The West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team is a charitable organisation that responds to serious medical incidents across the West Midlands.
Our Advanced Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical (PHEM) teams deploy in charity-funded rapid response vehicles in support of the West Midlands Ambulance Service to deliver enhanced clinical care to seriously ill and injured patients across the region.
Each team consist of an experienced Clinical Lead and Clinical Support who work closely together to provide high quality clinical care to patients at the scene. A vehicle commander trained in emergency response driving ensures the team arrive in a safe and timely fashion and remain safe at scene. The fourth member of our team will be a CARE Team trainee or Observer.
Our members are all volunteers and come from a variety of clinical backgrounds and professions. All have experience at dealing with critically unwell patients in the hospital setting, and have then been provided specific training to enable them to project their skills safely and effectively into the prehospital environment.
Our team specialises in the management of major trauma, acute medical emergencies and out of hospital cardiac arrest and we continue to be a key driver in improving care for these groups of patients across the region. We were the first service in the region to deploy prehospital ultrasound and deliver enhanced cardiac arrest care as part of our Cardiac Arrest Car pilot. The Team was also instrumental in the formation of the commissioned MERIT Trauma service and we continue to work in mutual support of this valuable service.
The West Midlands CARE Team receives no government or NHS funding for the voluntary services we provide and rely entirely on the hard work of our fundraisers and donations from the general public to fund our life-saving service.
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