GRM 2010 GRM 2011

Abstract Details

Family Name:
Al Anazi
First Name:
Abdullah Foraih
Title of Paper:
Emergency Medical Services in Saudi Arabia: A Study on the Significance of Paramedics and Their Experiences on Barriers as Inhibitors of Their Efficiency
Paper Proposal Text :
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) provides out-of-hospital acute medical care to different types of serious emergencies.The team of EMS includes paramedics, besides many other staff working in the pre-hospital setting.Most of the exigencies are managed by paramedics, including technicians and the driver of the ambulance. Although, theparamedics arethe first responders to the patient in emergency, they face several barriers, which interfere with their efficiency. However, the magnitude of these obstacles is not known, hence; it was found worthwhile to evaluate the depth of these difficulties by constituting a questionnaire that included 8 different commonly experienced barriers and included 4 different variables of strength. The questionnaire was served to 140 paramedics in three different regions (Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam) of Saudi Arabia.The positive response obtained was statistically significant for traffic congestion (p<0.01; p<0.001), nuisance by bystanders and family members (p<0.001), lack of competence of doctors and the administration in the EMS routines (p<0.05; p<0.01; p<0.001), lack of trust and confidence (p<0.001) lack of independence (p<0.001), patient’s resistance (p<0.001), Interference of legal issues and litigation proceedings (p<0.05; p<0.001), paramedic’s impression on general public and the family of the patients (p<0.001). The results obtained were discussed and concluded with a focus on improving the working environment of a paramedic.
KEY WORDS: EMS, Paramedics, Barriers, Interference, Efficiency