Rick Body

Rick Body is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, an NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow, an Honorary Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine and the Research Director of the Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Research Group (EMERGING) in Central Manchester, UK. The focus of his research is in the early diagnosis of acute coronary syndromes, with emphasis on decision-making technology and biomarkers

Good times part 1: DIDO-30 for STEMI

DIDO 30 2.001

STEMI is one of the true medical emergencies.  We all know that the sooner our patient gets revascularisation, the better they do.  We’ve known this for years.  In a very nice meta-analysis, Eric Boersma showed how the survival benefit from thrombolysis decayed exponentially with time from symptom onset.  That relationship’s so marked that if we […]

The ProMISe Study: EGDT RIP?

The (1)

Today is another landmark in the history of sepsis research. The long awaited results of the ProMISe trial are finally published in the New England Journal of Medicine. At 56 hospitals across the United Kingdom we’ve been working tirelessly to recruit patients to this awesome, cutting edge randomised controlled trial comparing early goal directed therapy […]

The MACS rule: a new user-friendly version

MACS rule user friendly Canva

This blog post is based on a paper we’ve just had published in the Emergency Medicine Journal entitled: ‘The Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (MACS) decision rule: validation with a new automated assay for heart-type fatty acid binding protein’.  You can find the full text at this link. In May last year we (Simon and I, […]

Get the NOAC Knowhow: Novel Oral Anticoagulants Part 1

Add text

Where would we be without warfarin?  The good old rat poison has served us brilliantly for decades, allowing us to anticoagulate patients to treat and prevent venous thromboembolism, prevent stroke in AF, and so much more.  As a House Officer, intern or Foundation doc, every doctor must surely have spent hours prescribing warfarin doses and […]

Is severe chest pain more likely to be a heart attack?

CHEST PAIN

    Have you ever heard this sort of conversation in your ED? Junior ED doc: Can I run my patient by you, please? Senior ED doc: Sure Junior: I  have a 40 year old man with chest pain.  I don’t think it’s anything to worry about.  It only lasted 20 minutes and the patient says it was […]

Simon, Rick and Natalie LIVE at Manchester Medical Society!

St. Emlyn's

By now I’m sure you know that Simon, Nat and Rick will be giving talks for the Manchester Medical Society Emergency Medicine section on Tuesday 25th November 2014 about #MedEd: The Future’s Bright.  The Future’s #Social.  This is a great opportunity for the #FOAMed community who live close enough to Manchester to get together, have […]

#MedEd: The Future’s Bright. The Future’s #Social

THE FUTURE'S

One of the most awesome developments at St. Emlyn’s over the last year or so has been the St. Emlyn’s events that we’ve started running.  The godfather of #FOAM himself, Joe Lex, was our first ever Visiting Professor last year, and he gave an amazing talk to inspire us all. He followed that up with a return visit […]

The Challenge and Value of Research in Emergency Medicine: at DGINA 2014

DGINA

On 7th November this year I was hugely honoured to give two invited talks at the annual conference of the German national society for Emergency Medicine – DGINA 2014 in Nuremberg.  This conference was organised by an awesome team of emergency physicians from Germany led by Michael Christ, author at the amazing DGINA blog.   If […]

New NICE high sensitivity troponin guidance: 3 hours and done?

NICE high sensitivity troponin

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) from the UK has just published new recommendations for the use of high sensitivity troponin to rule out NSTEMI in the Emergency Department.  You can find it at this link.  I was honoured to be part of the team looking at this, as a specialist advisor. […]

When Victoria Brazil came to St. Emlyn’s: The Full Story

VICTORIA BRAZIL (2)

If you could pick just one speaker from SMACC Gold to give a bespoke, inspiring talk to you and your colleagues locally you probably couldn’t do it. Your mind would shut down – there were too many good speakers. Imagining, however, that it were possible to choose just one, there’s more than a very good […]

The Heart Under Stress – St. Emlyn’s at SMACC Gold

The (1)

  Chris Nickson (@precordialthump) is a genius in many ways. Not only does he organise arguably the best healthcare conference in the world right now, but he’s also a very clever chap when it comes to thinking of imaginative titles for speakers. Last year Chris invited me to talk at SMACC Gold. Now, it seems […]

Ethical dilemmas in Emergency Medicine 4: The ethics of triage

Triage (1)

It’s been a while since we published our last ‘Ethical Dilemmas’ post at St. Emlyn’s. Hopefully you’ve already seen the other posts in this series but, if not, you should check out part 1, part 2 and part 3. This time let’s take a look at triage – something we do every day in the […]