Well of Content, Spring of Knowledge


By Joseph Heneghan, Editor
Published in Ambulance Today,
Autumn 2019, Issue 1, Volume 17,
Global Warning and the Burning Issues at the Core of Prehospital Trauma Care

It is with much excitement that I welcome you all to this first edition of the year for Ambulance Today. I’m happy to say that this year has gotten off to a flying start with more genuinely fascinating content in the pipeline than we can probably t into each edition.

This first edition of the year is largely dedicated to trauma care — as we always like to kick the year off with an edition that our readers can get lost in — but, as ever, it has also evolved into so much more.

Whilst we have some highly intriguing articles on prehospital trauma care which make for riveting reading and which will inevitably excite most into delving much further into the topics they expound upon, I’m thrilled to say that we have a wealth of articles delivering some highly fascinating developments in EMS from around the world in areas outside of trauma care too.

To alight on these first and foremost, I’d like to draw your attention to Grant de Jongh’s article on the recent move by the National Police Chiefs Council to use the Health Practice Associates Council (HPA) register as a referral pathway for cases involving non-Paramedic ambulance staff.

To understand why this is such an important development and to appreciate what a positive leap forward this is for safeguarding patients, as well as the reputation of the various roles and professions within EMS, I can only implore you to read further but, suffice to say, the mission being undertaken by the HPA should be supported by all those who hold EMS and the Hippocratic ethos it is built upon dear to their hearts.

MSc Paramedic Science Course Leader, Phil Ashwell, from the University of West London details their new Pre- Reg course which was introduced last November.

The course has been thoughtfully tailored with every foundation of its creation carefully considering the many subtle factors which can affect students’ learning experiences and should offer some interesting approaches for anyone interested in education and development within EMS.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has offered a second, deeply motivating interview which, when read in comparison to the first which was published within our previous edition of Ambulance Today, offers a deep understanding of the mechanisms of EMS delivery within Palestine and is sure to leave any EMS devotee feeling proud of their chosen vocation.

A world away for many of you, this piece still manages to hold a mirror up to you all, shining light on the quietly humble humanitarian paths you have chosen.

And, last but certainly by no means least, I am incredibly proud to present our Deputy Editor’s debut article with Ambulance Today.

Harry Squire has been with us for just over a year now and, for any of you who know our publication well… well, what a year it has been.

I can safely say that, without his keen intellect, his rapidly developed understanding of EMS and the psyche that forms it, and his burning passion for honest reporting based upon a proud and ethical respect for media and the service any publication must offer its readership, we would not have been able to pursue half of the illuminating and progressive content which we were able to provide you all with last year.

True to form, he has offered an eye-opening interview with Ambulance Victoria’s Chief Executive, Tony Walker, on the difficulties that the recent Australian bush fires have posed to their delivery of EMS and how those difficulties have been met.

Using this as an example, he poses a question which all EMS leaders across the Globe, without exception, must ask if services are to prepare themselves with foresight for the changes in our environment that lie ahead and which will inevitably affect how EMS is delivered for many parts of the world.

If we do not take stock of the different environments we are bound to and the warning signs they are currently offering, then I fear that the obstacles they will later present will come as a very sudden and unwelcome surprise. It is a discussion I hope to see much more of within the Global EMS community.

But, as much as I would love to take you on a tour of every article within this edition, there is simply too much content and yet not enough space for me to do so.

Articles such as Alan Cowley’s reflection on the growth of knife crime and penetrating trauma in the field and NAEMT’s interview with Dr Stein Bronsky on the vital importance of the Paramedic’s understanding of pharmacology will certainly leave you glued to the page.

I can safely say that I sat with great interest as I worked through these articles in the composition of this edition and enjoyed them immensely.

Not to mention Anna Joval’s piece from the Norwegian Red Cross on how bystanders can, and should, be utilised during MCI’s for a wealth of practical reasons — this one offers much food for thought and is of great use to anyone, from Operations Directors right down to those working regularly in the field on a daily basis. Its applications are many.

And still, we have so much more from our usual contributors; I really feel guilty that I cannot continue.

You’ll just have to see for yourselves, but I’m sure you’ll gain as much enjoyment in doing so as I did myself.

In the meantime, I wish you all a pleasant start to the Spring.

If I have noticed one thing so far this year in the compilation of this edition, it’s that there are a great number of highly fascinating and innovative discussions taking place around the world in EMS and their exploration seems to promise an interesting year ahead!

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