16 episodes

Welcome to BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Conversations with a wide range Pre-hospital Emergency Care experts talking about medical topics that relevant to BASICS Scotland Responders and anyone interested in immediate care. Our podcasts are released weekly make sure to subscribe to listen to our latest releases. More info here:


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Welcome to BASICS Scotland Podcasts - Conversations with a wide range Pre-hospital Emergency Care experts talking about medical topics that relevant to BASICS Scotland Responders and anyone interested in immediate care. Our podcasts are released weekly make sure to subscribe to listen to our latest releases. More info here:


    Peter Lorrain-Smith – Police Scotland

    Peter Lorrain-Smith – Police Scotland

    Responders of all types are focused on saving life but what happens if the scene becomes a crime scene?  What is a crime scene and how do we manage this?  Peter takes us through the roles, responsibilities of the police and responders at the scene and what might happen post the event.


    Key points from this podcast:

    Understand that the Police aim is to save life

    Carry ID when possible

    Don’t touch anything you don’t need to – if you do, admit to it!

    About Peter
    After working in the leisure industry for 12 years in a variety of locations including London, the West coast of Scotland and Saudi Arabia I joined Northumbria Police in 1997 starting in Newcastle upon Tyne then moving to the Scottish Borders.  In 2008, fed up with spending so much time driving to the highlands to spend time in the mountains, I moved house to Perthshire joining Tayside Police, which has since morphed into Police Scotland.

    As well as being a Sergeant , I am also involved in training officers in multi-agency response to Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) incidents.  I have also been involved in planning the policing of a number of large events including T in the Park and the Ryder Cup.

    I am currently working as Police Scotland Search and Rescue Coordinator, the strategic link between the mountain rescue teams in Scotland and Police Scotland, the coordinating authority for all land based search and rescue in the country.  I am also a member of the Police Scotland (Tayside) Mountain Rescue Team, deploying to incidents involving lost, missing or injured members of the public in the hills and other difficult to access areas.

    When not a work I can often be found walking my two collie dogs in the hills or paddling on one of Scotland’s many lochs and rivers in an open canoe.


    • 22 min
    Duncan Tripp - UK SAR

    Duncan Tripp - UK SAR

    In this podcast Duncan explains the role of Coastguard operations including the interaction with the Emergency Services and BASICS Scotland Responders.

    Key points from this podcast:

    Escalate early via trauma desk to the ARCC

    Look at the online ISAR resource ahead of time

    Follow up any jobs and feedback

    About Duncan
    Duncan spent 35 years in the RAF in various roles mainly as a Winchman Paramedic in the UK SAR Force. During this time he was a Qualified Helicopter Crewman Instructor and Winchman Training Officer responsible for the training and standards of UK SAR Winchman both in their operational and medical roles. As a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service he took part in various worldwide expeditions, some as Medical Director or Expedition Leader.

    With the responsibility for the UK SAR Force transferring to the MCA in 2015, Duncan left the RAF and continues to operate as a Winchman Paramedic, Instructor trainer and Base Clinical Lead.

    He has a long-standing involvement with BASICS Scotland going back to 1996. Duncan is the Vice-Chair of BASICS Scotland, an Instructor, Responder and a member of the Clinical Governance Working Group. He is married to a very tolerant and forgiving wife.

    • 23 min
    Ian Scott – Hypothermia & ECMO

    Ian Scott – Hypothermia & ECMO

    Ian Scott discusses Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) and its role in hypothermia.  Ian looks at the severe end of hypothermia and the management and pathways for these patients.

    Top 3 Points from this podcast:

    Do the basics really well – good patient assessment, Good ALS

    Think could this be hypothermia? If you think it is a consideration then early contact to the Special Services desk through ambulance control stating that you have a potential hypothermic patient which will elicit the support and help you need.

    Don’t get disillusioned and don’t give up, keep up good quality resuscitation and the top-level support will help with the decisions.

    Resources related to this podcast:
    Combined Pre-Hospital PDF

    Hypothermia Protocol Hospital PDF

    About Ian
    Ian is currently a critical care consultant and director of the respiratory ECMO service for Scotland. He is based in Aberdeen.  He became a consultant in 2015. He graduated from Dundee University and undertook most of his training in the North East of Scotland.  He has also spent time in the Brompton in London and worked for Sydney HEMS just after he finished his training.

    Ian has an interest in pre-hospital care and also spent some time working for EMRS North. During his training, he became interested in using ECMO as a way to rewarm hypothermic patients.  He has had several near misses while winter climbing as a student.

