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Resuscitation:The Outer limits

Resuscitation is reaching new limits, with new techniques and technologies giving results that we never thought possible. In Lazarus-like fashion, patients that a few years ago, would have been pronounced deceased, are now leaving hospital to resume their lives, with their families and their work and with very little, if any, deficit. About 8 years ago I…

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The ‘Lightbulb Sign’ doesn’t always mean a posterior dislocation

A 35 yo woman presents to the emergency department with a complaint of shoulder dislocation. There is a previous history of multiple dislocations, including two posterior dislocations. There has been no trauma, or seizure or other major force, as might be expected to cause a posterior dislocation, although posterior dislocation can occur in the absence…

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Will Paramedic-2 change my practice?

If you haven’t caught the newly published Paramedic-2  trial, here’s a brief rant that tells you everything you need to know. The ostensible reason for the publication has been the ongoing debate about the role of adrenaline in cardiac arrest. In fact the very first line of the paper reads “concerns about the use of…

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The Patient with Diplopia

A 58 yo male presents to the emergency department with an 8 hour history of diplopia. He has no past medical history, has no allergies and is on no medications. He denies any recent illness or trauma. Recently a great journal article was brought to my attention and I thought everyone should hear about it….

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A 51 year old with collapse

The case A 51 year old male is brought into ED after collapsing at work. He had been lifting a box of shopping from the floor to a table when he collapsed. A colleague had heard a thud and entered the room to find the patient unresponsive on the floor with what sounds like agonal…

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A 29 yo male with sudden onset of flaccid paralysis

The Case A Previously well 29 year old male awoke at 0630hrs unable to move his torso or limbs. His initial complete paralysis had lessened somewhat after 2 hrs and he had managed to reach the phone and call for help. When the ambulance service arrived and forced entry he was found on his bed…

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A new DAWN for stroke treatment

Last week we looked at a case study involving a patient who awoke with stroke symptoms. In these cases there has been little to offer patients. Thrombolysis has no application here, given its 3-4 hour window. Endovascular mechanical thrombectomy has been hailed as the new treatment. Until January of 2018, trials in this area demonstrated…

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Intraosseous Access Results In Decreased Survival In Cardiac Arrest

A new study shows a decreased survival in out of hospital cardiac arrest(OHCA) when intraosseous(I/O) access is used instead if intravenous(IV) access as a means of delivering fluids and medications. I/O lines provide rapid access where IV is not available and are progressively being used as the first line of access, primarily because they are quick, easy, don’t interfere…

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Paediatric Heart Conditions You MUST KNOW

Congenital heart conditions present at birth, but can also present within the first month of life. We look at a simplified approach to the assessment and management of patients presenting with symptoms of congenital heart disease. In this video Dr Claire Wilkins, talks about these conditions and spits them into three categories: Patients presenting with SHOCK…

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