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  • 21 Aug 2011 4:32 AM | Anonymous member

    Continuing education can be pretty boring business. Not a lot of providers enjoy sitting through bone-dry three-hour lectures on the day's malady du jour. To the extent educators can liven things up, they'll get more engaged students who absorb and retain more.

    In California USA, the Bay Area Paramedic Journal Club has hit upon a format that's participatory, free-spoken and self-directed--and providers are responding. The club now has around 300 area emergency services personnel receiving its class updates, and is drawing interest from other services looking to create similar groups.

    "We haven't found a lot of other clubs like this," says BAPJC director Brian Oftedal, a longtime medic and lieutenant with the Oakland Fire Department. "We've heard from one other paramedic journal club in Canada, asking for advice on growing and how we've done what we've done so far, but mostly people are just looking for a foundation and how they can get something like this started."

     

    The BAPJC isn't new--it's been around for close to 14 years now. But its format is novel: At quarterly dinners, members present EMS-relevant research and examine hot topics among a diverse attendance of emergency medical system players. This includes EMTs, paramedics, nurses and MDs from various regional EMS systems and ambulance companies, fire departments, hospitals and health departments. Even law enforcement providers occasionally show up when a topic pertains to them.

     

    The hot meals and door prizes help get all these people in. The three hours of CE they get make it worthwhile. And the environment keeps it informal and fun.

     

    "Depending on the topic, there can be some really lively discussion," says Oftedal. "We get everybody from brand-new paramedics to people doing their FTO or internship time to veteran providers who have been on the street for 30 years. We get a good variety of views that way."

     

    The club was conceived as a field-based program and has always been run by front-line providers, but it's had the strong imprimatur of local physician leadership as well. Alameda County's longtime EMS medical director, James Pointer, MD, was a big supporter of field-based research. He retired in 2010, and while he hasn't yet been permanently replaced, the county's new interim medical director, Joseph Barger, MD, has attended club meetings for years as medical director in adjoining Contra Costa County.

     

    Since the beginning, the BAPJC has also had the benefit of sponsors. Major medical companies such as Zoll, Physio-Control and Bound Tree Medical have lent support, as has AMR of Alameda County. These sponsors underwrite the dinners and prize items, and a number have developed strong, regular relationships with the club. Last year the club became a 501(c)(3) to better facilitate getting such help. Sponsors are invited to their meetings, where representatives can display their wares and answer questions.

     

    Club meetings are limited to 50 participants, who sign up online on a first-come, first-served basis. Each meeting covers three topics--all research studies in years past, but now two studies and one "hot topic" that's dissected and debated. "Those include things that are going on in the industry now or that people can look forward to," says Oftedal.

     

    Past topics have included things like terrorism, active shooters, critical incident stress management, 12-lead EKGs, post-resuscitation hypothermia, fentanyl, and various medical devices (e.g., ResQPOD, EZ-IO). Some practices and devices discussed have worked their way into local protocols. Archived events and papers are maintained for review on the club's website. Dinners are now being podcast as well, and soon those who can't attend the actual events should be able to earn Web-based CE by listening to them online and answering questions.

     

    Beyond the strict educational value of BAPJC meetings, there's a social value as well. EMS leaders talk a lot about the merits of getting to know your neighbors--those valuable colleagues in care on whom you're so interdependent. Everything runs smoother when you're familiar and comfortable with that first-aiding firefighter, your counterpart from the next county over, the ED nurse who takes your patient or the cop who calms a combustible scene. The dinners provide a format for developing that.

     

    "Those opportunities are probably one of the best things people get out of this," says Oftedal. "People show up whom we may only normally see for 5 or 10 minutes on a scene, or briefly at the hospital. That benefits our communication. As you see these people more often, you get to know them and start running calls a little more easily with them. I know that's been the case with my engine company. We never had too many run-ins to begin with, but when you're friendly with somebody, or at least have talked to them in the past, it definitely makes working with them easier."

     

    Written By John Erich, Associate Editor EMSWORLD Magazine

     

    For more on the Bay Area Paramedic Journal Club, see www.bapjc.org

     

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  • 09 Aug 2011 2:58 PM | Anonymous


    Public Order In the UK






    All the Professionals here at CPDme wish all our Colleagues in the Emergency Services & Associate Authorities a safe return home after their shifts dealing with these public order events.

     

    Those people on the front line of 999 work who have experienced public order will agree it is very scary. We have families, children and friends just like anyone else. The exception being it’s our Job to help deliver Security, Safety & Order and of course Medical Assistance to those involved and affected.

     

    We can only hope that this is quickly resolved before more property is damaged and people seriously get hurt.

     

    The CPDme Team

  • 05 Aug 2011 12:45 PM | Anonymous member
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    Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our Newsletter so far.  For anyone wishing to write an article for the CPDme Newsletter, we will provide you with a letter of thanks and a CPDme Certificate of Evidence as shown above to put in your CPD Portfolio.

