A-to-Z flashcards for the Paediatric A&E!
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The Concept

Consultants had commented that junior colleagues often request them to "teach me something" during the unpredictable quiet moments in the Emergency Department (ED). This puts them on the spot to provide teaching, often reverting to topics they have discussed many times before, with the feeling that this brief moment to provide a tailored learning experience has been missed. We wanted to make learning in these opportunistic moments more worthwhile, exciting, interactive and inclusive of all members of the multidisciplinary team working in the department.

The Format

A resource of A to Z flashcards installed on the departmental iPads, which are designed to be used as a teaching aid to deliver 5-10 minute teaching sessions in the ED.

4 Stage Approach:

  • STOP: three Key learning objectived to be addressed.
  • LOOK: assessment of the patient (key signs and symptoms)
  • LISTEN: clinical teaching on a particular topic (key discussion points)
  • GO: Links to #FOAMed and guidelines to consolidate knowledge

Topics covered

  • Anaphylaxis

  • Buckle Fracture (torus)

  • Button Battery Ingestion

  • Croup

  • Diarrhoea & Vomiting

  • Epilepsy & Seizures

  • Feeds & Fluids

  • Glomerulonephritis

  • Henoch-Schönlein Purpura

  • Intussusception

  • Jaundice in Newborns

  • Kawasaki’s Disease

  • LAT Gel

  • Meningitis

  • Nail Bed Injuries

  • Overdose

  • Pulled Elbow

  • Quinsy (peritonsillar abscess)

  • Rashes

  • Salter-Harris Classification

  • Toddler Fracture

  • Upper Limb Fractures

  • Urinary Tract Infection

  • Varicella

  • Wheeze

  • X-rays of Elbows

  • Yeast & Fungal Infections

  • Zips

Final Thoughts

Our hopes are that there will be a new enthusiasm for and satisfaction in daily in situ education from both tutors who can develop clear structures for adhoc teaching and learners who feel that they have taken away key learning points as well as identified avenues for further self-directed learning.

Ultimately, we are hoping the concept will inspire the multidisciplinary team to learn together on a regular basis, which can only translate into improved team working, knowledge and benefit to patients.

To view the complete set of flashcards, simply download the PDF version. If you have any suggestions for new topics that could be covered (or just additions to existing topics) please leave a suggestion in the comments below!

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