RESEARCH

Academic

 

As a new organisation, EMRTS Cymru is keen to work closely with partner organisations and academic institutions to deliver the best possible service for patients.  We currently have links with Swansea University and Cardiff University.

 

 
Audit

The service conducts ongoing core audit work as part of the governance process in place. This includes regular review of RSI and Blood product administration as well as transfer activity.  The outcome of these audits are presented and discussed at monthly governance days.

 

 
Current Research Activities

 

An important piece of ongoing work is the EMRTS Cymru three-year Service Evaluation with Swansea University.  This combines operational and clinical data from EMRTS systems with other national datasets via the SAIL system

 

Key partners in this project include the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS), the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) and the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (ICNARC).

 

The R&D strategy for EMRTS Cymru is overseen by a committee within EMRTS. All work is submitted to the host NHS organisations committees, as appropriate, for approval.

We also contribute to some national trials with partner organisations. These include:

 

1.  PARAMEDIC 2 - The PARAMEDIC2 trial is looking at whether adrenaline is helpful or harmful in the treatment of a cardiac arrest that occurs outside a hospital. Answering this question will help to improve the treatment of people who have a cardiac arrest.

 

2.  RESCUER (Regional Examination of Standard Care during Evacuation Resuscitation) Study - This is a retrospective observational study that will examine which resuscitation fluids are delivered to patients during pre-hospital evacuation following trauma. We aim to contribute data to this study as it progresses.

 

Our key partner for this work is the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust PERU (Pre Hospital Research Unit).

3. As well as working alongside TARN to evaluate the service through data linkage, we are also taking part in the TARN enhanced pre-hospital care project.  This looks to “define what ‘good’ looks like through the selection of a few, well defined variables that are considered key to providing reports to improve the quality of clinical care”  Collaboration across the HEMS community is key to future developments and shared learning, and builds on work we have started with other services.

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