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  • 30 Jul 2011 9:24 PM | Anonymous member

    The Role of an Emergency Department Paramedic in the UK

    ED Paramedic Role

     

    Christian Wiggin is currently a Paramedic Clinical Tutor and Emergency Care Practitioner for South Western Ambulance NHS Trust. With 10 years of front line experience under his belt Christian is in the process of developing a new role for paramedics working in the Emergency Department. The trial, which is the first one of its kind in the country, involves Christian working alongside Emergency Department Doctors in a busy city centre Emergency Department being accountable directly to the duty consultant.

     

    As there is currently no specific job description for what Christian is currently doing, a large part of this pilot involves identifying how paramedics can be cost effective and useful in the Emergency Department. For the last 6 months Christian has been selecting, clerking, assessing, managing and creating care pathways for patients from all areas of the Emergency Department, from Minors through to the Resuscitation room. Each patient and treatment is then reviewed with the Duty Consultant before being discharged or referred on.  Another key part of the ED Paramedics role is to act in a Physicians Assistant capacity to the Duty Consultant, mirroring the US model, assisting in complex procedures or patient management treatment.

     

    The role of ED Paramedic that is emerging is a position that supports the senior doctors, acts as another resource in the assessment and management of patients as well as being an excellent training and learning resource for the paramedics themselves. Many skills learnt such as x-ray interpretation, blood gas analysis, interpreting laboratory results and learning the complexities of hospital care pathways are interesting but arguably not transferable to the pre-hospital environment. However skills such as advanced patient assessment, manipulations, regional nerve blocks, technical wound management techniques, an understanding of sedatory drugs and familiarisation of procedures and techniques such as Sonography certainly are.

     

    The pilot has shown that the modern Paramedic has the potential to be an effective NHS tool not only in the pre-hospital environment but also in the hospital setting. The transferable skills that are learnt has the potential to help clinicians develop their skills and knowledge and ultimately treat more people in the community and, if necessary, refer them straight on to the appropriate hospital department without putting further pressure on the bottle neck crisis that occurs all too frequently in Emergency Departments up and down the country.

     

    For more information please view Christian’s Blog at www.edparamedic.blogspot.com

     

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  • 30 Jul 2011 8:31 PM | Anonymous member

     

    Changing attitudes, changing lives


     

    People’s perceptions have changed dramatically over the last three decades. Attitudes to race, gender and people with learning difficulties have shifted, resulting in a much more inclusive society. Whilst this shift represents positive change, there is still a long way to go before we truly achieve equality in its broadest sense.

     

    As one of the UK’s leading providers of deaf awareness training, delivering bespoke programmes for organisations throughout the UK, DeafWise continues to witness these changes and play a significant role in changing perceptions.

     

    Nearly nine million people in the UK have some form of deafness, but many hearing people who have never met a deaf person admit they would not really know how to communicate with them adequately.

     

    Lucy Clark, co-founder of DeafWise, explains: “As a deaf person I experience day to day difficulties with communicating with some hearing people. There have been many times when I have been sat in a dentist’s waiting room and my name has been called out over the loud speaker, but being deaf I don’t hear it. I always explain to the receptionist that I am deaf however I have still been left waiting, missing my appointment to both my dentist’s and my frustration.”

     

    This common scenario is one of the factors that inspired Lucy, as well as her brother and co-founder Spencer Clark, to develop training programmes that ensure patients with hearing difficulties have the opportunity to receive the same levels of care as those who are hearing. With a clear focus on improving service levels within the healthcare sector, DeafWise aims to reduce communication barriers between front-line workers and deaf patients.

     

    “We believe that DeafWise has succeeded in bridging the gap between our clients’ desire to deliver an exemplary service and patients who require the same levels of care as those who are hearing”, adds Spencer. “The problem is that like most people within professional services, dental professionals aren’t always fully aware of what is required. Unless they receive first-hand experience of working with deaf patients, then they will never be in a position to understand how they can improve their patients’ experience.”

     

    By attending DeafWise workshops, trainees learn about the many aspects of deafness and develop practical skills that make a real difference in their jobs. With a growing importance placed on equality, brought about in part as a result of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), Lucy confirms the demand for deaf awareness courses is growing, “With the new CPD requirements for DCP’s now in place, we are seeing even more people book courses with us as a route to achieve credits and, in the majority of cases, to learn how they can give more to their patients and provide a better service.”

     

    One organisation to benefit from DeafWise’s experience was the Dental Section of the Postgraduate School of Cardiff University, who commissioned DeafWise to deliver three one day courses throughout Wales. The course, which formed part of the Continuing Professional Development Programme for the students, was delivered to 23 Dental Care Professionals who work in General Dental Practices in Wales, all of whom had little or no experience with communicating with the deaf community.

