Entries by Joe Heneghan

“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, […]

Weardale community paramedic scheme starts

Date: 31 July 2019 A new community paramedic service has been set up in Weardale. The service started this month and covers Crook, Willington and Stanhope.  It will initially operate for a 12-month trial period.  The new service is in addition to a similar scheme which currently operates in Barnard Castle. Paramedics from the North East Ambulance […]

“Waiting on a Friend”

Author: Jerry Overton Published in Spring 2019 Edition of Ambulance Today Magazine In this column, Jerry Overton- who is viewed by many world EMS and healthcare leaders as one of the best when it comes to improving ambulance systems globally- gives his opinion on the allocation of funding in theEMS system. He identifies some of […]

MDA Education: The skills to save a life

Published in: Summer 2018 Edition of Ambulance Today Magazine Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s National EMS organisation and Blood Services provider, is also Israel’s largest volunteer organisation. On its way to gaining this formidable title, MDA has taken upon itself the vital role of educating not only its employees in basic and advanced life-saving skills, […]

Healthier happier staff = healthier patients

Author: Alan Lofthouse Published in: Summer 2018 Edition of Ambulance Today Magazine At the end of 2014, and early 2015, we went through a period of industrial action in the NHS over pay involving two 4-hour stoppages. In the ambulance sector, many staff were not prepared to come to work, even under emergency life and […]

Accidents are no film set

Author: Thijs Gras Published in: Spring 2019 Edition of Ambulance Today Magazine EMS staff have enough to deal with when responding to a call, the last thing they need is members of the public making harder work of it. In this column, Thijs Gras explains the difference between ‘innocent inquisitiveness’ and ‘sick sensationalism’ when it […]