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November 3, 2013

Study: Medics report lack of critical care training

Reuters Health

NEW YORK — Paramedics often have to transport patients in critical condition from one medical facility to another. In a new survey, some said they perform procedures and use tools they haven't been trained in on the way.

The finding that paramedics work beyond their job descriptions was not a surprise to lead author William Raynovich.

"By definition, critical care patients require the highest level of intensive skill and are at the greatest risk of death or chronic disability," Raynovich, of Creighton University EMS Education in Omaha, Nebraska, said.

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