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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A gentle nudge…

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Davis, T. A gentle nudge…, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11516

Children have a right to receive healthcare regardless of the decisions made by their parents. This week, the RACP released a further statement citing refusal to treat patients for non-vaccination as ‘unethical coercion’. Whilst the majority of paediatricians are clear on the benefits of vaccinations, parents can choose not to vaccinate their children. Under the…

Coping with errors

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Davis, T. Coping with errors, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11227

When you lie in bed at night and have moments of reflection about your work, what do you think about? The patient whose abnormal blood result you didn’t spot? The time you prescribed the wrong drug dose for a patient? The child who died unexpectedly and you wonder what you should have done differently?

Challenging consultations

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Davis, T. Challenging consultations, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11089

A recent consultation with a patient did not go well. One initial seed of patient dissatisfaction could not be appeased and it just spiralled as the consultation went downhill. The patient left feeling unhappy, threatening to sue me if they died in the night, and I was left with a sinking sensation in the pit of…

Mandible x-rays

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Davis, T. Mandible x-rays, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10597

An orthopantomogram (OPG) is a good view to demonstrate most mandibular fractures.   A PA mandible shows the displacement of fractures. It also demonstrates symphysis menti fractures which can be missed on the OPG. If an OPG cannot be obtained, a lateral view can be helpful. The body and ramus can be viewed along with…

Ready, steady…

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Davis, T. Ready, steady…, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10819

It started four years ago. I squirm uncomfortably just thinking about it. I had been a doctor for 9 years, and performed many procedures on children and babies with no problems – cannulas, lumbar punctures, skin biopsies, central lines, chest drains, umbilical lines, intubations, CPR, defibrillation. This was just suturing.

Facial bone x-rays

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Davis, T. Facial bone x-rays, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10471

There are two views – occipito-mental view and occipito-mental 30o view The occipito-mental view demonstrates the upper and middle thirds of the face including the orbital margins, frontal sinuses, zygomatic arches and maxillary antra The occipito-mental 30o view shows 30o of caudal angulation. The orbits are seen less well, but zygomatic arches and the walls…