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Based on increasing evidence that even mild closed head injury (CHI) can cause considerable neural damage throughout the brain, we hypothesized that mild CHI will disrupt the complex cerebral networks concerned with oculomotor and upper-limb visuomotor control, resulting in impaired motor function. Within 10 days following mild CHI (Glasgow Coma Scale(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a calculation of pulse rate over pulse pressure as a method of predicting decompensation in patients with compensated haemorrhagic shock. METHODS A retrospective cohort study was undertaken enrolling 184 adult victims of major road trauma who were not shocked on presentation to the emergency department. A pulse rate over pressure(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chest pain contribute substantially to emergency department attendances, lengthy hospital stay, and inpatient admissions. A reliable, reproducible, and fast process to identify patients presenting with chest pain who have a low short-term risk of a major adverse cardiac event is needed to facilitate early discharge. We aimed to(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to determine whether a new accelerated diagnostic protocol (ADP) for possible cardiac chest pain could identify low-risk patients suitable for early discharge (with follow-up shortly after discharge). BACKGROUND Patients presenting with possible acute coronary syndrome (ACS), who have a low short-term risk of(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined motor impairments over 1 year following mild closed head injury (CHI). It is the first study to serially assess long-term oculomotor and upper-limb visuomotor function following mild head trauma. METHODS Thirty-seven patients with mild CHI and 37 matched controls were compared at 1 week, 3 months and 6 months and 31 available(More)
AIM To review paediatric exploratory ingestions of paracetamol presenting to Christchurch Hospital Emergency Department. METHOD A retrospective review of all paediatric patients presenting with paracetamol ingestion over a 12 month period. RESULTS During the study period there were 88 paediatric presentations for possible toxic ingestions involving(More)
OBJECTIVE To establish whether there is any difference in the efficacy of a chlorpromazine regimen and a sumatriptan regimen for the management of the pain of acute severe migraine. SETTING Two urban teaching hospital emergency departments. METHODS Prospective, randomised, unblinded, crossover trial. All patients received intravenous metoclopramide 10(More)
Increasing patient numbers, changing demographics and altered patient expectations have all contributed to the current problem with 'overcrowding' in emergency departments (EDs). The problem has reached crisis level in a number of countries, with significant implications for patient safety, quality of care, staff 'burnout' and patient and staff(More)
IMPORTANCE Patients with chest pain represent a high health care burden, but it may be possible to identify a patient group with a low short-term risk of adverse cardiac events who are suitable for early discharge. OBJECTIVE To compare the effectiveness of a rapid diagnostic pathway with a standard-care diagnostic pathway for the assessment of patients(More)