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Emergency department falls interventions improve osteoporosis management in frail older adults

Dear Editor, Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly and by 2030, around 1 in 4 citizens will be aged 65 and above.1 Older adults represent 21–40%...

Transitional care strategies at emergency department for elderly patients: A multicentre study in Singapore

In Singapore, greater efforts are being directed towards developing an integrated health and social ecosystem under the new Healthier SG strategy announced by the...

Safety and effectiveness of nitrous oxide procedural sedation in a paediatric emergency department

Dear Editor, Nitrous oxide (N2O) produces dissociative euphoria, amnesia and analgesia, and is a common sedative for procedural sedation in paediatric emergency departments (EDs) due...

Activating Code Crimson in the emergency department: Expediting definitive care for trauma patients with severe haemorrhage in Singapore

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Nationwide study of the characteristics of frequent attenders with multiple emergency department attendance patterns

Emergency department (ED) overcrowding is a growing issue that threatens public health in various parts of the world,1 including the US,2 UK,3 Australia,4 Japan5...

Frequent attenders to multiple emergency departments in Singapore

The problem of overcrowding, of which access block is one of the main causes, continues to plague emergency departments (EDs) worldwide.1 Some of its...

Epidemiological trends and outcomes of children with aural foreign bodies in Singapore

Aural foreign bodies (FBs) commonly present to the emergency department (ED) worldwide. Children represent the majority of the population, believed to be due to...

Determinants of emergency department utilisation by older adults in Singapore: A systematic review

Older adults in Singapore contribute to a disproportionately higher number of visits to the emergency department (ED), mirroring trends around the world.1,2 For instance,...

Pre- and apnoeic high-flow oxygenation for rapid sequence intubation in the emergency department (the Pre-AeRATE trial): A multicentre randomised controlled trial

Critically ill patients in the emergency department (ED) have shorter safe apnoea times due to physiological distress from decreased cardiac output, increased shunting and...

A Review of Pedestrian Fatalities in Singapore from 1990 to 1994

Fatal road accidents are by no means uncommon in Singapore, a modern tropical metropolis with a population of approximately 3 million. Statistics provided by...

Patients Admitted to an Intensive Care Unit for Poisoning

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Survival after Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the General Wards—The Results of a Dedicated “Code” Team

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Extent and Appropriateness of Emergency Department Services Usage by Foreign Workers in Singapore

Singapore employs more than 350,000 foreign workers currently. With this influx of foreign workers into our city-state which has limited land and resources, it...

Drowning and Near-drowning—Some Lessons Learnt

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Deep Vein Thrombosis after Total Knee Replacement

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Lichen Amyloidosus: A Bullous Variant

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Preparing for the silver boom: A falls prevention tool for older adults in the emergency department

Each year, 28–35% of community dwelling adults over 65 years fall.1 This figure increases to about 50% for those above 80 years old.2 Falls...

Book Review

The above is a textbook of medicine written by Singapore doctors and published in Singapore. It is difficult not to be over-enthusiastic about it...

Intravenous Adrenaline or Vasopressin in Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Literature Review

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Deep Vein Thrombosis is Not Rare in Asia—The Singapore General Hospital Experience

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New Aspects of the Blood Coagulation Cascade, Anticoagulants and Vein Thrombosis in Asia

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Audit of Total Parenteral Nutrition in an Adult Surgical Intensive Care

Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) may contribute to good outcome in selected groups of patients. Parenteral nutrition is highly effective in reversing effects attributable to...

Acute Coronary Syndrome—Factors Causing Delayed Presentation at the Emergency Department

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Management of Thromboembolic Disease in Pregnancy

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Osteoporosis Risk Factor Assessment and Bone Densitometry—Current Status and Future Trends

Osteoporosis affects predominantly elderly women; although younger women and men may also be affected. Demographically, the number and proportion of the elderly (aged 65...

Emergency Department Usage by Community Step-Down Facilities – Patterns and Recommendations

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Critically Ill Elderly Who Require Mechanical Ventilation: The Effects of Age on Survival Outcomes and Resource Utilisation in the Medical Intensive Care Unit of a General Hospital

Increasing life expectancy and ageing of the “post-war baby boomer” generation have led to the rapidly ageing demographic of many Asian countries. Singapore’s elderly...

Stress among emergency medicine residents during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

Dear Editor, The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted medical education1,2 and distressed clinicians.3,4 Understanding the impact of this pandemic on emergency medicine (EM) residents’ experience of...

