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Acute hemiparesis is a common cause of presentation to hospital. In the majority of cases the cause is acute stroke, which is ischaemic in 80% of cases. This article aims to provide the reader

Serum Potassium Levels and Mortality in Acute Myocardial Infarction

Goyal A et al. JAMA. 2012; B157-164

The importance of potassium homeostasis in the post-infarction period has become a cornerstone in


Training in Intensive Care Medicine is currently undergoing extensive changes, with the introduction of a new curriculum and new examinations. This article explains the new pathways for training


Pleural effusion is a common medical condition which often presents on the AMU. There are more than 50 recognised causes of pleural effusion which include diseases local to the pleura or

Case Vignette

A 29-year old male presents to the emergency department 1h after an overdose of cocodamol. He admits to taking approximately 60 x 8/500mg tablets, with alcohol, over a 20 minute period.

New trainee representative

In the recent SAM elections, there were three nominations for trainee representative, and we are pleased to announce that Kirk Freeman was the successful candidate. Kirk is


Balloon tamponade with compression tubes is used to stabilise life-threatening variceal bleeds when first-line endotherapy has failed and acts as a bridge to early definitive therapy.

We present

170,000 people present to Emergency Departments in the UK each year following an act of self-harm1 and this incidence is increasing. Deliberate overdose currently accounts for ≥10% of all acute medical

A 56-year-old female presents to the emergency department 6h after taking an overdose of verapamil MR 120mg x 28 capsules. She has a past medical history of hypertension and atrial flutter. On admission

The aim of this study was to look at the association between new onset atrial fibrillation (AF) and mortality as well as the influence of cardiovascular co-morbidities on risk in middle-aged women without