We hope that you enjoy your attachment in ICU and aim to provide the opportunity and support needed to improve your clinical skills and confidence in looking after critically ill patients. During this term, you will be exposed to critically ill and acutely deteriorating patients in the unit, on the ward assessing new referrals, and during MET and Code Blue calls. Management of these patients is not only part of your role as a junior ICU doctor, but is a great learning opportunity. Each time you assess an acutely deteriorating patient, start management whilst simultaneously assessing them, but also consider whether you need help and escalate to your senior. Try to take away at least one learning point to reflect on from each event. By the end of your attachment you should feel far more confident with recognising and managing the acutely deteriorating patient. Learning is a two way process and will require engagement from you.
Bendigo ICU is well supported by Intensivists, so if at any time you feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to proceed clinically, professionally or personally, please do not hesitate to discuss this with your mentor, the Supervisor of Training or any of the Intensivists. See also, Mentorship and Looking after yourself and colleagues.
Dr Emma Broadfield is the Supervisor of Training (SoT) for the registrars and interim HMO Term Supervisor, and Dr Vijay Palaniswamy manages the ICU education program.