Immediate care skills for your elective
Two simple frameworks to help you wherever you are
- By: Neil R Chapman, Christopher Press
So, you’re ready to go on elective. The bags are packed, your arm has just about recovered from your vaccinations, and you have your passport in hand. But how much thought have you put into what you would do if confronted with an incident or asked to offer medical assistance while on elective?
You will want to find ways you can make a difference, and in some situations your hosts may look to you for assistance. It can be difficult to strike the right balance between responding in the best way while working within your competences. This can make medical students feel uncomfortable. The BMA ethics tool kit states that when on elective you are under an obligation to maintain the standards set by the General Medical Council. The tool kit states:
“You must avoid getting involved in providing routine care that is outside your level of competence. Where a