Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 087

Just when you thought your brain could unwind on a Friday, you realise that it would rather be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF, introducing the Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 087

Question 1

What is the names for the spot between your shoulder blades that you can’t scratch?

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Indeed, scratching an itch there is another great use for a bougie…

Question 2

What modern day pharmaceutical agent was an ingredient of the original formulation of “7 Up”?

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7 Up is a lemon-lime flavored non-caffeinated soft drink. It was created by Charles Leiper Grigg, who came up with the formula for a lemon-lime soft drink in 1929. The drink was originally named “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda” and contained the mood-stabilising agent lithium citrate. Is was launched 2 weeks before the stock market crash of 1929. The name was quickly changed to ” 7 Up Lithiated Lemon-Lime” and then to just plain 7 Up. The drink became the third best selling soft drink in the world before the lithium ingredient was removed in 1950. [Reference]

Question 3

In the United Arab Emirates, what unique mechanism of injury accounts for about 1 in 40 cases of childhood trauma?

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Camel-related injuries

The vast majority of injuries are seen in camel jockeys – who are traditionally children as camels run faster with smaller jockeys!

Injuries include skull fractures, injuries to abdominal organs and limb injuries such as ‘camel jockey’s tibial fracture’ (caused by the jockeys legs being squashed between adjacent camels).

  • Nawaz A, Matta H, Hamchou M, Jacobsz A, Al Salem AH. Camel-related injuries in the pediatric age group. J Pediatr Surg. 2005 Aug;40(8):1248-51. PubMed PMID: 16080927

Question 4

According to the New York Times, which college activity is likely to make pharmaceutical companies want to hire an applicant as a drug rep?

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Cheer leading

According to the New York Times: “Known for their athleticism, postage-stamp skirts and persuasive enthusiasm, cheerleaders have many qualities the drug industry looks for in its sales force.”

Question 5

Which brand of pen should you use if you’re stuck on a plane and need to perform an emergency cricothyrotomy with a ballpoint pen?

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Either a Baron retractable ballpoint or the BIC soft feel Jumbo.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of ballpoint pens appear unsuitable for use as a substitute tracheostomy tube.

  • Owens D, Greenwood B, Galley A, Tomkinson A, Woolley S. Airflow efficacy of ballpoint pen tubes: a consideration for use in bystander cricothyrotomy. Emerg Med J. 2010 Apr;27(4):317-20. PubMed PMID: 20385693.

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Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

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