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Analysis on Firefighters’ Recognition Changes Toward the Emergency Medical System after Level 2 Emergency Medical Technician Training

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2014, 10(5), pp.69-81
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Jung Eun-kyung 1 Hyo-Ju Lee 1

1원광보건대학교

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ABSTRACT

As the importance of the first responder is on the increase, training 2 level emergency medical technicians mostly consisting of firefighters is actively implemented. Thus, this study aimed to provide basic data on human resources in the emergency medical system and analyzed firefighters’ recognition changes toward the emergency medical system through level 2 emergency medical technician training. When examining the recognition level by categorizing the pre-hospital emergency medical system to reporting, locating and transferring phases, a difference in the recognition level on the reporting phase consisting of emergency measure and device selection and emergency measure guidance was observed as the score lower than three points before the training session rose to over three points. At the locating phase consisting of emergency medical technicians’ responsibilities including the infection prevention guidelines, significant differences were resulted, two points before the training session and three points after it. At the transferring phase recognition consisting of severity level classification, emergency medical guidance, emergency medical facilities and patient information transferring to the medical staff, significant differences were resulted as the recognition level rose. No significant differences were observed in the working experiences and training session participation selection of the medical technicians; however, high correlation was found between the satisfaction level on the training session and the recognition level of the emergency medical system. The firefighters who were selected as the subject of the study were the human resources who could engage as the first responders at the rescue and fire sites. So, it is imperative that level 2 emergency medical technician training session be given to such human resources so as to raise the recognition level toward the emergency medical system. It is important that faster basic emergency medical measures be taken in the pre-hospital emergency medical system through the training session.

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