Experience of Emergency Medical Services Response to Arasbaran Earthquakes in 2012: A Qualitative Study [post]

Mahboub Poueaghaei, Javad Babaie, Laleh Rad Saeed
2020 unpublished
Background One of the most important concerns in responding to disasters is providing Basic Life Support (BLS) services to injuries. Considering the key role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in providing BLS, the purpose of this study is to investigate the experience of provincial EMS's response to the Arasbaran twin earthquakes and its challenges in 2012 in Iran.Methods In this qualitative content analysis, data were collected through Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and semi-structured
more » ... i-structured in-depth interviews with purposefully-selected EMS paramedics and officers in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran. To form the main categories, the interviews were encoded in three stages and the similar codes were placed under the same subcategories and merged.Results A total of 26 EMS paramedics and officers participated in the study. The codes extracted from their interviews were divided into ten categories, including; the lack of preparedness and coordination, dead bodies' management challenges, responders' psychosocial support, deficiencies in supplies and ambulances, difficulty of access to rural areas, volunteer management, non-documentation of the experiences, communication challenges, recalling and deploying of EMS responders.Conclusion According to the findings, EMS timely response and paramedic's sense of responsibility for providing services were a positive point about the EMS operations. The weaknesses of the system should therefore be addressed through transferring of experiences and by planning and arranging training courses.
doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-24499/v1 fatcat:qqa5pq7xsjcy3j2ifu4zy362ba