Reducing Risks Associated with Cholecystectomies
A cholecystectomy is a relatively common surgery to remove the gallbladder often as a treatment for symptomatic gallstones. Left untreated, these gallstones can block the flow of bile and can cause problems such as acute cholecystitis or acute pancreatitis. Like with any operation, a cholecystectomy does have risks, in particular,…
04 Jan 2022
The Importance of Early Action in Sepsis Management with Paediatrics
Sepsis can lead to a range of complications. Most critically, it is commonly fatal, particularly if the diagnosis is delayed, or in patients with other significant health problems. Early recognition and interventions as above will give patients the best chance of survival.
22 Sep 2021
The Importance of Cautious Monitoring of the Fluid Balance in Patients with Acute Kidney Injury
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is now the preferred term for what used to be called “acute renal failure”. It is defined by an acute change in kidney function determined either by changes in the serum creatinine or reduction in the urine output into the oliguria range.
08 Sep 2021
It is imperative that if hyponatraemia is suspected or diagnosed that clinicians provide appropriate care by arranging appropriate investigations, arranging a referral to an appropriate specialist such as an endocrinologist and/or admitting the patient to hospital for treatment.
24 Aug 2021
Undertaking Caudal Epidural in Patients on Rivaroxaban
Caudal epidural injections run the risks of infection, bleeding, nerve injury and intraspinal injection. These risks are higher when patients are on antiplatelet agents and Rivaroxaban, and such should be considered with the patient during the consenting process.
04 Aug 2021
Total Knee Replacement and its Alternatives
Total Knee Replacements (TKR) are a surgical procedure whereby an artificial joint/prosthesis replaces a damaged knee joint. It is important for all conservative measures to be exhausted before proceeding to this due to the likelihood of postoperative pain.
28 Jul 2021
The Importance of Pre-Labour Counselling for Caesarean Section
It is undeniable that giving birth is an extremely daunting act for many women. As such, it is important that women feel as comfortable, and as prepared as possible for this and an appropriate discussion is had regarding modes of delivery, including caesarean section.
20 Jul 2021
The Significance of Placing a B-Lynch Suture Correctly
A B-Lynch Suture is a form of ‘uterine compression’ suture used in Obstetrics. B-Lynch Sutures are not the most common form of care when faced with a haemorrhaging patient, and in fact, are often only used when a uterus is post-delivery and the uterine atony has not resolved following the…
06 Jul 2021
Side Effects of Mirtazapine
Mirtazapine is an antidepressant medicine which is used to treat depression and sometimes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and anxiety. It is used to improve a person’s mood and well-being. It works by restoring the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain. This is a prescription-only medication which can come in either tablet…
29 Jun 2021