Ambulance Officer Procedures

St John Ambulance (6DS), AMS, RFDS etc. Frequencies, callsigns and discussion.

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paramedicpathway
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Ambulance Officer Procedures

Post by paramedicpathway » Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:09 pm

Hi,

Just wondering if Ambulance Officers who have not reached the level of Paramedic and are still doing the degree through St John and ECU are allowed to cannulate or intubate???

What kind of procedures can fully qualified paramedics carry out that ambulance officers are not allowed to yet?? Are there any?? or can they both do the same thing??

Thanks :)

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Re: Ambulance Officer Procedures

Post by SJANT » Sun Mar 18, 2012 5:47 am

Just out of interest and not having a go at you. Why do you want to know? Cannulation and intubation aren't the be all and end all. Quite a bit of evidence that fluid administration pre-hospital isn't that beneficial in trauma especially if there is uncontrolled haemorrhage. Intubation maybe not be too beneficial for a number of groups too. Good clinical assessment skills are far more valuable and much harder to learn than skills like cannulation and intubation.

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Re: Ambulance Officer Procedures

Post by SJANT » Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:07 pm

Was told by a intensive care paramedic now doctor something which I have held with me my entire medical career.

Basic skills saves lives.

So things like good basic airway skills, sound assessment, situational awareness, good history taking are the foundation skills that really make a difference to patients.

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