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831 e-Letters

  • What should be clearcut has somehow been usurped
    Daniel Fatovich
    Dear Editor,

    The paper on Emergency Medicine terminology by Reid and Chan [1] has stimulated me to write this letter. As an Australian emergency physician who works in a Department of Emergency Medicine, I view the debate on the naming of our specialty in the United Kingdom with some bewilderment and concern. What should be clearcut has somehow been usurped.

    In October 1991, the International Federation of Emergenc...

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  • Blue calls - analysis of patient outcome with matched controls is needed
    Peter Leman

    Dear Editor

    Brown and Warwick [1] have published an interesting descriptive study of 'blue calls' made to a single inner city hospital over a 3 month period in 1998. They state that their aim was to determine whether the current system results in inappropriate deployment of hospital staff. However, the results in the published paper do not show whether any of the patients who arrived with a pre-hospital warning ha...

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  • The author replies
    Stephen Bush

    Editor,

    I thank Drs McIlwee and Jenkins both for their interest in this topic and for their detailed LAT recipe. The sharing of such information and experience is the key to enhancing UK knowledge of this technique's effectiveness. I note that their practical experience with LAT was first gained in North America.

    I agree that there are several non-cocaine containing agents which have been reported wit...

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  • A formulation for topical anaesthetic
    Alister Mc Ilwee

    We note with interest the letter by Bush and his final sentence " If an agent without cocaine was shown to have similar efficacy to TAC (Tetracaine, Adrenaline, and Cocaine), it may allow more widespread use of topical anaesthesia (TA) in the UK." [1]

    There are several agents which are at least as efficacious as TAC. The following agents do not contain cocaine: LAT (Lidocaine, Adrenaline and Tetracaine) [2,3], E...

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  • Authors reply
    F Andrew I Riordan
    Dear Editor,

    I was interested to read Dr de Andrade Nishioka’s letter. He wonders which interventions we should focus on to decrease the mortality from meningococcal disease. In a review of deaths from meningococcal disease, the most frequent and lengthy delays were parents not recognising that their child was seriously ill and doctors failing to make the diagnosis [1]. We therefore need to improve both of these. Early...

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  • Response to Brooks, Sakr, and Dugdale
    A M Leaman
    Dear Editor,

    Thank you for giving me an opportunity to respond to the correspondence concerning my article on minor injury units [1].

    Dugdale and Sakr make so many points that it is difficult to keep my response brief. However, neither of them deny my main concern which is that thousands of minor injury patients are being treated by nurses who had no nationally recognised training and who themselves decide what condi...

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  • A limited definition of a minor injury
    Alison Dugdale
    Dear Editor

    Having worked in a nurse led minor injuries unit for the last six years I would like to respond to Mr Leaman's article in the Emergency Medicine Journal supplement of January 2001. Especially as his definition of a minor injury is very limiting and bears little resemblance to the type of patients seen in our local units.

    I work in East Kent which is 600 square miles and has a population of 580 000. We ha...

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  • Seniors for minors, juniors for majors: an unbalanced and dangerous equation
    M Sakr
    Dear Editor,

    I read the article titled "The management of minor injuries- a personal view" and while I agree with the author on the title, I believe that the contents are very biased and unrealistic. Of course the author is entitled to give his views but in the era of evidence-based medicine nobody can deny the evidence and antagonise all the research results because simply he "does not like it".

    Throughout the arti...

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  • The care of minor injuries
    S C Brooks

    Dear Editor,

    I write in support of the article by Alan Leaman in the EMJ Supplement January 2001

    I agree with him completely that the care of minor injuries is one of the skills of the A&E department and one in which Consultants should and do have a considerable expertise. The focus has for a long time been on improving the care of the major injuries which present to our department. Although obvio...

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  • Indicators of mortality from meningococcal disease
    Sérgio de Andrade Nishioka

    Dear Editor,

    Dr Riordam's study on promptness of antibiotic treatment for meningococcal disease revealed that "door to needle" time to administration of appropriate antibiotic for children decreased clearly from before to after a teaching intervention was given to nurses and doctors.[1] That this decrease occurred only for the children who had typical rash on arrival is not a surprise, given that the interventi...

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