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Hoffman - ISBN: Fleisher and Ludwigs 5-Minute Pediatric Emergency Medicine Consult offers comprehensive, practical information on over pediatric emergency issues in a fast-access two-page 5 Minute outline format for easy emergency department use.

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Furthermore, dosage schedules are constantly being revised and new side-effects recognized. For these reasons the reader is strongly urged to consult the drug companies' printed instructions before administering any of the drugs recommended in this book. Typeset in 9. What do you think about this book? Or any other Arnold title? Please send your comments to feedback. The Practical Emergency Medicine has been written to information is presented in a manner intended to fulfil a particular need that no other currently avail- illuminate rather than overwhelm.

We hope that able book addresses. There are many excellent readers will enjoy reading it as much as we have 'pocketbooks' and there are a number of excellent enjoyed preparing it.

Practical sion or commission, we would be most grateful if Emergency Medicine has been designed to fill this gap. Because of the range of topics it covers, Ian Greaves general practitioners will also find it useful.

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Adrian A. Andrew S. Manolis C. Whilst in the relative calm and unhur- The time and workload pressures in an emergency ried environment of a ward a doctor can usually department determine that a more focused clinical take a detailed history and perform a complete history is obtained.

More detail can be added later examination before initiating treatment, medical when this is required. The important components staff in emergency departments often have to act of an emergency department history can be remem- rapidly in order to preserve life and prevent dis- bered with the aid of the mnemonic AMPLE ability. Even in patients with non-life-threatening Table 1. The most import- carried out.

Within this space of time it is not only ant of these is the paramedic who has transported important to obtain information relevant to the a patient from the scene of their accident or illness. Documenting the clinical findings and subsequent investigation and treatment appropri- ately and in a concise format is also a skill that is Table I.

A Allergies M Medication This chapter examines the three areas of history P Past illness taking, examination and documentation in relation L Last ate or drank to emergency department work.

Care should be taken to examine and document the medications being taken by a patient. These are not uncommonly the cause of the patient's pre- senting complaint or may indicate intercurrent disease or influence the physiological response to Figure I. I: A high-energy frontal road traffic accident. In conditions for which another doctor has already initiated treatment, the response to treatment may be helpful in determin- ing further therapy. Similarly in the comatose patient, clues to diag- noses such as self-poisoning, hypothermia and carbon monoxide poisoning can be obtained from the ambulance service staff.

The The past medical history should be determined, as patient's friends and relatives are often not only the presenting complaint may be a new manifest- witness to the accident or illness but may be able to ation of an established disease. Previous episodes give more information on a patient's general med- of similar symptoms and their course and subse- ical background. Listen to what the paramedics have to tell you. There may have been a recent contact with the The time and content of the last meal or drink may patient which is relevant to the emergency depart- determine the timing of treatment, particularly general anaesthesia.

Many traumatic and non- ment or details of past medical history or medica- tion that are important to the assessment and traumatic emergencies result in gastric stasis and therefore carry a risk of vomiting and aspiration if treatment of the patient. It is vital that the history obtained and documented by the triage nurse is the patient's level of consciousness is reduced. Measures to prevent this, for example by decom- carefully checked. Other aspects of the case may be brought to light, and at other times variations in pressing the stomach with a nasogastric tube, may be necessary.

This can then be followed by a series of Table 1. Bimalleolar fracture Pain is the commonest presenting complaint Flexion rotation Tibial collateral ligament in an emergency department yet due to its subjec- injury to knee injury tive nature it is a difficult symptom to assess. In Medial meniscus tear determining severity, a visual analogue score may Anterior cruciate provide a more objective measure of severity and a rupture baseline to help assess the effect of intervention to Fall on outstretched Greenstick fracture reduce pain.

The type of pain may be described hand radius by a number of adjectives but the site, radiation Colles' fracture and factors that exacerbate and relieve the pain Fracture of radial head Fracture of neck of will give important diagnostic clues. The effect of humerus analgesics taken or administered prior to arrival in the department may also give an indication of severity. Table 1.

