Medical students, a source of anxiety for critically ill patients.

I may here state  something that all in all differs from the system followed around the world. But a published research states that most of the deaths in Sweden happen in CCUs after the morning rounds by bunch of medical students and young doctors with the head consultant. There is something to be ruled out. Now for instance, a group of PG trainees and medical students walk in white coats and a circumferential formation around the bed of a man diagnosed with membranoproliferative disease of kidney, he cannot speak properly due to all facial edema and students start popping in questions. 2 things here, 1, this happens in public wards not in private rooms so a person who cannot afford and financial not strong faces these questions, second, the same patient keeps on answering same things all day long, morning rounds-evening rounds and in between if a student wants to prepare the case.

Medical ethics committees around the world preach many things, but there should be a code of conduct for saving the patients from anxiety nursed by students. If I was in a place of an ethical review board, I would simply explain the newly admitted patient that here is an ‘academic’ tag. As anyone will take history or perform examinations, you will paste this tag on your file and the one who did any of the two things mentioned will sign the tag. Once your fixed number of tags are filled, no one other than your concerned doctor/consultant can ask further questions. This compulsion should be enforced for the betterment of the patient’s psychiatric health. Many can think better about it but this can be one way.

Lastly, I mentioned critically ill, now if someone just had a blood pressure shoot and by a single observed night with a set of anti-hypertensives he/she is okay, they will like to talk more with students and people around because it was nothing serious at all.

But first clause is yet not ruled out. Questioning/inquiries stays on the people who were poor, laid in wide halls with fellow human beings while the ones who can afford have their private rooms with a special attention of consultants and 24/7 emergency call provision.

What a world I live in.





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