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Oregon's Terminally Ill Patients More Likely to Have End-Of-Life Choices Respected, Study Finds

...t from a home or nursing home through transport by ambulance tothe hospital. The second study, Barriers to Improving Care of the Dying, coversa wide range of issues from the frequency of advance planning to whetherterminally ill patients died in the location they preferred. The POLST study, a statewid...

Heart Attack Victims More Likely To Survive When Taken To High-Volume Hospitals

...tients with chest pain typically have been takenby ambulance to the nearest hospital because transport time is important. Ourstudy suggests that in urban and suburban areas, the hospital-volume effect mayoutweigh minor transport delays. Heart attack patients may benefit from a fieldtriage system like that us...

One of the nation's top cardiologists available to discsuss findings of study related to Medicare patients and high-volume hospitals

...l have asomewhat better chance of surviving if the ambulance takes you to the nearestlarge-volume hospital rather than just the nearest hospital." The researchers reviewed results of treatment received by 98,898 Medicarepatients who were suffering myocardial infarctions (heart attacks) when admittedto hospital...

Elderly heart attack patients fare well with managed care

...s withfee-for-service coverage (51%). Most of the ambulance use by HMO patientsoccurred at night, suggesting that 24-hour call-in lines or other servicesavailable from HMOs may have improved patients' access to emergencytransportation. The study also found that HMO patients were somewhat morelikely than fee-...

Properly securing trunk crucial in ambulance transport

...late the swaying and jarring that can occur during ambulance transports. While one method worked better at securing the head - self-adhesive styrofoam wedges that custom fit the board to the patient - Perry says the crucial factor is restricting, to the same degree, mobility of the head and trunk. "Even though...

Health phone lines hampered by public's poor understanding of the term 'unconscious'

... such as NHS Direct, out of hours call centres,and ambulance services. A study in the Journal of Accident and Emergency Medicine shows that one in two people did not always understand the meaning of the term "unconscious." Seven hundred patients in an inner city accident and emergency department were asked s...

Range of medical equipment carried in UK front line ambulances varies considerably

...ospital Immediate Care. A survey of all 39 UK ambulance services showed that while they all carried basic ... lives of people who are severely injured, and all ambulance services have this capacity. But a quarter of the services did not carry the appropriate oxygen mask...

Interactive game could reduce heart attack deaths by teaching rapid response to symptoms

... attack symptoms, collapses, and must be rushed by ambulance to the emergency room, where it is too late to revive him. HEART SENSE continues with interactive modules that use quizzes and conversations with virtual people to help the user prevent members of a virtual community from succumbing to a fatal heart...

Parents benefit by accompanying children on ambulance trips between hospitals

...ked if they wish to accompany their children on an ambulance trip between two hospitals. The change reflects re...elt reassured after accompanying their children on ambulance transports, compared to parents who did not ride with their children. A companion study, surveying t...

Critical care bypass in emergency rooms

...erienced cardiac arrest while being transported by ambulance to hospital, although not the nearest hospital because that institution was on critical care bypass. In this issue of CMAJ, Anne Walker examines the policies of critical care bypass in a legal framework, reviewing the concept of duty to care as it re...

'Star Wars' like technology closer than galaxies far away

...ble. Once developed, the device will be ideal for ambulance and emergency room applications as well. "We've developed devices that have been used to stop bleeding and treat tumors. These are not yet approved for human use," said Crum, who is director of the Center for Industrial and Medical Ultrasound at the...

Demand for emergency ambulances has risen

...sons for this rise. Researchers analysed emergency ambulance dispatches using a randon sample of records held b...s redirecting patients with urgent problems to the ambulance service, particularly out of surgery hours, they found no evidence of this. Research identifying inf...

Researchers determine best possible drug option for cardiac arrest

... The results from ALIVE mean that we can now tell ambulance personnel and emergency departments that amiodaron...." "Cardiac arrest requires prompt action, both by ambulance personnel and emergency department staff and physicians," says study co-author Dr. Dan Cass, chief, ...

Hospital mortuary services need regular inspection

...0. Bodies were received from funeral directors and ambulance crews as well as hospital wards. They checked wrist bands, labels, and identification papers against the patients registration details for any discrepancies. They also checked accuracy of recording the presence of a pacemaker and property for each bo...

What causes patients to delay seeking medical help?

...ven those who had previously been told to phone an ambulance felt reluctant to do so. People were also reluctant to seek medical help during the night and at weekends. The decision to seek medical help is a complex interaction of knowledge and experience, beliefs, emotions, and the context of the event, say th...

Is there a neurologist on this flight?

...gs are costly. Without taking into account ground ambulance and hospital care, the cost for neurological-related diversions amounts to nearly $9 million a year for U.S. airlines, according to Sirven. "Given the high cost and inconvenience associated with emergency landings, we would also like to encourage m...

Reducing the number of walk-in patients won't help solve emergency department overcrowding: Study

...h speculation about the causes of overcrowding and ambulance diversion, but little research has actually been d...vercrowding, the researchers studied the number of ambulance and walk-in patients, the number admitted to and waiting for hospital beds, delays in the assessment...

Children's Hospital Boston finds capacity can be increased by smoothing scheduled patient flow

...nt in emergency departments where overcrowding and ambulance diversion are now widely recognized as public heal... hospitals are often forced into measures, such as ambulance diversion, that diminish access to critical services. By understanding and smoothing peaks whenever ...

Should ambulance crews perform emergency breathing procedure?

A study in this week's BMJ questions whether ambulance crews can master the skills needed to provide emer...nts can be mastered and routinely be maintained by ambulance personnel."...

Delays in heart attack care erode the difference between two emergency therapies

...hen that decision is made, it takes time to get an ambulance ready to go to the receiving hospital, and to get ...used. But compared with Europe, where centralized ambulance and angioplasty services streamline emergency heart attack care, the competitive American system mea...

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