Entries by Joe Heneghan

The use of Mechanical CPR Devices in a pre-hospital setting: A review of the literature with recommendations for clinical utilization

Author: Peter Thorpe Published in: Autumn 2018 Edition of Ambulance Today Magazine Mechanical cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has promised to improve outcomes for patients in both hospital and out of hospital setting by improving the quality and consistency of CPR, essential in improving survival rates from cardiac arrest. The efficacy of mechanical CPR has been […]

The value of clinical innovation in enhanced ambulance simulation training

Authors: Prof. Andy Newton and Darren Best Published in: Autumn 2018 Edition of Ambulance Today Magazine The value of innovation to patient care cannot be overstated, but its further benefits of efficiency and cost-effectiveness within the NHS make it a vital and ongoing campaign. In this joint article, Professor Andy Newton offers some valuable insights […]

The Miscarriage Association launches new e-learning resource for medical professionals

Date: 7 August 2019 The Miscarriage Association has developed a new e-learning resource to support medical professionals in providing the best care they can to women experiencing pregnancy loss.  The resource is based on the real experiences of health professionals and those who have experienced miscarriage, ectopic or molar pregnancy, and includes films and interactive […]

Brother and ambulance crew get Carter – just in time

Date: 29 July 2019 A Newcastle man was effectively dead for 20 minutes, but Bruce Carter is alive thanks to his brother, a passer-by and a team from the North East Ambulance Service. Bruce, a 61 year-old self-employed plumber, suffered a cardiac arrest while out cycling around Tyneside with his brother Tristram.  The brothers were reunited […]

Interrupting Prayers To Save A Choking Infant

Date: 7 August 2019 Jerusalem, July 2nd, 2019 – United Hatzalah volunteer Yisrael Shavit saved a young girl in Hadera from choking on Sunday evening. After arriving in less than a minute at the scene of the incident, Shavit managed to single-handedly treat and rescue an infant from what could have been her death.  Shavit described […]

Treating My Own Mother

Jerusalem, June 12th, 2019 – United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Noa Salant was shocked when she responded to an emergency incident to find her mother to be the patient in need of medical care. The family was supposed to get together for some quality time and both Noa and her mother were arriving by bicycle from different […]

Reducing accidents in the emergency response sector

Date: 22 May 2019 The incidence of collisions in the emergency sector remains high around the world. Emily Hardy, from vehicle safety experts Brigade Electronics, runs through the technology that can help prevent accidents and save lives.   Collisions involving emergency vehicles are a frequent occurrence across the world. Ambulances, fire appliances and police cars are […]

“If it wasn’t for the London Ambulance Service, my wife and daughter, I wouldn’t be here now.” Chingford cardiac arrest survivor thanks staff who saved his life

Date: 24 July 2019 A man has been reunited with staff from London Ambulance Service who saved his life after he collapsed at home in cardiac arrest. Andreas Kallis, 68, and his family visited Walthamstow ambulance station recently for the opportunity to meet and personally thank all those involved. His wife Tina, 63, recalls the […]

Compassion Fatigue vs Compassion Satisfaction

Author: Michael Emmerich Published in: Summer 2019 Edition of Ambulance Today Magazine “When you’re compassionate, you’re not running away from suffering, you’re not feeling overwhelmed by suffering, and you’re not pretending the suffering doesn’t exist. When you are practicing compassion, you can stay present with suffering.” Sara Shairer: https://eftraining.co.uk/what-is-compassion-fatigue/ In the emergency first responder profession, […]