‘Why tomorrow’s patient needs a digital NHS’

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Dr Robert Lloyd @PonderingEM is our MC – he’s talking of the front line challenges in the NHS #DHLcollaborate pic.twitter.com/7cCmubkm82 — Keith Grimes (@keithgrimes) February 22, 2017 On February 22, I had the honour of compèring an event that brought together NHS leaders, senior clinicians and digital entrepreneurs – #DHLcollaborate. It was the one-year summit of DigitalHealth.London, an organisation […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 2: PRACTICE

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In MMTM Part 1, two-step cognitive appraisals were explained. This process dictates whether one enters a challenged or threatened mindset in the event where an immediate performance is required under acute stress. Feeling challenged, of course, is one of the two chief components of a mentally tough individual. “I am 100% committed” “I feel challenged” In this post, we […]

‘My Mental Toughness Manifesto’ Part 1: Cognitive Appraisals

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It has been an exciting period for me recently. Last month I was at the International Special Training Centre (ISTC) in Pfullendorf, Germany, where I had the honour of speaking to a group of Special Operations Combat Medics in-training from eleven nations across NATO. Staying at the base, meeting the guys, and contributing to their fantastic 26-week […]

Resources for ISTC NSOCM students

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This is a post intended for the NSOCM students I presented to last week at the ISTC The title of my session was: ‘Practice, Perform, Process': Strategies for Building Mental Toughness. Here are some of the resources I used to design the session, which I believe will be useful for you guys. Books On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology […]

Assessing Airways in the ED

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I’m an anaesthetic registrar in North East London (@andrewwilko1986). On a daily basis I perform airway assessments. Although not a classic medical school patient examination, it’s an extremely important process. Fortunately it’s very simple, and in this blog I’d like to highlight why it’s important, and some concepts to think about when dealing with a patient that might […]

The ‘Deliberate Practice Mindset’

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Performance improvement is an interest of mine. I have previously blogged and podcasted about the strategies I employed to lift my game (from rock-bottom) when working in an extreme environment – a South African township ED. I first became aware of ‘deliberate practice’ after reading an excellent St. Emlyn’s post last year. I had never encountered […]

Let me see (BOTH) your hands! BVM technique in resus

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Let’s face it – when it comes to riding bicycles, inserting cannulas, tying knots, and even manipulating lingerie, fewer hands is just better, right? Well not so fast. Sometimes it’s preferable to play it safe.  Keep your eyes on the road. Even ride with stabilisers on. This couldn’t apply more when it comes to manual […]