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Complications Following Long-Term Intubation

Intubation of patients in an intensive care setting is very common. Tracheal intubation involves passing a tube down the trachea in order to maintain an open airway. This may also be achieved by performing a…
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia: Recent Evidence on Causes and Diagnosis

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and fibromyalgia (FM) are both chronic pain conditions, but whereas CRPS is restricted to one specific area of the body, FM is characterised by widespread pain. Neither condition is well-understood…
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The challenges of diagnosing sepsis

The UK Sepsis Trust estimates that every year about 250,000 people in this country develop sepsis, of whom around 25,000 are children. Five people die from the disease every hour and around 25% of survivors…
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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a relatively common chronic rheumatic pain condition, characterised by widespread pain, fatigue and sleep disturbance. It occurs in around 3% of the population and is more frequently diagnosed in women than in…
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Medical negligence claims and the role of the Intensivist

Every year in the UK, over 270,000 adults are admitted to an intensive care unit. For the majority of patients, treatment is successful but the Department of Health estimates that around 10% of hospital inpatient…
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The rise of silver trauma and the medico legal implications

For some years now, the UK population has been ageing. This is due to several factors, including advances in healthcare and improvements in lifestyle including areas like nutritional status. According to the Office of National…
Categories : Articles, Thought Leadership, Trauma and orthopaedics
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What Does an Intensivist do?

An intensivist, also known as an intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care physician, provides specialist care for critically ill patients. This is usually within the setting of an ICU in a major hospital, where…
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When Only a Pain Expert Will Do

The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage (1)”, writes Dr Chris…
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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Defending a Claim

In the absence of definitive diagnostic tests, the presence or absence of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) can be hard to establish and this can present many challenges for those involved in litigation. In this…
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How Working at a Major Trauma Centre Helps Make for an Informed Surgeon when Assessing a Critically-Injured Patient

Mr Aswinkumar Vasireddy  BSc (Hons) MBBS FRCS is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon and Expert Witness based at Kings College Hospital in London.   He discusses how his experience working at a major trauma…
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