Dublin Fire Brigade Paramedics- Insight into a Pre-hospital Emergency Care Service • Brief history of DFB - Oldest uniform body in the state Since 1862 (Oldest Ambulance service provider in Ireland) Since 1898 • Benefits of combined Fire/Emergency Medical service (EMS) for patients • Our areas of operations • Statistics/ type and numbers of calls • Information on range of pre-hospital treatment protocols using generic case details • Some footage with real on scene experiences with DFB staff. Dublin Fire Brigade Paramedics- Insight into a Pre-hospital Emergency Care Service D/O Martin O’Reilly S/O Paul Lambert Dublin Fire and Ambulance Service • Oldest uniform body in the state Since 1862 • Oldest Ambulance service in Ireland - 1898 DFB-RCSI Training Institute • Educational Partnership with RCSI 2011 • PHECC accredited – Institution – Programmes – Tutors • 2011 Education & Training Standards • Cardiac First Response to Paramedic Practitioner Level required for Emergency Ambulance Paramedic 2 year diploma program Advanced Paramedic 2 year Graduate Diploma Population served 1.2 million 464,749 Households Provide a fully integrated Fire based Ambulance and EMS service In 2011 we responded to 90,000 Ambulance/EMS calls 72,000 Ambulance/EMS incidents 93,000 Ambulance/EMS mobilisations 12,000 Paramedic Fire Appliance responses Eastern Regional Control Centre • Receipt of 999/112 calls for assistance – Determine the location and nature of the emergency – Determine the priority – Pre-arrival instructions • Provide an appropriate Response – The “Right” response for the patient ? – Nearest appropriate resource Benefits of combined Fire/Emergency Medical service (EMS) for patients • Strategically located- rapid response • 24/7 Availability of ambulance resources • Resources reduce time on scene • Equipment available - early Extrication • Enhances safety on scene • Highline Rescues from tower cranes • Immediate Medical assessment and treatment Swift Water Rescue • SRT technicians • Hypothermia • Submersion Incidents Road Traffic Collisions Reduce on scene time • Spinal Immobilisation/ Patient handling • Rapid Extrication • Safety/Fend off • Fire Risk Medical • Basic Life support • Advanced Life support • Acute coronary syndromes • Glycaemic Emergencies • Seizures • Inadequate Respirations • Stroke Medical • Septic shock • Poisons/ OD • Hypothermia • Altered Level of consciousness Trauma • External Haemorrhage • Head Injury • Shock-Blood loss • Traumatic Cardiac • Spinal Arrest • Burns • Limb Fractures • Crush injury Intubation Vascular Access DFB-RCSI Training Institute Oxygen (INH) • Morphine Nitrous Oxide (INH) • Epinephrine 1:10 000 Salbutamol (INH) • Amiodarone Aspirin (PO) • Benzopenecillin GTN (SL) • Lasix Glucose Gel (BU) • Atropine Glucagon (IM) Epinephrine 1:1000 (IM) Naloxone (IM) Paracetamol (PO) Clopidogrel (PO) Obstetric Emergencies • Neo natal resus • Haemorrhage in pregnancy • Breech birth • Umbilical cord complications The Right Response • Immediately Life threatening incidents • The nature of these incidents require a rapid response and more responders on scene – Paramedic Fire Appliance – Paramedic Ambulance – Advanced Paramedic Fire Appliance Paramedics 60% Ambulance Paramedics 36% Arrive together 4% Mater Hospital Out of hospital cardiac Arrest study 2003-2008 Mater Study • Improvements in the pre hospital care management of cardiac arrests over the period of the study where; – DFB fire appliance Paramedic equipped with Defibrillators and life saving medications – ERCC began providing telephone assisted CPR – Advanced Paramedics provide pre hospital Advanced Life Support on Fire appliances and Ambulances Mater Study Conclusions: •The improved quality of Emergency Pre Hospital Care has impacted on survival from Out Of Hospital Cardiac Arrest, particularly from Ventricular Fibrillation Video of Cardiac Arrest Thank you for your attention ! Questions ????
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