Thomas Utecht

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OBJECTIVE To compare the effectiveness of active compression-decompression (ACD) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with a handheld suction device vs standard manual CPR in victims of out-of-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest. DESIGN Prospective randomized clinical trial with crossover group design. SETTING Emergency medical services (EMS) of a large (San(More)
Scurvy, caused by a lack of Vitamin C in the diet, is thought to occur only sporadically in developed countries. The signs and symptoms are diverse but generally follow a predictable progression most striking for their hemorrhagic component, particularly of the skin, gums, and joints. We report a case of scurvy in an elderly, alcoholic woman. The diagnosis(More)
STUDY OBJECTIVE To compare rates of undertriage and overtriage of six ambulance dispatch protocols for the presenting complaint of nontraumatic abdominal pain, and to identify the optimal protocol. DESIGN Retrospective prehospital and emergency department chart review to classify patients' conditions as "emergency" or "nonemergency." Utility analysis was(More)
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