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Emergency Department Tweetathon - Today!

Our Emergency Department tweetathon took place between 9am-1pm today, as part of the national #tweetwell campaign, designed to raise awareness about the right place to go for health advice and treatment.
All the tweets can be found here http://storify.com/CMFTNHS/mri-emergency-department-tweetathon-13th-december, but here are some examples of some of the advice we were giving...

For patients with ankle injuries, we use the Ottawa ankle rule to decide. Here's a reference 

There has been a lot of research to help us decide which patients need an X-ray 

The doctor or nurse providing your care will have to justify the use of ionising radiation before asking for an X-ray 

X-rays use ionising radiation, which isn't without risks. Some X-rays (e.g. back x-rays) involve more radiation than others 

It is important to remember that not everyone who comes to the ED with a suspected broken bone will need an X-ray 

Have you heard of RICE? (Not the stuff you eat). Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation... 

You can take paracetamol and/or ibuprofen - ask your pharmacist & follow the advice on the box. See 

If you injure yourself, it's usually worth trying some painkillers at home first. It won't affect our assessment of your injury!