How familiar are clinician team mates?

Lack of familiarity between teammates is linked to worsened safety in high risk settings. The emergency department (ED) is a high risk healthcare setting where unfamiliar teams are created by diversity in clinician shift schedules and flexibility in clinician movement across the department. Dr Ellen Weber speaks to Dr Daniel Patterson about his research to characterise familiarity between clinician teammates in one urban teaching hospital ED over a 22 week study period.

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January 2015’s primary survey

Simon Carley, EMJ associate editor, talks you through the highlights of January's EMJ, including pulmonary embolism in pregnancy and the post partum period, the causes of suffering in the ED, and how to diagnose a patient by their facial expressions. For all the content from the issue, see: Listen to a podcast on diagnosis by face: Listen to a podcast on suffering in the ED:

Not all suffering is pain

Provision of prompt, effective analgesia is rightly considered as a standard of care in the emergency department (ED). However, much suffering is not ‘painful’ and may be under-recognised.

A recent paper in EMJ looked to describe the burden of suffering in the ED and explore how this may be best addressed from a patient centred perspective. Ellen Weber talks to lead author Richard Body, Emergency Department Research Office, Manchester Royal Infirmary, to hear what they found.

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DRC to Dar: one physician’s journey to emergency medicine

Dr Mundenga Mutendi Muller is a young doctor from Kindu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), currently training in the Emergency Medcine Residency at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He was interviewed in Dar es Salaam by Ellen Weber, EMJ Editor. This is an excerpt of their conversation.

An edit of the conversation is also available as a EMJ article: