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  • Obtaining a diagnosis in the Emergency Department

    This blog is written by Dr. Victor Ge, a medical intern at Peninsula Health.

    As junior doctors in the Emergency Department (ED) we frequently find ourselves speaking to patients about their symptoms. Sometimes the main reason patients come to ED is for the relief of symptoms such as severe pain. More often it is the concern that a symptom is a sign of a more serious medical condition – such as an infection, appendicitis or heart disease.

    In the ED we would like nothing more than to diagnose every symptom and treat every patient that we see. In this post I hope to address what happens when the cause of a patient’s symptoms cannot be found.

    We see an incredible variety of patients in the ED, many with serious and urgent conditions. Patients often present with undifferentiated symptoms – that is non-specific symptoms that could ...