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  • 15 Dec 2015 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CRASHED  Pre Hospital Reflective Model




    The “CRASHED” model is a pre-hospital reflective care practice which stands for Communications, Response, Actions, Subsequent Actions, Hospital, Evaluation and Ethics and Discussion. It was created by a group of pre-hospital care students and influenced by the works of nursing theorist Patricia Benner and medical author Christopher Johns. These students wanted to create a model that was not only intended to be used by nurse practitioners but one that also focused on the specific and unique needs of pre-hospital staff as well. Most pre-hospital care providers have a tendency to not want to remember particular experiences and this model encourages and motivates them to do so in order to learn through reflective practice. Believe it or not, using a structured reflection method such as the CRASHED model is essential to the professional development of your pre-hospital care career and on-going education.




                If you're a pre-hospital professional, nurse or Paramedic, or studying to be one, there are quite a few ways you can utilise the CRASHED model to your advantage, but before you take a look at the model, there are a few phrases and terms you need to get familiar with. When using the CRASHED model, keep in mind that being directly involved with an experience or situation and having to quickly think prior to acting is known as “reflection-in-action”. When a participant is removed from the situation but still gaining knowledge from it, this is known as “reflection-on-action”. Lastly, reflecting on an occurrence after is has happened is known as “reflection upon reflection” and is key to knowing exactly what to do if a similar situation arises in the future.




                The model itself is extremely simple and composed of a few questions for each category in a logical sequence making it easy for students to recall in order to assess a certain educational experience and share occurrences with various levels of staff. For example, the first category, communications, includes questions pertaining to the communication ability of yourself as well as those who gave you direction and worked with you. When it comes to response, there are four different questions to be answered to note how you were able to handle and respond to any issue that you may have run into. There are also questions regarding transportation and pre-hospital care techniques along with information pertaining to the events that happened once you reached the hospital. Lastly, there are questions that are meant to evaluate the overall ethics of your care and then a few to evoke discussion among both your peers and management. By answering these questions you're able to reflect and identify which professional areas you may need to work on to advance your skill set and further your career. Some of the inquiries you might feel only need one word answers while others might require you to explore the situation more in depth. Both are totally acceptable. It's up to you to only share what you feel comfortable sharing, but it's best to be completely honest to allow those you work with to grasp the entirety of the situation and come to terms with it yourself.


                We all know that the best way to learn in our industry is through experiences and that's exactly what the CRASHED model focuses on. Remember this acronym to perform a retrospective analysis on Communications, Response, Actions, Subsequent Actions, Hospital, Evaluation and Ethics and Discussion, all of the aspects that will make you a better.


    Join CPDme today and take a tour of the three reflective models including CRASHED. 

    References and Further Reading:

    With a special thank-you to the authors:
    Jamie Todd
    Steve Holland
    Faye Kinsella
    for their valued and dedicated contribution through the crashed model of reflection and application to pre-hospital education and development.

    It was originally
    published in June 2001 (Holland, Todd, Kinsella: Ambulance UK)
  • 10 Dec 2015 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPD Webinar: Managing Traumatic Cardiac Arrests 

    ( Andy Thomas ) 



    Wed, Dec 16, 2015 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM GMT

    This webinar will take a brief look at the pre hospital management of Traumatic Cardiac Arrest. It will exam the military and civilian evidence base and how this can be applied to improve patient outcomes at all levels in UK pre hospital care.

    Register and even if you cant make the live event, you can still access a recording and use this as effective CPD in your own time.

    Click here to view the recording or book onto another webinar.

    Get CPD Portfolio Building, CPD Support and Unlimited FREE CPD Webinars for only £15.99 per year. Join today

  • 07 Dec 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

         Trauma Care Conference 2015 is available to bolt onto your membership at CPDme






    http://goo.gl/H4cwgJ



    We are delighted to announce that for the first time, the complete Trauma Care Conference 2015 is available to bolt onto your CPDme membership for only £24.99 per year.

    These affordable CPD videos are a great way to plan, learn and digest information at your own pace and in your own time. These videos have been optimised to watch on your home PC, mobile or tablet device in perfect resolution.

    Trauma Care 2015 is now available to subscribe on CPDme giving you full access to over 140 conference videos all in HD quality.

    Unsure how to turn these videos in to effective CPD evidence and document then within your Portfolio? Let CPDme show you how with this simple video.

    If you are an existing CPDme member, simply click here to set up a subscription and we will add access to the video library to your membership plan. 

    If you are not a member, we will set you up with a FREE basic access account so that you can take advantage of this great new innovation in Trauma Care CPD. 

    This great new innovative subscription service has been brought to you by MedTree who are the proud sponsors of the Trauma Care 2015 Conferences.


