Wristwatches in bare-below-the-elbows out-of-hospital policies: time for a review

Two searches by the Library and Knowledge Service for Ambulance Services in England were commissioned by the author. This service undertakes searches of PubMed, MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE and EMCARE...

Learning afforded to student paramedics in a rural health promotion activity

Rural parts of Australia hold significant opportunity for health promotion activities as there is a combination of substantial burden of disease with limited access to health services (Smith et al,...

Achievement of student paramedic competency in out-of-ambulance settings

This study aims to evaluate whether NOCP paramedic competencies can be achieved in an OOA placement model through the supervision of competency completion. If this evaluation is positive, this OOA...

Reaping rewards

Although university is common pathway for students who have studied A-levels, mature students are increasingly returning to education at later stages of their lives. Prior to starting my degree, I...

Thrown in the deep end

In the April issue, I shared my experience of the Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) recruitment process, and provided some tips on preparation. Since then, I have completed a 3-week induction and a...

Decision making in prehospital and paramedic practice: part 1

After completing this module, the paramedic will be able to: l Understand the key principles and frameworks that support decision-makingl Provide an overview of critical thinking and problem-solvingl...

On the page

Do you ever get the feeling that your mind is running a million miles per hour? Some of us are so accustomed to this background buzz that it has simply become a norm. How often do we tune into the...

ECG case series for paramedics: May 2024

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Ethical dilemmas: a student reflection on safeguarding in adult domestic abuse

The dilemma involved a woman aged 56 years who was offered transport to hospital for specialist psychiatric assessment during a mental health crisis. She accepted this offer and was taken to the...

A need for national oversight in ambulance AI integration

The leadership principles within the UK ambulance service are centred around several strategic points. These include enhancing leadership skills and abilities (Future Leaders Study, 2009), which...

Prehospital management of sepsis with IV antibiotics: a UK literature review

The primary aim of this work was to review the UK-based literature to understand: whether the administration of IV antibiotics by the ambulance service to septic patients is associated with improved...

Patient-centred prescribing, autonomy and concordance

After completing this module, the paramedic will be able to: .

Going green

In recent years, people all over the world have taken note of strange weather patterns. In fact, this year's Earth Day, which takes place on 22 April, follows the year with the highest global...

ECG case series for paramedics: April 2024

Ectopic beats or extrasystoles are extra beats that come early in the cardiac cycle. They were first described by the Chinese physician, Pien Ts'lo, in 600 BC. Ectopic activity is detected in 40–75%...

Spotlight on Research

Recent reports of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change discuss the unequivocal contribution of ill-health and healthcare towards rising global temperatures and vice versa. The NHS has a...

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