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Is ambulance telephone triage using advanced medical priority dispatch protocols able to identify patients with acute stroke correctly?
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    A response from the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch
    In response to this article it is important to highlight that this system is not used by any ambulance services or EMS systems in the UK or the world - it is over 8 years old and has been replaced multiple times. Also, a later version of the system has demonstrated a sensitivity of 83% for Emergency Medical Dispatchers using MPDS stroke protocol (http://www.prioritydispatch.co.uk/uk/San_Diego_Accuracy_of_Stroke.pdf). A response...
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    It is correct priority, not diagnosis, that matters at telephone triage

    I found the article by Deakin et al interesting but have to feel that the article seems to dwell on whether the Advanced Medical Priority Dispatch system (AMPDS) correctly identifies stroke when the emphasis should have been on whether it can correctly prioritise patients to a catagory A or B who are later found to have suffered a stroke.

    The authors themselves identify the fact that ambulance prioritisation is...

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