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Don’t Forget The Christmas: the bubble wrap treasure hunt


The bubble wrap treasure hunt is back! Use the clues in the questions to find the original paper to help you choose the correct answer. Good luck!

Question 1

In Nijman et al.’s 2020 single centre prospective evaluation of sepsis screening tools how many febrile children, aged 1 month−16 years, with greater than one warning sign of sepsis across 1,551 disease episodes had an invasive bacterial infection?

  • a) 2 (0.1%) children
  • b) 6 (0.4%) children
  • c) 20 (1.3%) children
  • d) 68 (4.4%) children
  • e) 158 (10.1%) children

Question 2

In Waterfield et al.’s 2020 multi-centre Petechiae in Children (PIC) study, of the 1334 included children (fever and petechial rash) how many had confirmed meningococcal disease? 

  • a) 19 (1.4%)
  • b) 52 (3.9%)
  • c) 63 (4.7%)
  • d) 78 (5.8%)
  • e) 99 (7.4%)

Question 3

In a retrospective evaluation by Reeves et al. how many children presented with a suspected magnet ingestion in the United States between 2009 and 2019?

  • a) 5486
  • b) 11472
  • c) 23756
  • d) 59621
  • e) 112456

Question 4

In a single centre study Watkins et al. undertook Bayley Scales of Infant-Toddler Development (BSID-III) and neurologic examination at 18-22 months of corrected age for survivors of birth before 26  weeks. In the surviving infants, no or mild neurodevelopmental impairment in surviving infants was 3 of 4 infants at 24-25 weeks. What was the proportion in the 22-23 week group? 

  • a) 1 of 5
  • b) 1 of 3 
  • c) 3 of 5
  • d) 2 of 3 
  • e) 4 of 5 

Question 5 

Trivić et al. undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating strain-specific probiotic interventions for paediatric functional abdominal pain (FAP) including 9randomised controlled trials published up to April 2020. How many studies reported the authors’ primary outcome which was the number of children with the cessation of pain symptoms after intervention?

  • a) 0
  • b) 1
  • c) 3
  • d) 6
  • e) 9

Question 6

Park et al sought to find evidence to support the claim that Santa Claus “knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake” in their retrospective observational study of 186 members of staff who worked on paediatric wards in the UK over Christmas. But which one of the following did they find?

  • a) Santa Claus visited a greater proportion of children’s wards in Scotland than in Northern Ireland.
  • b) Santa was more likely to visit children in hospitals in areas of higher socioeconomic deprivation 
  • c) Santa was less likely to visit children in areas with high primary school absenteeism. 
  • d) After Santa, the most popular non-clinical visitor to bring festive cheer to paediatric wards on Christmas Day was Disney’s Elsa. 
  • e) Distance to the North Pole in kilometres did not have a statistically significant effect on whether Santa Claus would or would not visit a paediatric ward.

Stay tuned for the answers tomorrow!



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