That final fatal error: crew resource management

Pre-hospital care providers work in highly unpredictable environments in which they provide urgent medical care, often involving long, irregular hours and sometimes exposure to physical danger...

Incidence, response, and outcomes of cardiac arrest in Portland, Oregon

Cardiac arrest exhibits wide variations in incidence, response, and outcome across regions as a result of its multifactorial nature (Nichol et al, 2008; Kleinman et al, 2018). Several factors that may...

Pre-hospital medicine: South Africa vs. the United Kingdom

‘practitioners, who provide specialist care and treatment to patients who are either acutely ill or injured, that can administer a range of drugs and carry out certain surgical techniques’ .

Learning about behavioural emergencies: an evaluation of paramedic textbooks

‘an acute disturbance of thought, mood, behaviour, or social relationship that requires immediate intervention as defined by the patient, family or the community’ .

Crisis Resource Management in emergency medical settings in Qatar

The population of Qatar is in excess of 2.6 million (76% male versus 24% female) (MDPS, 2016). Almost 90% of the country's population comprises expatriate workers, who reside in the capital city,...

Successful use of percussion pacing in a pre-hospital p-wave asystole and ventricular standstill

Unstable emergency patients might experience different cardiac arrhythmias. A rarely seen arrhythmia is the p-wave asystole also mentioned ventricular asystole, ventricular standstill or third-degree...

The homeless community: breaking down the barriers to primary care

Being homeless and sleeping rough is sadly not a new phenomenon. The numbers of homeless people all across England have been increasing over recent years (Crisis, 2016; DCLG, 2016) and a research...

Paramedic students' visit to the Second International Conference of Applied Medicine in Jordan

‘The final video was produced by some Palestinian students and documented a shocking incident where ambulances attending casualties from a missile attack on the West Bank were themselves hit by...

No place for the rigid cervical collar in pre-hospital care

In 1967, Dr JD Farrington, an orthopaedic surgeon at Lakeland Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin, published a paper entitled ‘Death in a Ditch’ (Farrington, 1967). He explained that the purpose of his...

Clinical handover between paramedics and emergency department staff: SBAR and IMIST-AMBO acronyms

Handover is also referred to as ‘handoff’, but for the purpose of consistency, the word ‘handover’ will be used throughout this article..

Evaluation of a paramedic student patient hand-off curriculum using simulation

This is a 25-year-old male trauma patient who was the backseat passenger in a head-on motor vehicle collision. He has a GCS of 9 with pain in his abdomen, right forearm and left ankle. Vitals include...

Student Paramedics Australasia Conference inspires, educates and motivates delegates

This year's event kicked off on Friday 3 September with a number of pre-conference workshops..

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