From the Africa Desk of Ambulance Today: A Case Presentation of Electrical Alternans in the Field For this Africa quarterly, I will be discussing a cardiac patient encountered on a remote site in Africa and the unique challenges faced by the paramedic and his support team. Patient Presentation: A patient presents at a remote site in the Southern DRC around 07:15 on a Saturday morning, with the patient’s chief complaint […]


Supporting patients living with mental health problems and/or dementia, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has officially launched its new Mental Health and Dementia Strategic Plan (2019 – 2022).  Put in place as part of the trust’s aim is to be the best ambulance service in the country by delivering the right care, at the right […]

Dementia patients of the Welsh Ambulance Service to benefit from dementia cannula sleeves

THE Welsh Ambulance Service has received its first dementia cannula sleeves, devised and made by volunteers at Handmade for Dementia. The sleeves have proven to keep dementia patients calm and stop them from pulling needles out of their arms during treatment. Ambulance staff on both emergency and non-emergency services will be using them when they […]

The i-view™ Video Laryngoscope from Intersurgical: The Key Considerations

Video laryngoscopy represents one of the most significant advances in airway management in recent years. With the increased emphasis placed on ensuring the first attempt at intubation is the best attempt, the role of video laryngoscopy in airway management seems secure, at least for the foreseeable future1. Video laryngoscopes utilise the latest video and camera […]

Paramedic Paul Runs UK Best At 24-Hour World Championship

A South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) senior paramedic has become one of the top ultra-runners in the world. Paul Maskell, 41, competed at the 24 Hour World Championships in France, and managed to run an incredible 156 miles (251km). He was the first British man in 15th place, after running as far […]

Daughter’s Rescue Leads A Father To Become An EMT Jerusalem, November 7th, 2019 – Two years ago, Hila Zohar, aged 17 at the time, fell off of the roof of her home in Or Yehuda after she suffered a seizure. The fall, more than 8 meters, caused a serious head injury, massive bleeding and complete loss of consciousness. United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Avi Yosefov, who lives […]

Brave Crash Victim Raises £6K For Ambulance Charity

A courageous mum whose husband died in a motorway crash has presented a cheque to the South Western Ambulance Charity after raising thousands of pounds in his memory. Ceri and Rod Walsh, from Cheddar in Somerset, were involved in a multi-vehicle collision on the M5 near Taunton in September 2018. Ceri sustained serious injuries in […]

United Hatzalah: Creating a National Flashmob of EMS Lifesavers Through Education One key element in creating what is likely the fastest EMS response time in the world (a national average of less than 3 minutes) was developing what has been termed a national flashmob of EMS first responders, comprised of fully trained EMTs, paramedics, and physicians who immediately drop whatever it is they are doing […]

Coming Full Circle: Some Holiday Inspiration From A United Hatzalah Rescue Vehicle Jerusalem, October 7th, 2019 – Rina and Yacov Kauffman dedicated an ambucycle a number of years ago in honor of Rina’s brother Leon Lebor who was killed in the September 11th attack on the Twin Towers. The couple knew that the donation would go towards saving lives in Israel, but they never imagined that […]

EMTs Perform Successful CPR on Woman 39 Weeks Pregnant Saving Mom and Baby Jerusalem, Thursday, October 10th, 2019 – On Motzei Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah, United Hatzalah volunteer EMTs Aharon Avital, Tomer Tzenani, Yossi Cohen, Naftali Friedman, Adi Avivi, and Lior Filshteiner were summoned to the home of Yaron and Limor Golan in Hod Hasharon. Limor had just suffered a heart attack. To complicate matters more, Limor […]