Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sacral cord segment function

Tweet  The sacral cord segments end at the L1/L2 vertebral level forming the conus medullaris whereupon descending spinal nerves continue on as the caudal equna below the level of L1/2 (one vertebrae lower in young… Read more »

MSK assessment

Tweet Any mobile joint including the neck and spine can be examined in a systematic manner Attention should be given to detailed palpation and movement The key aspects are Look… Read more »

Context is Everything

Tweet “Evidence-based medicine is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients” Dr. David Sackett, Original founder of EBM… Read more »


Tweet To avoid cognitive overload, I have deliberate limited the size of each article.  As the student masters each section, they can deepen their knowledge through the links and Further… Read more »

Crisis Management

TweetIntroduction It has been recognised from lessons in the aviation industry that in critical and rapidly evolving scenarios, even superior clinical knowledge and skills can lead to poor outcomes if… Read more »

Rapid Sequence Induction

TweetIntroduction The aim is to rapidly achieve intubating conditions whilst minimising the risk of aspiration to the patient.  No current drugs allow the effects to wear off quick enough to… Read more »

Tracheal Intubation

TweetIntroduction Intubation is considered the gold-standard of  ‘securing the airway’ by passing a tracheal tube usually via the mouth but sometimes via the nose.   Other options need to be considered… Read more »

Airway Threat

Tweet Introduction Airway obstruction can occur suddenly or insidiously. Prompt identification and management usually averts disaster. It is important to closely evaluate at-risk patients. An alert patient with any degree… Read more »