  • 29 Nov 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     FREE CPD for our premium members




    CPDme have teamed up with over 45 companies and professionals to bring our paying premium members a free learning and development opportunity each month from December 2015. Historically, we simply allowed individuals the ability to just document what they had learned  elsewhere. However,  requests from members and demands have suggested that we actually provide quality learning and development webinars FREE to our members. As a result, our innovations manager Andrew Ormerod has sourced a team of professionals and lecturers from around the world to offer good quality evidenced based and current continuing professional development to our premium members.  This is a whole new direction for CPDme and something we have not ever provided historically. Each month our premium paid users will be emailed an invite to join a live webinar. In the event that you cant attend the webinar, you can view a recording and use this as effective CPD. You also on occasions have the ability to answer questions and receive a CPD certificate for your learning and development from these webinars. 


    Interested in becoming a CPDme Lecturer? Then simply email Andrew at andrew.ormerod@cpdme.com with your specialist subject and availability and Andrew will contact you personally. Rates of pay start from  £30 per 30 min session.

  • 09 Nov 2015 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Soter Medic Courses make UK first announcement.



    Soter Medic Courses are delighted that they are now the UK’s only education centre for the best international Pre-Hospital specific resuscitation courses from the American Heart Association (AHA). Ideal for all levels of Pre-Hospital Care provider as unlike other UK offerings they are specific to the varied and unpredictable world of the out of hospital working environment.

    Available course are:

    AHA Basic Life Support (BLS) One Day

    The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers Classroom Course is designed to provide a wide variety of healthcare professionals the ability to recognise several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR, use an AED, and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

    AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS - Pre-Hospital Care Version) Two Day

    Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.

    AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Experienced Provider (ACLS – EP) One Day

    Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is an advanced, instructor-led classroom course for Experienced Providers who already hold ACLS or Similar that highlights the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac-arrest care. It also covers airway management and related pharmacology. In this course, skills are taught in group learning and testing stations where case-based scenarios are presented.



    For 2016 course dates in the UK and more information see www.sotermedical.com 

    FOR MORE INFORMATION AND IMAGES PLEASE CONTACT jamie@sotermedical.com 


  • 03 Oct 2015 9:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    50-year-old with multiple sclerosis and 3d pain, visual loss in left eye







    Signs and Symptoms3d pain, visual loss in L eye.




    ReelDx Education and CPDme have announced a partnership to jointly offer ReelDx’s real patient video cases studies at a special discount for CPDme users.

    Take advantage of of discounted access to over 600 cases with new cases added each month. Subscribe today for only £19.99 per year.

    After subscription, we will email you the access code to ReelDx.

    Institutional licensing also available. Contact Andrew for more details and a personalised quote.
  • 29 Sep 2015 2:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Life Connections 2015 - 4 conferences plus 8 workshops

    Something For Everyone


    Over 500 delegates have now registered for the various Conferences and Workshops taking place at Life Connections 2015 on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October at The Kettering Conference Centre, Kettering, Northants. 


    We are again running, in individual rooms, the following Conferences, : Paramedic Practice, Community First Responder, Resuscitation Today, and First Aid Forward. Once again a great line up of speakers including Professor Sir Keith Porter, Dr Nicholas Crombie, Dr Simon Le Clerc and Flight Sergeant Andy Thomas etc will be providing excellent presentations, for ull Conference / Workshop details please go to www.lifeconnections.uk.com. ; Those reserving delegate places on our Paramedic Practice Conference or Resuscitation Conference will also receive Ambulance UK or Resuscitation Today free of charge for a twelve month period (value £24). 


    For those looking for something different, this year's Workshops include: Paramedics in Hazardous Environments,  Difficult Airway Course, Motorsport Medicine CPD Workshop, Cardiac Based Study on ECG Interpretation, Minor Injuries Workshop, Paediatric Workshop, NAEMT Trauma First Responder Course and an ALSG Facilitation Course . Delegates booking on to these Workshops are also being offered a free place on our Paramedic or Resuscitation Today Conferences.

    Places on all Conferences / Workshops are limited therefore early registration is advised

    Once again, delegates will also have the opportunity to visit over 50 trade stands during the break out sessions and, with delegate rates starting from just £36.00 to include lunch, tea/coffee, etc., we believe Life Connections 2015 offers tremendous value for money.


    CPDme will also be at the event where you can drop past their stand and turn your certificates and evidence into a modern CPDPortfolio. Come and say hello to #TEAMCPD

    For full details or to register, visit www.lifeconnections.uk.com


    We look forward to seeing you at Life Connections 2015 

  • 26 Sep 2015 10:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    14-year-old with attention deficit disorder: medication check







    Signs and SymptomsThis patient presents to discuss her stimulant medication use, side effects, and academics.




    ReelDx Education and CPDme have announced a partnership to jointly offer ReelDx’s real patient video cases studies at a special discount for CPDme users.

    Take advantage of of discounted access to over 600 cases with new cases added each month. Subscribe today for only £19.99 per year.

    After subscription, we will email you the access code to ReelDx.

    Institutional licensing also available. Contact Andrew for more details and a personalised quote.
  • 25 Sep 2015 10:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FREE CPD DAY: 

    West Midlands PHEM Study Day



    Download Poster

    There are limited places available so please email belinda.harrison@uhcw.nhs.uk to confirm your place


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