Papers of February 2022

This month we’ve got three papers covering a wide variety of topics and practice in emergency care.

First up we’ll be looking at whether pre-charging the defibrillator prior to rhythm analysis in cardiac arrest can decrease our hands-off time.

Next we take a look at a paper that can help inform our assessment and investigation of trauma patients; looking at the risk of concomitant injuries with regards to specific levels of spinal trauma.

Finally have a think about how different methods of extrication affect spinal movements from road traffic collisions; will it make a difference to your extrication method and speed?

Once again we’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback either on the website or via twitter @TheResusRoom.

Simon & Rob

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Pre-charging the defibrillator before rhythm analysis reduces hands-off time in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with shockable rhythm. Bo Nees Iversen. Resuscitation. 2021

Assessing spinal movement during four extrication methods: a biomechanical study using healthy volunteers. Tim Nutbeam. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2021

Identification of concomitant injuries associated with specific spine level fractures in polytrauma patients. Alex Tang. Injury. 2021

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