There are many patient groups in the emergency setting, this section of the resource hub looks to help to fill the gaps in knowledge and understanding for some of those patient groups, address important topics and ultimately help responders improve their management of patients as well as improving the patient experience in emergency situations.
Mind the gap
Is a handbook of clinical signs in black and brown skin. These signs are seldom taught on black and brown skin in literature and in the clinical setting and this guidebook looks to address identifying clinical signs in this patient group easier.
Mary Leroy – Understanding the autistic patient in the emergency setting
Mary chats us through aspects of the autistic conditions, shining a light on the challenges but also some providing top tips on how to help manage patients from this group in an emergency situation including approach and communication strategies.
Top 3 Points from this podcast:
Keep calm and use a confident demeanour
Use short sentences and try to create a good rapport
Consider who is there or are contactable, someone who knows the patient and can assist with communications
Mary is a Nursing Officer for the Mental Welfare Commission Scotland. She has many years of experience in both learning disability and mental health nursing. One of her specific areas of interest is working with autistic people. Mary has been involved in Supporting families of autistic children, working with both the child and parents, she has worked jointly with a Speech and Language therapist in the provision of Social Skills training for young autistic adults.
The most recent project involving her interest and passion for autism was ” The Mental Welfare Commissions Autism themed visit” across Scotland.
This was Mary’s first time that the Commission had undertaken a visit specifically looking at support for people with autism. This project generated recommendations to improve care and treatment for this population. In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the great outdoors, running and yoga. she is an accomplished cook and loves to eat too!