Prehospital management of supraventricular tachycardia in Victoria, Australia: epidemiology and effectiveness of therapies

Gavin Smith, David McDonald Taylor, Amee Elizabeth Morgans, Peter Cameron

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Objective: The present study examined patient demographics, characteristics and the effectiveness of current prehospital supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) management by ambulance paramedics in Victoria, Australia. Method: We conducted a retrospective study of all Victorian patients attended by paramedics between 14 February 2012 and 13 February 2013, where SVT was the initial or final diagnosis. Patients were excluded if SVT was not captured on ECG, incomplete data were recorded, or SVT began after initial assessment. Data were extracted from the VACIS? clinical data warehouse. Accuracy of paramedic SVT diagnosis was examined. Results: Nine hundred and thirty-three patients were enrolled, including 882 (94.5 ) adults and 564 (60.5 ) women. Mean adult and paediatric (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350 - 355
Number of pages6
JournalEMA - Emergency Medicine Australasia
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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