This week we try something different. I interview the lead author of a recent paper on a proposed risk stratification approach to the investigation of Sudden headache. We risk stratify heart disease, we stratify pulmonary embolism and so many other things in the emergency department….why not sudden onset of headache. We know that at most,…

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A 28 year old woman presents to the emergency department with one week of headaches. The headache is worst on waking and improves during the day. It’s worst if she coughs and bends. Today she has awoken with a headache and right eye pain. The patient has a past medical history of migraines, however these…

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Birth asphyxia is a leading cause of neonatal death. Positive pressure ventilation is the key to resuscitation. This is usually delivered by mask, although mask technique can present challenges in getting a good seal. Intubation is the procedure of choice if mask ventilation fails, however it presents difficulties within itself, with success rates being operator…

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A 50 year old female presented to the emergency department with anxiety, palpitations and feeling generally unwell.  She had no past medical history and was on no medications.  She had, however, seen her GP the week before complaining of 2 weeks of palpitations, anxiety and weight loss.  Her GP had checked her thyroid function tests…

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