EDExam Newsletter March 27th 2012

Hello from ED Exam

A quick update to let you know about some of the new content on the site.

Check out the latest whiteboard session videos: “Don’t miss these ECG’s”. This 2-part session was prompted by the fact that I regularly seem to be going over this list of “if you miss it the patient dies” ECG’s with Registrars at work, so I thought I’d record it for posterity. It doesn’t include exam chestnuts like hyperkalaemia, or AMI’s as these should be fairly obvious. What I wanted to inlcude were the rare but serious ECG’s that you may not see that often that may slip under your radar if you don’t have a checklist to run through.

I also did a post on VAQ & SAQ written answer tips, again prompted by going over some exam answers with Registrars at work.  I hope you find it useful.

On a practical note, I made a video about a novel eye-irrigation technique I was shown by Dr Andy Chapman, who was one of my Registrars in Darwin last year (now sadly back in the UK).  I reckon it’s a great clinical tip.

And lastly, some book reviews.  Checklist Manifesto is a great book about how using checklists can improve performance and patient safety in medical situations, and there’s a textbook review of the Toxicology Handbook (2e) buy Murray, Daly, Little & Cadogan.

Please feel free to leave comments on any of the posts you read, or email me if you have any questions or comments about anything on the site.

As usual, if you’ve sat the exam in the last 12 months, feel free to get in touch if you have notes or questions you’d like to donate.

And all the best to those sitting the ACEM primary oral exam in Brisbane this weekend!


Andy Buck



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