This week the British Thoracic Society have released an updated version of their guidelines on asthma. The document covers all aspects from diagnosis, treatment and follow up, in this podcast we briefly run through some of the aspects covered in the acute management section.
Make sure you have a look at the full document that can be found here https://www.brit-thoracic.org.uk/document-library/clinical-information/asthma/btssign-asthma-guideline-2016/
Speak to you soon!
In 2014 NICE updated their guidelines on Head Injury: assessment and early management. This included specific guidance for those patients on warfarin
Guidance regarding the ongoing observation of these patients is not contained within the guideline but as with much of Emergency Medicine variation between departments and regions vary in the threshold to admit patients with a normal CT head due to concerns of these patients developing a delayed bleed.
A recent systematic review and meta analysis on the topic has just been published and we thought it would be worth a look.
The paper gives an interesting take on the risk we are dealing with following a normal scan in presentation to the ED and whilst the papers contained may not be the strongest level of evidence the meta-analysis is probably the best we have to go on at present.
Enjoy and we'd love to hear any of your thoughts!
Here's a look at some of the papers that caught our eye this month.
We cover a paper looking at the the potential benefits of ketofol over propofol for conscious sedation, the role of aggressive blood pressure reduction in haemorrhage stroke and finally a really interesting paper of PE thrombolysis in cardiac arrest.
This month our great sponsors ADPRAC our giving away a £50 iTunes voucher to spend on education/entertainment for you to spend on supporting your work life balance! All you need to do is email through the answer to the following question;
With regards to this September 2016 Papers podcast and The PEA-PETT study, which of the following is correct;
A. The RCT shows a statistically significant benefit in PE thrombolysis intra arrest
B. The paper focussed on peri-arrest thrombolysis
C. The paper was a case series of PE's thrombolysed during arrest
Send your answer via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, answer and iTunes email address, entries close on 15th September and we'll announce the winner in October's podcast.