Interns & RMOs in ED

Goals and Objectives of the Emergency Term

  • Be able to recognise and institute emergency management of life-threatening conditions
  • Be able to assess “the undifferentiated patient” and institute timely management
  • Be comfortable with performing most of the key essential practical skills
  • Have an appreciation of the principles of pain management in an acute situation
  • Understand how and why patients present to emergency departments
  • Understand the importance of triage in the management of an emergency department
  • Be familiar with most common emergency presentations
  • Have an appreciation of the role an emergency department has in the community and in the hospital
  • Understand your role within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Be aware of your limitations and know when to seek assistance
  • Develop effective time management skills
  • Be aware of your own personal and professional needs when working in a busy sometime hostile environment at all hours
  • Be able to communicate effectively with colleagues across the healthcare team
  • Be able to access quality information and resources
  • Utilise clinical support services in an appropriate, timely & cost-effective manner

The ED is an ideal place for interns and RMOs to receive wide exposure to a great variety of medical conditions and to gain experience in procedural skills in a closely supervised and supported environment. Most junior doctors enjoy their time here and find it a valuable experience. However, it is understood that many junior doctors are inexperienced, so there are certain conditions they are expected to comply with for their safety, and the safety of the patients, and the efficient running of the ED.

Junior doctors should perform all procedures required for their patients, including IV cannulation, urinary catheters, venepuncture, slings and plasters. If unsure, ask for help/supervision. Remember to complete your logbook.

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