Entries by Joe Heneghan

United in Benevolence: An Interview with Eli Beer, Founder & President of United Hatzalah of Israel

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday MARK WEINER: What sort of person volunteers with United Hatzalah–do your volunteers share a common social background or professional profile? In the United States, for instance, many EMS volunteers come from families who have generations of volunteer EMS service. ELI BEER: The amazing thing about United Hatzalah (U.H) is that everyone volunteers with us. […]

Voluntarily Independent: An Interview with Magnus Hagiwara, Ph.D.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday Magnus Andersson Hagiwara, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at PreHospen, the Center for Prehospital Research, in the Department of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare at the University of Borås, Sweden. MARK WEINER: What role do volunteers hold within Swedish EMS? Are there any volunteers within either the re or ambulance services? MAGNUS ANDERSSON […]

High Prestige: Volunteers in the Mountaintops

An Interview with Dr. Joachim Schiefer https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday Dr.med. Joachim Schiefer, MSc., is a specialist in trauma and orthopedic surgery and sports medicine with Praxisgesund in Tamsweg, Austria. He is senior physician and head of medical training for the mountain rescue service in the region of Salzburg. MARK WEINER: What role do volunteers play in the […]

Community Calling: An Interview with Capt. Dale Drescher of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday A retired school teacher, Dale Drescher is Captain of Administration and member of the Executive Committee of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA. She has been a member of the City of Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services, and VBVRS, since May 2013. MARK WEINER: Are there reasons for community […]

EMS for Democracy: Ambulance Volunteers as Cultural Agents of Solidarity

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday Let’s engage in a thought experiment about EMS financing. Imagine a perfect world for every accountant tasked with balancing the books of every ambulance service across the world. EMS coffers are veritably over owing with money from direct government support, lavish insurance payouts, and philanthropic giving. Each month, the accountants saunter into meetings with […]

Family Thank Ambulance Service After Dad Stops Breathing

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday A father of four has thanked South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) after he survived a cardiac arrest.  Kevin Scott, 40, collapsed and stopped breathing while looking after his children at home in Westbury, Wiltshire.  The children raised the alarm, and family friends did CPR and used a community defibrillator to resuscitate […]

A World First: A Completely New Development in Haemostatic Gauze Promises Massive Success in Traumatic Bleeding and Haemorrhage Control

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceToday At first glance, WoundClot looks like nothing particularly new. The gauze material visually holds so much in similarity to other haemostatic gauzes, you could be forgiven for completely overlooking what is actually a truly massive step forward in emergency trauma care. This gauze has four main immediate features going for it. Firstly, it holds […]

Welsh Ambulance Service Colleagues Recognised in New Year’s Honours List

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceTodayDirect Two Welsh Ambulance Service colleagues have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Emergency Medical Technician Nick Richards-Ozzati and Joanne Rees-Thomas, of the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service, have been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal, it was announced this evening (Friday 27 December 2019). The medal is awarded to distinguish exemplary service […]

Welsh Ambulance Service Bids Farewell to Executive Director of Quality and Nursing

https://chat.whatsapp.com/AmbulanceTodayDirect The Welsh Ambulance Service is to bid farewell to one of its Executive Directors after almost 40 years of service in the NHS in Wales. Claire Bevan, the Trust’s Executive Director of Quality and Nursing, has had a long and distinguished career which began as a specialist in cardiac nursing at Cardiff’s University Hospital […]

First Clinical Study Evaluating Combined tDCS And Behaviour Therapy Could Point To A New Treatment For Depression

London, UK. The first ever clinical study evaluating combined transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and behaviour therapy could point to a new treatment for depression. The clinical pilot study is being undertaken by Flow Neuroscience, Europe’s first, and only, medically approved, at-home treatment for depression, which comprises a tDCS headset device and behaviour therapy app. The results will help the process of getting the Flow device reimbursed by healthcare providers, including […]