Dear London Ambulance Service NHS Trust,
My name is Martin, I am a second year student paramedic currently investigating the use of non-invasive ventilation in UK ambulance services as part of one of my assignments. I would like to request the following information:
1. Is there any region within LAS currently where ambulance crews* have access to non-invasive ventilation machines in the form of CPAP or Bi-PAP?
2. Is there any region within LAS where there are plans to introduce non-invasive ventilation machines in the form of CPAP or Bi-PAP in the foreseeable future for use by ambulance crews*?
* Where ambulance crews refers to vehicles which are either paramedic-led or technician-led and responding to 999 calls.
Thank you for your request for information placed under the Freedom of
Information Act (2000). We will provide you with a substantive response in
due course. Freedom of Information Office London Ambulance Service NHS
Happy new year.
Thanks for your FOI request below. We do hold information which is relevant to your request, which I set out below:
1. The only part of LAS which uses non-invasive ventilation are our Advanced Paramedics in Critical Care (APP-CC) group who use CPAP.
2. There are currently no plans to introduce non-invasive ventilation procedure to any other group in the LAS beyond APP-CC.
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