The agitated patient

Here in Taupo we are fortunate to have regular educational simulations run by our resident ED specialist Dr Jared Bayless. Thanks to Dr Jeremy Webber and Andrew Tattle for workshopping how the agitated patient is cared for in the ED. In an aggressive conflict situation, the best advice is...

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?...

Māori Health Matters

Confessions of a racist Doctor. I am racist.  I was born in an Australian capital city, a nation with a history of political non-compliance with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights to its mistreatment of indigenous peoples since 1788.  The 1901 White Australia policy excluded people of non-European ethnic...

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. ...

COVID–19 pandemic and rural generalism

“New Zealanders recently learnt that the first COVID-19 patient death occurred in Greymouth Hospital. What has been most revealing for local clinicians is the effect on our workforce. Simultaneously 21 staff members have been put into self-isolation.” Read the full article here Open Access in the NZMJ. Senior managers and...