Blog: Next is Now – thoughts on future EMS

Tiina Koutajoki Blog, Uncategorized

International congresses are priceless when it comes to networking, following up on research and development, and developing your own competence in the field. In order to plan R&D activities it is crucial to know what is going on at home and abroad. 

In April, EMS professionals were once again gathered in Copenhagen for the EMS2018 congress. In three years the congress has become one of the leading events in Europe and each year it has offered meaningful encounters, knowledge and new ideas.

I think investing in congress attendance is very much worth it. Three intensive days of listening to the best experts in the field – not to mention the discussions during breaks! – stimulate thinking in a whole different way than regular days at the office. Besides international networking, events like this also provide the opportunity to reflect upon the national developments, trends and prospects with Finnish colleagues. It’s delightful to see that, in many respects, the Finnish EMS system is well advanced and that high quality research isdone in Finland, too.

Vantaa HEMS presents the best reported success rate in the world with their new intubation protocol

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The staff of FinnHEMS base in Vantaa, Finland, has developed a new, safer method for intubation. A research group at Helsinki University Hospital conducted a study investigating the effects of the implementation of a new intubation protocol on the success rate of intubation. Results of the study, funded also by FinnHEMS Research and Development Unit, proved to be the best in the world.

The most common advanced procedures performed by physician-staffed EMS units are anesthesia and intubation for securing the airway of an unconscious or injured patient. All over the world intubation is performed similarly by inserting a plastic intubation tube into the patient’s trachea with the help of a laryngoscope.

The staff of Vantaa HEMS unit decided to test a new method of intubation by combining two devices: a video laryngoscope was routinely combined with a bougie, normally used for difficult intubations. The whole process and non-technical aspects were standardized as far as possible. This two-instrument method was studied in Vantaa’s physician-staffed HEMS unit during a study period of almost two years with associate professor Jouni Nurmi leading the research group.

Blog: Finnish quality standard for HEMS

Tiina Koutajoki Blog, Uncategorized

The aim of HEMS in Finland is to ensure that all citizens receive prehospital physician-level care on an equivalent basis and in a coherent way. FinnHEMS Ltd, the national administrative unit for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services, has been given with funding the duty of actively and resolutely promoting the achievement of coherent practice and quality. To this end, the FinnHEMS board of directors entrusted to FinnHEMS Research and Development Unit the task of coordinating the drafting of a national quality standard for HEMS. This document outlines quality standards for HEMS in Organisation and Management, Medical Operations and Continuing Medical Airworthiness. For aviation the quality standardshave been defined in the FinnHEMS Operator Standard.