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Clinical Case 085: the trouble with Phineas

Imagine this scenario. You turn up to work your day shift and see you have been assigned to the Obs ward for the morning.  It is your task to see the dozen or so patients sleeping off the evils of the night before in the small ward out back of the ED.  You know the […]

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5 Quick Tox Cases – Dr Bryan Hayes gives the answers

Last week I put up a series of 5 quick tox cases for you all to ponder. In case you missed it – it is HERE And you all gave great answers.  In there amongst the commenters was Dr Bryan Hayes  – Clinical Pharmacist, Academic Life in EM author tweeting as @PharmERToxGuy Bryan works at […]

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5 Quick Tox Cases

Well I am just back from Sydney – SMACC2013.  It was heaps of fun, and I got to meet a lot of my FOAMy heroes, long time collaborators and heaps of you folk that read this. SMACC will be slowly trickled out over the ether in the coming months so you can enjoy it all […]

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Antipsychotics, ECGs, QTcs and Catastrophes

In 2001 the FDA in the USA put a “black box” warning on droperidol after a series of case reports linking it with torsades de pointes.  Since then there have been  lot of cases of antipsychotic-related cardiac badness and it is fair to say this is something psychiatrists worry about.  It would be nice to […]

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Hypercalcemia in a nutshell

Have seen a few patients with hypercalcemia recently and it has gotten me thinking.   It is one of those areas of medicine where the complex endocrine physiology and diseases can seem a bit overwhelming.  When we approach it in a practical sense it is much simpler than the head-spinning Med school lectures left us […]