Category: Emergency

Breaking Bad (News)

Delivering bad news in a compassionate way can make this difficult situation easier to cope with for patients, their families and clinicians themselves. Thanks to Hailey and Kendall who helped us workshop these skills at Taupo Hospital. SPIKES The SPIKES model was first published in The Oncologist in 2000 as a...

Kotahitanga 3

This week we debated the management of spontaneous pneumothorax and use of high sensitivity of TnI for syncope patients. Thanks Kotahitanga for continuing to bring the scientific rigour. Does your centre offer high sensitivity TnI for syncope patients?...

Introducing Kotahitanga

Here ED experts from around NZ review cutting edge literature. Kotahitanga’s mission is to share that wisdom and accelerate the dissemination of locally beneficial new ideas in Emergency Medicine. Download the full publication here:...

CRUSH episode 2, FAST

As part of our contribution to free and open medical education, the team at Taupo Hospital will feature a series of short and accessible ultrasound posts aimed at Rural Generalist trainees. For further certification in POCUS check out Otago Universities Post Graduate Certificate. Here is episode 2. Enjoy....

BATman; Barkers Anaesthetic Tips

In this series Dr Glenn Barker will bring you tips on all things anaesthesia, airway and retrieval. Here is his first episode on Art line set up. Glenn is a Rural Hospitalist with JCCA and Post Grad Cert in Aeromedical Retrieval....

Introducing CRandalls Ultrasound Hit: CRUSH

As part of our contribution to free and open medical education, the team at Taupo Hospital will feature a series of short and accessible ultrasound posts aimed at Rural Generalist trainees. For further certification in POCUS check out Otago Universities Post Graduate Certificate Here is episode 1. Enjoy....

Kotahitanga 1

Hello and welcome to this first publication of Kotahitanga. Here we hope to share the collective brain power of New Zealand’s Emergency Departments’ Journal Clubs. ...

Ring, ring, why don’t you give me a call?

The phone rings. I wake from a deep sleep slightly panic stricken. It takes me a minute to comprehend that I’m in bed and on the phone to a nurse from an outer island. They run through their patient’s story, requesting advice. It takes me another minute to realise...

What dose Ketorolac?

Comparison of Intravenous Ketorolac at Three Single-Dose Regimens for Treating Acute Pain in the Emergency Department: A Randomized Controlled Trial Motov, Sergey et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2016 Dec. Study Design: N = 240, 18-65 years Randomised to receive 10mg, 15mg, 30mg IV ketorolac as single dose (double blinded)...

Lung ultrasound for paediatric pneumonia

Q. Can Lung ultrasound reduce need for CXR in children with suspected pneumonia? Jones BP, Tay ET, Elikashvili I, et al. Feasibility and safety of substituting lung ultrasonography for chest radiography when diagnosing pneumonia in children: a randomized controlled trial. Chest 2016;150(1):131-138. randomized 191 children and adolescents with clinically suspected...