Sandpiper Australia – 2020 ahead

I’ve long held the option that the experts in prehospital care are the clinicians who are trained for it – whether volunteer ambulance officers, career paramedics or specialist retrieval services. Doctors don’t always have the capability to ‘value add’ on scene, unless they’ve undergone additional training in prehospital care. Skills from the well-equipped and staffed …

All Hail the 3D Vortex Model

Many of you involved in airway management will be familiar with the ‘Vortex Approach‘, the brainchild of anaesthetist Nicholas Chrimes and emergency physician Peter Fritz in Melbourne, Australia Designed as a simple tool to open up communication in emergency airway management, the Vortex has been refined over the past few years and there is a …

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 …