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Are emergency department junior doctors becoming less experienced in performing common practical procedures?
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    Excellence in medical procedure rules modern medicine.

    What’s important is to know what we mean by ‘common practical procedures’. If it means starting an IV line or intubation or putting a naso gastric tube, then yes, all doctors should know these basic life saving procedures. I think all medical procedures that can help save a life should be taught to all medical students. All ‘doctors’ should be expert in resuscitation. Everyone should know ABC of resuscitation. No life sh...

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    Practical Procedures in A&E

    Sir, a number of other considerations may be helpful here. First, the most recent graduates to pass through ED are products of the new style undergraduate curriculum which emphasises critical self learning and omits a lot of the practical work involved in dissection or laboratory work. I recently asked a group of a dozen SHOs on the NW regional induction course how many had felt or held the pericardium. The answer was none...

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