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SMACCDUB: Bayes 2016 – A Diagnostic Odyssey

At the last SMACC outing in Dublin I gave this talk about Bayes’ theorem in medicine.  The challenge was to try and show how we can use this elegant idea in our day-to-day work. Today the audio version has been released on the SMACC podcast for all to hear.  It is a somewhat technical talk […]

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Clinical Case 136: the Diagnosis and Discussion

Last week I posted Clinical Case 136: A Maternity Mystery If you have not had a read – then please go back and ponder the scenario before reading the rest of this post. If you have been following along on the comments or social media then you will know that this is a tragic case. […]

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Clinical Case 136: Maternity Mystery

Another case from the archives this week.  This is a really tough case… things are not what they seem.  Although this is an Obstetric case it does contain a lot of valuable lessons for all critical care practitioners.    I will describe the case and leave it hanging for you all to ponder and comment upon… […]

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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 […]