A set of mechanisms of injury which predict Table 1. The assessment of injury or illness in the history The process of examination starts at the first will allow the examination to be focused on spe- contact with the patient and important informa- cific areas and systems for important positive and tion can be gleaned from the patient's appearance negative findings.

It is rarely necessary to examine and the way questions are answered. In all patients the patient completely other than in major injury in whom a serious illness or injury may exist an when an absolutely comprehensive examination is initial assessment often called the primary survey in order to ensure that no injury is missed.

The injury should first be inspected for bruis- ing, swelling and deformity. Wounds, both old and new, are also noted. Then the area should be palpated to localize tenderness and to assess circulation and nerve supply distal to the injury.

Finally, movement should be assessed: initially active movement by the patient to determine the range of movement that can be achieved, followed by passive to detect abnormal movement as a result of major ligamentous injury.

Good-quality clinical care requires good note- keeping. The ability to produce accurate yet con- cise documentation is an essential skill in emergency to questions indicates that the patient has a clear medicine. Patients may return to the department airway, a good respiratory effort allowing them to with unresolved problems and are then seen by talk and good cerebral perfusion allowing an alert other doctors.

Without accurate notes of previous mental state and orientated and appropriate attendances, continuity of care is further ham- responses. In the seriously ill or injured patient the pered.

The records may also be needed several detection of any life-threatening abnormality years later in order to defend an allegation of med- should be followed by attempts to correct it before ical negligence or provide evidence in criminal the assessment moves on. Accurate records are therefore benefi- Prior to the patient being seen by the doctor, the cial for both the patient and the doctor. Certain fea- nursing staff will have often recorded a number of tures are essential Table 1. These will usually be the baseline all cases but the actual content of the record will observations of pulse, temperature and blood obviously largely vary with the content of the con- pressure but will vary from case to case.

In chil- sultation. The Glasgow Coma Score emergency department records Table 1. Although sometimes humorous at the time, Increasingly, a pulse oximeter reading is provided remarks and abbreviations that are insulting to though in interpreting this it is important to know patients should be omitted as the doctor may later the amount of oxygen the patient was breathing be called to account for them.

These are particularly patients involves assessment of musculoskeletal helpful in ensuring complete data collection in injuries. New senior house officers in emergency complex cases such as multiple injuries Fig. Each limb from the patient's main record. All such inclusions injury should be examined by looking, feeling and should be securely attached to the patient's main moving.

While it is self-evident that all important posi- tive findings are recorded, it is also important to Limb injuries — look, feel and move. Positive and negative The notes should contain the history, examination, findings which affect decision making with respect diagnosis, treatment and arrangements for further to investigation, diagnosis and treatment are treatment.

Discussions with and referrals to other doctors The assessment of a patient with chest pain is should be documented, including the other focused on identifying life-threatening conditions doctor's name. The nature, noted. Examination focuses on situations that might complicate acute myocardial infarction or Table 1.

Results of investigations are documented as is the treatment administered. It is often necessary to elicit informa- tion from friends, bystanders and observers. The examination should include a description of the local signs of injury to the head, such as a Under most legal systems something that was scalp laceration or haematoma, and their position.

However, the The Glasgow Coma Score recorded as its E, M and production of many pages of meticulous notes V components if not normal , the pupillary reac- about every patient with a minor injury will delay tions and the presence of any focal motor neuro- the care of other patients and frustrate a colleague logical signs are noted.

A meticulous neurological who subsequently has to review the patient. The investigations indicating the location of injuries and are particu- performed particularly skull X-ray and their larly valuable in the subsequent completion of results are noted. If a decision is made to discharge police statements Fig. Information initially the patient, the identity of the person who will be recorded in words 'a 2-cm laceration over the responsible for them after discharge should be right eye Figure 1.

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  1. Nicholas D. 04.04.2021 at 11:39

    PDF | This book is clearly aimed at the practicing emergency physician working on the shop floor who needs a rapid and concise summary on a.