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Standby CPD: Trauma - a clucking disaster!

This month, you attend an RTC on the motorway. Two lorries have collided and your patient is trapped in the cab of his jack-knifed lorry. He is obtunded and showing signs of haemorrhagic shock.

This issue will review the <C>ABC management of trauma and the step-wise approach to haemorrhage control, including wound packing, haemostatic agents and the use of tourniquets.

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Update to the CPD Portfolio Builder

I recently sent my CPD profile to the HPC for comment. In response to their feedback, I have made a few changes to the website.

It all centres on the change the HPC made to their standards for CPD and the emphasis on the profile being all your own work!

To that end, I have changed step 3 of the CPD profile building process, to include a couple of boxes for you to explain in your own words how you meet Standards 1 and 2. Don't worry though, I have provided an example of each to get you going.

As ever, if you have any questions or feedback, please use the Contact Us link to get in touch.

Standby CPD: APH - it's a bloody mess!

This issue explores antepartum haemorrhage (APH). It is rare these days, but you had better be on top form if you are called to a mother with a placenta praevia, abruption or uterine rupture!

You will have the chance to revise the physiology of conception (from fertilisation onwards before you ask...) and the functions of the placenta, before getting stuck into the pathophysiology and risk factors, of antepartum haemorrhage.

Finally, you will review the management of mother and foetus, including the concept of intrauterine foetal resuscitation.

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Standby CPD: Brain attack - it's a stroke

This issue will explore ischaemic strokes. You will review the relevant anatomy and physiology before diving into the disease process itself.

Commonly used tools for the recognition of stroke are included as well as discussion about those pesky stroke mimics. Finally, patient management will be reviewed, including the dangers of oxygen administration and the potential dangers of taking the patient to your local emergency department...

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Standby CPD: Triage - it's sort of French!

Usually, you only have to manage one patient at a time. In this issue, you have 10! It's time to dust off your green and white chequered tabard and prepare your triage tags.

The case study focuses on the role of first person on scene and the information required to declare a major incident. In addition, you will have a chance to practice your triage skills, taking into consideration vulnerable populations and avoiding over- and undertriaging.

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