Junior doctor survival kit
You’ve been bleeped: found on the floor
The aim of this series is to present common on-call scenarios that you may face as a junior doctor and to provide a framework to help deal with your reactions when the bleep goes off. By reflecting the voices of a junior doctor and a medical registrar, this series will highlight the different perspectives of both the newly qualified doctor and the more experienced one. We aim to provide you with insights on how best to approach the initial problem and then how to manage the patient once you have reached the ward.
A patient might fall for several reasons. Although this could be a simple slip or trip, patients may also fall due to an underlying medical problem. In the latter case, a fall could alert medical staff to an acute deterioration in the patient’s clinical condition. It is also important to consider that any fall could result in