Trauma Prevention

Real-life stories to shock school students ‘bstreetsmart event’ August 16 – 18 2016 Qudos Bank Arena, Homebush NSW high school students will hear confronting real-life stories from former hospital patients, who have survived a car crash but have been left with life-long spinal or brain injuries, as part of a three-day road safety education program.… More Trauma Prevention

Acute Hyperkalaemia Review

Background Over 95% of the total body potassium content is intracellular. The amount of potassium in the body is regulated by renal glomerular filtration and tubular potassium excretion. The steroid hormone aldosterone which enhances renal secretion of potassium. Other factors which can affect renal excretion of potassium include sodium excretion in the kidney, dietary potassium intake and… More Acute Hyperkalaemia Review

Non-Invasive Ventilation in the interhospital setting

The use of interhospital Non-invasive Ventilation (NIV) is controversial Successful use of NIV requires the clinician to make a careful balance of the benefits of the therapy versus the risk of deterioration and need for intubation. This is especially important when undertaking interhospital retrieval as a clinical deterioration during transport in a confined space is less than… More Non-Invasive Ventilation in the interhospital setting

Methotrexate Toxicity

Background Methotrexate is a drug which is often unintentionally involved in medication misadventure. Because of its unusual dosage requirements (e.g. weekly rather than daily dosing) it is particularly associated inadvertent mistakes by patients and medical staff.  This may occur as a result of confusion by patients with other ‘daily’ medications or prescriptions being misinterpreted by nursing… More Methotrexate Toxicity