Clinical and paramedical training
As a result, all EAA nurses must not only have clinical training but also be paramedics. Depending on which country they come from the training varies, but they all have in common a high level of competence in assisting in the treatment of acute pre-clinical settings. The same applies to the medical staff of LAR, who are not only specialists in anaesthesia and intensive medicine, but also all have an additional qualification as emergency physicians. By working regularly on the rescue helicopter, the doctors can maintain their skills in identifying and treating critically ill patients; and LAR nurses and doctors are trained in advanced life support as well as trauma management.
The advantages of the dual deployment can be summarised as follows:
- Double qualification of specialist nursing staff and physicians in clinically intensive medicine as well as pre-clinical medicine.
- Regular confrontation with critical patients.
- Routine care of patients with severe A, B, C, and D problems.
- Training in Advanced Life Support and Trauma Management.
Taken together, it means the crews are better able to react to any unexpected event during a secondary mission – which can only be good for the safety of all passengers entrusted to us.
In acute medicine, the following terms are used to quickly identify problems in critically ill patients:
- A-problem: Airway issues.
- B-Problem: Breathing, which involves lung function issues.
- C-Problem: Circulation, referring to circulatory problems of any type.
- D-Problem: Disability such as neurological deficit, stroke or paralysis.
- E-Problem: Environment/Exposure, reflecting exact consideration of accompanying circumstances.
Interview with Dr David Sinclair, EAA medical supervisor