Primary Survey December 2019

Do we know what older patients want from emergency care? We are increasingly aware of the preponderance of older patients attending our emergency departments as well as the fact that they are often acutely unwell. It is heartening then to see in this month’s issue some excellent papers pertaining to the care and treatment of […]

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Primary Survey October 2019

Addressing language barriers in the emergency department The ‘Editor’s Choice’ paper covers the critical topic of communication and the concern that patients with a different first language are more likely to experience adverse events and poorer outcomes. How do you communicate with a patient who has a different first language: do you ask a member […]

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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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