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Errors in paediatric x-ray interpretation


One of the things I used to worry about as a child was being eaten by sharks in the diving pool at our local swimming baths. Luckily such attacks are very infrequent in the swimming pools of the North East of England and this concern has now subsided. These days I have plenty of new things to worry about at work and one of the main ones is misinterpreting x-rays in the paediatric emergency department.

To this end I keep a log of radiographs I have requested (never ‘ordered”!) and conduct a self audit from time to time. Clearly others have similar worries to me –  but how often do we in the Paediatric ED get it ‘wrong’ and does it matter? The Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine recently published online such a study by Taves et al. – found by clicking here and I have summarised it in infographic form.


  • Ian is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Consultant based in Derby. He loves #FOAMed, Apple products, Comics, running and his family. In that order. He dislikes cauliflower cheese.


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