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Synthetic Cannabinoid

The use of synthetic cannabinoids is on the rise.  They are dangerous, don’t fit a particular toxidrome, and can require emergent intervention.  They are a nasty phenomenon and this article will hopefully show you why. The Background Novel psychoactive substances…
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JC: The Quick-Wee Method for Faster Clean Catch Urine Collection

The wilful nature of children is responsible for a lot of the facial expressions we see in the paediatric emergency department but few parents are as frustrated as those waiting… and waiting… and waiting for the short-lived, poorly-timed, inevitable fountain…
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#smaccMINI – Paediatric Resuscitation Update at #smaccDUB

  ILCOR published resuscitation updates in 2015 and I’m sure many of you have already familiarised yourselves with the changes. At smaccMINI I took the paediatric critical care workshop delegates through a whirlwind review of the major changes to paediatric resuscitation and…
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Taking a sexual history in ED

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,…
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JC: Getting Chilly Quickly 4. Doing It For The Kids

We have looked at therapeutic hypothermia not once, not twice, but three times already here at St Emlyn’s; most of our ED consultants also work, at least some of the time, down the long corridor in our paediatric ED – so…
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JC: One Benzo Fits All? Lorazepam vs Diazepam for Paediatric Status Epilepticus

It’s been a little quiet of late here in the lofty towers of St Emlyn’s Virtual Hospital, not because the patients have stopped coming (trust me, they haven’t) but because many of the clinicians have spent their non-working hours squirreled away…
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