The whole department is in agreement that the flow of patients has been relentless this week. Combining this with the summer heat has resulted in me passing out as soon as I get home. Luckily I haven’t fallen into the trap of lying down for a few minutes before getting ready for bed after a … Continue reading Goodbye
Although the night team has been functioning like a well-oiled machine, the summer heat combined with the constant stream of patients has resulted in two very long nights. Amongst the chaos of resus a reg was trying to insert a central line which was guided by ultrasound. Ever since I saw conservation of momentum used … Continue reading Yes but a computer won’t insert the line
Once again I am finding shelter in a local coffee shop. The sun is beating down and my week is packed and this is my last couple of hours of freedom for the next eleven days. In the next eleven days I have nine night shifts in accident and emergency, a day where I shadow … Continue reading Prepping for talks
I am one of those annoying people who goes to my local coffee shop with my Macbook to type away at something. Whilst TV shows like Family Guy love to paint me as a poser the motivation is much more practical. It gets me out, it’s a change and I don’t get distracted with computer … Continue reading Why doctors and nurses should take an active role in med tech
Bubbles are very real damaging things. Most people don’t see them until they’re too late. In-fact, it’s this sort of blindness that facilitates bubbles. There seems to be three ingredients. Firstly the new area is over-hyped, it is then perpetuated, and finally when it can no longer be sustained it collapses. To get a sense … Continue reading Is nursing education a bursting bubble?
To a lot of people, the world may seem like a crazy place. Britain has voted to leave the EU and Trump is getting votes. I don’t want Trump to be president and I think the UK will take an economic bashing for leaving. Of course, it would be lazy and an active step against … Continue reading What have I learnt from Brexit and Trump’s success?
As doctors and nurses we always want to prevent/reduce disease. The introduction of new technology keeps telling us that we will reduce mistakes, treat certain diseases and reduce cost of certain treatment pathways. However, although technology is accelerating at an alarming rate we don’t see patient safety increasing in the same manner. In some years … Continue reading The Peltzman Effect and Patient Safety
My interest is engineering, physics and data analysis in the context of medicine. However, when you learn math and use it to build models you cannot help this filtering into everyday life, news and politics. In-fact it this reason why I urge nearly everyone I bump into to improve their math skills even if it means … Continue reading Avoid sensationalism in gun control, use calculus
Florence Nightingale arrived at a military hospital in Scutari, Crimea to find squalor, chaos and death.She left it organised, efficient and a less dangerous place to stay. The organisational skills of Nightingale are well known, and rightly celebrated for saving the lives of many soldiers, but it was through her lesser known abilities that she … Continue reading What does nursing have in common with statistics?
As the average household computing power increases, computing power cost decreases. As the Internet and high level programming evolves more and more non-traditional developers are learning code and using it to increase their productivity in their jobs. It’s no secret that more and more doctors are becoming interested in coding, tech development and software implementation. … Continue reading Applying your coding skills in the NHS