Safer care, out there

Over the last year I have been working with the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network on a project to encourage healthcare providers to use recognised clinical practice guidelines.

By looking at adult and paediatric guidelines for a number of high risk clinical conditions such as anaphylaxis, status epilepticus and severe life threatening asthma we’ve been trying to identify some key knowledge gaps. Whilst children present to every emergency department across the state, familiarity with managing these conditions varies. Clinicians may fall back on their previous experience of dealing with the adult variant of a condition rather than use standardized operating procedures of clinical practice guidelines and this way trouble lies.

Safer Care Victoria have started a new campaign to encourage the use of the statewide clinical guidelines for even the smallest Victorians.




I’ve written about some of the barriers to implementation guidelines here, with respect to the Canadian experience of managing bronchiolitis. I’ve also spoken about how guidelines can help cut the knowledge translation window without resorting to a cookbook medicine approach.


*Safer Care Victoria, in an effort to promote excellent paediatric care, are sponsors of #DFTB17

DFTB17 – Defence Against The Dark Arts

In just two weeks time we are going to be running our very first conference. We have been very lucky to draw on the expertise of some amazing speakers from around the world of paediatrics. Tim Horeczko is hosting an exciting evidence-based medicine panel discussion and wants you to join in.


It is my job to arm you against the foulest creatures known to wizardkind. You may find yourself facing your worst fears in this room. Know only that no harm will befall you whilst I am here. I must ask you not to scream. It might provoke them!

Gilderoy Lockhart

What is evidence based medicine?

I think this quote from one of the fathers of evidence-based medicine states it best

“the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. … [It] means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research”

David Sackett

The panel are going to explore four papers, picking them apart in an easy to understand way. This isn’t about fancy statistical tests but how to take the evidence we are presented with and translate it into real life.

So if you want to join in this endeavour then take a peek at the papers we are going to discuss. If you can’t make it then don’t worry, Aidan Baron will be our fearless Twitter moderator and can field your questions from afar.

Who is on the panel?

This years panel consists of:-

And so to the papers…

We’ll provide you with a (bubble) wrap up after the conference.

Tell me another…

Do you want to win two free tickets to the DFTB17 gala event at the stunning Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery Of Modern Art? Here is your chance…

The random joke generator on our site cannot have passed you by. Although Henry Goldstein insists that the old ones are the best, the rest of us don’t agree. We’d like you to submit a short video of you, or your children, telling us your favourite (clean) joke. One lucky winner will be chose at random to get the tickets. It doesn’t matter if you are not coming to the conference, you can still come along and party the night away.

All entries will be played to the audience and they can also decide if you deserve groans or glory.


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