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Prehospital care in Sweden: From a transport organization to advanced healthcare
Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Stockolm, Sweden; Academic EMS, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Stockolm, Sweden; SOS Alarm AB, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Stockolm, Sweden; Department of Emergency Medicine, Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Notfall & Rettungsmedizin, ISSN 1434-6222, E-ISSN 1436-0578, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 107-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Prehospital care, starting from the patient’s first contact with the emergency medical call centre and including medical care provided in the ambulance, is part of the continuum of care defined as emergency medicine (EM). Sweden has a network of emergency medical call centres that are all reached by one telephone number and staffed by nurses, among other personnel.

Objective: This review presents a summary of the prehospital care systems currently in place in Sweden, the role of the physician and the future challenges in this evolving and important field.

Results and conclusions: Since 2005, the presence of registered nurses in ambulance teams has become a requirement. This proved to be a turning point in the development of advanced care in the prehospital setting in Sweden. Due to overcrowding in emergency departments, the ambulance services work to steer patients from the ambulance directly to definitive care. Although there are limited numbers of physicians in the prehospital setting today, this should change as the specialty of EM grows stronger.

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Springer, 2015. Vol. 18, no 2, p. 107-109
Keywords [en]
Emergency medical call centre, Emergency medicine, Emergency physicians, Nurses, Prehospital care, ambulance, Article, communication center, emergency care, emergency ward, human, information service, nurse, patient care, physician, registered nurse, Sweden, telephone
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-69696DOI: 10.1007/s10049-015-1989-1ISI: 000352861900005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928238091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-69696DiVA, id: diva2:1257340
Available from: 2018-10-19 Created: 2018-10-19 Last updated: 2018-10-19Bibliographically approved

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