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Oct. 22, 2013 7:47 p.m. ET
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the Boston Marathon bombing are prompting medical experts to change their thinking about the long-disdained technique of using tourniquets to save lives.
Drawing on lessons from those attacks and battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq, emergency-medicine doctors are recommending that rescue personnel carry tourniquets and be prepared to use them in mass-casualty events.
A tourniquet is a bandage or other device applied tightly to restrict blood flow and prevent a victim with an arm or leg wound from bleeding to death. For decades, many first-aid classes and doctors have taught that tourniquets were too dangerous to use, because prolonged loss of blood circulation can lead to loss of a limb.
Now, a group of surgeons is challenging that view, advocating tourniquet training not just for police officers but for teachers and others who work in public places.
"It's kind of a radical change in thinking, because for years we have been teaching that tourniquets should be the absolute last resort," said Peter Pons, associate medical director for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. In recent months, he has begun teaching tourniquet use to police officers in Denver, where he lives.
Studies have shown that tourniquets distributed to soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars helped save lives, Dr. Pons said. And researchers haven't found instances in which improper tourniquet use cost a soldier's limb, he added.
The risk of limb loss may have been overstated because it can take two hours or more for a tourniquet to damage a limb beyond repair, and it is unusual in the U.S. for someone suffering a life-threatening injury to take more than two hours to reach professional medical help, according to Dr. Pons and others.
The tourniquet's benefit, by contrast, comes in the initial minutes before medical personnel arrive. Shooting or bombing victims can bleed to death in five minutes.
Several doctors noted that the response at the Boston Marathon—where bystanders immediately used T-shirts and whatever else they had to make improvised tourniquets—shows that, in some ways, common sense among the public is ahead of current medical practice.
Lenworth Jacobs, a Connecticut doctor, said tourniquets wouldn't have prevented the deaths of children in last December's shootings in Newtown, because so many of the wounds were to vital organs. But tourniquets, he argued, would save lives in other cases, including the recent terror attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
After the Newtown shooting, Dr. Jacobs was among the medical experts asked by the American College of Surgeons and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to draft recommendations for the best way to respond to such events. Those recommendations, called the Hartford Consensus, included a call for wider use of tourniquets.
Some experts remain cautious about tourniquets. Jeffrey Pellegrino, a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, said in a statement that "the majority of bleeding incidents can be stopped by applying direct pressure to the wound. Because of the risk to the limb, lay responders who have been trained should only use a tourniquet as a last resort in cases where help is delayed, when bleeding cannot be controlled by direct pressure, or if applying direct pressure is not possible."
Alexander Eastman, a trauma surgeon who is a member of the Dallas Police Department's SWAT team, said tourniquets should be carried on first responders' uniforms. In his own job on a SWAT team, he often carries a pack with military-style tourniquets he can distribute to officers or victims.
At a recent police conference in Philadelphia, Dr. Eastman asked a crowd of major-city police chiefs whether they had been trained that tourniquets were too dangerous to use. Most raised their hands, he said.
"It's a myth that these tourniquets can hurt somebody, and we are fighting to end that myth," he said.

Military Emergency Tourniquet (MET) Gen III by H&H Medical

Military Emergency Tourniquet (MET) Gen III HH Medical

Military Emergency Tourniquet (MET) Gen III HH Medical

Military Emergency Tourniquet (MET) Gen III HH Medical

by Dr. Ramon Reyes, MD 

H&H Medical Corporation adds to our growing line of hemorrhage control products with one of the most rugged windlass tourniquets on the market, the Military Emergency Tourniquet - GEN III. Designed by formal special operations warfighters and proven in combat service for almost a decade, the MET GEN III is designed to be used in the most austere of environments.
The MET is a lightweight open-loop system composed of a sturdy strap and aluminum windlass. As a true open-loop system, this tourniquet comes apart completely to place around a limb and doesn’t need to be fully cinched down prior to engaging the windlass; even if loosely applied, by turning the windlass the slack will uptake and fully tighten the tourniquet. It has two securing points to lock down the windlass after application: one that is adjustable and one with Velcro.

