The Advanced Paramedic Training programme is run jointly by HSE National Ambulance Service College and the School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin. The programme offers the Graduate Diploma in Emergency Medical Science (Advanced Paramedic) to successful candidates.
This programme began in 2004 and represents a significant step forward in the professional development of Emergency Medical Sciences in Ireland by contributing advanced pre-hospital care to patients who are seriously ill or injured.
The course will provide the opportunity to develop the professional, clinical and scientific competencies required to practice as an Advanced Paramedic in the Irish health service. Advanced Paramedics have an important leadership role both in managing emergencies and in contributing to the development of emergency medical systems in Ireland – this course should support practitioners in doing both.
The Advanced Paramedic has an enhanced range of abilities, which permit the safe delivery of advanced care within the framework and limits specified by PHECC CPGs. Examples of learning outcomes include the following knowledge skills and professional values outcomes:
The content of all CPGs and drug formularies approved by PHECC for use by Advanced Paramedics
The indications, contra-indications, complications and techniques of advanced airway management
The indications, contra-indications, techniques and complications of parenteral access and administration of drugs and fluids
Advanced airway management (including endotracheal intubation / SGA).
The Advanced Paramedic must be capable of carrying out the procedures safely and providing monitoring and continuing care until handover.
IV catheter placement; fluid and drug administration.
Rigorous adherence to all procedures relating to IV catheter and fluid / drug selection, use and monitoring.
Administration of indicated drugs and fluids in correct dosages by intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, oral, sublingual, intra-nasal, buccal, inhaled, rectal and intraosseous routes.
Understanding and respect of the autonomy, consent to treatment and confidentiality of patients.
Commitment to high-quality, pre-hospital emergency care.
Observation of the limitations and procedures imposed by PHECC CPGs.
Appreciation of the necessity to fully maintain all clinical documents.
Demonstration of leadership, initiative and ability to work within the healthcare team.
Appreciation of the importance of clinical and procedural audit