During our antibiotics teaching at medical school we were told that a recent survey of junior doctors had revealed that a significant proportion didn't realise that augmentin, tazocin, and carbopenems were penicillins and as such should not be given to those with known allergies. I devised a "mind-map" summarising the main antibiotics in use using information from the BNF and my own lecture notes. For me, seeing the information laid out in this manner, pinned above my desk as I work, helps me remember the major classes, their relationships with one another, and their major side-effects.
This is the first of a two part tutorial on hyperkalaemia.
In this section the aspects surrounding potassium metabolism and its clinical significance are discussed.
This tutorial can be watched in isolation, however, the second part will cover the clinical aspects of diagnosis and treatment.
This second part of a two part tutorial covers the diagnosis and management of hyperkalaemia.
This can be watched in isolation or in conjunction with the first part whcih covers the physiological aspects.
Review of carbapenem antibiotics.
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A 75 year old lady weighing 70kg is admitted following a stroke. She has a dense left-sided hemiparesis. The A and E SHO has assessed her and found her to have an unsafe swallow. She is apyrexial and otherwise well. Your registrar asks you to make her ‘nil-by-mouth’ and prescribe maintenance fluids.