Practical Medical Procedures at a Glance
April 2015, ©2015, Wiley-Blackwell
British Medical Association Book Awards winner - Young Author's Award 2016
Practical Medical Procedures at a Glance covers all the practical procedures required of UK medical students, Foundation Doctors, and other medical students worldwide, and provides a vital introduction and quick reference to support clinical skills sessions and ward placements. Providing clear explanations of each skill so that they can be efficiently learned, and ultimately, safely practiced, this guide is the perfect companion to clinical practice.
Practical Medical Procedures at a Glance:
- Provides broad topic coverage based on the GMC guidelines as listed in Tomorrow’s Doctors, with concise and accessible explanation of the reasoning behind the skills
- Includes aide-memoires, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and checklists for self-evaluation
- Uses large, clear photographs and diagrams in a ‘step-by-step’ approach to each procedure and skill
- Features valuable "contraindications" that show when it’s inappropriate to carry out certain procedures
- Includes a companion website at www.ataglanceseries.com/practicalmedprocedures featuring interactive multiple choice questions and videos demonstrating practical techniques
Beginning with basic procedures and progressing to more complex skills, Practical Medical Procedures at a Glance builds confidence and provides an invaluable overview of the skills needed throughout medical school and beyond, regardless of specialty.
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Part 1 Introduction 1
1 Overview of practical procedures 2
2 Non-technical skills 4
3 Waste, sharps disposal and injuries 6
Part 2 Common preliminary components 9
4 Identifying a patient 10
5 Consent, capacity and documentation 12
6 Hand hygiene and personal protective equipment 14
7 Scrubbing in 16
8 Asepsis 18
Part 3 Common non-invasive ward procedures 21
9 Measuring vital signs 22
10 Writing a safe prescription 24
Part 4 Common invasive ward procedures 27
11 Performing venepuncture 28
12 Taking blood cultures 30
13 Inserting a cannula in a peripheral vein 32
14 Measuring blood glucose 34
15 Suturing 36
Part 5 Administering medications 39
16 Administering intravenous infusions 40
17 Administering intravenous infusions of blood and blood products 42
18 Administering parenteral medications 44
19 Administering injections 46
Part 6 Common procedures – respiratory 49
20 Measuring arterial blood gas 50
21 Administering oxygen therapy 52
22 Using inhalers and nebulisers 54
23 Assessing respiratory function 56
24 Using airway manoeuvres and simple adjuncts 58
25 Ventilating with a bag valve mask device 60
Part 7 Common procedures – cardiology 63
26 Recording a 12-lead electrocardiogram 64
27 Performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation 66
Part 8 Common procedures – gastroenterology 69
28 Inserting a nasogastric tube 70
29 Performing a digital rectal examination 72
Part 9 Common procedures – urology 75
30 Performing urinalysis 76
31 Inserting a bladder catheter 78
Part 10 Common procedures – otolaryngology 81
32 Performing otoscopy 82
Part 11 Common procedures – ophthalmology 85
33 Performing ophthalmoscopy 86
Part 12 Common procedures – end-of-life care 89
34 Confirming and certifying death 90
Part 13 Supplementary resources 93
Multiple choice questions 94
Answers to multiple choice questions 104
Further reading and references 114
South Thames Foundation programme, Croydon Hospital, London
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