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Archive for May 2019

The U wave and the ECG: Don’t miss this

The U wave is an often ignored deflection on the ECG. It is usually < 1mm, upright and has the same polarity(is in the same direction) as the preceding T wave(1). It is usually seen in the anterior leads V2-V3. It may be present in normal individuals and is sometimes ignored…… beware. Here is a quick look…

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Why are we still doing log roll, FAST and rectal exams?

In the blunt trauma patient, where we are considering a pan-scan, is there a role for the log roll, the FAST scan or the rectal examination any more? Case The ambulance phone rings: “ETA 15 minutes. We have a 25 year old male involved in a high speed motor vehicle accident. He has come off the…

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Pregnancy and Trauma

Trauma in pregnancy is a much more complex topic than simply, ’tilt them on their side’. Trauma in the obstetric patient is a leading cause of non-obstetric mortality. The complexity of the obstetric trauma scenario relates to: Alterations in maternal anatomy and physiology The sensitivity of the foetus to hypotension and hypoxia. Issues of radiation…

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