Posts from the ‘Aeromedical retrieval’ Category
By Dr Chris Denny, Auckland HEMS Medical Director
In the early days of Auckland HEMS, we loosely 'bolted on' our equipment to the existing paramedic gear. As time passed and we forged a strong collaborative relationship with our paramedic colleagues, the performance gap in our gear required a solution. One year ago we held an 'Ergonomic Equipment Exercise', led by Dr.
Aeromedical FOAMEd : presentation slides from the Aeromedical Society Australasia & Flight Nurses Australia 2013 conference
Missed the conference? Well check out the presenters` slides at least! Some gems here by Dr Brent May on videolaryngoscopes and MICA flight paramedic Matt Shepherd on difficult prehospital airway case.
PRESENTATONS FROM MELBOURNE 2013 CONFERENCE
In the last few days there has been talk on the twittersphere about retrieval apps.
Auckland HEMS is currently developing an app for use in our service. For the first iteration we have chosen a DIY web-based application (ibuildapp.com) to create the app. Examples of features that we can (in theory) include are:
- text and image pages for checklists, SOPs, and paediatric resuscitation formulae…
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Auckland HEMS is currently exploring the use of blood products in our prehospital environment.
Two interesting papers regarding prehospital blood product use were recently published by the Queensland Ambulance Service. The Queensland Ambulance Service maintains a 24/7 doctor/paramedic trauma response team that is dispatched to significant trauma cases in the greater Brisbane area.
Despite the fact that the prehospital service in these studies is road-based, the patient cohort (predominantly blunt trauma), prehospital staffing (often initially ambulance crew followed by doctor/paramedic team), and prehospital times are highly applicable to our service.
Our colleagues from Sydney have created an excellent group of podcasts about pre-hospital and retrieval medicine:
INTERHOSPITAL PATIENT ASSESSMENT - overview of the assessment of a critically ill patient requiring transfer from one facility to another
THE TRAPPED PATIENT - overview of the approach to a patient trapped in a vehicle