Primary Survey July 2018

Primary survey  Do EPs change their clinical behaviour in the hallway encounters or when a companion is present? A cross-sectional survey and the commentary by Jacky Hanson and Kirsten Walthall Privacy is a key element in the process of undertaking a consultation with a patient, as it allows due care and attention to paid to the patient’s […]

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Primary Survey June 2018. Emergency Medicine Journal

This month the primary survey is collated and written by Edward Carlton, Associate Editor, EMJ. Editor’s Choice: Controversies in Sepsis In this issue of the Emergency Medicine Journal (EMJ) we have two papers exploring tools to predict critical illness in sepsis. Two retrospective cohort studies, in ED patients with suspected sepsis/infection, evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of […]

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Primary Survey May 2018. Emergency Medicine Journal.

This month’s primary survey is brought to you by Caroline Leech, Associate Editor, EMJ. Does a brief intervention in the ED reduce illicit drug use? Health promotion is critical in Emergency Medicine (EM), and Brief interventions (BI) for alcohol use are well established. This prospective cohort study assessed the efficacy of a BI for drug […]

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“My Mental Toughness Manifesto” – The Talk

I recently spoke at the fantastic AGN 2018 conference in Graz, Austria. My talk was a slightly modified version of “My Mental Toughness Manifesto” presentation. The talk was live streamed, and a youtube video has since been uploaded (see above). It’s been quite a journey getting to this point. The blog posts, podcasts and talks […]

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Simulation Training in Virtual Reality

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about how new technology will affect my life as an ED doctor. It’s 2018, and the un-ignorable hype surrounding #MedTech is reaching fever pitch. In my opinion, the big players are machine learning, telemedicine, and virtual reality (VR). Their impact promises to be unprecedented across the spectrum of medical environments, […]

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The role of research in emergency medicine training

Research matters to all of us training in Emergency Medicine. It must do: otherwise, the likes of St Emlyn’s, Life in the Fast Lane and The Bottom Line would not get millions of views every year from clinicians hungry to access the critical appraisal and practical recommendations that #FOAMed has become so adept at generating. […]

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How Theme Park, Space Invaders and Go have paved the way for exponential healthcare

I often imagine my retired self looking back at this point in my career, marvelling at how primitive it all was. By that stage, hospital fax machines, handwritten patient notes, stethoscopes, ‘bleeps’ and other relics of a time-gone-by will be collecting dust in the Ancient Medical History Museum. I’ll be a regular visitor at the […]

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Say Never!

  In my last blog I wrote about retained guidewires and why they are important to those of us in the Emergency Department. There were some tips on how to prevent retained guidewires through observership, redundancy, and good clear verbal and written documentation to promote absolute certainty that the guidewire has been removed. I also […]

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