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App for Emergency Service Wins National Award

November 23, 2011 11:52 AM

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A smartphone application has won a national award from leading medical charity, the Bupa Foundation.

The app has been created to help clinicians from the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) reach and treat patients in remote areas of rural Scotland.

The app provides members of the EMRS access to standard operating procedure (SOPs) and information on the availability of specific facilities in remote areas of the Scotland allowing the team more time to organise triage and transfer of ill patients. Using the app has played a significant role in saving the lives of patients

At a glittering award ceremony in London three of the doctors involved in developing the app received a cheque for £15,000 to extend their research and further develop the app.

Doctors Dave McKean, Paul Campbell and Alasdair Corfield who attended the award event were all involved in the creation, development and implementation of the app.

Dr Alasdair Corfield was honoured to accept the award along with colleagues Dr McKean and Dr Campbell on behalf of the Team.

He said: “We were delighted to have been nominated for this award and to actually win it was a great honour for the Team.

“Every second counts in emergency situations, and the app helps me and the team at the EMRS ensure faster, smoother treatment of critically ill patients.

“Winning the Bupa Foundation prize will allow us to expand the app further to include information about the availability of intensive care beds, continual clinical updates and improve documentation and data collection such as significant events.”

Bupa’s group medical director and deputy chairman of the Bupa Foundation, Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, said: “Smartphones and tablets are revolutionising the way we access and use information in all walks of life. The team from Scotland’s Emergency Medical Retrieval Service have successfully shown how this technology can be harnessed to enhance clinical performance and improve patient care and we are delighted to award them a Bupa Foundation Prize.”

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Notes to Editors
The EMRS provides rural clinicians with 24 hour access to a consultant in emergency medicine or intensive care with specialist aeromedical training..

The EMRS team are able to respond, via plane or helicopter, within minutes of a request and can also provide specialist advice to rural clinicians.

EMRS is a collaboration between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Scottish Ambulance Service, funded by the Scottish Government.


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