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Paediatric prehospital care: postal survey of paramedic training managers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11124796     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The process of prehospital care continues to develop in the UK. AIMS: To evaluate the availability of important paediatric resuscitation equipment in emergency ambulances and the extent of paramedic training in paediatric emergency medicine. METHODS: Postal survey of paramedic training managers. RESULTS: Completed questionnaires were returned by 41 (93%) training managers. No trust provided all of the equipment listed. Facemasks and self inflating bags (of appropriate sizes for all children) are provided by 32% and 42% of trusts respectively. Less than one third carry paediatric oximeter probes. Of the respondents, 16 (39%) trusts provide less than eight hours training in paediatric emergency medicine and five (12%) offer no training at all. Ongoing education varies from none to regular yearly updates. CONCLUSIONS: Paramedics seem ill prepared to deal with paediatric emergencies. Important deficiencies in the provision of equipment and training are noted. The results of this survey provide information against which improvements can be measured.
P Gaffney; G Johnson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of disease in childhood     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1468-2044     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Dis. Child.     Publication Date:  2001 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-01-26     Completed Date:  2001-04-26     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372434     Medline TA:  Arch Dis Child     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  82-83     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Accident and Emergency Department, St James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Allied Health Personnel / education,  standards*
Clinical Competence*
Education, Medical, Continuing
Emergency Medical Services / standards*
Emergency Medicine / education*,  instrumentation,  standards
Great Britain
Health Care Surveys
Pediatrics / education,  instrumentation,  standards*
Traumatology / education,  instrumentation,  standards
Vocational Education / standards

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