Caring for children with disabilities

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Chait-Rubinek, L. Caring for children with disabilities, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12145

`I recently completed my first rotation as a doctor in the Emergency Department. Prior to entering the medical workforce, I had spent most of my employed life as a respite carer looking after and assisting children with developmental disabilities. I thought about these kids and how difficult an Emergency Department (ED) environment would be for…

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…

Phone a Friend

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Tagg, A. Phone a Friend, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11413

As supervisor for the latest batch of interns that come through our emergency department I get to nurture them straight out of medical school, before the cynicism of the ward service sets in. It’s never the medicine that is a challenge, but the hidden curriculum that they are not taught in medical school. This time…

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?

That’s Entertainment

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Tagg, A. That’s Entertainment, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10997

As a birthday treat (mine not hers) my five year old daughter took me to see Operation Ouch Live! It’s one of the few television shows we watch as a family in our house so I thought I’d share you some (non-clinical) lessons I have learnt from Dr Chris and Dr Xand.

The good old days

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Tagg, A. The good old days, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.11095

As I introduced the latest batch of interns to the department I thought back to my first few days as a doctor and how I have changed. I qualified in 1997 and I still remember lots of things about my first year. I remember the fear of being on-call, the physical and mental exhaustion that…

Never enough hours in the day

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Tagg, A. Never enough hours in the day, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10228

“How do you do it? How do you keep up with all this blogging, tweeting and writing whilst holding a job and keeping your family happy?” It’s a question I invariably get asked when I speak about the use of social media in medical education.  I can talk about podcasts, and keeping up to date…

Ring-xiety and how to unplug

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Goldstein, H. Ring-xiety and how to unplug, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10236

Ever felt your phone buzz in your pocket, only to find it hadn’t? Do you have #FOMO when it comes to the latest @ketaminh tweet, an @EMTogether podcast, or even the latest DFTB post in your inbox (yep, you can subscribe)? I bought my first smart-phone two days before I graduated Med School (and certainly my…

Or Not…

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Tagg, A. Or Not…, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10499

With an impending new arrival I was excited about the educational opportunities that would arise.  I’d read up my fetal physiology and was eagerly awaiting the chance to write a series of posts on what normal babies do.  I had planned to take pictures of meconium filled nappies and film normal neonatal reflexes. I’d made…

Big Picture Paediatrics : Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Goldstein, H. Big Picture Paediatrics : Adverse Childhood Experiences, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10082

So much of paediatrics, and medicine in general, is focussed on small experimental or observational studies. This series of posts takes the wider view; we’re talking here about some of the biggest and longest running studies that help us frame, measure and understand childhood through time and across the world. References: Felitti, VJ, Anda RF,…

Are you okay?

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Tagg, A. Are you okay?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.9785

Today (8th September) in Australia is RUOK? day. It’s a time for people to come together and think about more than themselves and meaningfully connect with others. I wrote recently about the prevalence of bullying in medical society and some of it’s consequences. The 2013 Beyond Blue survey on depression in the medical workforce showed that one…