Brain Over Load...How complicated can it be? Blood results in clinical practice

Well the bloods course was a 2 full day event on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd February.

What a massive subject to fit in two days. Its fair to say it was intense but very interesting and left me wanting to find out more....but unfortunately I'm not sure my brain could process it all!!! :)

Graham Basten - Author of the book show below - delivered the course over the two days.

He was fantastic at breaking down such a huge and complex subject and making it appropriate for his audience - a room full of physiotherapists and not scientists!

You might be wondering why physiotherapist need to understand blood results and isn't that just a doctors job?

Well.... things are changing in health care and physiotherapist are becoming first contact practitioners. So for example, if you phone the doctors surgery with back pain and speak to a receptionist, they will ask you a set of questions and then offer you the chance to see a physiotherapist rather than the GP. This is an initiative to help free up GP's appointment to deal with more medical problems rather than see you and then just refer you to physiotherapy anyway. At the end of the day GP's are general practitioners and "jack of all trades" and Physiotherapists are the people who deal with muscles and bones or Musculoskeletal issues as we like to call them.

So understanding bloods and screening for any potential issues such as anaemia, vitamin B12 or D deficiency or even more sinister pathologies are vital as all these things can masquerade as an MSK issue.

But don't worry.... In health care different professions will work together and investigations are used to form a picture of what is going on - it is never the sole responsibility of one person. The important thing is that everyone is trained to their best knowledge to help pick up on abnormalities sooner so these problems can be addressed.

So after completing the bloods course I am now trying to implement what I have learnt and try to look at blood results when I can to help consolidate the knowledge. However, I do keep having discussions with colleagues and re-reading my notes to help. Hopefully in time it will become more automatic and I will be able to pick up patterns to help with my clinical decision making.

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