Bronchiolitis guidelines

Up to 48% of infants admitted to Australian hospitals with bronchiolitis receive treatment that has no evidence of benefit. Bronchiolitis remains the most common reason for admission to hospitals in Australia and New Zealand for infants, and yet our practice in treating these patients remains variable.  The PREDICT network have conducted a systematic review to…

Measuring respiratory rate

 The respiratory rate is a key part of our assessment of illness and underpins many a paediatric early warning score. It’s time for me to go back to the basics again. Cite this article as: Tagg, A. Measuring respiratory rate, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at: http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15505

Through the looking glass

As we head out winter in the southern hemisphere the northern hemisphere can see that ‘Winter is Coming’ and with it the scourge of the paediatric emergency departments – bronchiolitis.  It’s one of those diseases that the we should all be able to spot but the real challenge is picking up those that present as…

Asthma for Ambos

Tonight I had the privilege to talk to the team at the Werribee branch of Ambulance Victoria. I was given the brief to talk on something to do with paediatric respiratory problems and I thought I would focus on one of their most common presentations – asthma. Cite this article as: Tagg, A. Asthma for…

Whoop, Whoop, Hooray

Henry Goldstein wrote an excellent article on pertussis a few years ago.  With some interesting new data coming to press with regard to risk factors for complications of the disease we thought it might be worthwhile doing some spaced repetition. “My childhood was full of deep sorrow – colic, whooping cough, dread of ghosts, hell,…

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