Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance paramedic invited to speak at East Midlands Major Trauma Network conference

A paramedic from Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) was invited to take part in the East Midlands Major Trauma Network’s annual conference which focussed on ‘The patient journey through the Major Trauma pathway, from zero hour to rehabilitation’.

Presenting the first talk, entitled “Zero Hour, the pre-hospital challenges; family and staff perspectives”, paramedic Danielle Gray took the audience through a typical Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) day while discussing the multitude of aviation, clinical, geographical and environmental challenges that the crew face.

She said: “I included within my presentation the case study of a former patient of mine who sadly lost his life after a motorcycle accident in May, at the age of 22. I was able to discuss the challenges we faced with this case and what we do as a high-functioning specialist team to overcome these challenges and what we have learnt from them.”

“The patient’s parents attended the conference and kindly supported my presentation, explaining how they were supported by LNAA’s Patient and Family Liaison Officer, who they have formed a close bond with since the passing of their son.

Paramedic Danielle Gray was invited to the East Midlands Major Trauma Network’s annual conference

"His mother bravely shared the family’s perspective of this incident, which demonstrated both raw emotion and gratitude and was commended by the audience.”

The conference covered other areas of the patient journey including the Trauma Unit and Major Trauma Centre perspectives as well as a presentation demonstrating some of the innovative research unfolding that may influence current and future practice in the care of major trauma patients.