Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


School of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to deter1nine which type of 911 medical call (code 1, cardiac/respiratory; code 2, trauma; code 3, neurological; code 4, pediatric; code 5, routine; and code 6, gastrointestinal/genitourinary) is most stressful for a paramedic. A sample of 22 subjects were obtained from three different counties in a southeastern state. Physiological measurements (blood pressure and heart rate readings) were the variables used to measure stress. Descriptive and inferential statistics were utilized to examine demographics, as well as the variables under study. Findings from this study revealed that routine calls elevated systolic blood pressure overall and trauma calls elevated heart rate overall. There was no difference detected comparing counties B, C, and D. There were also no significant differences when comparing years of experience as a paramedic working with the different types of medical calls. Implications for further research and applications to nursing were made.

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Nursing Commons



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