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The role of physician-staffed ambulances; the outcome of a pilot study.

Journal article
Authors A Haner
P Örninge
Amir Khorram-Manesh
Published in Journal of Acute Disease
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 63-67
ISSN 2221-6189
Publication year 2015
Published at Institute of Clinical Sciences, Department of Surgery
Pages 63-67
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2221-6189(14)60...
Keywords Prehospital; Physician-staffed ambulance; Life-saving
Subject categories Traumatology

Abstract

Objective To evaluate the outcome of physician-staffed ambulances in a pilot study. Methods All physician-staffed ambulance missions conducted in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2013 were retrospectively reviewed and evaluated for the type of missions and the need of a physician. Results Out of 1 381 physician-staffed missions, 511 were cancelled or managed by telephone. Around 239 (17%) missions required active intervention, of which only one was considered directly life-saving. Conclusions Most of the missions neither required the interventional skills of a physician, nor could they be performed at distance. However, the added medical value of physicians was found to be in other prehospital situations, such as critical decision-making, staff education and research.

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