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dc.contributor.authorRiou, Marine
dc.contributor.authorBall, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Teresa
dc.contributor.authorWhiteside, A.
dc.contributor.authorCameron, P.
dc.contributor.authorFatovich, D.
dc.contributor.authorPerkins, G.
dc.contributor.authorSmith, K.
dc.contributor.authorBray, J.
dc.contributor.authorInoue, Madoka
dc.contributor.authorO'Halloran, Kay
dc.contributor.authorBailey, P.
dc.contributor.authorBrink, D.
dc.contributor.authorFinn, J.
dc.date.accessioned2017-12-10T12:41:08Z
dc.date.available2017-12-10T12:41:08Z
dc.date.created2017-12-10T12:20:22Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citationRiou, M. and Ball, S. and Williams, T. and Whiteside, A. and Cameron, P. and Fatovich, D. and Perkins, G. et al. 2018. ‘She's sort of breathing’: What linguistic factors determine call-taker recognition of agonal breathing in emergency calls for cardiac arrest? Resuscitation. 122: pp. 92-98.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11937/59567
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.resuscitation.2017.11.058
dc.description.abstract

Background: In emergency ambulance calls, agonal breathing remains a barrier to the recognition of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and rapid dispatch. We aimed to explore whether the language used by callers to describe breathing had an impact on call-taker recognition of agonal breathing and hence cardiac arrest. Methods: We analysed 176 calls of paramedic-confirmed OHCA, stratified by recognition of OHCA (89 cases recognised, 87 cases not recognised). We investigated the linguistic features of callers’ response to the question “is s/he breathing?” and examined the impact on subsequent coding by call-takers. Results: Among all cases (recognised and non-recognised), 64% (113/176) of callers said that the patients were breathing (yes-answers). We identified two categories of yes-answers: 56% (63/113) were plain answers, confirming that the patient was breathing (“he's breathing”); and 44% (50/113) were qualified answers, containing additional information (“yes but gasping”). Qualified yes-answers were suggestive of agonal breathing. Yet these answers were often not pursued and most (32/50) of these calls were not recognised as OHCA at dispatch. Conclusion: There is potential for improved recognition of agonal breathing if call-takers are trained to be alert to any qualification following a confirmation that the patient is breathing.

dc.publisherElsevier
dc.title‘She's sort of breathing’: What linguistic factors determine call-taker recognition of agonal breathing in emergency calls for cardiac arrest?
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.volume122
dcterms.source.startPage92
dcterms.source.endPage98
dcterms.source.issn0300-9572
dcterms.source.titleResuscitation
curtin.departmentSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
curtin.accessStatusOpen access


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