Airway Popups

Just heading home from a whirlwind European trip, ostensibly for the purposes of attending #dasSMACC in Berlin.  I’m proud to have been involved with smacc as speaker, workshop presenter and occasional twitter moderator since inception in Sydney 2013.  It’s cemented itself as the premier conference for critical care and emergency medicine on a global stage …

SALAD on the beach

It’s hotting up ‘down under’ and we are planning to spend summer on the beach as is traditional at Xmas/New Year.  It is going to be a hot one … Adelaide (nearest city) is supposed to be the hottest city in the world for Xmas Day! Meanwhile plans for #DAS smacc airway workshop are shaping …

CICO Trainer for under $5

The dreaded ‘cannot intubate, cannot oxygenate’ scenario is one which most clinicians will never encounter.  In elective anaesthesia, the CICO rate has been described by Cook & Macdougall as 1/5000 in elective cases, proceeding to emergency surgical airway in 1/50,000 (a more recent study from Japan describes CICO as 1/32,000 – either way, a rare event). CICV although rare, accounts …

Safety in Resus – Use the Whiteboard!

There’s no doubt that for the small rural emergency department, a critically unwell patient can quickly overwhelm available resources.  Like many small rural hospitals in Australia, there is one doctor on call for emergency presentations, with the ward-based nursing staff (two in out location) responsible for ward care, assessment of outpatient attendances as well as …