Our volunteer doctors offer a wide range of advanced skills that are not routinely provided by NHS pre-hospital resources. One of these very specialist skills is the ability to provide pre-hospital surgical intervention in the most extreme of circumstances.
All of our doctors have the experience, training and ability to perform surgical airways, resuscitative thoracotomy, emergency amputation and peri-mortem caesarean sections. These are significant surgical procedures that are performed in a last attempt to preserve life. Several of our volunteer doctors have been involved in cases where these have been performed.
- A surgical airway is an incision made in the front of the neck to allow the patient to breath when there is an obstruction present.
- A resuscitative thoracotomy involves opening the patient’s chest to expose the heart and lungs in penetrating chest injury.
- Emergency amputation is the surgical removal of a limb that is trapped and either unable to be released or the patient’s life depends on rapid extrication.
- Peri-mortem caesarean section is an emergency delivery of a baby from a mother who is in cardiac arrest in an attempt to improve the resuscitation attempt of the mother and preserve the life of the unborn child.