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Monthly Archives: March 2010
Articles in this month’s EMJ demonstrate an interesting conflict within UK pre-hospital care. The Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee Airway Working Group, heavily represented by anaesthetists, recommend the removal of tracheal intubation from UK paramedic practice. The College of … Continue reading
An abstract from the The National Association of EMS Physicians® 2010 Scientific Assembly published in a Supplement of Prehospital Emergency Care describes a study comparing cadaveric intubation success rates by paramedics in different positions: on the floor, on an elevated … Continue reading
No rescuer or bystander has ever been seriously harmed by receiving an inadvertent shock while in direct or indirect contact with a patient during deﬁbrillation. New evidence suggests that it might even be electrically safe for the rescuer to continue … Continue reading
An interhospital transport service introduced a no infusions policy for patients being transferred for primary coronary intervention, instead giving a bolus of heparin and glycoprotein 2b-3a inhibitor prior to transfer, along with non-intravenous nitrates (if needed). Discontinuing infusions during transport resulted … Continue reading
A retrospective study from Italy compared outcomes of head injured patients cared for by a ground ambulance service (GROUND) with those managed by a HEMS team that included an experienced pre-hospital anaesthetist. Interestingly 73% of the ground group were also … Continue reading
A poster presentation at the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine’s Annual Scientific Conference in Melbourne in November 2009 reports 100 cases of pre-hospital ketamine use for analgesia by paramedics in New Zealand – reproduced below with permission of the author: … Continue reading