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Ongoing critical care training in the ROCKET HEMS Environment

Last week our ROCKET HEMS Air Ambulance Team participated in a PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) Course to maintain our skills currency and to update our knowledge and teamwork in the field of paediatric assessment and management.

In the fast-paced and demanding field of emergency medical services (EMS), particularly in the challenging ROCKET Air Ambulance Environment, clinical training plays a pivotal role in preparing healthcare professionals to deliver effective and efficient care.

Among the various training methodologies employed, skills drills, patient simulation, and HALO (High Acuity Low Occurrence) drills have emerged as crucial components in enhancing clinical competency.

ROCKET HEMS Drilling Skills and HALO Drills: Fostering Competency and Confidence

HALO drills and drilling skills involve repeated practice of specific medical procedures, ensuring healthcare professionals develop and maintain proficiency in critical skills required for the ROCKET HEMS setting. The PALS course covers the critical skills required for paediatric patient assessment and management.

These drills encompass a wide range of procedures including airway management, intravenous access, pain management, fracture immobilization, and many others. By engaging in regular skills drills, emergency healthcare providers can:

1. Enhance Proficiency: Regular practice of skills drills improves muscle memory and procedural accuracy, enabling emergency healthcare professionals to perform interventions swiftly and confidently in high-pressure situations.

2. Promote Teamwork: Skills drills facilitate collaboration among the healthcare team, fostering effective communication and coordination during critical procedures. This teamwork translates to improved patient outcomes, as seamless interaction is vital in time-critical situations.

3. Identify Knowledge Gaps: Skills drills help identify areas where emergency healthcare professionals may need additional training or knowledge reinforcement. By recognizing these gaps, targeted education and training can be provided, leading to continual improvement in clinical competence.


Skills drills and HALO drills are integral to clinical training in the ROCKET HEMS environment, ensuring our amazing team of emergency healthcare professionals are always prepared to deliver optimal care in high-stress and time-critical situations. It is our absolute privilege to interact with and care for patients in the critical care setting, one that we take very seriously.


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