The paramedic kairotope theory: findings

Scene-management is an important, yet under-researched aspect of paramedic practice. Using a grounded theory methodology, this qualitative inquiry acquired data from in-depth interviews with paramedics working in rural, suburban, and urban settings in Ontario, Canada. The findings comprise a theory of how expert paramedics accomplish the very difficult task of managing emergency scenes, which is a crucial pre- and co-requisite for the provision of patient care. This theory introduces a new term, the ‘paramedic kairotope’ as a conceptualization of this expertise, comprised of knowing when and where to act in a field/clinical situation. The theory further describes this competency as being informed by two social processes: substantial use of interpersonal communication and innovative problem solving.

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