Reflection on a Critical Incident

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This essay explores a critical incident involving a patient who had suffered a flash burn injury, as defined by Hettiaratchy and Dziewulski (2004). I will be using Driscoll's revised model of reflection (Driscoll, 2000) to analyse and critique the incident, any factors which affected its outcome, and whether best practice was being achieved. From the outset, practices of the ambulance Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) were a concern, compounded by government targets for ambulance response times, the use of voluntary co-responders to achieve those times, and the role of the co-responder within the ambulance service. Issues were raised regarding the inconsistency of deployment of the air ambulance. There was also a lack of uniform training given in the estimation of burns surface area (BSA), and how to deal with burns effectively, although this was not detrimental to patient care. Training differences were not confined to the ambulance service; they were also evident within the hospital environment. Continuity of care was also a factor, with a lack of continuity in the patient's ongoing treatment and transfer to a specialist facility. I conducted research into the pre-hospital treatment of burns to compare cases, training methods and best practice. I also initiated measures to find a resolution to issues that were raised during the incident, their implications on practice, and how that practice could be developed. On the date of the incident I was working a night shift with a technician. We were tasked to a 16-year-old male, reported as having sustained minor burns. Ultimately, this information proved both inaccurate and incomplete regarding the extent of injuries and the resources tasked, but at the time, I felt confident in both my own abilities, and those of my crewmate, who would be attending the patient. I have attended a number of patients with burns of

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