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Burnett A.M.,Regions Hospital | Burnett A.M.,University of Minnesota | Segal N.,University of Minnesota | Salzman J.G.,Critical Care Research Center | And 3 more authors.
Resuscitation | Year: 2012

Objectives: This study examines the effects of IV epinephrine administration on carotid blood flow (CBF) and end tidal CO2 (ETCO2) production in a swine model of active compression-decompression CPR with an impedance threshold device (ACD-CPR+ITD). Methods: Six female swine (32±1kg) were anesthetized, intubated and ventilated. Intracranial, thoracic aorta and right atrial pressures were measured via indwelling catheters. CBF was recorded. ETCO2, SpO2 and EKG were monitored. V-fib was induced and went untreated for 6min. Three minutes each of standard CPR (STD), STD-CPR+impedance threshold device (ITD) and active compression-decompression (ACD)-CPR+ITD were performed. At minute 9 of the resuscitation, 40μg/kg of IV Epinephrine was administered and ACD-CPR+ITD was continued for 1min. Statistical analysis was performed with a paired t-test. p values of <0.05 were considered statistically significant and all values are reported in mmHg unless otherwise noted. Results: Aortic pressure, cerebral and coronary perfusion pressures increased from STD

Zwank M.D.,Regions Hospital | Zwank M.D.,University of Minnesota | Ho B.M.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Gresback D.,Albany Medical College | And 3 more authors.
American Journal of Emergency Medicine | Year: 2014

Background Patients with renal colic commonly present to the emergency department (ED) and are usually treated with analgesics, antiemetics and hydration. Computed tomographic (CT) scan is commonly utilized in evaluating patients with suspected renal colic. Objectives We compared diagnosis and treatment plans before and after CT in patients with suspected renal colic with the aim to evaluate how often changes in diagnosis, treatment and disposition are made. Methods In this prospective observational study, we enrolled a convenience sample of clinically Stable ED patients older than 17 with suspected renal colic for whom CT was planned. Exclusion criteria were: chronic kidney disease, urinary tract infection, recent CT and history of previous kidney stone. Pre-CT and Post-CT surveys were completed by the treating provider. Results The discharge diagnosis was renal colic in 62 of 93 enrolled patients (67%). Urinalysis showed blood in 52 of these patients (84%). CT confirmed obstructing kidney or bladder stone in 50 patients. There were five cases of alternative diagnoses noted on CT scan. After CT scan, 7 patients had changes in disposition. Sixteen providers felt that CT would not change management. In these cases, CT offered no alternative diagnosis and didn't change disposition. Conclusion CT scan didn't change management when providers did not expect it would. This indicates that providers who are confident with the diagnosis of renal colic should consider forgoing a CT scan. CT scan did occasionally find important alternative diagnoses and should be utilized when providers are considering other concerning pathology. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

Westgard B.C.,Regions Hospital | Peterson B.K.,Regions Hospital | Salzman J.G.,Critical Care Research Center | Anderson R.,Mid State Technical College | And 2 more authors.
Prehospital Emergency Care | Year: 2013

