What is it about?

In this study we have interviewed firefighters and police officers in Stockholm Sweden, about their experiences of participating in dual dispatch with Emergency Medical Services in case of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

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Why is it important?

The study shows the importance of providing case discussions and opportunities to give and receive feedback after missions. It is is a main task for the leadership in the organizations to diminish stress among personnel and to improve future OHCA missions.

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It is important to gain a deeper comprehension of the complex situation which constitutes a cardiac arrest. The interviews with firefighters and police officers revealed unpleasant memories, feelings of success, and also togehterness within the crew. Everything is not all about high quality cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, it is also about taking care of the rescuers afterwards.

Ingela Hasselqvist-Ax
Karolinska Institutet

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This page is a summary of: Experiences among firefighters and police officers of responding to out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in a dual dispatch programme in Sweden: an interview study, BMJ Open, November 2019, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-030895.
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