Phil Goodway, a HART paramedic for the South West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, blogs about the standardisation of skill sets across the UK... Picture the scene: a serious head-on car vs car RTC. The incident involves four casualties, all with polytrauma; no HEMS, no BASICS attend but ambulances from three different Trusts arrive. Imagine now that three of the patients have ...Read More
Should skill sets be standardised across all trusts?
Should UK firefighters have to respond to medical emergencies?
Following on from last week's article in the Guardian - Asking firefighters to be paramedics during a time of cuts is dangerous - Ralph Chadkirk, paramedic for the London Ambulance Service, shares his thoughts on the subject of co-responding to medical emergencies... In 2001, the Fire Brigade’s Union determined that “all FBU members… shall not participate in any proposed co-...Read More
#MedChat on Twitter
Back in June, we saw an opportunity to bring together the ambulance and paramedic community of Twitter for a weekly online pow-wow... #MedChat takes place every Thursday evening at 8pm UK time on Twitter. Each week we host an hour’s chat based around a different topic related to paramedic life and paramedicine. Recent topics have included the adrenaline trial, CPD, legal hi...Read More