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MAR 2018

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THE TRIP REPORT: TURNING RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE 22 MARCH 2018 | EMSWORLD.com there are so many nationally certified EMTs and paramedics, there were still 32,114 indi- viduals who completed the census. Of those, 1,248 (3.9%) had left the field. These 1,248 individuals comprised the study population. For those who left, a lot of factors influ- enced their decision. Four reasons were reported by more than 50% of respondents: The desire for pay and benefits was reported most often (64.7%); this was followed by the decision to pursue further education (60.4%), dissatisfaction with organization- al management (54.7%), and desire for a career change (54.1%). Among the study population, 72.3% indi- cated they were likely to return to the field. The authors found a statistically significant difference in the likelihood of returning to EMS based on race, with more minorities indicating they were likely to return com- pared to nonminorities (80.5% vs. 69.0%, p<0.01). There was no statistically signifi- cant difference in the likelihood of returning to EMS by gender (male 70.3% vs. female 71.9%, p=0.58). Interestingly, as experi- ence increased the likelihood of returning decreased, and this result was statistically significant (p<0.001). Additionally, the longer an individual had been away from the field, the less likely they were to return (p<0.001). The type of agency the individual worked for (p=0.696) and type of service provided did not have a statistically significant relation- ship with intent to return to EMS. When putting their results into context, the authors noted that the percentage of females who left the field was higher than the overall percentage of nationally certi- fied women in EMS. Females represented about 40% of those who left, compared to 27% of those in the NREMT database. This result was similar for minorities, with 19% who left the field compared to about 11% of the nationally certified EMS population. The authors correctly postulated that a possible explanation for the inverse relation- ship between EMS experience and the likeli- hood of returning to the field may be due to individuals retiring. Overall, only 17% of all respondents indicated they retired; however, among those with at least 16 years of expe - rience, retirement was the most important factor influencing their likelihood of returning to the field. The result indicating that 72% of those who left intended to return to EMS also needs to be evaluated critically. The respon- dents were individuals who left EMS but still had an NREMT certification and valid e-mail address and took the time to complete the survey. This is a population that clearly still has a little of that EMS bug. In other words, that 72% is likely an overestimate. However, as the authors point out, this is the popula- tion leadership should target when looking to increase their EMS workforce. Diff erent. Diff erent. BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT TM TM TM BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT TM BINDER LIFT TM BINDER LIFT TM BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT BINDER LIFT TM TM BINDER LIFT TM TM TM TM TM TM Try One FREE. Call, Email, or Visit our Website 855.239.5438 • Info@BinderLi .com • www.BinderLi .com/Free-Trial Made In USA For More Information Circle 22 on Reader Service Card

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