Medical students in prehospital care

Medics' First Responders are medical student volunteers from Cardiff University who respond to life-threatening (category A) 999 calls, providing crucial assistance to patients in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service. It was the first UK Community Responder Scheme to consist entirely of medical students (Cardiff Medics' First Responders Website, 2006). The main benefit is to the local community through the management of cardiac arrests. Aims: First responders aim to arrive on the scene within 6 minutes, which should be achievable in 80% of cases. Students are fully trained in the necessary skills required for callouts, including basic life support and the use of automated external defibrillators. Limitations: Currently, there is no sustainable fundraising policy in place and many logistical difficulties face the community, with responders being spread across Wales because of University placement commitments. Progress: A new committee was formed in 2008, which has built on the society's previous successes, training over 100 members in one year. Fundraising and publicity have increased. In the future, the society aims to provide responders at large national events (such as rugby matches), as well as aiming to have two teams responding simultaneously, covering a larger area of Cardiff.

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