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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Giving feedback

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Cite this article as: Davis, T. Giving feedback, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11625Yesterday, you heard one of your junior doctors, Jessica, berating at a colleague at work. It was a busy shift, and she was very stressed and under a lot of pressure. A 7 month old baby presented with bronchiolitis and her mother was…

A gentle nudge…

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

Coping with errors

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

Challenging consultations

Cite this article as: Davis, T. Challenging consultations, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11089A 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…

Mandible x-rays

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

Ready, steady…

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