• Becoming yourself

      Costello, Barry (2021-12-02)
      ‘The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself’ - Anna Quindlen Abstract published with permission.
    • Benefits of joining the Emergency Planning Society

      McClure, Jeff (2011-05)
      The Emergency Planning Society was formed in 1993 through the merger of the Emergency Planning Association and the County Emergency Planning Officers Society. The society, its branches and its various groups organize conferences, workshops, working parties, studies and seminars to examine emergency planning practice and experience, and to develop advice on good practice. Here, Jeff McClure, Assistant Emergency Planning Manager with Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, discusses the society in more depth, and examines the role of paramedics in the society's structure. Abstract published with permission.
    • Diversity in practice

      Costello, Barry (2022-03)
      I have never been one for ignoring the ‘pink elephant in the room’, and with just under 8 months remaining, my time as a newly qualified paramedic (NQP)—that 2-year period of consolidated learning—is drawing ever closer to its end, and with that I can't help but wonder…what's next? Abstract published with permission.
    • A dystopian new normal

      Costello, Barry (2021-09-02)
      Looking back on his unconventional start in paramedicine, Barry Costello reflects on how to not only survive, but to thrive, as a paramedic despite the challenges of today's ‘new normal’ Abstract published with permission.
    • Every day a school day

      Costello, Barry (2021-07-02)
      Nearly a year into his career as an NQP, Barry Costello reflects on why a patient-centred approach to care matters and how it will impact him as an ongoing learner in paramedicine. Abstract published with permission.
    • Exploring variation in ambulance calls and conveyance rates for adults with diabetes mellitus who contact the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service: a retrospective database analysis

      Watson, Aoife; Clubbs Coldron, Benjamin; Wingfield, Benjamin; Ruddell, Nigel; Clarke, Chris; Masterson, Siobhan; McConnell, Donna; Coates, Vivien (2021-12)
      People with diabetes frequently contact the ambulance service about acute problems. Overall, treating diabetes and its associated complications costs the NHS 10% of the annual budget. Reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and ambulance attendances is a high priority policy for the NHS across the UK. This study aimed to determine the characteristics of emergency calls for people with diabetes who contact the ambulance service and are subsequently conveyed to hospital by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS). Abstract published with permission.
    • The fear of losing a child!

      Skehin, K.; Molloy, S.; McGrath, A.; Bourke, T.; Flannigan, C. (2020-10-25)
    • A Multi-disciplinary approach to falls prevention in the elderly

      Leggett, Chris; Jess, Julie; McNamara, Ruth (2017-10-17)
    • Prehospital care in isolated neck of femur fracture: a literature review

      O'Connor, Rory (2019-01-02)
      Around 65 000 people experience a fractured neck of femur (NOF) each year in the UK. It is estimated that one in 10 patients with an NOF fracture will die within 1 month, and one in three will die within 1 year. The bill for NOF fracture, excluding substantial social care costs, is £1 billion per year. Given the exposure that ambulance services have to these patients, several aspects of NOF fracture care could be improved in the prehospital environment, which could also generate significant savings for the NHS. This article reviews the literature regarding NOF fracture care, and highlights aspects that affect ambulance services and prehospital care. A variety of these, including pain management, fast-track systems, fluid therapy and renal impairments, can be improved, but evidence specific to the prehospital environment is lacking. Abstract published with permission.
    • Taking meaningful steps

      Costello, Barry (2022-01-02)
      As the clock strikes 12 and we collectively say goodbye (or good riddance) to 2021, I find myself singing this beautiful song over in my head while reminiscing on the year since passed—my first as a newly qualified paramedic (NQP), my first year of ‘experience’. I always reassured myself that with experience would come enlightenment, although I never fully understood exactly how to measure it, or what form it would take when it did arrive…a beaming ray of light from the sky possibly? Abstract published with permission.