Staff share learning at trauma conference after boy’s A47 coach fall

Advanced trauma team

Paediatric trauma incidents are some of the most difficult we attend as an ambulance service – both clinically and emotionally for the staff involved.

Last April, we were called to help a nine-year-old boy who suffered life-changing injuries after falling out of a moving coach on the A47 in Norfolk. The incident hit the national headlines, and it was only thanks to the outstanding efforts of the ambulance and medical teams involved that he survived.

Our very own Duty Locality Officer Carlwas one of those at the scene - and he’s now been asked to share his experience about the care we gave with the country’s best trauma specialists.

Carl will be one of the speakers at this year’s prestigious Cambridge Trauma Conference, being held next week (12th and 13th March) in Cambridge.

Carl said he was hoping to promote the work around the trauma triage tool and the advances we’ve made in trauma care: “I attended as a Critical Care Paramedic that day and there was some excellent work already being done by my colleagues already on scene,” he said. “We worked together to apply the trauma triage tool, so I’m hoping to emphasise the excellent clinical working of everyone involved and talk a bit about the little boy’s journey through the East of England Major Trauma Network.

“They are looking at his whole patient journey, from the day of the accident to going to the trauma unit, then being transferred to the major trauma centre and his rehabilitation.”

Carl will be just one of the many speakers at the conference, which is split into adult and paediatric trauma care, and will have a choice of masterclasses that the delegates can take part in. Amongst others, there will be talks on spinal injuries and spinal clearance, ‘rescuing the injured brain’, pelvic fractures, early resuscitation, and transport considerations for critical children. For more information, you can see a full copy of the programme online.

“I feel quite honoured to have been asked,” Carl added. “I only have a few minutes to speak but hope to get the case over well and promote the good work our crews do.”

Places are still available for the conference if any staff would like to attend (six CPD points have been applied per day), and you can book online at

Published 5th March 2015 

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