With the advancements in science and innovative individuals always looking to push the limits, the future of Paramedicine is looking brighter than ever. With noone knowing quite where the line between plausible and unrealistic lies, there have been numerous companies around the world announce various projects and innovations that they hope will revolutionise the pre-hospital emergency care industry forever.
A few of the developments in the pipeline include:
Based in the US, RenovaCare is developing breakthrough technologies to address America’s $45 billion wound and burn treatment market. Their CellMist™ System makes use of a patient’s own stem cells, which are sprayed onto wounds using our novel SkinGun™ device. This aims to help burn victims regrow their skin in just a few days.
Whilst it’s only in it’s infancy, Keith Lurie, MD—a highly respected and dedicated researcher who has been working on the hemodynamics of CPR nearly his entire career. He is currently looking into whether the elevation of a patients head will increase effectiveness of CPR. After initial tests on a pig he found that all four parameters were significantly improved with the pigs’ heads up at 30 degrees. More striking, the pigs started to gasp spontaneously when in the head-up position.
The future of Paramedicine and pre-hospital care is looking bright
These days EMS crews are better equipped than ever for the worst kinds of emergencies. There are more ground and air ambulances that have X-ray and ultrasound capabilities, machines that perform automatic chest compressions for CPR, communications systems that forward electrocardiograms to the emergency room, and equipment for lab tests that can identify dangerous conditions such as a developing septic infection. 30 years ago there is no way we could have foreseen this transformation, so imagine what will be possible in another 30 years! All we know is that the future of paramedicine is in safe hands.