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‘When in ROME’ ABG interpretation - Clinical OPAL

Jane is drowsy following her appendectomy. In this case study, interpret her ABG to determine the cause.

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Clinical Snapshot - Carl has become obtunded
Clinical Snapshot - Carl has become obtunded
Deb Evans

In this urgent scenario, Carl's respiratory distress prompts the question of rapid sequence induction. The case includes impending airway compromise, the risks of an unprotected airway, and key elements for successful intubation. A challenging airway situation unfolds.

Clinical Opal - Makoa presents with palpitations & dizziness
Clinical Opal - Makoa presents with palpitations & dizziness
Grace Larson

A 67-year-old male with a history of hyperlipidaemia and hypertension, presents with dizziness. He has a fast atrial rate and irregular heart rhythm. This article highlights causes, risk factors, complications, and management strategies, emphasising stroke prevention through anticoagulation and lifestyle modifications.

Essential Guide to RACGP Doctor’s Bag Requirements for General Practices
Essential Guide to RACGP Doctor’s Bag Requirements for General Practices
Susan Helmrich

Understand the requirements of the updated RACGP recommendations for the Doctor’s Bag to stay compliant and prepared for your next clinical emergency

Clinical Snapshot - Isaac presents with drooling and stridor
Clinical Snapshot - Isaac presents with drooling and stridor
Grace Larson

Isaac is a 2 year old child who has presented to the GP for the fourth time this month. His previous presentations have been for a sore throat and fever and more recently food refusal and complaints of a sore stomach. His mother is very concerned, and rightly so, let's find out what’s happening with Isaac.

Clinical Opal - Cough and fever
Clinical Opal - Cough and fever
Dr Simon Morgan

Jill is a 64-year-old retired accountant who presents to you with her concerned husband, Michael. Jill is usually fit and well apart from a history of well controlled hypertension on perindopril.

Perioperative Anaphylaxis
Perioperative Anaphylaxis
Crystal Smith

Once anaphylaxis has been identified, immediate treatment is required to stop the allergic cascade from producing histamines, prostaglandins and cytokines, and manage the effects of these agents. Management will include immediate treatment, refractory management and post crisis management.

Clinical Opal - Unresponsive following MVA
Clinical Opal - Unresponsive following MVA
Susan Helmrich

Sam was found unresponsive at a scene of a single motorcycle accident. No obvious signs of blood loss or fractures...

Clinical Opal #5 - Red eye
Clinical Opal #5 - Red eye
Dr Simon Morgan

Fatima is a 53-year-old human resources manager who presents to you with a 24-hour history of a painful red left eye.

Clinical Opal #3 - Sudden hearing loss
Clinical Opal #3 - Sudden hearing loss
Dr Simon Morgan

Adam is a 34-year-old maths teacher who is usually fit and well, with no significant past medical history.