Taking a sexual history in ED

Sexual History (1)

Emergency physicians often feel that taking a sexual history in EDs is something medical school and specialty training have not prepared them very well for. This comes as no surprise as it differs significantly from ordinary medical history taking.  Personal, religious beliefs, our own sexuality and upbringing will undoubtedly further influence the way we take […]

How to prepare your ED for a MERS-CoV outbreak

MERS-CoV(1)

Following a successful local collaborative Ebola campaign preparation last year, the team at Virchester ED have started preparing for the next outbreak of infectious disease that threatens our quiet shores: the Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). MERS is caused by a coronavirus (often abbreviated as MERS-CoV) and coronaviruses are mainly transmitted by large respiratory droplets.  The […]

Are We Doing All We Can For Mental Health? St.Emlyn’s

stemlyns mental health

Is Mental Health a Problem in the ED? Acute (and chronic) mental health issues in the ED, to me, represent one of the trickiest and perhaps most poorly dealt with presentations in Emergency Medicine.  I am not claiming to have experience of all the EDs in the world, and I appreciate I am relatively junior […]

PODCAST update with Mark Wilson on the GoodSAM app at the London Trauma Conference

Mark Wilson GoodSAM stemlyns

    Earlier this year we published a blog on the GoodSAM app, a device developed by Mark Wilson and colleagues in London that has a real potential to save lives. Since then we have heard him speak at a number of conferences including an inspiring talk at the London Trauma Conference. Iain was lucky […]

JC: STI’s at Christmas. St.Emlyn’s

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  We frequently get asked to do ‘a little bit more’ in the ED. Over the years we have been asked to screen for lots of conditions that may be opportunistically screened for, or which may be associated with the presenting condition. Alcohol consumption for example is related to many ED attendances and so it […]