n South African Medical Journal - Failing emergency medical services : correspondence




I refer to the scientific letter entitled 'Emergency centres lack defibrillator knowledge'. I am a recently retired UK accident and emergency consultant who is now attempting to plough back knowledge gained in the discipline of emergency medicine (EM) and trauma to peripheral hospitals in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) under the umbrella of Outreach. This includes ward rounds, clinics, shop-floor teaching, checking and demonstrating equipment (defibrillators, ventilators, monitors) pertinent to emergency departments (EDs), and most importantly demonstrating correct drug usage to doctors and nurses. In KZN many doctors are foreign qualified and poorly taught in emergency medicine.


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