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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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.



The Social Media And Critical Care conference has always held a special place in our hearts at Don’t Forget The Bubbles.  It was shortly after the inaugural Antipodean extravaganza that the seed was sown for this website.  After going live in 2013 we have grown from a team of four people with a shared vision…

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…

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…