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Table 1 the percentage of cardiac, mental health, respiratory, medical, trauma and other cases second (n = 27) and third year (n = 57) BEH students were exposed to during rural and metropolitan ambulance clinical placements.

From: An investigation of theory-practice gap in undergraduate paramedic education

  2nd Year Students 3rd Year students
Type of case Yes No Yes No
Cardiac n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Chest pain 23 (85.2) 4 (14.8) 55 (96.5) 2 (3.5)
Cardiac arrest 6 (22.2) 21 (77.8) 27 (47.4) 30 (52.6)
Mental Health     
Attempted suicide/suicide 4 (14.8) 23 (85.2) 29 (50.9) 28 (49.1)
Panic attack 3 (11.1) 24 (88.9) 18 (18.0) 39 (68.4)
Acute psychotic episode 6 (22.2) 21 (77.8) 17 (29.8) 40 (70.2)
Respiratory     
Asthma 10 (37.0) 17 (63.0) 42 (73.7) 15 (26.3)
Shortness of breath 14 (51.9) 13 (48.1) 48 (84.2) 9 (15.8)
Medical     
Hypoglycaemia 8 (29.6) 19 (70.4) 38 (66.7) 19 (33.3)
Seizure/post ictal 6 (22.2) 21 (77.8) 33 (57.9) 24 (42.1)
Trauma     
Motor vehicle accident 8 (29.6) 19 (70.4) 37 (64.9) 20 (35.1)
Fracture 9 (33.3) 18 (66.7) 38 (66.7) 19 (33.3)
Head injury 6 (22.2) 21 (77.8) 20 (35.1) 37 (64.9)
Other     
Interhospital transfer 8 (29.6) 19 (70.4) 29 (50.9) 28 (49.1)
Nursing home transport 8 (29.6) 19 (70.4) 32 (56.1) 25 (43.9)
Intoxicated 8 (29.6) 19 (70.4) 31 (54.4) 26 (45.6)
Drug overdose 6 (22.2) 21 (77.8) 29 (50.9) 28 (49.1)
Pain relief 20 (74.1) 7 (25.9) 41 (71.9) 16 (28.1)
Paediatric patient 11 (40.7) 16 (59.3) 39 (68.4) 17 (29.8)