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Hidden layers: neurodiversity in paramedicine

Terms such as ‘neurodiverse’ and ‘neurodivergent’ emerged in the 1990s, coined by Judy Singer, an autistic sociologist, who was seeking an alternative to deficit-based language such as ‘disorder’....

Prehospital serratus anterior plane block for rib fractures

The SAPB, pioneered by Blanco et al in 2013 for postoperative chest pain following breast surgery and thoracostomy, has demonstrated its potential as a valuable clinical tool. Their initial study...

From Homer to the present: an account of historical perspectives of heat illness

Heat-related illnesses have been documented and treated since written historical records began. Various synonyms have been used through the ages, including sunstroke, siriasis, thermic fever, ardent...

Embracing surprise on the placement journey

Over the last few years, I have been on some fascinating placements. From the ambulance service, various locations in my local hospital, secure units and, most recently, primary care. At each...

Baptism of fire

In December, I undertook my Certificate in Emergency Response Ambulance Driving (CERAD) Level 3, which was very content heavy and intense, lasting for 4 weeks, with a short interlude for Christmas and...

Navigating the breadth and depth of primary care

We are then moved straight into consultation and decision-making. These skills are described as the scaffolding on which to build a working relationship with the patient—something I couldn't agree...

Settling into GP care

In last month's issue, I delved into the culture within a GP practice, and the ways in which it differs to the culture in the ambulance service. This month I want to talk about relating to the patient...

The synergy of AI and clinical paramedic expertise

The synergy between AI and clinicians, referred to as augmented intelligence, underscores the need for careful examination and consideration of the ethical, social, and professional implications...

Filling the paramedic gap

From across England, we saw excitement from all regional AHP groups to become involved and we leapt at this opportunity for co-production. Over 50 AHPs passionately joined our team to offer each...