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Suturing Workshop 21st Oct

This Wednesday, we will draw on Dr Kate Ferguson's wealth of surgical experience on Suturing 101+!  Kate will be teaching and answering any questions on suturing methods which should be fun.  Thereafter, we will hear from Jane Kealey, Telehealth Coordinator from NE Health Wangarrata on how we can be involved in telemedicine with an ED near you.  Lastly, we finish off with 2 ICU presentations where Dr Jess Lee will be bringing us a challenging tox case.  Tutorial Room 2, NCHER, 10:30AM.



Teaching 7 Oct

Our teaching this week will commence with a procedural station on Circulation.  We will be going through the ins and outs of IV and arterial access.  Then there will be a case presentation by Peter Jordan on the elderly abdominal pain and finished with the second instalment by the Renal Team on all things kidney.  Venue : Tute room 3.

As announced last week, the joint paediatric and ED teaching will run weekly from 2:30pm.  The sessions target acute paediatric medicine which is relevant to both Paeds and ED.  Those not working are strongly enouraged to attend.  Venue: Tute room 4.


Teaching Sep 30th

This week, we will dwelve into the world of acid-base.  Feel free to bring along any interesting gases which you may have.   Raj will finish off with an exciting case on Eye Trauma and time permitting, I have some interesting Xrays for your viewing pleasure.  See you at NCHER at 10:30, Tute room 4.


Teaching 23rd Sep

About half the group will be attending Resus for Kids as instructed by Dr Peter Jordan and Pamela Perera, RN in tutorial rooms 6 & 7, 11:00am - 1:00pm. You should have been sent emails with a link on pre-reading this week.  Another program will run concurrently starting at 10:30am at the simlab for those who have done R4K. There will be 2 paediatric scenarios planned as well as a run through some interesting ECGs.  

Everyone to meet together in simlab room at 1:00pm for an Opthalmology session to finish off the day.  See you all soon.


Words are not enough.

I have got to be honest.  I often have flashbacks from television or movie scenes which depict a family member or a friend of a patient paces up and down the waiting room while a physician dressed in a long white coat walks up to him/her and announces that the patient has died and there was nothing more that they could have done.  Then comes the outpouring of grief or occasionally, an outburst of anger.  But somehow the doctor manages to walk away unscathed -- sympathy offered, job done, case closed!  I hope none of us learn our skills from Hollywood but I wouldn't be surprised if we did given how little training we actually receive on this topic!

When I'm required to break the bad news to a family whose loved one has passed away tragically and unexpectedly, my mind starts clocking a hundred miles an hour frantically trying to find a sentence or a phrase, anything which will help me deliver the news in an unambigous fashion and with empathy and respect.  Almost inevitably I find myself hopelessly inadequate when I do it... like I'm doing it for the first time.  We can all get better at this and it's important we get this right.

Words are extremely important but just going through the motions won't cut it. Not if we want to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families.  Here are some tips on how we can all do better, a fantastic article posted on St Emlyn's blog.  Or see the great little summary below.