Can Point-of-Care CRP testing identify children with serious infection?

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Davis, T. Can Point-of-Care CRP testing identify children with serious infection?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15806

As paediatric emergency clinicians, a large part of our job is identifying the child with a serious infection. The utility of blood tests in helping with diagnosis in this group of children is debatable. Could point-of-care CRP testing help identify children with serious infection?

Antibiotics for all?

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Tagg, A. Antibiotics for all?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15679

Sometimes a paper is published that makes you stop dead in your tracks. In this post-truth era we are so used to reading headlines that sound too good to be true that we just skip over them. But this paper was published in the reputable New England Journal of Medicine.

Lumbar Puncture Needle Depth

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Goldstein, H. Lumbar Puncture Needle Depth, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.14720

Recently, I prepared up to perform a lumbar puncture for the first time in a few months and a quiet voice at the back of my brain whispered ; How deep would I need to go? Which length needle would be the best? I asked a handful of senior and junior colleagues, both at the…

DFTB go to South Africa

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Tagg, A. DFTB go to South Africa, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/__trashed/

When Annet Alenyo Ngabirano spoke about Ubuntu at DasSMACC one of things everyone wanted to know was how could they help. There was talking about donating to Supadel or supporting African academics and writers . Another suggestion was for those of us who ware lucky enough to get a study budget to go to Africa…

Sepsis at DFTB17

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DFTB, T. Sepsis at DFTB17, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15246

This talk was recorded live on the second day at DFTB17 in Brisbane. If you missed out in 2017 then why not book your leave for 2018 now. Tickets are on sale for the pre-conference workshops as well as the conference itself at www.dftb18.com.

Rheumatic Heart Disease at DFTB17

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DFTB, T. Rheumatic Heart Disease at DFTB17, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.13992

This talk was recorded live on the second day at DFTB17 in Brisbane. If you missed out in 2017 then why not book your leave for 2018 now. Tickets are on sale for the pre-conference workshops as well as the conference itself at www.dftb18.com.

Eradicating scabies at DFTB17

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DFTB, T. Eradicating scabies at DFTB17, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.13896

This talk was recorded live on the second day of DFTB17 in Brisbane. If you missed out in 2017 then why not book your leave for 2018 now. Tickets are on sale for the pre-conference workshops and the conference itself at www.dftb18.com.

A Difficult Beast

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Courtney, A. A Difficult Beast, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12455

A 14 year old girl was brought in by her family with lethargy, agitation, and confusion. Her past medical history includes depression and a recent viral upper respiratory tract infection.   Bottom Line: Encephalitis is caused by inflammation of the brain and is difficult to diagnose and manage. Up to 50% of patients experience short-term…

Incomplete Kawasaki Disease

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Courtney, A. Incomplete Kawasaki Disease, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12282

  A four year old Japanese male was brought into Emergency with 5 days of fevers, non-exudative bilaterally injected sclerae, erythematous pharynx and irritability. Wondering about the possibility of Kawasaki Disease, I turned to check the 2017 update of the American Heart Association Scientific Statement, focusing on considering a diagnosis of Incomplete Kawasaki Disease.  …

Quadrivalent Meningococcal Vaccination: W(135)hat’s all the fuss about?

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Williams, P. Quadrivalent Meningococcal Vaccination: W(135)hat’s all the fuss about?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.12309

I’ll never forget the throbbing, pounding headache that heralded the onset of meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia as a 14 year old girl; the complete overwhelm of the horrifying physical sensation that is sepsis. Within two hours I was unconscious – but thanks to a vocal family member advocating their concern for how sick I was,…

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