Equipping the pre-hospital care team
Lynda Holt Senior Nurse, Milton Keynes General NHS Trust
Tim Kilner Lecturer in Nursing, University of Birmingham. Member of the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency Team. (CARE)
In the first of three articles on prehospital care, Tim Kilner considers scene safety when delivering emergency care in the pre-hospital environment. Photographs by K Porter
Of the 291 A&E departments in the United Kingdom, 121 (41.6 per cent) report to provide an A&E flying squad (1). A number of these teams have established a national reputation, while in other areas a flying squad is a purely hypothetical concept. Between these two extremes arc a number of teams with variable operational experience and suboptimal preparation for this role.
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