Work-related Injury Sustained by Foreign Workers in Singapore

Singapore has a resident population of 3.26 million and 0.53 million foreign workers. Of these half a million foreigners, 450,000 are work permit holders,...

Potentially Fatal Paracetamol Overdose and Successful Treatment with 3 Days of Intravenous N-acetylcysteine Regime – A Case Report

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Clinical Cases Seen in Tsunami Hit Banda Aceh – From a Primary Health Care Perspective

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When the Stork Arrives Unannounced – Seven Years of Emergency Deliveries in a Non-obstetric General Hospital

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Observational Study to Determine Factors Associated with Blood Sample Haemolysis in the Emergency Department

Haemolysis of blood samples leads to inaccurate results and often necessitates a repeat sample. Escalating workloads and finite resources are an increasing problem in...

Improving Door-to-balloon Times in Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for Acute ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction: The Value of an Audit-driven Quality Initiative

Primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for patients with acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) has been shown to be superior to thrombolytic therapy in terms...

Renal Artery Embolism in a Patient with Vague Abdominal Pain

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Clinical Characteristics of Renal Infarction in an Asian Population

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Thirty-day Mortality and Morbidity After Total Knee Arthroplasty

Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for patients with knee arthritis that is unresponsive to conservative treatment is being increasingly performed all over the world. It...

Characteristics of unplanned hospitalisations among cancer patients in Singapore

Cancer is a pervasive global problem with growing healthcare utilisation and costs.1-3 This situation is similar in Singapore where cancer incidence is on the...

The case for better hospitalisation selection in cancer patients

Public hospital occupancy rates and resource utilisation in Singapore are perennially high. In the last 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been...

Reply from Author: Putting the Wedge under Pressure

We thank the authors for their interest in our study and their insightful comments. We agree that filling pressures such as the central venous...

Putting the Wedge under Pressure

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Predicting Positive Blood Cultures in Patients presenting with Pneumonia at an Emergency Department in Singapore

Pneumonia is the fourth leading cause for hospitalisation, and the third leading cause of death in Singapore.1 Overall, it is consistently one of the...

Venous Thromboembolism at the National Healthcare Group, Singapore

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Epidemiology of Snakebites from A General Hospital in Singapore: A 5-year Retrospective Review (2004-2008)

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Are New Resuscitation Guidelines Better? Experience of an Asian Metropolitan Hospital

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a substantial public health burden that has poor prognosis. Patients who receive “good” and “high-quality” cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) have...

An Eight Year Review of Exercise-related Cardiac Arrests

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Central Clot Score at Computed Tomography as a Predictor of 30-day Mortality after Acute Pulmonary Embolism

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Factors Affecting the B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Levels in Stroke Patients

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A 5-year Profile of Trauma Admissions to the Surgical Intensive Care Unit of a Tertiary Hospital in Singapore

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Herpes Zoster as a Useful Clinical Marker of Underlying Cell-mediated Immune Disorders

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An Observational, Prospective Study to Determine the Ease of Vascular Access in Adults Using a Novel Intraosseous Access Device

Intravascular access is a vital component of emergency care and resuscitation. There is nothing more frustrating for the emergency physician than the inability to...

External Validation of the Cham Score for Ordering of Blood Cultures in Emergency Department Patients with Non-Hospital Acquired Pneumonia

Some guidelines currently promote the taking of blood cultures in patients admitted to hospital with non-hospital acquired pneumonia in order to identify pathogens and...

Factors reducing inappropriate attendances to emergency departments before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multicentre study

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Cognitive Aspect of Diagnostic Errors

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Use of the Sole Flap to Convert an Above Knee Amputation to a Below Knee Amputation in Trauma

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Emergency Medicine Residency Programme in Singapore—Where Are We at Since Inception?

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A review of child sexual abuse cases presenting to a paediatric emergency department

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Attendance for ischaemic stroke before and during COVID-19 lockdown in Singapore

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Health-seeking behaviour of foreign workers in Singapore: Insights from emergency department visits

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Impact of dispatcher-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation and myResponder mobile app on bystander resuscitation

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Community-level interventions for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in Singapore: Yay or nay?

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Clinical Updates on the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

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Hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae carriage in polyclinic attendees and national servicemen presenting with diarrhoea

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Circulatory collapse from rupture of splenic artery aneurysm: A case study

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Emergency airway management in a Singapore centre: A registry study

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Decrease in emergency department attendances during COVID-19 especially in school-going children

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Virtual reality mobile application to improve videoscopic airway training: A randomised trial

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