The Clinical Practice Guidelines are the essential resource for ambulance clinicians. The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee and the National Ambulance Service Medical Directors welcome the publication of the 2017 supplementary guidelines, now bundled with the 2016 reference edition.
About the Supplement
This 2017 supplement to the JRCALC guidelines provides an update on best practice in healthcare for out of hospital clinicians. It is produced in addition to the UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines 2016 and is an interim publication in advance of the JRCALC Clinical Practice Guidelines 2019.
The Update Analysis for the 2017 Supplementary Guidelines is available to download here.
Key topics covered include:
•Maternity. These extensive, new, evidence-based guidelines include algorithms for the management of eclampsia, cord prolapse, post-partum haemorrhage, breech birth and shoulder dystocia. Photographs illustrating clinical skills are also presented.
•Sepsis. A completely new JRCALC guideline on the suspicion of sepsis, pathophysiology and use of the NEWS score. At risk groups in particular are covered: children, pregnant women and neutropenic patients.
•Trauma. Guidelines on limb, pelvic and thoracic trauma and spinal injury are brought up to date with NICE.
•Safeguarding adults and children, with discussion of sexual assault, domestic abuse and Prevent.
•Falls in older adults, with discussion on risk factors, psychology, assessment, management and referral.
•Pain management, covering chronic pain, balanced analgesia and dementia.
Updated drug guidelines are also included in this supplement: 0.9% Sodium Chloride, Diazepam, Entonox, Hydrocortisone, Intravascular Fluid Therapy, Misoprostol, Oxygen, Paracetamol and Tranexamic Acid.
Updates to the Guidelines
JRCALC and AACE publish updates to the guidelines on our apps: iCPG and JRCALC Plus. Updates are also summarised here: https://aace.org.uk/jrcalc-updates-2016
Questions and Feedback
If you have any questions about the guidelines, please visit https://aace.org.uk/jrcalc-qas/, which publishes answers to commonly asked questions.
If you have any feedback or would like to raise a query on the guidelines which is not covered by the commonly asked questions, please visit: https://aace.org.uk/clinical-practice-guidelines/feedback/.
Citing the JRCALC Guidelines
The JRCALC Guidelines are cited as:
Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (2016) UK Ambulance Services Clinical Practice Guidelines 2016. Bridgwater: Class Professional Publishing.
Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (2017) JRCALC Clinical Practice Supplementary Guidelines 2017. Bridgwater: Class Professional Publishing.