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Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

A 30-year old woman presents to your Emergency Department complaining of mild abdominal discomfort and exertional dyspnoea. She feels well and doesn’t particularly want to be in hospital, but was told to present by her fertility team as she had recently had in-vitro fertilisation.

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Croup

Croup

Croup is one of the diseases we own. This is the quintessential paediatric ED reg condition. Often the triage nurse will give the dex before you’ve even seen the patient. But have you thought about what you are going to do if the dex doesn’t work?

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Fast Friday #6 – Spinal Injury

Fast Friday #6 – Spinal Injury

A 30 year old bricklayer has fallen 3m off scaffolding onto the hard ground below and has been unable to mobilise since the incident. The patient presents complaining of back pain with associated altered motor function and sensation to his lower limbs. He is GCS 15 and his vital signs read a BP 80/40 mmHg, Heart Rate 47bpm, Oxygen Saturations of 100% on room air and his temperature is 37 degrees Celsius. He has warm hands and feet. On examination you notice that power of his lower limbs is 0/5 in all myotomes and he cannot appreciate sensation below the dermatome level of T4.

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Metabolic Alkalosis

Metabolic Alkalosis

It’s 4:20am on a night shift, and you’ve finally caught up with the waiting patient list. Just as you’re thinking about where you could source some caffeine, you see a 26 year old male come up on the screen. The triage note reads: “2/7 epigastric pain, can’t sleep tonight”. You barely get a chance to chart the pink lady when a nurse places a venous gas result in front of you.

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Ventilation of the Morbidly Obese Patient

Ventilation of the Morbidly Obese Patient

Imagine you’re on for resus in the middle of a night shift and you receive an alert for a shocked diabetic male with respiratory sepsis and DKA who has been intubated and will be arriving soon. Your initial reaction to this news probably wouldn’t worry you too much (aside from how severe the DKA must be to lead to a tube) knowing that the hard work has been done pre-hospital until the paramedic ends the call with a very casual, “Oh by the way the patient is 280kg.”

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