Coffee culture

Melbourne is the coffee capital of the world (according to me at least). It’s the city that is home of the deconstructed latte and coffee bars can be found on most street corners. Every morning I am woken at 5-ish by one of my children calling out to me.  After the yell of “Daaaaaddy“, the…

An Acquired Taste

“Bad tasting medicines” date as far back as Asclepius and the Eye of Horus, and have a long and storied history through centuries of patent medicines, tonics and Cod Liver Oil. The idea that a bad tasting medicine is good for you has become pervasive in culture. “… a person trained in pharmacy would have many…

Feel the heat

In this third post in an occasional series questioning some of the basics of paediatric assessment we are going to look at measuring temperature in children.  It’s one of the few vital signs that parents measure themselves before even coming in to the emergency department. But just how accurate is their assessment?

Can’t intubate, Can’t Oxygenate

Paediatric critical procedures are rare in the emergency department. Data from one Victorian network showed that 83% of emergency physicians had not performed one in a twelve month period. We also know from audit data that we seem to have a lower first pass success rate (around 78%) when it comes to paediatric intubation. We…

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

A 5 month old infant is brought into the Emergency Department by her parents because they feel she has been persistently irritable and back arching after feeds for the last month. They have looked up ‘infant reflux’ on the internet, but upright positioning and changing formulas several times has not made any difference. They are…

The space between…

The readers of Don’t Forget the Bubbles are clearly well educated and try their best to keep up to date with the literature.  We do what we can to help bring the latest research to you to help reduce the knowledge translation window (and have a new project on the horizon to help even more)….