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"Critical Care Retrieval"

Jim Walmsley, Janette Turner
INTRODUCTION: The Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) is a relatively new advanced practitioner. CCPs provide advanced clinical skills, knowledge and expertise for primary response and critical care retrieval and transfer. In the UK it is currently an undefined role with no common code of practice, clinical governance or national guidance. The aim of this study was to explore the current use of CCPs and assess the views of a range of stakeholders on the required skills and role development within a British context...
May 2015: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Stuart Daly, Helen J Milne, Dan P Holmes, Alasdair R Corfield
INTRODUCTION: Emergency electrical intervention for patients in the form of defibrillation, cardioversion and external cardiac pacing can be life saving. Advances in medical technology have enabled electrical intervention to be delivered from small, portable devices. With the rising use of air transport for patients, electrical intervention during aeromedical transfer has an increasing incidence. Our aim was to describe the incidence of electrical intervention in a cohort of critically ill patients undergoing aeromedical transfer and review the risks associated with electrical intervention...
January 2014: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
Stefan M Mazur, Andrew Pearce, Sam Alfred, Adrian Goudie, Peter Sharley
INTRODUCTION: This feasibility study aimed to establish if retrieval physicians can overcome the transport environment and obtain F.A.S.T. (focused assessment by sonography in trauma) images of suitable quality during patient retrieval in rotary wing aircraft such that diagnostic interpretation of free intra-abdominal fluid or pericardial fluid would be possible. MATERIALS AND METHODS: During a 6-month trial period, one of three retrieval physicians attempted to obtain the standard four quadrant F...
May 2008: Injury
Stefan M Mazur, Andrew Pearce, Sam Alfred, Peter Sharley
Point-of-care ultrasound in the prehospital and retrieval environments has now become possible owing to decreased size and weight, and increasing robustness of some ultrasound machines. This report describes the initial experience of point-of-care ultrasound by an Australian critical care retrieval service using a portable ultrasound machine.
December 2007: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Stefan M Mazur, Peter Sharley
The potential benefit of point-of-care ultrasound by medical retrieval teams is unclear. In the present case report, the diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm by a critical care retrieval team equipped with a portable ultrasound machine resulted in significant corrective alteration in patient management and subsequent disposition at the receiving institution.
February 2007: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
R M Bateman
In 2000, the Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service published an account of critical care retrieval experience written by Adrian Mellor and based on his time spent with CareFlight in Sydney, Australia. Having recently completed a term with the same organisation, I wanted to reiterate the usefulness of such an attachment. The purpose of this article is therefore to compare my experiences with those of Surgeon Commander Mellor and to provide an update on the work involved in critical care retrieval within New South Wales...
2005: Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service
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