Ambulance Nurses’ Competence and Perception of Competence in Prehospital Trauma Care

  • Abelsson A
  • Lindwall L
  • Suserud B
  • et al.
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Abstract

Introduction . We focus on trauma care conducted in the context of a simulated traumatic event. This is in this study defined as a four-meter fall onto a hard surface, resulting in severe injuries to extremities in the form of bilateral open femur fractures, an open tibia fracture, and a closed pelvic fracture, all fractures bleeding extensively. Methods . The simulated trauma care competence of 63 ambulance nurses in prehospital emergency care was quantitatively evaluated along with their perception of their sufficiency. Data was collected by means of simulated trauma care and a questionnaire. Results . Life-saving interventions were not consistently performed. Time to perform interventions could be considered long due to the life-threatening situation. In comparison, the ambulance nurses’ perception of the sufficiency of their theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for trauma care scored high. In contrast, the perception of having sufficient ethical training for trauma care scored low. Discussion . This study suggests there is no guarantee that the ambulance nurses’ perception of theoretical and practical knowledge and skill level corresponds with their performed knowledge and skill. The ambulance nurses rated themselves having sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge and skills while the score of trauma care can be considered quite low.

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Abelsson, A., Lindwall, L., Suserud, B.-O., & Rystedt, I. (2018). Ambulance Nurses’ Competence and Perception of Competence in Prehospital Trauma Care. Emergency Medicine International, 2018, 1–6. https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/5910342

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