iPhones help ambos save lives

Screen shots of the new QAS Field Reference Guide app.
Screen shots of the new QAS Field Reference Guide app.

PARAMEDICS across the Southern Downs could soon be saving patients' lives with the added help of their trusty iPhone.

The release of a new iPhone app is set to improve patient safety, with a digital version of the paramedics' Field Reference Guide, a little blue book they carry around in their pockets.

The executive manager of clinical education at The School of Ambulance and Paramedics Tony Hucker worked with six others to design the app.

"This type of app is perfect for regional and rural areas where the paramedics do not have to perform large amounts of procedures," he said.

"This app will prepare them for rare situations."

Warwick Ambulance Station officer in charge Greg Hardy said the app would be useful.

"It is the way of the future isn't it?" he said.

"When we need to update our book we are sent a piece of paper, but if the app can update immediately it would be great," Mr Hardy said.

Mr Hucker said there was lots of information for paramedics to memorise.

"It is impossible to remember absolutely everything and now in a couple of taps they have all the information at their fingertips," he said.

"Having the ready ability to access checklists and information can only improve patient safety."

Anyone can download the app but it was designed for use by paramedics only, with the app issuing a warning.

"Under no circumstances will the QAS be liable for any injury relating to the unauthorised use of the guide or its contents," it reads.

Mr Hucker does not think it will be misused by people with no medical training.

"The procedures usually require special equipment and the drugs to them as well," he said.

Topics:  ambulance, iphone, paramedic, save lives



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