The MET Gen III provides a one-handed application with a hardened aluminum windlass and tough 1000 Denier nylon to create a sturdy tourniquet that is easy to apply and stays in place.Military Emergency Tourniquet (MET) Gen III

R.A.T.S. Tourniquet Application

R.A.T.S. Tourniquet Application

R.A.T.S. Tourniquet Application

R.A.T.S. Tourniquet Application Video

R.A.T.S – Rapid Application Tourniquet – The fastest tourniquet on the market, and proven in combat.  The RATS uses a solid vulcanized rubber core with a nylon sheath, combined with a unique locking mechanism to make an incredibly fast tourniquet to apply to self or others.  No other tourniquet compares to the RATS when being used under stress in terms of time or ease of use.  
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R.A.T.S. Tourniquet Application

R.A.T.S. Tourniquet Application
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The Hartford Consensus IV Compendium. Bleeding Control for the Injured Course "Stop The Bleed" / Control de Sangrados para el Herido 

Combat Tourniquet One of Army’s Top 10 Inventions for ’05

            Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T)

Combat Tourniquet One of Army’s Top 10 Inventions for ’05

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Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T)

Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T)

A new design for a tourniquet for use in combat has brought the devices back into favor with Army surgeons.
The Combat Application Tourniquet was tested along with eight other tourniquets in 2004 at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio, Texas. The evaluation was prompted because many deploying Soldiers and units were purchasing tourniquets off the Internet, but the tourniquets’ effectiveness had not been determined. Once testing was complete, the institute’s researchers recommended the Combat Application Tourniquet be pushed to deployed troops to stop otherwise lethal blood loss.
“If USAISR (U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research) hadn’t done the work, there still wouldn’t have been an effective tourniquet out there,” said Dr. Tom Walters of the institute that studies how to save the lives of Soldiers who are wounded in combat.
Up until that point, he added, the tourniquets that were available through the military’s supply system included a cravat-and-stick tourniquet that Soldiers were taught how to use in basic training and the strap-and-buckle tourniquet that dated back to the American Civil War. The latter “had always been known to be ineffective,” Walters said.
In the “tourniquet-off” held at the institute during the summer of 2004, 18 volunteers helped evaluate the nine tourniquets’ ability to cut off blood flow. When the results were in, the CAT, as well as two other tourniquets, came out on top. The CAT had a smaller learning curve than the others, so researchers recommended it for the Army. The Marine Corps has adopted it as well.

“Tourniquets are being used on almost every extremity injury, and they are saving lives,” said Holcomb, who was recently deployed as a surgeon at the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq. “Tourniquets were rarely seen early in the war, and now it’s abnormal to see a severe extremity injury without a functional tourniquet in place. There is no pre-hospital device deployed in this war that has saved more lives than tourniquets.”
While it’s certainly come at a tremendous human cost, the Iraq war has shown us entire fields of technology where we’ve been lacking. Say what you will about technology that improves offensive potential, but innovations to keep soldiers and civilians alive are always good ideas.
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Self-Affixing Tourniquet. Russian Firm Designs First Domestically-Produced Combat Tourniquet

A self-affixing tourniquet, designed for use by injured persons in circumstances and locations beyond the reach of assistance, was presented by Russian medical company Medplant in Moscow on Thursday. The company said the potentially life-saving tourniquet was designed with the military and police forces in mind.

