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Why doctors should “squeeze the sponge”

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 10 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4122
  1. Matt Morgan, honorary senior research fellow, consultant in intensive care medicine, research and development lead for critical care, editor123
  1. 1Cardiff University, UK
  2. 2University Hospital of Wales, UK
  3. 3BMJ OnExamination
  1. mmorgan{at}

Matt Morgan discusses how he copes with the stresses of everyday clinical practice

As I come to the end of a busy run of shifts in the intensive care unit, I manage to get home in time to bathe my children. My special skill is to make up silly games often resulting in a lot of water on the floor and a late bedtime. On this occasion, we play the “Would you rather?” game.

“Would you rather be a toothbrush for a smelly giant or a sponge for a dirty ogre?” I ask my two daughters. After the debate results …

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