Tag Archives: Prehospital Care

Recommended: Free online booklet ‘Prehospital Research’

The Falck Foundation is an organization which promotes research in prehospital care. They organize courses, give abstract awards and research grants. I had the privilege to follow one of their courses on prehospital research and found it very helpful. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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10 ways to improve collaboration between your hospital and ambulance service

  When resuscitating critical patients, we sometimes take patients from their homes, through the Emergency Department, CT scan, cath lab and ICU within a few hours. Therefore you can imagine that critical patients do not care about domains of different … Continue reading

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Resuscitation after trauma: better survival chances thanks to goal-oriented treatment.

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2017;161(0):D1174. Koers L, van Schuppen JL, Viersen VA, Kooij FO, Goslings JC, Hollmann MW. Recent literature shows increased survival for patients with traumatic cardiac arrest. An early and aggressive approach to underlying causes and good integrated trauma … Continue reading

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The AED: carrier of vital information

Over the last years, Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) are increasingly used in the case of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). In the Netherlands, an AED is placed before arrival of an ambulance in 60% of the OHCA’s. This means that … Continue reading

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Recommended: Video of CPR by Dutch police (with happy end)

A woman of 79 collapses and goes into cardiac arrest in the presence of Dutch police officers. They start CPR and the woman survives. Heartwarming to see them meet later when she recovered, having coffee together.

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Recommended: ‪National Framework (UK) ‘Resuscitation to Recovery’

This document aims to integrate current management recommendations and to describe the whole clinical pathway for patients with OHCA; A National Framework to improve care of people with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in England.

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Understanding the prehospital physician controversy. Step 2: analysis of on-scene treatment by ambulance nurses and helicopter emergency medical service physicians.

Eur J Emerg Med. 2015 Dec;22(6):384-90.  van Schuppen H, Bierens J. Abstract OBJECTIVE: In our previous study, we identified the similarities and differences in competencies of ambulance nurses and helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) physicians in the Netherlands. This ensuing … Continue reading

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Understanding the prehospital physician controversy. Step 1: comparing competencies of ambulance nurses and prehospital physicians.

Eur J Emerg Med. 2011 Dec;18(6):322-7. van Schuppen H, Bierens J. Abstract OBJECTIVE: In many European countries prehospital care by emergency medical services (EMS) is supplemented by physician-staffed services. There is ongoing controversy on the benefits of a prehospital physician. … Continue reading

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