Acute cough is one of the most common illnesses in the UK, with an estimated 48 million cases per annum. The majority of these presentations are thought to be of viral aetiology and self-limiting in nature, yet some studies report antibiotic prescription rates of approximately 65% in the UK. Clincians' decision-making process can be influenced by both patient expectations and difficulty in differentiating between viral and bacterial aetiologies by clinical examination alone. This article will consider the feasibility, efficacy, benefits and limitations of using point-of-care testing of C-reactive protein within primary care in the United Kingdom to help inform management of acute cough.
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Journal of Paramedic Practice (JPP) is the only monthly peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the clinical and professional needs of paramedics. It is a vital resource for helping paramedics enhance their professional knowledge and stay ahead of all their continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.
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The provision of multimodal analgesia is a core concept in the management of acute and chronic pain. In the prehospital setting, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be used alongside paracetamol and opioids to provide such analgesia. Ketorolac is an NSAID which can be administered by injection and is used internationally in civilian and military prehospital care. This CPD article discusses Ketorolac as an analgesic option for paramedics.
In this two-part continuing professional development series, we explore the complex and often sensitive topic of clinical mistakes and events of avoidable patient harm—sometimes referred to as iatrogenic harm—which may occur in paramedic practice environments. As has been shown in part 1 of this series, the potential for mistakes and avoidable harm must be seen as a persisting risk within healthcare. Our response as paramedics must be one of empathy towards those involved in incidents of avoidable harm, and also one of duty to better understand the nature of risk and unintentional error within paramedic practice environments.
In this two-part continuing professional development series, we explore the complex and often sensitive topic of clinical mistakes and events of avoidable patient harm (sometimes referred to as iatrogenic harm), which may occur within the paramedic practice environment. Even the very best clinicians will make mistakes, and therefore we introduce the science behind why common unintentional mistakes can be made. We discuss how paramedics can better prepare themselves and their teams to more effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from unintentional mistakes that may occur in paramedic practice environments.
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