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Table 3 Characteristics of diagnostic measurements of patients by PA (n = 2) and RN (n = 23)

From: Solo emergency care by a physician assistant versus an ambulance nurse: a cross-sectional document study

  PA (n = 493) RN (n = 498)
Monitoring vital sign of patient n (%)
 Respiratory rate 294 (60 %) 343 (69 %)
 Oxygen saturation 219 (44 %) 246 (49 %)
 Systolic blood pressure 229 (47 %) 269 (54 %)
 Diastolic blood pressure 229 (47 %) 255 (51 %)
 Pulse rate 316 (64 %) 325 (65 %)
 ECGa/heart rhythm 39 (8 %) 144 (29 %)
 GCS/AVPUb 430 (87 %) 437 (88 %)
 Glucose 55 (11 %) 95 (19 %)
 Body temperature 33 (7 %) 12 (2 %)
 Pain intensity score 0 (0 %) 72 (15 %)
SCEBScmethodology used n (%) 77 (16 %) 0 (0 %)
Systematic physical exams of organ tract systems n (%) 155 (31 %) 0 (0 %)
  1. a ECG electrocardiograph, b GCS/AVPU Glasgow Coma Scale/Alert Voice Pain Unresponsive, c SCEBS Somatic complaints, Cognitions, Emotions, Behaviour, and Social functioning of the patient