#TOTW (x26!) #MedShift

Ciao!

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 Β – 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

  • 1 of 4: Handover from day shift – no outstanding portables, equipment OK(ish) I’m on 2000-0800. Let’s do this! πŸ₯
  • Halfway through the and after a challenging trauma patient it’s now time for a break – and relax πŸ‘ πŸ₯
  • Urgent portable req. for ward pt. vs. need for a CXR on ITU – 1 radiographer available – solution? Call ITU & OK to wait βœ… πŸ₯
  • Trauma calls, portables throughout the hospital, usual A&E patients & just 1 minor issue to handover to day shift. Job done! βœ… πŸ₯
  • Home safe 🏠 ☺️ Shower, tea, toast, and some tele to unwind, thence ta bed for this ‘r πŸ₯ 1 down, 3 to go! πŸ‘ Night peops! πŸŒ™πŸ’€

 

Night 2 of 4

  • Great start to 2 of 4 – left the imaging detector on a patient’s trolley and had to go retrieve it from A&E! Oops! πŸ₯

  • Back from another trauma call – car vs. pedestrian, no plain films required βœ… as patient going to CT for scan πŸ‘ πŸ₯
  • This is the time in a when you just want to be at home in bed πŸ˜• Not long to go thankfully! βœ… πŸ₯
  • 🏠 sweet 🏠! 2 down & 2 to go! πŸ‘ After the necessary ablution & food it will be time 4 the best part of a – BEDTIME! βœ… πŸ₯

 

Night 3 of 4

  • A splash of Issey Miyake and I’m good to go! 3 of 4 here I go! πŸ₯ (Other EDTs are available! πŸ˜‚)
  • Off on my first portable of the shift – elderly male too unwell to come down to the department. Not uncommon on a πŸ₯
  • Another chest/abdo request! Prob the most common combination imaging request! Male, abdo pain, vomiting, obstruction, query perf πŸ₯
  • Back from another portable – this time an elderly lady with difficulty breathing & definitely too unwell to come down to dept πŸ₯
  • Into the “golden hour” – the final hour of the πŸ‘βœ… Soon be time for 🏠 & πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€ after this πŸ₯
  • When you get home & realise there are chunks of the journey you just don’t remember – not good πŸ˜” Just 1 more to go βœ… πŸ₯

 

Night 4 of 4

  • The ‘Q’ word is something we don’t mention – a bit like the Scottish play πŸ˜‚ πŸ₯
  • Last & I’ve yet to do probably the 2nd most common combo of foot&ankle – most unusual! πŸ₯
  • Preparations for departure! 4 of 4 done! Hope you’ve enjoyed my first foray into βœ…πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸ˜΄ L8rs!!!hometime

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 πŸ™‚

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!

Ben πŸ™‚

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