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Most frequent interventions involving children in prehospital emergency medicine

  • TATJANA PANDAK1
  • DUBRAVKO HULJEV1
  • LIDIJA STANIŠIĆ1

1Educational Institute for Emergency Medical Services City of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

DOI: 10.22514/SV112.062016.15 Vol.11,Issue S2,June 2016 pp.70-72

Published: 14 June 2016

*Corresponding Author(s): TATJANA PANDAK E-mail: pandak@hitnazg.hr

Abstract

A retrospective study of interventions in-volving children in the period from 2011 to 2015 was conducted at the Teaching Institute for Emergency Medicine of Za-greb. During this period a total of 18,356 interventions involving children occurred in the field. From 2011 to 2013, 11,576 interventions occurred, which makes up 4.56 % of all interventions in that period. During 2014 and 2015 there were 6,780 in-terventions which make up 3.69 % of all in-terventions in the field during that period. There was a 20 % reduction in the num-ber of emergency interventions involving children in the last two years of the study in comparison to the previous period. The greatest number of these emergency interventions is due to injury. From 2011 to 2013, the total number of interventions involving injured children was 24.59 % as opposed to 19.94 % from 2014 to 2015. There is a statistically significant decrease in the number of occurring injuries by 19%, whereas the number of head injuries went down from 12.48 % to 10.01 %. That marks a decrease of 20 % in the second part of the studied period. This is most probably a result of better injury preven-tion as a result of education programs in preschools, schools, media campaigns, and the use of protective equipment (protective helmets for cyclist, skaters, skiers etc.)

Keywords

children, trauma, emergency medical service

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TATJANA PANDAK,DUBRAVKO HULJEV,LIDIJA STANIŠIĆ. Most frequent interventions involving children in prehospital emergency medicine. Signa Vitae. 2016. 11(S2);70-72.

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