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This month we range from Politics to philosophy, from basic science to standards of care. There is a spread of material on the resuscitation of cardiac arrest and lots of pre-hospital care; triage at ‘front’ and ‘rear’, trauma transfer times, airway care in the field and even how to improve ambulance safety.

The meaning of words

In this month's editorial, Hughes (see page 90) shows how easy it is to become confused with the political language of the performance culture in UK Emergency Medicine and translates some into simple terms that can be understood! On a much simpler and certainly more fundamental level, Body and Foex (see page 91) consider the philosophical difference between pain and suffering. Do we see and try to manage the disease/injury or care for the patient? Try their thought experiments to find out.

Real science

Tura et al (see page 108) report a double-blind RCT involving the administration of metoclopramide. This is short, to the point and provides a clear answer. Alongside it, a paper from Tong et al (see page 113) is a more complex analysis of the potential value of procalcitonin as an …

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