What I learnt this week: The real value of simulation #WILTW

This is the 33rd #WILTW A few weeks ago we ran a simulation day for the doctors and nurses in our department. It was successful (in terms of perceived value) and hopefully over time we will be able to demonstrate “outcome” based improvement. One of my favourite quotes from the day was: “I’ve learnt a … Continue reading What I learnt this week: The real value of simulation #WILTW

How did you not see that? #WILTW

This is the 159th #WILTW You don’t need to have any medical expertise to spot the abnormality in this CT Scan If it took you a bit of time, don’t worry. Not an insignificant number of experienced radiologists missed the gorilla in the top right corner too. While these cognitive games are good fun there … Continue reading How did you not see that? #WILTW

What I learnt this week: Should we simulate like Spacemen? #WILTW

This is the 83rd #WILTW If you are fan of space travel, astronauts or Prof. Brian Cox this week’s Star Gazing Live may have had you in more of a frenzy than the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Live footage of British Astronaut Tim Peake taking off towards, and then docking with, the … Continue reading What I learnt this week: Should we simulate like Spacemen? #WILTW

What I learnt this week: Can rudeness cause harm? #WILTW

This is the 71st #WILTW I am writing this at Heathrow airport. There are thousands of people here and in the last 10 minutes a sizeable percentage of them seem to have descended on one the few ‘Charging Poles”. There are some interesting stand-offs. How long is it acceptable for to plug in a device … Continue reading What I learnt this week: Can rudeness cause harm? #WILTW

What I learnt this week: Simulating harsh lessons from history #WILTW

This is the 66th #WILTW and I am delighted to say the first guest posting! Many thanks to Edward Snelson (@sailordoctor) who runs a blog  called GPPaedsTips  This year was the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo, famous for being the final conflict of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of history’s greatest generals. At this battle … Continue reading What I learnt this week: Simulating harsh lessons from history #WILTW

What I learnt this week: Are you calling for help for you or your patient? #WILTW

This is the 58th #WILTW The second of our paediatric ED simulation days took place this week. The need for simulation is well summed up by Cliff Reid (I couldn’t let #WILTW go this week without a #smaccUS reference!) We train paramedic, nurse, med students in silos and then expect them to work in teams … Continue reading What I learnt this week: Are you calling for help for you or your patient? #WILTW

What I learnt this week: You can make a little effort go a long way #WILTW

This is the 43rd #WILTW The Nuffield trust have recently produced a report on “Whats behind the A&E crisis“. Something clearly not changing fast enough is the use of the term of Emergency Department rather than A&E but one of the key points is: Many answers to the problems facing urgent care already exist. But … Continue reading What I learnt this week: You can make a little effort go a long way #WILTW