions of ambulance work. However, there is little research to support this notion, and it has been questioned whether ambulance work is inherently stressful. We compared the severity and frequency level of organizational and ambulance-specific stressors, and studied their relationship to organizational conditions and individual differences A comprehensive nationwide questionnaire survey of ambulance personnel (n = 1180) in operational duty. The questionnaire included the Job Stress Survey, the Norwegian Ambulance Stress Survey, the Basic Character Inventory, General Self-Efficacy Scale, and questions addressing organizational conditions. Serious operational tasks and physical demands were identified as the two most severe stressors. Lack of support from co-workers was the most severe and frequent organizational stressor. Higher frequency of stressors was most strongly associated with size of service districts (beta ranging between .18 and .30, p exposure to critical event (beta ranging from .11 to .24, p organizational conditions. Ambulance-specific stressors were reported as both more severe and more frequently occurring stressors than were organizational stressors. Organizational working conditions were more strongly related to frequency of job stressors than were individual differences. In general, the relationship between occupational stressors and individual differences was weak.

  11. INTRODUKSI TEKNOLOGI INOVASI AMBUL UNTUK BUDIDAYA TANAMAN SAYURAN DI KALIMANTAN TENGAH

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    HASTIN ERNAWATI NUR CHUSNUL CHOTIMAH

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    Full Text Available Arut Bawah is a settlement that is always flooded every year due to Kahayan river run off . Residents perform various activities on the water, and transportation between housing residents with one another, using wooden boards. The conditions is not possible if it is used to grow crops. It is certainly limiting factor for household food needs, including the need for vegetables. Flooded land use around residential has not been done because the technology is not yet known. Through these activities, the community is expected to implement one of the local knowledges of the environment-friendly cultivation in swampy areas with ambul system so that people can still grow crops to sustain life. It consists of meeting nutritional needs, as well as improving food security in water-saturated soil conditions. This community service was conducted by the various stages of 1 outreach and dissemination of technology ambul 2 training of making ambul and 3 planting a variety of vegetables in ambul. The results showed that ambul can be used as a technology for cultivation in flooded areas. The introduction of technology ambul got a positive response from residents Arut Bawah Palangkaraya Central Kalimantan. Keywords: ambul, vegetables and flooded areas.

  12. The desired competence of the Swedish ambulance nurse according to the professionals - a Delphi study.

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    Wihlborg, Jonas; Edgren, Gudrun; Johansson, Anders; Sivberg, Bengt

    2014-07-01

    Nursing is evolving into new fields of health care including ambulance care, where a branch of specialist nursing is growing. Various views exist on the desired competence for the ambulance nurse and valid guidelines are lacking in Sweden. To increase knowledge of the field, professionals were asked to describe what competences an ambulance nurse should possess. The aim of this study was therefore to elucidate the desired professional competence of the specialist ambulance nurse, according to the professionals. A modified Delphi technique was used, where a panel of professional experts expressed their views on the desired competence of the ambulance nurse. This study reports, at a high level of agreement among the panel experts, that the desired competence of the specialist ambulance nurse consist of forty-four separate competences creating ten areas of competences: execute leadership, generic abilities, interpersonal communication, institutional collaboration, pedagogic skills, possession of relevant knowledge, professional judgement, professional skills, research activities, and technical skills. The high level of agreement among the professionals as well as the large number of competences reflects the high demands placed on the ambulance nurse by the professionals themselves. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Route less travelled? Ambulance use for children with high-acuity acute illness.

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    Hopgood, Timothy; Shepherd, Michael

    2014-04-01

    Ambulance transportation offers important supportive care and treatment en route to definitive treatment. However, children may be at risk of under-utilising ambulance transportation, where private vehicle is possible. This study aims to determine how many of the sickest children present to hospitals in Auckland via ambulance and whether certain population groups are lower users of ambulance services. Transportation, demographic and outcome data were collected and analysed for children presenting to Starship Children's Health (Starship) from 1 January to 31 December 2011), who were 'self referrals' to hospital, less than 15 years of age, and assigned triage category 1 and 2 on presentation. There were 1047 presentations to Starship identified that met inclusion criteria. Of these, 256 of the 341 triage one presentations (75.1%) and 217 of the 706 triage two presentations (30.7%) were transported by ambulance.Ambulance use was higher among older children (P ambulance, particularly those aged less than 1 year. This has the potential to result in worse health outcomes. There were no identified associations with patient demographics, and further research is required to better understand this problem and develop solutions. © 2013 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2013 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).

  14. Fatigue and mental health in Australian rural and regional ambulance personnel.

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    Pyper, Zoe; Paterson, Jessica L

    2016-02-01

    Australian ambulance personnel experience stress, fatigue and exposure to traumatic events. These risks have been extensively researched in metropolitan paramedics. However, there has been limited research in rural and regional personnel. Rural and regional ambulance personnel make up a significant proportion of the Australian ambulance workforce and may be exposed to unique stressors. The aim of the current study was to investigate levels of fatigue, stress, and emotional trauma in rural and regional ambulance personnel. A sample of 134 (103 male, 31 female) rural and regional ambulance personnel completed a mixed methods survey assessing fatigue, stress and emotional trauma. Data were analysed using a combination of descriptive analysis and qualitative, deductive analysis that involved data immersion, coding, and categorisation. Participants reported high levels of fatigue and emotional trauma. Qualitative data revealed stressors including community expectations and 'office politics'. Participants also reported negative effects of fatigue including errors in drug administration and falling asleep while driving. The majority of participants reported normal levels of stress. It may be the case that working with known individuals in a community offers some degree of 'protective' impact for stress in rural and regional ambulance personnel. This is one of the first studies to investigate fatigue, stress, and emotional trauma in a rural and regional ambulance population. Results indicate a complex and unique profile of risks and challenges for this critical and understudied community resource. © 2015 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine.

  15. Audit of oxygen use in emergency ambulances and in a hospital emergency department.

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    Hale, K E; Gavin, C; O'Driscoll, B R

    2008-11-01

    Oxygen is widely used but poorly studied in emergency medicine, with a limited evidence base for its use in specific conditions. There are safety concerns about the underuse of oxygen in patients with critical illness and its overuse in conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A baseline audit was required to assess current practice prior to the introduction of new national emergency oxygen guidelines in late 2008. The use of pulse oximetry and oxygen therapy was audited in patients brought by ambulance to the "majors" section of the emergency department (ED) in a university hospital. Oxygen therapy in the ambulance and the ED was subsequently documented. Oxygen use in ambulances was compared with Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) guidance and with subsequent patient management. The ambulance and ED records of 1022 patients were audited manually. Oxygen saturation (SpO(2)) was recorded for 90% of patients, 17% of whom had SpO(2) ambulance and almost half of these had oxygen discontinued in the ED. Only 62% of ambulance oxygen use was in accordance with JRCALC guidance, but most "undertreated" patients were stable normoxaemic patients for whom guidance recommends high-flow oxygen. Only 58% of patients with COPD were correctly identified in the ambulance and 73% of these patients were treated with flow rates >4 l/min (equivalent to >35% oxygen). Oxygen use in ambulances is very common, equivalent to 2.2 million episodes annually in the UK. The quality of oxygen use is suboptimal, especially for patients with COPD. Emergency oxygen therapy will become simpler when new evidence-based UK emergency oxygen guidelines are published, and it is hoped that future audits will show better protocol adherence.

  16. Sportmedizinische Aspekte des Judo bei Kindern und Jugendlichen : Auswertung von Sportverletzungen mit Konsequenzen für Trainings- und Wettkampfbetreuung

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    Erdmann, Ute

    2000-01-01

    In einer aktuell erhobenen Studie wurde das Auftreten von Sportverletzungen bei Kindern und Jugendlichen im Judo auf Breitensportebene ausgewertet. Bei Wettkampf, Lehrgang und Training wurden 129 Verletzungen bei 107 Verletzten erfasst. Es ergab sich eine Verletzungsinzidenz von 9,6 % bei Wettkämpfen und 37,5 % bei Lehrgängen. Nur 4,7 % der 129 Verletzungen waren schwer, darunter keine Lehrgangsverletzung. In der Gesamtstatistik dominierten Verletzungen an den unteren Extremitäten mi...

  17. Fertilitätsprotektion bei onkologischen Erkrankungen der Frau

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Die steigenden Überlebensraten und die zunehmende Bedeutung der Lebensqualität nach einer Krebserkrankung haben den Fertilitätserhalt bei zytotoxischen Therapien in den Fokus der Aufmerksamkeit gerückt. Fortschritte in der Reproduktionsmedizin und die Bildung von regionalen, nationalen und internationalen interdisziplinären Netzwerkstrukturen ermöglichen inzwischen auch bei Frauen die effektive Durchführung von fertilitätsprotektiven Techniken. Angeboten werden einzeln oder in Kombination die ovarielle Stimulation und Kryokonservierung von unfertilisierten und fertilisierten Oozyten, die Entnahme und Kryokonservierung von Ovargewebe und die Gabe von GnRH-Analoga. Die Wahl der Methode muss jedoch insbesondere bei Frauen interdisziplinär und ausschließlich auf dem Boden einer großen reproduktionsmedizinischen Erfahrung gestellt werden. Das Netzwerk FertiPROTEKT (http://www.fertiprotekt.de umfasst spezialisierte Zentren und bietet Unterstützung bei der Beratung der Patienten, der Auswahl, Evaluation und Optimierung der z. T. noch nicht voll etablierten Techniken

  18. Grundlagen und Zahlen zur genetischen Beratung bei komplexen Epilepsien

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    Zimprich F

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aufgrund der erhöhten genetischen Belastung bei komplexen Epilepsieformen suchen Angehörige oder Patienten oft Rat zur Ermittlung des Erkrankungsrisikos für weitere Familienmitglieder. Im vorliegenden Artikel wird versucht, Grundlagen sowie Fakten aus der Literatur zur Beantwortung dieser Frage bereitzustellen.

  19. Anticholinergika bei überaktiver Blase und benignem Prostatasyndrom

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    Gabuev A

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Das klinische Bild des benignen Prostatasyndroms (BPS ist vielfältig. Standardmäßig werden die Patienten mit benigner prostatischer Obstruktion operativ behandelt. Ein wesentlicher Anteil der betroffenen Männer leidet vorwiegend unter Drangsymptomen wie Pollakisurie und gehäuftem imperativen Harndrang mit oder ohne Harninkontinenz. Nach dem Versagen der primären konservativen Behandlung mit selektiven Alpha-1- Adrenoblockern und/oder 5-alpha-Reduktasehemmern in dieser Patientengruppe (Non-Responder wird häufig die Indikation zu weniger akzeptablen invasiven Therapieoptionen gestellt. Die Ergebnisse von internationalen multizentrischen Studien zur Wirkung von Anticholinergika bei Patienten mit dem Syndrom „überaktive Blase“ zeigten deren Effizienz und günstiges Nebenwirkungsprofil. Dies führte zur kritischen Betrachtung des Problems der Anwendung von Anticholinergika bei benigner Hyperplasie der Prostata als „klassische“ Kontraindikation und zu einer breiteren Indikationsstellung zur konservativen Therapie bei Non-Respondern. Die vorliegende Analyse der aktuellen Publikationen zur Anwendung von Anticholinergika zeigt, daß ein selektioniertes Patientenkollektiv mit irritativen Beschwerden bei BPS von dieser Therapie profitieren kann. Eine Tendenz zur Entwicklung des akuten Harnverhaltes konnte nicht eindeutig nachgewiesen werden. Eine kontrollierte Anwendung von Anticholinergika in Kombination mit selektiven Alpha-1-Blockern scheint möglich zu sein. Weitere Studien auf diesem Gebiet müssen noch nicht geklärte Fragen beantworten und die Wirkung von neuen anticholinergen Substanzen wie M3-selektiven Antimuskarinika oder Fesoterodin prüfen.

  20. Nagelbefall kann bei Patienten mit Psoriasis auf eine Enthesiopathie hinweisen.

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    Castellanos-González, Maria; Joven, Beatriz Esther; Sánchez, Julio; Andrés-Esteban, Eva María; Vanaclocha-Sebastián, Francisco; Romero, Pablo Ortiz; Díaz, Raquel Rivera

    2016-11-01

    Obwohl subklinische Enthesiopathie ein gut etabliertes diagnostisches Merkmal der Psoriasisarthritis (PsA) ist, wird sie häufig übersehen, da viele Patienten asymptomatisch sind. Gäbe es klinische Hinweise auf das Vorliegen einer Enthesiopathie, würde dies den Klinikern die Möglichkeit eröffnen, eine PsA frühzeitig zu diagnostizieren. Es wurde eine monozentrische prospektive Studie mit insgesamt 90 Psoriasis-Patienten durchgeführt, um mittels Ultraschall das Vorliegen von Enthesenanomalien zu untersuchen und eine Korrelation mit dem Befall der Nägel festzustellen. Enthesenanomalien wurden bei 23 Patienten (25,5 %) gefunden, von denen 19 (82,6 %) Nagelbefall aufwiesen. Bei 4 Patienten waren die Nägel nicht betroffen. Enthesiopathie lag bei 31,1 % (19/61) der Patienten mit Onychopathie vor, von den Patienten ohne Nagelbefall litten nur 13,8 % (4/29) an Enthesiopathie (p = 0,07). Zwischen dem Target-NAPSI-Score und dem Vorliegen einer Enthesiopathie bestand eine signifikante Korrelation. Eine signifikante Korrelation bestand darüber hinaus auch zwischen dem Vorliegen einer Enthesiopathie und der Anzahl der betroffenen Nägel (p = 0,035). Klinische Belege für eine Onychopathie können der Schlüssel für die frühe Diagnose einer Enthesiopathie bei Psoriasis-Patienten sein. © 2016 Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG). Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  1. Teaching Pablo Neruda and Bei Dao: The Lens of Leaving.

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    Lichtenstein, Amanda Leigh

    2003-01-01

    Explains how the author invites young poets to tromp through the landscape of their minds in search of all things broken by using two of her favorite poems: Pablo Neruda's "Ode to Broken Things" and Bei Dao's "Comet." Outlines how the students write their own poems dealing with loss. Notes that for poets, a heap of broken images becomes an immense…

  2. Radiological diagnosis in epilepsy; Radiologische Diagnostik bei Epilepsie

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    Ostertun, B. [Radiologische Universitaetsklinik, Bonn (Germany). Magnetresonanztomographie

    1999-03-01

    Results: Hippocampal sclerosis, the most frequent cause of focal epilepsy, can be detected with 90-98% sensitivity by visual analysis and quantitative signal and volume measurement of the hippocampi in high-resolution coronal T{sub 2}-weighted MR images. Benign tumors, such as gangliogliomas and dysembryoplastic neuoepithelial tumors (DNT), as well as cortical dysplasias are frequently composed of cystic and solid parts, which may show calcification, but never edema. Bloodbrain-barrier disruption as seen in approximately 40% of the benign tumors are the only feature that allows to differentiate them from non-neoplastic dysplasias. In rare cases of totally calcified lesions, CT may be the only diagnostic imaging modality. Proton-density-weighted or FLAIR imaging is essential for the detection of small solid cortical lesion components, because they provide sufficient contrast with adjacent CSF. T{sub 1}-weighted inversion recovery images are most sensitive for the detection of migration and gyration abnormalities. The depiction of calcified lesions and hemosiderin deposits after trauma is most efficient with T{sub 2}* weighted gradient echo sequences. Conclusions: With further rapid improvent of high resolution MRI techniques, the near future will probably show that nearly 100% of focal epilepsies are caused by structural brain abnormalities. With refined imaging techniques applied, the sensitivity of neuroradiological evaluation is 90% at present. Therefore presurgical MRI plays a key role in epilespy surgery. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ergebnisse: Ammonshornsklerosen, die haeufigste Ursache fokaler Epilepsien, werden bei Anwendung hochaufloesender koronarer T{sub 2}-gewichteter Sequenzen durch visuelle Beurteilung und quantitative Messungen von Signal und Volumen der Hippocampi mit 90-98% Sensitivitaet nachgewiesen. Gutartige Tumoren wie Gangliogliome und dysembryoplastische neuroepitheliale Tumoren (DNT) sowie glioneuronale Hamartien weisen gehaeuft zystische Komponenten

  3. Differenzielle pharmakologische Rückfallprophylaxe bei Alkoholabhängigkeit

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    Mutschler J

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Alkoholismus stellt weltweit ein großes medizinisches Problem mit weitreichenden ökonomischen und sozialen Folgen dar. Neben psychotherapeutischen Verfahren stehen seit Kurzem auch effektive medikamentöse Behandlungsmöglichkeiten zur Verfügung. Aktuelle Studienergebnisse geben Hinweise darauf, dass Symptome wie Angst, Depression und vor allem der starke Wunsch bzw. Zwang, Alkohol zu konsumieren („Craving“ die Wirksamkeit einer pharmakologischen Rückfallprophylaxe beeinflussen. Weiterhin könnten typologische Differenzierung und Genotypisierung hilfreiche Prädiktoren für eine medikamentöse Rückfallprophylaxe bei der Alkoholabhängigkeit sein. Suchtdruck („Craving“ stellt einen der Hauptgründe für Rückfälle im Rahmen der Alkoholabhängigkeit dar. Es können aktuell drei unterschiedliche Formen von Suchtdruck unterschieden werden: Reward Craving (Belohnung, Relief Craving (Erleichterung/Entspannung und Obsessive Craving (zwanghaft. Für jede Form von Craving werden differenzierbare zentralnervöse pathophysiologische Merkmale vermutet; somit existieren mehrere potenzielle pharmakodynamische Angriffspunkte für Anti-Craving-Substanzen. Die seit über 10 Jahren für die Behandlung von Craving bei der Alkoholabhängigkeit verfügbaren Substanzen sind Acamprosat und Naltrexon. Diese Substanzen sind allerdings nicht bei allen Patienten gleichermaßen wirksam. Allgemein scheint die pharmakotherapeutische Rückfallprophylaxe wirksamer bei Patienten mit einem frühen Beginn der Alkoholabhängigkeit. Bei Patienten mit im Vordergrund stehendem Relief Craving scheint Acamprosat besser zu wirken, bei Patienten mit überwiegendem Reward Craving zeigt sich eine bessere Wirksamkeit für Naltrexon. Disulfiram, die neben Acamprosat und Naltrexon dritte und am längsten zugelassene rückfallprophylaktische Substanz, zeigt Vorteile bei Patienten mit impulsivem Trinkverhalten und ausgeprägtem Kontrollverlust. Weitere klinische Studien unter

  4. How public ambulance arrivals impact on Emergency Department workload and resource use

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    Enrico Ferri

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    Full Text Available Objectives: To examine patient’s characteristics associated with ED arrival mode, and to determine EMS impact on ED clinical resource use, workload and crowding. Methods: This is a retrospective study of patients seen at Sant’Andrea Hospital ED. Comparison focused on visit characteristics, and on resource use. Results: The use of EMS ambulance confirms association to older age, higher rate of hospital admission, longer length of stay, and severity of injury. Moreover our data show that ambulance referred patients are triaged into a higher acuity category and have a greater intensive care unit admission. Conclusion: Ambulance arrivals have a significant impact on ED resource use, workload and crowding.

  5. Pneumonia in immunosuppressed patients; Pneumonien bei immunsupprimierten Patienten

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    Solyanik, O.; Gaass, T.; Hellbach, K. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Dinkel, J. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Comprehensive Pneumology Center Munich (CPC-M), Muenchen (Germany)

    2017-01-15

    Pulmonary infections are a common complication in immunosuppressed patients with a frequently fatal prognosis despite modern prophylactic therapy. An early and correct diagnosis is important for initiation of the appropriate therapy. Chest radiography is the preferred initial imaging examination but is not accurate enough for the detection of pulmonary infections in immunosuppressed patients. Pneumonia is caused by a broad spectrum of pathogens in immunocompromised patients. In addition to imaging, the clinical history and epidemiology also play an important role in the diagnostics. Using epidemiological and anamnestic information, computed tomography (CT) shows a significantly better sensitivity and specificity particularly for the diagnosis of atypical forms of pneumonia. Due to the exact imaging of the different infiltration patterns CT provides an increased sensitivity with respect to the etiological classification of pulmonary infections. This article reviews in particular the radiological findings of commonly occurring pulmonary infections in immunosuppressed patients. (orig.) [German] Pneumonien bei immunsupprimierten Patienten sind haeufige Komplikationen, die trotzt moderner Prophylaxe toedlich verlaufen koennen. Eine korrekte Diagnose ist daher von entscheidender Bedeutung, um die richtige Therapie einleiten zu koennen. Die Roentgenthoraxaufnahme ist selten spezifisch genug fuer die genaue Einordnung atypischer Pneumonien in Folge einer Immunsuppression. Pneumonien unter Immunsuppression werden durch ein sehr breites Erregerspektrum verursacht. Eine wichtige Rolle bei der Diagnosefindung spielen neben der Bildgebung auch die klinische Anamnese und Epidemiologie. Mithilfe der klinischen Anamnese und Epidemiologie bietet die Computertomographie (CT) bei immunsupprimierten Patienten zum einen eine erhoehte Sensitivitaet bei der Detektion insbesondere atypischer Pneumonien. Zum anderen weist die CT durch die exakte Abbildung unterschiedlicher Infiltratmuster

  6. Hormonimplantate zur Kontrazeption bei der Frau

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    Full Text Available Hormonimplantate sind Kontrazeptiva, die, subdermal implantiert, über einen längeren Zeitraum eine zuverlässige Kontrazeption bieten. Als Träger werden inerte oder biologisch abbaubare Stäbchen oder Kapseln verwendet, die das jeweilige Steroid kontinuierlich über einen längeren Zeitraum freisetzen. Seit 1966 forscht das Population Council in New York an der Langzeitkontrazeption mit subdermalen Hormonimplantaten. Diese bestehen aus einem oder mehreren kleinen, flexiblen Stäbchen oder aus einer Kapsel, die unter die Haut des Oberarmes eingesetzt werden. Sie setzen dort je nach Produkt die Gestagene Megestrolazetat, Norethindron, Norgestrinon oder Etonogestrel über einen Zeitraum von 1–5 Jahren frei. Norplant® bestand aus 6 Stäbchen. Jedes dieser Stäbchen enthält 36 mg Levonorgestrel. Die Wirkdauer dieser 6 Stäbchen betrug insgesamt 5 Jahre; seit 2008 wird es nicht mehr vermarktet. Norplant II® (Jadelle®, das Nachfolgeprodukt von Norplant®, besteht aus 2 flexiblen Silikonstäbchen (43 mm × 2,5 mm mit jeweils 75 mg Levonorgestrel und hat ebenfalls eine Wirkdauer von 5 Jahren. In China ist das gleiche Produkt unter dem Namen Sinoplant im Handel. Implanon® ist ein etonogestrelfreisetzendes Hormonimplantat, das im Jahr 2000 von Organon (jetzt MSD zugelassen wurde. Das Stäbchen von 4 cm Länge und 2 mm Durchmesser besteht aus 40 % Ethylenvinylacetat (EVA und 60 % 68-mg-Etonogestrel (3-Keto-Desogestrel. Die Wirkdauer beträgt nach subdermaler Implantation 3 Jahre. Der Pearl-Index liegt nach Herstellerangaben unter 0,1. Insofern zählt es zu den sicheren Verhütungsmethoden. Der Wirkspiegel sinkt in Abhängigkeit vom Körpergewicht mit der Zeit ab. Klinische Erfahrungen mit Implanon® bei adipösen Frauen im 3. Jahr der Anwendung sind beschränkt. Eine Voraussetzung für die Zuverlässigkeit ist die korrekte Einlage. Unter Implanon® gibt es Fälle, in denen das Stäbchen nicht korrekt eingelegt wurde. Dies kann dazu führen, dass

  7. [Design of a mechanical system for the balanceable system of ambulance].

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    Zheng, Yi; Luo, Yibin; Zhang, Guangpeng; Zhang, Zhide; Chen, Chaomin

    2010-08-01

    This is the design of a mechanical systems for use in the balanceable system of ambulance, which can keep the medical service bed at the ambulance level, whatever the terrain is. A level detector will detect the level state of the bed and turn it to a signal. The central processing unit will use this signal to analyse and control the movement of the motor. By this design (which uses the rolling rail as a drive transmission and makes three supports of the bed go up and down), the bed will keep level. With the use of this design, the balanceable system of ambulance can counteract 35 degrees. The error is controlled within +/- 1 degree. And the response time is within 0.3 s. The method of registration can be effective for keeping the bed at the ambulance level, and for reducing the chance of making the patient get hurt on the way to hospital.

  8. Occupant accelerations and injury potential during an ambulance-to-curb impact.

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    Lee, Ellen L; Hayes, Wilson C

    2014-04-01

    This paper presents real world acceleration data for an ambulance driving up and over a curb. A full scale reenactment was performed for a litigated case in which a patient on a gurney in an ambulance claimed a variety of bodily injuries after the ambulance struck a curb. A height and weight matched surrogate rode on the gurney during the tests. Results demonstrated that peak vehicle and occupant accelerations never exceeded 1.1g's. To address the claimed injuries, the accelerations likely sustained by the patient were compared to those experienced during daily life. Since ambulances are wide vehicles that travel fast on potentially narrow arterial, collector or local roadways, curb or median impacts may occur during the normal course of driving. Thus, these results may be useful for forensic experts in dealing with similar cases involving claimed injuries following curb impacts.

  9. Associations between organizational and incident factors and emotional distress in emergency ambulance personnel.

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    Bennett, Paul; Williams, Yvette; Page, Nicola; Hood, Kerenza; Woollard, Malcolm; Vetter, Norman

    2005-06-01

    This study examined the prevalence and correlates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression among emergency ambulance personnel. A questionnaire and reminder were sent anonymously to 1029 emergency ambulance personnel in a large ambulance service. Among the 617 respondents, levels of PTSD symptoms did not differ according to grade, but men had a higher prevalence rate than women. Key predictors of the severity of symptoms were organizational stress, the frequency of experiencing potentially traumatic incidents, length of service, and dissociation in response to an index incident. The degree of organizational, but not incident-related, stress discriminated between 'cases' and 'non-cases'. Nine and 23% of recorded scores indicated clinical levels of depression and anxiety respectively. Several work factors were associated with these emotions, explaining 38% of anxiety and 31% of depression scores. Both organizational and individually based interventions may be necessary to minimize PTSD and other emotional disorders among ambulance personnel.

  10. Early Access to Patients with Life-threatening Cardiovascular Disease by an Air Ambulance Service

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    Imaizumi, Takahiro; Hata, Noritake; Kobayashi, Nobuaki; Yokoyama, Shinya; Shinada, Takuro; Tokuyama, Kenichi; Ishikawa, Masahiro; Shiiba, Kunito; Matsumoto, Hisashi; Takuhiro, Kitoji; Mashiko, Kunihiro

    2004-01-01

    ... (doctor helicopter service; DHS) could shorten the prehospital delay. We evaluated the initial treatment time and the transport time in 30 patients transported by DHS and 30 patients transported by ground ambulance service (GAS...

  11. Canadian ground ambulance services: provincial funding and standards for equipment and training.

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    Goldstein, D H

    1980-01-01

    There is an increasing demand for improved, up-to-date training and equipment for ground ambulance services across Canada. This paper presents the results of a survey of ambulance operations and their funding by the provinces, as well as a comparison of provincial legislation and recommendations on standards for equipment and the training of ambulance personnel. The training standards were found to be very diverse, and the legislated or recommended equipment standards did not meet those of the American College of Surgeons committee on trauma (ACSCT). The cost of ambulance services per capita and the cost to the user of an average 43-km run varied widely between the provinces. There was no correlation between the second cost and how well the province met the ACSCT's equipment standards. PMID:7260779

  12. The Fire Brigade acquires a new ambulance with all the bells and whistles!

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    Anaïs Schaeffer

    2012-01-01

    On 19 April the Fire Brigade unveiled its latest acquisition: a brand-new ambulance specially designed for CERN.   One of the Fire Brigade's two ambulances has just been replaced by a state-of-the-art vehicle tailor-made to meet CERN's unique requirements. At 4.6 metres long it's much more spacious than its predecessors, providing plenty of room for patient, doctor and paramedic. The ambulance's design and manufacture are the result of a successful collaboration between the Fire Brigade and the technicians from Profile Vehicles, the Finnish company that won the contract following a call for tenders launched in June 2011. "It took us six months to finalise the specification for our new ambulance," explains Patrick Berlinghi, who is responsible for the Fire Brigade's logistics. "We wanted it to be spacious enough for us to be able to work comfortably and to have the latest safety and patient care equipment.  We also reques...

  13. Ambulance personnel adherence to hygiene routines: still protecting ourselves but not the patient.

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    Emanuelsson, Lena; Karlsson, Lena; Castrèn, Maaret; Lindström, Veronica

    2013-08-01

    It is well known that adherence to hygiene routines leads to increased quality of care and safety for patients and personnel in hospitals. However, there have been few studies describing hygiene in ambulances, despite the fact that many patients receive advanced medical care and treatment from ambulance services before arriving at an emergency department. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to describe the adherence of ambulance personnel to hygiene routines in the ambulances. A participant observation study in the County of Värmland (Sweden) was conducted over 1 day in November 2010. Seven hygiene-related variables were collected during the observations: disinfection of hands before and after patient contact; correct use of gloves, gowns and short-sleeved uniforms; no rings, watches, or bracelets; and short or tied back hair during patient care. A total of 68 observed ambulance assignments were analyzed in terms of the adherence of personnel to hygiene routines. In 34% of the observed cases, hand rub was used before patient care and, in 72% of the observed cases, the ambulance personnel used hand rub after patient care. Correct adherence to the rule requiring use of a short-sleeved uniform was found in 28% of the observations. Correct adherence to the rule regarding short or tied back hair was found in 91% of the observations. The ambulance personnel were found to have relatively good adherence to some hygiene routines, but not all. The adherence by ambulance personnel to all of the seven observed variables was correct in only 3% of the assignments.

  14. Design considerations to enhance the safety of patient compartments in ambulance transporters.

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    Byran, Eyal; Gilad, Issachar

    2012-01-01

    The safety of the interior of ambulances is dubious and, in the event of sudden impact during emergency transport, potentially perilous to patients they carry. The workplace ergonomics of the interior of the passenger cabin is lacking. This article discusses an improved ergonomic interior design based on study findings, observations and subjective perception. It suggests design aspects and safety concepts aimed at increasing the safety of patients and paramedic staff inside the ambulance as a mobile workstation.

  15. To surrender in dependence of another: the relationship with the ambulance clinicians as experienced by patients.

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    Holmberg, Mats; Forslund, Kerstin; Wahlberg, Anna Carin; Fagerberg, Ingegerd

    2014-09-01

    Historically, the ambulance care has focused on acute transports and medical treatment, although ambulance care has also been reported as complex, encompassing more than just medical treatment and transports. Previous studies, on ambulance clinicians, have pointed out the importance of interpersonal caring activities complementary to the medical treatment. Those activities can be understood as taking part in the relationship between patients and ambulance clinicians, earlier described as essential and a core component of care. The aim of this study was to elucidate the meaning of the relationship with the ambulance clinicians as experienced by patients. Twenty ambulance patients were interviewed in the study. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed with a phenomenological hermeneutical method to grasp meanings in the patients' experiences. The regional ethical committee approved the study. In the result emerged one main theme: To surrender in dependence of another. The main theme includes four themes: Being in the hands of another, Being in a caring temporary presence, Being important while involved and Being powerless while insignificant, and the themes comprise eleven subthemes. The main theme meant to have no other option than to surrender and to put their life into the hand of another. This surrender also meant to adapt to the clinicians' views even if not shared. This is experienced as excessive care. Summarised, the patients' experiences were both positive and negative and the findings provide a complex understanding of the relationship between the patient and the ambulance clinicians. Overall, the relationship embraces the whole person without reducing the patient to be a recipient of an objectified ambulance care. © 2013 Nordic College of Caring Science.

  16. Patient characteristics and patterns of intoxication: one-time and repeated use of emergency ambulance services.

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    Holzer, Barbara M; Minder, Christoph E; Rosset, Nina; Schaetti, Gabriela; Battegay, Edouard; Mueller, Stefan; Zimmerli, Lukas

    2013-05-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the utilization of ambulance services that resulted from alcohol and drug intoxication over a period of 1 year in a metropolitan area, with an emphasis on characteristic differences between patients with one-time versus repeated use. All ambulance-service report forms filed in 2010 were systematically screened for utilizations in which alcohol intoxication or intoxication resulting from consumption of illicit or legal drugs other than alcohol was the chief complaint (N = 2,341 patients; 65% male). Repeat users differed from persons with one-time use in their characteristics and patterns of intoxication. On average, patients with repeated ambulance use were almost 8 years older and had a different pattern of ambulance use over the course of the week with no clear peak on any specific day. The mean number of ambulance services in patients with repeated use was 2.8 (SD = 1.517) in the 1-year study period. Repeat users were less likely to be injured than patients with one-time ambulance-service use and more often showed aggression or uncooperative behavior toward paramedics. All cases of death associated with intoxication involved patients with one-time ambulance use. The ambulance-service users' generally slight impairment of consciousness and the high proportion of intoxicated patients without any injuries raise the question of how many of these patients could be adequately cared for in a sobering center. Sobering centers might relieve hospital emergency departments of patients not requiring acute emergency care and, in addition, could provide intervention services to prevent relapses.

  17. PET in cerebrovascular disease; PET bei zerebrovaskulaeren Erkrankungen

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    Herholz, K. [Neurologische Universitaetsklinik der Univ. Koeln (Germany)]|[Max-Planck-Institut fuer Neurologische Forschung, Koeln (Germany)

    1997-03-01

    Tissue viability is of particular interest in acute cerebral ischemia because it may be preserved if reperfusion can be achieved rapidly, e.g. by acute thrombolysis. Measurements of regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) and oxygen consumption by PET can assess tissue viability, and they have substantially increased our knowledge of th pathophysiology of ischemic stroke and the associated penumbra. Widerspread clinical application in acute stroke, however, is unlikely because of the large logistic and personnel resources required. In chronic cerebrovascular disease, measurement of regional CBF and glucose metabolism, which is usually coupled, provide detailed insights in disturbance of cortical function, e.g. due to deafferentiation, and contribute to differentiation of dementia types. Chronic misery perfusion, i.e. reduced perfusion that does not match the metabolic demand of the tissue, can be demonstrated by PET. It may be found in some patients with high-grade arterial stenoses. Less severe impairment of brain perfusion can be demonstrated by measurement of the cerebrovascular reserve capacity. The most frequent clinical situations can be assessed by less demanding procedures, e.g. by SPECT. In conclusion, PET has its role in cerebrovascular disease primarily within scientific studies, where high resolution and absolute quantitation of physiological variables are essential. (orig.). 65 refs. [Deutsch] Beim akuten ischaemischen Insult ist die Vitalitaet des Gewebes von besonderem Interesse, da sie durch rasche Reperfusion, z.B. durch Thrombolyse, erhalten bleiben kann. Messungen der zerebralen Durchblutung und des Sauerstoffumsatzes mittels PET geben darueber wesentliche Aufschluesse, und sie sind wichtig fuer das Verstaendnis der Pathophysiologie ischaemischer Infarkte und der Penumbra mit kritischer Perfusion beim Menschen. Ihre breitere Anwendung in der klinischen Patientenversorgung kommt allerdings wegen des hohen Aufwandes derzeit kaum in Betracht. Bei

  18. Weather factors in the short-term forecasting of daily ambulance calls.

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    Wong, Ho-Ting; Lai, Poh-Chin

    2014-07-01

    The daily ambulance demand for Hong Kong is rising, and it has been shown that weather factors (temperature and humidity) play a role in the demand for ambulance services. This study aimed at developing short-term forecasting models of daily ambulance calls using the 7-day weather forecast data as predictors. We employed the autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) method to analyze over 1.3 million cases of emergency attendance in May 2006 through April 2009 and the 7-day weather forecast data for the same period. Our results showed that the ARIMA model could offer reasonably accurate forecasts of daily ambulance calls at 1-7 days ahead of time and with improved accuracy by including weather factors. Specifically, the inclusion of average temperature alone in our ARIMA model improved the predictability of the 1-day forecast when compared to that of a simple ARIMA model (8.8% decrease in the root mean square error, RMSE=53 vs 58). The improvement in the 7-day forecast with average temperature as a predictor was more pronounced, with a 10% drop in prediction error (RMSE=62 vs 69). These findings suggested that weather forecast data can improve the 1- to 7-day forecasts of daily ambulance demand. As weather forecast data are readily accessible from Hong Kong Observatory's official website, there is virtually no cost to including them in the ARIMA models, which yield better prediction for forward planning and deployment of ambulance manpower.

  19. Weather factors in the short-term forecasting of daily ambulance calls

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    Wong, Ho-Ting; Lai, Poh-Chin

    2014-07-01

    The daily ambulance demand for Hong Kong is rising, and it has been shown that weather factors (temperature and humidity) play a role in the demand for ambulance services. This study aimed at developing short-term forecasting models of daily ambulance calls using the 7-day weather forecast data as predictors. We employed the autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) method to analyze over 1.3 million cases of emergency attendance in May 2006 through April 2009 and the 7-day weather forecast data for the same period. Our results showed that the ARIMA model could offer reasonably accurate forecasts of daily ambulance calls at 1-7 days ahead of time and with improved accuracy by including weather factors. Specifically, the inclusion of average temperature alone in our ARIMA model improved the predictability of the 1-day forecast when compared to that of a simple ARIMA model (8.8 % decrease in the root mean square error, RMSE = 53 vs 58). The improvement in the 7-day forecast with average temperature as a predictor was more pronounced, with a 10 % drop in prediction error (RMSE = 62 vs 69). These findings suggested that weather forecast data can improve the 1- to 7-day forecasts of daily ambulance demand. As weather forecast data are readily accessible from Hong Kong Observatory's official website, there is virtually no cost to including them in the ARIMA models, which yield better prediction for forward planning and deployment of ambulance manpower.

  20. The relationship between hepatitis serology of ambulance attendants and duration of education.

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    Güçlü, Ertuğrul; Öğütlü, Aziz; Karabay, Oğuz

    2015-01-01

    Healthcare workers (HCWs) run the risk of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Studies investigating the HBV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) serology of HCWs have been generally conducted in secondary or tertiary hospitals. In this study we aimed to determine the relationships between education level and HBV and HCV serology and HBV vaccination status of ambulance attendants. The data of this study were obtained by retrospective review of ambulance personnel files in Sakarya Province, Turkey. Out of 314 ambulance attendants, 216 (68.7%; 78 males, 138 females) were enrolled in this study. The mean length of employment in the province's ambulance service was 5.22 years. While hepatitis B surface antigen positivity was found in 3 (1.4%) workers, 147 (68%) of them were positive for hepatitis B surface antibodies (anti-HBs). The lowest HBV vaccination rate was 12.5%, in drivers. Naturally acquired immunity against HBV was again the highest in drivers (17.5%; P ambulance service attendants, and positive anti-HBs status related to vaccination is associated with vocational training. Training should be performed to increase HBV awareness of ambulance attendants. Nonvaccinated personnel should be determined on the first day of employment, and regulations should be put in place to ensure their vaccination.

  1. Effect of public awareness campaigns on calls to ambulance across Australia.

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    Bray, Janet E; Straney, Lahn; Barger, Bill; Finn, Judith

    2015-05-01

    The National Stroke Foundation of Australia has run 12 public awareness campaigns since 2004. Campaign exposure and funding has varied annually and regionally during this time. The aim of this study was to measure the effect of campaigns on calls to ambulance for stroke across Australia in exposed regions (paid or pro bono advertising). All ambulance services in Australia provided monthly ambulance dispatch data between January 2003 and June 2014. We performed multivariable regression to measure the effect of campaign exposure on the volume of stroke-related emergency calls, after controlling for confounders. The final model indicated that 11 of the 12 National Stroke Foundation campaigns were associated with increases in the volume of stroke-related calls (varying between 1% and 9.9%) in regions with exposure to advertising. This increase lasted ≈3 months, with an additional 10.2% relative increase in the volume of the calls in regions with paid advertising. We found no significant additional effect of the campaigns on stroke calls where ambulance services are publicly funded. The National Stroke Foundation stroke awareness campaigns are associated with increases to calls to ambulance for stroke in regions receiving advertising and promotion. Research is now required to examine whether this increased use in ambulance is for appropriate emergencies. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  2. The lived experiences of patients and ambulance ramping in a regional Australian emergency department: An interpretive phenomenology study.

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    Kingswell, Chris; Shaban, Ramon Z; Crilly, Julia

    2015-11-01

    Internationally, the workload of emergency departments (ED) has increased, resulting in overcrowding and frequent delays in the offloading of patients arriving via ambulance--referred to in Australia as 'ambulance ramping'. Using interpretive phenomenology, this study sought to understand the experience of ambulance ramping from the perspective of patients. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with seven patients who presented to a regional Queensland ED via ambulance, and experienced an ambulance offload delay of >30 min. Ambulance ramping in the ED was described as 'Being a patient, patient', and three major themes emerged: Understanding the emergency healthcare system; Making do within the emergency healthcare system; and Being 'in the dark' during ambulance ramping. Most participants did not understand the antecedents to ambulance ramping, but understood some of the consequences. Most were happy to wait with paramedics for a bed and, although without privacy, felt safe. However, most participants felt 'in the dark' during ambulance ramping, due to communication difficulties regarding bed availability, and this led to frustration. In light of the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights, service improvement opportunities exist for patients arriving to the ED by ambulance to ensure delays are minimised and quality care is delivered. Copyright © 2015 College of Emergency Nursing Australasia Ltd. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Demand Forecast Using Data Analytics for the Preallocation of Ambulances.

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    Chen, Albert Y; Lu, Tsung-Yu; Ma, Matthew Huei-Ming; Sun, Wei-Zen

    2016-07-01

    The objective of prehospital emergency medical services (EMSs) is to have a short response time. By increasing the operational efficiency, the survival rate of patients could potentially be increased. The geographic information system (GIS) is introduced in this study to manage and visualize the spatial distribution of demand data and forecasting results. A flexible model is implemented in GIS, through which training data are prepared with user-desired sizes for the spatial grid and discretized temporal steps. We applied moving average, artificial neural network, sinusoidal regression, and support vector regression for the forecasting of prehospital emergency medical demand. The results from these approaches, as a reference, could be used for the preallocation of ambulances. A case study is conducted for the EMS in New Taipei City, where prehospital EMS data have been collected for three years. The model selection process has chosen different models with different input features for the forecast of different areas. The best daily mean absolute percentage error during testing of the EMS demand forecast is 23.01%, which is a reasonable forecast based on Lewis' definition. With the acceptable prediction performance, the proposed approach has its potential to be applied to the current practice.

  4. Ambiguity resolution performance with GPS and BeiDou for LEO formation flying

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    Verhagen, Sandra; Teunissen, Peter J. G.

    2014-09-01

    The evolving BeiDou Navigation Satellite System constellation brings new opportunities for high-precision applications. In this contribution the focus will be on one such application, namely precise and instantaneous relative navigation of a formation of LEO satellites. The aim is to assess the ambiguity resolution performance with the future GPS and BeiDou constellations depending on system choice (GPS, BeiDou, or GPS+BeiDou), single- or dual-frequency observations, receiver noise, and uncertainties in ionosphere modelling. In addition, for the GPS+BeiDou constellation it will be shown how the growing BeiDou constellation in the years to come can already bring an important performance improvement compared to the GPS-only case. The performance will be assessed based on the percentage of time that the required precision can be obtained with a partial ambiguity resolution strategy.

  5. Endokrinologische Behandlung der Geschlechtsdysphorie bei Menschen mit Geschlechtsinkongruenz

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Es gibt Menschen, die die innere Gewissheit besitzen, dass ihre Geschlechtsidentität nicht zu ihrem biologischen Ursprungsgeschlecht passt. Durch die Entwicklungen in der Medizin in den letzten hundert Jahren ist es möglich geworden, die körperlichen Geschlechtsmerkmale an das innerlich erlebte Geschlecht anzupassen. Die Zahl der Hilfesuchenden in den ärztlichen Ambulanzen und Privatpraxen hat in den vergangenen Jahren deutlich zugenommen. Das Vorgehen bei der Diagnostik und Therapieeinleitung erlebt zurzeit eine deutliche Veränderung hin zu mehr Patientenzentriertheit und Individualisierung des Transitionsprozesses. Dabei bildet die geschlechtsangleichende Hormontherapie ein wesentliches Standbein in der körperlichen Angleichung an das Gegengeschlecht. Unter Beachtung von bestimmten Sicherheitsaspekten ist eine Hormontherapie mit Sexualhormonen sicher und einfach durchzuführen. Regelmäßige Verlaufskontrollen sowie der offene und affirmative Umgang mit den Betroffenen tragen zudem wesentlich zur Sicherheit in der Behandlung bei.

  6. Kulturspezifische Elemente und ihre Problematik bei der Filmsynchronisierung

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    Prof. Dr. Carmen Cuéllar Lázaro

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Bei der Untersuchung der Übersetzungsproblematik von kulturspezifischen Elementen geht es darum, diese Konzepte begrifflich abzugrenzen, inhaltlich und sprachlich zu klassifizieren sowie die Problematik ihrer Übersetzung zu beschreiben. Bei der Filmsynchronisierung sind außerdem die Merkmale und besonderen Bedingungen des Mediums und des audiovisuellen Textes zu berücksichtigen. Die Zielsetzung dieser Studie ist, die Übersetzung von kulturspezifischen Elementen der Filmsynchronisierung (Deutsch-Spanisch zu analysieren. Wir schlagen ein Zwei-Ebenen-Modell vor: Die erste Ebene berücksichtigt die Art der erfahrenen sprachlichen Bearbeitung. Auf der zweiten Ebene wird die kulturelle Orientierung der Ergebnisse untersucht. Danach werden einige Schlussfolgerungen aus der spanischen Synchronfassung gezogen.

  7. Kulturspezifische Elemente und ihre Problematik bei der Filmsynchronisierung

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    Prof. Dr. Carmen Cuéllar Lázaro

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Bei der Untersuchung der Übersetzungsproblematik von kulturspezifischen Elementen geht es darum, diese Konzepte begrifflich abzugrenzen, inhaltlich und sprachlich zu klassifizieren sowie die Problematik ihrer Übersetzung zu beschreiben. Bei der Filmsynchronisierung sind außerdem die Merkmale und besonderen Bedingungen des Mediums und des audiovisuellen Textes zu berücksichtigen.   Die Zielsetzung dieser Studie ist, die Übersetzung von kulturspezifischen Elementen der Filmsynchronisierung (Deutsch-Spanisch zu analysieren. Wir schlagen ein Zwei-Ebenen-Modell vor: Die erste Ebene berücksichtigt die Art der erfahrenen sprachlichen Bearbeitung. Auf der zweiten Ebene wird die kulturelle Orientierung der Ergebnisse untersucht. Danach werden einige Schlussfolgerungen aus der spanischen Synchronfassung gezogen.

  8. Extraintestinale Manifestationen bei chronisch-entzündlichen Darmerkrankungen

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    Krones E

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Extraintestinale Manifestationen umfassen Krankheitsbilder, die außerhalb des Gastrointestinaltrakts bei Morbus Crohn und Colitis ulcerosa auftreten und eine gemeinsame Pathogenese vermuten lassen. Zu den häufigsten extraintestinalen Manifestationen zählen Gelenksbeschwerden sowie Hautmanifestationen, wie das Erythema nodosum oder das Pyoderma gangraenosum, Augenbeteiligungen im Sinne einer Episkleritis oder anterioren Uveitis und die primär sklerosierende Cholangitis. Diese Erkrankungen treten zum Teil schubassoziiert und zum Teil unabhängig von der Aktivität der begleitenden chronisch-entzündlichen Darmerkrankung (CED auf. Das therapeutische Management der schubassoziierten extraintestinalen Manifestationen besteht im Wesentlichen in der Therapie der CED. Neben extraintestinalen Manifestationen im engeren Sinn gilt es bei CED eine Vielzahl an extraintestinalen Komplikationen und assoziierten Autoimmunerkrankungen zu beachten.

  9. Therapie-Adhärenz bei arterieller Hypertonie

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    Gaul G

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    Full Text Available Therapieadhärenz ist bei allen chronischen Erkrankungen mit einer über Jahre gehenden, oft lebenslangen Therapie ein zentrales Problem. Hypertonie ist eine Volkserkrankung, die bei einem Viertel der erwachsenen Bevölkerung auftritt. Aufgrund der Auswirkungen auf die Gefäße des gesamten arteriellen Schenkels des Kreislaufsystems und im speziellen auf das Gefäßsystem der Zielorgane Herz, Hirn und Niere ist die Hypertonie - besonders die insuffizient behandelte - eine Hauptursache für das hohe Ausmaß an tödlichen Herz-Kreislauferkrankungen. In der vorliegenden Übersicht wird der Begriff der Therapieadhärenz definiert und die Ursachen einer schlechten und guten Befolgung der therapeutischen Ratschläge diskutiert. Schließlich werden Empfehlungen zur Besserung der Therapieadhärenz aufgezeigt.

