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Telemedicine, Questionnaire, Doctor Nurse Relation, Emergency Health Service, Ambulance.


RCSI research Department, European Commission.


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Using telecommunications technology it would be possible to link a patient and paramedic to a Doctor in the Emergency Department (ED) at the point of first patient contact. A questionnaire-based study on telemedicine in the pre-hospital environment involving patients, paramedics, doctors and nurses in the ED, was performed to assess if they would want and accept telemedicine in pre-hospital emergency care. When asked 98.5% (55) of patients, 89% (11) of doctors, 76% (14) of nurses and 91% (42) of ambulance personnel saw the potential of an audio-visual link from the pre-hospital environment to the ED. The potential benefits were felt to be in diagnosis of time-dependent illnesses, time management, increased hospital preparedness for incoming patients and increased triage efficiency. Stakeholder enthusiasm for pre-hospital telemedicine must be met with the technological requirements to provide such a service. As noted by one patient a pre-hospital audio-visual link to the ED could be “potentially a life saving service”.


Emergency Medicine | Medicine and Health Sciences


Gilligan P, Bennett A, Houlihan A, Padki A, Owens N, Morris D, Chochliouros I, Mohammed A, Mutawa A, Eswararaj MA, Gannon S, Alrmawi A, Gasem JZ, Sheung PPN, Tynan C, Little R, Merriman W, Amadi-Obi A, Kenna L, Alim DA, O’Donnel C. The Doctor Can See You Now: A Key Stakeholder Study Into The Acceptability Of Ambulance Based Telemedicine. Irish Medical Journal. 2018;111(6):769.

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