Blue Ringed Octopus

One of the highlights of the holiday season, here in Australia, is being able to go to the beach (please don’t try this in the north). Victoria is one of the safer states when it comes to dangerous critters but the local news has reported sightings of another of the ‘world’s deadliest creatures’ at my…

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…

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.

Spider Bites

6 year old Charlotte is carried into  your emergency department by her father. She had been helping him tidy up the garage and she thought she had scratched herself on an old box of toys.  An hour later she was inconsolable and refusing to walk. Bottom line Redback spider bites, though painful, don’t kill you….

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

4 year old Mariska is brought in by ambulance with her mother after being rescued from a house fire.  Neither appear to have sustained any significant injuries as they were woken by the screech of the smoke detector but your resident is worried about possible carbon monoxide poisoning and wants to do an arterial blood…

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