Archives for December 2012

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Broome Docs Podcast 004: Labour ward pearls with Dr Shannon

OK, Broome Docs podcast 004 is now out there for your listening pleasure. I enroll the help of Dr Geordan Shannon to boldly go where no man ought to go – the labour ward. We discuss the basics of birth, labour and the tricky decisions that we need to make at the moment of birth. […]

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Broome Docs Podcast 003: Suicide with Minh

The third Broome Docs podcast is out now. I spent 45 minutes discussing 3 cases of suicide and a bit about risk in the ED.  It is a bit longer than my average discussion – but there is so much stuff to talk about, and Minh has a few great pearls and personal experiences to […]

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A dose of Dex?

I have a confession.  For as long as I can remember I have been prescribing a dose of dexamethasone or two for people with acute tonsillo-pharyngitis.  Now, I always thought this was a little bit naughty, not really “the done thing” for a doc who tries to be evidence-based.  But over the years I have […]

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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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Suicide: Three Cases and a reference point

This month I am planning a series on suicide.  Suicide remains an enigmatic problem for doctors, medicine and society.  For a long time I have been fascinated by the philosophy around suicide and the psychology that drives an individual to take their own life.  So I thought I would open a forum to discuss it all […]