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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Sweet and Salty – fluids in DKA

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Lawton, B. Sweet and Salty – fluids in DKA, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.16130

During our training in paediatric emergency medicine most of us will have been cautioned repeatedly of the dangers of over-zealous fluid administration in children with diabetic ketoacidosis. Cerebral oedema is the feared complication of this disease process and, as traditional wisdom would have it, either rapid fluid administration or the use of any hypotonic IV…

You want how much?!

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Lawton, B. You want how much?!, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15798

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

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Lawton, B. PARIS in the autumn, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15354

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

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Lawton, B. The ideal paediatric resuscitation, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11246

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

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Lawton, B. Blood in the water, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10201

  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

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Lawton, B. Opioids and Constipation, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.6863

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…