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Research Article, Prensa Med Argent Vol: 104 Issue: 5

Experiences of Pre-hospital Emergency Personals in Road Traffic Injuries of South-East of Iran: Qualitative Research


In many countries road crashes are the main cause of mortality. Iran is one of the countries with considerable road traffic injuries. Pre-hospital interventions have an important role in preventing mortalities and disabilities caused by traffic accidents. This study aimed to explore the experiences of personals at emergency pre-hospital posts on traffic injuries in Zabol, Iran. This qualitative research, was performed to explore the experiences and perceptions of a purposeful sample of Iranian pre hospital emergency personal (n=12). Data collection was continued until data saturation. Data was collected using in-depth semi-structured interview and analyzed by thematic analysis. Five main categories emerged from the interviews as, continuous stress in missions, accidental companions' challenges in the accident scene, individual and legal barriers in missions, unsafe feels in convenient missions, Uncoordinated rescue organizations. This study showed that different factors affect the quality of prehospital clinical services to the aimed victims that should be considered to improve the quality of pre-hospital clinical care in dynamic programs. Policy makers in health system can use these findings to promote the quality of pre-hospital services, especially in the field of traffic injuries.

Keywords: Emergency pre hospital services; Traffic accidents; Iran; Thematic analysis; Qualitative research

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