Dr Linda Jayne Mottram, Intensive Care Consultant at Belfast HSC Hospital discusses the crucial importance of maintaining clinicians mental wellbeing in the current medical culture.
Basic life support algorithms start with the premise that clinicians check for danger before approaching the patient. The rationale being that if you are injured by something in the environment, you will be of little practical use to a patient in extremis. The same logic applies to scene safety in prehospital medicine. No one questions your commitment to the patient by protecting yourself first, because it makes common sense to do so. You have to be free from injury in order to provide any meaningful assistance.