Warwick University are leading a controversial new study in which Paramedics will give patients whose heart has stopped a dummy drug to determine whether adrenalin works in resuscitation. Patients in cardiac arrest will receive either a shot of adrenalin, which is the current practice, or a salt water placebo but the patient, their relatives nor the paramedic administering it will know which. Dr David Hunter, Professor of Medical Ethics at Flinders University in Adelaide, worked at the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University until 2011 and believes the study is ‘probably ethically justifiable – although ethically challenging because of the potential for harms to those who can’t consent to them.’ Read the full article here.
Also, recent community engagement program saw 11 Flinders University medical students visit an Unley primary school as part of the ‘Health, Profession and Society’ topic. The students used role play to provide information to children on a variety of health topics. Health, Profession and Society topic co-ordinator Dr David Hunter said the program is intended to get students to think about their local communities and how they can give something back. ‘It is student-driven in that the students develop and propose the projects themselves, and we are very proud that our students have chosen to take on such a wide array of valuable projects.’ Dr Hunter said. Read the full article here.