Category Archives: Communication

Talk less, listen more, drop the attitude

Sometimes I just have to scratch the itch and have a rant.  This time the itch is a recurrent one, about radio communication.

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Surviving your first year on road part 5 – Clinical Concepts

The clinical concepts that no-one teaches you about at university   You’ve spent the last three years or so getting to know the intricacies of morphine metabolism and the cardiac cycle.  Those things are all important as background, but in … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road Part 4 – Trauma

Trauma Psychological trauma When I first started the job, members of my family were convinced that I was going to be a gibbering wreck within the first week.  It wasn’t the case but I understand their concern.  The public perception … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on road part 3: Miscellany

Food, exercise and other stuff   Eat sensible food.   You know what’s sensible, you don’t need me to tell you that the 3am burger is probably a bad idea.  Ambulance shifts are long and you can’t survive on biscuits … Continue reading

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Surviving your first year on the road – Part 1

Part 1: Sleep and Study   Introduction   You’ve put on your shiny new uniform and you’ve turned up at work for your first day at your new job – Junior Paramedic.  Congratulations!  All those years of study and hard … Continue reading

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The ethics of nagging people

Robbie/James/Ben Today’s post is a little different from some of my others – today I’m asking you, the readers to tell me what you think.  There is no right or wrong answer to this problem but I’d be keen to … Continue reading

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The Power of Social Media and FOAM

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 … Continue reading

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The Art of the Handover.

A conversation the other morning on Twitter got me thinking about how we go about handing over patients to medical staff at hospital.  Some were looking for some information on how to hand over and what the hospital staff wanted to know. … Continue reading

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