GMC vs Bawa-Garba responses.

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Dr Gary Masterson, president of the society, reflects on the Intensive Care Member response to the case of GMC Vs Bawa-Garba.

Following the recent judgement in the case of GMC vs Bawa-Garba in the High Court the Society has expressed its concerns to its members and passed on advice from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AOMRC). We’ve received a number of replies from you, all of which offer food for thought.

There is, not surprisingly, serious concern expressed, both from working and retired members.

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Overpressure

 

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Jeremy Groves considers the facts behind the recent Independent article on critical care winter activity and NHS England’s response.

You may have seen the article about critical care in the  Independent a couple of weeks ago.  In it our president, Gary Masterson, outlined the pressure units were under this winter.  NHS England’s press office went into overdrive.  Tweeting via NHS Media they said “It’s simply not true that intensive care beds are full”.  So where do they get their information from?

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State of the Art Day 3 Roundup

Day 3 at the ‘State of the Art’ proved a fitting finale to a meeting packed with lively talks, discussion  and engagement.

The morning started with a call to action with respect to organ donation. Dr Paul Murphy discussed the Government’s consultation on whether to move from an opt in to an opt out system in England following the example set in Wales.  He felt that ‘the time is right’ for such a move. The talk coincided with the launch of an on-line survey aimed at gaining an insight into the views of the critical care community on presumed consent. You can find it here.  Don’t hold back & share you’re views.  The answers will help form the response to the consultation from the Society and Faculty.

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State of the Art Day 2 Round up

What has really come through in day 2 is the level of engagement and enthusiasm amongst the delegates. The varied program, enthusiasm of the speakers, and the fantastic support teams have taken the meeting from strength to strength.

The myth busting session in the morning got many people thinking: contrast induced nephropathy may not exist, post intensive care syndrome may not have anything to do with intensive care, and the Stewart model might just reign supreme for acid-base interpretation!

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State of the Art 2017 Day 1 Round Up.

We’ve had an incredibly energetic first day at State of the Art. People were buzzing as they entered the gates bright and early and the energy has yet to die down as I write this in the midst of the drinks reception sponsored by GE.

Our social media group were fantastic. They were on hand all day to moderate the various sessions, live-stream interviews with speakers and periscope stream from the conference floor.

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JICS is listed in PubMed .

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 The Society’s journal, the Journal of the Intensive Care Society, has achieved the milestone of a PubMed listing.  Jeremy Groves considers the background and implications of the decision.

The Journal of the Intensive Care Society (JICS) has always had a bit of a place in my heart.  Not only has it published a couple of my articles (astute, discerning editors) but it is readable too.  The format is light and airy, it has a wide variety of papers and individuals from all the disciplines within our speciality contribute.

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Hospital Politics

Reporters: M Beed, G Suntharalingam, P Brindley

As results came in, it became clear that asking hospital staff for their opinion had backfired. Ms May, from the orthopaedic wing of the party, has been accused of fighting a lacklustre campaign, and there are calls for her to resign as Chief Surgeon. Ms May has taken responsibility and has sought support from eight little-known staff Anaesthetists Continue reading “Hospital Politics”

The Manchester Attack – A personal view

The amazing responses of the of the NHS to the recent atrocities & fire in Manchester and London is a testament to the dedication of the critical care teams as well as other medical staff in those hospitals involved.  An overriding desire to help when adversity struck was the hallmark of their attitude.  The last five years in the NHS has been punctuated with feelings of doom at times – not enough money, not enough staff, too much poorly considered change etc, etc. It’s all too easy to forget why we entered our professions in the first place.  This blog by Dr Andrew Bently, Clinical Director of the University of South Manchester adult critical care unit might help jog our memories.

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Wanted: Patient representatives for the Society’s Patients and Relatives Committee

One of the key principles underlying the National Health Service is that it aspires to ‘put patients at the heart of everything it does’.(1) This aim is reflected by the Society in its Patients and Relatives Committee.  The Committee provides an influential forum for patient centred discussion on issues pertaining to intensive care, and it advises external bodies as well as the Society itself. Continue reading “Wanted: Patient representatives for the Society’s Patients and Relatives Committee”