Sick Baby: undifferentiated infant under 3 months

Young infants under 3 months can be pretty scary when they get properly sick. It seems quite ‘veterinary’, and in many ways we just have to screen and treat for sepsis – and ask questions later… But there are a number of other differentials to consider. Signs of illness may be obvious, such as when we are presented with a pale, floppy baby, or they may be more subtle –...

December 29th, 2011 by colinparker 

MeningoCoccal Disease: Pearls and Pitfalls

A tiny, frightening little bug: Neisseria meningitidis.  The challenge for us in healthcare is to squash this little bug before it wreaks its havoc… Join us for a discussion of ways to protect yourself, and your patients, against the nasty threat of meningococcal disease. It creeps up on you… when you least expect. Standard Podcast [ 20:13 ]
December 1st, 2011 by colinparker 

Meningitis: Steroids or not?

The most important thing about treating meningitis is to give antibiotics as soon as possible.  The second most important thing is to institute appropriate supportive care.  Whether or not to give steroids as an adjunctive treatment is perhaps less clear to us… A recent Cochrane review goes a long way to pointing us in the right direction, but still leaves a few questions open.  Join us...

November 17th, 2011 by colinparker