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Case Study: Pre-hospital Assessment and Management of a Patient with a Neurological Complaint

The Patient

This case study is based on an 85-year-old male patient who was attended to following a 999 call from his wife.

Pre-hospital care providers are frequently exposed to violent environments.  In a study to investigate the proportion of pre-hospital personnel who had experienced such behaviour, 61% of staff reported having been assaulted on the job with 37% requiring medical attention and 25% sustaining injury from the assault. (Corbett, SW. 1998)  This expectedly limits their ability to effectively assess the patient.

Overall, despite the challenges faced in the pre-hospital environment in the assessment of patient's, studies show that pre-hospital teams are quite accurate in assessing significant illness and injury (Benner, JP. 2006). 

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