Acute Medicine

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

  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…
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JC: Should we use Heimlich Valves for ambulatory pneumothorax management? St. Emlyn’s

Here at St. Emlyn’s we have been managing patients with pneumothoraces as out patients for many years. The approach in the UK has been ‘guided’ by the BritishThoracic Society guidelines. For many PNXs we simply aspirate, and if successful we…
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Is this what we mean by critical care? Feedback at St.Emlyn’s

  Over the years we’ve been building up a profile of our virtual hospital, St. Emlyn’s.  Here, let’s explore the way we reflect on cases in Emergency Medicine, and take a look at what might go on at a ‘St. Emlyn’s Case Conference’, something that…
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