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nCPAP

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Based on on work done in below abstract we are in the process of completing final drafts of  a “Quick Reference Handbook on Neonatal nCPAP” (with a focus on use in prehospital / critical care retrieval).   If you are interested in receiving a copy of this booklet when it is complete, or would like…

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Interview with Sa’ad Lahri & Kamil Vallabh (ICEM Keynote Speakers)

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Dr Kat Evans from #badEM interviews ICEM2016 Keynote Speakers Sa’ad & Kamil – Cape Town Emergency Physicians: Who are they? Cape Town Emergency Physicians & educators Dr Sa’ad Lahri – Khayelitsha Hospital & EMECG (& Barista in his spare time!) – Twitter: @slahri7 Dr Kamil Vallabh – Mitchells Plain Hospital & of EMECG & Plain EM – Twitter: @KamilVallabh Kat…

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Interview with Surgeon Captain Jason Smith (ICEM Keynote Speaker)

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Craig Wylie from #badEM interviews Surgeon Captain Jason Smith regarding his up and coming Keynote Speech entitled “Advances in military resuscitation – experience from a decade of conflict” at ICEM (International Conference in Emergency Medicine) being held in Cape Town. Read more about Surgeon Captain Smith here: http://www.icem2016.org/speakers.htm   Craig: The ‘crossover’ between civilian and…

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Emergency Doctors without boundaries: we need to talk about violence against women

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Author: Dr Lucy Hindle – Emergency Physician – Gauteng, South Africa Co-author: Katy Hindle – lawyer with a special interest in gender and health Edited by: Dr Kat Evans – Emergency Physician – Cape Town, South Africa What is intimate partner violence?    IPV is violence perpetrated by an intimate partner (so a boyfriend/husband/ex). Most commonly,…

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Baring all: Being vulnerable

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As a young man, I have always tried to be the one in charge. I have always wanted to be the smartest, strongest & right – I always wanted to be right.  For the longest time, I have been that guy, not exposing my weaknesses, not exposing my uncertainties. I’m supposed to always know the…

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Ubuntu #3: The Michelin Man: The case of a ruptured bulla

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Ubuntu #3 The Michelin Man: The case of a ruptured bulla Author: Dr Kylen Swartzberg | Editor: Dr Kat Evans The Case: Presented in real time Friday Night, Ubuntu Emergency Department. 21:15 – 53 year old male patient rushed into triage in a wheelchair by his panic stricken wife. She shouts to the triage nurse…

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Ubuntu #2: Divination and a Diagnostic Dilemma

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Ubuntu #2: Divination and a Diagnostic Dilemma Author Victoria Stephen Edited by Kirsten Kingma   You are on duty at uBuntu Hospital Emergency Department on a Tuesday evening when a 37 year old male is brought in by EMS. His neighbour had called EMS when she had noticed that he had not ventured out of his…

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Ubuntu #1: Not another tachypnoeic pregnant patient!

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Ubuntu #1: Not another tachypnoeic pregnant patient! Guest Author: Dr Neville Vlok | Editor: Dr Katya Evans History Mrs V is a 35 year old G3P2 female at 32 weeks pregnant by dates. She was referred to Ubuntu hospital for IVI antibiotics after being seen at the local clinic with a diagnosis of “severe pneumonia”. Complaints:…

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“How to get brave: The three steps for implementing change” with Almero Oosthuizen

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Podcast: Jo Park-Ross and Almero Oosthuizen Are you keen for change? Not sure how to be part of the change you think is needed? Here is a short podcast to motivate you! The three steps to implementing change: 1. Win them over Create your brand, cultivate genuine relationships, understand the problem fully and connect with people…

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Balancing chakras – the passive leg raise

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Balancing Chakras: The passive leg raise Author & Sketches: Dr Serena Cardosa | Edited by: Dr Kat Evans As a medstudent, the topic of fluids eluded me.  When I started working as a junior doctor in the EC this year I had to gain confidence with my fluid resuscitation strategy (and fast!). In this post…

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Finding FOAM

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This week I did a talk at the Hout Bay Volunteer EMS about how to get involved with FOAM for the beginner (with a focus on prehospital FOAM). If you are new to the FOAM world and want to know how to get involved and what it is all about then this for you!  …

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The Namibian Pre-hospital System

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The Namibian Pre-hospital System Guest Author: Nadine Seymour & Edited by: Jo Park-Ross                                    Pre-hospital Emergency System in Namibia Namibia lies in Southwest Africa; it is largely and sparsely populated with vast distances.  Windhoek, the capital, is the largest city…

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Continuous Professional Development in South Africa

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  As healthcare professionals we all have the responsibility to stay up to date with current practices & advancement within our respective medical disciplines. In South Africa the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) requires healthcare professionals to accumulate a total of 60 continuous educational unit (CEU) points over a 2 year period, of which 10 CEU points should…

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Ubuntu Hospital – African Virtual Hospital, Aeromedical & Ambulance Service

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Ubuntu Hospital & Ubuntu Aeromedical & Ambulance Service After much deliberation we decided not to ask for admitting privileges at St Emlyns (UK) or JANUS General (US) Imaginary Hospitals, but rather open an African virtual hospital. We felt that the developing world has it’s own specific set of unique problems that can only be expressed…

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Under pressure: Endotracheal tube cuffs

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What’s the problem? The average internal diameter of an adult trachea is 1,5 – 2 cm and this doesn’t leave much room for expansion. Over-inflated cuffs could be killing off tracheal mucosa by restricting blood flow, causing problems such as tracheal stenosis: a long term condition which will need a multi-disciplinary team and some expensive surgery…

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Sonar beams deflecting cognitive error

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Sonar beams deflecting cognitive error Written by guest author: Victoria Stephen In the midst of treating a critically ill patient, whether it is pre-hospital, in the ED or ICU, time is not on your side. Multiple processes are taking place concurrently, as you take in the history, the patient’s appearance and vital signs. Your mind…

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SMACC, the FOAMed Highlight of the Year

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  It has been of interest to note that the vast majority of the traffic on #badEM has been via Facebook sharing rather than twitter. This may mean that many of you guys haven’t discovered the full potential of the FOAM (Free Open Access Medicine) community. The SMACC (Social Media And Critical Care) conference is…

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No electrodes, no problem

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In the preparation for the 19th World Congress on Disaster & Emergency Medicine held in Cape Town – AfJEM asked African Emergency Medicine lovers something interesting – “Can you hack, concoct, devise or contrive a wanted resource using only locally available materials? You can..? Really..? Now you can show it off & win some amazing…

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The 2015 AfJEM Resource Innovation Competition

A resourceful shoulder to lean on

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In the preparation for the 19th World Congress on Disaster & Emergency Medicine held in Cape Town – AfJEM asked African Emergency Medicine lovers something interesting – “Can you hack, concoct, devise or contrive a wanted resource using only locally available materials? You can..? Really..? Now you can show it off & win some amazing…

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EC Nurse from Malawi Lucia’s trick of the trade for O2 administration

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In the preparation for the 19th World Congress on Disaster & Emergency Medicine held in Cape Town – AfJEM asked African Emergency Medicine lovers something interesting – “Can you hack, concoct, devise or contrive a wanted resource using only locally available materials? You can..? Really..? Now you can show it off & win some amazing…

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