#TOTW (x17) #MedShift is back!

Ciao!

I know I’m a few days late with this, but i’ve been enjoying my off duty – post #MedShift! As with the last time I did this, I thought it might be an idea to collate all my posts into a sort of journal, and so here they are…recorded yet again for posterity:

Thursday (1/4)

  • After off duty days it’s time to return to #MedShift with 4 long days, 1 x 10-8 shift today then 3 x 8-8 days #NotMyFavourite @SCoRMembers
  • Starting the day in #Outpatients – GP referrals & clinic follow-ups. Can be anything from head to toe! #BringItOn @SCoRMembers #Medshift
  • Time for an early tea then off to A&E for the final part of the #MedShift – quite often the busiest part of the day! #DeepJoy @SCoRMembers
  • #Medshift 1 of 4 done βœ… 3 more to go! Last part of the shift wasn’t all that bad thankfully. Hometime. Shower, tea n’ tele β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘ @SCoRMembers

 

Friday (2/4)

  • Handover from nightshift βœ… Rooms cleaned βœ… Resus trolley checked βœ… Left AED to come to #Outpatients again #MedShift day 2 πŸ‘ @SCoRMembers
  • Am in #FractureClinic this morning and just been shown how to do a standing axial calcaneum βœ… #EverydayASchoolDay #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • #MedShift ends with a #traumacall – no plain film imaging required as patient going to CT! Handover to nightshift βœ… Hometime! βœ… @SCoRMembers

 

Saturday (3/4)

  • #MedShift 3/4 underway & it’s the weekend so running X-Ray’s from AED. Inpatients, mobiles, theatres the lot! #SeeWhatGives! βœ… @SCoRMembers
  • Halfway through the #MedShift, just finished lunch & theatre have called – just an MUA today βœ… Off I go! πŸ‘ @SCoRMembers #ChangeOfScenery
  • Straight from the MUA to another theatre & an emergency pacing – not done one of those in a while #BitRusty 😱 βœ… #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • Home at last, after a long #MedShift! Lots of portables today. ITU, amongst others keeping us busy, as per usual! πŸ›€ time! βœ… @SCoRMembers

 

Sunday (4/4)

  • Tired only scratches the surface of how I feel 2day 😴 Let’s hope a large brew & 3 x Weetabix enable me to get to #MedShift 4/4 @SCoRMembers
  • Couple of knees βœ… couple of portable chests βœ… resus trolley checked βœ… #MedShift 4/4 well & truely underway! @SCoRMembers
  • 2 patients, 2 fractures. One the worst fracture I’ve ever seen, the other just a minor one. Shaping up to be a varied #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • Back from theatre – 2 x MUAs βœ… Time to do the processing from the day’s theatre cases (x5) – #RealitiesOfTheJob #MedShift @SCoRMembers
  • Head-to-toe X-rays βœ… Portables βœ… Trauma Calls βœ… Theatre βœ… #MedShift complete! Now for some off duty days! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆ#OverAndOut @SCoRMembers

 

Monday (off-duty)

  • The β˜€οΈ is shining, yet I still feel like I have a hangover – without the headache! Thankfully no #MedShift today! πŸ˜‚ #shattered @SCoRMembers

 

The great thing about doing this is the interaction I get from my tweets, as well as me being able to share things about what it’s really like to be an allied health professional.

You certainly don’t learn this kind of stuff from a textbook!

I hope you enjoyed. Until the next time.

Ben πŸ™‚

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#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™‚

#TOTW (x9) #CPDWeek

Ciao!

As has become customary following one of my theme weeks, this week’s #TOTW is a summary of all the tweets related to the theme – that being CPD, so here they all are:

I hope those of you actively involved in radiography have, and will continue to find this a useful resource for CPD πŸ™‚

More theme weeks are planned for the coming months. Feedback appreciated – as always!

Enjoy!

Ben πŸ™‚

 

#TOTW from 08-10-15 ‘Consent is not something to be regarded as optional – it is not’

Ciao!

Hi, my name’s Ben. I’m one of the radiographers and i’ll be taking your X-rays today. Is that OK?

That’s how I greet pretty much each and every one of my patients. It tells them who I am; what my role is; what i’ll be doing and most importantly of all, seeks their permission to proceed with the examination. Whether it’s “just” a chest X-ray or an examination that requires me to touch them in areas that most people would reasonably consider their personal space, gaining consent is an essential part of my role as a qualified health professional. It is not something I do because it’s nice, courteous and reasonable to do, but moreover it is required by the codes of conduct of The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) of which I am a member, and also the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with whom I am registered as an allied healthcare professional.