  10. Aussprachliche Interferenzen der Studenten bei der DaF-Lehrerausbildung

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    Ayhan BAYRAK

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    Full Text Available Ziel dieser Untersuchung ist es, die Aussprachefehler der türkischen Studenten, die an der Anadolu Universität Deutsch als Fremdsprache studieren, zu bestimmen und näher auf die wirkenden Einflussfaktoren einzugehen. Dazu wurde von den StudentInnen verlangt, 15 deutsche Sätze und 20 deutsche Wörter vorzulesen, wobei Tonbandaufnahmen gemacht wurden. Danach wurde diese Tonbandaufnahmen analysiert. Im segmentalen Bereich haben sie Schwierigkeiten der kurzen und langen Vokale (% 38. Der zweithäufigste Fehler entstand beim Schwa-Laut [∂] (% 15,9. Bei den Konsonanten wurden folgende Abweichungen festgestellt; [Ik] statt [Iç] (% 8,4; Artikulation des [h] an medialer und finaler Stelle (% 7,3; [s] statt [z] (% 4,2; [z] statt [ts] (% 4,2. Im suprasegmentalen Bereich wurden die Abweichungen von Normen bei der Akzentuierung festgestellt (% 33, 1.

  11. Neurostimulation bei refraktärer Angina pectoris

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    Full Text Available Trotz großer Fortschritte der katheterinterventionellen und operativen Versorgung der koronaren Herzkrankheit (KHK verbleiben Patienten, bei denen eine Revaskularisierung nicht möglich ist. Besteht eine ausgeprägte Angina pectoris (CCS III–IV, so sprechen wir von einer "refraktären Angina pectoris". Eine Arbeitsgruppe der Europäischen Gesellschaft für Kardiologie führt die Neurostimulation an erster Stelle der alternativen Therapiemöglichkeiten für diese Patienten an. Zahlreiche Studien belegen, daß es sich dabei um eine effiziente und sichere adjuvante Therapie handelt. Sie führt zu einer Abnahme der Angina pectoris-Symptomatik mit konsekutiver Zunahme der körperlichen Leistungsfähigkeit. Ingesamt wird eine entscheidende Verbesserung der Lebensqualität erzielt, die Angina pectoris als Warnsymptom bei Myokardinfarkt wird jedoch nicht maskiert.

  12. Laktoseintoleranz bei Morbus Crohn und Colitis ulcerosa unter Berücksichtigung der ethnischen Herkunft

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    Demirci, Ilknur

    2007-01-01

    Die Frage der Inzidenz einer Laktosemalabsorption bei Morbus Crohn und Colitis ulcerosa wurde retrospektiv unter Berücksichtigung der ethnischen Herkunft untersucht. Bei 243 Patienten wurden zur Diagnose einer Laktosemalabsorption der Laktosetoleranztest und der H2-Atemtest durchgeführt. Dabei fand sich bei 23 (14,3%) von 161 Morbus Crohn Patienten eine Laktosemalabsorption. Nach ethnischer Differenzierung, zeigte sich in der mitteleuropäischen Population eine Häufigkeit von 13,2%...

  13. Health problems and help-seeking in a nationwide sample of operational Norwegian ambulance personnel

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    Ekeberg Øivind

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To estimate the prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms, and their association with professional help-seeking, among operational ambulance personnel and a general working population, and to study the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain and disturbed sleep among ambulance personnel. Methods The results of a comprehensive nationwide questionnaire survey of operational ambulance personnel (n = 1180 were compared with the findings of a population-based Norwegian health study of working people (n = 31,987. The questionnaire included measures of help-seeking, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, the Subjective Health Complaints Questionnaire, the Karolinska Sleep Questionnaire and the Need for Recovery after Work Scale. Results Compared with those in the reference population, the mean of level anxiety symptoms in the ambulance sample was lower for men (3.5 vs. 3.9, P 0.001 and women (4.0 vs. 4.4, P 0.05, and the mean level of depression symptoms in ambulance workers was lower for men (2.3 vs. 2.8, P 0.05 but not for women (2.9 vs. 3.1, P = 0.22. A model adjusted for anxiety and depression symptoms indicated that ambulance personnel had lower levels of help-seeking except for seeing a chiropractor (12% vs. 5%, P 0.01. In the ambulance sample, symptoms of musculoskeletal pain were most consistently associated with help-seeking. In the adjusted model, only symptoms of disturbed sleep were associated with help-seeking from a psychologist/psychiatrist (total sample = 2.3%. Help-seeking was more often reported by women but was largely unaffected by age. Conclusion The assumption that ambulance personnel have more anxiety and depression symptoms than the general working population was not supported. The level of musculoskeletal pain and, accordingly, the level of help-seeking from a chiropractor were higher for ambulance workers. More research should address the physical strains among ambulance personnel.

  14. Emergency nursing workload and patient dependency in the ambulance bay: A prospective study.

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    Varndell, Wayne; Ryan, Elizabeth; Jeffers, Alison; Marquez-Hunt, Nadya

    2016-11-01

    The purpose of this prospective observational study was to characterise patients occupying the ambulance bay and to determine the ensuing nursing workload. The number of patients presenting to ED by ambulance is increasing. During periods of peak demand and access block in the ED, patients with ongoing care needs, requiring continual assessment and symptom management by emergency nurses can remain in the ambulance bay for extended periods of time. The profile of these patients and on the related nursing workload is not well known. A prospective observational study design based upon a convenience sample of patients was conducted over a randomly selected four-week period. Nursing workload was assessing using the Jones Dependency Tool. A modified Work Observation Method By Activity Timing technique was used to estimate direct nursing care time. Of 4068 presentations to ED, 640 (16%) occupied the ambulance bay following triage, of which the majority (n=408; 64%) had arrived by ambulance. Of those occupying the ambulance bay 205 (32%) were evaluated using the JDT. The majority of patients had potentially life-threatening symptoms (ATS 3, n=424; 66%), were moderately dependent (n=134; 65%), and consumed approximately 152.1h of direct nursing care time. A large proportion of direct nursing care time was spent on patient reassessment (60.4h) and pain management (29.6h). Patients occupying the ambulance bay had an average ED length of stay of 5.6h (4.6h), of which 1.8h (SD 1.8h) was spent delayed in the ambulance bay. Early detailed assessment and symptom management of patients occupying the ambulance bay is extensively undertaken by emergency nurses. The frequency and number of patients off-loaded into non-clinical areas is not currently monitored or reported upon. This study has demonstrated that patients managed in the ambulance bay consume large amounts of nursing resources, commonly require acute level care and hospital admission. Copyright © 2016 College of Emergency

  15. Reduction in STEMI transfer times utilizing a municipal "911" ambulance service.

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    Tennyson, Joseph C; Quale, Mark R

    2014-02-01

    The time interval from diagnosis to reperfusion therapy for patients experiencing ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has a significant impact on morbidity and mortality. It is hypothesized that the time required for interfacility patient transfers from a community hospital to a regional percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) center using an Advanced Life Support (ALS) transfer ambulance service is no different than utilizing the "911" ALS ambulance. Quality assurance data collected by a tertiary care center cardiac catheterization program were reviewed retrospectively. Data were collected on all patients with STEMI requiring interfacility transfer from a local community hospital to the tertiary care center's PCI suite, approximately 16 miles away by ground, 12 miles by air. In 2009, transfers of patients with STEMI were redirected to the municipal ALS ambulance service, instead of the hospital's contracted ALS transfer service. Data were collected from January 2007 through May 2013. Temporal data were compared between transports initiated through the contracted ALS ambulance service and the municipal ALS service. Data points included time of initial transport request and time of ambulance arrival to the sending facility and the receiving PCI suite. During the 4-year study period, 63 patients diagnosed with STEMI and transferred to the receiving hospital's PCI suite were included in this study. Mean times from the transport request to arrival of the ambulance at the sending hospital's emergency department were six minutes (95% CI, 4-7 minutes) via municipal ALS and 13 minutes (95% CI, 9-16 minutes) for the ALS transfer service. The mean times from the ground transport request to arrival at the receiving hospital's PCI suite when utilizing the municipal ALS ambulance and hospital contracted ALS ambulance services were 48 minutes (95% CI, 33-64 minutes) and 56 minutes (95% CI 52-59 minutes), respectively. This eight-minute period represented a 14% (P

  16. Mutationsanalyse im KCNAB1-Gen bei Rolando-Epilepsie

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    Epilepsien gehören zu den häufigsten neurologischen Erkrankungen. Ätiologisch unterscheidet man symptomatische Epilepsien, bei denen das Anfallsgeschehen Ausdruck einer Läsion oder Vorerkrankung des Zentralnervensystems ist, von den idiopathischen (genetischen) Epilepsien, denen eine polygene genetische Disposition zugrunde liegt. In exemplarischen Großfamilien konnten vielfach Defekte in Ionenkanalgenen gefunden werden. Die klinische Charakteristik epileptischer Anfälle und der elektroenzep...

  17. MRI in mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis); MRT bei Mukoviszidose

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    Eichinger, M.; Puderbach, M.; Kauczor, H.-U. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Abteilung Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Heussel, C.-P. [Universitaetsklinikum Mainz (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Radiologie

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    Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a multi-systemic disease with major impact on the lungs. Pulmonary manifestation is crucial for the prognosis and life expectancy of patients. Imaging modalities and lung function tests reflect the pulmonary status in these patients. The standard imaging modality for diagnosis and follow-up of pulmonary changes is chest x-ray. The gold standard for the detection of parenchymal lung changes remains high resolution computed tomography (HRCT), but this is not used routinely for CF-patients due to radiation exposure. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used to be of no importance in monitoring cystic fibrosis lung disease, as shown in studies from the 1980s and early 1990s. The continuing improvement of MRI techniques, however, has allowed for an adequate application of this non-radiation method in diagnosing the major pulmonary findings in CF, in addition to the assessment of lung function. (orig.) [German] Die Lunge ist Hauptmanifestationsort der Mukoviszidose (zystischen Fibrose, CF) und entscheidend fuer Prognose und Lebenserwartung der Betroffenen. Bildgebende Verfahren spielen in der Diagnostik und Verlaufsbeurteilung der Lungenveraenderungen sowie dem Monitoring pulmonaler Komplikationen bei zystischer Fibrose eine wichtige Rolle. Obwohl die hochaufloesende Computertomographie (HRCT) als Goldstandard zur Beurteilung morphologischer Lungenveraenderungen bei zystischer Fibrose gilt, ist die Roentgenthoraxaufnahme aufgrund der geringeren Strahlenbelastung bei den meist jungen Patienten das derzeit eingesetzte Standardverfahren zur Diagnostik und Verlaufsbeurteilung. Die Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) spielte bislang in der Diagnostik und Verlaufsbeobachtung der zystischen Fibrose keine Rolle, da Arbeiten aus den 80er und fruehen 90er Jahren keinen sinnvollen Beitrag der MRT zeigen konnten. Durch die kontinuierliche Verbesserung der Technik ist es seit neuestem erstmals moeglich, die MRT als Alternative fuer die Lungenbildgebung bei zystischer

  18. Sicherheitskriterien bei der Auswahl von ERP-Systemen

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    Wollersheim, Jan;Konstantinidis, Christos;Krcmar, Helmut

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    Bei Auswahl und Anpassung von Software as a Service (SaaS) basierten ERP-Systemen (SaaS-ERP) kann auf bew?hrte und erprobte Kriterien zur?ckgegriffen werden. Dieser Beitrag strukturiert exemplarisch ausgew?hlte Sicherheits- und Risiko-Kriterien (S&R-Kriterien) anhand von f?nf Perspektiven. Dabei wird zuerst die Auswahl und im Folgenden die Anpassung von SaaS basierten ERP-Systemen betrachtet.

  19. Potenziale der Produktionsplanung und -steuerung bei IT-Dienstleistern

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    Ebert, Nico; Vogedes, Alexander; Hau, Thorsten; Uebernickel, Falk; Brenner, Walter

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    Aufgrund von steigendem Kostendruck und zunehmender Kundenorientierung nutzen IT-Dienstleister bestehende Konzepte aus der Realgüterfertigung um sich zu professionalisieren. Im Rahmen des Artikels wird untersucht, welche Potenziale in der Übertragung von Ansätzen der Produktionsplanung und -steuerung in die Domäne der Produktion von IT-Dienstleistungen liegen. Dabei wird ein Fallbeispiel bei der Swisscom IT Services herangezogen, um einen ersten Lösungsansatz zu präsentieren.

  20. Ergebnisse der mikrobiologischen und histopathologischen Revisionsdiagnostik bei unklarem Endoprothesenversagen

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    Riemann, Johannes; Kienapfel, Heino

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    Die Endoprothetik ist eine der erfolgreichsten operativen Behandlungs-methoden der modernen Medizin und bietet Patienten mit fortgeschrittener Arthrose eine etablierte Therapiemöglichkeit. In Deutschland gehört der künst-liche Gelenkersatz im Bereich des Hüft- und Kniegelenkes zu den häufigsten durchgeführten Operationen. Bei hohen Implantationszahlen und steigender Lebenserwartung kam es in den letzten Jahren auch zu einem Anstie...

  1. MR spectroscopy in dementia; MR-Spektroskopie bei Demenz

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    Hauser, T.; Gerigk, L.; Giesel, F.; Schuster, L.; Essig, M. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) Heidelberg, Abteilung E010, Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany)

    2010-09-15

    With an increasingly aging population we are faced with the problem of an increasing number of dementia patients. In addition to clinical, neuropsychological and laboratory procedures, MRI plays an important role in the early diagnosis of dementia. In addition to various morphological changes functional changes can also help in the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of dementia. Overall the diagnosis of dementia can be improved by using parameters from MR spectroscopy. This article focuses on MR spectroscopic changes in the physiological aging process as well as on changes in mild cognitive impairment a precursor of Alzheimer's dementia, in Alzheimer's dementia, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia. (orig.) [German] Angesichts einer immer aelter werdenden Bevoelkerung sind wir mit dem Problem einer zunehmenden Zahl an Demenzerkrankungen konfrontiert. Neben klinischen, neuropsychologischen und laborchemischen Verfahren spielt die MRT zur Fruehdiagnostik einer Demenz eine wichtige Rolle. Morphologische Veraenderungen wie auch verschiedene funktionelle Verfahren helfen bei der Diagnostik und Differenzialdiagnostik einer Demenz. Insgesamt kann mittels MR-spektroskopischer Parameter die Diagnostik einer Demenz verbessert werden. In diesem Artikel soll auf MR-spektroskopische Veraenderungen im Rahmen des physiologischen Alterungsprozesses eingegangen werden. Ferner werden speziell Veraenderungen bei leichter kognitiver Beeintraechtigung, einer Vorform der Alzheimer-Demenz, bei Alzheimer-, frontotemporaler, vaskulaerer und Lewy-Koerper-Demenz eroertert. (orig.)

  2. EFFECTIVENESS OF SCHEDULED AMBULATION ON EARLY POSTOPERATIVE OUTCOME AMONG PATIENTS WHO HAVE UNDERGONE ABDOMINAL HYSTERECTOMY

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    Rinku Girija

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Abdominal hysterectomy is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in women. The non-ambulatory postoperative period is a high risk period for the development of various complications like wound infection, venous stasis, lower respiratory infection, secondary haemorrhage, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, paralytic ileus etc. Prolonged surgery, delayed ambulation and not feeding the patient within 48 hours of surgery are often associated with post-operative morbidity and mortality. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of Scheduled Ambulation on early post-operative outcome among patients undergone abdominal hysterectomy by introduction of Scheduled Ambulation from second day of surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS Method used is quantitative and quasi experimental post-test control method. Scheduled ambulation technique and pattern were taught pre operatively to 35 patients consecutively selected from general and post-operative ward who formed the experimental group. They were given scheduled ambulation from second to fifth post-operative days and results analysed. Another 35 patients taken as control were given the routine post-operative care. Data Analysis- was performed using SPSS version 17.0. Between group comparisons, quantitative variables analysed by Chisquare test p value >0, 05 considered significant. RESULTS The indication of hysterectomy was fibroid uterus in 80% of the control group and 88, 6% of the experimental group. 51.4% of the hysterectomies were encountered in the age group 40-49 years. There was a statistically significant reduction in the severity of pain, fatigue, postural hypotension and risk for developing Deep vein thrombosis in the experimental group on practicing Scheduled Ambulation from second to fifth post-operative days. CONCLUSION Scheduled ambulation helped the abdominal hysterectomy patients to recover from fatigue, pain, postural hypotension and risk for Deep vein thrombosis

  3. Circumstances surrounding non-fatal opioid overdoses attended by ambulance services.

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    Madah-Amiri, Desiree; Clausen, Thomas; Myrmel, Lars; Brattebø, Guttorm; Lobmaier, Philipp

    2017-05-01

    Opioid overdose fatalities are a significant concern globally. Non-fatal overdoses have been described as a strong predictor for future overdoses, and are often attended by the ambulance services. This paper explores characteristics associated with non-fatal overdoses and aims to identify possible trends among these events in an urban area in Norway. This is a retrospective analysis of non-fatal overdoses from Bergen ambulance services from 2012 to 2013. Demographic, temporal and geographic data were explored. During the two years, 463 non-fatal opioid overdoses were attended by ambulance services. Ambulance call-outs occurred primarily during the late afternoon and evening hours of weekdays. Summer months had more overdoses than other seasons, with a peak in August. Overdoses were nearly twice as likely to occur in a public location in August (risk ratio 1.92, P = 0.042). Ambulance response times were more likely to be longer to private locations, and these victims were more likely to be treated and left at the scene. There was no difference in arrival time for drug-related and non-drug related dispatch. The temporal patterns suggest that non-fatal overdoses occur during non-recreational time periods. The longer ambulance response time and disposition for private addresses indicate potential opportunities for peer interventions. Our analysis describes circumstances surrounding non-fatal overdoses and can be useful in guiding relevant, targeted prevention interventions. [Madah-Amiri D, Clausen T, Myrmel L, Brattebø G, Lobmaier P. Circumstances surrounding non-fatal opioid overdoses attended by ambulance services. Drug Alcohol Rev 2017;36:288-294]. © 2016 The Authors. Drug and Alcohol Review published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.

  4. A Prevalence and Management Study of Acute Pain in Children Attending Emergency Departments by Ambulance.

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    Murphy, Adrian; McCoy, Siobhan; O'Reilly, Kay; Fogarty, Eoin; Dietz, Jason; Crispino, Gloria; Wakai, Abel; O'Sullivan, Ronan

    2016-01-01

    Pain is the most common symptom in the emergency setting and remains one of the most challenging problems for emergency care providers, particularly in the pediatric population. The primary objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of acute pain in children attending emergency departments (EDs) in Ireland by ambulance. In addition, this study sought to describe the prehospital and initial ED management of pain in this population, with specific reference to etiology of pain, frequency of pain assessment, pain severity, and pharmacological analgesic interventions. A prospective cross-sectional study was undertaken over a 12-month period of all pediatric patients transported by emergency ambulance to four tertiary referral hospitals in Ireland. All children (ambulance, of which 2,635 (41.4%, 95% confidence interval 40.2-42.3%) had pain as a documented symptom on the ambulance patient care report (PCR) form. Overall 32% (n = 856) of children who complained of pain were subject to a formal pain assessment during the prehospital phase of care. Younger age, short transfer time to the ED, and emergency calls between midnight and 6 am were independently associated with decreased likelihood of having a documented assessment of pain intensity during the prehospital phase of care. Of the 2,635 children who had documented pain on the ambulance PCR, 26% (n = 689) received some form of analgesic agent prior to ED arrival. Upon ED arrival 54% (n = 1,422) of children had a documented pain assessment and some form of analgesic agent was administered to 50% (n = 1,324). Approximately 41% of children who attend EDs in Ireland by ambulance have pain documented as their primary symptom. This study suggests that the management of acute pain in children transferred by ambulance to the ED in Ireland is currently poor, with documentary evidence of only 26% receiving prehospital analgesic agents.

  5. Improved outcomes for emergency department patients whose ambulance off-stretcher time is not delayed.

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    Crilly, Julia; Keijzers, Gerben; Tippett, Vivienne; O'Dwyer, John; Lind, James; Bost, Nerolie; O'Dwyer, Marilla; Shiels, Sue; Wallis, Marianne

    2015-06-01

    To describe and compare characteristics and outcomes of patients who arrive by ambulance to the ED. We aimed to (i) compare patients with a delayed ambulance offload time (AOT) >30 min with those who were not delayed; and (ii) identify predictors of an ED length of stay (LOS) of >4 h for ambulance-arriving patients. A retrospective, multi-site cohort study was undertaken in Australia using 12 months of linked health data (September 2007-2008). Outcomes of AOT delayed and non-delayed presentations were compared. Logistic regression analysis was undertaken to identify predictors of an ED LOS of >4 h. Of the 40 783 linked, analysable ambulance presentations, AOT delay of >30 min was experienced by 15%, and 63% had an ED LOS of >4 h. Patients with an AOT ambulance time at hospital; time to see healthcare professional; proportion seen within recommended triage time frame; and ED LOS for both admitted and non-admitted patients. In-hospital mortality did not differ. Strong predictors of an ED LOS >4 h included: hospital admission, older age, triage category, and offload delay >30 min. Patients arriving to the ED via ambulance and offloaded within 30 min experience better outcomes than those delayed. Given that offload delay is a modifiable predictor of an ED LOS of >4 h, targeted improvements in the ED arrival process for ambulance patients might be useful. © 2015 The Authors. Emergency Medicine Australasia published by Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd on behalf of Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and Australasian Society for Emergency Medicine.

  6. A comparison of actual versus predicted emergency ambulance journey times using generic Geographic Information System software.

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    McMeekin, Peter; Gray, Jo; Ford, Gary A; Duckett, Jay; Price, Christopher I

    2014-09-01

    The planning of regional emergency medical services is aided by accurate prediction of urgent ambulance journey times, but it is unclear whether it is appropriate to use Geographical Information System (GIS) products designed for general traffic. We examined the accuracy of a commercially available generic GIS package when predicting emergency ambulance journey times under different population and temporal conditions. We undertook a retrospective cohort study of emergency ambulance admissions to three emergency departments (ED) serving differing population distributions in northeast England (urban/suburban/rural). The transport time from scene to ED for all the highest priority dispatches between 1 October 2009 and 30 September 2010 was compared with predictions made by generic GIS software. For 10,156 emergency ambulance journeys, the mean prediction discrepancy between actual and predicted journey times across all EDs was an underprediction of 1.6 min (SD 4.9). Underprediction was statistically significant at all population densities, but unlikely to be of clinical significance. Ambulances in urban areas were able to exceed general traffic speed, whereas, the opposite effect was seen in suburban and rural road networks. There were minor effects due to travel outside the busiest traffic times (mean overprediction 0.8 min) and during winter months (mean underprediction 0.4 min). It is reasonable to estimate emergency ambulance journey times using generic GIS software, but in order to avoid insufficient regional ambulance provision it would be necessary to make small adjustments because of the tendency towards systematic underprediction. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  7. Ambulance telephone triage using 'NHS Pathways' to identify adult cardiac arrest.

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    Deakin, Charles D; England, Simon; Diffey, Debbie

    2017-05-01

    UK ambulance services are called to 30 000 cardiac arrests (CAs) annually where resuscitation is attempted. Correct identification by the ambulance service trebles survival by facilitating bystander-cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and immediate ambulance dispatch. Identification of CA by telephone is challenging and involves algorithms to identify key features. 'NHS Pathways' is now used for triage by six of 12 UK ambulance services, covering a population of 20 million. With the significant improvements in survival when CA is accurately identified, it is vital that 'NHS Pathways' is able to identify CA correctly. All '999' emergency calls to South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) over a 12-month period screened by NHS Pathways v9.04 were identified. All actual or presumed CAs identified by the emergency call taker were cross-referenced with the ambulance crew's Patient Report Form to identify all confirmed CAs. A total of 469 400 emergency (999) calls were received by SCAS. Of the 3119 CA identified by ambulance crew, 753 were not initially classified as CA by NHS Pathways (24.1%). Overall, sensitivity=0.759 (95% CI 0.743 to 0.773); specificity=0.986 (95% CI 0.9858 to 0.98647); and positive predictive value=26.80% (95% CI 25.88 to 27.73%). NHS Pathways accurately identifies 75.9% of adult CAs. The remainder represents approximately 7500 treatable CAs in the UK annually where the diagnosis is missed, with significant implications for patient outcome. Further work is required to improve this first link in the chain of survival. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  8. Using genetic algorithms to optimise current and future health planning - the example of ambulance locations

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    Background Ambulance response time is a crucial factor in patient survival. The number of emergency cases (EMS cases) requiring an ambulance is increasing due to changes in population demographics. This is decreasing ambulance response times to the emergency scene. This paper predicts EMS cases for 5-year intervals from 2020, to 2050 by correlating current EMS cases with demographic factors at the level of the census area and predicted population changes. It then applies a modified grouping genetic algorithm to compare current and future optimal locations and numbers of ambulances. Sets of potential locations were evaluated in terms of the (current and predicted) EMS case distances to those locations. Results Future EMS demands were predicted to increase by 2030 using the model (R2 = 0.71). The optimal locations of ambulances based on future EMS cases were compared with current locations and with optimal locations modelled on current EMS case data. Optimising the location of ambulance stations locations reduced the average response times by 57 seconds. Current and predicted future EMS demand at modelled locations were calculated and compared. Conclusions The reallocation of ambulances to optimal locations improved response times and could contribute to higher survival rates from life-threatening medical events. Modelling EMS case 'demand' over census areas allows the data to be correlated to population characteristics and optimal 'supply' locations to be identified. Comparing current and future optimal scenarios allows more nuanced planning decisions to be made. This is a generic methodology that could be used to provide evidence in support of public health planning and decision making. PMID:20109172

  9. Ambulation following spinal cord injury and its correlates

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    Nitin Menon

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To assess walking ability of spinal cord injury (SCI patients and observe its correlation with functional and neurological outcomes. Patients and Methods: The present prospective, observational study was conducted in a tertiary research hospital in India with 66 patients (46 males between January 2012 and December 2013. Mean age was 32.62 ± 11.85 years (range 16-65 years, mean duration of injury was 85.3 ± 97.6 days (range 14-365 days and mean length of stay in the rehabilitation unit was 38.08 ± 21.66 days (range 14-97 days in the study. Walking Index for spinal cord injury (WISCI II was used to assess ambulation of the SCI patients. Functional recovery was assessed using Barthel Index (BI and Spinal Cord Independence Measures (SCIM. Neurological recovery was assessed using ASIA impairment scale (AIS. We tried to correlate ambulatory ability of the patients with functional and neurological recovery. Results: Ambulatory ability of the patients improved significantly using WISCI II (P < 0.001 when admission and discharge scores were compared (1.4 ± 3.5 vs 7.6 ± 6.03. Similarly, functional (BI: 31.7 ± 20.5 vs 58.4 ± 23.7 and SCIM: 29.9 ± 15.1 vs 56.2 ± 20.6 and neurological recovery were found to be very significant (P < 0.001 when admission vs discharge scores were compared. Improvement in WISCI II scores was significantly correlated with improvement in neurological (using AIS scores and functional status (using BI and SCIM scores (P < 0.001. Conclusions: Significant improvement was seen in WISCI II, BI, and SCIM scores after in-patient rehabilitation. Improvement in WISCI II scores also significantly correlated with functional and neurological recovery.

  10. Bringing humanity into view: action research with Qatar's ambulance service.

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    Coleman, Gill; Wiggins, Liz

    2017-08-21

    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to argue for the widening of attention in healthcare improvement efforts, to include an awareness of the humanity of people who work in the sector and an appreciation of the part human connection plays in engagement around good quality work. Theoretical frameworks and research approaches which draw on action-based, interpretive and systemic thinking are proposed, as a complement to current practices. Design/methodology/approach The paper describes the early stages of an action research (AR) project, which used the appreciative inquiry "4D" framework to conduct participative inquiry in Hamad Medical Corporation's ambulance service in Qatar, in which staff became co-researchers. Findings The co-researchers were highly motivated to work with improvement goals as a result of their participation in the AR. They, and their managers, saw each other and the work in new ways and discovered that they had much to offer. Research limitations/implications This was a small-scale pilot project, from which findings must be considered tentative. The challenges of establishing good collaboration across language, culture and organisational divides are considerable. Practical implications Appreciative and action-oriented inquiry methods can serve not only to find things out, but also to highlight and give value to aspects of humanity in the workplace that are routinely left invisible in formal processes. This, in turn, can help with quality improvement. Originality/value This paper is a challenge to the orthodox way of viewing healthcare organisations, and improvement processes within them, as reliant on control rather than empowerment. An alternative is to actively include the agency, sense-making capacity and humanity of those involved.

  11. Pulmonary manifestations in collagen vascular diseases; Pulmonale Manifestationen bei Kollagenosen

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    Vogel, M.N.A. [Thoraxklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie mit Nuklearmedizin, Heidelberg (Germany); Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Translational Lung Research Center (TLRC), Heidelberg (Germany); Kreuter, M. [Thoraxklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Zentrum fuer interstitielle und seltene Lungenerkrankungen, Pneumologie und Beatmungsmedizin, Heidelberg (Germany); Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Translational Lung Research Center (TLRC), Heidelberg (Germany); Kauczor, H.U. [Radiologische Klinik, Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Translational Lung Research Center (TLRC), Heidelberg (Germany); Heussel, C.P. [Thoraxklinik, Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie mit Nuklearmedizin, Heidelberg (Germany); Radiologische Klinik, Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Abteilung fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg, Translational Lung Research Center (TLRC), Heidelberg (Germany)

    2016-10-15

    Pulmonary complications are frequent in patients with collagen vascular diseases (CVD). Frequent causes are a direct manifestation of the underlying disease, side effects of specific medications and lung infections. The standard radiological procedure for the work-up of pulmonary pathologies in patients with CVD is multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) with thin-slice high-resolution reconstruction. The accuracy of thin-slice CT for the identification of particular disease patterns is very high. The pattern of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) representing the direct pulmonary manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be identified with a sensitivity of 45 % and a specificity of 96 %. Both direct pulmonary manifestations, drug-induced toxicity and certain infections can have a similar appearance in thin-slice MDCT in various forms of CVD. Knowledge of the patterns and causes contributes to the diagnostic certainty. At first diagnosis of a CVD and associated pulmonary symptoms thin-slice MDCT is recommended. Clinical, lung function and imaging follow-up examinations should be performed every 6-12 months depending on the results of the MDCT. In every case the individual CT morphological patterns of pulmonary involvement must be identified. The combination of information on the anamnesis, clinical and imaging results is a prerequisite for an appropriate disease management. (orig.) [German] Pulmonale Komplikationen sind bei Patienten mit Kollagenosen keine Seltenheit. Haeufig sind eine direkte Manifestation der Grunderkrankung, eine Nebenwirkung der medikamentoesen Therapie oder eine Lungeninfektion die Ursachen. Das radiologische Standardverfahren zur Klaerung pulmonaler Pathologien bei Patienten mit Kollagenosen ist die Multidetektorcomputertomographie mit duennschichtigen Rekonstruktionen (Duennschicht-MDCT). Die Treffsicherheit der Duennschicht-MDCT ist fuer die Identifikation eines Erkrankungsmusters sehr hoch. So kann beispielsweise das Muster einer

  12. UMA PROSPOSTA DEDUTIVISTA PARA PRINCÍPIOS CONTÁBEIS

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    Paulo Schmidt

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    Full Text Available A proposta deste estudo a apresentar um breve relato sobre a evolução do pensamento cientifico ocorrida na física com a substituição dos princípios contábeis e filosófico, desde a Antiguidade grega ate os dias de hoje, como forma de fundamentar o posicionamento contrario ao raciocínio indutivo para o estabelecimento de uma estrutura conceitual para a contabilidade e para o desenvolvimento dos princípios contábeis. Apos essa incursão pelo campo filosófico, será aduzido um dos trabalhos de D. R. Scott, ex-professor da Universidade de Michigan, que já na década de 1930 defendia o processo de raciocínio dedutivo e a necessidade de coerência e unidade para o estabelecimento dos princípios contábeis. Este estudo justifica-se, principalmente, porque ainda existem pesquisadores da área contábil que defendem o método indutivo com único procedimento cientifico capaz de levar a certeza, Como defendia Descartes. Alem disso, mesmo apos a revolução cientifica princípios teóricos de Newton, pelos princípios da teoria da relatividade de Einstein, alguns pesquisadores defendem a imutabilidade dos princípios contábeis, como sendo verdades indubitáveis, não aceitando o permanente desenvolvimento da teoria contábil e sua continua adaptabilidade a nova realidade ambiental. A contabilidade, assim como toda disciplina do conhecimento humano que postula um patamar cientifico, deve estruturar-se com base em um conjunto de princípios racionalmente dispostos. Diante desse panorama, faz-se mister inquirir se os princípios contábeis podem ser oniscientes e impassíveis as mudanças do mundo?

  13. Ambulance diversion and emergency department offload delay: resource document for the National Association of EMS Physicians position statement.

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    Cooney, Derek R; Millin, Michael G; Carter, Alix; Lawner, Benjamin J; Nable, Jose Victor; Wallus, Harry J

    2011-01-01

    The emergency medical services (EMS) system is a component of a larger health care safety net and a key component of an integrated emergency health care system. EMS systems, and their patients, are significantly impacted by emergency department (ED) crowding. While protocols designed to limit ambulance diversion may be effective at limiting time on divert status, without correcting overall hospital throughput these protocols may have a negative effect on ED crowding and the EMS system. Ambulance offload delay, the time it takes to transfer a patient to an ED stretcher and for the ED staff to assume the responsibility of the care of the patient, may have more impact on ambulance turnaround time than ambulance diversion. EMS administrators and medical directors should work with hospital administrators, ED staff, and ED administrators to improve the overall efficiency of the system, focusing on the time it takes to get ambulances back into service, and therefore must monitor and address both ambulance diversions and ambulance offload delay. This paper is the resource document for the National Association of EMS Physicians position statement on ambulance diversion and ED offload time. Key words: ambulance; EMS; diversion; bypass; offload; delay.

  14. Reducing inappropriate emergency department attendances--a review of ambulance service attendances at a regional teaching hospital in Scotland.

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    Patton, Gareth Gordon; Thakore, Shobhan

    2013-06-01

    Emergency Departments (ED) in the UK have seen increasing attendance rates in recent years. Departments are now seeking strategies to reduce their attendances. A review of all ambulance attendances to the ED at Ninewells Hospital was conducted to identify if patients presenting by ambulance could be seen and treated more appropriately in other parts of the health service. A retrospective review of ambulance attendances to the ED at Ninewells Hospital over 7 non-consecutive days. The ambulance patient report form and the ED notes were reviewed by the duty consultant to deem whether it was appropriate for the patient to be presented to the ED. If inappropriate, an alternative destination was suggested. Additional data was collected on the source of the ambulance call. There were 910 attendances in the 7 days. 295 (32%) presented by ambulance. 32 had incomplete data and were excluded. 185 (70%) and 179 (68%) of the 263 were deemed appropriate from review of the patient report form and notes respectively. Of the inappropriate, 74.4% and 79.7% had primary care suggested as an alternative. Patients who call for their own ambulance and NHS24 had higher rates of inappropriate attendances. The ambulance services present one-third of the patients to the ED at Ninewells Hospital. 30%-32% were found to be attending inappropriately and 74%-80% of these could have been managed in primary care. Reducing inappropriate ambulance attendances could reduce the departmental patient load by 11%.

  15. Factors influencing the use of ambulance among patients with acute coronary syndrome: results of two centers in Turkey.

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    Demirkan, Burcu; Ege, Meltem Refiker; Doğan, Pınar; İpek, Esra Gücük; Güray, Umit; Güray, Yeşim

    2013-09-01

    In this study, we aimed to identify the factors influencing the use of ambulance among patients admitted to two Turkish hospitals with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Overall, 330 with a mean age of 55±13 years, hospitalized patients with ACS at 2 different hospitals were included in this prospective cohort study. The factors influencing the use of ambulance hospital were investigated through a questionnaire. The comparisons were made between two groups regarding use of ambulance. The predictors of the use of ambulance were determined using multiple logistic regression analysis. Despite the high rate of knowing the emergency service number of "112", of the 330 patents, only 96 (29%) used ambulance. Ambulance users had shorter arrival duration with median of 60 min vs 120 min (p=0.03). Presenting with ST elevation myocardial infarction (OR=3.127, 95% CI: 1.555-6.2877, pambulance (OR= 4.184, 95% CI: 2.528-6.926, pambulance use. Using ambulance was in a very low rate among our study patients with ACS. Severity of symptoms, type of ACS and knowledge are seemed to be related with increased ambulance use. Informative health educational programs can be organized to achieve a behavioral change in using of ambulance.

  16. Factors associated with ambulance use among patients with low-acuity conditions.

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    Durant, Edward; Fahimi, Jahan

    2012-01-01

    The use of ambulances for low-acuity medical complaints depletes emergency medical services (EMS) resources that could be used for higher-acuity conditions and contributes to emergency department (ED) overcrowding and ambulance diversion. Objective. We sought to understand the characteristics of patients who use ambulances for low-acuity conditions. We hypothesized that patients who arrive to the ED by ambulance for low-acuity conditions are more likely to be members of vulnerable populations. A secondary analysis was performed on the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS). We included only patients aged 18 years or older who were triaged to the "nonurgent" category upon presentation to the ED. To compare patients who arrived by ambulance with those who arrived by all other modes, multivariate logistic regression was performed using a generalized linear model, and adjusted relative risks (ARRs) were calculated. A total of 16,109 records from 1997 to 2008 (excluding 2001-2002) were included in the analysis. Significantly higher rates of ambulance use for low-acuity conditions were associated with: 1) older age (ARR 1.30, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.18-1.43; per 10 years); 2) Medicare or Medicaid insurance (ARR 1.81, 95% CI: 1.36-2.41, and ARR 1.46, 95% CI: 1.12-1.91, respectively); 3) homelessness (ARR 3.30, 95% CI: 1.61-6.78); 4) arrival between 11 pm and 6:59 am (ARR 1.80, 95% CI: 1.43-2.27); and 5) certain chief complaint categories: psychiatric (ARR 1.78, 95% CI: 1.03-3.07), toxicologic/poisoning (ARR 3.26, 95% CI: 1.85-5.76), and neurologic/psychological (ARR 1.71, 95% CI: 1.34-2.18). Patients who arrived by ambulance were more likely than nonambulance patients to receive laboratory diagnostic tests (ARR 3.50, 95% CI: 2.80-4.39), radiographic imaging (ARR 2.26, 95% CI: 1.91-2.68), and admission to the hospital (ARR 3.99, 95% CI: 3.03-5.27). Our study builds on a body of work highlighting the factors associated with ambulance transport to

  17. Ontogeny of sex differences in open-field ambulation in the rat.

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    Slob, A K; Huizer, T; Van der Werff ten Bosch, J J

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    The effects of age and gonads were studied in rats subjected to open-field tests, during which ambulation behavior was recorded. Subjects were three groups of male and female rats: sham-operation on day 1 and day 21; gonadectomy on day 1 and sham-operation on day 21; and sham-operation on day 1 and gonadectomy on day 21. Half of each group were tested in a circular open field (3 min/day, 3 consecutive days) on days 28-30; the others were tested on days 47-49. Representatives of both batches were tested again in a square open field on days 76-78. There was a sex difference in ambulation at 77 days, but not at earlier ages. In animals gonadectomized on day 1 or day 21 the sex difference in adulthood failed to occur, because castration caused the males to ambulate as much as sham-operated and ovariectomized females. On the basis of our results and reports in the literature it is suggested that testicular secretions around puberty have an organizing effect on ambulation behavior. The intact adult male rat ambulates less than the adult female and this difference persists after castration in adulthood. Castration well before puberty prevents the development of the adult sex difference.

  18. Effectiveness of media awareness campaigns on the proportion of vehicles that give space to ambulances on roads: An observational study.

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    Shaikh, Shiraz; Baig, Lubna A; Polkowski, Maciej

    2017-01-01

    The findings of the Health Care in Danger project in Karachi suggests that there is presence of behavioral negligence among vehicle operators on roads in regards to giving way to ambulances. A mass media campaign was conducted to raise people's awareness on the importance of giving way to ambulances. The main objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the campaign on increasing the proportion of vehicles that give way to ambulances. This was a quasi-experimental study that was based on before and after design. Three observation surveys were carried out in different areas of the city in Karachi, Pakistan before, during and after the campaign by trained observers who recorded their findings on a checklist. Each observation was carried out at three different times of the day for at least two days on each road. The relationship of the media campaign with regards to a vehicle giving space to an ambulance was calculated by means of odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals using multivariate logistic regression. Overall, 245 observations were included in the analysis. Traffic congestion and negligence/resistance, by vehicles operators who were in front of the ambulance, were the two main reasons why ambulances were not given way. Other reasons include: sudden stops by minibuses and in the process causing obstruction, ambulances not rushing through to alert vehicle operators to give way and traffic interruption by VIP movement. After adjustment for site, time of day, type of ambulance and number of cars in front of the ambulance, vehicles during (OR=2.13, 95% CI=1.22-3.71, p=0.007) and after the campaign (OR=1.73, 95% CI=1.02-2.95, p=0.042) were significantly more likely give space to ambulances. Mass media campaigns can play a significant role in changing the negligent behavior of people, especially when the campaign conveys a humanitarian message such as: giving way to ambulances can save lives.

  19. Emergency ambulance service involvement with residential care homes in the support of older people with dementia: an observational study.

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    Amador, Sarah; Goodman, Claire; King, Derek; Machen, Ina; Elmore, Natasha; Mathie, Elspeth; Iliffe, Steve

    2014-08-28

    Older people resident in care homes have a limited life expectancy and approximately two-thirds have limited mental capacity. Despite initiatives to reduce unplanned hospital admissions for this population, little is known about the involvement of emergency services in supporting residents in these settings. This paper reports on a longitudinal study that tracked the involvement of emergency ambulance personnel in the support of older people with dementia, resident in care homes with no on-site nursing providing personal care only. 133 residents with dementia across 6 care homes in the East of England were tracked for a year. The paper examines the frequency and reasons for emergency ambulance call-outs, outcomes and factors associated with emergency ambulance service use. 56% of residents used ambulance services. Less than half (43%) of all call-outs resulted in an unscheduled admission to hospital. In addition to trauma following a following a fall in the home, results suggest that at least a reasonable proportion of ambulance contacts are for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. An emergency ambulance is not likely to be called for older rather than younger residents or for women more than men. Length of residence does not influence use of emergency ambulance services among older people with dementia. Contact with primary care services and admission route into the care home were both significantly associated with emergency ambulance service use. The odds of using emergency ambulance services for residents admitted from a relative's home were 90% lower than the odds of using emergency ambulance services for residents admitted from their own home. Emergency service involvement with this vulnerable population merits further examination. Future research on emergency ambulance service use by older people with dementia in care homes, should account for important contextual factors, namely, presence or absence of on-site nursing, GP involvement, and access to

  20. A Method for Estimating BeiDou Inter-frequency Satellite Clock Bias

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    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available A new method for estimating the BeiDou inter-frequency satellite clock bias is proposed, considering the shortage of the current methods. The constant and variable parts of the inter-frequency satellite clock bias are considered in the new method. The data from 10 observation stations are processed to validate the new method. The characterizations of the BeiDou inter-frequency satellite clock bias are also analyzed using the computed results. The results of the BeiDou inter-frequency satellite clock bias indicate that it is stable in the short term. The estimated BeiDou inter-frequency satellite clock bias results are molded. The model results show that the 10 parameters of model for each satellite can express the BeiDou inter-frequency satellite clock bias well and the accuracy reaches cm level. When the model parameters of the first day are used to compute the BeiDou inter-frequency satellite clock bias of the second day, the accuracy also reaches cm level. Based on the stability and modeling, a strategy for the BeiDou satellite clock service is presented to provide the reference of our BeiDou.

  1. Abducensparese bei metastasiertem Prostatakarzinom: kleinvolumige Bestrahlung der Schädelbasis

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    Full Text Available Wir berichten über drei Patienten mit Prostatakarzinom, bei denen eine Metastase im Bereich der Schädelbasis zu einer Abducensparese geführt hatte. Die Patienten klagten über Doppelbilder, die sie bei Verrichtungen des täglichen Lebens behinderten und zu Schwindel beim Gehen bis hin zur Übelkeit führten. Die Bestrahlung mit hochenergetischen Photonen (23 MeV und einer Dosis von 40-50 Gy/2 Gy erfolgte bei zwei Patienten über opponierende Gegenfelder und bei einem Patienten in Drei-Feld-Technik. Zwei Patienten waren bereits vorher wegen eines Adenokarzinoms der Prostata perkutan lokal im Beckenbereich bestrahlt worden, bei einem Patienten stellte die Abducensparese das Erstsymptom dar und das Prostatakarzinom wurde erst im Laufe der weiteren Exploration diagnostiziert. Durch die Bestrahlung der Schädelbasismetastase konnte bei allen drei Patienten ein guter palliativer Effekt erreicht werden, der bis zu ihrem Ableben anhielt. Bei einem Patienten kam es zu einem vollständigen Verschwinden der Doppelbilder, obwohl die Tumorausdehnung bei der Kontrolluntersuchung unverändert war; die beiden anderen Patienten gaben eine deutliche Besserung der Beschwerden und damit verbundene Hebung der Lebensqualität an. Zusammenfassend ist zu sagen, daß durch den Einsatz moderner Planungs- und Bestrahlungsmethoden die externe Strahlentherapie im Bereich der Schädelbasis nebenwirkungsarm und effizient durchgeführt werden kann.

  2. "Updates to Model Algorithms & Inputs for the Biogenic Emissions Inventory System (BEIS) Model"

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    We have developed new canopy emission algorithms and land use data for BEIS. Simulations with BEIS v3.4 and these updates in CMAQ v5.0.2 are compared these changes to the Model of Emissions of Gases and Aerosols from Nature (MEGAN) and evaluated the simulations against observatio...

  3. MRCP in primary sclerosing cholangitis; MRCP bei primaerer sklerosierender Cholangitis

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    Weber, C.; Krupski, G.; Lorenzen, J.; Adam, G. [Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie; Grotelueschen, R.; Rogiers, X. [Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Abt. fuer Hepatobilaere Chirurgie; Seitz, U. [Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany). Klinik fuer Interdisziplinaere Endoskopie

    2003-02-01

    Purpose: Evaluation of MR-cholangiopancreaticography (MRCP) for the diagnosis of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) in correlation with endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP) and in comparison to the diagnostic accuracy of various T2-weighted sequences. Methods and Materials: Fifty-five patients (34 males, 21 females: mean age 40 years, range 16 to 65 years) with suspected PSC were examined in a 1.5 T MR unit (Magnetom Vision, Siemens, Erlangen), using breath-hold transverse and coronal HASTE, paracoronal RARE and thin-sliced HASTE (TS-HASTE) sequences. Applying a five-point-scale, two blinded investigators assessed the image quality for ROC analysis. Morphologic criteria of PSC were documented and correlated with ERCP, which served as the gold standard, and sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accuracy were calculated. Results: PSC was confirmed in 40 of 55 patients (ERCP 55 of 55, liver biopsy 37 of 55), with concomitant chronic ulcerative colitis in 27 and Crohn's disease in 6 of the 40 patients. Qualitative analysis of the image quality showed no significant difference between RARE, HASTE and thin-sliced HASTE sequences (3.4/3.5/3.2). The RARE sequence had the highest sensitivity (97%), specificity (64%) and accuracy (84%) for the detection of PSC. The difference between HASTE and thin-sliced HASTE was statistically significant (p<0.01). Of the 40 patients with confirmed PSC, 29 were followed by MRI and 3 underwent a liver transplantation within the follow-up period. A Klatskin tumor, which was misdiagnosed by MRCP, was diagnosed by brush biopsy in 1 of the 40 patients. Interobserver variability was adequate to good (kappa 0.4 to 0.7), depending on the chosen sequence. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Wertigkeit der MRCP bei der Diagnostik der primaeren sklerosierenden Cholangitis (PSC) in Korrelation zur endoskopischen retrograden Cholangiopankreatikographie (ERCP) und Vergleich der diagnostischen Treffsicherheit verschiedener T{sub 2

  4. Variation in ambulance call rates for care homes in Torbay, UK.

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    Hancock, Jason; Matthews, Justin; Ukoumunne, Obioha C; Lang, Iain; Somerfield, David; Wenman, James; Dickens, Chris

    2017-05-01

    Emergency ambulance calls represent one of the routes of emergency hospital admissions from care homes. We aimed to describe the pattern of ambulance call rates from care homes and identify factors predicting those homes calling for an ambulance most frequently. We obtained data from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust on 3138 ambulance calls relating to people aged 65 and over from care homes in the Torbay region between 1 April 2012 and 31 July 2013. We supplemented this with data from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) website on home characteristics and outcomes of CQC inspections. We used descriptive statistics to identify variation in ambulance call rates for residential and nursing homes and fitted negative binomial regression models to determine if call rates were predicted by home type (nursing versus residential), the five standards in the CQC reports, dementia care status or travel time to hospital. One hundred and forty-six homes (119 residential and 27 nursing) were included in the analysis. The number of calls made ranged from 1 to 99. The median number (IQR; range) of calls per resident per year was 0.51 (0.21-0.89; 0.03-2.45). Nursing homes had a lower call rate than residential homes [adjusted rate ratio (ARR) 0.29; 95% CI: 0.22-0.40; P homes failing the quality and suitability of management standard had a lower call rate compared to those who passed (ARR 0.67; 95% CI: 0.50-0.90; P = 0.006); and homes specialising in dementia had a higher call rate compared to those not specialising (ARR 1.56; 95% CI: 1.23-1.96; P home policies and practice. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Suicidal ideation and suicide attempts in a nationwide sample of operational Norwegian ambulance personnel.

