Affordable Difficult Airway Kit

Well, this week I’ve been playing with some AirQ II blocker intubating LMAs (iLMAs) sent to me from a rep. For those of you not familiar with an iLMA, the device is designed to allow ‘blind’ intubation of the airway, using the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) as a conduit. The progenitor, with which most rural doctors …

Loving the Job

I reckon the work as a rural doctor is the best that medicine offers. Just heard from a colleague with whom I did anaesthetics last year in NSW. “Mate I love this job! In the past 7 days I’ve thrombolysed a 44 year old with a STEMI, resuscitated a 5 year old who had a fit …

Back in the saddle

Well, have been a bit hectic the past few weeks since getting back to Kangaroo Island after my year away doing anaesthetics in NSW. Thankfully it’s relatively easy to slip back into the groove of rural medicine – and in fact it’s been a welcome relief after being back in the tertiary hospital system. But …

Contract Negotiations

Well, it’s just over three weeks until the expiry of the current contract between rural doctors and Country Health SA.Call me a cynic, but I won’t be holding my breath. It’s no secret that many rural doctors are less than enthralled with their working relationship with CHSA in the past. Up until 2009 we didn’t …

Reductio ad absurdum

Recent discussions with fellow rural doctors in South Australia have left me somewhat depressed.I reckon that being a rural doctor is one of, if not the best job in medicine. You really get to enjoy all the ‘best bits’ of medicine, with a diverse workload that is continually challenging. Its also a great lifestyle (I …