The project engages practitioner insight and actual practices of pre-hospital paramedical work in channeling these towards the design of repertoires for paramedic practice to support their work. The pre-hospital domain is influenced by conditions to which paramedics often have little influence. Paramedics are called to render their expertise and services accessible to potential victims or patients, and they work in what may be regarded as spaces, which have been pre-configured or organized for anything but the purpose of their reaching and attending to the patient at the site of emergency. While devices for intervention and treatment, including the ambulance and its auxiliary facilities are, to some extent designed to be conducive to managing the complexity and at times unanticipated conditions, the conditions, which paramedics must confront and conduct their work in, also call upon them to draw on their practical experience or improvisation. Ethnographic work of pre-hospital intervention practices can yield insight into the complex skills, these paramedics evoke in their knowledge and work practices, engaging with the urban setting (public spaces, private households) as their workspace. The multisite ethnography is drawn upon, to allow for insightful situations to shed light on how paramedics evoke their skills in the light of limitations that the different settings of practice in the urban space places on their work. The issues raised through the field work will be generated into a platform for action research, engaging selected practitioners in a focused exchange of ideas about conceptualisation and renewal of practice.
|Effective start/end date||01/01/2010 → 30/12/2011|