Enhanced care car launched in Essex

The BASICS Essex Accident Rescue Service (BEARS) launched its enhanced care car this month to provide critical care support across the county and surrounding areas.

The medical car, running out of Great Notley’s HART base, will be staffed by volunteer paramedics and doctors, all who have honorary contracts with EEAST and are part of BASICS.

 The service will be similar to Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) and Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), with the BEARS vehicle equipped to deal with all trauma and medical emergencies.

The BEARS will be able to give advanced patient assessment, advanced analgesia and sedation, provide lifesaving surgical interventions where required and offer rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia, when an appropriate doctor is on board.

Adrian Maasz, from the Trust’s regional co-ordination centre, said: “This is a huge support for the crews in Essex and we are extremely grateful to BEARS Chair, Paul Gates, and the rest of the team for providing this level of enhanced care."

Crews requiring support can contact the critical care desk on Channel 202. 

Published 14th April, 2016

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