CKN's PEMSoft helps Queensland Australian doctor diagnose rare pediatric condition

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By Dr. Chris May, Director of Emergency Medicine, Redland Hospital

PEMSoft is a great product, always has been. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. It covers all pediatric conditions from minor to major, and it is an intuitive and logical tool for accessing information, in particular medication, e.g. intranasal versus intraveneous (IV). Recently, we found it particularly useful when an eight-year-old presented with a history of being unwell for two to three days with an upper respiratory tract infection.

PEMSoft is a great product, always has been. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. It covers all pediatric conditions from minor to major, and it is an intuitive and logical tool for accessing information, in particular medication, e.g. intranasal versus intraveneous (IV).
 
Recently, we found it particularly useful when an eight-year-old presented with a history of being unwell for two to three days with an upper respiratory tract infection. His mother brought him in when he couldn’t walk properly and was having difficulty breathing. It was the beginning of paralysis consistent in Guillain-Barré Syndrome. For the unusual or rare conditions like that, you don’t carry that information around in your head.

PEMSoft helped us out of a situation where the progress of the disease was rapid over a matter of hours. I had never seen this condition before in children and but a few times in adults. PEMSoft's information on Guillain-Barré Syndrome was extensive [and] from a trustworthy source. We were able to give the mother information about the incidence and answer her questions, the one in particular being, "Will he get better?"

We use PEMSoft a lot in determining medication dosages and antibiotic treatment. It is also really good for information on rashes. In addition, we frequently use PEMSoft's Resusitation Calculator to calculate values for drug doses and equipment sizes. Due to childhood obesity, we cannot rely on age as an accurate way to measure a child's weight.

The beauty of PEMSoft is that it is user-friendly, easy to navigate, up-to-date, and evidence-based. We have it on our desktops and also on the Queensland Emergency Strategic Advisory Group website, and we use it on a daily basis.

For eight years, Dr. Chris May has been the Director of Emergency Medicine at Redland Hospital in Queensland, Australia. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Director at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane and as the Director at Logan Hospital. Dr. May is a long-time PEMSoft user.

Source - EBSCO Health 

last updated: 
Saturday, 1 August, 2015