The University of Warwick has been working closely with the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee (JRCALC) for the last six years developing clinical practice guidelines for the entire UK Ambulance Service. The guidelines help provide ambulance crews with quick access to everything from information on the right drug doses to use to help resuscitate someone to how to cope with chemical incidents.
Up until now those guidelines have just been produced as a large A4 loose leave folder, paper pocket guides or web sites. While these are all useful formats, the Warwick Medical School research team and JRCALC believed they could make the information even easier to access for busy ambulance crews. They have thus devised a new Ambulance Crew Pocket Guide for PDAs, in conjunction with colleges from the School of Engineering at Warwick, that not only contains more information than the pocket guide version of the guidelines but also allows much easier search and retrieval of the information using keyword searching, contents buttons, bookmarking favourites etc.
Dr. Joanne Fisher from Warwick Medical School points out that:
“A massive added bonus is that 'for devices with web access capabilities' the software also gives ambulance crews web access to www.toxbase.org - the online database of the National Poisons Information Service and http://www.bnf.org - the British National Formulary online database providing information on the clinical use of medicines so that important information can be accessed directly without the need to contact ambulance control.
“There is also the potential to use the PDA display to give information or ask patients key standard medical questions in their own language and indicate answers to those questions.”
Tom Clarke – Chairman of JRCALC and Medical Advisor to North East Ambulance Service said: “This new electronic format for the pocket book is to be universally welcomed. Conveniently providing even faster and easier access to vital clinical information which will undoubtedly enhance patient care in the challenging prehospital environment”.
The University of Warwick research team on the project are Professor Matthew Cooke and Dr. Joanne Fisher from Warwick Medical School and Dr Evor Hines and Dr Daciana Iliescu from the University of Warwick’s Engineering Department’s computer software engineering team. The team from the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee are Dr. Simon Brown Chairman of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee and Dr. Thomas Clarke Chairman of JRCALC.
Peter Dunn | alfa
Terahertz spectroscopy goes nano
20.10.2017 | Brown University
New software speeds origami structure designs
12.10.2017 | Georgia Institute of Technology
University of Maryland researchers contribute to historic detection of gravitational waves and light created by event
On August 17, 2017, at 12:41:04 UTC, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars--the dense, collapsed cores that remain...
Seven new papers describe the first-ever detection of light from a gravitational wave source. The event, caused by two neutron stars colliding and merging together, was dubbed GW170817 because it sent ripples through space-time that reached Earth on 2017 August 17. Around the world, hundreds of excited astronomers mobilized quickly and were able to observe the event using numerous telescopes, providing a wealth of new data.
Previous detections of gravitational waves have all involved the merger of two black holes, a feat that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics earlier this month....
Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).
When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...
Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.
How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.
It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...
17.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
20.10.2017 | Information Technology
20.10.2017 | Materials Sciences
20.10.2017 | Interdisciplinary Research