Research project Patients who have to be transported to hospital by ambulance also have to spend time outside, even if it is very cold in the wintertime. In prehospital care, it is uncommon to have optimal possibilities to give the patient good comfort related to maintaining the patients’ warmth.
Patients’ experiences of discomfort in prehospital care, including ambulance transport, are rarely described in research literature. In prehospital care situations, it is common that patients can feel discomfort for various reasons, such as illness, injuries, pain and of being cold. In prehospital care, it is uncommon to have optimal possibilities to give the patient good comfort related to maintaining the patient’s warmth. Recommendations for what equipment should be used in the prehospital care mostly depend on tradition and experience and seldom on scientific evidence. It must be considered important that the ambulance environment is optimal not to create further discomfort for patients who are ill or injured.