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 


Asthma in kids is common… very common.  So we should know how to manage it in our Emergency Departments.  Occasionally we see a child with severe or critical asthma; when this happens it is useful to know what your plan is – a plan you can make beforehand, rather than in the heat of the moment… Join us for this PEMcast as we navigate the current conventional wisdom on management...

February 24th, 2011 by colinparker 

Croup: the steroid saga

Dex or Pred? What dose? Grandmaster G helps us navigate the steroid evolution of the last couple of decades. We’re almost there, just one big RCT until we know the answer! To listen to this podcast, click on the media below, or subscribe using iTunes or another podcatcher. Feel free to share with your colleagues! Standard Podcast [ 30:36 ]
January 13th, 2011 by colinparker 

Bronchiolitis (part 1 of 2)

We interrupt the alphabet to bring you… respiratory viruses in the southern hemisphere. We wanted to get this one in before the end of bronchiolitis season. Bronchiolitis is so common, we all need to know about it… Standard Podcast [ 39:29 ]
September 9th, 2010 by colinparker