Cautionary Tales - Dr Mike Civil

WORKING as a GP in Kalgoorlie meant that being asked to come and help out the ED resident was not unusual.

When a male patient fell from a balcony, things did not seem overly complex.

The 24-year-old had been drinking in a local hotel, fallen to the ground and been taken to ED unconscious.

He had a low Glasgow Coma Scale score, but was responsive to pain. His breathing would slow and virtually stop, unless he was prompted and shaken to remind him to breathe again. Despite having no obvious outward sign of a