Head injury

The Emergency Department Transfer: Patient, Preparation and People. St.Emlyn’s

Depending on your department the frequency with which you are faced with the need to transfer a critically ill intubated patient may vary but it is something we think all departments face at some point. Common examples might be: The…
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JC: Salt or Sugar? Hypertonic saline for head injury at St.Emlyn’s.

‘Why did you give Mannitol?’ asked the Registrar. ‘Hypertonic saline was the standard of care for head injury at St.Elsewhere and I was told it reduced mortality’. OK, so that’s a paraphrased recollection from some time ago. Our patient had…
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Impact Brain Apnoea with Gareth Davies from London HEMS. St.Emlyn’s

I was recently discussing the management of traumatic cardiac arrest with one of my junior colleagues and was surprised to hear that they had not heard of impact brain apnoea as a cause of respiratory and subsequently cardiac arrest. Then…
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JC: Progesterone’s pleiotropic failure in head injury. St.Emlyn’s

Pleiotropic might just be my favourite new word, thus overtaking November’s great word ‘Glyptotek’ (Danish for Sculpture museum). I digress. Pleiotropic is a word used to describe the ability of a gene to affect multiple phenotypic traits. Great, what’s that…
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