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    Sterud, Tom; Hem, Erlend; Lau, Bjørn; Ekeberg, Oivind

    2008-01-01

    This is the first paper on suicidal ideation and attempts among ambulance personnel. This study aimed to investigate levels of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among ambulance personnel, and to identify important correlates and the factors to which ambulance personnel attribute their serious suicidal ideation. A comprehensive nationwide questionnaire survey of 1,180 operational ambulance personnel was conducted. Measurements included: Paykel's Suicidal Feelings in the General Population questionnaire, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale, the Subjective Health Complaints Questionnaire, the Maslach Burnout Inventory, the Job Satisfaction Scale, the Basic Character Inventory, and the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale. Lifetime prevalence ranged from 28% for feelings that life was not worth living to 10.4% for seriously considered suicide and 3.1% for a suicide attempt. Serious suicidal ideation was independently associated with job-related emotional exhaustion (feelings of being overextended and depleted of resources) (OR 1.5, 95% CI 1.1-2.0) and bullying at work (OR 1.7, 95% CI 1.02-2.7), younger age, not married/cohabitant, depression symptoms, low self-esteem and the personality trait reality weakness. In general, suicidal thoughts were hardly attributable to working conditions, since only 1.8% of ambulance personnel attributed suicidal ideation to work problems alone. In conclusion, ambulance personnel reported a moderate level of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. Although serious suicidal ideation was rarely attributed to working conditions in general, this study suggests that job-related factors like emotional exhaustion and bullying may be of importance.

  6. Magnetic resonance tomography in eclampsia; Magetresonanztomographie bei Eklampsie

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    Uhlig, U. [St.-Vincentius-Krankenhaeuser, Karlsruhe (Germany). Radiologische Klinik

    1995-05-01

    Eclampsia is a rare but severe complication during the course of a pregnancy. The CT-findings at the brain are well known. Reports on MRT-findings are limited, however, especially in German literature. We describe the MRT picture of the cerebral changes caused by eclampsia and discuss the advantages of MRT in comparison with CT. The use of contrast agents with MRT shows breakdown of blood-brain barrier but does not provide any information of therapeutical consequences and should be avoided during pregnancy. An early and targeted use of MRT in any case of unclear or suspicious neurological symptoms during pregnancy is recommended. MRT supports differential diagnosis regarding non pregnancy-related cerebral disease and can be helpful for therapy planning in cases of preeclampsia. Additionally, MRT offers the possibility to control the effect of therapy with regard to brain damage. (orig.) [Deutsch] Die Eklampsie ist eine seltene aber erhebliche Komplikation im Verlauf einer Schwangerschaft. Die computertomographischen Veraenderungen im Gehirn sind bekannt. Mitteilungen von kernspintomographischen Befunden finden sich vor allem in der deutschen Literatur noch selten. Wir beschreiben das kernspintomographische Bild der zerebralen Veraenderungen bei Eklampsie und diskutieren die Vorteile der MRT im Vergleich zur CT. Die Gabe von Kontrastmittel bei der MRT weist zwar die Blut-Hirn-Schrankenstoerung nach, bringt aber keine therapeutisch relevanten Informationen. Sie sollte waehrend der Schwangerschaft vermieden werden. Ein frueher und gezielter Einsatz der MRT bei unklaren oder verdaechtigen neurologischen Symptomen waehrend der Schwangerschaft ist sinnvoll. Die MRT unterstuetzt die Differentialdiagnose in bezug auf nicht schwangerschaftsbezogene zerebrale Leiden und kann fuer die Therapie richtungweisend sein, wenn die Gestose noch nicht ausgepraegt ist. (orig.)

  7. Shoulder injuries in overhead sports; Schultergelenkverletzungen bei Ueberkopfsportarten

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    Woertler, K. [Technische Universitaet Muenchen (Germany). Institut fuer Roentgendiagnostik

    2010-05-15

    Overhead sport places great demands on the shoulder joint. Shoulder pain in overhead athletes and throwers can in the majority of cases be attributed to lesions resulting from chronic overuse of tendons and capsuloligamentous structures or to sequels of microinstability and secondary impingement. Due to its great impact on therapeutic decisions, imaging in athletes with unclear shoulder pain is a challenge. In this connection, magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography represents the cross-sectional imaging modality of first choice, as it allows depiction and exclusion of pathologic alterations of all relevant joint structures with sufficient confidence. This article reviews the biomechanical and clinical aspects and MR arthrographic features of the most common shoulder pathologies in overhead athletes, including biceps tendinopathy, superior labral anterior-posterior (SLAP) lesions, rotator cuff lesions, as well as extrinsic and intrinsic impingement syndromes. (orig.) [German] Ueberkopfsportarten stellen grosse Anforderungen an das Schultergelenk. Schulterbeschwerden bei Ueberkopf- und Wurfsportlern koennen in der Mehrzahl der Faelle auf eine chronische Ueberlastung von Sehnen und Kapsel-Band-Strukturen oder auf die Folgen einer Mikroinstabilitaet und sekundaerer Impingementsyndrome zurueckgefuehrt werden. Wegen ihres grossen Einflusses auf die Therapieentscheidung stellt die Bildgebung bei Athleten mit unklaren Schulterbeschwerden eine Herausforderung dar. Die MR-Arthrographie ist in diesem Zusammenhang als Schnittbildverfahren der ersten Wahl anzusehen, da sie den Nachweis bzw. Ausschluss pathologischer Veraenderungen aller relevanten Gelenkstrukturen mit ausreichender Sicherheit ermoeglicht. Dieser Artikel gibt eine Uebersicht ueber biomechanische und klinische Aspekte sowie MR-arthrographische Befunde der haeufigsten Schultergelenkpathologien bei Ueberkopfsportlern, wie Bizepstendinopathie, Superior-labral-anterior-posterior- (SLAP-)Laesionen, Laesionen der

  8. Imaging strategies for knee injuries; Bildgebungsstrategie bei Kniegelenkverletzungen

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    Hegenscheid, K.; Puls, R.; Rosenberg, C. [Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universitaet Greifswald, Institut fuer Diagnostische Radiologie und Neuroradiologie, Greifswald (Germany)

    2012-11-15

    Injuries of the knees are common. The Ottawa knee rule provides decisional support to determine whether radiographs are indicated or not. With the use of ultrasound it is possible to detect defects of the extensor ligaments and the anterior cruciate ligament. Furthermore, it is possible to detect indirect signs of an intra-articular fracture, e.g. lipohemarthrosis. In complex fractures, e.g. tibial plateau fractures, further diagnostic procedures with multislice computed tomography (CT) are needed for accurate classification and preoperative planning. Multislice CT with CT angiography enables three-dimensional reconstruction of the knee and non-invasive vascular imaging for detection of vascular injury. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the gold standard for detection of occult fractures and injuries of the ligaments and menisci. Higher field strengths can be used to improve the diagnostics of cartilage lesions. Virtual MR arthrography is superior to conventional MRI for detection of cartilage lesions especially after meniscus surgery. (orig.) [German] Verletzungen des Kniegelenks sind haeufig. Die Ottawa Knee Rule bietet eine Entscheidungshilfe dahingehend, ob Roentgenaufnahmen indiziert sind. Mittels Sonographie koennen Verletzungen des Streckapparats und vorderen Kreuzbandes erkannt werden. Ebenso gelingt der Nachweis eines Lipohaemarthros als indirektes Zeichen einer intraartikulaeren Fraktur. Bei komplexen Frakturen, z. B. Tibiaplateaufrakturen, ist eine weiterfuehrende Diagnostik mittels Multislice-CT zur Klassifizierung und praeoperativen Planung notwendig. Die Multislice-CT mit gleichzeitiger CT-Angiographie ermoeglicht die Anfertigung dreidimensionaler Rekonstruktionen und die nichtinvasive Gefaessdarstellung. Die Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) ist der Goldstandard zum Nachweis okkulter Frakturen und Verletzungen an Baendern und Menisken. Bei hoeheren Feldstaerken verbessert sich die Diagnostik von Knorpellaesionen. Die virtuelle MR-Arthrographie ist

  9. MRI in neuromuscular disorders; MRT bei neuromuskulaeren Erkrankungen

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    Fischmann, Arne [Klinik St. Anna, Luzern (Switzerland). Inst. fuer Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin; Fischer, Dirk [Kantonsspital Bruderholz (Switzerland)

    2014-03-15

    Neuromuscular disorders are caused by damage of the skeletal muscles or supplying nerves, in many cases due to a genetic defect, resulting in progressive disability, loss of ambulation and often a reduced life expectancy. Previously only supportive care and steroids were available as treatments, but several novel therapies are under development or in clinical trial phase. Muscle imaging can detect specific patterns of involvement and facilitate diagnosis and guide genetic testing. Quantitative MRT can be used to monitor disease progression either to monitor treatment or as a surrogate parameter for clinical trails. Novel imaging sequences can provide insights into disease pathology and muscle metabolism. (orig.)

  10. Prediction of postoperative morbidity, mortality and rehabilitation in hip fracture patients: the cumulated ambulation score

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    Foss, Nicolai Bang; Kristensen, Morten Tange; Kehlet, Henrik

    2006-01-01

    fracture patients with an independent walking function admitted from their own home. Rehabilitation followed a well-defined multimodal rehabilitation regimen and discharge criteria. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Admission tests with a new mobility score to assess prefracture functional mobility and a short mental...... score for cognitive dysfunction were performed. On the first three postoperative days patients were assessed with the cumulated ambulation score consisting of a cumulated assessment of simple ambulation characteristics with a score from 0 to 18 (fully mobile). The three assessments were correlated...

  11. Factors affecting ambulance utilization for asthma attack treatment: understanding where to target interventions.

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    Raun, L H; Ensor, K B; Campos, L A; Persse, D

    2015-05-01

    Asthma is a serious, sometimes fatal condition, in which attacks vary in severity, potentially requiring emergency medical services (EMS) ambulance treatment. A portion of asthma attacks requiring EMS ambulance treatment may be prevented with improved education and access to care. The aim of this study was to identify areas of the city with high rates of utilization of EMS ambulance for treatment, and the demographics, socio-economic status, and time of day associated with these rates, to better target future interventions to prevent emergencies and reduce cost. A cross-sectional study was conducted on individuals in Houston, TX (USA) requiring ambulance treatment for asthma attacks from 2004 to 2011. 12,155 EMS ambulance-treated asthma attack cases were linked to census tracts. High rate treatment areas were identified with geospatial mapping. Census tract demographic characteristics of these high rate areas were compared with the remainder of the city using logistic regression. The association between case level demographics and the time of day of asthma attack within the high rate area was also assessed with logistic regression. EMS ambulance-treated high rate areas were identified and found to have a utilization incidence rate over six times higher per 100,000 people than the remainder of the city. There is an increased risk of location in this high rate area with a census tract level increase of percent of population: earning less than $10,000 yearly income (RR 1.21, 1.16-1.26), which is black (RR 1.08, 1.07-1.10), which is female (RR 1.34, 1.20-1.49) and have obtained less than a high school degree (RR 1.02, 1.01-1.03). Within the high rate area, case level data indicates an increased risk of requiring an ambulance after normal doctor office hours for men compared with women (RR 1.13, 1.03-1.22), for black compared with Hispanic ethnicity (RR 1.31, 1.08-1.59), or for adults (less than 41 and greater than 60) compared with children. Interventions to prevent

  12. Impact of short-term exposure to fine particulate matter on emergency ambulance dispatches in Japan.

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    Michikawa, Takehiro; Ueda, Kayo; Takeuchi, Ayano; Kinoshita, Makoto; Hayashi, Hiromi; Ichinose, Takamichi; Nitta, Hiroshi

    2015-01-01

    Evidence of an association between fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and morbidity is limited in Asia. We used a case-crossover design to evaluate the association between short-term exposure to PM2.5 and emergency ambulance dispatches (as a proxy of acute health outcomes), and to calculate the extent to which a 10 μg/m(3) decrease in PM2.5 concentrations would reduce the number of ambulance dispatches. We used data on emergency ambulance dispatches in Fukuoka City, Japan between 2005 and 2010. Emergency ambulance services are publicly funded and cover the entire city. After excluding ambulance dispatches related to external injuries and pregnancy/childbirth, we analysed data on the remaining 176 123 dispatches. We also collected records of daily concentrations of PM2.5 from one ambient air pollution monitoring station. ORs per 10 μg/m(3) increase in PM2.5 were estimated using conditional logistic regression controlled for ambient temperature and relative humidity. During the study period, the average daily concentration of PM2.5 was 20.3 μg/m(3). Exposure to PM2.5 was associated with emergency ambulance dispatches in general (lag0-1; OR=1.008 (95% CI 1.002 to 1.014)) and with dispatches due to respiratory diseases (lag0-1; OR=1.027 (1.007 to 1.048)). No association was observed for dispatches due to cardiovascular diseases. We estimated that a 10 μg/m(3) decrease in PM2.5 concentrations would have led to approximately 260 (estimated range=70-460) fewer ambulance dispatches in Fukuoka for 2012. Providing further evidence on the short-term health effects of PM2.5 exposure, we found that exposure was associated with an increased number of emergency ambulance dispatches. The effect was, however, relatively small. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  13. Mission impossible or border security – Practical and effective infection control on air ambulances

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    2013-12-01

    These principles have been applied to our air ambulance system based from Lanseria International Airport. By combining preventative and control measures, there has been no breach in our infection control strategies, as evidenced by no growth noted on specific and random swabs even when more and more ”super bugs” are being identified in hospital. As an air ambulance service flying patients from various African countries, we have the responsibility to conduct our own ”Border Security” to keep our hospitals, patients, aircraft and crews clean and safe. In this presentation we will share our ”Border Security” principles and experiences with the audience.

  14. Chemoembolisation bei hepatozellulärem Karzinom (HCC

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Die transarterielle Chemoembolisation (TACE hat ihren Platz im multimodalen Therapieansatz des hepatozellulären Karzinoms (HCC. Zumeist erfolgt die Applikation von Doxorubicin, Mitomycin und Cisplatin mit Lipiodol, gefolgt von der Okklusion der versorgenden Arterie mit Partikeln zur Behandlung von nicht-resektablen HCC bei noch gut erhaltener Leberfunktion. Die Behandlungen erfolgen bis zum Nachweis eines Perfusionsstops des HCC. Verlaufskontrollen (Ultraschall, CT oder MRT sind unerläßlicher Bestandteil der Nachsorge. Mit superselektivem Zugang sind Komplikationen selten. Ähnliche Therapiekonzepte wie Permanentembolisation, Embolisation mit Chemotherapeutika-beladenen Partikeln oder Embolisation mit radioaktiven Partikeln sind derzeit in klinischer Erprobung.

  15. Diagnostic evaluation of deep vein thrombosis; Diagnostik bei tiefer Venenthrombose

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    Fuerst, G.; Saleh, A. [Universitaetsklinikum Duesseldorf (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische Radiologie

    2001-12-01

    CT and MRI are efficient modalities for the imaging of venous thrombi. Their application currently is restricted to complementary use, in cases when results of US and/or phlebography leave open questions (as e.g. central extension of thrombi, assessment of causes, post-surgery follow-up). (orig./CB) [German] CT und MRT sind effiziente Techniken zur Venendarstellung bei Thrombose. Ihr Einsatz ist derzeit Fragestellungen vorbehalten, die sich sonographisch und/oder phlebographisch nicht ausreichend klaeren lassen (z. B. Thromboseausdehnung nach zentral, Ursachenabklaerung, postoperative Kontrollen). (orig.)

  16. Assessing Pesticide Impact on Human Health in Nebraska: A Survey of Ambulance Services and Rescue Squads. Department Report No. 7.

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    Vitzthum, Edward F.; And Others

    A study examined the employment qualifications, job content, training, and training needs of ambulance service and rescue squad workers in Nebraska. Based on the 268 mail questionnaires that were completed and returned out of a total of 338 sent out, it was concluded that the strengths of the various ambulance and rescue services vary widely. The…

  17. Impact of subtropical climate on frequency of ambulance use for trauma patients in a coastal area of China

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    Yuqiang Chen; Yucheng Lai; Jiajie Ke; Yuefeng Chen; Yuling Xu; Yuqin Ma; Jiayin Yuan

    2015-01-01

    Purpose:To explore the impact of subtropical maritime monsoon climate on the frequency of ambulance use for trauma patients in a coastal region in China.Method:Statistical analysis of data on ambulance use from the 120 Emergency Command Center in Shantou City,Guangdong Province,from January to December 2012 as well as daily meteorological data from a Shantou observatory was performed to determine how climatic factors (seasons,time,and weather) affect the frequency of ambulance use for trauma patients.Results:The daily ambulance use for trauma patients differed between spring and summer or autumn (p < 0.05),between sunny and rainy days (p < 0.05),and between cloudy and lightly or moderately rainy days (p < 0.05).We found a linear correlation between daily maximum temperature and daily ambulance use for trauma patients (R2 =0.103,p < 0.05).In addition,there was significant difference in ambulance use between good and bad weather (p < 0.05).Conclusion:Frequency of ambulance use for trauma patients is affected by the subtropical maritime monsoon climate in the coastal region.Better weather contributes to increased daily frequency of ambulance use,which is the highest in autumn and lowest in spring.

  18. Treatment of presumed acute cardiogenic pulmonary oedema in an ambulance system by nurses using Boussignac continuous positive airway pressure

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    Dieperink, Willem; Weelink, E. E. M.; van der Horst, I. C. C.; de Vos, R.; Jaarsma, T.; Aarts, L. P. H. J.; Zijlstra, F.; Nijsten, M. W. N.

    Background: Early initiation of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) applied by face mask benefits patients with acute cardiogenic pulmonary oedema (ACPE). The simple disposable Boussignac CPAP (BCPAP) has been used in ambulances by physicians. In the Netherlands, ambulances are manned by

  19. Safety and tolerance of the ReWalk™ exoskeleton suit for ambulation by people with complete spinal cord injury: a pilot study

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    Zeilig, Gabi; Weingarden, Harold; Zwecker, Manuel; Dudkiewicz, Israel; Bloch, Ayala; Esquenazi, Alberto

    2012-01-01

    ...™ exoskeleton ambulation system in people with spinal cord injury. Measures of functional ambulation were also assessed and correlated to neurological spinal cord level, age, and duration since injury...

  20. Impact of subtropical climate on frequency of ambulance use for trauma patients in a coastal area of China.

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    Chen, Yuqiang; Lai, Yucheng; Ke, Jiajie; Chen, Yuefeng; Xu, Yuling; Ma, Yuqin; Yuan, Jiayin; Liang, Tian; Mai, Pengzhan; Lin, Changmin; Xie, Yang; Huang, Keng

    2015-01-01

    To explore the impact of subtropical maritime monsoon climate on the frequency of ambulance use for trauma patients in a coastal region in China. Statistical analysis of data on ambulance use from the 120 Emergency Command Center in Shantou City, Guangdong Province, from January to December 2012 as well as daily meteorological data from a Shantou observatory was performed to determine how climatic factors (seasons, time, and weather) affect the frequency of ambulance use for trauma patients. The daily ambulance use for trauma patients differed between spring and summer or autumn (pambulance use for trauma patients (R² =0.103, pambulance use between good and bad weather (pambulance use for trauma patients is affected by the subtropical maritime monsoon climate in the coastal region. Better weather contributes to increased daily frequency of ambulance use, which is the highest in autumn and lowest in spring.

  1. Ambulance services as part of the district health system in low-income countries: a feasibility study from Cambodia.

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    Jacobs, Bart; Men, Cheanrithy; Sam, Oeun Sam; Postma, Sjoerd

    2016-10-01

    Emergency referral care is considered an essential component of the district health system. Nevertheless, the establishment of effective and durable transport arrangements of such referral care by use of an ambulance is considered controversial in low-income countries. We aim to assess the extent to which an ambulance service as part of the district health system is feasible in rural Cambodia. In a rural health district, we assessed the population's perception of the ambulance service, its recurrent costs requirements, government financial contribution to its operations, profile and medical conditions of ambulance (non)users, reasons for (non)use of the ambulance and contextual factors required for the ambulance services to operate. This observation was obtained through nine key informant interviews, five focus group discussions, structured interviews with 225 caretakers of admitted patients, a 1-month census of admitted emergency cases and assessment of annual recurrent costs for the ambulance services. The ambulance services were well received by the population and authorities and appeared to reinforce an appreciation of the hospital. Ambulance services were mainly used by the poor and by women, especially for emergency obstetric care. Less than half the number of transported patients, 44%, was considered a medical emergency. The direct cost to the hospital per collected emergency case was $34.4. When certain conditions are met, effective ambulance services can be an integral part of the district health system and positively contribute to the population's appreciation of the hospital services and respective district health system. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  2. Demenz und Depression bei Patienten mit idiopathischem Parkinson-Syndrom

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    Herting B

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Das idiopathische Parkinson-Syndrom (IPS ist eine progressive neurodegenerative Erkrankung mit motorischen und nicht-motorischen Symptomen. Bei Patienten mit IPS sind kognitive Defizite und Demenzen mit einer Prävalenz von 20–40 % nachgewiesen worden. Risikofaktoren für das Auftreten einer Parkinson-Demenz (PDe sind hohes Alter bei Krankheitsbeginn, schwere und/oder beidseitige motorische Symptomatik, Verwirrtheitszustände unter Levodopa-Medikation, aber auch Demenzerkrankungen in der Familie und niedriges Bildungsniveau. Patienten mit PDe weisen eine erhöhte Morbidität und Mortalität im Vergleich zu Patienten mit IPS ohne Demenz und der altersgleichen Normalbevölkerung auf, die unabhängig von der Schwere der motorischen Einbußen zweifach erhöht ist. Die Depression ist das häufigste psychiatrische Symptom beim IPS (die Angaben zur Prävalenz schwanken zwischen 4 % und 70 % und beeinflußt neben den Aktivitäten des täglichen Lebens wesentlich die Lebensqualität der Betroffenen. Darin liegt auch die Herausforderung, kognitive und affektive Symptome effizient zu behandeln.

  3. Diagnostic evaluatuin of gastrointestinal tumors; Diagnostik bei Tumoren im Gastrointestinaltrakt

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    Linke, R.; Tatsch, K. [Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Nuklearmedizin

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    difficult to distinguish between chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic carcinoma. In such cases a PET scan may be helpful. For planning of surgery and for preoperative staging morphological imaging is essential, but in nearly 40% of the patients nonresectable tumors were detected intraoperatively, which were not diagnosed by preoperative CT or MRI. PET seems to be more accurate in this respect, too. (orig.) [Deutsch] Hauptaufgaben der radiologischen und nuklearmedizinischen Diagnostik bei gastrointestinalen Tumoren sind Diagnosesicherung sowie praeoperatives Staging. Die Hohlorgane des oberen und unteren GI-Traktes (Oesophagus, Magen, Duodenum, Kolon, Rektum) werden primaer endoskopisch und endosonographisch abgeklaert. CT oder MRT liefern Informationen ueber Ausdehnung des Tumors, eine Infiltration in umgebende Strukturen und das Vorliegen pathologischer Lymphknoten. Das sensitivste Verfahren zum Nachweis von Lymphknoten- oder Fernmetastasen ist die PET. Auch die Differenzierung eines Lokalrezidivs von postoperativer Narbenbildung, z.B. beim kolorektalen Karzinom, gelingt mit der PET fruehzeitiger als mit den konventionellen morphologischen Verfahren. Lebertumoren sollten primaer sonographisch und bei fraglicher Dignitaet anschliessend mittels MRT untersucht werden. In der Differentialdiagnostik von unklaren Leberherden ist die nuklearmedizinische Rezeptorszintigraphie wegweisend. Benigne Leberlaesionen koennen mit der Neogalaktoalbumin-(NGA-)Szintigraphie sicher von malignen Tumoren (Metastasen, hepatozellulaeres Karzinom [HCC]) abgegrenzt werden, da NGA-Rezeptoren nur auf funktionstuechtigen Hepatozyten experimentiert werden. Die Unterscheidung von Lebermetastasen und dem HCC gelingt mit der Insulinszintigraphie, da sich Insulin aufgrund einer Ueberexpression von Insulinrezeptoren mit HCC vermehrt anreichert. Ergeben die vorgeschalteten Untersuchungen den Verdacht auf einen malignen Prozess, sollte zusaetzlich eine CT-Arterioportographie durchgefuehrt werden, da dieses

  4. Cross-cultural validation of the Italian version of the Cumulated Ambulation Score

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    Grana, Elisa; Verzellotti, Simone; Grassi, Federico A;

    2016-01-01

    Hip fractures are common in elderly patients, and walking impairment is a frequent complication. The Cumulated Ambulation Score (CAS) is a validated functional scale used to monitor easily three basic mobility activities in patients with hip fracture. The aim of this study was to translate, cross...

  5. Symbolic and systemic violence in media representations of aggression towards ambulance personnel in the Netherlands

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    Cuijpers, N.; Brown, P.R.

    2016-01-01

    Violence towards public sector employees is perceived as a growing problem in a number of societies, attracting the attention of mass media, politicians and social scientists alike. In this article we discuss how national newspapers have reported aggression towards ambulance workers in the Netherlan

  6. Symbolic and systemic violence in media representations of aggression towards ambulance personnel in the Netherlands

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    Cuijpers, N.; Brown, P.R.

    2016-01-01

    Violence towards public sector employees is perceived as a growing problem in a number of societies, attracting the attention of mass media, politicians and social scientists alike. In this article we discuss how national newspapers have reported aggression towards ambulance workers in the

  7. Nursing students' perceptions of learning nursing skills in the ambulance service.

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    Nilsson, Tomas; Lindström, Veronica

    2017-05-01

    Several previous studies have explored nursing students' perceptions of clinical learning at hospitals and in other health care facilities, but there are few studies exploring nursing students' perceptions of the clinical learning in the ambulance service. Therefore, the aim of this study was to explore nursing students' perceptions of learning nursing skills in the ambulance service. An inductive qualitative study design with two focus group interviews and content analysis was used. Two themes were identified. The first theme, professional skills, included: Assessment, Prioritizing and initiating care, and Medical treatment and evaluation of interventions. The second theme, a holistic approach to the care included: Cultural, social, and ethical aspects of caring, Decision-making in collaboration with patients, and Care provided in the patients' home. The ambulance service provides a learning environment where the students face a multifaceted picture of health and illness. This learning environment helps nursing students to learn independently how to use professional nursing skills and how to care by employing a holistic approach. However, further research is needed to explore if and how this knowledge about nursing and caring in the ambulance service is useful when working as a Registered Nurse in other health care settings. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Knee disarticulation : Survival, wound healing and ambulation. A historic cohort study

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    Ten Duis, K.; Bosmans, J. C.; Voesten, H. G. J.; Geertzen, J. H. B.; Dijkstra, P. U.

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to analyze survival, wound healing and ambulation after knee disarticulation (KD). A historic cohort study using medical records and nursing home records was performed. Data included demographics, reason for amputation, concomitant diseases, survival, wound healing, re-ampu

  9. [The correlation between personality characteristics and burnout syndrome in emergency ambulance workers].

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    Bergmueller, A; Zavgorodnii, I; Zavgorodnia, N; Kapustnik, W; Boeckelmann, I

    The work in Emergency Medical Ambulance Service is one of the professions, which is accompanied by high psychological and emotional stress. The aim was to determine the risk of professional burnout syndrome of Emergency Medical Ambulance Service staff and the relationship between burnout syndrome and personality. Ninety-seven doctors (57 women and 40 men, aged 37.0±12.21) of Emergency Medical Ambulance Service were interviewed using the MBI-GS questionnaire and the Freiburg personality questionnaire (FPI). Correlation and regression analysis were used. Nine (11.5%) of respondents had a risk of burnout syndrome and 28 (35.9%) had some symptoms. In the group, aged 45 years and older, the risk of burnout syndrome was not identified. The staff of Emergency Medical Ambulance Service is characterized by stable personality features. It is necessary to identify the prevalence of burnout syndrome and also to identity the causes for its prevention and development of measures on the increase of personal stress resilience.

  10. Nurses and advanced airway management: the experience of the Piacenza ambulance service

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The study examined the intubation manoeuvres performed by Piacenza local health authority ambulance service nurses in patients with sudden cardiac arrest of nontraumatic origin. The study has a retrospective observational design and analyzes all the intubation manoeuvres performed by ambulance service nurses in patients with non-traumatic cardiac arrest between January 2010 and December 2013. The success of the procedure with subglottic tubes was 97.7% (P>0.60, while it was 100% (P>0.50 with supraglottic devices. The success rate of the procedures is encouraging and the statistical analysis showed that there are no significant differences between literature data and the experience of Piacenza ambulance system crews. An increase in the use of supraglottic devices was also observed. The results show that the Piacenza ambulance service nursing staff has a good level of skills and competence in advanced airway management. A future development of this ability could involve intubation also in situations other than cardiac arrest using specific medication.

  11. A clinical prediction rule for ambulation outcomes after traumatic spinal cord injury: a longitudinal cohort study

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    Middendorp, J.J. van; Hosman, A.J.F.; Donders, A.R.T.; Pouw, M.H.; Ditunno Jr., J.F.; Curt, A.; Geurts, A.C.H.; Meent, H. van de

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Traumatic spinal cord injury is a serious disorder in which early prediction of ambulation is important to counsel patients and to plan rehabilitation. We developed a reliable, validated prediction rule to assess a patient's chances of walking independently after such injury. METHODS: We

  12. Spinal fusion in children with spina bifida : influence on ambulation level and functional abilities

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    Schoenmakers, MAGC; Gulmans, VAM; Gooskens, RHJM; Pruijs, JEH; Helders, PJM

    The aim of this study was to determine the influence of spinal fusion on ambulation and functional abilities in children with spina bifida for whom early mobilization was stimulated. Ten children (three males and seven females) with myelomeningocele were prospectively followed. Their mean age at

  13. Osteogenesis imperfecta in childhood : effects of spondylodesis on functional ability, ambulation and perceived competence

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    Tolboom, N; Cats, EA; Helders, PJM; Pruijs, JEH; Engelbert, RHH

    2004-01-01

    We studied the effects of spondylodesis on spinal curvature, functional outcome, level of ambulation and perceived competence in 11 children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Mean age at surgical intervention was 13.1 years (SD 2.5 years) and follow-up amounted to 3.4 years (SD 2.3 years). Spinal c

  14. An exploration of factors influencing ambulance and emergency nurses' protocol adherence in the Netherlands.

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    Ebben, Remco H A; Vloet, Lilian C M; Schalk, Donna M J; Mintjes-de Groot, Joke A J; van Achterberg, Theo

    2014-03-01

    Adherence to ambulance and ED protocols is often suboptimal. Insight into factors influencing adherence is a requisite for improvement of adherence. This study aims to gain an in-depth understanding of factors that influence ambulance and emergency nurses' adherence to protocols. Semi-structured interviews were held with ambulance nurses, emergency nurses, and physicians (N = 20) with medical end responsibility in the Netherlands to explore influencing factors. Content analysis was used to identify influencing factors. The main influencing factors for adherence were individual factors, including individual (clinical) experience, awareness, and the preference of following local protocols instead of national protocols. Organizational or external factors were involvement in protocol development, training and education, control mechanisms for adherence, and physicians' interest. Also of influence were protocol characteristics including integration of the advanced trauma life support approach, being in accordance with daily practice, and the generality of the content. Influencing factors could be a barrier as well as a facilitator for adherence. Factors influencing ambulance and emergency nurses' protocol adherence could be assigned to individual, organizational, and external categories, as well as to protocol characteristics. To improve adherence, implementation strategies should be tailored to identified factors. Multifaceted implementation strategies will be needed to improve adherence. Copyright © 2014 Emergency Nurses Association. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Community ambulation in patients with chronic stroke : How is it related to gait speed?

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    van de Port, Ingrid G.; Kwakkel, Gert; Lindeman, Eline

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To explore the strength of the association between gait speed and community ambulation and whether this association is significantly distorted by other variables. Design: Cross-sectional study conducted 3 years after stroke. Subjects: A total of 102 patients after first-ever stroke follow

  16. Promoting Ambulation Responses among Children with Multiple Disabilities through Walkers and Microswitches with Contingent Stimuli

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    Lancioni, Giulio E.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Oliva, Doretta; Smaldone, Angela; La Martire, Maria L.; Stasolla, Fabrizio; Castagnaro, Francesca; Groeneweg, Jop

    2010-01-01

    Children with severe or profound intellectual and motor disabilities often present problems of balance and ambulation and spend much of their time sitting or lying, with negative consequences for their development and social status. Recent research has shown the possibility of using a walker (support) device and microswitches with preferred…

  17. Osteogenesis imperfecta in childhood : effects of spondylodesis on functional ability, ambulation and perceived competence

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    Tolboom, N; Cats, EA; Helders, PJM; Pruijs, JEH; Engelbert, RHH

    2004-01-01

    We studied the effects of spondylodesis on spinal curvature, functional outcome, level of ambulation and perceived competence in 11 children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Mean age at surgical intervention was 13.1 years (SD 2.5 years) and follow-up amounted to 3.4 years (SD 2.3 years). Spinal c

  18. Ambulation with the reciprocating-gait orthosis - Experience in 15 children with myelomeningocele or paraplegia

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    GerritsmaBleeker, CLE; Heeg, M; VosNiel, H

    1997-01-01

    We reviewed 15 children with spina bifida or paraplegia who have used a reciprocating-gait orthosis between 1985 and 1995. All were nonfunctional ambulators. The level of the spinal lesions ranged from Th10 to L3. The mean age of fitting the orthosis was 5 years. 8 children have stopped using it at

  19. Spinal fusion in children with spina bifida : influence on ambulation level and functional abilities

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    Schoenmakers, MAGC; Gulmans, VAM; Gooskens, RHJM; Pruijs, JEH; Helders, PJM

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the influence of spinal fusion on ambulation and functional abilities in children with spina bifida for whom early mobilization was stimulated. Ten children (three males and seven females) with myelomeningocele were prospectively followed. Their mean age at ope

  20. Iterative optimization algorithm with parameter estimation for the ambulance location problem.

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    Kim, Sun Hoon; Lee, Young Hoon

    2016-12-01

    The emergency vehicle location problem to determine the number of ambulance vehicles and their locations satisfying a required reliability level is investigated in this study. This is a complex nonlinear issue involving critical decision making that has inherent stochastic characteristics. This paper studies an iterative optimization algorithm with parameter estimation to solve the emergency vehicle location problem. In the suggested algorithm, a linear model determines the locations of ambulances, while a hypercube simulation is used to estimate and provide parameters regarding ambulance locations. First, we suggest an iterative hypercube optimization algorithm in which interaction parameters and rules for the hypercube and optimization are identified. The interaction rules employed in this study enable our algorithm to always find the locations of ambulances satisfying the reliability requirement. We also propose an iterative simulation optimization algorithm in which the hypercube method is replaced by a simulation, to achieve computational efficiency. The computational experiments show that the iterative simulation optimization algorithm performs equivalently to the iterative hypercube optimization. The suggested algorithms are found to outperform existing algorithms suggested in the literature.

  1. Time-dependent ambulance allocation considering data-driven empirically required coverage.

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    Degel, Dirk; Wiesche, Lara; Rachuba, Sebastian; Werners, Brigitte

    2015-12-01

    Empirical studies considering the location and relocation of emergency medical service (EMS) vehicles in an urban region provide important insight into dynamic changes during the day. Within a 24-hour cycle, the demand, travel time, speed of ambulances and areas of coverage change. Nevertheless, most existing approaches in literature ignore these variations and require a (temporally and spatially) fixed (double) coverage of the planning area. Neglecting these variations and fixation of the coverage could lead to an inaccurate estimation of the time-dependent fleet size and individual positioning of ambulances. Through extensive data collection, now it is possible to precisely determine the required coverage of demand areas. Based on data-driven optimization, a new approach is presented, maximizing the flexible, empirically determined required coverage, which has been adjusted for variations due to day-time and site. This coverage prevents the EMS system from unavailability of ambulances due to parallel operations to ensure an improved coverage of the planning area closer to realistic demand. An integer linear programming model is formulated in order to locate and relocate ambulances. The use of such a programming model is supported by a comprehensive case study, which strongly suggests that through such a model, these objectives can be achieved and lead to greater cost-effectiveness and quality of emergency care.

  2. Basic Training Program for Emergency Medical Technician: Ambulance Concepts and Recommendations.

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    Fucigna, Joseph T.; And Others

    The main objective was to develop and pilot test a basic course for ambulance personnel with emphasis on the medical aspect of training. This included the identification of a medically acceptable text or manual, and determining the prerequisites for selecting students and instructors. Secondary objectives were to outline the requirements for…

  3. Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance: National Standard Curriculum. Course Guide (Third Edition).

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    This course guide is intended to assist course coordinators in planning and managing a course to train emergency medical technicians to work with ambulance or other specialized rescue services. Materials are presented to enable students to perform the following functions: recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient's condition or extent of…

  4. A new vibration isolation bed stage with magnetorheological dampers for ambulance vehicles

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    Chae, Hee Dong; Choi, Seung-Bok

    2015-01-01

    The vibration experienced in an ambulance can lead to secondary injury to a patient and discourage a paramedic from providing emergency care. In this study, with the goal of resolving this problem, a new vibration isolation bed stage associated with magnetorheological (MR) dampers is proposed to ensure ride quality as well as better care for the patient while he/she is being transported. The bed stage proposed in this work can isolate vibrations in the vertical, rolling and pitching directions to reflect the reality that occurs in the ambulance. Firstly, an appropriate-sized MR damper is designed based on the field-dependent rheological properties of MR fluid, and the damping force characteristics of a MR damper are evaluated as a function of the current. A mechanical model of the proposed vibration isolation bed stage is then established to derive the governing equations of motion. Subsequently, a sliding mode controller is formulated to control the vibrations caused from the imposed excitation signals; those signals are directly measured using a real ambulance subjected to bump-and-curve road conditions. Using the controller based on the dynamic motion of the bed stage, the vibration control performance is evaluated in both the vertical and pitch directions. It is demonstrated that the magnitude of the vibration in the patient compartment of the ambulance can be significantly reduced by applying an input current to the MR dampers installed for the new bed stage.

  5. An Action Learning Approach to the Question: Are Ambulance Response Time Targets Achievable?

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    Slater, Alan

    2017-01-01

    In recent years, NHS Ambulance Trusts throughout the UK have consistently failed to achieve their response time targets for both actual and potential life-threatening calls. To avoid a media and public outcry, the NHS response has been to change the basic parameters upon which the response time targets are calculated. An action learning study,…

  6. Radiology trainer. Surgical ambulance. 2. rev. and enl. ed.; Roentgen-Trainer. Chirurgische Ambulanz

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    Ackermann, Ole [Wedau-Kliniken Duisburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Unfallchirurgie; Ruchholtz, Steffen [Universitaetsklinikum Giessen und Marburg GmbH, Marburg (Germany). Klinik fuer Unfall-, Hand- und Wiederherstellungschirurgie; Siemann, Holger [LVR Klinikum Essen (Germany); Barkhausen, Joerg [Universitaetsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Luebeck (Germany). Klinik fuer Radiologie und Nuklearmedizin

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    The radiology trainer for surgical ambulance includes informative X-ray imaging examples for the following issues: zygoma, nasal bone, spinal cord, clavicle, shoulder, upper arms, elbow, forearms, wrist, hand, phalanx, thorax, sternum, pelvis, abdomen, hips, femur, knee, lower leg, ankle, feet.

  7. Design and methods of European Ambulance Acute Coronary Syndrome Angiography Trial (EUROMAX)

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    Steg, Philippe Gabriel; van 't Hof, Arnoud; Clemmensen, Peter

    2013-01-01

    In patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) triaged to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), anticoagulation often is initiated in the ambulance during transfer to a PCI site. In this prehospital setting, bivalirudin has not been compared with standard-of-care ...

  8. METABOLIC SYNDROME AND DAILY AMBULATION IN CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS, AND YOUNG ADULTS

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    Gardner, Andrew W.; Parker, Donald E.; Krishnan, Sowmya; Chalmers, Laura J.

    2012-01-01

    Purposes To compare daily ambulatory measures in children, adolescents, and young adults with and without metabolic syndrome, and to assess which metabolic syndrome components, demographic measures, and body composition measures are associated with daily ambulatory measures. Methods Two-hundred fifty subjects between the ages of 10 and 30 years were assessed on metabolic syndrome components, demographic and clinical measures, body fat percentage, and daily ambulatory strides, durations, and cadences during seven consecutive days. Forty-five of the 250 subjects had metabolic syndrome, as defined by the International Diabetes Federation. Results Subjects with metabolic syndrome ambulated at a slower daily average cadence than those without metabolic syndrome (13.6 ± 2.2 strides/min vs. 14.9 ± 3.2 strides/min; p=0.012), and they had slower cadences for continuous durations of 60 minutes (p=0.006), 30 minutes (p=0.005), 20 minutes (p=0.003), 5 minutes (p=0.002), and 1 minute (p=0.001). However, the total amount of time spent ambulating each day was not different (p=0.077). After adjustment for metabolic syndrome status, average cadence is linearly associated with body fat percentage (pmetabolic syndrome ambulate more slowly and take fewer strides throughout the day than those without metabolic syndrome, even though the total amount of time spent ambulating is not different. Furthermore, the detrimental influence of metabolic syndrome on ambulatory cadence is primarily a function of body fatness. PMID:22811038

  9. Prehospital advanced airway management by ambulance technicians and paramedics: is clinical practice sufficient to maintain skills?

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    Deakin, C D; King, P; Thompson, F

    2009-12-01

    Ambulance paramedics are now trained routinely in advanced airway skills, including tracheal intubation. Initial training in this skill requires the insertion of 25 tracheal tubes, and further ongoing training is attained through clinical practice and manikin-based practice. In contrast, training standards for hospital-based practitioners are considerably greater, requiring approximately 200 tracheal intubations before practice is unsupervised. With debate growing regarding the efficacy of paramedic intubation, there is a need to assess current paramedic airway practice in order to review whether initial training and maintenance of skills provide an acceptable level of competence with which to practice advanced airway skills. All ambulance patient report forms (anonymised) for the period 1 January 2007 to 31 December 2007 were reviewed, and data relating to airway management were collected. Paramedic and technician identification codes were used to determine the number of airway procedures undertaken on an individual basis. Of the 269 paramedics, 128 (47.6%) had undertaken no intubation and 204 (75.8%) had undertaken one or less intubation in the 12-month study period. The median number of intubations per paramedic during the 12-month period was 1.0 (range 0-11). A total of 76 laryngeal mask insertion attempts were recorded by 41 technicians and 30 paramedics. The median number of laryngeal mask insertions per paramedic/technician during the 12-month period was 0 (range 0-2). A survey of ongoing continuing professional development across all ambulance trusts demonstrated no provision for adequate training to compensate for the lack of clinical exposure to advanced airway skills. Paramedics use advanced airway skills infrequently. Continuing professional development programmes within ambulance trusts do not provide the necessary additional practice to maintain tracheal intubation skills at an acceptable level. Advanced airway management delivered by ambulance crews

  10. Self-paced brain-computer interface control of ambulation in a virtual reality environment

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    Wang, Po T.; King, Christine E.; Chui, Luis A.; Do, An H.; Nenadic, Zoran

    2012-10-01

    Objective. Spinal cord injury (SCI) often leaves affected individuals unable to ambulate. Electroencephalogram (EEG) based brain-computer interface (BCI) controlled lower extremity prostheses may restore intuitive and able-body-like ambulation after SCI. To test its feasibility, the authors developed and tested a novel EEG-based, data-driven BCI system for intuitive and self-paced control of the ambulation of an avatar within a virtual reality environment (VRE). Approach. Eight able-bodied subjects and one with SCI underwent the following 10-min training session: subjects alternated between idling and walking kinaesthetic motor imageries (KMI) while their EEG were recorded and analysed to generate subject-specific decoding models. Subjects then performed a goal-oriented online task, repeated over five sessions, in which they utilized the KMI to control the linear ambulation of an avatar and make ten sequential stops at designated points within the VRE. Main results. The average offline training performance across subjects was 77.2±11.0%, ranging from 64.3% (p = 0.001 76) to 94.5% (p = 6.26×10-23), with chance performance being 50%. The average online performance was 8.5±1.1 (out of 10) successful stops and 303±53 s completion time (perfect = 211 s). All subjects achieved performances significantly different than those of random walk (p ambulation after only 10 minutes training. The ability to achieve such BCI control with minimal training indicates that the implementation of future BCI-lower extremity prosthesis systems may be feasible.

  11. Design and trial of a new ambulance-to-emergency department handover protocol: 'IMIST-AMBO'.

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    Iedema, Rick; Ball, Chris; Daly, Barbara; Young, Jacinta; Green, Tim; Middleton, Paul M; Foster-Curry, Catherine; Jones, Marea; Hoy, Sarah; Comerford, Daniel

    2012-08-01

    Information communicated by ambulance paramedics to Emergency Department (ED) staff during handover of patients has been found to be inconsistent and incomplete, and yet has major implications for patients' subsequent hospital treatment and trajectory of care. The study's aims were to: (1) identify the existing structure of paramedic-to-emergency staff handovers by video recording and analysing them; (2) involve practitioners in reflecting on practice using the footage; (3) combine those reflections with formal analyses of these filmed handovers to design a handover protocol; (4) trial-run the protocol; and (5) assess the protocol's enactment. The study was a 'video-reflexive ethnography' involving: structured analysis of videoed handovers (informed by ED clinicians' and ambulance paramedics' comments); ED clinicians and ambulance paramedics viewing their own practices; and rapid at-work training and feedback for paramedics. A five-question pre- and post-survey measured ED triage nurses' perceptions of the new protocol's impact. In total, 137 pre- and post-handovers were filmed involving 291 staff, and 368 staff were educated in the use of the new protocol. There was agreement that Identification of the patient, Mechanism/medical complaint, Injuries/information relative to the complaint, Signs, vitals and GCS, Treatment and trends/response to treatment, Allergies, Medications, Background history and Other (social) information (IMIST-AMBO) was the preferred protocol for non-trauma and trauma handovers. Uptake of IMIST-AMBO showed improvements: a greater volume of information per handover that was more consistently ordered; fewer questions from ED staff; a reduction in handover duration; and fewer repetitions by both paramedics and ED clinicians that may suggest improved recipient comprehension and retention. IMIST-AMBO shows promise for improving the ambulance-ED handover communication interface. Involving paramedics and ED clinicians in its development enhanced the

  12. Treadmill-based locomotor training with leg weights to enhance functional ambulation in people with chronic stroke: a pilot study.

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    Lam, Tania; Luttmann, Kathryn; Houldin, Adina; Chan, Catherine

    2009-09-01

    Novel locomotor training strategies for individuals with disorders of the central nervous system have been associated with improved locomotor function. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of treadmill-based locomotor training combined with leg weights on functional ambulation in individuals with chronic stroke. We assessed functional ambulation and muscle activity in ambulatory individuals with chronic stroke. We used a pre/posttest design. Six individuals with chronic stroke who were community ambulators were recruited. Participants underwent a 30-minute treadmill-based locomotor training sessions three times per week for four to 12 weeks. The training program involved treadmill walking for 30 minutes with partial body weight support as needed. Leg weights, equivalent to 5% of body weight, were affixed around the paretic leg. Outcome measures consisted of the 10-m walk test, the modified Emory Functional Ambulation Profile, and temporal gait parameters. Improvements were observed in functional ambulation measures, particularly the stairs subscore of the modified Emory Functional Ambulation Profile. Participants also exhibited an increase in the proportion of time the paretic leg spent in swing. No significant improvements were observed in the 10-m walk test. This pilot study demonstrates that the combination of leg weights and treadmill training is a feasible approach, that is well tolerated by participants. This approach may have the potential to improve some aspects of functional ambulation and the performance of activities requiring hip and knee flexion.

