Preparing for Medical School

Posted by admin on September 20, 2013 at 9:30 am. Filed under: Medical Training

Whether you’re a student, a soon to be student or a teacher in the medical field, you’ll be buying a lot of textbooks with the most up-to-date information, studies and techniques. Perhaps you’re looking to specialise in a particular field and want to do some extra reading to gain extra knowledge to get that edge over the competition. We can all agree that whoever you are, buying medical textbooks can be pretty pricey, especially if you’re looking to invest in every book on the reading list and more besides. However, this isn’t the case if you buy from us.

Before starting a medical degree, you should get some background reading done, whether you have your reading list yet or not. An anatomy book is a good start to become familiar with the many hundreds of names and functions of the body. A medical degree isn’t easy, so any extra time you have to gain that little bit more knowledge will pay off in the long run. Stocking up on books can be pretty expensive, not to mention all the other things that come with starting university and probably moving away from home for the first time. All the hospital equipment you will need will be provided to you either in the university or the hospital placement, but you will need your own stethoscope. Your stethoscope will be with you throughout your medical career so you should pick wisely.

Littman stethoscopes are popular with doctors and nurses alike as they are of extremely high quality and come in a range of styles and colours, from paediatric, infant and adult to lightweight and electronic ones. When choosing a stethoscope, you should choose one which suits you, one which you find comfortable to wear and is of high quality. It can be expensive to buy a stethoscope but see it as investment in your future.

Once you’re into your learning, and you have done some theory and practical based lessons, DVDs and CDs can be excellent training tools, as it provides a more interactive medium, especially for those drier topics which can be tough to get through in a textbook. DVDs are a great visual medium to show procedures and decision making in real time, giving the viewer a much more real life experience. Seeing a DVD such as Trauma Care, a student can almost ‘play along’ with it putting into practice what they have learned from books and practical experience.

Medical textbooks aren’t just for the medical student, they can be used by anyone who has an interest in medicine. Nurses and other practitioners can also find the books useful, especially if they are specialising in one particular area such as paediatrics, trauma or diabetes to name but a few. Plus every medical professional should have an anatomy book as part of their collection!

It can become expensive when studying with buying books and other gadgets, especially as books can go out of date quickly as new research and practices are published, but by shopping smartly, you can save yourself a lot of money on the essentials.


The Importance of First Aid Kits in a Fitness Environment

Posted by admin on September 15, 2013 at 8:59 am. Filed under: First Aid

Accidents can occur anywhere and at any time, especially in gyms and during sports classes or games. The quick movements, raised heart rates and perhaps sweaty surfaces can lead to incidents such as slips and trips, to those of a more serious nature. It is the people who work in the gym’s responsibility to make sure that everyone is as safe as they can be, and if an accident or illness was to happen, then they would know what to do.

First of all, first aid equipment should be stored in the gym within easy access for anyone needing it in a hurry. It is a good idea to plan for all eventualities so evaluate the gym and what kind of exercise people do there, and the possible injuries or illnesses that could occur. Obviously, no one is expecting the gym instructors to be able to deal with every medical emergency – they’re not doctors after all – but sufficient equipment and training should be to hand to deliver first aid, quickly and efficiently until emergency ambulance crews arrive.

All coaches and instructors should be able to react quickly when an incident occurs, and not hesitate when it comes to deciding what to do. However, someone’s readiness cannot be tested until they are actually in that situation; they may panic and their mind goes blank, and there isn’t anything anyone can do to stop that from happening. The only way around it is to properly train more than one person so even if one person can’t remember what to do, there will be someone else who does.

First aid manikins are an excellent tool to practice first aid on. Coming in adult and child sizes, coaches are able to practice clearing airways and performing CPR on life like training manikins. With the training, and practice on the manikins, if they are faced with a real life situation, they will instinctively know what to do. As well as completing CPR training, coaches should be competent at dressing wounds for cuts and burns, the recovery position and how to deal with sprains, strains, fractures and breaks of the bones and muscles.

Of course, coaches should be confident to deliver first aid when it is needed, but taking steps to avoid needing it is best for everybody. By taking simple steps, many accidents and injuries can be avoided. Things such as removing hazards by putting equipment away once it is finished being used and mopping up spillages to avoid slip and trip hazards. Also, properly supervised sessions should take place to ensure that everyone who is using the gym and its equipment knows how to use it properly and safely. Improper technique is a common cause of injury, so by teaching the correct technique and proper supervision, the risk of injury can be reduced.

First aid training is important in any line of work, but in gyms especially where slips, trips, breaks and sprains can be a common occurrence, then adequate training must take place so that both major and minor illnesses and injuries are dealt with quickly, this may mean the difference between someone living and dying.


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