First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Alyssa C. IngmansonFollow
Christina A. FrattoFollow

Mentor/s

Eleni Diakogeorgiou, Julie Nolan

Location

University Commons

Start Day/Time

4-21-2017 1:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-21-2017 3:00 PM

Abstract

Context: Prognosis of an exertional heatstroke (EHS) patient is directly related to the amount of time their body temperature remains elevated above critical temperature threshold.1,2 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers and Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) are common first responders to EHS. It is essential that EMS providers and ATs understand their individual roles and incorporate their skill sets together in EHS management to ensure positive patient outcome.3

Objective: Analyze the differences in awareness between EMS providers and ATs regarding recognition, treatment, and perception of EHS.

Design: Online survey.

Setting: Online.

Participants: ATs and EMS providers currently practicing in their respective fields, dual credentialed individuals were excluded.

Data Collection/Analysis: Data was collected via online surveys through SurveyMonkey®. Procedures and data were reviewed for validity and consistency using multiple-analyst triangulation. Survey responses were analyzed for common themes using a general inductive analysis and the grounded theory model.4,5,6

Results: Twenty-six valid EMS provider responses and nine valid AT responses. Themes included (1) Proper education is the basis for clinician comfort and quality patient care, and (2) Improved scope of practice comprehension among ATs and EMS providers will create better interprofessional interaction and will optimize patient care.

Conclusions: Athletic Trainers and EMS providers’ responses generally followed their protocols and state practice acts. The first theme developed included a comprehension of aspects of education, EHS findings, treatment, and cooling methods. The second theme developed was based off perception and the relationship between ATs and EMS providers.

Key Words: Exertional Heatstroke, interprofessional collaboration, emergency medicine, perception.

College

College of Health Professions

College and Major available

Athletic Training

Document Type

Poster

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Comparison of Awareness of Exertional Heatstroke among Certified Athletic Trainers and Emergency Medical Services Providers

University Commons

Context: Prognosis of an exertional heatstroke (EHS) patient is directly related to the amount of time their body temperature remains elevated above critical temperature threshold.1,2 Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers and Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs) are common first responders to EHS. It is essential that EMS providers and ATs understand their individual roles and incorporate their skill sets together in EHS management to ensure positive patient outcome.3

Objective: Analyze the differences in awareness between EMS providers and ATs regarding recognition, treatment, and perception of EHS.

Design: Online survey.

Setting: Online.

Participants: ATs and EMS providers currently practicing in their respective fields, dual credentialed individuals were excluded.

Data Collection/Analysis: Data was collected via online surveys through SurveyMonkey®. Procedures and data were reviewed for validity and consistency using multiple-analyst triangulation. Survey responses were analyzed for common themes using a general inductive analysis and the grounded theory model.4,5,6

Results: Twenty-six valid EMS provider responses and nine valid AT responses. Themes included (1) Proper education is the basis for clinician comfort and quality patient care, and (2) Improved scope of practice comprehension among ATs and EMS providers will create better interprofessional interaction and will optimize patient care.

Conclusions: Athletic Trainers and EMS providers’ responses generally followed their protocols and state practice acts. The first theme developed included a comprehension of aspects of education, EHS findings, treatment, and cooling methods. The second theme developed was based off perception and the relationship between ATs and EMS providers.

Key Words: Exertional Heatstroke, interprofessional collaboration, emergency medicine, perception.