Jeffrey M. Goodloe

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T he U.S. health care system is often described as one that fails to achieve optimal health outcomes while generating exorbitant costs for patients, payors and society. [1] The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that $750 billion—30% of the U.S. annual health care budget—is wasted on unnecessary services, inefficient delivery, excessive administrative(More)
Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) and disaster medical situations are ideal settings in which there is need for a novel approach to infusing fluids and medications into a patient's intravascular space. An attractive new approach would avoid the potentially time-consuming needlestick and venous cannulation requiring a trained practitioner. In multiple-patient(More)
To improve patient outcome and reduce time at the scene, treatment protocols for specific injuries and rapid transport should be established with individual systems. These standards should be based on such parameters as history, mechanism of injury, physiologic status of the patient on arrival, triage criteria, and predicted transport times. Ensuring airway(More)
Objective. Elderly patients are becoming an increasingly larger proportion of our population, and there is a paucity of data regarding the epidemiology of geriatric patients refusing transport. Treatment refusal rates range from 5% to 15% in many studies. This study sought to test the hypothesis that geriatric patients constituted an increasing proportion(More)
Background. On October 17, 2007, a severe weather event collapsed two large tents and several smaller tents causing 23 injuries requiring evacuation to emergency departments in Tulsa, OK. Methods. This paper is a retrospective analysis of the regional health system's response to this event. Data from the Tulsa Fire Department, The Emergency Medical Services(More)
The U.S. national out-of-hospital and in-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates, although improving recently, have remained suboptimal despite the collective efforts of individuals, communities, and professional societies. Only until very recently, and still with inconsistency, has focus been placed specifically on survival with pre-arrest neurologic(More)
Purpose. There is a paucity of data regarding EMS stretcher-operation-related injuries. This study describes and analyzes characteristics associated with undesirable stretcher operations, with or without resultant injury in a large, urban EMS agency. Methods. In the study agency, all stretcher-related "misadventures" are required to be documented,(More)
The term "tactical medicine" can be defined in more than one way, but in the nonmilitary setting the term tactical emergency medical services (TEMS) is often used to denote medical support operations for law enforcement. In supporting operations involving groups such as special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams, TEMS entail executing triage, diagnosis,(More)
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