Narrowing the Frame

Our community is made up of health care folks that do hard things, go the extra mile, work on themselves and their knowledge so that patients get better outcomes. We’re not good all the time. We make mistakes, forget stuff, get grumpy or emotional, slide into tribal behaviour. But we’re working on it. So when…

A Difficult Beast

A 14 year old girl was brought in by her family with lethargy, agitation, and confusion. Her past medical history includes depression and a recent viral upper respiratory tract infection.   Bottom Line: Encephalitis is caused by inflammation of the brain and is difficult to diagnose and manage. Up to 50% of patients experience short-term…

DFTB17 – your feedback

DFTB17 has been and gone. We were really happy with how much you all embraced what we were trying to do and just enjoyed yourselves. It seems like we have set a high bar for next year, and so we want to do as much as we can to make DFTB18 excellent. Damian Roland’s post…

The Road… Not Taken

Every now and then there is a presentation or talk that you have to give, that you have been waiting a long time to do. This is one of mine that has been floating around in my head for sometime looking for the right occasion. DFTB17 was the right occasion.

DFTB17 – T minus 1

Tessa, Henry, Ben and I came together online back in 2013. We’ve achieved more than we ever thought we could – we’ve been editors of the EMA and published 10 papers. We’ve curated over 500 blogs posts from over 50 authors and now we are running our first conference. Today, Sunday, is a pinnacle moment….

LDH

Ian, I’ve done some ‘routine bloods’ and…” are the words most likely to induce an elevation in my blood pressure at work. I’m not alone in detesting the taking of ‘routine bloods’ – if the test you’re doing isn’t going to change your management then don’t do it.

How to be… a twitter moderator

The email comes from a wonderful conference organizer, lets call her, for example, Tessa, “Dear X, would you be interested in being a Twitter moderator for a session at our upcoming conference?”  The idea appeals, but you actually have no idea how it’s done. Google is not much help, but there’s been an amazing conference…

DFTB17 – Defence Against The Dark Arts

In just two weeks time we are going to be running our very first conference. We have been very lucky to draw on the expertise of some amazing speakers from around the world of paediatrics. Tim Horeczko is hosting an exciting evidence-based medicine panel discussion and wants you to join in.   “It is my…