• The evolution of the paramedic

    by Alan Batt. Last modified: 11/09/15

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    Jessica Morton1,7, Klint Kloepping2,7, Jason E. Buick,3,4 Jamie Todd5,7 & Alan Batt 6,7,8

    1. Student Paramedics Australasia, NSW, Australia
    1. Lifelink Critical Care Transport, NC, USA
    1. Rescu, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada
    1. York Region ; Halton Region, Ontario, Canada
    1. Pre-Hospital Care Consultancy, United Kingdom
    1. National Ambulance LLC, Abu Dhabi, UAE
    1. Prehospital Research Support Site, prehospitalresearch.eu
    1. Centre for Prehospital Research, University of Limerick, Ireland

     

    Introduction

    The role of the paramedic is one that is rapidly evolving, across many countries. Demands placed on health services, offload delays, cuts to budgets, increased expectations from the general public and an increasing older population all place the paramedic profession at a crossroads in its development. Paramedicine has yet to figure out where it belongs. Does it belong in public safety?  Does it belong in healthcare?  The road less travelled requires the paramedic profession to pursue its identity as a healthcare professionals and not as emergency responders, EMS workers, or ambulance drivers, which we are so commonly identified with.

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    Alan Batt

    Alan Batt

    Paramedic, educator, researcher
    Alan is a critical care paramedic, paramedic educator and prehospital researcher, currently working around the world as an educator and researcher. He has previously worked and studied across Europe, North America and the Middle East. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies, and an MSc in Critical Care. His main interests are in care of the elderly, end-of-life care, patient safety, professionalism (including role and identity), and paramedic education.

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