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Markku Kuisma

Head Physician

Head of Division

Emergency Medicine and Services, Prehospital Emergency Care

Markku Kuisma is a Specialist in Anesthesiology and an associate professor of Prehospital Emergency Medicine working at the Department of Emergency Care and Services, Helsinki University Hospital. His current position is a medical director of Emergency Medical Services. He has completed European Masters in Disaster Medicine and he is a member in EMS Leadership Network in Europe. He has approximately 100 scientific publications and he has been an editor of Handbook of Prehospital Emergency care for 20 years.

Recent important scientific studies:

1: Heinonen K, Puolakka T, Salmi H, Boyd J, Laiho M, Porthan K, Harve-Rytsälä H, Kuisma M. Ambulance crew-initiated non-conveyance in the Helsinki EMS system-A retrospective cohort study. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2022 Feb 16. doi: 10.1111/aas.14049. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35170028.

2: Azbel M, Heinänen M, Lääperi M, Kuisma M. Correction to: Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on trauma-related emergency medical service calls: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Emerg Med. 2021 Nov 19;21(1):140. doi: 10.1186/s12873-021-00511-6. Erratum for: BMC Emerg Med. 2021 Sep 9;21(1):102. PMID: 34794385; PMCID: PMC8601770.

3: Puolakka T, Virtanen P, Kinnunen J, Kuisma M, Strbian D. Prehospital identification of large vessel occlusion using the FAST-ED score. Acta Neurol Scand. 2021 Oct;144(4):400-407. doi: 10.1111/ane.13474. Epub 2021 May 24. PMID: 34028825.

4: Oulasvirta J, Pirneskoski J, Harve-Rytsälä H, Lääperi M, Kuitunen M, Kuisma M, Salmi H. Paediatric prehospital emergencies and restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic: a population-based study. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2020 Nov 2;4(1):e000808. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000808. PMID: 34192175; PMCID: PMC7607513.


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