    Ian’s spare time is spent with his family. His 2 young daughters and my his understanding wife Kim. Ian also enjoys cycling and being in the mountains when time allows.

    • 37 min
    Paul Savage - Check Card Medicine

    Paul Savage - Check Card Medicine

    Paul chats us through the theory behind using checklists in the prehospital environment, why it is an important culture shift we should be moving to and how and why this method can reduce the pressure when you are operating under demanding conditions. 


    Top 3 tips: 


    1) Be robust, don’t be scared, don’t be scared to champion it and don’t be scared to defend it. 

    2) Try it, draw up your own check sheet and if you find it works for you, then champion it with your organisation.

    3) Don’t be scared to use it on scene and revise it as you go along to make it work and honed to best version you can. 







    Mr Paul Savage OBE BSc SRP – Managing Director Saviour Medical Ltd with a mixed portfolio.  

    Paul walked into a Lifeboat station on his 17th birthday and never left, initially volunteering at Poole and now at Tower Lifeboat in London.  

    With his interest in remote and maritime paramedical medicine he joined the RNLI full time in 2005 as the Clinical Operations Manager and Head of Operational Medicine. He was responsible for the operational medical response of all of the UK and Eire’s Lifeboat crew, Lifeguards and Flood Response teams, as well as the architect and custodian of the Clinical Governance of the RNLI. He advised on all matters casualty care related - from kit carried, casualty care course design to casualty-friendly boat design.  

    For a complete step change of maritime medicine around the UK, Paul was awarded an OBE in December 2013.  

    Since 2014 as a self employed consultant, Paul has a mixed portfolio of pre-hospital medical related work, including check card based learning resources, Clinical Governance of HM Coastguard and University Lecturing.  

    Paul is Chairman of the UK Search and Rescue Medical Group which shapes the future and direction of UK SAR medicine, and is a member of the Main Advisory Board and the Training and Standards Board of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital care of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He is also an instructor for specialist elite sections of the UK Military. 


    • 35 min
    Eric Pirie - Prolonged Care in the Field

    Eric Pirie - Prolonged Care in the Field

    As a longstanding member of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, Eric Pirie talks through the issues arising from rescues that are protracted, and particularly focuses on prolonged care in the field, which may not be particularly familiar to BASICS Scotland Responders, but occurs fairly regularly in Mountain Rescue.

    Key points from this podcast:
    Think about carrying and using a bothy bag (group shelter) to help protect your patient from the environment.

    Carry a head torch, a really useful piece of equipment

    Look after yourself by popping snacks into your pockets so that you can refuel on the go

    Resources related to this podcast:
    St Emlyns Blog for the H.I.T.M.A.N mnemonic and other useful info.

    ProlongedFieldCare.org  – A useful website, very military in nature, excellent principles.

    SHEEPVOMIT nursing mnemonic described in the NSOCM Manual (NATO Special Operations Combat Medic) Course run by the ISTC SOF – International Special Training Center

    About Eric
    Eric is an International Mountain Guide (IFMGA), Mountain Instructor Certificate holder, Wilderness EMT and Paramedic, who has 25 years of experience working to the highest levels in the outdoors worldwide.

    Eric joined the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team in 1982 and is still an active team member. Whilst working as an Instructor at Glenmore Lodge, The Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre, Eric was head of Rescue for 10 years. He also worked as a senior ski patroller, on Cairngorm for 7 seasons, when there was snow! He has been involved in numerous rescues both in Scotland and worldwide, gaining experience in longer term patient care whilst seconded to the National Park Service as a mountaineering/medical volunteer ranger, on patrol for a season, on Denali, Alaska. Eric now works full time for The Scottish Ambulance Service based from home in Grantown-on-Spey.


    • 24 min
    Alison Gallagher - Cave rescue, who are they and what do they do?

    Alison Gallagher - Cave rescue, who are they and what do they do?

    Alison chats us through cave rescue in Scotland, what are the team skills, capabilities and responsibilities and how are they tasked?


    Top 3 Points from this podcast:

    Work within what you are comfortable with

    Be aware that these are usually very protracted events

    Remember that the Cave rescue team is able to provide help and resources in these circumstances

    About Alison

    Alison is a GP based in Dundee, and also works in Ninewells ED as a GP with a specialist interest in emergency medicine.

    She is a team doctor for Tayside Mountain Rescue and medical officer for the Scottish Cave Rescue Organisation. 


    She enjoys adventures above and below ground, often with her husband and two sons. 

    • 18 min

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