PAC Conference – 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 range of topics relevant to paediatric acute and critical care.

Simon is an Emergency Physician and Director of Emergency Medicine Training working with Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. His research interests include medical education, procedural pain and distress, diagnostic testing and all other aspects of emergency medicine.


In essence Simon wants us to think about how we manage sick infants, and how we can empower every member of the team.

  • If people aren’t listening to suggestions use graded assertiveness techniques
  • Resuscitating kids is stressful and it’s easy to make mistakes in calculations
  • Medication errors occur for a multitude of reasons including:
    • weight estimation
    • dosing errors
    • calculation errors
    • dilution errors
    • prescription and administration errors
    • communication errors

Knowing the dose of a drug doesn’t help if the nursing/medical staff are unfamiliar with how it should be drawn up. Monash Medical Centre have come up with a weight based formulary that gives all the information on dosage per weight in a handy book. (Editors note – Conflict of interest – we use the MMC book at my institution). A number of alternative options are available.

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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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2 Responses to "PAC Conference – Craig on Resuscitation and Drugs"

  1. Simon Craig
    Simon Craig 2 years ago .Reply

    Dear Andy,

    If anyone is interested, the link to the book is here:

    Kind regards,

  2. Andrew Tagg
    Andrew Tagg 2 years ago .Reply

    Thanks Simon.

    Personally I think it’s a wonderful resource that I encourage all of our staff (nursing and medical) to use on a daily basis.

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