EM doctors on the shop floor get interrupted about twelve times an hour... that's once every five minutes! Here are my challenges to all of us to try and reduce the plague of interruptions.
Researchers tested the learning of students who had either taken handwritten notes or notes on a (non internet enabled) laptop during a presentation and they discovered that those who had taken handwritten notes did better.
This blog is based on a talk I gave at The ResusNL conference in The Netherlands and you can see a recording of it here. It was my first speaking opportunity outside of the UK and I was incredibly nervous but everyone was very welcoming and made me feel at ease. I hope you enjoy … Continue reading Diagnostic Thinking in Resuscitation – Analytical or Analogical
A recent tweet from the account of the QI Elves has added a new Rubber Duck to my consciousness and rather bizarrely it is related to my interest in Diagnostic Thinking. Is it possible that a rubber duck could reduce errors and improve patient safety?
The frailties of our cognition are long established and whilst it may not be possible, or even desirable, to have all clinicians thinking alike, we must acknowledge these faults inherent in human thinking and make deliberate efforts to mitigate them. What follows are six simple questions that attempt to trigger a more reflective process by diagnosticians and potentially reduce the impact of erroneous thinking.
Problem solving is a key part of what we do as doctors: that’s what the diagnostic process is. As seniors it is our responsibility to help teach this skill and train our junior colleagues in it but do we actually understand how our brains solve problems and how that might apply to our clinical practice?