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Volume 2, Issue 1 - May 2008



Volume 2, Issue 1
  • Foreword by Editor-in-Chief, Dr Humayun Ayub

"In line with our commitment to advance learning, knowledge and research worldwide in the clinical skills field, the launch issue of the International Journal of Clinical Skills (IJOCS) provided informative quality articles for the global healthcare arena…"

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Can we instinctively estimate vital signs?

"Many healthcare professionals report anecdotally that they can instinctively tell normal pulse and respiratory rates from abnormal without formally timing their observations. In practice, clinical observations are usually performed for us by a machine..."

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James Henderson, Sarah McCracken


Experiences of a large student-tutoring scheme - the blind leading the blind or a useful tool for all involved?

"Clinical skills teaching for health-care providers encompasses history taking, physical examination as well as procedural skills and diagnostics and occurs mainly in the clinical environment where students are often relatively..."

(570kb) (Abstract)
Johnathan Bath, Sally Richardson, John Rees


Does simulation training improve the ability of interns to manage acutely unwell patients?

"Adverse events due to errors in medical management are common in teaching hospitals1-4.New medical graduates often lack essential clinical skills at the beginning of their intern year5-7 and in particular, the skills to manage critically ill patients..."

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John Thwaites, Phil Hider, Dale Sheehan, Steve Smith


How useful is simulation in preparing students for practice in the ambulatory care setting?

"An increasing proportion of patient care in urology is delivered through outpatient clinics and day case surgery.1 Clinical teaching therefore occurs in a very fast moving context with rapid patient turnover involving a multiprofessional team..."

(559kb) (Abstract)
Lysa Owen, Derek Byrne, Jean Ker


Effectiveness of simulation on promoting student nurses management skills.

"Employers of the health service require qualified and competent staff nurses to provide quality nursing care. The nature of the newly qualified nurses’ role has changed..."

(558kb) (Abstract)
Susan Hourican, Mary McGrath, Colette Lyng, Caron McMahon, Daniela Lehwaldt


Use of educational resources by Graduate Entry Medical Students to learn clinical skills

"Studies have shown that the performance of clinical skills by doctors is often poor[1-3] and changes have been implemented to improve performance.4, 5 However, the optimal methods of teaching clinical skills are not well defined.3,6..."

(602kb) (Abstract)
Aidan Byrne, L. Pugsley


Medical undergraduates' competence and confidence in Basic Life Support Skills

"Confidence and competence are linked but are not synonymous. Competence is defined according to the Oxford English dictionary as 'having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully'..."

(571kb) (Abstract)
Caroline Shepard, Lucy Ambrose, Susan Somerville, Jean Ker


Taking control of your learning through simulation education

"The most recent national review of nurse education in the United Kingdom (UK) the Fitness for Practice Report was published in 1999.1 The recommendations identified the need for nurse education to respond to the changing demands of..."

(550kb) (Abstract)
Jacqueline McCallum


Usability evaluation of a haptic-based clinical skills training system

"Virtual environments are a growth area for clinical skills training,1 for example interaction with virtual patients2 and training for medical procedures.3,4,5 Simulated medical environments allow clinical staff to..."

(707kb) (Abstract)
Shamus Smith, Susan Todd


Teaching Intimate Examinations: Combining Communication and Clinical Skills

"The Southampton Clinical Skills Centre evolved in the late 1990s following the ‘Southampton Clinical Skills Project,’ a needs-assessment and feasibility study to consider the development of a multi-professional clinical skills facility based at Southampton..."

(556kb) (Abstract)
John Perry, Nick Purkis, Carrie Hamilton


Venepuncture - a necessity or 'reflex testing'?

"Studies have shown that a significant number of patients experience more discomfort than they were expecting during phlebotomy.3 In order to practice the patient centred approach to health care, practitioners must..."


(534kb) (Abstract)
Ashia Shafi


The benefits and challenges of using simulation in nurse education: A review of the literature

"Simulation is an educational technique that allows interactive activity by recreating all or part of a clinical experience in a safe environment that is conducive to learning without fear of personal failure or compromising client..."

(548kb) (Abstract)
Catherine Houghton, Dympna Casey, David Shaw


Fundoscopy: A structured teaching resource

"Structured, objective assessment of clinical skills and competence has been used to examine medical students and junior doctors since..."


(617kb) (Abstract)
James Rainsbury, Vinod Patel


A critical evaluation of how Clinical Skills is taught, its worth as a teaching tool and its part in assessments

"This paper aims to critically evaluate a sector of the current educational methods offered at the University of Liverpool. This was done by using prior knowledge and literature in the form of books and..."

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Latifa Patel


Correspondence

"As an anaesthetist, I regularly meet medical students assigned to theatre sessions in order to practice peripheral intravenous cannula (IVC) insertion..."




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