Emergency Medicine and Immediate Medical Care are relatively new specialties. In Malta, there is quite a considerable area of overlap between these specialties and general practice. Indeed, the family physician is confronted with some sort of medical emergency quite regularly. The brief of this article is to go through recent developments in Emergency Medicine as applied to General Practice. The areas considered are Basic Life Support, Head Injury, Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Community Acquired Pneumonia, Burns and Controlled Hypotensive Resuscitation. Whenever possible, distinct practical guidelines will be suggested as an aid in the clinical management of emergency situations which the family physician may encounter. This overview of new developments is by no means comprehensive but serves to highlight the increasing importance given to the role of the first-line medical practitioner in the emergency situation
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