ILCOR 2015 – paediatric summary

The International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) is a collaboration between resuscitation groups worldwide. Every few years, they do an enormous evidence based review of resuscitation science which informs resuscitation guidelines all over the world. The 2015 ILCOR consensus document (International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations) was published…

Update on asthma management

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne have released an update on their asthma management. There are some great points here around the use of steroids and planning for discharge. Thanks to Mike Starr and RCH for allowing us to reproduce the update here…

Paracetamol poisoning in children

Earlier this month the MJA published the latest consensus guidelines for the management of paracetamol (acetominophen) poisoning.  Whilst there is very little that is new for those of us used to dealing with this problem in adults, the document now makes some recommendations regarding the management of paracetamol overdose in children.

The Night is Dark…

6 year old Jon is brought into the emergency hours by his parents at 10pm. They went into his room to take him to the toilet as usual and he started screaming at them. He was sweaty and in a state of panic. It took half an hour or so to calm him down and…

DFTB in EMA #2 – identifying the sick febrile child

The team at DFTB had our second article published in the series for Emergency Medicine Australasia Journal. Healthcare professionals who do not meet sick children on a regular basis are often anxious about missing a serious bacterial infection in a child. Even for those of us working solely in paediatrics, there is still the same fear…

Intranasal Fentanyl

This week’s Podcast of the Week is from the SGEM – and our favourite paediatric podcaster, Anthony Crocco. Ken Milne and Anthony Crocco discuss intranasal fentanyl. If you aren’t using it for pain relief in kids, you should be. If you only listen to one podcast this week, turn off that radio play, and make it this one. Listen…

Don’t Forget The Bubbles in Print

The team at DFTB are extremely proud to announce our first article in a series for Emergency Medicine Australasia. At Don’t Forget the Bubbles, a paediatric FOAM online resource, we take evidence-based medicine and put a practical spin on it. Our aim for this series is to do just that. Throughout this series we will…

Should we test RSV-positive infants for UTIs?

RSV-positive bronchiolitis in infants is one of the most common reasons for admission to hospital. Sometimes they spike temperatures. It is widely recognised that the rate of serious bacterial infection in these infants is low. But what about the rate of UTIs? Should we be doing urine dips on all febrile babies with bronchiolitis, or…