Covid 19

Chest Compressions and Defibrillation as Aerosolgenerating Procedures

Scoping reviews offer flexibility when reviewing literature that spans multiple, diverse methodologies and allow a broad overview of a topic to be created. As such, they have been described as an...

Experiences of personal protective equipment and reasons for non-compliance

The aim of this review is to investigate paramedics' experiences of using PPE in order to better understand factors contributing to their non-adherence of PPE policy..

The effect of COVID-19 on student opportunities to acquire airway skills

This retrospective study of student records explored airway procedure variables before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the timing of the pandemic and the start of research, student records...

Mandatory vaccination for healthcare workers: an ethical dilemma?

Vaccine hesitancy is defined by the WHO as a ‘refusal or delay in vaccine acceptance despite availability of vaccine services’ (Butler and MacDonald, 2015)..

Awareness and use of prone position for awake patients with suspected COVID-19

The study design was a cross-sectional survey, structured and reported using the ‘Strengthening the reporting of observational studies in epidemiology’ (STROBE) guidelines (Cuschieri, 2019) and...

Happy hypoxia in COVID-19: pathophysiology and pulse oximetry accuracy

Dyspnoea is characterised by the sensation of uncomfortable or difficult breathing, breathlessness or experiencing air hunger (American Thoracic Society, 1999)..

Challenges of SARS-CoV-2 and conflicting PPE guidelines

The early 21st century gave rise to two epidemics: between 2002–2003, a new deadly infectious disease known as SARS emerged, which was a global concern (da Costa et al, 2020). Ten years later in 2012,...

Paramedic emotional labour during COVID-19

As a result of critical world events, understanding emotions in the workplace has become more important and, since these events, our approach to emotional regulation and critical reflection has...

COVID-19: experiences of roadside logistics from a UK air ambulance service

Symptoms of COVID-19 were initially described as being flu-like, with a persistent cough and shortness of breath as leading features. A loss of smell or taste has also since been identified as a...

Paramedic use of PPE and testing during the COVID-19 pandemic

The fitting of PPE is pivotal to ensuring optimal protection and working conditions (Loibner et al, 2019..

Paramedics and pneumonia associated with COVID-19

The lungs have multiple protective mechanisms to prevent lower respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia. The curved, undulating nature of the upper airways creates a great deal of turbulence in...

The new coronavirus disease: what do we know so far?

As of 7 April 2020, there were more than 1 270 000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and over 68 000 confirmed fatalities (WHO, 2020b). At the same time, in the UK, there was a cumulative total of...

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