After listening to a colleague describe his experience of being a medical parent, I have been reflecting on how we prepare our patients and their parents for investigations and treatments.
He introduced me to some fantastic resources which I hope to share over the coming weeks
Hair tourniquet is a relatively rare phenomenon which seems to affect the toes of infants in the majority of cases. It can however be found in older populations and can be found on fingers and genitalia.
The crying infant
It’s 2am, the evening team are long gone and the department is just starting to look under control. A new patient appears, Sam is 6weeks old and presents with his exhausted parents, their chief complaint is that he ‘just won’t stop crying’.
Please see the attached QCH guideline for constipation – the main thing I have noticed working in paeds ED is that often children don’t receive high enough doses of laxatives, and they aren’t continued for long enough.
ConSEPT and EcLiPSE
Been doing some preparation for the next PEMS course - came across this fantastic summary of the ConSEPT and EcLiPSE trials and the implication for change in practice on DFTB - well worth checking out this excellent resource - well done to our DFTB's colleagues!! Check it out here
Have you come across the work of Emergency Physician colleague, Dr Shahina Braganza?
This website is a repository of normal paediatric bone X-rays from birth to 15years. It is a great resource for when you are looking at a hand X-ray of an infant thinking 'Is this normal? Where are all the bones?!' Check it out here
Time to take off the mask?
With the current state of Australia burning, I have been reflecting on the impact this will have on the mental health of our friends, colleagues and fellow countrymen and women. There are moments when watching the media coverage alone is overwhelming from my safe, non-threatened living room; how unimaginable it must be for those experiencing the fires firsthand, with loss of lives, livelihood, homes and precious life memories.
Dr Danielle Scarfe