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RESPECT pilot study

I have uploaded the abstract from my dissertation for those who are interested in seeing the findings. The dissertation is 13,857 words and the abstract is 300...definitely edited highlights! I will publish the entire MSc dissertation at a later date.

RESPECT pilot study abstract

The Recognition of STEMI by Paramedics and the Effect of Computer inTerpretation (RESPECT) study

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As well as running this website, I am also undertaking a Master's degree in clinical research. I need your help in completing a web-based ECG quiz for my dissertation.

The Recognition of STEMI by Paramedics and the Effect of Computer inTerpretation study, is attempting to uncover what effect the diagnostic messages on 12-lead ECGs have on your decision making, particularly in respect of the identification of STEMI.

If you are a HCPC registered paramedic and NOT working for Yorkshire Ambulance Service (they get their very own study later in the year), I'd be grateful if you could head on over to:

Standby CPD: Autonomic Dysreflexia - dying for a wee?

An unfortunate crush injury has occurred, involving a 50-year-old male and a bath chair. It's left your male colleague feeling queasy and your patient dangerously ill!

This issue reviews autonomic dysreflexia, a common condition in patients with high spinal cord injuries, which if not recognised and treated, can be fatal.

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Standby CPD: Croup - barking up the bronchial tree!

It's a cold winter's night and you are working with a smart-phone toting, Facebook-updating, colleague. All the regular diseases are making an appearance, including croup.

This issue describes the important differences between the child and adult airway, how to recognise croup from a range of differential diagnoses, gauge its severity and implement an appropriate management plan.

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There's an HCPC audit coming...

First of all, Happy New Year!
Now that the festive period is over, it is time for the paramedics among you to start dusting off your portfolios and getting them ready for the Health and Care Professions Council bi-annual audit. The letters will go out in June 2013 and you will have until the 31st August to submit a profile, if you are asked for one.

Now is the time to start, particularly if you have been a little ... relaxed ... about keeping up with recording your CPD! I am keen to do my bit and so need some advice about what you like about the site and what needs improving. I have had some feedback about the exporting of entries and so will look at that in the next few months.

What changes would you like to see on the site? Please be specific. You can contact me using the Contact Form

I will be sending a copy of my CPD profile to the HCPC, to ensure that the PDF form generated by the site is still up to scratch, as I have done on two previous occasions. Of course, the actual content within the CPD profile is down to you.

On a completely separate note, I am also after a favour from the registered paramedics out there. In addition to managing the site, I am also undertaking an MSc in clinical research and it's dissertation time! For my research topic, I want to see what effect the computer interpretation messages have on paramedic's diagnosis of STEMI. I have created a website which hosts a quiz. This will show you 12 ECGs and all you have to do is decided whether each one shows a STEMI or not. After 2 weeks off, you will see the same 12 ECGs again, but with a twist. If the interpretation message was visible the first time you saw it, it will be hidden the second, and vice versa. You can find out more by visiting the RESPECT study website. I will contact paramedics by email once the study is ready to go inviting you to take part, but it is entirely voluntary and anonymous, and your use of this site will be unaffected whether you decide to take part or not.

All the best for 2013!

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