• Management of the ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm: challenges facing paramedics

      Smith, Neil (2011-07)
      Abstract published with permission. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a localized dilatation of the abdominal aorta resulting from degenerative cardiovascular disease. Such aneurysmal arteries pose few problems for many patients and are simply monitored and managed conservatively within the community. However, the ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm is a time-critical medical emergency requiring timely surgical intervention in order to offer any chance of survival. Even when recognized early, 90% of patients will suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest before arriving at the emergency department and of those who reach theatre, only 40% will survive. This article aims to increase the paramedic practitioner's knowledge and understanding of AAA through a holistic discussion of the prehospital recognition and early management. Particular emphasis will be placed on fluid replacement therapy and analgesia with specific reference to the issues associated with aggressive fluid resuscitation, and the potential benefits elicited through the use of opiate analgesia and subsequent pharmacologically induced hypotension. This article further aims to set the prehospital management into the wider context, thus providing paramedic practitioner's with an insight into how prehospital interventions affect the patients’ ultimate outcome and postoperative quality of life.
    • Mechanical CPR: Who? When? How?

      Poole, Kurtis; Couper, Keith; Smyth, Michael A.; Yeung, Joyce; Perkins, Gavin D. (2018-05)
    • Mechanical devices for chest compression: to use or not to use?

      Couper, Keith; Smyth, Michael A.; Perkins, Gavin D. (2015-06)
    • Mechanical versus manual chest compression for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (PARAMEDIC) : a pragmatic, cluster randomised controlled trial

      Perkins, Gavin D.; Lall, Ranjit; Quinn, Tom; Deakin, Charles D.; Cooke, Matthew W.; Horton, Jessica; Lamb, Sarah E.; Slowther, Anne-Marie; Woollard, Malcolm; Carson, Andy; et al. (2015-03)
    • Medical Emergency Workload of a Regional UK HEMS Service.

      McQueen, Carl; Crombie, Nicholas; Cormack, Stef; Wheaton, Steve (2015-05)
    • Mentorship for paramedic practice: bridging the gap

      Sibson, Lynda; Mursell, Ian (2010-06)
      In the second of a series of four articles on mentorship for paramedic practice, this article focuses on the aspect of the assessment of competence and how these relate to everyday clinical practice in term of mentorship. The article will also address the concept of competence and performance and how these two concepts can be applied to bridging the theory-practice gap that can often be the cause of poor learning and subsequent inadequate clinical practice. Abstract published with permission.
    • Occupational Emergency Medicine

      Armitage, Ewan (2011-06)
    • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest termination of resuscitation with ongoing CPR: An observational study

      Yates, E.J.; Schmidbauer, S.; Smyth, A.M.; Ward, Matthew; Dorrian, S.; Siriwardena, Aloysius; Friberg, H.; Perkins, Gavin D. (2018-09)
    • Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: recent advances in resuscitation and effects on outcome

      Perkins, Gavin D.; Brace, Samantha J.; Smythe, Mike; Ong, Giok; Gates, Simon (2012-04)
      Successful treatment of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest remains an unmet health need. Key elements of treatment comprise early recognition of cardiac arrest, prompt and effective cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), effective defibrillation strategies and organised post-resuscitation care. The initiation of bystander CPR followed by a prompt emergency response that delivers high quality CPR is critical to outcomes. The integration of additional tasks such as defibrillation, airway management, vascular access and drug administration should avoid interruptions in chest compressions. Evidence for the routine use of CPR prompt/feedback devices, mechanical chest compression devices and pharmacological therapy is limited. https://heart.bmj.com/content/heartjnl/98/7/529.full.pdf 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. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/heartjnl-2011-300802
    • Paramedic treatment — wherever that may be?

