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EMS non-conveyance: a safe practice to decrease ED crowding or a threat to patient safety?

Paulin J, Kurola J, Koivisto M, et al. EMS non-conveyance: a safe practice to decrease ED crowding or a threat to patient safety? BMC Emerg Med. 2021;21(1):115. doi: 10.1186/s12873-021-00508-1

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October 27, 2021
Paulin J, Kurola J, Koivisto M, et al. BMC Emerg Med. 2021;21(1):115.

Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are in the unique position of providing medical care outside of a healthcare facility. This prospective cohort study conducted in Finland explored the outcomes of patients who were treated by EMS personnel without going to the ED. Findings indicate that 80% of patients treated by EMS did not have any re-contact with the healthcare system (e.g., re-contacted EMS, went to the ED, were hospitalized), suggesting that EMS management of these patients is relatively safe.

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Paulin J, Kurola J, Koivisto M, et al. EMS non-conveyance: a safe practice to decrease ED crowding or a threat to patient safety? BMC Emerg Med. 2021;21(1):115. doi: 10.1186/s12873-021-00508-1