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Atraumatic acute joint swelling in adults or children, a limping child or a child unwilling to weight-bear/move a joint due to pain are common presentations to the Emergency Department. The key diagnostic differential is between septic arthritis, which is defined as inflammation of a joint secondary to bacterial infection, and non-infectious causes of inflammation e.g. gout and transient synovitis. However, distinguishing between infectious and non-infectious arthritis represents a diagnostic challenge as:
Nicola was our first nurse appointed smashing the interview and rapidly getting a handle on the intricacies of clinical research in the ED. Her portfolio of studies includes She leads on Rapid-CTCA, Target-CTCA, SABER and Pro Teds
Mark was appointed in June 2017 and has rapidly found his feet helping promote QEUH ED nurse engagement. His infectious enthusiasm and energy will be a huge asset to the team! He leads on Novel, Aerogen, RAMPP, Frontiers
Introducing Dave the Trauma Man! The QEUH will become a Major Trauma Centre in 2019 as part of the Scottish Trauma Network. Dave is going to have a pretty tough year… in fact he is going to experience more car accidents, falls from height and industrial accidents than any other manikin in Scotland.