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Annet Alenyo at #dasSMACC – How to support African EM

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A lot of people have been asking the LMIC delegates at dasSMACC the following question: “How can we support African Emergency Medicine?” Two quick ways you can help from afar: ONE: Donate to SupaDel: Supadel is a unique AFEM initiative that sponsors the attendance of delegates from low and middle income countries at AFEM-affiliated conferences on African…

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dasSMACCforce: Paramedics Under Siege

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Below see a few items discussed at #dasSMACCforce talk by badEM team member @CraigWylie Are specialised tactical units the answer? There has been so much discussion in the media around paramedics arming themselves for self defense. We explored this and actually, attacks on medics occur predominantly in the course of “everyday” work, the granny with the…

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Ubuntu #5: Muthi Mayhem

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The case: A 27 year old male is brought to the Ubuntu Hospital ED by EMS with a history of feeling unwell for two days. It is difficult to get further history from him, as he is extremely tachypnoeic and confused. His family relate to you that he has always been perfectly healthy until three…

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#badEM16: Almero Oosthuizen on Paraquat poisoning

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Almero Oosthuizen treated the badEM16 crowd to an entertaining talk some common and some deadly poisonings other than organophosphates. Take away points: First aid first: remove contaminants from patient and protect yourself Aggressive palliative care may be the only option for some patients: learn how to do it well. Almero Oosthuizen is an Emergency Medicine…

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Trauma in Pregnancy Part 3: Fear of radiation can lead to harm

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Fear of radiation can lead to harm: A rational approach to diagnostic imaging following trauma in pregnancy Imagine this patient presents to your emergency department: A 25 year old female is brought in by paramedics with a history of being involved in a motor vehicle collision. She was an unrestrained passenger and reported abdominal pain…

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A Paediatric Surgeon’s guide to… dealing with the child in your consulting room

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It’s ok, you’re not alone. The paediatric patient is a challenge, not only because of all their weird pathology, but also because they can’t tell you what’s wrong & scream when you touch them. Here are a few tips ’n’ tricks for making dealing with the not-little-adults a bit easier. (I know, a lot of this…

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Trauma in Pregnancy Part 2: Pregnancy related complications

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Pregnancy related complications: Pearls and pitfalls Part 1 of this 3 part series, (found here) dealt with the principles of resuscitation of the critically injured pregnant trauma patient. This next post is going to deal with pregnancy related complications and how to manage them. Placental abruption Placental abruption is the most common pregnancy related complication…

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Trauma in Pregnancy Part 1: Resuscitating the pregnant trauma patient

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Trauma in Pregnancy: Is it double the trouble? Managing the injured pregnant trauma patient can be anxiety inducing, as one needs to manage two patients at once amidst the altered physiology of pregnancy.  The good news is that there are more similarities than differences when managing a pregnant trauma patient. Trauma in pregnancy is surprisingly…

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[From Our Friends] Hand-Overs

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From Our Friends – JoziEM New post released on Hand-overs Read it now: https://joziem.co.za/2017/04/17/hand-overs/

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#badEM16 – Julian Fleming – Emergency Medicine: You’re Doing It Wrong

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Emergency Medicine: You’re Doing It Wrong Julian (@EMedic6) Brings you down to reality…. REMEMBER we are in AFRICA Can we expect the lay-person to understand what a true emergency is? If your child has a fever, it is an emergency, maybe not to the healthcare practitioner, but to that child’s mom this is the biggest…

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Emergency Medicine in Malawi

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Post by Mulinda Nyirenda and Jo Park-Ross This podcast is an interview with Dr Mulinda Nyirenda and details the current state of Emergency Medicine and pre-hospital services in Malawi, as well as the way forward and Mulinda’s hopes for the future of Malawian EM. I must admit a more than slight bias on the topic of Malawi…

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Simulation as a vehicle to excellence, improved patient safety & organisational learning with David Grant

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Dr David Grant is a simulation expert who advocates the use of simulation, including human factors and crew resource management principles, being actively used in the healthcare environment as part of a pro-active risk management system. Traditionally, simulation doesn’t get much of a positive reception – but we actively need to change that perception of…

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Ubuntu #4: The curious case of the ligamentum arteriosum

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Author: Pierre Smit Original presenter: Dr John Roos Editor: Jo Park-Ross At approximately 07H00 Ubuntu Aeromedical Service received a call on their rotor-wing platform for a young gentleman who had fallen from a height of approximately 5 meters. They were told that the incident had occurred at 06H00, and that the patient was standing on…

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Interview with the author: Hendry Sawe on recent AfJEM publication on POCUS in Tanzania & Mexico!

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Series: “Interview with the Author…” The badEM crew interviewed Hendry Robert-Sawe regarding his newly released article in AfJEM Volume 6 Issue 3 entitled: “Bedside ultrasound training at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Hospital San Carlos in Chiapas, Mexico” by Teri A Reynolds, Jeanne Noble, Gehres Paschal, Hendry Robert Sawe, Aparajita Sohoni, Sachita Shah, Bret Nicks,…

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Interview with the Author: AfJEM: Michael McCaul on South African pre-hospital guidelines

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Series: “Interview with the Author…” The badEM crew interviewed Michael McCaul regarding his newly released article in AfJEM Volume 6 Issue 3 entitled: “South African Pre-hospital  practice guidelines: Report on progress & way forward” by Michael McCaul, Ben de Waal, Peter Hodkinson & Karen Grimmer Link to open access article: Click here Corresponding author email: mmccaul@sun.ac.za Author’s twitter handle: @MikeMcCaul3…

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There is no standard like gold standard

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‘It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single editor in possession of a new journal, must be in want of a strong drink’ Adapted from Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice Author: Stevan Bruijns Editor: Jo Park-Ross Much is written about knowledge translation, or breaking down science from journals so it can benefit real-world, patient…

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#badEM16: Charmaine Cunningham – The gamble: do I pay or do I stay

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Selling assets in order to pay for care so that your child has a chance of survival should not be a decision that a parent is required to make, and yet often it is…. I’m Charmaine and I’m passionate about access to care.  For #badEM16 I combined some of my interests, including the system, how…

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DasSMACC inside tips from the organising committee..

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Three members of the badEM Team (Kirsten, Kat & Craig) have previously attended SMACC (in Chicago & Dublin) & we have been waiting to hear what DasSMACC has in store! See our summaries of past SMACC’s below! SMACC, the FOAMed Highlight of the Year smaccMINI summary: Paediatric Critical Care Workshop for non-paediatricians smaccDUB summary: Lead poisoning…

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#badEM16: Sian Geraty – Too wild, too free, too accustomed to death

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I’m Sian and I’m an Emergency Medicine registrar in Cape Town, South Africa.  I consider myself the luckiest girl in the world to get to do what I love in our incredible country. Here we have the most diverse patients, the craziest stories, the widest range of pathologies, and more opportunities that you can imagine.…

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Interview with the author: Greg Bell on his recent AfJEM publication on POCUS training in Kenya

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Series: “Interview with the Author…” The badEM crew interviewed Greg Bell regarding his newly released article in AfJEM Volume 6 Issue 3 entitled: “A pilot training program for point-of-care ultrasound in Kenya” by Greg Bell, Benjamin Wachira, Gerene Denning Link to open access article: Click here Corresponding author email: gerene-denning@uiowa.edu Authors’ twitter handles @GreggerEE & @emergencymedke 1. Tell us about yourself. How did…

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