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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 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) […]

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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 […]

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Antibiotic Awareness Week: What’s your spiel?

Welcome back!  It is ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK here in Australia. The slogan I have been pushing with my trainees is: “Take time to have the chat, Don’t just write the script.” Of course, that “chat” can turn nasty!  We have trained generations of families to expect, crave and depend upon the magical pills to cure […]