Comparative characteristics of Tourniquets
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Tourniquet C.A.T.
Tourniquet MEDPLANT

Combat tourniquet, which enables the life-saving procedure to be performed single-handedly, was preformed by Russian medical engineering firm Medplant, according to media reports.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A new design for a combat tourniquet to stop blood flow in limbs following injuries on the battlefield has been unveiled by Russian medical engineering firm Medplant, media reported Monday.
The one-handed tourniquet enables the life-saving procedure to be performed single-handedly, the company’s tactical medical instructor told the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

elf-Affixing Tourniquet. Russian Firm Designs First Domestically-Produced Combat Tourniquet

The new tourniquets have been tested by the country’s elite police squads and by the Kirov Military Medical Academy in the extreme Antarctic climate. The tests revealed several advantages of the Russian design over the SOF and CAT versions, used by the US Army.
He pointed out that US tourniquets would unravel if not pulled until they are very tight, while the Russian model is provided with a row of security locks that allow the user to pause during the procedure.
A self-affixing tourniquet, designed for use by injured persons in circumstances and locations beyond the reach of assistance, was presented by Russian medical company Medplant in Moscow on Thursday. The company said the potentially life-saving tourniquet was designed with the military and police forces in mind.
elf-Affixing Tourniquet. Russian Firm Designs First Domestically-Produced Combat Tourniquet

"The tourniquet’s design enables a soldier to apply it single-handedly to an injured extremity. You only need to strap it on with the help of a hook-and-loop fastener and rotate the handle, providing pressure that stops the bleeding," he said.
self-affixing tourniquet
"Our tourniquets are more practical and easier to use in comparison to their western analogues," the instructor said.

elf-Affixing Tourniquet. Russian Firm Designs First Domestically-Produced Combat Tourniquet

lunes, 28 de agosto de 2017

iResus 2015 - now on iOS and Android RESUCITATION COUNCIL (UK). ILCOR

iResus 2015 - now on iOS and Android RESUCITATION COUNCIL (UK). ILCOR 
Dr. Ramon Reyes, MD  

The Resuscitation Council (UK) have developed a new version of the iResus app. 
This free tool allows healthcare professionals to access the latest algorithms from the 2015 guidelines quickly and easily using any tablet or mobile device. 
The app is lightweight and does not require an internet connection to function. 
It can be downloaded via the Apple App Store or Google play. 

Download the app in the link https://www.resus.org.uk/apps/iresus/
EMS España / Emergency Medical Services en España


International Liason Committee on Resuscitation ILCOR 2015-2020 / The “Highlights of the 2015-2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC “ / Summary of the main changes in the Resuscitation "Guidelines ERC GUIDELINES 2015" / Recomendaciones para la Resucitación 2015 del Consejo Europeo de Resucitación (ERC) 2015 / Principales novedades para las nuevas guías de RCP

domingo, 27 de agosto de 2017

Capnography to Maximize Patient Care by .JEMS Journal of Emergency Medicine

Capnography EtCO2 Picture by American Heart Association

Capnography Provides Bigger Physiological Picture to Maximize Patient Care

Caring for patients in the prehospital setting lends itself to a finite number of resources, necessitating that the devices available on EMS units offer the most utility while occupying the smallest space.
Capnography, or in-line end-tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) monitoring, offers more physiological information than any other noninvasive device carried in the field. In different clinical scenarios, EtCOmeasurement can provide valuable information about total body cellular metabolism, the body’s basal metabolic rate, central venous return, pulmonary blood flow, cardiac output, minute ventilation and myriad pulmonary diseases.
EtCO2 is also used to successfully guide resuscitations and ensure that lifesaving maneuvers are done correctly. This article will review the use of EtCO2 monitoring and interpretation by EMS providers. It will also illustrate how, along with vital signs, EtCO2 monitoring can complete the physiologic profile of patients in the field.
CO2 is the byproduct of aerobic metabolism that diffuses from body tissues to the lungs via erythrocytes carried in venous blood, where it can then be released by exhalation, dependent on ventilation patterns.1

Figure 1: Normal capnography wave
Capnometry is a measurement of the partial pressure of EtCO2, which, under normal ventilation and perfusion states, approximates the alveolar partial pressure of CO2.2

