Author Archive: Natalie May

Paed EM enthusiast, Medsin/IFMSA trainer, evolving medical education interest, #FOAMaoke queen.

The Emergency Department Transfer: Patient, Preparation and People. St.Emlyn’s

Depending on your department the frequency with which you are faced with the need to transfer a critically ill intubated patient may vary but it is something we think all departments face at some point. Common examples might be: The…
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101 Reflective Lessons from a Year with Sydney HEMS. Part Two: Human Factors.

This post is the second in a series recording my reflections on the past twelve months, which I have spent working for Sydney HEMS in prehospital and retrieval medicine. The first post covers medical education – you can find it…
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Critically Ill in PED – the Patient Perspective at #smaccMINI #smaccDUB

  One of my favourite sections of the #smaccMINI workshop at #smaccDUB last year was when my Paediatric ED colleague Roisin McNamara from Dublin and I got the chance to speak a young woman called Eimear. Roisin had already spoken about her…
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101 Reflective Lessons from a Year with Sydney HEMS. Part One: Education.

  I had never really had an urge to work in the prehospital environment, I’ll be honest. As someone scared of flying the idea of helicopters did not appeal and on the whole I was quite happy in my temperate,…
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You Snooze, You Lose? #smaccUS The Child with Altered Consciousness

As a part of the #smaccMINI workshop back in Chicago in 2015, I spoke about the approach to the child with an altered conscious level. The podcast is below along with a brief summary of the talk. The guidance below…
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Thinking the Unthinkable: Child Protection in the Emergency Department

That people in a position of trust could intentionally injure, abuse or neglect children is almost unthinkable but it is a reality in the day-to-day practice of the Emergency Department1. Unfortunately, not only is it unpleasant to be confronted by…
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Apparent Life Threatening Events in Babies – Trouble BRUEing

Whenever I start to think about teaching on a paediatric subject, I feel like I should open with a reminder that being a parent is HARD. It’s REALLY HARD. Especially for first-time parents with newborn babies, lives for whom they are…
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