Objectives. The primary aims of this study were to determine whether the frequency of placement, type of advanced airway, and settings of advanced airway placement (clinical vs. field) have changed for paramedic students over the last 11 years, and to describe regional differences regarding the same set of variables. Methods. This study was a retrospective review of prospectively reported airway procedures documented by paramedic students in Fisdap (http://www.fisdap.net). Students were included if they graduated from a paramedic program, had procedure entries verified by a preceptor, and provided consent for research. Exclusion criteria included students who had a total number of airway placements ≥2 standard deviations from the mean or had 0 airway placements recorded, and programs with <10 graduating students total over the study period. Airway device types and educational settings were descriptively compared over the 11-year study period by year and region. Results. A total of 8,934 paramedic student records were reviewed, with 2,811 excluded based on a priori criteria, leaving 6,123 records for analysis. In each year, the median number of airway devices placed per student was greater in the clinical setting. Endotracheal intubation (ETI) was more common than alternative airway placement in both the field and clinical settings. The median number of clinical ETIs per student has remained relatively constant at 7. The median number of field ETIs per student ranged from 0 to 1 over the study period, with a median alternative airway placement rate of 0 for both clinical and field settings. For all regions, the majority of procedures were performed in a clinical environment. The median number of clinical alternative airway device placements was 0 for all regions. The number of clinical ETIs ranged from 5 to 11 per student, with the highest number of ETIs per student in the West North Central and New England regions and the lowest in the West South Central and East South Central regions. Conclusion. Paramedic students gain the majority of their advanced airway experience in the clinical setting. ETI remains more common than alternative airway placement, although there is significant geographic variation in the number of ETIs per student. High rates of clinical intubations do not correlate with high rates of field intubations. © 2013 National Association of EMS Physicians.

Carr M.,Regions Hospital | Thomas A.J.,Health Partners Institute for Education and Research | Atwood D.,Medical College of Wisconsin | Muhar A.,University of Minnesota | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Forensic Nursing | Year: 2014

Background: Stereotypes and prejudicial misconceptions are prevalent regarding sexual assaults and victims' responses. These are collectively referred to as rape myths. This study examines three rape myths purporting that sexual assault victims (1) immediately report the crime, (2) experience severe physical and/or anogenital injuries, and (3) forcefully resist their assailant. Study Design: This is a cross-sectional descriptive study examining presence of physical or anogenital injury, level of physical resistance during asexual assault, and time to sexual assault report. Study subjects were female sexual assault victims examined by a sexual assault nurse examiner at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2011 and 2012. Results: Sexual assault nurse examiner reports for 317 subjects met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. Twelve (4%) victims experienced physical injury requiring medical intervention. Thirty-four (11%) sustained anogenital injuries requiring medical intervention. Overall, 253 (81%) victims did not actively resist at some point during the assault, with 178 (57%) victims never actively resisting. Nearly half (129, 43%) did not appear in the emergency department for 12 or more hours from the time of the assault. Conclusion: Women who seek emergency department assistance after a sexual assault take a variable amount of time to present to the emergency department, rarely experience moderate or severe physical or anogenital injury, and commonly do not exert strong physical resistance against their attacker during at least part of the assault. Copyright © 2014 International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Quaday K.A.,Regions Hospital | Salzman J.G.,Critical Care Research Center | Gordon B.D.,Regions Hospital
American Journal of Emergency Medicine | Year: 2014

Objective The objective of this study is to examine the annual utilization trends of emergency department (ED)-ordered magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) at an urban academic hospital from 2007 to 2011. We hypothesized that MRI and CT use would increase annually over the study period. Methods This was a retrospective observational study of ED encounters between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2011. All patients seen by a provider were identified, and demographics were abstracted. Type of CT and/or MRI examination, clinical indication, and final disposition were collected. Records of patients with an ED-ordered MRI were also examined for presence of a CT within ± 3 days of their encounter date. Unadjusted linear regression was used to assess for differences among years for both CT and MRI. Secondary outcomes were descriptively summarized. Results A total of 7089 MRI (20 per 1000) and 85 673 CT (243 per 1000) examinations were ordered over a 60-month period. Computed tomography use decreased significantly (P =.021). Magnetic resonance imaging use significantly increased (2.2 per 1000 ED visits each year, P =.005). Magnetic resonance imaging of the head was ordered most frequently (10.7 per 1000). The overwhelming majority of MRI images were completed for acute neurologic/behavioral problem. Of patients with an MRI completed, 89.4% had a CT completed within 3 calendar days with most of the CT examinations (81%) completed during the encounter. Conclusion There was a steady increase in MRI testing in our academic ED, with most MRIs ordered for acute neurologic or behavioral changes. There was a corresponding decreasing trend for CT scans. © 2014 Elsevier Inc.

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