Research

Confidence levels of students before and after a minor illness/injury placement

Research by Credland et al (2019) addressed the need for non-ambulance placements within the paramedic programme, such as walk-in centres, minor injury units, cardiac assessment units and general...

Respecting an autonomous decision to refuse life-saving treatment: a case study

‘in which autonomous patients are choosers who act intentionally, with understanding, and without controlling influences that determine their actions’. .

Psychological vulnerability and suicidality within the ambulance service: a review

A methodical literature search was conducted to identify peer-reviewed evidence. It began with a broad search of Google Scholar using the terms ‘paramedic suicide’ and ‘paramedic suicidality’..

Disaster preparedness of health professionals at mass gatherings: a scoping review

Scoping reviews, as their name implies, are used to determine how much progress has been made in a particular area of research. In order to explore the question ‘What is known about the preparedness...

Impact of paramedics carrying just-in-case end-of-life care medication

A review of parenteral medicines commonly prescribed at the end of life (Johnstone, 2017) was undertaken. This identified the appropriate JIC medications to manage the symptoms of severe COVID-19...

Mass casualty triage: using virtual reality in hazardous area response teams training

The VR simulation scenario was designed based on the primary triage of casualties using the NASMeD triage sieve (NARU, 2014). Recent evidence suggests that newer, more accurate triage tools are...

Spotlight on Research

Everybody has an opinion on NHS 111, especially those working in ambulance services. Following piloting, the system was formally launched in 2014 to alleviate the burden on emergency departments and...

Prehospital end-tidal carbon dioxide measurement

The most common method of measuring EtCO2 in clinical practice is the infrared analyser. Rays from a source of infrared light are passed through a sample of gas as a detector analyses the degree of...

Competence of UK paramedics in performing standard paramedic skills

The aim of this study was to observe the performance of clinical skills of paramedics ranging in complexity and frequency of exposure. This was done to achieve the following objectives:.