This week, after securing the relevant permissions form my boss and the communications people at work, I finally took the plunge and joined the increasing number of health professionals that are using #MedShift. I was a tad wary of using it to start with to be honest – and still am, come to that – because of the obvious issues relating to confidentiality and such like. However, this week when I was on nights I decided to tentatively dip my toes in the #MedShift ocean and below I have collated the results:
Night 1 of 4
- Following on from my
#DayInTheLifeOf i’m going to be joining other @WeAHPs in using #MedShift. Enjoy! @SCoRMembers https://radiographerben.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-radiographer/ #NightShift 1 of 4: Handover from day shift – no outstanding portables, equipment OK(ish) I’m on 2000-0800. Let’s do this! #MedShift
- Woo hoo! It’s Monday! 4hrs into the
#nightshift and 4 trauma calls so far! #MedShift
- Halfway through the
#NightShift and after a challenging trauma patient it’s now time for a break – and relax #MedShift
- Urgent portable req. for ward pt. vs. need for a CXR on ITU – 1 radiographer available – solution? Call ITU & OK to wait
- Trauma calls, portables throughout the hospital, usual A&E patients & just 1 minor issue to handover to day shift. Job done!
- Now for the worse bit of a
#NightShift – the drive home #Medshift
- Home safe Shower, tea, toast, and some tele to unwind, thence ta bed for this
#MedShift‘r 1 down, 3 to go! Night peops!
Night 2 of 4
Great start to
#nightshift 2 of 4 – left the imaging detector on a patient’s trolley and had to go retrieve it from A&E! Oops! #Medshift
Back from another trauma call – car vs. pedestrian, no plain films required as patient going to CT for scan
- This is the time in a
#NightShift when you just want to be at home in bed Not long to go thankfully! #MedShift
- sweet ! 2 down & 2 to go! After the necessary ablution & food it will be time 4 the best part of a
#NightShift – BEDTIME! #MedShift
Night 3 of 4
- I can attest to the fact this is a problem for many
@WeAHPs, including @SCoRMembers, not just doctors #Nightshifthttps://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2016/jul/26/two-in-five-doctors-fallen-asleep-wheel-night-shift
- A splash of Issey Miyake and I’m good to go!
#NightShift 3 of 4 here I go! #MedShift (Other EDTs are available! )
- Off on my first portable of the shift – elderly male too unwell to come down to the department. Not uncommon on a
- Another chest/abdo request! Prob the most common combination imaging request! Male, abdo pain, vomiting, obstruction, query perf
- Back from another portable – this time an elderly lady with difficulty breathing & definitely too unwell to come down to dept
- Into the “golden hour” – the final hour of the
#NightShift Soon be time for & after this #MedShift
- When you get home & realise there are chunks of the journey you just don’t remember – not good Just 1 more
#NightShift to go #MedShift
Night 4 of 4
- Tonight’s final
#NightShift will be fuelled by 2 sausage butties and fragranced by Ted Baker #BringItOn #MedShift
- Second “Chabdo” of the
#NightShift! More to come of that I would bet my mortgage on #MedShift
- The ‘Q’ word is something we don’t mention – a bit like the Scottish play
- I do mine erect, how about you? I’m talking ‘s of course!
#NightShift & I’ve yet to do probably the 2nd most common combo of foot&ankle – most unusual! #MedShift
- Before I set off for the 1st
#NightShift & toward the end of this final shift! #SpotTheDifference #MedShift
- Preparations for departure!
#NightShift 4 of 4 done! Hope you’ve enjoyed my first foray into #MedShift L8rs!!!
So there you have it – a set of nights in a nutshell. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed taking a look at them to get a glimpse of what it’s like as a radiographer on nightshift. I’ll continue to use #MedShift as and when, but I don’t intend to tweet every shift, all shift! It’s more to give an insight into the work we do – as not everyone knows what a radiographer is and does 🙂
Hopefully newly qualified radiographers can also get an idea of what lies ahead when they start on shift!
Oh well, as ever, feedback always appreciated!