Prehosp Emerg Care 2000 Jul-Sep;4(3):253-60
Department of Health Sciences, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723, USA.
Prehosp Emerg Care 1999 Apr-Jun;3(2):157-62
East Carolina University, School of Medicine, Greenville, NC, USA.
Objectives: To determine whether EMS educational programs in North Carolina adequately prepare paramedics, and whether there is additional value to an associate of applied science (AAS) degree education in EMS when compared with traditional certificate training programs.
Methods: Surveys were developed and distributed to EMS administrators, AAS paramedics, and certificate paramedics. The administrators were asked to rate the performance of both AAS and certificate paramedics in the areas of preemployment evaluation, patient-care skills, and non-patient-care duties. Read More
Prehosp Emerg Care 1997 Oct-Dec;1(4):263-8
Department of Emergency Medicine, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina 27858, USA.
Objective: The National Standard Curriculum for paramedics is currently being revised. There is little scientific evidence of what does and what does not work in prehospital care, and of whether the National Standard Curriculum prepares paramedics for the field. To provide some basis for the current revisions to the National Standard Curriculum, the authors determined which prehospital skills are perceived by paramedics to be the most important, and whether the emphasis placed on those skills during initial and continuing education programs corresponds with the perceived importance. Read More
Image J Nurs Sch 1991 ;23(4):221-4
A convenience sample of 110 registered nurses in four western states completed a demographic questionnaire and a 20-item medication calculation test to investigate errors in medication calculation that contribute to medication error rates. Intravenous questions were most difficult, then oral, then intramuscular/subcutaneous items. Nurses erred more when more than one calculation was required and when milligram to grain conversion was needed. Read More
Prehosp Disaster Med 1996 Oct-Dec;11(4):254-60
East Carolina University School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Greenville, North Carolina 27858 USA.
Introduction: Many state and local emergency medical services (EMS) systems may wish to modify provider levels and their scope of practice to align their systems with the recommendations of the National Emergency Medical Services Education and Practice Blueprint. To determine any changes that may be needed in a typical EMS system, the knowledge and skills of EMS providers in one rural area of North Carolina were compared with the knowledge and skills recommended in the National Emergency Medical Services Education and Practice Blueprint.
Methods: A survey listing 175 items of patient care-oriented knowledge and skills described in the National Emergency Medical Services Education and Practice Blueprint was developed. Read More