The pressures on the NHS are intense, with staff and services routinely stretched to the limits of capacity and resources.
Relieving the burden on our healthcare services by making them more efficient has a direct benefit for the quality of care patients receive – and this is where research at the University of Lincoln is stepping in.
Working with frontline staff within the ambulance service, Professor Niro Siriwardena and his team have been helping to improve pre-hospital care for patients in need of emergency care following a fall, stroke, hypoglycaemia or epileptic episode, or those experiencing significant pain.
The team of researchers identified barriers to providing the best care possible, and recommendations have directly helped a range of emergency situations.
Call handlers are now able to better identify those having a cardiac arrest or at risk of imminent cardiac arrest; paramedics attending emergency calls can make safer decisions about treatment options in very complex situations; and new clinical treatments are being given by frontline staff to stroke patients before they are taken to hospital to reduce the number of disabilities experienced.