Waveform capnography is a graphical representation of the concentration of CO2 exhaled, used as an indirect indicator of the actual concentration, or partial pressure, of CO2 in arterial blood.
Figure 1 illustrates a normal capnography waveform:3
  • A–B demonstrates the exhalation of the dead space;
  • B–C represents lower airway exhalation;
  • C–D represents alveolar exhalation, as measured from the lips or nares; and
  • D–E represents inhalation.3
CO2 rises rapidly from B to C in a normal ventilatory pattern, with the end of exhalation represented at point D. This point correlates with the EtCO2 reading. Normal EtCO2 values range from 35–45 mmHg. Values < 35 mmHg generally can be considered diagnostic of hyperventilation or hypocarbia. Values > 45 mmHg indicate hypoventilation or hypercarbia.

Figure 2: EtCO2 patterns
Hyperventilation is frequently observed in patients, often in response to a sudden stressor, mediated by a catecholamine release. Hyperventilation is also seen in asthmatics, patients with a pulmonary embolism, or drug ingestions, including stimulants like cocaine or amphetamines. It causes a decreased EtCO reading (< 40 mmHg). As the EtCO2 approaches 25 mmHg, patients may complain of numbness and tingling in the hands, and may become disoriented.
Hypoventilation causes an increase in the measured EtCO2. Common causes include depressed mental status due to head trauma, intoxication by sedatives, alcohol, narcotics or the postictal period.
Patients in bronchospasm, such as asthmatics or those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may have a "shark fin" appearance on the EtCO2 waveform. With this pathology, patients have prolonged exhalation—hence the gradual sloping of the tracing. In chronically retaining COPD patients, elevated EtCO2 levels may be observed at baseline, sometimes over 60 mmHg. (See Figure 2.)
Waveform capnography is the gold standard for confirmation of prehospital intubation.
The most common use of prehospital capnography is to confirm endotracheal tube (ETT) placement. In an already critical patient, correct placement of the ETT is an essential step in management. In one study, 15% of intubations were unrecognized as being esophageal when auscultation was the only confirmation method.4
Color-changing capnometry devices are still in use in many systems and are applied immediately after placement of the ETT to confirm placement, along with auscultation. However, waveform capnography is 100% sensitive and specific in assuring correct ETT placement after the administration of seven breaths.5

