aka Microbial Mystery 006 With the arrival of winter comes Norovirus season. Norovirus is, perhaps, the perfect human pathogen. As such, we should probably know a bit about it. Are you ready for the Norovirus microbial mystery challenge? Questions Q1. What type of virus is norovirus? [DDET Answer and interpretation] Norovirus is a member of the Calciviridae family, … [Read more...] about The perfect human pathogen?
Questions A nine-month-old child is brought to your ED with a history of severe diarrhoea and vomiting over several days. On presentation the child is clearly dehydrated. a) Describe your approach to initial management in this situation b) How would you calculate the degree of dehydration in a child based on clinical assessment? Answers a) Describe your … [Read more...] about CICM SAQ 2012.1 Q4
aka Pediatric Perplexity 010 A 5 year old boy presents with ongoing vomiting and diarrhoea. He was discharged the day before following a diagnosis of gastroenteritis and treatment with nasogastric rehydration. His father says that he seems very weak, to the point where he's been having trouble standing up. Questions Q1. What are the possible reasons for weakness in a child … [Read more...] about Ds and Vs, and can’t stand up
Why wouldn't you want to be an emergency medicine doc? That week just gone saw the first 'case' of 'swine flu' in Australia, with the ED continuing to see steady streams of suspected 'swine flu' victims, with many of the scenarios nearly as ridiculous as a patient coughing after shaking hands with his sister's new boyfriend who works in a Mexican restaurant and has a pet … [Read more...] about The week that was