Airway Plan & Kit Dump

Truth of the matter is that most of the emergencies in my tiny rural hospital ED are relatively straightforward – injured bones, psychiatric emergencies, infections, cardiac conditions and so on.  Every now and then we are challenged with a patient requiring retrieval, but most of those need either meticulous monitoring, inotropic support or transfer to …

Build your own SALAD sim

So ever since an online collaboration with James Du Canto and others in the FOAMed community, I’ve been refining the SALAD sim trainer For those not ‘in the know’ the SALAD technique is designed to manage intubation of the trachea in the face of massive airway contamination e.g. haematemesis or regurgitation of stomach contents Not …

Rural Anaesthesia Down Under – Inaugural Newsletter

throughout this wide brown land of Australia there are Rural Eoctors providing not just primary care, but also procedural skills – surgery, obstetrics and anaesthetic services. This means rural communities can be 24/7 Caesar-capable as well as utilise theatre for low level elective cases (herniorrhaphy, orthopaedic, dental, gynae, urological and of course endo-/colonoscopy etc). The …

Rural Generalist, Swiss Army Knives & Waiting Lists

I’m proud to be a rural doctor.  My training is in not just Primary Care but also in Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia. To be able to serve their communities best, rural doctors need broad brush skills across the board.  Rather than the finely-honed precision instrument of the specialist (akin to a scalpel), rural generalists …