Cutting Edge Skills and Education for Tasmanian Paramedics Fri 27 July 2012 Dominic Morgan CEO, Ambulance Tasmania Every clinical paramedic will be armed with updated skills and education as part of a new program that puts the state at the forefront of clinical pre-hospital care in Australia. Ambulance Tasmania CEO Dominic Morgan today unveiled a new set of clinical practice guidelines for paramedics and intensive care paramedics that will see them educated on new skills, drugs and intensive care equipment. Mr Morgan said the release of the new guidelines marked the first comprehensive re-write of clinical practice since 2007 and places Tasmania firmly ahead of many other states and territories. "Countless service satisfaction surveys show Tasmanians already receive an exemplary standard of care from Ambulance Tasmania but we owe it to our patients to constantly improve and lead the way in the care we provide." Education sessions for clinical paramedics across the state have already started and will continue until every staff member is trained, including the Ambulance Tasmania's CEO who continues to do "on-road" shifts. As part of the training, paramedics acquire a greater understanding and learn new skills in medication administration, respiratory diseases and cardiac problems. The new guidelines prompt paramedics to consider the patient's overall health and status, and to consider their own role as part of the wider health system, not just one part of it. Mr Morgan said Tasmanians may not notice a huge difference in the care they receive, however, they should feel assured that Ambulance Tasmania is keeping its staff up-to-date with contemporary skills and practice. "These new guidelines now place Ambulance Tasmania on a solid platform from which to continually improve clinical practice as new evidence emerges, which it inevitably does in the health sector." Mr Morgan said Ambulance Tasmania is also planning a major re-write of the clinical practice guidelines for retrieval paramedics who work on the air ambulance as well as its volunteer protocols over the next 12 months. "We are also aiming to make use of emerging technology by investigating whether an iphone application could act as ready reference point for paramedics on the road needing to refer back to the guidelines. "This is all about Ambulance Tasmania modernising and moving with best practice to ensure Tasmanians continue to receive a top class service," Mr Morgan said. The new guidelines have been endorsed by the Ambulance Tasmania Clinical Council, which includes representatives from the Royal Australian College of Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists and clinical specialists from within Ambulance Tasmania. Photo and vision opportunity: What: The CEO of Ambulance Tasmania, Dominic Morgan, will be available for interview and a vision opportunity while he is put through his paces on the new guidelines and then heads out on the road for his regular "on-road" shift. Where: Ambulance Tasmania Hobart station, 1 Melville St, Hobart (garage entrance on the corner of Campbell St). When: 2.00 PM TODAY, Friday July 27.