  13. Weather and age-gender effects on the projection of future emergency ambulance demand in Hong Kong.

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    Lai, Poh-Chin; Wong, Ho-Ting

    2015-03-01

    An accurate projection for ambulance demand is essential to enable better resource planning for the future that strives to either maintain current levels of services or reconsider future standards and expectations. More than 2 million cases of emergency room attendance in 2008 were obtained from the Hong Kong Hospital Authority to project the demand for its ambulance services in 2036. The projection of ambulance demand in 2036 was computed in consideration of changes in the age-gender structure between 2008 and 2036. The quadratic relation between average daily temperature and daily ambulance demand in 2036 was further explored by including and excluding age-gender demographic changes. Without accounting for changes in the age-gender structure, the 2036 ambulance demand for age groups of 65 and above were consistently underestimated (by 38%-65%), whereas those of younger age groups were overestimated (by 6%-37%). Moreover, changes in the 2008 to 2036 age-gender structure also shift upward and emphasize relationships between average daily temperature and daily ambulance demand at both ends of the quadratic U-shaped curve. Our study reveals a potential societal implication of ageing population on the demand for ambulance services. © 2012 APJPH.

  14. Ambulance call-outs and response times in Birmingham and the impact of extreme weather and climate change.

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    Thornes, John Edward; Fisher, Paul Anthony; Rayment-Bishop, Tracy; Smith, Christopher

    2014-03-01

    Although there has been some research on the impact of extreme weather on the number of ambulance call-out incidents, especially heat waves, there has been very little research on the impact of cold weather on ambulance call-outs and response times. In the UK, there is a target response rate of 75% of life threatening incidents (Category A) that must be responded to within 8 min. This paper compares daily air temperature data with ambulance call-out data for Birmingham over a 5-year period (2007-2011). A significant relationship between extreme weather and increased ambulance call-out and response times can clearly be shown. Both hot and cold weather have a negative impact on response times. During the heat wave of August 2003, the number of ambulance call-outs increased by up to a third. In December 2010 (the coldest December for more than 100 years), the response rate fell below 50% for 3 days in a row (18 December-20 December 2010) with a mean response time of 15 min. For every reduction of air temperature by 1°C there was a reduction of 1.3% in performance. Improved weather forecasting and the take up of adaptation measures, such as the use of winter tyres, are suggested for consideration as management tools to improve ambulance response resilience during extreme weather. Also it is suggested that ambulance response times could be used as part of the syndromic surveillance system at the Health Protection Agency.

  15. Does use of the recognition of stroke in the emergency room stroke assessment tool enhance stroke recognition by ambulance clinicians?

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    Fothergill, Rachael T; Williams, Julia; Edwards, Melanie J; Russell, Ian T; Gompertz, Patrick

    2013-11-01

    U.K ambulance services assess patients with suspected stroke using the Face Arm Speech Test (FAST). The Recognition Of Stroke In the Emergency Room (ROSIER) tool has been shown superior to the FAST in identifying strokes in emergency departments but has not previously been tested in the ambulance setting. We investigated whether ROSIER use by ambulance clinicians can improve stroke recognition. Ambulance clinicians used the ROSIER in place of the FAST to assess patients with suspected stroke. As the ROSIER includes all FAST elements, we calculated a FAST score from the ROSIER to enable comparisons between the two tools. Ambulance clinicians' provisional stroke diagnoses using the ROSIER and calculated FAST were compared with stroke consultants' diagnosis. We used stepwise logistic regression to compare the contribution of individual ROSIER and FAST items and patient demographics to the prediction of consultants' diagnoses. Sixty-four percent of strokes and 78% of nonstrokes identified by ambulance clinicians using the ROSIER were subsequently confirmed by a stroke consultant. There was no difference in the proportion of strokes correctly detected by the ROSIER or FAST with both displaying excellent levels of sensitivity. The ROSIER detected marginally more nonstroke cases than the FAST, but both demonstrated poor specificity. Facial weakness, arm weakness, seizure activity, age, and sex predicted consultants' diagnosis of stroke. The ROSIER was not better than the FAST for prehospital recognition of stroke. A revised version of the FAST incorporating assessment of seizure activity may improve stroke identification and decision making by ambulance clinicians.

  16. Ambulance Transfer in Case of Postpartum Hemorrhage after Birth in Primary Midwifery Care in The Netherlands: A Prospective Cohort Study.

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    Stolp, Ineke; Smit, Marrit; Luxemburg, Sanne; van den Akker, Thomas; de Waard, Jan; van Roosmalen, Jos; de Vos, Rien

    2015-09-01

    The objective of this prospective cohort study was to assess whether the 45-minute prehospital limit for ambulance transfer is met in case of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) after midwifery-supervised home birth in The Netherlands and evaluate the process of ambulance transfer, maternal condition during transfer, and outcomes in relation to whether this limit was met. Using ambulance report forms and medical charts, ambulance intervals, urgency coding, clinical condition (using the lowest Revised Trauma Score, [RTS]), and maternal outcomes were collected. From April 2008 to April 2010, midwives reported 72 cases of PPH. Associations between duration of the ambulance transfer, maternal condition during ambulance transfer and outcomes were analyzed. The main outcome measures were duration of ambulance transfer, RTS, blood loss, surgical procedures, and blood transfusions. Seventy-two cases were reported, 18 (25%) were excluded: 54 cases were analyzed. In 63 percent, the 45-minute prehospital limit was met, 75.9 percent received a RTS of 12, indicating optimal Glasgow Coma Scale, systolic blood pressure, and respiratory frequency. In 24.1 percent a decrease in systolic blood pressure was found (RTS 10 or 11). We found no difference in outcomes between women with different RTS or in whom the 45-minute prehospital limit was or was not met. We found no relation between the duration of ambulance transfer and maternal condition or outcomes. All women fully recovered. The low-risk profile of women in primary care, well-organized midwifery, and ambulance care in The Netherlands are likely to contribute to these findings. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Cryotherapy in rheumatic disorders; Kryotherapie bei rheumatischen Erkrankungen

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    Soerensen, H. [Rheumaklinik Immanuel-Krankenhaus, Berlin (Germany). Innere Rheumatologische Abt.

    1994-12-31

    When applied locally, cold therapy (cryotherapy) has the effect of inhibiting inflammation, occluding blood vessels, and stopping bleeding. Active rheumatic inflammation, activated arthrosis, and swelling after injury can be alleviated by local cold application, while heat application would worsen the situation. In whole-body cryotherapy the whole patient, wearing only a bathing suit, is exposed to a temperature of -100 C. The present paper descrcribes the cold room of the Immanuel Hospital in Berlin-Wannsee. (BWI) [Deutsch] Kaeltetherapie (Kryotherapie) wirkt lokal angewendet entzuendungshemmend, blutgefaessabdichtend und blutstillend. Eine aktive rheumatische Entzuendung, aktivierte Arthrose und Schwellungsreaktionen bei Verletzungen werden durch lokale Kaelteanwendungen gedaempft, wogegen Waerme den akuten Zustand verschlimmern wuerde. In der Ganzkoerperkaeltetherapie wird der ganze Mensch in Badebekleidung einer realen Temperatur von -100 C ausgesetzt. Der vorliegende Beitrag beschreibt die Kaeltekammer des Immanuel Krankenhauses in Berlin Wannsee. (BWI)

  18. Quantifizierung neurodegenerativer Veränderungen bei der Alzheimer Krankheit

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    Fritzsche, Klaus H.; Giesel, Frederik L.; Thomann, Philipp A.; Hahn, Horst K.; Essig, Marco; Meinzer, Hans-Peter

    Die objektive Bewertung neurodegenerativer Prozesse stellt für die Diagnose und Therapiebegutachtung neuropsychiatrischer Krankheiten eine wichtige Grundlage dar. Computerbasierte radiodiagnostische Verfahren können pathologische Veränderungen in verschiedenen Hirnarealen quantifizieren und hierbei die rein visuelle Beurteilung der Bilddaten ergänzen. Inhalt dieser Studie ist die Evaluation einer voll automatischen Methode zur voxelbasierten Messung atrophischer Veränderungen im Gehirn, wie sie bei der Alzheimer-Demenz (AD) oder der leichten kognitiven Störung (LKS) auftreten. Es wurde eine signifikante Korrelation mit den semiautomatisch extrahierten Volumina der Temporalhörner festgestellt. Die Präzision, Benutzerfreundlichkeit, Beobachterunabh ängigkeit sowie die kurze Rechenzeit des automatischen Verfahrens sind wichtige Voraussetzungen für den routinemäßigen klinischen Einsatz.

  19. Aktuelle Therapieansätze bei der alkoholischen Lebererkrankung

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    Renner F

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Alkohol ist einer der wichtigsten Auslöser oder aggravierenden Faktoren für chronische und akute Lebererkrankungen. Pathophysiologisch sind neben nutritiven Defiziten vor allem eine direkte Alkoholtoxizität mit vermehrter Bildung freier Radikale, konsekutiver Störungen des Intermediärstoffwechsels und schließlich eine inadäquate Zytokinaktivierung von Bedeutung. Dementsprechend sind Abstinenz, Ausgleich kalorischer Defizite, sowie bei der schweren Alkoholhepatitis die Gabe von Steroiden und der Einsatz von Pentoxifyllin zur Vermeidung des hepatorenalen Syndroms von gesicherter therapeutischer Effizienz. Die Lebertransplantation hat sich insbesonders in Kombination mit Abstinenz als effizienteste Therapie der alkoholischen Leberzirrhose erwiesen. Leberschutzpräparate und gezielte Nahrungsmittelergänzungen sind von nicht gesichertem Nutzen, über Tumornekrosefaktor- (TNF- alpha Antikörper und Insulinsensitizer liegen erste Ergebnisse vor.

  20. Konservative und operative Therapie bei Harninkontinenz, Deszensus und Urogenitalbschwerden

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    Eberhard J

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Urogynäkologische Beschwerden wie Harninkontinenz, Infektionen, vulvo-vaginale und vesikale Reizzustände, Juckreiz, Dyspareunie, Beckenbodenschwäche, Deszensusbeschwerden werden in irgendeiner Form bei fast jeder Frau im Laufe ihres Lebens zur behandlungsbedürftigen Krankheit. Die Ursachen dieser häufigsten Frauenleiden sind vielfältig. Eine erfolgreiche Therapie sollte auf der Polyätiologie urogynäkologischer Krankheiten aufbauen und die verschiedenen Therapiemöglichkeiten zu einem patienten- und krankheitsadaptierten Behandlungskonzept zusammenfügen. Die Bausteine der konservativen Therapie sind: Trink- und Miktionstraining, Physiotherapie mit den Hilfsmitteln Kugeln, Kegel, Elektrostimulation und Biofeedbackmethoden; Östrogene, Pessare, Infekttherapie, Intimpflege, blasenrelaxierende und andere urogynäkologische Medikamente. Der Einsatz dieser Therapiebausteine wird ausführlich besprochen. Auch wird gezeigt, wann und wie operiert werden soll, wenn die konservative Therapie nicht zum Ziel führt.

  1. Basic life support and automated external defibrillator skills among ambulance personnel: a manikin study performed in a rural low-volume ambulance setting

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    Nielsen Anne

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ambulance personnel play an essential role in the ‘Chain of Survival’. The prognosis after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was dismal on a rural Danish island and in this study we assessed the cardiopulmonary resuscitation performance of ambulance personnel on that island. Methods The Basic Life Support (BLS and Automated External Defibrillator (AED skills of the ambulance personnel were tested in a simulated cardiac arrest. Points were given according to a scoring sheet. One sample t test was used to analyze the deviation from optimal care according to the 2005 guidelines. After each assessment, individual feedback was given. Results On 3 consecutive days, we assessed the individual EMS teams responding to OHCA on the island. Overall, 70% of the maximal points were achieved. The hands-off ratio was 40%. Correct compression/ventilation ratio (30:2 was used by 80%. A mean compression depth of 40–50 mm was achieved by 55% and the mean compression depth was 42 mm (SD 7 mm. The mean compression rate was 123 per min (SD 15/min. The mean tidal volume was 746 ml (SD 221 ml. Only the mean tidal volume deviated significantly from the recommended (p = 0.01. During the rhythm analysis, 65% did not perform any visual or verbal safety check. Conclusion The EMS providers achieved 70% of the maximal points. Tidal volumes were larger than recommended when mask ventilation was applied. Chest compression depth was optimally performed by 55% of the staff. Defibrillation safety checks were not performed in 65% of EMS providers.

  2. MRI in dementia-type diseases; MRT bei demenziellen Erkrankungen

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    Bodea, S.V.; Muehl-Benninghaus, R. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg (Germany)

    2015-05-01

    Dementia-inducing conditions represent a leading cause of disability and are a major health concern in industrialized countries. The burden these conditions put on society is certain to rise in the context of an ever-increasing elderly population. As these conditions feature an insidious onset and overlapping clinical features, imaging is a powerful tool in refining the diagnosis and assessing the progression of dementing conditions. The radiologist needs to be aware of and be able to detect underlying pathologies which could be reversible. Furthermore, imaging is important not only in excluding other pathologies but also in improving diagnostic accuracy. This article presents the typical clinical presentations as well as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of the degenerative and the non-degenerative causes of dementia. The focus is on the core knowledge for MRI diagnostics in dementing conditions and a brief presentation of the latest MRI techniques which may become a part of standard imaging protocols in the future. (orig.) [German] Demenzielle Erkrankungen gehoeren in den Industrielaendern zu den haeufigsten Ursachen fuer Beeintraechtigungen im Alltag. Durch eine stetig alternde Population nimmt auch die Belastung fuer die Gesellschaft immer weiter zu. Bei haeufig schleichendem Symptombeginn sowie sich ueberlappender Klinik mit anderen Krankeitsbildern kann die Bildgebung ein gutes Werkzeug zur Praezisierung der Diagnose und Beurteilung eines Progresses sein. Der Radiologe sollte andere und reversible Pathologien erkennen und von demenztypischen Veraenderungen abgrenzen koennen. Dieser Artikel beschreibt typische klinische Symptome und auch bildmorphologische Veraenderungen verschiedener Demenzformen, die durch neurodegenerative und nichtdegenerative Ursachen bedingt sein koennen. Ausserdem werden aktuellste MRT-Techniken vorgestellt. Diese koennten kuenftig im Standartprotokoll zur Bildgebung bei der Abklaerung demenzieller Syndrome verankert sein. (orig.)

  3. Molecular imaging in neurological diseases; Molekulare Bildgebung bei neurologischen Erkrankungen

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    Reimold, M.; Fougere, C. la [Universitaetsklinikum Tuebingen, Abteilung Nuklearmedizin und Klinische Molekulare Bildgebung, Department Radiologie, Tuebingen (Germany)

    2016-07-15

    In neurodegeneration and in neuro-oncology, the standard imaging procedure, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), shows limited sensitivity and specificity. Molecular imaging with specific positron-emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) tracers allows various molecular targets and metabolic processes to be assessed and is thus a valuable adjunct to MRI. Two important examples are referred to here: amino acid transport for neuro-oncological issues, and the recently approved PET tracers for detecting amyloid depositions during the preclinical stage of Alzheimer's disease. This review discusses the clinical relevance and indications for the following nuclear medicine imaging procedures: amyloid PET, {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-PET, and dopamine transporter (DaT)-SPECT for the diagnosis of dementia and the differential diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, in addition to amino acid PET for the diagnosis of brain tumors and somatostatin receptor imaging in meningioma. (orig.) [German] Die Magnetresonanztomographie (MRT) weist als Standardverfahren bei neurodegenerativen und neuroonkologischen Fragestellungen eine eingeschraenkte Sensitivitaet und Spezifitaet auf. Die nuklearmedizinische molekulare Bildgebung mit spezifischen Positronenemissionstomographie(PET)- und single-photon-emission-computed-tomography(SPECT)-Tracern ermoeglicht die Darstellung verschiedener molekularer Targets bzw. Stoffwechselprozesse und stellt damit eine wichtige Ergaenzung zur MRT dar. Hier sei exemplarisch auf die Darstellung des Aminosaeuretransports im Rahmen neuroonkologischer Fragestellungen verwiesen, sowie auf die bereits im praeklinischen Stadium der Alzheimer-Demenz nachweisbaren Amyloidablagerungen mit hierfuer seit Kurzem zugelassenen PET-Tracern. Dieser Uebersichtsbeitrag bespricht die klinische Bedeutung bzw. die Indikationen der folgenden nuklearmedizinischen Untersuchungsverfahren: der Amyloid-PET, der {sup 18}F

  4. Therapeutische Überlegungen bei sensomotorischer diabetischer Neuropathie

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    Bührlen M

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Der Begriff der sensomotorischen diabetischen Neuropathie beschreibt einen heterogenen Beschwerdekomplex, der auf einer diabetesbedingten Schädigung des peripheren Nervensystems beruht. Bis zu 50 % der Menschen mit Diabetes mellitus leiden im Verlauf ihrer Erkrankung an Symptomen einer sensomotorischen Neuropathie. Chronische Schmerzen, Dysund Parästhesien sowie die Komplikation des diabetischen Fußsyndroms stellen für die Betroffenen gravierende Folgen dar. Die Optimierung der metabolischen Kontrolle stellt eine wichtige Basismaßnahme dar. Andere, zweifelsfrei gesicherte Möglichkeiten der Prävention oder kausalen Therapie sind nicht bekannt. Bei Auftreten einer schmerzhaften Neuropathie sollte eine gezielte analgetische Therapie möglichst früh begonnen werden. Mit den trizyklischen Antidepressiva, Duloxetin, Gabapentin und Pregabalin stehen Wirkstoffe zur Verfügung, die eine spezifische Therapie neuropathischer Schmerzen ermöglichen. Dabei ist zu beachten, dass in der Regel keine Schmerzfreiheit erreicht werden kann. Entscheidend ist das Erreichen eines für den Patienten tolerablen Schmerzniveaus unter Minimierung medikamentenassoziierter Nebenwirkungen. Das individuelle Ansprechen auf ein Medikament und die optimale Dosis können nicht vorhergesagt, sondern müssen individuell erprobt werden. Bei leichten Schmerzen können die Nicht-Opioid- Analgetika Paracetamol und Metamizol eingesetzt werden. Fehlen Therapiealternativen, dann stellen Opioide eine weitere Möglichkeit der Therapie starker Schmerzen dar. Aufgrund einer zusätzlichen Monoamin-Wiederaufnahmehemmerwirkung nehmen Tramadol und Tapentadol in dieser Gruppe eine Sonderstellung ein. In der Risiko- Nutzen-Abwägung darf das Nebenwirkungs- und Abhängigkeitspotenzial der Opioide in der Langzeittherapie nicht unterschätzt werden. Für andere medikamentöse Therapien oder alternative Therapiemethoden liegt keine ausreichende wissenschaftliche Evidenz vor. Sie können aber im

  5. Die Ferse schmerzt: Behandlung des M. triceps surae bei Patienten mit Fasciitis plantaris : Ein systematisches Literaturreview

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    Brunner, Melanie

    2015-01-01

    Darstellung des Themas: Die Dehnung des M. triceps surae bei Patienten mit Fasciitis plantaris wird in der Literatur als begleitende Intervention empfohlen. Dies lässt einen Zusammenhang zwischen den Plantarflexoren und den Fersenschmerzen vermuten, weshalb die Untersuchung von weiteren Behandlungsmethoden am M. triceps surae von Bedeutung ist. Ziel: Das Ziel dieser Arbeit war, eine Aussage über die Effektivität von verschiedenen Behandlungsmethoden des M. triceps surae bei Patienten mit F...

  6. Kognitive Funktionen bei adoleszenten Patienten mit Anorexia nervosa und unipolaren Affektiven Störungen

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    Sarrar, Lea

    2014-01-01

    Anorexia nervosa und unipolare Affektive Störungen stellen häufige und schwerwiegende kinder- und jugendpsychiatrische Störungsbilder dar, deren Pathogenese bislang nicht vollständig entschlüsselt ist. Verschiedene Studien zeigen bei erwachsenen Patienten gravierende Auffälligkeiten in den kognitiven Funktionen. Dahingegen scheinen bei adoleszenten Patienten lediglich leichtere Einschränkungen in den kognitiven Funktionen vorzuliegen. Die Prävalenz der Anorexia nervosa und unipolaren Affektiv...

  7. Research Article. Improved Dual Frequency PPP Model Using GPS and BeiDou Observations

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    Afifi A.

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a new dual-frequency precise point positioning (PPP model, which combines GPS and BeiDou observations. Combining GPS and BeiDou observations in a PPP model offers more visible satellites to the user, which is expected to enhance the satellite geometry and the overall PPP solution in comparison with GPSonly PPP solution. However, combining different GNSS constellations introduces additional biases, which require rigorous modelling, including GNSS time offset and hardware delays. In this research, ionosphere-free linear combination PPP model is developed. The additional biases, which result from combining the GPS and BeiDou observables, are lumped into a new unknown parameter identified as the inter-system bias. Natural Resources Canada’s GPSPace PPP software is modified to enable a combined GPS/BeiDou PPP solution and to handle the newly introduced biases. A total of four data sets at four IGS stations are processed to verify the developed PPP model. Precise satellite orbit and clock products from the IGS-MGEX network are used to correct both of the GPS and BeiDou measurements. It is shown that a sub-decimeter positioning accuracy level and 25% reduction in the solution convergence time can be achieved with combining GPS and Bei-Dou observables in a PPP model, in comparison with the GPS-only PPP solution.

  8. BeiDou Inter-Satellite-Type Bias Evaluation and Calibration for Mixed Receiver Attitude Determination

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    Noor Raziq

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The Chinese BeiDou system (BDS, having different types of satellites, is an important addition to the ever growing system of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS. It consists of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO satellites, Inclined Geosynchronous Satellite Orbit (IGSO satellites and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO satellites. This paper investigates the receiver-dependent bias between these satellite types, for which we coined the name “inter-satellite-type bias” (ISTB, and its impact on mixed receiver attitude determination. Assuming different receiver types may have different delays/biases for different satellite types, we model the differential ISTBs among three BeiDou satellite types and investigate their existence and their impact on mixed receiver attitude determination. Our analyses using the real data sets from Curtin’s GNSS array consisting of different types of BeiDou enabled receivers and series of zero-baseline experiments with BeiDou-enabled receivers reveal the existence of non-zero ISTBs between different BeiDou satellite types. We then analyse the impact of these biases on BeiDou-only attitude determination using the constrained (C-LAMBDA method, which exploits the knowledge of baseline length. Results demonstrate that these biases could seriously affect the integer ambiguity resolution for attitude determination using mixed receiver types and that a priori correction of these biases will dramatically improve the success rate.

  9. Estimation of Satellite PCO Offsets for BeiDou based on MGEX Net Solution

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    Yize, Zhang; Junping, Chen; Bin, Wu; Jiexian, Wang

    2015-04-01

    BeiDou Satellite Navigation System currently has a total 14 satellites including GEO/IGSO/MEO satellites and providing a regional PNT service. Due to a lack of publicly available antenna phase center offsets (PCO) for the BeiDou satellites, conventional values of (+0.6 m, 0.0 m, +1.1 m) are recommended for orbit and clock determination of the GEO/IGSO/MEO satellites, which needs to be further estimation and refinement. In this paper, we propose a multi-GNSS network solution for the estimation of BeiDou satellite PCO. More than 35 ground stations of International GNSS MGEX tracking network are used to determine the BeiDou satellite PCO. In this strategy, the GPS and BeiDou satellite orbits and clocks are derived from IGS final products, and GPS satellite PCO and PCV are fixed according to igs08.atx. The BeiDou satellites PCO are estimated together with the station clock, troposphere delay and LC combination ambiguity parameter. Result shows that the RMS of phase residuals for all stations is 1.8cm and is 1.6m for code residual, respectively. The estimated PCO is different for each satellite. Appling the new PCO for precise point positioning, we found that the positioning error improves from 6cm to 2cm in height.

  10. Research Article. Improved Dual Frequency PPP Model Using GPS and BeiDou Observations

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    Afifi, A.; El-Rabbany, A.

    2017-02-01

    This paper introduces a new dual-frequency precise point positioning (PPP) model, which combines GPS and BeiDou observations. Combining GPS and BeiDou observations in a PPP model offers more visible satellites to the user, which is expected to enhance the satellite geometry and the overall PPP solution in comparison with GPSonly PPP solution. However, combining different GNSS constellations introduces additional biases, which require rigorous modelling, including GNSS time offset and hardware delays. In this research, ionosphere-free linear combination PPP model is developed. The additional biases, which result from combining the GPS and BeiDou observables, are lumped into a new unknown parameter identified as the inter-system bias. Natural Resources Canada's GPSPace PPP software is modified to enable a combined GPS/BeiDou PPP solution and to handle the newly introduced biases. A total of four data sets at four IGS stations are processed to verify the developed PPP model. Precise satellite orbit and clock products from the IGS-MGEX network are used to correct both of the GPS and BeiDou measurements. It is shown that a sub-decimeter positioning accuracy level and 25% reduction in the solution convergence time can be achieved with combining GPS and Bei-Dou observables in a PPP model, in comparison with the GPS-only PPP solution.

  11. Fondaparinux bei Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen: Ein neues Antithrombin mit herausragenden Eigenschaften

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    Huber K

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Fondaparinux, ein synthetisches Pentasaccharid, führt zu einer indirekten Hemmung des Gerinnungsfaktors Xa und behindert in der Folge die Bildung von Thrombin. Fondaparinux wurde als Vergleichssubstanz gegenüber unfraktioniertem (Standard- Heparin oder dem niedermolekularen Heparin Enoxaparin in der Prophylaxe oder Therapie von venösen Thrombosen getestet. Zuletzt wurde Fondaparinux auch bei Patienten mit akuten Koronarsyndromen (ACS untersucht: bei Patienten mit ACS ohne ST-Hebung (NSTE-ACS waren sowohl die Blutungsrate als auch die Kurz- und Langzeitmortalität im Fondaparinuxarm (2,5 mg/Tag s. c. signifikant geringer als in den Enoxaparin-behandelten Patienten (1 mg/kg KG 2×/Tag s. c. (OASIS-5-Studie. Bei Patienten mit akutem ST-Strecken-Hebungsinfarkt (STEMI war Fondaparinux in den Subgruppen der konservativ behandelten Patienten (ohne Reperfusion und der Patienten, die eine pharmakologische Reperfusion erhielten (Thrombolyse von Vorteil gegenüber Placebo oder unfraktioniertem Heparin. Hingegen zeigte sich bei Patienten mit STEMI, die einer Akut-PCI unterzogen wurden, eine starke Tendenz zugunsten von unfraktioniertem Heparin gegenüber Fondaparinux (OASIS-6-Studie. Daher wird Fondaparinux in den internationalen Richtlinien als das Antithrombin mit der günstigsten Risiko/Nutzen-Ratio bei NSTEMI aber auch bei STEMI-Patienten mit Ausnahme jener Patienten, die sich einer Akut-PCI unterziehen, empfohlen. Fondaparinux könnte schon in der nahen Zukunft die Heparine in diesen Indikationen weitgehend ersetzen.

  12. Guidance for ambulance personnel on decisions and situations related to out-of-hospital CPR.

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    Ågård, Anders; Herlitz, Johan; Castrén, Maaret; Jonsson, Lars; Sandman, Lars

    2012-01-01

    Ethical guidelines on out-of-hospital cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are designed to provide substantial guidance for the people who have to make decisions and deal with situations in the real world. The crucial question is whether it is possible to formulate practical guidelines that will make things somewhat easier for ambulance personnel. The aims of this article are to address the ethical aspects related to out-of-hospital CPR, primarily to decisions on not starting or terminating resuscitation attempts, using the views and experience of ambulance personnel as a starting point, and to summarise the key points in a practice guideline on the subject. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Neurotherapeutic and neuroprosthetic effects of implanted functional electrical stimulation for ambulation after incomplete spinal cord injury.

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    Bailey, Stephanie Nogan; Hardin, Elizabeth C; Kobetic, Rudi; Boggs, Lisa M; Pinault, Gilles; Triolo, Ronald J

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this single-subject study was to determine the neurotherapeutic and neuroprosthetic effects of an implanted functional electrical stimulation (FES) system designed to facilitate walking in an individual with a longstanding motor and sensory incomplete spinal cord injury. An implanted pulse generator and eight intramuscular stimulating electrodes were installed unilaterally, activating weak or paralyzed hip flexors, hip and knee extensors, and ankle dorsiflexors during 36 sessions of gait training with FES. The neurotherapeutic effects were assessed by a comparison of pre- and posttraining volitional walking. The neuroprosthetic effects were assessed by a comparison of posttraining volitional and FES-assisted walking. Treatment resulted in significant (p ambulation to limited community ambulation. Additionally, the subject could perform multiple walks per day when using FES-assisted gait, which was impossible with volitional effort alone.

  14. Aspects of neutrality: two Dutch ambulances at the eastern front in the First World War.

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    van Bergen, Leo

    2010-01-01

    The paper looks at two First World War ambulance teams which distinctly differed from each other, both in the way they perceived the war and the places at the front where they worked. The first was working on the Serbian side and the second on the Austrian-Hungarian. The questions raised are: how was medical neutrality defined (was it defined at all)? Was neutrality maintained, and if so how? The writings of several protagonists are closely examined, and placed in context, to show that total neutrality was not adhered to by the physicians and nurses of these ambulances. Apparently neutrality in wartime is difficult, even for men and women coming from a neutral country with an occupation seen as essentially neutral.

  15. Pre-Hospital Fast Positive Cases Identified by DFB Ambulance Paramedics – Final Clinical Diagnosis

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    Feeney, A

    2016-04-01

    Ischaemic stroke clinical outcomes are improved by earlier treatment with intravenous thrombolysis. An existing pathway at the Mater University Hospital for assessment of suspected acute stroke in the Emergency Department was updated, aiming to shorten ‘door to needle time’. This study examines the final clinical diagnosis of Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Paramedic identified Face Arm Speech Test (FAST) positive patients presenting to the Emergency Department over a 7 month period. A retrospective analysis was carried out of 177 consecutive FAST positive patients presenting between March and November 2014. The final clinical diagnosis was acute stroke in 57.1% (n=101) of patients. Of these, 76 were ischaemic strokes of whom 56.5% (n=43) were thrombolysed. In the pre-hospital setting Ambulance Paramedics can identify, with reasonable accuracy, acute stroke using the FAST test. Over half of the ischaemic stroke patients presenting via this pathway can be treated with intravenous thrombolysis

  16. Prediction of postoperative morbidity, mortality and rehabilitation in hip fracture patients: the cumulated ambulation score

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    Foss, Nicolai Bang; Kristensen, Morten Tange; Kehlet, Henrik

    2006-01-01

    to short-term outcome parameters. RESULTS: The cumulated ambulation score was a highly significant predictor for length of hospitalization, time to discharge status, 30-day mortality and postoperative medical complications (P ...OBJECTIVE: To validate the cumulated ambulation score as an early postoperative predictor of short-term outcome in hip fracture patients. DESIGN: Prospective, descriptive study. SETTING: An orthopaedic hip fracture unit in a university hospital. PATIENTS: Four hundred and twenty-six consecutive hip...... fracture patients with an independent walking function admitted from their own home. Rehabilitation followed a well-defined multimodal rehabilitation regimen and discharge criteria. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Admission tests with a new mobility score to assess prefracture functional mobility and a short mental...

  17. The role of physician-staffed ambulances:the outcome of a pilot study

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    A Haner; P rninge; A Khorram-Manesh

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the outcome of physician-staffed ambulances in a pilot study. Methods:All physician-staffed ambulance missions conducted in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2013 were retrospectively reviewed and evaluated for the type of missions and the need of a physician. Results:Out of 1 381 physician-staffed missions, 511 were cancelled or managed by telephone. Around 239 (17%) missions required active intervention, of which only one was considered directly life-saving. Conclusions: Most of the missions neither required the interventional skills of a physician, nor could they be performed at distance. However, the added medical value of physicians was found to be in other prehospital situations, such as critical decision-making, staff education and research.

  18. Contributing factors and issues associated with rural ambulance crashes: literature review and annotated bibliography.

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    Sanddal, Nels D; Albert, Steve; Hansen, Joseph D; Kupas, Douglas F

    2008-01-01

    Ambulance crashes occur with greater frequency and severity than crashes involving vehicles of similar size and weight characteristics. Crashes in rural areas tend to be more severe in terms of injury or death to vehicle occupants. The purpose of this article was to examine the extant literature, as well as summarize and discuss the overlapping findings of that body of literature. A stepwise literature search was conducted using the following MeSH search terms ambulance; accident, traffic; emergency medical technician; occupational health; and rural in descending combination. MEDLINE was used as the primary database but was augmented by searches of Academic Search Premier, Comprehensive Index of Nursing, Allied Health Literature, and ProQuest Dissertation International. The search resulted in 32 article citations, and of these, 28 were included. An annotated bibliography is followed by a discussion and conclusion that identify opportunities for prevention activities in the areas of education, enforcement, and engineering.

  19. 10-year experience of CO2-laser application in ambulance gynecology

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    Stachanov, Michael L.; Masychev, Victor I.; Velsher, Leonid Z.; Kirkin, Vladimir V.; Zhashkov, Roman V.; Kocharian, Emilia A.

    2000-10-01

    CO2-laser surgical systems have come to stay in everyday practice of modern physicians and are successfully used in colposcopic and laparoscopic surgery. Results, obtained in ambulance gynecology are especially impressing. CO2- laser provides high medical- and cost-effective treatment. Presented work describes many-years experience of CO2- laser application. 439 patients with various vulvaric and cervix diseases were operated within this period. Laser beam parameters were selected according to requirements ((tau) =4 J/cm2) treatment without carbonization. Analyses of the results showed that the laser successfully destructs uterine cervix erosion, endocervicosis, dysplasia, leukoplakia, eritoplakia of uterine cervix, various benignant pathologies and focus degenerative process in ambulate conditions.

  20. Prosthetic ambulation in a paraplegic patient with a transfemoral amputation and radial nerve palsy.

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    Shin, J C; Park, C; Kim, D Y; Choi, Y S; Kim, Y K; Seong, Y J

    2000-08-01

    Great importance and caution should be placed on prosthetic fitting for a paraplegic patient with an anesthetic residual limb if functional ambulation is to be achieved. The combination of paraplegia with a transfemoral amputation and radial nerve palsy is a complex injury that makes the rehabilitation process difficult. This article describes a case of L2 paraplegia with a transfemoral amputation and radial nerve palsy on the right side. Following the rehabilitation course, the patient independently walked using a walker at indoor level with a transfemoral prosthesis with ischial containment socket, polycentric knee assembly, endoskeletal shank and multiaxis foot assembly and a knee ankle foot orthosis on the sound side. The difficulties of fitting a functional prosthesis to an insensate limb and the rehabilitation stages leading to functional ambulation are reviewed.

  1. Proposal for periodic verifications of electromedical devices integrated to terrestrial Technical Ambulance Inspection (TAI)

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    Del Aguila Heidenreich, R.; Vanella, O.; Bruni, R.; Taborda, R.

    2011-12-01

    In Argentina, electromedical devices may only be commercialized if they meet safety and performance requirements established by current regulations, ensuring their safety and intended performance when leaving the Factory. However, during usage, natural wearing and overloading may change this condition, especially if used in extra hospital services performed by ambulances, which are likely to be subjected to rough handling conditions and hitting. This proposal explains the chosen methodology to address the periodic verification activities of electro medical devices within the process of terrestrial Technical Ambulance Inspection (TAI). Among the results stand out the set of methods for verification and the lists used to record the outcome of this evaluation. Outstanding conclusions include that the operations meet the conditions of an analogous mechanism to that of a Technical Vehicle Inspection (existing for other vehicles), and that the same working structure can be used as a basis for making a manual of procedures for a TAI.

  2. When is the helicopter faster? A comparison of helicopter and ground ambulance transport times.

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    Diaz, Marco A; Hendey, Gregory W; Bivins, Herbert G

    2005-01-01

    A retrospective analysis of 7,854 ground ambulance and 1,075 helicopter transports was conducted. The 911-hospital arrival intervals for three transport methods were compared: ground, helicopter dispatched simultaneously with ground unit, and helicopter dispatched nonsimultaneously after ground unit response. Compared with ground transports, simultaneously dispatched helicopter transports had significantly shorter 911-hospital arrival intervals at all distances greater than 10 miles from the hospital. Nonsimultaneously dispatched helicopter transport was significantly faster than ground at distances greater than 45 miles, and simultaneous helicopter dispatch was faster than nonsimultaneous at virtually all distances. Ground transport was significantly faster than either air transport modality at distances less than 10 miles from the hospital. Ground ambulance transport provided the shortest 911-hospital arrival interval at distances less than 10 miles from the hospital. At distances greater than 10 miles, simultaneously dispatched air transport was faster. Nonsimultaneous dispatched helicopter transport was faster than ground if greater than 45 miles from the hospital.

  3. Effects of adductor-canal-blockade on pain and ambulation after total knee arthroplasty

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    Jenstrup, M T; Jæger, P; Lund, J;

    2012-01-01

    Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is associated with intense post-operative pain. Besides providing optimal analgesia, reduction in side effects and enhanced mobilization are important in this elderly population. The adductor-canal-blockade is theoretically an almost pure sensory blockade. We...... hypothesized that the adductor-canal-blockade may reduce morphine consumption (primary endpoint), improve pain relief, enhance early ambulation ability, and reduce side effects (secondary endpoints) after TKA compared with placebo....

  4. Ambulance emergency services for patients with coronary heart disease in Lancashire: achieving standards and improving performance

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    Stoykova, B; Dowie, R; Bastow, P; Rowsell, K; GREGORY, R.

    2004-01-01

    Methods: Audit datasets on two cohorts of patients with chest pain and suspected AMI were assembled by the Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in north west England: 3706 patients during 1996/97 and 3423 in 2001. They were transported to four hospitals. The analyses covered journey timings, role of rapid response vehicles (RRV), and clinical procedures and the results were compared with prevailing national standards.

  5. A Statistical Analysis of Santa Barbara Ambulance Response in 2006: Performance Under Load

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    Chang, Joshua C

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Ambulance response times in Santa Barbara County for 2006 are analyzed using point process techniques, including kernel intensity estimates and K-functions. Clusters of calls result in significantly higher response times, and this effect is quantified. In particular, calls preceded by other calls within 20 km and within the previous hour are significantly more likely to result in violations. This effect appears to be especially pronounced within semi-rural neighborhoods.[WestJEM. 2009;10:42-47.

  6. Are overdoses treated by ambulance services an opportunity for additional interventions? A prospective cohort study.

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    Gjersing, Linn; Bretteville-Jensen, Anne Line

    2015-11-01

    To assess whether people who inject drugs (PWID) and who are treated for overdose by ambulance services have a greater mortality risk compared with other PWID, and to compare mortality risk within potentially critical time-periods (1 week, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years) after an overdose attendance with the mortality risk within potentially non-critical time-periods (time before and/or after critical periods). A prospective cohort study. Oslo, Norway. A total of 172 PWID street-recruited in 1997 and followed-up until the end of 2004. Interview data linked to data from ambulance records, Norwegian Correctional Services, Opioid Substitution Treatment records and National Cause of Death Registry. Separate Cox regression models (one for each critical time-period) were estimated. Ambulance services treated 54% of the participants for an overdose during follow-up. The mortality rate was 2.8 per 100 person-years for those with an overdose and 3.3 for those without; the adjusted hazard ratio (HR) was 1.3 (95% CI = 0.6, 2.6, P = 0.482). Mortality risk was greater in all but the shortest critical time-period following ambulance attendance than in the non-critical periods. The mortality risk remained significantly elevated during critical periods, even when adjusted for total time spent in prison and substitution treatment. The HR ranged from 9.4 (95% CI = 3.5, 25.4) in the month after an overdose to 13.9 (95% CI = 6.4, 30.2) in the 5-year period. Mortality risk among people who inject drugs is significantly greater in time-periods after an overdose attendance than outside these time-periods. © 2015 Society for the Study of Addiction.

  7. Emergency ambulance assistance in The Netherlands: is the Dutch situation optimal?

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    van Vugt, A B; van Olden, G D; Edwards, M J

    1995-12-01

    The system of prehospital trauma care in the Netherlands is the subject of great concern. Although many improvements have been achieved in the last decade, there are still some deficits. Legislation concerning the minimal level of education for ambulance attendants was recently upgraded to 'registered nurse', a standard which must be achieved by 1997. Standardization with regard to extrication techniques, equipment and methods of treatment in prehospital trauma care does not yet exist. Although aware of the fact that large regional differences exist throughout the USA, a system of care in accordance with the advanced trauma life support (ATLS) standard of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and by means of prehospital and advanced trauma life support (PHTLS) given according to the standards of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMS) was considered to be the 'golden standard'. Nineteen ground ambulance and two helicopter services in different states of the USA, working according to ACS/NAEMS standard, were visited to analyse the system of care, with special reference to (para)medical education, communication, logistics, and immobilization materials and techniques. In the Netherlands all 41 central post ambulance services (CPAs) were asked to return a questionnaire. This resulted in a 90% (37 out of 41) response. The deficits of the Dutch system of care related to the PHTLS/ATLS standard are pointed out, resulting in recommendations to improve the Dutch system. The requirements of the dispatcher are far inferior to the optimal situation, which, together with the lack of technical equipment, results in serious communication problems. The Dutch ambulance attendant education, in which in the present system the education level reaches 'registered nurse' in only 91% and specialized courses are not mandatory, should be upgraded to the PHTLS level of care.

  8. Relation Between Objectively Measured Growth Determinants and Ambulation in Children with Cerebral Palsy

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    GÖKKAYA, N. Kutay ORDU; ÇALIŞKAN, Aslı; KARAKUŞ, Dilek; Uçan, Halil

    2009-01-01

    Aims: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a well-known neurodevelopmental condition beginning in early childhood and persisting throughout one´s life span. Feeding problems and eating impairments in CP children are well documented in the literature. The aims of our study were to determine the prevalence of linear growth retardation and the other growth determinants in this patient group and to identify the contributing factors and their relationship with ambulation. Materials and Methods: A cross-section...

  9. Kontrastmittelverstärkte Magnet-Resonanz-Urographie unter forcierter Diurese - Stellenwert in der Differentialdiagnostik bei Obstruktionen des oberen Harntraktes

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    Jung P

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Die Magnet-Resonanz-Urographie (MRU ist ein relativ neues Verfahren in der Diagnostik des oberen Harntraktes. Das Ziel dieser Studie war der Vergleich der Aussagefähigkeit der MRU unter Gabe von Gadolinium und Furosemid und dem konventionellen Urogramm (IVU in der Diagnostik der Ursache von Obstruktionen im Bereich des Harnleiters. 82 Patienten mit im IVU nachgewiesener Obstruktion des oberen Harntraktes oder urographisch stummer Niere bei sonographisch nachgewiesener Dilatation wurden der MRU zugeführt. Die Bilder beider Untersuchungsmethoden wurden von voneinander unabhängigen Untersuchern befundet. Zwei Urologen befundeten die IVU-Bilder, zwei Radiologen die MRU-Bilder, die Radiologen kannten die IVU-Diagnose nicht. Bei unklarer Diagnose wurden weitere Untersuchungen wie Computertomographie, retrograde Pyelographie oder Ureteroskopie durchgeführt. Die Diagnosen waren: Harnleitersteine bei 72 Patienten, Harnleitertumore bei 8 Patienten und extraureterale Tumore bei 2 Patienten. Eine richtige Diagnose bei den Steinpatienten wurde durch IVU bei 49 von 72 Patienten und durch MRU bei 64 von 72 Patienten gestellt. In dieser Patientengruppe wurden durch die MRU zwei falsche Diagnosen gestellt. Fehlende Kontrastmittelausscheidung war der Hauptgrund für Versagen der IVU. 3 der 8 Patienten mit Harnleitertumoren wurden durch die IVU richtig dignostiziert, bei dreien wurde eine falsche Diagnose gestellt. Durch die MRU konnten in dieser Gruppe 7 von 8 Patienten korrekt diagnostiziert werden, es wurde keine falsche Diagnose erhoben. IVU wird zunächst die Standarduntersuchungstechnik zur Darstellung des oberen Harntraktes bleiben, aber durch diese Studie konnte die Möglichkeit gezeigt werden, die in der MRU in Kombination mit Gadolinium und Furosemid liegt. Die größte Bedeutung dieser Untersuchung liegt in der urographisch stummen Niere, bei Untersuchungen in der Schwangerschaft, bei Kindern und bei Patienten mit Kontrastmittelunverträglichkeit.

  10. Ambulance Dispatches From Unaffected Areas After the Great East Japan Earthquake: Impact on Emergency Care in the Unaffected Areas.

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    Hagihara, Akihito; Onozuka, Daisuke; Nagata, Takashi; Abe, Takeru; Hasegawa, Manabu; Nabeshima, Yoshihiro

    2015-12-01

    Although dispatching ambulance crews from unaffected areas to a disaster zone is inevitable when a major disaster occurs, the effect on emergency care in the unaffected areas has not been studied. We evaluated whether dispatching ambulance crews from unaffected prefectures to those damaged by the Great East Japan Earthquake was associated with reduced resuscitation outcomes in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) cases in the unaffected areas. We used the Box-Jenkins transfer function model to assess the relationship between ambulance crew dispatches and return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) before hospital arrival or 1-month survival after the cardiac event. In a model whose output was the rate of ROSC before hospital arrival, dispatching 1000 ambulance crews was associated with a 0.474% decrease in the rate of ROSC after the dispatch in the prefectures (p=0.023). In a model whose output was the rate of 1-month survival, dispatching 1000 ambulance crews was associated with a 0.502% decrease in the rate of 1-month survival after the dispatch in the prefectures (p=0.011). The dispatch of ambulances from unaffected prefectures to earthquake-stricken areas was associated with a subsequent decrease in the ROSC and 1-month survival rates in OHCA cases in the unaffected prefectures.

  11. An association between fine particulate matter (PM2.5) levels and emergency ambulance dispatches for cardiovascular diseases in Japan.

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    Ichiki, Toshihiro; Onozuka, Daisuke; Kamouchi, Masahiro; Hagihara, Akihito

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this study is to determine whether short-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is associated with emergency ambulance dispatches for cardiovascular diseases in Japan. The nationwide data on emergency dispatches of ambulance for cardiovascular diseases classified as I00-I99 by International Classification of Diseases-10th revision in 30 Japanese prefectures between April 1 and December 31, in 2010 were analyzed. Data on weather variability including PM2.5, temperature and relative humidity were acquired from ambient air pollution monitoring stations. Conditional Poisson regression models were used to estimate the prefecture-specific effects of PM2.5 on morbidity, and adjust for confounding factors. A meta-analysis was then applied to pool estimates at the 30-prefecture level. A total of 160,566 emergency ambulance dispatches for cardiovascular diseases were reported during the study period. The risk of emergency ambulance dispatch for cardiovascular diseases significantly increased with an increase in the exposure to PM2.5 in Fukuoka and Iwate Prefectures. However, we found no statistically significant associations between PM2.5 and emergency ambulance dispatches in the pooled analysis (odds ratio 1.00, 95 % confidence interval 0.99-1.00). Heterogeneity was not observed between prefectures (Cochran Q test, p = 0.187, I (2) = 18.4 %). Exposure to PM2.5 is not associated with overall emergency ambulance dispatches for cardiovascular diseases in Japan.

  12. Design and validation of a platform robot for determination of ankle impedance during ambulation.

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    Rouse, Elliott J; Hargrove, Levi J; Peshkin, Michael A; Kuiken, Todd A

    2011-01-01

    In order to provide natural, biomimetic control to recently developed powered ankle prostheses, we must characterize the impedance of the ankle during ambulation tasks. To this end, a platform robot was developed that can apply an angular perturbation to the ankle during ambulation and simultaneously acquire ground reaction force data. In this study, we detail the design of the platform robot and characterize the impedance of the ankle during quiet standing. Subjects were perturbed by a 3° dorsiflexive ramp perturbation with a length of 150 ms. The impedance was defined parametrically, using a second order model to map joint angle to the torque response. The torque was determined using the inverted pendulum assumption, and impedance was identified by the least squares best estimate, yielding an average damping coefficient of 0.03 ± 0.01 Nms/° and an average stiffness coefficient of 3.1 ± 1.2 Nm/°. The estimates obtained by the proposed platform robot compare favorably to those published in the literature. Future work will investigate the impedance of the ankle during ambulation for powered prosthesis controller development.

