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


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 […]

Cliff Mann on UK Emergency Medicine recruitment. St.Emlyn’s


This week has seen some real progress on the crisis in emergency medicine recruitment within the UK. Health Education England appears to be taking recruitment really seriously with a document released this week stating how we will bring more trainees into the system. If you are interested in UK EM then this is a must […]

There’s a vIP in the ED at St.Emlyn’s


The setting – Resus, The ED, St.Emlyn’s, Virchester The event – A major trauma team resuscitation, multiple stabbing to chest and abdo. The patient has arrived and you’re just about to head to CT. My role – Trauma Team Leader The conversation – (Senior nurse Virchester)  – “Simon…., Simon….., Simon…… listen, Prof Y has just […]

Top tips for trainees…….from CEM

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Just a quick one to point colleagues and potential EM docs towards a document from the College of Emergency Medicine. CEM7450-Top-tips-for-a-great-trainee-v5-(21.9.13) Authored by Tony Joy , Dafydd Hammond-Jones & Jamie Moran it’s a brief, but helpful guide to getting the most out of training. There are 10 top tips….., and I agree with all but […]

Road to… Nowhere? ED Implications of the Liverpool Care Pathway Review


If you haven’t seen recent UK media coverage of the review of the Liverpool Care Pathway I have to wonder where you’ve been. Nevertheless, I really don’t want to get involved in the historical facts and opinions surrounding the pathway itself – I want to know what the recent review article means for me as […]