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Caring for older people in prehospital emergency care : can nurses make a difference?
Auteur(s)
MELBY Vidar ; RYAN Assumpta
Résumé
Aims and objectives. The aim of this paper is to explore older people's experiences in prehospital emergency care, and identify benefits and difficulties associated with developing a nurse-led ambulance service. Data werecollected at sites in Sweden and Norway. Focus group interviews were conducted to enable the collection of data from paramedics, ambulance nurses and nursing students, while individual interviews were utilized to gather data from older people. Background. There is little research on the quality of care older people over 65 years old receive in prehospital emergency care. Older people often present with multiple pathology and diverse needs that nurses are well equipped to deal with, but presently there is no clearly defined role for nurses in prehospital emergency care in the United Kingdom, although other countries such as Sweden and Norway are developing an ambulance nurse role. Conclusions. If the multiple needs of older people were addressed in the prehospital field, a reduction in readmissions and increased functional ability might be achieved. Comprehensive training is required for ambulance staff to enable them to meet such needs. While nurses have a great foundation for this care, additional specialist ambulance training is required alongside a need for education on older people's needs and attitudes to older people. Relevance to clinical practice. The introduction of ambulance nurses will result in role differentiation between paramedics and ambulance
Editeur
Blackwell
Identifiant
PMID : 16164532 ISSN : 0962-1067
Source
Journal of clinical nursing (Print) A. 2005, vol. 14, n° 9, pp. 1141-1150 [10 pages]
Langue
Anglais
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