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Drowsy

Reduced GCS

As a doctor, you will frequently be called for a drowsy patient. They can vary from confused to completely unconscious.

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Locums

ePortfolio

Your eportfolio is a tool to store and record evidence that demonstrates your progress, clinical competencies and reflections. Try to

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Leave

Leave

As an FY1 doctor, there are different types of leave you will come across during the year and the rest

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Illness

Sore Throat

One of the most common A&E presentations is a sore throat, and while sore throat seems like a pretty straightforward

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Diabetes

Hypoglycaemia

In this article, we provide a quick overview of how to treat and investigate the cause of patients with hypoglycaemia.

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Microbiology

Sepsis

Sepsis is an infection with evidence of organ dysfunction. Septic shock is when a patient with sepsis is hypotensive despite

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Electrolytes

Hyperkalaemia

Hyperkalaemia can cause life-threatening emergencies particularly cardiac arrhythmias. A widely used definition is extracellular [K+] ion concentration ≥ 5.5 mmol/L.

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Constipation

Constipation

Constipation is one of the most common complaints in hospital, especially on the geriatric wards.Failure to treat constipation can lead

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Geriatrics

Delirium

Acute confusion, otherwise known as delirium, is very common in hospitals: 20-30% on medical wards, and between 10-50% of those

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Handover

Handover

Handover occurs between shifts to ensure everyone is up to speed with patients. The exact nature of how it occurs

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Self Discharge

Self-discharge

Frequently patients wish to self-discharge from hospitals. This article pertains to adult patients only (18y+) and these patients can be

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Insulin

Hyperglycaemia

Hyperglycaemia is something you will encounter frequently. In this article, we focus on how to approach hyperglycaemia and identify diabetic

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Electrolytes

Hyponatraemia

Hyponatraemia (serum Sodium <135 mmol/L) is one of the most common electrolyte abnormalities you will see and so a systematic

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Locums

Writing SLEs

SLEs are supervised learning events that include Mini-CEX (mini clinical evaluation exercise) CBD (case-based discussion) DOPS (direct observation of procedural

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Locums

Documentation

Medical documentation should authentically represent every consultation and is primarily intended to support patient care. Good record-keeping means you or

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Falls

Falls

As an F1, you will quite frequently get bleeped to review a patient who has had a fall on the

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Respiratory

Hypoxia

As an FY1, you will be called to review hypoxic ward patients. Here we discuss common causes of generalised hypoxia

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Fluid Balance

Fluid Balance

Almost every patient admitted to hospital receives IV fluids at some point in their journey. However, the body manages this,

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