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Feature structures are related to frames in artiicial intelligence and to record structures in many programming languages. They are widely used as a data structure for natural language processing and their formalizations often include multiple inheritance and subtyping, which allow for terser descriptions and a logical control over non-determinism during(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence, predisposing factors, and costs of emergency treatment of severe hypoglycemia in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Over a 12-month period, routinely collected datasets were analyzed in a population of 367,051 people, including 8,655 people with diabetes, to measure the incidence of(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to examine the quality of handover of patients in the resuscitation room by describing the current perceptions of medical and ambulance staff. METHODS This was a descriptive survey using two anonymous questionnaires to gauge current opinion, one designed for medical staff and the other for ambulance staff.(More)
Transthecal digital nerve block is performed by a palmar percutaneous injection of local anaesthetic into the flexor tendon sheath. Total analgesia of the digit is achieved rapidly. This technique was carried out on 46 patients in the accident and emergency department. Successful anaesthesia was obtained in 45 patients. There were no complications.
The object of this study was to assess the ability of junior doctors in the accident and emergency department to detect electrocardiographic (ECG) abnormalities. The ECG's performed in this department were monitored over a 4 week period. The initial diagnosis by the accident and emergency doctor was compared with the report from the cardiologist on 126(More)
Emergency telephone calls for an ambulance (999 calls) are usually dealt with first-come first-served. We have devised and assessed criteria that ambulance dispatch might use to prioritize responses. Data were collected retrospectively on consecutive patients presenting to an accident and emergency (A&E) department after a 999 call. An unblinded researcher(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the ability of a cohort of junior hospital doctors to interpret ECGs which have immediate clinical relevance and influence subsequent management of patients. METHODS 57 junior hospital doctors were interviewed and asked to complete a standard questionnaire which included eight ECGs for interpretation and a supplementary question(More)
It is well established that the elderly population is vulnerable to hypothermia, leading to increased morbidity. A prospective observational study took place between 1 October 1999 and 31 December 1999 in a large teaching hospital Accident and Emergency department. Core temperature was assessed at presentation using a tympanic probe on patients over 65(More)
This article presents the gatekeeping funnel as a model of the process that a public service announcement (PSA) goes through from distribution until it reaches its target audience. Process measures such as bounceback postcards, the Broadcast Advertisers Report (BAR), and analysis of audience response are suggested as ways of monitoring this funneling(More)
Over a 2-week period a prospective study was undertaken of patients brought to an inner city accident and emergency department by the emergency ambulance service. Criteria for assessing the appropriateness of use of the emergency ambulance service are not well defined and at worst entirely subjective. The author's finding that, of patients attending after a(More)