Table 3

Factors that would facilitate implementation of prehospital ultrasound among to EMS medical directors not currently using ultrasound
Research n = 174 Number of respondents Percentage (95% CI)
 Studies demonstrating improvement in patient mortality 125 71.8% (65.9-77.7)
 Studies demonstrating improvement in patient morbidity 127 73.0% (67.2-78.8)
 Studies on sensitivity and specificity of ultrasound used by paramedic operators 97 55.7% (49.2-62.2)
 Studies on the effect of prehospital ultrasound on transport time 92 52.9% (46.4-59.4)
 Studies about the potential indications for prehospital ultrasound 92 52.9% (46.4-59.4)
 Case studies demonstrating examples of prehospital ultrasound and patient outcomes 45 25.9% (20.2-31.6)
Other facilitating factors n = 165
 Decreased cost 115 69.7% (63.5-75.9)
 Practice guidelines including prehospital ultrasound 109 66.1% (59.7-72.5)
 Standardized training available for EMS staff 96 58.2% (51.5-64.9)
 Policy statements endorsing ultrasound 74 44.8% (38.1-51.5)

Taylor et al.

Taylor et al. BMC Emergency Medicine 2014 14:6   doi:10.1186/1471-227X-14-6

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