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PAC conference: Babl on acute care research updates


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The DFTB team are really excited to announce an upcoming video series…We have teamed up with APLS to share the videos from their Paediatric Acute Care Conferences. These videos have never been open access before, so if you weren’t able to attend the conferences, then now’s your chance to catch up.

The PAC Conference is run each year by APLS and consists of presentations on a range of topics relevant to paediatric acute and critical care.

Franz Babl is a paediatric emergency physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and one of the leading voices in PEM research in Australasia. In this video he takes us from bronchiolitis to asthma via head injuries and hyponatraemia on a tour of the highlights of 12 months of research in acute paediatrics.

Key messages:

  • Hypertonic saline has no role in ED but may have a role in hospitalised patients.
  • There have been no reports of fatal arrhythmia associated with a single PO dose of ondansetron in children.
  • Clinically significant traumatic brain injury is very uncommon (0.2%) in the context of isolated vomiting.
  • Lorazepam and diazepam are equally safe and efficacious for treatment of status epilepticus and we are not missing out by not having lorazepam available in Australia.
  • The use of 2% viscous lignocaine did not improve the oral intake of children with mouth ulcers.
  • Inhaled magnesium is still struggling to prove its efficacy in treatment of acute asthma.
  • Which IV bronchodilator is best is still up for discussion but one single centre trial from India showed magnesium to be more effective than terbutaline or aminophylline, in addition the magnesium had a lower side effect profile.

About the authors

  • Ben Lawton is a paediatric emergency physician interested in education, retrieval medicine and simulation. Lives in Brisbane where he enjoys falling off his mountain bike and being outsmarted by his pre-teen children. @paedsem | + Ben Lawton | Ben's DFTB posts


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