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Personality and emergency medicine
There is a popularly held belief that personality trait has a major influence on an individual's choice of career. Hypothesising that paramedics and emergency physicians may have certain personality traits and have an affinity for sensation seeking and risk taking behaviour, Frank-Gerald Pajonk and colleagues investigated using a questionnaire involving the Hamburg Personality Inventory. It may sound reassuring that up to 70% of paramedics and emergency physicians have personality characteristics which may be regarded as ‘resilient and stable’, but what about the rest? Turn to (see page 141) to find out.
Various different models exist around the world for the transfer of critically ill patients between hospitals. In some places, interhospital transfer teams are staffed by anaesthetists and/or specialists from the intensive care unit Many Emergency Departments (EDs) are not staffed to a level which permits them to release individuals to staff an interhospital transfer team. Shuk Man Lo and team report upon their experience of transfer of …