Reasons to be cheerful 1.2.3 with Iain Beardsell

There are many reasons to be cheerful in emergency medicine…. The almost constant talk in the media of a “Crisis in A&E” (sic) has made me contemplate why I’m not always dreading work or considering other employment options.  Daily news headlines are a constant reminder of the difficulties we face on a day to day […]

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Open Access at EMJ: Cognitive appraisals, objectivity and coping in ambulance workers: a pilot study.

The EMJ regularly publishes open access papers so that anyone with an internet connection can get access to the full paper for free. This is a great option for those without limited access to e-libraries or personal subscriptions.  This month the open access paper looks at the psychological morbidity amongst ambulance workers in the UK. […]

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Health Education England outlines recruitment drive to UK Emergency Medicine.

UK readers will be fully aware of the staffing difficulties currently faced by UK emergency medicine. Arguably the difficulties are so severe that our international readers will also be aware, since many of them trained in the UK before moving abroad to achieve a better work/life balance. This is not the time or place to […]

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December Primary Survey

  Here are  the highlights from this month’s issue…    Ophthalmoscopy in the Emergency Department Ophthalmoscopy is a difficult but essential skill in the Emergency Department environment. In this short report, the panOptic ophthalmoscope was compared to traditional direct ophthalmoscopy in conditions comparable to those found in most EDs. While the newer instrument was preferred, […]

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ED = Exhausted Doctors?

ED attendances are increasing at a phenomenal rate worldwide. This, along with staff shortages has resulted in an ever-growing mob of exhausted and dissatisfied staff members. Exhaustion can result in worsening patient care and even lead to serious medical errors. The European Working Time Directive (EWTD) have succeeded in capping average weekly hours, but 13-hour […]

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