Budding paramedics win research prize

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Budding paramedics win research prize


KJ McPherson Foundation Patron Professor John Pearn AM with Emily White, Brenton Murphy and Scott Kelly

16 January 2013

Three University of the Sunshine Coast students have beaten their Paramedic Science peers across Queensland to win a statewide prize for their research.

USC students Emily White of Buderim, Brenton Murphy of Ferny Hills and Scott Kelly of Coolabunia near Kingaroy won the KJ McPherson Education and Research Foundation’s Best Poster Grant of $1,000.

The Foundation was established in 1987 to commemorate all Queensland Ambulance officers who had given their lives in the call of duty.

Its purpose is to promote pre-hospital care research activities that contribute directly to improving patient care.

The USC students examined the early identification and management of sepsis in patients cared for by paramedics.

Sepsis (or septicaemia) is a life-threatening illness caused by the body’s immune system reacting to infection.

USC Associate Professor in Paramedic Science Bill Lord, who watched his students receive the prize at a ceremony at the Queensland Emergency Services Complex in Brisbane in November, said it was prestigious for USC to receive the grant for the first time.

Julie Schomberg

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