Exploratory cross-sectional study of factors associated with transport to hospital in patients with suspected convulsions presenting to ambulance services

Asghar, Zahid and Dickson, Jon and Siriwardena, Niro (2016) Exploratory cross-sectional study of factors associated with transport to hospital in patients with suspected convulsions presenting to ambulance services. In: College of Social Science Research Showcase, 4 July 2016, University of Lincoln.

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Abstract

Introduction
Suspected convulsions are a common reason for emergency calls to ambulance services. Prehospital care is a key element of good quality care for these patients and is a key determinant of downstream health service activity but there has been little previous research in this area. Convulsions result in a large number of emergency calls to ambulance services; the majority of these patients are conveyed to emergency departments (ED), which accounts for most of the health service costs for this condition.

Methods
We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of retrospective electronic clinical data for patients with suspected convulsions over a one year period. Our aims were firstly to generate descriptive statistics (including incidence) for patients over the age of 18 years treated by East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EMAS) for convulsions over a period of a year, and secondly to use regression analysis to identify predictors of transport to hospital in this sample.

Results & Conclusion
There were 6208 patients with chief complaint recorded as suspected convulsion of which 3218 (54.4%) were men and 2697 (45.6%) women. Suspected convulsions are the sixth commonest reason for emergency calls to EMAS. Results of the regression analysis of predictors of transport are presented.

Keywords:pre-hospital, ambulance services, Suspected convulsions, predictors of transport to hospital
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A100 Pre-clinical Medicine
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B780 Paramedical Nursing
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:25820
Deposited On:01 Feb 2017 09:33

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