Tim Leeuwenburg


I am a Rural Doctor on Kangaroo Island, South Australia with interests in emergency medicine, anaesthetics & trauma. When not working I enjoy fiddling with chainsaws and seakayaking. Along with partner Patricia we rehabilitate orphaned wildlife and devise roadkill recipes.

Areas of interest include difficult airway management outside of theatre (rural-ED-ICU), human factors, use of crisis checklists and "guerilla" sim training.

Speaker at #smaccGOLD and enthusiastic facilitator for smacc aIrway workshop and rural doctor masterclasses. ATLS-EMST Course Director & ETMcourse instructor. Senior Lecturer at Flinders University School of Medicine.

Critical Care – Out There


One of the challenges of being a rural doctor is the need to stay abreast of knowledge and skills across a wide variety of fields.  More than “just a GP”, our work encompasses primary care for sure – but also on call responsibilities for emergency, anaesthesia and obstetrics.  My colleague Casey Parker over at BroomeDocs […]

Australian ED Tales


Come the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is talk about medicine. I generally shun TV programs about emergency…but must admit that I have a few ‘medical story’ books accumulating on the shelf. Last week I received a copy of ACEM’s “Emergency: real stories from Australia’s ED doctors” – and […]

Airway Thrills

Attribution : Dr Andy Buck of ETMcourse.com

I’ve been asked to run an Airway Workshop for rural doctors at the annual RDASA Masterclass conference to be held in Adelaide 2015. Airway management is an essential skill for the rural clinician and one with which I am slightly obsessed… “Without an airway, you’ve got nothing!“ This is also an area of expertise that […]

You Are Not Alone


“All Alone on Kangaroo Island” was the title of the talk assigned to me for #smaccUS in Chicago. Speakers don’t get to choose the title of their talk – instead Chris Nickson (@precordialthump) assigns a topic…usually in line with expertise. It was tempting to talk to my favourite subjects – those into which I’ve devoted […]

Two papers at smaccUS

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Day One of the smaccUS conference was a bit of overload for me.  I was nursing a mild hangover from the post-workshop Faculty dinner and was somewhat anxious about my planned talk “All Alone on Kangaroo Island“. In fact, on that latter, I had even arranged a bail bondsman just in case the Yanks were offended […]

smaccUS TALK from John Hinds

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[Re-blogged from my Norwegian friends at ScanCrit] This is John Hinds. Recorded at the fantastic SMACC Chicago conference, June 24th 2015. Also, if you do any ICU stuff, go over to EMCRIT at this link and listen to his brilliantly provoking ICU talk. This is sheer genius – and entertaining. We’ll miss you. Reblogged from http://www.scancrit.com/2015/07/07/crack-chest-crucified/     […]

Thanks to Mike Cadogan!


The KIDocs blog, along with many many others, has been down for the past few weeks.  This was due to server problems as outlined here For those of you who don;t know, Mike Cadogan is the powerhouse behind many FOAMed sites.  Not only did Mike (and colleagues) coin the term “FOAMed” for free open access […]

Surviving Sedation Guidelines 2015

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Updated format – key points are : – appropriate selection of agent, – use of a validated sedation tool – and managing psych as well as anaesthetic risks For more info, read the KIDocs post ‘Got Droperidol?‘ A handy guide to Psych Sedation is downloadable from SSG2015v6 For more information, see this guideline 140911 – Consensus […]

A Practical Approach to C Spines?

Courtesy Mark Wilson

For the past few decades, the importance of spinal immobilisation has been emphasised in standard texts, trauma education such as the international Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) & Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) courses and in many emergency medical service (EMS) operating procedures. Such approaches often mandate the universal application of spinal immobilisation to trauma […]