Figure 3: EtCO2 waveform assessment
A study examining the ability of paramedics and paramedic students to recognize and address ETT dislodgment in simulation found the detection of dislodgement by providers using capnography was two minutes, compared to four minutes by providers without access to capnography.6
During patient transport, the ETT is at risk for dislodgement for a number of reasons including road conditions, lack of adequate tube securement or patient movement, making continuous waveform capnography an invaluable resource in ensuring the safety and ventilatory status monitoring of the patient.7
Capnography is now considered a key diagnostic tool to detect shock and poor perfusion states. In shock, the relative hypoperfusion of oxygen causes cells and tissues to rely on anaerobic respiration, leading to an increase in lactate and metabolic acidosis. To compensate, the respiratory rate increases, causing more CO2 to be exhaled, or "blown off." Therefore, it’s expected that patients in shock would have abnormally low EtCO2 readings.
When examining the association between increased lactate levels, organ dysfunction and damage, and EtCO2 measurements, EtCO2readings are inversely correlated with lactate levels and organ failure criteria.8 (For more on the use of capnography to reliably detect septic shock, see "Utilizing Capnography in Sepsis: End-tidal CO2 may be used in place of lactate to screen for severe sepsis," by Christopher Hunter, MD, PhD, in the March 2014 issue.)
Another study examining EtCO2 levels and serum lactate in trauma patients showed a similar strong inverse correlation between low EtCO2 levels and elevated lactate levels that prompted acute surgical intervention.9 EtCO2 measurements < 25 mmHg in the setting of two or more systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria correlated with lactate levels > 4 mmol/L and increased mortality.10 Another study of 103 patients presenting with hypotension found the mean EtCO2 value for all patients, regardless of etiology, was 29.07 mmHg.11
Cardiac arrest leads to a drastic fall in EtCO2 levels due to lack of cardiac output and perfusion providing a means for CO2 to reach the lungs for expiration. (See Figure 3.) Literature demonstrates that not only can a provider gauge the quality of CPR, as demonstrated by rising EtCO2 values, and determine return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) by a significant increase in EtCO2 levels, but they can also predict cases where ROSC is unlikely to be achieved.12
EtCO2 differences in asphyxia-related cardiac arrests versus cardiac-related cardiac arrests (v fib or pulseless v tach) showed a difference in value of EtCO2 between the groups both initially and after one minute.
Arrests due to asphyxia, whether due to foreign body obstruction, aspiration, hanging, drowning, acute asthma attack or airway tumor, initially had higher EtCO2 than patients who suffered an arrest due to cardiac causes, therefore not producing an initial prognostic value for ROSC. However, EtCO2 readings after one minute were more prognostic of outcome.13
During CPR, EtCO2 tracings have been shown to decrease with rescuer fatigue and increase when a new rescuer begins compressions, demonstrating the necessity for providers to watch the capnography and evaluate quality of CPR in real time. Although an initial EtCO2 reading of < 10 mmHg is poor prognostically, some patients have developed ROSC.14 However, no patient survived with an EtCO2 of < 10 mmHg after 20 minutes of CPR, making this a valuable practice guideline.15 Regaining ROSC was associated with an average 13.5 mmHG increase in EtCO2 readings.16
EtCO2 monitoring is an extremely valuable tool for EMS providers that’s rapidly becoming a standard piece of equipment on all EMS response vehicles. Patterns of activity or trends can lead to findings such as:
  • A drastic decrease in EtCO2 may demonstrate sudden hyperventilation, ETT occlusion or dislodgement, or a massive pulmonary embolism.
  • A gradual decrease in EtCO2 can be caused by hyperventilation or decreased CO2 production.
  • Patients who are tachypnic with a gradually rising EtCO2 tracing or a rising baseline, indicating CO2 rebreathing, may be tiring out and progressing to respiratory failure, requiring ventilatory support and/or intubation.
  • If the EtCO2 is gradually dropping during CPR, a rescuer may be tired and providing less adequate compressions, and therefore needs to change roles.
  • A sudden increase in EtCO2 is seen when ROSC is achieved or when sodium bicarbonate is administered.
  • A gradual increase in EtCO2 may be caused by hypoventilation, perhaps caused by sedatives or analgesics administered, or an increase in CO2 production.
  • In patients with acute pulmonary edema or congestive heart failure (CHF) receiving continuous positive airway pressure, EtCO2 can be an indicator of the success of treatment, as a previously tachypnic patient has an EtCO2 tracing slowly returning to normal.
  • A gradual increase in EtCO2 in a patient with a suspected intracranial hemorrhage may help the provider recognize a worsening clinical picture and the need for intubation.
Vital signs, clinical impression and EtCO2 monitoring can work together to give a more complete picture of the patient. Routine use of EtCO2 monitoring in the prehospital setting will allow providers to give better, more timely and more effective care.
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3. Farish SE, Garcia PS. Capnography primer for oral and maxillofacial surgery: Review and technical considerations. J Anesthe Clinic Res. 2013;4(3):295.
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8. McGillicuddy D, Tang A, Cataldo L, et al. Evaluation of end-tidal carbon dioxide role in predicting elevated SOFA scores and lactic acidosis. Intern Emerg Med. 2009;4(1):41–44.
9. Caputo N, Fraser R, Paliga A, et al. Nasal cannula end-tidal CO2 correlates with serum lactate levels and odds of operative intervention in penetrating trauma patients; A prospective cohort study. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012;73(5):1202–1207.
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11. Kheng CP, Rahman NH. The use of end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring in patients with hypotension in the emergency department. Int J Emerg Med. 2012;5(1):31.
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