Patient monitoring in the prehospital setting – are ambulances the poor cousin of the health system?

It has always amazed me that the availability of adequate monitoring whilst working as a paramedic is substantially inferior to the monitoring available in other critical care settings.  Why should we accept lower monitoring standards for critically ill patients in the prehospital setting?  All patients should have access to (as appropriate) monitoring of respiratory rate, oxygenation, ECG, intermittent non-invasive blood pressure and carbon dioxide monitoring. Standards for patient monitoring in the prehopsital setting are urgently needed as is the necessary capital funding to make this possible read more


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