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Coma and impaired consciousness in a trauma centre
  1. F Coulter,
  2. G McCarthy,
  3. I O'Sullivan
  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Finn Coulter, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland; finncoulter{at}

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We read with interest the article in EMJ describing the presentations of different coma aetiologies in two Swedish non-surgical emergency departments (EDs).1 Here we present our equivalent data from a single ED in Ireland, which accepts adults and children of all presentations, including surgical and trauma cases, totalling 58 500 presentations per annum (9700 paediatrics).

A systematic analysis was undertaken of data from the resuscitation room's data log used any time a patient …

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.