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.
VODCAST of the week

Vodcast of the week – lumbar punctures

This week’s Vodcast of the Week is Brad Sobolewski’s fantastic teaching on lumbar puncture in children. He covers indications, anatomy, and complications of LP; and the video includes a demonstration of positioning and optimising your technique. This is without a doubt the best and most comprehensive teaching I have seen on this procedure. You can…

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Medication Safety Monday – Part 3

Nearly ten years ago, I undertook an project for my Pharmacy degree, with the title “Minimising Medication Errors for Paediatric Inpatients”. The TGA’s recent alert about Paracetamol dosing in addition to events in the Australian national news  have lead me to consider some of the newer literature in and around the of inpatient medication safety in…

Podcast of the week: button batteries

This week’s Podcast of the Week is from our favourite UK PEM team, St Emlyn’s. In this excellent 15 minutes podcast, Simon Carley and Natalie May discuss the dangers of button batteries. We have all been hearing in the new about how dangerous they, and this podcast tells us how to investigate, when to worry,…

Examining for a cleft palate

A 6 week old baby is referred with poor feeding. On examination you notice a cleft palate that has been previously undetected at the earlier babychecks. What is the best way to examine newborns in order to detect all cleft palates? The RCPCH and NICE have released a joint consensus guideline (October 2014) on best…

Medication Safety Monday – Part 2

Nearly ten years ago, I undertook an project for my Pharmacy degree, with the title “Minimising Medication Errors for Paediatric Inpatients”. The TGA’s recent alert about Paracetamol dosing in addition to events in the Australian national news  have lead me to consider some of the newer literature in and around the of inpatient medication safety in…

Vodcast of the week – SonoKids Pneumonia

This week’s vodcast is a great new series by SonoKids. Kasia Hampton gives us a crash course in diagnosing pneumonia using ultrasonography. In this vodcast that is less than ten minutes long, Kasia covers all the basics. It starts with an overview of the normal lung anatomy as seen on ultrasound and continues right through to…

Medication Safety Monday – Part 1

Nearly ten years ago, I undertook an project for my Pharmacy degree, with the title “Minimising Medication Errors for Paediatric Inpatients”. The TGA’s recent alert about Paracetamol dosing in addition to events in the Australian national news  have lead me to consider some of the newer literature in and around the issue of inpatient medication…

Do corneal abrasions cause crying in neonates?

Crying babies are a common presentation, and our list of differential diagnosis includes: viral and bacterial infections; fractures; hair tourniquets; intussusception; subdural haematomas; supraventricular tachycardia; and corneal abrasions. This study looks at the prevalence of corneal abrasions and aims to identify whether corneal abrasions are associated with fingernail length and increased crying. Shope TR, Rieg TS,…

Overdosing paracetamol

This week saw an alert from the Therapeutic Goods Administration about measuring doses using the syringe provided with the Panadol Colourfree Suspension for 1-5 year olds.   The syringe provided with the medicine measures differently from most other syringe known to mankind. The correct way to measure is from the top of the plunger. The image…

Day 5: Bone marrow transplant

In cases where leukaemia has not responded to treatment, or when the patient relapses, then a bone marrow transplant is a common course of treatment. Bone marrow transplants are used with the aim of completely resetting the patients immunity. View all our Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Week posts There are huge psychosocial implications for families during…