Pre-hospital care in Australia is a dynamic and constantly evolving environment. With the introduction of new technology, and emerging research, the way paramedics assess and treat patients will also evolve and change.
You are to investigate and report on a skill or procedure in patient assessment or management that is not currently taught or utilised in any Australian Ambulance Service. You will deliver your findings as a scientific poster presentation.
Research a skill or procedure not taught or utilised by any Australian Ambulance service.
Using evidence based data discuss:
· Why this new skill or procedure would be a valid inclusion for paramedic practice,
· What skill levels would be authorised to perform the skill or procedure and why,
· What, if any, limitations are associated with the skill or procedure i.e. cost of the device, short shelf life etc., and how would you mitigate these issues,
· What Clinical Practice Guidelines would this new skill or procedure relate to i.e. Cardiac Arrest, Seizure, Burns etc.
Create a Clinical Practice Procedure to complement the new skill or procedure. Including:
· A brief introduction of the skill or procedure,
· Complications/Precautions/Potential side effects (as relevant),
· Special notes/Additional information,
· Procedure (step-by-step explanation on how the skill or procedure is performed).
Pre-hospital care is more and more becoming an evidence based profession, all new skills and procedures should therefore be based on evidence. As a health care professional we need to deliver best practice for all our patients and remain current in our clinical practice. Clinical Practice Guidelines are the framework for delivery of pre-hospital care, they ensure standardisation of delivery across the entire service and provide a safety net for both the patient and the clinician.