Theodore R. Delbridge

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BACKGROUND Worldwide, 2.75 billion passengers fly on commercial airlines annually. When in-flight medical emergencies occur, access to care is limited. We describe in-flight medical emergencies and the outcomes of these events. METHODS We reviewed records of in-flight medical emergency calls from five domestic and international airlines to a(More)
We provide recommendations for stocking of antidotes used in emergency departments (EDs). An expert panel representing diverse perspectives (clinical pharmacology, medical toxicology, critical care medicine, hematology/oncology, hospital pharmacy, emergency medicine, emergency medical services, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric critical care medicine,(More)
A case of intentional massive insulin overdose requiring prolonged glycemic support is presented. Suicidal insulin overdose may be more common than generally appreciated. Because hypoglycemic reactions are evaluated routinely in the ED, emergency physicians should maintain a high degree of suspicion regarding suicidal intent or foul play in diabetics with(More)
Airway management and optimal ventilation are crucial aspects of managing out-of-hospital medical emergencies. The goals in these situations are controlled ventilation and optimized inspiratory time, expiratory time, and airflow. Numerous techniques and devices are available to deliver oxygen-enriched air to patients during resuscitation. The bag-valve-mask(More)
BACKGROUND Early identification of alcohol use disorders (AUD) among emergency department (ED)-treated patients is important for facilitating intervention and further evaluation outside EDs. A number of brief screening instruments have been developed for identifying patients with AUD, but it is not clear whether they are practical and perform well with(More)
OBJECTIVE Out-of-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) need relevant and measurable indicators of quality. Those front-line workers who provide service directly to the customer are integral to the process of defining quality. The authors' objective was to obtain from paramedics, the front-line workers in the EMS system, their perspective on quality of(More)
A total of 31 patients with prostatic adenocarcinoma received a total of 35 half-body irradiation treatments; 13 treatments of 600 to 800 cGy. to the upper half and 22 treatments of 400 to 1,000 cGy. to the lower half of the body. The interval from the discovery of osseous metastases to symptomatic need for half-body irradiation was similar for all tumor(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was undertaken to explore the characteristics of young patients treated in emergency departments (EDs) who follow through with an evaluation for psychiatric disorders as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) and to investigate differences in rates of psychiatric disorders between(More)
During the past 30 years, emergency medical services (EMS) in the United States have experienced explosive growth. The American health care system is now transforming, providing an opportune time to examine what we have learned over the past three decades in order to create a vision for the future of EMS. Over the course of several months, a(More)