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When older persons need Emergency Medical Services at home: a critical incident study on Swedish municipal care personnel
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. (CAREH)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5758-7610
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (CAREH)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3307-6779
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (SAMPRODUKTION)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3068-5384
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. (CAREH)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1878-0992
2021 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Older persons in Sweden can continue to live at home, assisted by the municipal home care services. Older age raises the risk of emergency situations that require involvement of the emergency medical services (EMS). Such situations intersect two different organizations, the municipal social care services and the regional EMS. The transfer of care between the organizations might impact the older persons´ health, and quality of life or death. Research question: How do municipal care personnel describe their experiences of and actions in situations when older persons are in need of EMS? Design: The study has a qualitative inductive design. Sample: Municipal care personnel (n=19) consisting of home care personnel and security alarm responders. Data collection and analysis: Data was collected through group interviews and free text written critical incidents analyzed according to critical incident technique. Results: Experiences related to the two main areas Lifesaving competence, and Collaborative care, which encompass the four categories Emergency knowledge, Companionship in a vulnerability, Limited caring options and Conditions for EMS collaboration. Actions related to the one main area Adjusting actions to actual conditions, which encompasses the three categories Adapting care to emergency needs, Safeguarding the person, and Adapting actions to EMS leadership.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. Vol. 20, p. 92-93
Keywords [en]
care personnel, EMS, municipal home care, older persons
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Nursing
Research subject
Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-56143ISI: 000726772800252OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-56143DiVA, id: diva2:1602300
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Thinking qualitatively Virtual Conference, Online, 5-9 July 2021
Available from: 2021-10-12 Created: 2021-10-12 Last updated: 2023-02-23Bibliographically approved

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