     

    “Working with Cardiff University was a fantastic experience in that we were able to tailor an educational package, which began with the basic teaching points and as the students’ understanding progressed, concluded at an advanced level”, continues Spencer. “From theory and demonstrations to workshops and even role playing, each student received an insight into what it means to be deaf, and learned how to understand and remove the common barriers to communication.”

     

    By the end of the course, the DCPs were able to recognise different types of deafness; address, greet and take leave of a deaf sign user; understand the technologies used by deaf people, as well as spell the alphabet in British Sign Language.

     

    Of the training programme Sian Evans, the Dental Nurse Tutor, recounts: “The training was important as more needed to be done to make employees deaf aware and, more importantly, it is vital that deaf patients are able to give consent and understand clearly what treatment is planned. It is no longer acceptable for deaf patients to experience a compromised service to their hearing counterparts because of communication issues. DeafWise goes some way to ensure that any imbalance is redressed.”

     

    As part of its ongoing commitment to raise organisational awareness of the deaf community and equip DCPs to deliver an exemplary service to all of their patients, DeafWise has created a series of one day workshops that will take place throughout the UK in October and November. Taking place in Bournemouth, Winchester, Brighton, Crawley and Chichester, each course combines a mixture of theory, discussions and practical exercises to help reduce unintentional discrimination, aid compliance with DDA guidelines and improve staff confidence.

     

    Spencer concludes, “DeafWise is in a unique position in that we understand the challenges currently facing both sides. We understand an organisation’s need to comply with the DDA and its desire to deliver excellent service to its customers, just as we understand the frustrations and requirements often experienced by the deaf community. If we can play a part in helping organisations meet these challenges then we have done our job. Not only that, but we would have helped the deaf community receive the level of service they deserve.”

     

    For more information on DeafWise, or to find out more about the forthcoming regional workshops, please visit www.deafwise.co.uk to download a leaflet or phone 0845 466 7153.

     

    DeafWise brochure 2011.pdf

     

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  • 29 Jul 2011 11:35 PM | Anonymous member

    MedTrakker - A Medical Record Keeping System

    The MedTrakker is a medical record organizing system, which is allowing families to take the stress out of care giving and storing his or her own medical records at home. Amber Bowden is the creator of the MedTrakker Medical Organizers. She has created several types of MedTrakkers, due to experiences that she has shared with those she love like her mother and her husband. Ms. Bowden felt every family should have access to a medical record keeping system that will help alleviate the stress of becoming a caretaker.

    Currently, she has created several products in the MedTrakker Family and she will be creating more in the future. The MedTrakker website offers detailed information about the different products that are available at this time. Additionally, she also offers different types of personalizing options for the patient or caregiver to choose from when ordering his or her MedTrakker. Caregivers or patients can store their medical records and information in one secure place, which is perfect for traveling.

    Here is a list of products that are available:

    *Universal Trakker

    *Cancer Trakker

    *Cardiac Health Trakker

    *Diabetes Trakker

    *Baby Trakker (New)

    The medical organizing system is available in printed and e-book form, but the printed version is convenient and portable. The MedTrakker is a vital resource for every family, since it can help families become proactive with their health and medical records. The medical organizer will help keep track of medical records, tests results, contact numbers, and notes. Additionally, the MedTrakker has a place for insurance information, medical history, and personal emergency contact numbers.

    Please visit the website http://www.MedTrakker.com

    Amber Bowden is available for speaking, events, book signings, and expert quotes. For more information, please contact Amber Bowden at info@medtrakker.com

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  • 22 Jun 2011 10:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th May
                      





    The hugely successful Life Connections multi-conference event supported by an educational grant from  UCB Pharmaceuticals, is booked to take place at the  Kettering Conference Centre, Kettering, Northants on the 3rd & 4th May 2012, so make this a notable date in your diary!

    With over 600 delegates attending the 9 conferences/seminars that took place this year, each conference was certainly well supported and, from feedback received the delegates in attendance enjoyed every minute of this very unique event.

    Although details are yet to be finalised, the organisers hope to announce that on Thursday 3rd May, 5 separate conferences/ seminars will be taking place including  a Paramedic Practice Conference; it is also anticipated that on Friday 4th May  at least 4 other conferences will be available for delegates to enjoy.

    The event will again be supported by a trade exhibition where, during their break out periods, delegates can see the latest equipment and supplies available in the pre-hospital care sector and, have the chance to exchange views with their colleagues and the trade.
            
    Kettering Conference Centre, Northants NN15 6PB

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  • 31 May 2011 11:23 PM | Anonymous



    HART CONFERENCE                                       2011



    NEW UPDATE 31/05


    This is just a quick note to remind you that  today is officially the last day when you can register your interest in having a stand at AMBITION 2011

    (www.ambition2011.org) which takes place 22-23 June 2011 at the

    Telford International Centre in the West Midlands.

