ERIC Number: ED189431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: N/A
Emergency Medical Technician Performance Evaluation. NCHSR Research Report Series.
Frazier, William H.; Cannon, Joseph F.
An evaluation was conducted of the diagnostic accuracy and treatment appropriateness of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in caring for 4,455 consecutive patients during a four-and-one-half month period. Data on EMT diagnosis and treatment and physician diagnosis were collected, and EMT data validated by observers. There were fifty-eight diagnostic conditions for which treatments were mandated as determined by a physician panel, affecting 2,233 (50%) patients. EMT diagnostic accuracy was measured using physician diagnosis as the standard, and rates of appropriate treatment were based upon the list of mandated treatments Diagnostic accuracy tended to be mediocre, but treatment appropriateness varied by diagnosis and severity. Serious medical and trauma conditions received appropriate treatment far more frequently than non-serious conditions. Essential changes in educational approach and emphasis were discussed. (Author/BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Health Services Research (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: New Haven Health Care, Inc., CT.