• Warming preterm infants in the delivery room: polyethylene bags, exothermic mattresses or both?

      McCarthy, Lisa K; O'Donnell, Colm P F; The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin 2, Ireland. lisamac79@yahoo.com (2011-12)
      To compare the admission temperature of infants treated with polyethylene bags alone to infants treated with exothermic mattresses in addition to bags in the delivery room.
    • Wasted - the years waiting for an alcohol policy

      Murphy, JFA (Irish Medical Journal, 2012-12)
      Throughout his lecture Bedford portrayed the close and complex relationship between Irish society and alcohol. Alcohol is part of our image both nationally and internationally. Some of the most abiding images of US presidential visits to Ireland are of drinking pints in Irish pubs. There is Arthur’s day and jump into Ireland. Alcohol is intertwined with our great sporting occasions and achievements. The famous Ireland vs England rugby match at Croke Park was set against the backdrop of intensive Guinness advertising. All Ireland final day has a strong association with the drinks industry.
    • What have shorter working hours for doctors achieved

      Murphy, J F A (Irish Medical Journal, 2011-04)
      The first years after qualification are difficult for all doctors. Itâ s a lot of responsibility for someone in their mid- twenties. The work is hard and complex and it takes time to acquire the ability to translate the theoretical knowledge acquired at medical school into clinical practice. Neal Chatterjee 1 has recently described the initial rawness and impact of hospital life on the new resident. There are ever-lit hallways, the cacophony of overhead pages, near constant bleeps and buzzes and the stale smell of hospital linen. Itâ s a foreign world in which the new doctor encounters daily stressful experiences. The question now being asked is whether it needs to be so daunting. Can the working conditions and the environment be improved?
    • What is the role and value of extra-mural medical activity

      Murphy, JFA (Irish Medical Journal, 2013-08-20)
      Presently all Irish doctors, apart from trainees, are in the process of getting their educational activities for the past year in order for enrolment in the new medical competence scheme. The intra-mural component is understandable and makes common sense. It gives an existence to oneâ s daily professional life. It is about meeting with oneâ s colleagues at least once a week to discuss aspects of patient care, review of radiological findings and the presentation of data from recent medical papers. The process is cost neutral, time efficient and beneficial for both patients and doctors. It is an important driver for the audit programme. In addition to its educational value it is good for team building and personal professional development. It may not sound very glamorous but its potential is considerable
    • What we can learn from generational gaps

      Higgins, MF; O'Gorman, C (Irish Medical Journal (IMJ), 2014-02)
      No matter what stage you are in your career, we defy you to deny that you have not had at least one of these thoughts recently - Medical students these days just don't have the respect for their seniors that we had. We need to learn! But when will we get the time! Social media has no place in medical education. Why can't I use my laptop in the hospital? As we moved slowly up the medical career ladder, we have gradually noticed the differences between the generations. These personal observations have been backed by a recent explosion in opinion articles, lectures and research in this area, much of which can help explain the issues and identify the background to the differences in opinion that previously may have frustrated or challenged relationships 1-3