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Table 1 Characteristics of the personnel and volunteers stratified by the stabilisation method performed

From: Vacuum mattress or long spine board: which method of spinal stabilisation in trauma patients is more time consuming? A simulation study

Parameter Stabilisation method p-value
Long Spine Board
(n=94)
Vacuum mattress
(n=78)
Conditions n (%)
 Ideal 60 (63.83 %) 51 (65.38 %) 0.83
 Realistic 34 (36.17 %) 27 (34.62 %)
Personnel
Qualification n (%)
 Emergency physician 11 (11.70 %) 10 (12.82 %) 0.99
 Medical student 28 (29.79 %) 24 (30.77 %)
 Paramedic in training 20 (21.28 %) 16 (20.51 %)
 Paramedic 4 (4.26 %) 4 (5.13 %)
 Firefighter 31 (32.98 %) 24 (30.77 %)
Participants n (%)
Sex
 Male 60 (65 %) 51 (65 %) 0.70
 Female 23 (25 %) 17 (22 %)
BMI 25.1 (95% CI 24.5 – 25.6) 24.1 (95% CI 23.5 – 24.7) 0.02
  1. The descriptive characteristics are expressed as absolute (relative) frequencies or means with 95% confidence interval in brackets
  2. n numbers; BMI body mass index; CI confidence interval
  3. Note: the number of stabilisation procedures does not match the number of participants since some participants volunteered more than once