The More I Know, The Less Certain I Am

I’ve recently had cause to re-examine Dale Edgar’s ‘Cone of Experience‘. Like that fabulous educator from iTeachEM, Rob Rogers (@EM_Educator), this concept seems intuitive and demonstrates nicely the benefit of learning via different formats. I use it in talks to explore different learning styles. Except it’s bunk. Dale never ascribed percentages to the retention rate …

Rural Prehospital Care Survey

The phrase “critical illness does not respect geography” is often quoted, reflecting the fact that mishap can affect anyone, anytime, anywhere. We are lucky to have excellent tertiary level emergency departments & intensive care units in Australia to deliver specialist care. Developments such as FOAMed help to narrow the knowledge-translation gap from publication to practice. …

RSI Checklist App – Review

It is no secret that I am a fan of checklists. Not because they are a ‘how to guide’ (they’re not), but because of their proven potential to mitigate against error in high-risk tightly-coupled procedures. One such procedure is RSI. The consequences of omitting a single step (eg: failure to check ETT cuff, availability of …

ETM course coming to Adelaide, SA

I am delighted to hear that Dr Andy Buck and team are running an ETM course in Adelaide in October this year. ETM is a great course for anyone involved in the trauma team – EM docs, anaesthetists, rural docs, surgeons, intensivists. I teach and Direct on the international ATLS-EMST programme – and whilst I …