British Association for Immediate Care

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The British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) is a registered charity<ref>"British Association for Immediate Care Entry". UK Charity Commission. http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/registeredcharities/showcharity.asp?remchar=&chyno=276054. Retrieved 2007-06-16. </ref> which acts as the national coordinating body for both schemes and individuals providing Immediate Care throughout the United Kingdom. The organisation relies on volunteer medical professionals and Allied Health Professionals to provide immediate healthcare assistance.<ref name=BASICS>"Introduction to BASICS". http://www.basics.org.uk/intropage.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-16. </ref><ref>"On the Scene". BBC News. 1999-12-27. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/579736.stm. Retrieved 2007-06-16. </ref> It is based in Ipswich.

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Purpose of the organisation

BASICS is an association of health care professionals, who undertake additional training as immediate care practitioners. The members provide their services in support of the statutory or voluntary ambulance services.[citation needed]

BASICS as an organisation operates on four levels for its members:<ref name=BASICS/>

  1. A professional body to represent members interests
  2. An operational body to facilitate the individual schemes
  3. A training body to further knowledge amongst its members
  4. An advisory body for its members and other stakeholders

BASICS provide a member of the JRCALC members section to aid in the development of clinical guidelines for UK paramedics and EMTs.[citation needed]

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Road Traffic Collision.

BASICS members are used to provide extra skills at the scene of major incidents, or for particularly difficult patients. For this, individuals may be summoned on a case by case basis by the local ambulance control centre. Further support for the work of BASICS during major incidents came following the July 7th terrorist attacks on London, when the British Medical Association started a series of training courses (over 3 years) to be organised by BASICS.<ref>"BMA supports emergency medicine training as tribute to 7 July bomb victims". 2006-05-25. http://www.bma.org.uk/pressrel.nsf/wlu/STRE-6Q4JWQ?OpenDocument&vw=wfmms. Retrieved 2007-06-15. </ref>

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The 7/7 London Bombings.

They also work at private events, often alongside the voluntary ambulance services (Red Cross and St John Ambulance) or the statutory service[citation needed]. This means that BASICS members can be found at events such as:

Local applications

BASICS assist the ambulance service trusts where a multi-agency response is required at a local level, or additional skills and qualification levels are required.[citation needed]

An example of this multi-agency response would be seen at an 'industrial accident' where for example a worker has become trapped in machinery. The ambulance service would work alongside the fire service to co-ordinate the rescue.[citation needed] BASICS can supplement the skill set available at scene with a medical doctor, who can provide skills outside the remit of paramedics, such as different methods of providing analgesia and, if necessary, surgical procedures which might be needed to extricate the patient.[citation needed]

Staffing

Doctors

BASICS started up as a small number of General Practitioners who where concerned about the immediate care that car crash victims were receiving.<ref>"BASICS Scotland:About us". http://www.basics-scotland.org.uk/about.php. Retrieved 2010-05-01. </ref> Their goal was to bring increased clinical expertise to the scene on a voluntary basis. Now BASICS Doctors come from a wide range of specialities, including:

Nurses

Nurses who specialise in pre-hospital care play a very important in the delivery of the care of the patient.[citation needed] The level that these skils are expressed by the practitioner is varied and may range from the first responder role delivering the all important first defibrillator shock, to the immediate care practitioner who is able to work at Advanced Nurse Practitioner level with a high degrees of clinical autonomy and decision making.[citation needed]

Paramedics

Being the primary Pre-Hospital medical care provider in the UK, Paramedics are a valued part of BASICS schemes.[citation needed] Many have undertaken additional training and education to become Critical Care Paramedics with an extended range of pharmacology and potentially life saving interventions to complement those of their colleagues.[citation needed]

Combat Medical Technicians

Combat Medical Technicians are also welcome members of BASICS and bring a high degree of knowledge and experience to BASICS.[citation needed]

References

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