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Rural doctors invariably have responsibilities not just for Primary Care (whether through running their own private practice clinics or as a salaried clinic member), but also for dealing with after hours emergencies.


Which means that there is no point sending a patient up to the local Hospital – as the doctor they see will be the same rural doctor who referred them!


Emergency medicine is inherently complex – it often requires simultaneous assessment and treatment, patients can be critically unwell – and in the bush there may be a long wait for backup.


Traditionally rural doctors have classified emergency patients as ‘sick, crook and bloody crook’ which runs the gamut from a mild headache through to a polytrauma or multi-organ failure sepsis.


FOAMed helps rural doctors keep up to speed with current thinking in EM.

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I am a Rural Doctor on Kangaroo Island, South Australia with interests in EM, Anaes & Trauma. I am an Ass/Prof in Aeromedical Retrieval with Charles Darwin University and hold senior specialist (retrieval) positions in NT and QLD Avid user & creator of #FOAMed; EMST & ATLS Director, Instruct & Direct on; faculty for Critically Ill Airway course and smaccAIRWAY workshops. Opinions expressed on these sites must not be used to make decisions about individual health related matters or clinical care as medical details vary from one case to another. Reader is responsible for checking information inc drug doses etc.

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