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The crew is met by an anxious mum

Oh hi! Thank god you’re here, please come in and see my daughter! Where are we going to? Excuse me, is your dog friendly? Yeah she’s fine, just ignore her.
Hello… Okay Scarlett, they are just here to help you darling okay? Sorry, what’s your name sorry? Can you just concentrate on her first? No, but – are you mum are you? Yes And what’s your name? It’s Rachael, but can you just look after Scarlett? Okay, but trust us, while we’re here we will try to help her, but it’s important to establish what is going on. But can you just look after her? Of course we will. She’s had a febrile seizure before and I’m worried that she’ll.. Honestly, don’t worry, until we look worried you look, you’ll be absolutely fine okay? She’s alright at the moment, she’s just with Jordan, and Jordan will have a good look at her. Okay?
So tell me about Scarlett then, how old is she? She’s nearly six She had a febrile seizure when she was 18 months old. Okay, don’t look so worried, everything is absolutely fine. Okay? Okay. And what’s happened today? What’s happened today, uhm… Don’t you think she needs some treat-medicine first? But when did this start? When did she start becoming unwell? In the last half hour, the rash has really come out. Ok. Her brother has really been ill for the last few days just sort of coughs and colds… what are you doing?

In this clip we see Cam beginning to take a history of Scarlett’s illness. He is struggling as mum (Rachael) is very anxious and distracted.

  1. What do you think is causing Rachael the greatest anxiety?
  2. Imagine yourself in this position. How would you progress things further?
  3. In the meantime, Jorden is examining Scarlett. What are the helpful things she should be looking out for to help make the diagnosis?

Put your answers in the comments below and discuss.

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