Category Medical Specialty
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Another Ankle Sprain

A 23 year-old female netball player presents c/o pain and swelling to her right ankle post playing netball. Does she meets the criteria for X-ray to rule out a fracture?
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Case of Commotio Cordis

Ventricular fibrillation and sudden death triggered by a blunt, non penetrating, and often innocent appearing unintentional blow to the chest without damage to the ribs, sternum, or heart (and in the absence of underlying cardiovascular disease) constitute an event know as commotio cordis, which translates from the Latin as agitation of the heart.

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)

Yesterday a Public Health warning was sent to the Emergency Departments of Southern Tasmania regarding an algal bloom in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and the accompanying risk of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). I thought I’d use this announcement as an opportunity…
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A Case of Epistaxis

Case Study A 34 female presents to ED at 2am, post waking up with blood all over her pillow, and a continuos ooze of blood from her right nostril. On examination the patient is alert and oriented, BP 110/60, pulse…
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Case of Acute Severe Asthma

A 25-year-old lady Miss. Poor Compliance is rushed into your Emergency Department as a Priority 1. She is a brittle asthmatic and has been given 3x 5mg salbutamol nebs, and 0.5mg of adrenaline IM prehospital. On arrival Miss PC is…
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Kokoda Medicine

The popularity of the Kokoda Trail has increased dramatically over the last decade. More and more Australians are making the arduous trek through the muddy, steep terrain of the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea.
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Swine Flu Saves Lives?

Did the swine flu pandemic save lives? A response to Richard Lehman's perspective on a recently published overview of the swine flu pandemic in Australia.