Diagnosis

How to prepare your ED for a MERS-CoV outbreak

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…
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JC: Are typical chest pain symptoms predictive of outcome? St.Emlyn’s

We love a bit of meta-cognition here at St.Emlyn’s. As time passes and we all become a little longer in the tooth it becomes increasingly apparent that it’s not just ‘what’ we know it’s how we use it. In diagnostic…
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The MACS rule: a new user-friendly version

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

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

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…
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JC: Should USS be first investigation for renal colic? St.Emlyn’s

A few years ago I was asked to see a patient in the rapid assessment unit with severe pain in the flank. She looked as though she had renal colic and we instituted the usual management, most notably analgesia with…
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