ADC/DFTB Journal Club #2 – December – How well do we manage suspected meningitis in ED?

Vaccines have been instrumental in reducing rates of bacterial meningitis. However bacterial meningitis still represents 4-19% (1) of cases of meningitis and has been estimated to be cause 2% of all child deaths (2). Timely administration of antibiotics helps save lives with adult research suggesting that every hour of delayed treatment increases the risk of…

Thoracolumbar injuries

A 13 year old boy presents to ED after jumping out of a window trying to sneak out his bedroom at night time. He is complaining of pain in his lower back. How do we identify and treat a potential thoracolumbar spine injury? Cite this article as: Davis, T. Thoracolumbar injuries, Don't Forget the Bubbles,…

Thinking FAST, and slow

10 year old Elliott is brought into you emergency department after falling off his bike. Whilst trying to escape from a gang of bullies he went off-road, left the ground and landed awkwardly. The front wheel twisted and the handlebars hit his belly. He is complaining of pain in the left upper quadrant. He has…

How to draw a Genogram

As a Student Doctor at the University of Queensland, I was offered the opportunity to shadow the Adolescent Team at The Child and Youth Mental Health Service (or CYMHS) at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. This was an amazing opportunity to observe some really important work in two of my special interest areas: Paediatrics and Psychiatry. The…