This page provides information about the current research studies within West Midlands Ambulance Service.
The Pre-hospital Evaluation of Sensitive Troponin (PRESTO) study is part of the NHS’ ambition to find new ways of delivering healthcare more efficiently without the need for hospital treatment. The trial is testing a blood test, which paramedics could use, to determine whether a patient is having a heart attack on scene. The trial, which began on 7th May 2019, is running in Coventry & Warwickshire by paramedics. The Trust will work with Warwick Hospital and University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire. You can find out more here. You can also find out the latest about the study via Twitter by following @PRESTOstudy.
The Prehospital Electrocardiogram 2 (PHECG2) study aims to improve how clinicians decide to perform a diagnostic 12-lead ECG (electrocardiogram – how we trace your heart) on patients. When someone has a suspected heart attack, the ambulance service can test the electrical activity of a person’s the heart to determine the best treatment for them. In a previous project, Professor Tom Quinn and colleagues showed that people who had a special type of test – called a prehospital electrocardiogram, or PHECG – had a better chance of survival. This is a study using routine data and does not involve any changes to patient care. You can find out more here.
Currently, patients who require trauma care may be taken by ambulance to a specialist trauma hospital, bypassing their local acute hospital, meaning their care could potentially be further from their home. The Major Trauma Triage Tool Study (MATTS) is a project which aims to better identify patients who will benefit from Major Trauma Centre care. You can find out more here. You can also find out the latest about the study via Twitter by following @MATTS_Study.
The Purines for Rapid Identification of Stroke Mimics (PRISM) study will test a device to distinguish patients who have a condition that mimics a stroke. This aims to help these patients stay in their local hospitals, rather than being unnecessarily transferred to a hyper-acute stroke unit which could be some distance away from where the patient lives. You can find out the latest about the study via Twitter by following @999PRISM.