Paediatric emergency physician interested in education, retrieval medicine and simulation. Lives in Brisbane where he enjoys falling off his mountain bike and being outsmarted by his pre-teen children.

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You want how much?!

In discussion with your local PICU you have decided you are going to have to intubate the septic 11 month old in front of you. You know what you need; a fluid bolus, an adrenaline infusion, then a little bit of ketamine and some rocuronium, with push dose adrenaline on the side just in case….

PARIS in the autumn


As the days get shorter for those of us in the Southern hemisphere it inevitably means that bronchiolitis season is on its way. So far studying bronchiolitis has left us with a big list of things that don’t work – steroids, salbutamol, adrenaline, antibiotics. Chest  x-rays don’t help and NPAs don’t give us any information…

The ideal paediatric resuscitation


The first few minutes of a paediatric resuscitation are intimidating and crucial. Every basic life support update we do drills the DRSABCD mnemonic. The team from Princess Margaret in Perth have made this excellent video of what it ought to look like. Enjoy. If you want to be able to run a calmer resuscitation come…

Blood in the water


  Tommy is a well looking 3 year old boy who’s concerned parents have brought him to your ED after passing what looked like blood in his urine. The Triage nurse has provided them with a urine jar and sure enough, tommy has filled it with something that looks a bit like pinot noir.  …

Opioids and Constipation


Opioids and constipation   The bottom line -Opioids are an illogical choice for treating pain associated with constipation -Pain needs to be treated promptly and effectively -Abdominal pain requiring opioids should raise suspicion of a surgical diagnosis   Why are we talking about opioids and constipation? This post arose from a twitter conversation that began…