• Care at the Scene – Research for Ambulance Services

    by Alan Batt. Last modified: 17/05/16

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    The role and the scope of ambulance services has changed radically over recent decades. The ambulance service is now expected to provide complete pre-hospital care.

    The majority of 999 calls are not traffic accidents or heart attacks. More typically, calls involve people with complex and ongoing health problems experiencing a crisis. This could be an elderly person with heart failure and diabetes having had a fall, someone with lung disease experiencing breathlessness or a person at risk of suicide ringing in distress.

    Care at the Scene brings together recent research evidence on urgent and emergency care, focused on the ambulance service. Almost 40 studies are featured in this themed review (22 completed, 17 ongoing) which were funded by the NIHR in the last ten years.

    The report looks at ambulances in the wider urgent care landscape; decision-making, workforce and patient experience; and clinical interventions in pre-hospital care. The review also asks how ambulance services can make better use of evidence and support research to drive improvement.

    Download and read the report here…

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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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