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A retrieval service role combines the fundamentals of nursing and the pressure of trauma care
Jimmi Ronaldson

A retrieval service role combines the fundamentals of nursing with the pressure of trauma care

While transferring critically unwell patients to specialist facilities often involves cutting-edge technologies and transport, core nursing skills can be the key to making a difference.

‘Showing empathy is so important,’ says Jimmi Ronaldson, an advanced retrieval practitioner with the Emergency Medical Retrieval Service (EMRS), part of the Scottish Ambulance Service.

‘While it can be quite a medical model – you treat a patient, you move them – people can be so vulnerable and it’s about making them feel safe. You’re providing compassion and understanding, alongside having the science and technology to look after them.’

Jimmi Ronaldson: ‘You need to know your own limitations.’

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