Iain and Simon chat through our top ten trauma papers for 2016. Lots here for anyone who is interested in trauma including whole body CT, traumatic cardiac arrest, neurosurgery in severe head injury and much more. As ever we'd suggest you read the original papers, references for which along with a blogpost can all be found here http://stemlynsblog.org/top-10-trauma-papers-2016-st-emlyns/
In a new podcast format Simon (@EMManchester) and Iain (@docib) discuss the month's offerings from the St Emlyn's blog and podcast (www.stemlynsblog.org).
It's been a month full of interesting posts on subjects as diverse as Thrombolysis in Stroke (Alan Grayson), The Future of Emergency Medicine in the Social Age (Simon), Cardiac Arrest Centres (Simon), Love in Critical Care (Liz Crowe), Transfers (Nat and Simon), Thrombolysis in PE (a guest post from FOAMed legend Anand Swarminathan) and Benzos in Back Pain (Janos). Head to the website for the articles themselves and all the references and links you need.
We're aiminig to make this a regular monthly podcast - let us know if it's useful and enjoyable and how we could make it even more educational.
Prof Rick Body and Niall Morris, Clinical Research Fellow, discuss selection bias and how it can affect clinical research.
This podcast is the third in the St Emlyn's series "Clinical Appraisal Nuggets".
Our series on critical appraisal nuggets in 5-10 mins. This week it's Randomisation. Great if you are revising for an exam in critical appraisal (e.g. FRCEM).
Rick Body and Kerstin de Wit discuss the role of NOACs in clinical management. Part 1 addresses the basics, stuff you should know if you are prescribing these drugs.
Part 1 tells us the good stuff, don't forget to listen to 2 and 3 in the next few weeks as not everything is perfect
Check out the BLOG POST HERE
A Christmas review of the world of EM, CC and resuscitation #FOAMed.
This review is no way exclusive and focuses on sites that people may not be familiar with. Take it as read that EMCRIT, LITFL, PHARM, ICN, SGEM, EMLitofNote, ALiEM, Resus.me, KI docs, etc. are already known to be awesome. Check them out and follow the many excellent #FOAMed sites around the world.
Check out the big hitters here http://www.aliem.com/social-media-index/
There are also so many other sites that we have not mentioned, but which we regularly visit and listen to.
Rick and Iain explore how the latest guidance about the use of high sensitivity troponin was developed and how far we can be assured that it is evidence based.
The NICE guidance is available here. http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/dg15
Hopefully you will have already seen and listened to my SMACC talk on 'What to believe and when to change'. If not then please whizz over to the site now and have a listen. I really enjoyed exploring the uncertainties that exist around when we decide to adopt or abandon therapies.
My belief is that it's really difficult to define the perfect moment and that it's only in retrospect that we can define it.
Since appearing on the ICN network and St.Emlyn's, Scott Weingart, one of the best and most innovative clinicians I know has come back and argued for early adoption. You can check out his rationale on his site and see what you think.
I actually agree with many of the things he tells us, although he has confined himself to one side of the argument. In terms of a defence of early adoption he makes a good case, but like all debates there needs to be another side to the story, so sit back and listen to why we must reflect hard on the decisions we make in deciding what we do, why we do it, and most importantly when.
It would appear that the organ member was correct and we cannot be certain about the organ pipes. Apparently there are doubts about whether they are safe or need replacing.
We will once again turn to Dr Beardsell and Prof. Carley to see if there is anything more that we can do. As I am due to allocate funds for repairs to musical instruments this year then we must ensure that these are spent wisely.
If there is a less than 2% chance of failure we will wait. If there is a greater than 50% chance of failure then we should spend the money.
The situation is uncertain and we need help.
I have the honour to be et. etc. etc.
The Choirmaster at St.Emlyn's