The varying standards of mobile medical team equipment held by London hospitals
Carolyn Keane Senior Staff Nurse, A&E, Central Middlesex Hospital
Gail King Clinical Nurse Manager, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Trust
Carolyn Keane and Gail King highlight the issues of equipment for mobile medical teams in London
The current Department of Health NHS Guidance (1998) states that every acute hospital nominated by health authorities and ambulance services to respond to a major incident must provide a trained and equipped mobile medical team to attend the site, but at what cost and to what effect? Following an audit of ten London hospitals, it has emerged that there is an over accumulation of expensive equipment through- out London hospitals that is extremely costly and rarely used.
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