Describing a 12-hour ambulance shift during a second wave of COVID-19 in London
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Keywords

paramedicine
COVID-19
Ambulance

How to Cite

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Rengers A, Day E, Whitfield S. Describing a 12-hour ambulance shift during a second wave of COVID-19 in London. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine [Internet]. 2021Sep.26 [cited 2021Dec.4];18. Available from: https://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/976

Abstract

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, has strained international healthcare systems, including ambulance availability. Ambulance officers and paramedics are at the frontline of this pandemic and are therefore particularly exposed. Under normal operational circumstances, ambulance delivery is challenging; the effects of COVID-19 have exacerbated both the delivery of services and the stress placed on paramedics.

In this case report, we describe a 12-hour emergency ambulance dayshift in central London during the second wave city-wide lockdown. We also discuss the impact COVID-19 has on day-to-day operations and the strategies employed to reduce paramedic infection.

https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.18.976
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