When Sick Means Sick: Emesemantics and Vomiting in Kids

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When I was preparing for my talk at smaccGOLD I contacted the wonderful Ross Fisher, a Paediatric Surgeon, to ask him for some tips; what did he wish all ED docs and GPs knew about paediatric surgical patients? He was kind enough to provide me with a list of hints, tips and pearls of wisdom […]

Who’s That Girl? Impostor Syndrome at #SMACCGold

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I want to let you into a secret. I’m an impostor.   OK, that’s not quite true. I’m a 34-year-old (shock!) Emergency Medicine trainee with a penchant for karaoke and a passion for education, but I’m really not anybody special. I play the piano (badly) and can struggle through a basic conversation in French or […]

Self Experimentation in Medical Education – LA for ABGs

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You are probably aware that many great scientific discoveries have been made when doctors decide to experiment on themselves. Self experimentation is sort of a tradition – take the famous discovery of Helicobacter pylori‘s role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease by Nobel prize-winning Barry Marshall (he and Robin Warren were awarded the Nobel Prize […]

JC: Updated NICE Head Injury Guidelines – Worth a Scan?

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In the last few days Twitter has been buzzing (does twitter buzz? Or does it chirp? Tweet?) with EM practitioners getting to grips with the latest iteration of the NICE Head Injury Clinical Guideline, updated this month to CG176. The BMJ has produced a nice summary but sadly it’s behind a paywall – so here’s […]