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Åsa Engström, Associate Professor in Nursing, and lecturer Helena Nord Ljunquist at Luleå University of Technology. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Studying resources in emergency care

Published: 10 June 2016

Every minute is precious in order to reduce suffering and save lives in acutely ill or injured people who live in rural and sparsely populated environments. Studies in the field Waiting for the ambulance will now be conducted in a collaboration between Luleå University of Technology and Linnaeus University, thanks to fundings from the Kamprad Family Foundation.

– The ambulance long response times to the rural areas requires a well-functioning cooperation and utilization of the resources available in the help seekers neighborhood. With greater knowledge there is a good opportunity to develop and optimize society resources, so that Swedish citizens can live secure in a rural and sparsely populated environment, says Helena North Ljungqvist, Department of Health Sciences at Luleå University of Technology.

Study different perspectives

The overall aim of the research is to gain a greater knowledge and understanding from an acute medical situation where emergency personnel are in place before the ambulance arrives, a so-called Waiting for the ambulance missions, IVPA. Callers, rescue service and ambulance staff perspectives will be studied and a survey of these missions in rural and sparsely populated in Norrbotten- and Kronoberg will be implemented.

– It's both exciting and fun to start off the project. In Norrbotten, has the operation been running in a number of years and it is important now to research the area. We both have experience of training on Waiting for the ambulance, says Åsa Engström, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the Luleå University of Technology.

Increased cooperation between universities

The application is written by Asa Engstrom and Helena North Ljungqvist together with researchers in health sciences at Linneaus University. Kamprad Family Foundation has granted 3.6 million to the Centre for Interprofessional Collaboration and Joint use of emergency care, CISA, at Linnaeus University for example Helena North Ljungquist doctoral position at 50 percent over three years. Luleå University of Technology has ties to Linnaeus University from before, but in the subject of urgent care is this the first time that cooperation is carried out.

Experience of safe care

At the Centre for Interprofessional Collaboration and Joint use of emergency care, CISA, are research conducted on collaboration and joint use. The patients path is followed by the acute care chain, from incident site via ambulance to the emergency room, anesthesia, surgery and intensive care.

– We are both happy and proud. Allocated funds from the  Kamprad Family Foundation gives the Centre for Interprofessional Collaboration and Joint use, CISA, the mandate and the opportunity to create a platform for effective collaboration between different actors with similar tasks, responsibilities and challenges for the benefit of an extended service in rural areas. In this context, joint use is aimed to the coordination of resources regarding emergency care while waiting for the ambulance and emergency care of the elderly to the patient in their environment should receive a prompt care and experience a good and safe care, says research leader and Senior Lecturer Carina Elmqvist at Linnaeus University.