  13. A coproduced patient and public event: An approach to developing and prioritizing ambulance performance measures.

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    Irving, Andy; Turner, Janette; Marsh, Maggie; Broadway-Parkinson, Andrea; Fall, Dan; Coster, Joanne; Siriwardena, A Niroshan

    2017-08-25

    Patient and public involvement (PPI) is recognized as an important component of high-quality health services research. PPI is integral to the Pre-hospital Outcomes for Evidence Based Evaluation (PhOEBE) programme. The PPI event described in detail in this article focusses on the process of involving patients and public representatives in identifying, prioritizing and refining a set of outcome measures that can be used to support ambulance service performance measurement. To obtain public feedback on little known, complex aspects of ambulance service performance measurement. The event was codesigned and coproduced with the PhOEBE PPI reference group and PhOEBE research team. The event consisted of brief researcher-led presentations, group discussions facilitated by the PPI reference group members and electronic voting. Data were collected from eighteen patient and public representatives who attended an event venue in Yorkshire. The results of the PPI event showed that this interactive format and mode of delivery was an effective method to obtain public feedback and produced a clear indication of which ambulance performance measures were most highly favoured by event participants. The event highlighted valuable contributions the PPI reference group made to the design process, supporting participant recruitment and facilitation of group discussions. In addition, the positive team working experience of the event proved a catalyst for further improvements in PPI within the PhOEBE project. © 2017 The Authors Health Expectations Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  14. Lightweight physiologic sensor performance during pre-hospital care delivered by ambulance clinicians.

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    Mort, Alasdair J; Fitzpatrick, David; Wilson, Philip M J; Mellish, Chris; Schneider, Anne

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the impact of motion generated by ambulance patient management on the performance of two lightweight physiologic sensors. Two physiologic sensors were applied to pre-hospital patients. The first was the Contec Medical Systems CMS50FW finger pulse oximeter, monitoring heart rate (HR) and blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). The second was the RESpeck respiratory rate (RR) sensor, which was wireless-enabled with a Bluetooth(®) Low Energy protocol. Sensor data were recorded from 16 pre-hospital patients, who were monitored for 21.2 ± 9.8 min, on average. Some form of error was identified on almost every HR and SpO2 trace. However, the mean proportion of each trace exhibiting error was ambulance transit on the incidence of HR or SpO2 error. The RESpeck RR sensor delivered an average of 4.2 (±2.2) validated breaths per minute, but did not produce any validated breaths during the gross motion of ambulance transit as its pre-defined motion threshold was exceeded. However, this was many more data points than could be achieved using traditional manual assessment of RR. Error was identified on a majority of pre-hospital physiologic signals, which emphasised the need to ensure consistent sensor attachment in this unstable and unpredictable environment, and in developing intelligent methods of screening out such error.

  15. Ambulation monitoring of transtibial amputation subjects with patient activity monitor versus pedometer.

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    Dudek, Nancy L; Khan, Omar D; Lemaire, Edward D; Marks, Meridith B; Saville, Leyana

    2008-01-01

    Our study aimed to compare the accuracy of step count and ambulation distance determined with the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-700 pedometer (DW) and the Ossur patient activity monitor (PAM) in 20 transtibial amputation subjects who were functioning at the K3 Medicare Functional Classification Level. Subjects completed four simulated household tasks in an apartment setup and a gymnasium walking course designed to simulate outdoor walking without the presence of environmental barriers or varied terrain. The mean step count accuracy of the DW and the PAM was equivalent for both the household activity (75.3% vs 70.6%) and the walking course (93.8% vs 94.0%). The mean distance measurement accuracy was better with the DW than with the PAM (household activity: 72.8% vs 0%, walking course: 92.5% vs 86.3%; p < 0.05). With acceptable step count accuracy, both devices are appropriate for assessing relatively continuous ambulation. The DW may be preferred for its more accurate distance measurements. Neither device is ideal for monitoring in-home ambulation.

  16. Manager-employee interaction in ambulance services: an exploratory study of employee perspectives on management communication.

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    Nordby, Halvor

    2015-01-01

    Managers of ambulance stations face many communicative challenges in their interaction with employees working in prehospital first-line services. The article presents an exploratory study of how paramedics experience these challenges in communication with station leaders. On the basis of a dialogue perspective in qualitative method, 24 paramedics were interviewed in one-to-one and focus group settings. Naturalistic and phenomenological approaches were used to analyze the interviews. All the paramedics said that they wished to be more involved in decision processes and that station managers should provide better explanations of information "from above." The paramedics understood that it was difficult for the managers to find time for extensive dialogue, but many thought that the managers should give more priority to communication. The paramedics' views correspond to theoretical assumptions in human resource management. According to this model, employees should be involved in decision processes on management levels, as long as it is realistically possible to do so. Furthermore, expressing emotional support and positive attitudes does not take much time, and the study suggests that many ambulance managers should focus more on interpersonal relations to employees. It has been extensively documented that management communication affects organizational performance. The study indicates that managers of ambulance stations should be more aware of how their leadership style affects professional commitment and motivation in the first-line services.

  17. Effect of a mass media campaign on ambulance use for chest pain.

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    Nehme, Ziad; Cameron, Peter A; Akram, Muhammad; Patsamanis, Harry; Bray, Janet E; Meredith, Ian T; Smith, Karen

    2017-01-16

    To evaluate the impact of comprehensive public awareness campaigns by the National Heart Foundation of Australia on emergency medical service (EMS) use by people with chest pain. A retrospective analysis of 253428 emergency ambulance attendances for non-traumatic chest pain in Melbourne, January 2008 - December 2013. Time series analyses, adjusted for underlying trend and seasonal effects, assessed the impact of mass media campaigns on EMS use. Monthly ambulance attendances. The median number of monthly ambulance attendances for chest pain was 3609 (IQR, 3011-3891), but was higher in campaign months than in non-campaign months (3880 v 3234, Pambulance use for chest pain, and a 15.4% increase (95% CI, 10.1-20.9%; Pambulance increased by 10.0% (95% CI, 6.1-14.2%; P<0.001) during campaign months, the number of patients not transported to hospital also increased, by 13.9% (95% CI, 8.3-19.8%; P<0.001). A public awareness campaign about responding to prodromal acute myocardial infarction symptoms was associated with an increase in EMS use by people with chest pain and suspected acute coronary syndromes. Campaign activity may also lead to increased EMS use in low risk populations.

  18. Telemedicin - en mulighed til kvinder der føder ambulant?

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    Danbjørg, Dorthe Boe; Clemensen, Jane; Wagner, Lis

    Formål og baggrund: Længden af hospitalsophold efter fødsel er afkortet i løbet af de sidste 10-20 år. Udfordringen bliver at sikre ’at den observation og understøttelse af mor og barn, der tidligere fandt sted under indlæggelse, fortsat sikres efter ambulant fødsel eller tidlig udskrivelse’ (SST...... 2009, s.36). Det overordnede formål er at udforske om telemedicin kan være en mulig løsning, når kvinder udskrives ambulant. Design og metoder: Projektet er et aktionsforskningsprojekt, nærmere bestemt arbejdes der ud fra Participartory Design. Metodologien er baseret på deltagelse af brugerne, og det......-løsningen med fokus på hvordan sygeplejerskerne og de nybagte familier oplever brug af en app efter ambulant fødsel. Foreløbige resultater: Den første fase af undersøgelsen understreger behovet for et individuelt barselsforløb, hvor der er opfølgende støtte efter udskrivelsen og hvor familierne oplever, at de...

  19. Reducing Time to First on Scene: An Ambulance-Community First Responder Scheme

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The importance of early access to prehospital care has been demonstrated in many medical emergencies. This work aims to describe the potential time benefit of implementing a student Community First Responder scheme to support ambulance services in an inner-city setting in the United Kingdom. Twenty final and penultimate year medical students in the UK were trained in the “First Person on Scene” Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC qualification. Over 12 months, they attended 89 emergency calls in an inner-city setting as Community First Responders (CFRs, alongside the West Midlands Ambulance Service, UK. At the end of this period, a qualitative survey investigated the perceived educational value of the scheme. The mean CFR response time across all calls was an average of 3 minutes and 8 seconds less than ambulance crew response times. The largest difference was to calls relating to falls (12 min. The difference varied throughout the day, peaking between 16:00 and 18:00. All questionnaire respondents stated that they felt more prepared in assessing and treating acutely unwell patients. In this paper, the authors present a symbiotic solution which has both reduced time to first on scene and provided training and experience in medical emergencies for senior medical students.

  20. Reducing Time to First on Scene: An Ambulance-Community First Responder Scheme.

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    Campbell, Alan; Ellington, Matt

    2016-01-01

    The importance of early access to prehospital care has been demonstrated in many medical emergencies. This work aims to describe the potential time benefit of implementing a student Community First Responder scheme to support ambulance services in an inner-city setting in the United Kingdom. Twenty final and penultimate year medical students in the UK were trained in the "First Person on Scene" Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualification. Over 12 months, they attended 89 emergency calls in an inner-city setting as Community First Responders (CFRs), alongside the West Midlands Ambulance Service, UK. At the end of this period, a qualitative survey investigated the perceived educational value of the scheme. The mean CFR response time across all calls was an average of 3 minutes and 8 seconds less than ambulance crew response times. The largest difference was to calls relating to falls (12 min). The difference varied throughout the day, peaking between 16:00 and 18:00. All questionnaire respondents stated that they felt more prepared in assessing and treating acutely unwell patients. In this paper, the authors present a symbiotic solution which has both reduced time to first on scene and provided training and experience in medical emergencies for senior medical students.

  1. Calculation and Analysis of Differential Corrections for BeiDou

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    Yang, Sainan; Chen, Junping; Zhang, Yize

    2015-04-01

    BeiDou Satellite Navigation System has been providing service forAsia-Pacific area. BeiDou uses observations of regional monitoring network to determine satellite orbit, which limits the satellite orbit accuracy. And the satellite clock error is produced by time synchronization system. The time synchronization delay of antenna device is general obtained through prior Calibration, and the residual calibration error is included in the satellite clock, which affects the prediction accuracy of satellite clock error. In this paper, we study the algorithms of Beidou differential corrections to improve the accuracy of satellite signals to improve the user positioning accuracy. In this algorithm, both pseudo-range and phase observations are used to calculate differential corrections. We process pseudo-range observations to obtain equivalent satellite clock error, which include satellite clock errors and orbit radial errors, as well as the average projection of orbit tangential and normal errors in combination. And the epoch-difference of phase observations are processed to eliminate the ambiguity which simplifies algorithms and ensure the relative accuracy (corrections variety between the epochs). Observations more than 10 stations in China are processed, and the equivalent clock error calculation results are analyzed, which shows that the satellite UDRE are significantly reduced and user location accuracy improves when the equivalent clock error corrections are applied. The residuals deducting equivalent satellite clock error contains the projection difference of satellite orbit error in all station (tangential and normal errors are main). We utilize the residuals to solve the tangential and normal orbit errors which cause the projection difference. The same observation data is processed. The results show that after calculating three-dimensional corrections, the satellite UDRE doesn't improve significantly compared to equivalent satellite clock error corrections and user

  2. The Birth and Growth of the National Ambulance Service in Ghana.

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    Zakariah, Ahmed; Stewart, Barclay T; Boateng, Edmund; Achena, Christiana; Tansley, Gavin; Mock, Charles

    2017-02-01

    Introduction This study aimed to document the growth and challenges encountered in the decade since inception of the National Ambulance Service (NAS) in Ghana, West Africa. By doing so, potentially instructive examples for other low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) planning a formal prehospital care system or attempting to identify ways to improve existing emergency services could be identified. Data routinely collected by the Ghana NAS from 2004-2014 were described, including: patient demographics, reason for the call, response location, target destination, and ti1mes of service. Additionally, the organizational structure and challenges encountered during the development and maturation of the NAS were reported. In 2004, the NAS piloted operations with 69 newly trained emergency medical technicians (EMTs), nine ambulances, and seven stations. The NAS expanded service delivery with 199 ambulances at 128 stations operated by 1,651 EMTs and 47 administrative and maintenance staff in 2014. In 2004, nine percent of the country was covered by NAS services; in 2014, 81% of Ghana was covered. Health care transfers and roadside responses comprised the majority of services (43%-80% and 10%-57% by year, respectively). Increased mean response time, stable case holding time, and shorter vehicle engaged time reflect greater response ranges due to increased service uptake and improved efficiency of ambulance usage. Specific internal and external challenges with regard to NAS operations also were described. The steady growth of the NAS is evidence of the need for Emergency Medical Services and the effects of sound planning and timely responses to changes in program indicators. The way forward includes further capacity building to increase the number of scene responses, strengthening ties with local health facilities to ensure timely emergency medical care and appropriateness of transfers, assuring a more stable funding stream, and improving public awareness of NAS services

  3. Feasibility, Reliability and Predictive Value Of In-Ambulance Heart Rate Variability Registration.

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    Laetitia Yperzeele

    Full Text Available Heart rate variability (HRV is a parameter of autonomic nervous system function. A decrease of HRV has been associated with disease severity, risk of complications and prognosis in several conditions.We aim to investigate the feasibility and the reliability of in-ambulance HRV registration during emergency interventions, and to evaluate the association between prehospital HRV parameters, patient characteristics, vital parameters and short-term outcome.We conducted a prospective study using a non-invasive 2-lead ECG registration device in 55 patients transported by the paramedic intervention team of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel. HRV assessment included time domain parameters, frequency domain parameters, nonlinear analysis, and time-frequency analysis. The correlation between HRV parameters and patient and outcome characteristics was analyzed and compared to controls.Artifact and ectopic detection rates were higher in patients during ambulance transportation compared to controls in resting conditions, yet technical reasons precluding in-ambulance HRV analysis occurred in only 9.6% of cases. HRV acquisition was possible without safety issues or interference with routine emergency care. Reliability of the results was considered sufficient for Sample entropy (SampEn, good for the ratio of low frequency and high frequency components (LF/HF ratio in the frequency and the time frequency domain, and excellent for the triangular interpolation of the NN interval histogram (TINN, and for the short-term scaling exponent of the detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA α1. HRV indices were significantly reduced inpatients with unfavorable outcome compared to patients with favorable outcome and controls. Multivariate analysis identified lower DFA α1 as an independent predictor of unfavorable outcome (OR, 0.155; 95% CI 0.024-0.966; p = 0.049.In-ambulance HRV registration is technically and operationally feasible and produces reliable results for parameters

  4. The Medical Duty Officer: An Attempt to Mitigate the Ambulance At-Hospital Interval.

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    Halliday, Megan H; Bouland, Andrew J; Lawner, Benjamin J; Comer, Angela C; Ramos, Daniel C; Fletcher, Mark

    2016-09-01

    A lack of coordination between emergency medical services (EMS), emergency departments (ED) and systemwide management has contributed to extended ambulance at-hospital times at local EDs. In an effort to improve communication within the local EMS system, the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) placed a medical duty officer (MDO) in the fire communications bureau. It was hypothesized that any real-time intervention suggested by the MDO would be manifested in a decrease in the EMS at-hospital time. The MDO was implemented on November 11, 2013. A senior EMS paramedic was assigned to the position and was placed in the fire communication bureau from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. We defined the pre-intervention period as August 2013 - October 2013 and the post-intervention period as December 2013 - February 2014. We also compared the post-intervention period to the "seasonal match control" one year earlier to adjust for seasonal variation in EMS volume. The MDO was tasked with the prospective management of city EMS resources through intensive monitoring of unit availability and hospital ED traffic. The MDO could suggest alternative transport destinations in the event of ED crowding. We collected and analyzed data from BCFD computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system for the following: ambulance response times, ambulance at-hospital interval, hospital diversion and alert status, and "suppression wait time" (defined as the total time suppression units remained on scene until ambulance arrival). The data analysis used a pre/post intervention design to examine the MDO impact on the BCFD EMS system. There were a total of 15,567 EMS calls during the pre-intervention period, 13,921 in the post-intervention period and 14,699 in the seasonal match control period one year earlier. The average at-hospital time decreased by 1.35 minutes from pre- to post-intervention periods and 4.53 minutes from the pre- to seasonal match control, representing a statistically significant decrease

  5. Improving the coding and classification of ambulance data through the application of International Classification of Disease 10th revision.

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    Cantwell, Kate; Morgans, Amee; Smith, Karen; Livingston, Michael; Dietze, Paul

    2014-02-01

    This paper aims to examine whether an adaptation of the International Classification of Disease (ICD) coding system can be applied retrospectively to final paramedic assessment data in an ambulance dataset with a view to developing more fine-grained, clinically relevant case definitions than are available through point-of-call data. Over 1.2 million case records were extracted from the Ambulance Victoria data warehouse. Data fields included dispatch code, cause (CN) and final primary assessment (FPA). Each FPA was converted to an ICD-10-AM code using word matching or best fit. ICD-10-AM codes were then converted into Major Diagnostic Categories (MDC). CN was aligned with the ICD-10-AM codes for external cause of morbidity and mortality. The most accurate results were obtained when ICD-10-AM codes were assigned using information from both FPA and CN. Comparison of cases coded as unconscious at point-of-call with the associated paramedic assessment highlighted the extra clinical detail obtained when paramedic assessment data are used. Ambulance paramedic assessment data can be aligned with ICD-10-AM and MDC with relative ease, allowing retrospective coding of large datasets. Coding of ambulance data using ICD-10-AM allows for comparison of not only ambulance service users but also with other population groups. WHAT IS KNOWN ABOUT THE TOPIC? There is no reliable and standard coding and categorising system for paramedic assessment data contained in ambulance service databases. WHAT DOES THIS PAPER ADD? This study demonstrates that ambulance paramedic assessment data can be aligned with ICD-10-AM and MDC with relative ease, allowing retrospective coding of large datasets. Representation of ambulance case types using ICD-10-AM-coded information obtained after paramedic assessment is more fine grained and clinically relevant than point-of-call data, which uses caller information before ambulance attendance. WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTITIONERS? This paper describes

  6. Adipositas bei Kindern: Elterliche Rechte, Paternalismus und Gerechtigkeit

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    Giesinger Johannes

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Am Beispiel von Adipositas (Fettleibigkeit werden in diesem Beitrag die Konflikte diskutiert, die zwischen elterlichen Rechten und den aus Gerechtigkeitserwägungen erwachsenden Ansprüchen von Kindern entstehen können. Es wird angenommen, dass Kinder Anspruch auf Gesundheit haben, und dass Adipositas sie in ihrer Gesundheit gefährdet. Die Frage lautet, was zu tun ist, wenn das Handeln der Eltern die Entstehung von Adipositas begünstigt. Es werden drei verschiedene Konzeptionen elterlicher Rechte diskutiert. Nach der ersten Konzeption sind elterliche Rechte in den Interessen oder Freiheiten der Eltern fundiert. Gemäß der zweiten Auffassung ergeben sich elterliche Rechte aus elterlichen Pflichten, während der dritte Ansatz die Bedeutung sogenannter Beziehungsgüter hervorhebt. Vor diesem Hintergrund werden zwei Thesen vertreten: Die erste lautet, dass Eltern nicht berechtigt sind, ihre Kinder in einer Weise aufzuziehen, die zu Adipositas führt. Die zweite These ist, dass es trotzdem gute Gründe für Zurückhaltung bei Eingriffen in die Familie gibt.

  7. A vendor`s cost management; Kostenmanagement bei einem Hersteller

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    Schomer, E. [Siemens AG, Erlangen (Germany). Energieerzeugung (KWU)

    1997-12-01

    The cost base of a company, its ability to innovate, and its customer orientedness are important, distinctive competencies and capabilities in the competition for tomorrow`s markets and contracts. The `top` program implemented throughout the Siemens company serves to strengthen competitiveness and generate a considerable increase in profits. In order to achieve these objectives, the program addresses productivity, innovation, and growth as strategic elements. A thorough, multifaceted change in corporate culture is considered a precondition. This concept encompasses both purely technical and scientific improvements and the increasingly more important non-technical regeneration of business processes. Only a quantum leap in productivity will allow the company to continue to exist in the future. (orig.) [Deutsch] Im Wettbewerb um die Maerkte und Geschaefte von morgen sind die Kostenbasis des Unternehmens, seine Innovationsfaehigkeit und Kundenorientierung wesentliche differenzierende Kompetenzen und Faehigkeiten. Ziele des im gesamten Hause Siemens laufenden Programmes unter dem Titel `top` sind die Staerkung der Wettbewerbskraft sowie eine nachhaltige Ertragssteigerung. Um diese zu erreichen, setzt das Programm bei den strategischen Elementen Produktivitaet, Innovation und Wachstum an, wobei eine umfassende und vielfaeltige Veraenderung der Unternehmenskultur Voraussetzung ist. Dabei werden unter diesem Begriff sowie die rein technisch-wissenschaftlichen Verbesserungen als auch die immer wichtiger gewordenen nicht-technischen Erneuerungen in den Geschaeftsprozessen verstanden. Nur durch einen Quantensprung in der Produktivitaet kann das Unternehmen in der Zukunft bestehen. (orig.)

  8. Gas hydrates in gas storage caverns; Gashydrate bei der Gaskavernenspeicherung

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    Groenefeld, P. [Kavernen Bau- und Betriebs-GmbH, Hannover (Germany)

    1997-12-31

    Given appropriate pressure and temperature conditions the storage of natural gas in salt caverns can lead to the formation of gas hydrates in the producing well or aboveground operating facilities. This is attributable to the stored gas becoming more or less saturated with water vapour. The present contribution describes the humidity, pressure, and temperature conditions conducive to gas hydrate formation. It also deals with the reduction of the gas removal capacity resulting from gas hydrate formation, and possible measures for preventing hydrate formation such as injection of glycol, the reduction of water vapour absorption from the cavern sump, and dewatering of the cavern sump. (MSK) [Deutsch] Bei der Speicherung von Erdgas in Salzkavernen kann es unter entsprechenden Druck- und Temperaturverhaeltnissen zur Gashydratbildung in den Foerdersonden oder obertaegigen Betriebseinrichtungen kommen, weil sich das eingelagerte Gas mehr oder weniger mit Wasserdampf aufsaettigt. Im Folgenden werden die Feuchtigkeits-, Druck- und Temperaturbedingungen, die zur Hydratbildung fuehren erlaeutert. Ebenso werden die Verringerung der Auslagerungskapazitaet durch die Hydratbildung, Massnahmen zur Verhinderung der Hydratbildung wie die Injektion von Glykol, die Verringerung der Wasserdampfaufnahme aus dem Kavernensumpf und die Entwaesserung der Kavernensumpfs selbst beschrieben.

  9. Daily variations in ambulance calls for selected causes in Arkhangelsk, Russia: potential role of excessive alcohol consumption on weekends

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    Sergei N. Drachev

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. To assess daily variations in ambulance calls for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs, mental and behavioral disorders, and external causes in Arkhangelsk, Northwest Russia, in 2000–2008. Study design. A population-based study. Methods. Data about all ambulance calls during the years 2000–2008 were obtained from the Arkhangelsk ambulance station. Information about patient's gender, age, doctor's diagnosis according to International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, and the date of call were recorded. Pearson's Chi-squared tests were used for comparing proportions of ambulance calls across the week for CVDs (I00-99, mental and behavioral disorders (F00-F99, and external causes (S00-T98, V01-Y98. The ratio of incidence of ambulance calls on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday versus the rest of week was also calculated. Results. There is a significant daily variation (p < 0.001 in calls for CVDs in men and women aged 18–59 and women aged 60 years and older, with increased numbers of calls on weekends and Mondays varying between 2 and 3% excess calls. For mental and behavioral disorders, a similar pattern was found in the age group of 18–59 year-olds. Ratios for the number of calls during weekends and Mondays vs. the rest of the week were 1.05 (95% CI: 1.02–1.08 among women and 1.02 (95% CI: 1.00–1.05 among men. For external causes, a significant variation and an increase in ambulance calls during Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 4 to 17% excess calls was observed for both age and gender groups. Conclusions. The observed daily variations in ambulance calls with an increased number of calls on weekends and Mondays for CVDs, mental and behavioral disorders, and external causes may be associated with excessive alcohol consumption on the weekends. Further research using data on individual levels of alcohol consumption are warranted.

  10. Bed rest versus early ambulation with standard anticoagulation in the management of deep vein thrombosis: a meta-analysis.

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    Zhenlei Liu

    Full Text Available Bed rest has been considered as the cornerstone of management of deep vein thrombosis (DVT for a long time, though it is not evidence-base, and there is growing evidence favoring early ambulation.Electronic databases including Medline, PubMed, Cochrane Library and three Chinese databases were searched with key words of "deep vein thrombosis", "pulmonary embolism", "venous thrombosis", "bed rest", "immobilization", "mobilization" and "ambulation". We considered randomized controlled trials, prospective or retrospective cohort studies that compared the outcomes of acute DVT patients managed with early ambulation versus bed rest, in addition to standard anticoagulation. Meta-analysis pertaining to the incidence of new pulmonary embolism (PE, progression of DVT, and DVT related deaths were conducted, as well as the extent of remission of pain and edema.13 studies were included with a total of 3269 patients. Compared to bed rest, early ambulation was not associated with a higher incidence of new PE, progression of DVT, or DVT related deaths (RD -0.03, 95% CI -0.05∼ -0.02; Z = 1.24, p = 0.22; random effect model, Tau2 = 0.01. Moreover, if the patients suffered moderate or severe pain initially, early ambulation was related to a better outcome, with respect to remission of acute pain in the affected limb (SMD 0.42, 95%CI 0.09∼0.74; Z = 2.52, p = 0.01; random effect model, Tau2 = 0.04. Meta-analysis of alleviation of edema cannot elicit a solid conclusion because of significant heterogeneity among the few studies.Compared to bed rest, early ambulation of acute DVT patients with anticoagulation was not associated with a higher incidence of new PE, progression of DVT, and DVT related deaths. Furthermore, for the patients suffered moderate or severe pain initially, a better outcome can be seen in early ambulation group, regarding to the remission of acute pain in the affected limb.

  11. Soil Moisture Retrieval Using Reflected Signals of BeiDou GEO Satellites

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    ZOU Wenbo

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a method of continuous long-term soil moisture measurement using signals from BeiDou GEO satellites. It also presents the soil moisture inversion model as well as the relevant signal processing steps. Moreover, a land-based experiment is carried out to verify its validity. This method adopts the dual-antenna Global Navigation Satellite System Reflection (GNSS-R mode to receive and process direct signal from BeiDou GEO satellites and reflected signal from soil. Based on signal synchronization, the reflectivity of soil can be calculated according to the extracted signal power values. And then, the soil moisture can be obtained in light of the inversion model. By taking singals from BeiDou GEO satellites, not only the positioning calculation step of general GNSS-R data processing can be ignored, but also a continuous long-term observation of soil moisture for fixed area can be realized. Experiment results based on the method above show a good continuity in both time and magnitude. They are also highly consistent with reference values and the root mean square error equals to 0.049. Compared with BeiDou IGSO and GPS MEO satellites, BeiDou GEO satellites can present a better performance in soil moisture retrieval.

  12. Geschlechtsunterschiede in der genetischen Übertragung bei Suchterkrankungen - eine Übersicht, basierend auf Familien-, Zwillings- und Adoptionsstudien

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    Franke P

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    Full Text Available In der hier vorliegenden Übersicht sollen Geschlechtsunterschiede in der genetischen Übertragung von Suchterkrankungen anhand der bislang vorliegenden Daten aus Zwillings-, Adoptions- und Familienstudien dargestellt werden. Trotz der geringeren Prävalenz von substanzgebundener Abhängigkeit und Mißbrauch bei Frauen im Vergleich zu Männern in der Allgemeinbevölkerung, erscheint in Anbetracht der bislang vorliegenden Adoptions- und Zwillingsstudien die These, wonach Abhängigkeitserkrankungen bei Frauen weniger durch genetische Faktoren bedingt seien als bei Männern, nicht länger haltbar und bedarf einer Modifikation: Das Ausmaß der genetischen Einflüsse scheint demnach bei Männern und Frauen substanzspezifisch zu variieren. So deuten insbesondere die Daten aus Zwillingsstudien darauf hin, daß genetischen Faktoren bei Cannabis- und Kokainabhängigkeit unter Frauen sogar eine stärkere Bedeutung als bei Männern zukommt. Neuere Zwillingsstudien zeigen, daß bei der Opiatabhängigkeit genetische Faktoren auch bei Frauen eine Rolle spielen. Insgesamt besteht weiterer Forschungsbedarf hinsichtlich einer geschlechtsspezifischen Übertragung von Suchterkrankungen, da die bisherigen Ergebnisse und Schlußfolgerungen auf der Basis von Familien-, Zwillings- und Adoptionsstudien teilweise widersprüchlich und somit insgesamt als vorläufig zu betrachten sind.

  13. Preoperative Predictors of Ambulation Ability at Different Time Points after Total Hip Arthroplasty in Patients with Osteoarthritis

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    Akiko Kamimura

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this study were to identify the preoperative factors influencing ambulation ability at different postoperative time points after total hip arthroplasty (THA and to examine the cutoff values of predictive preoperative factors by receiver operating characteristic (ROC curves. Forty-eight women with unilateral THA were measured for hip extensor, hip abductor, and knee extensor muscle strength in both legs; hip pain (visual analog scale, VAS; and the Timed Up and Go (TUG test pre- and postoperatively. Multiple regression analysis indicated that preoperative knee extensor strength (β=-0.379,R2=0.409 at 3 weeks, hip abductor strength (β=-0.572,R2=0.570 at 4 months, and age (β=0.758,R2= 0.561 at 7 months were strongly associated with postoperative ambulation, measured using the TUG test. Optimal preoperative cutoff values for ambulation ability were 0.56 Nm/kg for knee extensor strength, 0.24 Nm/kg for hip abductor strength, and 73 years of age. Our results suggest that preoperative factors predicting ambulation ability vary by postoperative time point. Preoperative knee extensor strength, hip abductor strength, and age were useful predictors of ambulation ability at the early, middle, and late time points, respectively, after THA.

  14. Striving for balance - A qualitative study to explore the experiences of nurses new to the ambulance service in Sweden.

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    Hörberg, Anna; Lindström, Veronica; Kalén, Susanne; Scheja, Max; Vicente, Veronica

    2017-08-19

    New nurses and nurses new to a professional practice go through a transition where they adopt a new professional identity. This has been described as a challenging time where peer support and limited responsibility are considered necessary. Little is known about the experience of nurses being new to the ambulance service where support is limited and the nurse holds full responsibility of patient care. The aim of this study has therefore been to explore nurses' experiences during their first year of employment in the Swedish ambulance service. Data was generated from semi-structured interviews with 13 nurses having less than 12 months of experience of work in the ambulance service. The nurses represented nine different districts in Sweden. Analysis was a latent inductive qualitative content analysis. The analysis resulted in the main category, "Striving for balance during the transition process in the ambulance context". Transition in the ambulance service was experienced as a balance act between emotions, expectations and a strive for professional development. The balance was negatively affected by harsh, condescending attitudes among colleagues and the lack of structured support and feedback. In striving for balance in their new professional practice, the nurses described personal, unsupervised strategies for professional development. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Identifying barriers and facilitators to ambulance service assessment and treatment of acute asthma: a focus group study

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    2014-01-01

    Background Acute asthma is a common reason for patients to seek care from ambulance services. Although better care of acute asthma can prevent avoidable morbidity and deaths, there has been little research into ambulance clinicians’ adherence to national guidelines for asthma assessment and management and how this might be improved. Our research aim was to explore paramedics’ attitudes, perceptions and beliefs about prehospital management of asthma, to identify barriers and facilitators to guideline adherence. Methods We conducted three focus group interviews of paramedics in a regional UK ambulance trust. We used framework analysis supported by NVivo 8 to code and analyse the data. Results Seventeen participants, including paramedics, advanced paramedics or paramedic operational managers at three geographical sites, contributed to the interviews. Analysis led to five themes: (1) guidelines should be made more relevant to ambulance service care; (2) there were barriers to assessment; (3) the approach needed to address conflicts between clinicians’ and patients’ expectations; (4) the complexity of ambulance service processes and equipment needed to be taken into account; (5) and finally there were opportunities for improved prehospital education, information, communication, support and care pathways for asthma. Conclusions This qualitative study provides insight into paramedics’ perceptions of the assessment and management of asthma, including why paramedics may not always follow guidelines for assessment or management of asthma. These findings provide opportunities to strengthen clinical support, patient communication, information transfer between professionals and pathways for prehospital care of patients with asthma. PMID:25086749

  16. The association between the first locating emergency ambulance being single crewed and cardiac arrest outcomes in New Zealand.

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    Dicker, Bridget; Davey, Paul; Smith, Tony

    2017-09-01

    This study investigated the association between the first locating emergency ambulance being single crewed on outcomes following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in New Zealand. Using data from the St John cardiac arrest registry for the period of 1 October 2013 to 30 June 2015, cases were included if a resuscitation attempt was made and the patient was an adult. Logistic regression modelling was used to account for confounding factors. The primary outcome was survival to hospital discharge. A total of 2,347 cases were included. There was no difference in the rate of return of spontaneous circulation sustained to hospital handover in patients attended by either single-crewed (27%) or double-crewed ambulances (32%); p=0.059. However, patients were significantly less likely to survive to hospital discharge when attended by single-crewed (12%) compared to double-crewed ambulances (17%) with an OR of 0.533, 95% confidence interval 0.320-0.888 and p=0.016. Patients had lower survival to hospital discharge outcomes when the first locating ambulance was single crewed than those where the first locating ambulance was double crewed.

  17. Characterizing demographics, injury severity, and intubation status for patients transported by air or ground ambulance to a rural burn center.

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    Ahmed, Azeemuddin; Van Heukelom, Paul; Harland, Karisa; Denning, Gerene; Liao, Junlin; Born, Janelle; Latenser, Barbara

    2014-01-01

    Our study was designed to characterize intubation status among patients transported by air or ground ambulance to a rural burn center. A retrospective chart review of patients arriving at our burn center from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2009 was completed. Descriptive and multivariate analyses were performed. During the study period, 259 air and 590 ground ambulance patients met inclusion criteria. Air ambulance patients were older and had higher total body surface area burned, lower Glasgow Coma scores, longer lengths of stay, and more frequent inhalation injuries. Approximately 10% of patients arriving by air were intubated after burn center admission, and 49% of intubated patients were extubated within 24 hours of admission. These values were 2% and 40%, respectively, for patients transported by ground. Increasing age and air ambulance transport increased the overall likelihood of change in intubation status. The likelihood of intubation by burn center providers increased with age, with suspicion of inhalation injury, and for patients transported by air. The likelihood of extubation within 24 hours of burn center admission increased with age, decreased with suspected inhalation injury, and was independent of transport mode. Among our patient population, more severely injured patients were being transported by air ambulance. However, age, suspicion of inhalation injury, and mode of transport showed a complex pattern of associations with changes in intubation status, and illustrate the need to develop better prehospital guidelines for intubation in burn patients.

  18. Training Persons with Spinal Cord Injury to Ambulate Using a Powered Exoskeleton.

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    Asselin, Pierre K; Avedissian, Manuel; Knezevic, Steven; Kornfeld, Stephen; Spungen, Ann M

    2016-06-16

    Powered exoskeletons have become available for overground ambulation in persons with paralyses due to spinal cord injury (SCI) who have intact upper extremity function and are able to maintain upright balance using forearm crutches. To ambulate in an exoskeleton, the user must acquire the ability to maintain balance while standing, sitting and appropriate weight shifting with each step. This can be a challenging task for those with deficits in sensation and proprioception in their lower extremities. This manuscript describes screening criteria and a training program developed at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY to teach users the skills needed to utilize these devices in institutional, home or community environments. Before training can begin, potential users are screened for appropriate range of motion of the hip, knee and ankle joints. Persons with SCI are at an increased risk of sustaining lower extremity fractures, even with minimal strain or trauma, therefore a bone mineral density assessment is performed to reduce the risk of fracture. Also, as part of screening, a physical examination is performed in order to identify additional health-related contraindications. Once the person has successfully passed all screening requirements, they are cleared to begin the training program. The device is properly adjusted to fit the user. A series of static and dynamic balance tasks are taught and performed by the user before learning to walk. The person is taught to ambulate in various environments ranging from indoor level surfaces to outdoors over uneven or changing surfaces. Once skilled enough to be a candidate for home use with the exoskeleton, the user is then required to designate a companion-walker who will train alongside them. Together, the pair must demonstrate the ability to perform various advanced tasks in order to be permitted to use the exoskeleton in their home/community environment.

  19. Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) training of ambulance caregivers and impact on survival of trauma victims.

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    Johansson, Jakob; Blomberg, Hans; Svennblad, Bodil; Wernroth, Lisa; Melhus, Håkan; Byberg, Liisa; Michaëlsson, Karl; Karlsten, Rolf; Gedeborg, Rolf

    2012-10-01

    The Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course has been widely implemented and approximately half a million prehospital caregivers in over 50 countries have taken this course. Still, the effect on injury outcome remains to be established. The objective of this study was to investigate the association between PHTLS training of ambulance crew members and the mortality in trauma patients. A population-based observational study of 2830 injured patients, who either died or were hospitalized for more than 24 h, was performed during gradual implementation of PHTLS in Uppsala County in Sweden between 1998 and 2004. Prehospital patient records were linked to hospital-discharge records, cause-of-death records, and information on PHTLS training and the educational level of ambulance crews. The main outcome measure was death, on scene or in hospital. Adjusting for multiple potential confounders, PHTLS training appeared to be associated with a reduction in mortality, but the precision of this estimate was poor (odds ratio, 0.71; 95% confidence interval, 0.42-1.19). The mortality risk was 4.7% (36/763) without PHTLS training and 4.5% (94/2067) with PHTLS training. The predicted absolute risk reduction is estimated to correspond to 0.5 lives saved annually per 100,000 population with PHTLS fully implemented. PHTLS training of ambulance crew members may be associated with reduced mortality in trauma patients, but the precision in this estimate was low due to the overall low mortality. While there may be a relative risk reduction, the predicted absolute risk reduction in this population was low. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. Ambulance diversion reduction and elimination: the 3-2-1 plan.

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    Patel, Pankaj B; Vinson, David R

    2012-11-01

    The diversion of ambulances from their intended emergency departments (EDs) occurs frequently, compromising patient care. Previously, we reduced ambulance diversion (AD) by 74% in a large urban area with 17 EDs. In this follow-up program, we sought to further reduce and eliminate AD by progressively reducing the duration of each AD event. Using tight diversion criteria, AD at each ED was limited by protocol to 3h at a stretch, after which incoming ambulances had to be accepted at that ED for at least 1h. After 6 months, AD was limited to 2h per diversion event; after another 6 months, AD was limited to 1h. The monitoring for AD was programmed into a region-wide, Internet-based Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program. Total annual AD decreased from 8469 h in 2006 (pre-implementation) to 4592 h in 2007 (during implementation), and finally to 2439 h and 2306 h in 2008 and 2009 (post-implementation), respectively, an 87.4% (95% confidence interval 64.6-95.5%) reduction, and one county within the region eliminated AD altogether. From 2006 to 2009, overall increases were noted in EMS arrivals (7.8%), ED census (13.0%), hospital admissions (6.6%), Intensive Care Unit admissions (17.1%), and overall Sacramento population (1.9%). By limiting the duration of AD events to progressively shorter periods of time using a region-wide, Internet-based EMS program, we reduced AD hours in 17 EDs by 87.4% and eliminated AD in one entire county. This original, collaborative 3-2-1 Plan may be readily reproduced across the country to progressively reduce and eliminate AD. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Configuring a powered knee and ankle prosthesis for transfemoral amputees within five specific ambulation modes.

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    Ann M Simon

    Full Text Available Lower limb prostheses that can generate net positive mechanical work may restore more ambulation modes to amputees. However, configuration of these devices imposes an additional burden on clinicians relative to conventional prostheses; devices for transfemoral amputees that require configuration of both a knee and an ankle joint are especially challenging. In this paper, we present an approach to configuring such powered devices. We developed modified intrinsic control strategies--which mimic the behavior of biological joints, depend on instantaneous loads within the prosthesis, or set impedance based on values from previous states, as well as a set of starting configuration parameters. We developed tables that include a list of desired clinical gait kinematics and the parameter modifications necessary to alter them. Our approach was implemented for a powered knee and ankle prosthesis in five ambulation modes (level-ground walking, ramp ascent/descent, and stair ascent/descent. The strategies and set of starting configuration parameters were developed using data from three individuals with unilateral transfemoral amputations who had previous experience using the device; this approach was then tested on three novice unilateral transfemoral amputees. Only 17% of the total number of parameters (i.e., 24 of the 140 had to be independently adjusted for each novice user to achieve all five ambulation modes and the initial accommodation period (i.e., time to configure the device for all modes was reduced by 56%, to 5 hours or less. This approach and subsequent reduction in configuration time may help translate powered prostheses into a viable clinical option where amputees can more quickly appreciate the benefits such devices can provide.

  2. Configuring a powered knee and ankle prosthesis for transfemoral amputees within five specific ambulation modes.

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    Simon, Ann M; Ingraham, Kimberly A; Fey, Nicholas P; Finucane, Suzanne B; Lipschutz, Robert D; Young, Aaron J; Hargrove, Levi J

    2014-01-01

    Lower limb prostheses that can generate net positive mechanical work may restore more ambulation modes to amputees. However, configuration of these devices imposes an additional burden on clinicians relative to conventional prostheses; devices for transfemoral amputees that require configuration of both a knee and an ankle joint are especially challenging. In this paper, we present an approach to configuring such powered devices. We developed modified intrinsic control strategies--which mimic the behavior of biological joints, depend on instantaneous loads within the prosthesis, or set impedance based on values from previous states, as well as a set of starting configuration parameters. We developed tables that include a list of desired clinical gait kinematics and the parameter modifications necessary to alter them. Our approach was implemented for a powered knee and ankle prosthesis in five ambulation modes (level-ground walking, ramp ascent/descent, and stair ascent/descent). The strategies and set of starting configuration parameters were developed using data from three individuals with unilateral transfemoral amputations who had previous experience using the device; this approach was then tested on three novice unilateral transfemoral amputees. Only 17% of the total number of parameters (i.e., 24 of the 140) had to be independently adjusted for each novice user to achieve all five ambulation modes and the initial accommodation period (i.e., time to configure the device for all modes) was reduced by 56%, to 5 hours or less. This approach and subsequent reduction in configuration time may help translate powered prostheses into a viable clinical option where amputees can more quickly appreciate the benefits such devices can provide.

  3. Training Persons with Spinal Cord Injury to Ambulate Using a Powered Exoskeleton

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    Asselin, Pierre K.; Avedissian, Manuel; Knezevic, Steven; Kornfeld, Stephen; Spungen, Ann M.

    2016-01-01

    Powered exoskeletons have become available for overground ambulation in persons with paralyses due to spinal cord injury (SCI) who have intact upper extremity function and are able to maintain upright balance using forearm crutches. To ambulate in an exoskeleton, the user must acquire the ability to maintain balance while standing, sitting and appropriate weight shifting with each step. This can be a challenging task for those with deficits in sensation and proprioception in their lower extremities. This manuscript describes screening criteria and a training program developed at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY to teach users the skills needed to utilize these devices in institutional, home or community environments. Before training can begin, potential users are screened for appropriate range of motion of the hip, knee and ankle joints. Persons with SCI are at an increased risk of sustaining lower extremity fractures, even with minimal strain or trauma, therefore a bone mineral density assessment is performed to reduce the risk of fracture. Also, as part of screening, a physical examination is performed in order to identify additional health-related contraindications. Once the person has successfully passed all screening requirements, they are cleared to begin the training program. The device is properly adjusted to fit the user. A series of static and dynamic balance tasks are taught and performed by the user before learning to walk. The person is taught to ambulate in various environments ranging from indoor level surfaces to outdoors over uneven or changing surfaces. Once skilled enough to be a candidate for home use with the exoskeleton, the user is then required to designate a companion-walker who will train alongside them. Together, the pair must demonstrate the ability to perform various advanced tasks in order to be permitted to use the exoskeleton in their home/community environment. PMID:27340808

  4. Effects of weather conditions on emergency ambulance calls for acute coronary syndromes

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    Vencloviene, Jone; Babarskiene, Ruta; Dobozinskas, Paulius; Siurkaite, Viktorija

    2015-08-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between weather conditions and daily emergency ambulance calls for acute coronary syndromes (ACS). The study included data on 3631 patients who called the ambulance for chest pain and were admitted to the department of cardiology as patients with ACS. We investigated the effect of daily air temperature ( T), barometric pressure (BP), relative humidity, and wind speed (WS) to detect the risk areas for low and high daily volume (DV) of emergency calls. We used the classification and regression tree method as well as cluster analysis. The clusters were created by applying the k-means cluster algorithm using the standardized daily weather variables. The analysis was performed separately during cold (October-April) and warm (May-September) seasons. During the cold period, the greatest DV was observed on days of low T during the 3-day sequence, on cold and windy days, and on days of low BP and high WS during the 3-day sequence; low DV was associated with high BP and decreased WS on the previous day. During June-September, a lower DV was associated with low BP, windless days, and high BP and low WS during the 3-day sequence. During the warm period, the greatest DV was associated with increased BP and changing WS during the 3-day sequence. These results suggest that daily T, BP, and WS on the day of the ambulance call and on the two previous days may be prognostic variables for the risk of ACS.

  5. EFFECT OF SHOE RAISE ALONG WITH MOTOR RELEARNING PROGRAMME (MRP ON AMBULATION IN CHRONIC STROKE

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    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Stroke subjects face reduced tolerance to activity and sedentary lifestyle due to various impairments, such as muscle weakness, pain, spasticity, and poor balance. Thus, loss of independent ambulation especially outdoors is generally observed in them. Methods: Chronic stroke patients (> 6 months with Functional Ambulation Category score > 2 and able to walk at least 10 meters of distance with and without assistance from a tertiary healthcare centre were selected and treated. Subjects were randomly divided into 2 groups control group (n=14 and experimental group (n=13. Each group received Motor Relearning Programme for 60 minutes, 6 times a week for 4 weeks. The experimental group received an additional shoe-raise of 1 cm on the unaffected side along with while ambulating during therapy as well as at home. Pre and post treatment the patients were assessed for spatio-temporal parameters using foot print analysis method and Rivermead Visual Gait Assessment (RVGA Score using RVGA scale. Results: There was significant improvement seen in almost all the spatio-temporal gait parameters and RVGA score in within group analysis. Whereas on between group the results from between group comparison suggests that subjects in MRP with shoe-raise group showed better results in spatio-temporal parameters of gait than subjects receiving MRPalone. But there was no additional benefit of shoe-raise seen on RGVA score and angle of toe-out parameter. Conclusion: Additional use of shoe-raise helps to improve spatio-temporal gait parameters. However, there was no additional change seen in RVGA score.

  6. Appraisal of work ability in relation to job-specific health requirements in ambulance workers.

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    van Schaaijk, A; Boschman, J S; Frings-Dresen, M H W; Sluiter, J K

    2017-01-01

    To gain insight into which job-specific health requirements relate to work ability, the following two research questions were formulated: Which job-specific health requirements are associated with the appraisal of work ability in ambulance drivers and paramedics? How are appraisals of physical and mental work ability associated with the appraisal of overall work ability in ambulance drivers and paramedics? Workers Health Surveillance cross-sectional data of 506 ambulance workers (236 drivers and 270 paramedics) were used. The tests for specific job requirements were divided into six categories. Work ability was appraised as overall, physical and mental/emotional. Multiple linear stepwise regression analyses were used to model the associations. Outcomes in 'raised alertness and judgment ability' (R (2) = 0.09), 'job-specific physical abilities' (R (2) = 0.10) and 'emotional peak load' (R (2) = 0.07) significantly explained appraised overall, physical and mental/emotional work ability. Physical and mental/emotional work ability together explained 48.3% of the variance of overall work ability. The explained variance by physical and mental/emotional work ability was almost 4% higher in drivers than in paramedics. Overall work ability was significantly explained by outcomes in 'raised alertness and judgment ability' and 'emotional peak load.' Physical work ability was significantly explained by 'job-specific physical abilities' and 'raised alertness and judgment ability' outcomes, while 'emotional peak load' and 'raised alertness and judgment ability' outcomes significantly explained mental/emotional work ability. Physical and mental/emotional work ability explains the same proportion of variance in overall work ability.

  7. Trends in cannabis-related ambulance presentations from 2000 to 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.

