A is the first letter of ABC and is the first thing to get right when managing a trauma patient. It can be very challenging and time is pressured. In this advanced level podcast for anaesthetists and surgeons involved in trauma management, Andrew Deytrikh talks to Craig Morris about how to manage the airway in critically ill and unstable patients, those with unstable cervical spines, patients with severe facial injury, burns and other injuries with airway implications. What to do when standard measures fail is also discussed, including the when, who and how of surgical airway formation.
Listen now, so that you know what to do when you're in this situation.
Meta analysis is a very common way of bringing together data to help us decide which treatments might be best. BUT, you have to take care when interpreting them - there's a lot more to it than just looking which side of the line the little black diamond is on! How do you construct a search for a systematic review?Can you trust the result of a meta analysis? How do you know if it has been done well? How to recognise different kinds of bias, how to interpret a forest plot, and funnel plot and a bubble plot. What is the I squared statistic and what does it tell you about the data and how much to trust the result?
These and many more things to do with these common but complex analyses is explained by Brett Doleman, statistical guru!
Star in national selection academic station and FRCS academic viva
Knowing how to chose the correct statistical test is essential if you're analysing data, reading a paper or sitting in the academic stations of the FRCS or National Selection. Watch this podcast by statistical guru Brett Doleman and you'll know how to chose the right test or know if the right one has been chosen. Using a step by step, easy to follow decision tree, Brett takes you to the correct test for the type of data you have. Statistical tests demystified forever!
Functional Constipation is a really challenging condition to treat in gastroenterology and surgery. In this podcast Jon Lund asks Robin Spiller about the condition, the underlying physiology, how to differentiate from IBS constipation and the range of treatments for FC. This podcast will tell you all you need to know and more.
Robin Spiller is Professor of Gastroenterology at the University of Nottingham, UK, former editor of GUT, author of the Rome III criteria and world leading expert in this field
See if you can get to the correct answers before James Cassidy does in the third and final part of Naomi Laskar's interactive teaching video on causes of chest pain you might see when covering the wards.
Really useful things to know in the middle of the night when there's no-one else around!
Naomi Laskar puts James Cassidy through his paces again in the second case of chest pain you are likely to come across as an F1/intern on a surgical or other ward.
See if you can get the right answers before James in this interactive teaching video.
All the benefits of small group teaching without the pain!
Naomi Laskar teaches James Cassidy in an interactive video on chest pain on the surgical ward. Using a series of cases common causes of chest pain are discussed and the video will help you to develop a structured approach to reviewing chest pain and understand the basic management of chest pain. Common life threatening and non life threatening causes are covered, with important points in the history, examination, investigation, treatment and prognosis explained, with plenty of acronyms to help you remember. Pause the video as you go to write down what you think are the correct answers. All the benefits of small group teaching without any of the pain!
Its never too early to think about getting yourself ready for successful application to core surgical training, be you medical student or foundation doctor.
In this podcast Ricky Ellis and Susan Hall explain the process and give their tips for success.
It is not uncommon to be called to see a patient who has experienced a sudden change in their mental state. The patient is often suffering from one of the forms of delirium, and puts them at increased risk of complication, injury and death.
In this podcast Ricky Ellis and Christine Taylor discuss what delirium is, why it is important, how to recognise it, who is at risk, how we can prevent it and how we can treat it
Assessing the capacity of patients is an essential skill for all doctors, not least surgeons, as it is intimately related to taking consent and treating any patient correctly.
In one of the most important podcasts from the School of Surgery, Ricky Ellis and Christine Taylor discuss capacity, the Mental Capacity Act, how to assess and enhance capacity and how to care for patients without capacity. The 5 key principles of the Mental Capacity Act are clearly explained as is how to act in the best interest of patients without capacity - for example, the unconscious patient who requires life threatening surgery, with a best interests checklist to help you do thing correctly. How to deal with Advanced Directives or advanced decisions to refuse treatment is clearly explained here too.
Its a long podcast but not knowing about issues related to capacity can lead to charges of assault being brought or omission of care leading to charges of negligence.
This may be one of the most important 20 minutes you can spend, whether you are a medical student, doctor or anyone else involved in the treatment of patients.