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By Chris Roseveare

Acute medication is the imperative a part of starting place and expert common scientific education and is among the such a lot swiftly increasing united kingdom health center specialties.

Acute medication: scientific circumstances Uncovered combines sufferer instances and results, drawn from real-life stories, with regards to the curriculum for education as a rule (Acute) drugs. It offers self-assessment MCQs, EMQs and SAQs to offer scientific scholars, junior medical professionals, nurses and allied healthcare execs the precise education for all times at the wards.

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Precipitating and relieving factors • Identifying what the patient was doing immediately before the onset of the symptoms may provide useful information. If 42 the symptom was brought on by exertion, change of posture, eating, sudden movement or trauma, this may help to define the cause. ’ may be as helpful as establishing what brought it on. Relief following rest may reinforce the likelihood of the cause being exertional; specific drug remedies such as an antacid in the case of gastro-oesophageal reflux or glyceryl trinitrate in the case of angina may also help to define a cause.

Some of these are covered in the relevant cases and there are numerous textbooks on this subject. The intention here is to concentrate on two key areas of relevance to the acute physician. These can be summarised in the form of two questions. • Is there an abnormality of rate or rhythm? • Is there evidence of myocardial ischaemia or infarction? Figure 2 Components of the ECG. 59 Figure 3 Standard 12-lead ECG. The date and time should appear at the top of the sheet. ). The recording rate is indicated at the foot of the page (in this Case 25 mm, the usual default setting).

By the time the ambulance arrives the pain has resolved, but the patient reluctantly agrees to being brought to hospital. On arrival in the accident and emergency 45 department he appears well with a normal ECG. Close questioning reveals a long history of similar symptoms that have been investigated in the past and attributed to gastro-oesophageal reflux. Scenario 2 A 45-year-old man is awoken by chest pain. He asks his wife to call for an ambulance. The pain subsides spontaneously within 30 min and he appears well on arrival in hospital with a normal ECG.

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