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...

Triage system performance: consistency and accuracy in the emergency centre

Reliability in broad terms refers to the consistency of quality and performance (Oxford Dictionary, 2020a). Regarding triage, this concerns a measure of standardised application as well as the...

Point-of-care testing by paramedics using a portable laboratory: an evaluation

The specific aim of the current project was to safely reduce the number of patients conveyed by SECAmb to the ED and thereby improve the patient experience. Having reliable pathology diagnostics...

Is prehospital lactate testing useful in improving clinical assessment?

A literature search was conducted on several occasions between October 2017 and May 2018, using the Medline, CINAHL, Sciencedirect, Scopus and Academic Search Premier databases, which were accessed...

Advanced prehospital stroke triage in the era of mechanical thrombectomy

Representing a significantly different vision for prehospital LVO stroke identification, two research articles were published in mid-2018 that present a paradigm shift in the assessment of these...

Recipe for success: baking in Boston strong-observations on Boston's success

The response to the 15 April, 2013 Marathon Bombing was not a fortunate event. Nor were the stars just perfectly aligned for a lucky response. In fact, the foundation of a successful response is built...

Are early warning scores too early for paramedic practice?

The term track and trigger systems (TTS) may be more appropriate than EWS. TTS rely on periodic observation of selected basic physiological signs (‘tracking’) with predetermined calling or response...

Changes in vital signs of trauma victims from prehospital to hospital settings

This study was approved by the University of Miami institutional review board. From 1 July to 30 September 2007, Ryder Trauma Centre patients were prospectively entered into the study if they met the...

Air ambulance tasking: why and how?

Given the expense and potential hazard of air ambulance operations, there has to be a sound rationale for their use. Generally, air ambulances can confer four broad categories of benefit..

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