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Table 6 Responses (%) by hypothetical scenarios

From: Are prehospital treatment or conveyance decisions affected by an ambulance crew’s ability to access a patient’s health information?

Scenario/question Very unlikely/unlikely Possibly Likely/very likely
1. Patient appropriate for community care
a) Try to obtain allergies/medications information before referral? 24 [7.3] 56 [18.8] 216 [72.9]
b) Unable to access allergies/ medications information – proceed with referral? 42 [14.2] 147 [49.7] 107 [36.1]
2. Patient with convulsion
a) Consider information on patient bracelet? 5 [1.7] 30 [10.3] 255 [88.0]
b) Use info to remain on scene for 30 minutes? 27 [9.3] 86 [29.7] 177 [61.0]
c) Same decision without bracelet information? 193 [66.6] 70 [24.1] 27 [9.3]
3. Patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and fall
a) Consider information re. normal observations to inform conveyance decision? 3 [1.0] 25 [8.7] 261 [90.3]
b) Same decision without additional information from discharge summary? 121 [41.9] 127 [43.9] 41 [14.2]
4. Terminal patient with documented end of life care (EOLC) wishes stating that they do not wish to be resuscitated
a) Convey patient to hospital despite documented wishes? 224 [77.8] 53 [18.4] 11 [3.8]
b) Same conveyance decision if EOLC document not in place? 171 [59.3] 66 [22.9] 51 [17.8]