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Many lives are lost because of unnecessary delays in the administration of thrombolytic therapy. Pre-hospital thrombolysis has proven clinical benefits in the management of acute myocardial infarction (MI). This Pre-Hospital Thrombolysis course has been developed in accordance with national targets in mind. It is aimed at medics who may encounter patients with extended journey times. Typical students include paramedics, nurses and offshore medics.
The Pre-Hospital Thrombolysis course will cover the following topics:
- Taking a clinical history and differential diagnosis
- ECG interpretation
- Pathophysiology and presentation of acute coronary syndromes
- The history of thrombolysis and the various agents
- Indications and contra indications
- Drug administration
- Case studies
Students will understand the rationale for Pre-hospital Thrombolysis
- Time critical
- Remote Area
- Transportation difficulties
- Communication problems
Indication for Thrombolysing at an offshore remote site will discussed and a clear explanation of generic procedures for the medic to follow will be given. Students will be reminded at all times that local protocols must be adhered to at all times.
It is recommended that students should complete this course every 3 years to maintain knowledge and skills.
On successful completion the student will receive a DDRC Certificate of Attendance, lasting for 3 years, with a recommendation check local protocols and annual updating of knowledge.
Students must be a registered clinician or have extensive experience.