My dilemma is this: However much you practice on a fake arm, it doesn't feel anything like the real thing. Cannulating your first patient, or performing your first venepuncture is absolutely terrifying and if you've never done it on a real person before, the chances are you might not manage it. If a patient asks you whether you've done it before, what do you say? "Yes, but not on a real person"? We're not allowed to practise on each other, and so we get no practice on real arms before we do it on real patients. I want to pose two questions to you.
- If a patient asks you "Have you done this before?" and you've only done it on a plastic arm, what would you say?
- Do you think medical students should be allowed to practise on each other, and what is your reasoning behind your answer?
I'd love to know what you think!! Leave me your comments and I'll try to answer them all.