Trauma education at RCH

If you are critically injured as a child in Victoria, Australia, the chances are that you will end up at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Every year they see approximately 320 severely injured children from all over Victoria.  177 of these are brought in by helicopter. #RCHTrauma2017 was a joint educational evening put on…

The Diversity of Youth – LGBTQ+

LGBTQ+ people face inequalities in both their access to and experiences of healthcare. We know that these healthcare inequalities are also faced by LGBTQ+ youth. Healthcare services tend to be hetero-normative, and education for healthcare professionals about LGBTQ+ issues is sadly lacking. Mental health challenges are high amongst the LGBTQ+ community, but there are a…

Alarm fatigue

It is easy to be bamboozled by the amazing technology we have at our fingertips – portable monitors, ultrasound machines, tricorders – but you only really need to know one button. It’s that one we all instinctively reach for before have even assessed the patient. It’s the big button marked “Silence“.

Speakers Corner – Henry Goldstein

As it gets closer to our inaugural Don’t Forget The Bubbles conference in Brisbane later this year we thought it about time we showcased some of the amazing and inspiring speakers we have lined up for you.  Coming from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences we hope that they will help us all…

Funambulism

As supervisor for the newly qualified clutch of interns swimming 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 is a companion piece…

Hair tourniquets

If you are coming up with a list of causes of the unconsolabale infant, the presence of a hair tourniquet falls very close to the bottom, along with corneal abrasions and hernias. As usual, one of my children* kindly volunteered her own experience as a way to spread the knowledge.

Giving feedback

Yesterday, 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 struggling to manage at home. Jessica wanted to admit the patient to the ward, but the…

Volunteers: a helping hand

I have been a volunteer in the Emergency Department at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick in Sydney, Australia for more than four years.  I work three to four shifts per week, averaging 20 hours per week. I spent five years volunteering in Oncology before moving to Emergency.  I am a professional photographer, but have always been…

Schrodinger’s PANDAS

The existence of PANDAS and other Paediatric Acute Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes has been controversial for the last two decades. What is PANDAS? Paediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection, is a concept first mooted by Swedo, an American paediatrician in 1998, as a formé fruste (or incomplete form) of Sydenhams Chorea. Swedo SE, Leonard…