The Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS) has extended how it responds to emergencies following the purchase of a new Skoda Scout 4x4.
The unique service, which sees consultants from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde work in close co-operation with the Scottish Ambulance Service and rural health boards to treat patients with life threatening illnesses or injuries, normally responds to emergency situations by helicopter. The purchase of this new vehicle now gives the team another option for emergencies closer to Glasgow.
The vehicle has been fitted with full emergency driving systems, high visibility battenberg markings, blue lights and siren. It was selected for its size, performance and it’s four wheel drive system which will provide team safety and allow the team to respond to any mission in adverse winter weather.
Neil Sinclair, Critical Care Practitioner, EMRS, was involved in identifying what the team would need and ensuring the necessary additions were added to the vehicle.
He said: “The vehicle is going to be used by the service as a dedicated response vehicle for responding to pre hospital emergencies.
“We will be supporting the Scottish Ambulance Service paramedic’s at the most serious incidents, allowing for consultant led critical care at the road side.
“We have already been out to several pre-hospital jobs already since delivery of the car, one of which was to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service paramedics at the scene of a road accident. In this particular incident the team were able to use advanced equipment to prevent a serious haemorrhage from the patient’s leg and administer stronger analgesia to the patient.
“This combination of EMRS and SAS working together in this case greatly increased the comfort of the patient and reduced the chance of serious life threatening haemorrhage.”
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