Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hot Children

I seem to be going to a lot of children recently that are hotter than normal for a number of reasons.

What worries me is the fact that the parents don't do anything about it and leave it to us.

The following steps would make these children more comfortable and reduce the temperature;

1. Turn the heating down - the number of flats and houses that - I have gone to houses and flats where the temperature is so high, you start sweating as soon as you get through the door.

2. Strip the baby down to the nappy - Most of them have been wrapped up as if they were eskimos in a snow storm. Surely if you are hot, you take off a layer of clothes so why not do this for the baby?

3. Give them Calpol - Given on a four hourly basis this can reduce the temperature down towards the normal.

4. See the GP - This will mean that you won't have to spend hours in A&E with the child in the middle of the night.

Why does common sense leave so many parents?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Holby City

Not a programe that I normally watch, but, for some reason I did last night.

Why?

I really have not got a clue.

People injured in an RTC (Road Traffic Collision), taken straight to a ward without even a thought for A&E or is this the 'New streamlined NHS' that the Health Secretary is after. After all, it would save money by not having A&E. Think about the savings for wages of Doctors, Nurses, Reception Staff and A&E Porters as well as the equipment that is only used there and building maintenance.

If we are going to go straight to the wards, does this mean a big pay rise because we can now diagnose injuries and illnesses without any diagnostic or x-ray equipment.

The other part of it is, how many ambulance crews are going to be stuck trying to offload a patientinto a ward with no beds. It's bad enough in A&E on a busy night.