Focused ultrasound in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by advanced paramedics

Of the total number of OHCA emergency calls attended by the LAS for 2018, 1444 were also attended by an APP. The numbers of patients who underwent FoCUS were similar to those who did not (744/1,444:...

Orthostatic hypotension: the last 20 years

‘The prime concern of the cardiovascular system is tissue perfusion, with blood pressure and blood flow therefore being of critical importance. These are influenced by a number of factors, with...

Appropriateness of oral clopidogrel for prehospital STEMI management

A combination of literature reviews and study trials were examined to investigate the appropriate use of clopidogrel in the prehospital environment. Documentation was collected from the EBSCOHost...

Sir Roger Bannister: pioneer of the cardiovascular autonomic nervous system

To the world, Sir Roger Bannister was known as the first man to run a sub-4-minute mile. However, he worked in medicine for 60 years while, in his words, he ‘ran for about eight’ (Graham, 2018). With...

Reforming the paramedic profession? Two weeks with paramedics in Germany

This article aims to provide a perspective of emergency care in Germany and the paramedic profession in times of change, alongside future expectations among staff and in politics. It outlines the...

Obstetrics and birth: effects of experiences and gender bias on student test scores

This study include 12 090 paramedic students. In the PRE3 group, there were 2682 women and 5625 men. In the PRE4 group, there were 1285 women and 2498 men..

Practitioner experiences in epidemics and pandemics in relation to COVID-19

The authors used the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines (Moher et al, 2009) and screened articles by their title, according to inclusion and...

The role of the paramedic in identifying modern slavery

You are called to attend a heavily pregnant woman in her 20s complaining of abdominal pain..

Does cricoid pressure have a detrimental impact on laryngoscopy and intubation?

The PubMed and Cochrane Library databases were searched with the following search terms: (((cricoid pressure) OR sellick)) AND (((((rapid sequence induction) OR RSI) OR intubation) OR laryngeal) OR...

Prehospital unfractionated heparin prior to primary PCI

A literature search was conducted from August to September 2019 to identify articles relevant to prehospital UFH administration prior to PPCI. The EBSCO Host (Health) group of journal databases (which...

How student paramedics navigate a changing UK healthcare landscape

A qualitative methodology with a phenomenological enquiry was employed, with three focus groups. The focus groups, guided by an interview schedule, were facilitated by academics from the university's...

Disruptive innovation: barriers, opportunities and differences internationally

In the UK, paramedics emerged from ambulance staff in the mid-1970s (Baskett et al, 1976; Briggs et al, 1976). They were trained to provide advanced resuscitation using invasive techniques that were...

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