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Paul Silverston

Visiting Professor of Primary care, The University of Suffolk, Visiting Professor, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

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Understanding the use of pulse oximetry in COVID-19 disease

The fundamental principle in pulse oximetry is that when light is shone through a substance, some of that light is absorbed as it passes through the substance and the light that is not absorbed can be...

Understanding safety-netting in remote consulting

Safety-netting advice is given to patients to prepare them for the possibility that their symptoms and signs may worsen or not resolve as expected, and to help them identify those symptoms and signs...

SAFER PRACTICES in the COVID-19 pandemic

The first part of the mnemonic, SAFER, has two purposes. Firstly, to ensure that the clinician comes to the consultation with the medical knowledge, along with the clinical assessment skills and...

SAFER PRACTICES: reducing the risk of diagnostic errors

S = Serious. Have I excluded the serious, must-not-miss, causes for this symptom?.

SAFER: A mnemonic to improve safety-netting advice

The first step in safety-netting involves a formal, holistic assessment of whether it is appropriate to send the patient home to monitor themselves, rather than arranging for the patient to undergo a...

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