The Trauma! series rocks on… Finally we get to major haemorrhage. This Q&A post tackles the resuscitation of the exanguinating trauma patient.
A few years ago I was looking after an elderly woman in the emergency department who had suffered a stroke. She was aphasic — unable to understand speech or create comprehensible sentences. I explained to her family what had happened to her. Then her daughter asked me a question for which I hadn’t prepared an answer: “What does it feel like to have a stroke?”
A patient has ‘flashes and floaters’ affecting his vision. What could be the causes? What is appropriate assessment and management in the emergency department?
I first became aware that redheads were treated differently in medicine when I started hanging around anaesthetists. Most anaesthetists i know tend to get slightly more uptight when they see the phaeomelanin-laden locks of a freckled UV-sensitive patient. Especially in obstetrics. Why is this you ask?