Category: Diagnosis

Are you PROcalcitonin? St.Emlyn’s goes bug-hunting.

At work the other day, someone mentioned that we could use procalcitonin to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections, particularly in the paediatric population. It was touted as the answer to that age-old question, “should

Synthetic Cannabinoid

Sugar and Spice…Not All Things Nice

The use of synthetic cannabinoids is on the rise.  They are dangerous, don’t fit a particular toxidrome, and can require emergent intervention.  They are a nasty phenomenon and this article will hopefully show you why.

When is a Door Not a Door? Bias, Heuristics & Metacognition

This is an amended version of a talk on metacognition I gave at the Royal North Shore Hospital Grand Round. The clinical scenario has changed but the content remains the same. The purpose of this

JC: Prevalence of PE in patients with syncope. St.Emlyn’s

There is a bit of a buzz on social media at the moment1 about an interesting paper in the NEJM2 on the prevalence of PE in patients with syncope3. We’re all familiar with the controversies

It’s a Trap!

Not only do we have to battle with diagnostic uncertainty, a high intensity and stressful environment but we also have to contend with our own minds and the tricks and biases they play on us.

Upper Gastro Intestinal Bleeding at St.Emlyn’s.

Earlier this week, Simon and Iain released a podcast on the management of acute upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Welcome to the blog post version, for all your textual needs. Around 60,000 people are admitted into hospital every year

One high sensitivity troponin test to rule out acute myocardial infarction

This month I was honoured that a study I wrote with some terrific colleagues from Europe, Australia and the US has been published as the ‘Editor’s Choice’ in Academic Emergency Medicine. This was a secondary analysis

N2O Laughing Matter

Everyone likes balloons, right?  Some people really like balloons, and more specifically the contents of them.  Having recently moved to East London, I can’t cycle to work and back (only about 15 minutes or so) without

I’m all about the Bayes, ’bout the Bayes, no treble

Who knew that the Reverend Thomas Bayes would be such a prominent figure in pop culture?! Ignore the spelling error in the title of the song, we know who she is really singing about.  I

Induction to Emergency Medicine – St Emlyn’s Resources

Over the past few years I am very proud to say that as a team at St Emlyn’s we haven’t just focused on the exciting parts of emergency medicine, but our blogs and podcasts have


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