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Elective Competition Winner 2017

By Laura Dunn

Elective Competition Winner 2017


Another week another hospital site.This week's NICU sees babies who have needed surgery for a variety of reasons.

Some babies were born with congenital abnormalities needing corrected, others had complications of prematurity leading to emergency surgery, and some especially unlucky babies have a combination of the two.

There's no resus pages at the children's hospital as babies aren't delivered here, but will be transferred over if they need surgery. These conditions are all very new to me as I haven't seen any surgical babies back in Glasgow yet so there's a steep learning curve.

The ward is set out as single rooms, many of which have beds in them so parents can stay with their baby if they choose.

The parents are also encouraged to be very involved in the ward round as family centred care is a big initiative, and there's a lot of conversation about developing families confidence in caring for their baby while in hospital in the hopes of reducing readmission once the baby is discharged.

The parents will listen to the team talk about their baby and get to ask any questions they may have and add in their own thoughts about the plan.

Towards the end of the week I head across to my third hospital and spend a day with the obstetric team where I see a variety of cases from a potential ectopic pregnancy to a lady who'd been bumped by a car and wanted checked out.

The case that stuck with me was a woman who'd ruptured her membranes midway through her 23rd week of pregnancy, it showed me the huge amount of stress and worry the families go through before they even deliver their baby and come to the NICU and definitely made me appreciate their journey more.

After two full on weeks it was a long weekend in Calgary so I headed out of the city with my hosts to their cabin in a small lakeside village. There were a load of activities on for the long weekend so I got to try my hand at line dancing, which did not turn out to be one of my hidden talents but great fun anyway!

I also had a go at learning to wake surf, after many faceplants into the lake I finally managed to get up, albeit still holding the rope, the adrenaline rush has definitely made me keen to try real surfing sometime!

Getting out of the hospital to try something completely new really helped clear my head and send me into my final two weeks in level 3 NICU well rested and ready, well as ready as I'll ever be!

Watch out for more updates from Laura on her elective adventures! 

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