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Knowledge of aspects of acute care in trainee doctors
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    Should inexperienced trainees be delivering acute medical services?

    Dear Editor

    Earlier this year your journal published an article by Smith and Poplett [1] which discussed the findings of a questionnaire that had been answered by newly qualified pre-registration house officers and senior house officers. The questions concerned various aspects of basic acute medical care. The results suggested significant gaps in knowledge and understanding of both the signs and immediate managem...

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    Knowledge of acute care is subacute

    Dear Editor

    This article has correctly pointed out the deficit in todays training system. There is no lack of knowledge but the lack of skills and inability to use them in acute situations. There are various reasons like shortage of doctors,long working hours, doctors providing phlebotomy services.

    A more formalised and structured approach to training in acute situations and procedures should be provided. T...

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    Knowledge but not useful knowledge

    Dear Editor

    It is not clear in this article how the conceptual leap from some of the knowledge tested to inability to care for critically ill patients has been made. Does not knowing the survival rate of patients suffering a cardiac arrest, for example, or the role of the bag attached to a non-rebreathing oxygen mask really compromise patient care?

    From the limited results presented, there is no data whats...

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