UK – TAAS paramedics given go ahead to use advanced medication

UK – TAAS paramedics given go ahead to use advanced medication

31-May-2013 Source: The Air Ambulance Service

The Air Ambulance Service’s paramedics will now be able to administer even more advanced care when they’re out and about at accidents and emergencies across the county.

The Air Ambulance Service runs two Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS); Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance. Combined the two services attend approximately six rescue missions a day, attending incidents such as road traffic collisions and horse riding accidents.

The lifesaving paramedics have now been granted permission to administer two advanced drugs; ketamine for pain relief and midazolam for sedation.

Dave Roberts, Clinical Services and Training Manager for the Charity, said: “Before, we were able to administer pain relief such as morphine, but this isn’t always enough when you have a patient who is suffering from severe trauma such as multiple fractures. Now that we can give ketamine and midazolam, we will be able to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible for the flight to hospital.

“Administering these advanced drugs means that we are able to provide our patients with the very best pre-hospital care which is what The Air Ambulance Service is always striving to achieve.”

However The Air Ambulance Service, which receives no Government or National Lottery funding, is urging members of the public to continue to donate to the Charity so that they have the funds needed to buy the drugs as well as other vital pieces of equipment.

Dave continues: “As with anything, all of the drugs we use cost money and so we really need people to dig deep and support us so that we can continue to deliver our lifesaving pre-hospital care at road traffic collisions, horse riding accidents, and medical emergencies such as heart attacks. We attend an average of three rescue missions a day, and with each one costing approximately £1,400, every penny really does count.”

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