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Physician Burnout Part 2:  Reducing Stress at Work

Physician Burnout Part 2: Reducing Stress at Work

In my last post, I mentioned Dr Dike Drummond’s “Burnout prevention matrix”. For me this provides a great way to dissect burnout prevention by looking at strategies to reduce stress at home and work and to increase our recharge in both. In this post, I want to focus...

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Physician Burnout Part 1: Preventing Burnout

Physician Burnout Part 1: Preventing Burnout

I am a doctor, a GP. I have worked in the NHS for over 20 years. I have always loved my job. Then, stress and anxiety completely crippled me. I no longer enjoyed working as a GP. In fact, I dreaded it. I was exhausted and burnt out. I am not alone in this. Over the...

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Cardiovascular Insights

Cardiovascular Insights

Dr. Hicks is the founding physician of Veritas Cardiovascular in South Carolina. He noticed that patients were often confused by their diagnoses and why they were supposed to be taking certain medications. Medical staff can all feel the pressures of time during...

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The Oxygenator Assessment – Part 2

The Oxygenator Assessment – Part 2

In Part 1 of ‘The Oxygenator Assessment’ we learnt what the oxygentor is. In Part 2 we are going to look at the 6 big issues that need to be covered from an airway assessment perspective: The atmosphere Mask ventilation Laryngoscopy/intubation → infraglottic Rescue...

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The Oxygenator Assessment – Part 1

The Oxygenator Assessment – Part 1

I’m sure by now most of you are asking what on earth the oxygenator is. To be honest, I asked it too. I had to think of a way to get you thinking about an often neglected area of patient assessment… neglect of which can be catastrophic. As I started thinking about it,...

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Ignaz Semmelweis – ‘The Saviour of Mothers’

Ignaz Semmelweis – ‘The Saviour of Mothers’

I can vividly remember being taught how to ‘scrub up’ as a third year medical student. The careful scrutiny of the theatre sister filled me with fear. Had I touched the wrong part of the scrub pack? Were my hands completely sterile? On more than one occasion I...

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Why Antarctica?

Why Antarctica?

The stories of the unknown adventure, camaraderie, hardship, sheer dogged determination, and often superhuman strength, of mind and body of the early Antarctic explorers such as Scott and Shackleton are amazing tales to this day. Some of the events make you groan with...

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What Can Ants Teach Doctors About Teamwork?

What Can Ants Teach Doctors About Teamwork?

I have just spent the last two weeks observing a team, which was full of resilience, oozed motivation and was full of pride. They faced change on an hourly basis and worked tirelessly for no pay or reward. For those observant ones amongst you will have no doubt guess...

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The Coldest Case – Lessons From the Iceman

The Coldest Case – Lessons From the Iceman

I am an unashamed fan of history and spend much of my time away from Medicine reading about history and listening to podcasts such as the excellent ‘Hardcore History’ by Dan Carlin. This particular article was inspired by Daniele Bolleli’s incredible work...

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