An anaesthetics rotation
What does a junior rotation in anaesthetics and intensive care offer?
- By: Rachel Fulljames
I’d ranked all the jobs that contain the word “anaesthetics” at the lowest for my first foundation year so I was surprised when I received my job offer—first rotation, anaesthetics-intensive care. I didn’t see how this post would hold my interest or prepare me for life on the wards afterwards. However, I was happy to be proved wrong, and I am now considering anaesthetics or critical care after foundation year 2. Even if I decide against it, I have learnt transferable skills that I might not have gained in other rotations.
I spent two months of the four month rotation in intensive care. Anaesthetists run 80% of the intensive care units in the United Kingdom, presumably because of their training in achieving and maintaining pulmonary and cardiovascular stability, sedation, and resuscitation. In such a specialised post you need to have the relevant competencies to work unsupervised, which as a foundation