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  1. J P Wyatt1,
  2. M Campbell2
  1. 1Department of Accident and Emergency, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro, Cornwall TR1 3LJ, UK; Jonathan.Wyath@rcht.swest.nhs.uk
  2. 2Department of Emergency Medicine, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, UK

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