When I was in training they were just being bought in, they are ODP's who have worked in theatre for a length of time and then transferred down to work in A&E.
As far as I know there is no specific training or a course that they do, but transfer the skill they use in theatre to resus.
The people that I worked with had been on in-house courses such as cannulation and IV competency to enable them to do more, but they also worked very closely with the nurses. Overall from what I saw I thought it was a good idea and seemed to work very well.
Some places do have ODPs in who work in resus and call themselves EDAs but as far as in aware there it is not a recognised title. In my health authority the EDAs are HCAs who do an extra weeks training, they have no registration and they take blood, do 12 lead ECGs, look after equipment etcâ¦they are paid a band 5 as compared to a band 6/7 for an ODP. The danger is that with no set national guidelines Anaesthetists may get confused by who can do what. In one case, we had an âEDAâ do cricoid pressure during a RSI and the whole thing was a bit of a disaster. She had seen it done and thought it looked easy!
Surly they should be have been done for this?? But a HCA that can take blood?? I've been told as an ODP that we can't even do that from the off set and must attend a seperate course!!! From what I get from your post your HCAs are doing the same job as the EDPs in my trust!!!!
The ODPs in this trust are called EDPs and that is what is says on their name badges but only after they have done ALS and cannulation training