James Bethel

Planning for the next generation of emergency care clinicians

Reflection and forward planning would help nurture emergency care clinicians rather than stifling them with what is expedient

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Identification and treatment of scabies in infants

Incidents of scabies are increasing nationally and globally, particularly among certain vulnerable groups. This article examines a rare and unusual case of scabies infestation in infancy and highlights the importance of recognising the differences in presentation of infestation in infants to enhance early diagnosis and treatment.

Assessment of suicidal intent in emergency care

The assessment of suicidal intent in first-contact settings, including the emergency department, can be challenging. Inaccurate assessment can lead to increased incidence of self-harm and completion of suicide. This article focuses on factors that may affect review of this patient group, including healthcare professionals’ personal and professional standards and values. Strategies to aid assessment of people presenting with suicidal ideation are discussed.

Acute pyelonephritis: risk factors, diagnosis and treatment

Pyelonephritis is an acute urological condition that involves infection of one or both kidneys. The condition is not generally associated with high levels of mortality, but patients can become acutely ill and experience severe pain. Early recognition and treatment of pyelonephritis may limit morbidity. This article identifies patients at increased risk of pyelonephritis and discusses appropriate strategies to prevent serious complications.

Emergency care of children and adults with head injury

Head injury is common and accounts for a significant proportion of patient attendances at emergency departments and minor injury units. While most injuries will not be serious in nature, some will be severe. Therefore assessment, investigation and early management of head injury are essential to reduce the potential risk of disability or even death. This article focuses on emergency care of children and adults with head injuries. Advice about the signs and symptoms of severe head injury, the importance of computed tomography and after care following head injury are outlined.

Evaluating suicidal intent in emergency care settings

Emergency care staff are responsible for assessing suicidal intent in patients who present to emergency departments (EDs), minor injury units or NHS walk-in centres, as well as some community settings.