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Decade, not just an amazing Duran Duran greatest hits album, but also a unit of time. The last 10 years have seen great changes in all of our lives and whilst the births of various children do rank quite highly, the founding of Don’t Forget The Bubbles is also a highlight in many of our lives.  When we started it back in 2013 we could not have imagined what it has morphed into.


Some key events of the decade

The beginning of the (?) teens saw the introduction of the first iPad. It was not as revolutionary as the iPhone but allowed us to read the paper in bed and engage in a more mobile form of entertainment consumption.

2010 saw the official opening of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, and led Tom Cruise to wonder “what would happen if I climbed up this”?

2011 saw the first proper royal marriage in ages as HRH Prince William married Catherine Middleton in front of 22.8 million television viewers.

2012 saw the rise of K-Pop as Gangam Style became the most-watched music video ever reaching over a billion hits on YouTube. It was also the year that the Higgs-Boson, long thought to exist, was finally discovered.

2013 saw the introduction of CRISPR, the gene-editing technology that could change everything and user in a new era of designer babies if some scientists had their way. It also introduced the world to Anna and Elsa and a million children dreamed of building snowmen that would come to life.

2014 was the year we lost some of the greats – Rik Mayall, Casey Kasem (the voice of Shaggy in Scooby Doo), Maya Angelou, Robin Williams.

By June 2015 same-sex marriage had finally become legal in the US. It also saw the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a film that would finally help us rid our memories of those dreadful prequel movies.

Pokemon Go was the flavour of the day in 2016 launching augmented reality into the mainstream and reality became a little more distorted as Donal Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States of America.

2017 was the year of our very first conference in Brisbane, something that we never thought we would be doing when we started the website some years earlier. Now our year seems to revolve around planning the next one.

2018 highlights the deepening climate crisis as Penrith in Sydney hits 47.3 degrees. 2018 also saw the death of one of the world’s finest – Stan Lee – at the age of 95.

In 2019 Rick Deckard hunted down the Nexus-6 replicants and Roy Batty gave that famous speech.


Some of the top papers of the decade

*Not necessarily the most important


Maitland K, Kiguli S, Opoka RO, Engoru C, Olupot-Olupot P, Akech SO, Nyeko R, Mtove G, Reyburn H, Lang T, Brent B. Mortality after fluid bolus in African children with severe infection. New England Journal of Medicine. 2011 Jun 30;364(26):2483-95.

Roberts KB, American Academy of Pediatrics. Subcommittee on Urinary Tract Infection, Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management. Urinary tract infection: clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis and management of the initial UTI in febrile infants and children 2 to 24 months. Pediatrics. 2011 Sep;128(3):595-610.


Powell C, Kolamunnage-Dona R, Lowe J, Boland A, Petrou S, Doull I, Hood K, Williamson P, MAGNETIC Study Group. Magnesium sulphate in acute severe asthma in children (MAGNETIC): a randomised, placebo-controlled trial. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. 2013 Jun 1;1(4):301-8.


Long E, Sabato S, Babl FE. Endotracheal intubation in the pediatric emergency department. Pediatric Anesthesia. 2014 Dec;24(12):1204-11.

Everard ML, Hind D, Ugonna K, Freeman J, Bradburn M, Cooper CL, Cross E, Maguire C, Cantrill H, Alexander J, McNamara PS. SABRE: a multicentre randomised control trial of nebulised hypertonic saline in infants hospitalised with acute bronchiolitis. Thorax. 2014 Dec 1;69(12):1105-12.


Riskin A, Erez A, Foulk TA, Kugelman A, Gover A, Shoris I, Riskin KS, Bamberger PA. The impact of rudeness on medical team performance: a randomized trial. Pediatrics. 2015 Sep 1;136(3):487-95.

Cunningham S, Rodriguez A, Adams T, Boyd KA, Butcher I, Enderby B, MacLean M, McCormick J, Paton JY, Wee F, Thomas H. Oxygen saturation targets in infants with bronchiolitis (BIDS): a double-blind, randomised, equivalence trial. The Lancet. 2015 Sep 12;386(9998):1041-8.

McNab S, Duke T, South M, Babl FE, Lee KJ, Arnup SJ, Young S, Turner H, Davidson A. 140 mmol/L of sodium versus 77 mmol/L of sodium in maintenance intravenous fluid therapy for children in hospital (PIMS): a randomised controlled double-blind trial. The Lancet. 2015 Mar 28;385(9974):1190-7


Cronin JJ, McCoy S, Kennedy U, an Fhailí SN, Wakai A, Hayden J, Crispino G, Barrett MJ, Walsh S, O’Sullivan R. A randomized trial of single-dose oral dexamethasone versus multidose prednisolone for acute exacerbations of asthma in children who attend the emergency department. Annals of emergency medicine. 2016 May 1;67(5):593-601.


Irwin AD, Grant A, Williams R, Kolamunnage-Dona R, Drew RJ, Paulus S, Jeffers G, Williams K, Breen R, Preston J, Appelbe D. Predicting risk of serious bacterial infections in febrile children in the emergency department. Pediatrics. 2017 Aug 1;140(2):e20162853.


Tagg A, Roland D, Leo GS, Knight K, Goldstein H, Davis T, Don’t Forget The Bubbles. Everything is awesome: Don’t forget the Lego. Journal of paediatrics and child health. 2018 Nov 22.


Lyttle MD, Rainford NE, Gamble C, Messahel S, Humphreys A, Hickey H, Woolfall K, Roper L, Noblet J, Lee ED, Potter S. Levetiracetam versus phenytoin for second-line treatment of paediatric convulsive status epilepticus (EcLiPSE): a multicentre, open-label, randomised trial. The Lancet. 2019 May 25;393(10186):2125-34.

Dalziel SR, Borland ML, Furyk J, Bonisch M, Neutze J, Donath S, Francis KL, Sharpe C, Harvey AS, Davidson A, Craig S. Levetiracetam versus phenytoin for second-line treatment of convulsive status epilepticus in children (ConSEPT): an open-label, multicentre, randomized controlled trial. The Lancet. 2019 May 25;393(10186):2135-45.


We’d love to hear what you think are some of the key papers of the last decade. Drop us a line in the comments section.

So what is next for DFTB?

Curriculum mapping

Dani Hall and a team of intrepid data-miners have been working on a curriculum mapping project to get a better idea of what we have in the 850 posts we have already published as well as to guide content creation. With the help of the RLH/DFTB fellows, we are then going to be creating some core modules for clinician-educators. Imagine you want to run a session on, for example, bronchiolitis. We are going to create the package for you, complete with pre-reading, some key papers complete with discussion points and controversies, and some fun activities to match.

Knowledge translation

One of our core aims at DFTB is to make current research more accessible. Whether that is breaking down the latest research with the help of PERUKI and PERN, showcasing original research or busting long-held beliefs we will continue to keep you up to date.

Conferences and beyond

When the idea of holding a DFTB conference was first suggested some years ago we laughed and suggested we’d struggle to fill 50 seats. We’ve gone on to sell out our first three conferences and are well on our way to doing the same in Brisbane for  We love the conferences bringing our community together, raising the profile of the patient, and sharing knowledge and so we are already planning for DFTB21.

We also recognize that the conference cannot be everything and so we are creating some more educational options, an amuse-bouche to the conference main course if you will. Look out for more details in the New Year.



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  1. Was the 2018, Everything is awesome – don’t forget the Lego, a real study? Great to see the SHAT and FART scores being applied.