Monthly Archives: July 2016

Learning Myths

Tweet   The following common methods of study though enduring, have been proven to be ineffective Re-reading notes Rewriting notes Underlining passages Cramming in one sitting Following specific learning styles… Read more »

Managing agitation

TweetThe management of violence can involve a combination of psychological strategies, physical restraint and pharmacological sedation Psychological strategies – allowing the patient to control their own behaviour establishment of communication and trust. Pharmacological sedation –… Read more »

Acute Psychosocial Stressors

TweetAnxiety and an inability to cope can result from important psychosocial “losses” e.g carer finances living circumstance (including relocation) loved ones (including pets) – deaths, separation security/freedom – court appearance,… Read more »


Tweet  Why it’s tricky Serum sodium concentration is linked to water content – it’s not simply a matter of considering sodium intake or losses. Sodium (and chloride) contribute predominantly to… Read more »

A Suggested ACEM Reading List

Tweet BASIC Recognising, evaluating and managing classic patterns of common uncomplicated disease e.g. peptic ulcer disease Recognising, evaluating for, ruling in/out, managing common/important differentials e.g. acute coronary syndrome, biliary colic… Read more »

Acute arrhythmias

Tweet Introduction A systematic way of approaching arrhythmia diagnosis and management can simplify what can be a stressful or confusing situation SEVERITY Quick evaluation to determine severity – “Treat the… Read more »

Chronology of disease

TweetIntroduction The time course of disease or its symptoms offer much more useful information about the timing of management than just the diagnosis itself It gives important clues about the… Read more »

The Review of Systems

TweetIntroduction ARE more than just a routine set of questions The assist in narrowing down which organ or organ system is being affected In combination with the chronology it helps… Read more »