12 Days of Christmas in emergency

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

A tubed patient looking at me!


On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Two Full arrests

LITFL 12 days 002 Bear arrest

…and a tubed patient looking at me!


On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Three Ramped patients

Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Four Beariatric’s

Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s

LITFL 12 days 005 Bear ENT

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Six Drunks a swaying

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests .

..And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Seven Psychs a waiting

Six Drunks a swaying,

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s,

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Eight Lacs a spurting

Seven Psychs a waiting, Six Drunks a swaying,

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s,

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Nine ‘foreign bodies

LITFL 12 days 009 accidental ingestions

Eight Lacs a spurting, Seven Psychs a waiting, Six Drunks a swaying,

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s,

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Ten strokes a coning

Nine foreign bodies‘, Eight Lacs a spurting, Seven Psychs a waiting, Six Drunks a swaying,

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s,

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests .

..And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Eleven Constipations

Ten strokes a coning, Nine foreign bodies‘, Eight Lacs a spurting, Seven Psychs a waiting, Six Drunks a swaying,

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s,

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!


On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

Twelve over-census patients

Eleven Constipations, Ten strokes a coning, Nine foreign bodies‘, Eight Lacs a spurting, Seven Psychs a waiting, Six Drunks a swaying,

Five Eee/Nnn/Tee’s,

Four Beariatric’s, Three Ramped patients, Two Full arrests

…And a tubed patient looking at me!

Written by Emily Adams and Susan Meegan

Associate Professor Curtin Medical School, Curtin University. Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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