Use of specialist paramedic dispatch in emergency ambulance control
Simon Fell, Ian Corrie
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Optimising patient care through the delivery of specialist resource allocation at the point of injury improves patient outcomes. As identified by the NHS, high-quality call handling and dispatch of the right response, first time, is critical to these outcomes (<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="B10">NHS, 2015</xref>).
This article presents an objective literature review and critical analysis of the evidence base concerning clinical dispatch. This study aims to highlight key differences between the triage and dispatch processes of specialist resources, to establish if the evidence supports the use of one model to manage these resources, and to ascertain best practice.
A structured literature review was undertaken and thematic analysis was used to explore the findings of the literature, leading to the establishment of recommendations for best practice in this area.
The literature discourages dispatching specialist teams based solely on computer-aided dispatch software codes, and recognises that specialist paramedic dispatchers have a better understanding of the clinical and ethical challenges of appropriately dispatching specialist, finite resources.
The literature supports the use of clinicians in dispatching specialist resources to best meet the needs of those patients who are critically ill or injured.
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