Emergencies can spring up at any time and in many incarnations. Are you adequately equipped to deal with them? Each month we present a case study in emergency medicine based on real cases and events. Would you have been able to help this patient?
You are a GP doing a regular shift in the emergency department of an inner city hospital. It is the middle of the ‘round’ – an eight-hourly ritual of taking stock of patients and problems in the emergency department.
The ‘bat phone’ rings. All emergency departments have one. It is a phone without a dial; it has a peculiar ring or siren and is a direct line from ambulance. The emergency department is being notified about a critically ill patient ‘three minutes out’.