Eyespy: September 2011
Bringing you the quirkiest medical stories from around the world
Be prepared—Would you know what to do after a terrorist attack or transport disaster? A recent survey of 89 junior doctors in Wales (BMJ Open 2011; doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000061) found that most were unaware of the role they would play if a major incident happened near their hospital. Most NHS trusts in Wales expect junior doctors to go to their ward, contact the senior nurse, and compile a list of patients who could be safely discharged. However, 47% of respondents believed that if such an incident occurred they should go straight to the emergency department, and only 3% felt they should stay on the ward. Junior doctors should be taught their role to ensure the smooth running of hospitals when major incidents occur, argue the study authors.
Rock a bye baby—It’s not just babies who like being rocked to sleep. Swiss researchers claim that rocking can also accelerate the onset of sleep