‘Home and away’: International pre-hospital care conference

Surf and turfOne of the more curious presentations was delivered by Paul Savage on delivering emergency medicine in hostile or dangerous environments at sea. Titled: Big sick/little sick: good medicine in bad places. The latest RNLI Casualty Care programme, the presentation, along with Adrian Noon's ‘…the ‘sinew and cartilage of the affair’, an element, he said, so commonly underestimated by paramedics on entering the profession…’‘To V or not to V, that is the question’ experiences of festival medicine, explored the significant change in administering pre-hospital care that different environments can demand. The need to use different, unconventional medical vehicles in order to reach patients at festivals, such as quad bikes and bicycles, was noted by Noon, whereas Savage spoke about the change in priority that occurs from ‘care-on-scene’ to ‘transport to hospital’ when administering care the sometimes hostile setting at sea.

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