Paramedic on Scene Time for Patients Initially Refusing Treatment or Transport

John M. Heiser, Robert Norton, Keith W. Neely, Joe Acker, Jerris R. Hedges

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Abstract

Introduction: Patients initially refusing care (PIRC) place their health in jeopardy and consume paramedic and base-station physician time. This study quantifies the time spent on-scene related to PIRC cases. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 128 PIRC cases was performed in the Multomah County EMS system. Results: The PIRC cases had a significantly longer mean on-scene time than did non-refusal cases (30.3 vs 14.6 min; p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-297
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine

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