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Hassankhani H, Haririan H, E Porter J, Oshni Alvandi A. “Paramedics are only a driver,” The lived experience of Iranian paramedics from patient handover: A qualitative study. J Res Dev Nurs Midw 2023; 20 (1) :40-44
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1- School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2- School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran , houman.haririan@gmail.com
3- School of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, Federation University Australia, Australia
4- Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia.
Abstract:   (653 Views)
Background: Patient handover in the emergency department (ED) is a 2-way communication process between the paramedics and in-hospital emergency personnel, which can result in miscommunication and delivery challenges. This study aimed to explore the lived experience of paramedics on patient handover to the ED.
Methods: Over a period of 5 months, an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) was used to explore the lived experiences of 15 paramedics in Tabriz, Iran. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in the emergency medical stations using the Smith approach for data collection and analysis. The researcher used 4 criteria to ensure rigor, including credibility, dependability, confirmability, and transferability, according to Lincoln and Guba.
Results: Three main themes emerged from the data analysis, including “the hole of hope,” “the boring issues,” and “paramedics are only a driver.” A further 11 sub-themes emerged under the main themes.
Conclusion: The highlighted issues that need to be considered during the process are the presence of staff in front of the ED's door to welcome the patient, removal of structural defects and defective hospital equipment, the presence of medical supplies in emergency triage to prevent the paramedics from stumbling, and listening to paramedics by physicians and nurses to obtain the patients’ history.
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