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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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…

Victorian children’s tool for observation and response (victor)


While this may be familiar to those of you working in Victoria, we at DFTB have just discovered the excellent FOAM resources produced by Jen Sloane and the VicTOR team. The Victorian Children’s tool for observation and response (ViCTOR) Back to Basics (B2B) series of videos, demonstrates how to conduct vital signs in children aged…

Hopper and Piper on “No Place Like Home”

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…