If ever there was a publication type that encourages me to just read the abstract it’s a meta-analysis. Essentially the abstracts all seem to say the same thing:
Recently we asked for a diabetes opinion for one of our patients. My colleague duly arrived and asked if we’d continued a medication I had no idea that the patient was on, or even which of the new groups of diabetes meds it belonged to. So I told him “I think so, yes” and snuck out of vision to check.
A recent opinion piece in BMJ careers argues that written reflection is ‘dead in the water’. I’d suggest you read it, but I personally disagree with most of it. I’ve tried to articulate my own counter-view in the five points below. What follows are my own beliefs, and I’d encourage you to leave a comment if (when?) you disagree.
Healthcare is a high risk and complex environment, and discussion of risk is emotive (take, for example, the headline chosen by the Times to put above a story making some effort to explain a fair blame approach).
In trying to make sense of this this complex difficult and uncomfortable area however, one of the first steps must be to quantify and describe the risk.
Unplanned admissions to critical care would seem a reasonable place to look; sampling such cases for review is an accepted method that in an ideal world all critical care units would do in co-operation with the rest of the hospital.
The ageing population is apparently one of the reasons the NHS is ‘under pressure’. This paper looks at the impact of the elderly on ICU demand in the Netherlands.
When you're deciding on your career you should probably have a think about how it will impact on your life - clearly that's not all there is to it or we'd all be doing one of these jobs but it is important. Also, ICM is a new specialty and departments are still working out how it should all be organised, each coming up with their own solutions. It was not a bad idea, therefore, for the authors of this study to try and give a picture of how units are staffed nationwide.
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Dr Peter Hersey & Dr Laura O'Connor