DFTB in Dublin – the First Day

Andy and I had flown halfway across the world to meet up in person at the Social Media And Critical Care conference in Dublin. Although touted initially as a critical care conference it is much more than that. Health care workers (not just doctors) from such interwoven disciplines as anaesthesia, intensive care, emergency medicine and paediatrics…

DFTB in Dublin – the Workshops

Having braved international flights half of the team from DFTB (Andy and Henry) have made it to SMACCDub. For those of you not in the know the Social Media And Critical Care conference is in it’s fourth year now and partly inspired us to start Don’t Forget The Bubbles.  Although the editors regularly chat online…

Take a #SMACCselfie

Team DFTB are heading to Dublin for SMACC.  Please feel free to say hello to Andy or Henry. If you want to win an exclusive* Don’t Forget The Bubbles t-shirt then take a #SMACCselfie displaying your DFTB badges, stickers or tattoos (yes, we have those too!) and tag #DFTB.  Each day one lucky winner, drawn…

Parechovirus

A 2 week old baby, Isabelle, is rushed into the emergency department by her frantic parents. She is tachycardic to 220bpm, febrile to 39.5°C, with a widespread, blanching red rash. She is screaming and looks very unwell. She is rushed into a resus bay and the septic workup begins…

Sedation for transport

One of your colleagues, Andy, has been lucky enough to grab a ticket to a prestigious international conference to be held in Dublin. He is thinking about taking his children but wonders how to keep them happy on the long international flight. He wonders if you have any tricks up your sleeve for keeping children…

Paediatric Blunt Trauma and Microhaematuria

Bottom line pearls: Gross haematuria must be taken seriously as it raises the likelihood of finding significant renal pathology Microhaematuria of any degree is most useful when serial urinalyses are performed.  Seeing a downward trend in the degree of microhaematuria is much more useful than the actual number. The received wisdom suggesting a microhaematuria of…

An apple juice a day?

Pippi, aged 3, has been a little bit unwell of later.  Most of her family have had viral gastroenteritis and she has now got it too.  She’s been vomiting for the last 24 hours and is struggling to keep anything down.  Her parents are concerned that she is becoming dehydrated so they bring her into…

Apparent life-threatening events in babies

While 3 month old Hamish’s parents were enjoying their favourite Scottish drink, they suddenly looked over and noticed that Hamish had gone blue in the face. They were terrified, but fortunately it resolved quickly and Hamish is back to his normal, bonny self. They’ve rushed him to see you in hospital. Could the answer have…

Hopper and Piper on “No Place Like Home”

We have teamed up with APLS to share the videos from their Paediatric Acute Care Conferences. These videos have never been open access before, so if you weren’t able to attend the conferences, then now’s your chance to catch up. The PAC Conference is run each year by APLS and consists of presentations on a…

CPR training for parents

If your child stopped breathing today would you know what to do? This is a the question Fenton O’Leary (@PEMDocSyd) and the team from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead  asked. 348 parents and carers were surveyed. Only half had received formal CPR training Only 11% knew the correct rate for chest compressions and the correct…