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    Kaar, Stephen J; Gao, Caroline X; Lloyd, Belinda; Smith, Karen; Lubman, Dan I

    2015-10-01

    The current burden of cannabis-related presentations to emergency health services is largely unknown. This paper presents data collected over a 13-year period in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia as part of the Ambo Project, a unique surveillance system that analyses and codes paramedic records for drug-related trends and harms. Cannabis-related ambulance attendances involving 15-59 year olds in metropolitan Melbourne were analysed retrospectively from 2000 to 2013 (n=10,531). Trends and attendance characteristics were compared among cannabis only (CO)-, cannabis and alcohol (CA)- and cannabis with polydrug use (CP)-related attendances. Changes in alcohol and drug involvements in cannabis-related attendances were explored. Rates of cannabis-related ambulance attendances increased significantly over the study period. Increasing rate of attendances per 100,000 population per year changed from 0.6 (2000-2010) to 5.5 (2010-2013). This sharp change was driven by CO- and CP-related attendances (rate of CA-related attendance increased steadily). The highest increasing rate (15.6) was for CO-related attendances among 15-29 years old males (2010-2013). Crystal methamphetamine became the most common illicit co-intoxicant amongst cannabis presentations in 2013. Relative to the total drug-related burden on ambulance services, cannabis-related presentations appear to be a small but significant and increasing problem. Significant changes in trends across other drug involvement and demographic subgroups suggest a possible shift in the cannabis using population and/or a change in using behaviours. Public health strategies should raise awareness of the increased risk posed by cannabis polydrug use and high attendance subpopulations should be determined. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. The equestrian sport-related injury workload of a regional doctor-led air ambulance unit.

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    Bleetman, David

    2012-12-01

    The Great Western Ambulance Service Air Support Unit (ASU) was established in July 2007. The helicopter carries a doctor, providing a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) model of care. Equestrian sport-related injuries account for 6.8% of the unit's total attended case load. Horse riding has a higher rate of severe injury than motorcycle racing and 45% of patients admitted with equestrian injuries require surgical intervention. Orthopaedic injuries to the extremities are commonest, superseding head injuries since the introduction of protective headwear. The majority of equestrian sport-related injuries occur in areas inaccessible to land crews. We conducted a retrospective analysis of the ASU mission database from July 2008 to December 2009 (18 months) and identified 29 patients that were attended to by the ASU. The patient cohort had a female majority with an average age of 31.9. 10 Patients (34.5%) were under the age of 20. The ISS ranged from 1 to 75 (mean, 4.8; median, 1) and injuries to the extremities were commonest. The location of the accident was inaccessible to land ambulance in 55.2% of missions. The average mission time was over 2h. Doctors delivered more advanced (medical) interventions in 20.7% of missions. In 41.4% of missions, there were no such interventions performed by the attending doctor and no access to land ambulance. We therefore conclude that a large proportion of ASU dispatches were due to limited access rather than for the delivery of advanced interventions. However, our results support the opinion that horse riding carries some risk of serious injury and when employed appropriately, HEMS doctors on the ASU are a useful resource for a minority of equestrian sport-related injuries.

  9. Radiotherapy for treatment of induratio penis plastica; Strahlentherapie bei Induratio penis plastica

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    Bruns, F.; Kardels, B.; Schaefer, U.; Schoenekaes, K.; Willich, N. [Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Strahlentherapie-Radioonkologie

    1999-06-01

    Radiotherapy is shown to be an effective, low-cost and non-invasive modality for treatment of induratio penis plastica. Its efficiency could be proven especially for inflammatory stages of the disease, or as an alternative after failure of conventional treatment. A total dose of no more than 20-25 Gy was found to achieve clear improvements in two thirds of the patients treated, while avoiding at the same time cosmetically disadvantageous late effects. (orig./CB) [Deutsch] Die Strahlentherapie ist eine wirksame, kostenguenstige und nicht-invasive Behandlungsmoeglichkeit bei Induratio penis plastica. Ihren Stellenwert konnte sie insbesondere im inflammatorischen Stadium und nach Versagen anderer konservativer Therapieansaetze zeigen. Eine Gesamteinstrahldosis von 20-25 Gy reicht aus, um bei 2/3 der Patienten eine deutliche Besserung der Symptomatik zu erzielen bei gleichzeitiger Vermeidung kosmetisch relevanter Spaetnebenwirkungen. (orig.)

  10. Prosthetic fitting and ambulation in a paraplegic patient with an above-knee amputation.

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    Herman, T; David, Y; Ohry, A

    1995-03-01

    The combination of paraplegia with an above-knee amputation is a complex injury that makes the rehabilitation process difficult. This article describes a case of T12 paraplegia and an above-knee amputation. After the rehabilitation course, the patient achieved full ambulatory independence with an ischial containment, contoured adducted trochanteric controlled alignment method (CATCAM) prosthesis and a knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO). Difficulties in fitting a functional prosthesis to an insensate limb and the rehabilitation stages leading to functional ambulation are reviewed.

  11. Risk Management Analysis of Air Ambulance Blood Product Administration in Combat Operations

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    2014-11-01

    Combat Operations 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S) Nicole Powell-Dunford, Jose F. Quesada , Robert F...Analysis of Air Ambulance Blood Product Administration in Combat Operations Nicole Powell-Dunford , Jose F. Quesada , Robert F. Malsby , Victoria...Schofi eld Barracks, Wahiawa, HI; Jose F. Quesada , M.S., M.D., 440th Blood Support Detachment, and Robert Gerhardt, M.D., M.P.H., FACEP, U.S. Army

  12. An improved video median noise reduction algorithm for ambulance vehicle terminal monitoring system

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    Ma, Xian-Min; Zhang, Hang

    2012-04-01

    An improved video median noise reduction algorithm is presented for 120 vehicle terminal monitoring system in this paper. The noise causes of the video images in many 120 ambulance vehicle video terminal monitor equipments are analyzed, and the space rigid body model of self-adaptive median noise reduction filter is established to decrease the noises of the video image transmission process. The noise reduction experiment of video images shows that the proposed video median noise reduction algorithm is superior to the traditional adaptive filtering method, because the new method has the superiority of space-time joint noise reduction.

  13. Magnetic resonance imaging of dilated cardiomyopathy; MRT bei dilatativen Kardiomyopathien

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    D' Anastasi, M. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Greif, M. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I, Muenchen (Germany); Reiser, M.F.; Theisen, D. [Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, Campus Grosshadern, Institut fuer Klinische Radiologie, Muenchen (Germany); Deutsches Zentrum fuer Herzkreislaufforschung (DZHK), Muenchen (Germany)

    2013-01-15

    Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the most common type of cardiomyopathy with a prevalence of 1 out of 2,500 in adults. Due to mild clinical symptoms in the early phase of the disease, the true prevalence is probably even much higher. Patients present with variable clinical symptoms ranging from mild systolic impairment of left ventricular function to congestive heart failure. Even sudden cardiac death may be the first clinical symptom of DCM. The severity of the disease is defined by the degree of impairment of global left ventricular function. Arrhythmias, such as ventricular or supraventricular tachycardia, atrioventricular (AV) block, ventricular extrasystole and atrial fibrillation are common cardiac manifestations of DCM. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) plays an important role in the exact quantification of functional impairment of both ventricles and in the evaluation of regional wall motion abnormalities. With its excellent ability for the assessment of myocardial structure, it is becoming increasingly more important for risk stratification and therapy guidance. (orig.) [German] Die dilatative Kardiomyopathie (DCM) ist die haeufigste Form der Kardiomyopathie mit einer Praevalenz von 1/2500 Erwachsenen. Aufgrund der zunaechst milden klinischen Symptomatik ist jedoch von einer relativ hohen Dunkelziffer auszugehen. Die klinische Praesentation ist variabel, die Schwere der Erkrankung wird vom Ausmass der systolischen Funktionseinschraenkung bestimmt. Herzrhythmusstoerungen, wie ventrikulaere oder supraventrikulaere Tachykardien, AV-Blockierungen, ventrikulaere Extrasystolen und Vorhofflimmern sind moegliche klinische Manifestationen. Bei manchen Patienten ist der ploetzliche Herztod die erste klinische Manifestation der Erkrankung. Die kardiale MRT spielt eine bedeutende Rolle fuer die Beurteilung des Ausmasses der ventrikulaeren Dilatation, Dysfunktion und fuer die Beurteilung regionaler Wandbewegungsstoerungen. Darueber hinaus kann sie zur Anwendung kommen

  14. Diätetische Maßnahmen bei Prostatakarzinom

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    Hübner W

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Der Einfluß diätetischer Gewohnheiten und Maßnahmen auf Krebserkrankungen und im speziellen auf das Entstehen eines Prostatakarzinoms haben im vergangenen Jahr auch in Europa große Publizität gewonnen. Es ist unsere Aufgabe als Urologen, auch auf diesem Gebiet kompetente Hilfestellung für unsere Patienten zu bieten. In der Folge möchte ich kurz auf Möglichkeiten, Grenzen und Indikationen diätetischer Maßnahmen beim Prostatakarzinom eingehen. Der Zusammenhang zwischen diätetischen Maßnahmen und klinischem Entstehen eines Prostatakarzinoms ist uns aus den sogenannten Emigrantenstudien bekannt. So konnte festgestellt werden, daß das Verhältnis der Prostatakrebsentstehung zwischen Japanern und weißen Amerikanern 1:5 beträgt, sich aber bei Japanern, die in 2. Generation in Amerika leben, gegenüber den weißen Amerikanern auf 1:1 verändert. Von den verschiedenen Umweltfaktoren und Lebensgewohnheiten werden in erster Linie Änderungen der Eßgewohnheiten nach der Emigration dafür verantwortlich gemacht. Der Einfluß verschiedener Eßgewohnheiten auf die Karzinomentstehung wurde in der Vergangenheit nicht nur von Naturheilern und Komplementärmedizinern angesprochen, in mehr als 1500 Artikeln zum Thema "Krebs und Diät" wurde diese Thematik in den vergangenen 2 Jahren auch in den Standard- und Topjournals der medizinischen Fachliteratur behandelt. Informationen zu den wichtigsten Diätinhaltsstoffen möchte ich hier zusammenfassen.

  15. Erhöhter oxidativer Streß bei Patienten mit instabiler Angina pectoris

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    Bodlaj G

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Die instabile Angina pectoris führt oft zum akuten Myokardinfarkt. Da die Lipid-Peroxidation im Verdacht steht, chronische und akute Ereignisse der Atherosklerose und der koronaren Herzkrankheit zu fördern, untersuchten wir die Lipid-Peroxidations-Parameter und alpha-Toco-pherol-Spiegel bei 100 KHK-Patienten und verglichen sie mit denen einer entprechenden Kontrollgruppe. 50 konsekutive Patienten mit stabiler Angina pectoris (SAP und 50 konsekutive Patienten mit instabiler Angina pectoris (IAP wurden untersucht und mit 100 klinisch gesunden Personen verglichen. Zusätzlich zur herkömmlichen Lipid- und Lipoprotein-Analyse wurden die Lipid-Peroxidations-Produkte als Hydroperoxide und Thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS gemessen. Die konjugierten Diene wurden nur bei den Patienten bestimmt. Da alpha-Tocopherol eines der wichtigsten Antioxidantien ist, wurde es ebenfalls quantifiziert. Wie erwartet hatten die Patienten wesentlich höhere Cholesterin-, Triglyzerid-, LDL-C- und Lp(a-Spiegel und niedrigere HDL-C-Spiegel als die Kontrollgruppe. Als die Patienten in Gruppen mit stabiler und instabiler Angina pectoris geteilt wurden, waren Peroxide und TBARS in der letzteren Gruppe wesentlich höher als bei den anderen Patienten und der Kontrollgruppe. Auch konjugierte Diene waren eindeutig höher bei den Patienten mit instabiler Angina pectoris. Der alpha-Tocopherol-Gesamtspiegel war in allen 3 Gruppen vergleichbar, aber der alpha-Tocopherol-Gehalt pro LDL-Partikel war bei den Patienten mit IAP am niedrigsten, gefolgt von denen mit SAP und der Kontrollgruppe. Wir schließen daraus, daß die Lipid-Peroxidations-Parameter bei Patienten mit IAP erhöht sind und SAP-Patienten von IAP-Patienten unterscheiden.

  16. Harnableitung bei Kindern und Jugendlichen mit neurogener Blasenfunktionsstörung: auch langfristig eine sichere Therapieoption?

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    Stein R

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Einleitung: Pharmakotherapie, der saubere Einmalkatheterismus (clean intermittent catheterization = CIC und die Infektionsprophylaxe sind die drei Säulen der konservativen Therapie bei Patienten mit neurogener Blasenfunktionsstörung. Während der Pubertät werden die Patienten zunehmend unabhängiger vom Elternhaus. Gleichzeitig nimmt jedoch die Compliance der Medikamenteneinnahme und der Durchführung des regelmäßigen CIC ab. Der orthopädische und/oder neurologische Status kann sich ebenfalls verändern. Dies kann letztlich zum Fehlschlagen der konservativen Therapie (Inkontinenz, Restharn, Verschlechterung der Funktion des oberen Harntraktes führen. In einem multidisziplinären Team wird diese Problematik der Kinder und Jugendlichen unter Berücksichtigung der Wünsche des Patienten als auch der medizinischen Ziele (z. B. Schutz der Nierenfunktion in unserer Klinik diskutiert. Die Harnableitung wurde hierbei in einigen Fällen als notwendige Kompromißlösung angesehen. In der vorliegenden retrospektiven Studie untersuchten wir, ob die Harnableitung auch langfristig ein sicheres Verfahren darstellt. Material und Methode: Zwischen 1967 und 1997 erfolgte bei 149 Kindern und Heranwachsenden die Anlage einer Harnableitung. 129 Patienten konnten durchschnittlich 11,8 Jahre (0,8-28,5 nachbeobachtet werden. Das durchschnittliche Alter bei der Operation betrug 12,1 Jahre (0,8-20. Ein Colon-Conduit wurde bei 59 Patienten (in der Mehrzahl der Fälle vor der Ära des CIC und der kontinenten Harnableitung angelegt, eine orthotope Blasensubstitution erfolgte bei 12, eine kontinente kutane Harnableitung bei 58 Patienten (50 % Rollstuhlfahrer. Ergebnisse: Der obere Harntrakt blieb bei 95-97 % der renoureteralen Einheiten (RUE stabil, bzw. verbesserte sich. Alle Patienten mit einer orthotopen Blasensubstitution sind tagsüber kontinent; eine Patientin benötigt zur Sicherheit zeitweise eine Vorlage während der Nacht. 7 der 12 Patienten führen einen

  17. Percutaneous abscess drainage in Crohn`s disease; Perkutane Abszessdrainage bei Morbus Crohn

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    Strotzer, M.; Manke, C.; Feuerbach, S. [Klinikum der Univ. Regensburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Roentgendiagnostik; Lock, G.; Bregenzer, N.; Schoelmerich, J. [Klinikum der Univ. Regensburg (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Innere Medizin I

    1998-11-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the success of percutaneous, CT-guided abscess drainage (PAD) in patients with Crohn`s disease. Methods: Within the last 5 years 8 patients with Crohn`s disease were treated by PAD for intra-abdominal abscesses. A fistula was determined to be the cause in 4 patients. The abscesses arose spontaneously in 7 patients while one patient had a postperative abscess. We used single lumen 10F- and double lumen 12F- and 14F-catheters for drainage (duration of drainage 8-20 days). Results: In all cases the abscess was successfully drained by PAD. However, an operation-free interval of at least three months was achieved in only two patients. A healing of the fistula was not attained in any of the 4 patients with a proven fistula. No enterocutaneous fistulas arose within the course of PAD. Conclusions: PAD is also useful for patients with Crohn`s disease since it improves the starting situation for the necessary operative interventions. In most cases (especially with enterogenic fistulas), however, a long-lasting therapeutic result cannot be expected. (orig.) [Deutsch] Ziel: Bewertung des Erfolges der perkutanen CT-gezielten Abszessdrainage (PAD) bei Patienten mit Morbus Crohn. Methoden: 8 Patienten mit Morbus Crohn wurden innerhalb der letzten 5 Jahre wegen intraabdomineller Abszesse mittels PAD behandelt. Als Ursache wurde bei 4 Patienten eine Fistel nachgewiesen. Bei 7 Patienten waren die Abszesse spontan entstanden, bei einem Patienten handelte es sich um einen postoperativen Abszess. Zum Einsatz kamen einlumige 10F- und doppellumige 12F- und 14F-Drainagekatheter (Drainagedauer 8-20 Tage). Ergebnisse: In allen Faellen konnte durch die PAD eine Entlastung der Abszesse erzielt werden. Ein operationsfreies Intervall von mindestens drei Monaten wurde nur bei zwei Patienten erreicht. Bei keinem der 4 Patienten mit Fistelnachweis wurde eine Ausheilung der Fistel erreicht. Es kam im Rahmen der PAD zu keiner Bildung von enterokutanen Fisteln. Schlussfolgerungen

  18. Why did the patient die? The relationship between ambulance accidents and death of patients: forensic medical issues.

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    Ersoy, Gokhan; Ersoy, Ozlem; Yuksekbas, Ozlem; Kurnaz, Gulay; Akyildiz, Elif Ulker; Ekemen, Suheyla

    2012-11-01

    This article's aim is investigating traumatic consequences of ambulance accident on patients and discussing difficulties to give a decision about the relation between death and accident at these cases. The cases were selected among the forensic medical reports concluded between 1996 and 2005 years. They were documented for age, sex, causes of urgent call, localization and extent of traumatic lesion, properties of events and board decisions. A total of 21 cases were found. 15 cases died on the day of the accident. Skin injuries at head (8 cases) and legs (6 cases) were most common traumatic lesions. Totally 6 deaths were found related with ambulance accident. Death of patient after ambulance accidents may not be associated easily to the accident. Delay due to accident or concomitant contributing medical conditions may also facilitate the death in this type of cases. Reliable medical records were needed for accurate medicolegal evaluation.

  19. Ambulance Handbook

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    1976-01-01

    Johnson Space Center has devised a checklist for the skylab inflight medical support system that has been transferred for public emergencies. The checklist illustrates a procedure for diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization of a wide variety of emergencies. Handbook presents comprehensive ordered description of emergency medical equipment and its use in treating victims. Paramedics assigned to the Houston Fire Department are now using the checklist.

  20. Paraplegia and transtibial amputation: successful ambulation after dual disability: a retrospective case report.

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    Senthilvelkumar, Thangavelu; Chandy, Bobeena R

    2017-01-01

    This is a single-subject case report. The objective is to describe the unique rehabilitation outcome of an individual with motor complete T12 paraplegia and a right transtibial amputation. This study was conducted at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of Christian Medical College in India. A 42-year-old policeman presented to our rehabilitation centre with motor complete T12 paraplegia and right transtibial amputation, 3 months following a road traffic accident. As the patient's goal was to walk, he was given a trial of independent ambulation with a customized prosthesis on the right side and a regular knee ankle foot orthosis (KAFO) on the left side. At the end of 12 weeks of rehabilitation, the patient was able to walk independently with the prosthesis/orthosis and bilateral elbow crutches. His Walking Index for Spinal Cord Injury (WISCI) score improved from 0/20 to 12/20 points. The scope of functional ambulation should not get restricted for a person with low thoracic spinal cord injury even when there is concurrent transtibial amputation.

  1. Benefits of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees to limited community ambulators: systematic review.

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    Kannenberg, Andreas; Zacharias, Britta; Pröbsting, Eva

    2014-01-01

    The benefits of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees (MPKs) have been well established in community ambulators (Medicare Functional Classification Level [MFCL]-3) with a transfemoral amputation (TFA). A systematic review of the literature was performed to analyze whether limited community ambulators (MFCL-2) may also benefit from using an MPK in safety, performance-based function and mobility, and perceived function and satisfaction. We searched 10 scientific databases for clinical trials with MPKs and identified six publications with 57 subjects with TFA and MFCL-2 mobility grade. Using the criteria of a Cochrane Review on prosthetic components, we rated methodological quality moderate in four publications and low in two publications. MPK use may significantly reduce uncontrolled falls by up to 80% as well as significantly improve indicators of fall risk. Performance-based outcome measures suggest that persons with MFCL-2 mobility grade may be able to walk about 14% to 25% faster on level ground, be around 20% quicker on uneven surfaces, and descend a slope almost 30% faster when using an MPK. The results of this systematic review suggest that trial fittings may be used to determine whether or not individuals with TFA and MFCL-2 mobility grade benefit from MPK use. Criteria for patient selection and assessment of trial fitting success or failure are proposed.

  2. Four Square Step Test in ambulant persons with multiple sclerosis: validity, reliability, and responsiveness.

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    Wagner, Joanne M; Norris, Rosemary A; Van Dillen, Linda R; Thomas, Florian P; Naismith, Robert T

    2013-09-01

    The aim of this study was to establish the concurrent validity and relative and absolute reliability, define the minimal detectable change, and evaluate the floor and ceiling effects of the Four Square Step Test (FSST) in ambulant persons with multiple sclerosis (pwMS). Twenty-five pwMS performed the FSST on two occasions, 8.1±4.1 days apart. During the first testing, session participants also reported their fall history, performed the Berg Balance Scale, Dynamic Gait Index, and completed the Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale. Performance on the FSST was significantly (P<0.001) and strongly associated with performance on the Berg Balance Scale (rs=-0.84), Dynamic Gait Index (rs=-0.81), and Activities-Specific Balance Confidence Scale (rs=-0.78). Relative reliability of the FSST was excellent (ICC2,1=0.922). The minimal detectable change estimate for the FSST was 4.6 s. The FSST is a valid and reliable measure of dynamic standing balance in ambulant pwMS. However, because a substantial change (43%) is required to demonstrate a real change in individual performance, the FSST is unlikely to be sensitive in detecting longitudinal change in dynamic standing balance.

  3. Humeral fracture in non-ambulant infants - a possible accidental mechanism

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    Somers, John M.; Halliday, Katharine E. [Nottingham University Hospitals, Radiology Department, Nottingham (United Kingdom); Chapman, Stephen [Birmingham Children' s Hospital, Birmingham (United Kingdom)

    2014-10-15

    Humeral fracture in a non-ambulant infant younger than 1 year is suspicious for a non-accidental injury unless there is a credible accidental explanation. A previously unrecognised accidental mechanism was described in 1996 whereby a 5-month-old infant was rolled by a 3-year-old sibling from a prone to a supine position. To investigate the widely accepted view that an infant with limited mobility cannot sustain a fracture of the humerus by his or her own actions in the absence of the intervention of an external party. We present seven cases of non-ambulant infants between 4 and 7 months of age in whom an isolated humeral fracture was the only injury present. In each case the caregiver described the fracture occurring when the child rolled over, trapping the dependent arm, without the intervention of another party. There is no proof for this mechanism in the form of an independent witness or video recording. However, we propose that this mechanism is worthy of further consideration as a rare and unusual cause for the injury. Further study is required. (orig.)

  4. [An approach to ambulant cancer chemotherapy by the pharmaceutical department system].

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    Atsumi, Sachie; Iwasa, Masahiro; Konomi, Ginko; Watanabe, Masayuki

    2007-12-01

    In recent years, cancer chemotherapy has been switching from hospital treatment to ambulant treatment. In such a situation, pharmacists are required to carry out their work unfailingly and smoothly in checking chemotherapy regimens, admixtures of drugs and providing information, for example. At Tokai University Hachioji Hospital, we have been trying to computerize a regimen-check, quantitative calculations for admixtures of anticancer drugs and the comment-input function of the pharmaceutical department so that our work will be more efficient and precise. The regimen-check system receives automatically, the patients' own data and the information of injection prescriptions and of the clinical laboratory from the Hospital Information System. Then pharmacists put the information to the regimen master file for recording in order to manage dosages, the accumulated dose and dose schedule. Also by registering the amount of dissolution of each anticancer drug beforehand, the quantitative calculation system makes it possible to automatically convert dosages on electronic medical charts to a liquid measure needed for the admixtures of drugs and to print the information on the prescription of injections. Additionally, the comment-input function makes it possible to print information on injections such as chemical information needed for regimen-checks and doctors' answers to questions about prescriptions. The pharmaceutical department system enables pharmacists to check regimens accurately and quickly to calculate the precise quantity for admixtures of drugs and to share information among pharmacists. The system has also contributed to the efficiency and medical safety of the ambulant cancer chemotherapy.

  5. Using HSPA to improve the telemedical links on a moving ambulance.

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    Banitsas, Konstantinos; Tachakra, Sapal; Stefanidis, Euclid; Boletis, Konstantinos

    2008-01-01

    As the demand for faster and more effective health care increases, there is a growing need to establish mobile, high-speed communications between a moving ambulance and a consultation point (usually a hospital). The recent addition of HSPA (HSDPA and HSUPA) into the UMTS suite provides higher bandwidth and reduced delays, making this choice ideal for real-time telemedical applications. In this paper, we will describe a set of scenarios that took place in a typical large city area, along with their equivalent results: a moving ambulance was linked with a consultation station using HSPA and several videoconferencing sessions were initiated. Best-case, worst-case and average scenarios were recorded. Furthermore, in areas where the UMTS reception was marginal, a repeater was placed on top of the vehicle to boost up the signal power and thus maintain the higher bandwidth. Finally, treating doctors were asked to evaluate the effectiveness of this system's outputs, based on a variety of objective and subjective criteria.

  6. Ambulation and independence among Veterans with nontraumatic bilateral lower–limb loss

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    Sherene E. Sharath, MPH

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In describing functional outcomes and independent living in a cohort of bilateral major amputees, we sought to provide current estimates of function and independence after a second major amputation in an elderly Veteran population with peripheral arterial disease and/or diabetes. After retrospectively reviewing and excluding the electronic health records of those failing to meet the inclusion criteria, we identified 40 patients with a history of unilateral major amputation who underwent a second major amputation during the defined study period. Of these, 43% (17 were bilateral transfemoral amputations (TFAs; bilateral transtibial amputations (TTAs and TFA–TTA accounted for the rest (33% and 25%, respectively. Of the 19 (48% patients who were ambulatory prior to bilateral amputation, only 2 (11% remained ambulatory after the second amputation, while 17 (89% patients lost ambulatory capabilities. Compared with those who were ambulate precontralateral amputation (p = 0.03. All patients with bilateral TFA were nonambulatory. Independence postcontralateral amputation decreased from 88% (35 to 53% (21. When data were available (58%, pre and post Functional Independence Measure scores showed a decrease in 74% of patients, while 22% showed an increase. In conclusion, bilateral lower–limb amputation among dysvascular Veterans is highly associated with a loss of ambulation.

  7. Improving community ambulation after hip fracture: protocol for a randomised, controlled trial

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    Orwig, D; Mangione, KK; Baumgarten, M; Terrin, M; Fortinsky, R; Kenny, AM; Gruber-Baldini, AL; Beamer, B; Tosteson, ANA; Shardell, M; Magder, L; Binder, E; Koval, K; Resnick, B; Craik, RL; Magaziner, J

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    Introduction After a hip fracture in older persons, significant disability often remains; dependency in functional activities commonly persists beyond 3 months after surgery. Endurance, dynamic balance, quadriceps strength, and function are compromised, and contribute to an inability to walk independently in the community. In the United States, people aged 65 years and older are eligible to receive Medicare funding for physiotherapy for a limited time after a hip fracture. A goal of outpatient physiotherapy is independent and safe household ambulation 2 to 3 months after surgery. Current Medicare-reimbursed post-hip-fracture rehabilitation fails to return many patients to pre-fracture levels of function. Interventions delivered in the home after usual hip fracture physiotherapy has ended could promote higher levels of functional independence in these frail and older adult patients. Primary objective To evaluate the effect of a specific multicomponent physiotherapy intervention (PUSH), compared with a non-specific multi-component control physiotherapy intervention (PULSE), on the ability to ambulate independently in the community 16 weeks after randomisation. Design Parallel, two-group randomised multicentre trial of 210 older adults with a hip fracture assessed at baseline and 16 weeks after randomisation, and at 40 weeks after randomisation for a subset of approximately 150 participants. Participants and setting A total of 210 hip fracture patients are being enrolled at three clinical sites and randomised up to 26 weeks after admission. Study inclusion criteria are: closed, non-pathologic, minimal trauma hip fracture with surgical fixation; aged ≥ 60 years at the time of randomisation; community residing at the time of fracture and randomisation; ambulating without human assistance 2 months prior to fracture; and being unable to walk at least 300 m in 6 minutes at baseline. Participants are ineligible if the interventions are deemed to be unsafe or unfeasible

  8. Neurotherapeutic and neuroprosthetic effects of implanted functional electrical stimulation for ambulation after incomplete spinal cord injury

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    Ronald J. Triolo, PhD

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this single-subject study was to determine the neurotherapeutic and neuroprosthetic effects of an implanted functional electrical stimulation (FES system designed to facilitate walking in an individual with a long-standing motor and sensory incomplete spinal cord injury. An implanted pulse generator and eight intramuscular stimulating electrodes were installed unilaterally, activating weak or paralyzed hip flexors, hip and knee extensors, and ankle dorsiflexors during 36 sessions of gait training with FES. The neurotherapeutic effects were assessed by a comparison of pre- and posttraining volitional walking. The neuroprosthetic effects were assessed by a comparison of posttraining volitional and FES-assisted walking. Treatment resulted in significant (p < 0.005 volitional improvements in 6-minute walking distance and speed, speed during maximum walk, double support time, and 10 m walking speed. Posttraining FES-assisted walking resulted in significant additional improvements in all these measures, except 10 m walking speed. When the subject was using FES-assisted gait, maximum walking distance, peak knee flexion in swing, peak ankle dorsiflexion in swing, and knee extension moment also significantly increased. Neuroprosthetic gains were sufficient to enable the subject to advance from household ambulation to limited community ambulation. Additionally, the subject could perform multiple walks per day when using FES-assisted gait, which was impossible with volitional effort alone.

  9. Ambulance response time and emergency medical dispatcher program: a study in Kelantan, Malaysia.

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    Shah, C H Mohd Shaharudin; Ismail, I Mohd; Mohsin, S S J Syed

    2008-11-01

    This study provided data by a simple method of acquiring information related to ambulance response time (ART) and determined whether it met the international standards of ART. Additionally, this paper also compared the duration of ART at this hospital before and after the implementation of an Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) program. The ART, which started when details like phone number of the caller, exact location of the incident and the nature of the main complaint were received and ended when the emergency team arrived at the scene of the incident. The parameters recorded include call processing time, time taken to prepare the team and time taken to travel to the scene. The results of the study revealed that the ART for the university hospital (HUSM) was at 913.2 +/- 276.5 seconds (mean +/- SD) and it was far below the international standard of ART as a benchmark of a good ambulance service. However, the study suggested that the EMD program that was recently implemented at the HUSM gave a significantly improvement to the ART score.

  10. The Effectiveness Evaluation of Helicopter Ambulance Transport among Neurotrauma Patients in Korea.

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    Park, Kyoung Duck; Seo, Sook Jin; Oh, Chang Hyun; Kim, Se Hyuk; Cho, Jin Mo

    2014-07-01

    Helicopter ambulance transport (HAT) is a highly resource-intensive facility that is a well-established part of the trauma transport system in many developed countries. Here, we review the benefit of HAT for neurosurgical patients in Korea. This retrospective study followed neurotrauma patients who were transferred by HAT to a single emergency trauma center over a period of 2 years. The clinical benefits of HAT were measured according to the necessity of emergency surgical intervention and the differences in the time taken to transport patients by ground ambulance transport (GAT) and HAT. Ninety-nine patients were transferred to a single university hospital using HAT, of whom 32 were taken to the neurosurgery department. Of these 32 patients, 10 (31.3%) needed neurosurgical intervention, 14 (43.8%) needed non-neurosurgical intervention, 3 (9.4%) required both, and 11 (34.4%) did not require any intervention. The transfer time was faster using HAT than the estimated time needed for GAT, although for a relatively close distance (ground obstacles (mountain or sea) HAT did not improve transfer time. The cost comparison showed that HAT was more expensive than GAT (3,292,000 vs. 84,000 KRW, p<0.001). In this Korean-based study, we found that HAT has a clinical benefit for neurotrauma cases involving a transfer from a distant site or an isolated area. A more precise triage for using HAT should be considered to prevent overuse of this expensive transport method.

  11. Should parents accompany pediatric interfacility ground ambulance transports? The parent's perspective.

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    Woodward, G A; Fleegler, E W

    2000-12-01

    Parental accompaniment can be a positive experience for the parent and the patient, as perceived by the parent. It can also be accomplished effectively without hindering the delivery of intratransport medical care by a nurse/nurse or nurse/physician transport team. This survey, along with the responses from other parents, led our team to adopt the position that a parent is welcome and encouraged to accompany the transport team if he or she wishes to. The team has recognized the importance of the family unit during the stressful period surrounding an acute medical issue and interfacility transport. The transport team reserves the option to ask that a parent not ride along if they suspect the parent might not function as a supportive team member (ie, the parent is belligerent, inebriated, or hostile). The parent normally rides in the passenger seat of the ambulance, and we encourage him or her to interact with the patient as much as possible. Occasionally parents ride in the back of the ambulance if the patient's situation allows for that option (ie, no anticipated need for potential interventions, number of team personnel, etc.).

  12. Mechanical versus manual chest compression CPR under ground ambulance transport conditions.

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    Fox, Julia; Fiechter, René; Gerstl, Peter; Url, Alfons; Wagner, Heinz; Lüscher, Thomas F; Eriksson, Urs; Wyss, Christophe A

    2013-03-01

    Novel mechanical chest compression devices offer the possibility to transport cardiac arrest patients with ongoing CPR and might shorten significantly the time delay to post-resuscitation care. We simulated an eight-minute cardiac resuscitation situation during ambulance transport using CPR training manikins. We compared teams consisting of two experienced resuscitators with the performance of a mechanical chest compression device (LUCAS). CPR-performance by two experienced resuscitators demonstrated ambivalent results. Whereas mean compression rate was within the recommended range (103/min, 95% CI: 93-113/min), mean compression depth was closely below the actually recommended compression depth of >5 cm (49.7 mm, 95% CI: 46.1-53.3mm). Nevertheless, only a mean of two thirds (67%) of all compressions were classified as manually correct (defined as sternal compression depth >5 cm). In contrast, the LUCAS device showed a constant and reliable CPR performance (99.96% correctly applied chest compressions correctly applied within the device programmed parameters, P = 0.0162) with almost no variance between the different sequences. The LUCAS CPR device represents a reliable alternative to manual CPR in a moving ambulance vehicle during emergency evacuation. Furthermore, it needs less human resources and is safer for the EMS personnel.

  13. Benefits of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees to limited community ambulators: Systematic review

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    Andreas Kannenberg, MD, PhD

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The benefits of microprocessor-controlled prosthetic knees (MPKs have been well established in community ambulators (Medicare Functional Classification Level [MFCL]-3 with a transfemoral amputation (TFA. A systematic review of the literature was performed to analyze whether limited community ambulators (MFCL-2 may also benefit from using an MPK in safety, performance-based function and mobility, and perceived function and satisfaction. We searched 10 scientific databases for clinical trials with MPKs and identified six publications with 57 subjects with TFA and MFCL-2 mobility grade. Using the criteria of a Cochrane Review on prosthetic components, we rated methodological quality moderate in four publications and low in two publications. MPK use may significantly reduce uncontrolled falls by up to 80% as well as significantly improve indicators of fall risk. Performance-based outcome measures suggest that persons with MFCL-2 mobility grade may be able to walk about 14% to 25% faster on level ground, be around 20% quicker on uneven surfaces, and descend a slope almost 30% faster when using an MPK. The results of this systematic review suggest that trial fittings may be used to determine whether or not individuals with TFA and MFCL-2 mobility grade benefit from MPK use. Criteria for patient selection and assessment of trial fitting success or failure are proposed.

  14. Development and Pilot Testing of 24/7 In-Ambulance Telemedicine for Acute Stroke : Prehospital Stroke Study at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel-Project

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    Espinoza, Alexis Valenzuela; Van Hooff, Robbert-Jan; De Smedt, Ann; Moens, Maarten; Yperzeele, Laetitia; Nieboer, Koenraad; Hubloue, Ives; de Keyser, Jacques; Convents, Andre; Tellez, Helio Fernandez; Dupont, Alain; Putman, Koen; Brouns, Raf

    2016-01-01

    Background: In-ambulance telemedicine is a recently developed and a promising approach to improve emergency care. We implemented the first ever 24/7 in-ambulance telemedicine service for acute stroke. We report on our experiences with the development and pilot testing of the Prehospital Stroke Study

  15. The Medical Duty Officer: An Attempt to Mitigate the Ambulance At-Hospital Interval

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    Megan H. Halliday

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: A lack of coordination between emergency medical services (EMS, emergency departments (ED and systemwide management has contributed to extended ambulance at-hospital times at local EDs. In an effort to improve communication within the local EMS system, the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD placed a medical duty officer (MDO in the fire communications bureau. It was hypothesized that any real-time intervention suggested by the MDO would be manifested in a decrease in the EMS at-hospital time. Methods: The MDO was implemented on November 11, 2013. A senior EMS paramedic was assigned to the position and was placed in the fire communication bureau from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. We defined the pre-intervention period as August 2013 - October 2013 and the post-intervention period as December 2013 - February 2014. We also compared the post-intervention period to the “seasonal match control” one year earlier to adjust for seasonal variation in EMS volume. The MDO was tasked with the prospective management of city EMS resources through intensive monitoring of unit availability and hospital ED traffic. The MDO could suggest alternative transport destinations in the event of ED crowding. We collected and analyzed data from BCFD computer-aided dispatch (CAD system for the following: ambulance response times, ambulance at-hospital interval, hospital diversion and alert status, and “suppression wait time” (defined as the total time suppression units remained on scene until ambulance arrival. The data analysis used a pre/post intervention design to examine the MDO impact on the BCFD EMS system. Results: There were a total of 15,567 EMS calls during the pre-intervention period, 13,921 in the post-intervention period and 14,699 in the seasonal match control period one year earlier. The average at-hospital time decreased by 1.35 minutes from pre- to post-intervention periods and 4.53 minutes from the pre- to seasonal match

  16. Working memory in volunteers and schizophrenics using BOLD fMRI; Das Arbeitsgedaechtnis bei Gesunden und bei Schizophrenen: Untersuchungen mit BOLD-fMRT

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    Giesel, F.L. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) Heidelberg, Abteilung Radiologie (Germany); Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), Abteilung Radiologie, Heidelberg (Germany); Hohmann, N. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) Heidelberg, Abteilung Radiologie (Germany); Psychiatrische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg, Sektion Gerontopsychiatrie (Germany); Seidl, U.; Kress, K.R.; Schoenknecht, P.; Schroeder, J. [Psychiatrische Universitaetsklinik Heidelberg, Sektion Gerontopsychiatrie (Germany); Kauczor, H.-U.; Essig, M. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) Heidelberg, Abteilung Radiologie (Germany)

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    Functional magnetic resonance imaging uses the blood oxygen level-dependent effect (BOLD MRI) for noninvasive display of cerebral correlatives of cognitive function. The importance for the understanding of physiological and pathological processes is demonstrated by investigations of working memory in schizophrenics and healthy controls. Working memory is involved in processing rather than storage of information and therefore is linked to complex processes such as learning and problem solving. In schizophrenic psychosis, these functions are clearly restricted. Training effects in the working memory task follow an inverse U-shape function, suggesting that cerebral activation reaches a peak before economics of the brain find a more efficient method and activation decreases. (orig.) [German] Die funktionelle Magnetresonanztomographie (fMRT) nutzt den ''blood oxygen level dependent effect'' (BOLD-Effekt) zur nichtinvasiven Darstellung zerebraler Korrelate kognitiver Funktionen. Die Bedeutung dieses Verfahrens fuer das Verstaendnis physiologischer und pathologischer Prozesse wird anhand von Untersuchungen zum Arbeitsgedaechtnis bei Schizophrenen und gesunden Kontrollpersonen verdeutlicht. Das Arbeitsgedaechtnis dient weniger der Speicherung, sondern vielmehr der Verarbeitung von Informationen und ist deshalb in komplexe Prozesse wie Lernen und Problemloesen eingebunden. Im Rahmen schizophrener Psychosen kommt es zu einer deutlichen Einschraenkung dieser Funktionen. Erwartungsgemaess zeigen sich unter Durchfuehrung eines Arbeitsgedaechtnisparadigmas Unterschiede in der zerebralen Aktivitaet, die jedoch bei den Erkrankten unter Therapie prinzipiell reversibel sind. Von Interesse sind auch Trainingseffekte bei Gesunden, wobei eine verminderte Aktivierung nach Training auf eine ''Oekonomisierung'' schliessen laesst. (orig.)

  17. Analgesic interventions for spinal diseases; Schmerztherapeutische Ansaetze bei Wirbelsaeulenerkrankungen

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    Reith, W.; Yilmaz, U. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Neuroradiologie, Homburg/Saar (Germany)

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    Zuordnung kann durch spezielle Nervenblockaden erfolgen. Voraussetzung zur Durchfuehrung einer diagnostischen Nervenblockade sind eine ausfuehrliche Schmerzanamnese und Untersuchung des Patienten vor der Blockade. Bei ca. 15-45% der Patienten sind die Facettengelenke Ursache der Rueckenschmerzen. Eine Anaesthesie der Facettengelenke kann durch direkte intraartikulaere Applikation des Lokalanaesthetikums oder durch Blockade des Ramus medialis des hinteren Asts von jeweils 2 Spinalnerven erfolgen. Am einfachsten ist eine computertomographisch gesteuerte Facettenblockade. (orig.)

  18. Ciencias contábeis, novos rumos , novas diretrizes curriculares

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    Patricia Dantas Trajano

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    Full Text Available A nova Lei de Diretrizes e Bases da Educação Nacional, Lei n"9.394, de 20 de dezembro de 1996, em seu artigo 43, enfatiza que a educação superior tem por finalidade precípua a formação de profissionais aptos para inserção no mercado de trabalho e em condições de participarem ativamente do desenvolvimento da sociedade brasileira. Prevê, ainda, o incentivo a pesquisa, a educação continuada, assim como a promoção da divulgação de conhecimentos culturais, científicos e técnicos que constituam patrimônio da humanidade. O inciso II do artigo 53 da mesma Lei concede autonomia as Instituições de Ensino Superior (IES para "fixar os currículos dos seus cursos e programas, observadas as diretrizes gerais pertinentes", o que oferece as IES uma maior flexibilidade na elaboração de seu currículo pleno. A Resolução n2 03/92, do Conselho Federal de Educação, fixa, ate o momento, os mínimos de conteúdo e de duração do curso de graduação em Ciências Contábeis vigentes no pals. Estabelece que o currículo pleno das IES deva definir o perfil profissional a ser formado, em função das atribuições legais que lhe serão conferidas, das peculiaridades e necessidades da região em que as IES se encontram, de suas naturezas e características próprias. O currículo pleno deve ser dividido por disciplinas ou outras atividades curriculares obrigatórias eletivas, nas seguintes categorias de conhecimentos: Categoria I - Conhecimentos de Formação Geral de natureza humanística e social; Categoria II - Conhecimentos de Formação Profissional; Categoria III - Conhecimentos ou Atividades de Formação.

  19. Wer liest schon das "Kleingedruckte"? Urheberrecht bei Audioproduktion im Unterricht

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    Full Text Available Gesetze gelten, ob mensch diese kennt oder auch nicht kennt. Dieser Beitrag ist keine juristische Abhandlung sondern bietet praxisbezogene Wegweiser für LehrerInnen durch den juristischen Dschungel des Urheberrechtes und die Schaffung einer Basis für eine Verbreitung der schulischen Medienproduktionen ... Aus dem Alltag der SchülerInnen und LehrerInnen ist die Nutzung des Internets nicht mehr wegzudenken. Es ist also nicht überraschend, dass zahlreiche Audioproduktionen aus dem Unterricht im Internet zu finden sind. Weniger bekannt sind die rechtlichen Rahmenbedingungen, die hier zu beachten sind. Auf Webseiten findet man Nutzungsbedingungen für die Inhalte oftmals nur nach längerem Suchen – wenn überhaupt. Wenn aber da nicht zu lesen ist, in welcher Art die Inhalte der Webseite zu nutzen sind, dann ist außer dem Lesen, Ansehen, Anhören und Speichern auf dem eigenen Rechner nichts ohne Rückfrage bei den InhaberInnen der Seiten gestattet. Das Urheberrecht soll die Werke der kreativ Schaffenden vor unerlaubter Nutzung schützen und ihnen die Möglichkeit offen lassen, ihre Werke oder auch nur die Nutzung derselben zu verkaufen. Nun werden Sie sagen, dass es doch ganz normal sei in unserer kapitalistischen Gesellschaft, dass Werke zu Waren und am Marktplatz gehandelt werden. Aber ganz so klar und einfach ist das nicht, denn im Markt spielen noch mehr Beteiligte mit, die ebenfalls verdienen wollen. Nun werden Sie einwenden, dass die Schule eben kein Marktplatz sei und der Unterricht doch ganz andere Ziele verfolge. Richtig. Allerdings beinhaltet das derzeitige Urheberrecht hier keine Ausnahmeregelungen. Es gibt allerdings auch keine einfachen allgemeinen Regelungen, sondern viele Einzelfälle, die ihre Besonderheiten haben und unterschiedlich abzuhandeln sind. Konkret geht es um drei Bereiche der Gesetzgebung: das Urheberrecht, das Medienrecht und Schutzbestimmungen im "Persönlichkeitsrecht". Hier ist gleich einmal anzumerken, dass ein

  20. What an ambulance nurse needs to know: a content analysis of curricula in the specialist nursing programme in prehospital emergency care.

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    Sjölin, Helena; Lindström, Veronica; Hult, Håkan; Ringsted, Charlotte; Kurland, Lisa

    2015-04-01

    In Sweden, ambulances must be staffed by at least one registered nurse. Twelve universities offer education in ambulance nursing. There is no national curriculum for detailed course content and there is a lack of knowledge about the educational content that deals with the ambulance nurse practical professional work. The aim of this study was to describe the content in course curricula for ambulance nurses. A descriptive qualitative research design with summative content analysis was used. Data were generated from 49 courses in nursing and medical science. The result shows that the course content can be described as medical, nursing and contextual knowledge with a certain imbalance with largest focus on medical knowledge. There is least focus on nursing, the registered nurses' main profession. This study clarifies how the content in the education for ambulance nurses in Sweden looks today but there are reasons to discuss the content distribution. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Verarbeitung negativer Rückmeldung mit unterschiedlich affektiver Wertigkeit bei Kindern : eine fMRT-Studie

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    Pelz, Sabrina

    2009-01-01

    Verarbeitung von negativem Feedback (Rückmeldung) mit unterschiedlich affektiver (emotionaler) Wertigkeit bei Kindern (10 bis 13 Jahre alt). FMRT-Studie und neuronale Korrelate. Paradigma: Pseudo-Chemie-Aufgabe. Feedback: zweiteilig; individuelles Feedback und verzögert Feedback einer Peergroup. Kontraste: negatives Feedback > positivem Feedback, hoch affektives negatives Feedback > niedrig affektives negatives Feedback und niedrig affektives negatives Feedback > hoch affektives nega...

  2. Behandlung von Herzrhythmusstörungen mit Magnesium bei Patienten mit Herzinsuffizienz

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    Wink K

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Die medikamentöse Behandlung von Herzrhythmusstörungen ist unbefriedigend, da bei guter Wirksamkeit durch die Proarrhythmie eine Verbesserung der Prognose gefährdet und nicht gesichert ist. Man kann davon ausgehen, daß Magnesiumsalze keine arrhythmogene Effekte aufweisen. Bei Patienten mit einer Herzinsuffizienz besteht häufig ein Mg-Mangel, der durch gastrointestinale Störungen, neurohormonale Regulationen, aber auch durch die Therapie (Diuretika,Digitalisbedingt ist. An Patienten mit einer Herzinsuffizienz müßte sich demnach zeigen lassen, ob die Mg-Substitution einen antiarrhythmischen Effekt aufweist. In fünf placebokontrollierten Studien konnte gezeigt werden, daß sich teil weise signifikant und mit ausreichen der Aussagekraft (PowerArrhythmien bei Patienten mit Herzinsuffizienz durch orale und parenterale Gabe von Mg-Salzen reduzieren lassen. Trotz Einschränkungen wie z.B. inadäquates Design, fehlende Vermeidung von Bias, ungenügende Vergleichbarkeit der Behandlungsgruppen, inadäquate Auswertung und ungenügende Berücksichtigung der Spontanvariation läßt sich aufgrund der Ergebnisse der Studien die Hypothese aufstellen, daß Magnesiumsalze bei Patienten mit Herzinsuffizienz Herzrhythmusstörungen günstig beeinflussen können. Prospektive, randomisierte,verblindete und kontrollierte konfirmatorische Studien mit ausreichenden Fallzahlen sind jedoch notwendig, um diese Hypothese zu bestätigen.

  3. Wirksamkeit und Verträglichkeit von Cyclophosphamid bei Multipler Sklerose: Eine retrospektive Analyse

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    2008-01-01

    Cyclophosphamid (Endoxan) ist ein zytostatisches Medikament, welches wegen seiner immunsuppressiven Wirkung eine breite Anwendung in der Therapie systemischer Autoimmunerkrankungen findet. Es wird als Medikation bei schwerer chronisch-progressiver Multipler Sklerose empfohlen, um die weitere Progredienz einzuschränken oder zu verhindern. Bisherige klinische Studien über den Wert dieses therapeutischen Einsatzes liefern aber kontroverse Ergebnisse. Aus diesem Grund erschien es sinnvoll...

