Tom Quinn – PARAMEDIC 2 Trial

This week’s podcast from BASICS Scotland is with Tom Quinn, who explains the findings of the Paramedic 2 trial. Paramedic 2 has been described as a landmark study, the results of which have challenged conventional methods used to prioritise restarting the heart during an out of hospital cardiac arrest.   Key points from this podcast: Read More …

Alastair Beer – Attending Aircraft Crash Scenes

Intro to podcast.   Key points from this podcast:   Resources related to this podcast: Guidance publication for Aircraft Post Crash Management – https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/375909/Guidance_Pub_version_High_amend.pdf About Alastair Alastair joined the RAF regiment in Oct 1999. Initially based at RAF Waddington as Ground Based Air Defence. In this role he was deployed to Oman, Kuwait and the Falkland Read More …

Jon McCormack – Paediatric Cardiac Arrest

Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist, Jon McCormack, explores the rare occurrence of paediatric cardiac arrest; he talks through the CRASH algorithm and emphasises the importance of cognitive aids and good airway positioning. He also explains why, with a couple of caveats, in these situations it’s ok to see children as small adults.   Key points from this Read More …

Iain Craighead – A Responders Perspective

In this podcast Iain Craighead gives the benefit of his experience as a BASICS Scotland Responder. He stresses the importance of getting to know your Sandpiper bag and equipment inside out, as well the benefits of building a strong relationship with your local ambulance colleagues. Iain also urges patience with gaining experience as a Responder Read More …

Eric Pirie – Prolonged Care in the Field

As a longstanding member of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, Eric Pirie talks through the issues arising from rescues that are protracted, and particularly focuses on prolonged care in the field, which may not be particularly familiar to BASICS Scotland Responders, but occurs fairly regularly in Mountain Rescue.   Key points from this podcast: Think about Read More …

Richard Lyon – Traumatic Cardiac Arrest

In this podcast Professor Lyon discusses Traumatic Cardiac Arrest; he looks at the rationale of the different management needed to medical cardiac arrest and talks through the practical application of the HOT algorithm, which he developed with colleagues to provide an effective tool for the management of Traumatic Cardiac Arrest.   Key points from this Read More …

Duncan Tripp – UK SAR

In this podcast Duncan explains the role of Coastguard operations including the interaction with the Emergency Services and BASICS Scotland Responders. Key points from this podcast: Escalate early via trauma desk to the ARCC Look at the online ISAR resource ahead of time Follow up any jobs and feedback About Duncan Duncan spent 35 years Read More …

Adrian Kay – H.M. Coastguard

Adrian Kay, Senior Coastal Operations Officer for H.M. Coastguard, explains more about the 3 sections of the coastguard service, and how the 3000 volunteers make up the 400 UK crews. Understanding how these crews fit into the responder network, and what their roles, responsibilities and capabilities are, will allow BASICS Scotland Responders to make better Read More …

Andy Elwood – It’s Good to Talk

Andy is an experienced paramedic who predominately worked on search and rescue helicopters, where he encountered many experiences that had a significant effect on his mental health. In this podcast he discusses his journey through PTSD which led him to head up a mental health first aid campaign, Andy’s Landie, designed to stamp out the Read More …

Stephen Hearns – Peak Performance Under Pressure

Dr Stephen Hearns chats to us about the critical importance of how we perform when the pressure is on; he draws on his huge experience in Pre-Hospital medicine to show that staying at the peak of performance at a job is a trait that can be learnt and improves outcomes for the team and patient. Read More …