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Chapter 13 - Advances in Pre-Hospital Care

from Section 2 - Clinical Aspects of Traumatic Injuries, Epidemics, and Pandemics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 January 2024

Richard Williams
University of South Wales
Verity Kemp
Independent Health Emergency Planning Consultant
Keith Porter
University of Birmingham
Tim Healing
Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London
John Drury
University of Sussex
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This chapter looks through the earliest establishment of immediate care, from historical records and the beginnings of some of the longest running pre-hospital services, especially those in the UK. It outlines an understanding of the foundations from which the advances in technology and clinical practice for modern pre-hospital emergency medicine are built. It outlines trauma care, and the evolution of treatments, equipment, and resources. It examines each facet of immediate care to encompass the range of triage and dispatch, lifesaving interventions, medicines, cardiac arrest management, and training and non-technical skills. Also examined are the potential developments in the equipment and strategies for resuscitation, along with aspects of what may be on the horizon for research and service development in the near future. It provides the most up-to-date overview of immediate care, which forms a vitally important component of each trauma patient’s journey from injury to recovery.

Major Incidents, Pandemics and Mental Health
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, pp. 79 - 88
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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