Damon Powell – Roles, Responsibilities and Capabilities of MRT

Damon, Chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue, chats us through the roles, responsibilities and skillsets of the volunteer rescue teams that the organisation represents.  As part of our multi-agency series, which gives us some insight into the organisations that we may meet as responders in the field.   Top 3 Points from this podcast: Notify the Read More …

Ian Scott – Hypothermia & ECMO

Ian Scott discusses Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and its role in hypothermia.  Ian looks at the severe end of hypothermia and the management and pathways for these patients.   Top 3 Points from this podcast: Do the basics really well – good patient assessment, Good ALS Think could this be hypothermia? If you think it Read More …

Aravindan Veiraiah – Toxicology In Overdose And Poisoning

Today Aravindan discusses the best way to approach and treat patients who may be experiencing overdoses, poisonings and/or drug-related agitation   Top 3 Points from this podcast: Use sodium bicarbonate more, if this is a drug you carry and is within your scope of practice, for sodium channel blocking drug overdoses. Antidotes for the sedatives Read More …

Stuart Braithwaite – RNLI

Stuart chats us through the roles, responsibilities and skill set of the voluntary emergency service the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), including not only their role of saving lives at sea but also their involvement with patient transfer, education and other lesser known about duties.   Key points from this podcast: Have a look at Read More …

Paul Watson – Palliative Care

Paul Watson, project lead for end of life care at the Scottish Ambulance Service talks about how the service is striving to bring better palliative care to patients across Scotland with some discussion around the areas of non-technical skills, “just in case” boxes, and the other tools that can be used to support these patients. Read More …

Lisa Artis – The importance of Sleep

Lisa Artis discusses sleep: the importance of it, the differences in individuals when it comes to the ability to have a good, restful sleep, as well as busting myths around caffeine!   Key points from this podcast: Make the time for a wind down routine, even if it is just for 30 mins before bed.  Read More …

Angela Lewis – Peer Support and Debriefing

This week’s podcast from BASICS Scotland explores the links between post incident support and crew resource management with Angela Lewis. Angela explains the operational improvements that are achievable when organisations develop a menu of different types of support for their personnel. She also looks at the problems with the “can do” mentality that is prevalent Read More …