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PHECC - Patient Care Report (PCR)


Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC)

Subject Keywords: Patient pre-hospital data
Catalogue: Data
Secondary Data Sources - Other
Type: Dataset
Region: Republic of Ireland

The Patient Care Report facilitates the collection of patient pre-hospital data by the practitioner from time of call to handover of patient to destination facility. The information is collected by statutory ambulance services, auxiliary and voluntary services and private ambulance service providers. Paper-based collection of patient data using the national Patient Care Report was commenced in the HSE ambulance service in July 2005 and was further rolled out nationally over a six month period. A pilot of electronic data capture commenced in October 2007 in HSE North East ambulance region; in 2008 in Belmullet ambulance station and further rollout is expected in 2010 to HSE South East and Dublin Fire Brigade. The data is collected real time at point of care whether paper or electronic system. Currently the paper-based data is accessed only by the ambulance service or by them on behalf of a third party. This data is used for strategic planning of the ambulance service, informs research into new skill, services/ equipment. It can also assist in development of both service and individual training plans for the practitioners. The data is also used for clinical audit. The objective of the patient care report is to facilitate a national framework to record accurate, robust and timely pre-hospital patient data which will provide a vital link in the continuum of patient care in the hospital/destination facility. The patient care report provides vital clinical audit information for research into new skills, services, equipment and other resources required in the future.

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Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) . () PHECC - Patient Care Report (PCR) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st November 2017].


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