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UPDATE: amber is evolving to include the published output of the Scottish Ambulance Service.  Starting in July 2021 colleagues at Manchester University NHS Trust Library Service will be adding publications from 2006 – to date. 

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  • Companionship for women/birthing people using antenatal and intrapartum care in England during COVID-19: a mixed-methods analysis of national and organisational responses and perspectives

    Thomson, Gill; Balaam, Marie-Claire; Nowland Harris, Rebecca; Crossland, Nicola; Heys, Stephanie; Sarian, Arni; Cull, Joanne; Topalidou, Anastasia; Downe, Soo; Aspire-Covid19 Collaborative Group (2022-01-11)
    To explore stakeholders’ and national organisational perspectives on companionship for women/birthing people using antenatal and intrapartum care in England during COVID-19, as part of the Achieving Safe and Personalised maternity care In Response to Epidemics (ASPIRE) COVID-19 UK study. https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/1/e051965 This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-051965
  • The effect of the GoodSAM volunteer first-responder app on survival to hospital discharge following out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

    Smith, Christopher M.; Lall, Ranjit; Fothergill, Rachael; Spaight, Robert; Perkins, Gavin (2022-01)
  • Community resilience: what significance does it have for an ambulance service?

    Jackson, Angela (2011-09)
    The Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) has developed a strategy for community resilience. This article explains what community resilience is from an ambulance service perspective, and why this approach is considered critical for the service to meet its objective of delivering quality patient care, and to address some of the major challenges currently experienced. Important benefits for communities and partners from other sectors are identified, and an outcome-focused approach indicates how these will be achieved. The five key strategic components are outlined, with examples related to practice. Challenges and opportunities for taking the agenda forward are discussed. Abstract published with permission.
  • Air ambulance tasking: why and how?

    Parker, Andrew; Corfield, Alasdair (2011-06)
    Air ambulances are a scarce and expensive resource and their use carries significant risk for crew and patients (Hennesy; 2005; Holland et al, 2005; Hinkelbein et al, 2008; Lutman et al, 2008). To benefit appropriate patients while minimizing risk and cost, tasking of air ambulance assets should ideally be sensitive and specific. Within the UK and across Europe, there are no standardized criteria to dispatch these resources (Littlewood et al, 2010; Wigman et al, 2010). Even where dispatch criteria are agreed, compliance is variable (Tiamfook-Morgan et al, 2008). The purpose of this review is to look at the evidence and rationale for tasking of air ambulance assets. Abstract published with permission.

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