Monash University's 'Teleconsultation for paramedics: How can we better support our on road staff making safe clinical decisions?' study seeks the input of operational paramedics to measure their confidence in clinical decision-making, and identify additional support for operational clinicians in their decision-making to enhance patient care.
Operational paramedics are frequently confronted with a diverse range of clinical presentations, social considerations, environmental challenges and logistical concerns. The complexity of the patient interaction is further compounded by ever-increasing resource demands and patient flow issues. This has the potential to place a significant burden on the clinical decision-making capacity of paramedics. This research aims to explore the potential benefits or detriments of existing and upcoming decision-making aids.
The aims of the project are to:
• Measure the perceived confidence of operational paramedic in making autonomous clinical decisions.
• Determine the impact of teleconsultation upon paramedic perceived practice or potential impacts where teleconsultation is not utilised.
• Ascertain what services are currently available for paramedics and their perceived benefits to practice.
Participants will be asked to complete a multiple choice question survey. It is estimated this will take no more than 20 minutes.
If you work in Australia or New Zealand as a paramedic/ambulance officer/volunteer ambulance officer and are aged over 18 years of age, you are invited to participate (participation is also open to those who have been non-practising for less than three years).