Junior doctor survival kit
When disaster strikes
Major incidents from a junior doctor’s perspective
- By: Thomas Williams, Ian Bowler
Would you know what to do if a major incident was declared near your hospital? Studies indicate that junior doctors have only sporadic training in what to do in a major incident.12 Often they do not realise that they have a role in the major incident plan, but their role in treating individuals is vital because it allows more senior doctors to focus on making strategic decisions.2
This is a fictional account of a junior doctor called Scott, working in Laytown District General Hospital, who is on call when a rail crash occurs close by. Although any resemblance to their real characters is coincidental, the story describes what a typical junior doctor might encounter, and the way the incident is managed on the basis of current evidence.
Scott is an F1 doctor working in the emergency department of Laytown district general hospital. It is 6 30 pm on a cold