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Lessons Hard Learned episode 9: Drug errors with Dr Tim

Ok, I need a break from all the Women’s Health.  More still to come on Women’s Health this month.  But I recently recorded another episode of “Lessons Hard Learned” with my mate Dr Tim Leeuwenburg of KI Docs. This is a discussion mainly about drug errors, systems errors and human factors in the commonest errors […]

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5 Quick Tox Cases

Well I am just back from Sydney – SMACC2013.  It was heaps of fun, and I got to meet a lot of my FOAMy heroes, long time collaborators and heaps of you folk that read this. SMACC will be slowly trickled out over the ether in the coming months so you can enjoy it all […]

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Antipsychotics, ECGs, QTcs and Catastrophes

In 2001 the FDA in the USA put a “black box” warning on droperidol after a series of case reports linking it with torsades de pointes.  Since then there have been  lot of cases of antipsychotic-related cardiac badness and it is fair to say this is something psychiatrists worry about.  It would be nice to […]

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Acute Pain Targets

This post has been inspired by an excellent article by @anaestricks (Dr. Gavin Doolan http://anaestricks.tumblr.com ) entitled Acute Pain Targets. Here Gavin drew a simple diagram of the nociceptive pain pathway with analgesic targets and corresponding drugs responsible at each level.   I have become obsessed with this, thinking about it during all my GA’s and sharing […]

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Paracetamol: mostly harmless?… the sequel

Got a comment from my colleague – Dr Y Levy that got me thinking about fever, the big picture and all those little kids getting dosed up by well-meaning parents.  So I have revisited the Panadol debate Here is what Hoods had to say in his comment: “Way back in 1927 Julius Wagner-Jauregg won a […]