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Medical students don't know how to stop a nosebleed

MagazineNovember 2002 (Vol. 13 Issue 8)Medical students don't know how to stop a nosebleed

If you end up in the A&E department with a bloody nose, beware

If you end up in the A&E department with a bloody nose, beware.

According to a recent survey, most senior house officers (SHOs) - medical students - don't know how to stop the bleeding.

Minimum requirements for a bleeding nose are a nasal speculum, suction facilities, a good light and nasal cautery. Yet, neither the available equipment or SHO training were adequate for dealing with this common emergency (J Laryngol Otol, 2002; 116: 597-600).


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