Tessa Davis is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. She is from Glasgow and Sydney, but is currently living in London. @tessardavis | + Tessa Davis | Tessa's DFTB posts

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Facing the future: standards for children in emergency care settings

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Davis, T. Facing the future: standards for children in emergency care settings, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.16004

Today saw the launch of the new RCPCH ‘Facing the Future’ document – setting standards for paediatric emergency care in the UK. These are a set of standards that should apply to all Emergency Department where children are seen and assessed.

Can Point-of-Care CRP testing identify children with serious infection?

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Davis, T. Can Point-of-Care CRP testing identify children with serious infection?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15806

As paediatric emergency clinicians, a large part of our job is identifying the child with a serious infection. The utility of blood tests in helping with diagnosis in this group of children is debatable. Could point-of-care CRP testing help identify children with serious infection?

Foot x-rays

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Davis, T. Foot x-rays, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12924

1. Check you have the right views. There are two views in foot x-rays DP (dorsal-plantar) and oblique. Both should ideally be done when weight-bearing if your patient can manage it.   2. Review the bones.  Work round the bones one by one (including the metatarsals). Start proximally and work your way down, going medial…

On Rudeness

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Davis, T. On Rudeness, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.14915

“Hey Tessa, I didn’t realise you were such a genius”. I was on my way back to ED from my lunch break and the ortho reg was sitting laughing with one of our locum SHOs. I smiled nervously, “Oh thanks for coming to see the patient”. “I didn’t realise you were a genius”. He said…