In our second episode of ‘The Three Muskapeers’ Drs Damian Roland, Alasdair Munro and Ian Lewins have a chat about what’s new in the literature about COVID-19, including current challenges and controversies in Paediatrics. Contains scenes of rib-tickling.


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The Bubble Wrap is our monthly round up of some of the interesting papers that have made it to press. It’s impossible to keep up to date with every publication that comes out but at least you might be a little bit wiser.

In this talk – the final Bubble Wrap live session – Kylie Stark talks about patient safety and the role of the huddle:-   Goldenhar LM, Brady PW, Sutcliffe KM, Muething SE. Huddling for high reliability and situation awareness. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Nov 1;22(11):899-906.   Brady PW, Muething S, Kotagal U, Ashby M, Gallagher R, Hall D, Goodfriend M, White C, Bracke TM, DeCastro V, Geiser M. Improving situation awareness to reduce unrecognized clinical deterioration and serious safety events. Pediatrics. 2013 Jan 1;131(1):e298-308.  

  Deighton J, Edbrooke-Childs J, Stapley E, Sevdalis N, Hayes J, Gondek D, Sharples E, Lachman P. Realistic evaluation of Situation Awareness for Everyone (SAFE) on paediatric wards: study protocol. BMJ open. 2016 Dec 1;6(12):e014014.   Lambert V, Matthews A, MacDonell R, Fitzsimons J. Paediatric early warning systems for detecting and responding to clinical deterioration in children: a systematic review. BMJ open. 2017 Mar 1;7(3):e014497.

The Bubble Wrap is our monthly round up of some of the interesting papers that have made it to press. It’s impossible to keep up to date with every publication that comes out but at least you might be a little bit wiser. In this talk – the second from the Bubble Wrap live session – Susie Piper talks about these five papers:   Mitre E, Susi A, Kropp LE, Schwartz DJ, Gorman GH, Nylund CM. Association between use of acid-suppressive medications and antibiotics during infancy and allergic diseases in early childhood. JAMA pediatrics. 2018 Jun 1;172(6):e180315-.   Williams DJ, Edwards KM, Self WH, Zhu Y, Arnold SR, McCullers JA, Ampofo K, Pavia AT, Anderson EJ, Hicks LA, Bramley AM. Effectiveness of β-lactam monotherapy vs macrolide combination therapy for children hospitalized with pneumonia. JAMA pediatrics. 2017 Dec 1;171(12):1184-91.   Carosella A, Snyder A, Ward E. What parents of children with complex medical conditions want their child’s physicians to understand. JAMA pediatrics. 2018 Apr 1;172(4):315-6.   Hessler M, Pöpping DM, Hollstein H, Ohlenburg H, Arnemann PH, Massoth C, Seidel LM, Zarbock A, Wenk M. Availability of cookies during an academic course session affects evaluation of teaching. Medical education. 2018 Oct;52(10):1064-72.   Liu PP, Sun Y, Wu C, Xu WH, Zhang RD, Zheng JJ, Huang Y, Chen YQ, Zhang MZ, Wu JZ. The effectiveness of transport in a toy car for reducing preoperative anxiety in preschool children: a randomised controlled prospective trial. British journal of anaesthesia. 2018 Aug 1;121(2):438-44.
The Bubble Wrap is our monthly round up of some of the interesting papers that have made it to press. It’s impossible to keep up to date with every publication that comes out but at least you might be a little bit wiser.
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So, you’ve done some research, even managed to slave away in front of a hot keyboard for months and thrash out your PhD, but now what? If you want all of your hard to be actually worthwhile and not sitting on a dusty hard drive somewhere you should try and get published.
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Kelly Foster is a leading research development manager, helping broker multidisciplinary research for PREDICT and QEMRF. Bring a strong paediatric nursing background into the mix she understands the challenges of performing research in this area. But you’ve been inspired by Dr Sarah McNab do some research and want to know how do you get started? With so many questions unanswered (and even some old questions that we thought were answered probably unanswered too) we need new generations of researchers to carry the mantle.

Sarah McNab has gone from junior resident all the way through to Director of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. Along the way she has cemented her place in the paediatric research pantheon with the work that led to her PhD, the PIMS trial. Sarah was really lucky in that her PhD supervisor, Trevor Duke, literally wrote the book on the subject.

Duke T. How to do a postgraduate research project and write a minor thesis. Archives of disease in childhood. 2018 Sep 1;103(9):820-7.

With an involvement in some aspects of research being an integral part of advanced training, whatever the speciality, it is worth considering how to make it actually worth your while.
Victoria Brazil is a senior staff specialist at the Gold Coast University Hospital. She is a world renowned expert in the role of simulation in medical education.
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Grief is complex and individual. It would be foolish to expect everyone to respond in the same way. Everyone is different. Just like there is no such thing as a normal sense of humour, there is also no such thing as normal grief. In this challenging talk from the last session of DFTB18 Liz Crowe talks about grief. It’s a subject she has explored in her book The Little Book of Loss & Grief.
Mike Starr is not, despite what he tells you, the bassist for Alice in Chains. He is a general paediatrician and paediatric infectious diseases specialist at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. He also happens to be a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine and plays a key role in the group that creates and collates the RCH clinical guidelines.
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Professor Fiona Newall is Director of Nursing Research at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and has a special interest in anticoagulation in children. If you think that the only patients in a hospital that need anticoagulation are old people then you should watch this talk from DFTB18. The coagulation cascade that we spent so many sleepless nights learning about (and subsequently forgetting) is fundamentally different in children in terms of developmental haemostasis. Unlike adults who need anticoagulation, primarily for atrial fibrillation or mechanical valves, children may need them following complex surgeries such as the Fontan procedure or prevention of DVTs with indwelling lines.  Here Fiona takes us through some of the complex interplay between patients, their environment and the medication itself.