David Brake writes, “It’s been a nervous week for patients.” On the heels of the Annals of Internal Medicine series examining medical mistakes in U.S. practice, which I pointed to below, comes this BBC report. Junior doctors ‘lack knowledge’
Many junior doctors do not know the signs that a patient is critically ill, according to a report…. Its authors recommend an urgent overhaul of the training provided by medical schools…
The researchers found almost a third of doctors failed to answer a question on how to deal with someone who was unconscious.
None of the trainees identified all of the steps involved in using an oxygen mask, and a fifth did not understand how it worked….