This book is an excellent resource for medical students of all years. It addresses two of the most important and essential aspects in clinical practice - undertaking clinical procedures and effective communication skills. Whilst a number of booksMoreThis book is an excellent resource for medical students of all years. It addresses two of the most important and essential aspects in clinical practice - undertaking clinical procedures and effective communication skills. Whilst a number of books provide factual knowledge, there is a paucity of resources that cover the aforementioned areas.
This book covers the practical aspects for undertaking a clinical procedure in a step-by-step manner. Each procedure is broken down into sections to help focus on the various stages of performing it. The chapter starts from the initial gathering of the thought process, the purpose of the procedure, the equipment and the set-up required, undertaking the procedure, and finally the potential complications.
For some procedures the pertinent theory is also summarised. The book also covers some of the common communication scenarios that the students frequently find challenging. These include stations on difficult consultation, breaking bad news, information giving and information gathering, and consenting for surgical and invasive procedures. At the end of the each scenario, a fact file is provided to help consolidate the students understanding of the topic.Topics ListProcedures:Arterial blood gas samplingVenepuncturePeripheral venous cannulationAdministrating intravenous medicationIntramuscular and subcutaneous injectionsBlood pressure measurementElectrocardiogram tracingNasogstric tube insertionMale and female urinary catheterisationPer rectal examinationPeak expiratory flow rate measurementUse of metered dose inhalerSurgical technique for interrupted suturingCommunication skills:Chest PainPer rectal (PR) bleedingExplanation for colonoscopyExplanation for ERCPExplanation of warfarin therapyAssessing risk of suicideAssessing risk of alcohol abuseBreaking bad news of cancelled operationBreaking bad news of stroke diagnosisBreaking bad news of sexually transmitted infectionBreaking bad news of epilepsy diagnosis