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 …

Martin Esposito – Pain Assessment and Management

In this week’s podcast Martin Esposito talks about pain assessment and management. The discussion explores the definition of pain, and the biological and psychological complexities associated with something that is physical yet subjective in perception. Martin looks at the importance of ongoing pain assessment and explores the options in pre hospital pain relief; after discussing Read More …

Paul Rees – ROSC – Post Resuscitation Care

This week Paul Rees discusses ROSC and post resuscitation care, including post cardiac arrest syndrome and prognostication after cardiac arrest.   Key points from this podcast: Train and talk through these events. They are fairly rare and so practicing and talking through the motions is important to keep skills, roles and plans refreshed, thinking through Read More …

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 …

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 …