An Emergency Physician with a special interest in education and lifelong learning. When not drinking coffee and reading Batman comics he is playing with his children.

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Playing with dolls

With a new baby in the house parents can look forward to sleepless nights and sleepless days, beholden to a creature whose whims they have very little control over.  Life revolves around sleeping, eating and changing nappies with seemingly no respite.  As you queue up in the supermarket to buy another packet of newborn nappies,…

I can guess your weight

Before we can do anything to a child in the emergency department we need to know how much they weigh. We have weight-based formulas for everything from the dose of antibiotic we prescribe to the size and length of the endotracheal tube we insert. In another post examining one of the basic premises of what…

Tricks and Treats

It is that time of year when those of our friends in the ex-colonies are adorning their houses with the remnants of Cucurbita pepo, carved into the facsimile of long dead relatives. Over in Australia the celebration of All Hallows’ Eve has not hit American proportions but some children still go from door to door…

Can you see what I see?

When it comes to imaging children we are all about the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) approach. One of the best ways to do this is not to use radiation at all. Unfortunately not all of us can be Casey Parker, and so we might need some help with our ultrasound skills.