#PHJC Thrombolysis during resuscitation

A lady in her early sixties is out in the town centre with her husband doing some shopping on a crisp December afternoon. They stop for a break and get coffee. The lady can recognise the subtle look of anxiety on her husband's face. "You look a bit grey, are you feeling alright?" "Oh, yes.... Continue Reading →

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#PHJC Antibiotics in the ambulance for sepsis

This month, The Lancet - Respiratory Medicine published a randomised controlled trial investigating whether patients with sepsis could benefit from antibiotics administered by EMS crews.   I think the results were not quite what people would have expected! In #PHJC style, we are going to have a go at critically appraising the paper. As always, don't... Continue Reading →

EMS2017 – A short roundup

    ‘It takes a system to save a life’ was the theme of the second European Emergency Medical Services Congress (EMS2017), held in Copenhagen between 22 – 24 May. Over 1300 people involved in EMS from 40 different countries gathered to meet, present the latest knowledge and work together during the conference with a... Continue Reading →

#PHJC – STOP!: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the efficacy and safety of methoxyflurane for the treatment of acute pain

https://youtu.be/hT8KjgjY1aU   If you’ve ever watched Bondi Rescue, you may have seen the Aussie lifeguards getting injured surfer dudes to suck on the ‘green whistle’ (and if you watch the video above, perform sketchy shoulder relocations). Methoxyflurane (or it’s better known brand name ‘Penthrox®’) has been used in Australia for pain relief for several decades.... Continue Reading →

Prehospital Journal Club

With the rise of Open Access, blogging, twitter and #FOAM, research has never been more accessible, which is great! But this also means, more than ever, we need the skills of how to interpret, critically appraise and implement this research. While some paramedics may not have an interest in pursuing a career in research, all paramedics... Continue Reading →

Systematic Review – Part 1: Writing

As I edge ever closer to completing another  milestone in my PhD, I thought I would write a post about the parts that have preceeded this. I admit to being no expert in the field of writing systematic reviews (SRs), but thought I might share my experience of what the process of completing and writing... Continue Reading →

“Ghost” smells

Let me share with you a brief insight in to a rather amusing occupational hazard a paramedic may have to deal with in their line of work. It's no secret that working as a paramedic you can be exposed to some situations that are rather challenging to the senses. You have to look at, hear and... Continue Reading →

Organising a conference – how hard can it be?

I love attending conferences. You get to meet other people interested in your field of work, listen to fascinating presentations, and all of the conferences I've been to so far have had pretty decent food (this is very important!). So, last October when the University of Surrey were looking for volunteers to organise their post-graduate researcher... Continue Reading →

Getting ready for Confirmation

After a full month of clinical work in December to help with operational demands, I'm back in uni trying to catch up with my PhD work. The aim at the moment is get all of my documents that need to be sent off to my transfer (confirmation) examiners ready. This includes the systematic review I've sent... Continue Reading →

To blog, or not to blog?

I've been toying with the idea of blogging for a while. There are many popular and great EMS blogs out there, I wasn't sure I had much to offer. But recently our Research and Development department at the University have been encouraging postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to start exposing themselves more (in a non-perverse way, this... Continue Reading →

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