The Experience of Using Video Support in Ambulance Care: An Interview Study with Physicians in the Role of Regional Medical Support

Veronica Vicente, Anders Johansson, Bodil Ivarsson, Lizbet Todorova, Sebastian Möller

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Background: In order to facilitate more effective patient assessment and diagnostic support by improving the flow of information between ambulance nurses (AN) and physicians in the role of regional medical support (RMS), an application was developed for transmitting real-time video images. Objective: The objective of this study was to elucidate the physicians' experiences using a video application to support the assessment and triage procedure in ambulance care, when patients are deemed to not have an urgent need for emergency care. Design: The design for this research was a qualitative interview study. Ten physicians, working as RMS in ambulance care, were purposively selected to participate. The telemedicine concept studied consisted of a real-time video image application, in addition to the currently used mobile phone. When a patient was deemed eligible for inclusion in the study, the ambulance nurse (AN) contacted the RMS via telephone to initiate a video consultation. To elucidate the RMS experience of using the application, a conventional content analysis was performed. Results: The main theme "a feeling of being satisfied through a sense of increased patient safety" emerged from the following two categories: adds value in diagnosing situations (three subcategories, i.e., support in diagnosing, usability, and technical weakness) and increase communication opportunities (four subcategories, i.e., assessing the level of care, patient dialogue, professional communication, and team learning). Conclusions: Physicians in the role of RMS experienced a positive impact using video image transmission in addition to the currently used mobile phone. This evaluation was derived from a sense of increased patient safety in the assessment situation when patients were considered to be triaged to self-care.

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)1-9
TidskriftHealthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Volym8
Utgåva2
DOI
StatusPublished - 2020 apr 23

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Hälso- och sjukvårdsorganisation, hälsopolitik och hälsoekonomi

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