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The latest in our series of quick learning bites, designed to tie in with education and sims running in the department.
Suspect malaria in anyone with a fever or a history of fever who previously visited a malaria endemic area. One bite is all it takes!
Green bilious vomiting is an emergency in a newborn until proven otherwise!
This rare condition requires a high index of suspicion. Clinical features are progressive, but mortality can double after only 24 hours of presentation!
There are between 5000-6000 new TB cases every year in England (UK), with those in lower socioeconomic environments being most at risk.
Asbestosis is diffuse interstitial fibrosis of the lung as a consequence of exposure to asbestos fibres, resulting in various types of cancer.
Bronchiolitis is the most common cause of hospitalisation for children under 1 year – increasing every year!
Tetralogy of Fallot is the most common cyanotic congenital heart disease, making up 10% of all CHDs.
ITP typically presents with a sudden appearance of a petechial rash, spontaneous bruising, and/or bleeding in an otherwise well child.
Anaemia is a common incidental finding in the ED. Symptoms may include pale skin, fatigue, breathlessness and many more...
HSP is a multi-system vasculitic disorder which can affect skin and joints. Children will require a urine dipstick, BP and assessment of fluids.
Peritonsillar abscess (aka Quinsy) is a collection of pus in the peritonsillar space as a result of tonsillitis causing irritation.
Fractures of the facial bones are a common presentation to the ED but can lead to airway problems.
Tonsillitis is inflammation of the palatine tonsils (including the pharynx and adenoids) as a result of either a bacterial or viral infection.
Pre-tibial lacerations usually affects the older population when the skin over the shin becomes thin and friable, allowing small injuries to cause the skin to tear for easily.