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The opinions of ambulance personnel regarding using a heated mattress for patients being cared for in a cold climate - An intervention study in ambulance care
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, ISSN 1239-9736, E-ISSN 2242-3982, Vol. 76, article id 1379305Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of the study was to describe the opinions of ambulance personnel regarding differences between using a heated mattress and a standard ambulance mattress. This study was an intervention study with pre- and post-evaluation. Evaluations of the opinions of personnel regarding the standard unheated mattress were conducted initially. After the intervention with new heated mattresses, follow-up evaluations were conducted. Ambulance personnel (n=64) from an ambulance station in northern Sweden took part in the study, which ran from October 2014 until February 2016. There were differences in opinions regarding the standard unheated mattress and the new heated mattress. The evaluation of the proxy ratings by the personnel showed that the heated mattress was warmer than the standard mattress, more pleasant to lie on and that patients were happier and more relaxed than when the standard mattress was used. The ambulance personnel in this study rated the experience of working with the heated mattress as very positive and proxy rated that it had a good effect on patient comfort. A heated mattress can be recommended for patients in ambulance care, even if more research is needed to receive sufficient evidence.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2017. Vol. 76, article id 1379305
Keywords [en]
Thermal comfort, hypothermia, chilling, active warming, care suffering, ambulance care
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Anesthesiology and Intensive Care
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-143592DOI: 10.1080/22423982.2017.1379305ISI: 000417203800001PubMedID: 5645772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-143592DiVA, id: diva2:1171000
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