  4. The 10th BeiDou 2 Navigation Satellite Flew into Space

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    2011-01-01

    LM launch vehicles established a new record by successfully performing the 16th successful flight this year.A LM-3A launched the 10th BeiDou 2 satellite into its predetermined transfer orbit on December 2 from the XSLC in Sichuan Province.

  5. Mitbestimmung von Studierenden bei der Qualitätssicherung und Hochschulentwicklung

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    Lippert, Ingmar

    2005-01-01

    Hochschule hat bestimmte Aufgaben. Sie soll durch Forschung und Lehre Wissen und Methoden in die Gesellschaft tragen. Sie soll auch direkt andere gesellschaftliche Institutionen beraten. Bei diesen Interaktionen soll aber – und das ist so spezifisch für Hochschulen – die gesellschaftliche Praxis ...

  6. Der Satz des Nichtzuunterscheidenden : eine entwicklungsgeschichtliche Untersuchung eines philosophischen Prinzips bei Leibniz, Kant und Hegel

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    2005-01-01

    Die Aufgabe der vorliegenden Untersuchung bestand darin, den Leibnizschen Grundsatz des Nichtzuunterscheidenden in seiner philosophiegeschichtlichen Entwicklung darzustellen. Dies geschieht dadurch, dass die unterschiedlichen Auffassungen des Grundsatzes bei Leibniz, Kant und Hegel erläutert, sie miteinander verglichen und die Beziehungen dieser Auffassungen verdeutlicht werden. Die Gesichtspunkte, unter denen diese Aufgabe ausgeführt wurde, sind der Bedeutungswandel und der Wahrheits- bzw. G...

  7. BeiDou inter-satellite-type bias evaluation and calibration for mixed receiver attitude determination

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    Nadarajah, N.; Teunissen, P.J.G.; Raziq, N.

    2013-01-01

    The Chinese BeiDou system (BDS), having different types of satellites, is an important addition to the ever growing system of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). It consists of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, Inclined Geosynchronous Satellite Orbit (IGSO) satellites and Medium

  8. BeiDou inter-satellite-type bias evaluation and calibration for mixed receiver attitude determination

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    Nadarajah, N.; Teunissen, P.J.G.; Raziq, N.

    2013-01-01

    The Chinese BeiDou system (BDS), having different types of satellites, is an important addition to the ever growing system of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). It consists of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, Inclined Geosynchronous Satellite Orbit (IGSO) satellites and Medium Ea

  9. Über die Beziehung der Chorda zur Basalplatte bei Säugern

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    Bolk, L.

    1922-01-01

    Es liegt in der Literatur schon eine stattliche Zahl von Veröffentlichungen vor, welche sich mit dem vorderen Abschnitt der Chorda dorsalis, oder kurzhin der Kopfchorda, bei Säugern, beschäftigen. Die auf diesen Gegenstand bezug habenden Publicationen lassen sich etwas gezwungen in zwei Gruppen

  10. Neurologisches Outcome nach CPR bei schockresistentem Kammerflimmern unter Gabe von Sedacoron(R

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    Müller R

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Bei einer protrahierten CPR mit schockresistentem Kammerflimmern kann unter Gabe von Sedacoron(R ein zufriedenstellender internistischer Zustand erreicht werden. Neurologisch bleiben nach 6 Wochen geringe Defizite des Kurzzeitgedächtnisses. Der Autor regt mit dieser Kasuistik eine Fortsetzung der ARREST- und der ALIVE-Studie an, wobei das neurologische Outcome Beachtung finden sollte.

  11. Der Zusammenhang zwischen medialem Multitasking, Aufmerksamkeitsfähigkeit und Hyperaktivität bei Jugendlichen

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    Baumgartner, S.E.; Weeda, W.D.; Huizinga, M.; Kleinen von Königslöw, K.; Förster, K.

    2014-01-01

    Mediales Multitasking ist eine immer häufiger vorkommende Form der Mediennutzung, besonders bei Jugendlichen. Die wachsende Bedeutung dieser Form der Mediennutzung hat zu Bedenken über mögliche Auswirkungen geführt. So wird zum Beispiel angenommen, dass durch die ständige Stimulation mit verschieden

  12. Gezielte Rho-Kinase-Hemmung in Hepatischen Sternzellen als Therapie der portalen Hypertension bei der Leberzirrhose

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    Klein, S.; Granzow, M.; Schierwagen, R.; Kilic, S.; Heidari, Iren; Huss, S.; van Beuge, Marike; Sauerbruch, T.; Poelstra, Klaas; Trebicka, J.

    2012-01-01

    Hintergund: Bei der Leberzirrhose ist die Rho-Kinase-Expression und Aktivität erhöht und verantwortlich für die vermehrte Kontraktion der aktivierten hepatischen Sternzellen (HSC). Dies führt zur portalen Hypertension. Die Hemmung der Rho-Kinase senkt über die Phosphorylierung der Myosinleichtketten

  13. ANALISIS FAKTOR-FAKTOR YANG MEMPENGARUHI AUDITOR SWITCHING PADA PERUSAHAAN MANUFAKTUR YANG TERDAFTAR DI BEI

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    2014-01-01

    2014 Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk menguji secara empiris opini going concern, reputasi KAP, financial distress, audit tenure, dan pergantian menajemen terhadap auditor switching. Auditor switching merupakan perilaku perpindahan auditor yang dilakukan oleh perusahaan akibat adanya kewajiban rotasi auditor. Pengumpulan data menggunakan purposive sampling terhadap perusahaan manufaktur yang terdaftar di Bursa Efek Indonesia (BEI) tahun 2008 sampai tahun 2012. Sebanyak 40 p...

  14. Perfusion computed tomography for diffuse liver diseases; Perfusions-CT bei diffusen Lebererkrankungen

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    Schmidt, S.A.; Juchems, M.S. [Universitaetsklinikum Ulm, Klinik fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie, Ulm (Germany)

    2012-08-15

    Perfusion computed tomography (CT) has its main application in the clinical routine diagnosis of neuroradiological problems. Polyphase multi-detector spiral computed tomography is primarily used in liver diagnostics. The use of perfusion CT is also possible for the diagnostics and differentiation of diffuse hepatic diseases. The differentiation between cirrhosis and cirrhosis-like parenchymal changes is possible. It also helps to detect early stages of malignant tumors. However, there are some negative aspects, particularly that of radiation exposure. This paper summarizes the technical basics and possible applications of perfusion CT in cases of diffuse liver disease and weighs up the advantages and disadvantages of the examinations. (orig.) [German] Die Perfusions-CT hat ihren hauptsaechlichen Stellenwert bislang in der klinischen Routinediagnostik bei neuroradiologische Fragestellungen. In der Leberdiagnostik kommt v. a. die mehrphasige Multidetektor-Spiral-CT-Untersuchung zum Einsatz. Die Anwendung der Perfusions-CT ist auch bei der Diagnostik und Differenzierung diffuser Lebererkrankungen moeglich. Die Unterscheidung zwischen einer Leberzirrhose und zirrhoseaehnlichen Parenchymveraenderungen ist mit der Perfusions-CT moeglich. Ebenso liefert sie einen wertvollen Beitrag zur Diagnostik bei der Frueherkennung entstehender maligner Herdbefunde. Diesen Vorteilen stehen jedoch auch einige negative Aspekte gegenueber, insbesondere die relativ hohe Strahlenexposition. Die vorliegende Arbeit soll einen Ueberblick ueber die technischen Grundlagen und die Anwendungsmoeglichkeiten der Perfusions-CT bei diffusen Lebererkrankungen geben sowie die Vor- und Nachteile der Untersuchung gegeneinander abwaegen. (orig.)

  15. Precise orbit determination and point positioning using GPS, Glonass, Galileo and BeiDou

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    Tegedor J.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available State of the art Precise Point Positioning (PPP is currently based on dual-frequency processing of GPS and Glonass navigation systems. The International GNSS Service (IGS is routinely providing the most accurate orbit and clock products for these constellations, allowing point positioning at centimeter-level accuracy. At the same time, the GNSS landscape is evolving rapidly, with the deployment of new constellations, such as Galileo and BeiDou. The BeiDou constellation currently consists of 14 operational satellites, and the 4 Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV satellites are transmitting initial Galileo signals. This paper focuses on the integration of Galileo and BeiDou in PPP, together with GPS and Glonass. Satellite orbits and clocks for all constellations are generated using a network adjustment with observation data collected by the IGS Multi-GNSS Experiment (MGEX, as well as from Fugro proprietary reference station network. The orbit processing strategy is described, and orbit accuracy for Galileo and BeiDou is assessed via orbit overlaps, for different arc lengths. Kinematic post-processed multi-GNSS positioning results are presented. The benefits of multiconstellation PPP are discussed in terms of enhanced availability and positioning accuracy.

  16. Immunregulation bei aggressiver Parodontitis im Vergleich mit moderater chronischer Parodontitis und gesundem Parodontium

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    Schmidt, Jana

    2013-01-01

    Es ist davon auszugehen, dass Fehlfunktionen im Immunsystem mit der Ausprä-gung des Krankheitsbildes der aggressiven Parodontitis im Zusammenhang ste-hen. In dieser Arbeit sollen anhand klinischer, immunologischer und mikrobiologischer Untersuchungen ein immunologisches Risikoprofil bei Patienten mit aggressiver Parodontitis erschlossen, gegebenenfalls Unterschiede zur moderaten chronischen Parodontitis beleuchtet und explorativ Zusammenhänge zwischen immunologischen und mikrobiologischen Bef...

  17. Zeitlicher Verlauf der avaskulären Nekrose des Hüftkopfes bei Patienten mit Pemphigus vulgaris.

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    Balighi, Kamran; Daneshpazhooh, Maryam; Aghazadeh, Nessa; Saeidi, Vahide; Shahpouri, Farzam; Hejazi, Pardis; Chams-Davatchi, Cheyda

    2016-10-01

    Pemphigus vulgaris (PV) wird in der Regel mit systemischen Corticosteroiden und Immunsuppressiva behandelt. Avaskuläre Nekrose (AVN) des Hüftkopfes ist eine gut bekannte schwerere Komplikation einer Corticosteroid-Therapie. Die Charakteristika dieser schweren Komplikation bei PV sind nach wie vor unbekannt. Nicht kontrollierte, retrospektive Untersuchung aller PV-bedingten AVN-Fälle, die in einer iranischen Klinik für bullöse Autoimmunerkrankungen zwischen 1985 und 2013 diagnostiziert wurden. Anhand der Krankenakten von 2321 untersuchten PV-Patienten wurden 45 Fälle (1,93 %) von femoraler AVN identifiziert. Dreißig davon waren Männer. Das mittlere Alter bei der Diagnose der AVN betrug 47,4 ± 14,2 Jahre. Der mittlere Zeitraum zwischen der Diagnose des PV und dem Einsetzen der AVN lag bei 25,3 ± 18,3 Monaten. Mit Ausnahme von acht Fällen (17,8 %) setzte die AVN bei der Mehrheit der Patienten innerhalb von drei Jahren nach Diagnose des PV ein. Die mittlere kumulative Dosis von Prednisolon bei Patienten mit AVN betrug 13.115,8 ± 7041,1 mg. Zwischen der Prednisolon-Gesamtdosis und dem Zeitraum bis zum Einsetzen der AVN bestand eine starke Korrelation (p = 0,001). Bei Patienten mit Alendronateinnahme in der Vorgeschichte war dieser Zeitraum signifikant kürzer (p = 0,01). Die AVN ist eine schwere Komplikation einer Corticosteroid-Behandlung bei Patienten mit PV. Sie wird bei 2 % der Patienten beobachtet und tritt vor allem in den ersten drei Behandlungsjahren auf. Bei Patienten, die höhere Dosen von Prednisolon erhalten, setzt die AVN tendenziell früher ein. © 2016 Deutsche Dermatologische Gesellschaft (DDG). Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  18. Cardiac MRI in suspected myocarditis; MRT des Herzens bei Verdacht auf Myokarditis

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    Rieker, O.; Oberholzer, K.; Kreitner, K.F.; Thelen, M. [Klinik fuer Radiologie der Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany); Mohrs, O. [Klinik fuer Radiologie der Johannes Gutenberg-Univ. Mainz (Germany); Cardioangiologisches Centrum Bethanien, Frankfurt (Germany)

    2002-12-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the potential of ECG-gated breath-hold MRI in diagnosing acute myocardidits. Material and methods: Cardiac MRI was performed on 21 consecutive patients with suspected myocarditis. ECG-gated breath-hold T2-weighted images with fat suppression were acquired in 3 standard views. T1-weighted imaging (FLASH) was performed 10 min after IV administration of Gd-DTPA. Laboratory data included creatine kinase, troponin T and serological tests, ECG findings and echocardiography. Imaging findings were retrospectively compared to the discharge diagnoses. Signal alterations were semiquantitatively classified. Results: Acute myocarditis was diagnosed in 9 patients and cardiac sarcoidosis in 2 patients. Late enhancement was observed in 4 patients with acute myocarditis and in both patients with cardiac sarcoidosis. Semiquantitative evaluation revealed 9 true positive, 9 true negative, 1 false positive and 2 false negative results. Conclusion: Cardiac MRI has the potential to detect acute myocarditis and to diagnose cardiac sarcoidosis. Late enhancement of Gd-DTPA can be found in both viral myocarditis and cardiac sarcoidosis. (orig.) [German] Ziel: Beurteilung des diagnostischen Potenzials der MRT des Herzens bei Verdacht auf akute Myokarditis. Material und Methoden: 21 konsekutive Patienten mit Verdacht auf Myokarditis wurden mit einem standardisierten Protokoll untersucht. Zunaechst wurden T{sub 2}-gewichtete, EKG-getriggerte fettsupprimierte Sequenzen in den 3 Standardebenen angefertigt. 10 Minuten nach intravenoeser Injektion von GD-DTPA wurden T{sub 1}-gewichtete TurboFLASH-Sequenzen angefertigt. Von allen Patienten wurden EKG, Echokardiographie und die Laborbefunde einschliesslich Creatinin-Kinase, Troponin T und der Infektionsserologie protokolliert. Das Ausmass der Signalveraenderungen im MRT wurde semiquantitativ klassifiziert. Die Ergebnisse der MRT wurden retrospektiv mit den Entlassungsdiagnosen korreliert. Ergebnisse: Bei 9 Patienten lag nach

  19. PET in diagnosing exocrine pancreatic cancer; PET bei Tumoren des exokrinen Pankreas

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    Bares, R.; Besenfelder, H.; Dohmen, B.M. [Abt. Nuklearmedizin, Radiologische Klinik des Universitaetsklinikums Tuebingen (Germany)

    2003-06-01

    Despite dramatic improvements in diagnostic imaging (ultrasonography, in particular endoscopic ultrasound, CT, MRI) treatment results of pancreatic cancer are still poor. Due to the lack of early symptoms, most tumors are diagnosed at an advanced stage of disease which excludes curative surgical treatment. FDG-PET has been shown to be effective in detecting pancreatic cancer as well as differentiating benign from malignant pancreatic tumors. Results might be further improved by applying quantitative analyses, in particular kinetic modelling of FDG metabolism. Nevertheless false negative as well as false positive findings may occur. Small lesions (lymphnode or liver metastases < 1 cm) might be missed, furthermore hyperglycemia often present in patients with pancreatic disease might reduce tumor uptake and subsequently tumor detectability by PET. False positive findings were reported in active pancreatitis and some benign tumors. Although PET proved to be superior to CT or ERCP in detecting cancer, clinical relevance of PET is limited due to the absence of therapeutic consequences to be derived from PET. As a consequence PET should only be used in patients with equivocal findings of morphological imaging (CT, ERCP) who are potential candidates for surgical treatment. (orig.) [German] Trotz verbesserter diagnostischer Moeglichkeiten (endoskopischer Ultraschall, Spiral-CT, MRT) sind die Behandlungsergebnisse bei Tumoren des exokrinen Pankreas nach wie vor unbefriedigend. Aufgrund der spaet einsetzenden klinischen Symptomatik wird die Diagnose meist erst bei lokaler Inoperabilitaet gestellt. Die FDG-PET has sich sowohl im Nachweis von Pankreaskarzinomen als auch bei der Differenzialdiagnose pankreatischer Raumforderungen bewaehrt und den etablierten bildgebenden Verfahren (Ultraschall, CT) als ueberlegen erwiesen. Weitere Verbesserungen erscheinen durch absolute Quantifizierung der FDG-Kinetik moeglich. Dennoch koennen falsch negative wie auch falsch positive Ergebnisse

  20. Einfluss einer kohlenhydratarmen Fütterung auf den Stickstoff-Stoffwechsel und die Kalziumverfügbarkeit bei Ratten

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    Frommelt, Lena

    2015-01-01

    Kohlenhydratarme Diäten werden in der Humanmedizin zur Gewichtsreduktion bei Adipositas eingesetzt. Als ketogene Diät (KD) wird eine kohlenhydratarme Diät mit hohem Fettgehalt (low-carbohydrate, high-fat; LCHF-Diät) bei verschiedenen Erkrankungen, wie der Epilepsie bei Kindern oder einem Pyruvatdehydrogenase-Mangel, eingesetzt. LCHF-Diäten, die sicher eine Ketose erzeugen, haben zusätzlich zum hohen Fettgehalt und geringen Kohlenhydratgehalt einen sehr niedrigen Proteingehalt. Als eine der Ne...

  1. Laterale 10-fach-Biopsie der Prostata liefert bei Karzinomverdacht überlegene Detektionsraten

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Einleitung:Die Sextantenbiopsie der Prostata ist für eine verlässliche Karzinomdiagnostik nicht ausreichend. Vielerorts werden bereits bei der Erstbiopsie 12 Stanzen entnommen. In einer großen Serie von 10-fach-Biopsien unter bilateraler lokaler Leitungsanästhesie, wie bereits 2002 publiziert [1], überprüften wir die Qualität unserer Technik als Standard für die Erstbiopsie. Methode:Zwischen April 2005 und Dezember 2007 führten wir bei 736 Männern (Durchschnittsalter 67,5 ± 8,39 Jahre die Erstbiopsie der Prostata durch. Indikation für die Biopsie war entweder ein erhöhter PSA-Wert oder ein auffälliger Tastbefund. Bei allen Männern erfolgte die Biopsie der Prostata unter bilateraler lokaler Leitungsanästhesie. Es wurden nur Proben aus der peripheren Zone der Prostata unter transrektaler Ultraschallkontrolle entnommen. Ergebnisse:Durch die Biopsie wurde in 372 von 736 Fällen (50,5 % ein Karzinom identifiziert. Die Karzinomdetektionsrate war proportional zum PSA-Wert und indirekt proportional zum Organvolumen. Es zeigte sich eine eindeutige Korrelation zwischen der Anzahl positiver Stanzen bei der Biopsie mit dem pathologischen Stadium des Prostatektomiepräparates. 12 Männer (1,6 % mussten wegen akuter Prostatitis und 5 (0,7 % wegen rektaler Blutung wieder ins Krankenhaus eingewiesen werden. Von den 182 Patienten des Untersuchers R. v. K. wurde der durchschnittliche Schmerz der Biopsie mit 1,69 von maximal 10 angegeben. Die Detektions- und Komplikationsraten dieser Biopsietechnik unterschieden sich nicht nach Durchführung von Assistenz- oder Fachärzten. Schlussfolgerung: Die präsentierte Biopsietechnik liefert mit nur 10 Stanzen eine überlegene Detektionsrate und eine geringe Rate an Komplikationen. Sie sollte als Basis für die Definition eines Standards für die Erstbiopsie der Prostata bei Karzinomverdacht dienen.

  2. Stochastic modeling of triple-frequency BeiDou signals: estimation, assessment and impact analysis

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    Li, Bofeng

    2016-07-01

    Stochastic models are important in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) estimation problems. One can achieve reliable ambiguity resolution and precise positioning only by use of a suitable stochastic model. The BeiDou system has received increased research focus, but based only on empirical stochastic models from the knowledge of GPS. In this paper, we will systematically study the estimation, assessment and impacts of a triple-frequency BeiDou stochastic model. In our estimation problem, a single-difference, geometry-free functional model is used to extract pure random noise. A very sophisticated structure of unknown variance matrix is designed to allow the estimation of satellite-specific variances, cross correlations between two arbitrary frequencies, as well as the time correlations for phase and code observations per frequency. In assessing the stochastic models, six data sets with four brands of BeiDou receivers on short and zero-length baselines are processed, and the results are compared. In impact analysis of stochastic model, the performance of integer ambiguity resolution and positioning are numerically demonstrated using a realistic stochastic model. The results from ultrashort (shorter than 10 m) and zero-length baselines indicate that BeiDou stochastic models are affected by both observation and receiver brands. The observation variances have been modeled by an elevation-dependent function, but the modeling errors for geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites are larger than for inclined geosynchronous satellite orbit (IGSO) and medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites. The stochastic model is governed by both the internal errors of the receiver and external errors at the site. Different receivers have different capabilities for resisting external errors. A realistic stochastic model is very important for achieving ambiguity resolution with a high success rate and small false alarm and for determining realistic variances for position estimates. To

  3. Kinematic MRI of the cervical spine in patients with degenerative disease; Kinematische MRT bei degenerativen Halswirbelsaeulenveraenderungen

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    Muhle, C. [Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany); Wiskirchen, J. [Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany); Brinkmann, G. [Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany); Falliner, A. [Klinik fuer Orthopaedie, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany); Weinert, D. [Klinik fuer Neurochirurgie, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany); Reuter, M. [Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany); Heller, M. [Klinik fuer Radiologische Diagnostik, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet, Kiel (Germany)

    1995-08-01

    Kinematic MRI of the cervical spine was done from 50 of inclination to 30 of reclination. Depending on the maximum inclination and reclination the range of motion was divided into 9 equal angle positions. At each angle position sagittal T{sub 2}{sup `} weighted gradient echo sequences were performed. In relation to the neutral position a physiological narrowing of the ventral epidural space was seen in healthy volunteers at inclination (50 ) in up to 50% and respectively widening at reclination (30 ) in up to 10%. An increase of spinal canal stenosis or even spinal cord compression was seen at inclination in 5 patients (22%) and in 15 patients (65%) at reclination. No change of spinal canal stenosis was found in three patients (13%). (orig./MG) [Deutsch] Bei 23 Probanden und 23 Patienten mit degenerativen Veraenderungen der Halswirbelsaeule erfolgte nach Abschluss der statischen MRT-Untersuchung die Funktionsuntersuchung der Halswirbelsaeule von maximal 50 Anteflexion bis maximal 30 Retroflexion in bis zu 9 unterschiedlichen Flexionsstellungen. In jeder Flexionsstellung wurden sagittale Aufnahmen in T{sub 2}{sup `}-gewichteten Gradienten-Echo-Sequenzen angefertigt. In der Probandengruppe konnten bei max. Anteflexion (50 ) eine physiologische Verschmaelerung des ventralen Subarachnoidalraumes von ca. 50% gegenueber der horizontalen Ausgangstellung (0 ) und eine Erweiterung des ventralen Subarachnoidalraumes von ca. 10% waehrend max. Retroflexion (30 ) festgestellt werden. Die Funktionsuntersuchungen zeigten bei 5 Patienten (22%) in Anteflexion und bei 15 Patienten (65%) in Retroflexion eine zunehmende Spinalkanalstenose bzw. Myelonkompression durch dorsale osteophytaere Randanbauten. Gegenueber der Ausgangsstellung war bei nur 3 Patienten (13%) eine Befundkonstanz zu beobachten. (orig./MG)

  4. Evaluation of an algorithm for estimating a patient's life threat risk from an ambulance call

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    Moriwaki Yoshihiro

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Utilizing a computer algorithm, information from calls to an ambulance service was used to calculate the risk of patients being in a life-threatening condition (life threat risk, at the time of the call. If the estimated life threat risk was higher than 10%, the probability that a patient faced a risk of dying was recognized as very high and categorized as category A+. The present study aimed to review the accuracy of the algorithm. Methods Data collected for six months from the Yokohama new emergency system was used. In the system, emergency call workers interviewed ambulance callers to obtain information necessary to assess triage, which included consciousness level, breathing status, walking ability, position, and complexion. An emergency patient's life threat risk was then estimated by a computer algorithm applying logistic models. This study compared the estimated life threat risk occurring at the time of the emergency call to the patients' state or severity of condition, i.e. death confirmed at the scene by ambulance crews, resulted in death at emergency departments, life-threatening condition with occurrence of cardiac and/or pulmonary arrest (CPA, life-threatening condition without CPA, serious but not life-threatening condition, moderate condition, and mild condition. The sensitivity, specificity, predictive values, and likelihood ratios of the algorithm for categorizing A+ were calculated. Results The number of emergency dispatches over the six months was 73,992. Triage assessment was conducted for 68,692 of these calls. The study targets account for 88.8% of patients who were involved in triage calls. There were 2,349 cases where the patient had died or had suffered CPA. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, positive likelihood ratio and negative likelihood ratio of the algorithm at predicting cases that would result in a death or CPA were 80.2% (95% confidence interval

  5. Effect of Planned Early Recommended Ambulation Technique on Selected Post caesarean Biophysiological Health Parameters

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    Jyoti V. Dube

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Caesarean section has been a part of human culture since ancient times. It has been used effectively throughout the 20th century and among the major abdominal surgeries, it is the most common, oldest worldwide surgery performed in obstetrics. Despite the life saving advantages, there are several adverse consequences of caesarean delivery for a woman and to her household. The rate and risk of these complications increases due to the increasing incidence mainly in countries like India. The role of nurse midwife is to act in the best interest of patient and newborn and make the patient independent in carrying out the activities of daily living as soon as possible. This can lead to a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay. Also it can indirectly help in reducing the complications associated with prolonged bed rest and can improve the maternal newborn bonding. Aim and Objectives: The present study was done to evaluate the effect of planned early ambulation on selected biophysiological health parameters of post caesarean patients. Material and Methods: The study included total 500 study subjects, 250 in experimental and 250 in control group. Quasi experimental approach with multiple time series design was adopted for the study. The experimental group was given an early planned recommended ambulation technique starting from the day of surgery. This consisted of deep breathing exercise, cough exercise, leg exercise and early mobilization. Over and above, the routine general health care was given by the doctors and nurses. The control group received only by routine general care by doctors and nurses and mobilization on third post operative day as per strategy adopted by the hospital. The deep breathing exercises, coughing exercises and leg exercises were not given routinely and hence were not given to the control group. Post caesarean biophysiological parameters chart was used to assess the selected parameters for first five post operative

  6. Emergency obstetric referral in rural Sierra Leone: what can motorbike ambulances contribute? A mixed-methods study.

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    Bhopal, Sunil S; Halpin, Stephen J; Gerein, Nancy

    2013-08-01

    Giving birth remains a dangerous endeavour for many of the world's women. Progress to improve this has been slow in sub-Saharan Africa. The second delay, where transport infrastructure is key in allowing a woman to reach care, has been a relatively neglected field of study. Six eRanger motorbike ambulances, specifically engineered for use on poor roads in resource-poor situations were provided in 2006 as part of an emergency referral system in rural Sierra Leone. The aim of this study was to evaluate the implementation of this referral system in terms of its use, acceptability and accessibility. Data were collected from usage records, and a series of semi-structured interviews and focus groups conducted to provide deeper understanding of the service. A total of 130 records of patients being transported to a health facility were found, 1/3 of which were for obstetric cases. The ambulance is being used regularly to transport patients to a health care facility. It is well known to the communities, is acceptable and accessible, and is valued by those it serves. District-wide traditional birth attendant training and the sensitisation activities provided a foundation for the introduction of the ambulance service, creating a high level of awareness of the service and its importance, particularly for women in labour. Motorbike ambulances are suited to remote areas and can function on poor roads inaccessible to other vehicles.

  7. Feasibility of AmbulanCe-Based Telemedicine (FACT) Study : Safety, Feasibility and Reliability of Third Generation Ambulance Telemedicine

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    Yperzeele, Laetitia; Van Hooff, Robbert-Jan; De Smedt, Ann; Espinoza, Alexis Valenzuela; Van Dyck, Rita; Van de Casseye, Rohny; Convents, Andre; Hubloue, Ives; Lauwaert, Door; De Keyser, Jacques; Brouns, Raf

    2014-01-01

    Background: Telemedicine is currently mainly applied as an in-hospital service, but this technology also holds potential to improve emergency care in the prehospital arena. We report on the safety, feasibility and reliability of in-ambulance teleconsultation using a telemedicine system of the third

  8. High intertester reliability of the cumulated ambulation score for the evaluation of basic mobility in patients with hip fracture

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    Kristensen, Morten Tange; Andersen, Lene; Bech-Jensen, Rie;

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To examine the intertester reliability of the three activities of the Cumulated Ambulation Score (CAS) and the total CAS, and to define limits for the smallest change in basic mobility that indicates a real change in patients with hip fracture. DESIGN: An intertester reliability study....

  9. Ambulance Attendant. D.O.T. No. 355.374-010. Individualized Study Guide [with Teachers' Packet]. First Edition.

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    East Texas State Univ., Commerce. Occupational Curriculum Lab.

    Developed for students in a cooperative training program in health occupations education, this study guide is designed for individualized study of competencies for ambulance attendants. It follows the general responsibilities outlined in the Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The occupational outlook and job description are first presented.…

  10. Early ambulance initiation versus in-hospital initiation of high dose clopidogrel in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction

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    Postma, S.; Dambrink, J.H.; Ottervanger, J.P.; Gosselink, A.T.M.; Koopmans, P.C.; Berg, J.M. van den; Suryapranata, H.; Hof, A.W. van 't

    2014-01-01

    Pre-hospital infarct diagnosis gives the opportunity to start anti-platelet and anti-thrombotic agents before arrival at the PCI centre. However, more evidence is necessary to demonstrate whether high dose (HD) clopidogrel (600 mg) administered in the ambulance is associated with improved initial pa

  11. Improving community ambulation after hip fracture: protocol for a randomised, controlled trial

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    D Orwig

    2017-01-01

    Analysis: Analyses for all aims will be performed according to the intention-to-treat paradigm. Except for testing of the primary hypothesis, all statistical tests will be two-sided and not adjusted for multiple comparisons. The test of the primary hypothesis (comparing groups on the proportion who are community ambulators at 16 weeks after randomisation will be based on a one-sided 0.025-level hypothesis test using a procedure consisting of four interim analyses and one final analysis with critical values chosen by a Hwang-Shih-Decani alpha-spending function. Analyses will be performed to test group differences on other outcome measures and to examine the differential impac

  12. Design and Development of an Intelligent Mobile Health Tele-assistance System in Ambulance Practice Service

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    Rachid Merzougui

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Our attention has focused on the choice of a relevant work. It concerns an implemented and conceived service of medical Teleassistance for monitoring risky persons brought by ambulance service. Thus, a medical bulletin is automatically filled on mobile terminal, immediately transmitted to the service of the emergency (on doctors mobile terminal, data base of clinic. This paper recalls a complete architecture of an economic wireless transmission system with the implementation of an effective application, adapted to the portable phone, allowing the doctor to have the medical information of patients who have a risk of accident. Thus, the stakes of setting up such systems are numerous, so much for patients, medical staff and the society in general.

  13. Use of Functional Ambulation Performance Score as measurement of gait ability: Review

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    Arnaud Gouelle, PhD

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Gait analysis systems are widely used for the assessment of gait disabilities and provide more accurate and detailed information than clinical tests. Scores and indexes have been proposed to summarize the large volume of data produced, each emphasizing different aspects of gait. Based on specific spatiotemporal gait parameters, the Functional Ambulation Performance Score (FAPS quantifies gait at a self-selected speed. Integrated within electronic walkways, the FAPS is commonly used for clinical evaluations and has been used in an increasing number of publications over the past few years. However, its use is sometimes distorted by misunderstandings of its composition and calculation, practical and/or conceptual limits, and even the meaning of the score. This technical report reviews the use of the FAPS for the evaluation of gait based on peer-reviewed articles and clinical experience and addresses important issues that must be considered for an optimal unbiased understanding and analysis of the score.

  14. [The evaluation of health of medical personnel of ambulance care and impacting factors].

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    The analysis of self-assessment of medical personnel of ambulance care revealed that 13.2% of respondents consider themselves as healthy persons, 35.1%--as practically healthy, 39.2%--as rarely being ill, 12%--as often being ill According to the poll data, deterioration of health is promoted by such personal factors as disregard of one's health (35%) and chronic diseases (25.3%). Its own role play such external factors as professional characteristics (34%). ecological conditions (23%), poor conditions of work (22.2%). The amelioration of health is supported mainly by sport exercises (42.8%). The significant role in this process play the improvement of work conditions, the enhancement of quality of medical examninations and the introduction of professional dispanserization.

  15. Geographic information system data from ambulances applied in the emergency department: effects on patient reception

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    Raaber, Nikolaj; Pedersen, Iben Duvald; Riddervold, Ingunn Skogstad;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Emergency departments (ED) recognize crowding and handover from prehospital to in-hospital settings to be major challenges. Prehospital Geographical Information Systems (GIS) may be a promising tool to address such issues. In this study, the use of prehospital GIS data was implemented...... was displayed in the ED. Data included real-time estimated time of arrival, distance to ED, dispatch criteria, patient data and ambulance contact information. Data was used by coordinating nurses for time activation of TT and MET involved in the initial treatment of severely-injured or critically-ill patients....... DISCUSSION: The contradiction of measured median wait time and nurses perceived improved timing of team activation may result from having both RT- ETA and supplemental patient information not only for seriously-injured or critically-ill patients received by the TT and MET, but for all patients transported...

  16. Early ambulation and prevention of post-operative thrombo-embolic risk.

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    Talec, P; Gaujoux, S; Samama, C M

    2016-12-01

    The prevention of post-operative risk of venous thrombo-embolism (VTE) is of fundamental importance, but preventive methods have progressed with the introduction of direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC), the development of ambulatory surgery and enhanced recovery programs (ERP) after surgery. Surgery is, inherently a trigger for venous thrombo-embolic disease, as is prolonged immobilization. However, the risk of VTE is very low following ambulatory surgery, especially in this selected population. ERP, consists of a set of measures to optimize the patient's peri-operative management while reducing length of stay, costs and morbidity and mortality; one measure is the encouragement of early ambulation. This will undoubtedly have an impact on the incidence of VTE and lessen the need for prolonged thrombo-prophylaxis.

  17. Evaluation of Bacterial Contamination on Pre Hospital Ambulances in Qom University of Medical Sciences of Iran in 2015

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background & Aims of the Study: When the issue of the quality of the patient's care is addressed, determination of infection degrees in reference to the quality of such cares has gained a high priority. Therefore, infections in ambulance equipment might play a significant role in reduction of the quality of the hospital cares. This study was conducted wishing to determine bacterial infection degrees in ambulances servicing in pre-hospital emergency medical services of Qom University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Materials and Methods: In this analytical cross-sectional study, 132 sampling of the equipments of 12 ambulances were done. Samples were stored on BHI broth as an amplifier for 24 hours. Then, they were introduced to blood agar and Eosin Methylene Blue (EMB agar culture environments. After 24 hours, negative staphylococcus coagulase and bacillus were specified by different environments, solutions, diagnostic discs, gram staining, catalase test, oxidase test and coagulase test. Then data were analyzed by SPSS16. Results: The results showed that the highest infection prevalence rate was observed in stretchers (12 samples, 100% and the lowest in oxygenation moisturizers (1 sample, 8.4%. From infected equipments, in addition, four instruments (37% were mobile and eight of them (63% were immobile. Conclusion: Results indicated that an infection degree of the utensils and instruments which were used in ambulances employed servicing in the Qom Province Medical Emergency Response Center of Iran is high, that might have their roots in non-application of disinfectants for disinfecting ambulance surfaces and equipment. This is a mandatory for healthcare agents to utilize the protective covers, especially medical gloves.

  18. Why do patients with ‘primary care sensitive’ problems access ambulance services? A systematic mapping review of the literature

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    Booker, Matthew J; Shaw, Ali R G; Purdy, Sarah

    2015-01-01

    Objective Emergency ambulance use for problems that could be managed in primary care continues to rise owing to complex reasons that are poorly understood. The objective of this systematic review is to draw together published evidence across a variety of study methodologies and settings to gain a better understanding of why patients seek help from ambulance services for these problems. Design Systematic searches were undertaken across the MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsychINFO, CINAHL, Health Management Information Consortium and Health Management Information Service publication databases. Google Scholar, Web of Science, OpenSigle, EThOS and DART databases were also systematically searched for reports, proceedings, book chapters and theses, along with hand-searching of grey literature sources. Studies were included if they reported on findings examining patient, carer, health professional or service management interactions with ambulance services for primary care problems. All study methodologies and perspectives were of interest. Data were extracted, quality assessed and systematically mapped according to key findings through generation of an iterative framework. Results A total of 31 studies met inclusion criteria. Findings were summarised across 5 broad categories: factors associated with individual patients; actions of care-givers and bystanders; population-level factors; health infrastructure factors; challenges faced by health professionals. A number of subcategories were developed to explore these factors in more detail. Conclusions This review reports important factors that may impact on ambulance use for primary care problems across a global setting, including demographic measures associated with deprivation, minority status and individual social circumstances. Categorising ambulance calls for primary care problems as ‘inappropriate’ is context dependant and may be unhelpful. Potential implications for triage and risk management strategies are discussed. PMID

  19. Why do patients with 'primary care sensitive' problems access ambulance services? A systematic mapping review of the literature.

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    Booker, Matthew J; Shaw, Ali R G; Purdy, Sarah

    2015-05-19

    Emergency ambulance use for problems that could be managed in primary care continues to rise owing to complex reasons that are poorly understood. The objective of this systematic review is to draw together published evidence across a variety of study methodologies and settings to gain a better understanding of why patients seek help from ambulance services for these problems. Systematic searches were undertaken across the MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsychINFO, CINAHL, Health Management Information Consortium and Health Management Information Service publication databases. Google Scholar, Web of Science, OpenSigle, EThOS and DART databases were also systematically searched for reports, proceedings, book chapters and theses, along with hand-searching of grey literature sources. Studies were included if they reported on findings examining patient, carer, health professional or service management interactions with ambulance services for primary care problems. All study methodologies and perspectives were of interest. Data were extracted, quality assessed and systematically mapped according to key findings through generation of an iterative framework. A total of 31 studies met inclusion criteria. Findings were summarised across 5 broad categories: factors associated with individual patients; actions of care-givers and bystanders; population-level factors; health infrastructure factors; challenges faced by health professionals. A number of subcategories were developed to explore these factors in more detail. This review reports important factors that may impact on ambulance use for primary care problems across a global setting, including demographic measures associated with deprivation, minority status and individual social circumstances. Categorising ambulance calls for primary care problems as 'inappropriate' is context dependant and may be unhelpful. Potential implications for triage and risk management strategies are discussed. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For

  20. [Índice de Saturación Modificado y Ambulancias (ISMA): Ambulance assignment and remote Emergency Room Bed Reservation].

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    Polanco-González, Carlos; Castañón-González, Jorge Alberto; Villanueva-Martínez, Sebastián; Samaniego-Mendoza, José Lino; Buhse, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    In most places all over the world–including our country–services in emergency rooms are oversaturated. This situation frequently forces the continuously arriving ambulances to be redirected to other medical units, delaying the admission of patients moved and thus adversely affecting their physical condition. To introduce an improvement to the Índicede Saturación Modificado computational system, which monitors the degree of saturation of a network of emergency medical services, to include a network of ambulances, enabling in the system: (i) the effective allocation of ambulances to the site of the accident, or severe clinical event, and (ii) the remote booking of beds in the nearest and least saturated emergency room available. The evaluation and connectivity of the computational improvement to the Índicede Saturación Modificado system was carried out with a computational test verifying these two aspects, using only differences in postal codes, for time measuring. The verification of its sustainability online showed the new Índice de Saturación Modificado y Ambulancias system (ISMA) has a robust structure capable of being adapted to mobile phones, laptops or tablets, and can efficiently administrate: (i) the quantification of excessive demand in the emergency room services of a hospital network, (ii) the allocation of ambulances attending the site of the event or contingency, and (iii) the allocation of ambulances and patients, in the best distance-time conditions, from the site of the accident or clinical event to the nearest and least saturated emergency room service. This administrative management tool is efficient and simple to use, and it optimally relates independent service networks.

  1. A Survey of the Competency of Ambulance Service Personnel in the Diagnosis and Management of Sepsis.

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    Shime, Nobuaki

    2015-08-01

    Few studies have evaluated the current status of knowledge of sepsis in ambulance service personnel. Our aim was to ascertain the levels of competency and proficiency of ambulance service personnel in the diagnosis and management of severe sepsis. A questionnaire was submitted to a sample of 208 participants in a professional ambulance service conference, and was recovered on site. The study probed eight areas of sepsis diagnosis and management based on modifications of a questionnaire used in a previous study. The term sepsis in Japanese, Haiketsushou, was familiar to 99% of Japanese certified emergency life-saving technicians (ELST) (Group I) and to 92% of noncertified ambulance service personnel (Group II), although 15% of participants in Group I and 44% in Group II ignored the meaning of sepsis. The definition of sepsis as "body's response to infection," "blood poisoning," or "shock due to bacteria in blood" were selected by 17%, 16%, and 37%, respectively, in Group I, and 4%, 6%, and 22%, respectively, in Group II. The mortality associated with sepsis was underestimated by 57% in Group I and 78% in Group II. Vital signs raising a suspicion for sepsis and their pertinent ranges were correctly chosen by only 50% of certified ELST. Hypothermia was prominently undervalued as a sign raising the suspicion of sepsis. Insufficient knowledge and perception for sepsis in Japanese ambulance services is revealed. A higher level of onsite or formal postgraduate education needs to be provided with a view to improve the prehospital management of sepsis. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Effects of Weather and Heliophysical Conditions on Emergency Ambulance Calls for Elevated Arterial Blood Pressure

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    Jone Vencloviene

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available We hypothesized that weather and space weather conditions were associated with the exacerbation of essential hypertension. The study was conducted during 2009–2010 in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania. We analyzed 13,475 cards from emergency ambulance calls (EACs, in which the conditions for the emergency calls were made coded I.10–I.15. The Kaunas Weather Station provided daily records of air temperature (T, wind speed (WS, relative humidity, and barometric pressure (BP. We evaluated the associations between daily weather variables and daily number of EACs by applying a multivariate Poisson regression. Unfavorable heliophysical conditions (two days after the active-stormy geomagnetic field or the days with solar WS > 600 km/s increased the daily number of elevated arterial blood pressure (EABP by 12% (RR = 1.12; 95% confidence interval (CI 1.04–1.21; and WS ≥ 3.5 knots during days of T < 1.5 °C and T ≥ 12.5 °C by 8% (RR = 1.08; CI 1.04–1.12. An increase of T by 10 °C and an elevation of BP two days after by 10 hPa were associated with a decrease in RR by 3%. An additional effect of T was detected during days of T ≥ 17.5 °C only in females. Women and patients with grade III arterial hypertension at the time of the ambulance call were more sensitive to weather conditions. These results may help in the understanding of the population’s sensitivity to different weather conditions.

  3. How urgent are cases brought to the emergency department by ambulance?

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    Melih Yuksel

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Emergency departments are the first places to which patients present with unexpected or unforeseen health problems. The purpose of this study was to assess the urgency of cases brought by ambulance to the Hospital on the basis of a three-level triage system. Methods: This study was performed between 01.06.2013 and 31.09.2013 at the Diyarbakır Education and Research Hospital. Our emergency service unit is a third degree service for all adult patient groups and all child trauma types. Triage of patients brought to the emergency department by ambulance was performed by emergency medicine specialists. Patients’ vital findings, identity data and triage categories were assessed. Results: 712 patients were included, 382 (53.7% male and 330 (46.3% female, with a mean age of 45. In this study, 619 (86.9% patients were transferred from the scene and 93 (13.1 between hospitals, 483 (67.8% patients were brought by emergency medicine technician (EMT teams, 107 (15% by physician-led teams, 107 (15 by paramedic teams and 15 (2.1% by other teams, 442 (62.1% patients were assessed as yellow, 141 (19.8% as green and 129 (19.1% as red zone. Five hundred eighty (81.5% patients were discharged and 115 (15.9% were hospitalized. Conclusion: Emergency health services are clearly developing rapidly in Turkey. In order for pre-hospital emergency health services not to be abused, we think that these services should be up to the standards of those in developed countries and that public awareness needs to be increased, particularly with regard to triage. J Clin Exp Invest 2015; 6 (2: 126-129

  4. Spinal Cord Injury Functional Ambulation Profile: a preliminary look at responsiveness.

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    Musselman, Kristin E; Yang, Jaynie F

    2014-02-01

    The Spinal Cord Injury Functional Ambulation Profile (SCI-FAP) is a valid, reliable measure of walking skill (eg, walking while negotiating obstacles, doors, and stairs). The responsiveness of the SCI-FAP was assessed at least 7 months after spinal cord injury (SCI) and compared with that of the 10-Meter Walk Test (10MWT) and the Six-Minute Walk Test (6MWT). A secondary analysis of data collected during a randomized, single-blind, crossover trial was performed. Participants had incomplete SCI and could walk at least 5 m without manual assistance. After 3 or 4 baseline assessments, participants completed 2 months of precision training (stepping over obstacles and onto targets on the ground) and 2 months of endurance training (treadmill training with body weight support, if needed). Walking function was assessed with the SCI-FAP, 10MWT, and 6MWT. Internal responsiveness was evaluated through change scores and standardized response means (SRMs). External responsiveness was gauged by correlating change scores on the SCI-FAP, 10MWT, and 6MWT. The minimal detectable change was calculated from the standard error of measurement from the baseline assessments. The SCI-FAP scores improved with both interventions. The magnitude of change was greater for participants whose pretraining self-selected speed was less than 0.5 m/s. The SCI-FAP had moderate SRMs. The 10MWT (fastest speed) and 6MWT had the largest SRMs after precision training and endurance training, respectively. The minimal detectable change in the SCI-FAP was 96 points. The convenience sample was small and all participants could ambulate independently (with devices); therefore, the generalizability of the findings is limited. The SCI-FAP was responsive to changes in walking ability in participants who had incomplete SCI and walked at slow speeds, but overall the 10MWT and 6MWT were more responsive.

  5. Telehealth-Enabled Emergency Medical Services Program Reduces Ambulance Transport to Urban Emergency Departments

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    James R. Langabeer II

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Emergency medical services (EMS agencies transport a significant majority of patients with low acuity and non-emergent conditions to local emergency departments (ED, affecting the entire emergency care system’s capacity and performance. Opportunities exist for alternative models that integrate technology, telehealth, and more appropriately aligned patient navigation. While a limited number of programs have evolved recently, no empirical evidence exists for their efficacy. This research describes the development and comparative effectiveness of one large urban program. Methods: The Houston Fire Department initiated the Emergency Telehealth and Navigation (ETHAN program in 2014. ETHAN combines telehealth, social services, and alternative transportation to navigate primary care-related patients away from the ED where possible. Using a case-control study design, we describe the program and compare differences in effectiveness measures relative to the control group. Results: During the first 12 months, 5,570 patients participated in the telehealth-enabled program, which were compared against the same size control group. We found a 56% absolute reduction in ambulance transports to the ED with the intervention compared to the control group (18% vs. 74%, P<.001. EMS productivity (median time from EMS notification to unit back in service was 44 minutes faster for the ETHAN group (39 vs. 83 minutes, median. There were no statistically significant differences in mortality or patient satisfaction. Conclusion: We found that mobile technology-driven delivery models are effective at reducing unnecessary ED ambulance transports and increasing EMS unit productivity. This provides support for broader EMS mobile integrated health programs in other regions.

  6. Ambulance staging for potentially dangerous scenes: another hidden component of response time.

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    Gratton, Matthew; Garza, Alex; Salomone, Joseph A; McElroy, James; Shearer, Jason

    2010-01-01

    Emergency medical services (EMS) responses to some scenes are potentially more dangerous than others, requiring EMS systems to develop policies that stage medical responders away from the scene until law enforcement has the area secured. We sought to characterize the calls that are staged and to demonstrate the effect of staging on the response time interval and differences in red lights and sirens (RLS) transport to the hospital between staged calls (SC) and nonstaged calls (NSC). This was a retrospective cohort study of all 9-1-1 calls received during calendar year 2006 in a midwestern, high-performance system. Descriptive statistics, Mann-Whitney U test, and chi-square analysis were used as appropriate; p protocol, dispatchers ordered EMS to stage on five categories: 924 for assault/rape (20.9%), 393 for unknown problem/man down (8.9%), 918 for overdose (20.8%), 734 for psychiatric/suicide attempt (16.6%), and 413 for stab/gunshot wound (9.4%). Dispatchers ordered staging using their own discretion for 1,032 (23.4%) calls. The median response time interval (call received until ambulance arrived at the scene) was 10 minutes 55 seconds (i.e., 10:55 minutes) (interquartile range [IQR]: 8:00-14:27) for SC and 6:16 minutes (IQR: 4:42-8:28) for NSC (p ambulances while police secure potentially dangerous scenes added approximately 4.5 minutes to the response time. We were unable to demonstrate a difference in RLS return to the hospital (our proxy for patient acuity) between SC and NSC.

