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Surgery

Head Injuries

Head injuries are a common reason for attending the Emergency Department (1). They are also a common situation to be called about when a patient falls on the ward whilst you are on ward cover, especially at night when you have less immediate support. How do you assess these patients? Who needs a CT scan? […]

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Surgery

Bowel Obstruction

Acute bowel obstruction is a common surgical presentation. Delay in identification of bowel obstruction can lead to decreased bowel perfusion, ischaemia, necrosis and perforation. In one study, inclusive of both large and small bowel obstruction, 30-day mortality was as high as 36.6% with in hospital mortality 6.6% and a mean survival of 173 days from […]