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Hypokalaemia
Hypokalaemia
As an FY1 you will frequently see hypokalaemia and most trusts have guidelines that should be used in the first instance. The advice below is informal & based on broad day to day...
NIV
Non-Invasive Ventilation
Non-invasive ventilation is a way of providing ventilatory support to patients in respiratory failure without using an invasive airway device (e.g. ET tube or tracheostomy tube).The...
Heart Failure
Heart Failure
Heart Failure is not a diagnosis in itself, rather a collection of symptoms that require investigation to find the underlying cause.Heart failure syndrome is the term used to describe...
Mental Capacity
Mental Capacity
Mental Capacity is the ability to make your own decisions at the time at which the decision needs to be made. The mental capacity act was designed to protect and empower people who...
NG Tube
Nasogastric Tubes
NG tubes are passed from the nose to the stomach. Depending on the material, they can stay between 2 to 6 weeks. However, they quite easily can fall out either being accidentally tugged...
Pulmonary embolism
Pulmonary embolism
A pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blocked blood vessel in your lungs, most often due to a blood clot. It is common and can be asymptomatic but can be life-threatening if the clot is large...

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Hypertensive Retinopathy
Poorly controlled hypertension results in target-organ damage. In the eye, it results in choroidopathy, retinopathy and optic neuropathy. This article will focus on hypertensive retinopathy,...
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Diabetic Retinopathy
OverviewDiabetes mellitus can cause both macrovascular (e.g., myocardial infarction, peripheral vascular disease, stroke) and microvascular (e.g., nephropathy, neuropathy, retinopathy)...
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Mind the (renal) Bleep: Preparing for your First Renal SHO On-Call
So you’ve finally got your rota for your hotly anticipated renal rotation… and your first shift is out of hours. But worry not, for this guide will help you to prepare for that dreaded...
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Updates to Ophthalmology National Selection 2024
The national selection process for ophthalmology is coordinated by NHS England (South West).(1) Ophthalmology is a competitive specialty, with 971 applications for 98 posts in 2023...
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Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Paediatrics
Paediatric DKA is a common but life threatening paediatric emergency and it is important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms early to initiate the correct treatment . The...
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OverviewMalaria is a tropical protozoal infection caused by the Plasmodium parasite, and is transmitted via the female Anopheles mosquito in endemic areas. It is the most commonly...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder
BackgroundAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects around 1.76% of school-age children in the UK. Multiple factors have been proposed in the...
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How to Critique Randomised Control Trials
IntroductionRandomised Control Trials (RCTs) play a vital role in evidence-based medicine, providing valuable insights into the effectiveness of medical interventions. As medical...
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Randomised Control Trials - The Basics
IntroductionRandomised Control Trials (RCTs) play a vital role in evidence-based medicine, providing valuable insights into the effectiveness of medical interventions. As medical...
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Periorbital and Orbital Cellulitis
IntroductionThe orbital septum is a fibrous connective tissue layer which divides orbital tissue from the eyelid, thus serving as a barrier against the spread of infection into...
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