#TOTW (x3) #WorldHeartDay

Ciao!

This week another chance to check out the tweets related to #WorldHeartDay, so 3 x #TOTW for the price of one:

It’s 12 mins long, but by watching it YOU could save someone’s life! ? Β https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwjeFkB7eaI#action=share

It’s important to be aware of the ? Β heart

 

Did you know the difference? I didn’t! ? share this image to raise awareness about the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrestheartdifference

Hopefully you’ll never need to put this knowledge into action, but one day you may just be able to save someone’s life if you take the time to take a look at it!

Please, please, please #ReadLearnShare!

Ben πŸ™‚

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#TOTW (x10) ‘#AnatomyWeek’

Hey hey hey!

Long time no see! I’ve been away on me jollies so not had a #TOTW for a while! I know right!? Anyways, I thought i’d kick the new school year off with another of my theme weeks (even though i’ve graduated now and am no longer at school!). In previous weeks i’ve covered CPD, addiction, assisted dying, the Society of Radiographers and the NHS. This week I chose to shine the light on and have an #AnatomyWeek. As per, with my theme weeks, below is a summary of all my #AnatomyWeek tweets for your delectation:

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  • #FollowFriday for #AnatomyWeek is @Irr_Anatomist. A great resource for #anatomy via #histmed & #MedicalIllustration @SCoRMembersFrom ‘Tabulae Anatomicae’ by Bartholomeo Eustachi, 1783. Β @Irr_Anatomisthistmed
  • Just happened across this and had ta share. It’s sort of relevant to #AnatomyWeek! πŸ˜‚ @SCoRMembers Not every day one gets a card from students with such a thoughtful and witty personalised anatomical message. Moved. @DocMatthanseminal
  • Other websites are available, but this seems particularly good & it’s *FREE* Β http://www.anatomyzone.com/
  • How many @SCoRMembers know about muscle types, points of origin & insertion? Do we need to know? Should we know? #anatomy #CPD #AnatomyWeek

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  • Interested in #anatomy? You’d do well to follow @PastMedHistory to receive Regular doses of #GraysAnatomy πŸ‘ Avit! #AnatomyWeek @SCoRMembers of the skull from 1918 edition of Gray’s Anatomy by Henry Vandyke Carter skull
  • It’s back to work for me tomorrow & time for another theme week so I have decided upon #AnatomyWeek @SCoRMembers

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I hope you enjoyed the latest of my theme weeks, as I certainly enjoyed putting it together! In future theme weeks I will probably take a more in-depth look at some body parts/systems. Ah well, something for the future!

Take care and have fun learning! #ReadLearnShare

Ben πŸ™‚

#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™‚

July #TOTM from 06-07-16 ‘#Bullying on clinical placement’

Ciao!

Now it only comes round once a month, so you’d think i’d be able to manage it wouldn’t you? However, since I started using #TOTM (Tweet of the month) i’ve rarely managed to actually produce one!

Anyways, for July I want to highlight something that I believe is very important, and that is the issue of bullying which takes place whilst students are on clinical placement:

from 06-07-16 β€˜ on clinical placement’ Β https://radiographerben.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/totw-from-06-07-16-bullying-on-clinical-placement/

If you take a look at my blog from back then, you’ll see how it highlights the results of a survey run by the Society of Radiographers of students and their experiences of bullying whilst on clinical placement. With the headline figure that more than 60% of those asked felt they had been subjected to some degree of bullying, it makes for pretty grim reading. I also tweeted another article in July in relation to the student experience on clinical placement:

Excellent article from in July edn. of I&TP on student support during clinical placement Β bullying

Both the survey and the above article demonstrate the importance of providing students with the best possible experience of our profession whilst they are with us in hospitals up and down the country learning how to become the next generation of radiographers. If we provide them with a negative experience, then what’s to say that they won’t go on and behave in a similar way when the time comes for them to pass on their knowledge?

If you read both these articles the first time around then thank you. If you haven’t seen them before, then please spare just a few moments of your time to catch up on the message they are trying to get across and if you can, share this with your colleagues!

#ReadLearnShare

Thank you!

Ben πŸ™‚

 

#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 from 06-07-16 ‘#bullying on clinical placement’

Ciao!

Another week, another #TOTW! This time i’d like to take the opportunity to re-highlight the issue of students being bullied whilst on clinical placement and so I chose:

“More than 60% of students feel they have been subjected to whilst on clinical placement,” 😦  

Any percentage of students feeling that they have been bullied whilst on clinical placement is not acceptable, but to hear that more than 60% of students asked felt they had experienced bullying whilst they were attending clinical practice is a terrible reflection on the radiography workforce. It makes me angry to think that there are radiographers out there who have forgotten what it’s like to be a student, and that they themselves were once a student and as such should no better!

Bullying in all forms is not acceptable. Simple as that. I ask my fellow radiographers to click on the link above and read the report, as well as the guidelines on bullying and harassment that are available to members of the Society.

It is our responsibility to give students the best possible experience they can possibly have so that they enjoy their time on clinical placement and in the future, once qualified, do the same for the next generation after them!

Please #ReadLearnShare.

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 03-12-15 ‘Plain film: YES or NO?’

Ciao!

So then, another week and another Twitter poll is the topic of my #TOTW:

Does the term imaging devalue the work we do? I don’t think so

So, you can see the question – what do you think? The results of the poll – admittedly only 10 people – showed that 70% said NO, use of the term plain film did not devalue the work we do, with the remaining 30% feeling that it does. As I stated in the Twitter poll itself, I do not believe that referring to ‘plain film’ imaging devalues the work I do as a diagnostic radiographer. Yes, I agree it is outdated as we no longer use films in imaging, and OK, so maybe there’s nothing ‘plain’ about what we do, but it’s descriptive. People know what we are referring to when we use the term.

This years Annual Delegates Conference saw a motion to see a change to the use of the term. It begs the question, does it really matter? I know that I have spent 3 years at university and worked hard in order to be able to do what I do, and I am happy to use the ‘outdated’ term. It does what is says on the tin. OK, so maybe it is inaccurate, but I don’t at present see anything better out there to replace it with. For example, it has been suggested by some that ‘primary’Β imaging would be better. However, ‘plain film‘ is not always the primary form of imaging these days, particularly in a trauma scenario when a patient more often that not takes a trip through a CT scanner before making their way to X-ray! Also I don’t feel that ‘primary’ imaging is descriptive enough as to the type of imaging that is taking place. Another of the alternatives suggested is that of ‘general‘ imaging. Now OK, so this is a term that I know is in use a bit more and when I was interviewed for my Band 6 position it was for ‘General and Trauma Imaging.’ However, the general bit still doesn’t really work for me either to be honest! I say if ain’t broke – don’t fix it! Until someone comes up with an obviously more descriptive and up-to-date term then I shall continue to use the term ‘plain film.’

What do you think? Answers in a comment to…

Ben πŸ™‚

#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

#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:

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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™‚