Day 31 - Moving and Handling (25/10/2017)

8am start. Still dark driving to uni, surprisingly a solid 80% or so of the cohort seem to have made it. The lecturer provides skittles to fuel our protesting corpses. He does not like the green ones.

CBL afterwards at 9, concluded our case with the patient struggling to pass urine. BPH was the correct diagnosis, and we wound up by examining the various treatment options available. Medications can be delivered to reduce the swelling of the prostate and ease flow, or it can be removed surgically. Our patient opted for a non-invasive medication scheme and was presumably fine afterwards.

The saddest breakfast

The saddest breakfast

Had a nice little meeting with the other Boar science writers in the morning - everyone seems engaged and we even had a cringeworthy icebreaker game. What more could you ask for. Getting involved with the writing and editing community has been one of the thing's I've most looked forward to and first impressions are very positive.

In the afternoon we headed back to George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton for some 'Moving and Handling' training. Essentially, this covered how to lift loads correctly, move patients around into different positions and protect your spine while doing so. I've had some extremely barebones load movement training before while working for an electronics retailer, but this was a bit more in depth, and was actually really useful. I'm not the biggest fan of crippling spinal injuries, particularly if I were to be the one having them.


Having made it onsite sooner than expected, our humble foursome ventured to the hospital restaurant, where we came across a bizarrely eclectic selection of ice cream flavours. I opted for Chocolate Hazelnut, but among them were Orange Marmalade, Rocky Road and an electric blue Bubblegum. I think more trips might be made here in future.

We ended the session with a talk on how to get someone out of a chair in the event of a cardiac arrest. This involved shunting the patient partially over the side of their chair and folding their legs over such that they slid out onto the floor, where CPR compressions could be performed. We all felt quite bad, because for our instructor this required a drop onto the floor, which myself and Tom failed to replicate by ourselves - if you're anticipating the drop, you hold yourself in place by tensing your waist and don't move much.