Stop Crying Your Heart Out – Paediatrics at St Emlyn’s

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Most EDs in the UK see a mixture of adult and paediatric patients. You’ve probably seen sick adults as part of your F1 year but we know that for many new ED docs this is the first time you’ve seen a paediatric patient since medical school. So welcome to the world of screaming, puking, hysteria […]

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For the Record: Can Patients Record Clinical Consultations?

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Somewhere in the ITV archives is television footage of me, on my first day in the PED as an ST3 doctor, assessing a child with a scald in resus. I knew before I started my six month PEM rotation that the crew weren’t quite finished their filming commitments but at no point had I considered that, […]

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When Victoria Brazil came to St. Emlyn’s: The Full Story

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If you could pick just one speaker from SMACC Gold to give a bespoke, inspiring talk to you and your colleagues locally you probably couldn’t do it. Your mind would shut down – there were too many good speakers. Imagining, however, that it were possible to choose just one, there’s more than a very good […]

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Obi Wan’s Guide to Emergency Medicine. Rich Carden at St.Emlyn’s

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Ok, so Obi Wan Kenobi, to my knowledge, never actually practiced emergency medicine, although he had some pretty awesome Jedi skills that would work a treat in the ED.  For those of you unfamiliar with his work, he was pretty instrumental in the Star Wars trilogy (original) and had some serious skills like the Mind […]

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JC – Just Checking: Do Follow-Up Phone Calls Reduce Reattendance to PED?

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Lots of patients we see in the ED do not require hospital admission and this is especially true of the paediatric ED where children often attend with parents seeking advice for management of viral illnesses or treatment for minor injuries. Communication and reassurance is a huge part of our role, especially where children are concerned and assessment […]

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Imaging in Paediatric Trauma – Guide to the RCR Guidelines. St.Emlyn’s

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You’ve probably already seen that the Royal College of Radiologists this week published CEM-approved guidelines for imaging in paediatric trauma. The document itself is open access, isn’t actually that long and to the authors’ credit it’s relatively easy-to-read so you might want to stop reading this and start reading it instead :-). So… What is […]

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