Emergency Room Medical Officer

admin

ACCOUNTABLE TO: Director of Emergency Medical Services Administration of the Hospital The Patients
SPECIAL FUNCTIONS: Performing resuscitation and other life-saving procedures.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from an accredited institution.
  • At least 2 years’ experience as an Emergency Room doctor.
  • A license to practice medicine.
  • In-depth knowledge of current medical treatments and procedures.
  • Up-to-date certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
  • Great attention to detail with excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Ability to think and act quickly in a stressful environment.

The following are list of duties that the doctors are expected to carry out:

NON-EMERGENT PATIENTS

  • Interview and examine patients to generate a differential diagnosis list
  • Review previous notes as available
  • Order appropriate investigations
  • Interpret the results of these investigations
  • Initiate initial management of patients
  • Make further decisions regarding the patient management, i.e. admission, transfer, or treatment as an out-patient
  • Refer patients to the appropriate specialty team or transfer patients in a timely manner as necessary
  • If the patient is to be treated as an out-patient the ER doctor must decide on the appropriate medication and the appropriate place for follow-up if necessary
  • Perform minor procedures
  • Generate referral letters for any patient being sent to a clinic to be reviewed

EMERGENT PATIENTS

Decisions made in the management of these patients usually make the difference between life and death. The ER Doctor must therefore:

  • Assess patients that enter the emergency room immediately and oversee emergency patient’s recovery
  • Make the decisions to and perform the initial ABC’s of resuscitation
  • Institute appropriate means of hemostasis where necessary
  • Make decisions regarding the use of electrical therapy in the treatment of a cardiac arrest and carry out this function as necessary
  • Decide when to and perform life-saving procedures (listed below)
  • Inform the appropriate specialist service and maintain hemodynamic stability until they arrive, or patient is transferred
  • Other actions/procedures as directed by the Director of Emergency Medical Services

PROCEDURES TO BE PERFORMED BY THE ER DOCTOR

  • Insertion of intravenous cannula
  • Taking of blood
  • Suturing of lacerations
  • Applying plaster splint
  • Reduction of dislocated joints
  • Reduction of simple fractures
  • Emergency intubation
  • Defibrillation
  • Relief of tension pneumothorax and insertion of thoracostomy tubes
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Catheterization
  • Emergency deliveries
  • Incision and drainage of simple abscesses
  • Perform and interpret arterial blood gases
  • Wound debridement
  • Removal of foreign bodies
  • ECG interpretation
  • Other actions/procedures as directed by the Director of Emergency Medical Services

ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

  • Make recommendations to the head of department regarding improved efficiency of the service
  • Assist in maintaining quality of care
  • Be a link between the customer (the patient) and the department head, providing the necessary feedback information on customer satisfaction, queries, and recommendations

TEACHING AND RESEARCH

  • Preparation and presentation at academic meetings assigned for continuing education in the department
  • Providing adequate patient records
  • Collecting and analyzing data for writing and publishing research papers

ADDITIONAL DUTIES

  • As assigned by Director of Emergency Medical Services