Palpitations

What?

A 71-year-old man with a history of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) presented to the Emergency Department (ED) with a 3-day history of increasing palpitations following the reduction of his daily digoxin dose (from 125mcgs to 62.5mcgs). (more…)

Caustic Soda

What?

A 3-year-old male was admitted to the ED after his mother had witnessed him drinking caustic soda. Whilst cleaning the house she had accidentally left open a cupboard where he was able to access drain cleaner containing the substance. (more…)

Ectopic Pregnancy

What?

A 36-year-old female presented to the emergency department (ED) with a 3-day history of diarrhoea (approximately 5 episodes per day). The diarrhoea initially had a small amount of blood but had subsequently become green and very offensive. She had been diagnosed with gastroenteritis by her GP, however the patient could identify no causative factor. The day before this attendance she had developed sharp and intermittent upper abdominal pain. The pain had no exacerbating factors and she had been apyrexial and systemically well throughout the entire episode.

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CURB-65

What?

A 72-year-old male presented to the Emergency Department (ED) in the morning having woken with shortness of breath and a slight change to the colour of his sputum. His temperature had been recorded as 38.1C by the ambulance crew who brought him to hospital.

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Acute Alcohol Withdrawal

What?

A 33-year-old male was admitted to the emergency department after having 2 alcohol withdrawal seizures. He had been drinking 30U alcohol per day for many years and over the previous week he had been trying to reduce his alcohol intake without any support.

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