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.
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Knee X-ray interpretation

1.  Know your knee anatomy See the the anatomical landmarks on the diagrams below.   Remember that the knees of younger children will look different, as the patella forms, and the ossification centres form.   2. Look for an effusion There are two fat pads in the knee the suprapatellar fat pad the prefemoral fat…

VODCAST of the week

Vodcast of the Week – Neonatal Resuscitation

Whilst the internet is wonderful if you want to look up some obscure aspect of medicine there are some things you just have to know.  I gave this talk to our local group of registrars and in the spirit of FOAM I have recorded it for wider distribution.

From Cradle to the Grave – ACEM Annual Scientific Meeting 2014

This years Australasian College of Emergency Medicine Annual scientific meeting in Melbourne has attracted over 900 delegates from all over the world. With an overarching theme of “Back to the Future” a number of speakers have been looking back on the past year in emergency medicine literature and predicting what might be up and coming…

Medication Safety Monday – Part 5

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 and events in in the national news have made me consider some of the newer literature in and around the of inpatient medication safety in children. This post…

Anaphylaxis Q+A

Jason is a 2 year boy who presents to ED with a rash and cough. He had peanut butter for the first time about 20 minutes ago, and he suddenly started vomiting then coughing. His face is swelling and he sounds very wheezy. 

Medication Safety in Paediatric Inpatients – Part 4

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 and events in in the national news (link to ABC story)* have made me consider some of the newer literature in and around the of inpatient medication…

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…

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,…