Podcast January 2024

Podcast – January 2024 Monthly Round Up – New Year resolutions, incubating poisoned patients and wellbeing the Emergency Department

Welcome to the St Emlyn’s Monthly Podcast, your go-to source for the latest insights, developments, and discussions in emergency medicine and critical care. Each month, Simon and Iain will bring you in-depth analysis, evidence-based practices, and practical advice to enhance your clinical practice and professional development. Whether you are a seasoned practitioner or just starting your journey in the field, our podcast aims to provide valuable knowledge and foster a community of learning and support.

In this round-up of April 2024, we talk about a wide range of issues relating to emergency medicine, including habits, the management of the comatose overdose patient and retention/recruitment issues in UK emergency medicine.

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Listening time – 24:56

Resolutions or habits?

The blog post on St. Emlyn’s explores the effectiveness of habits over resolutions for achieving personal goals. The author, Liz Crowe, argues that motivation is fleeting and often insufficient for sustaining long-term changes. Instead, forming habits through consistent cues, behaviours, and rewards is more effective. Habits automate behaviours, reducing the cognitive load and making it easier to maintain new routines. The article emphasizes starting small, being patient, and using strong, consistent cues to develop new habits over time.

JC – Retention, working conditions and opportunities in EM

We discuss a study on the retention, working conditions, and opportunities in UK emergency medicine. It highlights four key themes affecting staff: a culture of blame and negativity, untenable work environments, compromised leadership, and the need for support. The study emphasizes that strong leadership is crucial for improvement. Recommendations include early leadership training, ongoing skill development, and addressing workplace culture and environment issues. The paper suggests these changes can positively impact staff retention and working conditions.


JC – Intubation for the low GCS poisoned patient

Is intubation necessary for patients with low Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) due to acute poisoning. The discussed study, a multicenter randomized trial, found that a conservative approach (withholding intubation unless specific criteria are met) resulted in better clinical outcomes and fewer adverse events compared to routine intubation. The study suggests that many patients can be safely managed without immediate intubation, although close monitoring is essential.


Cite this article as: Simon Carley, "Podcast – January 2024 Monthly Round Up – New Year resolutions, incubating poisoned patients and wellbeing the Emergency Department," in St.Emlyn's, February 24, 2024, https://www.stemlynsblog.org/st-emlyns-podcast-round-up-january-2024/.

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