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Mental Health Assessment in the ED by Dr Andrew Webster

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Assessing the mental health patient in ED First of all, forget about ‘medical clearance’ of mental health patients – this terminology misses the point of the ED assessment of MH patients – after all, true medical clearance of ANY patient, let alone a MH patient ,is probably impossible. Really what we are aiming to do […]

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5 Quick Tox Cases – Dr Bryan Hayes gives the answers

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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

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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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Broome Docs Podcast 010: Suicide Assessment with Dr Rob Orman

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Back in July I wrote a bit of a long rant titled: “On Evidence, Education, Errors, Ego and Expert Intuition” in which I tried to outline my approach to clinical decision-making, the use of evidence and the role of simple safety principles when we are dealing with high-risk clinical scenarios.  As I was writing this I […]

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Antipsychotics, ECGs, QTcs and Catastrophes

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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 […]