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Standby CPD: Sepsis - suits you SIRS!

You have a confused, septic patient and a big-nosed colleague to contend with. The question is, can you recognise SIRS when it presents in your patient?

This issue explores the pathophysiology, recognition and management of the septic patient. Sepsis is the third biggest killer of your patients and yet it still seems a relatively unknown phenomenon. Let's change that, Standby CPD style.

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Event Date: 21st November 2012

Emergency Services Show 2012

I'm going to be attending the Emergency Services Show on the 21st and 22nd of November at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. It's always good fun and the College of Paramedics are going to be hosting some CPD Workshops, which are free although you need to book on arrival at the show.

You will be able to find me chatting about Standby CPD on the Class Professional stand, which is located in Hall 2, Stand 167 (just opposite the VW Group stand). A floor plan can be downloaded from here.

Standby CPD iPhone app updated

Standby CPD is a monthly CPD booklet for ambulance staff, ideal for passing the time on standby. Written by a working paramedic and peer reviewed, it is certificated and evidence-based.

The app has been updated and includes support for the iPhone 5. No dedicated version for the iPad yet (I know, I know), but that is the next thing on my to do list.

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Standby CPD: The Glasgow coma scale - plain sailing?

A capsized dinghy and a swinging boom leads to a head injury for your next patient. Luckily, her husband has fished her out of the water!

This issue examines one of the key assessment tools for determining a patient's level of consciousness - the Glasgow coma scale. After reading this, you'll be able to confidently state a GCS, rather than, "somewhere between 3 and 15!"

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Standby CPD: Childbirth complications - double trouble!

You get rather more than you bargained for on this routine 'maternataxi' job, as the patient has a cord prolapse!

This issue will review three complications of childbirth: cord prolapse, shoulder dystocia and breech presentation, including recognition and appropriate management of patients.

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