The latest in our series of quick learning bites, designed to tie in with education and sims running in the department.
Trifascicular block is a combination of heart block with a bifascicular block and can be 'complete' or 'incomplete'.
Hirschsprung’s Disease is a fairly rare (1:5000) congenital condition which (normally) affects the large intestine.
Intestinal ischaemia presents as poorly localised abdominal pain and is the result of decreased blood flow to the GI tract.
Intussusception accounts for up to 25% of all abdominal emergencies in children up to the age of 5.
AAA is the enlargement of the aortic diameter >1.5 times normal and often an incidental finding. But there's an 85-99% mortality rate!
Liquid detergent capsules pose a risk to children: THEY LOOK LIKE SWEETS!
Many people think essential oils are harmless: WRONG! They're highly toxic household items!
Organophosphates are used in at least 50% of the world's pesticides and poisoning can be rapidly fatal. Find out how to reverse the blockade and decontaminate the patient.
Exacerbations of COPD can lead to retention of CO2, and 1-in-5 results in acute hypercapnic respiratory failure. This can be life-threatening.
Croup is an upper airway disorder common amongst infants and children, indicated by a "seal/dog-like" barking cough.
Asthma is a life-changing disease and (in the UK) about 3 people a day die as a consequence.
Neurological observations must be performed on all patients with a head injury to recognise deterioration and monitor progress.
An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants and begins developing outside the uterus - affecting 1 in 80 pregnancies.
Orthostatic hypotension is the fall in blood pressure when transitioning from lying to standing.