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St Emlyn's is the premier emergency medicine podcast from the UK. We cover evidence based medicine, clinical excellence, wellbeing and the philosophy of emergency care.

    Ep 228 - January 2024 Monthly Round Up - New Year Resolutions, intubating poisoned patients and wellbeing in the ED

    Ep 228 - January 2024 Monthly Round Up - New Year Resolutions, intubating poisoned patients and wellbeing in the ED

    It's episode one of season 11 and Simon and Iain chat through the blog content from St Emlyn's from January 2024. There's discussion about New Year resolutions and how to make them habits, intubating poisoned patients with a decreased conscious level and what we can possibly do to improve the working conditions in our Emergency Departments.
    As ever, we hope you enjoy the podcast. Please do like and subscribe, and if you'd like to contribute to St Emlyn's in any way please get in touch. 

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    Ep 229 - Top Twenty Papers of 2023 - Part 1 - Airway

    Ep 229 - Top Twenty Papers of 2023 - Part 1 - Airway

    In this two part podcast special Iain and Simon go through twenty of the top papers from the last year or so, as presented by Simon at the Big Sick Conference in Zermatt earlier this year. All the details and more discussion can be found on the blog site.
    In Part 1 they discuss all things airway, including where we should be intubating patients needing immediate haemorrhage control. VL vs DL, the effect of blade size on intubation success, whether small adult ventilation bags are better than larger versions, intubating comatose poisoned patients, and more. 
    Check out part 2 for papers about major haemorrhage, trauma, cardiac arrest and more.
    Dunton Z, Seamon MJ, Subramanian M, Jopling J, Manukyan M, Kent A, Sakran JV, Stevens K, Haut E, Byrne JP. Emergency department versus operating room intubation of patients undergoing immediate hemorrhage control surgery. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2023 Jul 1;95(1):69-77. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000003907. Epub 2023 Feb 28. PMID: 36850033.
    Prekker et al: Video versus Direct Laryngoscopy for Tracheal Intubation of Critically Ill Adults August 3, 2023 N Engl J Med 2023; 389:418-429 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2301601
    Landefeld KR, Koike S, Ran R, Semler MW, Barnes C, Stempek SB, Janz DR, Rice TW, Russell DW, Self WH, Vonderhaar D, West JR, Casey JD, Khan A. Effect of Laryngoscope Blade Size on First Pass Success of Tracheal Intubation in Critically Ill Adults. Crit Care Explor. 2023 Mar 6;5(3):e0855. doi: 10.1097/CCE.0000000000000855. PMID: 36895888; PMCID: PMC9990830.
    Snyder BD, Van Dyke MR, Walker RG, Latimer AJ, Grabman BC, Maynard C, Rea TD, Johnson NJ, Sayre MR, Counts CR. Association of small adult ventilation bags with return of spontaneous circulation in out of hospital cardiac arrest. Resuscitation. 2023 Dec;193:109991. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2023.109991. Epub 2023 Oct 5. PMID: 37805062.
    Freund Y et al. Effect of Noninvasive Airway Management of Comatose Patients With Acute Poisoning: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2023 Dec 19;330(23):2267-2274. doi: 10.1001/jama.2023.24391. PMID: 38019968; PMCID: PMC10687712.
    Eastwood G et al, TAME Study Investigators. Mild Hypercapnia or Normocapnia after Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. N Engl J Med. 2023 Jul 6;389(1):45-57. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2214552. Epub 2023 Jun 15. PMID: 37318140.
    Downing J, et al. Prevalence of peri-intubation major adverse events among critically ill patients: A systematic review and meta analysis. Am J Emerg Med. 2023 Sep;71:200-216. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2023.06.046. Epub 2023 Jun 28. PMID: 37437438

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    Ep 210 - January 2023 Monthly Round Up

    Ep 210 - January 2023 Monthly Round Up

    Lots of chat about St Emlyn’s WILD and just what you can expect if you join us in the Lake District in JUne, as well as discussion about ECMO in cardiac arrest and just how many of our patients with ’minor head injuries’ will actually have ongoing symptoms weeks and even months later.

    • 19 min
    Ep 211 - Semi structured interviews (CAN 9)

    Ep 211 - Semi structured interviews (CAN 9)

    Long term listeners to the St Emlyn’s podcast may remember our series entitled ‘Critical Appraisal Nuggets’ (CANs). We are absolutely delighted to reinvigorate this project under the leadership of Professor Rick Body, with the episode on semi structured interviews.
    In this easily digestible and succinct podcast Rick and Laura Howard go through the pros and cons of setting up semi structured interviews and how these can be used effectively in qualitative research.
    In the latest episode, we cover a qualitative research technique: semi-structured interviews. Qualitative research might be out of your comfort zone: we’re generally more comfortable with quantitative measures – numbers and statistics. It’s something they have experience with, having previously published a paper exploring the impact of events that happen at work on the wellbeing of emergency physicians. This was a labour of love for Laura. Laura wrote a powerful blog about it here.
    Semi-structured interviews are a great way to get the really rich data we need to understand something in greater depth. They allow us to ask ‘why?’ as well as just ‘what?’, ‘who?’ and ‘when?’. But reading qualitative research papers can be difficult when it takes us out of our comfort zone. In this CAN podcast, Laura and Rick take us through what semi-structured interviews are, why we might use them, how you design and conduct them, and they also have some pearls of wisdom about how to make transcribing them a lot less painful. By the end, we hope that you’ll feel confident with the basics of the technique. And if you want to practice your critical appraisal, why not put their study under the microscope?

    • 13 min
    Ep 212 - February 2023 Monthly Round Up

    Ep 212 - February 2023 Monthly Round Up

    The regular monthly round up from the St Emlyn’s blog.

    • 13 min
    Ep 213 - Sensitivity and Specificity (CAN 10)

    Ep 213 - Sensitivity and Specificity (CAN 10)

    The latest CAN is one of our brand-new 'revision editions' -- brief podcasts aimed at covering the essentials of critical appraisal for medical students and junior doctors preparing for exams.
    With the help of Gregory Yates, an academic doctor based in Manchester, this episode introduces two core concepts: sensitivity and specificity. These are two ways of thinking about the accuracy of a diagnostic test. Knowing the sensitivity and specificity of an investigation will give you a decent idea of how it should be used in the emergency department.
    Sensitivity (Sn) describes the chance that a test will be positive if your patient has the condition you're testing for. Some people call it the 'true positive rate' or alternatively the positivity in disease (PID) rate. If you need a hand remembering it, you can always remember that PID is a sensitive issue.
    Meanwhile, specificity (Sp) considers the chance of a test being negative if the patient doesn't have the condition you're testing for. It's the 'true negative rate' or alternatively the negativity in health (NIH) rate. There are times when we particularly need a test to have a high sensitivity. This is generally when we want to be particularly confident that a test accurately identifies everyone with the relevant condition because we really don't want to miss it. We need a high sensitivity to rule out disease. (Sn-uff it out). At other times, we need to be confident that a patient with a positive test actually has the disease - for example, if the treatment is unpleasant or involves exposing patients to risk. In that case, we want a high specificity to rule in disease. (Sp-in it in).
    In this CAN, we use D-Dimer as an example of a very sensitive investigation: it’s positive in nearly 100% of cases of venous thromboembolism. Specificity describes the likelihood that the test will be negative if your patient does not have the disease. We use HbA1c as an example of a highly specific investigation: it’s rarely used in the emergency department, but if it’s elevated, we can be almost certain that the patient is diabetic. HbA1c is almost never (

    • 11 min

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