In this episode, we welcome Victoria Lebrec, London Traffic Justice Campaign Coordinator for RoadPeace. Victoria has been fighting for road safety in London since losing her leg after a collision with a skip lorry in 2014. Others have lost limbs on the same section of road since the incident, and it is only one of many places in London where accident rates are disproportionately high. Victoria’s work is focused on raising awareness of the need for improvements for cyclist safety across London.
Critical Care Communication
In this episode I examine critical care communication and why this is so important within clinical practice. I look at definitions & statistics, the communication problem, the anatomy of communication, the patient, team and individual, leadership communication, empathetic communication, conflict management communication and finally crisis communication. I examine the approach to individual communication that can optimise both sent and received communication, the main facets of non-verbal, verbal and tonality that is needed to confer vital information.
I also look at a number of theories that have deconstructed the problem of communication, these are; communication theory, Millers Magic number 7, The communication triangle, signal detection theory, and finally meta-cognition. I break down some of the central concepts of the main aspects of critical care communication that are used on a day-to-day basis, that of, leadership, empathy, conflict and crisis. I hope you enjoy this topic. We are going to start mixing up the content on the podcast and feature more educational content, lecture sets as well as more traditional interviews and conversations with experts within their field of practice.
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New Horizons - Paramedic Practice in the 21st Century - College of Paramedics podcast collaboration
In this session we examine some of the ways in which we have seen paramedics diversify through a multitude of roles within the healthcare economy. We chat with Gary Strong; Paramedic and CPD lead from the College of Paramedics and Caroline Phillips; my co-host, Paramedic and Palliative care Paramedic. The session is intended to unpack, examine our roles and journey through pre-hospital care and finally give insight into some of the positive and challenging aspects of diversification we have seen within paramedic practice in the contemporary climate.
In the episode we discuss:
The variety of roles that are open to Paramedics & ways in which Paramedicine is changing.
We examine Gary’s path through Paramedicine, how he has got to where he is now and what got him there (education, roles and reflections).
Caroline’s path through Paramedicine, from education, roles and reflections on current and past job titles within paramedic practice.
My own (Eoin’s) path through Paramedicine, how I have got to where I am now and what got me there (education, roles, reflections)
Final thoughts on pathways, education and the future of diversity and the role of a paramedic itself.
As we see the diversity of roles within our expansive field of practice we reflect on where the profession has come from and how quickly it has adapted to new eco-systems of healthcare. We also reflect on some of the fundamental traits of paramedics around adaptability and flexibility as the DNA of what makes a paramedic so integrated and embedded within various domains of practice.
I hope you enjoy this wider ranging conversation on the evolution of the 'paramedic'.
Advanced Paramedic Practitioners in Urgent Care (APPUC) with Nikki and Andrew
In this session Caroline Philips interviews two of the advanced paramedics in urgent care. The conversation includes; their role on a day to day basis, this structure of the scheme and how there time is spent. They also examine how previous pre-hospital roles (such as clinical advise, team leader/manager roles) have helped with the senior clinical role as an APPUC. Nikki and Andrew also catalogue the variety of patients that they see and the in-depth patient focussed history taking and nuanced risk/benefit analysis undertaken. They also discuss some of the skills that the scheme supports such as wound care assessment and closure methods, point of care tests, additional medications and utilisation of alternative referral pathways. Nikki and Andrew also denote the adjunctive education and skills that have been fostered within the APPUC scheme.
As the prevailing percentage of demand within pre-hospital care are medical pathologies, this scheme has had bilateral benefit of supporting frontline paramedics and managing patients in the community and avoiding the transfer through to the emergency department where possible. They also denote the change in communication skills that Nikki and Andrew have both witnessed within their practice.
Please enjoy this fantastic episode with two insightful practitioners.
Resilience with Tony Underwood
Tony Underwood is a former English Rugby Union professional who played as a winger for both country and at club level. He made his England debut in October 1992 against Canada, and went on to win a total of 27 English performances/caps. Having trained as an airline pilot, went on to fly for Easy jet, Virgin Atlantic and Emirates.
In this conversation we talk about resilience, high performing teams, relationship with failure and success, continual improvement & feedback mechanisms, transitioning & adaptation to change, meta-programs, co-aligned lessons with aviation and medicine and finally human factor mitigation. I hope you enjoy this interview with an insightful and interesting guest.
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The bleeding patient with Ben Watts
In this conversation with Ben Watts we look at the sequential approach to arresting bleeding. We also examine the second/third generation haemostatic compounds (celox, quik-clot), pharmacological agents such as TXA, FFP, FDP, blood, cryoprecipitate. We also examine the utility of tourniquets (origins, usage and types), neck zones and wounds, Blunt injury and junctional wounds, Hypotensive management and Pain management modalities and preferential agents.
Ben is a specialist retrieval practitioner/CCP working in Scotland and previously as a CCP in the Thames Valley and before this in South West of England. He also has an extensive history of expedition work in various international locations, I first met Ben whilst working for World Extreme Medicine as a fellow paramedic and he has been a contributor to both WEMcast and to the College of Paramedics podcast.
I hope you enjoy this wider ranging conversation as much as we did.
Addiction with Mark Dempster
Mark Dempster is an addiction specialist working with patients with drug addiction, gambling addiction, sex addiction, alcohol addiction, internet addiction, and more. He is a counsellor dedicated to helping people regain control and turn their lives around. In the conversation we look at some of the statistics around the health burden & impact on the individual and extended families, how people become addicted (habit Vs addiction), the 5 stages of addiction, common cognitive pitfalls and finally breaking the cycle. We also explore some of therapies that are evidence based and are commonly practised such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and PET.
In 2013, the Centre for Social Justice determined that the level of addiction in the UK made it the “addiction capital of Europe.” This includes the use of legal substances, mainly alcohol, and the use of Class A drugs, that include heroin, cocaine, meth, and hallucinogens. £36 billion is spent by the nation every year on treatment relating to drug and alcohol abuse. At the time of filing their report, titled No Quick Fix, the UK had the highest rate of addiction to opioids and the highest lifetime-use of amphetamines, cocaine, and ecstasy across Europe.
Many view addiction as something that only affects the users themselves but, in reality, casualties from substance abuse are taxing on entire communities, the NHS and society as a whole. It has a direct affect on healthcare workers and on the frontline of the emergency services on a daily basis.
Please enjoy this interview with Mark, his clinic and work can be found here: