The bestselling Oxford Handbook of Emergency Medicine provides practical, accessible guidelines on a huge range of situations that present to the Emergency department. It is the essential guide for junior doctors (including candidates for examinations in Emergency Medicine), specialist nurses, paramedics, general practitioners and other allied health professionals. The text is deliberately precise and prescriptive giving up-to-date step-by-step advice on presentation, investigation, diagnosis, emergency treatment and further referral for adult and paediatric patients. Practical guidance on the management of a huge range of situations is provided including poisoning, major trauma, ob/gyn, psychiatric and paediatric emergencies. Important practical procedures are covered in a stepwise, easy-to-follow format with line diagrams illustrating anatomical landmarks. This new edition has been extensively revised and updated to include the 2006 Resuscitation Council guidelines, as well as new guidelines from NICE, SIGN, BTS, ATLS and changes to the compulsory psychiatric hospitalisation law. There are updates on management throughout and new information on avian flu, terrorism, hospital acquired infections including MRSA and hand washing.