Don't Forget the Bubbles is a paediatric blog providing online medical education. It is run by Tessa Davis, Henry Goldstein, Ben Lawton and Andrew Tagg, and is a collaborative effort to create a Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) resource for paediatrics.

Podcast of the week: concussion

This week’s Podcast of the Week is from the SGEM – another great interview with Anthony Crocco. Ken Milne and Anthony Crocco discuss paediatric concussion. How long should patients rest up at home before returning to their normal activities? And can IV hypertonic saline help relieve a concussion-related headache? If you only listen to one podcast this week,…


Syncope Sunday Series Summary

Just in case you missed some of Elayne Forbes’ five-part Syncope Sunday series…here are all the links on one page:   1: What is syncope? 2: Reflex syncope 3: Cardiac syncope 4: Syncope ECGs 5: Other causes of syncope

Syncope Sunday 4: syncope ECGs

In the previous post we learnt that although cardiac syncope is rare, it is potentially fatal. It is, therefore, essential that we know how to recognise ECGs that identify the cause of cardiac syncope. Here we discuss some of the more common variants…

It’s Change Day

Here at DFTB, we are big supporters of Change Day – a social movement that has really taken on a life of its own in Australia this year. Today is the day – Change Day is 11th March – and as things stand there are over 42000 pledges. Take the time to make your pledge online….

Syncope Sunday 3: cardiac syncope

Cardiac syncope is extremely rare but potentially fatal. 24% incidence in subsequent cardiac arrest – 10 Australian youths die suddenly every week due to SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome). These deaths are rare, but preventable. We see a lot more cases with warning symptoms than deaths. We need to recognise the importance of the identification of cardiac syncope to…

Syncope Sunday 2: reflex syncope

Neurally mediated syncope is a heterogenous group of autonomic disorders resulting in orthostatic intolerance. It peaks in toddlers and adolescents. There are two main groups – reflex and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (or autonomic failure). In this post, we will discuss reflex syncope.