Category: #FOAMed

CODA: Revolutionary Healthcare Ideas.

For many of us the SMACC conferences were the highlight of the education year. For 6 years the team challenged dogma and changed the world of medical conferences for ever, but it all came to

Zero Point Survey St Emlyn's

New Zero Point Survey Video from Cliff Reid. St Emlyn’s

We’ve championed the Zero Point Survey (1,2,3,4) here on the blog and in all our simulation teaching in Virchester. If you’ve been following the blog you will hopefully be familiar with the STEPUP system of

Decompensated Liver Disease and what we can do about it in the ED. St Emlyns

Over recent years there has been a rapid increase in the number of patients with chronic liver disease. In fact whilst deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancer are falling, we’ve seen a five-fold increase in

July podcast 2019 St Emlyn's

July 2019 Podcast Round Up: St Emlyn’s

Our regular podcast review of the best of the blog from July 2019

The future of diagnostics

The Future of Diagnostics #stemlynsLIVE

Making diagnoses is arguably the most important aspect of our work in Emergency Medicine. Until we know something about the nature of a patient’s condition, we can’t make informed decisions about whether they need to

JC: The metabolic and biochemical characteristics of packed red cell transfusions.

JC: The metabolic and biochemical characteristics of packed red cell transfusions.

In the UK it’s now standard practice in hypovolaemic/bleeding trauma to use packed red cells as the first line resuscitation fluid. That’s what we keep in the fridge in the emergency department resus room of

PTSD and me part 5: why did I break?

Working in healthcare and, or as first responders we are at risk of being exposed to abnormal events.  Events for which we have no frame of reference and which precipitate acute stress responses and present

Mcgrath vs macintosh laryngoscopes

JC: Macintosh vs. McGrath laryngoscopy in pre-hospital care.

There has been an ongoing debate about the use of video laryngoscopy (VL) in emergency and critical care​1–4​. Proponents speak of the better visibility and ability to teach using video systems whereas those preferring a

climate change in healthcare

JC: Sustainability and Climate Change in Anaesthesia. St Emlyn’s

Healthcare has a huge environmental impact and contributes to climate change​1​. This appears to be irrefutable (Ed – there will be skeptics), with effects from transportation, greenhouse gases (notably Nitrous Oxide and other anaesthetic gases)

JC: Lower GI bleeding guidance. St Emlyn’s

The management of the patient with apparent lower GI (gastro-intestinal) bleeding is, in my experience at least, somewhat variable. Unlike upper GI bleeding where the standards and expectations are reasonably well known​1,2​, the lower GI

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