In this article, I discuss my work with ScotSTAR, the Scottish medical retrieval service, and my innovative approach to critical airway management (SCRAM™). The SCRAM™ System is currently being used for advanced airway management by teams in both the pre-hospital and hospital environments in the UK and other parts of the world, with distributors in the UK, USA, Australia, the Middle East, and soon Canada and Southern Africa. Collaboration and partnerships between pre-hospital medical organizations around the world are key to ongoing improvements in medical services. In this interview I discuss a new collaboration with a Professor Scott Weingart on two new co branded products. Dr Scott Weingart is best known for his podcast on resuscitation and ED critical care called the EMCrit Podcast. Checkout the article to find out about this and more!
Emergency airway management may be required at any hospital location. Remote site management is associated with increased airway morbidity and mortality. Poor planning and interrupted workflow are significant contributors. Equipment may be unfamiliar, difficult to locate or inadequate. The SCRAM (Structured CRitical Airway Management) bag aims to provide a portable, structured and reproducible approach to airway management preparation. We hypothesised that SCRAM bag use reduces equipment preparation time, the rate of error and operator cognitive load.
We examined the effect of advanced preparation and organisation of equipment and drugs for Pre-hospital Emergency Anaesthesia (PHEA) and tracheal intubation on procedural time, error rates, and cognitive load. This study was a randomised, controlled...
Trauma remains the fourth leading cause of death in western countries and is the leading cause of death in the first four decades of life. NICE guidance in 2016 advocated the attendance of pre-hospital critical care trauma team (PHCCT) in the pre-hospital stage of the care of patients with major trauma. Previous publications support dispatch by clinicians who are also actively involved in the delivery of the PHCCT service; however there is a lack of objective outcome measures across the current reviewed evidence base. In this study, we aimed to assess the accuracy of PHCCT clinician led dispatch, when measured by Injury Severity Score (ISS).
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