External Haemorrhage

 Managing external haemorrhage is easy right?! Then why does haemorrhage remain a major cause of death from trauma worldwide? Ok, some of that is from internal sources, but…. No one should die from compressible external haemorrhage With the right treatment applied in a timely fashion, the vast majority of these bleeds can be stopped.… Read More

Stabbing

Figures for the year ending September 2019 showed a 7% rise in offences involving knives or sharp instruments recorded by the police (to 44,771 offences). This is 46% higher than when comparable recording began (year ending March 2011) and the highest on record. The news is sadly littered with cases of knife crime and terror, and…

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Shock in Trauma

So as promised, and following on from our previous shock episode, this time we've covered the topic of shock in Trauma. It's a massive topic and one that we all, yet again, can make a huge difference for our patients' outcomes. There is some crossover as you'd expect from the concepts and assessment that we… Read More

FPHC Scientific Conference

Prehospital Care is evolving rapidly and is one of the most exciting and dynamic specialties to be involved with at the moment. As a reflection of it's progress the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care held  its first scientific conference this week. We were lucky enough to be invited by Caroline Leech, EM & PHEM Consultant… Read More

Pelvic Injury

Fractures of the pelvis are found reasonably often in major trauma, but they’re a really challenging presentation. They are difficult to assess and accurately diagnose in the prehospital setting, mortality rates are high, particularly in patients with haemodynamic instability and there are often associated injuries. Associated mortality from patients with pelvic fractures who reach hospital is…

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Papers of April 2018

Welcome back to April’s papers of the month. We’ve got 3 papers this month that look to challenge our work up strategies for the critically unwell. First up we look at a paper on the Ottawa subarachnoid haemorrhage rule, specifically considering if we can decrease scanning in patients with a suspected SAH and what application… Read More

January 2018

Here are the papers that caught our eye over the last month, many of these will go onto form the topics for our monthly podcasts and topics which you can subscribe to here. Cardiac ECG Predictors of Cardiac Arrhythmias in Older Adults With Syncope. Nishijima DK. Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Immediate Stress Echocardiography for Low-Risk Chest Pain Patients in the Emergency… Read More

The Gospel According to NICE

The Gospel According to NICE- Chest Pain of Recent Onset: Assessment and Diagnosis. Updated Guideline 2016. In November 2016, at a grand gala dinner at NICE HQ, the updated chest pain guidelines were released . The update was accompanied by fireworks, dancing girls and a clamour on social media. Emergency Departments were tearing up their… Read More

2016 Round Up

So it's that time of year when we try and wind down and take stock of what's gone on over the last 12 months and make plans for the next year ahead....the problem being that workload does anything but decrease over the festive period in Emergency Care! So we thought we'd save you the hard yards… Read More