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  • Lateral Canthotomy

    Lateral Canthotomy

    When and How to Perform a Lateral Canthotomy A 35 yo woman presents to your rural emergency department. She has recently had eye surgery at a large tertiary centre and has been allowed home. Her presentation to the emergency department is: Increasing Headache Left Eye Pain There is proptosis of the eye Restricted Extra-Occular Eye Movements...

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  • VT vs SVT with Aberrancy

    VT vs SVT with Aberrancy

    The following ECG was sent to me recently. It’s a great case and a situation that we can all be faced with. The question is: Is this VT or SVT with Aberrancy? The further question is; What do you do when your treatment isn’t working? An 80 year old male presents feeling unwell with palpitations....

  • A 9 year old girl with syncope

    A 9 year old girl with syncope

    The Case A 9 yo girl is brought into the emergency department, following an episode of syncope. She has a current viral illness and looks miserable. She was walking into the Emergency Department with her mother, when she collapsed. She recovered quickly with no post ictal component but also had no memory of the event, although the...

  • The Crashing Asthmatic Patient

    The Crashing Asthmatic Patient

    The Crashing Asthmatic Patient is perhaps one of the most frightening of patients to treat. I’m not talking about the patient that has wheeze and gets five or six nebs and gets better in an hour. I’m talking about the sweaty, drowsy, tiring, non-responsive patient that you know has a good chance of dying. Here...

  • Treating Patients on Stimulants

    Treating Patients on Stimulants

    Here is a case, you are probably all familiar with: The police arrive with a patient that was “out of control”. He is known to take illicit substances. He went home earlier today, where he lives with his mother and ‘punched her in the face’, before running off. Police were called and he was later found naked,...

  • The ECG of Athletes: Normal variations you must know.

    The ECG of Athletes: Normal variations you must know.

    The ECG of the athletes can pose a challenge in distinguishing pathological changes from those physiological changes, that are associated with physical training and cardiac remodelling. We don’t want to erroneously attribute heart disease to those with normal variants and more importantly, we don’t want potentially life threatening cardiac conditions being erroneously dismissed as normal...

  • Passing the Fellowship MCQ Exam

    Passing the Fellowship MCQ Exam

    How to pass the Fellowship MCQ Exam. That’s the question on everyones lips as we head towards the pointy end of studying for the exam. If you have never sat this exam before, let me tell you, the ACEM Fellowship exam, is a long day, so be rested. 3 hours of SAQ exam and 3...

  • Perimortem Cesarian Section

    Perimortem Cesarian Section

    Perimortem cesarian section is a rare and stressful procedure that must be performed in a timely fashion to give both the mother and foetus, the best chance for survival. Its rarity makes it something we must talk about, so that if any of us are faced with it, we know what to do. The fact that...

  • Hyponatremia

    Hyponatremia

    Hyponatremia is a common electrolyte abnormality. It can be acute or chronic. It can occur in isolation or as part of other disease processes.  Diagnosing its cause can be challenging in the Emergency Department and there may be some confusion over how to initially manage these patients. Let’s clear up that confusion, with a simple...

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How long do we have, to pick up that an ECG is abnormal? Usually it’s about 20 seconds. I developed ‘The ECG in 20 Seconds Approach‘, a simple method, to help you read ECG’s.

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Head Thrust Test

In a patient with rotational vertigo and nystagmus, where we suspect, or wish to prove a peripheral lesion, this test is of assistance. It relies on the vestibulo-occular reflex, which is responsible for bringing the eyes back to the centre.

In unilateral nystagmus and rotational vertigo, the peripheral lesion is opposite to the direction of the fast nystagmus. When the head is turned towards the lesion, the eyes move with the head, for a brief moment and the vestibular-occular reflex then returns them to the centre. If this occurs it is a positive test indicating a peripheral cause.

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