- Haemophilia B was first recognized as a different kind of haemophilia in 1952, named after Stephen Christmas, the first patient described with this disease.
- If that was not festive enough for you then the first report of its identification was published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal. [Reference]
- A Christmas cake decoration.
- It was a robin to be precise and the beak had perforated her bowel. On further questioning she remembered eating some Christmas cake 3 days prior to presentation. [Reference]
- Your junior is correct that not all the alcohol is burned off a Christmas pudding.
- The MJA helps us answer the question by a study of 6 commonly available Christmas puddings.
- The concentration of ethanol in common Christmas puddings ranged from 0.260 to 1.685 g per 125 g slice. After pudding ingestion, the theoretical BAC of a typical 70 kg male and 60 kg female health care professional ranged from 0.001 to 0.004 g/dL and from 0.001 to 0.006 g/dL, respectively.
- Neither male nor female staff had a predicted BAC > 0.000 g/dL by the end of the lunch break. Grab another slice. [Reference]
You are over at Christmas dinner when your aunt from overseas recalls the turmoil she has had since arriving, developing a DVT on the plane and is now on warfarin. What traditional Christmas vegetable will you advise her to avoid?
- Brussel sprouts
- The contain a high concentration of Vitamin K and will antagonise her warfarin. Adverse effects have been reported with Brussel sprouts including a case in a patient with an LVAD on warfarin. [Reference]
- 3, for more Christmas injuries see the list below:
- 4 broken arms last year after cracker pulling accidents.
- 5 people were injured in accidents involving out of control Scalextric cars.
- 8 people cracked their skull in 1997 after falling asleep while throwing up into the toilet.
- 18 people had serious burns in 1998 trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth. [Reference]
And from the FFFF team we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year