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Stats, CRP and Sick Kids

So I have been having a particularly nerdy week. After the recent review of the point-of-care CRP paper I got to thinking.  We all seem to have an opinion about CRP based on what we think we know – but I think most of us have a pretty shady understanding of the true diagnostic characteristics […]

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On Sick Kids and CRPs

Today I am doing a post-publication review of an interesting paper that popped into my inbox this week.  This paper was sent to me by the University of Lueven where the research was based via a promotion email. This is the promotional email, entitled: “Rapid blood test can rule out serious infections in children”. Rapid blood […]

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PODCAST: First10 EM Papers of the Month

Welcome back – I know it has been a while… its not you, its me! I have been busy doing nothing in my annual post-SMACC holiday somewhere. Today I am happy to present a new collaboration.  The First10EM blog is an awesome resource for the time-poor clinician wanting to stay up-to-date with the literature.   Dr […]

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Pneumonia Ultrasound Diagnostic Strategy

In June I will be travelling to the Emerald Isle to attend and learn at the SMACC Conference in Dublin.  One of my jobs whilst I am there is to help out on the SMACC Mini workshop – I will be talking about using lung US to diagnose paediatric pneumonia.  Clearly, I am a self-confessed […]

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Clinical Case 127: What’s in a Spew?

Hi all, Here is a classic case from the Broome Docs Archive. I will give you the story and the exam and you can let me know what you think is going on, what you would do next and how. Your patient is Tristan – he is a 2 week old (yes, 14 days out) […]