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Emergency medicine

Two febrile travellers

Gordian Fulde

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Abstract

Emergencies can spring up at any time and in many incarnations. Are you adequately equipped to deal with them? Here is a case study in emergency medicine that is based on two real cases. Would you have been able to help these patients?

Article Extract

Despite the current international unrest, it is your impression that backpackers are travelling as much as ever – judging by the numbers of returned travellers attending with health problems at both your own general practice and the local emergency department where you work regular shifts. You have a special interest in travel health, so one day at the hospital your attention was caught by two sick returned travellers in adjacent cubicles. One of the reasons you do shifts in the emergency department is that you can observe, learn and generally keep up to date by just working there.

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