New from north Cork, Ireland states that they will be piloting a program with a team of five paramedics to provide advanced life support service. From the Irish Times:
A spokesman for the HSE said the first part of the rollout of the north Cork advanced paramedic team, which is a public information campaign, should start in early April.
“This information campaign includes visits and presentations by the advanced paramedics to staff with whom they will work, primary and secondary schools, public representatives, community groups and associations, chambers of commerce, hospital action groups, etc.”
The paramedics involved are specialists in pre-hospital emergency care who are trained to provide care in all types of medical emergencies. They possess a wide range of skills which include advanced airway management, initiation of IV fluids (drips) and administration of medications such as pain relief and anti-convulsing therapies.
Maybe the Chronicles of EMS crew can plan a trip to Cork and show us what it takes to introduce a new paramedic service? Just a thought.