'The Unofficial Guide to Practical Skills' follows on from 'The Unofficial Guide to Passing OSCEs', which has sold 8000 copies in 2 years. It covers over 50 practical skills for medical students, nurses, junior doctors, and other healthcare professionals, including all of the core competencies- more than any other practical skills book on the market. Uniquely it is fully illustrated with over 200 color photos/illustrations, and has accompanying mark schemes to simulate real-life assessment, with model answers so students can check how well they are performing. This book has relevance beyond examinations, for post graduate further education and as a day-to-day reference for professionals
Zeshan Qureshi is a Paediatrician based at Great Ormond Street and the Institute of Child Health. He graduated with distinction from the university of Southampton, and has published and presented research work extensively and internationally in the fields of pharmacology and medical education. Whilst working in Edinburgh he was part of the leadership team developing a near peer teaching programme, where by junior doctors, throughout south east scotland, were both trained to teach, and delivered teaching across every hospital in the area. This book is an extension of this philosophy: that junior doctors and fresh graduates know how to express complex ideas in order for it to be easily understood from a students perspective. That junior doctors can teach, and write in a complimentary way to senior doctors: one that is friendly and fun, easy to read and relevant to both exams, and the day to day to life of junior doctors. Emily Hotton is a Foundation Doctor working within Severn Deanery following her graduation from the University of Bristol. During her undergraduate training she has published and presented several research projects. During her training in Bristol she was part of a research group developing an interprofessional training programme for maternity students. This work won her the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Calcutta Eden Hospital Prize 2012. Stemming from this, her interest in training and medical education grew. She initially became involved in the Unofficial Guide Series by reviewing individual sections, her role grew to reviewing books and recommending adaptations. This sparked her interest in writing and she became an author and editor for the series. She shares the ethos of 'The Unofficial Guide Series' - that fresh graduates are able to impart knowledge in an interactive, logical, accessible and interesting manner to both students and trainees.
Contents 1. Simple Patient Assessments 1.1 Heart Rate and Respiratory Rate 1.2 Oxygen Saturation 1.3 Blood Pressure 1.4 Lying and Standing Blood Pressure 1.5 Ankle Brachial Pressure Index 1.6 Blood Glucose 1.7 MRSA swab 1.8 Body Mass Index 1.9 Nutritional Assessment 2. Acute Patient Management 2.1 Immediate Life Support 2.2 Choking 2.3 Sizing and Fitting a Hard Collar 2.4 Airway Management 2.5 Administering Oxygen 2.6 Intravenous Cannulation 2.7 Setting up a Giving Set 2.8 Blood Transfusion 2.9 ECG Interpretation 2.10 Fundoscopy 2.11 Central Venous Lines 3. Blood Tests 3.1 Phlebotomy 3.2 Blood Cultures 3.3 Arterial Blood Gas 3.4 Blood Gas Interpretation 4. Medication Administration 4.1 Intramuscular Injections 4.2 Subcutaneous Injections 4.3 Intradermal Injections 4.4 Intravenous Drugs 4.5 Drug Administration via Nebuliser 4.6 Operating a Syringe Driver 5. Medicine and Surgery 5.1 Simple Dressing Change 5.2 Knee Joint Aspiration 5.3 Nasogastric Tube Insertion 5.4 Diagnostic Pleural Tap 5.5 Diagnostic Ascitic Tap 5.6 Lumbar Puncture 5.7 Proctoscopy 5.8 Flexible Sigmoidoscopy 5.9 Instruments 5.10 Suturing 5.11 Surgical Gowning and Gloving 6. Urology 6.1 Urinalysis 6.2 Male Urethral Catheterisation 6.3 Female Urethral Catheterisation 6.4 Suprapubic Cathetersation 7. Paediatrics 7.1 Peak Flow 7.2 Inhaler Technique 7.3 Preparing Baby Formula Milk 8. General Skills 8.1 Hand Washing 8.2 Infection Control 8.3 Manual Handling 8.4 Death Certification