Crash Course: Foundation Doctor's Guide to Medicine and Surgery

2nd Edition


  • Miles Witham
  • Paramjit Jeetley
  • Emily Morton
  • Key Features

    • Concise coverage of the essentials for on-the-ward reference
    • Symptom-based approach to acute medical and surgical presentations, with differential diagnoses and management
    • Separate sections on spotting and managing medical emergencies and surgical emergencies
    • Step-by-step guide to practical procedures
    • Enhanced chapter on ECG interpretation
    • New chapter on the Foundation Programme

    Table of Contents

    The basics Your first day What to write What to say Managing your work Preparing patients for theatre What to do when things go wrong Asking for and getting help Foundation programme Introduction Why has the training of doctors changed? People to know Job selection Competencies Teaching E-portfolio Significant event analysis (SEA) Work experience and study leave Specialty exams Feedback Careers advice What to do if you are having problems And after the foundation years? Specialist and GP training Fixed-term specialist training appointments Career posts Further information Practical procedures Preparing a patient for a procedure Venepuncture Cannulation Arterial blood gas (ABG) measurement Urinary catheterization – male Urinary catheterization – female SC and IM injections ECGs and cardiac monitors Lumbar puncture Nasogastric tubes Pleural tap Giving IV drugs and fluids Ascitic tap and/or drainage (paracentesis) Chest drain insertion Chest drain removal Central line placement Drug issues Pain control Constipation Nausea and vomiting Anticoagulation Steroids Sedation Blood and blood products Medical emergencies Cardiac arrest Acute MI Acute coronary syndromes Acute left ventricular failure Arrhythmias Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) Hyperosmolar non-ketotic state (HONK) Status epilepticus Meningococcal sepsis/meningitis Liver failure Upper GI bleed Acute renal failure Acute asthma Acute exacerbation of COPD Pulmonary embolism Pneumonia Pneumothorax Surgical emergencies The acute abdomen Acute appendicitis Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) Acute pancreatitis Bowel obstruction Diverticulitis Perforation Ischaemic gut Lower GI bleed Strangulated hernia Biliary colic and cholecystitis Acute limb ischaemia Testicular torsion Acute urinary retention Renal colic Medical presentations The sick patient Chest pain Acute breathlessness Hypotension Hypertension Tachycardias Bradycardias Nausea and vomiting Diarrhoea The unconscious patient ‘Off the legs’ The patient with a fev


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    About the editors

    Miles Witham

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ageing and Health, Section of Ageing and Health, University of Dundee; Honorary Consultant Geriatrician, NHS Tayside, UK

    Paramjit Jeetley

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Cardiology SpR, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK

    Emily Morton

    Affiliations and Expertise

    F2 House Officer, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, UK