Department:School of Allied Health
Enrico is an experienced paramedic and academic who champions out-of-hospital emergency care and the profession of paramedicine.
Enrico started his career in emergency services as a firefighter in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. Through his initial training and contact with first aid, an immediate interest grew towards paramedicine.
While working as a firefighter, Enrico's passion to become a paramedic led him to complete further tertiary education to the highest clinical level obtainable within paramedicine. He worked as an Emergency Care Practitioner and firefighter for many years until an opportunity was presented to him in Dubai. There, he managed a clinic for a leading international private healthcare group (Mediclinic) at the prestigious Atlantis resort on the Palm Jumeirah. Further opportunities presented as he became a medical and rescue flight paramedic for the United Arab Emirates national helicopter search and rescue service.
While living and working in Dubai, Enrico furthered his studies by completing a MSc and PhD in Emergency Medicine. He then joined Anglia Ruskin University in a full-time academic position.
Enrico’s research interests are primarily focused around emergency medicine in the out-of-hospital setting. These include structures, processes and outcomes in emergency care that are both clinical and non-clinical. Matching the needs of the community with the resources available to do the most for the most. Qualitative research designs, healthcare systems analysis and development, and action research are some of the strengths Enrico has gained over his career.
Enrico involved himself with tutoring and mentoring from the start of his emergency services career. He taught and examined within paramedical education on a part-time basis at college and university levels. He is also a seasoned American Heart Association instructor for all their life support programmes.
Dippenaar E, Holmes L. A feasibility study of oral Tilidine in pre-hospital paediatric pain management [dissertation]. South Africa: Cape Peninsula University of Technology; 2010.
Dippenaar E. Identifying the role of pre-hospital intercostal chest drains in South Africa [dissertation]. South Africa: University of Cape Town; 2013.
Dippenaar E, Wallis L. Identifying the role of pre-hospital intercostal chest drains in South Africa [abstract]. Sanguine. 2014;4(2):21.
Dippenaar E. Standardisation and validation of a triage system in a private hospital group in the United Arab Emirates [thesis]. South Africa: University of Cape Town; 2016.
Dippenaar E, Bruijns S. Triage is easy, said no triage nurse ever [editorial]. Int Emerg Nurs. 2016;29:1-2.
Dippenaar E. Identifying the role of pre-hospital intercostal chest drains in South Africa [presentation]. Emergency Care Society of South Africa Conference, Johannesburg. 2014; Sep 18-20.