An introduction to sample size calculations. St.Emlyn’s

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This blog post is based on a paper I put together with Steve Jones and Magnus Harrison way back in 2003. In that paper we covered an area of critical appraisal that strikes fear into many a reader.., the issues of sample size and power calculations. What we hoped to do back then (and now) […]

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The Weary Wander. St.Emlyn’s

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After the joy and optimism of “Car Park Five” and it’s uplifting tunes I thought this should be balanced by something more reflective for the “Weary Wander” back to the car after a hectic shift in the ED. My brain is always buzzing when I leave work and without some form of audio wind down […]

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High sensitivity troponin at St. Emlyn’s

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  Recently we published part one of our series on cardiac troponins.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, you can find it here.    In the second part, we’re going to take a look at high sensitivity troponins and some of the more advanced areas around understanding cardiac troponin and its use in practice. […]

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Not Just History Repeating. St.Emlyn’s

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Our journey through life is peppered with “firsts”. From unrecollectable first words, to the first day at school, to our first kiss and beyond; these unique experiences stay with us and influence us forever. Even with advancing years there are still many firsts to experience, both personally and professionally and I recently had one in […]

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Every Breath You Take – An Introduction to the Breathless Patient in the ED

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Breathless patients are a challenge in the ED. Shortness of breath can be a frightening presenting complaint for both patients and doctors. As always, think about the possible life threatening causes and actively rule them out. For breathless patients think especially about: Pneumonia Asthma/COPD Pulmonary Embolism Acute left ventricular failure Pneumothorax     Breathless Patients Podcast In […]

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I Can’t Get You Out of my Head – Headache at St Emlyns

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We’ve all had headaches, but not often severe enough to prompt us to seek help in an Emergency Department. Many patients presenting to the ED with a primary presenting of feature of headache will have serious pathology. In Virchester audits the number with serious disease (tumour, bleeding, meningitis etc.) has remained at about 10% for […]

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