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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated that when ambulance paramedics facilitate patient's own medications (POM) being brought in to the Emergency Department (ED), the number of prescribing errors on the hospital admission medication chart was significantly decreased, thereby increasing admission prescribing accuracy.

Aim We aimed to examine paramedics' attitudes to bringing POM to the ED and explore the associated barriers.

Methods This was a cross-sectional survey of a convenience sample of ambulance paramedics bringing patients to the ED of a tertiary-referral metropolitan teaching hospital. The questionnaire consisted of 5 questions and took approximately 2 minutes to complete.

Results The response rate for the survey was 81.9% (50/61). The study demonstrated a general agreement that bringing POM to the ED was important. Most highly rated barriers noted by respondents to bringing POM included time limitations (60%), location of patient pick up (44%), fear of losing patient's medications (24%) and patient's refusal (18%).

Conclusions Overall, paramedics perceived bringing POM to ED as being important. There are identifiable barriers to paramedics bringing POM to the Emergency Department on admission. Resolution of such barriers may increase the frequency with which POM is brought to hospital, leading to a positive impact on prescribing accuracy.

Author Biography

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Ms Esther W Chan Department of Pharmacy Practice Centre for Medicine Use and Safety Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University 381 Royal Parade, Parkville Melbourne, VIC 3052, Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9903 9057 Mobile: +61 (0) 413 739 001 Fax: +61 3 9903 9629 Email: Esther.Chan@pharm.monash.edu.au

For further information, please contact:

Ms Esther W Chan Department of Pharmacy Practice Centre for Medicine Use and Safety Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University 381 Royal Parade, Parkville Melbourne, VIC 3052, Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9903 9057 Mobile: +61 (0) 413 739 001 Fax: +61 3 9903 9629 Email: Esther.Chan@pharm.monash.edu.au

For further information, please contact:

Ms Esther W Chan Department of Pharmacy Practice Centre for Medicine Use and Safety Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Monash University 381 Royal Parade, Parkville Melbourne, VIC 3052, Australia

Telephone: +61 3 9903 9057 Mobile: +61 (0) 413 739 001 Fax: +61 3 9903 9629 Email: Esther.Chan@pharm.monash.edu.au

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