The beginning of a very interesting future!
This page is about giving you tips and ideas for the right tools to fly through your clinical practice education. Be that suggestion for books, revision tips, apps, etc.
books and apps
Depending what type of course you are studying. I'd probably also hang fire to see what is available when you start training; but honestly, get your own reading materials. It's yours then - you can highlight and make it personal so it sticks in your mind.
I've recommended 5 - which are useful for any student ambulance clinician. If you want to get started; the five I have mentioned are very useful.
You'll always have your phone handy too, so take a look at the useful apps. They're good for both in education and practice!
I'm being serious when I say this; take notes.
Don't sit there and stare into space, or fall asleep (although at times, it may be tempting.)
Make your notes colourful, interesting to look at and easy to follow. It doesn't really matter how you take them - but as long as you have something to look back and revise from for quizzes and tests. Head over to the revision tips button! They're suggestions, and ones I found useful - see which method works best for you. Be creative!
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Throughout your clinical education, you will undergo a number of different assessments. These will include both written, quizzes and practical assessments.
Prepare yourself - Crazy as it sounds. Get involved at every chance to practice (be this patient assessment/history taking, or ILS, or using the equipment.) People will be in the same position as you - so, get a group together, sit down and work through it. The ambulance service is built on teamwork and this is where it all starts!
Ask for help - your clinical education tutors are there to support you. They are full of knowledge and experience. Do not be afraid to ask to go through something, or ask them to demonstrate a scenario of how something is preferred to be done.
Plan - This may also sound crazy, but if you get chance. Sit down and write out a strategy of how you will deal with a few scenarios. For example, acute shortness of breath, cardiac arrest, or an unconscious-breathing patient. It gets you into the habit of talking things through, which you may have to do in your assessments.
The hidden gem. This is an example of differential diagnosis for the dreaded 'short of breath' sentence. It gets you to think outside the box.
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Yeah, ECGs. Important! But, don't worry about learning every single one - learn the basics.
- QRS size and depth
- P waves present
- PR relationship
Once you master these five points, ECGs will begin to make sense.
Another good way to practice interpretation is by using a rhythm generator and making it into a game with a few other trainees. Work out what ECG has been printed off/displayed on the monitor.
clinical skill tips
Regardless of what you are studying to become, one of the main roles will always be both clinical assessments of a patient and supporting the senior clinician. Very important jobs, in fact!
Practice will make perfect.
That's probably the only tips I can suggest. Practice on family, friends, course-mates. Get used to using spare-time to home in on these skills; as they will also form part of your assessments (and will eventually be used to impress your mentor when out on the road.)
patient assessment tips
If you are stuck with where to start with a patient assessment - I would suggest buying the pocketbook available in the 'Store Room' - It's simple to use and follow, it also gives you some idea of what should be done within each stage.
However, you can also have a look at youtube videos, other websites and pages that are there to help students like yourself.
Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Childhood Conditions and Trauma quiz and, even possibly a workbook