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"Is that a laryngoscope in your pocket? What ad hoc equipment carried in AME providers’ flightsuits reveals about clinical practice, kit deficiencies and emergency response”

Dave Tingey / Bruce Paix
SAAS Medstar, Adelaide, Australia



Mr Dave Tingey has held various clinical and operational roles with SA Ambulance Service for 25 years . He now works full time as a Critical Care Paramedic Practitioner with SAAS / MedSTAR, In his spare time Dave enjoys kayaking and spending time with his family.

Dr Bruce Paix is an anaesthetic consultant and Medical Retrieval Consultant with SAAS MedSTAR, and has many years of military, PHARM and motorsport medical experience. He is also a volunteer firefighter. In his spare time he crashes rally cars.


This presentation will look at what AME providers carry in their flight suits, and why. Discussion will centre around choice of items, rationale, and how this information may be used by service providers to review operational systems such as pack design and aircraft layout. There may also be a number of assumptions voiced regarding how personality types are reflected in the contents of their pocket.



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