JC: Convalescent plasma in COVID 19 patients.

This month the BMJ has published a trial on the use of convalescent plasma in the treatment of admitted patients with COVID-19 (the PLACID trial). Convalescent plasma therapy basically takes plasma, together with antibodies from

TERN, the Delphi method and research priorities @St Emlyns

Research, trainees and prioritisation in UK emergency medicine.

The UK Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN) was created (officially) in 2018 and mentioned previously by Simon & Dan in this early digital outing. The initial mission was to demystify clinical research, improve access to research

JC: Spot the Difference, what can we do about petechiae? St Emlyn’s

Back in 2013, I wrote a post here on petechiae in well kids; it received a phenomenal number of views for reasons I don’t quite understand (I think it ended up as a link somewhere

CODA Zero episodes now open access.

I’m not sure whether you have noticed, but the first two episodes of the CODA Zero program are now live on their website. If you did not already know, the CODA project is designed to

October 2020

October 2020 round up podcast

October was a busy month with a strong theme of trauma and coagulopathy. Iain and Simon got together to podcast the highlights which you can listen to on the link below, or even better subscribe

Why infection control failures might kill your patients and colleagues. St Emlyn’s

This blog is based upon a short lecture given by Simon Mardel OBE (1,2). He is an emergency physician who has extensive experience in humanitarian work. He has worked in many infectious disease outbreaks around

Surviving the Second Wave with Liz Crowe – A Podcast

Tonight in the UK a second COVID lockdown was announced. For many of us, whether working in healthcare or not, this year has been one to forget, and the advent of this second wave reinforces

JC: Early plasma use in traumatic brain injury. St Emlyn’s

There seems to be a lot of really interesting papers on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) this year. A welcome relief from COVID 19 perhaps but also a reminder that other pathologies exist and that TBI

JC: Finger on the Pulse?

If you’re an avid follower of FOAM, you’ll have seen many assertions that manual pulse checks by healthcare providers during cardiac arrest are pretty unreliable at best. The most commonly advocated alternatives are EtCO2 increase

JC: Should we rubber STAAMP prehospital TXA?

This post is co-published with our friends at REBEL EM. Background: It almost seems that when it comes to the use of the antifibrinolytic agent tranexamic acid (TXA) in trauma, one argument has just been


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