College of Emergency Medicine Conference Exeter: Day 3 round up

May the FOAM be with you

Another great day in Exeter at the College scientific conference. Superbly organised by Adam Reuben and his colleagues with a fantastic, engaging, entertaining and accessible program. It has been a real triumph of a conference in a venue outside of the major conurbations. We can all learn from the organising teams enthusiasm, creativity and general […]

College of Emergency Medicine Conference: Exeter 2014 Day 2

May the FOAM be with you

Another great day in Exeter at the College academic conference. Many great presentations from great teachers and researchers. Here are some of the highlights from day 2. 1. A great talk from James Robson on rugby medicine. A great talk with fab videos on pitchside medicine. 2. Taj Hassan on the drive for improving quality […]

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

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  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

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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 […]

Free Open Access RESUSCITATION – the GoodSamApp with Mark Wilson

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    Mark Wilson. One of the things I love about medicine is the cross-fertilisation of ideas and techniques from one discipline to another. I worry that as more subspecialisation occurs, cross-fertilisation will be lost. Emergency medicine and critical care, spanning so many areas, are unique in that they may be the last places of […]

JC: Is there any point teaching paramedics? St.Emlyn’s

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OK, so it’s a provocative title, but it reflects my thoughts when I first saw this paper on teaching paramedics and in particular when I saw the conclusion. ‘….the evidence indicates that there is no benefit of advanced life support training for ambulance crews on patient outcomes’ Really? That reminded me of this…… OK, the […]

The Troponin Ashes at SMACC Gold: Cullen v Body

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Unless you’re very new round these #FOAMed parts, by now you’ll definitely have checked out some of the greatest talks in the history of mankind from the SMACC Gold podcast over at the awesome Intensive Care Network. You’ll also, I’m sure, have checked out the stories behind the talks from our own awesome team. Simon, […]

JC: When a subdural needs surgery in the elderly. St. Emlyn’s

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The diagnosis and management of major trauma in the elderly is a really hot topic in Emergency Medicine right now.  Compared to younger patients, the elderly can sustain much more serious injuries even with apparently trivial mechanisms.  What’s more, they present very differently – and it’s easy to underestimate severity in this group at the time […]

An introduction to sample size calculations. St.Emlyn’s

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This blog post is based on a paper I put together with Steve Jones and Magnus Harrison way back in 2003. In that paper we covered an area of critical appraisal that strikes fear into many a reader.., the issues of sample size and power calculations. What we hoped to do back then (and now) […]

High sensitivity troponin at St. Emlyn’s

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  Recently we published part one of our series on cardiac troponins.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can find it here.    In the second part, we’re going to take a look at high sensitivity troponins and some of the more advanced areas around understanding cardiac troponin and its use in practice. […]