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Trust stresses commitment to improving outcomes for trauma patients

Press release - 5 February 2010

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SECAmb) welcomes the National Audit Office’s (NAO) report on major trauma care, published today, 5 February 2010, and the NAO’s recognition of the Trust’s introduction of Critical Care Paramedics (CCPs).

SECAmb was one of the first ambulance trusts in the country to introduce these experienced paramedics who have undergone further university training allowing them to provide a much wider range of care and treatment at the scene to critically ill and injured patients.

Developments in its service such as the introduction of CCPs have considerably improved SECAmb’s ability to care for major trauma patients in the pre-hospital environment.

SECAmb has also led with innovations including the introduction of the EZIO drill – a means by which paramedics can replace fluid and administer pain relief by placing an intravenous line into the bone of a patient.

Innovations such as these alongside improved clinical education and training are contributing to the improvement of trauma care and increasing the number of lives being saved.

SECAmb recognises the need for further improvements, however, and will continue to work with its partners across the region to improve co-ordination between the ambulance service and hospitals and to explore ways in which stronger networks of care can be can be established.

SECAmb Director of Clinical Innovations and Consultant Paramedic, Andy Newton said: “We are committed to improving outcomes for all of the patients we treat and there have been considerable improvements in SECAmb’s ability to care for major trauma patients. All our clinicians are skilled at providing a high level of clinical care and saving lives but care for patients suffering serious trauma has been enhanced through innovation and through the introduction of specialist roles including CCPs.”

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