HPHP6000 Clinical Decision Making in Contemporary Paramedic Practice Januray 02nd Paul Mc Cauley 1301634 Introduction The portfolio is acomprehensive evaluation of decision making in clinical settings within the Contemporary Paramedic Practice of the University of Cumbria. I am currently working with one of the large metropolitan ambulance services within the central station in the city. I am a full-time front-line paramedic for the last 2 years. The shifts therein involve rotation patterns between the staff and trainee student ambulance technicians. In addition, I get involved in regular shifts where I work as a single responder for the first-response cars. Among my professional contacts in practice include the patients, the relatives, health professionals, and the general public. I work under several staff with which I have professional contact and receive mentoring training.
This module is aimed at demonstrating the critical process of decision making and judgment in clinical settings through evidence-based paramedic practice. Additionally, a problem-based approach is employed and it is through this that the numerous disease-related symptoms, signs, and common disorder management is done, including injuries. The portfolio is thus demonstrative of the development of skills and knowledge in making of clinical decisions are it relates to the care management and assessment of the patients during the practice, as well as the effectiveness in response towards the changing aspects of practice for the pre-hospital environment. Apart from this, the respective impacts of the developments within the paramedic practice will be evaluated and the ideal practices for this proposed. Case studies will be employed all through the discussion, with the anonymity of the persons involved maintained as a measure of conforming to the patient confidentiality principles stipulated within the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC, 2007; 2008). The use of these cases is also ethically compliant, since the
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