Summary: C&C March

Health and Disability Commissioner: Consumer Rights A timely reminder, particularly for the paramedics who will be subject to refreshers and demonstrable competence post registration, of the HDC Code of Consumer Rights. It’s something we generally know about, but aren’t too phased about because we are generally pretty good on it. One of the key messages…

Summary: C&C February

A great spread of people turned out yesterday- different practices, backgrounds, ATPs, and lengths of service in medicine. Many thanks in particular to Suzi for your case study of a 21YO unknown overdose. The apparent offending medication (although not fully known) were sodium channel blockers, resulting in an unfortunately standard presentation. Seizures, cardiovascular compromise, and…

Summary: C&C January

I am grateful to all those who came along, and to all those who spoke yesterday. Paul gave us one of the highest quality pieces of free education I’ve ever had, for which I’m sure we’re all truly grateful. If you would like a copy of his presentation please email Andrew or Paul and we…

Handovers

By Dr Suzi Hamilton Consultant Emergency Physician “Handover of care is one of the most perilous procedures in medicine, and when carried out improperly can be a major contributory factor to subsequent error and harm to patients.” So said Sir John Lilleyman, medical director of the NHS Patient Safety Agency, at the beginning of his…

ED Observer Shift for Paramedics

This is a blog message to the paramedics who is on the payroll in Christchurch metro, Rangiora, Rolleston, and Kaiapoi. Hi all, Thank you for accommodating the ED staff observing ambulance shifts. The feedbacks have been 100% positive and more ED staff are keen and booked to come and have a look at what we…

What goes on in the ED…

Part of the mystique of the medical art is the use of language that is uninterpretable by the average lay person. Modern medical training includes huge efforts in communication in an attempt to break down this barrier, yet there remains a bewildering array of TLAs (three letter abbreviations!) and ridiculous words. For those coming to…

C & C March 2018

Hi Team, Another successful Coffee & Cases. It was fantastic to see some new faces mixed with some regular attendees of our Coffee & Cases, it is so impressive to see people giving up there day off to improve patient outcomes. Curt Ward offered some significant insight into where St John is currently and what…

C & C Apr 2018 – Accidental Hypothermia

Winter (OK make it autumn) is fast approaching and we have something exciting and timely for you at our next C & C on the 13th/Apr. Dr Malin Zachau is a passionate researcher/educator and kindly offered her latest poster presentation which she is also presenting at NZ Resuscitation Council conference. Malin will talk about the analysis…

C & C 2018

Hey guys! Thanks for those turned up at our first C & C in 2018! Big thanks to ED staff for joining us. Your effort in trying to understand what we do and engaging in open and honest clinical discussions is greatly appreciated. We hope we can have a lot more occasions to freely discuss…

All about the drivers…

Preferred collective term ‘ambulance officer’, not all those who drive the ambulance operate to the same practice level. For clarity and education, please find more information in this post.