About Article 999 for medics: Summary

How do you answer a question when there are five different answers as you go around the crew room asking? How do you answer a question when the answers you find are relevant to guidelines in other countries, to doctors, or are outdated?

Google, the NICE website and the JRCalc are all gems among the resources of ambulance staff but only one of them is geared up specifically for us and even that doesn’t always have everything we need to answer a question. It’s hard to find an easy to find, directly relevant simple answer.

Article 999 aims to fill this gap. We are currently for all operational staff and are filling up with content.

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About Article 999 for medics: Detail

I am a UK paramedic who is frustrated by the lack of easy to find, directly relevant resources available within the UK for all operational staff.

How do you answer a question when there are five different answers as you go around the crew room asking? How do you answer a question when the answers you find are relevant to guidelines in other countries, to doctors, or are outdated? How do you answer a question when there is more than one answer within the same locality? Learning could be made a lot easier. So could revision.

Google may be geared up for Q&As but not specifically for ambulance staff, and certainly not for UK-based ambulance guidelines.

The NICE website is a gem among the resources of NHS staff, but even that does not always provide the exact, easy to find answer.

The JRCALC is great but it can never have everything. Neither can our clinical manuals. How many times have you as a student wished you knew how something worked sooner but it just took so long to come across it and have someone there to tell you, ‘by the way, this is what this does.’

And it’s not in the books.

How many times have you as a qualified member of staff wanted to refresh yourself on a piece of equipment but no matter how many times you play with it you still don’t know as much as you want to know about it?

And again, it’s not in the books.

Article 999 is for simple questions and simple answers, with the option to read, watch or listen more if you wish. We are for all operational staff. We’re filling up with content and with content formats.

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About Article 999 for patients

Information for Patients

The problem:

42% of working-age adults are unable to understand and make use of everyday health information, rising to 61% when numeracy skills are also required for comprehension

Public Health England (2015)

We as Paramedics are frequently offering advice on what to do when you have a high temperature and basic first aid.

A lot of information out there is either too detailed or presented in a complex way, using terminology that studies, such as the European Health Literacy Survey, have shown too many people find difficult to understand.

The solution. I’m hoping:

  • to break this trend with short videos about minor ailments that can be used to complement health information you receive from elsewhere.
  • to help you manage your symptoms more easily & seek help using the most efficient means when you need it.

The risk – and the reason Article 999 is not going to diagnose you:

There is always a risk when it comes to giving medical advice, which is why the majority of symptom checkers are complex, risk-adverse, and often scary (anything, and everything = cancer in most symptom checkers). That’s why this site is not a symptom checker, or a site for specific medical advice. Article 999 aims to help you understand and manage your symptoms, not diagnose you. 


How do I know I can trust this information?

  • Made by an HCPC Registered (and practicing) Paramedic
  • Peer reviewed by other HCPC Registered Paramedics
  • Informed by research & real-life experience
  • Referenced

Are you a company? Who funds you?

Nope, just a website run by a Paramedic, without funding or sponsorship. If this changes, I’ll update this answer.

Can I share the videos?

Yes, please do – but any shares must be accompanied by the article link. All articles and videos are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International. 

This license requires that reusers give credit to the creator. It allows reusers to copy and distribute the material in any medium or format in unadapted form only, even for commercial purposes.

I am a patient/member of the public. Can I contact you for medical advice?

Sadly, due to a whole combination of grey area legalities, I’m unable to offer direct medical advice, and these requests will not be responded to.

I am an HCP and I have a question or suggestion.

No worries, go ahead and contact me.

Is there anything else I should be aware of?

Yes. Please read our disclaimer and the accompanying information with each video/article you access.

I hope the project is helpful and informative. If there are any concerns, please let me know in the comment boxes.

Louise Sopher
HCPC Registered Paramedic,