- Don’t practice until you get it right, practice until you can’t get it wrong .”
By applying this old adage we can vastly improve our response to and even the outcome of a medical emergency in our practice. By practising and discussing our care response regularly we can ensure all staff know their role when it comes to responding to a medical emergency.
We all update our medical emergency training annually but do we discuss how this would apply specifically put own practice environment, layout and circumstances.
For example, when summoning help, does your practice have a practice alert system? Would a simple shout for help be heard by other team members? Who d you expect to respond and how when you shout for help? Do they know what is required of them?
By using practice meetings as an opportunity to rehearse these situations we significantly increase our efficiency and speed of care by eliminating confusion and hesitation.
It is common for people working in a healthcare setting to feel reluctant to speak out when experiencing problems of their own.
When you spend so much of your life caring for other people and ensuring their well-being it’s all too easy to put your own self-care and mental health to one side. The increased public awareness in recent years of mental health and its impact means that we are hopefully better placed to speak more openly about our own struggles.