Eye/ENT Emergencies (EMET) 2016

EMET Workshop Pre-learning: Eye/ENT Emergencies

Eye emergencies are common presentations to acute care. The patient with a "red eye" is one of the most common eye presentations. Causes vary widely from mild, self-limiting disease through to disease that may cause loss of sight in one or both eyes. It is not uncommon for serious disease to be missed in patients and a careful history and examination is essential. In this topic we explore a series of clinical cases that illustrate the differential diagnosis and management of the red eye.

There are a wide range of ENT emergencies that may present to the emergency department. In the pre-learning we focus on one of the most common and difficult ENT emergencies, the patient with epistaxis. Patients may present with bleeding that ranges from the trivial through the life-threatening. In this topic we examine the causes of epistaxis and consider the approach to assessment, resuscitation, management, and investigation in the patient presenting with uncontrolled epistaxis.