Ascitic Tap and Drain

Ascitic aspiration (tap) is routinely performed for every patient admitted with ascites to identify the underlying cause. The most urgent reason to do it would...

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Demonstration video thanks to Geeky Medics Equipment Gloves Hand sanitiser Tourniquet Appropriate size cannula  Alcohol swab Gauze Syringe  0.9% sodium chloride vial Vacutainer/additional syringe if...

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Femoral Stab

Femoral puncture is typically used to acquire blood from a patient in an emergency setting as both the veins and arteries are large vessels. In...

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Gynaecological Examination

If the thought of conducting an intimate examination or attempting to wield (without any embarrassing pitfalls) the contraption that is the speculum is enough to...

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How to use an Ophthalmoscope

Being able to use an ophthalmoscope confidently is very important to junior doctors, especially when identifying eye emergencies. In this article, we will go through...

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Lumbar Puncture

A lumbar puncture uses a fine needle inserted between the vertebrae in the lower back to take samples of CSF from the subarachnoid space. The...

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Nasogastric Tubes

NG tubes are passed from the nose to the stomach. Depending on the material, they can stay between 2 to 6 weeks. However, they quite...

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Non-Invasive Ventilation

Non-invasive ventilation is a way of providing ventilatory support to patients in respiratory failure without using an invasive airway device (e.g. ET tube or tracheostomy...

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A pneumothorax is defined as the abnormal collection of air between the visceral and parietal space of the lung i.e. the pleural space. It typically...

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Sutures are placed to aid with wound healing following a traumatic laceration or surgical incision and to promote haemostasis. In this article, we will look...

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Urinary Catheterisation

As an FY1 we have a list of 15 core procedures to be completed by the end of our first year. These skills include catheterisation...

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Equipment Gloves Hand sanitiser Alcohol wipe Tourniquet Cotton wool/ gauze Needle Syringe or vacutainer Blood bottles Specimen bag Plaster or micropore tape Access to a...

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