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Dr. Mark. Medicine Man

Friday, 26 March 2010

Dr. Mark Hamilton

Top A&E Problems:

Most A&E problems are injury related, mainly as a result of falling/slipping. Mark is telling us the most common areas that are affected by accidental injury, and about the most common complaints that happen internally which is a symptom of an illness.

1. Ankle Injuries
2. Wrist Injuries

Keep elevated and use an ice pack for the swelling.

3. Head Injuries
If you have a bang to the head that is severe, its best to get it checked out, especially if you are dizzy, having any blackouts or vomiting.

4. Chest Pain
The most important thing to rule out is a heart attack. People don't arrive with a slight chest miscomfort that goes away after a while, it is normally when it is sharp and painful.

5. Abdominal Pain

The most serious cases of abdominal pain is appendicitis or a ruptured abdominal aorta anurism. (An abdominal aortic anurism is when the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes abnormally large or balloons outward.)

These two conditions don't generally just come upon someone spontaneously; they are usually as a result of underlying conditions. Other possibilities are food poisoning, pancreatic conditions, or bleeding/infections in the stomach. (If you are to go into A&E with this complaint the most common tests are blood tests, ELG, endoscopy). It's important to give information about your family history.

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