Communication skills in obstetrics: what can we learn from bereaved parents?
Nuzum et al found that how the diagnosis of stillbirth was communicated has a lasting impact on parents.  The language used is important.  Diversionary techniques created a sense of mistrust. The authors stress the importance of sensitivity and honest open communication. 
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Infants of hypothyroid mothers – are postnatal thyroid function tests necessary? A retrospective study in a regional hospital
Hawke et al undertook this study to determine whether the infants of hypothyroid mothers should have an additional follow-on thyroid function test (TFT) when the infant is 14 days old.  None of the 121 infants in study had a raised TFT.  The study recommends the discontinuation of follow-on TFT testing.
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Utilising magnetic resonance imaging as the gold standard in management of suspected scaphoid fractures in the emergency department setting
Ramasubbu et al state that MRI has almost 100% specificity and sensitivity in the diagnosis of scaphoid fractures.  The authors outline a pathway for radiographs and MRI in the investigation of suspected scaphoid fractures.
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Feb 2017

 

 

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