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The medical perspective on mining incidents: Interviews with emergency medical service (EMS) personnel
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical and Perioperative Sciences, Surgery.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3716-6445
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1848-060x
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Emergency Services, ISSN 2047-0894, E-ISSN 2047-0908, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 236-246Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine emergency medical service (EMS) personnel’s perceptions and experiences of managing underground mining injury incidents.

Design/methodology/approach: In total, 13 EMS personnel were interviewed according to a semi-structured interview guide. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

Findings: An underground mining environment was described as unfamiliar and unsafe and, with no guidelines for operational actions in an extreme environment, such as underground mines, the EMS personnel were uncertain of their role. They therefore became passive and relied on the rescue service and mining company during a major incident. However, the medical care was not considered to be different from any other prehospital care, although a mining environment would make the situation more difficult and it would take longer for the mine workers to be placed under definitive care.

Originality/value: This study complements earlier studies by examining the EMS personnel’s perceptions and experiences of major incidents.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 236-246
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Preparedness, Emergency medical services, Major incident, Mines
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Surgery
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-165262DOI: 10.1108/IJES-02-2019-0006ISI: 000493804300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-165262DiVA, id: diva2:1370940
Available from: 2019-11-18 Created: 2019-11-18 Last updated: 2019-11-19Bibliographically approved

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