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The experience of Teesside helicopter emergency services: doctors do not prolong prehospital on-scene times
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    Re: Doctors and pre- hospital on-scene times: effect is still debatable

    Dear Editors,

    We welcome the stimulating comments of Quinn et al. in response to our previously published paper. We recognise that the topic breached here is both an emotive one and also in the main very subjective.

    It is extremely difficult to conduct a direct comparison of paramedic -led versus physician-led performance on exactly the same case, other than through moulage scenarios. No two pre-hospital c...

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    Doctors and pre- hospital on-scene times: effect is still debatable
    • Lisa M Quinn, Final Year Medical Student
    • Other Contributors:
      • Dr. J. French: Magpas Clinical Research Fellow in Pre-hospital and Retrieval Medicine and Dr. R. MacKenzie: Director of Research and Development, Magpas and Flight Physician.

    Dear Editors,

    The article by Dr Dissman and Dr Le Clerc represents a welcome addition to the pre-hospital literature (Emerg Med J, Jan 2007;24:59-62). However, it is important to remind readers that the observation that doctors do not prolong pre hospital on-scene times within their system is simply that: an observation.

    All observational studies are influenced by bias, confounding and the play of...

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