Airway Management

Airway management is an important skill in Emergency Medicine, Critical care (including Intensive care and High Dependency (HDU)) as well as in anaesthetics. Without a sufficient airway, a patient will suffer permanent brain damage...

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ALS – Advanced Life Support

Advanced Life Support is an international protocol used in life-threatening situations around cardiac arrest and peri-arrest. It is a continuation and extension of Basic Life Support (BLS) Below is an outline of some of...

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BLS – Basic Life Support

Introduction This is really is ‘basic’ life support, often performed without any equipment (or an automated defibrillator if one is available). It involves pure ‘CPR’ as a lay person might understand it. It is...

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Cannulation

Procedure Find the patient. Check they are the right patient, and then tell them what you are going to do. i.e. ‘we would like to put a needle in you arm so we can...

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Catheterisation

Indications Urinary retention Monitor fluid output (e.g. post-op, renal failure, trauma, sepsis, general illness) – in pretty much all seriously ill patients! – also pre-op to measure urine output during op. Investigation – to...

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Setting up a Drip

Speak to the patient – do the usually introduction, consent, and explanation of the procedure. If they already have a cannula in: Check how long the cannula has been in Check for phlebitis /...

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