Can Point-of-Care CRP testing identify children with serious infection?

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Davis, T. Can Point-of-Care CRP testing identify children with serious infection?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.15806

As paediatric emergency clinicians, a large part of our job is identifying the child with a serious infection. The utility of blood tests in helping with diagnosis in this group of children is debatable. Could point-of-care CRP testing help identify children with serious infection?

Ears looking at you, kid

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Tagg, A. Ears looking at you, kid, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10936

Earache is a leading cause of grumpiness in children.  A recent paper in the New England Journal of Medicine has suggested that a 10 day course of antibiotics is more effective than a 5 day course in treating acute otitis media and, as such, should be considered in infants under 2 years with otitis media. But…

Can you see what I see?

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Tagg, A. Can you see what I see?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.10302

When it comes to imaging children we are all about the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) approach. One of the best ways to do this is not to use radiation at all. Unfortunately not all of us can be Casey Parker, and so we might need some help with our ultrasound skills.

An apple juice a day?

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Tagg, A. An apple juice a day?, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2016. Available at:
http://doi.org/10.31440/DFTB.8616

Pippi, aged 3, has been a little bit unwell of later.  Most of her family have had viral gastroenteritis and she has now got it too.  She’s been vomiting for the last 24 hours and is struggling to keep anything down.  Her parents are concerned that she is becoming dehydrated so they bring her into…

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