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Table 4 First experiences of genuine preparedness

From: A qualitative analysis of junior doctors’ journeys to preparedness in acute care

CategoriesThemesNumber of codes (number of respondents)Example quotes
What preparedness feels likeConfidence10 (6)“And relax into it as it were… It’s not so much your mind saying, “oh god, I’m in this situation”, it’s your mind is now used to that situation.” (Respondent C)
Knowing the hospital environment and MDT6 (4)“So yeah I just felt more part of the team, I’d had more of chance to build a rapport and understand the workings of a multidisciplinary team in this setting and this particular ward and department.” (Respondent A)
Knowing the initial management steps5 (4)“I knew how to initiate management, I felt much more comfortable securing his airway, I was much happier delegating to nurses.” (Respondent B)
Knowing when to escalate13 (6)“That was something I learned over time and now, I feel like I know, “Well, this is something that needs to have a MET call put out, this is something that needs to have a crash call put out… And I don’t feel like I was fully prepared for that when I first started working.” (Respondent G)
Recognising the seriousness of a situation4 (2)“I feel much more prepared now, I feel like, I feel more able to recognise how serious a situation is and therefore not just panic at everyone.” (Respondent E)