Workers' Clinical Skills at Out-of-Hospital Emergency Care
Mari Salminen-Tuomaala*, Päivi Leikkola, Riitta Mikkola and Eija Paavilainen
Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mari Salminen-Tuomaala
Ph.D., Senior Lecturer
Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences
School of Health Care and Social Work, Finland
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Received Date: October 13, 2015 Accepted Date: November 17, 2015 Published Date: November 24, 2015
Citation: Salminen-Tuomaala, Leikkola, Mikkola and Paavilainen (2015) Workers’ Clinical Skills at Out-of-Hospital Emergency Care. Emerg Med(Los Angel) 5:291. doi:10.4172/2165-7548.1000291
Copyright: © 2015 Salminen-Tuomaala M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: Workers’ clinical skills at out-of-hospital emergency care greatly affect patient safety and care quality. The objectives of the study was to examine emergency care workers’ self-perception of their clinical skills in out-of-hospital emergency care to produce new knowledge that can be used to develop basic and continuing education programmes.
Methods: A quantitative approach was selected. Participants consisted of nurses (86), practical nurses (48) and medical emergency technicians/ hospital and ambulance attendants (8) in out-of-hospital emergency service units in one hospital district in Finland (N=1, response rate 53%). Self-administered questionnaire with 8 background questions and 70 multi-choice questions analysed using SPSS for Windows 22.
Results: Respondents rated their skills in fluid care, circulation maintenance and care of lifeless patients highest, whereas the results were poorest for skills in intubation and care of gynaecological patients. Emergency care workers’ age, sex work experience, type of employment and educational background were associated with variation in their self-rated clinical skills.
Conclusions: Regular updates by means of simulation-based learning or group supervision are required, especially for novices and non-permanent workers to create safe routines in airway maintenance and caring for less common groups of patients.