Necessity of Education for Emergency Medical Technicians to Improve Awareness of Early Symptoms of Stroke and Assessment of Stroke Patients

응급구급대원에서 뇌졸중 조기증상 인지 및 환자평가 향상을 위한 교육 필요성

  • Lee, Jeong-Mi (Department of Preventive Medicine, Wonkwang University, School of Medicine) ;
  • Lee, Jang-Yeol (Department of Preventive Medicine, Wonkwang University, School of Medicine) ;
  • Park, Seong-Bin (Department of Preventive Medicine, Wonkwang University, School of Medicine) ;
  • Lee, Young-Hoon (Department of Preventive Medicine, Wonkwang University, School of Medicine) ;
  • Oh, Gyung-Jae (Department of Preventive Medicine, Wonkwang University, School of Medicine)
  • 이정미 (원광대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 이장열 (원광대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 박성빈 (원광대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 이영훈 (원광대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 오경재 (원광대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실)
  • Received : 2013.04.02
  • Accepted : 2013.06.13
  • Published : 2013.06.30


Objectives: The purpose of this study was to reconsider the necessity of stroke-related educational programs by investigating early symptoms of stroke that emergency medical technicians (EMTs) may experience. Methods: An interview survey was carried out, targeting all EMTs 298 people who were working at 119 fire safety centers and local units in Jeollabuk-do province, from April 1 to 30, 2011. An interviewer administered questionnaire was used to obtain data on ETMs' demographic characteristics, educational level on stroke, and awareness level about early symptoms of stroke and treatment-related characteristics of stroke patients. Results: The results showed that 63.2% of those surveyed had completed the required educational programs on stroke during the past year. The level of awareness about early symptoms of stroke and assessment of stroke patients' condition was relatively high for women, those who were 30 years under, low position people, emergency service practitioners, emergency medical technicians, and people who have completed education, respectively. It was also turned out that 82.8% of those surveyed took stroke patients to the nearest hospitals first so that they could receive appropriate treatment. The level of awareness about early symptoms of stroke and assessment of stroke patients' condition in people who have completed education were higher than non-complete. The level of awareness about early symptoms of stroke was positively correlated with confidence, satisfaction and appropriateness in treatment of stroke patients. Conclusions: These results strongly suggest that it is necessary to operate specialized educational programs to enhance EMTs' appropriate awareness of the early symptoms of stroke and assessment of stroke patient's condition.


Emergency medical technicians;Stroke;Awareness;Education


Supported by : 원광대학교


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