The editors of the third edition of Peter Cameron’s Textbook of Paediatric Emergency Medicine want to hear from you. And there’s a prize of a free copy up for grabs (see how to enter below).
We asked Simon Craig, one of the editors (and also a favourite of the DFTB team) some questions about the next edition:
What areas of PEM do you think have seen the biggest changes since the last edition of the book?
The last edition of the book was published in 2012. Since then, we have seen a number of big changes in the practice (and knowledge) of paediatric emergency medicine. Personally, the highlights include:
- High-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy. This has become incredibly popular for everything from premature infants to adults, however, there isn’t that much “evidence” to support its use. It will be interesting to see the results of current studies in this area
- Ultrasound. Although high-flow seems to work for most things, ultrasound seems to be needed for everything else… It is certainly a big help for some procedures. However, I’ve seen papers on bedside diagnosis of everything from fractures, pneumonia, intussusception, appendicitis, ingested foreign bodies and raised intracranial pressure. I’m waiting for a paper that demonstrates the utility of either high flow or ultrasound for gastroenteritis – it’s only a matter of time!
- Multi-centre collaborative research, not only in Australia and New Zealand, but internationally and globally. There are now a number of productive research networks across the world, producing high quality studies that will contribute to knowledge and inform our practice in the future. Recent high-profile examples include the THAPCA trial (therapeutic hypothermia in paediatric cardiac arrest), and the FEAST study (mortality after fluid bolus in African children with severe sepsis). Locally, PREDICT has conducted large studies on head injury and bronchiolitis, and is currently undertaking studies on convulsive status epilepticus, high-flow nasal cannula therapy, and other topics. There are plenty of fantastic researchers all over the world doing really interesting things, and it is a great time to be involved in PEM research.
- FOAM. What more can I say? So many excellent resources for everyday clinicians, and plenty of places to go for those coming up to exams. It seems to be impossible to keep up with all of the blogs, tweets, podcasts, and videos.
What journals do you read?
I try and keep up with a number of journals including many of the various EM journals (Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, EMJ, Emergency Medicine Australasia), Paediatric Emergency Care, local and international paediatric journals (Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, Paediatrics, Archive of Diseases in Childhood, etc), as well as the “big” journals (NEJM, JAMA, BMJ, Lancet). Again, it’s impossible to read everything, so you have to be selective!
What chapters are you most looking forward to updating?
I don’t think that any particular chapters will be “more exciting” to update than any others… There’s plenty of new knowledge and practice, and I’m looking forwards to hearing what people are doing and thinking from all over the world.
How to win a copy of the book:
The editors want your feedback, so that the new edition is even better than the last. Just fill out this survey and you’ll be entered into the prize draw – one lucky DFTB reader will get a free copy of the new edition.