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