  7. Reducing Ambulance Diversion at Hospital and Regional Levels: Systemic Review of Insights from Simulation Models

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Optimal solutions for reducing diversion without worsening emergency department (ED crowding are unclear. We performed a systematic review of published simulation studies to identify: 1 the tradeoff between ambulance diversion and ED wait times; 2 the predicted impact of patient flow interventions on reducing diversion; and 3 the optimal regional strategy for reducing diversion.Methods: Data Sources: Systematic review of articles using MEDLINE, Inspec, Scopus. Additional studies identified through bibliography review, Google Scholar, and scientific conference proceedings. Study Selection: Only simulations modeling ambulance diversion as a result of ED crowding or inpatient capacity problems were included. Data extraction: Independent extraction by two authors using predefined data fields.Results: We identified 5,116 potentially relevant records; 10 studies met inclusion criteria. In models that quantified the relationship between ED throughput times and diversion, diversion was found to only minimally improve ED waiting room times. Adding holding units for inpatient boarders and ED-based fast tracks, improving lab turnaround times, and smoothing elective surgery caseloads were found to reduce diversion considerably. While two models found a cooperative agreement between hospitals is necessary to prevent defensive diversion behavior by a hospital when a nearby hospital goes on diversion, one model found there may be more optimal solutions for reducing region wide wait times than a regional ban on diversion.Conclusion: Smoothing elective surgery caseloads, adding ED fast tracks as well as holding units for inpatient boarders, improving ED lab turnaround times, and implementing regional cooperative agreements among hospitals. [West J Emerg Med. 2013;14(5:489-498.

  8. CPR variability during ground ambulance transport of patients in cardiac arrest.

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    Roosa, Jason R; Vadeboncoeur, Tyler F; Dommer, Paul B; Panchal, Ashish R; Venuti, Mark; Smith, Gary; Silver, Annemarie; Mullins, Margaret; Spaite, Daniel; Bobrow, Bentley J

    2013-05-01

    High-quality CPR is associated with improved outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The purpose of this investigation was to compare the quality of CPR provided at the prehospital scene, during ambulance transport, and during the early minutes in the emergency department (ED). A prospective observational review of consecutive adult patients with non-traumatic OHCA was conducted between September 2008 and February 2010. Patients with initiation of prehospital CPR were included as part of a statewide cardiac resuscitation quality improvement program. A monitor-defibrillator with accelerometer-based CPR measurement capability (E-series, ZOLL Medical) was utilized. CPR quality measures included variability in chest compression (CC) depth and rate, mean depth and rate, and the CC fraction. Variability of CC was defined as the mean of minute-to-minute standard deviation in CC depth or rate. CC fraction was defined as the percent of time that CPR was being performed when appropriate throughout resuscitation. Fifty-seven adult patients with OHCA had electronic CPR data recorded at the scene, in the ambulance, and upon arrival in the ED. Across time periods, there was increased variability in CC depth (scene: 0.20 in.; transport: 0.26 in.; ED: 0.31 in., P<0.01) and rate (scene: 18.2 CC min(-1); transport: 26.1 CC min(-1); ED: 26.3 CC min(-1), P<0.01). The mean CC depth, rate, and the CC fraction did not differ significantly between groups. There was increased CC variability from the prehospital scene to the ED though there was no difference in mean CC depth, rate, or in CC fraction. The clinical significance of CC variability remains to be determined. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Temporal and Provincial Variation in Ambulance Use Among Patients Who Present to Acute Care Hospitals With ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

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    Kaul, Padma; Welsh, Robert C; Liu, Wei; Savu, Anamaria; Weiss, Dale R; Armstrong, Paul W

    2016-08-01

    At the first sign or symptoms consistent with an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), patients are encouraged to call 9-1-1 and activate emergency medical services immediately. We examined: (1) temporal trends and provincial variations in the proportion of STEMI patients who arrive by ambulance; and (2) the association between patient demographic and clinical characteristics and ambulance use. Hospital data for all patients 20 years or older who presented with a primary diagnosis of STEMI between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2013 in all provinces, except Quebec, were examined to identify ambulance use rates according to year and province. Among 67,232 STEMI hospitalizations (for 66,008 unique patients), the proportion of patients who presented by ambulance increased from 60% in fiscal year (FY) 2007 to 68% in FY 2012. In FY 2012, Alberta had the highest percentage of ambulance use (76%), followed by New Brunswick (73%) and Ontario (72%). At the province level, a higher rate of ambulance use was negatively correlated (r = -0.72; P = 0.04) with in-hospital mortality rate. Patients who presented by ambulance were older and more likely to be female. Self-presenters were more likely to be urban dwellers and present during work hours. Provincial differences in ambulance use remained after adjustment for patient characteristics, overall, and within specific patient subgroups. The use of ambulance services among patients who presented with STEMI in Canada has increased significantly over the past 5 years, although significant interprovincial variation remains. Copyright © 2016 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Bioverfügbarkeit verschiedener Darreichungsformen von clathriertem Dehydroepiandrosteron (DHEA) gegenüber nativem DHEA bei Frauen mit Nebennierenrindeninsuffizienz

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    Günther, Susann Margot Louise

    2006-01-01

    Bei Patientinnen mit chronischer Nebennierenrindeninsuffizienz liegt - neben dem Mangel an Glukokortikoiden und Mineralokortikoiden - ein Defizit an adrenalen Androgenen, nämlich Dehydroepiandrosteron (DHEA) und seinem Sulfatester DHEA-S vor. Obwohl DHEA und DHEA-S mengenmäßig die bedeutendsten Hormone der menschlichen Nebennierenrinde sind, gehören sie noch nicht zur standardisierten Substitutionstherapie bei Ausfall der Nebennierenrinde. In Untersuchungen der letzten Jahre konnte jedoch wie...

  11. Malignome der Prostata bei Patienten mit invasivem Harnblasenkarzinom: Onkologische Auswirkungen auf mögliche apexerhaltende Zystektomieverfahren

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    Gakis G

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Einleitung: Aktuelle Studien legen nahe, dass Zystektomien mit Erhalt des Prostataapex bei Patienten mit invasivem Harnblasenkarzinom die postoperative Kontinenz und erektile Funktion verbessern können. Jedoch existieren Bedenken hinsichtlich des postoperativen onkologischen Ergebnisses. Material und Methoden: Zwischen 2004 und 2007 wurden die klinischen und histologischen Parameter von 95 konsekutiven, radikal zystektomierten Patienten mit invasivem Harnblasenkarzinom hinsichtlich eines im Prostataapex lokalisierten Malignoms sowie der prä- und postoperativen PSA-Werte untersucht. Ergebnisse: Ein inzidentelles Prostatakarzinom (PCa wurde histologisch bei 26 von 95 Patienten (27,4 % nachgewiesen, wobei 7 hiervon im Prostataapex lokalisiert waren (mittleres Alter: 69 Jahre. Der mittlere präoperative PSA-Wert lag bei 3,3 ± 0,8 ng/ml (0,2–14 und war postoperativ unterhalb der Nachweisgrenze bei allen Patienten (mittleres Follow-up: 14,3 Monate; 3–32. Der präoperative Gesamt-PSAWert lag bei im Prostataapex lokalisierten PCa bei 5,7 ± 2,0 ng/ml (0,22–14 im Vergleich zu 2,0 ± 0,6 ng/ml (0,2–9 beim außerhalb des Prostataapex lokalisierten PCa (p 0,04. Weitere 7 der 95 (7,4 % Patienten wiesen ein Urothelkarzinom im Prostataapex ohne weitere pathologische Hinweise in der präoperativen transurethralen Resektion auf. Schlussfolgerungen: Basierend auf unseren Daten trägt ein apexerhaltendes Zystektomieverfahren bei Patienten mit invasivem Harnblasenkarzinom ein Gesamtrisiko von 14,8 % für einen Verbleib von Malignomgewebe in situ und ist deshalb nicht zu empfehlen. Weiterhin waren die PSA-Werte bei im Prostataapex lokalisierten PCa signifikant erhöht. Keiner der präoperativen Parameter konnte ein Malignom im Prostataapex sicher ausschließen.

  12. Uma pesquisa sobre o Gerenciamento de Resultados Contábeis: causas e conseqüências

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    Alberto Shigueru Matsumoto

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available O gerenciamento de resultados contábeis nas empresas é um problema real, sobretudo por encontrar refúgio na flexibilidade das normas e regulamentos contábeis, que permitem alternativas distintas para a contabilização de um mesmo evento contábil. E mesmo, onde há regras, estas facultam ao gerente escolhas distintas sobre a aplicação dessas regras. Assim, o objetivo deste trabalho é identificar as principais causas e as conseqüências da prática do gerenciamento de resultados contábeis nas empresas, tendo em vista os diversos usuários, internos e externos, das demonstrações e relatórios contábeis, considerando, dentre outros, os conceitos de transparência, de subjetividade, de flexibilidade das normas contábeis e o fato de o tema ter despertado o interesse das autoridades reguladoras e da imprensa especializada. Pode-se concluir que dentre as principais causas que levam os gestores e as empresas a gerenciarem os seus resultados contábeis estão o fato de que os Princípios Contábeis Geralmente Aceitos não alcançam todas as situações possíveis e os incentivos econômico-financeiros, que as empresas e os gestores podem obter. Quanto às conseqüências, destaca-se o comprometimento das informações contidas nos demonstrativos contábeis publicados, bem como o impacto que podem ter os informes divulgados sobre as decisões dos investidores nas Bolsas de Valores.

  13. Precise Point Positioning Model Using Triple GNSS Constellations: GPS, Galileo and BeiDou

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    Afifi, Akram; El-Rabbany, Ahmed

    2016-12-01

    This paper introduces a comparison between dual-frequency precise point positioning (PPP) post-processing model, which combines the observations of three different GNSS constellations, namely GPS, Galileo, and BeiDou and real-time PPP model. A drawback of a single GNSS system such as GPS, however, is the availability of sufficient number of visible satellites in urban areas. Combining GNSS observations offers more visible satellites to users, which in turn is expected to enhance the satellite geometry and the overall positioning solution. However, combining several GNSS observables introduces additional biases, which require rigorous modelling, including the GNSS time offsets and hardware delays. In this paper, a GNSS post-processing PPPP model is developed using ionosphere-free linear combination. The additional biases of the GPS, Galileo, and BeiDou combination are accounted for through the introduction of a new unknown parameter, which is identified as the inter-system bias, in the PPP mathematical model. Natural Resources Canada's GPSPace PPP software is modified to enable a combined GPS / Galileo / BeiDou PPP solution and to handle the newly inter-system bias. A total of four data sets at four IGS stations are processed to verify the developed PPP model. Precise satellite orbit and clock products from the IGS-MGEX network are used to correct of the GPS, Galileo and BeiDou measurements. For the real-time PPP model the corrections of the satellites orbit and clock are obtained through the international GNSS service (IGS) real-time service (RTS). GPS and Galileo Observations are used for the GNSS RTS-IGS PPP model as the RTS-IGS satellite products are not available for BeiDou satellites. This paper provides the GNSS RTS-IGS PPP model using different satellite clock corrections namely: IGS01, IGC01, IGS01, and IGS03. All PPP models results of convergence time and positioning precision are compared to the traditional GPS-only PPP model. It is shown that combining

  14. MRA in inflammatory disorders of the central nervous system; Magnetresonanz-Angiographie bei entzuendlichen Hirnerkrankungen

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    Felber, S. [Universitaetsklinik Innsbruck (Austria). Klinische Abt. fuer Radiologie II; Auer, A. [Universitaetsklinik Innsbruck (Austria). Inst. fuer Magnetresonanztomographie und Spektroskopie; Schmutzhard, E. [Universitaetsklinik fuer Neurologie, Innsbruck (Austria)

    2000-11-01

    In this review, we discuss the diagnostic potential of time of flight (TOF) MRA and contrast enhanced (CE) MRA in inflammatory disorders of the meninges and the brain. Cerebrovascular complications are frequently observed during infectious meningoencepalitis. 3D TOF-MRA and CE-MRA are complementary for the detection of basal intracranial artery stenosis and septic cerebral vein and sinus thrombosis due to secondary vasculitis. MRA reveals stenosis and occlusion as indirect signs of vasculitis, whereas MRI shows the inflammation of the brain and meninges and occasionally the vessel wall, together with the ischemic or hemorrhagic complication. In case of septic emboli MRA can detect peripheral occlusions and 'mycotic' aneurysms. For the diagnosis of noninfectious vasculitides of the intracranial vessels, high resolution 3D TOF-MRA is superior to CE-MRA for the detection of multiloculated segmental stenoses. However, there are presently no prospective studies on the sensitivity and specificity of MRA for these indications. Therefore, only positive MRA results can directly influence clinical management. In case of normal MRA, confirmation by catheder angiography may still be required. (orig.) [German] Diese Uebersicht behandelt die Moeglichkeiten der Time of flight MRA (TOF-MRA) und der kontrastmittelunterstuetzten MRA (KM-MRA) bei zerebral entzuendlichen Erkrankungen. Vaskulaere Komplikationen bei entzuendlichen Erkrankungen des Gehirns und der Meningen sind haeufig. Bei der infektioesen Meningitis kann die MRA eine sekundaere Vaskulitis des Circulus arteriosus Willisii und seiner Aeste, aber auch eine septische Hirnvenen- und Sinusthrombose nachweisen. Die TOF-MRA und KM-MRA liefern dabei komplementaere Informationen. In der gleichen Untersuchung kann eine entzuendliche Infiltration der Meningen bildgebend diagnostiziert werden. Bei der haematogen Herdenzephalitis im Rahmen einer Sepsis oder Endokarditis ist die MRA zur diagnose embolischer

  15. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy in schizophrenia. Possibilities and limitations; Magnetresonanzspektroskopie bei Schizophrenie. Moeglichkeiten und Grenzen

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    Wobrock, T. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Klinik fuer Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie; Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Klinik fuer Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Homburg/Saar (Germany); Scherk, H.; Falkai, P. [Universitaetsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar (Germany). Klinik fuer Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie

    2005-02-01

    Magnetic resonance spectroscopy is a noninvasive investigative technique for in vivo detection of biochemical changes in neuropsychiatric disorders for which especially proton ({sup 1}H-MRS) and phosphorus ({sup 31}P-MRS) magnetic resonance spectroscopy have been used. In this review we explain the principles of MRS and summarize the studies in schizophrenia. A systematic literature review was carried out for {sup 1}H-MRS studies investigating schizophrenic patients compared to controls. The inconsistent results in the cited studies may be due to different study population, specific neuroimaging technique, and selected brain regions. Frequent findings are decreased PME and increased PDE concentrations ({sup 31}P-MRS) linked to altered metabolism of membrane phospholipids and decreased N-acetylaspartate (NAA) or NAA/choline ratio ({sup 1}H-MRS) linked to neuronal damage in frontal (DLPFC) or temporal regions in patients with schizophrenia. These results contribute to the disturbed frontotemporal-thalamic network assumed in schizophrenia and are supported by additional functional neuroimaging, MRI morphometry, and neuropsychological evaluation. The combination of the described investigative techniques with MRS in follow-up studies may provide more specific clues for understanding the pathogenesis and disease course in schizophrenia. (orig.) [German] Die Magnetresonanzspektroskopie (MRS) stellt ein nichtinvasives Verfahren dar, mit dem in vivo biochemische Veraenderungen spezifischer Hirnregionen bei verschiedenen psychiatrischen Erkrankungen untersucht werden koennen. Dabei werden insbesondere die Protonenmagnetresonanzspektroskopie ({sup 1}H-MRS) sowie die Phosphormagnetresonanzspektroskopie ({sup 31}P-MRS) verwendet. In der vorliegenden Uebersichtsarbeit werden die methodischen Grundlagen erlaeutert sowie die Befundlage bei der Schizophrenie referiert. Fuer die Darstellung der Studien zur {sup 1}H-MRS bei schizophrenen Patienten im Vergleich zu einer Kontrollgruppe

  16. Anwendung der extrakorporalen Stoßwellentherapie bei kalzifizierender Periathropathia humeroscapularis, Fersensporn und Epicondylitis humeri - Erfahrungsbericht aus dem Wilhelminenspital

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    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Die Stoßwellentherapie wird bei verschiedenen Indikationen, die unter konservativen Therapien schwer zu schwer zu behandeln sind, eingesetzt. Dazu zählen die kalzifizierenden Schultererkrankungen (Tendinitis calcarea, Epicondylitis humeri (EHR und die plantare Fasciitis mit/ohne plantarem Fersensporn (FSP. Berichtet werden die Ergebnisse von 147 Patienten (102 Frauen/45 Männer, mittleres Alter betrug 57,8 Jahre, die mittels einer einmaligen extrakorporalen Stoßwellentherapie (ESWT (Tend. calc. 82 %, FSP 11 % oder EHR 7 % mittels eines HMT-ReflecTron therapiert wurden. Verabreicht wurden im Mittel 1.800 Stoßwellen. Untersucht wurde die subjektive Verbesserung der Schmerzen anhand einer visuellen Analogskala vor und 6 Wochen nach der Therapie bei allen Patienten. Bei Patienten mit Tendinitis calcarea wurde auch eine Verbesserung der Funktion sowie Veränderungen der Kalzifizierungen untersucht. Bei allen Patienten konnte eine statistisch signifikante Verbesserung der Schmerzen sowie des Bewegungsumfanges beobachtet werden (p 0,0001. Röntgenaufnahmen ergaben eine partielle Verkleinerung der Kalkdepots bei ca. 80 % der Patienten. Aufgrund der geringen Zahl der Patienten fand sich für die EHR keine signifikante Verbesserung der Schmerzsymptomatik. Eine einmalige ESWT kann zu einer deutlichen Verbesserung der Schmerzsymptomatik und zu einer Verbesserung des Bewegungsumfanges führen. Bei 80 % der Patienten mit einer Tendinitis calcarea findet sich weiter eine partielle Verkleinerung der Kalkdepots 6 Wochen nach Therapie.

  17. Antikoagulantientherapie bei venösen Thromboembolien in Abhängigkeit von der Grunderkrankung des Patienten

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    Seinost G

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Die therapeutische Basismaßnahme bei Patienten mit venösen Thromboembolien ist die Antikoagulation – initial in erster Linie mit einem niedermolekularen Heparin in therapeutischer Dosierung, weiterführend mit oraler Antikoagulation. Bei Tumorpatienten ist eine Verlängerung der Antikoagulation mit einem niedermolekularen Heparin für die ersten 3–6 Monate indiziert, danach sollte die weitere Antikoagulation individuell entschieden werden. Bei Patienten mit zerebraler oder peripherer AVK oder KHK, die eine venöse Thromboembolie erleiden, ist es zulässig, die Thrombozytenfunktionshemmung für die Dauer der Antikoagulation zu pausieren. Die Antikoagulation von Patienten mit chronischer Niereninsuffizienz kann ebenfalls mit niedermolekularem Heparin erfolgen. Bei Patienten mir höhergradiger Einschränkung der Kreatininclearance sollte jedoch eine entsprechende Reduktion der therapeutischen Dosis des niedermolekularen Heparins – idealerweise optimiert durch eine Kontrolle des Anti-Xa-Spiegels – oder die Antikoagulation mit unfraktioniertem Heparin durchgeführt werden. Patienten mit Antiphospholipid-Antikörper und venöser Thromboembolie werden in der Regel mit oraler Antikoagulation bei einer INR von 2–3 behandelt. Nur bei einem thromboembolischen Rezidivereignis unter suffizienter Antikoagulation ist eine Intensivierung bzw. Erweiterung des antithrombotischen Managements sinnvoll.

  18. Sensitivity Enhancement of Bead-based Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (BEIS) biosensor by electric field-focusing in microwells.

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    Shin, Kyeong-Sik; Ji, Jae Hoon; Hwang, Kyo Seon; Jun, Seong Chan; Kang, Ji Yoon

    2016-11-15

    This paper reports a novel electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) biosensors that uses magnetic beads trapped in a microwell array to improve the sensitivity of conventional bead-based EIS (BEIS) biosensors. Unloading the previously measured beads by removing the magnetic bar enables the BEIS sensor to be used repeatedly by reloading it with new beads. Despite its recyclability, the sensitivity of conventional BEIS biosensors is so low that it has not attracted much attentions from the biosensor industry. We significantly improved the sensitivity of the BEIS system by introducing of a microwell array that contains two electrodes (a working electrode and a counter electrode) to concentrate the electric field on the surfaces of the beads. We confirmed that the performance of the BEIS sensor in a microwell array using an immunoassay of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in PBS buffer and human plasma. The experimental results showed that a low concentration of PSA (a few tens or hundreds of fg/mL) were detectable as a ratio of the changes in the impedance of the PBS buffer or in human plasma. Therefore, our BEIS sensor with a microwell array could be a promising platform for low cost, high-performance biosensors for applications that require high sensitivity and recyclability.

  19. The Design of Compass/BeiDou Navigation Satellite Terminal for Migrant Bird Research

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    Yaohui Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A terminal of Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS, which can not only support BeiDou-1 and BeiDou-2 but also support Global Positioning System (GPS, is designed to research the activities of the migrant birds, with our novel design of a multiband antenna. By a high-density integration, this terminal is designed with a compact size and light weight. When the terminal is assembled to a whooper swan, its flying trace is recorded by the CNSS, which is in agreement with that of GPS. The flying route map based on the CNSS is useful to check the situation and habit of the migrant bird, which is important for animal protection and bird flu outbreak prediction.

  20. Auswirkungen des Urin-pH auf das Ballonvolumen bei Dauerkathetern

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    Pannek J

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Einleitung: Eine häufige Komplikation der transurethralen oder suprapubischen Dauerkatheterversorgung ist die Dislokation durch eine insuffiziente Katheterblockung. Die Auswirkungen des Urin-pH auf das Ballonvolumen sind dabei bisher nicht untersucht. Methodik: In einer In-vitro-Studie wurden Dauerkatheter aus Silikon und Latex mit entweder 10%iger Glyzerinlösung oder mit 0,9%iger NaCl-Lösung geblockt und 14 Tage bei verschiedenen pH-Werten in künstlichem Urin gelagert. Nach diesem Zeitraum wurde die rückgewonnene Flüssigkeit aus dem Katheterballon gemessen. Ergebnisse: Bei allen Katheterballons wurde eine Reduktion des Ballonvolumens von maximal 20 % festgestellt. Weder das verwendete Füllmedium noch das Kathetermaterial hatte signifikante Auswirkungen auf das Ausmaß der Volumenänderung. Schlußfolgerung: Die Änderung des Urin-pH führt nicht zu Volumenverschiebungen im Katheterballon.

  1. Functional MR urography in patients with renal transplants; Funktionelle MR-Urographie bei Patienten mit Nierentransplantaten

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    Knopp, M.V. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany). Forschungsschwerpunkt Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie; Doersam, J. [Heidelberg Univ. (Germany). Abt. Urologie und Poliklinik; Oesingmann, N. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany). Forschungsschwerpunkt Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie; Piesche, S. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany). Forschungsschwerpunkt Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie; Hawighorst, H. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany). Forschungsschwerpunkt Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie; Wiesel, M. [Heidelberg Univ. (Germany). Abt. Urologie und Poliklinik; Schad, L.R. [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany). Forschungsschwerpunkt Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie; Kaick, G. van [Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg (Germany). Forschungsschwerpunkt Radiologische Diagnostik und Therapie

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    Purpose: To assess the value of functional magnetic resonance urography for the noninvasive postoperative evaluation of renal transplants. Methods: A saturation inversion projection sequence allows the selective imaging of strongly T1 weighted signal from the MR contrast agent. A coronal slab leads to images comparable to conventional urography which can be acquired as a sequence with four images per minute. Results: 15 patients with urologic questionable findings after renal transplantation were studied. FMRU revealed in 6 patients normal findings, in 6 moderate dilatation of the renal pelvis without any urodynamic relevant obstruction. 3 pathologic findings, ureteral leak, ureteropelvic-junction obstruction and ureteral stenosis were diagnosed and consequently surgically treated. The imaging quality in all studies was diagnostic and urologically relevant. Conclusion: FMRU can be used as a noninvasive technique for the assessment of renal transplant in cases with suspicion of complication in the excretory system. (orig.) [Deutsch] Fragestellung: Laesst sich die funktionelle Magnetresonanzurographie (FMRU) zur nichtinvasiven Diagnostik im postoperativen Verlauf von Nierentransplantaten einsetzen? Methodik: Mit Hilfe einer Saturation-Inversion-Projektionstechnik kann eine selektive Darstellung der durch das Kontrastmittel stark verkuerzten T1-gewichteten Signalanteile erreicht werden. Durch koronare Schichtfuehrung entstehen Bilder vergleichbar mit einer konventionellen Urographie, die als Sequenz von 4 Bildern pro Minute aufgenommen werden. Ergebnisse: 15 Patienten mit urologisch abklaerungsbeduerftigen Befunden nach Nierentransplantation wurden untersucht. Mit der FMRU konnte bei 6 Patienten ein unauffaelliger Befund, bei 6 eine diskrete Dilatation des Nierenbeckenkelchsystems ohne urodynamisch relevante Abflussbehinderung nachgewiesen werden, jeweils eine Harnleiterleckage, eine Harnleitermuendungsstenose und eine Harnleiterabgangsenge wurden diagnostiziert und

  2. Diagnostic value of SPECT in bone scintigraphy; Bedeutung der SPECT bei der Knochenszintigraphie

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    Gratz, S.; Becker, W. [Goettingen Univ. (Germany). Abt. fuer Nuklearmedizin

    2000-05-01

    Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) reflects the realization of its ability to remove unwanted activity from bone structures with greater contrast. Especially in the spine SPECT improves the diagnostic accuracy compared with planar bone scintigraphy, because smaller structures of single vertebral bodies can be diagnosed with better anatomic resolution due to SPECT with consequently higher sensitivities and specificities. With SPECT, alterations of the lateral part of the vertebral body, pars interacticularis and smaller facet joints can be correctly diagnosed as spondylarthrotic degenerative alterations. In patients with suspected spine malignancies SPECT did not demonstrate to be a reliable instrument for diagnosing malignancy. We recommend to perform SPECT in case of patients with back pain and suspected spine pathologies seen on planar bone scans, since a correct diagnosis of especially benign spondylarthrotic spine lesions is possible with SPECT. With SPECT, a reduction of radiological examinations of 23% should be possible. (orig.) [German] Die Single-Photonenemissionscomputertomographie (SPECT) erlaubt bei der Knochenszintigraphie eine ueberlagerungsfreie Darstellung von Knochenstrukturen mit hoher Kontrastgenauigkeit. Insbesondere bei Wirbelsaeulenerkrankungen ermoeglicht SPECT einen deutlichen diagnostischen Zugewinn gegenueber planaren Aufnahmen, da kleinere Strukturen einzelner Wirbelkoerper aufgrund des hohen anatomischen Aufloesungsvermoegens mit SPECT sehr sensitiv und spezifisch dargestellt werden. Veraenderungen, die sich auf den lateralen Anteil des Wirbelkoerpers, die Pars interarticularis und die kleinen Facettengelenke projizieren, koennen mit SPECT als spondylarthrotisch degenerative Laesionen eingestuft werden. Zwingende SPECT-szintigraphische Kriterien, die eine Laesion als eindeutig maligne nachweisen, gibt es dagegen nicht. Wir denken, dass SPECT bei allen Patienten mit Rueckenschmerzen und planarszintigraphisch suspekten

  3. Untersuchungen zum dynamischen Verhalten von topologisch optimierten Pressverbänden bei Umlaufbiegung

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    Heydt, Jürgen Friedrich

    2012-01-01

    Die Lebensdauer von Pressverbindungen wird infolge der Reibdauerbeanspruchung begrenzt. Die Reibdauerbeanspruchung entsteht aufgrund einer dynamischen Beanspruchung, die zu einer oszillierenden Gleitbewegung unter Einfluss des Fugendrucks zwischen Welle und Nabe führt. Eine Gleitbewegung zwischen Welle und Nabe, auch Schlupf genannt, ist bei einer zweckmäßigen Beanspruchung der Pressverbände unvermeidbar. In dieser Arbeit konnten drei grundsätzliche Aspekte für die Auslegung von Querpress...

  4. HRCT of the lung in collagen vascular diseases; HRCT der Lunge bei Kollagenosen

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    Diederich, S. [Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Roos, N. [Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Schmitz-Linneweber, B. [Medizinische Klinik B, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Gaubitz, M. [Medizinische Klinik B, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany); Peters, P.E. [Inst. fuer Klinische Radiologie, Westfaelische Wilhelms-Univ., Muenster (Germany)

    1996-07-01

    bei progressiver Systemsklerose (PSS, Sklerodermie), systemischem Lupus erythematodes (SLE), `mixed connective tissue disease` (MCTD, Sharp-Syndrom), Sjoegren-Syndrom, Mischkollagenose (`Overlap`syndrom) und rheumatoider Arthritis (RA) werden dargestellt. Ausserdem werden fuer die einzelnen Krankheitsbilder jeweils spezifische Phaenomene erlaeutert wie die Oesophagusbeteiligung bei PSS, akute Pneumonitis oder pulmonale Haemorrhagie bei SLE, lymphoproliferative Erkrankungen beim Sjoegren-Syndrom und nekrobiotische Rundherde bei RA. (orig.)

  5. Früherkennung und Frühintervention bei Psychosen

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    Mossaheb N

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In den vergangenen 20 Jahren wurden vermehrt Möglichkeiten der Frühintervention bei psychotischen Störungen erforscht. Ausgangspunkt war einerseits die seit Langem bekannte Beobachtung eines Prodromalstadiums der Erkrankung. Andererseits trug die Erkenntnis um die negativen Effekte einer langen Dauer unbehandelter psychotischer Symptome dazu bei, präventive Maßnahmen zu entwickeln. Maßgeblich für die adäquate Früherkennung war letztlich die Entwicklung operationalisierter Kriterien spezifischer Risikosyndrome: die „Ultrahigh- risk“-Kriterien eines „at-risk mental state“. In Anbetracht dessen wird derzeit ein klinisches Stadienmodell zur stadiengerechten Behandlung der Erkrankung diskutiert. Die Ergebnisse neurobiologischer Studien weisen ebenfalls auf einen stadienhaften Verlauf bereits im Vorfeld der klinischen Manifestation psychotischer Störungen hin. Mittels indizierter Prävention können Menschen mit „at-risk mental state“ einer frühzeitigen Intervention zugeführt werden. Die ersten präventiven Frühinterventionsstudien bei Personen mit erhöhtem Risiko beinhalten die Adaptierung von Therapiekonzepten, die bei manifesten Psychosen wirksam sind, u. a. mit Antipsychotika und kognitiver Verhaltenstherapie. Diese Studien waren während der Behandlung, aber nicht darüber hinaus wirksam. In weiterer Folge wurden auch auf neueren Konzepten basierende – wie der Neuroprotektion – Interventionen untersucht. Eine placebokontrollierte Studie, an der 81 Personen teilnahmen, konnte vor Kurzem eine nachhaltige Wirksamkeit von Omega-3- Fettsäuren (Fischöl zur Reduktion des Psychoserisikos zeigen. Eine 3-monatige Intervention senkte dabei über den Zeitraum eines Jahres die Psychoserate um 23 %. Eine Replikation dieses Ergebnisses wird derzeit in 8 Zentren weltweit durchgeführt.

  6. Untersuchungen zur Bedeutung anthelminthischer Behandlungen bei der Auslösung von Symptomen einer larvalen Cyathostominose

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    Steinbach, Tanja

    2003-01-01

    Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wird untersucht, ob bei Pferden durch die Gabe von Anthelminthika Symptome einer larvalen Cyathostominose ausgelöst werden können. Im Zentrum des Interesses stehen dabei die Anthelminthika Moxidectin und Fenbendazol, die aufgrund ihrer larviziden Wirksamkeit als Mittel der ersten Wahl für die kausale Therapie und Metaphylaxe der larvalen Cyathostominose angesehen werden. Der Versuch wird an 24 Ponyfohlen durchgeführt, die in die folgenden Gruppen unterteilt werden...

  7. Occupational radiation exposure of the personnel due to interventional radiology; Strahlenexposition des Personals bei interventionellen Massnahmen

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    Wucherer, M. [Klinikum der Stadt Nuernberg (Germany). Inst. fuer Medizinische Physik; Schmidt, T.; Loose, R. [Klinikum Nuernberg-Nord (Germany). Inst. fuer Diagnostische und Interventionelle Radiologie

    2000-07-01

    Applications of interventional radiology continue to be on an upward trend, some countries reporting a 100% increase within 2-4 years, so that the resulting radiation exposure of both patients and personnel is an issue of increasing importance. Whereas those applications in general are of advantage for the patients, they mean just a further health hazard for the medical personnel. It is therefore necessary to exploit all available means to reduce the occupational doses. Modern interventional radiology systems offer a range of measures for this purpose, as e.g. last-image-hold, or pulsed modes. Special attention has to be given to the exposure of hand and head. Particularly the hand is closest to the useful beam, and it should be a mandatory requirement to wear film rings. (orig./CB) [German] Interventionelle Massnahmen weisen immer noch eine Steigerungstendenz auf, teilweise wird in manchen Laendern von einer Verdopplungsrate von 2-4 Jahren berichtet. Eventuelle Folgen der interventionellen Massnahmen, naemlich die damit verbundene Strahlenexposition fuer Patient und Personal, werden zunehmend problematisiert. Waehrend der Patient einen unmittelbaren Nutzen von dem meist miminal invasiven Eingriff hat, ist dies beim Personal nicht der Fall. Es muessen deswegen, besonders beim Untersuchungspersonal, alle Moeglichkeiten ausgeschoepft werden, die Exposition zu reduzieren. Neben den ueblichen bekannten Methoden sind bei modernen Anlagen weitere Massnahmen moeglich. Hierzu zaehlen z.B. Speicherung des letzten Bildes, strahlungslose Einblendung, gepulste Durchleuchtung usw. In Einzelfaellen hat die Exposition des Personals die Jahresgrenzwerte erreicht. Besonderer Aufmerksamkeit ist bei interventionellen Massnahmen der Exposition von Hand und Kopf zu widmen. Die Hand ist, vor allem bei der Punktion und Kathetermanipulation, nahe dem Nutzstrahlenbuendel. Es ist deswegen zu fordern, dass bei den interventionellen Massnahmen Fingerringdosimeter getragen werden. (orig.)

  8. Delir, postoperative kognitive Verschlechterung und Charles Bonnet-Syndrom bei Patienten mit Kataraktoperationen

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    Hämmerl, Thomas

    2005-01-01

    In der Klinik für Augenheilkunde an der TU München wurden 92 Patienten mit Kataraktoperationen zu Delir, postoperativer kognitiver Verschlechterung und Charles Bonnet-Syndrom untersucht. Ein Patient hatte ein Delir bei Aufnahme, keiner entwickelte ein postoperatives Delir. Eine Risikogruppe für einen komplizierten postoperativen Verlauf stellten die Patienten mit präoperativer kognitiver Beeinträchtigung (n=11) und die Patienten mit postoperativer kognitiver Verschlechterung (n=8) dar. Risiko...

  9. Funktionsanalyse der rechten Herzkammer bei Kindern mit angeborenen Herzfehlern mithilfe der Conductance-Technik

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    Apitz C

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Hintergrund: Die komplexe Anatomie und die Abhängigkeit von Vor- und Nachlast machen die Bestimmung der rechtsventrikulären Funktion zu einer diagnostischen Herausforderung. Die sogenannte Conductance-Katheter-Technik erlaubt die zuverlässige Bestimmung der Funktion der linken Herzkammer. Ziel unserer Studie war die Evaluation der Conductance-Technik für die Funktionsanalyse des rechten Ventrikels. Patienten und Methode: Bei 13 pädiatrischen Patienten wurden nach Operation einer rechtsventrikulären Ausflussbahnobstruktion im Säuglings- bzw. Kleinkindalter Druck-Volumen-Kurven des rechten Ventrikels im Lebensalter von im Mittel 12,7 Jahren (7,5–17,9 Jahre mithilfe von Conductance-Kathetern aufgezeichnet. Als Maß für die myokardiale Kontraktilität des rechten Ventrikels wurde die endsystolische Druck- Volumen-Beziehung (Elastance unter Reduktion der Vorlast durch kurzzeitige Inflation eines Ballonkatheters in der unteren Hohlvene bestimmt. Zur Untersuchung der kontraktilen Reserve diente die Steigerung der Elastance während intravenöser Applikation von Dobutamin. Ergebnisse: Mithilfe der Conductance-Technik konnten bei allen Patienten reproduzierbare Druckvolumenkurven des rechten Ventrikels erhoben werden. Ernsthafte Nebenwirkungen traten während der Untersuchung nicht auf. Dobutamin führte im Vergleich zu den Ruhebedingungen zu einem signifikanten Anstieg der systolischen Funktionsparameter dP/dt max und der endsystolischen Elastance. Schlussfolgerung: Die Conductance-Technik ermöglicht auch bei der rechten Herzkammer die lastunabhängige Quantifizierung der myokardialen Kontraktilität und der kontraktilen Reserve und liefert damit bei Patienten mit angeborenen Herzfehlern zusätzliche Informationen zur verbesserten Beurteilung der Funktion des rechten Ventrikels.

  10. Scintigraphic assessment of renal function in a case of renal dystopia; Szintigraphische Funktionsberechnung bei renaler Lageanomalie

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    Pilgrim, S. [Gemeinschaftspraxis fuer Nuklearmedizin, Luebeck (Germany)

    1998-06-01

    In patients with renal dystopia radionuclide urography in commonly used technique may yield inaccurate results concerning split renal function. In a case of unilateral pelvic kidney a simple strategy to avoid this methodical error is demonstrated. (orig.) [Deutsch] Am Fallbeispiel eines Patienten mit einseitiger Beckenniere wird dargestellt, dass bei einer Lageanomalie und Anwendung der renalen Funktionsszintigraphie in ueblicher Technik eine deutliche Fehleinschaetzung der seitengetrennten Funktionsanteile resultieren kann. Ein einfaches Verfahren zur Vermeidung dieses Bestimmungsfehlers wird aufgezeigt. (orig.)

  11. Dimensionsgenauigkeit von Abformmaterialien bei der offenen und geschlossenen Implantatabformung zweier unterschiedlicher Implantatsysteme

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    Weskott, Katharina

    2011-01-01

    In der vorliegenden Studie wurde die Dimensionsgenauigkeit von Abformmaterialien bei der offenen und geschlossenen Implantatabformung in Zusammenhang mit den beiden Implantatsystemen Straumann (Freiburg) und BEGO (Bremen) untersucht. Die Besonderheit dieser Studie bestand zum einen in der Gegenüberstellung der beiden Implantatsysteme, da bislang noch kein direkter Vergleich unterschiedlicher Implantatsysteme in der Literatur beschrieben wurde. Zum anderen aber auch wurden in dieser Studie zus...

  12. Erfassung und Trainierbarkeit der posturalen Kontrolle und Modulation des Gangbildes bei Patienten mit Morbus Parkinson

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    2015-01-01

    Die vorliegende Arbeit gliedert sich in drei Teile. Zunächst geht es um die Erfassung der posturalen Instabilität bei Patienten mit Morbus Parkinson. Es wurde ein klinischer Gleichgewichtstest (Fullerton Advanced Balance (FAB) Scale) zur Erhebung der posturalen Kontrolle validiert und mit der Berg Balance Scale und dem Mini-Balance Evaluation System Test (Mini-BESTest) verglichen. Hierfür wurden 85 Parkinsonpatienten eingeschlossen und untersucht. Es konnte gezeigt werden, dass die FAB Sc...

  13. Wirksamkeit der Aromatherapie auf Angst bei Krebspatienten: systematische Literaturübersicht

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    Kryeziu, Ardijana; Jossen, Renata

    2016-01-01

    Problembeschreibung: Weltweit stellt Krebs ein weit verbreitetes Problem und eine häufige Todesursache dar. Bei einer Krebserkrankung treten körperliche und psychische Symptome auf. Eine Hauptbelastung der Betroffenen stellt die Angst dar. Ängste können medikamentös mit Anxiolytika behandelt werden. Trotzdem muss beachtet werden, dass Anxiolytika mit Nebenwirkungen oder einer Abhängigkeitsentwicklung verbunden sind. Deshalb ist es wichtig, zusätzliche nichtmedikamentöse Pflegeinterventi...

  14. Identifikation kognitiver Subgruppen bei der bipolaren Störung und Evaluation eines kognitiven Remediationsprogramms

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    Volkert, Julia

    2015-01-01

    Die bipolare Störung ist eine psychische Erkrankung, die sich durch wiederkehrende depressive und (hypo-) manische Phasen auszeichnet. Neben Stimmungsschwankungen leiden viele Patienten unter kognitiven Beeinträchtigungen, die nicht nur während akuter Episoden, sondern auch in der Remission, d.h. in euthymer Stimmungslage persistieren. Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigte sich mit den klinischen Korrelaten von kognitiven Defiziten und der Effektivität eines kognitiven Trainings bei bipolaren P...

  15. Mg++-Stoffwechselkorrelationen als Diagnose und Prognose beim Sport und bei Hypertonikern

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Anhand eines Vergleichs der Daten dreier verschiedener Untersuchungen konnten wir demonstrieren, dass Veränderungen von ionisiertem Magnesium im Blut sowohl mit metabolischen Veränderungen als auch mit diastolischen und systolischen Blutdruckveränderungen korrelieren. Zuerst gelang es darzulegen, dass man imstande ist, durch die Bestimmung von Mg++ zusammen mit pH, Laktat und Leistungspunkten bei einem sportlichen Wettbewerb schon vor dem Bewerb anhand einer Mg++/pH-Korrelation die Chancen für anschließendes erfolgreiches Abschneiden vorherzusagen [1, 2]. Untersuchungen dieser Werte nach dem Bewerb gestatteten durch korrelative Analysen von Mg++-Veränderungen, Leistungspunkten und Laktatveränderungen einen tieferen Einblick in das Anstrengungs- Erfolgs-Verhältnis der Teilnehmer. Ähnlich den Resultaten beim Sport konnten durch Korrelation von Mg++ und diastolischem RR nach dem Test die signifikant-prognostischen Wirkungen der Mg++-Bestimmung gezeigt werden. Ähnlich wie beim Verhältnis zwischen Mg++ und Leistungspunkten zeigten auch hier diejenigen Patienten mit den geringsten Mg++-Abweichungen nach Provokation [1–3] auch die geringsten erregungsbedingten Veränderungen von diastolischem RR und Herzfrequenz durch den Test. Schließlich konnten wir bei 300 hypertonen Diabetikern zeigen, dass Blutzuckerveränderungen im Rahmen eines Glukoseprofils abhängig vom systolischen Blutdruck sind und eng mit Mg++-Veränderungen einhergehen, was einige neue Gedanken über den Mechanismus des Elektrolytverlusts bei Typ-2-Diabetikern und die Rolle des Blutdrucks bei Blutzuckerschwankungen zulässt [4–6].

  16. Mg++-Stoffwechselkorrelationen als Diagnose und Prognose beim Sport und bei Hypertonikern

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    2012-01-01

    Anhand eines Vergleichs der Daten dreier verschiedener Untersuchungen konnten wir demonstrieren, dass Veränderungen von ionisiertem Magnesium im Blut sowohl mit metabolischen Veränderungen als auch mit diastolischen und systolischen Blutdruckveränderungen korrelieren. Zuerst gelang es darzulegen, dass man imstande ist, durch die Bestimmung von Mg++ zusammen mit pH, Laktat und Leistungspunkten bei einem sportlichen Wettbewerb schon vor dem Bewerb anhand einer Mg++/pH-Korrelation di...

  17. Ergebnisse der dorsalen Spondylodese bei Frakturen des dorsolumbalen Übergangs

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    Ramzy, Magdy

    2002-01-01

    Ziel der vorliegenden Arbeit ist es, die Technik der dorsalen Spondylodese bei Frakturen des dorsolumbalen Überganges anhand von Komplikationen und Behandlungsergebnissen zu beurteilen. Es wurden in dieser retrospektiven Untersuchung 161 Patienten (60% männlich, 40% weiblich) eingeschlossen, die in den Jahren 1985 bis 1994 an der Unfallchirurgie Bergmannsheil Bochum behandelt wurden. 142 dieser Patienten wurden in standardisierter Technik durch dorsale Spondylodes mit internem Fix...

  18. Entwicklung und Evaluation eines intersektoralen und multidimensionalen Programms zur Adhärenzverbesserung bei psychiatrischen Patienten

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    2016-01-01

    Die psychiatrische Pharmakotherapie weist Risikofaktoren für Non-Adhärenz, wie langfristige Rezidivprophylaxen und unvermeidbare Nebenwirkungen, auf. Zusammen mit einer oft ungenügenden Therapie- und Krankheitseinsicht sowie einer individuellen Wahrnehmung von Risiken der Psychopharmaka durch den Patienten führt dies bei 20% bis 70% zu einem frühzeitigen Therapieabbruch. Die Folgen umfassen nicht nur Rückfälle, Krankenhauseinweisungen und höheren Kosten im Gesundheitssystem, sondern sogar ein...

  19. Fragmentbefestigung bei zervikalen Wurzelfrakturen - Eine In-vitro-Untersuchung zur Verbundfestigkeit verschiedener Dentinadhäsivsysteme -

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    Heuchemer, Elmar

    2008-01-01

    Traumatische Verletzungen der Frontzähne treten bei Kindern und Jugendlichen zunehmend häufiger auf. Im jugendlichen Gebiss ist die prothetische Versorgung eines zervikal frakturierten Zahnes aufgrund des nicht abgeschlossenen Kiefer- und Wurzelwachstums nicht möglich. Kompositaufbau oder Fragmentwiederbefestigung sind Möglichkeiten den Zahn mit einer guten Ästhetik zu erhalten. Ziel dieser Arbeit war es herauszufinden, ob verschiedene Adhäsivsysteme signifikante Unterschiede in der Bruchfest...

  20. Vitex-agnus-castus-Extrakt (Ze 440 zur Symptombehandlung bei Frauen mit menstruellen Zyklusstörungen

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Ziel: Diese nichtinterventionelle Beobachtungsstudie (NIS wurde von Schweizer Gynäkologen und Allgemeinmedizinern im Rahmen der üblichen ärztlichen Grundversorgung durchgeführt. Das Ziel der NIS war es, die Wirksamkeit und Sicherheit von Vitex-agnus-castus-(VAC Extrakt (Ze 440: premens, Zeller Medical AG, Romanshorn, Schweiz bei Frauen, die unter menstruellen Zyklusstörungen wie Polymenorrhö, Oligomenorrhö oder Amenorrhö litten, zu untersuchen. Methode: Insgesamt 211 Patientinnen nahmen an dieser NIS teil. Symptome, die mit menstruellen Zyklusstörungen („menstrual cycle irregularities“ [MCIs] und der Menstruationsblutung in Verbindung stehen, wurden bei einer Erstuntersuchung („baseline visit“ [BV] und einer Kontrolluntersuchung („follow-up visit“ [FV] nach Behandlung mit VAC-Extrakt über einen Zeitraum von 3 aufeinanderfolgenden Menstruationszyklen beurteilt. Ergebnisse: Der Anteil der Patientinnen, bei denen eine Beschwerdefreiheit oder eine Besserung der MCIs (insgesamt und spezifischer Beschwerdebilder wie Polymenorrhö, Oligomenorrhö und Amenorrhö erzielt werden konnte, lag bei der FV bei 79–85 %. Bei Symptomen im Zusammenhang mit der Menstruationsblutung wie Dysmenorrhö, Zwischenblutungen, Hypermenorrhö, Menometrorrhagie, Ovulationsblutung, präoder postmenstrueller Blutung betrug der Anteil der Patientinnen, bei denen ein Rückgang oder eine Besserung festgestellt wurde, bei der FV zwischen 60 und 88 %. Von 53 Patientinnen, die bei der BV von einem unerfüllten Kinderwunsch berichteten, wurden 12 Frauen (23 % während der Behandlung mit VAC-Extrakt schwanger. Bei der FV waren 91 % der Ärzte und 92 % der Patientinnen mit den erzielten Behandlungsergebnissen „zufrieden“ oder „sehr zufrieden“ und 80 % der Patientinnen bestätigten, dass sie gerne mit der Behandlung mit VAC-Extrakt fortfahren wollen. Fazit: Diese Beobachtungsstudie im Bereich der ärztlichen Grundversorgung ergab, dass die Behandlung mit VAC