The reason for me telling you all this, is because of the tweet I have chosen as my #TOTW:

is not something to be regarded as optional – it is not

If you’re interested to find out more, then take a look at the link and watch the short video to see what its all about. As I tell all the students that we teach, introducing yourself and gaining consent is a necessity, not just a nicety!

Until the next time…

Ben

#TOTW from 17-08-15 ‘New NICE guidelines up for consultation’

Afternoon all!

How quickly the week passes by and it’s time for yet another #TOTW! This week I have decided to flag up the new NICE guidelines that are out for consultation:

New guidelines from up for consultation including those on &

The documents might not make for a riveting read, but if like myself you are involved in the care of patients either in a pre-hospital or hospital setting, then it would be worth casting your eye over them. They will give you an idea of what NICE’s current thinking is in regard to the management of major trauma services and fractures.

The link above is to the webpage of the Society of Radiographers’ which will in -turn take you to the NICE website and provide the guidelines, both in full and in summary that you might care to have a look at.

Like I said above, it might not be sexy, but then a lot of the stuff that we do as allied health professionals just isn’t!

As a former school master was once keen on saying, “read, learn and inwardly digest!” Isn’t that right Mr. Jackman? I hope he agrees from “up above!”

Until the next time…

Ben

#TipsForNewRads – 10 things to know for theatre radiography

Adding to the #TipsForNewRads that have been appearing on #SoMe over the last couple of weeks, I thought I might add to the mix with a list of things to know when going to theatre. I know that students will already have experienced going to theatre as part of clinical placement, but some may not have spent as much time in there as others. It is by no means an exhaustive checklist, more general observations from my time in theatre to date!

Anyways, here goes:

  1. Take part in the team brief if you can. I always join in if i’m up in theatre when it’s going on. You often find out more information about the patient and also what the surgeon is intending to do, and how.
  2. Always introduce yourself to theatre staff you’ve not met before.
  3. Check your image intensifier is clean before using it. Not all people are as thorough as you may be when it comes to cleaning – blood gets EVERYWHERE on a C-arm!
  4. If you’re unsure of how to go ahead with a procedure, or for example it may be a surgeon you’ve not worked with before, NEVER be afraid to ask what they want, or how they want you to position your image intensifier and monitors.
  5. You are an integral part of the operating team, not just an add-on, so get involved! Don’t just restrict yourself to the radiography side of things. You should help in the transfer of patients, clean up between cases, make notes if asked, get things if you aren’t busy x-raying. The more you get involved, the more the theatre staff will appreciate you and help you when you need.
  6. At the end of the procedure, if you are unsure which images to save, then again, just ask the surgeon – never assume!
  7. Always clean your image intensifier after use and leave it in a state which you would like to use it.
  8. If you don’t send and/or process the images from your case yourself, it is your responsibility to ensure that this gets done.
  9. Always communicate with the main department. Theatre lists change all the time. You may have just popped up to theatre for a “quick” MUA, only to find out that they need you all day! It helps whoever is in charge of running X-ray for theatres to plan the day if you keep in touch with them.
  10. ENJOY! Theatre radiography is a great part of your role as a diagnostic radiographer. You get to meet and be part of several different theatre teams. You will learn a lot!

There you have it! Like I said, not everything you need to know, but hopefully a useful list for newbies! Please feel free to comment on what i’ve said, or add your own handy hints!

#TOTM from 10-05-15 “#SoR WEEK”

Hey, hey, hey!

Welcome to my very first #TOTM or as you have probably already guessed “Tweet Of The Month!” On the first day of each new month I will be selecting a tweet from the previous month that stands out for me as one of my favourites. It might be an existing #TOTW as in this case, it might be a favourite, or it might even be a tweet that after trawling through my month’s worth of tweets I re-discovered and felt it deserved a chance!

Anyways, here it is, my #TOTM from May:

http://wp.me/p4r8be-4j

I hope it gives you another opportunity to take a look at some of the great work that the Society of Radiographers and it’s members do. There are a growing number of us, along with other allied health professionals that are trying to make the most of social media to keep in touch and to share knowledge, whilst in the meantime having fun in the process!

Thanks for all your continued support. I hope you continue to get in touch, like, share, and follow me and my endeavours!

Here’s to June and all it brings…other than my 40th birthday that is!

Ben πŸ™‚