The zero point survey and egg-timer model combined for crew management

Paramedic working environments are highly complex, unpredictable and fraught with risk. If paramedics are to arrive safely at their patient's side and deliver high-quality, person-centred care, they...

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..

Care pathways for low-risk transient ischaemic attack

‘a transient episode of neurologic dysfunction caused by focal brain, spinal cord or retinal ischemia without acute infarction’ (Easton et al, 2009) .

Patient confidentiality and safety: a classic conundrum

An ability to account for our actions with a clear evidence base is a crucial component of professional accountability (Gallagher and Hodge, 2012) and reflected in a healthcare professional's code of...

Violence in the workplace: implementing the Instant Aggression Model

‘There were 87.5% of paramedics exposed to workplace violence. Verbal abuse was the most prevalent form of workplace violence (82%), with intimidation (55%), physical abuse (38%), sexual harassment...

Impact of increasing obesity on primary health carers: an Australian perspective

The manual handling risks to paramedics and fire service first responders in Australia are significant but are not quantifiable; anecdotally there are injuries associated with incidents involving...

Increased threat of suicide attack: a need for NHS ambulance services to adapt?

Major incidents include a range of events, including terrorist attacks, but also include outbreaks of infectious diseases, train and air crashes and fires in public buildings. The current operating...

Patient comfort in prehospital emergency care: a challenge to clinicians

A total of 128 patients were included in the study, evenly distributed into the experimental (rescue covering) and control groups (traditional blanket) (Table 1). Patients were aged between 20and 99...

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