Papers of May 2016

Here's a look at some of the papers that caught our eye this month. We have a look at patient positioning for RSI, the implication of hypothermia on arrival in the ED and the reliability of clinical assessment of syncope in our elderly patients. Make sure you go and have a look at the papers… Read More

Talk from EMCEF 22

So this is a talk I gave at the EMCEF 22 conference. This covers a few of the papers we've discussed in the last 6 months on the podcast but a bit of spaced repetition is never a bad thing! We'll be running through topics on heart failure, sedation, intubation, anaphylaxis and duration of cardiac arrest. The… Read More

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is definitely one of those differentials that you consider when the patients books into ED with '?carbon monoxide poisoning'...... but how much do we really think about it in a patient that hasn't been sent down to the ED with this specific thought in mind. Rob Fenwick talks us through the key… Read More

Trauma in the ED

So we were lucky enough to be asked to cover the Trauma Care Conference and specifically today's day focussing on Major Trauma in the Emergency Department. We managed to to get a few minutes of time from some of the superb speakers and get their  take home messages from their talks. Enjoy! Relevant Resources TraumaCare PHEMCAST … Read More


In this episode we were lucky enough to catch up with Sam Sadek, EM Consultant at The Royal London hospital and HEMS doctor and also Zaf Qasim EM Consultant in Delaware in the United States. Both have been heavily involved in the setup and delivery of REBOA service in their respective posts. In this podcast… Read More

May 2016

Some of the papers that caught our eye this month..... Is risk stratifying TIA's time well spent? Validation of ABCD2 scores ascertained by referring clinicians: a retrospective transient ischaemic attack clinic cohort study. Dutta D. Emerg Med J. 2016 Apr 7. pii: emermed-2015-205519. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2015-205519. [Epub ahead of print] As we think about upskilling our… Read More

Papers of April 2016

Here's a look at some of the papers that caught our eye this month. We cover the best way to diagnose heart failure, the risks associated with hyperopia and the utility of ETCO2.  Take the time to have a look at the papers yourself and leave any feed back or comments at the bottom of… Read More


Rob Fenwick talks to us about hypothermia right from it's definition through to the the difficulties and dilemmas of treatment. Including whether somebody is dead and cold or cold and dead, enjoy! Simon References Brown, D. J. A., Brugger, H., Boyd, J & Paal, P. (2012) Accidental hypothermia. New England Journal of Medicine. Volume 367,… Read More

Needle Thoracostomy

Needle decompression of a pneumothorax is a time critical and life saving procedure. Classical teaching is to perform this in the 2nd ICS midclavicular line but is this the easiest and most effective place to perform it? In this podcast I speak with Zaf Qasim, an EM physician in the US about the topic and… Read More

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