The Cardiac and Resuscitation Short Course

My next speaking gig is at the Cardiac and Resuscitation Short Course in Sydney on May 16th. This is a 6 hour course I’ve put together, that looks at how to approach the chest pain patient, how to read the ECG, using the ‘ECG in 20 Seconds’ System, so you don’t miss even the subtle [...]  Read More »

Pseudo vs real seizure

Seizure

If you’ve worked in the emergency department for a few years, you will have seen a pseudo-seizure and hopefully have picked it. I know I was terrified of these in the early days, as I had trouble making the diagnosis and I had seen neurologists get it wrong. Now, they are a little easier to [...]  Read More »

A New Way to Give Adenosine in SVT

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I’ve been speaking and writing about Supra Ventricular Tachycardia(SVT)  a lot recently. Perhaps because of the number of cases coming in. Someone mentioned a new way to give adenosine for SVT. A recent post on Academic Life in Emergency Medicine, also mentioned this approach.   Traditionally we administer the adenosine in a 6mg  dose via [...]  Read More »

Hip Relocation Made Easy

Hip Relocation

Here is a 3 minute video on the Whistler technique for putting in hips. Its quick and easy and really doesn’t allow you to hurt yourself. You use your legs to give you the traction. Just watch and see. Try it for yourself. I call it the under-over technique: I put my arm UNDER the [...]  Read More »

Head Injury in Kids

Head Injury

Up to 60% of children that come to Emergency Departments with a head injury have a CT brain, even though less than 1% have an injury that truly needs it. That is an important and significant fact!Children are brought into the Emergency Department frequently post a fall, with minor head injury. Sometimes they come directly [...]  Read More »

Snake Bite

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This year at EMCORE 30-31st May, we are proud to have Dr Ken Winkel, Toxicologist and Director of the Australian Venom Research Unit at the University of Melbourne,  talking about cold blooded bites. Here is a recent article by Dr Winkel in The Conversation. The comments following the article are very worthy of a read. In [...]  Read More »

Reducing a Dislocated Jaw- A new way to do it.

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Have you ever had to reduce a dislocated jaw? I’ve done about 3 and it is always tough. Either get in front or behind the patient and above the patient and with gauze over the gloved thumb of each hand, use intra-oral manipulation, which involves pushing down hard on the bottom molars and perhaps adding [...]  Read More »