I was just given a fantastic reminder of just how excellent social media can be for those of us in the medical fields. That’s right, it’s not just for drunken rambling or posting photos of your lunch/cat/alcohol/genitals…
I was browsing twitter when I came across the following tweet
Clicking through to the article I found that the first part of the article referred to Victorian Paramedics “failing” diabetics due to gaps in our training…. What the?!
Being somewhat taken aback at this, but being unable to get the full text, I put the call out on Twitter:
Within minutes I was inundated with help:
How freaking cool is that?! This, if you are not already on Twitter, is why you jolly well should be!
In the end the article is a bit odd, the actual abstract is about patient education, not really about paramedics at all. Any “paramedic failings” that may relate are in fact systems “failings” with not having the ability to check ketones in hyperglycaemic patients. That said, I can’t see things changing in metropolitan Melbourne any time soon and unless someone has some compelling data, I can’t see that outcomes would be significantly effected anyway.
Nevertheless…. Social Media and FOAM is bloody excellent! Get on it!