      Price, James (2014-01)
      Abstract published with permission. James Price is Chair of the HART National Operations Group and HART Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, explains areas of operation and types of PPE used by the programme, and the challenges in delivering clinical care within the Inner Cordon.
    • PaRAMeDIC: a randomized controlled trial of a mechanical compression device

      Smyth, Mike (2012-01)
      Abstract published with permission. Survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is influenced by the quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). However, research shows that in the out-of-hospital environment, and particularly during ambulance transport, CPR quality is frequently sub-optimal. Mechanical compression devices can deliver high quality CPR, yet there is an absence of high quality evidence to demonstrate improved clinical or cost effectiveness outcomes. The PaRAMeDIC trial will compare manual CPR with mechanical CPR in adult patients with non-traumatic OHCA. Objectives: the primary objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of mechanical chest compressions using the LUCAS (Lund University Cardiopulmonary Assistance System)-2 on mortality at 30 days post-OHCA. Secondary objectives include survived event (return of spontaneous circulation at hospital admission), quality of life and cognitive function at 3 and 12 months, survival at 12 months and cost effectiveness. Method: the trial is a pragmatic, cluster randomized controlled trial. Ambulance vehicles are randomized to control or LUCAS arms. Patient allocation is determined by the first ambulance vehicle which arrives first on scene (manual CPR vehicle or LUCAS CPR vehicle). The trial will assess the clinical and cost effectiveness of the LUCAS-2 device. Trial Registration: The trial is registered on the International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Registry (ISRCTN08233942).
    • Patient safety in ambulance services: a scoping review

      Fisher, Joanne D.; Freeman, Karoline; Clarke, Aileen; Spurgeon, Peter; Smyth, Mike; Perkins, Gavin D.; Sujan, Mark-Alexander; Cooke, Matthew W. (2015-05)
    • Patient safety in ambulance services: a scoping review

      Smyth, Michael A.; Fisher, Joanne D.; Freeman, Karoline; Clarke, Aileen; Spurgeon, Peter; Perkins, Gavin D.; Sujan, Mark-Alexander; Cooke, Matthew W. (2015-05)
    • Patient safety incidents and medication errors during a clinical trial: experience from a pre-hospital randomized controlled trial of emergency medication administration

      England, Ed; Deakin, Charles; Nolan, Jerry; Lall, Ranjit; Quinn, Tom; Gates, Simon; Miller, Joshua; O'Shea, Lyndsey; Pocock, Helen; Rees, Nigel; et al. (2020-06-14)
    • Patient-centred outcomes for prehospital trauma trials: A systematic review and patient involvement exercise

      Hancox, James M.; Toman, Emma; Brace-McDonnell, Samantha J.; Naumann, David N. (2019-01-06)
    • Physical health in mental health: considerations for paramedics

      Cromar-Hayes, Maxine; Seaton, Walter (2020-01)
      Abstract published with permission. Life expectancy for people with a mental illness diagnosis is 15–20 years less than those without, mainly because of poor physical health. Mental ill health affects a significant proportion of paramedics' patients, and practitioners could assess and promote their physical health even though contact time is limited. Factors affecting physical health include substandard and disjointed care, stigma and diagnostic overshadowing—where physical symptoms are dismissed as a feature of mental illness. Diagnostic overshadowing is not discussed in key paramedic literature, although patients with mental health problems are at risk of not having their physical needs being taken seriously. The paramedic's role in health promotion is receiving more attention. Making Every Contact Count (MECC)—a behaviour change model using brief interaction—could be adopted by paramedics to promote physical health, especially when linked to campaigns and local services. Health promotion is in its early days in paramedicine, and paramedics could learn from the experiences of other professions. (Abstract published with permission).
    • Post-admission outcomes of participants in the PARAMEDIC trial: a cluster randomised trial of mechanical or manual chest compressions

      Ji, Chen; Lall, Ranjit; Quinn, Tom; Kaye, Charlotte; Haywood, K.; Horton, Jessica; Gordon, V.; Deakin, Charles D.; Pocock, Helen; Carson, Andrew; et al. (2017-09)