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Non-Accidental Long Bone Injuries: Nikki Abela at DFTB18


This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story’ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific knowhow but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families. Tickets for DFTB19, which will be held in London, UK, are now on sale from

Nikki Abela is an Emergency Medicine registrar with a sub-speciality interest in PEM. If she is not singing karaoke with her friends she is hard at work for RCEMlearning, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s e-learning platform.

In this talk, the first of three on non-accidental injuries, Nikki focuses on long bone injuries, and how they might herald something more serious than a little misadventure at the playground.

For those of you that want to take a closer look at the evidence behind how we might look at long bone fractures in the very young, Nikki has laid it all out for you here.



Nikki is also proudly Maltese and made it to the front pages of the Maltese press with this talk – not for the contents (which were excellent) but the delivery. Julia is our youngest speaker to date!

If you are looking to level up you physical examination skills then why not sign up for one of the ultrasound workshops at DFTB19 and see if you can spot the fracture without resorting to radiation.

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