Franz Babl


Affiliation: Royal Children's Hospital
Country: Australia


  1. Ibrahim L, Hopper S, Donath S, Salvin B, Babl F, Bryant P. Development and Validation of a Cellulitis Risk Score: The Melbourne ASSET Score. Pediatrics. 2019;143: pubmed publisher
    ..Although intended for widespread use, if limitations exist in other settings, it is designed to allow for refinement and is amenable to local impact analysis. ..
  2. Undén J, Dalziel S, Borland M, Phillips N, Kochar A, Lyttle M, et al. External validation of the Scandinavian guidelines for management of minimal, mild and moderate head injuries in children. BMC Med. 2018;16:176 pubmed publisher
    ..The SNC guideline showed a high accuracy in a large external validation cohort and compares well with published CDRs for the management of paediatric TBI. ..
  3. Wang C, Ignjatovic V, Francis P, Cain T, Babl F, Kowalski R, et al. Risk factors and clinical features of acute pulmonary embolism in children from the community. Thromb Res. 2016;138:86-90 pubmed publisher
    ..Additional larger studies are required to determine the significance and magnitude of potential clinical predictors identified in this study. This may lead to derivation of a paediatric-specific pre-test probability tool. ..
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    Babl F, Puspitadewi A, Barnett P, Oakley E, Spicer M. Preprocedural fasting state and adverse events in children receiving nitrous oxide for procedural sedation and analgesia. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2005;21:736-43 pubmed
    ..In this series, there was no association between preprocedural fasting and emesis. There were no serious adverse events. ..
  5. Babl F, Oakley E, Puspitadewi A, Sharwood L. Limited analgesic efficacy of nitrous oxide for painful procedures in children. Emerg Med J. 2008;25:717-21 pubmed publisher
    ..Data indicate that parents and staff are generally satisfied with N(2)O for procedural use in the ED. The efficacy of N(2)O as a sole agent in very painful procedures is limited. ..
  6. Babl F, Sheriff N, Neutze J, Borland M, Oakley E. Bronchiolitis management in pediatric emergency departments in Australia and New Zealand: a PREDICT study. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008;24:656-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Management of bronchiolitis was similar across PREDICT sites. Practice is equally split between i.v. and n.g. rehydration. This reflects a lack of evidence which should be addressed through a multicenter comparative trial. ..
  7. Haran H, Bressan S, Oakley E, Davis G, Anderson V, Babl F. On-field management and return-to-play in sports-related concussion in children: Are children managed appropriately?. J Sci Med Sport. 2016;19:194-199 pubmed publisher
    ..On-field concussion management and return to play practices are often suboptimal. Awareness and education of coaches, teachers, parents and children need to be improved. ..
  8. Babl F, Mackay M, Borland M, Herd D, Kochar A, Hort J, et al. Bell's Palsy in Children (BellPIC): protocol for a multicentre, placebo-controlled randomized trial. BMC Pediatr. 2017;17:53 pubmed publisher
    ..The study is registered with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12615000563561 (1 June 2015). ..
  9. Kaufman J, Fitzpatrick P, Tosif S, Hopper S, Donath S, Bryant P, et al. Faster clean catch urine collection (Quick-Wee method) from infants: randomised controlled trial. BMJ. 2017;357:j1341 pubmed publisher
    ..b>Trial registration Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry ACTRN12615000754549. ..

More Information


  1. Babl F, Borland M, Phillips N, Kochar A, Dalton S, McCaskill M, et al. Accuracy of PECARN, CATCH, and CHALICE head injury decision rules in children: a prospective cohort study. Lancet. 2017;389:2393-2402 pubmed publisher
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    Babl F, Barnett P, Palmer G, Oakley E, Davidson A. A pilot study of inhaled methoxyflurane for procedural analgesia in children. Paediatr Anaesth. 2007;17:148-53 pubmed
    ..Pre- and intraprocedure coaching is an important aspect of its use especially if initial pain scores are low. ..
  3. Babl F, Goldfinch C, Mandrawa C, Crellin D, O Sullivan R, Donath S. Does nebulized lidocaine reduce the pain and distress of nasogastric tube insertion in young children? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Pediatrics. 2009;123:1548-55 pubmed publisher
    ..Nebulized lidocaine cannot be recommended as pain relief for nasogastric tube insertion in children. The delay and distress of nebulization likely outweigh a possible benefit in the postinsertion period. ..
  4. Hearps S, Takagi M, Babl F, Bressan S, Truss K, Davis G, et al. Validation of a Score to Determine Time to Postconcussive Recovery. Pediatrics. 2017;139: pubmed publisher
    ..This study provides the first validated index (2+ items, 1+ severity) of concussion recovery for children and youth. Further studies in more varied samples are needed to establish the effectiveness of this method. ..
  5. Babl F, Oakley E, Dalziel S, Borland M, Phillips N, Kochar A, et al. Accuracy of Clinician Practice Compared With Three Head Injury Decision Rules in Children: A Prospective Cohort Study. Ann Emerg Med. 2018;71:703-710 pubmed publisher
  6. Babl F, Grindlay J, Barrett M. Laryngospasm With Apparent Aspiration During Sedation With Nitrous Oxide. Ann Emerg Med. 2015;66:475-8 pubmed publisher
    ..This case highlights that, similar to other sedative agents, nitrous oxide administration also needs to be conducted by staff and in settings in which airway emergencies can be appropriately managed. ..
  7. Babl F, Dionisio D, DAVENPORT L, Baylis A, Hearps S, Bressan S, et al. Accuracy of Components of SCAT to Identify Children With Concussion. Pediatrics. 2017;140: pubmed publisher
    ..There were no significant differences between ULI and Well control groups. Overall, SCAT3 and ChildSCAT3 can differentiate concussed from nonconcussed patients, particularly in symptom number and severity. ..