Tag Archive: sepsis

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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Holy Smokes! Batman, the SOFA and the Latest Sepsis Definitions

We can be a confused bunch when it comes to sepsis.  We have seen definitions, debates and controversies as to how we treat and what we treat.  Today a new definition was unleashed on the world and you can read…
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Maestrini, Frank, Starling, Guyton…….and Fluids at St.Emlyn’s

Intravenous fluids are one of the most frequently implemented interventions that we, as doctors, prescribe. We give maintenance fluids (not so frequently in the ED) and we give resuscitation fluids. Recently the results of the SPLIT trial were published and…
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How low can you go? Experiential learning at St.Emlyn’s

Some time ago I was teaching our foundation (most junior) doctors about sepsis with a focus on the interpretation of blood gases. The teaching session ran along the usual lines of normal ranges, basic physiology and a few cases for…
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Paediatric sepsis: The first hour. PLUS St.Emlyn’s at #Retrieval2014

I was absolutely delighted this week to attend the first day of the Retrieval 2014 conference in Glasgow. I first came across this conference in 2013 when I followed the twitter feed which had #FOAMed gold quality tweets on all…
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