Tag Archive: Emergency Medicine

Are you PROcalcitonin? St.Emlyn’s goes bug-hunting.

At work the other day, someone mentioned that we could use procalcitonin to distinguish between viral and bacterial infections, particularly in the paediatric population. It was touted as the answer to that age-old question, “should I prescribe antibiotics for this…
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When is a Door Not a Door? Bias, Heuristics & Metacognition

This is an amended version of a talk on metacognition I gave at the Royal North Shore Hospital Grand Round. The clinical scenario has changed but the content remains the same. The purpose of this talk was to help our…
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Self-Rostering and Annualised Hours (or How to Keep Everyone Happy All of the Time). St.Emlyn’s

Introducing self-rostering and annualised hours  Over the last few years, in response to our ever-growing popularity with the public, the number of consultants at the St.Emlyn’s ED in Virchester has significantly grown. This, in turn means that the role of…
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JC: Cardiac arrest centres and bypass. St.Emlyn’s

The concept of cardiac arrest centres is not entirely new and is something we’ve been talking about in Virchester for some time. Indeed, there are several articles in the literature and a fairly reasonable patho-physiological argument for them1–3. We know…
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Here’s the top 10 (and more) research priorities in EM. James Lind & St.Emlyn’s

We’ve blogged before about the James Lind Alliance1,2 project that’s been running with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. In brief this is an exercise that engages the profession, researchers and patients to come to a consensus on which topics…
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10+1 papers for the Northern Emergency Medicine conference. St.Emlyn’s

I had the honour to speak at the very first Northern Emergency Medicine conference back in 2014 (I think). I had a fantastic time and met so many enthusiastic and superb emergency clinicians. This year I’m lucky enough to be…
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