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Ward emergencies 

Ward emergencies
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Ward emergencies
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10.1093/med/9780199219018.003.0005
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date: 05 March 2021

Introduction 132

Collapse 136

Chest pain 142

Shortness of breath/low SaO2146

Hypotension 154

Tachycardia 158

Pyrexia 162

Acute wound problems: introduction 166

Laparotomy wound dehiscence 167

Wound bleeding 168

Superficial wound infection and wound abscess 169

Surgical patients may develop ‘medical’ or ‘surgical’ emergency conditions during their hospital stay. Often the diagnosis is not immediately obvious, and a problem-based approach is necessary....

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