Thursday Jul 04, 2024

Opioid toxicity, thrombectomy transfers, and austerity's impact: July 2024 Primary Survey

What might yawning and sneezing be signs of in a patient? This month's podcast features new RCEM and NPIS guidance on acute opioid toxicity, outlining a number of symptoms to stay alert to. Before getting to that there's a paper on bypassing hospitals for patients needing mechanical thrombectomy, a study on how austerity affected emergency admissions across a range of UK local authorities, and some research on the immune-related adverse affects that can arise in the ED amongst oncological patients.

Read the issue highlights: July 2024 Primary Survey

Articles discussed in this episode:

Healthcare professional views about a prehospital redirection pathway for stroke thrombectomy: a multiphase deductive qualitative study. Day J, Simmonds RL, Shaw L, et al

Are local public expenditure reductions associated with increases in inequality in emergency hospitalisation? Time-series analysis of English local authorities from 2010 to 2017. Castro-Ávila AC, Cookson R, Doran T, et al

Management and outcome of oncological patients under immune checkpoint inhibitors presenting at the emergency department. Pini F, Grigoriu B, Lieveke A, et al

Joint RCEM and NPIS best practice guideline: assessment and management of acute opioid toxicity in adults in the emergency department. Blundell MGill RThanacoody R, et al


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Dr. Richard Body, EMJ Deputy Editor, University of Manchester, UK (@richardbody)

Dr. Sarah Edwards, EMJ Social Media Editor, Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK (@drsarahedwards)

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