    BMW are now on board as exhibitors and will be launching the all-new BMW 520d AC Touring RRV and also the all-new X3 xDrive20d AC RRV EXCLUSIVELY at our event.


    Remember that AMBITION is the successor to the old AMBEX show and  is the only annual event of its kind which has the FULL SUPPORT AND BACKING OF all NHS ambulance service Trusts.


    Without this vital support, it would be impossible for an event of this nature to be able to GUARANTEE the attendance of a broad range of NHS ambulance personnel, from operational staff right up to Chief Executives, Chairs and non-executive directors.


    We already have over 700 delegates and visitors signed up to attend, and expect several more bookings and registrations in the final 3 weeks before the event.

    The exhibition hall is almost full, with an exciting array of new

    products and services lined up for visitors.


    To discuss the show or to register your interest in a stand, this is your FINAL CHANCE so don't miss this great opportunity to be part of a new show with an established ancestry, and to create NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES in the ambulance sector in June.


    Contact myself carl.rees@londonsea.com (07958 547727) or my sales

    colleague john.mcneil@londonsea.com (07979 598898) today to see

    the last few remaining options.

    YOU CAN REGISTER TO ATTEND THE AMBITION EXHIBITION FREE OF CHARGE

    AT http://www.ambition2011.org/visitors/register/


    Delegate registrations for the HART Conference 2011 are coming in thick and fast, with those hoping for a place being urged to book their tickets before spaces run out.

    The keynote speaker for the event will be Baroness Pauline Neville Jones, Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism, and there will be international speakers from as far afield as Australia, America and Israel.

    With a conference theme of ‘Innovation in Emergency Preparedness’ speakers will cover topics ranging from the response to recent disasters in the USA and Japan, as well as fresh learning from the 7/7 inquest , current threat levels from international terrorism and the effect of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and how paramedics must be trained to deal with the resulting casualties.

    To see the full conference agenda and speakers click here.

    This year’s HART conference forms part of the exciting new Ambition 2011 event (June 22-23, Telford International Centre) which is the only show of its kind with the full backing of all NHS ambulance services.

    Ambition 2011 is widely seen as the successor to the old Ambex event, which ended when the former Ambulance Service Association (ASA) that managed it, was wound up in 2008.

    The event also includes the Ambulance Leadership Forum Conference 2011, which guarantees the attendance of Board-level senior personnel from all NHS ambulance trusts.

    Russ Mansford, Strategic Ambulance Adviser to the Department of Health the Chair of Ambition 2011, and the man responsible for implementing HART across the UK says:

    “Ambition 2011 is already shaping up to become the only serious ambulance event worth attending for those interested in pre-hospital care. I am particularly proud of the fact that we have managed to secure such a great line up of speakers for the HART Conference from all over the globe and I would urge people to book now, before it’s too late.”

    Visitors to the exhibition – which will feature a busy demonstration area and a speaker’s corner – can register to attend for free. Fees for delegates to the HART Conference have been kept deliberately low, starting at just £79 + VAT for frontline emergency services personnel.

    For full details of the event please see www.ambition2011.org.

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  • 23 May 2011 8:45 PM | Anonymous member


    The Science of Improvement





    Healthcare is all about improvement – improving the health of each and every patient we meet – effectively and efficiently. That is what we are trained to do as healthcare professionals.

    Continued professional development is about improving our practice of care – ensuring that we are using the best evidence and the best technology available. That is what we are required to do as healthcare professionals.

    Improving healthcare is also about improving the process of care – ensuring that the right things can happen at the right place, the right time, on time, first time and every time. That is what we should do but we are neither trained nor expected to know how. This is why many of our processes feel "unhealthy" and why they cause frustration and delays.

    Improving the "health" of a process is very similar to improving the health of a patient: First we need to spot the symptoms and signs, then we establish a "diagnosis", then we select the best treatment, make a prognosis, administer the intervention, and monitor for improvement. To do that effectively and efficiently we need the right training and the right tools.

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    • BaseLine© helps us monitor for signs of improvement.
    • BaseLine© alerts us if our improved process starts to deteriorate – before it is too late.

    This is a BaseLine© process performance chart – the acceptable range of performance is given by the blue lines and the measured performance by the dots. After ten measurements the process behaviour is observed to be predictable within limits – the red lines. This finding is then used to predict expected future performance and to set the alert limits – the black lines. The chart then shows that something changed from point 11 onwards – the dots fall outside the alert limits – even though they are still within the acceptable range. This shows BaseLine © in early warning system mode - it alerts us to and points when and where to investigate and to ask "what happened here and then?"

    To learn more about how to improve the health of your healthcare processes

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