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Bronchiolitis 2017: Winter is Coming

The bronchiolitis season is here! Well it is in Broome anyway.  Winter in the southern hemisphere is on the way and we are all ready for the coughing, coryzal, crackly chickens that will crowd into our cubicles soon.  Bronchiolitis is the bread ‘n butter of Paeds Emergency care – this is something we need to […]

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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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Clinical Case 128: Northern Knee Nasty

OK, team.  This is a bit of a teaser for my SMACC Dublin talk “On How I Do Diagnostics”.  I won’t be giving too much away, but wanted to share a bit of local flavour when it comes to diagnosing a relatively common problem.  Acute monoarthritis of the knee…. Lets do a case. Jimmy is […]

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No Xray, No Problem: the evidence

So in case you missed #SMACC in Chicago – I was lucky enough to be able to talk about one of my greatest passions – bedside Ultrasound. The talk was a bit of the evangelical side – the goal being to try and make the audience think about how we image patients. I wanted to […]