Treating people with cardiac chest pain: role of paramedics
Jessica Heardman State registered paramedic, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Morecambe Bay
Jessica Heardman reviews a case study in which an ambulance crew managed the care of a patient later diagnosed with myocardial infarction
Paramedics’ abilities to carry out quick, accurate and prioritised assessments of patients complaining of chest pain are paramount to ensure good outcomes and prognoses. They also require sound knowledge of underlying pathophysiology, clinical evidence and protocols. This article aims to increase emergency nurses’ awareness of the scope of paramedic practice in the UK by analysing the pre-hospital management of a patient diagnosed with myocardial infarction.
Emergency Nurse. 21, 10, 30-34. doi: 10.7748/en2014.03.21.10.30.e635Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 16 March 2012
Accepted: 09 January 2014