CPR training for parents

If your child stopped breathing today would you know what to do? This is a the question Fenton O’Leary (@PEMDocSyd) and the team from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead  asked. 348 parents and carers were surveyed. Only half had received formal CPR training Only 11% knew the correct rate for chest compressions and the correct…

Craig on Resuscitation and Drugs

We have teamed up with APLS to share the videos from their Paediatric Acute Care Conferences. These videos have never been open access before, so if you weren’t able to attend the conferences, then now’s your chance to catch up. The PAC Conference is run each year by APLS and consists of presentations on a…

Sedation for the agitated adolescent

For paediatric ED doctors who come from a paediatric training background, dealing with the agitated adolescent can be very stressful. There is so much more to managing the agitated adolescent than just drugs, but sometimes sedation is necessary. As we are not used to sedating children in this way, choosing drugs and doses can be difficult. This…

IO, IO – It’s off to work we go!

Intraosseous access is one of those skills that is rarely used but can be a lifesaver. In the critically ill child IV access can be challenging. It is easy to get tunnel vision and try and try again to insert a cannula whilst losing focus on the reason for access – circulatory support. In order…

Pro tips for LPs in kids

Though less commonly performed than it used to be, the lumbar puncture remains a key skill to master for anyone practising acute paediatrics. December’s Archives of Disease in Childhood Education and Practice contains an excellent paper entitled “How to use… lumbar puncture in children” (1), which flashes more pearls than a 4th of July garden…

Trampoline injuries

4 year old Calvin received the best Christmas present ever – a trampoline of his very own! After spending the morning bouncing with his older brother, Iggy, he started to complain of pain in his left knee.  The trampoline was safety-netted so his parents were happy that he couldn’t have fallen out and so, mystified that…