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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disease with a broad spectrum of clinical presentation.1 Clinical diagnosis by rheumatologists remains the gold standard,...

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that has been increasing in worldwide prevalence,1 including Singapore. In this latest issue of the Annals,...

Caregiver reported long-term outcomes in children with major trauma and traumatic brain injuries: A single-centre retrospective study

Traumatic injuries in children are a significant cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide.1 Children with major trauma are at risk of poor outcomes.2-4 These...

An augmented reality mobile application for weight estimation in paediatric patients: A prospective single-blinded cross-sectional study

Drug and defibrillation energy doses for children rely on accurate weight measurement, making it essential during emergencies.1,2 However, quickly weighing children in distress is...

How do current paediatrics residency selection criteria correlate with residency performance?

Dear Editor, The selection process for potential residents needs to be reviewed regularly and assessed if effective in selecting the best-fit residents who can achieve...

Singapore’s experience in managing the COVID-19 pandemic: Key lessons from the ground

In the early days of the pandemic when information on COVID-19 infection was lacking, all COVID-19 positive patients were admitted into acute hospitals for...

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On 5 May 2023, more than 3 years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that COVID-19 no...

Fetal congenital heart diseases: Diagnosis by anatomical scans, echocardiography and genetic tests

Congenital heart diseases (CHDs) are the most common major congenital anomaly at up to 28%1 and are responsible for 5.7% of all infant mortality.2...

Improving neonatal counselling service for premature births

Dear Editor,  Despite the substantial advancement of neonatal care leading to increased survival of infants of periviable gestation, as young as 22 weeks,1 the anticipated...

Clinical outcomes of hospitalised individuals with spin-induced exertional rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis is a clinical and biochemical syndrome caused by the breakdown of myocytes and release of intracellular components into the bloodstream.1 A subset of...

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%...

Consensus statement on Singapore integrated 24-hour activity guide for early childhood

Early childhood is a critical period for growth and development, setting the foundation for future and lifelong well-being.1 Adopting healthy lifestyle behaviours in early...

Proactive steps to population health: Starting early, starting right

The global burden of non-communicable diseases is rising, with continued projected increases in the prevalence of metabolic syndrome (MetS) in the future. This epidemic,...

Sublingual ondansetron for treatment of acute gastroenteritis in children in the children’s emergency

Dear Editor, Acute gastroenteritis (GE) is a leading cause of death globally in children aged below 5 years and the third most common indication for...

Rash characteristics of paediatric patients with COVID-19 in Singapore

Dear Editor, Children with COVID-19 infection can present with a variable spectrum of clinical manifestations, and sometimes mucocutaneous manifestations can be the only manifestation of...

Rapid exome sequencing to aid diagnostics in genetic disorders: Implementation and challenges in the Singapore context

Dear Editor, There is a high burden of genetic disorders in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), ranging from 45–56%,1,2 and delayed definitive...

Implementation of an AI model to triage paediatric brain magnetic resonance imaging orders

Dear Editor, Artificial intelligence (AI) is viewed as the most important recent advancement in radiology with the potential to achieve Singapore’s objective of delivering value-based...

Early rehabilitation to improve functional outcomes in childhood cancer in Singapore

Dear Editor, We conducted a prospective, single-centre cohort study to review the impact of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme in children with cancer in Singapore....

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children in Singapore

While children infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) resulting in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have milder manifestations compared to adults,1,2 a...

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children: A unique manifestation of COVID-19

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Child passenger safety training for healthcare professionals in Singapore

Dear Editor, Road traffic injuries are a preventable cause of childhood morbidity and mortality.1,2 Use of age-appropriate child car seats (CCS) lowers the risk...

Clinical characteristics of macrolide-resistant Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections among hospitalised children in Singapore

Dear Editor, Mycoplasma pneumoniae has become the leading cause of paediatric community-acquired pneumonia in countries where pneumococcal vaccination is included in the national immunisation programme,...

Childhood interstitial lung disease: The end of a diagnostic odyssey

Dear Editor, Childhood interstitial lung disease is a heterogeneous group of rare disorders featuring pulmonary interstitial remodelling and diffuse parenchymal infiltrates on imaging.1 Incidence...

Validation and comparison of the PECARN rule, Step-by-Step approach and Lab-score for predicting serious and invasive bacterial infections in young febrile infants

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High burden of respiratory viral infection-associated mortality among critically ill children

Dear Editor, Acute lower respiratory infections (ALRIs) are a leading cause of under-5 mortality globally—two-thirds could be attributable to respiratory viral infections (RVIs).1,2 The burden...

Non-motorised active mobility device use by children in Singapore: Injury patterns and risk factors for severe injury

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Screening for somatisation in an Asian children’s hospital emergency setting

Dear Editor, In recent years, self-harm is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among adolescents in Singapore.1,2 This is just the tip of the...

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

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Frequent attenders to multiple emergency departments in Singapore

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Prevalence, risk factors and parental perceptions of gastroesophageal reflux disease in Asian infants in Singapore

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease in Asian infants: Similar condition, different perceptions

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

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

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A Review of Pedestrian Fatalities in Singapore from 1990 to 1994

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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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Bidirectional Cavopulmonary Anastomosis

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

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Drowning and Near-drowning—Some Lessons Learnt

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Paediatric living-donor liver and kidney transplantation during COVID-19

Dear Editor, The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted global healthcare including paediatric solid organ transplantation (SOT). We report our experience of resuming paediatric...

The evolution of severity of paediatric COVID-19 in Singapore: Vertical transmission and multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children

Dear Editor, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) arrived in Singapore in January 2020 as imported cases, followed by local transmission predominantly involving dormitories, with later spread...

Systemic antibiotic prophylaxis for recurrent infective flares in children and adolescents with atopic dermatitis

Dear Editor, Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease, affecting approximately 20% of children in Singapore.1 It is associated with skin barrier defects2...

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

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

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Audit of Total Parenteral Nutrition in an Adult Surgical Intensive Care

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

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The Acute Presentation of Pulmonary Thromboembolism: A Retrospective Viewpoint

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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

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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

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

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Financing Newborn Screening Systems: US Experience

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Considerations in Choosing Screening Conditions: One (US) Approach

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

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Clinical Characteristics of Renal Infarction in an Asian Population

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Characteristics of unplanned hospitalisations among cancer patients in Singapore

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The case for better hospitalisation selection in cancer patients

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Reply from Author: Putting the Wedge under Pressure

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Putting the Wedge under Pressure

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

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An Eight Year Review of Exercise-related Cardiac Arrests

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

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Treatment of Ewing sarcoma in children: Results from a single centre

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Immunomodulator use in paediatric severe sepsis and septic shock

Paediatric sepsis is one of the main causes of childhood mortality.1 Globally, paediatric severe sepsis and septic shock accounts for 6.2% to 23.1% of...

A rare case of thigh asymmetry in an infant

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Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in Malaysian infants

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Impact of true fetal mosaicism on prenatal screening and diagnosis

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

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Prevalence of thyroid malignancy and hormonal dysfunction following radiation exposure in childhood

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

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

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Emergency airway management in a Singapore centre: A registry study

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Paediatric emergency department attendances during COVID-19 and SARS in Singapore

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