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Trauma list fasting times audit – the water sip challenge

An audit of trauma list fasting times conducted at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, by Claire Daly and co-workers For safety reasons, patients should not eat or drink immediately before anaesthesia.

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Study offers new clue into how anaesthesia interacts with the brain

How anaesthetic drugs interact with the brain to block pain and induce a coma-like, memory-free state has been a mystery since anaesthesia was first used in operating theatres more than

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Emergency doctors can treat paediatric pain without a needle

Children in emergency departments can safely be treated for paediatric pain from limb injuries using intranasal ketamine, a drug more typically used for sedation, according to the results of the

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Care for COPD patients has improved but is still not good enough

Care for COPD patients has improved but is still not good enough The national COPD clinical audit report COPD: who cares matters, just published, shows that some aspects of care

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Standards of conduct – General Medical Council (GMC)

Consulting editor James Watts gives a brief seminar on the complaints processes at the General Medical Council (GMC) The role of the General Medical Council (GMC) as the regulator of

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Nearly one in ten doctors in training experience bullying

Bullying and undermining are too common in medical training, according to the General Medical Council (GMC). A survey of the 50,000 doctors in training found nearly one in ten reporting

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“Doctors should not fund the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)”

Doctors should not fund the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) through annual registration fees paid to the General Medical Council (GMC), the Medical Defence Union (MDU) has said. The MDU made

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CME Medical awarded top training accolade

CME Medical has been awarded the Skills for Health Quality Mark for its technical training programme, showing that its training programmes have met the superior training and learning standards expected

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Doctors will play a crucial role in new legal duty of candour

Under the statutory duty of candour which has been introduced, NHS bodies in England (trusts, foundation trusts and special health authorities) must tell patients promptly about ‘notifiable patient safety incidents’,

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The anaesthetic tea party – commitment to cleanliness

Patrick Ward takes a light-hearted approach to emphasise an anaesthetist’s commitment to cleanliness To: All anaesthetists, ODAs, ODPs, PAs, theatre and ICU staff with a commitment to cleanliness When: Every